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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Salans puts faith in Shanghai as it pulls out of Beijing

Salans has voted to close its Beijing office as the firm opts to focus on Shanghai in China. Salans’ partners voted to close the representative office, which opened in 2008 (28 May 2008), at the end of March. The firm has since begun the de-registration process with the Chinese authorities, but no date has been […]

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Ashurst has boosted its Italian presence with the appointment of partner Alessandro Giovannelli as head of corporate. Giovannelli joins Ashurst’s Milan office from Italian domestic firm Pavia e Ansaldo, bringing with him five lawyers. The team includes counsel Matteo Colombari and Matteo Delucchi and senior associate Fabrizio Scaparro, and focuses particularly on private equity. The […]

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