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The €6bn recapitalisation of Portugal’s banking system has now concluded for all institutions except Banif. Vieira de Almeida & Associados advised the Portuguese state throughout, with Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, Garrigues and Linklaters LLP acting for banks at various points in the process.
Though very slight growth was reported in 2013, the economy remains largely unchanged, with legal work dominated by distressed transactions. This, in turn, has encouraged greater specialisation, particularly within insolvency. Wide-reaching labour and HR repercussions of corporate restructurings have also created new challenges, and CMS has demonstrated particular strength in this area.
In response to domestic market conditions, firms are increasingly focusing on foreign jurisdictions – particularly Mozambique and Angola – with Brazil and China following close behind. Benefiting from its fluid, global structure, Linklaters LLP has expanded its activity in Lusophone Africa. Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados created a specialist Africa desk in 2012, and PLMJ – A. M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL and Sérvulo & Associados have also developed their presence in the continent. Drawing on strong international foundations, SRS Advogados’ dual-qualified team has been active across Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America.
There has been a marked increase in financial regulation, and resultant litigation. Swaps-related disputes between the state and multiple institutions are close to conclusion. Pharmaceutical patent actions also remain a major trend, with Pfizer’s ongoing proceedings over Viagra being a significant example. On the public side, Portugal’s wide-reaching privatisation programme is nearing completion, with the postal service’s approaching reconstitution set to follow a similar model to the UK. Stagnating PPP activity has, once again, encouraged law firms to take their expertise into new territories, particularly in Africa, acting for public and private sector clients.
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As is widely known Portugal is experiencing a Financial Crisis and is being governed under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, in spite of this, Portugal remains a country with good business opportunities in several areas.
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The expansion of the oil and gas industry in Equatorial Guinea ("EG") has caused a significant increase in immigration, not just of qualified workers, but also of a substantial number of unskilled , and often illegal, immigrants, especially from the neighbour countries.
Despite a few setbacks on the way and the protracted discussions, the congress has finally approved Law 12.351/2010, of 22 December 2010, thereby replacing the old oil concession inplace in Brazil by a new set of contractual standards.
On September 23, 2014, VEGAS LEX partner and head of the International Projects Group Yuriy Bortnikov spoke before an audience of major venture funds and IT companies including Facebook, LinkedIn and Survey Monkey in Palo Alto, California. His presentation Doing Business in Russia: Essential Legal Matters was devoted to the legal specifics of the Russian environment for business.
Hengeler Mueller advises arrangers and underwriters on financing of planned acquisition of Sigma-AldMerck, a leading company for high-tech products in the pharma, performance materials and life science sectors, and Sigma-Aldrich, also a leading life science and technology company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Sigma-Aldrich for €13.1bn (converted). A USD 15.6bn bridge financing has been secured for the all-cash transaction. The final financing structure will comprise a combination of cash on Merck's balance sheet, bank loans and bonds. Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Société Générale acted as arrangers and underwriters in respect of the financing transaction. Closing is expected in mid-year 2015, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by a special shareholders' meeting of Sigma-Aldrich and other customary closing conditions.
AstapovLawyers is pleased to announce it has become an official legal partner of the Ukrainian Tennis Federation. AstapovLawyers will provide full legal support to the Federation including advice on on-going matters, drafting and negotiating contracts, employment, tax and corporate issues. AstapovLawyers has become the first law firm to act as an official legal partner of the Ukrainian Tennis Federation.
The plenary session of the PharmaStrategies-2015 conference focused on several key issues including a planned international pharmaceutical market information system for anti-monopoly regulators, changes in the federal law o n circulation of medicines and the application of the law on public procurement contracts system.
On September 29, 2014, the Government of the Russian Federation and RT-Invest Transport Systems signed a concession agreement on one of the largest investment projects in Russia to introduce a tolling system for vehic les heavier than 12 metric tons.
VEGAS LEX managing partner Alexander Sitnikov spoke at a conference sponsored by the Khanty-Mansiysk Non-State Pension Fund focused on Russia's pension system and relevant federal legislation earlier this month.
This Client Briefing has been prepared for the assistance of directors of investment funds listing "equity securities" as defined in Chapter I of the listing rules (the Listing Rules) of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange (the Exchange) under Chapter VII of the Listing Rules. This Briefing sets out certain of the continuing obligations which an issuer is required to observe once any of its securities have been admitted to listing. This Client Briefing should be read in conjunction with the ‘Channel Island Securities Exchange - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds' Briefing.- Ogier
Following the opening of our offices in Lugano in 2013, Walder Wyss has further expanded its operations with the opening of new offices in Basel. We warmly welcome our new team which consists of 12 experienced legal professionals and 9 staff members.
The Delhi High Court in case of DIT v Panalfa Autoelektrik Ltd: 49 taxmann.com 412 , held that export commission for arranging export sales could not be considered as consideration for providing managerial, consultancy or technical services, and therefore would not be taxable in India.
Boult Wade Tennant is delighted to announce the firm has maintained our top tier rankings in leading industry directory: The Legal 500 in both the patent and trade mark categories.