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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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Law Soc announces ‘soft skills’ training initiative

The Law Society is planning a training programme designed to give lawyers access to ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, team building and client presentation in an initiative that law firms hope will help them with staff retention. The project, which is in its initial stages, could see the Law Society producing bespoke training materials as […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. Freshfields’ retention hit by pension news of the first partners to depart Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the […]

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Proposed changes to inheritance tax laws affecting trusts will hinge upon the date on which the trust came into existence, reports Peter Twiddy Significant changes to the tax treatment of trusts were announced in the 2006 Budget, presumably as the Government was becoming more and more concerned that accumulation and maintenance (A&M) trusts were being […]

Amnesty calls for release of political prisoners in Haiti

After two years of near anarchy, the Caribbean republic of Haiti is beginning to take shape as a proper democracy. But human rights group Amnesty International warns that, even under the country’s newly reinstated democratic government, thousands of people are still being detained without charge, including political prisoners. Presidential and parliamentary elections held earlier this […]

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