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Travelling sideways and unsecured

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

The reality of using London-style taxis for many wheelchair users is challenged as unsafe and discriminatory. John Halford of Bindmans LLP represents Mrs Lunt and the co-claimant, Allied Vehicles, which manufacture the E7. He said today: “Liverpool blithely expects Mrs Lunt and many others like her to take risks when travelling that no-one should be expected to run. That this case should need to be brought at all is remarkable. Worse still, to defend itself Liverpool is arguing for an interpretation of the DDA so narrow it would make the anti discrimination rights disabled people enjoy quite meaningless. We trust the Court will reject that and firmly indicate that wheelchair users can expect equality under the law like everyone else.”

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Two well respected journalists seek apology and damages from Commissioner of Police for the Metropol

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

Their lawyer, Ms Chez Cotton, Head of the Police Misconduct Department at leading London law firm Bindmans LLP said: "A free press is fundamental in a democratic society and the increasingly oppressive and intimidating way in which the police appear to be treating journalists reporting at protests is unacceptable and of great concern. My clients hope the Commissioner will swiftly give a full apology for this incident, and confirm that he and his officers understand and accept that they have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what journalists record and are fully committed to actively helping them carry out their reporting duties."

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Landmark Victory for Debbie Purdy in the House of Lords

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

Debbie Purdy has won a landmark victory in the House of Lords, making new law on Art 8, ECHR the right to respect for private and family life. The DPP must issue a prosecution policy.

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Mobimo to acquire LO Holding

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

Mobimo Holding AG today published the details of its exchange offer for all publicly held shares of LO Holding Lausanne-Ouchy S.A. Mobimo also disclosed that it acquired a stake of approximately 22% in LO Holding from JBF Finance SA.

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Swiss Prime Site to acquire Jelmoli Holding

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

Swiss Prime Site today published the details of its exchange offer for all publicly held shares of Jelmoli Holding AG. Swiss Prime Site also disclosed that the acquisition of a stake of approximately 30% in Jelmoli Holding AG from Pelham Investments AG has been closed.

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Ogier Expands Russian Practice with Key Appointment

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

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Marina Kozlova as a member of its global Russia and CIS Practice.

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Ogier to sponsor inaugural CISX International Business Summit

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

Ogier has agreed to be a premier sponsor of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange's International Business Summit on 11th September 2009. It will be the first event of its type to be held in the Channel Islands and the inaugural event will be held in Guernsey with a view of alternating the venue with Jersey in future

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Boult Wade Tennant appoints new trade mark partner

August 2009. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

Boult Wade Tennant is delighted to announce that with effect from 3 August 2009 Catherine Wolfe is joining the firm as a partner in the Trade Mark Group.

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BAKER & MCKENZIE ADVISE EQT ON €969 MILLION DEBT RESTRUCTURE

July 2009. Press Releases by Baker & McKenzie (view listing).

London, 9 July 2009 - Baker & McKenzie has advised leading private equity firm EQT on the restructuring of €969 million of debt of Sanitec. The restructuring closed on 8 July.

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BAKER & MCKENZIE ADVISE ARQIVA ON LANDMARK DIGITAL RADIO DEAL

July 2009. Press Releases by Baker & McKenzie (view listing).

London , 24 July 2009 - Baker & McKenzie London has advised Arqiva on its acquisition of Global Radio's 63% share in the national commercial DAB multiplex Digital One, as well as many of Global Radio's local multiplex licences.

 

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Rivero & Gustafson Abogados take a new step

July 2009. Press Releases by Rivero & Gustafson Abogados (view listing).

From June 1st, 2009, López Acosta, Rivero & Gustafson Abogados turns into RIVERO & GUSTAFSON ABOGADOS.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises on Major North Sea Acquisition for RWE Deal

July 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The energy team at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP have successfully advised RWE Dea on the purchase of a 70% stake in the Breagh gas field, a major Southern North Sea gas development, from six companies. On completion of the transaction, RWE Dea will take over the majority of the Breagh field, the largest gas discovery in the North Sea for 10 years.

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EU Competition Inquiry into Pharmaceutical Sector

July 2009. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

On 8 July 2009 the European Commission published its final report into possible anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceuticals sector. The investigation was prompted by a perceived decline in new drugs reaching the market and possible delays in the market entry of generic drugs.

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Two new advocates in the Carey Olsen fiduciary team

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

Two fiduciary lawyers have been called to the bar in Guernsey. The Deputy Bailiff has sworn in advocates Laila Arstall and Polly Lister, the pair from Carey Olsen having passed the Guernsey Bar exams.

