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Gernandt & Danielsson has advised Nordstjernan in its acquisition of Rosti

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

Nordstjernan AB has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Stella Plastic Holding AB, entered into an agreement with Rosti A/S regarding the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Rosti Technical Plastics Holding A/S (”RTP”), which produces injection-molded plastic products for a number of industries. During the last twelve months RTP had sales of 112 MEUR.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Viessmann on acquisition of Schmack Biogas

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

On 15 December 2009, the Viessmann Group submitted a binding offer for the purchase of major assets from Schmack Biogas Group's operational business to the interim insolvency administrator of the Schmack Biogas Group companies.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Swiss Life on MLP sale

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

The Swiss insurance company Swiss Life has sold an approx. 6% stake in MLP to Barmenia, a German insurance company, thus reducing its shareholding in the German financial services provider MLP from 15.9% to just under 10%.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on acquisition of Springer Science + Business Media

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

The private equity fudn EQT and the financial investor GIC Special Investments (GIC SI), the private equity arm of the Singapore state fund GIC, have agreed to acquire the scientific publisher Springer Science + Business Media from the current owners Candover and Cinven. According to press reports, this is the largest private equity deal in Europe in 2009.

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NKF advises France Telecom in the Orange / Sunrise Transaction

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

November 2009: On November 25, 2009 France Telecom and TDC have announced that they have reached an agreement to combine their respective Swiss subsidiaries, Orange Communication S.A. and Sunrise Communications S.A. to create the leading nationwide alternative provider of telecommunications services in Switzerland. At closing, France Telecom will pay a net amount of €1.5 billion to TDC and, as a result of a series of steps, become a 75% shareholder in the combined entity, and TDC will hold the remaining 25%. Prior to signing the final transaction documentation, which is expected to take place in the second half of February 2010, both TDC and France Telecom will undertake a confirmatory due diligence. The completion of the transaction will furthermore be conditional upon the approval by the relevant competition and regulatory authorities.

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Bär & Karrer: winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine practice award

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

Bär & Karrer's Litigation and Arbitration Department has been chosen as the winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine practice award .

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Adecco Group closes issuance of CHF 900 million mandatory convertible bonds

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

The CHF 900 million 6.5 per cent mandatory convertible bonds due 2012 (the "Bonds") were issued by Adecco Investment (Bermuda) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adecco SA, and will represent senior secured limited recourse obligations of the Issuer. At maturity, the Bonds will be mandatorily convertible into fully paid ordinary shares of Adecco SA. Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank acted as Joint Lead Managers in the issue and placement of the Bonds.

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Structuring of a single investor fund in Luxembourg with assets of over CHF 1 billion

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

Bär and Karrer has assisted the holding company of a Swiss family office to establish a single investor fund in Luxembourg to manage more than CHF 1 billion of its financial assets. The investment management has been delegated to a Swiss private bank which has in turn entrusted seven different banks with the management of portions of the assets according to the fund's investment guidelines.

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Ogier named as “European Legal Services Provider, 2009" by ICFA

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

Ogier has earned yet another accolade for its legal services. This time International Custody & Fund Administration Magazine has recognised Ogier as the leading European legal services provider in 2009.

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British Legal Awards - Ogier named as Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009

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

For the second year in succession Ogier has been named “Offshore Law Firm of the Year” at the British Legal Awards. This award is one of the most coveted amongst offshore law firms and is recognition of the prominence the firm plays in the offshore world. The event, hosted by Legal Week, is a highlight in the legal calendar and was attended by over 800 industry professionals. British Legal Awards - Ogier named as Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009

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Ogier advises LXB Retail Properties Plc in relation to £110m AIM IPO

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

A cross departmental Ogier team has acted for LXB Retail Properties Plc in relation to the admission to trading on AIM and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) of its entire issued share capital. LXB Retail Properties Plc is a newly formed, Jersey-incorporated, closed-ended real estate investment company.

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Ogier acts on US$2 Billion Rio Tinto sale

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

Ogier is acting as Jersey counsel to Rio Tinto Alcan on the sale of its European Food, Global Pharmaceutical and Global Tobacco segments of its Packaging Division to the Australian based Amcor Limited in a deal value of at slightly more than US$2 billion. Amcor is a leading global packaging manufacturer offering a broad range of plastic, fibre, metal and glass packaging products, along with packaging-related services.

