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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

 

Russian industrialists and VEGAS LEX discuss development of procedural law with Supreme Court

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

VEGAS LEX and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and chaired by Mikhail Fridman have discussed improvement of judicial procedure in Russia, also in the context of the new unified Civil Procedure Code Concept and the Code of Administrative Court Procedure now in the works. The event convened representatives of the Supreme Court, the Presidential State-Legal Directorate, the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal and Commercial Legislation, major industrial companies and legal experts.

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC co-sponsored the CFA first seminar of the year, 6th & 9th March 20

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

The Cyprus Fiduciary Association organized two (2) full-day seminars on the Role and Liabilities of Directors which were co-sponsored by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC. The seminars took place at Cleopatra Hotel in Nicosia on March, 6 and at St. Raphael Hotel in Limassol on March 9 and were hailed with great success.

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Baker & Partners Drive Best Practice for Local Trust Firms

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

Baker & Partners have issued a Guidance Note covering the retirement, replacement and removal of trustees, with information of great relevance to Jersey’s legal community and the broader legal and financial sectors. 

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Popov & Partners admitted as a member of Bulgarian Water Association

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

At the beginning of April 2015 Popov & Partners was admitted as a corporate member of the Bulgarian Water Association (BWA). BWA is the largest organization in Bulgaria that combines all WSS operators, trade companies and business consultants with focus on the management of the water resources and the development of the water-supply services in the country. In international aspect BWA has parnership relations with European Water Association and International Water Association and other international water organizations, whose activity reflects directly over the development of the water sector in global aspect.

The admission of Popov & Partners as the first and for the moment - the only law firm in the country, as a member of BWA, is an acknowledgement of the several-years work and efforts of our team in the field of the water regulations & utilites and in close co-operation with most of the organizations engaged in the water reform.

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Slovenia: Schoenherr advises Laško shareholders on a majority stake in Slovenian brewer to Heineken

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

Schoenherr advised a consortium of owners of Pivovarna Laško, d.d. ("Laško"), Slovenia's leading brewery group, in the sale of their combined holdings of over 51% in Laško to Heineken International B.V., part of the Netherlands-based brewing group. The opening of final offers took place on 13 April 2015, with Heineken offering EUR 25.56 per share in Laško (translating into a total purchase price of approx. EUR 114 million for the 51.11% stake on sale). Following the selection of Heineken as best bidder, the respective share purchase agreement was signed in Ljubljana the same day. read more...

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Popov & Partners admitted as a member of Bulgarian Water Association

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

At the beginning of April 2015 Popov & Partners was admitted as a corporate member of the Bulgarian Water Association (BWA). BWA is the largest organization in Bulgaria that combines all WSS operators, trade companies and business consultants with focus on the management of the water resources and the development of the water-supply services in the country. In international aspect BWA has parnership relations with European Water Association and International Water Association and other international water organizations, whose activity reflects directly over the development of the water sector in global aspect.

The admission of Popov & Partners as the first and for the moment - the only law firm in the country, as a member of BWA, is an acknowledgement of the several-years work and efforts of our team in the field of the water regulations & utilites and in close co-operation with most of the organizations engaged in the water reform.

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Austria: Arbitration expert Leon Kopecký joins Schoenherr as Counsel

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

Leon Kopecký has joined Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as Counselin March 2015. Mr Kopecký focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation, and compliance matters. His clients are international firms in the construction, raw materials, infrastructure, finance, fashion and health care industries. He regularly advises clients on complex investment matters. read more...

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HaoLiWen Selected by ALB as Finalist for Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year

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

HaoLiWen has been recently selected by ALB as the finalist for Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year (2015), a market recognition of the regulatory compliance practice of HaoLiWen, which has a history of around ten years.

The regulatory compliance practice of HaoLiWen is recognized for the following features:

  • 1. The comprehensive coverage: including customs and trade, competition (anti-trust and anti-unfair competition), product sales and marketing, labor, labeling, on-line businesses, transfer pricing in import and export transactions, non-tariff barriers, and so forth;
  • 2. Governmental investigations: HaoLiWen advise or represent or defend multinationals in non-compliance cases involving governmental investigations, which covers tax, customs, quarantine, public security bureau;
  • 3. Corporate defense in criminal cases: HaoLiWen represent clients or their employees in criminal investigation, prosecution and trial proceedings.

