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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Breach of confidentiality obligation – Dismissal with immediate effect valid

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Breach of a confidentiality obligation can justify issuing an employee with notice of dismissal with immediate effect. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Baden-WĂŒrttemberg [Regional Labour Court of Baden-WĂŒrttemberg] (Az.: 12 Sa 22/16).

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Baker & Partners Win Mondaq Award for Influential Commentary

October 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners are delighted to have received a Mondaq award for the ‘Contributor With Most Popular Articles in Jersey’. Mondaq is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent online resources for professional legal, financial and regulatory information. The award is allocated based on detailed analysis of which articles are read the most across 70 countries, taking data from the Mondaq global website, newsletters and wider distribution network.

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European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Many German citizens prefer to spend their twilight years in warmer climates. Instead of holidaying in Majorca, the island becomes the centre of their lives. However, this has implications for inheritance.

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GOLTSBLAT BLP ADVISES MTS ON ACQUISITION OF A CONTROLLING STAKE IN START-UP LITEBOX

October 2017. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.

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VEGAS LEX seminar on methods of analyzing business correspondence for corporate compliance purposes

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

VEGAS LEX has led a practical seminar, Business Correspondence: a methodology for reducing the risks of violating antimonopoly laws and commercial confidentiality, for legal departments and compliance specialists of companies in various industries.

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BAG: Dismissal with immediate effect on account of sexual harassment

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Reaching into a work colleague’s personal space can justify dismissal with immediate effect, even if the act was not sexually motivated. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court (Az.: 2 AZR 302/16).

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Baker & Partners Recognised as Tier 1 Alongside Dispute Resolution Elite in Legal 500 UK 2017

October 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

 has been ranked as a Tier 1 legal firm for Dispute Resolution in the leading guide to law firms in the UK, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017.

The annual guide recommends law firms and lawyers across the UK based on location and strengths in practice areas. Baker & Partners was recommended as a Tier 1 firm for Dispute Resolution and a Tier 4 firm for Private Client, Trusts Tax. To achieve top tier status, the Baker & Partners team had to demonstrate a high level of expertise across the spectrum of Dispute Resolution, covering areas such as trust litigation, civil fraud and asset tracing.

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Gravitas Legal Expands Operations to Mumbai; Kay Legal & Associates LLP merges practice

October 2017. Press Releases by Gravitas Legal (view listing).

Gravitas Legal has expanded operations to Mumbai With Mr. Amit Karkhanis, Founding & Managing Partner of Mumbai-based firm Kay Legal & Associates LLP, merging his practice with Gravitas Legal from October, 2017.

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GOLTSBLAT BLP ADVISES SBERBANK INVESTMENTS AS RESTRUCTURING AGENT ON GENSER’S DEBT RESTRUCTURING

October 2017. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Sberbank Investments as restructuring agent on debt portfolio restructuring for the Genser group of companies, one of Russia’s biggest car dealers. Sberbank, VTB, Sviaz-Bank, Bank SOYUZ, Credit Bank of Moscow, and Bank ROSSIYSKY CAPITAL were involved in the restructuring, with Sberbank Investments as the advisor.

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GOLTSBLAT BLP PROVES TO THE SUPREME COURT THAT ADJUSTMENT OF IMPORT VAT DEDUCTIONS IS UNLAWFUL

October 2017. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), won a landmark dispute in the Supreme Court of Russia for Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC against Russia’s Federal Tax Service’s Inter-district Office for Major Taxpayers No. 3.

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VEGAS LEX discusses construction contracts and shared construction participation agreements

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Igor Chumachenko, VEGAS LEX Partner, Head of Real Estate, Land and Construction practice, spoke at the seminars of Modern Educational Technologies Development Institute (METDI) devoted to contractual relations between developer and general contractor and analysis of the viewpoints of developer and shared construction participant in shared construction participation agreements.

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SyCipLaw is National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards

October 2017. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was recognized as the Philippine National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards. SyCipLaw partners Anthony W. Dee and Ronald Mark C. Lleno received the award on the firm’s behalf.

