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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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Shearman suffers loss of securitisation head

Shearman & Sterling ‘s London head of securitisation Marke Raines has resigned following four years at the firm. Raines joined Shearman in May 2000 from Allen & Overy to found the US firm’s London securitisation group from scratch. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Bank of Montreal are among his key clients. Many in the market were […]

Richards Butler given pre-merger profit ultimatum by Proskauer

Richards Butler’s potential US beau Proskauer Rose has said Richards Butler needs to raise its profit per equity partner figure of £415,000 to nearer Proskauer’s $1.1m (£580,000) per partner. Richards Butler and Proskauer entered into merger talks brokered by consultants Blackstone in summer 2004. The talks have now reached the stage where a merger is likely rather […]

Ashurst, CC storm Abbey’s City panel

European banking giant unveils massive shake-up of external legal advisers Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Eversheds have all made Abbey’s UK panel in the wake of the bank’s recent acquisition by Banco Santander Central Hispano. Ashurst, Clifford Chance and the bank’s long-term adviser Slaughter and May have won places on the City section […]

Foot Anstey Sargent in takeover of six-partner firm

South West firm Foot Anstey Sargent is to merge with Somerset-based Alms & Young on 1 May this year. Both firms offer a range of commercial and private client services to clients. The combined firm will have 32 partners and more than 270 fee-earners and staff, based across four offices in the South West. Predicted […]

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