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The period between November 2013 and May 2014 marked a time of political instability and civil unrest in Thailand. There was a sustained campaign of public demonstrations and protests in opposition to the perceived corrupt influence of Thaksin Shinawatra in Thai politics, among other grievances, and a strong motivation to introduce reforms to the political system. Matters came to a head in May 2014 when Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from office by the Constitutional Court after being found guilty of an abuse of power in a case involving the transfer of a government official from his post. This case was followed by the introduction of martial law by the Royal Thai Army, the removal of the existing democratically elected government and then the subsequent establishment of a military junta led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who officially became prime minister in August 2014.
The financial impact during the period of uncertainty was felt when the value of the baht fell to a three-year low in December 2013 and the main stock index also dropped. There was an initial marked decrease in foreign investment and sectors such as retail and tourism were affected. GDP growth also slowed in the final quarter of the year and this trend continued well into the early months of 2014.
Following the resolution of the political crisis, however, the Thai economy has largely stabilised. Sectors such as real estate have marked a recent uptick in activity. Long-term outbound cross-border work in the projects and energy sector has continued to be strong, particularly in finance and development projects involving emerging markets such as Laos and Myanmar. In the field of telecoms, however, an auction of spectrum to be used for 4G services in Thailand was recently placed on hold by the junta. The long-term impact of the current regime therefore remains to be seen.
The legal market is populated by a number of very well-regarded Thai firms, such as Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited, Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor and Siam Premier International Law Office Limited. International law firm Baker & McKenzie is the leading firm in Thailand in terms of its size and practice area coverage. A number of other foreign firms also have a strong presence in the legal market, including Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd, Linklaters and Clifford Chance (Thailand) Limited.
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Kyiv, 29 December 2014 - Avellum Partners advised Nadezhda Group ("Group"), operating in the liquefied petroleum and gas industry, on tax planning for holding structure of the Group, all legal and tax aspects of corporate restructuring and acquisition finance issues, aimed at obtaining finance from international finance institutions ("IFIs").
Kyiv, 14 January 2015 - Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and ING Bank N.V., London Branch, who acted as Dealer Managers, in connection with the exchange offer of Metinvest B.V., the parent company of a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies ("Metinvest") for its USD500 million 10.25% guaranteed notes due 2015, coupled with the new issue of USD289.7 million 10.5% guaranteed notes due 2017 ("Notes") under its USD1,500,000,000 Guaranteed Medium Term Note Programme and a 25% cash consideration. The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch acted as the Exchange Agent. The Notes are listed and admitted to trading on the Global Exchange Market of the Irish Stock Exchange.
In December 2014 the IP team of Gorodissky & Partners was joined by Valery Narezhny who will be in charge of the firm's new law practices such as taxes, customs and commercial laws. Valery graduated from Finance Academy under the Government of Russia (Moscow) majoring in "Finances and Credits" and the Academy of Law and Management (Moscow) majoring in "Civil Law", holds PhD degree in economics. He is specializing in taxes, currency, customs, labor and commercial laws and in court disputes. Valery started his carrier in the state bodies (Tax Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, and Government Administration), worked for a number of Russian and international law firms. He is author of more than 150 publications and 9 books on taxation and civil law issues. Valery Medvedev, Managing Partner, Gorodissky & Partners, commented: "It appears from our clients' enquiries that they are in the need to obtain consultations and professional advice relating not only to protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights but also to IP issues governed by taxes, labor, currency and commercial laws. Valery Narezhny having considerable experience and knowledge in these practices will no doubt enhance our team of lawyers and considerably enlarge the range of the firm's legal services"
HaoLiWen has advised a multinational client in a case of the customs challenge against import transfer pricing. Recently, this case was successfully closed. The customs has accepted the transfer pricing policies of the client. The client has incurred no further import tax exposure, and the deposits put up with the customs for the shipments in question are to be refunded by the customs to the client.
The VEGAS LEX law firm will support this year's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the largest and most prestigious law school competition, which will take place in Moscow from January 28 through February 1.
Der Onlinehändler Windeln.de hat seine bislang größte Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen. Mit einem Investitionsvolumen von insgesamt etwa EUR 45 Mio. beteiligten sich neben dem Hauptinvestor Goldman Sachs auch die bisherigen Geldgeber MCI Management, 360 Capital Partners, die Londoner Beteiligungsgesellschaft DN Capital sowie mehrere Deutsche Bank Fonds.
Schoenherr advised AIM Software Group ("AIM") on the receipt of an investment from and transfer of a majority interest to U.S.-based private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe ("WCAS"). AIM is a leading provider of data management software products to the financial services industry. Under the terms of the transaction, which was announced on 14 January 2015, AIM's existing management team will continue to operate the business and maintain a significant ownership stake in the company. WCAS is also investing primary capital in the business which will be used to further accelerate AIM's expansion. read more...
Walgreen Co., the largest drug store chain in the United States, has completed the acquisition of the remaining 55% equity ownership in Alliance Boots GmbH, the Swiss parent company of a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Walgreens had acquired 45% in Alliance Boots GmbH in 2012 with the option to proceed to a full combination by acquiring the remaining 55%.
We are pleased to announce that we elected Daniel Leu as partner as of 1 January 2015. Daniel Leu, a Certified Inheritance Law Specialist, advises private clients on corporate and estate planning, on the handling of estates, in connection with foundations and trusts and on questions in connection with the place of residence. Other areas of work include advising clients who buy or sell real estate in Switzerland and art law.
Luxembourg, 26 November 2014 - MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour, have continued expansion plans by announcing the recruitment of experienced litigator François Cautaerts. François comes to MOLITOR from Philippe & Partners as a partner, with Paulo Lopes Da Silva, in litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as specialising in Restructuring & Insolvency.