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Slovenia Adopts Class Action Law

October 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

The Slovenian National Assembly adopted the Class Action Law, which will implement an important institute to the Slovenian legal system, i.e. mechanism of class action. This mechanism is already applied in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden, but is yet to be implemented in numerous EU member states. The new mechanism of class action will provide for the injured parties, both natural and legal persons, to file a compensation claim in case of mass harm situations. Besides a collective action for compensation, the law also provides for the possibility to file a collective action for the cessation of illegal behaviour against the infringers, as well as the procedure of collective settlement in case of mass harm events. The law will come into force on the 21st of October, 2017, while it will apply with effect from the 21st of April, 2018.

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Financial Times Praises AVELLUM for Innovation in Dispute Resolution

October 2017. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

FT Innovative Lawyers 2017 recognised AVELLUM for pioneering the litigation strategy that helped to achieve a unique resolution from the Ukrainian court in favour of the bondholders of Ukrainian agricultural group Mriya.

Financial Times commended AVELLUM’s ability to convince the Ukrainian judiciary to admit new forms of evidence and to ensure protection of foreign investors’ rights through the Ukrainian court procedure.

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AVELLUM Advises on Ukraine’s USD3 Billion Sovereign Bond Issue and Tender Offer

October 2017. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM acted as Ukrainian legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on its USD3 billion, 15-year, 7.375% Eurobond issue which was combined with the cash tender offer to the holders of the outstanding Eurobonds due 2019 and 2020. BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as joint lead managers on the transaction. The transaction is the first stand-alone sovereign bond issue by Ukraine since its 2015 sovereign debt restructuring.

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Foyen has advised Mandalay Resources in 40 million USD credit agreement

October 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

4 October, 2017

Foyen has advised Canadian mining company Mandalay Resources Corporation in its negotiation of a 40 million USD revolving credit facility with HSBC Bank Canada. Mandalay, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is the 100 % owner of the Bjorkdal gold mine in northern Sweden and the transaction has required a number of contracts regarding the Swedish business operation. Foyen’s team was led by partner Peter Dyer, assisted primarily by associate Elinor Pejryd.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Muhr und Bender on the Sale of its Stake in Feintool

October 2017. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

On 3 October 2017, Dr. Thomas Muhr and Muhr und Bender KG sold their entire stake in Feintool International Holding AG (Feintool) amounting to 616,500 shares of Feintool corresponding to 13.81% of the total share capital of Feintool. The shares were sold to institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process led by Bank Berenberg.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Orior on the Placement of a CHF 110 Million Inaugural Bond Issue

October 2017. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

Orior AG successfully completed the placement of its CHF 110 million inaugural bond issue. The bonds carry a coupon of 0.625% and will mature on 26 September 2023 at par. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. The issue was lead-managed by UBS AG and ZĂŒrcher Kantonalbank.

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VEGAS LEX announces a series of lectures on legal aspects of energy distribution at MSU

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On October 4, 2017, Head of VEGAS LEX Energy practice Evgeniy Rodin opened a series of lectures at Masters' School MSU Law.

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Insolvency: BGH bolsters creditors‘ rights

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Good news for creditors of an insolvent business partner: In its ruling of June 22, 2017, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has bolstered their rights when contesting a debtor’s transactions in insolvency proceedings (Az.: IX ZR 111/14).

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Valora on the Acquisition of BackWerk

October 2017. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

Valora has signed an agreement to acquire BackWerk from Swedish financial investor EQT. BackWerk is a German-based food service company with over 340 locations mainly in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Completion is subject to merger control approval.

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BKL Partner Wu Cheol SONG Named “Disputes Star of the Year”

October 2017. Press Releases by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (view listing).

Wu Cheol SONG, a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”), was named the “Disputes Star of the Year” in South Korea at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017 held on September 28, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong.

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Eric Fort takes over as head of the New York office

October 2017. Press Releases by Arendt & Medernach (view listing).

