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Italy experienced the arrival of yet another new government during 2014, led by the country’s youngest ever prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who promised sweeping political, economic and labour law reforms. Such promise attracted the interest of international investors but Italy, nonetheless, dipped back into recession during the first two quarters of 2014 and, in September, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicted that Italy’s GDP would grow by only 0.1% in 2015.
Unsurprisingly, the country’s restructuring lawyers remained busy with high-profile work, while Italy’s debt capital markets specialists tapped into a mini-bond boom, following reforms that allow Italian unlisted small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to issue debt securities and bonds for trading on the professional segment of Italy’s stock exchange.
As always, Italy’s legal market was fluid. Among these changes, Latham & Watkins LLP endured the departure of a six-strong finance team – including former local banking and finance department chair Riccardo Agostinelli, Lorenzo Vernetti and Marco Leonardi – which moved to Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Paolo Daviddi joined Grimaldi Studio Legale’s Milan office from Norton Rose Fulbright; and a team of five finance lawyers led by partner Giancarlo Castorino left d’Urso Gatti e Bianchi Studio Legale Associato to join King & Wood Mallesons.
Italy’s leading tax law firms also experienced change: Di Tanno e Associati lost Stefano Petrecca and Eugenio Romita to Macchi di Cellere Gangemi’s Rome and Milan offices, together with several associates; and ex-Maisto e Associati partner Paolo Ludovici founded Ludovici & Partners.
Meanwhile, NCTM Studio Legale Associato merged Studio Panetta & Associati into its Rome office, comprising equity partner Rocco Panetta and seven other professionals, including salary partners Giorgio Telarico and Domenico Rinaldi.
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One of the issues that Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti e Associati has been dealing with recently is the involvement of the regulatory authority AGCOM (Italian Communications Authority) in the postal sector.
I. The Resolution of the Authority for Electricity and Gas (hereinafter just the "Authority"), January 18, 2007, no. 11/07 (hereinafter "TIU") has brought about the introduction of new administrative and accounting separation obligations (also known as unbundling ) for companies operating in the electricity and gas markets. This measure, which is made to meet the provisions of functional and accounting unbundling contained in previous resolutions of the Authority, is part of a regulatory system made up of both national and EU legal sources (among which the following are of particular importance; i) Law 14 November 1995, no. 481; ii) Resolutions Authority no. 310/2001 and no. 311/2001; iii) the EU Directives 2003/54/EC and 2003/55/EC).
Law Decree No. 91 of 24 June 2014, as converted into Law no. 116 of 11 August 2014 introduced a set of measures with a view to favoring investments in the form of either incorporation of Joint Stock Companies ( Società per Azioni , " S.p.A." ) and Limited Liability Companies ( Società a Responsabilità Limitata , " S.r.l." ) or acquisition of stakes in such entities. This alert briefly summarizes the content of the provisions recently introduced.
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.
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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.
Danos & Associates law firm will take part in International BEST LEGAL Conference-2015 that will take place in Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus between September 27-29.The Conference will bring together lawyers, legal advisers, businessemen and other professionals from Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Armenia, Bulgaria and several other countries. The Conference is organised by Cypriot business magazine Successful Business.
Niederer Kraft & Frey advised Mercer, a part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies group, in the acquisition of SCM Strategic Capital Management AG (SCM). Completion of the transaction is inter alia subject to regulatory approvals. NKF is supporting the Mercer in-house legal team. Slaughter and May is advising on Hong Kong law and Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen on Luxembourg law matters.
On 18 December 2014, Apax and NJJ Capital SAS, Xavier Niel's private holding company, have agreed to sell mobile telecom operator Orange Communications SA for a total transaction value of CHF 2.8 billion (EUR 2.3 billion). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval and expected to complete by the end of Q1 2015.
Niederer Kraft & Frey advised Knorr-Bremse AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, which is based in Munich and employs more than 24,000 people worldwide, in the acquisition of Selectron Systems AG, Lyss. Through this acquisition, Knorr-Bremse is expanding its portfolio to include components and solutions for the automation of rail vehicles.
Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Sherpa Asset Management AG, providing asset management services to wealthy individuals, foundations, family offices and other institutions, in connection with its successful authorization by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA as asset manager of collective investment schemes.
Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Quantica Capital AG, an asset management company focused on quantitative investment strategies, in connection with its successful authorization by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA as asset manager of collective investment schemes. As of today, Niederer Kraft & Frey has a proven track record of – alone under the revised CISA – 10 successful FINMA authorizations of CISA asset managers including, among others, Twelve Capital AG, BWM AG, Parsumo Capital AG, JMA Jürg Maurer Asset Management AG and MainFirst Schweiz AG.
Shortly before Builder’s Day, Moscow hosted a major conference that covered broad business issues concerning the construction industry’s development in modern conditions, with VEGAS LEX actively participating in the event.
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Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. announced the sale of its banking subsidiary BSI SA to Banco BTG Pactual S.A. for CHF 1.5 billion. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.