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Cederquist’s new Managing Partner will continue focus on sustainable business practices

January 2016. Press Releases by Advokatfirman Cederquist (view listing).

Tone Myhre-Jensen, the new Managing Partner of Advokatfirman Cederquist, is looking forward to continuing the development of Cederquist as a top-notch legal advisor and an attractive, diverse and modern law firm. “I’m going to work with a long-term and commercial perspective in order to maintain and further enhance our strong market position.” she says.

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Applications for conciliation only suspend prescription of damages claims if accurate

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

A lot of investors are entitled to claim damages after an investment has gone wrong. It is possible to suspend the statute of limitations for these claims by properly submitting applications for conciliation.

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BGH strengthens commercial agents’ entitlement to payment of voluntary contributions

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

The Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court of Justice) has strengthened the rights of commercial agents after their agency agreements have been terminated with its ruling of November 5, 2015 (Az.: VII ZR 59/14).

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Anand and Anand- WTR 1000-Gold band Firm(India),2016

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

Anand and Anand retains its position at the apex of the Indian IP scene. Anand and Anand Ranked as WTR 1000- Gold band firm (India), 2016. Mr. Pravin Anand ranked as Highly Recommended Expert-Enforcement and Litigation and Mr. Safir Anand ranked as Highly Recommended Expert- Prosecution and Strategy. Read more at:

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Bundeskartellamt has audio books in its sights

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

Audio books have attracted the attention of the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office). The competition watchdog is investigating whether an online mail order company and a manufacturer of consumer electronics are acting contrary to competition law.

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Аvellum Partners Advises on the City of Kyiv’s Eurobonds Restructuring

January 2016. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 31 December 2015 - Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian counsel to the City of Kyiv on the restructuring of its USD250 million 8% Loan Participation Notes due 2015 (the “2015 Notes”) and USD300 million 9.375% Loan Participation Notes due 2016 (the “2016 Notes”).

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Avellum Advised UniCredit Group on Signing of Agreements for Disposal of Shares in Ukrsotsbank

January 2016. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 18 January 2016 - Avellum Partners advised UniCredit Group on Ukrainian law matters in connection with the signing of agreements for the disposal of shares in PJSC “Ukrsotsbank” in favour of Alfa Group.

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EGC: Test procedure for vacuums not misleading to consumers

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

Specifications regarding the energy consumption of empty vacuum cleaners do not infringe competition law. That was the decision of the General Court of the European Union (EGC) in its ruling of November 11 (Az.: T-544/13).

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ACCOUNTING AND FRAUD

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

How to prevent fraud.

After lengthy deliberation, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has dropped fraud charges against Japanese camera maker Olympus and its UK subsidiary Gyrus Group. The charges related to an accounting scandal that came to light four years ago. Since then, the SFO has been looking closely at what happened with a view to securing convictions.

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AGENTS OF RISK

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Estate agents and money laundering.

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WHISTLING LOUDER

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

What increased whistle blowing means.

More and more people are becoming willing to report wrongdoing, according to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

SFO Director David Green used a recent speech in London to say that insiders are now increasingly keen to speak out against wrongdoing. Perhaps more importantly, the SFO head declared that his organisation is now using increasing numbers of whistle blowers in its investigations.

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BRIBERY ACT CONTRAVENTION

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Latest implications of the Bribery Act.

Brand-Rex Limited has made an unwanted piece of legal history.

The Scottish company would prefer to be talked about for its expertise in developing cabling solutions for business. Yet it is perhaps now best known for being the first UK Company to be penalised for contravention of Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. Brand-Rex avoided criminal prosecution and was instead ordered to pay £212,800 by way of a civil recovery order after self-reporting that it had failed to prevent bribery by a third party associated with the company – an offence under Section 7.

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EURIBOR WARNING

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Euribor charges put compliance at top of the agenda.

With 10 bankers having been charged over Euribor, it seems as if change is in the air.

Ten former employees of Deutsche Bank and Barclays have been charged in relation to allegations that they plotted to fix benchmark euro interest rates. Charges of conspiracy to defraud have been brought; with nine men and one woman due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on January 16.

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Sweeping advertising statements can be misleading

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

The Landgericht Berlin (Regional Court of Berlin) ruled on April 14, 2015 that blanket advertising of savings is misleading to consumers (Az.: 103 O 124/14).