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Poland prevails in investment dispute with Nordzucker AG

December 2009. Press Releases by Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka (view listing).

On 23 November 2009 an arbitral tribunal issued the final award in a case brought against Poland by Nordzucker AG. Nordzucker requested compensation for Poland withdrawing from the sale of several Polish sugar plants during the privatisation of the Polish sugar sector in 2000-2001. Although Nordzucker had acquired sugar plants giving it an 8% share in the Polish sugar market, the investor stated that it had had legitimate expectations of acquiring further sugar plants comprising the so-called Gdansk Group and the Szczecin Group, which would have given it a total of 20% of the Polish sugar market.

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Pamboridis LLC acted on behalf of Lemissoler Shipping Group Public Company Limited

December 2009. Press Releases by Pamboridis LLC (view listing).

With reference to the sale of IMCL Holdings Limited to Unifeeder A/S, which is a 100% subsidiary of Montagu Private Equity Fund.

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Pamboridis LLC announces the opening of its new office in Limassol, Cyprus.

December 2009. Press Releases by Pamboridis LLC (view listing).

The Limassol office offers a comprehensive legal service to clients involved in international shipping transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and public listings. The office specializes in corporate law as well as in commercial law contracts.

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Veit Öhlberger strengthens the team of lawyers at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS

December 2009. Press Releases by Dorda Brugger Jordis (view listing).

Veit Öhlberger is an expert in arbitration, contract and corporate law as well as in M&A. He first gained work experience at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS while studying law and went on to join the firm as an associate after graduating. In 2008, he worked in Beijing at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) administrating cross-border arbitrations. After that, he gained more valuable knowledge of Chinese business law at the Beijing office of the internationally renowned business law firm Beiten Burkhardt. In April 2009, he returned to DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS.

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DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS advises BWT on the acquisition of Christ Water Technology's pharma business

December 2009. Press Releases by Dorda Brugger Jordis (view listing).

Andreas W. Mayr and Jürgen Kittel, partners and M&A experts at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS, advised Vienna Stock Exchange listed Best Water Technology Group (BWT) on the acquisition of the pharmaceutical water activities of listed company Christ Water Technology AG (CWT) as well as on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Zeta Group. Due to corporate governance reasons, the transaction has been voluntarily approved in both BWT's and CWT's annual shareholders' meetings.

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DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS advises underwriters on EUR 1.74 billion capital increase of ERSTE Group

December 2009. Press Releases by Dorda Brugger Jordis (view listing).

Andreas W. Mayr and Christoph Brogyányi, partners and capital market experts at DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS, acted as Austrian underwriters' counsel for the joint bookrunners in Erste Group's EUR 1.74 billion capital increase. Mayr and Brogyányi advised Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan, who acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners alongside Erste Group in this capital increase. DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS was also counsel to the co-lead managers Citi, Credit Suisse and UBS. This was one of the largest capital market transactions in Austria in 2009.

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Bircham Dyson Bell recruits DLA partner to strengthen ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to major projects

December 2009. Press Releases by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP (view listing).

Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) today announced Nick Maltby as partner, and Head of Major Projects (Commercial). Maltby joins from DLA Piper, where he was a partner in the Finance & Projects Group. He will work within BDB’s market-leading Major Projects Group and will focus on the commercial aspects of major projects – procurement, contracting and funding, including PPPs & PFIs.

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Bircham Dyson Bell acts on £54.5 million Recommended Cash Offer for Celsis

December 2009. Press Releases by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP (view listing).

Bircham Dyson Bell has acted for North Atlantic Value LLP (NAV) and Nastor Investments Limited on the £54.5 million recommended cash offer by Nastor Investments Limited for the entire issued share capital of Celsis International Plc, a company listed on the Official List of the UKLA. Celsis is a leading supplier of innovative life science products and laboratory services to the global pharmaceutical and consumer products industries, with a well regarded brand and strong sector expertise.

