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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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Bird & Bird scoops Olympics sponsorship role

BIRD & Bird has been added to the panel advising the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Bird & Bird join Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as firms on the LOCOG panel. Bird & Bird will be advising LOCOG primarily in relation to sponsorship matters and were appointed after a competitive […]

Careers: In brief

Minter Ellison has bolstered its international trade practice, snaring a New Zealand lawyer from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to coincide with an internal promotion. Iain Sandford joins after three years with the WTO in Geneva to become deputy director of Minter Ellison’s international trade group based in Canberra. At the same time, Siva Somasundram, […]

Freshfields’ radical pensions overhaul nears completion

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is close to finalising plans to radically overhaul its partners’ treasured pension scheme. It is understood that the magic circle firm’s partnership council will be considering the lastest plans, which have been broadly welcomed by the partners, this week. According to well-placed sources, retired partners will receive a maximum of £17,000 per […]

MBO sees Cripps Portfolio quit firm

Cripps Harries Hall is set to see turnover drop by 25 per cent this year as its investment and wealth management arm completes a management buyout (MBO). Cripps Portfolio, which has renamed itself Heartwood Wealth Management, carried out the MBO late last year. However, some partners at Cripps still own minority stakes in the business, […]

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