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fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of Immobilien Holding portfolio

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 16 January 2015. Business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the multi-stage structured sale of the real estate portfolio it holds via Immobilien Holding GmbH. read more...

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fwp advises HETA on individual applications for review of special Hypo legislation

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwaelte GmbH (fwp) represents HETA Asset Resolution AG (formerly HYPO Alpe-Adria Bank International AG) in connection with the judicial review proceedings before the Austrian Constitutional Court following the implementation of special Hypo legislation. The Constitutional Court has now rejected all individual applications filed by Austrian and international investors as inadmissible. Read more...

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fwp advises on stabilising Pfandbriefbank after HETA debt moratorium

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) successfully provided legal advice to HYPO NOE, the association of mortgage banks of the Austrian Provinces and Pfandbriefbank in connection with financing repayments to be made for specific bond issues, thus ensuring the stability of both Pfandbriefbank and the mortgage banks guaranteeing such repayments.

fwp provided legal advice to HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG and consequently also to the association of the mortgage banks of the Austrian Provinces (Verband der Landes-Hypothekenbanken) and to Pfandbriefbank (Österreich) AG on how to ensure the timely payment of principal and interest to bondholders of Pfandbriefbank despite recent measures taken by the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). Read more...

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Baker & Partners Hold Breakfast Briefing on Dishonest Assistance

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

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next breakfast briefing for Jersey's financial services industry on the topic of dishonest assistance on Thursday 26th March, 8.30-09.30am, at the Royal Yacht. 

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next breakfast briefing for Jersey's financial services industry on the topic of dishonest assistance on Thursday 26th March, 8.30-09.30am, at the Royal Yacht. 

The briefing will be led by Advocate William Redgrave and Associate James Sheedy, who will explore the legal position of those who have carried out client instructions without first considering or investigating the legitimacy of their client’s activities. They will use practical examples to illustrate what can go wrong, and will suggest how businesses should act to avoid the risk of exposure.

William Redgrave CTAPS is a Jersey Advocate and English Barrister with extensive experience in litigation and a focus on advocacy. William worked on many recent notable civil decisions in Jersey. He also has substantial experience in criminal fraud cases and in regulatory matters involving financial services.

James Sheedy is an English barrister who joined Baker & Partners as an Associate in January 2014. He specialises in traditional Chancery work and contentious trusts. James has experience in breach of trust claims, issues about trust administration and trustee powers, enforcement of judgments against trustees and issues concerning trustees’ costs.

William Redgrave commented:

“I am looking forward to the next breakfast briefing. This is an important and relevant topic for those working in Jersey’s financial sector, as I find that not everyone appreciates the sort of conduct the courts will describe as dishonest assistance. Being on the wrong end of a dishonest assistance claim can be very damaging, both financially and in terms of reputation.”

Registration opens at 8.00am. Breakfast will be provided from 8.10am.

RSVP online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/baker-partners-presents-dishonest-assistance-understanding-the-risks-tickets-16054700040 or alternatively contact Christian May, Business Development manager at christianmay@bakerandpartners.com, telephone: +44(0)1534 766254. 

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Gorodissky & Partners – MIP Russia’s IP firm of the Year

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

Gorodissky & Partners in 2015 again, for the 17th time in a row became No.1 Russia’s firm in patent and trademark prosecution and announced “IP firm of the year”.

In Ukraine Gorodissky & Partners became one of the best IP law firms.

At the black-tie Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards ceremony on March 11, 2015 which took place in London Gorodissky received the prestigious Trophy recognizing the most innovative and challenging IP work of the firms.

We are most honored and happy that our professional services for defending the clients’ interests are recognized internationally. It became possible thanks to the intensive work of our highly professional team of patent/trademark attorneys and IP lawyers. It encourages us to enhance our efforts in order to find holistic solutions for the clients’ IP needs. We have extended our legal practices to tax, customs and commercial law with regard to IP assets and attended more intensively to contentious work. Within a couple of months we shall launch our new web site which will be more informative and functional to our clients.

