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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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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Carl Zeiss Vision

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

Carl Zeiss has reached an agreement with lenders on a fundamental restructuring of the € 586 m / USD 389 m financing of the Carl Zeiss Vision Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on successful squeeze-out

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

The transfer of the shares held by the minority shareholders of Computerlinks AG to the major shareholder, CSS Computer Security Solutions Erwerbs GmbH, was completed on 20 August 2010. With subsidiaries in 12 European countries, Computerlinks AG is a major value added distributor for leading international manufacturers in the IT industry.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on participation of Perella Weinberg in mfi

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

Perelle Weinberg Real Estate Fund I LP, the European real estate investment arm of financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners, will acquire a majority stake in mfi management für immobilien AG, a leading developer and operater of large shopping centres in Germany, by way of capital increase. The agreement signed on 14 August 2010 is subject to certain conditions, including the approval of the responsible cartel authority.

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Carey Olsen advises on new infrastructure debt fund’s listing on the LSE

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

Channel Islands law firm Carey Olsen has advised a new Jersey fund, GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited, on its listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Christoph Niederer is appointed Zurich Head of Tax

August 2010. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

On September 1, 2010, Christoph Niederer, lawyer and certified tax expert will join VISCHER Ltd as partner and Head of the Zurich Tax Practice Group. In addition to advising national and international companies, Christoph also advises individuals and family offices on all aspects of inheritance planning and estate structuring. He represents clients before the tax authorities and in legal proceedings. VISCHER Ltd. offers a wide range of services in this sector, with its tax teams in Basel and Zurich cooperating closely.

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30 August 2010 - Bär & Karrer breaks new ground with the training of its employees

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

The Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer AG is significantly expanding the training pro-gram for its employees. In cooperation with the St. Gallen University (HSG), the Bär & Karrer College (BKC) was established. It will start running in Fall 2010. In the training program, associates attend lectures and seminars which aim at a strongly practically oriented in-depth development of existing professional know-ledge. In addition to legal topics the BKC will be offering courses in business ad-ministration, economics and other areas.

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Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii teams up with ICC Paris to host the first events in Romania

August 2010. Press Releases by Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii (view listing).

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii teams up with ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris to organize the first local ICC events to be hosted in Romania. The events focus on discussing the available dispute resolution alternatives to litigation. Various ICC guests, lawyers from Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dragne & Asociaţii, along with the extraordinary presence of the President of the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania will be part of the speakers.

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25 August 2010 – Novartis AG completes acquisition of 52% stake in Alcon Inc. for USD 28.3 billion

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

On 25 August 2010, Novartis AG has completed the purchase of 52 percent of the shares in Alcon Inc. from Nestlé SA for a consideration of USD 28.3 billion, exercising its call option provided for in the agreement, concluded between Novartis AG and Nestlé in April 2008. With the acquisition of the additional stake, Novartis AG now holds a total of 77 percent of the shares in Alcon Inc. Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to Novartis AG. The team included Rolf Watter, Charlotte Wieser, Urs Kägi and Georg Frey (all M&A/corporate). Allen & Overy New York advised Novartis AG as to US and international competition law.

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Stamford Law advises Kim Eng on ban on sale of structured notes

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

Stamford Law Corporation was mentioned in the Straits Times and the Business Times on the lifting of the ban on sale of structured notes for the six brokerages - CIMB Securities, DMG & Partners Securities, Kim Eng Securities, OCBC Securities, Philip Securities and UOB Kay Hian. The ban was issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in July 2009 after the collapse of Lehman Brothers which led to the loss of investments in structured notes for thousand of retail investors.

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SarrauThomasCouderc conseille Carlyle Group dans le cadre de la reprise de B&B

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

Paris, le 25 août 2010. SarrauThomasCouderc vient de conseiller Carlyle Group dans sa négociation avec le management du groupe hôtelier B&B, dans le cadre d’un LBO ter. Carlyle Group est actuellement en négociation exclusive avec Eurazéo, Montefiore Investissement et Arts et Biens pour reprendre le groupe B&B. Numéro 3 français de l’hôtellerie économique, B&B a généré un chiffre d’affaires de 177 M€ en 2009. Sa valorisation atteint 485 M€.

