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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.
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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:
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.
Avellum Partners acted as the legal counsel to the owners of a leading Ukrainian FMCG producer in connection with its sale to a private investor.
KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced an investment in arago AG ("arago"). arago is a German-based high-tech company specialised in IT automation. KKR will acquire a minority stake in arago and support the global roll-out of arago's product portfolio with growth equity.
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In early August 2014 „Popov & Partners" Law office was selected by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria to perform public procurement named „Research and analysis of existing systems for enforcement in the EU Member States, research and exchange of the European good practices related to the construction of electronic system/portal for enforcement". The research is in the framework of „Effective and transparent enforcement, integrated with national and European electronic legal systems" implemented with the grant of the Operational Programme „Administrative Capacity", co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
In the middle of July 2014 "Popov and Partners" law office was awarded a public procurement, announced by the Ministry of Finance, with subject matter "Analysis of the structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC) and development of an offer for structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Good Governance" (OPGG) in relation to the 2014-2020 programming period". The public procurement is part of a project for analysis of the structure of the Ministry of Finance and Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate, realized with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC), co-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The most fundamental aim of all project activities is to guarantee the effective execution of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, in its capacity of Managing authority of the new Operational Programme "Good Governance" 2014 - 2020, which will replace Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" and Operational Programme "Technical Assistance", implemented during the past programming period.
The international media company Bertelsmann is increasing its ownership of Gruner + Jahr to 100 percent by acquiring Jahr Holding's 25.1 percent shareholding. The transaction was agreed among Gruner + Jahr's shareholders. Bertelsmann's acquisition of the remaining shares in Gruner + Jahr will become effective on November 1, 2014. The purchase price is being paid in cash, and the parties have agreed not to disclose the amount.
Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on acquisition of portfolio of around 9,600 residential uA subsidiary of LEG Immobilien AG ("LEG"), acting as the buyer, and Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE ("Deutsche Annington"), acting as the seller, yesterday signed an agreement for a portfolio transaction for around 9,600 residential units and related employees in North Rhine-Westphalia by way of share deal. The total transaction volume amounts to €484m. Following antitrust approval, the closing of the transaction is expected by the end of October 2014.