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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

 

VEGAS LEX to provide legal consultancy for Prosveshcheniye Publishers

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

VEGAS LEX is expanding cooperation with Russian book-publishing businesses. Its new client is a major and greatly respected publisher of educational material, Prosveshcheniye.

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VEGAS LEX named among the leading global legal consultants on Chambers Global 2015 ranking

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

On April 27, 2015, VEGAS LEX was recognized in two new categories of Chambers Europe 2015, and a number of VL professionals were recognized on the world level.

This year, the VEGAS LEX law firm improved its position on Chambers Europe 2015, a leading international ranking of the best law firms and lawyers around the world. It was recognized in two new categories of Chambers Europe 2015, and the number of its professionals recognized on the world level has grown.

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Public-private partnership in Rostelecom’s projects: opportunities and formats

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

On May 12-15, 2015, the Public-Private Partnership Development Institute organized a professional development program for Rostelecom staff on PPP projects. VEGAS LEX experts were invited to speak at training sessions.

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Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC advised and assisted KKCG Group with its recent acquisition of an additio

May 2015. Press Releases by Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC (view listing).

Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC advised and assisted KKCG Group with its recent acquisition of an additional 22.35% stake in the investment fund Emma Delta, which owns a 33% interest in the Greek lottery group OPAP. Following the completion of this transaction, KKCG will be the largest investor in Emma Delta, and will hold an effective stake of almost 14.8% in OPAP.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre assisted Moulin de Sauret before the French Competition Authority

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

On Thursday, 26 March 2015, the French Competition Authority made a ruling (15-D-04) in a case involving an agreement between millers on a double concerted increase in the price of flour sold in bakeries in 2007. Of the twenty companies implicated at the end of the investigation, only three were ultimately penalised. CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre represented the interests of Moulin de Sauret.

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Modern practice of contesting cadastral valuation: in and out-of-court settlements

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

Igor Chumachenko,VEGAS LEX Partner and Head of the Real Estate, Land & Construction Practice, has spoken at a conference during the REX forum that focused on the legal and economic risks for developers.

On April 22-24, 2015, Moscow hosted the XII Annual International Real Estate EXhibition (REX*), a major event with a packed business program. Igor Chumachenko,VEGAS LEX Partner and Head of the Real Estate, Land & Construction Practice, spoke at the Commercial Property: Reboot, Revalue, Rebuild conference during a session on the growing tax burden in development and the court practices of contesting the cadastral valuation of property.

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Zavadetskyi Advocates complete assignments from AXA Insurance, ING Bank, British American Tobacco

May 2015. Press Releases by Zavadetskyi Advocates (view listing).

Zavadetskyi Advocates represented the Ukrainian subsidiary of AXA Insurance in criminal investigations of USD 9 million and USD 1.2 million damage events with the insured assets in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. Within the investigation procedures advocates of the bureau proved that the events are to be qualified as excluded from the insurance coverage. Following the investigations Zavadetskyi Advocates proceeded with representing the client in the ensuing commercial litigation.

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VEGAS LEX, Korporativny Yurist magazine organize webinar on construction contracts and disputes

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

The participants of the Korporativny Yurist magazine’s webinar discussed the structure of contractual relationships and dispute resolution practices in construction with VEGAS LEX expert Nikolay Andrianov.

On April 24, 2015, Nikolay Andrianov, a VEGAS LEX manager for dispute resolution and conflict settlement, delivered a webinar Construction disputes: Incorporating court practices in contractual work, organized by the Korporativny Yurist magazine.

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Bär & Karrer: 23 March 2015 - SK Capital Partners Acquires Controlling Interest in AEB Group

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

SK Capital Partners, a US-based private investment firm with focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors, has acquired a controlling interest in AEB Group, a global leader in wine ingredients with growing positions in beer ingredients and food detergents. Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, AEB Group operates a network of production facilities and laboratories throughout Europe and the Americas.

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Bär & Karrer: 23 April 2015 - Valora Sells Valora Warenlogistik to 7Days Media Services GmbH

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

Valora has signed an agreement to sell Valora Warenlogistik AG to 7Days Media Services GmbH. Valora Warenlogistik includes Valora's activities in the warehouse and transport logistics sector in the German and Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The transaction is subject to approval by the competent merger control authorities.