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Hong Kong listing is a first for Jersey

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

Lawyers from Carey Olsen have advised West China Cement Limited (WCC) on its successful global offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) which completed on 23 August 2010.

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MAPLES FINANCE EXPANDS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR GROWTH IN THE AMERICAS AND EUROPE

August 2010. Press Releases by Maples and Calder (view listing).

Maples Finance has announced two senior level additions to its business development team. Kim Waldman has been appointed as Director of Business Development Americas.

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MAPLES WINS ALB OFFSHORE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR JAPAN

August 2010. Press Releases by Maples and Calder (view listing).

Maples and Calder has been selected by Asian Legal Business ("ALB") as the 2010 Offshore Law Firm of the Year for Japan for the second consecutive year.

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Popovici Niţu & Asociaţii is the leading Transactional Law Firm in Romania

August 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

Popovici Niţu & Asociaţii advised the largest number of M&A deals in Romania, according to League Tables for Top M&A Financial Advisers and Top M&A Legal Advisers in Romania released by ISI DealWatch on August 19, 2010.

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Carey Olsen advises Masawara's listing on AIM

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

Channel Islands law firm Carey Olsen has advised Masawara plc on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

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Lett Law Firm wins The Danish Lawyers’ Association‘s Innovation prize 2010

August 2010. Press Releases by Lett Law Firm (view listing).

Lett Law Firm won the prize at The Danish Lawyers’ Association annual congress for their project "From corporate branding to personal sales."

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Kluge-lawyers publish book on the Norwegian Marketing and Unfair Competition Act 2009

August 2010. Press Releases by Kluge Advokatfirma DA (view listing).

Tore Lunde, Ingvild Mestad and Terje Lundby Michaelsen of the ICT and IP-department at the law firm of Kluge in Norway published in June 2010 a comprehensive commentary (in Norwegian) on the new Norwegian Marketing and Unfair Competition Act.

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Stamford Law advises Infinio in rights cum warrants issue

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

Stamford Law Corporation is advising SGX Catalist-listed Infinio Group Limited ("Infinio") in its proposed renounceable non-underwritten rights issue of up to 468,338,594 new ordinary shares in the capital of the company at an issue price of S$0.005 per share.

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Stamford Law’s Director Ashok Kumar listed in Who’s Who Legal

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

Stamford Law Corporation is pleased to announce that Director Ashok Kumar has been included in the prestigious Who's Who Legal listing of lawyers under Insolvency & Restructuring practice.

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‘Most influential’ accolade for Guernsey lawyer

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

Davey Le Marquand, a partner at Carey Olsen has been named as one of Private Client Practitioner’s ‘50 Most Influential’.

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Channel Islands law firm sets sail for new sponsorship

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

2010 will see a new sponsor for the prestigious annual inter island yacht race. Carey Olsen, the largest law firm in the Channel Islands, has signed up to sponsor The Carey Olsen Inter Island Yacht Race for three years.

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Carey Olsen seminar attracts the island’s compliance experts

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

A breakfast seminar hosted by Carey Olsen on Tuesday attracted more than 160 professionals in Guernsey.

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New film helps to raise profile of Jersey Hospice Care

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

The vital work carried out by Jersey Hospice Care has been highlighted in a new video about the service.

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Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race

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

Carey Olsen is delighted to sponsor the inaugural Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race which this year will start in Guernsey and finish in Jersey. The Inter-Island Race has been a long established event in the Channel Islands sailing calendar and Carey Olsen aims to bring its own style and warmth to the event.

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Fancy island life? Carey Olsen launches a brand new guide to living in Guernsey

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

Carey Olsen has launched an in-depth guide to living and working in Guernsey for private individuals and businesses considering a move to the island.

