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Unfair advertising: Health claims concerning foods

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

Health claims pertaining to foods have to satisfy strict requirements if they are to avoid infringing competition law. That was the verdict of the Landgericht Rostock (Regional Court of Rostock) in a recent ruling.

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OLG Koblenz on misleading advertising

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

Companies promoting their products need to ensure that consumers have a realistic opportunity to purchase them. That was the verdict of the OLG Koblenz (Higher Regional Court of Koblenz) in a recent ruling.

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AKD advises INKEF Capital on the investment in EclecticIQ

May 2016. Press Releases by AKD (view listing).

​INKEF Capital, an Amsterdam-based venture capital firm that focuses on long-term collaboration and active support of innovative technology companies, and KPN Ventures, the venturing arm of KPN, have jointly done an investment in EclecticIQ.

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AKD advises INKEF Capital on investment in G-Therapeutics

May 2016. Press Releases by AKD (view listing).

​INKEF Capital, a venture capital fund that focuses on innovative technological enterprises, has invested in G-Therapeutics.

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Regional lawyers discussed special investment contracts at Legal Forum Live in Krasnodar

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

On May 20, 2016, the Head of Special Projects at VEGAS LEX, Maxim Grigoryev spoke about a new instrument of state support for investors, as well as the special investment contract during the first Legal Forum Live event in Krasnodar, which was organized as part of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

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BGH: Comparative advertising featuring third-party trademark may be permissible

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

The use of a third-party trademark in comparative advertising does not automatically constitute an infringement of trademark law. That was the decision of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Az.: I ZR 167/13).

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Zhong Lun Law Firm Completes Major U.S. Expansion to Los Angeles and San Francisco

May 2016. Press Releases by Zhong Lun Law Firm (view listing).

Zhong Lun Law Firm, one of the top law firms based in China, has completed in May 2016 a major U.S. expansion, by expanding its New York Office, and opening new offices in Los Angeles and in San Francisco.  These three offices spanning the U.S. represent another important step in Zhong Lun’s “Going Global” strategy, and will make Zhong Lun the Chinese law firm with the most extensive presence in the U.S.

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Zhong Lun Takes the Lead in Chambers Rankings

May 2016. Press Releases by Zhong Lun Law Firm (view listing).

Chambers announced its 2016 PRC law firm and lawyer rankings on February 5, 2016. 27 practice areas and 48 practitioners of Zhong Lun Law Firm were awarded with recommendation.

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Zhong Lun Is Selected into Thomson Reuters ALB China Power List 2016

May 2016. Press Releases by Zhong Lun Law Firm (view listing).

On 21 March 2016, Thomson Reuters Asian Legal Business (ALB) published the “China Power List 2016”, which includes 10 most powerful law firms and 10 most powerful lawyers. Zhong Lun Law Firm and its partner Anthony Zhao were recognized as one of them separately.

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OLG Frankfurt: Misleading advertising featuring corporate history

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

If over the course of its history a company was split up, advertising featuring the company’s history may be misleading. That was the verdict of the OLG Frankfurt (Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt) in a recent ruling (6 U 167/14).

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Gender Pay Gaps: The Latest Reporting Requirements

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

On average, male employees are paid more than female employees. In 2015, men working full-time were paid approximately 9.4% more than women working full-time. As a result, the government is working to introduce measures with the aim of reducing this gap.

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European Commission Recognises The Importance Of Crowdfunding

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

It has been announced last week that the European Commission (EC) has published a report on the EU crowdfunding sector, as part of its Capital Markets Union Action Plan. In doing so, the EC has recognised the growing importance of crowdfunding platforms – websites that allow fundraisers to interact with investors and donors – for the improved economic growth and job creation in Europe. Despite being acknowledged as relatively small at this moment in time, its rapid development has been noted, and for that reason, efforts are being made for crowdfunding to be appropriately regulated en route to becoming one of the key sources of financing for small & medium sized enterprises in the future.

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Pitmans acts on Westcoast’s acquisition of Art Systems Holdings Ltd

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

Pitmans LLP has acted on behalf of its longstanding client, Westcoast (Holdings) Limited on its acquisition of Art Systems Holdings Limited.

