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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Excellence in Distribution: Noerr Partner Karl Rauser wins ILO Client Choice Award 2013

February 2013. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

International Law Office (ILO) has selected Noerr partner Dr. Karl Rauser with the "Client Choice Award 2013" for his excellent performance in the franchising category for Germany. Already in October 2012, Germany's legal publisher JUVE selected Noerr winner in the "Law Firm of the Year for Distribution, Trade and Logistics" category at the prestigious JUVE Awards.

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November 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

Noerr has been named European Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer’s fourth annual European Awards. The firm also won the category of Law Firm of the Year: Germany.

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Noerr shortlisted for British Legal Awards and The Lawyer European Awards

October 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

For the second consecutive year, Noerr has been shortlisted for ‘European Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2012 British Legal Awards. Again, Noerr is the only German law firm that has been included in the selection, handed out every year by UK legal journal Legal Week.

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Noerr advises insolvency administrator on the sale of Q-Cell's Solibro to China's Hanergy

July 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

The leading German photovoltaic company Q-Cells SE and the provisional insolvency administrator of its subsidiary Solibro GmbH, Henning Schorisch of hww wienberg Wilhelm, have sold the subsidiary to the Hanergy Holding Group, one of the largest Chinese renewable energy technology companies. Q-Cells SE was legally advised by a Noerr team led by the Dresden partner Sebastian Voigt.

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Noerr advises Andritz on takeover of Schuler

July 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

The international technology group Andritz has signed an agreement with Germany's Schuler Beteiligungen GmbH to acquire the latter’s 38.5% in the SDAX listed Schuler AG.

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Noerr selected Best German Law Firm at the 2012 ILO Client Choice Awards

February 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

For the second successive time and the third time overall, Noerr is awarded the ILO Client Choice Award as best German law firm. Both last year and in 2007, the law firm was the national winner in the international survey.

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Upturn in German M&A market to be expected

February 2012. Press Releases by Noerr (view listing).

DĂŒsseldorf/Munich, 13 February 2012. “Following a downturn in the German M&A market at the end of the year, we are expecting increased activity in 2012.” This assessment was given by Dr Thomas Schulz, Co-Head of Corporate at the international law firm Noerr, at the mergermarket German M&A and Private Equity Forum in DĂŒsseldorf. Noerr is one of the leading transactional services law firms and was able last year to reinforce its position amongst the top 10 law firms in the German market according to the latest mergermarket League Tables.

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  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr

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  • LAG DĂŒsseldorf: Dismissal with immediate effect valid in response to threat

    Anyone who seriously threatens their employer or superior should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) DĂŒsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of DĂŒsseldorf] from June 8, 2017 (Az.: 11 Sa 823/16).
  • Tax evasion: Only voluntary disclosure affords protection from severe penalties

    Anyone who has been caught for tax evasion should expect to be faced with severe penalties. Voluntary disclosure is the only way of returning to a state of normal tax affairs and avoiding penalties.
  • GSK Update: AIFM Marketing in Germany - The clock is ticking for U.S. and other non-EU fund managers

    Our GSK Update informs about the impact of recent German investment fund legislation (UCITS V Implementation Act) for AIF managers, who are not domiciled in the EU (“non-EU-AIFM”) and who seek to market AIF shares in Germany in accordance with applicable German investment fund law under the EU-AIFM Directive (2011/61/EU).
  • GSK expands Luxembourg presence with a new tax partner

    Opened at the beginning of March 2016, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen continues to expand its Luxembourg office. Mathilde Ostertag recently joined the Luxembourg team of Equity Partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann and Dr. Philipp MĂ¶ĂŸner as Local Tax Partner.
  • EIA - Strengthening the role of the public

    Among other things, the recent amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act has broadened the rights of (what is termed) the "affected public". The affected public consists primarily of various citizens' initiatives pursuing environmental or public-health purposes. It may for instance file an appeal against a negative decision at the screening stage (i.e., a decision according to which the given project does not require the issuance of an EIA report), and seek its annulment in court. The affected public has been granted a stronger voice also in subsequent procedures in which the fate of a building project is being decided: zoning proceedings and the proceedings on the issuance of a building permit. Taken together, these legislative changes may make it more difficult to implement projects which require an EIA report; in particular, the length of permission proceedings may be substantially extended.
  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr
  • No obligation to set up filtering systems in order to prevent copyright violations

    ECJ, decision of February 16th, 2012, ref. C-360/10 – SABAM
  • Further ECJ Ruling concerning NGO’s right of action under German environmental law

    For the second time within a short period of time, the non-governmental organisations right to challenge administrative decisions under German law is going to be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In January 2012, the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) referred a case to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling concerning the NGO’s right of action.
  • Lessons in Cross-Border M & A Transactions

    The fundamental advice for international business transactions is obvious and easy to understand: different countries have different laws, business habits and cultures. These differences may range from minor nuances, such as lengthy French business lunches or unusual Spanish office hours, to significant legal roadblocks, such as strict European employment laws.
  • Priority rental rights in insolvency

    Parties to rental contracts for commercial premises often agree priority rental rights. In practice, this concept is used to cover a whole series of legal structures. These range from fixed options for the tenant to a promise made by the landlord as a business policy that if any additional premises become available, they will be offered to the tenant. In 2010 the Berlin Court of Appeal issued a ruling on such priority rental rights in insolvency; the decision has recently been published.