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Big-ticket M&A in Italy was again in decline, set against a backdrop of an unstable political situation and extraordinarily weak market conditions, while the country’s IPO market and most types of inbound investment remained subdued.
Nonetheless, large-scale restructurings again kept legal departments busy, and debt capital markets lawyers welcomed legislation that formed part of a Stimulus Decree placing Italian private companies on equal footing with their Italian public company and European counterparts. This meant that the Italian high-yield bond market was open for business.
Key events in the ever-changing legal market involved Labruna Mazziotti Segni enduring the departure of corporate lawyers Antonio Segni, Andrea Mazziotti di Celso and Federico Vermicelli to Lombardi Molinari Segni’s new Rome office. In Milan, Lombardi Molinari Segni recruited litigator Franco Anelli as of counsel from Studio Schlesinger. Elsewhere, debt capital markets expert Paola Leocani joined White & Case (Europe) LLP from Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato in June 2013; Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s Rome office lost Gianroberto de Giovanni, Paolo Ricci and Massimiliano Marinozzi to Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young; former Italy managing partner Marco Franzini exited Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP for Eversheds Bianchini; and Giuseppe Labianca left NCTM Studio Legale Associato to go in-house at Brunello Cucinelli.
Other news included: Bonelli Erede Pappalardo LLP opening a dispute resolution desk in its London office; the firm’s former partner Luca G Radicati di Brozolo and senior associate Michele Sabatini founding new international arbitration and litigation boutique ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini in October 2013; and Andrea Carlevaris leaving Bonelli Erede Pappalardo to become the new Secretary General of the ICC Court of Arbitration.
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I. Odour pollution is a significant environmental issue that, if overlooked, can affect public amenity and the quality of life. Indeed, noxious (and even toxic) environmental odours may cause related health problems, triggering symptoms by a variety of physiological mechanisms, including exacerbation of underlying medical conditions, innate odour aversions, aversive conditioning phenomena and stress-induced illnesses.
ITALIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITY TARGETS BIG PHARMA, TRIGGERS EXPANSION OF OFF-LABEL PRESCRIPTION
I. MEDICAL APPS: THEY ARE HERE TO STAY, AND GROW.
I. Our firm, Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti and Associates, carries out a large part of its work in the field of Environmental law. The establishment of Law NO. 97/2013 on 6th August 2013 heavily influenced the regulation of compensation for environmental damages, as it follows in the footsteps of European Union Directives by introducing the concept of " strict liability ". This infers a type of liability which is independent from the wilful misconduct or gross negligence of an operator and allows for convictions based upon the damages themselves rather than the deeds or intentions of whoever may have caused them.
WHICH ORGANIZATIONAL MODEL WILL SHIELD AN ENTITY FROM CORPORATE CRIMINAL LIABILITY UNDER ITALIAN LAWTHE ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATIVE DECREE 231. At the time of its enactment in 2001, Legislative Decree no. 231 had a revolutionary impact on the Italian legal system as it subverted a basic tenet of Italian criminal law according to which corporations bore no criminal liability. The assumption that only individuals could be directly subject to criminal sanctions was erased and a system aimed at punishing corporations for crimes committed by individuals to their advantage or in their interest was created . A specific set of sanctions able to punish the corporation and its shareholders was devised: monetary sanctions and blacklisting sanctions (inclusive of the prohibition to carry on the business activity and the appointment of receivers), which may also be ordered on an interim basis, apply instead of arrest and imprisonment of individuals.
The " Decreto del Fare " ("Decree of Doing" - Law Decree 21 st June 2013, n. 69, turned into Law 9 th August 2013, n. 98) contains regulations designed to simplify legal matters related to the construction industry with the purpose of helping its workers and to kick start a sector deeply affected by the economic crisis.
In 2009, Italian Law introduced a new legal instrument, Business Network Contracts (‘BNC’), which allow aggregations of commercial entities to work together in an organised and durable manner (without having to establish a new company or a consortium) whilst retaining their own independence and individuality, as well as benefitting from various incentives and tax benefits.
Expected ever since the first unofficial draft was published by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Authority ( BRSA ), back in May 2008, the new Law on Financial Leasing, Factoring and Financing Companies numbered 6361 ( Law No. 6361 ) has entered into force as of 13 December 2012 with the exception of certain provisions-, upon its publication on the Official Gazette numbered 28496.
With the expansion of the online market, some doubts have arisen about the appropriateness of Italian regulations related to online conditions of sale, with particular reference to restrictive clauses.
• Introduction • New provisions on regulating Resignation and Termination by Mutual Consent • Sanctions • Conclusion
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.