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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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Hengeler Mueller advises German Federal Government on € 440 bn European Financial Stability Facili

June 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 7 June 2019, the Euro Area Member States agreed on the creasion of a Luxembourg special purposes company (European Financial Stability Facility - EFSF) and a framework agreement.

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Stamford Law’s Director Yap Wai Ming quoted in Straits Times on cheating casinos issue

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

Stamford Law Corporation's Director Yap Wai Ming was quoted in an article in the Straits Times on the issue of cheating the casinos after two Africans were charged and accused of defrauding Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casinos of approximately $210,000.

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Philippine Deal Firm of the Year

June 2010. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was adjudged as the Philippine Deal Firm of the Year at the ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2010 held at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore on June 4, 2010. The award was received by Rafael A. Morales, the Firm's Managing Partner.

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The Enlarged Board clarifies position on computer implemented inventions

June 2010. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

On 12 May 2010, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) announced its decision in G3/08, thereby providing guidance on how the EPO should assess claims relating to computer implemented inventions (CIIs).

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Boult Wade Tennant partner Nina White to speak at Intellectual Property Law Summer School 2010

June 2010. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

Dr Nina White, a partner in Boult Wade Tennant’s Biotechnology and Life Sciences Group, will be speaking at the 10th annual Intellectual Property Law Summer School from 16 to 20 August 2010 at Downing College, Cambridge. Nina will be presenting the patent workshop on “Biotech and Pharmaceutical Developments”.

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Stamford Law wins Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year and SE Asia M&A Deal of the Year

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

Stamford Law wins Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year and SE Asia M&A Deal of the Year for ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2010

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AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES AVANGARDCO INVESTMENTS PUBLIC LIMITED

June 2010. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES ON THE FIRST UKRAINIAN IPO SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS.

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OOSTVOGELS PFISTER FEYTEN EXTENDS LUXEMBOURG TAX PRACTICE

June 2010. Press Releases by OPF Partners (view listing).

Oostvogels Pfister Feyten is pleased to announce further enhancements to its Tax and VAT practice. Specifically, the firm has recently extended the Luxembourg tax practice to encompass a broader scope of both direct income tax compliance and indirect tax advisory & compliance. To follow is a brief outline of these new services.

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Chiomenti is named Italian Law Firm of the year - International Legal Alliance Awards 2010

June 2010. Press Releases by Chiomenti Studio Legale (view listing).

For the third consecutive year Chiomenti has been selected as "Gold Award - Italian Law Firm of the Year" at the International Legal Alliance Awards 2010, held in Paris on June 3, 2010. The firm wins the award for its excellent results over the past year and lasting performance in management and leadership. The jury was composed of General Counsel and Financial executives of multinationals.

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Thommessen lawyer a member of the Government’s newly appointed EEA Committee

June 2010. Press Releases by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS (view listing).

The Government has now appointed a committee to review Norway’s experiences with the EEA agreement and Norway’s general association with the EU. Advokat Fredrik Bøckman Finstad from Thommessen has been appointed as one of the ten experts to sit on the committee.

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Thommessen in partnership with Alarga

June 2010. Press Releases by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS (view listing).

Alarga is an advocacy group with the objective of providing opportunities in the private sector for talented young people with foreign-born, non-western parents. This is achieved, among other things, through a scholarship program for students at master degree level. Thommessen will be Alarga’s first partner company within the area of law.

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Article on Emilio Valentino

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

Valentino Globe BV v Pacific Rim Industries Inc [2010] SGCA 14    -    The luxury fashion brand Valentino Globe B.V. (“Valentino Globe”) failed in their bid to establish that their marks were well known in Singapore and also failed to prevent the registration of the mark “Emilio Valentino & Device” by Pacific Rim Industries Inc. (“ Pacific Rim ”).  Pacific Rim was represented by Samuel Seow Law Corporation (“SSLC”).

 

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BANKING AND FINANCE PRACTICE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM INTEGRITES WON 2010 LEGAL AWARDS

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

30 June 2010, Kiev. International law firm Integrites won the Best Firm of the Year in Banking and Finance. Integrites Managing Partner Viacheslav Korchev is the best litigation lawyer in Ukraine.

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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, Infrastruc-ture Development and Urban Development & Management.

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SarrauThomasCouderc conseille les actionnaires des Laboratoires Goëmar

June 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

SarrauThomasCouderc conseille les actionnaires des Laboratoires Goëmar dans le cadre de leur cession à BeCapital

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Stamford Law wins “Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2010” award

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

Stamford Law Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the "Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2010" by Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards 2010. Corporate INTL is a leading UK monthly magazine for business leaders and professional advisers. The followings are some of the deals that have won us the award.

