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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Sybase takeover by SAP

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

On 12 May 2010, SAP AG, the world's leading provider of business software, and Sybase, Inc., an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software based in California/USA, announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America Inc., has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sybase.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of...

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

Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of the DESERTEC Concept - Cooperation with Amereller Legal Consultants. Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is a unique industriy initiative which was launched in 2009 with a view to analyzing and establishing the economic, technical and regulatory framework for a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to areas of local demand as well as to the European interconnected grid, including the development and integration of local industries.

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Hengeler Mueller advises IRE Beteiligungs GmbH within the scope of "ALNO 2013"

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

Hengeler Mueller is advising IRE Beteiligungs GmbH, a Whirlpool Group company and shareholder of Alno AG, within the scope of the "ALNO 2013" project aimed at strenghtening Alno AG's group equity.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Continental Bakeries on acquisition of Grabower Group

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

Continental Bakeries B.V. - a portfolio company of the Dutch investment company NPM Captial and a European-wide producer of fine baker products - has acquired the Grabower Group from the current family owners.

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AstapovLawyers advises Rodovid Bank

AstapovLawyers' Banking & Finance department together with Dragon Capital's team of financial advisors keep working on loan restructuring on behalf of Rodovid Bank.

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Mr. Oleh Malskyy is recommended by Best Lawyers

On April 28, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy was recommended in the field of Antitrust law by Best Lawyers a well known US based independent list of attorneys.

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AstapovLawyers gains another major success in the complex matter heard at ICAC at the UCC

'I have to admit that this was the most complex arbitration matter ever heard by ourselves' - admitted the Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal at the final stage of the arbitration matter referred to International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The dispute referred to arbitration emerged due to restrictive export policy employed by Ukraine in 2006-2007 when the introduced export quota and licensing regime had disrupted the performance of many bargains on the grains market and in particular led to the mentioned dispute between one of the biggest European Swiss-based grain&oils traders and one of the leading grain export companies of Ukraine.

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Mr. Oleksiy Zorin has joined AstapovLawyers’ Kyiv office

AstapovLawyers International Law Group is pleased to announce that Mr. Oleksiy Zorin joins International Litigation Department as a new Associate.

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AstapovLawyers’ quality now delivered in Kazakhstan

On May 6, 2010 AstapovLawyers and SG Global Advice have signed a strategic partnership agreement with a perspective of further integration.

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DTB project finance team advised US investment fund WP Carey

May 2010. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

"DTB project finance team advised US investment fund WP Carey in the sale and lease-back transaction to leading Croatian company Agrokor. It was the biggest regional transaction in the area of logistic centres and a firm sign of recovery in the real estate industry.

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DTB three-man team closed a transaction for its long-standing client Globe Trade Center (GTC)

May 2010. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

"DTB three-man team closed a transaction for its long-standing client Globe Trade Center (GTC), one of leading real-estate developers in Europe. GTC has borrowed an amount of EUR 44 million from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Stamford Law advises OCBC and DBS in the financing of oil palm plantations in Indonesia

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

Stamford Law acted for lenders in a US$145 million syndicated term loan facility granted to Asianindo Holdings Pte Ltd ("Asianindo") , a subsidiary of Genting Plantation Bhd, which is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Berhad.

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AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES MHP S.A.

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

AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES MHP S.A. ON ITS EXCHANGE OFFER OF USD 250 MILLION 10.25% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2011 FOR NEW DOLLAR-DENOMINATED SENIOR NOTES DUE 2015

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Chiomenti is named Italian Law Firm of the year - Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010

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

After receiving the award both in 2007 and in 2008, Chiomenti has again been selected as "Italian Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010.

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SarrauThomasCouderc advised 3i and NI Partners

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

In the context of the control of Vedici group.

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ROWAN LEGAL at Q-2010 International Scientific Conference

May 2010. Press Releases by ROWAN LEGAL Law Firm (view listing).

ROWAN LEGAL, law firm, took part in 12th Q-2010 International Scientific Conference taking place on 29-30 April 2010 in Holiday Inn of Žilina, Slovak Republic, on “Preparing, Constructing and Financing Road and Highway Network”. Organised by the University of Žilina, the event was held under the auspices of the Slovak Minister of Transport, Post, and Telecommunications, Ľubomír Vážny, the Slovak Minister of Education, Ján Mikolaj, and the rector of the University of Žilina.

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Draft Act prepared by “Penkov, Markov & Partne

May 2010. Press Releases by Penkov, Markov & Partners (view listing).

