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

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Igor Chumachenko: successful implementation of investment and construction projects

March 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

VEGAS LEX partner Igor Chumachenko has spoken at the round table of the largest annual real estate forum, MIPIM 2017, on the legal regulation of investment and construction projects.

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Alexander Sitnikov: Special Investment Contracts will promote technological transitions

March 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Managing Partner of VEGAS LEX Alexander Sitnikov has spoken at the Russian Business Week about Special Investment Contracts as an additional mechanism for the energy sector to introduce the best available technologies.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Reviewing franchise agreements

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The key arrangements between franchisees and franchisors are set out in the franchise agreement. For this reason, both parties ought to closely scrutinize this document.

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NautaDutilh defended Fendi against Coach

March 2017. Press Releases by NautaDutilh (view listing).

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg defended the interests of luxury fashion house Fendi in proceedings against US-based Coach for infringement by the latter of Fendi's EU design rights in its Peekaboo handbag.

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Mykola Stetsenko Became Member of the Public Council of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

March 2017. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

AVELLUM's Managing Partner Mykola Stetsenko Became Member of the Public Council of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine

We are proud to announce that Mykola Stetsenko, Managing Partner of AVELLUM, was elected as a member of the Public Council at the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainе ("Public Council").

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Karanović & Nikolić Supports EFSE Extension Of Investment Portfolio

March 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Karanović & Nikolić team has supported the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) in a recently closed extension of the investment portfolio of EFSE to UniCredit Bank Serbia. The transaction involved new EUR 20 million financing of UniCredit Bank Serbia, which will serve to finance housing loans for private households in Serbia.

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New Serbian Data Protection Law In 2017?

March 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

After having prepared the first draft of the new data protection law back in 2014 (which was ignored by the Government in the meantime, and even dismissed by the Ministry of Justice's introduction of a separate draft law in 2015), the Serbian Data Protection Commissioner ("Commissionaire")1 published the second draft of the new law on March 6th, 2017 ("Draft"). As announced by the Commissioner, the new Draft was necessary in order to address the deficiencies of the existing Law on Personal Data Protection and in order to harmonize the law with EU legislation, particularly with the newly enacted General Data Protection Regulation.

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Family foundations and business succession

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Establishing a family foundation can be a sensible means of preventing disputes from arising among heirs as well as resolving the issue of business succession.

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BGH on liability of managing directors if social security contributions not paid

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The managing director of a GmbH, a type of German private limited company, is responsible for ensuring proper payment of social security contributions. Failure to fulfil his duties can render him personally liable.

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VEGAS LEX shares experience with leading Russian universities

March 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

In February and March 2017, VEGAS LEX organized a series of meetings with students of major Russian universities in Moscow devoted to career opportunities and practical issues of law for business.

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OLG Dresden: Representation or accompaniment at general meeting of shareholders

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

GmbH shareholders can be represented by a proxy at the general meeting of the shareholders. In addition, it may be permissible according to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Dresden [Higher Regional Court of Dresden] for them to bring an adviser along to the meeting.

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Breakfast Seminar - The financing of Luxembourg Investment Funds - 6 April 2017

March 2017. Press Releases by NautaDutilh (view listing).

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on the financing of Luxembourg investment funds, to be held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the Waldorf Hilton.

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Cederquist has advised Pradera European Retail Parks SCSp

March 2017. Press Releases by Advokatfirman Cederquist (view listing).

Cederquist has advised Pradera European Retail Parks SCSp, one of Europe's leading specialist retail property fund and asset managers, on its acquisition of the Swedish retail parks included in a portfolio of 25 prime retail parks located next to IKEA stores in eight European countries.

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Termination Due To Actions Of Employee Constituting Criminal Act

March 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

​Amending the Labour law in July 2014 raised some arguable and sensitive issues regarding termination of the employment contract when employee's behaviour represents criminal act. In fact, it was the employer who decided if an employee's behaviour represent a criminal act. This is why the Constitutional Court found it important to define (i) if an employer competent and authorized to decide if certain behaviour is a criminal act and (ii) if termination on this ground is in breach of the presumption of innocence.

