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Cobra Service Network SA, Lugano, successfully completed an increase of capital of the company by the shareholders Cobra Automotive Technologies SpA and Tracker Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited.
Tecan Group and NEXUS Biosystems, Inc. have signed an agreement concerning the sale of REMP AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tecan, as well as other related assets. Under this agreement, NEXUS will acquire all activities of Tecan's Sample Management business segment.
ARYZTA AG purchased Fresh Start Bakeries, partially financed through a placement of shares worth USD 140 million.
On 1 July 2010, Habas Swiss Investments AG sold a commercial real estate property with office and retail spaces of 7'000m2 to a Swiss institutional investor for more than CHF 50 mio. Habas Swiss Investments AG belongs to Habas Group, a leading real estate company, listed in Tel Aviv, Israel
Ogier Hong Kong achieves top level ranking alongside Maples and Calder Asia and Walkers.
Ogier Guernsey has advised the EQT V 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.
Ogier Guernsey has recently acted as lead counsel in the establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited ("WSF") as a class B collective investment scheme in Guernsey. WSF is a shariah-compliant investment fund which also complies with the requirements of the UCITS directive. WSF is one of only a handful of shariah-compliant funds established in Guernsey and the first for Ogier Guernsey.
Ogier Guernsey recently advised the EQT V Fund on the financing of its acquisition of XXL Sport & Villmark, a Nordic sporting goods retailer. The sports retailer operates 14 sporting goods mega-stores, located in the largest cities in Norway and has a market share of close to 15 per cent in Norway.
Richard Boucher, a director at leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King (which has an office in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester) has recently spoken at a national conference at Birmingham University.
The Bribery Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this year, increases the maximum prison term for offences of bribery to ten years and businesses are to be subject to unlimited fines.
Under the Corporate Manslaughter law, that came into effect in April 2008, an organisation can be prosecuted for a fatal accident if the way its work is managed or organised by its senior management, causes a death and is in gross breach of its duties towards an employee or third party. In the past, unless a fatality was so serious that an individual who was a “controlling mind” of the company (usually a director) could be charged with criminal manslaughter, the company could not be pursued successfully for manslaughter and would be prosecuted for health & safety offences.
Japan' SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (Osaka) has sold its global semiconductor business to the US company ON Semiconductor Corporation, Phoenix (Arizona). The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and regulatory approvals, such as clearance by merger control authorities.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA and BASF have signed a joint venture agreement to develop innovative corrosion protection solutions for the automotive industry.
Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC receives international awards and recognitions in the second half of 2010, ranking its specialized services in the top tier in Cyprus.
A prominent Arbitration lawyer joins AstapovLawyers' Team
Managing Partner spoke at International Grain Conference in Turkey
AstapovLawyers welcomes new Senior Associate in International Litigation Department
Ms. Anna Yarenko has joined AstapovLawyers' Banking & Finance Department
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.
Elliott, who is aged 31 joined the firm in 2002 working closely with Christian Rocca in the litigation department.. He has been heavily involved in a number of significant and important cases working with highly reputable senior counsel. He is now highly regarded and respected by his peers as a responsible and dogged litigator. In addition, he manages a busy commercial practice and is especially well known in the field of employment law.
Stamford Law Corporation's Director Yap Wai Ming was quoted in an article on the second lawsuit Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has filed against the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) on the 28 of June 2010.
Stamford Law's move to the new Ocean Financial Centre (OFC) was mentioned in the article "Brokers' Take" in the BusinessTimes (13 July 2010).
On July 12, 2010, Thomas Cook Group plc announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Öger Tours GmbH from its founding shareholder Vural Öger.
Hengeler Mueller advises Phoenix Pharmahandel, the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Germany and second largest in Europe, in connection with a comprehensive refinancing, including a EUR 2.6 billion syndicated loan and the issuance of a EUR 500 million high yield bond under German law as well as a EUR 500 million capital increase.
In its decision of 30 June 2010, the Commission approved in terms of restructuring state aid a capital injection of EUR 550 million from the Austrian bank rescue package provided by the Republic of Austria in favour of BAWAG P.S.K.
The Otto Group has sold Environmental Solutions Europe Holding B.V. (ESEH), a leading international manufacturer of waste containers and recycling systems with an annual turnover in 2009 in the amount of € 230 million, to Stirling Square Capital Partners.
On 21 June, 2010, the II. Civil Senate responsible for corporate law of Germany's Federal Court of Justice rejected the motion of a shareholder to have its appeal heard against a decision of the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart.
Shield Bidco Limited, which is indirectly held by funds advised by Apax Partners, made public one June 10, 2010 a voluntary public takeover offer for the shares of Utimaco Safeware AG, a data protection specialist listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange.
