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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has been active in significant acquisition finance (including a number of cross-border financing deals), as well as with Rule 144A/Reg S bond issues, and on working capital facilities for local companies, including some where the lender has been a multinational agency. Practice head Luis Carlos Neira advised an international fund, looking to invest in the transport sector on the financing of a transport concession. Head of corporate Ana Cristina Jaramillo acted as counsel to private equity vehicle Finsocial on its capitalization via a share issue equivalent to 50% of the equity of parent entity Kandeo Private Equity Fund. Head of Energy Leopoldo Olavarría is also a key member of the finance practice. However, the team lost Jorge Neher and Hernán Rodriguez to Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advised Bucanero on the sale of 100% of its shares to Cargill Colombia Food Holding. The team, led by Ana Cristina Jaramillo, also acted as legal counsel to the founding shareholders of Newlink Comunicaciones Estratégicas in relation to the acquisition of 51% of its shares by SEC Spa. Other clients include Ingenio Pichichi, Bridgestone Firestone, Mesoamerica, Gran Tierra Energy and The Boston Consulting Group.

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Ana Cristina Jaramillo - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice covers energy and natural resources, including power generation and the extractive industries, as well as environmental law. Leopoldo Olavarría heads the eight-strong lawyer team, with Luis Carlos Neira a key member. Associate Inés Elvira Vesga joined from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas as director of the oil and gas segment, but Nicolas Arboleda, head of mining has left for the private sector and the firm has also lost Jorge Neher, Hernán Rodríguez and Santiago González to Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. The team advised Sloane Energy on the development of La Luna project which comprises a coal generation power plant, an underground coal mine and a transmission line. It also assisted the drilling contractor of an oil and gas operator in the Colombian offshore sector under the permanent offshore free trade zone scheme. Braserv Petróleo, Puma Energy, Gran Tierra Energy and Bridgestone are some of the clients.

Leading individuals

Luis Carlos Neira - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s five-strong practice, led by Isabella Gandini, principally represents the interests of employers operating in the energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors, among others. The team is Puma Energy’s standing advisor on immigration matters, hiring processes and for general labour and employment advice. Additionally, it assisted the company with the implementation of a voluntary retirement plan. Other representative clients include NEM Mining, Bureau Veritas, Smith & Nephew and Newlink.

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Projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbrighthas the great advantage of having affiliates all over the world and this facilitates the management of matters of an international nature’. The practice led by Luis Carlos Neira delivers ‘excellent service; the answers are always in time’. Neira, together with head of public law, Pablo Jaramillo (‘a professional who understands the needs of the company’), are advising a foreign financial fund which is currently looking to invest in Colombia’s transport sector. Agropecuaria Cima, Puertos, Inversiones y Obras, Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Solo, Air Liquide and CODAD are among the team’s other clients.

Leading individuals

Luis Carlos Neira - Norton Rose Fulbright

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  • Korean Financial Regulators Advance Legislation to Introduce Regulatory Sandbox to Spark FinTech

    The 2018 year in review in Korea was notable for the sluggish overall economy, uncertainty surrounding the geo-politics and impact on Korea due to the global trade wars, on-going concerns related to the lack of jobs and unemployment, increased taxes and burdens for businesses and families, and no meaningful improvement or clarity in the current situation for 2019. In response, the Korean National Assembly passed a legislation called the Financial Innovation Support Act (the “FinISA”) on December 7, 2018 to spark the financial services industry in conjunction with FinTech products and services. The FinISA, which will soon take effect in March 2019, is intended to lay the legal foundation to introduce a regulatory sandbox for innovative financial services, where FinTech firms test their new products and services without certain regulatory oversight pursuant to exemptions for a limited period of time (“Sandbox”). As the FinISA exempts or defers application of existing finance-related regulations for new financial technology, products or services with the purpose of fostering the creation of innovative and new financial products and services, it will also support the stabilization of such services in the financial services market at the end of the testing period and is expected that the FinISA will support a revitalization of the FinTech industry which experienced sluggish growth in recent times. In particular, as companies and investors become more interested in security tokens and Security Token Offerings (“STO”) which are regulated by the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the “FSCMA”), there have been on-going discussions and debates as to whether the FinISA could lead to a breakthrough in the crypto-asset industry based on blockchain technology. Crypto assets encompasses those assets which utilize blockchain technology where the asset is digitalized by utilization of cryptography, peer-to-peer networks and a public ledger of verified transactions resulting in a ‘units’ of such a crypto asset without any involvement by middle-persons or brokers (e.g., cryptocurrency.

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  • 2018 FCPA Enforcement Actions and Highlights

    Overall, 2018 was a more active year in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") enforcement actions compared to 2017.
  • Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.
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  • ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018.
  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

    As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by sponsoring local events, applying environmental-friendly practices, minimizing our ecological impact, and most importantly, by raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
  • BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

    The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.
  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

    Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.