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Dubai Investors Take Ownership Of Porto Montenegro

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

One of the biggest news reports in the region last week was the acquisition ofPorto Montenegro, the luxury yacht marina located in Tivat, by theInvestment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). The marina was handed over to the new owners during a press conference at the Regent Hotel, where the accompanying protocol was signed by ICD's Executive Director, Sheikh Mohammed Al Shaibani, and the CEO of the marina's previous owner – Adriatic Marinas, Oliver Corlette. The conference was also attended by the Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović, and the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Branimir Gvozdenović.

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Insolvency Update: Changes that take effect from April 2016

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

Insolvency Express Trials

The Department of Justice has issued a practice direction in connection with the new insolvency express trials pilot.

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The Apprenticeship Levy

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

Following last year’s autumn statement, HMRC has now published draft legislation which introduces the proposed new apprenticeship levy. The levy will have effect from 6 April 2017.

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https://www.karanovic-nikolic.com/knnews/Pages/2016/04/28/Competition-Commission-Joins-Forces-with-t

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

Another piece of news related to our competition team in Serbia are the recent signings of a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement of Cooperation in the field of forensics between the Commission for the Protection of Competition and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

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Chinese Company To Invest In Bosnian Thermal Plant

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

The Sarajevo Business Forum 2016 (SBF) was, among hosting a number of lectures and discussions, a platform for one of the largest post-war investments in the energy sector in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH). The reason for this can be found in the latest reports that an agreement was reached for the EUR 722 million construction of Thermal Power Plant Tuzla's Block 7 betweenElektroprivreda BiH and the China Gezhouba Group Corporation, with the official MoU signing taking place on the first day of the SBF 2016. The project financier for the deal in question will be the Export Import Bank of China(EXIM), and the repayment period – together with a five-year grace period, is reported to be 15 years.

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Karanović & Nikolić Attends Commission’s Anniversary

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

​Karanović & Nikolić attorneys were among the guests at the Republic of Serbia's Commission for the Protection of Competition's 10 year anniversary celebration, which also included an international conference on the topic of the law and policy of competition protection. The conference was opened by Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Dr Kori Udovički, President of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Dr Miloje Obradović, President of the National Assembly's Committee for Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy, Dr Aleksandra Tomić, and European Union Delegate, Steffen Hudolin.

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Managing Emotions In Labor Disputes – More Than Law

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

Karanović & Nikolić recently organised a workshop in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, under the title of "Managing Emotions in Labor Disputes – More than Law", as part of the Trial Simulation and Case Studies course.

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Coutinho -v- Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd Judgment 29 April 2016

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

SOUTHAMPTON -- LV=, represented by Pitmans LLP, have won a case involving a fraudulent household insurance claim worth almost £50,000.

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Pitmans promotes two Partners

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

Pitmans today announced that Oliver Kelly (corporate) and Matt Heyworth (private client) will become partners as of 1 May 2016.

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Pitmans advised the acquirer and the management team on the £12M MBO of Westfield Medical

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

The management team were backed by Maven Capital Partners with PNC providing debt facilities.

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Supreme Court ruling will lead to increase in business rates

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

Many businesses will be liable for increased business rates following last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Woolway (Valuation Officer) v Mazars LLP.

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Pitmans advises Premier Marina Ltd on Noss Marina Acquisition

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

Pitmans has advised Premier Marinas Limited on its acquisition of Noss Marina, which is just outside Dartmouth, from the Administrators Duff & Phelps.

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OLG Hamm: Discernible intention to prepare a will necessary for will to be effective

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

In order for a will to be effective, it must be possible to discern a serious intention to draft a will. That was the verdict of the OLG Hamm (Higher Regional Court of Hamm) in its ruling of November 27, 2015 (Az.: 10 W 153/15).

