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Hengeler Mueller advises on implementing new structure of RWE Group

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The "New RWE" structure of RWE Group entered into operation on 1 September 2009. The company is thereby adapting to ever increasing competition on the energy market.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerber Scientific on FOBA Technologies sale

September 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Gerber Scientific, Inc., a US listed company based in South Windsor/Connecticut, has sold all of its shareholdings in the German and European companies of FOBA Technologies, a laser compoments manufacturer, to the technology company Danaher.

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Gärde Wesslau honoured by ACQ Finance Magazine

August 2009. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gärde Wesslau named as BANKING & FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - SWEDEN

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Hengeler Mueller advises Austrian Airlines on takeover by Lufthansa

August 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The European Commission today cleared, under the EC Merger Regulation, the acquisition by Deutsche Lufthansa AG of shares in Austrian Airlines held by state-owned Österreichische Industrieholding AG (ÖIAG).

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Hengeler Mueller advises E.ON AG on sale of Thüga AG

August 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On August 12, 2009, E.ON AG, the largest energy company in Germany, has reached an agreement with the municipal buyer consortium Integra/KOM9, an alliance comprising 50 public utilities, on the sale of Thüga AG.

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Municipal Infrastructure Development Project

Andrey Delchev and Partners – Eurolex Bulgaria provided legal advice to the World Bank and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works in respect of the Municipal Infrastructure Development Project funded with EUR 101.2 million.

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Schoenherr promotes Ursula Rath to partner

August 2009. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Central European law firm Schoenherr has promoted Ursula Rath to partner in its Banking & Finance / Capital Markets Practice Group. Ursula, who specialises in capital markets transactions, investment funds and financial services including regulatory aspects, has acted on some of the most visible and innovative transactions in the Austrian market.

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Molitor Avocats à la Cour on Madoff Case in Luxembourg

August 2009. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour (view listing).

Since the beginning of 2009, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour has been involved in several legal proceedings related to the Bernard Madoff Investment Securities (BLMIS) affair on Luxembourg market.

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bpv GRIGORESCU advised on public procurement projects worth in excess of EUR 1.5 billion

August 2009. Press Releases by bpv GRIGORESCU (view listing).

Bucharest, 6 May 2009. The value of the public procurement projects in which bpv GRIGORESCU was involved during last two years exceeds EUR 1.5 billion. From the establishment of the firm in 2006, bpv GRIGORESCU advised on public procurement projects with a total value that exceeds EUR 2.8 billion.

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bpv GRIGORESCU: Six months larger-than-expected tax litigation portfolio of approx. EUR 15 million

August 2009. Press Releases by bpv GRIGORESCU (view listing).

Bucharest, July 7, 2009 As of the beginning of 2009 the tax litigation portfolio of bpv GRIGORESCU, meas-ured by the value of claims, has increased by more than 20% that initially anticipated, to approximately EUR 15 million.

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LITIGATION DEPARTMENT

August 2009. Press Releases by Miller Samuel LLP (view listing).

Miller Samuel are delighted to welcome Claire O'Neill as an Associate to the Litigation Department.

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Legalia Abogados is changing its name, creating two new brands : Lener and Asigno.

August 2009. Press Releases by Lener (view listing).

The firm is completely renewing its corporative identity, a new group thus arising, which comprises two brands, Lener and Asigno, with different activities, the name Legalia Abogados under which the firm had hereto operated therefore disappearing.

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M&A Law Firm of the Year - Germany

August 2009. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

Transactions in Germany have recently declined as a result of the banking and financial crisis and the difficulties this crisis has caused to the funding of – particularly – major transactions. As most other law firms, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen currently faces some changes in the legal market due to this crisis including a dip in deal volumes and transaction speed, whereas transactions with relation to restructuring and insolvency law are getting more important.

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Schoenherr advises Volkswagen on creation of Integrated Automotive Group with Porsche

August 2009. Press Releases by Schönherr (view listing).

Central European law firm Schoenherr is advising German car manufacturer Volkswagen on the Austrian and CEE aspects of the creation of an integrated automotive group with Porsche led by Volkswagen.

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WOLF THEISS BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE: “BULGARIA HAS HIGH POTENTIAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY”

August 2009. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Sofia, 2 July 2009 - Bulgaria is a country with high potential for investment into and financing of renewable energy sources (RES) projects, but the support of the government and a better regulatory and legal framework are essential. That was the conclusion of the exclusive business roundtable “Investments and financing of renewable energy sources in Bulgaria”, which took place on 30 June in Sofia. Wolf Theiss, one of the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, was host of the meeting organized in partnership with the Commercial section of the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria.

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WOLF THEISS BULGARIA FIRST MAJOR FOREIGN LAW FIRM TO ACQUIRE OFFICIAL LEGAL STATUS IN BULGARIA

August 2009. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Sofia, 18 June 2009 - WOLF THEISS, one of the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that after its submissions to the Government and institutions of Bulgaria and the European Commission, the Bulgarian Supreme Bar Council has registered Wolf Theiss as a fully constituted and regulated law firm in Bulgaria.

