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Lower VAT On Hotel Services In Montenegro

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

An important piece of regulation has been introduced in Montenegro recently, through the reduction of VAT on catering services in four stars hotels (in the north of the country) and five-star hotels (on the seaside), which will be effective from 2018. According to media reports, Olivera Brajović, General Director of Tourism Development and Standards in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, pointed out that these reduced tax rates on services of preparing and serving food and drinks are expected to raise the overall competitiveness in the hospitality sector, while at the same time contribute to the combat against grey economy.

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Karanović & Nikolić Joins The NextLaw Global Referral Network

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić is pleased to announce that it has joined the NextLaw Global Referral Network, created by global law firm Dentons. We are particularly excited by the fact that Nextlaw presents a new type of network, with a unique invitation-only approach in their selection, ensuring that all of its members have the highest quality standards and a proven track record of excellence.

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Sweet Smell Of Success - Serbian Sugar Industry Consolidates Its Forces

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

After more than a four months and a Phase II (in-depth) investigation, the Competition Commission gave conditional approval, to Sunoko's acquisition of the Star Šećer company and its subsidiary Te-To - the owner of the sugar factory in Senta. No divestments have been required from Sunoko.

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New Bridge Over Danube To Be Built In Belgrade

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

News reports are informing us that Belgrade will gain another bridge over the Danube river in the near future – this one at the Ada Huja island and over three kilometres long.

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Nikola Tesla Airport To Acquire Sava Centar?

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Media outlets have recently been reporting on the possibility that Nikola Tesla Airport will acquire Sava Centar (SC), with the purpose of turning it into its company headquarters. This acquisition would be followed by an investment of over EUR 30 million in the next three years for the building's reconstruction and adaptation. Such a decision would result in Sava Centar changing its name to "Congress Centre Nikola Tesla Airport", with an expanded array of facilities, including a tower, a shopping mall, and a hotel. The funds for the investment in question will be hailing from the Airport's own assets.

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Too Big To Hide – European Commission Sanctions Truck Cartel

August 2016. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Global competition law circles have recently been shaken by the European Commission's record-setting fine of EUR 2.93 billion for collusion on the automotive market, imposed against Volvo, Daimler, Iveco and DAF trucks. The sanctions in question varied amongst the accused parties, with Daimler facing the largest penalty in the amount of more than EUR 1 billion on its own. Iveco's fine was set at EUR 494 million, DAF's at EUR 752 million, and Volvo's fine has been set at EUR 670 million.

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Cartel Office ensures greater competition in rail sector

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The German railway company Deutsche Bahn must allow for more competition. The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, found that the company had abused its dominant market position with respect to the sale of rail tickets.

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ETERNA LAW IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE START OF THE COOPERATION WITH PUBLIC ASSOCIATION "ACADEMY OF PREVE

August 2016. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Eterna Law (representative office in Almaty) announces the beginning of co-operation as a legal adviser with the Public Association "Academy of Preventive Medicine of Kazakhstan."

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LAG Sachsen-Anhalt on video surveillance at the workplace

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Video surveillance at the workplace does not inevitably give rise to claims for damages. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Sachsen-Anhalt [Regional Labour Court of Saxony-Anhalt] (Az.: 6 Sa 301/14).

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Final stretch for loan withdrawal

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Those who still want to withdraw from real estate loans concluded between 2002 and 2010 should take action now while the right of withdrawal is on its last legs. This get-out-of-jail-free card is set to lapse shortly.

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Eterna Law joined the pan-European initiative "Pact for Youth - 2020" for support and development of

August 2016. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Kyiv, the 15th of August - Eterna Law joined the initiative "Pact for Youth in Ukraine - 2020". The cooperation starts after the ceremonial signing the document by Oksana Kneychuk, Eterna Law Partner, in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, with participation of Igor Zhdanov, Minister.

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VEGAS LEX supports First RAA Annual Online Moot Competition

August 2016. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Head of VEGAS LEX Litigation group Victor Petrov will Judge the 1st Annual Online Moot Student Competition of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA).

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Tax evasion: Voluntary declaration requires professional assistance

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The legislature has deliberately maintained the option for tax dodgers to return to a state of tax compliance by means of voluntary disclosure leading to immunity. Professional assistance is vital in this context.

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GRP Rainer LLP: Cologne office relocating to Gürzenich-Quartier

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Modern and spacious: That is how GRP Rainer’s new office in central Cologne’s Gürzenich-Quartier presents itself.

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GOLTSBLAT BLP BOOSTS ASIA PRACTICE WITH APPOINTMENT OF PARTNER SERGEY MILANOV IN MOSCOW

August 2016. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces that Sergey Milanov is joining the firm as Head of Asia Practice in Moscow and Partner in Banking & Finance Practice. Georgy Daneliya is also joining the team as a Senior Associate.

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Loan withdrawal in case of linked transaction: BGH ruling fails to materialize

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, was supposed to rule on May 31 on withdrawing from a loan in the case of a so-called “verbundenes Geschäft” (linked transaction). This will no longer happen because the bank has withdrawn its appeal.