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BAG on effectiveness of ordinary notice of dismissal issued as an alternative

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, has ruled that an ordinary notice of dismissal was effective despite a lack of information regarding when the employment relationship was to come to an end (Az.: 6 AZR 782/14).

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Foyen assisted OX2 on a wind power farm in Finland

March 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

17 March, 2017

The renewable energy company OX2 has been awarded a contract to build the 14.4 MW Ykspihlaja wind power farm with 4 wind power plants in Finland. The customer is Aquila Capital.

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Stelios Americanos & Co LLC adds 3 new lawyers to its legal team

March 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

With new additions to its already established legal team, Stelios Americanos & Co LLC Law firm welcomes 3 new lawyers aiming to strengthen further it’s litigation and corporate practices and continue serving its clients with integrity, personal commitment, dedication and professionalism.

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Potential for British Children to be forced into Care as a result of Brexit

March 2017. Press Releases by Giambrone Law Studio Legale Internationale (view listing).

An alarming consequence of the Brexit vote became apparent during the recent legal challenge at the High Court aimed at forcing the British prime minister, Theresa May, to acquire the explicit approval of Parliament before triggering Article 50.

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New Statistics suggest that China has overtaken the United States as Germany’s main trading partne

March 2017. Press Releases by Giambrone Law Studio Legale Internationale (view listing).

Destatis (the German Federal Statistic Office), has reported that for the first time in history China has overtaken the United States of America to become Germany’s main trading partner.  The reports have also shown a 4% increase in the volume of trade between the two countries amounting to €170 billion in 2016.

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The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld the rights of home buyers

March 2017. Press Releases by Giambrone Law Studio Legale Internationale (view listing).

This striking recognition obliges the Spanish banks to return the money anticipated by the clients who have purchased houses that were not constructed or delivered.

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Legal Opinions - Giambrone’s Recognised European Competence and Capacity

March 2017. Press Releases by Giambrone Law Studio Legale Internationale (view listing).

The distressing events which played out on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia in 2015 were brought back into sharp focus in the UK with the conclusion of the seven week inquest into the British deaths and coroner Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith’s decision in the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday.  The Judge ruled that the hotel, in which the majority of victims were staying, could not be held culpable by the victims for failing to protect them.

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Karanović & Nikolić Shortlisted For IFLR’s “Deal Of The Year”

March 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić is pleased to announce that we, in cooperation with local lawyers, have been shortlisted by IFLR for "Deal of the Year" within the Project Finance category for our assistance in the SASA mine refinancing project in Macedonia.

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BAG: Exceptional notice of dismissal for breach of trust effective

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Even if the financial loss suffered due to an employee’s breach of duty is minor, the resulting breach of trust can justify exceptional notice of dismissal.

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THE ROLLS-ROYCE DPA – LESSONS THAT CAN BE LEARNT

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman outlines the lessons that corporates and senior executives under investigation can learn from the huge Rolls-Royce bribery settlement.

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CARBON CREDIT FRAUD – AVOIDING THE PITFALLS

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Neil Williams and Aziz Rahman explain the need to make sure your involvement in a carbon credits scheme stays on the right side of the law.

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TACKLING BUSINESS CRIME IN YOUR WORKPLACE

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Failure to prevent fraud and other business crime can prove costly to companies. Ben Ticehurst and Aziz Rahman consider what can be done to identify wrongdoing and the options available when it is found.

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Karanović & Nikolić Employment Team Contributes To The Shepherd And Wedderburn’s European Employ

March 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić employment team has assisted Shepherd and Wedderburn in the development of The European Employment Law Update for 2017.

European Employment Law Update for 2017 provides an overview of the vital reforms being introduced to European employment law over the next year, including areas such as seconding employees, increased protections for whistleblowers, and legislation changes related to increased work-life balance. Key considerations related to traditional employment areas such as increases to the minimum wage and unfair dismissal are also assessed.

