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Ekaterina Ilina was ranked in Top-4 of “Associates of Winter Season 2014/15"

March 2015. Press Releases by DS Law (view listing).

Ekaterina Ilina, an associate of DS Law.Attorneys, was ranked in Top-4 of the leading associates in St. Petersburg according to the rating of the newspaper “Delovou Peterburg” in the nomination 'Associate of Winter Season 2014/15'.

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Africa: CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre advises Amethis Finance and Label’Vie on the acquisition of a

March 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).

The CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Africa team advised the Amethis Finance investment fund and Moroccan group Label’Vie on the acquisition of a stake in Compagnie de Distribution de Côte d’Ivoire (CDCI), the number two in food distribution in Côte d’Ivoire, with 127 shops around the country.

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners wins the case of Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski

March 2015. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners (view listing).

On March 16, 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw in a case brought by Konrad Kornatowski (the former Police Commander in Chief) against Jan Rokita (a well-known Polish politician, the former member of the Polish Parliament) for payment of PLN 100,000 as compensation, dismissed the action in full and awarded against the Plaintiff to the benefit of the Defendant the amount of PLN 3,617 as reimbursement of costs of the proceedings.

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Chambers Global again names Pepeliaev Group as top law firm for tax litigation

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The international Chambers Global 2015 rankings have again hailed the Tax Practice of Pepeliaev Group and its Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev the best in Russia in tax litigation (band 1 and Star Individuals).

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Pepeliaev Group's mission to London

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

A delegation from Pepeliaev Group recently made a business visit to London. During the trip, the firm's lawyers took part in seminars organised jointly with leading British law firms.

 

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Austria: Heidemarie Paulitsch promoted to counsel at Schoenherr

March 2015. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Heidemarie Paulitsch has been promoted to counsel at Schoenherr, one of the leading full service corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, as of February 2015. Paulitsch has been specialised in the fields of White Collar Crime and Compliance for many years. She advises both national and international companies on compliance management systems and has wide-ranging experience in providing counsel on the handling of business crime matters. read more...

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Myanmar’s New Competition Law: A Pitbull or a Paper Tiger?

March 2015. Press Releases by VDB Loi (view listing).
Myanmar’s commercial landscape, which until recently was rife with state sponsored monopolies, heads into a new phase as the President signed the Competition Law 2015 into force on 24 February 2015 (2015 Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No 9) (the “Act”). The objective of the Act, similar to other competition laws from different jurisdictions, is the protection of public interest from monopolistic acts, speculation in goods or services, control of unfair competition, prevention of abuse of dominant position and economic concentration which weakens competition. 

In this client briefing note we share our first impressions of the new Act, a legal game change which seems poised to shake up the practice of some major market players.  

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Baker & Partners' William Redgrave Receives Prestigious ACTAPS Membership

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

18th February 2015

Baker & Partners are happy to announce Jersey Advocate and English Barrister William Redgrave’s acceptance into membership of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists).

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Breakfast Briefing: RRR - Trustee Removal, Replacement & Retirement

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

12th February 2015

The focus of this briefing will be the three Rs of Removal, Replacement, and Retirement of trustees, and will be delivered by Advocate William Redgrave and Associate James Sheedy, both from Baker & Partners.

 

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Baker & Partners Receive High Interest For Briefing On Trustee Removal, Replacement & Retirement

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

10th February 2015

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next Breakfast Briefing discussing the Three Rs: Removal, Replacement and Retirement of trustees, on Thursday 12th February, 8.00am-9.30am at the Royal Yacht. Jersey businesses have demonstrated a marked interest in the briefing, with registered attendance almost at maximum capacity.

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Senior Associate Simon Thomas, Called To Local Bar & Receives Two Awards From Law Society Of Jersey

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

27th January 2015

Baker & Partners celebrates the achievements of Simon Thomas, Advocate and Senior Associate, who has been called to the Jersey Bar and received two awards from the Law Society of Jersey

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24 February 2015 - Tencent Acquires Miniclip Group SA

March 2015. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Tencent has acquired ownership in Miniclip Group SA. Headquartered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Miniclip is a digital games company which develops, publishes and distributes mobile and online games to around 70 million monthly active users across mobile, social and online platforms. Tencent, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is one of the largest internet companies worldwide based on market capitalization and provides services such as social networks, web portals, e-commerce, and multiplayer online games.

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4 March 2015 - Valora Successfully Completes the Acquisition of LS Distribution Suisse (Naville)

March 2015. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Valora has completed the acquisition of LS Distribution Suisse, which holds all shares in Naville, the leading integrated small-outlet retailer in French-speaking Switzerland. Naville operates an outlet network encompassing more than 175 units and also has one of the main logistics platforms in French-speaking Switzerland.

