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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.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

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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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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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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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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SCWP boosts its team

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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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 Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (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 Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (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 Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

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

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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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Harrak v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/13408/2009

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

The High Court has held that a man held in immigration detention for 40 months was unlawful detained.

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Rashid Hajili Wins the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award

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

2010 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award Recipients Announced

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Advokatfirman Delphi lead counsel to Sahlgrenska Science Park in co-investment with SEED Capital

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

Sahlgrenska Science Park has completed a VC-investment in Observe Medical together with its initial founders as well as Danish investors SEED Capital. Advokatfirman Delphi has been lead counsel through Olof Myhrman, responsible partner and Kristina Nilsson, associate.

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Avellum Partners advises on the sale of Vik Oil Group to Russian-British TNK-BP

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

Kyiv, 29 January 2010 –Avellum Partners acted as a legal advisor to the shareholders of Vik Oil Group on the sale of the Group’s shares in favor of Russian-British company “TNK-BP”. The parties entered into respective agreement at the end of December 2009, while the closing of the transaction is planned for the 1st quarter of 2010.

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Avellum Partners advises a real estate investor on the acquisition of the 50%+1 share in Sky Mall

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

Kyiv, 7 April 2010 –Avellum Partners acted as legal advisors to the real estate development investor in connection with the acquisition of the 50% + 1 share in Sky Mall, one of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv.

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Wistrand förstärker fastighetsgruppen i Göteborg

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

Wistrand har rekryterat advokat Lars Gahnström till Göteborgskontorets fastighetsgrupp. Lars kommer närmast från Mannheimer Swartling där han arbetat med fastighetsjuridik innefattande transaktioner, projekt, hyresfrågor och fastighetsbildning i fem år.

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Three new lawyers to strengthen Setterwalls' environment group

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

Setterwalls is strengthening its position in environmental law in its recruitment of Anders Linnerborg, one of Sweden's leading lawyers in the field and two associates. These new hires reflect the increased importance of the environmental dimension in an ever-growing number of areas in the business world.

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Ramirent strengthens its position in Sweden

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

Setterwalls has acted as legal advisor to Ramirent AB, the Swedish wholly-owned subsidiary of Ramirent Plc, in the acquisition of the rental equipment company Hyrmaskiner i Gävle AB, including its subsidiaries Hyrmaskiner i Mora AB and Hyrmaskiner i Falun AB, operating in Gävleborg and Dalarna under the brand Tidermans Hyrmaskiner. The company's sales amounted to about 7 EUR million annually. The acquisition strengthens Ramirent's presence in the middle of Sweden.

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Setterwalls advise on listing of Arise

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

Setterwalls has advised Arise Windpower AB (publ) in connection with the listing on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. Arise is the first Swedish listing on the main OMX list since the start of the financial crisis. In connection with the listing an oversubscribed issue of approximately MSEK 550 is made, exclusive of the over-allotment option. The market value at the listing a total market value SEK 1.75 billion. Several well-reputed institutional investors are among the owners, e.g. Nordea and Third Swedish National Pension Fund.

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Hamilton biträdde styrelsen i Rörvik Timber vid upprättande av prospekt

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

Advokat Johan Nordenfalk biträdde styrelsen i Rörvik Timber AB, noterat på Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, i samband med upprättande av prospekt med anledning av bolagets företrädesemission om 250 Mkr.

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Represents Carnegie and Jefferies in connection with Medivir’s rights offering

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

The pharmaceutical company Medivir AB (publ) on 29 March 2010 announced a rights offering of approximately MSEK 300.

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New lawyer at Gärde Wesslau

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

Sandra Kristensen is a new lawyer at Gärde Wesslau, Borås.

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Landic Property VI AB

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

Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Landic Property VI AB in its appr. SEK 2.3 billion divestment of a Swedish real estate portfolio to Hemfosa

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  • Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Cyprus – recent developments

    The global financial crisis of 2008 has generated a substantive amount of financial disputes between multinational and international entities. A much favoured method of resolving such disputes is through Arbitration proceedings. The merits of Arbitration are not going to be explored in this article. Suffice it to mention that cost, speed and privacy are the main reasons why parties opt for arbitration as a preferable mode of dispute resolution.
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    This article provides general overview about transaction types and their approval procedure. As a result, the Company has to determine the transaction types and applicable statutory requirements in regard to its conclusion.
  • Court Holds Royalties for Foreign-Registered Patents are Not Subject to Withholding Tax in Korea

    Court adhered to the existing position on the determination of royalty payment
  • New tax measures announced

    The Luxembourg Government presented on 29 February 2016 a new set of tax measures to be implemented by 2017, known as the 2017 tax reform package. The new measures concern both corporate and individual taxation, with a particular focus on social justice and international competitiveness. The amendments may be summarised as follows:
  • UCITS V level 2 measures published in the Official Journal of the EU

    On 24 March 2016, the European Commission Delegated Regulation EU 2016/438 supplementing the UCITS V Directive with regard to obligations of depositaries was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Delegated Regulation will apply from 13 October 2016.
  • ESMA publishes discussion paper on UCITS share classes

    ​On 6 April 2016 ESMA published a second discussion paper on UCITS share classes. The discussion paper builds on the feedback received in relation to ESMA’s first discussion paper on this issue which was published in December 2014. In analysing the responses to the first discussion paper, ESMA has identified diverging national practices as to the types of share class that are permitted, ranging from very simple to much more sophisticated share classes. ESMA is now seeking stakeholders’ views on common principles which could form the basis for a regulatory framework that all UCITS share classes should comply with. These common principles are as follows:
  • Level 2 measures for UCITS V: an overview

    ​On 24 March 2016, the European Commission Delegated Regulation EU 2016/438 (the “Delegated Regulation”) supplementing the UCITS V Directive with regard to obligations of depositaries was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The long-awaited so-called level 2 measures for Directive 2014/91/EU of 23 July 2014 as regards depositary functions, remuneration policies and sanctions (“Directive UCITS V”) provide for the following:
  • Rejection of a candidate because of his age - Tribunal finds direct discrimination

    In a recent judgment of the Labour Tribunal of Ghent, division Roeselare of 2 May 2016, the court found that rejecting a candidate because of his age constitutes direct discrimination.
  • Adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

    ​After more than 4 years of negotiation and roughly 4,000 amendments, the General Data Protection Regulation has finally been adopted yesterday by the European Parliament.
  • Luxembourg implements UCITS V

    ​Today, the Luxembourg Parliament (Chambre des Députés) adopted bill of law no. 6845 implementing Directive 2014/91/EU of 23 July 2014 on UCITS as regards depositary functions, remuneration policies and sanctions (“UCITS V Directive”) by way of amending the Luxembourg law of 17 December 2010 on undertakings for collective investment (the “UCI Law”).