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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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Labour MP slams hush- up on Scott inquiry bills

JOHN Major has refused to identify the law firms which have shared more than £250,000 of advice work for ministers and civil servants in connection with the arms to Iraq Scott inquiry. He said in answer to a Parliamentary question that the names of the lawyers and their clients were “confidential”. City firm Allen & […]

Cautious Law Soc agrees to talks on Green Paper block contracts

DELEGATES at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference have rejected wholesale opposition to Lord Mackay’s reform plans and voted instead to negotiate over block contracts. A resolution passed by the conference said the meeting “wholly distrusts the basis on which the Green Paper is written” but was prepared to negotiate “over time and with proper […]

Audience fight looms for Law Soc

THE LAW Society has threatened to take legal action against the Lord Chancellor if he denies rights of audience to employed solicitors. The threat follows the submission of conflicting advice to Lord Mackay by his advisory committee on legal education and conduct (Aclec). A minority of Aclec members approves extended rights of audience and accuses […]

Profession scoops birthday honours

A ROLLCALL of lawyers features in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. They include the long-serving editor of The Law Reports, Carol Ellis QC, who was awarded a CBE after 43 years of law reporting, and the former secretary of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee, Allen Davies, who was awarded an OBE. The solicitor […]

Australian detention law triggers outrage

A TOP Australian prosecutor has slammed a decision by the New South Wales government to introduce legislation aimed at detaining a man beyond the expiration of his prison sentence. The law, brought in late last year through the Community Protection Act, was inspired by the case of Gregory Kable, a prisoner convicted of the manslaughter […]

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