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Bär & Karrer: 23 April 2015 - Successful Refinancing of the Orange Group

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

The holding companies of the Orange group Matterhorn Telecom S.A. and Matterhorn Telecom Holding S.A. have successfully placed CHF 450,000,000 3.625% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, € 1,000,000,000 3.875 % Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, € 265,000,000 Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes and € 250,000,000 4.875 % Senior Notes. The Senior Secured Notes will mature in 2022 and the Senior Notes will mature in 2023. Credit Suisse acted as Global Coordinator and as Joint Bookrunner together with J.P. Morgan, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs International, Société Générale and Natixis.

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Bär & Karrer: 30 April 2015 - Combination of Dorma and Kaba

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

Dorma Holding GmbH + Co. KGaA, a family-owned company headquartered in Ennepetal (Germany), and Kaba Holding AG, a Swiss company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange headquartered in Rümlang, plan to merge to become the dorma+kaba group as one of the global top 3 companies in the security and access solutions market. A corresponding transaction agreement was signed on 29 April 2015. The combination is subject to approval by the shareholders. The completion of the transaction is envisaged for the third quarter of 2015. Upon completion of the merger, Kaba Holding will contribute its operational business into today's Dorma Holding, where the operational business will be merged, and will receive a 52.5 percent controlling stake thereof. Accordingly, the owners of the Dorma group will hold a stake of 47.5 percent in the combined business. The family shareholders of Dorma and Kaba, who will jointly hold 27.3 percent of the SIX-listed Swiss dorma+kaba Holding, have signed a long-term pool agreement as a strong anchor shareholder group.

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Bär & Karrer: 16 March 2015 - Bär & Karrer Again Awarded "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" by The Lawye

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

For the fifth time since 2010, Bär & Karrer was awarded "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer's annual European Awards ceremony in London. Bär & Karrer was praised for its efforts at distinguishing itself as a "truly Swiss firm", with offices in all major language areas of the country and for an "interesting mix of deals and initiatives".

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Baker & Partners Warn Local Firms About Dishonest Assistance

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

Baker & Partners have issued a Guidance Note to the local financial industry, warning firms about the dangers of providing dishonest assistance to clients and giving practical advice on how to avoid it.

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Alexander Sitnikov on RBC TV: EU-Gazprom antitrust settlement talks can take ages

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

Alexander Sitnikov of VEGAS LEX spoke live on RBC-TV, giving his opinion on Gazprom situation after the European Commission opened an antitrust case against the Russian company.

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VEGAS LEX, PPP Center present the study Private Initiative in Concessions: International Experience

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

VEGAS LEX and the PPP Development Center have presented a study of private enterprise in concession agreements at the Economic Development Ministry.

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Pepeliaev Group tops the Best Lawyers 2015 ranking

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

The authoritative international ranking of law firms Best Lawyers 2015 has hailed Pepeliaev Group as Top Listed in Tax. This means that Pepeliaev is recognised as the top firm in Russian tax law. The award is handed to firms whose lawyers occupy the highest positions in the rankings within a certain region and practice area.


The reviewers of the Best Lawyers set great store by the professional achievements of Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev, Senior Partners Rustem Ahmetshin and Ivan Khamenushko, Partner Valentina Akimova, together with Head of Pepeliaev Group's St. Petersburg office Sergey Spasennov, and Head of the Tax Practice in the St. Petersburg office Sergey Sosnovsky.

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PP -“TOP-TIER FIRM” & “ELITE LEADING LAWYER” rankings by The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 guide

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

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC achieves FIRST TIER recommendations in Cyprus by The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2015 guide in April 2015.

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VEGAS LEX on favorable environment for intellectual property development

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

Aleksandra Vasyukhnova, Head of Technology and Investment Group at VEGAS LEX, has spoken at the Eighth International Forum on Intellectual Property – 21st Century, one of the leading industry platforms.

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Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's Druck.at

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

Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of Druck.at, one of the leading web-to-print businesses in Austria. The transaction, which was announced on 18 March 2015, closed on 17 April 2015 following the successful achievement of various closing conditions including Austrian antitrust clearance. The acquisition supports Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform that aggregates and optimizes the supply chain and production of mass customized products such as signage, printing, apparel and promotional products. read more...

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CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

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

Schoenherr has been recognized as "South East Europe Law Firm of the Year" (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners. Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...

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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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