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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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Every now and then a judge hands down a ruling that should make the profession sit up and take note. Remember the pounding Allen & Overy (A&O) received from Mr Justice Floyd when he said the costs it had racked up on Research In Motion UK [RIM] v Visto were “totally unfamiliar to anyone who […]

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Almost a year on from the launch of the single electricity market, Ireland’s potential in the wind power sector means firms that have built up their energy practices are positioned to reap the rewards. With the anniversary of the introduction of the single electricity market (SEM) app­roaching, energy at the forefront of EU policymaking and […]

Blake Lapthorn to axe 43 staff

Blake Lapthorn is to cut up to 43 jobs in London and the South-East. Blake Lapthorn is to cut up to 43 jobs in London and the South-East. Blake Lapthorn senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones said the consultation would impact “on a number of areas, ranging from business support through to our legal teams.” “Over many […]

Mayer Brown grabs final Northern Rock mandate

Mayer Brown grabs final Northern Rock mandate” />Mayer Brown has won the last major role up for grabs on the Northern Rock saga, with litigation partner Clare Canning advising the valuer of the bank’s compensation scheme. Canning, who gave up her role as Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s commercial litigation head to join Mayer Brown last […]

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