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Eterna Law (representative office in Almaty) announces the beginning of co-operation as a legal advi

August 2016. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Eterna Law (representative office in Almaty) announces the beginning of co-operation as a legal adviser with the Public Association "Academy of Preventive Medicine of Kazakhstan."

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Dismissal without notice for private use of work computer effective

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Unauthorized private use of a work computer can justify dismissal without notice. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Sachsen-Anhalt [Regional Labour Court of Saxony-Anhalt] in its ruling of May 26, 2016.

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Eterna Law acted as a legal advisor for Swarovski AG

August 2016. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Eterna Law acted as a legal advisor for Swarovski AG – Austrian company, specialises in the production of jewelry made of glass, cutted with synthetic and natural gemstones, also crystals.

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Wills: Intention to prepare a will and testamentary capacity prerequisites

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

A valid will presupposes a clearly discernible intention to draw up a will and testamentary capacity. These elements are necessary if the testator’s testamentary dispositions are to be implemented.

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Anand and Anand ranked as Tier 1 Firm for Media Law Practice

August 2016. Press Releases by Anand and Anand (view listing).

Media Law International has ranked Anand and Anand as Tier 1 firm in Media Law Practice (Delhi) and Tier 2 firm in Media Law Practice (Mumbai).

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Asian Legal Business Intellectual Property Rankings 2016

August 2016. Press Releases by Anand and Anand (view listing).

Anand and Anand has been listed as Tier 1 Firm; Patents and Tier 1 Firm; Trademarks and Copyrights under Asia Asian Legal Business Intellectual Property Rankings 2016.

Access complete report at: https://asianlegalbusiness.uberflip.com/i/678315-alb-may-2016

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Managing Intellectual Property-Firm of the Year(Contentious)2016,India

August 2016. Press Releases by Anand and Anand (view listing).

Anand and Anand has won the award for Managing Intellectual Property-Firm of the Year(Contentious)2016,India. Along with, it has been listed as:

 

  • Managing Intellectual Property-Tier 1 Firm;Copyrights
  • Managing Intellectual Property-Tier 1 Firm;Patent Contentious
  • Managing Intellectual Property-Tier 1 Firm;Patent Prosecution
  • Managing Intellectual Property-Tier 1 Firm;Trademark Prosecution
  • Managing Intellectual Property-Tier 1 Firm;Trademark Contentious 

 

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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC Opens Office in Yangon, Myanmar

August 2016. Press Releases by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (view listing).

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL) opened its seventh overseas office in Yangon, Myanmar with the recent approval from the Myanmar government to operate in the country. Amid a growing number of Korean companies entering Myanmar due to the acceleration of its market opening, BKL launched a Myanmar team and set up its Yangon office to assist Korean firms with their expansion in the market.

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Illegal price-fixing agreements for beer: Bundeskartellamt imposes high fines

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed fines totalling 242 million euros due to illegal price-fixing agreements between manufacturers and trading companies.

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RATINGS 2016

August 2016. Press Releases by Anand and Anand (view listing).

RATINGS is Anand and Anand's flagship recruitment program through which we select the brightest talent from across the country to enhance our gene pool. RATINGS 2016 shall be conducted on 9th September 2016 at our Noida Office.

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HVG appoints new partners

August 2016. Press Releases by HVG advocaten-avocats (view listing).

We are proud to inform you that with effect of 1 July 2016, Leen Ketels and Peter Suykens are appointed partner with HVG. Together they will take over the leadership from Jan De Monie, who is retiring.

If you have any questions regarding this change in leadership, please contact Leen Ketels (leen.ketels@hvglaw.be) or Peter Suykens (peter.suykens@hvglaw.be)

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Talk on" Plagiarism in Fashion"

August 2016. Press Releases by Anand and Anand (view listing).

The Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi on 30th July organized a talk on “Plagiarism in Fashion” with esteemed panelist's including Safir Anand (Senior Partner, Anand & Anand), J.J. Valaya (celebrated Fashion Designer), and Nonita Kalra (Harper's Bazar India Editor). The panelists debated on several challenges that the designers face and what they can do to safeguard their creations by protecting their IP, identifying the genesis of the problem. The audience was a right mix of Journalists, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts that resulted in a highly interactive session.

The event was widely covered by the media.

http://bit.ly/toi_plagiarism_fashion

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Estate includes property: No exemption from inheritance tax in the event of demolition

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Properties in an estate can often become a problem, not only because this might lead to disputes in cases involving multiple heirs, but also in connection with inheritance tax. 

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OLG Karlsuhe: Insurance intermediaries subject to strict documentation requirements and duty to info

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

“Nettopolicen” are insurance policies with respect to which the premiums do not include commission for brokering the insurance contract. When concluding these insurance policies, insurance intermediaries have to point out and document that the separate payment arrangements continue to apply even if the policies are cancelled.

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Loan withdrawal in the case of linked transactions – BGH hearing on May 31

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Loans can be tied to a specific purpose when they are issued. A case involving withdrawal from a loan tied to what is termed a “verbundenes Geschäft” [linked transaction] will come before the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, on May 31 (Az.: XI ZR 511/15).

