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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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Oh the larks of public school. Ashurst‘s UK partner in Madrid Stephen Fox is nicknamed El Zorro. Even better, the firm also has a Spanish partner called Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco. They call him Jimmy White.

Hogan boosts Paris with Winston coup

Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson’s Paris office has hired a labour and employment team from US rival Winston & Strawn. Hogan signalled its intent to beef up its French offering last month when it took corporate partner Jean-Marc Franceschi from Jones Day. It has followed that by recruiting labour and employment partners Dominique Mendy and […]

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