We wish to express our most sincere gratitude to all our clients and associates!

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners wins a case for Ringier Axel Springer against Radosław Sikors

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

On 25 March 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw entirely dismissed the Statement of Claim submitted by Radosław Sikorski in a case brought against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP), represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.

Radosław Sikorski was represented by Roman Giertych, advocate. On the side of Radosław Sikorski, as an intervening party, the CHAI Foundation put itself forward to take part in the case, and was also represented by Roman Giertych.

Radosław Sikorski brought a legal action against RASP for the comments of internet users which he alleged infringed his personal interests and were published on the internet portal fakt.pl below an article entitled: “Sikorski informed on anti-Semites through internet fora". Radosław Sikorski took the position that the publisher of the internet portal was responsible for the breach of personal interests by the internet users in accordance with general principles resulting from the Polish Civil Code and Press Law. The claims raised by him, were as follows: removal of comments made by the internet users, publication of apologies on the following internet portals: fakt.pl, interia.pl, onet.pl, pb.pl, wp.pl, se.pl, gazeta.pl, wprost.pl, polityka.pl, tvn24.pl, zyciewarszawy.pl, dziennik.pl, polskatimes.pl, rp.pl, newsweek.pl as well as compensation in the amount of PLN 20,000.

RASP moved to dismiss the legal action in its entirety indicating that it may only bear responsibility based on the general principles specified in the Act on Providing Services by Electronic Means. Pursuant to the provisions of this Act, in view that it did not have access to the comments of the internet users violating personal interests of the Plaintiff, immediately after learning of the existence of the comments as well as their content (which occurred only after delivery of an official copy of the Statement of Claim), RASP’s responsibility was excluded.

The Regional Court, while hearing the case, as a Court of 1st instance fully shared the argumentation of RASP’s attorneys and entirely dismissed the demand of the Statement of Claim.

The Regional Court, in the verbal grounds for the Judgment, shared the position expressed by RASP in terms of applying the case to the Act on Providing Services by Electronic Means. The Regional Court indicated that to the extent to which RASP allows for publication of comments by internet users, it provides hosting services and the provisions set forth in Articles 14 and 15 of the Act on Providing Services by Electronic Means are applicable.
The evidence proceedings confirmed that RASP had no knowledge of the disputable comments until the time of delivery of the official copy of the Statement of Claim. The Court based its decision on the testimonies of witnesses requested by RASP as well as an expert opinion, which it deemed credible. The expert opinion confirmed that the automatic moderation system applied by RASP did not filter disputable comments since the vulgar language was not written in normal identifiable Polish language, and RASP’s employees also did not remove any comments below the article, and as a consequence there was no basis to apply the factual presumptions in the scope of RASP possessing knowledge of comments prior to delivery of the official copy of the Statement of Claim.

In the Court’s opinion, it is impossible to attribute responsibility to RASP, since its operations were not unlawful. The Regional Court also pointed out that in accordance with the wording of Article 15 the Act on Providing Services by Electronic Means, RASP was not obligated to check the stored / available data. The Judgment is not final and binding.

Ringier Axel Springer Polska, a publishing house, was represented by the following Partners at Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm: Rafał Zięba, advocate and Anna Cichońska, advocate.

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Vuk Draskovic of Bojovic & Partners was interviewed for “Dnevnik RTS 1” about the Law on Employm

April 2015. Press Releases by Bojovic & Partners (view listing).

Thursday, 19 May 2015

 

Vuk Draskovic of Bojovic & Partners was interviewed for “Dnevnik RTS 1” about the Law on Employment of Foreigners.

The Law on Employment of Foreigners in Serbia has entered into force on 4 December 2014, except for certain provisions regulating the employment of EU citizens which will be applicable from the date of accession of Serbia to the EU.

“The common characteristic for all types of work permits is reflected in the need for a foreigner to obtain a temporary residential permit in Serbia and the work permit is issued for the period of validity of temporary residence but not longer than one year” explained Vuk.

To find out more click on the link below:

http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/sr/story/13/Ekonomija/1864034/Zapo%C5%A1ljavanje+stranaca%3A+Zakon+precizan%2C+primena+komplikovana.html

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Finishing the restoration of the 13th century Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman"

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

Pepeliaev Group and the State Historical Museum are pleased to announce that they have completed the unique project to restore the 13th century Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman".

The Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman" was created in 1280 as one of the first legal documents in Ancient Rus. Apart from Byzantine records (such as the "Syntagma Canonum" and the Serbian-edited "Nomocanon"), it comprises Russian legislative acts, including the oldest known copy of the "Russkaya Pravda" (‘Russian Justice’) and the "Zakon Sudnyi Liudem" (‘Court Law for the People’ legal codes. In the 14th century, the compendium was updated with the Prince Vladimir Charter (the oldest copy) and the Prince Svyatoslav Olgovich Charter.
The restoration work performed on the book was so complicated that the Museum's administration had to spend six months just to find an expert who would be ready to take on the restoration of the antique tome.

Pepeliaev Group initiated the restoration of the first known code of laws and rules of Ancient Rus (which is regarded as the first Russian state). This formed a part of the firm’s activities aimed at fostering science and culture and promoting the study of legal history.

Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner of Pepeliaev Group, commented on why the firm decided to support this project in particular. "Legal culture has very long traditions in Russia - this is something to remember and be proud of,” he noted. “By participating in the restoration of the Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman", we believe that we have helped to promote the rule of law."

Alexey Levykin, Director of the State Historical Museum, also spoke about the project. "We are deeply appreciative of Pepeliaev Group's support of for the project to restore one of the rarest pieces of our museum - the Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman",” he said. “Experts have for a long time been banging the drum for the manuscript to be restored. but it was not until recently that we have obtained the opportunity to implement this project - thanks to the support from our partners. After meticulous restoration, this rarest document in Old Russian has taken its rightful place in the display of the Historical Museum."

Pepeliaev Group is a leading Russian law firm offering the full range of legal services in all regions of Russia, most former Soviet countries and abroad. Over 160 lawyers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, as well as in Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (within the alliance with Russin & Vecchi), provide legal assistance to over 1,500 companies operating in various industries. 50% of these are international corporations implementing long-term investment projects in Russia. 

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12-plus-ton project: VEGAS LEX and InfraONE represent Federal Road Agency at financial close

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

The VEGAS LEX law firm and First Infrastructure Company (InfraONE) have represented Russia’s Federal Road Agency, Rosavtodor, at the financial close phase of the 12-plus-ton project and will continue the legal services until the system goes on stream.

On March 30, 2015, the 12-plus-ton project* reached financial close**. The VEGAS LEX law firm and First Infrastructure Company (InfraONE) have serviced Rosavtodor*** (the concession grantor) through that phase and will continue representing the federal agency up until the planned toll system becomes operational. The project will be financed from a number of sources in cluding Gazprombank. The financial close phase included the signing of a direct agreement between the concession grantor (Rosavtodor), the concession holder (RT-Invest Transport Systems)**** and Gazprombank, and a separate loan agreement between RT-Invest Transport Systems and Gazprombank.

The concession holder agrees to ensure, in the course of the next 13 year, a comprehensive implementation of the project including design, construction, launch and subsequent upgrades of the system. According to estimates, the project will yield an income of around RUR1 trillion to the federal budget.

The project will help expand and improve the quality of roads and the related infrastructure in Russia. According to experts, the damage that one truck heavier than 12 tons does to road surface is equal to that done by 20,000 cars (or up to 90,000 cars, according to other experts).

For more information, please contact Marina Zhegulina of VEGAS LEX Press Service at +7 (495) 933 0800.

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* The Russian project to create a tolling system is one of the largest in the world. The new system will be unique in terms of the span of roads it will cover and the number of users.

** Financial close involves a confirmation that the participants have sufficient own and borrowed funds to execute the project (including the loan agreements signed).

*** The Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) is represented by the so-called Advisers’ Group, which includes the VEGAS LEX law firm (organizational and legal issues), the InfraONE First Infrastructure Company (investment and financial issues), the GLONASS nonprofit partnership (technical consultancy) and Navigator Group (technical supervisor).

**** As was reported earlier, the Government of the Russian Federation and RT-Invest Transport Systems signed in September 2014 a concession agreement on one of the largest investment projects in Russia to introduce a tolling system for vehicles heavier than 12 metric tons.

