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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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Carey Olsen launches a brand new guide to living in Guernsey

May 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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Boult Wade Tennant announces partnership appointments

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

Michelle Pratt is a member of the firm’s Chemical and Materials group. She is qualified as both a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as well as a council member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). Michelle is based in the firm’s London office.

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Guantao has a growing number of awards nominations in 2010

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

Guantao Law Firm has been nominated by the China ALB Law Awards 2010 as a finalist in the ENERGY & RESOURCES DEAL OF THE YEAR for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Acquisition of Oil Industry Assets. This has been the second time for Guantao to be nominated in this practice area since Guantao won the “ENERGY & RESOURCES DEAL OF THE YEAR” award for at the China ALB Law Awards 2008. In this year’s Awards, Guantao has also been nominated for the first time as a finalist in the REAL ESTATE DEAL OF THE YEAR for Tianjin Global Financial Center Project. Guantao’s consecutive nomination as a finalist also includes China Law Firm of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year (Mr. Cui Liguo) and Beijing Law Firm of the Year.

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Deloitte acquires Exsigno

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 30, 2010, Deloitte Consulting AG completed its acquisition of Exsigno, a Swiss-based consulting business, creating one of the largest management con-sulting businesses in Switzerland.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on liquidity facility

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

Hengeler Mueller has advised HeidelbergCement AG on the conclusion of a self-arranged liquidity facility in the amount of EUR 3 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CMP Fonds I on Nordex exit

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

The Berlin-based CMP Fonds I GmbH has sold its remaining 10% shareholding in Nordex SE by way of a block trade.

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Carey Olsen advises on high profile partial management buyout

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

Lawyers from Carey Olsen were at the centre of the high profile partial management buyout (MBO) at Guernsey’s largest independent fiduciary services business recently.

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Carey Olsen lawyer named the Best of the Best for 2010

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

Carey Olsen partner, Russell Clark, has been named as one of the world’s top 25 pre-eminent trusts and estates legal practitioners as part of The Best of the Best Expert Guide for 2010.

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MAQS Law Firm wins the ILO Client Choice Award 2010 for Denmark.

April 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

MAQS Law Firm receives prize as the best law firm in Denmark.

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THE MANAGING PARTNER OF INTEGRITES MEETS THE VICE-PRIME MINISTER SERGEY TIGIPKO

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

April 16th, 2010, Kyiv. The Managing Partner of INTEGRITES International law company, Vyacheslav Korchev, participated in a meeting with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Sergey Tigipko, discussing the possibilities of making “Amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine”.

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LEXENCE STRENGTHENS TEAM WITH ADDITION OF NOTARY CORRINE HOLDINGA

April 2010. Press Releases by Lexence (view listing).

Amsterdam, April 2010 - Corrine Holdinga joins Lexence as a partner on 1 April and will head the firm's Corporate Notarial team. She previously worked as a notary/partner at AKD and Stibbe and worked for De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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O’Neal Webster Makes Key Corporate and Banking Appointment

April 2010. Press Releases by O'Neal Webster - Barristers & Solicitors (view listing).

O'Neal Webster is delighted to announce that Christopher Simpson has joined our team as Counsel, Corporate Finance. Prior to joining O'Neal Webster, Christopher practised at Harney Westwood & Riegels for several years in both their BVI and Hong Kong offices.

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Transocean Ltd. Lists its Shares on SIX Swiss Exchange

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

Transocean Ltd., the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, which redomesti-cated from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland in 2008, listed its shares on SIX Swiss Exchange on April 20, 2010 under the symbol RIGN. Transocean's shares also trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RIG.

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Christian Schmid, Mirco Ceregato and Markus Pfirter advise the publisher Birkhäuser Verlag AG Basel

April 2010. Press Releases by Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob (view listing).

Christian Schmid, Mirco Ceregato and Markus Pfirter advise the publisher, Birkhäuser Verlag AG Basel, which is part of the academic publishers, Springer, with regard to the sale of its architectural and design division.

 

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We welcome Angela Hensch, Urs Wickihalder and Mirco Ceregato, the new partners in our law firm

April 2010. Press Releases by Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob (view listing).

Angela Hensch, lic. iur., Attorney-at-Law, Certified specialist SBA Employment Law, advises and litigates in the fields of labour law, tenancy law, family law and inheritance law. She was admitted to the Bar in St.Gallen in 2000. She has been a lecturer in labour law and tenancy law for a number of years.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Magnesita on refinancing through high yield bond

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

Rearden G Holdings Eins GmbH, a subsidiary of Magnesita Refratários S.A. (Brazil), has issued a high yield bon in the amount of USD 400 million. The issue proceeds from the high yield bond will be used primarly to redeem bank liabilities under a secured senior export facility from November 2009. The high yield bond is secured by guarantees of Magnesita Refratários S.A. as well as subsidiaries of Magnesita Group.

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BECAME A LEGAL ADVISOR ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION FOR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

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

23 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm became a legal advisor on intellectual property rights protection for DreamWorks Animation (USA), one of the world leaders in the film industry.