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Carey Olsen the only offshore firm named in top three by prestigious directory

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

Channel Island’s law firm Carey Olsen has leapt into the top three UK advisers for FTSE AIM 100 listed companies based on the number of clients in the last quarter, according to Hemscott, a leading directory for the finance sector.

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Carey Olsen advises Better Capital on migration to the Official List

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

Carey Olsen advised Jon Moulton’s Better Capital on the Guernsey related aspects of its migration from AIM to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

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NEW PARTNERS AT AKD

August 2010. Press Releases by AKD (view listing).

Amsterdam, August 16th, 2010- Law firm AKD has appointed Matthijs Ingen-Housz and Heimon Smits as new partners. Augustus 16th 2010, they will join AKD’s corporate law department in Amsterdam.

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New Partners at AFR Advocates - January 2010

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

AFR Advocates has appointed two new partners, Advocates Sara Mallett and Simon Geall

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Stamford Law advises China International Fund

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

Stamford Law advised China International Fund Limited ("CIF") on an agreement with AIM-listed iron ore miner Bellzone Mining Plc ("Bellzone") to fund and develop the estimated US$2.7 billion Kalia Iron Project in Guinea and finance the development of the Kalia Mine.

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Shazia Khan speaks to LexisNexis Butterworths about the BBC News report on women bishops

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

"The Church of England's governing body is trying to find a way to introduce women bishops without dividing Anglicans. Selena Masson (LexisNexis) speaks to Shazia Khan, an Associate in the employment team at Bindmans who specialises in race and sex discrimination cases.

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Cameroonian journalist wins stay on removal 24 hours before flight due

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

Cameroonian journalist and NUJ member Charles Atangana has been released from detention after he was granted bail on 12 August. Mr Atangana was detained on the 25 June and served with removal directions to Cameroon after the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused to recognise his claim for asylum.

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Saimo Chahal's client, locked in syndrome sufferer asks for right to die with dignity

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

Locked in Syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson has today called on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to issue new guidelines which would mean his wife Jane would know whether a prosecution for murder is always in the public interest, in circumstances where Tony has a clear and settled wish to terminate his life and the killing would be with his consent but where he can not implement his decision by reason of his disabilities.

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Two new corporate and finance partners at Carey Olsen

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

Channel Islands law firm Carey Olsen has announced the promotion of Robert Milner and Simon Marks to partner in the Jersey corporate and finance practice area.

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Carey Olsen presents 13 staff with Long Service Awards

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

This year Carey Olsen is celebrating 13 staff members achieving a combined total of 160 years of service in Guernsey.

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Carey Olsen lawyer qualifies as a commercial dispute mediator

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

Carey Olsen’s chairman John Kelleher has qualified as a commercial dispute mediator and has been admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Carey Olsen re-awarded with Investors in People accolade

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

Carey Olsen was re-awarded with the Investors in People status at a special ceremony in Jersey on Tuesday 6 July.

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Moojo in hot pursuit to Alderney

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

Moojo has won this year’s Carey Olsen Trophy. The J109, skippered by Roger Martel, was first across the finish line at the Alderney breakwater, and with the fleet starting at staggered intervals based on handicap, first across the line meant first overall for the Guernsey yacht.

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Carey Olsen advises Raven Russia on move to official list

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

Lawyers from Carey Olsen’s corporate team have provided Guernsey legal advice to Raven Russia, a commercial property investment company, on its move from AIM to the London Stock Exchange’s main market recently.

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Carey Olsen advises Bellzone Mining on its AIM listing

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

Channel Islands law firm Carey Olsen has advised Bellzone Mining plc on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

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Carey Olsen retains its position as the leading offshore Channel Island law firm

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

Channel Islands law firm Carey Olsen advises more clients listed on AIM (the London Stock Exchange’s alternative investment market) than any other offshore law firm and remains the only offshore firm in the top ten, ranking alongside UK legal advisers to AIM listed companies, according to the latest rankings produced by market analysis firm Hemscott for the quarter ending 9 July 2010.