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Promotion of medicines: risks for producers and pharmacies

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

The participants of a regional conference organized by the Farmatsevticheskoye Obozreniye journal have discussed the current situation on the pharmaceutical market. Senior Associate Maria Borzova, Manager of VEGAS LEX’s Life Sciences Projects, spoke at the event.

On April 8, 2015, Manager of VEGAS LEX’s Life Sciences Projects Maria Borzova spoke at the PharmMarket 2015: Growth points conference for major pharmacy networks and manufacturers.

She discussed the practices used by the Federal Anti-monopoly Service and by courts with regard to the promotion of pharmaceuticals and ensuing risks for manufacturers and pharmacies. Her presentation covered some of the typical mistakes and violations of the rules that drug manufacturers or pharmacies make in their ads.<

The participants also looked at the current market trends and projections, M&A updates among pharmacy chains, innovations in the pharmacy sector, the possibilities for expansion of pharmaceutical retail during an economic crisis, and other issues.

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VEGAS LEX has extensive experience in consulting for manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical products on various regulatory issues in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. For more information about these services, please click here. 

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DS Law. Attorneys in TOP-50 of leading Russian law firms

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

DS Law. Attorneys was ranked in TOP-50 of the largest law firms of Russia by the revenue size for 2014. Research of the legal market was conducted by experts of «Kommersant» newspaper.

More detailed information about the rating you can find here: http://www.kommersant.ru/apps/95078  

About DS Law:

DS Law. Attorneys has been operating in the Russian market since 2005. The firm has its offices in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Main practices at DS Law are Corporate and M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Russian and International Taxation, Litigation, IP, Real Estate. DS Law is recommended by The IFLR 1000, Pravo.Ru – 300, a rating of Mergers.ru, Acquisition International, etc.

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Avellum Partners Advised Ferrexpo on Exchange Offer in Respect of USD500 Million Notes Due 2016

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

Kyiv, 13 March 2015 – Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the exchange offer in respect of outstanding USD500 million 7.875% guaranteed notes due 2016 issued by Ferrexpo Finance plc. This exchange offer was coupled with the new issue of USD160.7 million 10.375% guaranteed amortising notes due 2019 and a 25% cash consideration.

 

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Avellum Partners Is Shortlisted for European Tax Awards 2015

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

Kyiv, 3 April 2015 – Avellum Partners is proud to announce that our Tax Practice has been shortlisted for European Tax Awards by International Tax Review, a highly reputable international magazine for tax professionals published by Euromoney Plc. In particular, we were shortlisted for Ukraine Tax Firm of the YearUkraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and Best Newcomer.

 

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Austria: Schoenherr promotes Corporate/M&A Lawyer Rita Wittmann to Counsel

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

Rita Wittmann has been promoted to counsel at Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as of February 2015. The focus of her work lies in advising national and international clients on the legal issues involved in corporate M&A, commercial contracts, and joint ventures, as well as in project developments and project financing, particularly in the field of renewable energy. read more...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pepeliaev Group's mission to London

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

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

 

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Austria: Heidemarie Paulitsch promoted to counsel at Schoenherr

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

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

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

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

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

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Baker & Partners' William Redgrave Receives Prestigious ACTAPS Membership

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

18th February 2015

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

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Breakfast Briefing: RRR - Trustee Removal, Replacement & Retirement

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

12th February 2015

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

 

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

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

10th February 2015

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

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

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

27th January 2015

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

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24 February 2015 - Tencent Acquires Miniclip Group SA

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

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

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

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

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

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5 March 2015 - Capita Successfully Completes the Acquisition of avocis

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

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

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5 March 2015 - Novartis Portfolio Transformation Completed

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

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

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PROFESSOR VILLATA’S FORTHCOMING VOLUME ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Positive Developments for the Economy of Cyprus

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

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

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DANOS & ASSOCIATES SETTLES CASE AGAINST LEADING FOREX COMPANY

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

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

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

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre appoints four new partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      extending the circle of entities that can issue bonds;

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

      introducing the legal basis for establishing bondholders’ meetings.

 

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