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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.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners berät die DATA MODUL AG, München, bei öffentlicher Übernahme durch Arrow

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Die DATA MODUL Aktiengesellschaft Produktion und Vertrieb von elektronischen Systemen mit Sitz in München („Data Modul AG“) steht vor einer öffentlichen Übernahme durch die Arrow Electronics, Inc. mit Sitz in Centennial, Colorado/USA. Deren Tochtergesellschaft Arrow Central Europe Holding Munich GmbH hat als Bieterin ein freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot zum Erwerb sämtlicher Aktien der Data Modul AG zu einem Angebotspreis von EUR 27,50 je Aktie angekündigt. Dies entspricht einer Prämie von rund 36% auf den gewichteten durchschnittlichen Börsenkurs der Data Modul-Aktien während der letzten drei Monate.

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VEGAS LEX continues to represent OGK-2 in its gas turbine engine quality dispute

January 2015. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On January 14, 2015, the VEGAS LEX law firm won an appeal case in the Sixteenth Commercial Court of Appeals for the sake of the Second Generating Company of the Wholesale Power Market (OGK-2)* in a dispute over the quality of a gas turbine engine (GTD-110) supplied by NPO Saturn to compel the defendant to restore the equipment's operation after a breakdown. The court ordered NPO Saturn to repair the broken GTD-110, with the cost of repairs adding up to RUB1bln, which is comparable with the cost of new equipment.

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VEGAS LEX helps collect lost profit for Khanty-Mansiysk Non-State Pension Fund

January 2015. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On January 13, 2015, the VEGAS LEX Dispute Resolution Practice won a case in the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals for the sake of the Khanty-Mansiysk Non-State Pension Fund* in a dispute over a trust management agreement with regard to the fund's pension reserves.

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Positive Developments for the Economy of Cyprus

January 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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Avellum Partners Advised Nadezhda Group on Corporate Restructuring

January 2015. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 29 December 2014 - Avellum Partners advised Nadezhda Group ("Group"), operating in the liquefied petroleum and gas industry, on tax planning for holding structure of the Group, all legal and tax aspects of corporate restructuring and acquisition finance issues, aimed at obtaining finance from international finance institutions ("IFIs").

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Avellum Partners Advised on Exchange Offer of Metinvest

January 2015. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 14 January 2015 - Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and ING Bank N.V., London Branch, who acted as Dealer Managers, in connection with the exchange offer of Metinvest B.V., the parent company of a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies ("Metinvest") for its USD500 million 10.25% guaranteed notes due 2015, coupled with the new issue of USD289.7 million 10.5% guaranteed notes due 2017 ("Notes") under its USD1,500,000,000 Guaranteed Medium Term Note Programme and a 25% cash consideration. The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch acted as the Exchange Agent. The Notes are listed and admitted to trading on the Global Exchange Market of the Irish Stock Exchange.

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Gorodissky new practices

January 2015. Press Releases by Gorodissky & Partners (view listing).

In December 2014 the IP team of Gorodissky & Partners was joined by Valery Narezhny who will be in charge of the firm's new law practices such as taxes, customs and commercial laws.

Valery graduated from Finance Academy under the Government of Russia (Moscow) majoring in "Finances and Credits" and the Academy of Law and Management (Moscow) majoring in "Civil Law", holds PhD degree in economics. He is specializing in taxes, currency, customs, labor and commercial laws and in court disputes.

Valery started his carrier in the state bodies (Tax Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, and Government Administration), worked for a number of Russian and international law firms. He is author of more than 150 publications and 9 books on taxation and civil law issues.

Valery Medvedev, Managing Partner, Gorodissky & Partners, commented: "It appears from our clients' enquiries that they are in the need to obtain consultations and professional advice relating not only to protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights but also to IP issues governed by taxes, labor, currency and commercial laws. Valery Narezhny having considerable experience and knowledge in these practices will no doubt enhance our team of lawyers and considerably enlarge the range of the firm's legal services"

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HaoLiWen helps client resolve TP case with the customs

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

HaoLiWen has advised a multinational client in a case of the customs challenge against import transfer pricing. Recently, this case was successfully closed. The customs has accepted the transfer pricing policies of the client.  The client has incurred no further import tax exposure, and the deposits put up with the customs for the shipments in question are to be refunded by the customs to the client.  