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5 March 2015 - Capita Successfully Completes the Acquisition of avocis

March 2015. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Capita, a UK leader in business process management and outsourcing solutions, has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of avocis, a leading provider of customer contact management services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, from its former owners.

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5 March 2015 - Novartis Portfolio Transformation Completed

March 2015. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

On 22 April 2014, Novartis announced that it had agreed to acquire GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) oncology products and to divest its vaccines business (excluding flu) to GSK. Moreover, Novartis and GSK had agreed to combine Novartis OTC and GSKs consumer health businesses in a joint venture. In a separate transaction, Novartis had agreed to divest its animal health business to Eli Lilly.

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PROFESSOR VILLATA’S FORTHCOMING VOLUME ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of an over thousand-page volume on administrative procedure which shall be issued by the law publishing house Giuffrè (currently in press).

The volume consists of a collection of writings by Professor Villata enriched by substantial insights, new contributions and reflections in light of the evolution that administrative procedure is undergoing.

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Pepeliaev Group figures at the top of the Tax Director's Handbook 2015 international ratings

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Law firm Pepeliaev Group has headed the Director's Handbook 2015 influential international rating in the "Leading tax law firm" category (Tier 1).

The official press release for the ratings advises that Pepeliaev Group brings together the largest tax team in Russia. The team consists of 70 fee-earnersworking under the ‘expert guidance’ of Sergey Pepeliaev,whose ‘astonishing attention to detail and commitment are matched only by his knowledge of Russia’s legal system’.    

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Positive Developments for the Economy of Cyprus

March 2015. Press Releases by Danos & Associates (view listing).

It has been around one year and a half since the Eurogroup decisions to recapitalise Bank of Cyprus via a bail-in on 25th of March 2013. Cyprus has worked hard since then to exit the financial crisis and to maintain its status and reputation as an international financial centre. Within October 2014, several positive developments which took place suggest that Cyprus is on a good path. These positive developments include:

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DANOS & ASSOCIATES SETTLES CASE AGAINST LEADING FOREX COMPANY

March 2015. Press Releases by Danos & Associates (view listing).

Our firm has recently settled a case against a leading Forex company. Danos & Associates represented a trader of this company and succeeded to achieve an out of Court settlement which successfully addressed our client's complaint.

Our firm is glad that the case was resolved in a satisfactory way for our client and without the need for lengthy Court proceedings. Danos & Associates is experienced in this field and is involved in a number of cases related to high profile Forex companies.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre appoints four new partners

March 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre announces the appointment of four new partners: Alexandre Delhaye, Caroline Froger-Michon, Frédéric Gerner and Claire Vannini.

The firm now has 103 partners out of a total of 380 lawyers.

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners win a case for Ringier Axel Springer against Roman Giertych (a

March 2015. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners (view listing).

On 27 February 2015 the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed an appeal filed by Roman Giertych in its entirety for a case brought against Ringier Axel Springer Polska – the publisher of Fakt, Newsweek and Forbes, amongst others.

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New Bond Act in Poland - Legal Alert of Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners

March 2015. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners (view listing).

The Act of 15 January 2015 on Bonds will enter into force with effect from 1 July 2015
(“The new Bond Act”). The hitherto Act of 29 June 1995 will lose its effect. The most important changes in relation to the existing regulations include:

      extending the circle of entities that can issue bonds;

      introducing a new type of bonds – i.e. perpetual bonds;

      introducing the legal basis for establishing bondholders’ meetings.

 

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners served the Swedish group SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals with regards

March 2015. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners (view listing).

Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners (KZRP) assisted SEKAB BioFuels & Chemicals AB in its 49% shareholding investment in Bioagra S.A. which concluded with a sale of the investment to companies related to the Komorowski family for approx. SEK 233 million.

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GSK advises on the refinancing of the office and hotel complex “THE SQUAIRE”

March 2015. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

After the successful completion of the refinancing of the office and hotel complex at Frankfurt airport, IVG Immobilien AG remains owner of THE SQUAIRE.

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SEE/AT: HETA - Schoenherr assists in first resolution pursuant to the European framework

March 2015. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr is assisting Heta Asset Resolution (HETA) in the preparation of the first European resolution pursuant to the European framework for the recovery and resolution of credit institutions on the basis of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 establishing a framework for the recovery and resolution of credit institutions (BRRD). read more...

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Slovenia: Schoenherr advises Telekom Slovenije on its acquisiton of Debitel

March 2015. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr advised Telekom Slovenije, d.d. on its acquisition of Slovenian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Debitel telekomunikacije, d.d. (Debitel) from the sellers ACH, d.d., Adria Mobil, d.o.o., and Svema Trade, d.o.o. The deal, which was announced on 27 February 2015, will be concluded after obtaining required merger control approvals. The parties agreed not to disclose further details, including the purchase price amount, until the completion of the transaction. read more...

