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Legal market overview
The Greek economy may remain in turmoil, but for the country’s largest law firms business has been relatively buoyant. Foreign investors are seeking bargains in the market, which has spurred corporate activity. Meanwhile the government’s privatisation programme, as conducted by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF), and the recapitalisation and consolidation of the banking sector, as overseen by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), have generated considerable activity. The shipping market has also responded to the improved global economic climate, and shipping lawyers report a revival in ship financings and newbuilds, adding to the refinancings and disputes which have dominated the practice area in recent years. This uptick in maritime work has been good news for several of the UK law firms in the market, such as Norton Rose Fulbright, Watson, Farley & Williams – Greek Branch, Ince & Co and Stephenson Harwood.
Whether this overall increase in activity represents a genuine turnaround in the economy, or is simply an artificial market pumped up by government intervention, remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the ‘flight to quality’ that such deal activity entails has meant that the largest firms, including Karatzas & Partners Law Firm, Koutalidis Law Firm, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm), M & P Bernitsas, and PotamitisVekris, have been relatively busy.
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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.
VEGAS LEX experts discuss Russian roads and PPP projects at the fifth international specialized exhiRoad 2014, the 5th international specialized exhibition and forum held in Moscow earlier this month and attended by VEGAS LEX, focused on effective development mechanisms for Russia's public road system and on legal aspects of public-private partnership projects
The VEGAS LEX law firm has held a seminar, Signing a Concession Agreement: an Insider's Insight , for the staff of Bank of Moscow legal department and business divisions.
Julia Tormagova, head of VEGAS LEX Commercial Group, will speak about trends in the law enforcement practice on the market for pharmaceuticals in 2014.
Popov & Partners Law Office was chosen by Ministry of Finance once again for consultant service of MPopov & Partners Law Office is finishing successfully and before the appointed time, its work on concluded in May 2013 contract with Ministry of Finance for conducting subsequent control of public procurements financed by Operational programme "Administrative capacity". As a result of the quality and effective implementation, in the beginning of September 2014, Ministry of Finance entrusted a second time team of the Law Office for implementing activity for subsequent control of public procurements financed by Operational programme "Administrative capacity", as choose Popov & Partners Law Office for executor of a public procurement. Term of the second contract concluded with Ministry of Finance is until the end October 2015. During its implementation, Popov & Partners Law Office will aim increasing transparency and efficiency in the field of implementation of projects, financed by European social fund, and will contribute for lawful utilizing of funds on Operational programme "Administrative capacity".
Goltsblat BLP , the Russian practice of the leading international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) , is providing the Italian clothing brand TWIN-SET Simona Barbieri with legal support for its entry on to the Russian market, including setting up a joint venture and opening a number of own-brand stores across Russia.
Leading Hungarian law firm, Lakatos, Köves and Partners, has been advising Bayerische Landesbank ("BLB") on the sale of its Hungarian subsidiary MKB Bank Zrt. which closed on Monday 29 September 2014.
Kyiv, 17 October 2014 - AstapovLawyers has advised Lexmark International Technology S.A. (Switzerland) on legal matters pertaining to the signing of distribution agreement with a Ukrainian company. The advice included review and adjustments of the wholesaler contract, drafting arbitration clause and on Ukrainian law matters applicable to the contract.
Zavadetskyi Advocates provided for tax clearance of the transaction for cross-border transfer of the loan portfolio from the balance sheet of the Ukrainian bank to the balance sheet of the UK bank of a Greek banking group. As a result of this work an official tax clarification has been obtained that allowed favorable conditions for the transaction.
Kyiv, 11 August 2014 - Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the following three export financing credits:
Kyiv, 2 September 2014 – Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the acquisition of an electrified railway of over two kilometers long and a power line.