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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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Boon for Clearys in biggest ever deal by HSBC

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the main legal victor in HSBC’s billion-pound purchase of the Safra empire. Clearys’ New York and London offices are HSBC’s main lawyers in the $10.3bn buyout of US banks Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings. The deal is HSBC’s largest ever and will prove […]

In brief: Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser Partnership partner Donald Reid has joined environmental law consultants EnAct International. EnAct managing director Cormac Cullinan says Reid’s move from the Edinburgh firm is the latest in a series of departures – including Stephen Tromans from Simmons & Simmons and Andrew Bryce from Cameron McKenna.

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Pornography. Porn King Larry Flynt (above) is coming to a court near you. The US supremo of free speech, is being tried along with his brother on obscenity charges which could mean spending 24 years in prison. However, the real-life star of Hollywood film The People v Larry Flynt contends that attitudes have changed and […]

Norton Rose backs Cambridge dons

City firm Norton Rose has announced it will sponsor degree courses at Cambridge University – just weeks after a law don expressed fears of too much commercial influence in academia. Norton Rose will donate u25,000 per year towards paying for five new lecturers covering European, company, commercial, comparative and labour law for degree courses. University […]

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