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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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EC takeover directive meets opposition

The latest EC proposal for a framework directive on takeovers consists of a set of principles and requirements which member states will be expected to implement according to their national practices. In the UK, takeover regulation is governed by the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, a non-statutory body which issues and administers the City code, […]

In brief: UK-Canada swap by Stikeman Elliott

Stuart Cobbett is moving from Canadian barristers and solicitors Stikeman Elliott’s Montreal headquarters to head the firm’s City-based operation from 1 September. Cobbett takes over from Calin Rovinescu who returns to Canada to become the firm’s managing partner. Cobbett said there would be no dramatic changes at the London office.

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Probably the most senior barrister still practising in this country celebrated his 90th birthday last week. John Platts-Mills QC, called to the Bar in 1932, and now a tenant of Cloisters Chambers, defended his latest clients earlier this year. All eight defendants were acquitted. A veteran of the Great Train Robbery appeal in 1964-5, and […]

Liverpool firm stands by its man

A LIVERPOOL firm is standing by a paralegal who was filmed playing in the same football team as a personal injury client who had just won damages after claiming he had been seriously injured tripping on a pavement. Howard Jackson & Co, which sponsors the team, said it believed its welfare adviser Steve Barton’s assertion […]

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