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ADVISES ON THE SUCCESSFUL SALE OF AVTO UNION HOLDING LIMITED TO EUROHOLD AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

August 2009. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Sofia, 4 June 2009 - WOLF THEISS, one of the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has advised Equest Investments Balkans (EIB) on the sale of its Bulgarian automotive wholesaler and distributor, Avto Union Holding Limited to Eurohold Automotive Group.

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ADVISES ON THE ISSUANCE OF NLB'S (NOVA LJUBLJANSKA BANKA) THREE-YEAR STATE-BACKED BOND ISSUE

August 2009. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Ljubljana, 27 July 2009 - WOLF THEISS, one of the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today that it has advised banks that arranged the issuance by Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB) of a EURO 1.5 billion bond which will be backed by the Slovenian state for a 3-year term.

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WOLF THEISS advises the listed Czech energy company ČEZ

August 2009. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

on its purchase of OSSH in one of the largest privatisations in SEE. Prague, 3 June 2009 – WOLF THEISS, one of the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, has advised Czech power company, ČEZ, on its EUR 102 million purchase of the Albanian power distributor OSSH.

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Harneys advises on US$942 million Vale notes issue

August 2009. Press Releases by Harney Westwood & Riegels (view listing).

International law firm Harneys recently advised the Brazil-based international mining company Vale on a US$942 million offering of mandatorily convertible notes made by its wholly-owned Cayman Islands subsidiary, Vale Capital II.  London-based partner Jonathan Culshaw provided Cayman Islands advice to Vale and Vale Capital II in respect of the notes issue

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Carey Olsen advises CMS Hasche Sigle and Germany1 on innovative SPAC transaction

August 2009. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Lawyers from Carey Olsen’s corporate team have played a key role in an innovative transaction involving Germany1 Acquisition Limited, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), registered in Guernsey and listed on Euronext. Germany1 agreed to acquire all the shares of AEG Power Solutions B.V. for EUR 200 million in cash and 19,208,955 Germany1 shares, plus a further number of Germany1 shares depending upon the future performance of AEG.

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Loose talk costs jobs

August 2009. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

At a seminar held by Carey Olsen, employment lawyers from the firm took the audience through the relevant points of law, and explored the issues surrounding communication in the workplace through an interactive case study.

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Temporär Förvaltning i Stockholm AB acquires Petrosibir AB

August 2009. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson has advised Temporär Förvaltning i Stockholm AB (former Nordic Growth Market NGM Holding AB) on the acquisition.

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Managing Partner Vyacheslav Korchev has received “TOP-100. Best Managers of Ukraine” award

August 2009. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

On July 15, 2009, the concert-hall Freedom welcomed the nominees of the yearly award ceremony “TOP-100 Best managers of Ukraine”, organized by “Economika” Publishing House.

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Senior Associate Dmitriy Marichev was the speaker on the Round Table on Bankruptcy

August 2009. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

Dmitriy Marichev, the Senior Associate and the Head of Restructuring and Mediation Practice of International Law Firm INTEGRITES, participated in the Round Table on Bankruptcy, Mergers and Acquisitions as the Tools of Anti-Crisis Management, held on July, 2, in Kyiv.

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INTEGRITES – Silver Cup winner of the EBA Summer Football Tournament!

August 2009. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

On June, 21 INTEGRITES’ football team participated at the European Business Association Summer Football Tournament at the “Novyi Druk” stadium in Kyiv.

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Travelling sideways and unsecured

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The reality of using London-style taxis for many wheelchair users is challenged as unsafe and discriminatory. John Halford of Bindmans LLP represents Mrs Lunt and the co-claimant, Allied Vehicles, which manufacture the E7. He said today: “Liverpool blithely expects Mrs Lunt and many others like her to take risks when travelling that no-one should be expected to run. That this case should need to be brought at all is remarkable. Worse still, to defend itself Liverpool is arguing for an interpretation of the DDA so narrow it would make the anti discrimination rights disabled people enjoy quite meaningless. We trust the Court will reject that and firmly indicate that wheelchair users can expect equality under the law like everyone else.”

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Two well respected journalists seek apology and damages from Commissioner of Police for the Metropol

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Their lawyer, Ms Chez Cotton, Head of the Police Misconduct Department at leading London law firm Bindmans LLP said: "A free press is fundamental in a democratic society and the increasingly oppressive and intimidating way in which the police appear to be treating journalists reporting at protests is unacceptable and of great concern. My clients hope the Commissioner will swiftly give a full apology for this incident, and confirm that he and his officers understand and accept that they have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what journalists record and are fully committed to actively helping them carry out their reporting duties."

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Landmark Victory for Debbie Purdy in the House of Lords

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Debbie Purdy has won a landmark victory in the House of Lords, making new law on Art 8, ECHR the right to respect for private and family life. The DPP must issue a prosecution policy.

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Mobimo to acquire LO Holding

August 2009. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Mobimo Holding AG today published the details of its exchange offer for all publicly held shares of LO Holding Lausanne-Ouchy S.A. Mobimo also disclosed that it acquired a stake of approximately 22% in LO Holding from JBF Finance SA.