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INTEGRITES ACTS AS ATTORNEY OF BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL ON THE CIS MARKET

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

22 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm acts as attorney in a dispute settlement for BLOOMBERG Professional, one of the world leaders in the field of information supply to key-players of the financial markets.

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INTEGRITES BECAME A LEGAL COUNSEL TO AIS GROUP OF COMPANIES

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

15 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm became the legal counsel to the AIS Group of companies, one of the leaders of the automotive market in Ukraine, on issues related to trade finance deal at the amount of Euro 35 mln.

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CARTWRIGHT KING WELCOMES NEW RECRUITS

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands criminal and business defence specialists Cartwright King, who are top ranked in the region by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, have appointed three new members of staff.

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CARTWRIGHT KING GROWTH CONTINUES

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King is merging with Jerman Hollingsworth, a long established law firm based in Leicester.

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NEW POWERS FOR BREACHES OF DATA PROTECTION

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has gained new powers designed to reduce personal data security breaches. As of 6 April, the ICO will be able to order organisations to pay up to £500,000 as a penalty for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

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CARTWRIGHT KING HAS YOUNG SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King are celebrating after one of their lawyers won the Young Solicitor of the Year award at this year’s Nottingham Law Society annual dinner.

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CARTWRIGHT KING EXPAND TEAM

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King has made another addition to its Nottingham office.

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NEWLY QUALIFIED SOLICITOR FOR CARTWRIGHT KING

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King now has another qualified solicitor within the firm.

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IMS Health

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On February 26, 2010, IMS Health, the world’s leading provider of market intelli-gence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, announced completion of its acquisition by entities created by certain affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. and the CPP Investment Board.

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SCWP boosts its team

April 2010. Press Releases by Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwäl (view listing).

Heidi is a highly recognized and established lawyer in Graz. Her main focus is in property law, common contract law, warranties and divorces

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Carey Olsen advises MeesPierson on its debut Guernsey Fund

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

Lawyers from Guernsey law firm Carey Olsen have advised MeesPierson Asset Management (CI) Limited on the launch of The Diversified Opportunities Fund, the first fund to be launched by the offshore arm of the asset management company.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support

April 2010. Press Releases by Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (view listing).

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Finalizes the Strategic Repositioning of its Brand and Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support.

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OC Oerlikon Corporation: Financial Restructuring

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 1, 2010, OC Oerlikon Corporation announced that it has reached agreement with its Bank Lenders and main shareholder Renova regarding a comprehensive financial restructuring of the company. The company expects to implement the agreed restructuring, which includes a CHF 1 bn rights offering, in the first half of 2010.

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Siegfried Holding Ltd: Launch of Mandatory Convertible Notes and Change in Shareholder Structure

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 19, 2010, Siegfried Holding Ltd, a leading international supplier and services provider to the pharmaceutical industry, launched its previously an-nounced CHF 80m 5 % Mandatory Convertible Notes due 2011 (MCN), allocat-ing advance subscription rights to its existing shareholders. Bank Vontobel AG is acting as Lead Manager with no underwriting commitment. Certain investors in-cluding Rainer-Marc Frey, SE Swiss Equities and Thomas Schmidheiny have provided certain backstop underwriting commitments and | or as of April 15, 2010 have acquired the 32 % stake in the company previously held by Camellia plc.

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INTEGRITES ACTS AS ATTORNEY OF BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL ON THE CIS MARKET

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

22 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm acts as attorney in a dispute settlement for BLOOMBERG Professional, one of the world leaders in the field of information supply to key-players of the financial markets.

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‘2010 - the private realm will start seeing positive developments’

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

Interview with FLORIAN NITU, Managing Partner of Popovici Nitu & Asociatii.

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Merger for a Litigation Powerhouse

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

Danescu & Asociatii merged into Popovici Nitu & Asociatii to help create one of the strongest litigation practices in Romania.

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Ciprian Donţu and Alexandru Ambrozie – new partners with POPOVICI NIŢU & ASOCIAŢII

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

POPOVICI NIŢU & ASOCIAŢII has announced today the appointment of two new partners - Ciprian Donţu and Alexandru Ambrozie.

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Munich Re reduces stake in Helvetia

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 13, 2010, Munich Re announced that it reduced its stake in Helvetia Holding AG, the St. Gallen (Switzerland) based insurance company, from 8.16% to below 3%.

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EUR 1.25 bn Issuance under the UBS Covered Bond Programme

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 8, 2010, UBS closed its fourth issuance under its Covered Bond Pro-gramme established in September 2009. EUR 1.25 bn of Covered Bonds with a 12 years maturity were issued by UBS AG, London Branch and are guaranteed by UBS Hypotheken AG. The Covered Bonds issued under the Programme are indirectly backed by a portfolio of mortgages from UBS AG's domestic mortgage pool.