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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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INTEGRITES HAS SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTED THE INTERESTS OF EGIS CORPORATION

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

INTEGRITES HAS SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTED THE INTERESTS OF EGIS CORPORATION IN PROCEEDINGS AGAINST MEDFARMSERVIS LTD

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Stamford Law advises Derma Rx in sale to Kaya Ltd

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

Stamford Law advised Singapore-based Derma Rx Asia Pacific Pte Ltd in the acquisition by Kaya Ltd, the skincare solutions unit of Indian personal care products maker, Marico Ltd. Kaya currently operates in India and the Middle-East.

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AFR Advocates - new lawyer joins Commercial team.

June 2010. Press Releases by AFR Advocates (view listing).

AFR Advocates has been joined by barrister, Elizabeth Robinson.

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AstapovLawyers has successfully represented the Nemiroff Ukrainian Vodka Company

AstapovLawyers gains Nemiroff brand victory before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine

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ENGLISH LEGAL STANDARDS ARE COMING TO UKRAINE

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

English quality standards arrived to Ukraine: Integrites International Law Firm is seeking registration with the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Expanded Tax Competence of WENGER PLATTNER

May 2010. Press Releases by Wenger Plattner (view listing).

With the arrival of Alain Lachappelle as a new partner in November 2009, the tax competence of WENGER PLATTNER has experienced a significant boost.

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26 INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRMS IN BRUSSELS RUN TOGETHER TO SUPPORT SIMON & ODIL

May 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

Brussels - May 27, 2010 -- On May 30, lawyers and staff from international law firms in Brussels will again participate, as a single team, in the annual 20 km run through Brussels to raise money for a good cause.

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Legal Developments worldwide

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  • Anti-Money Laundering Update - Cyprus

    First uploaded on the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering website.
  • Austria: Extension of the threshold regulation until the year 2016

    The "threshold regulation" adjusting (raising) the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act ("BVergG") will be extended once again, namely for two more years. This plan was disclosed in the press briefing issued in conjunction with the retreat held by the members of Austria's federal government on September 27th and 28th this year. Thus, contracting authorities will continue to be able to benefit from substantial procedural simplifications when awarding contracts below the threshold in 2015 and 2016 as well. read more...
  • Serbia: Insolvency Act Amendments adopted

    As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act [Zakon o stečaju] are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014 ("New IA"). The New IA shall not be implemented retroactively, and those insolvency proceedings that were ongoing on the day the New IA entered into force will be continued under the previously valid rules. read more...
  • Hungary: New advertising tax feels like a bucket

    Hungary's new advertising tax, which has been introduced effective as of 15 August 2014, affects not only media companies, online and offline content providers and advertising agencies (media companies), but may also affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments (commercial companies). read more...
  • Voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide a clean bill of health...

    The ECJ has ruled that the so-called "voluntary  ex ante  transparency notice" under certain circumstances does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice. Moreover, the ECJ ruled that review authorities must declare a contract ineffective if the contracting authority could not legitimately hold that that the conditions for directly awarding the contract were in fact satisfied (ECJ 11.09.2014, Case C-19/13 Fastweb SpA ). read more...
  • Austria / EU: Latest EU Sanctions against Russia

    After introducing the "sectoral sanctions" against Russia on 1 August 2014 (see our  Legal Insight of 1 August 2014 ), the sanctions regime has been tightened further on September 12 as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014. read more...
  • Austria: Judgment sheds light on joint ventures under the country’s merger control*

    Austrian merger control continues to capture non-full-function joint ventures. Joint ventures covered by merger control are sheltered against parallel assessment under the Austrian rules against anticompetitive agreements (no dual control). read more...
  • Czech Republic: Mergers, or thick red lines?

    In its decision no. 29 Cdo 3068/2013 dated 19 June 2014, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic ("SCCR") once again ruled on the issue of the irreversibility of the legal effects of registration of transformation in the Czech Commercial Register. read more...
  • Hosting service providers at gunpoint of the financial "sharks"

    Can you fully control the Internet?
  • Financial Services & Regulatory Autumn Update 2014

    In this Update, we look at some valuable lessons learned for all financial services businesses from recent JFSC examinations and investigations, as well as amendments to the Companies (Jersey) Law.    Read more...