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Disappointing GDP figures have led to further austerity measures being implemented by the Slovenian government as it attempts to ease the strain on local businesses and banks. As more companies slip towards bankruptcy, law firms have been increasingly active in debt restructuring and litigation mandates. Aside from the ongoing acquisition of Mercator by Agrokor, significant M&A transactions remain at a low level. Pensions, labour and tax law reforms are a potential course of action for the government, and could help reignite the interest of foreign investors. Other possible avenues to growth include distressed banks looking to sell shares that were acquired during bankruptcy proceedings; and the possibility of future privatisations.
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On 12 April 2013, Slovenia's new Employment Relationship Act ( Zakon o delovnih razmerjih ; " ERA-1 ") and the Act on the Amendments to the Labour Market Regulation Act ( Zakon o spremembah in dopolnitvah Zakona o urejanju trga dela ; " ZUTD-A ") entered into force, introducing labour market reforms as a result of long-lasting negotiations among the country's social partners. The reforms aim to establish (maintain) adequate protection of workers and their employment relationships by simultaneously implementing more effective and flexible means of adapting to current market conditions (thus reducing labour market segmentation and increasing the flexibility of employment relationships).
The start of 2013 was marked by the long-awaited introduction of a new antitrust authority - the Competition Protection Agency - which will be led by Andrej Krašek. The internal organisation of the agency differs from the structure of the Competition Protection Office (for further information please see "Competition authority reorganised: finally, again and forthe last time?"). The senate and the president of the senate will be responsible for adopting decisions in individual cases and the agency will be run by the director and the council. The agency has been reinforced with 13 employees from other ministries and public bodies, which should enable quicker resolution of proceedings.
This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of mergers and acquisitions. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. www.iclg.co.uk.
This guide provides the international practitioner and in-house counsel with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of real estate. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.
Implementation of the Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers has for the first time enabled Slovenian companies to merge with companies from other member states. But Slovenian courts have little practical experience with cross-border mergers.
Implementation of the Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers has for the first time enabled Slovenian companies to merge with companies from other mem-ber states. But Slovenian courts have little practical experience with cross-border mergers. And the complex interaction of the relatively newly harmonised EC legisla-tion and the older local rules requires a sound knowledge of both regimes. It is particularly important to know how the local rules are applied in practice.
The Slovenian legislation includes the following types of in rem securities relating to: (i) real properties – mortgage (hipoteka), land debt (zemljiški dolg), real encumbrance (stvarno breme); and (ii) movables and property rights, respectively – pledge (zastavna pravica), retention of title (pridržek lastninske pravice), transfers by way of security (prenos v zavarovanje), and assignment by way of security (odstop v zavarovanje).
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The Competition Protection Office recently initiated ex officio merger control pro-ceedings against the Federation of Slovenian Retired Persons' Societies. According to the office, the federation had acquired control over Vzajemna Zdravstvena zava-rovalnica dvz, a Slovenian mutual health insurance company, but failed to notify the concentration within the statutory 30-day time limit.
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In the matter concerning: Nitto Denko Corp v. Union of India- WP 3742/2013 and Nitto Denko Corp v. Union of India- WP 3756/2013
Frankfurt, 12. November 2013 – Die internationale Anwaltskanzlei Baker & McKenzie hat die Société Générale Corporate, Investment Banking (Société Générale) als Arranger Counsel bei der zweiten öffentlichen ABS-Transaktion für die Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH ("BDK") in Deutschland beraten.
München, 28. November 2013 – Die internationale Anwaltskanzlei Baker & McKenzie hat die börsennotierte Schweizer Beteiligungsholding Airesis S.A. bei dem Verkauf der Boards & More-Gruppe an EMERAM Capital Partners beraten. Die Boards & More-Gruppe ist mit den Marken Fanatic, ION und North ein führender Sportartikelhersteller im Bereich Kite- und Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling und Fahrradbekleidung. Der Jahresumsatz der Boards & More-Gruppe beträgt ca. 45 Millionen Euro.
München, 4. Dezember 2013 – Die internationale Anwaltskanzlei Baker & McKenzie hat gemeinsam mit dem BGH-Anwalt Axel Rinkler für den Alfred Kröner Verlag ein Grundsatzurteil vor dem Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) wegen der Zurverfügungstellung von Werkteilen im universitären Intranet erwirkt (Urteil vom 28. November 2013, Az. I ZR 76/12). Der BGH hat festgestellt, dass Universitäten ihren Studenten nur bis zu 12 Prozent eines Buches, höchstens jedoch 100 Seiten, digital zur Verfügung stellen dürfen. Eine Zugänglichmachung ist allerdings nicht zulässig, wenn der Rechteinhaber der Hochschule eine angemessene Lizenz für die fragliche Nutzung angeboten hat. Im vorliegenden Fall hatte der klagende Verlag ein Lizenzangebot ausgesprochen. Der BGH hat die Sache an das Berufungsgericht zurückverwiesen, das nun die Angemessenheit des Lizenzangebots zu prüfen hat.
freenet AG, the largest network-independent telecommunications provider in Germany, has entered into a €300m syndicated loan with a banking syndicate led by Commerzbank AG, including Bayerische Landesbank, HSH Nordbank, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Nord LB and UniCredit. The new revolving credit facility has a maturity of five years. Funds drawn may be applied towards the financing of general corporate purposes, including acquisitions.
Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen, partner in Plesner, Gitte Holtsø, partner in Plesner, and Anna Gentzschein, Attorney with SOS International, have written an article about franchising for the international database "Getting the Deal Through".- Plesner
The International Financial Law Review1000 ranks Plesner at the top in central practice areas.- Plesner
The new management and general work council of Imtech Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG reached an agreement in Hamburg in the past weeks on a general reconciliation of interests, several individual reconciliations of interests and social plans as well as a company agreement on compensatory payments.
The International Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Expertise Centre) has decided that Afilias Ltd, an ICANN accredited registry operator for Internet domains, may register the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .lotto.
Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, and Capvis, a leading Swiss mid-size market PE fund, have agreed to jointly acquire VAT Holding, the global market leader in high-end vacuum valves. The transaction is subject to merger control approval.