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Wistrand represents Atea in the acquisition of Impact

June 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Wistrand has advised Atea Sverige AB and Atea AS on the acquisition of Impact Europe Sverige AB and Impact Europe Norge AS.

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Wistrand represents Mediq NV

June 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Wistrand represents Mediq NV in the acquisition of shares in Oriola-KD

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Wistrand represents Arta Plast AB

June 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Wistrand represents Arta Plast AB in the acquisition of a line of business within KWH Plast Ltd

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New head of Litigation | Arbitration practice team

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

Felix Dasser has been appointed new head of Homburger's Litigation | Arbitration practice team as from June 1, 2010.

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Bankhaus Lampe sells Swiss private bank to Bank von Roll AG

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On June 11, 2010, Bankhaus Lampe, a leading independent owner-operated German private bank under the ownership of the Oetker family, closed the sale of its 100% stake in Atlantic Vermögensverwaltungsbank AG, a Swiss private bank in Zurich, to Bank von Roll AG. The transaction was announced on May 21, 2010.

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Aravis sells wind farm to Swiss utility company EBM

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

April 27, 2010. Aravis Energy I LP (Aravis Energy), a Swiss venture capital firm based in Zurich, sold the Swiss wind energy company LuciaWind AG to the utility company EBM, which is based in Münchenstein in the canton of Baselland. LuciaWind AG operates a 42-megawatt wind farm in Spain. The farm, which has 14 3-megawatt wind turbines, supplies electricity for over 22,000 Swiss households and thus avoids 86,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Aravis Energy is the first Swiss venture capital firm to focus on the development and realisation of projects in the renewable energies sector. The purchase of the wind farm makes EBM one of the largest Swiss wind farm owners. The investment volume is over CHF 100 million.

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Aryzta issues USD 420,000,000 and EUR 25,000,000 Notes

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On May 12, 2010, IAWS Finance pp, an Aryzta Group company, issued USD 420,000,000 and EUR 25,000,000 Notes with maturities between 2013 and 2022. The notes are guaranteed by Arzyta AG, the top holding company of the Aryzta Group, and benefit from a security assignment of intragroup claims by Aryzta AG. The notes were privately placed to institutional investors in the United States.

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Aryzta closes CHF 600,000,000 Credit Facility

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

Aryzta AG, the top holding company of the Aryzta Group, on May 4 signed and on May 11, 2010, closed a CHF 600,000,000 Credit Facility arranged by Bank of America, N.A., BNP Paribas - Dublin Branch, Credit Suisse AG, Rabobank Ireland plc, UBS AG and Zurich Cantonalbank with a final maturity date of December 31, 2014. The obligations of Aryzta AG are secured by a security assignment of intragroup claims by Aryzta AG. The bank syndicate for this credit facility consists of the above-mentioned arrangers and as well as a number of further Swiss banks.

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Bank consortium extends credit facilities to Karl Steiner AG

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 29, 2010, a bank consortium extended certain credit facilities to Karl Steiner AG (KSAG). By this extension, the banks support the acquisition of a 66% stake in KSAG by Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC), a leading Indian business group with an established presence in Construction, Infrastructure Development and Urban Development & Management.

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Integrites has successfully protected the interests of EGIS corporation

June 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

Integrites International has successfully represented one of Europe’s leading pharmaceutical companies in proceedings against the Ukrainian firm Medfarmservis LTD

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Mourant Ozannes merger creates one of the world’s largest offshore law firms

June 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Mourant and Ozannes, two of the leading offshore law firms, have merged to create Mourant Ozannes.

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Funds lawyers at Mourant Ozannes rated as “world leading”

June 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Several lawyers from Mourant Ozannes have been included in the 2010 Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers, published this month by the Legal Media Group.

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Improved rankings in Legal 500

June 2010. Press Releases by Delphi (view listing).