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VG Koblenz: Managing director liable for tax debts

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

The managing directors of a German Unternehmergesellschaft (entrepreneurial company), UG for short, are liable for the company’s trade tax debts. That was the decision of the Verwaltungsgericht Koblenz (Administrative Court of Koblenz) (Az.: 5 K 526/15.KO).

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Abusive criticism can result in termination of the employment contract

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

While it is of course permissible to criticise one’s employer, excessively abusive criticism can lead to termination of one’s employment contract. It can even potentially justify termination without notice.

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Boult Wade Tennant ranked in WTR 1000’s, 2016, Gold band

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

Boult Wade Tennant has once again been identified in the Gold category for Agencies in the 2016 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which invites extensive feedback from market sources to inform its rankings.

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LAG Düsseldorf on the conditions for termination without notice

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

Employment contracts can be terminated without notice for good cause. Whether a serious cause justifies termination is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis.

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OLG Hamm: Limits to interpretation of a will

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

To ensure that the “final wishes” laid down in a will can actually be implemented, they ought to be defined in the most detailed manner possible, as demonstrated by a ruling of the OLG Hamm (Higher Regional Court of Hamm) (Az.: 15 W 98/14).

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Arbeitsgericht Berlin: Effective termination often preceded by final warning

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

In many cases, it is necessary for an employer to issue the employee in question with a final warning before the former can effectively give notice of dismissal. In the absence of a formal warning, the dismissal may be invalid.

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OLG Frankfurt: Continuity of a joint will despite divorce

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

It is possible for a joint will to remain valid even after a divorce under certain circumstances. That was the decision of the OLG Frankfurt (Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt) (Az.: 20 W 520/11).

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Legislature planning changes to voidance actions under insolvency law

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

Insolvency law is about to undergo major changes. The German Federal Government introduced a bill at the end of September amending voidance actions under insolvency law.

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Attorney-at-law Helmut Kinczel provides a valuable addition to fwp’s Public Law team

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 22 December 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (fwp) opens up in-house career paths: Helmut Kinczel becomes a contract partner on fwp’s Public Law team.

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Attorney-at-law Irena Gogl-Hassanin provides a valuable addition to fwp’s Corporate / M&A team

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 30 November 2015. The business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) has added a new player to its team - attorney-at-law Irena Gogl-Hassanin , LL.M. (London). 

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fwp provides legal advice on the sale of DC Bank AG

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 4 September 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (fwp) successfully provided legal advice to UniCredit Bank Austria AG in connection with the sale of DC Bank AG to card complete Service Bank AG.

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fwp provides advice on acquisition of sms.at

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 27 October 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (fwp) successfully advised atms Telefon- und Marketing Services GmbH on the acquisition of "sms.at" mobile internet services gmbh.

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fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of “The Mall”, a major real estate M&A project

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 22 October 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (fwp) advised UniCredit Bank Austria AG in connection with the sale of the “The Mall” shopping mall to an international syndicate of buyers.

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Stay on the transfer of intellectual property disputes to subordinate district courts, until the nex

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

Earlier this year, the Government of India had promulgated the Commercial Courts Ordinance, which introduced new rules and guidelines for the adjudication of commercial matters in India. Subsequently, the Parliament also introduced the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Act, 2015. This statute as well as the legislation was brought into force by the Delhi High Court on November 07, 2015.

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LG Düsseldorf strengthens the rights of commercial agents regarding compensation claims

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

The Landgericht Düsseldorf (Regional Court of Düsseldorf) has strengthened the rights of commercial agents with a view to their entitlement to seek compensation (partial judgment of August 28, 2015, Az.: 33 O 119/12).

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“16/kunstakt” – fwp hosts the grand opening of this year’s “kunstakt" exhibition

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 23 November 2015. For the 11th time in a row, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (fwp) shows works of art of young students in its office premises. Entitled “16/kunstakt”, the grand opening took place on 19 November 2015 in the law firm’s enlarged and re-designed office. 150 guests from the world of business, politics, law and art followed the invitation and enjoyed an evening of contemporary art, good music and lively discussion.

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LAG Hamm on applying fixed terms to employment contracts

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

Employers have to be careful when applying fixed terms to employment contracts. A temporary employment relationship can quickly turn into a permanent employment contract.

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Poaching employees is part of free competition

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

According to a ruling of the OLG Oldenburg (Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg), luring employees away from competitors does not constitute a violation of competition law (Az. 6 U 135/15).

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Will and statutory compulsory portion

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

The line of succession can be altered by means of a will or contract of inheritance. Going as far as divesting legal heirs of their compulsory portion is only possible under certain circumstances. 