 

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VEGAS LEX to support 2015 Jessup Moot Court Competition

January 2015. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

The VEGAS LEX law firm will support this year's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the largest and most prestigious law school competition, which will take place in Moscow from January 28 through February 1.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners berät die Deutsche Bank und DN Capital bei Investitionen in Onlineportal Wi

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Der Onlinehändler Windeln.de hat seine bislang größte Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen. Mit einem Investitionsvolumen von insgesamt etwa EUR 45 Mio. beteiligten sich neben dem Hauptinvestor Goldman Sachs auch die bisherigen Geldgeber MCI Management, 360 Capital Partners, die Londoner Beteiligungsgesellschaft DN Capital sowie mehrere Deutsche Bank Fonds.

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AT/USA: Schoenherr advises AIM Software Group on investment by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

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

Schoenherr advised AIM Software Group ("AIM") on the receipt of an investment from and transfer of a majority interest to U.S.-based private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe ("WCAS"). AIM is a leading provider of data management software products to the financial services industry. Under the terms of the transaction, which was announced on 14 January 2015, AIM's existing management team will continue to operate the business and maintain a significant ownership stake in the company. WCAS is also investing primary capital in the business which will be used to further accelerate AIM's expansion. read more...

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12 January 2015 - Walgreens Acquires the Remaining Equity Ownership in Alliance Boots

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

Walgreen Co., the largest drug store chain in the United States, has completed the acquisition of the remaining 55% equity ownership in Alliance Boots GmbH, the Swiss parent company of a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Walgreens had acquired 45% in Alliance Boots GmbH in 2012 with the option to proceed to a full combination by acquiring the remaining 55%.

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15 January 2015 - Daniel Leu elected partner

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

We are pleased to announce that we elected Daniel Leu as partner as of 1 January 2015. Daniel Leu, a Certified Inheritance Law Specialist, advises private clients on corporate and estate planning, on the handling of estates, in connection with foundations and trusts and on questions in connection with the place of residence. Other areas of work include advising clients who buy or sell real estate in Switzerland and art law.

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MOLITOR expansion continues

January 2015. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour (view listing).

Luxembourg, 26 November 2014 - MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour, have continued expansion plans by announcing the recruitment of experienced litigator François Cautaerts. François comes to MOLITOR from Philippe & Partners as a partner, with Paulo Lopes Da Silva, in litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as specialising in Restructuring & Insolvency.

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MOLITOR announces another partner promotion

January 2015. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour (view listing).

Luxembourg, 19 January 2015 - MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour is delighted to announce the promotion of Stéphanie Juan to Partner. Stéphanie, 37, became a member of the team in 2006 and was appointed Counsel in 2014. She will continue her practice in the area of Real Estate, Zoning and Environment.

 

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GENI & KEBE HONOURED FOR PRO BONO WORK

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

Mouhamed KEBE and Boubacar Diakite, respectively Managing Partner, and Head Office Manager of GENI & KEBE have been honored for pro bono work by ‘'The Brooke'', a non-for profit organization based in London.

During a reception held in the British embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the CEO and the Senegal Country Director of ''The Brooke'', praised GENI & KEBE pro bono work for their assistance during the registration of the West Africa Regional office of the organization.

A trophy was given to Mouhamed KEBE, Managing Partner, in presence of Mr. John Marshall, the British ambassador, and several other guests who attended the ceremony.

‘'We're very happy to be honored by ‘'The Brooke'' for our pro-bono work'', said Mouhamed KEBE. ‘'This is a testimony of our commitment to serve our community.''

Born of the post-war plight of military horses, ‘'The Brooke'' is a UK charity that aids hard-working animals-and their owners-in developing countries around the world. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall is the president of its UK board.

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Gornitzky represents Israel Corporation in a split and the dual-listing of the spin-off company

January 2015. Press Releases by Gornitzky & Co. (view listing).