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Bircham Dyson Bell scoops supplier of the year award

December 2009. Press Releases by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP (view listing).

Bircham Dyson Bell recorded another first for the legal sector when it won the Supplier of the Year Award at the Light Rail Awards 2009. Leaders in the major projects sector, Bircham Dyson Bell won the award for their lead role in advising Nottingham City Council on their £400m plans to extend their Nottingham Express Transit tram system and on the development and implementation of their innovative funding proposal for the extensions – the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).

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Bircham Dyson Bell recognised for ‘Excellence in Service Delivery’ at Rail Freight Group Awards

December 2009. Press Releases by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP (view listing).

The major projects team at Bircham Dyson Bell was delighted to receive the runner up Award for Excellence in Service Delivery for its work on the London Gateway project at the recent RFG Awards 2009 in Oxford on 15 September 2009.

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Free Business Defence Legal Clinics

December 2009. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands fraud and regulatory defence firm Cartwright King is launching a series of free legal clinics for local business people.

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Cartwright King Tops East Midlands Legal 500

December 2009. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Business defence and crime specialist Cartwright King, which has offices in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and Birmingham, has been named as the number one firm in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire for crime and fraud in the newly published 2009 edition of Legal 500.

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Changing Times For Cartwright King

December 2009. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Five members of staff at leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King are celebrating after completing their training at the firm and qualifying as solicitors.

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VdA is the only Iberian Firm to be included in the world ranking for Project Finance

December 2009. Press Releases by Vieira de Almeida & Associados (view listing).

Vieira de Almeida & Associados once again features prominently in the rankings organised by the “Dealogic Project Finance Review”, a magazine specialising in Project Finance operations.

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VdA signs protocol of collaboration with Criamar, the Social Welfare Association set up by the Pesta

December 2009. Press Releases by Vieira de Almeida & Associados (view listing).

As part of its Pro Bono and Social Responsibility Programme, VdA has signed a Protocol of Collaboration with CRIAMAR – A Social Welfare Association for the Development and Support of Children and Young People. Dr. João Carlos Abreu, President of the Association, has expressed his satisfaction and appreciation to VdA for this initiative.

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Recommendations IFLR1000

December 2009. Press Releases by Vieira de Almeida & Associados (view listing).

In the 2010 edition of the IFLR 1000 guide, VdA appears as Leading Firm in the areas of Banking and Project Finance. The firm is also distinguished by its work in the areas of Capital Markets and M&A areas.

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Tiago Marreiros Moreira Chair of the Tax Commission of the International Union of Lawyers

December 2009. Press Releases by Vieira de Almeida & Associados (view listing).

Tiago Marreiros Moreira, partner in VdA’s Tax practice area, has been appointed Chair of the Tax Commission at the International Union of Lawyers, an organisation whose membership includes over 200 Bar Associations and several thousand lawyers from over 110 countries around the world.

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Cartwright King expands into new territory

December 2009. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands business and criminal defence firm Cartwright King has now also opened an office in Birmingham . 

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Cartwright King mental health team expands

December 2009. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King is expanding its mental health team in Nottingham to meet the growing demand for its specialist services.

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Cartwright King grows team

December 2009. 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, are expanding their team in Leicester. 

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Lisa Pepper joins the partnership

December 2009. Press Releases by Osbornes (view listing).

The partners at Osbornes are delighted to announce that from 1 January 2010 Lisa Pepper will join the partnership. Lisa specialises in all aspects of private ancillary relief and children work, as well as undertaking some cases on a public funding basis. Lisa is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer. She was previously at Hughes Fowler Carruthers and Mishcon de Reya before joining Osbornes in 2006.

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AFR Advocates - Press release November 2009

December 2009. Press Releases by AFR Advocates (view listing).

Two new lawyers, Kevin Brady and Amy Richardson, have joined AFR Advocates.

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Creation of the first mutual reinsurance company in Luxembourg

December 2009. Press Releases by Wildgen (view listing).

NIRA, the Nuclear Industry Reinsurance Association, is behind the first mutual reinsurance company in Luxembourg. NIRA was advised by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Wildgen law firm with regard to its establishment in Luxembourg.