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Moojo in hot pursuit to Alderney

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

Moojo has won this year’s Carey Olsen Trophy. The J109, skippered by Roger Martel, was first across the finish line at the Alderney breakwater, and with the fleet starting at staggered intervals based on handicap, first across the line meant first overall for the Guernsey yacht.

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Stamford Law advises Kencana on share placement

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

Stamford Law advised Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Kencana Agri Limited ("Kencana") in the proposed subscription and  vendor placement of  an aggregate of 229,608,944 ordinary shares by Wilmar International Limited ("Wilmar"), the world's largest palm oil firm, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Newbloom Pte Ltd. Wilmar will purchase a 20 per cent stake in Kencana at S$0.35 per share.

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KKR completes successfully its acquisition of a minority stake in the Wild Group

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

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. ("KKR") has completed its acquisition of a minority stake in the newly founded Swiss holding company of the Wild Group, with Dr. Hans-Peter Wild still holding the remaining stake. Domiciled in Zug, Switzerland, the new holding company holds interests inter alia in Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG, Eppelheim, Germany, WILD Affiliated Holdings Inc., Erlanger, Kentucky (USA) and the Swiss assets previously owned by Dr. Wild. The Wild Group is one of the world's leading producers of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

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Client Seminar: Konfliktfragen zwischen Ad hoc-Publizität und weiteren Publikationspflichten

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

The upcoming Bär & Karrer breakfast meeting deals with practical aspects of Ad Hoc Publicity and its relationship to other disclosure obligations foreseen in the Listing Rules ("Konfliktfragen zwischen Ad hoc-Publizität und weiteren Publikationspflichten"). It will be held by Urs Brügger and Dieter Dubs on 9th and 15th September 2010, at 8 am, at our offices at Brandschenkestrasse 90, Zurich.

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4th Intensive Seminar Mergers & Acquisitions for Practitioners (21-22 September 2010)

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

Christoph Neeracher, partner at Bär & Karrer, again chairs the 4th Intensive Seminar on Mergers & Acquisitions for Practitioners which will be held on 21-22 September 2010 in Lucerne under the patronage of the University of St. Gallen. Following a well-established concept, the seminar will focus on legal, tax and financial matters regarding M&A. Emphasis will be placed on exemplifications in workgroups, which will be complemented by presentations and panel discussions. The seminar is primarily aimed at CEOs, CFOs and COOs as well as in-house legal advisers, auditors, lawyers and other persons regularly engaged in M&A-transactions.

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Seven Ogier partners named as leading investment fund lawyers

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

Seven Ogier partners from across the firm’s jurisdictions have featured in the latest Expert Guide Series which lists the leading investment fund lawyers across the globe. Peter Cockhill, James Bergstrom, and Colin MacKay (Cayman), William Simpson (Guernsey), Nicholas Plowman (Hong Kong) and Tim Morgan and Richard Thomas (Jersey) were all named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers, which is part of the Expert Guides series, for 2010.

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Ogier advises EQT V Fund on financing of two substantial acquisitions

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

Ogier has advised the EQT V Fund, an authorised, closed-ended Guernsey investment fund, on two substantial acquisitions in Scandinavia. Ogier advised the fund on the financing of its acquisition of a controlling interest in AcadeMedia AB, Sweden’s largest private education group by way of a public offer. The public offer by the EQT V Fund was accepted by 79.4% of shareholders in AcadeMedia AB. The Stockholm listed business operates 150 schools with 45,000 students across Sweden.

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Ogier Guernsey and Jersey advise on Coller and Lloyds Banking Group JV

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

The culmination of several months’ work by legal teams at both Ogier’s Guernsey and Jersey offices has helped the Coller International Partners V Fund enter into a joint venture with the Lloyds Banking Group. The transaction involves the acquisition of the risk capital in a portfolio of 42 companies which previously formed the Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance portfolio. Ogier has acted as legal adviser in Guernsey and Jersey for the Coller International Partners V Fund, which is a closed-ended, Guernsey investment fund, established in 2007.

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Ogier advise on White Tower Acquisition

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

Ogier has advised global private equity firm The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a number of buildings in the White Tower portfolio for £671 million.

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