Gornitzky represented Israel Corporation as the conglomerate split itself into two parts, and in the dual-listing of its spin-off, Kenon Holdings Ltd., on the TASE and on the NYSE.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Bank of America Merrill Lynch on refinancing of The Squaire

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

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided refinancing for the property The Squaire located at Frankfurt Airport.

 

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises KKR on foundation of real estate platform

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

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Deutsche Immobilien Chancen Real Estate GmbH have founded a joint real estate company named German Estate Group AG (GEG) which shall focus on the development and acquisition of commercial property.

 

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HeidelbergCapital und Auda erwerben drei Technologieunternehmen von Beaufort Capital

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Das globale Private Equity Investmenthaus Auda International (Auda) und das unabhängige Beteiligungsunternehmen HeidelbergCapital Private Equity (HeidelbergCapital) haben im Rahmen einer Partnerschaft die drei Technologieunternehmen nextevolution AG, Mobile City GmbH und die snom technology AG vom Hamburger Investor Beaufort Capital GmbH erworben. HeidelbergCapital und Auda verbindet eine langjährige Zusammenarbeit. Der Fokus der Investitionen liegt auf technologiebasierten Geschäftsmodellen sowie auf etablierten Unternehmen im deutschen Mittelstand.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners berät camano bei der Übernahme durch Afinum

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Der Private Equity Investor Afinum hat das Familienunternehmen camano GmbH & Co. KG (camano) übernommen. Camano mit Sitz im bayerischen Pleinfeld ist einer der führenden Strumpfhersteller in Deutschland, der auch für die Modemarke S.Oliver produziert. Auf Verkäuferseite stand die Familie Moissl.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners berät Tele Columbus Management bei Börsengang

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Die Berliner Tele Columbus AG strebt an die Börse. Der drittgrößte deutsche Kabelnetzbetreiber plant den Börsengang im Laufe der kommenden Woche.

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AT: Christian Herbst appointed as Co-chair of the IBA Corporate/M&A law committee

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

Schoenherr partner Christian Herbst has been appointed Co-chair of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Herbst will serve in this top function for a two-year period starting 1 January 2015. The committee's other Co-Chair is Jocelyn Kelley from the Vancouver-based law firm Blakes. read more...

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC expanding to new offices

January 2015. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

The firm proudly celebrated in November 2014 the launching of the much-anticipated expansion of their offices with a festive opening party.pdf Read more...

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8 January 2015 - Transfer of the Swiss Transmission Grid to Swissgrid

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

On 5 January 2015, Swissgrid acquired further parts of the Swiss transmission grid, including the transmission grid company of the city of Zurich.

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Goltsblat BLP announces a recent boost to its Dispute Resolution, by welcoming Varvara Knutova

January 2015. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces that, consistent with the growing demand by our national and international clients for dispute resolution, specifically international litigation services, on 1 December 2014, we continued to boost our Dispute Resolution Practice by welcoming new Head of Group Varvara Knutova.

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GENI & KEBE Transaction wins Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the year Awards 2014

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

December 23, 2014, Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the year Awards 2014

GENI & KEBE represented Franco-Nevada, the lender into a US$135 million stream transaction that has allowed Teranga Gold Corporation to enter into definitive share purchase agreements with Bendon International Ltd. ("Bendon") and Badr Investment & Finance Company ("Badr") to acquire the balance of the OJVG that it does not already own and to retire US$30 million of its US$60 million debt facility with Macquarie Bank Limited ("Macquarie").

The transaction won the Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the year Awards 2014

The Finance Monthly Deal Maker Awards have gained a reputation as an industry standard for recognising excellence in corporate finance transactions and acknowledge and reward the individuals and firms involved - the bankers, venture capitalists, lawyers, accountants and professional advisors who initiate, structure and negotiate deals for growing organisations.

It rewards some of the most successful and trusted firms and individuals from across the globe.

