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While many Western investors have left the energy, telecoms and infrastructure markets, this has been replaced by more local investment. Overall, the market has become more active, with law firms observing a rise in large M&A deals and unexpected interest from foreign investors in the real estate market. Although the Czech economy is generally considered to be recovering from the euro zone crisis, the implementation of a new Civil Code has created a different type of uncertainty and unpredictability for businesses as the new law beds in.
The Czech legal market has been moving towards a more dynamic, competitive situation, with good local firms increasingly providing good alternatives to leading international firms. Notably the departures of large international law firms – such as Norton Rose Fulbright v.o.s., advokátní kancelár and Hogan Lovells – created a space in the market for boutiques and spin-offs and allowed opportunity for quality lateral hires.
Prominent local firms include Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelár, Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. and PRK Partners, as well as BBH, Advokatni Kancelar, S.R.O.. Cross-border mandates continue to be characterised by the presence of international firms such as Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelár, Clifford Chance, CMS and White & Case (Europe) LLP.
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On 6 March 2015, amendment No. 40/2015 ("the Amendment ") to Act No. 137/2006 Coll., on public procurement (the " Act ") was enacted. The Amendment removes some of the more problematic obstacles in the area of public procurement; at the same time, it also imposes stricter conditions on the review procedure before the Czech Competition Authority (" Office "). Read more...
Three new laws re-codifying Czech private law are set to change the country's current legal order entirely. The current order (i.e. Act No. 40/1964 Coll., Civil Code; Act No. 513/1991 Coll., Commercial Code; Act No. 97/1963 Coll., on International Private Law) will be abolished entirely and replaced with new laws of symbolic numbers: Act No. 89/21012 Coll., New Civil Code; Act No. 90/2012 Coll.; on Corporations; and Act No. 91/2012 Coll., on International Private Law. As one of the largest legal overhauls of the Czech Republic's laws in recent decades, this development is indeed an admirable achievement. Of course, nothing new comes into this world without difficulties.
Starting from 1 January 2013 the amendment to Act No. 406/2000 Coll., on Energy Management, as amended, has increased, to a significant extent, the obligations of developers, building owners, associations of housing unit owners and housing unit owners as well (i.e. owners of flats and non-residential premises) relating to the issue of so-called energy performance certificates. This instrument, which was first introduced in 2009 for new constructions or large scale reconstructions, should provide simple and transparent information about the energy consumption of a building by classifying it in a respective energy performance class, such asweknowit in the case of electrical appliances.
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On November 23 2012 a seminar on competition law enforcement in the energy sector held at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna saw the creation of the Energy Community Competition Network. Competition authorities from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Armenia, as well as representatives of the Energy Community Secretariat, signed a joint declaration on the etablishment of the network at the Energy Community.
The forthcoming amendment to the Act on the Protection of Competition will make several changes to Competition Authority practices. Among other things, the amendment will introduce prioritisation into its practices, allowing the authority to decide not to initiate administrative proceedings following certain alleged breaches of the act where those breaches have a minor effect on competition. The authority will also be able to legally prioritise the investigation of some alleged infringements over others.
The construction of new buildings or the reconstruction of existing buildings, especially in dense urban areas, is almost always connected with the risk of causing damage to third parties. It is therefore important for the builder (contractor or property developer) as well as subjects exposed to potential damages (especially owners and users of adjoining buildings) to know the statutory conditions of liability for damages and related rights and obligations(1).
This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of mergers and acquisitions. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. www.iclg.co.uk.
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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.
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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.