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Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

July 2009 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.

New Developments In Russian Insolvency Law

July 2009 - Finance. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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On 5 June 2009 Federal Law No. 73-FZ “On introduction of amendments to certain regulations of the Russian Federation” (the “Law”) came into force. The Law introduces changes into the Russian bankruptcy legislation and is designed to protect the interests of creditors’ in corporate bankruptcies.

Lease re-gearings and extensions: some issues to consider

June 2009 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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As a result of the recession, lease re-gearings and extensions are becoming increasingly popular for landlords and tenants.

Deal Drivers Russia: A survey and review of Russian corporate finance activity

May 2009 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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It is against this backdrop that at the end of 2008, CMS commissioned mergermarket to interview 100 Russian M&A and corporate decision makers. We wanted to find out what they thought of the current situation and what their views on the future are. We also wanted to test our own view that Russia remains an attractive jurisdiction in which to invest. The Russian M&A market has taken a hit in the current environment - of that there is no doubt. However, what was discovered during the research is that despite the gloomy headlines, there remains a stronger level of optimism, and overall the message is clear that, the Russian market has a positive future.

ISLAMIC TRANSACTIONS

April 2009 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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In the context of the ongoing globalization of the world’s financial markets and the current financial crisis, the relevance of Islamic financial markets and Islamic funds has continuously grown over the past years. Today, an increasing number of transactions and finance products are structured in compliance with the principles of the Sharia. Recent surveys show annual growth rates of 15 to 20 percent for the past five years. This is also reflected by the number of more than 300 Islamic financial institutions existing all over the world and the well over 250 mutual funds whose investment strategy complies with Islamic principles.

Deal Drivers Russia

April 2009 - Finance. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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A survey and review of Russian corporate finance activity

2008 was a momentous year for M&A in Russia with the first decline in the number of deals concluded for at least four years. The bull market was never going to last forever, but the decline was much sharper than many had considered. In 2007 deals were concluded at a rate of almost one a day, with a combined value of close to €80bn. In 2008 the number of deals was down a quarter, whilst the value of those deals collapsed by half. Indeed the decline is even more stark when you consider that in Q1 and Q2 of 2008, the deal flow was up on the same period in the preceding year – with the second half of 2008 showing a dramatic fall.

Deal Drivers Russia: A survey and review of Russian corporate finance activity

March 2009 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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12/03/2009 - It is against this backdrop that at the end of 2008, CMS commissioned mergermarket to interview 100 Russian M&A and corporate decision makers. We wanted to find out what they thought of the current situation and what their views on the future are. We also wanted to test our own view that Russia remains an attractive jurisdiction in which to invest. The Russian M&A market has taken a hit in the current environment - of that there is no doubt. However, what was discovered during the research is that despite the gloomy headlines, there remains a stronger level of optimism, and overall the message is clear that, the Russian market has a positive future.  

Real Estate Transaction Costs

January 2009 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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Comparing hotel investment values across Europe provides only part of the picture. For a true comparison, the investor will also take account of transaction costs and taxes, which can differ widely from one jurisdiction to another.

CMS Tax Connect

January 2009 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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An APA allows a group to confirm with the tax authorities that the prices used for intragroup transactions comply with the arm's length principle: to the extent the terms of the APA are complied with by the taxpayer, the tax authorities cannot reassess the prices used for the intragroup transactions covered by the APA. In other words, this procedure allows a taxpayer to obtain, a priori, tax certainty as regards its transfer pricing policy.

TMT in Central and Eastern Europe

January 2009 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by CMS Group.

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Deal flow in the Central & Eastern European (CEE) Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) space has grown steadily over the past couple of years, with 309 deals worth a combined €37.4bn being completed since the beginning of 2005. Yet what particular subsectors and countries are dominating regional M&A activity? And is the credit crunch likely to affect potential deal flow? In order to shed some light on TMT activity in the region, CMS commissioned mergermarket to publish this report, and provide a combination of editorial articles, deal flow analysis and market research.