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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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Weil Gotshal to defend £10m professional negligence claim

It’s not clear how Weil Gotshal & Manges feels about author William Boyd but ‘The Ice Cream Wars’ probably isn’t its favourite book. The firm has been hit with a £10m professional negligence claim by private equity house Bancroft after its sweet deal with a Slovakian ice cream company turned sour. Bancroft bought a 94 […]

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Assignment and novation are important legal topics with real ramifications for parties if they are not dealt with properly. The idea behind them is simple and easier to grasp when having an understanding of the way in which they work. Novation is an important feature of engineering and construction projects — particularly in relation to […]

Plan presents a positive vision of the future for the UK’s infrastructure requirements

Andrew Herring, partner at Eversheds, has commented following the unveiling of the UK government’s new plans for infrastructure spending. Herring said: ‘Delivery has faced early challenges, but after decades of under investment and political timidity the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 presents a positive vision of the future for the UK’s infrastructure requirements, and is a real […]

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