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Horizon - Nitec

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

April 2010. The two biopharmaceutical companies Horizon Therapeutics Inc., IL, USA, and Nitec Pharma AG, Reinach, Switzerland, announced their combination in an all-share transaction. The combined company also completed a concurrent preferred stock financing in conjunction with the transaction. The combined company will be named Horizon Pharma, Inc., and will be led by Timothy P. Walbert, previously president and chief executive of Horizon Therapeutics.

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International law firm Harneys adds Cyprus office

April 2010. Press Releases by Harney Westwood & Riegels (view listing).

9 April 2010 - International offshore law firm Harney Westwood & Riegels has formally introduced its new Cyprus office, the latest addition to the firm’s growing international network.

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Ogier is nominated Offshore Law Firm of the year finalist by ALB China

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

We are pleased to announce that Ogier has been nominated as a finalist for the award category Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2010 by ALB China.

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Leading Private Wealth Partner Joins Ogier

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

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Zac Lucas as a Partner in the firm's BVI office.

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Markus Schott appointed senior lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Zurich

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

Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that associate Markus Schott has been appointed senior lecturer (Privatdozent) of public law and european law at the University of Zurich.

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Remo Stoffel acquires Bauengineering and Swissbuilding

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

XO Holding AG which is held by the real estate entrepreneur Remo Stoffel announced the acquisition of the general contractor company Bauengineering and the project development firm Swissbuilding in St. Gall from its previous owner Peter Mettler. By acquiring these firms Remo Stoffel will form an integral real estate group in Switzerland comprising the newly acquired firms, as well as Avireal AG and Winsto AG. The group will be active in general contracting and total contracting, facility management and investments in real estate.

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Intertek Group plc acquires Ciba Expert Services from BASF SE

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

Intertek Group plc has acquired a business unit of CIBA AG, Ciba Expert Services, and the companies Cantox Health Sciences Inc. and Cantox U.S. Inc. from BASF SE by way of a share and asset deal. Intertek Group plc offers a wide range of quality and safety services and employs more than 25'000 people in 1'000 locations in over 100 countries. Through this transaction, Intertek Group plc is strengthening its position in the mentioned sectors.

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Oji Paper sells Ilford Imaging

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

The Japanese paper group Oji Paper announced the sale of the global imaging manufacturer, Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH, to the British financial investor Paradigm Global Partners. Recognising the assets that llford has to offer, including its capability for developing leading edge technology, its state of the art manufacturing facility and its world-renowned brand, Paradigm believes there is scope for significant future growth and value creation.

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OC Oerlikon Restructuring

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

In Switzerland's most prominent restructuring deal, OC Oerlikon Corporation announced on 1 April 2010 that it has reached agreement with its largest shareholder Renova (holding a 45% equity stake) and the lenders of the CHF 2.5 billion syndicated loan facilities on a comprehensive financial restructuring of Oerlikon. The agreed restructuring package, which includes a CHF 1000 million rights offering, will be implemented in the first half of 2010. Renova has agreed to inject CHF 450m in the share capital increase, while the group's lenders will waive some of the debt, enter into a new facility agreement, and swap debt for equity as part of the restructuring plan.

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Deutsche Telekom AG acquires ClickandBuy

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

The internet payment service provider ClickandBuy, one of the leading payment services in the internet, has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. Deutsche Telekom held, via its venture capital arm, a minority participation in ClickandBuy since 2006. Deutsche Telekom AG has now acquired all outstanding shares in the internet payment service provider ClickandBuy. The share purchase agreement was signed on 23 March 2010 and the transaction was closed on 1 April 2010.

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Dufry South America Ltd. merges with Dufry AG

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

Dufry South America Ltd., a Bermudan company listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and on Bolsa de Valores, Mercadorias & Futuros de São Paulo (BM&FBOVESPA) and majority-owned by Dufry AG, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, merged and amalgamated with and into Dufry Holdings & Investments AG, a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Dufry AG, in a cross-border triangular merger under Swiss and Bermudan law. As a merger consideration, the former minority shareholders of Dufry South America Ltd. have received shares of Dufry AG. The deal value amounts to approximately CHF 795 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises First Solar on sale of world's third largest photovoltaic power plant

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

The solar module manufacturer First Solar and the German project developer juwi have sold the world's third largest photovoltaic power plant (output: 53 MWp) in Turnow-Preilack (Brandenburg) that both had previously constructed as part of a joint venture.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Diagnostica Stago on acquisition of Trinity Biotech's coagulation business

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

Diagnostica Stago, the French-based manufacturer and distributor of medical diagnostic products, has reached an agreement with the Irish company Trinity Biotech on the acquisition of its coagulation business.

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    On 29 May 2014, the Moldovan Parliament passed the Act No. 90/2014 on amending and supplementing of certain legislative acts (Act No. 90). Act No.90, which entered into force on 27 June 2014, implements simplified rules on the liquidation of companies in Moldova (in particular, at the decision of their shareholders), namely by inter alia amending the Civil Code of Moldova, Act No. 845/1992 on Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Act No. 220/2007 on State Registration of Companies and Individual Entrepreneurs.  read more...
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