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Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities to 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 […]

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation enter into a MoU on personalised medicine

By Joost Dibbits On 5 November 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on personalised medicine. The parties to the memorandum refer to the definition of personalised medicine used by the Council of the EU (2015/C 421/03): […]

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 […]

Slovenia – Cryptocurrency services to prevent money-laundering

By Anže Skodlar Crypto assets and among them cryptocurrencies, which this article focuses on, have proven themselves as an eminent opportunity in many aspects of the new digital economy, giving birth to new innovative enterprises and enabling exchange of value in a decentralized manner. This is also evident in Slovenia, being a well-known hub of successful […]

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In brief: Survey reveals £40m recruitment bonanza

An estimated £40m in commission has been paid by law firms to recruitment agencies over the last 12 months, according to a new survey of the leading 500 law firms. Market research company Winmark used its findings to rate Zarak Macrae Brenner as the top recruitment agency and KPMG Executive as the top search and […]

Race case 'shame' for faculty

Manchester University’s law faculty will have to pay the highest ever damages for racial discrimination in a case described by an industrial tribunal as “a matter of sadness and shame” for the faculty. On 13 November, Birmingham Industrial Tribunal ordered the faculty to pay £43,560 to lecturer Dr Asif Qureshi after upholding a string of […]

In brief: Jail for solicitor who lied for boyfriend

Crown Prosecutor Penelope Schofield was jailed for three months at the Old Bailey on Friday for lying in order to protect her policeman boyfriend Nigel Phillips after he was caught drink driving. Schofield had been found guilty of committing an act “tending and intended to pervert the course of justice”. Phillips was jailed for 16 […]

Advertise the caring face of the profession

The legal profession should shout about its pro bono work from the highest hill rather than allowing only the bad aspects to be publicised, says Tony Michaelson-Yeates. Tony Michaelson-Yeates is a solicitor. Only two weeks after Peta Sweet, the director of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), attended a conference of the Yorkshire Union of […]

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