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BAG on employer’s default of acceptance

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

A ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, shows that if an employee is at fault for not being able to carry out his work as prescribed in the employment contract, his right to payment of wages may lapse.

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BKL Hires Seong Soo KIM, Former Presiding Judge of Seoul Central District Court

March 2017. Press Releases by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (view listing).

Bae, Kim & Lee ("BKL") has hired Seong Soo KIM, a former Presiding Judge of the Seoul Central District Court as a partner in its litigation practice group.

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DEFENDING SFO ACCUSATIONS

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman explains how the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) builds a case – and how it can be challenged.

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VEGAS LEX becomes official legal partner of a roundtable at MIPIM 2017 property fair

March 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On March 14, 2017, VEGAS LEX will provide support for a roundtable, The new reality of development: How the Russian RE market responds to current challenges?, organized by the Kommersant Publishing House and the Moscow Government.

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Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Partnership with Sanofi to Establish a

March 2017. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Today, Lonza and Sanofi announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. The large-scale facility will be established through a joint venture with an initial investment of around CHF 290 million shared equally between Lonza and Sanofi. The initial construction phase of the facility will commence in 2017, pending necessary regulatory approvals. The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The partnership provides both parties with substantial flexibility by using an innovative setup enabling them to optimize biologics production capacity across the whole industry.

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OLG Karlsruhe: “Lightly salted” not permissible in advertising

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Advertising for packet soup for children featuring the statement “mild gezalsen” (lightly salted) is contrary to the Health Claims Regulation and therefore unlawful. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Karlsruhe [Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe] (Az.: 4 U 218/15).

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OLG Frankfurt: The term “centre” potentially misleading

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

A ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt [Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt] shows that difficulties can arise if there is a desire at a later date to change the name of a company which was taken over and its name carried forward (Az.: 20 W 411/12).

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VEGAS LEX experts to speak at Russian Business Week 2017

March 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On March 13-17, 2017, VEGAS LEX will act as a partner of the 10th Russian Business Week sponsored by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), one of the main annual business events in Russia.

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Misleading advertising: Exclusive must mean exclusive

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If something is advertised as exclusive then it ought to remain exclusive. A ruling of the Landgericht (LG) Hamburg [Regional Court of Hamburg] demonstrates that a lack of touted exclusivity can render the advertising misleading.

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LAG Köln: Informally admonishing an employee not necessary before issuing formal written warning

March 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

An employer is allowed to issue a formal written warning without having previously informally rebuked an employee for his misconduct. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Köln [Regional Labour Court of Cologne] (Az.: 12 Sa 381/16).

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Baker & Partners’ Expert Recognised as Global Leader in Asset Recovery by IBA

March 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner of Baker & Partners, has been recognised by the International Bar Association (IBA), the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, having been appointed Senior Vice Chair of its Asset Recovery Subcommittee.

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE CLIFF CONFERENCE, IN CYPRUS

March 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Cliff Law Firm of Moscow and Stelios Americanos & Co LLC (Cyprus) host conference on “The Global Exchange of information: The business world on the threshold of a new era”

The new Multilateral Agreement on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Information between tax authorities and controlling bodies that has been signed by 83 countries, the Russian Federation inclusive, has launched a new era for the international business. The Exchange of Financial Information Agreement obliges the banks and generally financial institutions to disclosure information on the final beneficiaries of corporate accounts, as well as on international transactions. This newly emerging requirements will force the businesses to review their current setups and practices under the light of the new rules and directives.

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Saint Petersburg Conference - Properties Overseas:

March 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Advantages, risks legal and tax structuring

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, participated in Saint Petersburg conference on the 13th of December 2016, the topic of which was “Properties Overseas: Advantages, risks legal and tax structuring”. The seminar was co-organized with Delovoy Saint Petersburg and Maxima Legal and took place at Grand Hotel Europe.

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Stelios Americanos & Co LLC completed a successful visit to China

March 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC completed a successful visit to China, having met with clients and partners and participated in two conferences in Shanghai and Beijing in October/November 2016.

