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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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Religion's role in child welfare case

A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children’s religious up-bringing. An eight-year-old girl, known as “N” and who […]

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Commercial property partner Jon Vivian and commercial property assistant Kathryn Almond from Cameron McKenna acted for ProLogis Kingspark Developments on its acquisition of a freehold site from The Post Office, for a consideration in excess of £9m. Public sector partner Dion Panambalana and commercial property assistant Lisa Graham of Nabarro Nathanson acted for The Post […]

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Norton Rose is planning an expansion into a number of emerging markets, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm has put Egypt at the top of its hitlist, while sources also claim it also targeting Estonia, the Baltic state which is next in line for EU membership. Roger Birkby, Norton Rose’s managing partner, is reluctant to […]

Anger at proposed move for north London tribunal

Lawyers are furious at proposals to move the north London employment tribunal to Watford. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has told The Lawyer that the tribunal is running out of space on its Euston Square site and, with the raft of new employment legislation pending, needs more office space and resources. “They need […]

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