Arendt & Medernach is delighted to announce that as of September, Eric Fort will succeed Bob Calmes as head of our New York office. Having successfully worked with institutional and private clients operating in Luxembourg, Eric brings a wealth of experience to the US office where our aim is to continue to provide tailored advice for our clients in this market.

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VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: Regulation of Advertising and Marketing in Russia

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On September 14, 2017, the VEGAS LEX law firm and Pravo.ru organized a webinar on legal regulation and specifics of corporate marketing activities.

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RISF-2017: VEGAS LEX discusses fulfillment of special orders under EPC contracts and PPP experience

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

VEGAS LEX experts have spoken at the 6th Russian Investment and Building Forum, RISF -2017, discussing important current issues of performing special orders under EPC contracts and successful PPP practices in infrastructure projects.

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Immediate dismissal in case involving permitted second job invalid without prior formal warning

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Before an employer issues notice of dismissal with immediate effect, it ought to examine whether a prior formal warning is necessary. Failure to do so can prove to be a costly mistake, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) DĂŒsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of DĂŒsseldorf].

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Foyen represents Huge Fastigheter in the sale of nine public-use properties

October 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

22 September, 2017

Huge Fastigheter is selling nine public-use properties with public operations in Huddinge comprising a total lettable area of 8,750 mÂČ and approximately SEK 16.8 million in rental income. The buyer is SamhĂ€llsbyggnadsbolaget (SBB), which shall take possession of the properties in the beginning of October 2017.

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Wills in cases involving childless married couples

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Those who wish to play it safe when it comes to the subject of inheritance ought not to rely on the rules of intestate succession and should instead prepare a will. This also applies to childless couples.

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Make arrangements for inheritance early on in patchwork families

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The number of what are referred to as patchwork or blended families is increasing, with these sometimes giving rise to problems in inheritance cases. For this reason, particularly unmarried couples and patchwork families should give thought to preparing a will or contract of inheritance.

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Possible to agree to age limit for managing directors as grounds for termination

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

It is possible to agree to an age limit for a managing director of a GmbH in his employment contract, with his reaching the specified age serving as grounds for ordinary notice of termination. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm].

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Successful representation at the 2nd English-Cypriot Law Day conference and developing further the A

October 2017. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

The Cyprus Bar Association and the English Bar Council successfully organised the 2nd EnglishCypriot Law Day conference, which was held in Limassol, Cyprus on the 8th September 2017.... As a leading law firm, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC was one of the main contributors to the event. 

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BKA analyses Panama Papers – Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

It has been known since the beginning of July that the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, has purchased what are referred to as the “Panama Papers” and is set to analyse the controversial information they contain. Those who are concerned they may have evaded taxes can still submit a voluntary declaration.

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6 SyCipLaw Lawyers Included in Who’s Who Legal 2017 Experts Lists

October 2017. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

Six of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s lawyers are listed in various Who’s Who Legal 2017 experts lists. Who’s Who Legal publishes 34 individual practice area guides covering corporate and commercial law, listing leading experts in these practice areas from over 150 national jurisdictions.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte: Experience drafting Berliner Testaments

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Spouses ought to be afforded financial security in the event of their partner’s death. Many married couples want this to happen and therefore prepare a joint will, also referred to as a “Berliner Testament” (Berlin will).

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte – Assessing possible violations of antitrust law

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Investigations looking into whether the so-called “car cartel” entered into illegal arrangements and thus breached antitrust law are currently underway. Should this be the case, the cartel members should anticipate heavy fines.

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fine for illegal price fixing

October 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed fines amounting to just under 11 million euros on two companies from the clothing industry on account of illegal vertical resale price maintenance agreements.

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ANDREINA DEGLI ESPOSTI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE VOLUME “THE ENERGY REGULATION AND MARKETS REVIEW”

October 2017. Press Releases by Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati (view listing).

ANDREINA DEGLI ESPOSTI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NEWLY RELEASED SIXTH EDITION OF THE VOLUME “THE ENERGY REGULATION AND MARKETS REVIEW”

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NautaDutilh opens Luxembourg Desk in New York

October 2017. Press Releases by NautaDutilh (view listing).

NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.

