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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for the 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 to 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 […]

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation enter into a MoU on personalised medicine

By Joost Dibbits On 5 November 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on personalised medicine. The parties to the memorandum refer to the definition of personalised medicine used by the Council of the EU (2015/C 421/03): […]

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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Vickers, Fingleton call for reform to merger control

At the Merger Control Conference last Friday, the Director-General of Fair Trading John Vickers said he wanted the European Commission (EC) to reform the test it uses in merger control decisions Irish Competition Authority Chair John Fingleton echoed Vickers, stating his preference for a system that the EC has so far rejected. Competition Commissioner Mario […]

Halliwells wins East Lancashire Partnership bid

Halliwell Landau has won a tender to advise the newly-created East Lancashire Partnership, an association of local authorities and public bodies in the region. Corporate partners Mark Halliwell (left) and Sophie Brookes led the team that won the work. It is understood that Eversheds and Addleshaw Booth & Co also took part in the tendering […]

DJ Freeman revamps support services

DJ Freeman has rejigged its support functions. Denton Wilde Sapte deputy finance director Steven Rowan has joined as finance director and former litigation partner Ann Robson has been named director of information and training. The new appointments are a result of a year-long review of the firm’s support services by chief executive Laurence Harris.

Meridian dominates Bar software supply

Meridian Law takes ACE’s share of the market Meridian Law has become the sole supplier of software to the Bar after buying out rival provider ACE last Friday. A number of sets had stopped using ACE and transferred to Meridian prior to the takeover when ACE had 30 per cent and Meridian 65 per cent […]

Ashursts, Fried Frank: the final countdown

Transatlantic merger talks reach climax; Ashursts considers ditching lockstep Ashurst Morris Crisp and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson are nearing a conclusion to their merger talks, with only one hurdle left in the way – remuneration. The Lawyer understands that the two firms are in the throes of agreeing on a scheme that could […]

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