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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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Serb lawyers freeze courts during seven day strike over tax

Serbian courts were brought to a standstill last month when the legal profession went on strike over tax. The strike started in Belgrade, but spread nationally over the seven-day stoppage. Courts have now reopened, pending the Serbian government meeting the demands of the legal profession. The conflict is over the state taxes lawyers are obliged […]

Focus on fax

Hexar, a supplier of network fax and messaging systems, is holding a “Future of the fax in the legal profession” seminar. The free event, aimed at telecommunication managers, IT managers and senior partners, will look at the impact of computer technology on fax systems. Speakers will include Mike Shore, telecommunications manager at Herbert Smith and […]

Glick brought in to be group legal director at Ladbroke

Marie Stevens, the high-flying group legal affairs director of Ladbrokes, has been replaced by Steven Glick from electronics company Graseby. It is understood that Stevens resigned because she did not want to move from central London to new offices in Watford. Glick’s appointment comes as Ladbroke moves into the US hotel market, following a deal […]

In brief: Practising certificates released in Welsh

The Law Society has launched Welsh language practising certificates. Society president Tony Girling presented the certificates – Tystysgrif Ymarfer – to Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos and MP Elfyn Llwyd at a function last week. The establishment of the certificates follows a recommendation by the Society’s Welsh Language Working Party.

White & Case builds on Thai base

The Bangkok office of US firm White & Case has poached a Thai partner from rival Baker & McKenzie. Weerawong Chittmittrapap, a Thai and US-qualified lawyer, is said to be in line to head the office. The White & Case office lost its two-year association with local Thai firm the Pacific Legal Group at the […]

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