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The energy sector has been a lucrative source of instructions for Polish law firms recently, as planned changes to subsidies mean that energy producers have been eager to get their infrastructure online before the start of 2016. The government’s plans to reduce the country’s reliance on coal and imported gas also include the development of a nuclear power plant by 2025, which is already occupying several firms.
Real estate lawyers also had a busy year in 2014, not only because of energy-related work, but also in relation to the development of road and rail infrastructure, logistics facilities, office space and especially new retail sites. Polish real estate is a particularly attractive target for German and US institutional investors.
The legal market has been relatively stable, with few significant mergers or team moves, albeit DJBW was formed by the merger of Biedecki and Daniłowicz Jurcewicz i Wspólnicy.
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As the modern business services market continues to experience explosive growth in Poland, it is worth keeping in mind the legal issues surrounding practices related to monitoring of employees. The line between lawful and unlawful monitoring practices is at times unclear, and issues of personal data protection also must be kept in mind.
Personal data protection generates a large number of difficulties in the day-to-day activity of service centres. This results from the complicated processes surrounding the processing of personal data in international corporations and the unique nature of the BPO/SSC industry, but also from the restrictive requirements of Polish law regarding personal data.
New minimum wage act sets lowest hourly remuneration for workers at Euro 8.50 from 1 January 2015. This regulation will have crucial impact on undertakings from other countries providing their services in Germany. Foreign employers will have to comply with the new law and pay their employees staying in Germany at least Euro 8.50 per hour.
The practice of entering into double net or triple net lease agreements has become fairly common in the modern commercial property market in Poland. This means that a significant majority of the costs of the upkeep of the leased property are shifted to the tenant.
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Jurisprudence has provided two different decisions in identical case matter, namely the contracting authority's right (or the lack thereof) to disclose information regarded as a trade secret by the economic operator. The regional court in Łódź decided in 2004 that the contracting authority is bound by the economic operator's stipulation regarding confidentiality of some of the information contained in the offer. It may accept it or may reject the offer, but it has no right to disclose it. In 2005 the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland declared something completely to the contrary in its resolution: the contracting authority has the right to disclose information which does not satisfy statutory conditions of a trade secret. Is the Supreme Court right and does its resolution constitute the final word in this matter? In my opinion, the resolution in fact only raises more doubts.
Since middle of May, a new act on LLP companies is in force in Guernsey, providing unique opportunities for tax planning.
Creation of something out of nothing, based on nothing, guaranteed by no one, persuading people that this something is worth anything - we wonder how much longer it will last and how many people will be worse off because of it.
New rules of statutory warranty bring longer deadlines and significantly alter the buyer's rights.
Das Magazin FOCUS hat in seiner aktuellen Spezialausgabe wieder eine Liste der führenden Steuerkanzleien in Deutschland veröffentlicht. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen wurde dabei erneut im Bereich „Umwandlung, Umstrukturierung und M&A“ als Top-Steuerkanzlei ausgezeichnet und erhielt das damit verbundene FOCUS-Siegel „Top-Steuerkanzlei 2015“.
The VEGAS LEX law firm and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) have discussed the current problems and development prospects of public procurement regulation in a roundtable conference also attended by the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
Dr. Jürgen Heyer, President of the German Federation of Housing, Urban Development and Regional Planning and former Minister of Building and Transport in Saxony-Anhalt joins the Berlin office of GSK STOCKMANN + KOLLEGEN as Of Counsel effective 1 May 2015. GSK thus continues focusing on the public sector and growth of their Berlin office.
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Kim & Chang has been recognized as one of the world’s top 150 law firms in the Who’s Who Legal 100 (2014 edition, 3rd edition), published by Who’s Who Legal that is an international publication affiliated with London-based publishing group, Law Business Research. Kim & Chang has been the only law firm in Korea to be included in the list for three consecutive years.
Kim & Chang has been named in ‘Global 100,’ a special feature of The American Lawyer Magazine (ALM), a renowned US-based legal magazine. Our firm was ranked amongst Top 100 firms in ‘Most Lawyers (List of the number of lawyers)’ chart, in ‘Most Global (List of the number of countries in the firm has offices)’ chart, as well as in ‘Pro Bono Commitment’ chart. Kim & Chang is the only Korean firm to be listed inthese charts.
Kim & Chang was recognized as one of the top 10 leading law firms in the world for its pro bono services according to Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Survey 2014 for two consecutive years. Kim & Chang is the only Asian firm to be listed. Who’s Who Legal, an international legal media, conducts global surveys on law firms’ pro bono services since 2013.
Kim & Chang was recognized in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 edition), a leading global law firm directory published by Legalease, UK legal media, as a band 1 law firm for all 14 practice areas surveyed as below.