Following a successful visit to China in May, 2016, Stelios Americanos & Co LLC made a second trip to China, in order to participate in two conferences in late October, and early November 2016, in Shanghai and in Beijing. The Firm was represented by Len Judes who spoke about and presented the Cyprus Citizenship and Permanent Residency by investment programs.

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The Use of Dispatch Workers: Ironing Out Yet Another Wrinkle for its Successful Implementation

February 2017. Press Releases by Lee & Ko (view listing).

From a purely employer’s perspective, foreign companies operating in Korea are often frustrated (or at times, even amazed) at some of the protections provided to employees under the Korean employment laws. A few of the most difficult legal requirements include the strict just-cause requirement for termination, the durational limits on the use of fixed-term (contract) employees, the statutory severance obligation, and the statutory allowances for overtime, night-time, and holiday works. In light of such requirements and to minimize the burden of potential employer liabilities, many foreign companies may naturally wonder: How can we structure our workforce so that we can preserve an increased degree of flexibility when managing our personnel?

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KOREA’S NEW SUPREME COURT CASE EXCLUDES MILEAGE FROM VAT TAXATION:

February 2017. Press Releases by Lee & Ko (view listing).

Used mileage points interpreted as sales allowance deductible from tax base

If a business operates a customer loyalty program together with other business, in which the amount of mileage points granted for the customers’ primary transaction is deducted from the purchase price of the customers’ secondary transaction and those customers only have to pay the remaining price, the amount deducted from the purchase price during the secondary transaction should not be additionally included as the value of supply(i.e. should not be subject to VAT) of the secondary transaction(Summary of Supreme Court 2015 du 58959, 2016. 08. 26.).

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MOLITOR increases firm’s focus on Construction Litigation and ex-pands in areas of ADR

February 2017. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour (view listing).

Luxembourg, 9 January 2017 - MOLITOR is delighted to announce the arrival of Jacques Wolter as a partner of the firm. Jacques Wolter joined MOLITOR with his team on 1 January 2017.

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Giambrone to provide assistance with implementation of new Israeli law banning the sale of binary op

February 2017. Press Releases by Giambrone Law Studio Legale Internationale (view listing).

Reuters reports today that the Israeli government has taken a significant step towards eradicating the scourge of binary options trading scams by drafting a law preventing the promotion and sale of binary options by online trading platforms based in Israel to their overseas clients.   In the past there has been widespread criticism of the Israel government for failing to act over the dishonest practices emanating from Israel perpetrated by fraudulent investment brokers based in Tel Aviv and elsewhere.

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Expiration of holiday entitlements: BAG appeals to European Court of Justice

February 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

It is common for disputes to arise under employment law concerning compensation in lieu of holiday entitlements. According to German law, holidays that have not been taken expire at the end of the reference period.

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BGH: Notarized agreement decisive, not the draft agreement

February 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In cases of doubt, it is the notarized agreement that counts and not a draft contract whose content deviates from the former. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in its judgment of June 10, 2016 (Az.: V ZR 295/14). 

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REC Funding of 8 solar projects of ACME Group

February 2017. Press Releases by Gravitas Legal (view listing).

Gravitas Legal advised Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (“REC”) in connection with the funding of 8 SPVs incorporated by Acme Group aggregating Rs. 1077.94 crores in connection with the implementation of: (a) 45MW solar photovoltaic power plant; (b) 2x30MW solar photovoltaic power plants; and (c) 5x15MW solar photovoltaic power plants, in Telangana.

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KOREA’S NEW SUPREME COURT CASE EXCLUDES MILEAGE FROM VAT TAXATION

February 2017. Press Releases by Lee & Ko (view listing).

used mileage points interpreted as sales allowance deductible from tax base

If a business operates a customer loyalty program together with other business, in which the amount of mileage points granted for the customers’ primary transaction is deducted from the purchase price of the customers’ secondary transaction and those customers only have to pay the remaining price, the amount deducted from the purchase price during the secondary transaction should not be additionally included as the value of supply(i.e. should not be subject to VAT) of the secondary transaction(Summary of Supreme Court 2015 du 58959, 2016. 08. 26.).

