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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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Law Firm of the Year

May 2010. Press Releases by Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii (view listing).

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii scoops Chambers & Partners’ most prestigious European award of excellence - "Law Firm of the Year"

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Stamford Law advises BioTime in acquisition of issued share capital

May 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law advised BioTime, Inc. ("BioTime"), a California biotechnology corporation listed on the NYSE Amex, in its proposed acquisition of the outstanding shares and debt instruments of ES Cell International Pte Ltd ("ESI"), which will be satisfied by the allotment and issuance of shares and warrants in BioTime to the vendors.

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The Enlarged Board clarifies position on computer implemented inventions

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

On 12 May 2010, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) announced its decision in G3/08, thereby providing guidance on how the EPO should assess claims relating to computer implemented inventions (CIIs).

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Best Law Firm in Romania for Dispute Resolution legal work 2009

May 2010. Press Releases by Vilau & Mitel SCA (view listing).

In January 2010 Vilau & Mitel has received the distinction of “Best Law Firm in Romania for Dispute Resolution legal work 2009” at the Corporate INTL Legal Awards 2009, as a recognition of the excellent legal services provided by our team in the litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution field

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Hengeler Mueller advises MSREF on sale of Sony Center

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

Hengeler Mueller has advised MSREF VI funds managed by Morgan Stanley on the sale of a majority stake in Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin to National Pension Service of Korea.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Sybase takeover by SAP

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

On 12 May 2010, SAP AG, the world's leading provider of business software, and Sybase, Inc., an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software based in California/USA, announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America Inc., has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sybase.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of...

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

Hengeler Mueller advises Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) on the implementation of the DESERTEC Concept - Cooperation with Amereller Legal Consultants. Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is a unique industriy initiative which was launched in 2009 with a view to analyzing and establishing the economic, technical and regulatory framework for a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to areas of local demand as well as to the European interconnected grid, including the development and integration of local industries.

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Hengeler Mueller advises IRE Beteiligungs GmbH within the scope of "ALNO 2013"

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

Hengeler Mueller is advising IRE Beteiligungs GmbH, a Whirlpool Group company and shareholder of Alno AG, within the scope of the "ALNO 2013" project aimed at strenghtening Alno AG's group equity.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Continental Bakeries on acquisition of Grabower Group

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

Continental Bakeries B.V. - a portfolio company of the Dutch investment company NPM Captial and a European-wide producer of fine baker products - has acquired the Grabower Group from the current family owners.

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AstapovLawyers advises Rodovid Bank

AstapovLawyers' Banking & Finance department together with Dragon Capital's team of financial advisors keep working on loan restructuring on behalf of Rodovid Bank.

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Mr. Oleh Malskyy is recommended by Best Lawyers

On April 28, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy was recommended in the field of Antitrust law by Best Lawyers a well known US based independent list of attorneys.

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AstapovLawyers gains another major success in the complex matter heard at ICAC at the UCC

'I have to admit that this was the most complex arbitration matter ever heard by ourselves' - admitted the Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal at the final stage of the arbitration matter referred to International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The dispute referred to arbitration emerged due to restrictive export policy employed by Ukraine in 2006-2007 when the introduced export quota and licensing regime had disrupted the performance of many bargains on the grains market and in particular led to the mentioned dispute between one of the biggest European Swiss-based grain&oils traders and one of the leading grain export companies of Ukraine.

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Mr. Oleksiy Zorin has joined AstapovLawyers’ Kyiv office

AstapovLawyers International Law Group is pleased to announce that Mr. Oleksiy Zorin joins International Litigation Department as a new Associate.

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AstapovLawyers’ quality now delivered in Kazakhstan

On May 6, 2010 AstapovLawyers and SG Global Advice have signed a strategic partnership agreement with a perspective of further integration.

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DTB project finance team advised US investment fund WP Carey

May 2010. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

"DTB project finance team advised US investment fund WP Carey in the sale and lease-back transaction to leading Croatian company Agrokor. It was the biggest regional transaction in the area of logistic centres and a firm sign of recovery in the real estate industry.