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Settle business succession early on

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

The issue of business succession preys on the minds of the heads of many family-run businesses. Plans for succession ought to be made at an early stage. It can also be helpful to prepare a will.

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BAG: Unauthorised private use of official computer may justify termination without notice

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

According to a ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (German Federal Labour Court), unauthorised private use of an official computer may justify an exceptional notice of termination under employment law.

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Refusing overtime can justify dismissal

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

In the field of employment law, refusing to work, including refusing overtime, can justify termination of the employment contract. That was the decision of the LAG [Landesarbeitsgericht] Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Regional Labour Court of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) (Az.: 5 TaBV 7/14).

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Marija Bojovic welcomed participants of the conference "Corridors for the Future"

January 2016. Press Releases by Bojovic & Partners (view listing).

As one of the keynote speakers, Marija Bojovic welcomed participants of the conference on regional infrastructure connecting “Corridors for the Future”, held on 09th December 2015 in Crowne Plaza hotel.

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

January 2016. Press Releases by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law (view listing).

Istanbul, Turkey, December 18, 2015> - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law is proud to announce the promotion of two of its senior lawyers in the firm's renowned competition law team, effective January 1, 2016.

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Tax evasion: Time is running out for voluntary disclosure

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

Be it as a result of the purchase of CDs containing information on tax evaders or cooperation among countries, things are becoming increasingly difficult for tax evaders. Voluntary disclosure represents the only way out for them. 

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Pepeliaev Group jointly with the State Historical Museum have republished a centuries old Siberian b

January 2016. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has contributed to the republishing of Siberia's Book of Business Records (Okladnaya Kniga) - a project launched by the State Historical Museum.  Siberia's Book of Business Records is a handwritten heritage document dating back to the end of the seventeenth century. It contains exhaustive data on Siberia's business, financial and political life.

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VW scandal and D&O liability

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

Manipulated emissions test data, irregularities in CO2 emissions: The VW scandal raises a number of questions. In particular, questions regarding accountability and management liability (D&O liability).

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Effectiveness of a handwritten will

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

In the absence of a will, the rules of intestate succession come into force. A handwritten will is only effective, however, if it meets certain conditions.

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M&A transactions on the rise

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

M&A transactions are on the rise in Germany. According to a report published by Wirtschaftswoche, mergers and acquisitions have gone up by 5.9 per cent in the first three quarters of 2015.

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Popov&Partners laid the basis for the Integrated electronic portal of the judicial system

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

At the beginning of December 2015, Popov&Partners law office successfully finished and presented the execution of the analytical part of the Supreme Judicial Council’s project: “Electronic justice – research and construction of integrated communication and informational infrastructure and integrate electronic portal of the judicial system”. The project was implemented with the financial support of Operational Programme “Administrative capacity”, cofinanced by the European Union through the European Social Fund.The work on the project lasted more than half an year and passed through two major phases:

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OLG Düsseldorf: Will drawn up prior to operation remains valid

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

In its judgment of August 19, 2015, the OLG Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf) ruled that a will that was drawn up shortly before an operation remained valid even after the operation (Az.: I-3 Wx 191/14).

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Study on inheritances: Three trillion euros to be passed on by 2024

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

Around three trillion euros will be passed on in Germany between 2015 and 2024. That is the finding of a study by the Deutsches Institut für Altersvorsorge (German Institute for Retirement Provision).

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LAG Rheinland-Pfalz: Employer can designate place where work is to be performed

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

Owing to its authority to give directions, an employer is allowed to designate the place where work is to be performed if no other arrangements have been made in the employment contract. That was the decision of the LAG Rheinland-Pfalz (Regional Labour Court of Rhineland-Palatinate).

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What businesses can expect from tax administration in 2016

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

VEGAS LEX has organized a roundtable on the key changes in tax law and tax administration in 2015–2016.

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BAG: Employees cannot frustrate delivery of notice of termination in bad faith

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

In the field of employment law, a notice of termination is considered to have been received if it has entered the sphere of control of the recipient, who was thus able to receive notice of the dismissal.

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OLG Frankfurt: Permissibility of advertising long company tradition despite insolvency

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

Advertising many years of company tradition may be permissible and not anti-competitive despite a temporary state of insolvency. That was the decision of the OLG [Oberlandesgericht] Frankfurt (Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt) (Az.: 6 U 69/15).

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