Based on an assignment by the American Chamber of Commerce, a team from “Penkov, Markov & Partners” - Attorneys at Law under the leadership of the Managing partner Vladimir Penkov prepared a draft act amending the Commercial Register Act.

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Ciaran O'Rorke Partner, Hayes solicitors appointed by President of the High Court to:

May 2010. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

 "Working group on payments for catastrophic injuries"

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Stamford Law advises Sim Siang Choon in acquisition of oil and gas firm

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

Stamford Law advised Catalist-listed Sim Siang Choon Ltd ("Sim Siang Choon") in its S$11.9 million acquisition of a 47.9 per cent shareholding interest in India-listed Interlink Petroleum Limited ("Interlink") from two Interlink shareholders ("Vendors").

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Stamford Law advises Ezra Holdings in Three-Year Unsecured Guaranteed Financing

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

Stamford Law is advising Ezra Holdings Limited ("Ezra Holdings"), a Mainboard-listed marine services provider in a US$100 million three-year unsecured guaranteed financing, comprising an issue of fixed rate guaranteed notes and a guaranteed transferable term loan facility, which will be guaranteed unconditionally by Asian Drilling Services and Emas Offshore (M) Sdn Bhd ("Emas Offshore").

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Intellectual Asset Magazine ranks Christophe Ronse as Tier 1 Patent Litigator in Belgium

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

The recently published "IAM Life Sciences 250 – The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators 2010" has ranked Christophe Ronse, partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments and head of ALTIUS' Life Science team, as the leading pharma patent litigator in Belgium. The magazine describes Christophe Ronse as “detailed and thorough”, “a standout performer” and “a technical thinker who constructs smartly planned arguments”. The full ranking can be viewed on IAM’s website.

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Mackrell International

May 2010. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gunnar Hjertquist has been elected Chairman.

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‘Side pockets’ revive major fund

May 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Restructuring work carried out by Carey Olsen’s corporate team in Jersey has revived the fortunes of Close Global Funds, Close Brothers' flagship offshore investment vehicle, lifting the suspension of trading of the main fund on the CISX.

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Hammarskiöld & Co represents GM Europe AG

May 2010. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co represents GM Europe AG in the sale of Saab Automobile AB to Spyker Cars announced on January 26, 2010.

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Gernandt & Danielsson wins International Client Choice Award 2010

May 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå has been named as the exclusive Swedish winner of The International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2010.

 

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Gernandt & Danielsson advises Providence Education International AB

May 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson advises Providence Education International AB in connection with a public cash offer.

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New high ranking in the field of public procurement for Hamilton

May 2010. Press Releases by Hamilton Advokatbyra (view listing).

Hamilton is recommended in the field of public procurement according to the latest ranking from Practical Law Company (PLC Which Lawyer 2010). Fredrik Linder is ranked in the highest category “Leading” in the individual ranking in the field of public procurement. Practical Law Company ranks on a yearly basis firms and individual lawyers in over 100 countries. The ranking is based upon inter alia contacts with clients and lawyers.

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Hamilton advised the Board in Rörvik Timber in preparing prospectus

May 2010. Press Releases by Hamilton Advokatbyra (view listing).

Partner Johan Nordenfalk, Hamilton in Stockholm, assisted the Board in Rörvik Timber AB, listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, in connection with the establishment of a prospectus in relation to the company's rights offering of 250 million SEK.

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The MetroAuto group signs credit facility agreements with Nordea

May 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

The MetroAuto group, Scandinavia's second biggest retailer of cars, with i.a. the Swedish subsidiaries Svenska Bil i Norden AB and MW Gruppen Stockholm AB, has recently signed agreements for credit facilities with Nordea Bank Finland Plc.

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Setterwalls has assisted Bomhus Energi

May 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Gävle Energi AB and Korsnäs AB have established a jointly owned company which will invest in a new bioenergy plant in Gävle

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Carey Olsen strengthens its team and welcomes four more lawyers

May 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen has recruited four new lawyers as part of its drive to position itself as the Channel Islands law firm of choice across all practice areas.

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Wistrand among the top advisors

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

Once again, Wistrand is ranked in all areas of business law in the Legal 500. The Legal 500 identifies and ranks the leading law firms in business law in over 90 legal systems worldwide.

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Wistrand assists Gerda Förvaltnings AB

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

PP Pension Insurance Association has acquired the real estate of St. Clement 8 of Lund from Gerda AB.

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Rights claims may follow 2010 Elections fiasco

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

Voters who were turned away from polling stations last night may bring legal claims for denial of their constitutional and human rights. Claims may overturn election results in constituencies where the majority was very slim.