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Popov & Partners: Fixed lawyers’ fees in an Ordinance damage both clients and competition

February 2015. Press Releases by Popov & Partners (view listing).

On the background of severe controversy in society caused by proposed changes in the Bar Act, “Popov and Partners” raised the unpopular in the guild question: “Do lawyers’ fees have to remain fixed with a certain minimum amount”.

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Popov & Partners: Fixed lawyers’ fees in an Ordinance damage both clients and competition

February 2015. Press Releases by Popov & Partners (view listing).

On the background of severe controversy in society caused by proposed changes in the Bar Act, “Popov and Partners” raised the unpopular in the guild question: “Do lawyers’ fees have to remain fixed with a certain minimum amount”.

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GSK advises Rockspring

February 2015. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

GSK advises Rockspring on the formation of a joint venture and the acquisition of 23 big box retail parks with a value of EUR 350 million

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP has brought together Rockspring's German Retail Box Fund, a Dutch pension fund and a Belgian insurance group as investors to acquire a portfolio 23 large, out of town, food-anchored big box retail parks in Germany in a share deal. The transaction was one of the largest food-anchored retail real estate transactions in Germany of the last years.

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners appoint a new Head of their Banking, Finance and ...

February 2015. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners (view listing).

Restructuring Practice

We have the pleasure of announcing that Szymon Gałkowski, advocate, who, until now has been one of the Partners of the Banking, Finance & Restructuring Department at Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners (KZRP), has been promoted to the position of Head of the Banking, Finance & Restructuring Department.

Szymon Gałkowski, in his new role, will be supported by a team of 10 experienced lawyers, who are specialized in banking, finance, bankruptcy and restructuring law. At the same time, we would like to notify that we have ended our cooperation with Mr. Piotr Gałuszyński and Mr. Jacek Czabański.

In addition, we wish to advise that Rafał Zięba, advocate and Partner heads the Capital Markets Department at KZRP.

The new structure of the Banking, Finance and Restructuring, and Capital Markets Departments respectively, will furnish our Clients with a superior quality and stable provision of legal services. This also represents an important step in the implementation of KZRP’s investment policy and the implementation of intensive development plans for the Banking, Finance and Restructuring, and Capital Markets Departments.

Szymon Gałkowski specializes in banking, finance and restructuring law, with particular consideration of financing transactions, including capital market transactions.

He has been involved in a number of international and local projects with respect to project finance, acquisition finance (share deals and asset deals) and real estate finance by banks and other financial institutions, as well as during the issue of securities and admissions for public trading.

He has also successfully advised clients in regard to various company financial restructuring projects as well as mergers and acquisition transactions, banking transactions, and in the preparation of internal banking documentation.

He holds an Alternative Trading System Advisor NewConnect/Catalyst Certificate, issued by the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining KZRP, Szymon Gałkowski obtained experience at international law firms such as Allen & Overy, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and CMS Cameron McKenna, amongst others.

Szymon Gałkowski

Additional information:

Katarzyna Buczkiewicz: k.buczkiewicz@kochanski.pl, phone +48 22 326 96 28

www.kochanski.pl

Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners is a full-scope business law firm. The company was founded in 1998 by Mr. Piotr Kochański, advocate. Currently, our legal team consists of over 80 lawyers: advocates, legal counselors, tax counselors, trademark and patent attorneys and trainees, who work together in the Warsaw, Cracow and Lublin offices. Our team has both legal expertise and experience, as well as knowledge of the market and the specific needs of particular industries. We have advised entities, inter alia, from the FMCG, automotive, trade and logistics, retail chains, chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, financial, media and advertising industries.

We have been among the highest ranked law firms in Poland for many years and are recommended as leading experts in many areas of law by such prestigious professional publications as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, European Legal Experts, IFLR1000. With a chain of offices in Poland and membership in international legal organizations, e.g., The International Lawyers Network (www.ilntoday.com) and Mackrell International (www.mackrell.net), KZRP provide its clients with full support both in local as well as multi-jurisdictional projects. Our Law Firm’s professional indemnity insurance amounts to PLN 100,000,000. 

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Gide Poland strengthens its capital markets practice

February 2015. Press Releases by Gide Loyrette Nouel (view listing).

Mateusz Chmielewski has considerable international experience in providing legal advice on capital markets transactions. He has advised leading financial companies and institutions on important private and public offerings of shares, bond issues (including high-yield bonds and convertible bonds), as well as medium-term bond programmes. Mateusz Chmielewski graduated in law from the University of Warsaw and the University of Cambridge. Before joining Gide, he worked for Greenberg Traurig in Warsaw, and before that, as a solicitor in the London and Singapore offices of Ashurst. After returning to Poland, Mateusz Chmielewski worked on many of the largest IPOs and secondary offerings of shares.

