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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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VdA announces new partners Ana Luís de Sousa and Catarina Pinto Correia

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

As of January 2018, Ana Luís de Sousa and Catarina Pinto Correia join VdA partnership.

Lawyers in, respectively, Projects - Infrastructures, Energy & Natural Resources and Public Law, these appointments stand for from the ongoing strategic commitment to reinforce the firm’s capabilities in core areas and develop new skills in key sectors of the economy, providing increased added value to our clients.

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VdA Legal Partners: exclusive partnership in Chad

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

On December 15, Vieira de Almeida entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Cabinet BASSOUNDA & Partners - BP Partners, a Chadian law firm lead by Sylvanus Bassounda and Beti Kolossoum Nodjitan. BP Partners is one of the most prestigious law firms in Chad, with a widely acknowledged expertise in OHADA Law, Tax, Employment, Finance and Litigation.

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VdA has been appointed to preside over the Steering Committee of GRACE

February 2018. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

VdA has been elected President of the Steering Committee of GRACE for the period 2018/2020. Partner Margarida Couto, shall take office on behalf of the firm.

GRACE (www.grace.pt) is a pioneering non-profit public interest organisation gathering over 160 companies of all sizes and across industries, engaged in deepening their social role, as well as promoting and developing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Portugal.

The appointment of VdA to lead GRACE for the next 3 years is a strong motive for institutional pride, as it recognises the role played by the firm in Portugal, in matters regarding CSR.

Note :

VdA carries out an extensive corporate social responsibility programme, organised around several axes, notably corporate volunteer work, empowerment of non-profit organisations and the provision of pro bono legal services. Throughout 2017, VdA provided over 7.000 hours of free legal services to over 100 non-profit organisations. Over the years, the number of hours allocated to the CSR Programme has steadily increased.

At the end of 2016, VdA launched the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation, having as key mission to educate for citizenship and assert the key role education and knowledge play in the promotion of human rights and the Rule of Law. The Foundation is also engaged in strengthening VdA’s CSR Programme, while an organised expression of the exercise of citizenship, reinforcing VdA’s lawyers’ and staff sense of belonging to the community at large.

www.vda.pt

Angola | Cabo Verde | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Equatorial Guinea | Gabon | Guinea-Bissau | Mozambique | Portugal | Sao Tome and Principe | Timor-Leste

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BGH: A square shape can also be protected as a trademark

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Three-dimensional symbols that represent the shape of a product can be protected as a trademark. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in two rulings from October 18, 2017 (Az.: I ZB 3/17 and I ZB 4/17).

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Stuarts Promotes New Partners Richard Annette and Aaron Walker

February 2018. Press Releases by Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries (view listing).

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries, a leading Cayman Islands law firm, is pleased to announce that Richard Annette and Aaron Walker have been promoted as the firm’s newest partners, effective January 2018. 

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CYPRUS AN EMERGING EU FUND JURISDICTION

February 2018. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Cyprus consistent efforts to modernize its regulatory environment for investment funds, has created a legal framework bearing hallmarks of the regimes in Luxembourg and Ireland, and has strengthened Cyprus’ profile as an emerging European funds and asset management domicile.

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Home Office Immigration White Paper Release Delayed

February 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

An immigration white paper outlining Britain’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will not be released until after the transition deal is completed.

The government’s announcement regarding the paper, which was supposed to be released last summer, has been criticised by the business community.

This move also means that a Brexit immigration bill, promised in the Queen’s speech, will not reach the statute book before the registration of the three million EU nationals already living and working in Britain gets underway this autumn.

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AVELLUM Promotes New Partner and Counsels

February 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM Promotes New Partner and Counsels

AVELLUM is pleased to announce senior promotions.

Yuriy Nechayev was promoted to a partner at Corporate/M&A practice. In his new role, Yuriy will continue focusing on M&A, corporate law, and private equity.

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Goltsblat BLP advises Alfa-Bank on the acquisition of a stake in fin-tech company Pay-Me

February 2018. Press Releases by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Alfa-Bank on its acquisition of shares in a mobile acquiring operator working under the Pay-Me brand. The deal contemplated the early-stage investor shareholding transferred in its entirety to the bank.

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Prometheus Award for Mr Stavros Pavlou

February 2018. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

On Monday 11th December 2017, our Senior and Managing Partner, Mr Stavros Pavlou was awarded the Prometheus prize in Moscow for his invaluable contribution towards the protection of Russian business interests in Cyprus and abroad. 

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No registration of “Bester Papa” as EU trade mark due to lack of distinctiveness

February 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In order for a trade mark to be capable of being registered as a European Union trade mark it needs to be highly distinctive. The slogan “Bester Papa” (“Best dad(dy)/papa”) lacks this distinctive character.