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DTB three-man team closed a transaction for its long-standing client Globe Trade Center (GTC)

May 2010. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

"DTB three-man team closed a transaction for its long-standing client Globe Trade Center (GTC), one of leading real-estate developers in Europe. GTC has borrowed an amount of EUR 44 million from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Stamford Law advises OCBC and DBS in the financing of oil palm plantations in Indonesia

May 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law acted for lenders in a US$145 million syndicated term loan facility granted to Asianindo Holdings Pte Ltd ("Asianindo") , a subsidiary of Genting Plantation Bhd, which is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Berhad.

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AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES MHP S.A.

May 2010. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES MHP S.A. ON ITS EXCHANGE OFFER OF USD 250 MILLION 10.25% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2011 FOR NEW DOLLAR-DENOMINATED SENIOR NOTES DUE 2015

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Chiomenti is named Italian Law Firm of the year - Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010

May 2010. Press Releases by Chiomenti Studio Legale (view listing).

After receiving the award both in 2007 and in 2008, Chiomenti has again been selected as "Italian Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010.

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SarrauThomasCouderc advised 3i and NI Partners

May 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

In the context of the control of Vedici group.

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ROWAN LEGAL at Q-2010 International Scientific Conference

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

ROWAN LEGAL, law firm, took part in 12th Q-2010 International Scientific Conference taking place on 29-30 April 2010 in Holiday Inn of Žilina, Slovak Republic, on “Preparing, Constructing and Financing Road and Highway Network”. Organised by the University of Žilina, the event was held under the auspices of the Slovak Minister of Transport, Post, and Telecommunications, Ľubomír Vážny, the Slovak Minister of Education, Ján Mikolaj, and the rector of the University of Žilina.

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Draft Act prepared by “Penkov, Markov & Partne

May 2010. Press Releases by Penkov, Markov & Partners (view listing).

Based on an assignment by the American Chamber of Commerce, a team from “Penkov, Markov & Partners” - Attorneys at Law under the leadership of the Managing partner Vladimir Penkov prepared a draft act amending the Commercial Register Act.

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Ciaran O'Rorke Partner, Hayes solicitors appointed by President of the High Court to:

May 2010. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

 "Working group on payments for catastrophic injuries"

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Petroplus raises CHF 151 million

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

On May 5, 2010, Petroplus Holdings AG, Europe's leading independent refiner and wholesaler of petroleum products, successfully raised approx. CHF 151 mil-lion by issuing 8,650,000 new shares placed in an accelerated bookbuilding. The new shares had been underwritten by a syndicate of banks which was led by Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Book-runners and comprised BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, No-mura International, ING and UBS Investment Bank acting as Co-Bookrunners.

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Penningtons sponsors Surrey Sports Park's ‘Summer of Sport’

May 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

Penningtons Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that it is teaming up with Surrey Sports Park to sponsor its ‘Summer of Sport', an exciting programme of events running up to the end of September 2010.

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Lesley Lintott wins prestigious Citywealth Award

May 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

Lesley Lintott, who heads Penningtons' private client team, has been honoured in the 2010 Citywealth Awards, which took place at London's Landmark Hotel on 13 May and were attended by over 300 guests from the private wealth management industry.

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Penningtons appoints barrister as partner following landmark Legal Services Board decision

May 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

Penningtons Solicitors LLP is pleased to announce that Nicole Curtis, a barrister specialising in professional regulation, has been appointed a partner.

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Penningtons sponsors Winchester Fine Food and Wine Show

May 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

Penningtons Solicitors LLP is delighted to be sponsoring the Winchester Fine Food and Wine Show for the third year running.

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Stamford Law advises Sim Siang Choon in acquisition of oil and gas firm

May 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law advised Catalist-listed Sim Siang Choon Ltd ("Sim Siang Choon") in its S$11.9 million acquisition of a 47.9 per cent shareholding interest in India-listed Interlink Petroleum Limited ("Interlink") from two Interlink shareholders ("Vendors").