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Karanović & Nikolić Featured In Chambers Europe Ranking 2016

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

After publishing their Global Ranking in March, Chambers & Partners has recently published the latest edition of its Chambers Europe Ranking, and we are pleased to announce that Karanović & Nikolić has once again been included in its list of Europe's finest legal practices. Furthermore, we are proud to again notice a significant presence of our lawyers in this year's ranking – in both a national and regional context – and we see this as another in a long line of proofs witnessing the continuous evolution of our office into a top 100 European law firm.

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Data Protection Developments In Bosnia & Herzegovina – Business Briefing Review

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

Lana Sarajlić, attorney-at-law in cooperation with Karanović & Nikolić, participated in a Business Briefing on 10 May, which was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), on the topic of data protection developments and trends in BiH practice.  Lana was accompanied as panellist by Sophie Kwasny, Head of the Data Protection Unit for the Council of Europe, as well as Samira Čampara, Assistant Director, Section for Inspections and Complaints, and Silvija Fučec, Senior Public Relations Advisor, from the Data Protection Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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IBA Real Estate Conference In Copenhagen Highlights

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

​Karanović & Nikolić Senior Associate, Ana Luković, visited the recently held 8th International Bar Association's (IBA) Real Estate Conference in Copenhagen.  As was the case during the previous editions of the conference, it provided a platform for around 150 attendees – hailing from all across the contemporary business spectrum – to communicate and exchange their views on various topics related to the field of real estate law. This year's main topics have dealt with a number of a regulatory updates including, but not limited to, the real estate tax reform in Austria, the restrictions for foreigners to acquire real estate in Switzerland, the acquisition of residential properties by foreign individuals in Turkey, as well as some issues from "across the pond", such as the foreign investment control in Canadian real estate, and the film location release agreements in the US.

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A Field Trip To Vršac - Karanović & Nikolić Visits Client

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

On a sunny morning in April, an expedition comprised of Karanović & Nikolić's lawyers from various departments, set across the Vojvodina plains of Serbia for a client visit to Vršac. Our host and client on this occasion, Fresenius Medical Care, welcomed our group in the company's production headquarters and gave us a presentation on the company's background and history, before taking us for a tour around the Serbian branch of their enterprise.

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A Relationship Like No Other – IP & Pharmaceuticals

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

As the overall level of convergence between industries in the business world keeps increasing, it is only logical for the related legal aspects to follow suit every step of the way. Nonetheless, even though this is becoming something of a regular occurrence nowadays, there are particular legal practice areas that have been tied to their industry counterparts for quite a long time now, and perhaps none so much as the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and intellectual property (IP) rights.

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Partners nominated in MIP's IP Stars 2016

May 2016. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

Several of Boult Wade Tennant's partners have once again been distinguished in Managing Intellectual Property’s (MIP) 2016 IP Stars, which is a comprehensive guide of the leading IP firms and is one of the few legal directories in the industry that is dedicated to intellectual property law.

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Illicit funds in offshore accounts: Avert prosecution with timely voluntary declaration

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

Hesse’s Finance Minister, Dr. Thomas Schäfer, has announced that the fight against tax evasion will continue. Voluntary disclosure is still the only way out for tax dodgers.

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Cuts to life insurance – Consider withdrawal

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

The idea of life insurance forming a component of one’s retirement plan is increasingly losing credibility. According to media reports, consumers ought to anticipate further cuts in 2016.

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GmbH shareholder’s estate: Passing on company shares

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

The shares in a GmbH form part of a GmbH shareholder’s estate. Accordingly, it is important to settle early on who the company shares will go to in the event of succession.

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AstapovLawyers announces on a merger with European law firm Baltic Business Group and entering the m

AstapovLawyers International Law Group announces a merger with Baltic Business Group, a European full-service law firm with offices in Germany and Latvia. The companies signed a strategic partnership agreement  to operate together in European and CIS markets under a common brand ‘Eterna Law’. The Board of Partners will manage the surviving company.

The merger becomes effective on 16 May 2016.

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Manoj K Singh, Founding Partner featured in "100 Legal Luminaries of India"

"100 Legal Luminaries of India"

Mr Manoj K Singh, Founding Partner, Singh & Associates has been featured in as one of the 100 legal luminaries of India.

