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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for UK’s capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

Amsterdam District Court: Museum Map Foundation must provide data to tax authorities on museum visits

By Anke Holtland Yesterday, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in summary proceedings that the Museum Map Foundation must provide data to the tax authorities on museum visits by one specific museum card holder. What was going on? The Tax and Customs Administration demanded the information about museum visits from one specific museum card holder for the period 2014 to […]

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

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In brief: Young barristers called to open meeting

Young barristers and pupils are being urged to attend an open meeting this Wednesday about the Bar Council’s proposed new complaints system. Ronald Thwaites QC, head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk, is calling the meeting to explain his rejection of the proposals which he and 150 supporters regard as “flawed, dangerous and anti-Bar”. […]

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Eurojuris, the largest legal network in Western Europe and Scandinavia, has appointed Lamb Brooks partner David Evans as president one year before the leadership was expected to change hands. Evans, a company and commercial solicitor, was favoured for the four-year term of office due to start in 1996, but the recent Eurojuris congress in Venice […]

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Fladgate Fielder in Basingstoke acted for Zergo Holdings on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm’s London office acted for Beeson Gregory, the nominated adviser.

Legal system stifles use of plea bargains, claims report

THE FUTURE of plea bargaining in financial fraud cases has been cast into doubt by MPs who slammed its use as “veiled in shadows”. The Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee’s report last week, the Regulation of Financial Services, voiced concerns despite support for plea bargaining from City regulators which want closer “interplay” between civil […]

Solihull team blazes trail of care scheme

Cyril Dixon reports THE IN-HOUSE team at Solihull Council and solicitors from Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson have hammered out terms on a pioneering privatisation venture. They conducted negotiations on a contract to provide day care and home support services for the council’s social services department. Martineau Johnson acted for service providers Family Care Trust in […]

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