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Stamford Law advises Ezra Holdings in Three-Year Unsecured Guaranteed Financing

May 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law is advising Ezra Holdings Limited ("Ezra Holdings"), a Mainboard-listed marine services provider in a US$100 million three-year unsecured guaranteed financing, comprising an issue of fixed rate guaranteed notes and a guaranteed transferable term loan facility, which will be guaranteed unconditionally by Asian Drilling Services and Emas Offshore (M) Sdn Bhd ("Emas Offshore").

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Intellectual Asset Magazine ranks Christophe Ronse as Tier 1 Patent Litigator in Belgium

May 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

The recently published "IAM Life Sciences 250 – The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators 2010" has ranked Christophe Ronse, partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments and head of ALTIUS' Life Science team, as the leading pharma patent litigator in Belgium. The magazine describes Christophe Ronse as “detailed and thorough”, “a standout performer” and “a technical thinker who constructs smartly planned arguments”. The full ranking can be viewed on IAM’s website.

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Mackrell International

May 2010. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gunnar Hjertquist has been elected Chairman.

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‘Side pockets’ revive major fund

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

Restructuring work carried out by Carey Olsen’s corporate team in Jersey has revived the fortunes of Close Global Funds, Close Brothers' flagship offshore investment vehicle, lifting the suspension of trading of the main fund on the CISX.

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Hammarskiöld & Co represents GM Europe AG

May 2010. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co represents GM Europe AG in the sale of Saab Automobile AB to Spyker Cars announced on January 26, 2010.

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Gernandt & Danielsson wins International Client Choice Award 2010

May 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå has been named as the exclusive Swedish winner of The International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2010.

 

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Gernandt & Danielsson advises Providence Education International AB

May 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson advises Providence Education International AB in connection with a public cash offer.

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New high ranking in the field of public procurement for Hamilton

May 2010. Press Releases by Hamilton Advokatbyra (view listing).

Hamilton is recommended in the field of public procurement according to the latest ranking from Practical Law Company (PLC Which Lawyer 2010). Fredrik Linder is ranked in the highest category “Leading” in the individual ranking in the field of public procurement. Practical Law Company ranks on a yearly basis firms and individual lawyers in over 100 countries. The ranking is based upon inter alia contacts with clients and lawyers.

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Hamilton advised the Board in Rörvik Timber in preparing prospectus

May 2010. Press Releases by Hamilton Advokatbyra (view listing).

Partner Johan Nordenfalk, Hamilton in Stockholm, assisted the Board in Rörvik Timber AB, listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, in connection with the establishment of a prospectus in relation to the company's rights offering of 250 million SEK.

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The MetroAuto group signs credit facility agreements with Nordea

May 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

The MetroAuto group, Scandinavia's second biggest retailer of cars, with i.a. the Swedish subsidiaries Svenska Bil i Norden AB and MW Gruppen Stockholm AB, has recently signed agreements for credit facilities with Nordea Bank Finland Plc.

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Setterwalls has assisted Bomhus Energi

May 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Gävle Energi AB and Korsnäs AB have established a jointly owned company which will invest in a new bioenergy plant in Gävle

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Neocleous House in the press

May 2010. Press Releases by Andreas Neocleous & Co (view listing).

The April edition of the architecture and design magazine “Synthesis” showcased our new Limassol office as an example of effective innovation in building design.

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Success for Andreas Neocleous & Co in the Supreme Court of Cyprus

May 2010. Press Releases by Andreas Neocleous & Co (view listing).

Significant legal precedents in the making.

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Carey Olsen strengthens its team and welcomes four more lawyers

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

Carey Olsen has recruited four new lawyers as part of its drive to position itself as the Channel Islands law firm of choice across all practice areas.

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Wistrand among the top advisors

May 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Once again, Wistrand is ranked in all areas of business law in the Legal 500. The Legal 500 identifies and ranks the leading law firms in business law in over 90 legal systems worldwide.

