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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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Ashursts hires lawyer from BT Ignite

Ashurst Morris Crisp has added a finance capability to its fledgling Spanish practice with the hire of BT Ignite’s general counsel for Southern Europe. Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco will join the firm’s partnership shortly. Ashursts counts BT among its major clients, but the Spanish office uses Clifford Chance and Gomez Acebo & Pombo in Spain. First revealed […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – LITTLEWOODS

Lovells hikes M&A market with Littlewoods instruction The struggling M&A market last week saw a glimmer of hope as Lovells helped sell off retailer Littlewoods to the reclusive billionaire Barclay brothers. The deal, which signals the end of the Moores family’s 80-year ownership of Littlewoods, is worth £750m and adds to Sir David and Sir […]

Bahrain Bank picks Norton Rose

Norton Rose has received its first major instruction from Bahrain International Bank (BIB) to advise on the restructuring of its $460m (£294m) debt Historically, BIB has relied on Bahrain lawyers or overseas firms in jurisdictions receiving the bank’s investment – often the US.The instruction is likely to signal the start of a trend of Middle […]

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