Delphi's rankings in Legal 500 have improved within several practice areas since last year. Delphi is now in the 2nd tier in ”Corporate and commercial” as well as in ”Insurance”; and in the 3rd tier in ”Construction”, ”Employment” and ”Mergers and acquisitions”. Delphi is also ranked in the 2nd tier for the work in the area ”Energy”, which is a new category in Legal 500 this year.

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Stamford Law advises Rickmers on extension to repay top-up loan facility

June 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law Corporation advised Rickmers Maritime ("Rickmers"), a Singapore-registered business trust formed to own and operate containerships under long-term fixed-rate time charters to leading container liner companies, on the successful restructuring of its existing loan facilities, including, inter alia, a five-year extension of the maturity period of a top-up loan facility of US$130 million.

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Delphi hosts this year’s WSG European Regional Meeting in Stockholm

June 2010. Press Releases by Delphi (view listing).

Between the 6th and 8th of June more than 70 members of the World Services Group (WSG) meet and network at the European Regional Meeting 2010 at Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Delphi is the host for this year’s meeting. Participants from many of the most prominent law firms in Europe, such as Garrigues (Spain), A&L Goodbody (Ireland) and Advokatfirmaet Schjødt (Norway), discuss the current economic climate and the market for legal advisors as well as issues related to client relations, business development and law firm management.

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Badger Trust wins right to challenge Welsh badger cull in the Court of Appeal

June 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Accepting that the Trust had real prospects of success in its challenge to the proposed badger cull, Lord Justice Elias granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal, ordered an urgent hearing of the matter and put in place a protective costs regime.

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Peace protesters win round one in eviction fight

June 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

London Mayor Boris Johnson lost the first round in seeking to evict peace protesters camped in Parliament Square Gardens.

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Niederer Kraft & Frey to award rewards for best master degree theses on business law

June 2010. Press Releases by Niederer Kraft & Frey (view listing).

Niederer Kraft & Frey wird jährlich zwei Auszeichnungen für hervorragend qualifizierte Master-Arbeiten im Rahmen des Master-Studienganges Business Law an der Universität Zürich (Master of Law UZH, Business Law) ausrichten. Die Auszeichnungen sind verbunden mit Preisen im Betrag von CHF 10'000 und CHF 6'000.

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Niederer Kraft & Frey wins the 2010 ILO Client Choice Award for Switzerland

June 2010. Press Releases by Niederer Kraft & Frey (view listing).

Established in 2005, the ILO Client Choice Awards recognize those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for the awards focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. This year's winners were chosen from more than 2,000 individual assessments received from corporate counsel worldwide.

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NKF advises France Telecom in the Orange / Sunrise Transaction

June 2010. Press Releases by Niederer Kraft & Frey (view listing).

November 2009: On November 25, 2009 France Telecom and TDC have announced that they have reached an agreement to combine their respective Swiss subsidiaries, Orange Communication S.A. and Sunrise Communications S.A. to create the leading nationwide alternative provider of telecommunications services in Switzerland.

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Bär & Karrer's dispute resolution team wins the Corporate Intl Global Awards 2010

June 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Bär & Karrer's Litigation and Arbitration Department has been chosen as the winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine practice award as:

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Swiss Prime Site Group sells Jelmoli Bonus Card Ltd.

June 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

On 28 May 2010, the Swiss Prime Site group sold its 72.5% stake in the credit card company Jelmoli Bonus Card Ltd. to the Valartis group, which previously owned a 27.5% stake in Jelmoli Bonus Card Ltd. Jelmoli Bonus Card Ltd. was part of the Jelmoli group, which has been acquired by Swiss Prime Site AG last year.

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MAQS LAW FIRM SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED APPLE INC.

June 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

Recently, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office ruled in favor of Apple Inc. regarding a trademark opposition case. The dispute was related to iPod and Pod, two of Apple’s most well known trademarks.

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MAQS WINS PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CONTRACT FOR STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY

June 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

MAQS Law Firm won  on May 21, 2010, a public procurement contract on legal services for Stockholm University.