'We were very happy to be part of this transaction, which was actually a challenging but valuable one. Over the last five years, we have been involved in lot of cross border transactions both in Senegal and in Africa but this is so far, the most challenging one we have worked on, in the mining sector.'' Said Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE, when the awards were officially announced. He added, ‘'We are honored to win this award, a testament to the talent and hard work of all those involved in this transaction''

GENI & KEBE team included Mouhamed Kebe, Mouhamed Dieng, Fode Sarr, Boubacar Diakite, Hassane Kone, and Absatou Ndiaye.

 

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GENI & KEBE WELCOMES A NEW AFFILIATE, SOBDIBE ZOUA, CHAD

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

GENI & KEBE WELCOMES A NEW AFFILIATE, SOBDIBE ZOUA, CHAD

Dakar- Ndjamena, January 2015

GENI  & KEBE is pleased to welcome SOBDIBE ZOUA as newest affiliate office in Chad.

SOBDIBE ZOUA is one of Chad premier business law firms. Managing Partner Sobdibe Zoua is praised for his legal skills, particularly in commercial law, and TMT.

Through this new affiliate, GENI & KEBE will be able to provide legal and professional services to companies and entities already operating in Chad or planning to set up business in this country.

GENI & KEBE is focused on praised technical legal skills, professional conduct, diligence, and commitment to client service. They greatly value the recognitions the firm, practices and lawyers have earned, and continue to earn, from clients, peers, and from highly respected legal and business publications, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, and IFLR 1000.

They have been recognized as ‘'2015 Investment Law Firm of the Year in Senegal'' by Corporate International Magazine, and are winners of the ‘'Finance Monthly Deal Maker Awards 2014 Winners Edition.

 "We are delighted to add CHAD amongst the countries we cover in Sub Saharan Africa," says Mouhamed KEBE, GENI & KEBE Managing Partner.

"Since oil fields are discovered on its territory, Chad is a strategic market; and with our affiliate office, we will build on our commitment to serve our clients wherever they do business in Africa."

With a 100-year history and unparalleled depth in Corporate, banking and finance, energy, natural resources, PPP, TMT, dispute resolution and ADR, GENI & KEBE covers 14 African jurisdictions (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, D. R. Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal) through its affiliate offices, advising on a full range of legal and professional matters across Africa.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners: Triton verkauft Wittur an Bain Capital

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Der von der Triton Beratungsgesellschaft GmbH beratene Triton Fonds und die Schweizer Beteiligungsgesellschaft Capvis haben die Firma Wittur an einen von Bain Capital Europe LLC beratenden Fonds veräußert.

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P+P Pöllath + Partners berät bei € 600 Mio. Closing von SwanCap Fund II

January 2015. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Die von SwanCap Partners GmbH, München beratene SwanCap Investment Management S.A. (Lux) hat im Dezember 2014 den zweiten Private Equity Fonds Swan Opportunities Fund II SCS – SIF (Swan II) erfolgreich mit einem Volumen von EUR 600 Mio. aufgelegt. Swan II erwirbt sowohl ein bestehendes, hoch diversifiziertes Private Equity Portfolio (Fondsbeteiligungen und Co-Investments) von der UniCredit Bank AG und wird gleichzeitig neue Private Equity Beteiligungen eingehen.

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22 December 2014 - Completion of Public Tender Offer for Swisslog Holding AG

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

In the cash public tender offer by KUKA Aktiengesellschaft, Augsburg, Germany, for the publicly held shares of Swisslog Holding AG, listed on SIX Swiss Exchange and headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, a total of 230'678'047 Swisslog shares were tendered into the offer, corresponding to 91.80% of all shares issued by Swisslog as of 29 September 2014. KUKA consummated the offer on 15 December 2014.

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Tax law changes: implications for business

January 2015. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

The VEGAS LEX Tax Practice has organized a roundtable discussion of the most important changes in Russia's tax legislation, with Finance Ministry and Federal Tax Service officials attending as special guests

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SEE/ Austria: Schoenherr advises HETA on sale of Hypo Group's SEE Banking Network

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

Schoenherr advised Heta Asset Resolution (HETA) on the agreement over the purchase of Hypo Group Alpe Adria, the South-Eastern European (SEE) banking network of the former Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International (SEE Network). The US-fund Advent International and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed an agreement on 22 December 2014 to acquire the SEE Network. read more

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Wechsel im Management-Board bei P+P Pöllath + Partners

December 2014. Press Releases by P+P Pöllath + Partners (view listing).