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Swiss Prime Site to acquire Jelmoli Holding

August 2009. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Swiss Prime Site today published the details of its exchange offer for all publicly held shares of Jelmoli Holding AG. Swiss Prime Site also disclosed that the acquisition of a stake of approximately 30% in Jelmoli Holding AG from Pelham Investments AG has been closed.

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Ogier Expands Russian Practice with Key Appointment

August 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Marina Kozlova as a member of its global Russia and CIS Practice.

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Ogier to sponsor inaugural CISX International Business Summit

August 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has agreed to be a premier sponsor of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange's International Business Summit on 11th September 2009. It will be the first event of its type to be held in the Channel Islands and the inaugural event will be held in Guernsey with a view of alternating the venue with Jersey in future

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Boult Wade Tennant appoints new trade mark partner

August 2009. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

Boult Wade Tennant is delighted to announce that with effect from 3 August 2009 Catherine Wolfe is joining the firm as a partner in the Trade Mark Group.

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BAKER & MCKENZIE ADVISE EQT ON €969 MILLION DEBT RESTRUCTURE

July 2009. Press Releases by Baker & McKenzie (view listing).

London, 9 July 2009 - Baker & McKenzie has advised leading private equity firm EQT on the restructuring of €969 million of debt of Sanitec. The restructuring closed on 8 July.

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BAKER & MCKENZIE ADVISE ARQIVA ON LANDMARK DIGITAL RADIO DEAL

July 2009. Press Releases by Baker & McKenzie (view listing).

London , 24 July 2009 - Baker & McKenzie London has advised Arqiva on its acquisition of Global Radio's 63% share in the national commercial DAB multiplex Digital One, as well as many of Global Radio's local multiplex licences.

 

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Rivero & Gustafson Abogados take a new step

July 2009. Press Releases by Rivero & Gustafson Abogados (view listing).

From June 1st, 2009, López Acosta, Rivero & Gustafson Abogados turns into RIVERO & GUSTAFSON ABOGADOS.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises on Major North Sea Acquisition for RWE Deal

July 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The energy team at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP have successfully advised RWE Dea on the purchase of a 70% stake in the Breagh gas field, a major Southern North Sea gas development, from six companies. On completion of the transaction, RWE Dea will take over the majority of the Breagh field, the largest gas discovery in the North Sea for 10 years.

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EU Competition Inquiry into Pharmaceutical Sector

July 2009. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

On 8 July 2009 the European Commission published its final report into possible anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceuticals sector. The investigation was prompted by a perceived decline in new drugs reaching the market and possible delays in the market entry of generic drugs.

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Two new advocates in the Carey Olsen fiduciary team

July 2009. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Two fiduciary lawyers have been called to the bar in Guernsey. The Deputy Bailiff has sworn in advocates Laila Arstall and Polly Lister, the pair from Carey Olsen having passed the Guernsey Bar exams.

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We represented Aldata Solution

July 2009. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

In its acquisition of the Apollo Retail Space and Assortment Planning business from Information Resources, Inc

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We represented Swets Information Services AB against eight governmental instutions

July 2009. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

Including one ministry and two universities in public procurement dispute concerning subscription services

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Tetra Pak in its acquisition of the Mixer Business of Scanima A/S

July 2009. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co represented Tetra Pak in its acquisition of the Mixer Business of Scanima A/S. The Mixer division is the global leading producer of industrial mixers for the food, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Chrysler in relation to the strategic alliance with Fiat

July 2009. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co represented Chrysler LLC regarding Swedish legal issues relating to the transfer of Chrysler to the new company group Chrysler Group LLC, owned by Fiat, the U.S. Government, the Canadian Government and a foundation connected to the American United Auto Workers union. Hammarskiöld & Co also assisted Chrysler in connection with the dissolvement of the former joint ownership between Daimler and Chrysler.

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ISS divests its landscaping business

July 2009. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

ISS Facility Services AB has divested its landscaping business to Landscape Services Sweden AB, a company controlled by private equity house FSN Capital. The divested business has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 500 million and approximately 300 employees.

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Crispin Porter & Bogusky officially opens in Europe through the acquisition of Daddy

July 2009. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gärde Wesslau law firm did assist the American agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky at the acquisition.

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Setterwalls assists Arise Windpower:

July 2009. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

regarding frame contract with GE Energy for the delivery of 57 wind turbines.

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Bergendahl Home Deco acquires Duka Polska

July 2009. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Bergendahl Home Deco has acquired 100% of the shares in Duka Polska which presently has 24 stores in Polen and an additional 5-9 stores under development.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Software AG on public takeover offer for IDS Scheer

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 13, 2009, Software AG announced its intention to submit, by way of its 100% subsidiary SAG Beteiligungs GmbH, a voluntary public takeover offer for all outstanding shares in IDS Scheer AG.

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ESRI S-Group acquires Trancometer

July 2009. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

ESRI S-Group, the leading provider of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in the Nordic region, has, through S-Group Logistics, acquired Trancometer and its subsidiary Halda, from Verdane Capital.

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