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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 […]

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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Hogarth, 19 Old Buildings join to create IP mega-set

Hogarth Chambers has merged with 19 Old Buildings to form the bar’s largest IP set. Alastair Wilson QC and the three other existing tenants from 19 Old Buildings will move on 1 October to the 26-strong Hogarth in Lincoln’s Inn. Hogarth was forged out of the merger of One Raymond Buildings and 5 New Square […]

Fresh start for McGrigors London after KPMG split

McGrigors has distanced itself further from its former allegiance with KPMG by signing an agreement for new offices in London. The firm is taking 33,000sq ft of space at 5 Old Bailey, enabling it to move its London operations out of its current location in the same building as KPMG’s offices at 1-2 Dorset Rise. […]

PepsiCo wins US Justice Department heavyweight

PepsiCo has hired the former number two at the US Department of Justice as its new general counsel and head of government affairs. Larry Thompson replaces David Andrews, who will retire in February after an agreed three-year term at the company which he joined from the US State Department. Part of Andrews’ brief on taking […]

James Chapman boosts catastrophic injury

Manchester insurance litigation firm James Chapman & Co has expanded its specialist catastrophic injury team with the appointment of partner Philip D’Netto. D’Netto, recently a partner with Ilford firm Edward Duthie Solicitors, specialises in advising insurance clients on catastrophic injury cases. He brings with him client Highway Insurance.

Regrettable situations

Whatever happened to the cringe-making email? The Bradley Chaits and Andy Dowdney’s (of Norton Rose and Charles Russell respectively, just in case you’d forgotten) of this world seem to be taking more care with those pesky digits, judging by the drop-off in mirth-making cyberspace screw-ups. Or perhaps the mistakes have just moved on to another […]

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