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Loan withdrawal: OLG Frankfurt once again on side of consumers

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Just before the so-called “ewiges Widerrufsrecht” [perpetual right of withdrawal] was set to lapse, a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt [Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt] has given this get-out-of-jail-free card renewed momentum. In doing so, the OLG has once again aligned itself with consumers.

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LG Magdeburg: Consumers misled by false indication of origin

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If certificates or marks of origin are used for promotional purposes but the products are produced elsewhere, this may constitute an infringement of competition law. That was the verdict of the Landgericht (LG) Magdeburg [Regional Court of Magdeburg].

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Roadshow of Moscow Region’s high-speed off-street light rail transport project

August 2016. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On July 29, 2016, a consortium of consultants led by the InfraONE investment company presented a project to create a high-speed off-street light rail transport system in the Moscow Region, promoted with the assistance of the VEGAS LEX law firm and the Moscow Region Government's support.

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LAG Niedersachsen: Changes at workplace do not automatically equate to bullying

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Official instructions from one’s superior do not automatically amount to bullying. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht Niedersachsen (Regional Labour Court of Lower Saxony) on February 3, 2016 (Az.: 2 Sa 441/15).

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BAG: Termination effective despite claim for parental leave

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If an employee fails to observe the required written form when claiming parental leave, the employer is entitled to dismiss the employee. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court (Az.: 9 AZR 145/15).

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Cyprus 3rd Licensing Round

August 2016. Press Releases by George Y Yiangou & Co (view listing).

By Kypros A. Louca MCIArb

The Cyprus Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism announced on Friday, 22nd of July that the deadline for the submission of applications for the 3rd Licensing Round for offshore exploration of Blocks 6, 8 and 10 in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus (“EEZ”), had expired. Up until the 22nd of July,  a total of six applications had been received, by eight companies and for all three available Blocks.

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Fixed-term employment contract: Assignment should be precisely defined

August 2016. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

When it comes to fixed-term employment contracts linked to a specific assignment, employers need to take care and precisely define when the assignment in question has been fulfilled. Temporary employment can otherwise turn into a permanent position.

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Deloitte Anjin and BKL Enter into MOU for “Anti-Corruption Compliance Total Service”

August 2016. Press Releases by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (view listing).

Deloitte Anjin LLC (Deloitte Anjin) and Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for "Anti-Corruption Compliance Total Service" on July 27 in preparation for the enforcement of the Act on the Prevention of Illegal Solicitation (also known as "Kim Young-ran Law") at Deloitte Anjin's headquarter in Yeouido, Seoul.

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KEEPING IT CLEAN

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

The UK government is looking to clamp down on money laundering and terrorist financing. Aziz Rahman explains how to identify signs of money laundering – and what to do to make sure you don’t fall victim to it

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IN-HOUSE FRAUD

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Mortgage and property transaction fraud is up by 50% in a year. How can mortgage brokers and other professionals in the property sector ensure they are not duped into it? What should they do if they are investigated?

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ABSENT

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

New SFO guidance restricts people’s right to have a solicitor present when interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act. Aziz Rahman examines the implications and stresses the importance of tackling the restrictions.

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SEARCHING

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

The raid on Google’s HQ in Paris over allegations of tax evasion is a sign that no one is too big to be raided. But what is the legal basis for a raid? And how can this be challenged?

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Pensions Ombudsman: John Brian Richardson v Carey Pensions

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

rustees’ limited due diligence in relation to unregulated investments can be permitted in certain circumstances.

Pensions Ombudsman (PO-6006, 15 March 2016): John Brian Richardson v Carey Pensions UK LLP and Carey Pensions Trustees Limited (“Carey Pensions”)
Case Background

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OPEN Health acquire Choice Healthcare Solutions

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans LLP has acted on the sale of Choice Healthcare Solutions (CHS) to Open Health.

CHS are a specialist medical communications agency with offices in London, Chicago and Dubai. They create and deliver a range of communications solutions for leading international businesses in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Government Consultation Published on Options for Restructuring the British Steel Pension Scheme

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

On 26 May 2016 the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) published a consultation paper about the options for restructuring the British Steel Pension Scheme (“BSPS”).

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The Key to Successful Recoveries…

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

.... Be prepared, or prepare to fail. Points to consider when identifying and pursuing subrogated property damage claims.

Property damage claims can often be complex so it is important that all who examine potential subrogated claims understand what to look out for from the outset.

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Impact of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The guidelines for offences concerning health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene came into force on 1 February 2016. They also apply to offences committed before that date. Regardless of whether any harm was actually caused, the courts are required to assess the overall seriousness of the offence based on the offender's culpability and the risk of serious harm.

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Pitmans acts for Novacyt S.A on its acquisition of Primer Design Limited

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans LLP, led by partner Philip Weaver, assisted by director Jasmine Murphy and solicitor Laurel Knight, has acted for Novacyt S.A, a leader in the field of cellular diagnostics, specialising in cancer and infectious disease diagnostics, on its acquisition of Primer Design Limited (Primer Design).

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Football tournament raises £1,500 for charity

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

On 10 June, Pitmans held a 5 a side charity football tournament in Reading in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Football tournament raises £1,500 for charity

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