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Russia – China: investing in major projects through concession

February 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Head of VEGAS LEX PPP and Infrastructure practice Denis Shtirbu moderated the session on transport cooperation and logistics at The Moscow Times conference, Doing Business with China. New Horizons for Business Cooperation: Russia – China.

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  • Bulgaria: Opening the gas market for foreign traders!

    Most recently, the Bulgarian Energy Regulator has taken significant steps towards the full liberalisation of the natural gas market: In December 2016, the Bulgarian Energy Regulator adopted legislative amendments to the Rules for Trading of Natural Gas ( Правила за търговия с природен газ , " Trading Rules ") and the Rules for Access to the Gas Transmission and/or Gas Distribution Networks and the Natural Gas Storage Facilities ( Правила за предоставяне на достъп до газопреносните и/или газоразпределителните мрежи и за достъп до съоръженията за съхранение на природен газ , " Access Rules "). Moreover, it adopted new Rules for Balancing of the Natural Gas Market ( Правила за балансиране на пазара за природен газ , " Balancing Rules "). read more...
  • When Arbitration Meets Insolvency in Montenegro - Can They Coexist?

    Even at first blush, it is apparent that arbitration and insolvency make strange bedfellows.
  • Hungary: Registration Fees for Company Establishment Abolished

    In an aim to simplify state administration and support economic growth, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a new law abolishing the registration fee and the publication cost for incorporating limited liability companies (" LLC ") ( korlátolt felelősségű társaság ), limited partnerships ( betéti társaság ), general partnerships ( közkereseti társaság ), and sole entrepreneurships ( egyéni cég ). The new law becomes effective on 16 March 2017. read more...
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: Philippine Central Bank Issues New FinTech Rules

    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (the Philippine Central Bank) has issued two new circulars that will be of interest to companies engaged in remittance services, e-money, digital currency, and other fintech businesses. Both circulars amend portions of the BSP Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”

    The March issue of the International Financial Law Review ( IFLR ) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Jose Florante M. Pamfilo  entitled “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”. The article discusses the Philippine Supreme Court decision on the case of Roy v. Herbosa (GR no. 207246) to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular no. 8-2013 (MC 8-2013) on the guidelines on compliance with the Filipino-foreign ownership requirements prescribed in the Philippine Constitution and/or existing laws by corporations engaged in nationalized and partly nationalized activities.
  • New regulation on unit-linked life insurance in Hungary

    Policyholders of unit-linked life insurance products pay an agreed sum for the unit-linked insurance to the insurance company, as a regular premium, or in one lump sum. These payments cover the life insurance component as well as the investment, administrative costs, contracting fee and the commissions. The "total cost charged" ("TCC") is an indicator – calculated in line with the rules of Hungarian insurance regulations – showing all costs charged on life insurance policies having a savings element, reflected as a percentage value. The regulation of the TCC in Hungary has been amended effective 1 January 2017. read more...
  • Hungary: Increase of Minimum Sale Price May Affect Retail NPL Transactions?

    On 7 March 2017, the Hungarian parliament adopted a law that increases the minimum sale price of a residential property in the enforcement procedure from the current 70% of its market value to 100% (market value to be understood as the price set by the appraisal of the bailiff), provided that (i) the claim to be enforced stems from a consumer contract; (ii) the real property is the debtor's only real property; and (iii) the debtor resided in that real property for at least six months prior to the initiation of the enforcement procedure.   read more...
  • European Court of Justice rules for the first time on discrimination based on belief

    The Court of Justice confirms a policy of neutrality can justify discrimination based on belief.
  • RECENT COURT ORDER ON GOOGLE RELATED TO PROTECTING INFORMATION RIGHTS

    Korean appeals court orders Google to disclose to Korean users what personal information Google passed to U.S. government.
  • ECJ CASE C-28/26 - RECOVERABILITY OF INPUT VAT OF A HOLDING COMPANY

    Case C-28/26 - Examines the right of a holding company to deduct input VAT on services acquired in the interest of its subsidiaries where those services are offered to its subsidiaries with no consideration.