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Spain’s sustained economic growth in 2015 has finally given investors hope after years of gloom following the onset of the financial crisis. Despite ongoing political fragmentation after the general elections of December 2015, and Catalonia’s independence claim, the market mood is optimistic.
The confidence is attributable in part to several governmental measures: the cutting of public expenditure; higher taxes aimed at autonomous communities; and the results of labour and financial reforms of previous years. According to the European Commission, Spain is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the eurozone. It is expected to grow by over 3% in 2015, compared to 1.4% the previous year, marking its highest growth rate in seven years.
Law firms report an increase in M&A transactions, a consequence of an increase in credit lines to businesses and increased foreign investment. While there is still some activity on the insolvency front, the focus is turning to refinancing transactions relating to existing credit. Real estate is a core sector, and the country is seeing high levels of interest from investment funds, with the explosion of SOCIMIs (the local equivalent of REITs) being one of the main drivers of new work.
Three domestic heavyweights – Uría Menéndez, Garrigues and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira – have a commanding presence in the market, closely followed by international names including the Magic Circle firms present in Spain and Baker & McKenzie Madrid S.L.P.. Other notable domestic firms include Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Pérez-Llorca and the up-and-coming Rousaud Costas Duran SLP.
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The Firm is a small (in terms of the number of lawyers), legal boutique established in 2008 by lawyers coming from multinational firms (Clifford Chance – all partners have had a common experience in said firm –, CMS Albiñana, Cuatrecasas, Cremades & Calvo Sotelo), with broad, practical experience and with strong participation in public and private Spanish universities as Professors (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ICADE, Universidad Carlos III, etc).
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Spain has recently been referred to as one of the "hottest" European countries in terms of debt sales, specifically of non-performing loans. This should not come as a surprise in a scenario in which independent audits as of June 2012 revealed a EUR 62 billion capital shortfall in Spanish banks and in which the Spanish rate of non-performing loans stayed above eight per cent of all loans.
On October 11, the Official State Gazette published Law 38/2011 on the reform of Law 22/2003 of July 9 on Bankruptcy that entails a broad and ambitious procedure to modify bankruptcy legislation.
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Chapter IV, Title III of the Bankruptcy Act (hereinafter, the "BA") regulates the filing of actions against the activity of debtors declared bankrupt in order to return to the bankrupt estate certain assets which the legislator considers should never have been taken away.
The employer has the possibility to contest the candidate lists in the event that a candidate does not comply with the conditions for eligibility. The Supreme Court recently confirmed that this is only possible within the strict terms provided in the social elections procedure.
Urgent Measures for the reform of collective bargaining.
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(1) Mercantile: Liberalizing actions in the tax and labor areas in order to encourage investment and create employment. (2) Litigation: Reform of the Penal Code (Organic Law 5/2010 of June 22). (3) Labor: Paternity Leave. Maintenance of employment and professional training. IPREM and SMI for 2011. Self Employed Workers. Pensions. Placement Agencies. (4) Tax: Changes: personal income tax, company tax, income tax for non residents, tax on patrimony transfers and documented legal acts, VAT.
We live in a globalized world where people, goods and money can move freely between national borders. It is perfectly possibly to buy a computer manufactured in Tokyo from a sales company established in Bangladesh, while sitting outdoors on a terrace in Rome. In this context, with transnational commerce and business relations constantly expanding, it is logical that international litigation is becoming increasingly commonplace.
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.