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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The practice group at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has ‘unrivalled knowledge’ of banking and securities law; 2018 highlight mandates saw a team led by ‘excellent’ practice co-head Ricardo Trejos advise Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) on a $140m investment in real estate investment PE vehicle Fondo Inmobiliario Colombia, managed by its fiduciary subsidiary. In other work, the team continues to advise Brookfield Infrastructure Group on the financing of its acquisition of Gas Natural. The department, while small, has been strengthened notably: April 2018 saw the arrival as partner of AndrĂ©s Crump from Brookfield Asset Management; he now co-leads the practice in conjunction with Trejos and highly regarded acting global chair Jaime Trujillo. Subsequently, in October 2018, Sebastian Boada was hired from the Office of Financial Superintendence; both he and fellow senior associate Daniel Botero are noted members of the team. Other clients include Sacyr, JP Morgan, Banco ItaĂș and Scotiabank Colpatria.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s long-established BogotĂĄ office frequently acts as a regional hub for the rest of the firm’s offices across Latin America. The 15-strong department works ‘diligently to meet tight deadlines’, and demonstrates an ‘ability to grasp the most sensitive matters’ and to ‘oversee future scenarios and pros and cons’. Practice co-heads Jaime Trujillo (recently named regional chair for Latin America), Juan Felipe Vera and AndrĂ©s Crump (who joined in April 2018 and is ‘strongly recommended­’) led the advice to Brookfield Asset Management on its $560m acquisition of a 59% stake in Gas Natural, a transaction on which the team had worked since 2017. Other mandates included assisting Peabody Energy Corporation with the proposed acquisition of an 80% stake in Drummond International; Altra Investments on the sale of Proenfar to Weener Plastics; and Farma de Colombia on the acquisition of certain assets from Laboratorios Quipropharma. Well-regarded senior associate Natalia Villalba is ‘gaining profile’; fellow senior associate Natalia Gutierrez joined from Brigard Urrutia in October 2018. Clients include Altra Inversiones, Unilever, Summum Energy and Mercantil Colpatria.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

With a tradition of involvement in all aspects of the oil and gas sector, Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’s experience in power generation projects has also been growing lately, with the team undertaking various wind, solar, biomass and electricity transmission projects. On the development front, the practice advised Oak Creek Energy, Voltalia, SC Solar and SPV Villanueva on new power generation projects. Alejandro Mesa heads the nine-strong team with partners Claudia Benavides, Ciro Meza and AndrĂ©s Crump attending to relevant contentious, transactional, and private equity activity and tax matters, respectively. Recent matters included advising MAC Johnson Controls on the negotiation, finalisation and execution of an amendment to its existing natural gas supply agreement with Gas Natural. In mining, the team assisted Texas Mining and Associates with the acquisition of one of the most important emerald projects in the country, comprising several mines in the municipalities of Quipama and Muzo. The practice also advised a number of well-known international extractive companies in environmental due diligence and compliance matters. Clients include Trafigura, Schlumberger, ONGC Videsh, Petrobras, Brookfield and Talis Capital.

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Within: Projects

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.’ practice, led by Alejandro Mesa and AndrĂ©s Crump, undertakes all stages of the development of greenfield and brownfield projects, as well as handling infrastructure dispute resolution matters. The team is currently advising investment bank Bonus on the structuring of two PPP projects for the construction, refurbishment, operation and maintenance of roads in the department of Valle del Cauca. It is also advising Aena on the structuring of a PPP project for the expansion of Cartagena’s Rafael Nuñez International Airport, as well as on the structuring of four PPP projects for the construction, operation and maintenance of four other airports: Cali International Airport, Edén (in Armenia), Benito Salas (in Neiva), and Perales (in Ibague). Maria Montejo is also a key member of the team. Clients include Sistemas Operativos MĂłviles, Incuba Gestora de Negocios, Grupo ADO and Brookfield Infrastructure.

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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 
  • CommuniquĂ© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (“ CMB ”) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft CommuniquĂ© on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the CommuniquĂ© on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (“ CommuniquĂ© ”), on October 3, 2019. The CommuniquĂ© entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (“FTS”) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept. 
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the “Danish Beneficial Ownership Cases”, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.