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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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In brief: White & Case ramps up Asian operations

US-based White & Case is expanding its Asia practice. The firm’s Hong Kong office has brought two Chinese lawyers into its China practice group. Hao Mei-Ying and Chao Xia join as associates. Meanwhile, Dennis Soliven, who has spent a year in the firm’s New York office, is being transferred to Hong Kong to develop its […]

The quiet man leading India's velvet revolution

On the eve of the IBA conference in New Delhi, John Malpas recalls an encounter with the unlikely people’s champion of Indian law. IT WAS all rather bizarre. One evening in early September – when any self-respecting member of the London legal establishment was still on holiday – The Hon Mr Justice J S Verma, […]

IT society searches for the most innovative firm

INNOVATIVE lawyers have until 31 October to submit entries for the annual Society for Computers and Law (SCL) IT award. The award is given to the firm which shows the most outstanding application of IT to law in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Kim Walker, a partner at last year’s winning firm, Rundle […]

In brief: Tory chief meets with Leeds businessmen

Yorkshire firm Lee & Priestley hosted a private meeting for businessmen with Conservative Party leader William Hague (pictured above centre) at its Leeds headquarters this month. Senior partner John Priestley (pictured right with chief executive David Gale, left) said: “We are a progressive and forward thinking practice.” Hague also opened a new extension to the […]

Building contacts

The IBA’s Section on Business Law is trying to bridge the gap between cultures around the world, says Willem Calkoen. For more than 50 years, the International Bar Association (IBA) has occupied a place of influence and importance in the global legal profession. Since its inception in 1947, at the offices of the Association of […]

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