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Despite being a European Union and euro-area member, Latvia’s relationship with the former Soviet Union countries that constitute the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) continues to profoundly affect the country’s economics and politics. As the NATO-member nation with the highest proportion of ethnically Russian citizens, it is monitoring the current crisis in Ukraine with understandable concern.
Notwithstanding political tensions, there remains an impressive degree of interest in the country from major Russian investors; notably, non-resident savings account for approximately 50% of bank deposits. The interest of strategic investors in local companies is also evident, particularly in the port and logistics sectors. Furthermore, legal firms report an upturn in real estate mandates due to growing interest from investors.
The imminent sale by the government of its 75% stake in Citadele Banka dominates the corporate horizon. In other sectors, the increasing ability of domestic entities to buy out foreign companies has seen local capital become more active. One interesting trend involves local and foreign capital forming joint ventures.
The beginning of 2014 saw significant amendments to the Law on Judicial Power and the Civil Procedure Law come into effect, marking the beginning of a transition to a three-level court system in Latvia.
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The amendments made - Significant amendments to the Commercial Law regarding reorganization of companies, convening of shareholders’ meetings, as well as declaring the beneficial owners came into effect on 1 and 13 July 2011.
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This article covers two topics (1) Estonian employment contracts and their termination (2) Amendments in Law “On State Social Insurance”
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The new Insolvency Law has come in to force as of 1st January 2008
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VEGAS LEX is expanding cooperation with Russian book-publishing businesses. Its new client is a major and greatly respected publisher of educational material, Prosveshcheniye.
On April 27, 2015, VEGAS LEX was recognized in two new categories of Chambers Europe 2015, and a number of VL professionals were recognized on the world level.
On May 12-15, 2015, the Public-Private Partnership Development Institute organized a professional development program for Rostelecom staff on PPP projects. VEGAS LEX experts were invited to speak at training sessions.
Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC advised and assisted KKCG Group with its recent acquisition of an additioAndreas Neocleous & Co LLC advised and assisted KKCG Group with its recent acquisition of an additional 22.35% stake in the investment fund Emma Delta, which owns a 33% interest in the Greek lottery group OPAP. Following the completion of this transaction, KKCG will be the largest investor in Emma Delta, and will hold an effective stake of almost 14.8% in OPAP.
On Thursday, 26 March 2015, the French Competition Authority made a ruling (15-D-04) in a case involving an agreement between millers on a double concerted increase in the price of flour sold in bakeries in 2007. Of the twenty companies implicated at the end of the investigation, only three were ultimately penalised. CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre represented the interests of Moulin de Sauret.- CMS
Igor Chumachenko,VEGAS LEX Partner and Head of the Real Estate, Land & Construction Practice, has spoken at a conference during the REX forum that focused on the legal and economic risks for developers.
Zavadetskyi Advocates represented the Ukrainian subsidiary of AXA Insurance in criminal investigations of USD 9 million and USD 1.2 million damage events with the insured assets in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. Within the investigation procedures advocates of the bureau proved that the events are to be qualified as excluded from the insurance coverage. Following the investigations Zavadetskyi Advocates proceeded with representing the client in the ensuing commercial litigation.
The participants of the Korporativny Yurist magazine’s webinar discussed the structure of contractual relationships and dispute resolution practices in construction with VEGAS LEX expert Nikolay Andrianov.
SK Capital Partners, a US-based private investment firm with focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors, has acquired a controlling interest in AEB Group, a global leader in wine ingredients with growing positions in beer ingredients and food detergents. Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, AEB Group operates a network of production facilities and laboratories throughout Europe and the Americas.
Valora has signed an agreement to sell Valora Warenlogistik AG to 7Days Media Services GmbH. Valora Warenlogistik includes Valora's activities in the warehouse and transport logistics sector in the German and Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The transaction is subject to approval by the competent merger control authorities.