Der Münchner Partner Dr. Benedikt Hohaus wurde von der Partnerversammlung mit Wirkung zum neuen Jahr zum Mitglied des Management-Boards der Kanzlei gewählt. Hohaus folgt in dieser Position dem Münchner Partner Dr. Matthias Bruse, der im rollierenden Besetzungsverfahren nach dreijähriger Amtszeit aus dem Board ausschied.

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DANOS & ASSOCIATES SUCCESS IN LANDMARK TRESPASS CASE

December 2014. Press Releases by Danos & Associates (view listing).

Danos & Associates has recently obtained a Court Judgment against a foreign couple who are trespassing onto the land owned by a Greek Cypriot refugee in the occupied northern part of Cyprus. The Court ordered the defendants to demolish any buildings they have erected on the land, surrender the property to the claimant and pay damages for trespass and for the violation of the claimant's human right to property.

Our firm is delighted our client has succeeded in Court and we are pleased that our research, arguments and overall hard work had the anticipated positive result. 

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19 December 2014 - Funds Advised by Apax Partners Agree to Sell Orange Communications SA

December 2014. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

On 18 December 2014, Funds advised by Apax Partners announced that they have agreed to sell Orange Communications SA to NJJ Capital, Xavier Niel's private holding company, for a total transaction value of CHF 2.8 billion (EUR 2.3 billion). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval and expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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VEGAS LEX on disputes between the construction contract parties

December 2014. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On December 2014 law firm VEGAS LEX supported by the Managers and Developers Guild held a round table discussion «Developer vs general contractor: disputes between the construction contract parties. Important issues».

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Popov & Partners admitted as a member of TAGLaw

December 2014. Press Releases by Popov & Partners (view listing).

In November 2014 Popov & Partners became the first Bulgarian law firm, to become a member of one of the largest international legal networks, and namely - TAGLaw. TAGLaw is an association of more than 145 law firms in more than 80 countries worldwide. With over 9,000 lawyers, TAGLaw provides five continents spanning legal services. Attornies Sibina Eftenova and Angel Buzalov will constitute the relations of Popov & Partners with other members of the network internationally.

Membership in the legal network gives access to each law office to vast amount of resources that will boost the quality and expand the range of services provided in the direction of maximum consideration of the specifics of the local legislation in different countries and cooperation in working on projects with cross-border element. The law firm gains the opportunity to seek advice from foreign partner firms, and thus to provide its clients with the possibility to obtain in short terms legal advice of the highest quality on the local market and legal conditions in the respective country.

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Schoenherr Corporate/M&A partner Florian Kusznier joins firm’s equity

December 2014. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr, a leading corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, has invited its experienced Corporate/M&A specialist Florian Kusznier into the firm's equity. Kusznier has extensive know-how in advising Austrian and international clients on M&A and private equity transactions, public takeovers, and general corporate law matters. read more

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Romania/Austria: Schoenherr advises Volksbank Romania shareholders in planned sale to Banca Transilv

December 2014. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr served as lead counsel to the shareholders of Volksbank Romania S.A. ("VBRO") - Österreichische Volksbanken-AG (VBAG), Groupe BPCE, DZ BANK AG and WGZ BANK - on their agreed sale of VBRO to Romania's third-largest bank, Banca Transilvania SA. Signing of the contracts took place on 10 December 2014. read more

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Austria: Schoenherr advises Roche on its acquisition of biotech firm Dutalys

December 2014. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Schoenherr served as lead counsel to life sciences group Roche on its acquisition of Dutalys GmbH, a privately held biotechnology company based in Vienna, Austria. Dutalys specializes in the discovery and development of fully human, bi-specific antibodies based on their proprietary DutaMabsTM technology. The bi-specific antibodies developed with this platform are designed to provide novel, best-in-class molecules for several therapeutic areas. read more

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12 December 2014 - Bär & Karrer Awarded Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year by Mergerarket

December 2014. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Bär & Karrer was elected Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year at yesterday's annual Mergermarket M&A Awards. Based on a comprehensive analysis of Mergermarket's league tables, the judging panel chose Bär & Karrer from among seven shortlisted Swiss and international law firms that were particularly active in the Swiss M&A market in 2014.

