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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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Drew & Napier LLC as Singapore counsel to:

September 2009. Press Releases by Drew & Napier LLC (view listing).

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's acquisition of some of Royal Bank of Scotland's assets in Singapore

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Hammarskiöld & Co represents Länsförsäkringar in sale of subsidiary

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

Hammarskiöld & Co represents Länsförsäkringar in the sale of Länsförsäkringar International to Gjensidige Forsikring.

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

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

Gärde Wesslau honoured by ACQ Finance Magazine.

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ALTIUS appoints new Partner in IP Department

September 2009. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

ALTIUS is proud to announce that Olivier Vrins was made partner. Olivier specialises in Intellectual Property law and heads ALTIUS’ Anti-Counterfeiting Practice. Over the last years, he has consolidated our outstanding reputation in this field on both the Belgian and the international scene.

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Eniro and Aller sell the Spray Passagen business

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

Gernandt & Danielsson has assisted Eniro in the transaction.

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CSIT acquires Teracom’s broadband business

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

Setterwalls has advised CSIT AB in its acquisition of Teracom AB’s subsidiary Quadracom Networks AB (also known as Comet Networks AB and previously referred to as Teracom Bredband AB). Quadracom has operated the Teracom-group’s broadband business and currently reaches more than 650,000 households and 80,000 businesses in approximately 50 Swedish municipalities.

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INTEGRITES forms New Department of Mediation and Restructuring

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

The international law firm INTEGRITES established new direction – the Department of Mediation and Restructuring. Such decision was taken in order to enforce the Firm’s legal practice and extend the team of lawyers.

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Delphi: Nomination for Best Tax Team, Sweden 2010

September 2009. Press Releases by Delphi (view listing).

The international magazine World Finance has nominated Delphi's Tax Team for Best Tax Team 2010. The Swedish tax teams are nominated.

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A new chairman for Carey Olsen

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

John Kelleher as been appointed as the new chairman of the law firm Carey Olsen, which has offices in Guernsey, Jersey and London.

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Bindmans represents Tim Nicholson in landmark climate change discrimination case

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

Shah Qureshi, Mr Nicholson’s lawyer and Head of Employment Law at Bindmans has been quoted in The Guardian regarding a case that will establish whether environmentalism or strong views on climate change are protected by UK discrimination legislation.

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Bindmans to join The Children's Society’s new legal service for young people

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

Bindmans is pleased to announce that it is supporting an innovative internet and phone service offering legal advice specifically to young people, currently being piloted by The Children’s Society in three areas in the South-East.

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Shah Qureshi featured on Channel 4 News commenting on the BNP's discriminatory membership criteria.

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

Shah Qureshi, Head of Employment law at Bindmans, was featured on the Channel 4 News last night giving his comments in a news piece about the Equality and Human Right’s commission challenge to the BNP’s discriminatory membership criteria.

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Police riot notebooks reveal brutal use of shields against G20 protesters

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

Police officers' notebooks lodged at the High Court tell how they punched people in the face and beat others with riot shields during the G20 demonstrations in April.

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NKF advises Swiss Confederation:

September 2009. Press Releases by Niederer Kraft & Frey (view listing).

In CHF 5.48 billion Placement of UBS Shares and CHF 1.8 billion MCN Coupon Redemption.

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PHILIP CURLE APPOINTED COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PARTNER AT MILLER SAMUEL

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

Leading Scottish law firm Miller Samuel is delighted to announce the appointment of Philip Curle (36) as partner and head of its commercial property practice with effect from 1st September 2009. The appointment is part of a drive to grow the team and expand the breadth of services and expertise offered to clients within the sector.

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Rashid Bahar appointed associate professor at the University of Geneva

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

Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that associate Rashid Bahar has been appointed associate professor of commercial law at the University of Geneva. Rashid Bahar will continue to advise the clients of Bär & Karrer in banking, finance and capital markets.

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Swiss Confederation sells UBS stake

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

The Swiss Confederation announced that Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and UBS have placed its UBS stake with institutional investors at a price of CHF 16.50 per UBS share. The total gross proceeds for the 332,2 million UBS shares sold by the Swiss Confederation amount to approximately 5.5 Billion CHF.

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Jonathan White to stand down as a Partner of Ogier

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

After 21 years as a Partner, of which over 15 have been involved in managing and developing the business, Jonathan White has decided to stand down as a Partner of Ogier. Whilst he remains deeply committed to Ogier, Jonathan believes that the time is right for him to step aside and to develop other interests.

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BVI and Cayman move to OECD White List

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

New Zealand has signed tax information exchange agreements with the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, bringing to 12 the number of agreements that the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have on exchange of information for tax purposes.

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Ogier advises Arden Asset Management LLC on J.P. Morgan Fund of Funds Program

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

Ogier recently advised Arden Asset Management LLC on its agreement with J.P. Morgan under which Arden is managing a $1.1 billion proprietary hedge fund of funds portfolio for J.P. Morgan's investment banking division. J.P. Morgan's investment bank has seeded several new Arden funds and has invested in one of Arden's current flagship funds with these assets.

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Gareth Thomas joins OFS (BVI) Ltd as Managing Director

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

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Thomas as Managing Director of Ogier Fiduciary Services (BVI) Ltd

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Ogier nominated as a finalist by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

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

Ogier has been nominated as a finalist for the award 'Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009'

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NEW PARTNERS AT FRANCO CAIADO GUERREIRO

September 2009. Press Releases by Franco Caiado Guerreiro & Associados (view listing).

Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes and Ana Castro Gonçalves are the new partners at Franco Caiado Guerreiro & Associados.

 

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Three new partners for our teams Banking and Finance, Private Clients and Taxation

September 2009. Press Releases by Schellenberg Wittmer (view listing).

Schellenberg Wittmer is very pleased to announce three new partners for our teams Banking and Finance, Private Clients and Taxation: that three talented lawyers have become partners of the firm:

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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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