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Market conditions in Australia are beginning to improve, albeit gradually. Following the conclusion of Australia’s election process in September 2013, uncertainty over its outcome was lifted and a number of investors returned to the markets as a result. The real estate sector is benefiting from a large amount of inbound foreign investment from Asian countries, particularly China. Corporate activity has remained steady, largely underpinned by a noticeable uptick in equity capital markets transactions. Government activity is also driving a lot of work, notably in the TMT sector and on construction and infrastructure projects.
The resources space continues to underperform, with legal work in this sector focusing on existing projects, as well as on restructuring matters.
Thomsons Lawyers merged with Herbert Geer to form Thomson Geer, forming the seventh-largest independent firm by number of lawyers. In another notable development, HWL Ebsworth expanded its national coverage with the acquisition of South Australian firm Kelly & Co.
Although the pace of foreign firms’ arrival has slowed, the impacts of these aggressive entries into the market over the past few years are still being felt. Notable hires include Beau Deleuil leaving his role of global head of dispute resolution at King & Wood Mallesons to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, and Darren Fooks moving from Clayton Utz to establish Baker & McKenzie LLP’s new Brisbane office.
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This update discusses the recent case of CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd v Asplenium Land Pte Ltd  SGCA 24 where the Singapore Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether a clause in a construction contract between the main contractor and developer was invalid and unenforceable on the basis that it was contrary to public policy as an ouster of the jurisdiction of the court.
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Significant changes to the tax regulations in the Republic of Srpska (“RS”) are expected in the coming months. On March 6, the National Assembly of RS passed amendments to the Law on Fiscal Cash Registries. In addition, Parliament approved the Government’s proposals on amendments to several important tax laws, including corporate income tax, personal income tax, social security contributions and property tax. Proposed changes to the laws governing accounting and financial audits have also been approved. These changes are intended to clarify and strengthen existing tax rules, widen the tax base and introduce more discipline in the payment of tax, but also to reduce the tax burden for businesses in order to stimulate economic growth.
The Montenegrin Minister of Finance issued a Rulebook on the Procedures Governing VAT Exemptions for Investors and Supply of Certain Products and Services (the “Rulebook”). The Rulebook defines in more detail the process of VAT exemption introduced by recent amendments to the VAT Law of Montenegro.
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Download a free copy of the Philippine section of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review edition 1 , which was contributed by the SyCipLaw Partners Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo and Arlene M. Maneja
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The Constitutional Court abolished the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556.
Danos & Associates will participate as a sponsor at the China Offshore Summit in Shenzhen, China. The conference will take place May 27-28th at the Grand Hyatt. Our firm will be represented by our Managing Partner, Alexios Danos, and Thomas Cheung who is one of our representatives in Beijing.
At the IFLR European Awards on 16 April 2015 in London, Bär & Karrer repeated last year's success by again winning the title "Swiss Law Firm of the Year".
B&P authored an article for the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce newsletter about subsidizing new investors in Serbia.
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In the middle of April, 2015, a consortium with the leading participation of Popov & Partners Law Office signed an agreement with the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria for assignation of:
In its current Special Edition FOCUS Magazine has published a list of the leading tax law firms in Germany. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen was again honored as a “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015" in the areas of “Reorganisation, Corporate Restructuring and M&A” and received the FOCUS-Award “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015”.
GSK Stockmann + Kollegen freut sich, Herrn Dr. Philipp M. Kuhn mit Wirkung zum Jahresbeginn 2015 in den Kreis der Equity Partner aufzunehmen.
GSK ernennt Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen in den Bereichen Gesellschaftsrecht und Real EstateGSK Stockmann + Kollegen ernennt auch 2015 Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen: Andreas Dimmling, im Bereich Gesellschaftsrecht in München, und Oliver Koos, im Bereich Real Estate in Frankfurt, wurden zum 1. Januar 2015 in den Kreis der Local Partner aufgenommen.
Pepeliaev Group’s tax practice (Band 1) has once again been hailed as the best on the Russian market according to the Chambers Europe 2015 international legal ratings. Clients surveyed by the experts of Chambers Europe consider that “the lawyers dig deep to find issues that play a role in the mandate," while the team stands out because it “is flexible and understands clients' needs."
Kyiv, Moscow, Almaty, 18 May 2015 - CLACIS , a competition law advisory which focuses on matters concerning competition law and compliance in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan announces its opening.