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Success for Vilau & Mitel at Corporate INTL Legal Awards 2009

November 2009. Press Releases by Vilau & Mitel SCA (view listing).

With an international approach that has brought in a long list of major clients, Vilau & Mitel was awarded “Best Law Firm in Romania for IP legal work 2009” at “2009 International Legal Awards for Practice Excellence” held by Corporate INTL Magazine.

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Ciaran O'Rorke to speak at CLT Medical Negligence Conference – 4 December 2009

November 2009. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

Ciaran O'Rorke, Head of Healthcare will speak at the Central Law Training Ireland Medical Negligence conference along with Dr Simon Mills, Desmond Ryan BL and Michael Boylan of Augustus Cullen Law.

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Mr. Eugene Blinov is promoted to coordinator of the Firm’s operations in Kazakhstan

November 2009. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

AstapovLawyers International Law Group promotes Senior Associate Mr. Eugene Blinov to coordinator of the Firm’s operations in Kazakhstan. This step comes as recognition of the input of Mr. Blinov in development of our practice in Central Asia. 

 

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AstapovLawyers successfully completes mediation for a major Ukrainian equipment buyer

November 2009. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

AstapovLawyers successfully completes mediation of a major dispute related to delivery of equipment by Scandinavian Seller to the Buyer in Odessa, Ukraine. The piece of equipment delivered was aimed for usage as part of larger production facility in food processing industry. 

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AstapovLawyers advises on the major banking transaction in Ukraine

November 2009. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

AstapovLawyers International Law Group advises RODOVID BANK on a highly publicised transaction of transferring the deposits and selected assets of UKRPROMBANK to RODOVID. 

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AstapovLawyers continues opening doors for professionals and hires five new attorneys

November 2009. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

AstapovLawyers International Law Group continues opening doors forprofessionals and hires five new attorneys due to continued expansion of itsCorporate and M&A and Dispute Resolution practices. 

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November brought another set of important victories on arbitration front

November 2009. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

AstapovLawyers International Law Group congratulates its arbitrationteam with another string of victorious Awards in favour of its Clients. Thistime, good news are mainly coming from the commodity side and shipping.Industrywise recorded successes relate to traditional areas of our interestsuch as grains, metals and oil. 

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Bravida har kjøpt Siemens Installasjon

November 2009. Press Releases by Advokatfirmaet Grette DA (view listing).

Grette har bistått Bravida under forhandlingene

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Grette is recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500

November 2009. Press Releases by Advokatfirmaet Grette DA (view listing).

Grette is ranked in many areas in the 2009 edition of the legal guide Legal500.

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Christope Ronse speaks at European Judges' Forum and EPLAW Congress

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

Partner in the Intellectual Property, Life Science and Litigation departments of ALTIUS, Christophe Ronse spoke at the fifth European Judges’ Forum 2009 that was held in Venice on 30-31 October 2009. This event was organised by the European Patent Academy in co-operation with the Intellectual Property Judges Association (IPJA) and the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). Mr Ronse will also speak at EPLAW's upcoming congress in Brussels on 20 November 2009.

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First edition of Anti-Counterfeit workshop

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

ALTIUS is participating to the first edition of an anti-counterfeiting workshop that is organised for all public services in Begium that deal with counterfeiting, such as customs, national and local police, and economic inspection.

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New association for ICT profesionals founded

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

BETECH is the new reference ICT network in Belgium where technology professionals can meet, exchange views and share experiences regarding new ICT trends.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet on sale of STRATO

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

freenet AG today announced the signing of an agreement to sell all shares in STRATO AG and STRATO Rechenzentrum AG to Deutsche Telekom AG.

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ISOLAS Lift the RAF

November 2009. Press Releases by ISOLAS (view listing).

ISOLAS via The “Peter J Isola Charitable Foundation” has sponsored a philatelic cover to provide funds for RAF Gibraltar’s Benevolent Fund. The cover post-marked 19th September 2009 is to commemorate the RAF Station Gibraltar and the visit of the “Red Arrows” aerobatic flight team.

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ISOLAS Charity Cycle October 2009

November 2009. Press Releases by ISOLAS (view listing).

550 kms in five days for local charities

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