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THE NATIONAL RANKING ‘‘GVARDIYA OF STABLE LEGAL FIRMS’’ RECOGNISED INTEGRITES INTERNATIONAL

June 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

THE NATIONAL RANKING ‘‘GVARDIYA OF STABLE LEGAL FIRMS’’ RECOGNISED INTEGRITES INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM WAS AS ONE OF THE LEADING LAW FIRMS

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RUSLAN BERNATSKY TOOK PART IN THE 6TH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN INVESTMENT SUMMIT IN LONDON

June 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

SENIOR PARTNER OF INTEGRITES LAW FIRM, RUSLAN BERNATSKY TOOK PART IN THE 6TH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN INVESTMENT SUMMIT IN LONDON

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Ogier advises Tencent on its investment in Digital Sky Technologies, investor in Facebook and Zynga

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted as BVI advisor to Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent”) on its strategic investment in Digital Sky Technologies Limited (“DST”), which is a BVI company. DST owns stakes in Facebook and Zynga.

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Ogier Advises on US$ 3 billion Note Exchange

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has advised CEMEX in relation to the restructuring of certain of its listed securities. CEMEX is one of the world's leading cement and building materials companies and is listed on the New York and Mexican stock exchanges.

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Ogier Guernsey acts for Plant Health Care plc on CISX listing

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Corporate Finance Limited was delighted to act as sponsor to Plant Health Care plc in connection with its recent listing of its shares on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange.

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Ogier acts in JP Morgan's acquisition of Schroders' administration services business

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has advised JP Morgan Worldwide Security Services on its agreement to acquire the private equity administration services business of Schroders PLC. With offices in both Guernsey and Bermuda, Schroders' private equity administration services business currently has approximately US$6.2 billion in committed capital under administration.

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Aegis Group plc - Convertible Exchangeable Bond Issue

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Ogier legal and corporate administration teams have acted for Aegis Group plc on their £190m convertible exchangeable bond issue. The issuer of the bonds was a Jersey company and the bonds convert into preference shares in the Jersey company which are exchangeable for shares in Aegis Group plc

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Ogier acts as BVI Legal advisors to Mozambican coal company Ncondezi

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier acted as British Virgin Islands (BVI) advisor to Mozambican coal company Ncondezi on its successful admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz completes €240m bond issue for Polkomtel

June 2010. Press Releases by Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz (view listing).

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz advised Polkomtel, a leading Polish mobile operator, on a new 5-year program for several private issuings of PLN-nominated short and mid-term bonds (commercial papers) with a maximum indebtedness limit under the program of PLN 1 bln (appr. EUR 240 M).

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Reff & Associates – Double award winner for the most important real estate transaction in Romania

June 2010. Press Releases by Reff & Associates (view listing).

Bucharest, Romania - June 17, 2010 - Reff & Associates has won the award for the most important real estate transaction of the year granted by Ziarul Financiar within the "Lawyers Gala 2010" organized on June 16. After a first prize received from Finmedia at the "Top Lawyers Award Gala" on June 14, this second public acknowledgment underlines the importance and complexity of this transaction successfully assisted by the team of Reff & Associates.

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Sports Law Advisory Firm of the Year in Switzerland

June 2010. Press Releases by Froriep Renggli (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that FRORIEP RENGGLI Partner Dr Lucien W Valloni and the FRORIEP RENGGLI Sports Law Team have triumphed in the Corporate International Magazine Global Awards 2010 by being chosen as "Sports Law Advisory Firm of the Year in Switzerland" by Corporate International Magazine

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Stamford Law’s Director Yap Wai Ming quoted in Lian He Zao Bao on Qualifying Foreign Law Practice

June 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law Corporation's Director Yap Wai Ming was quoted in an article in Lian He Zao Bao on the implementation of the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licenses by the Singapore Government in 2008. The six foreign law firms that were awarded the license are namely UK firms - Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Norton Rose. The other two, Latham & Watkins and White & Case, are headquartered in the US.

