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Legal market overview
The Latvian economy has been one of the fastest recovering in Europe since the downturn, but economic growth slowed in 2013, and the country saw a significant increase in business restructurings, bankruptcy and litigation. The real estate market also remains sluggish, despite increasing interest from foreign investors.
That said, Latvia’s entry into the eurozone in January 2014 is beginning to fuel significant interest from abroad which may generate legal work. Furthermore, the government has ushered in changes to corporate income tax law, which will see an attractive holding company regime come into effect in 2014, allowing tax-free repatriation of dividends, interest and royalties to non-residents; and implement a participation exemption for capital gains from sale of shares.
Lawin, Raidla Lejins & Norcous and Sorainen remain market leaders, and cornered the majority of the market’s upper-end deals in 2013. Attorneys at Law Borenius, Kronbergs & Cukste and Glimstedt & Partners are also prominent across a broad spectrum of practice areas.
In another development, Latvian firm Adversus joined forces with Nordeus in Estonia and The Attorneys of Pavlov & Mamontovas in Lithuania to form new firm Fort.
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Inside this issue: Latest case law in labour matters Protection of proprietary in-terests of a company at the European Court of human rights — why not? Assessing the transfer of an undertaking NEWS – ANNOUNCEMENTS – EVENTS
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.
Legal News at Your Glance - European Union: Treaty of Lisbon signed -- Estonia: Changes in Income Tax Act -- Latvia: Latvian Supreme Court upholds restrictive doctrine of foreign state immunity -- Lithuania: Amendments in the business accounting standards
A practical insight to cross-border Corporate Tax work
This article covers two topics (1) Estonian employment contracts and their termination (2) Amendments in Law “On State Social Insurance”
Latvia: 2007 year in review.
The new Insolvency Law has come in to force as of 1st January 2008
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The Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014 (the New ELP Law ) has replaced the Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2013 Revision) (the Previous Law ). The New Law includes significant changes to the Cayman Islands' statutory framework regulating exempted limited partnerships ( ELPs ) that will increase the attractiveness of ELPs and will be appreciated by managers, investors and creditors alike. Private equity sponsors in particular will notice substantial improvements that are indicative of Cayman's continuing commitment to balanced and commercially sensible legislation. Read more...
RESTRUCTURING - COURT PROCEDURES
On 23 May 2014, the States of Jersey passed the Companies (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 201- (the Amendment Law ). This will now be sent to the UK Privy Council for consideration, then laid before the States of Jersey for a final time before coming into force. The latest information we have is that the Privy Council will be approving the law on 19 July 2014 and it may come into effect as soon as 4 August 2014.
The Hague, 4 July 2014 - BarentsKrans has appointed Joost Fanoy as a partner in the Antitrust & Public Procurement department, effective as of July 1, 2014. Joost specializes in European law in general with a particular focus on European and Dutch competition, public procurement and state aid law and is the head of the Antitrust and Public Procurement Practice Group. Joost is also a member of the Cartel damages team of BarentsKrans.
PineBridge Investments Middle East, a global multi-asset class investment manager with regional headquarters in Bahrain, and nearly 60 years of experience in emerging and developed markets, has acquired a 50% equity stake in Romatem, the leading physical therapy and rehabilitation services chain in Turkey.
Isbank issued 750 million USD notes under its GMTN programme established in 2013. The notes are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and bear interest at the rate of 5 % with a maturity date 2021. Mr. Omer Collak (partner) and Mr. Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have acted for the joint lead managers Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Halkbank issued five-year term fixed interest rate US currency notes, with a total amount of USD 500 million with an interest rate of 4.765 % and an annual coupon rate of 4.750 %. The notes offered the lowest borrowing rate in the first five-month period of 2014, and total demand rose nearly nine-fold due to high investor interest. The note issuance drew great interest from international investors settled in the Middle East and Asia, as well as those investors based in the US and Europe. Mr Omer Collak (partner) and Mr Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have advised the joint lead managers.
Turkiye Finans issued the first ringgit sukuk originating from Turkey. The bank initially raised MYR 1 billion with a five-year commodity sukuk on June 30, with an annual return of 6 %. The sukuk under the programme will have tenure of one to 20 years. Funds raised will go towards general corporate purposes. The sukuk will be issued through TF Varlik Kiralama A.S., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turkiye Finans. Malaysia's RAM Ratings has accorded the programme an indicative long-term rating of AA3. HSBC Amanah Malaysia and Standard Chartered Saadiq were the joint advisers. Mr Omer Collak (partner) and Mr Baris Kencebay (head of tax practice) have advised Turkiye Finans and the issuer TF Varlik Kiralama A.S.
Ziraat Bank, the largest state owned bank of Turkey, established GMTN programme on 21 May 2014, for the notes to be issued up to USD 2 billion listed on Irish Stock Exchange. The notes are unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured obligations, and rank pari-passu with Ziraat Bank's other senior unsecured obligations.
Vakifbank issued EUR 500 million 5-year unsecured and unsubordinated notes under the first GMTN programme of Turkey established in 2013. The notes are listed on Irish Stock Exchange and bear interest at the rate of 3.5 % p.a. with a maturity date 17 June 2019. This is the very first EUR denominated RegS offering of a Turkish entity.