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BGH bolsters consumer rights when withdrawing from pension schemes and life insurance policies

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

The Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, has once again strengthened the rights of consumers when withdrawing from pension schemes and life insurance policies with its ruling of October 14, 2015 (Az.: IV ZR 284/12).

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Popov&Partners about the electronic justice in issue 12 of “Legal barometer”

May 2016. Press Releases by Popov & Partners (view listing).

Experts from Popov&Partners law office have been consulting the last issue of Legal barometer. The major topic of the twelfth issue of this civil initiative for periodical observation, analysis and estimation of the situation and development of law order in Bulgaria was “Electronic justice”.

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Boult Wade Tennant partners named in WIPR Leaders

May 2016. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

We are delighted to announce that partners Tony Pluckrose, Emma Pitcher and Catherine Wolfe have been named in World Intellectual Property Review’s newly launched WIPR Leaders guide. This comprehensive guide honours the top intellectual property lawyers practicing in the areas of patents and trademarks across the globe. The nomination of our partners is testament to the high calibre of talent that Boult Wade Tennant can offer their clients, delivering on our promise to provide exceptional IP advice.

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LAG Hamm on non-competition clause and compensation for period of non-competition in employment cont

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

Non-competition clauses agreed between employer and employee with no provision for compensation for the period of non-competition are generally invalid. However, the LAG Hamm (Regional Labour Court of Hamm) recently reached a different conclusion (Az.: 10 Sa 67/15).

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Boult Wade Tennant’s Howard Sands and Oliver Rutt receive significant partner promotions

May 2016. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

We are delighted to announce that Howard Sands and Oliver Rutt have each received significant partner promotions. These promotions, which are effective 1 May 2016, are a recognition of the high quality of their work and their dedicated commitment to the values we hold dear at Boult Wade Tennant. The firm has always distinguished itself in the market by working with our clients, not just for them, to ensure they receive the best IP advice possible.

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BGH on registering a trademark in bad faith

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

One cannot seek to have a nationwide trademark invalidated on account of its registration in bad faith merely because a geographically restricted right has been impaired (BGH, I ZB 44/14).

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GRP Rainer presented with Finance Award

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

The international trade journal Wealth & Finance International has presented GRP Rainer with the 2015 Finance Award for banking law and tax law.

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Project Financing: A Primer

May 2016. Press Releases by STA Law Firm (view listing).

Project Finance as the technique of financing any development idea is rapidly increasing in developing countries due to their drive to gain industrial development and improve infrastructural amenities. The infrastructural projects or projects relating to energy industry are usually funded by government through public funds since historical times due to the mammoth size of initial capital investment required.

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Regulations governing Entry & Residence of Foreigners in UAE

May 2016. Press Releases by STA Law Firm (view listing).

Mahmood Hassan discussed the legalities involved in UAE's Immigration Law. The below article outlines laws that govern the entry and residence of foreigners in the UAE.

STA Law Firm

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Dismissal without notice after scuffle between colleagues – Intensity decisive

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

Fights between work colleagues that become physical can give rise to termination of an employment contract without notice. The key factor is the intensity of any physical altercation.

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BGH on restraints on competition between GmbH and shareholders

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

According to a ruling of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) [Federal Court of Justice], client protection clauses between a GmbH and a withdrawing shareholder are null and void if their term goes beyond what is necessary (Az.: II ZR 369/13).

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Scotch Whiskey Association order

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

Anand and Anand was successful in enforcing the rights of Scotch Whisky Association in India. The law suit was filed for Geographical Indication Infringement and was decreed by the Court on December 22, 2015. In October 2015, the SWA filed court proceedings in India against three related companies, Oasis Distilleries Ltd, Adie Broswon Distillers & Bottlers Pvt Ltd and Malbros International.

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MIP Firm of the Year 2016, India Contentious Work.

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

The Managing IP's annual “Global Awards Dinner” was held this year on March 10th at The Savoy in London that recognised the outstanding firms of the past year in AsiaPacific, Europe and Latin America. Anand and Anand has been awarded as MIP Firm of the Year 2016, India Contentious Work.

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