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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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Brick Court Chambers has announced that Lord Cooke of Thorndon is to restart a door tenancy at the set. Lord Cooke will specialise in arbitration and mediation work from 4 June after his retirement as a Law Lord. He follows Sir Oliver Popplewell and Sir Robert Gatehouse, both retired members of the judiciary who now […]

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Money laundering puts City firms on defensive

Five major firms call on Deloittes’anti-fraud; Linklaters steps up global compliance operation Five top 30 law firms have called in Deloitte & Touche’s anti-fraud team because of mounting concerns that money launderers are targeting their lawyers. Deloittes’ head of fraud management Mark Tantam says his team was called in because the firms “had a problem […]

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