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The Greek legal market had hoped that the worst of the sovereign debt crisis was behind it, but its economy is still somewhat beholden to the country’s unpredictable political climate and, with new national elections having occurred in January 2015, it remains to be seen how this will affect workflow for Greece’s main commercial firms. However, the past year has been relatively stable, driven by state-led work: this included a major programme of privatisations led by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), as well as the recapitalisation of Greece’s four main banks, which was led by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF). A good portion of this work has now been finished, which raises the questions of how and whether the private sector can fill the gap.
Bargain investments, however, can be found and there has been plenty of activity in the wind energy and tourism sectors. This value can also be found when it comes to legal advice, and clients often marvel at the comparably low fee rates of Greece’s leading law firms. Most of the full-service firms in the top tiers – including M & P Bernitsas, Potamitisvekris, Karatzas & Partners Law Firm, Koutalidis Law Firm, and Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm) – have a broad array of highly qualified lawyers of international calibre, but charging services at a fraction of the price of international law firms.
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Overview of the main recent developments addressing issues of abuse of dominance in Greece. Latest application of article 2 of Law 3959/2011 (equivalent to 102 TFEU) by the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Greek courts. dominance_2014_greece
Presentation of the Greek legal framework on the protection of free competition (L.3959/2011), which generally follows articles 101, 102 TFEU and the framework of EU Regulation 1/2003. The chapter presents recent law changes, as well as the trends in Greek antitrust practice, together with an overview of the most significant cases brought before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Greek Courts. ear_greece_2014
Presentation of last year's enforcement by the Hellenic Competition Commission (‘HCC'). A brief overview of the most interesting developments in the area of Greek competition law, including recent antitrust cases examined by the HCC and the Greek courts. greece_2014
In Galaktoviomichania Larisis AE v I Kesioglou & Sia OE (Opposition No B 2 107 822, December 18 2013), the Opposition Division of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market has upheld in part an opposition against the registration of the trademark OLYMPOS FOODS-OLYMPOS COMMODITIESOLYMPOS MEDITERRANIAN-OLYMPOS ORGANICS-K&K FINANCE.
In LOGO AE v CISA SpA (Decision No 249/2014, January 30 2014, notified only recently), the Greek
The special IP law chamber of the Athens Multi-Member Court of First Instance has issued its decision in a case involving the famous 'Vara' buckle device, an internationally renowned symbol that has been closely associated with shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo for more than 30 years.
Over the last six years, Greece has been under an austerity restructuring and adjustment programme, receiving extended support from European financial institutions and international creditors, in an attempt to tackle its structural weaknesses, overly high deficits and incessant market stagnation.
M&As in Greece: Stellar opportunities for profits of emerging markets in the most mature market in..Lately, domestic and international financial and corporate players are looking closely on the Athens Exchange seeking for safe yet high return investment opportunities in Greece and the wider South East Europe through takeover bids on securities of companies established in Greece and listed on the local exchange with significant presence in the wider region. It is common knowledge that M&As consist the most transparent and efficient way to gain control of the desired "target" company, following a public offer on all or a part of the target's capital. However, this does not seem to be their unique advantage in Greek legal order. The speed of their conclusion, with an average duration of two months, allows the investor to begin with his businesses without considerable waste of time and resources. As of this, he is in position to choose a board of his own preference almost the very following day of the expiry of the public offer's time and to focus on what he primarily intended and is good at - making business.
The IMF (International Monetary Fund) approved last Friday the disbursement of around 280 Million Euros to Cyprus. The IMF praised Cyprus for the economic recovery of the island and for implementing agreed reforms. The Deputy Managing Director of the IMF David Lipton said that Cyprus continues to produce positive results and that economic and fiscal outcomes have been better than expected. Public finances exceeded targets and growth turned positive in the first quarter of 2015.
Managing partner of VEGAS LEX Alexander Sitnikov has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the TNS Energo power utility.
Stephen Baker, senior partner at Baker & Partners, was invited as a panelist to the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Annual Anti-Corruption conference, Paris, exploring how assets can be located, preserved and recovered in corruption cases.
HaoLiWen recently has helped clients to resolve several customs classification (HS code) cases, and the clients benefits a lot in terms of import duties saves or avoidance of administrative or even criminal penalties.
The participants of a workshop on fraud risks among senior management have discussed reasons of corporate fraud, potentially fraud-conducive environments and ways to fight it.
Danos & Associates has recently established a new office in Kiev, Ukraine. We are proud of our cooperation with Lex-Liga law firm. Lex-Liga is one of the leading law firms in Ukraine. The firm offers full services in all areas of law and is based in Kiev. Lex-Liga's lawyers and staff are highly experienced and professional.
The first translation of the report Airport Competition in Europe commissioned by Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE) has been officially published in Russia. The translation was initiated by the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) and was carried out by VEGAS LEX law firm and the First Infrastructure Company InfraONE.
On 2 June 2015, the Russian Constitutional Court announced its resolution concerning the claim of OOO Zapolyarneft stating that environmental charges imposed on this company were disproportionate. One of the rules of the Russian Forestry Code and the Russian Government's resolution based on it were recognised as inconsistent with the Constitution.
In the elegant atmosphere of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka in Belgrade, Karanović & Nikolić hosted a celebratoin marking two decades of business operations.
All the evidence indicates that the authorities no longer view mortgage brokers as the middle man, free from all blame. As a result, brokers are increasingly finding themselves in the dock along with people who made the fraudulent mortgage applications that aroused the interest of investigators.