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VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: defense in competition abuse cases

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

VEGAS LEX experts have explained ways to defend companies in competition abuse cases, and how the authorities consider the most common types of violations in this area in a webinar they led jointly with Pravo.ru.

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Fifth Partnership "Medicines of Russia": VEGAS LEX about key trends in public procurement in the pha

October 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On September 28, 2017, Anastasia Cheredova of VEGAS LEX Commercial group spoke at the Fifth Partnership "Medicines of Russia - to Interdisciplinary Dialogue" in Kazan, organized by the FAS Russia, the Ministry of Healthcare of Tatarstan, and the Association of Russian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.<</strong>

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SyCipLaw receives 12 ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017 nominations

October 2017. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) has been shortlisted in twelve categories of the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017. The firm is nominated for ten firm of the year categories, and two of its partners are nominated for lawyer of the year categories.

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Karanović & Nikolić Advises In The Signing Of The Landmark PPP For The Vinča Waste Treatment Proj

October 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić advised in the signing of the biggest PPP project in Serbia for the landfill remediation and development of the waste treatment facility in Belgrade, Vinča. The Belgrade Secretariat for Environmental Protection, the company "Beočista Energija" and the French-Japanese consortium, SUEZ GroupĐ” - I-Environment Investments limited, signed a public-private partnership for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the waste management treatment and disposal centre in Serbia.

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Karanović & Nikolić Advises On AmSpec’s Acquisition Of Agri Services

October 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić advised AmSpec on the acquisition of Agri Services doo - an inspection and testing company serving the Agricultural and Petroleum market in the Danube region from their locations in Serbia and Hungary. The acquisition of Agri Services shows AmSpec's continued expansion into the Agri-market and is yet another strategic step for the company, as it maintains its focus on expanding its global service network.

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Foyen recruits another specialist in public procurement

September 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

 Press release 29th of August 2017

Foyen Law Firm has recruited procurement manager Johanna Hellström from AlingsÄs Municipality. Johanna joins the law firm's Public and Construction business sectors, writes Foyen in a press release.

Johanna comes most recently from AlingsÄs Municipality where she worked as a procurement manager for two and a half years in charge of the municipality's procurement activities and with personnel responsibility for five employees. As procurement manager, Johanna has had a role as a coordinator and strategist that involved decision support for the municipal leadership with respect to various legal issues and responsibility for training in procurement, both internally within the municipality and externally directed towards the business community.

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Bogus application – No right to compensation

September 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If someone submits a bogus application without serious intent in response to a job advertisement, they are not entitled to demand compensation if the employer violates Germany’s Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) [General Act on Equal Treatment].

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Ms. Nermine Tahoun the Lawyer of the Year

September 2017. Press Releases by Tahoun Law Office (view listing).

An Unusual Lawyer Of The Year

To be Lawyer Of The Year is a very prestigious honor but in the case of the present one is an incredible shining female force of nature, for not only in a patriarchal society but also in a patriarchal profession.  Nermine Tahoun like the proverbial cream has risen to the top, not at some grand old age but still in the full flush of youth.

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Car cartel – Allegations against VW, Daimler and BMW

September 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The suspicion was borne out: the car makers Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Porsche, Daimler and BMW are reported to have coordinated in relation to technology, suppliers and costs and formed a kind of car cartel.

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VEGAS LEX discusses VED pricing at RBC business breakfast

September 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On August 29, 2017, VEGAS LEX Manager of Life sciences projects Maria Borzova moderated the session, Additional costs of pharmaceutical producers, held as part of the Vital and Essential Drugs (VED) price regulation business breakfast sponsored by RBC media holding and involving the Russian Ministry of Healthcare.

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VEGAS Academy: regulatory updates for the Russian pharmaceutical sector, August 2017

September 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Within the framework of VEGAS Academy platform, we continue our monthly series of video updates on the key regulatory developments in the Russian pharmaceutical sector (in English language).

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BAG: No workplace surveillance using keyloggers without specific grounds

September 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Monitoring an employee using a keylogger is only permissible if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that an offence or a serious breach of duty has been committed. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court.

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