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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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Bakers names Brazil chief as global chair

Baker & McKenzie has elected Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite as its next global chairman. He will take over from incumbent John Conroy when he stands down after the firm’s annual meeting in Chicago in October. Leite served on the firm’s executive committee form 1999 to 2003 and chaired its policy committee in 2005. He […]

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Ex-Schillings chief to open media firm in London

Celebrity lawyer Simon Smith is to launch his own practice in London six months after quitting Schillings. Smith, a former managing partner at Schillings , left the firm last December after winning a controversial injunction for golfing superstar Tiger Woods. His shock departure from Schillings was shrouded in mystery, with the firm’s business director Christopher Mills insisting that Smith […]

Shakespeares’ play

The West Midlands has a new legal giant. Well, okay, a new £24m firm. It might not qualify as the latest in the growing list of transatlantic behemoths but the merger of Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James is enough to place the new firm among the top 100 largest in the UK (see story). […]

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