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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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Breakthrough in asbestos test case

A specialist personal injury law firm is claiming a major breakthrough in claims for asbestos-related diseases. John Pickering & Partners, which has offices in Manchester, Oldham, Liverpool and Halifax, believes it has pioneered a new class of action regarding asbestos-related diseases. The firm’s claim comes in the wake of a ground-breaking settlement for u110,000 of […]

Pinsents acts in first ever shipping PFI

Pinsent Curtis is claiming that it has completed the first ever shipping deal under the private finance initiative (PFI). The Natural Environment Research Council instructed Pinsent Curtis on the financing of its #30m ship, Polar Queen. The vessel, which is being leased from a Norwegian shipping company advised by Richards Butler, will be renamed Ernest […]

It's been a good week for…

European Court of Human Rights employees, who are heading off for a seven-week holiday, despite a backlog of 60,000 cases and an average waiting time of five years for cases to be heard. The lengthy wait facing applicants could cause the court to fall foul of its own convention – under Article Six undue and […]

Eversheds appoints for Bulgaria

Eversheds has appointed an army officer-turned barrister to pave the way for its planned new Bulgarian office. Francis Chubb will work from the office of Georgiev Todorov & Co, a Sofia-based law firm with which Eversheds has close connections. His appointment is the first step in building a big enough Bulgarian practice to merit the […]

No competition

Co-operation, not competition, has been part of the valued and strong working relationship between The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) and the Bar Pro Bono Unit since the SPBG was formed 18 months ago (The Lawyer, 22 March). Of course, differences between the two sides of the profession will affect how and when pro bono […]

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