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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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Barclays takes new deputy general counsel from Gibson Dunn

Barclays has boosted its in-house team with the appointment of a corporate finance partner from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Judith Shepherd joins the bank as deputy general counsel reporting directly to general counsel Mark Harding. She will work alongside Jeremy Ogden, also deputy general counsel and head of UK banking legal and compliance. Harding said: […]

CC and New Zealand’s Chapman Tripp cosy up with Tokyo corporate hire

Clifford Chance has strengthened its strategic alliance with New Zealand M&A firm Chapman Tripp by hiring star partner Paul O’Regan as its new head of corporate in Tokyo. O’Regan, who has been a partner with Chapman Tripp for 25 years, will relocate from Wellington, New Zealand, to take up a newly created post at the […]

Power shift

The changing European commercial real estate market is stealing a march on the US, with Basle II, German banks’ divestment and new funds investing driving the shift, says Conor Downey Traditionally the European commercial real estate market has been dominated by European banks lending either in their own jurisdictions or on a cross-border basis. Many […]

Harris Hagan lures ex-Shadow Gaming Minister

Niche gaming firm Harris Hagan has hired of former Shadow Gaming Minister and qualified barrister Nick Hawkins. Hawkins, a Conservative MP between 1992 and 2005, also held the roles of Shadow Solicitor-General and Shadow Home Office Minister during his time in the House of Commons. He left the front bench in 2004 and served on […]

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