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Wistrand assists Gerda Förvaltnings AB

May 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

PP Pension Insurance Association has acquired the real estate of St. Clement 8 of Lund from Gerda AB.

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Senior associate promotions at Mourant

May 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Mourant du Feu & Jeune lawyers Kate Story and Lionel Woodward have been promoted to senior associate with immediate effect.

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Mourant wins Best Offshore Legal Firm in Hedgeweek awards

May 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Mourant du Feu & Jeune has been voted the Best Offshore Legal Firm by readers of Hedgeweek, one of the hedge fund industry’s leading publications.

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Mourant lawyers pass Jersey exams

May 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Two lawyers from law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune have passed their Jersey advocacy exams. Thomas Morgan, who graduated from the University of Warwick and Nottingham Law School, joined Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s trusts practice in 2006 and now undertakes a wide variety of trusts work including private client trusts, charitable trusts, purpose trusts, and foundations. Thomas passed all six exams in the first sitting and, at just 26, is one of the youngest lawyers ever to have done so.

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Rights claims may follow 2010 Elections fiasco

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Voters who were turned away from polling stations last night may bring legal claims for denial of their constitutional and human rights. Claims may overturn election results in constituencies where the majority was very slim.

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Savage (Respondent) v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Appellant)

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

After hearing evidence over a week, the High Court found that South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had violated its positive obligation to protect the life of Carole Savage under Article 2 (the right to life) of the ECHR. £10,000 was awarded to Anna Savage for the breach.

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Legal Developments worldwide

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  • Anti-Money Laundering Update - Cyprus

    First uploaded on the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering website.
  • Austria: Extension of the threshold regulation until the year 2016

    The "threshold regulation" adjusting (raising) the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act ("BVergG") will be extended once again, namely for two more years. This plan was disclosed in the press briefing issued in conjunction with the retreat held by the members of Austria's federal government on September 27th and 28th this year. Thus, contracting authorities will continue to be able to benefit from substantial procedural simplifications when awarding contracts below the threshold in 2015 and 2016 as well. read more...
  • Serbia: Insolvency Act Amendments adopted

    As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act [Zakon o stečaju] are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014 ("New IA"). The New IA shall not be implemented retroactively, and those insolvency proceedings that were ongoing on the day the New IA entered into force will be continued under the previously valid rules. read more...
  • Hungary: New advertising tax feels like a bucket

    Hungary's new advertising tax, which has been introduced effective as of 15 August 2014, affects not only media companies, online and offline content providers and advertising agencies (media companies), but may also affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments (commercial companies). read more...
  • Voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide a clean bill of health...

    The ECJ has ruled that the so-called "voluntary  ex ante  transparency notice" under certain circumstances does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice. Moreover, the ECJ ruled that review authorities must declare a contract ineffective if the contracting authority could not legitimately hold that that the conditions for directly awarding the contract were in fact satisfied (ECJ 11.09.2014, Case C-19/13 Fastweb SpA ). read more...
  • Austria / EU: Latest EU Sanctions against Russia

    After introducing the "sectoral sanctions" against Russia on 1 August 2014 (see our  Legal Insight of 1 August 2014 ), the sanctions regime has been tightened further on September 12 as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014. read more...
  • Austria: Judgment sheds light on joint ventures under the country’s merger control*

    Austrian merger control continues to capture non-full-function joint ventures. Joint ventures covered by merger control are sheltered against parallel assessment under the Austrian rules against anticompetitive agreements (no dual control). read more...
  • Czech Republic: Mergers, or thick red lines?

    In its decision no. 29 Cdo 3068/2013 dated 19 June 2014, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic ("SCCR") once again ruled on the issue of the irreversibility of the legal effects of registration of transformation in the Czech Commercial Register. read more...
  • Hosting service providers at gunpoint of the financial "sharks"

    Can you fully control the Internet?
  • Financial Services & Regulatory Autumn Update 2014

    In this Update, we look at some valuable lessons learned for all financial services businesses from recent JFSC examinations and investigations, as well as amendments to the Companies (Jersey) Law.    Read more...