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We represented Aldata Solution

July 2009. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

In its acquisition of the Apollo Retail Space and Assortment Planning business from Information Resources, Inc

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We represented Swets Information Services AB against eight governmental instutions

July 2009. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

Including one ministry and two universities in public procurement dispute concerning subscription services

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Tetra Pak in its acquisition of the Mixer Business of Scanima A/S

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

Hammarskiöld & Co represented Tetra Pak in its acquisition of the Mixer Business of Scanima A/S. The Mixer division is the global leading producer of industrial mixers for the food, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Chrysler in relation to the strategic alliance with Fiat

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

Hammarskiöld & Co represented Chrysler LLC regarding Swedish legal issues relating to the transfer of Chrysler to the new company group Chrysler Group LLC, owned by Fiat, the U.S. Government, the Canadian Government and a foundation connected to the American United Auto Workers union. Hammarskiöld & Co also assisted Chrysler in connection with the dissolvement of the former joint ownership between Daimler and Chrysler.

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ISS divests its landscaping business

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

ISS Facility Services AB has divested its landscaping business to Landscape Services Sweden AB, a company controlled by private equity house FSN Capital. The divested business has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 500 million and approximately 300 employees.

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Crispin Porter & Bogusky officially opens in Europe through the acquisition of Daddy

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

Gärde Wesslau law firm did assist the American agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky at the acquisition.

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Setterwalls assists Arise Windpower:

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

regarding frame contract with GE Energy for the delivery of 57 wind turbines.

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Bergendahl Home Deco acquires Duka Polska

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

Bergendahl Home Deco has acquired 100% of the shares in Duka Polska which presently has 24 stores in Polen and an additional 5-9 stores under development.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Software AG on public takeover offer for IDS Scheer

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On July 13, 2009, Software AG announced its intention to submit, by way of its 100% subsidiary SAG Beteiligungs GmbH, a voluntary public takeover offer for all outstanding shares in IDS Scheer AG.

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ESRI S-Group acquires Trancometer

July 2009. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

ESRI S-Group, the leading provider of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in the Nordic region, has, through S-Group Logistics, acquired Trancometer and its subsidiary Halda, from Verdane Capital.

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Wistrand advises on hotel deal

July 2009. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Choice Hotels, Scandinavia's leading hotel company with more than 165 hotels, has acquired Nordic Hotels.

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INTEGRITES took part at the international agro-industrial exhibition “AGRO-2009”

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

On June 11, 2009, the Head of INTEGRITES International Department Kateryna Kardash participated at the international agro-industrial exhibition “AGRO-2009” – one of the biggest and influential industrial events of the CIS and Eastern Europe.

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INTEGRITES participated in GRAIN FORUM 2009 Conference

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

20-22nd of May International Law Firm INTEGRITES participated in Annual International Conference Grain Forum and Grain Industry 2009 gathered more than 200 delegates representing 178 companies from 25 countries worldwide: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, USA and European Union.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Gerresheimer on sale of Technical Plastics unit

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Gerresheimer AG, a leading manufacturer of glass and plastic products for the pharma & life science industry, has sold its Technical Plastics unit, which had been part of Gerresheimer Wilden GmbH, to the FBH Group.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Goldman Sachs on Treofan restructuring

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is counsel to Goldman Sachs on the financial restructuring of polypropylene film manufacturer Treofan group in which Goldman Sachs has held a participation since 2005.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Vontobel on exchange offer for BB MEDTECH

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On Juy 7, 2009, Vontobel Beteiligungen AG, a 100% subsidiary of Vontobel Holding AG, made an advance announcement of its intention to submit a pulic exchange offer for all publicly held shares of BB MEDTECH AG, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Novem Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised Novem Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry with more than 3,700 employees worldwide, on its financial restructuring.

 

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Changes at the top

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

Bindmans' Chief Executive Nick Martin has left his position with the firm to take a career break. He departed at the end of June.

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Bindmans advises DRAX environmentalists

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

Bindmans advised the 29 environmentalists who, out of concern for coal's contribution to CO2 emissions and therefore climate change, obstructed a train carrying coal to DRAX power station and who were prosecuted in Leeds Crown Court last week.

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NKF advises Creinvest AG (target):

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

in an absorption merger between Julius Baer Invest Ltd and Creinvest Ltd. June 2009: NKF advises SIX Swiss Exchange listed Creinvest AG (target) in an absorption merger between Julius Baer Invest Ltd and Creinvest Ltd.