Minapharm Pharmaceuticals S.A.E., Cairo (www.minapharm.com), one of the leading pharmaceutical companies for prescription medication in Egypt and the Middle East, which specialises in the manufacture and marketing of innovative specialty pharmaceuticals and in the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical medication as well as being listed on the Egyption stock exchange, has acquired a 95% shareholding in Berlin-based ProBioGen AG, a company specialised in mammalian cell engineering and cell culture.
UKRAINIAN COMPANIES TO BE SHORT-LISTED AMONG THE MOST PROMISING ISSUERS ON THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE
Ukrainian companies and companies from the CIS will be among the most attractive IPO investment targets on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM) in the upcoming year, concluded the participants of the “Ukrainian IPO 2011: pending new billion” round table, held in Kyiv on July 14. The event was organised by Integrites international law firm and the London Stock Exchange in partnership with Rothschild investment bank.
Vilnius County Court has satisfied the claim lodged by Marius Jakulis Jason, Chairman of the Board of the company group AAA and a minority shareholder of SEB Bankas and held that the price of compulsory redemption of shares offered by the bank’s shareholders ‘Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken‘ is not fair. The Court has accepted arguments presented by the lawyers of AAA Baltic Service Company, representing the Claimant, and set the redemption price of 105,71 Eur for one ordinary registered share with the nominal value of 20 EUR each. Expert examination, as ordered by the Court, was carried out by ‘Deloitte Lietuva’, Audit and Business Advisory company.
Addtech Industrial Solutions acquires BEVI International AB. The deal was closed July 1 2010. David Aversten, responsible partner, Michael Juhlin and Rickard Samuelsson, from Delphi advises Addtech in the transaction.
The lawyers Kristian Pedersen and Sverker Bonde was promoted to Delphi's partnership 1 July 2010.
Dear Friends, Today we celebrate the first year of establishment of AVELLUM PARTNERS. We would like to share this moment with you and thank you for your support and enthusiasm throughout this year. This was a truly remarkable year of tremendous achievements for our Firm.
01-07-2010 | Law firm and notarial services provider AKD has appointed Remco Bosveld as a partner effective 1 July 2010. Remco, who joins AKD from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V., will be part of the firm’s notarial section for corporate law in Amsterdam.
AstapovLawyers' Banking & Finance department together with Dragon Capital's team of financial advisors keep working on loan restructuring on behalf of Rodovid Bank.
AstapovLawyers successfully represented its Client, a leading Russian food products manufacturer, in the appeals proceedings under English Law in FOSFA Arbitration
Third CIS-EU Legal Forum Eurolawyer 2010, an important event in the life of CIS business community, took place on April 15-16, 2010 in London and was co-sponsored by AstapovLawyers
On April 20, 2010 AstapovLawyers is pleased to announce two new hires - Ms. Tatiana Grachova and Ms. Victoria Ishchenko as Associates.
AstapovLawyers team, led by the Partner Ms. Tatyana Kuzmenko, acts as a legal adviser to a well-known UK consulting real estate company on a number of tax issues related to income tax and VAT.
On April 13-16, 2010 Mr. Andrey Astapov, AstapovLawyers Managing Partner, presented an alternative solution to GAFTA arbitration mechanism during his speech on the 5th International Grain Trading Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, organized by Russian Grain Union and APK-Inform under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
AstapovLawyers, being experienced in rendering legal services in Agricultural Sector, keeps advising on structures of securing financial transactions related to commodity trading.
As a part of continuous cooperation with Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB), AstapovLawyers successfully represents the interests of the bank in its commercial dispute with a large Ukrainian grain trader.
On April 1-2, 2010 AstapovLawyers Senior Associate and the Coordinator of the Firm's activities in Kazakhstan Mr. Eugene Blinov attended International Grain Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan organized by KazAgroMarketing and APK-Inform in conjunction with the Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture and National operating holding ‘KazAgro JSC'.
On March 30, 2010 AstapovLawyers has established the Ukrainian Chapter of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), effective from April 1, 2010.
On March 25-26, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy, AstapovLawyers' Partner, spoke on the 3rd Annual Structured Trade & Export Finance in Russia and the CIS conference which was organized by Euromoney Seminars & Trade Finance Magazine in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Recently a multimillion dispute referred to GAFTA Arbitration in London involving one of the largest agricultural traders originating from the Russian Federation and a Monaco-based international trading company was settled amicably by AstapovLawyers after intense arbitration proceedings had been commenced.
On March 29, 2010 AstapovLawyers has announced expanding of its International Arbitration and Litigation Practice with joining of an Associate Mr. Gor Melikyan.
On March 31, 2010 AstapovLawyers has announced expanding of its International Arbitration and Litigation Practice with joining of an Associate Mr. Dmitriy Latyshenko.
On March 26, 2010 Mrs. Yuliya Chernykh, AstapovLawyers' Senior Associate, was granted Fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.