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EU membership and connection to CIS countries continue to impact Latvia’s economy, particularly in the real estate sector. Domestic investors, as well as those from Nordic and CIS countries, especially Russia, bolstered Latvia’s property market in 2014. Since then, there have been fears Russia’s appetite for Latvian high-end properties will falter, in light of Russia’s shrinking economy, political tensions over Ukraine and Latvia’s decision to increase the cost of residency rights from €150,000 to €250,000. The consumer goods and important food production markets also suffered from Russian sanctions, with milk prices falling sharply.
In January 2015, arbitration amendments were enforced following 2014’s introduction of a three-tier court structure. The Register of Enterprises will now handle court registration to reduce Latvia’s high number of arbitration courts. Abolishing the Supreme Court’s Criminal Case Chamber also helped move towards a more trusted system.
Personal income tax was reduced to 23% in 2015, and in January 2016 further tax amendments were introduced with the enforcement of the Micro-enterprise Tax Law, which will affect social contributions made by employers and employees. Other significant changes included the adoption of a new industrial property law.
Borenius’ merger with Cobalt became official in January 2016, seeing Indrikis Liepa, Gatis Flinters and new managing partner Lauris Liepa join the latter firm. This came not long after the separation of Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous, in which Raidla’s Latvian and Lithuanian teams joined Lawin’s Estonian office to form Cobalt.
New firms include Skopina & Azanda, Law Office Spridzans and KPMG Law Firm. Redot, Attorneys at Law now operates under its new name Primus, Attorneys at Law.
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Benefits-Plaza offers an Employee Benefits platform for administration and communication relating to insurable employment conditions. By using this platform, insurers and brokers achieve efficiency, time and cost savings. Regardless of where the insured schemes are hosted, all arrangements can be managed in the platform, such as all types of pension schemes, group disability, absenteeism, accidents and medical expenses. Benefits-Plaza has years of experience and built up a strong position with leading clients, including Avéro Achmea, Allianz, Aegon, Delta Lloyd and Zwitserleven.- AKD
Employers ought not to rely on the rules of intestate succession but instead prepare a will. The law firm GRP Rainer has extensive experience in business succession planning.
Partner Emma Pitcher is quoted in World Intellectual Property Review’s (WIPR) feature about the “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact Findings” report released by the OECD and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has brought a close to the so-called “Schienenfall” (rail case) and imposed a fine amounting to millions of euros on a rail company for illegal price-fixing agreements.
The new regulation concerning European Union trade marks is set to come into force on March 23, 2016. What has hitherto been known as a Community trade mark will then become a European Union trade mark.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the communications network linking physical objects and allowing them to exchange information without the need for human intervention. It is expected that many new businesses will be set up to create and use IoT technology, introducing new companies to the telecommunications industry, alongside the many and varied existing participants.
Chambers & Partners has published the latest edition of its guide this month, and we are pleased to announce that Karanović & Nikolić has once again been included in its list of the best legal practices in the world.
RSPP and VEGAS LEX have discussed the consequences of the planned compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals in the context of growing competition, antitrust regulation and other restrictions in the regulation of intellectual property rights at a roundtable with the participation of FAS Russia.
In a recent statement to the press, the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, labelled the Serbian spas as great tourism potentials and 'undiscovered gems', before continuing to declare Slovenian interest for investing in them. According to him, this investment would not be purely financial, as it would also include the investment of Slovenian industry know-how in the process of developing and upgrading the spa offer in Serbia, as a response to emerging health trends and increasing spa vacation demands.