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Savage (Respondent) v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Appellant)

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

After hearing evidence over a week, the High Court found that South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had violated its positive obligation to protect the life of Carole Savage under Article 2 (the right to life) of the ECHR. £10,000 was awarded to Anna Savage for the breach.

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Kumar Murshid, former LDA member, wins clarification and costs from Evening Standard

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

The Evening Standard has agreed to clarify claims made about Kumar Murshid in an article by Andrew Gilligan published in 2007 during its coverage of the LDA grants scandal.

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Settlement reached for Bindmans client Tim Nicholson in climate change discrimination case

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

Senior Executive and Environmentalist Tim Nicholson claimed he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against by his employer Grainger Plc because of his ‘philosophical belief about climate change and the environment’.

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Doubts linger over wisdom of Welsh badger cull despite rejection of judicial review

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

This morning, the High Court, sitting in Cardiff, handed down judgment in the Badger Trust’s judicial review challenge to the Welsh Assembly Ministers’ decision to press ahead with a mass badger cull in May 2010.

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Young children’s views determine High Court’s decision

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

A father in Hague Convention abduction proceedings was not given permission to appeal Mrs Justice Black’s finding that an 8 year old and a 6 year old had reached such an age and level of maturity at which it was appropriate to take account of their views.

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Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Specialist Siobhan Kelly is Promoted to Partner

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

London Law firm Bindmans LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Associate Siobhan Kelly to Partner on 1st April 2010, bringing the firm to a total of 15 Partners.

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

May 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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Petroplus Holdings Ltd places new shares in the amount of approximately CHF 151 million

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

On 5 May 2010, Petroplus Holdings Ltd successfully placed 8,650,000 new shares in the amount of approximately CHF 151 million. The shares had been underwritten by a syndicate of banks, comprising Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse (as Joint Global Co-ordinators and Joint Bookrunners) as well as BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, ING, Nomura International, Société Générale and UBS Investment Bank (Co-Bookrunners).

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Orior AG successfully completes Initial Public Offering

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

In Switzerland's first initial public offering (IPO) since May 2008, Orior AG ("Orior" or the "Company") was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 22 April 2010 and on 5 May 2010 the Company was informed that the Over-Allotment Option has been exercised in full. The Company is a broadly anchored Swiss fresh food company and leader in meat processing and the distribution of convenience foods, including vegetarian delicacies.

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Cytos Biotechnology Ltd sells platform technology for the identification of monoclonal antibodies

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

Cytos Biotechnology Ltd, a public Swiss biotechnology company specializing in the discovery, development and commercialization of Immunodrugs, announced the sale of its platform technology for the identification of monoclonal antibodies to Intercell AG. The technology is based on expression cloning of monoclonal antibodies from human B-cells and enables the identification of anti-infective antibodies to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

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Herkules Private Equity Fund III acquires Odlo Sports Group AG

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

Herkules Private Equity Fund III has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Odlo Sports Group AG. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in June 2010. Odlo was founded in 1946 and is a Swiss based designer, manufacturer and distributor of functional sports clothing. Herkules consists of three funds, with a total capital base of CHF 2,3 billion in committed capital from Norwegian and international investors.

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INTEGRITES REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED A BOARD MEMBER OF THE SWEDISH-UKRAINIAN BUSINESS CLUB

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

19 February 2010. Kyiv. Ekateryna Kardash, Head of the International Department at Integrites was elected a Board Member of the Swedish-Ukrainian Business Club (SUBC).

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INTEGRITES IS A LEGAL ADVISOR TO ROSTSELMASH

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

26 January 2010. Kyiv. Integrites international law firm advised Rostselmash, the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery (the Russian Federation) on matters related to investment activities in the agrarian sector.

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MYKHAILO PARAPAN IS A NEW PARTNER AT INTEGRITES

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

April 2010. Kyiv. Mykhailo Parapan, an acknowledged legal expert in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investments, Telecommunications and Real Estate has joined Integrites International law firm as a partner.

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SERGEY DVORNIKOV – HEAD OF INTEGRITES’ REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN LONDON, UK

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

January 20, 2010. London. Sergey Dvornikov was appointed head of Integrites international law firm representative office in London (the UK). His major priorities include coordination of the office activities, acquiring and cooperating with new clients, participation in supporting transactions in the UK, as well as in the Central and Western European countries.

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INTEGRITES BECOMES THE LEGAL ADVISOR OF ENERGIZER IN UKRAINE

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

January 12, 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm completed a project within a complex framework of legal support related to Energizer’s activity in Ukraine.

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