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Portugal’s economy has continued to grow following the country’s exit from the EU bailout programme in 2014; it is back on the radar of foreign investors, with an uptick in M&A and private equity activity creating significant work for firms. Despite this optimism, the after-effects of the 2014 collapse of Banco Espírito Santo (Portugal’s second largest bank at the time) continue to be felt. While investigations into the dissolution are ongoing, the sale of successor institution Novo Banco has been delayed after talks with multiple international buyers were temporarily suspended.
Privatisations, the former conservative government’s flagship policy for structural reforms, continued into 2015, with the privatisation of EGF – Empresa Geral do Fomento, the waste management arm of the Águas de Portugal, and part-privatisation of airline TAP Portugal being the latest to take place. The country’s elections in late 2015, however, saw an anti-austerity left-wing coalition oust the centre-right government, with the intention of reinstating wages, pensions and benefits to 2011 levels. Although popular with the electorate, it is felt by some that these measures could stall further reform and dent investors’ confidence in the market.
The Portuguese legal market remains stable, with relatively few lawyer moves. However, 2015 saw the departure of six partners, including former name partner Rui Amendoeira, and around 30 associates from Miranda & Associados to Vieira de Almeida & Associados, which saw the latter firm gaining significant cross-border expertise, notably in Angola. Shortly after, Miranda & Associados absorbed Amorim Advogados in Oporto. PLMJ, Law Firm’s former corporate practice head Jorge de Brito Pereira moved to Uría Menéndez in early 2016.
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A New Building Permits Legal Regime was recently enacted in Cape Werde by way of Decree-Law 19/2011, of 28 February 2011.
As in past years, the 2011 Budget of the Macao Special Administrative Region (OR/2011) provided for various Tax exemptions, including for industrial tax and stamp duty, and deductions for professional tax (on work related income), urban property tax and complimentary income (on industrial and commercial income).
A testator who makes a gift during his lifetime may give rise to tax advantages. However, any gifts need to be taken into account when calculating the compulsory portion.
Montenegrin media outlets have recently reported that the initial phase of the tender for the pre-qualification procedure in awarding the concession for the Kotor-Lovćen-Cetinje cableway – announced on 3 August in the Official Gazette of Montenegro – will be open to interested parties until 5 October this year. The president of the Tender Commission, Daliborka Pejović, pointed out that seven potential concessionaires have so far shown great interest for submitting the required documentation in the pre-qualification stage.
Karanović & Nikolić is pleased to have advised on the recent public procurement case in which our client – the seller – provided the City of Belgrade with five new electric buses for the city's public transport system. The team that led the client throughout the process was represented by Marjan Poljak, Partner, and Ana Stanković, Senior Associate.
Recent news reports from Bosnia tell us that the BiH government, represented by the federal prime minister for economic issues and investments, Suvad Osmanagić, paid a visit to Bihać with Ludovico Camozzi, the president and owner of Camozzi – an Italian company that produces industrial automation machinery.
Ever since Serbia’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU (‘SAA’) entered into force in September 2013, Serbian media have paid significant attention to the country’s obligations concerning the acquisition of agricultural land by foreigners. The fear of one part of the public appears to be that, due to the application of the SAA, large portions of Serbian agricultural land will be sold out to foreigners.
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Claims arising from a D&O (Directors & Officers) insurance policy can be ceded to the employer. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, in its ruling of April 13, 2016 (Az.: IV ZR 304/13).
According to latest media reports, the governments of Serbia and Bulgaria have agreed on the formulation of a new memorandum for the task of building a gas pipeline between the two countries, during a recent meeting of the group for gas connections in Central and South East Europe that was held in Budapest.
An interesting news update has recently come up in the media, as the Serbian roads company "Putevi Srbije", and the Ministry of Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure – together with the representatives of the relevant institutions in Romania – announced that a contract on implementing a cross border project of building the Belgrade-Timisoara highway is due to be signed in the next two weeks.
Media reports are letting us know that the "Serbia - A Strategic Crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe," conference was held in Paris on 15 September, where the French companies were presented with the political and economic environment in Serbia, as well as with the ensuing investment opportunities and the possibility of financing economic projects.