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Hungary: Better economic and operating environment ahead for banks

February 2015. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

On 9 February 2015, Erste Bank Hungary entered into an agreement with the Hungarian Government and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Pursuant to the agreement, both the Hungarian Government and the EBRD will participate in Erste Bank Hungary’s capital increase and will each acquire a 15% of the share capital of the bank, which is part of the Vienna-based Erste Group. With the planned increased capital, Erste Bank Hungary has committed to increasing its lending activity in certain sectors (public, energy, and agricultural sectors) that the Hungarian Government views as strategically important. It is envisaged that Erste Bank Hungary will provide credit facilities in the aggregate amount of approximately EUR 550 million for the above-mentioned sectors. read more...

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HaoLiWen resolves a trademark dispute arising from IPR customs protection

February 2015. Press Releases by Haoliwen Partners (view listing).

Representing a well-known international retailer, HaoLiWen IP and customs lawyers have recently settled a trademark lawsuit concerning OEM products shipped from China. The shipment once seized by China Customs was released to the satisfaction of the client.

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Stuarts Promotes Richard Annette to Head of Litigation

February 2015. Press Releases by Stuarts, Walker Hersant Attorneys-At-Law (view listing).

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries is pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Annette to Head of the Litigation department.

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ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law announces the promotion of four senior lawyers

February 2015. Press Releases by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law (view listing).

Istanbul, Turkey, January 5, 2015 - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law is proud to announce the promotion of four of its senior lawyers, effective January 1, 2015.

 

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We welcome Désirée Wiesendanger as our new partner

February 2015. Press Releases by Staiger, Schwald & Partner (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Désirée Wiesendanger became partner of the firm on January 1, 2015. She specializes in financial markets law.

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GENI & KEBE IS PLEASED TO WELCOME AUSTRALIAN LAWYER LOUISA GIBBS TO THE F

February 2015. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).


GENI & KEBE is pleased to welcome Australian lawyer Louisa Gibbs to the firm as SpeciaCounsel 

 

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GENI & KEBE MANAGING PARTNER WILL PRESENT AT THE MALI MINING AND ENERGY BUSINESS FORUM 2015

February 2015. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).

Mouhamed Kebe, the Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE named in Who’s Who Legal 2015 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Mining Law, has been invited to be a panelist at the Mali Mining and Energy Business Forum (MMEBF) in Bamako, Mali, in March this year. 

 

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GENI & KEBE ADVISED JINDAL POWER ON SENEGAL’S BIGGEST PPA PROJECT OF USD 900 MILLION

February 2015. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).

Dakar, Senegal, 06 February, 2014

JINDAL POWER, the Indian conglomerate, and SENELEC, the Senegalese state owned electricity company have signed, a PPA relating to a power plant project of 350 MW on 06 February 2014.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Atlas Mara on squeeze-out of ADC

February 2015. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 29 January 2015, the extraordinary general meeting of ADC African Development Corporation AG resolved a squeeze-out resulting in the transfer of the minority shareholders' shares to the majority shareholder Atlas Mara Beteiligungs AG, a holding company indirectly held by London listed Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited (Atlas Mara). Hengeler Mueller is advising Atlas Mara on the transaction as on the voluntary public takeover offer (by way of an exchange offer) for all outstanding ADC shares last year. Thereby Atlas Mara further expedites the integration of ADC; little more than five months lapsed between the closing of the offer and the resolution upon the squeeze-out.

 

 

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2 February 2015 - Bär & Karrer Further Strengthens its Tax Team with Prof. Dr. Robert Danon

February 2015. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Bär & Karrer is delighted to announce that, as of 1 February 2015, Robert J. Danon, Professor of Swiss and International Tax Law at the University of Lausanne, will join Bär & Karrer as Counsel and further strengthen its tax practice group.

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Azmi & Associates Welcomes New Partner for Shipping, Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group

February 2015. Press Releases by Azmi & Associates (view listing).

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Philip Teoh to the Shipping, Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group, effective 12 January 2015.

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Schoenherr presents roadmap15: Beauty, both in art and in law

February 2015. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr has just published the newest edition of roadmap, its renowned annual legal publication providing an overview of the most topical business law topics and developments in the CEE region, as well as insights and analyses. read more

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GENI & KEBE PARTNER NAMED IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL MINING 2015

February 2015. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).

GENI & KEBE Managing Partner, Mouhamed KEBE is nominated by WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2015 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of mining law. The publication, a canvass and analysis of the opinions of law firm clients and mining lawyers from around the world, includes 408 experts from 228 firms across 65 jurisdictions.

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