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XI Professional Energy Forum: Russian fuel and energy sector issues in focus

December 2014. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Alexander Lavrentyev, head of the VEGAS LEX Fuel and Energy Group, has spoken at the XI Professional Energy Forum, Generation, Networks and Sales, about default supplier's breach of contract without disruption of supplies

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Boult Wade Tennant records impressive results before the EPO

December 2014. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

The patent attorneys at Boult Wade Tennant are well known for their expertise and advocacy skills for both contentious and non-contentious matters before the European Patent Office. In November 2014 alone, Boult Wade Tennant attorneys attended over 29 oral proceedings in Munich or The Hague.

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Pepeliaev Group heads the Pravo.Ru-300 ranking

December 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

For the fourth time, Pepeliaev Group has topped the Pravo.Ru-300 reputational ranking. The firm was awarded the maximum possible points in its category.

Pravo.Ru-300's experts acknowledge the firm as occupying leading positions in areas including Tax Law, Commercial Real Estate and Construction, Natural Resources and Energy, Commercial Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property. In addition, the analysts gave high ratings to the results of the firm's projects in Corporate Law and International Arbitration.

"We appreciate our colleagues' high opinion of our accomplishments and professionalism," commented Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group. The 'best reputation in the market' is a very satisfying title, but with it comes great responsibility. From year to year we do work with utmost quality because we understand the level of expertise and services that our clients expect. Successfully solving their business tasks will always remain our main priority."

This is the fourth successive year that Pepeliaev Group has headed the Pravo.Ru-300 ranking and has claimed the 'Best reputation in the market' award. In this category, law firms evaluate one another.
The Pravo.Ru-300 ranking is based on a firm's financial and statistical data, an analysis of the firm's largest and most important projects during the period as well as peer reviews and evaluations by fellow professionals.

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Valentina Orlova hailed as the top IP expert, according to Managing IP

December 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Valentina Orlova, Head of the Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice at Pepeliaev Group, has been named as 'IP Star in Trademarks' - the highest award of the influential international directory Managing Intellectual Property. The title in question is given to IP experts from different countries.

Pepeliaev Group's Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice was also highly acclaimed in the study by Managing IP.
Mrs Orlova was given the prestigious award for her outstanding results in the area of IP protection. Valentina advises clients in relation to copyright, related rights, patent law, selective breeding achievements, and means of identification (such as trademarks, corporate names, and commercial designations). When giving advice, she focuses in particular on creating security for and protecting know-how, introducing commercial confidentiality regimes, allocating and securing the rights to intellectual property, and means of identification within contractual relationships.

Mrs Orlova played a role in drafting and providing commentaries on Russian legislation regarding trademarks. Before joining Pepeliaev Group, Valentina headed the legal department of Rospatent (the Federal Service for Intellectual Property).
The Managing IP directory was founded in 1990 and it remains one of the key sources of news and analytical information concerning IP protection worldwide.

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VEGAS LEX, InfraONE begin consulting concession grantor under 12-plus ton project

December 2014. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

The VEGAS LEX law firm and First Infrastructure Company InfraONE are performing comprehensive consultancy and support services for the concession grantor at the financial close phase of the project to introduce fees for 12-plus ton vehicles.

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VEGAS LEX, InfraONE take part in meeting of Transport Ministry Taskforce on Extending Moscow Air Hub

December 2014. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On November 27, 2014, the Transport Ministry Investment Coordination Council's** Taskforce on Extending the Moscow Air Hub (MAH) Experience to Regional Airports* led by VEGAS LEX Partner Albert Eganyan, chairman of the InfraONE Board of Directors, held its first meeting.