 

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Stamford Law Directors to speak at SGX-SID Growing Enterprise Management Program

June 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law directors Ng Joo Khin, Bernard Lui and Soh Chun Bin will be speaking at a series of training programmes recently launched by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID).

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George Y. Yiangou & Co achievement

June 2010. Press Releases by George Y Yiangou & Co (view listing).

We are delighted to announce that in the Corporate International Magazines inaugural Global Awards 2010 for Cyprus, George Y. Yiangou & Co has been voted the ‘Full Service Advisory Excellence in Cyprus’ for the year 2010.

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New branch office in Thessaloniki

June 2010. Press Releases by George Y Yiangou & Co (view listing).

Our business in Thessaloniki has increased significantly over the past few years, and it was decided to open a branch office with in-house lawyers in order to improve the service provided to our clients. Our new office has a team of lawyers who deal with both Corporate matters and also act for our specialized Debt Collection department.

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Stamford Law acting for Sino-Environment in judicial management

June 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law is acting for environmental protection and waste recovery solutions specialist Sino-Environment Technology Group limited ("Sino-Environment") in a judicial management which was approved by the High Court on the 4th of June 2010.

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Aryzta issues USD 420,000,000 and EUR 25,000,000 Notes

June 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On May 12, 2010, IAWS Finance pp, an Aryzta Group company, issued USD 420,000,000 and EUR 25,000,000 Notes with maturities between 2013 and 2022. The notes are guaranteed by Arzyta AG, the top holding company of the Aryzta Group, and benefit from a security assignment of intragroup claims by Aryzta AG. The notes were privately placed to institutional investors in the United States.

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on the successful placement of Eurobonds by Ukreximbank

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (Ukreximbank), on USD 500 million Eurobond issue rated B1 by Moody’s and B- by Fitch.

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Sayenko Kharenko secures merger clearance in Ukraine for the acquisition of control over Paris Re

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko secures merger clearance in Ukraine for the acquisition of control over Paris Re by Partner Re

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on Naftogas external debt restructuring

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to Credit Suisse, the deal manager on the complex restructuring of NJC “Naftogas of Ukraine” (Naftogas) external debt. Naftogas successfully completed the restructuring by the way of exchange of its bilateral loans in the amount of USD 1.1 billion and existing LPNs in the amount of USD 500 million, which were due on 30 September 2009, into a single issue of securities to be guaranteed by the state.

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on USD 789,4 million Eurobond placement for VTB Leasing Ukraine

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to VTB Capital plc, the arranger and sole dealer with respect to USD 789,4 million floating rate amortising secured notes due 2019 issued by Wisbech Pineapple plc.

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on USD 275 million Eurobond restructuring

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to HSBC Bank Plc and ING Bank N.V., the solicitation agents of the restructuring of USD 275 million Eurobond issue for PJSC «First Ukrainian International Bank» (FUIB).

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on acquisition of Allseeds

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to minority shareholders of Allseeds group of companies ("Allseeds") on the sale of 37.6% shareholding to Kernel.

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel to CME on sale of Studio 1+1 and Kino channels

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (“CME”) on the closing of 100% sale of CME Ukraine operations, including the Studio 1+1 and Kino channels, to Harley Trading Limited, a company beneficially owned by Igor Kolomoisky, which closed on April 7, 2010.

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on EUR 200 million Eurobond placement by CME

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, the lead arrangers of EUR 200 million Eurobond placement by Central European Media Enterprises (CME).

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Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on obtaining preliminary conclusions of the AMC

June 2010. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel on obtaining preliminary conclusions of the AMC regarding the acquisition of additional shares in the highest management body of Public Joint Stock Company "Bank Forum"

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    The Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA") was enacted as a general law of personal information in March 2011 to fulfill the need for presiding rules to govern personal information protection. In fact, there have already been a number of special laws governing personal information protection in various special areas and cases, such as The Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization Information Protection ("Network Act") governing information and communications services, and the Use and Protection of Credit Information Act ("Credit Information Act") governing personal credit information. Special laws prevail over the general law, when in conflict with individual articles of the general law.
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