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NKF advises Jelmoli Holding Ltd. in CHF 1.5 billion share exchange offer by SPS

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

June 2009: NKF advises SIX Swiss Exchange listed Jelmoli Holding Ltd. (target) in the >CHF 1.5 billion share exchange tender offer by Swiss Prime Site AG.

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NKF issuer's counsel in CHF 420 m rights offering of Givaudan SA

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

June 2009: NKF issuer's counsel in the CHF 420 million rights offering of SIX Swiss Exchange listed, Geneva headquartered Givaudan SA, the world's leading creator and manufacturer of flavour and fragrance compounds, in its.

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NKF underwriter counsel in CHF 30 million rights offering of Looser Holding

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

June / July, 2009: NKF underwriter counsel (Bank Sal. Oppenheim and Bank am Bellevue) in the CHF 30 million rights offering of SIX Swiss Exchange listed Looser Holding.

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NKF advises SIX listed BB Medtech AG in friendly public exchange offer

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

(Conversion into an equity fund) - July 2009: NKF acts for SIX listed BB Medtech in the public exchange offer of Vontobel Beteiligungen AG for BB Medtech AG, currently operating under the legal form of an investment company to change the company’s legal structure to an equity fund.

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New partner and new off counsel

July 2009. Press Releases by Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry (view listing).

We are pleased to introduce our new partner Christina Rinne and our new off counsel Erik Van den Haute.

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Clariant places a CHF 300 million Convertible Bonds issue

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

On 2 July 2009, Clariant AG successfully placed a CHF 300 million convertible bonds issue. The placement was led by BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank and UBS Investment Bank as Joint Bookrunners and Lead Managers.

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Tyco Electronics moves to Switzerland

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

On 1 July 2009 it was officially announced in Switzerland that Tyco Electronics Ltd. has moved its place of incorporation from Bermuda to the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland and resolved a distribution to its shareholders in the form of a capital reduction. Tyco Electronics Ltd. is now a Swiss company that continues to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Givaudan successfully completes rights offering

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

On 24 June 2009, Givaudan SA successfully completed a CHF 420 million rights offering. The shares had been underwritten by a syndicate of banks, including Nomura International plc and UBS Investment Bank as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners.

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Two More Advocates for Ogier Guernsey

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

Andrew Munro and Kerrie Le Tissier were called to the Guernsey Bar on Monday 6th July, 2009. They have both successfully completed the Guernsey Bar exams and the Certificat d’Études Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from Caen University, which required three months study at the French University.

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Ogier advises Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C. on first UK Real Estate Acquisition

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

Ogier has advised Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C in connection with its first transaction in the UK real estate sector. Using Shari'ah compliant financing the deal is a joint venture with private equity and investment banking firm Evans Randall. Ogier provided the bank with Jersey legal advice on all aspects of the transaction and worked with Herbert Smith teams in London and Dubai to ensure the transaction met the Shari'ah requirements of the client.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Monier Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the Monier Group, the world's leading provider of building material for pitched roofs and chimney with 11,000 employees, on its financial restructuring.

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Molitor Fisch & Associés becomes MOLITOR

July 2009. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour (view listing).

Molitor Fisch & Associés continues its practice under a new brand name : MOLITOR.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on restructuring of Neumayer Tekfor Group

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller advised the Neumayer Tekfor Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry with more than 3,000 employees worldwide, on its financial restructuring.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Brau Holding International/Schörghuber on Karlsberg sale

July 2009. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Munich-based Brau Holding International, a joint venture between the Bavarian family business group Schörghuber (50.1%) and the Dutch brewery Heineken (49.9%), has sold its 45% stake in the Saarland-based Karlsberg Brewery to the Karlsberg Holding belonging to the Weber family.

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Agrofert Successful in Law Suit against PKN Orlen

July 2009. Press Releases by Pokorný, Wagner & Partner (view listing).

PRAGUE (30 June 2009) – The Arbitration court in Prague has decided in favour of company Agrofert Holding (“Agrofert”) in its claim against Polish company Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen (“PKN Orlen”). The Polish company has to pay, on the basis of decision of the arbiters, a contractual penalty which exceeds EUR 77.2 million (over 2 billion CZK) with accessories.

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DWS reprises advisory role for MENA Infrastructure fund's investment in Oman's power sector

July 2009. Press Releases by SNR Denton (view listing).

Denton Wilde Sapte continues to act as legal advisor for MENA Infrastructure Fund, picking up an instruction to advise on its second investment, in which it has taken 32.8% of the shareholding in Oman's United Power Company SAOG (UPC).

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