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Legal Developments worldwide

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  • China Drug Registration Regulation - Public consultation on amendment closes - March 2014

    In February 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) invited second-round comments from the public regarding proposed amendments to the China Drug Registration Regulations (“DRR”). One of the proposed amendments touches upon patent protection for drugs in China.
  • Revised NDRC Measures for Approval and Filing of Outbound Investment Projects - April 2014

    The National Development and Reform Commission ( NDRC ) released a new set of Management Measures for Approval and Filing of Outbound Investment Projects ( 境外投资项目核准和备案管理办法) ( New Measures ) on 8 April 2014. The New Measures take effect on 8 May 2014 and will replace the Interim Management Measures for Approval of Outbound Investment Projects ( 境外投资项目核准暂行管理办法) ( Original Measures ) which have been in force since 9 October 2004.
  • Insurance Update - CIRC Issues Insurance M&A Measures: What are the impacts and applications?

    On 21 March 2014, CIRC issued the Administrative Measures on the Acquisition and Merger of Insurance Companies (the Insurance M&A Measures ) which will take effect from 1 June 2014. The Insurance M&A Measures apply to M&A activities whereby an insurance company is the target for a merger or acquisition. The target insurance company could be either a domestic or a foreign invested insurer. However, the Insurance M&A Measures will not apply to any equity investment by insurance companies in non-insurance companies in China or in overseas insurance companies.
  • China issues new rules to regulate medical devices - May 2014

    The Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (in Chinese《医疗器械监督管理条例》, State Council Order No. 650) (the Medical Device Regulations) were amended by China's State Council on 31 March 2014 and will come into effect on 1 June 2014. This is the first amendment in more than a decade since the Medical Device Regulations were first promulgated in 2000, even though the amendment was initiated eight years ago in 2006. The 2014 amendment unveils reforms on the regulatory regime for medical devices market in China from various aspects.
  • Walking a fine line in China:Distinguishing between legitimate commercial deals and commercial bribe

    China in the 21st century exemplifies an atmosphere of great opportunity and intense competition. Against this backdrop, it has become increasingly common for businesses to adopt a variety of practices in order to make their products and services competitive. Such practices may include paying middle-men to promote sales and giving incentives to buyers directly. However, whilst revenue spikes are undoubtedly welcome, businesses should bear in mind the potential backlash arising out of these commercial arrangements. The risk that such arrangements may not comply with anti-bribery and corruption laws and therefore cause business significant damage in the long term should not be underestimated.
  • Rise of the private healthcare sector - July 2014

    As of 2013, China had 9,800 private hospitals, representing almost half of the total number of hospitals in the country 1 . However, private hospitals still severely lag behind their public peers due to low utilisation, talent shortages and incomplete social insurance coverage. As part of China's ongoing healthcare reform initiatives, the Chinese government has set a goal to increase the share of patients treated by private hospitals to 20% by the end of 2015 2 .
  • Banking regulation in China: Proposed deposit insurance system - December 2014

    On 30 November 2014, the State Council of China released a draft Deposit Insurance Regulation (the Draft), to establish a deposit insurance system in order to "protect interests of depositors, prevent and mitigate financial risks and maintain a stabilised financial system". The public are invited to submit comments on the Draft by 30 December 2014.
  • Tackling bribery: China toughens criminal law - December 2014

    Following earlier reforms of the PRC's anti-corruption rules (for further information, please see our previous briefings published in January 2013 and March 2011 ), the National People's Congress (NPC) has recently published a proposed amendment to the PRC Criminal Law in draft form for public comments (the Draft). The Draft expands the reach of official bribery offences, gives more autonomy to judges to inflict severe punishments, and generally increases the level and type of punishments that can be imposed on individuals who commit bribery offences. It further demonstrates the government's determination to tackle corruption in China.
  • China banking restrictions relaxed: New rules further open banking sector to foreign investors

    The State Council of China recently released amendments to the Foreign Bank Administrative Regulations of China (the Amendments) with effect from 1 January 2015.
  • Walking a Tightrope in Singapore - July 2014

    The world has no borders and distance is negligible for the technologically savvy criminal. Individuals with illicit funds to launder or terrorist activities to finance can, with the latest technology, transfer high volumes of money around the globe almost instantaneously and seek to conceal the origin or the destination of the funds.