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[KIM & CHANG] “Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year” - Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On November 28, 2017, Kim & Chang was recognized as the "Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year" in the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Korea's Top Law Firm in the Asia-Pacific - The American Lawyer's Asia 50 (2017)

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

According to the latest "Asia 50," an annual special feature published by The American Lawyer, Kim & Chang ranked 11th among the top 50 Asia-Pacific law firms.

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[KIM & CHANG] Still Among Largest Asian Law Firms and Biggest in Korea - ALB Asia's Top 50 (2017)

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

According to “Asia’s Top 50,” a feature story in the November issue of Asian Legal Business (ALB), Kim & Chang is the 12th largest Asian law firm, with the top 11 being China-based firms.  Our firm continues to lead this chart among Korean firms, and once again, this is the highest ranking for a Korean firm.  

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[KIM & CHANG] "Korea Law Firm of the Year" for the 5th Consecutive Year - ALB Korea Law Awards 2017

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

Kim & Chang was once again named "Korea Law Firm of the Year" at the ALB Korean Law Awards 2017, a recognition we have won five consecutive times since these awards began in 2012.  Our firm was also once again honored with the highest number of recognitions at this year's ceremony held on November 16 at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Top Rankings Across All 19 Practice Areas Surveyed - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

February 2018. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

In the 2018 edition of the prestigious legal guide, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Kim & Chang was the only law firm in Korea to receive top rankings (“Band 1”) across all 19 practice areas surveyed.

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Joeann Walker of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Selected As A Top Young Professional For 2018 By ENR

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

New York, NY (Dec 15, 2017) - Leading construction law firm Zetlin and De Chiara LLP announced today that Joeann Walker, an Associate at the firm, was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) top young professionals in the New York region for 2018.

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Zetlin & De Chiara Expands with Three New Hires

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

NEW YORK (January 29, 2018) – Zetlin & De Chiara LLP today announced that Elissa Rossi has joined the firm as an Associate Principal and Chengdong (C.D.) Xing and Anthony Riverso have joined as law clerks.

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Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Partner Jaimee Nardiello Elected President of CREW New York

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

New York, NY (January 30, 2018) -  Zetlin and De Chiara LLP congratulates Partner Jaimee Nardiello on being elected 2018 President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) New York, the region’s leading advocacy organization for professional women in real estate. Jaimee has been a member of CREW since 2012, serving on its special events and programs committees and as its President-Elect during 2017.

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Zetlin & De Chiara LLP Promotes Roy Schwartz to Principal

February 2018. Press Releases by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP (view listing).

NEW YORK (January 3, 2018) – Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Roy Schwartz to Principal.

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Bell Gully leads in M&A league tables for 2017

January 2018. Press Releases by Bell Gully (view listing).

Bell Gully has retained its market-leading position as a legal adviser for mergers and acquisitions, according to two major international league tables released in January.

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Sayenko Kharenko advises on EUR 30 million loan for Ukrainian universities

January 2018. Press Releases by Sayenko Kharenko (view listing).

Sayenko Kharenko advises on EUR 30 million loan for Ukrainian universities

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) in relation to a EUR 30 million loan to Ukraine intended to boost energy efficiency programs at Ukrainian universities.pdf 2018.01.24_sk_news_nefco

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Bell Gully competition team awarded 'Elite' global ranking

January 2018. Press Releases by Bell Gully (view listing).

Bell Gully’s competition team has secured an ‘Elite’ ranking from the Global Competition Review’s GCR100 global survey of the world’s leading competition law practices for a 13th consecutive year.

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Karanović & Nikolić Shortlisted To Win Another Law Firm Of The Year Award

January 2018. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

After winning the Law Firm of the Year awards in 2014 and 2017Karanović & Nikolić is once again a finalist for this prestigious recognition. The awards, now in their ninth year, are organised by The Lawyer, a prestigious British weekly magazine for lawyers and in house counsel. According to the organisers, this year's contest is particularly fierce.

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Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition

January 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, in partnership with SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw), launched the first Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition.

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LAG Rheinland-Pfalz: Dismissal with immediate effect for damage to property effective

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Serious breaches of duty by an employee may justify dismissal with immediate effect. Damage to property can constitute good cause justifying exceptional notice of dismissal with immediate effect.

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Bär & Karrer Advises EGSB on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Bauwerk Boen

January 2018. Press Releases by BÄR & KARRER LTD. (view listing).

EGS Beteiligungen AG (EGSB) has acquired all shares in Bauwerk Boen AG held by ZM Opportunity II L.P. (a fund advised by Patrimonium Private Equity) and is thus majority shareholder of the company. The Bauwerk Boen Group is a leading manufacturer of premium parquet flooring.

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Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 ranks SyCipLaw as Top Tier Firm

January 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 has recommended SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as a TOP-TIER FIRM in 15 practice areas. In addition, 14 of its lawyers are listed in the elite "Leading Lawyers" list and 7 are in the "Next generation lawyers" list.

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AVELLUM Advises Deere & Company on Employment Issues Related to Acquisition of Wirtgen Group

January 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM Advises Deere & Company on Employment Issues Related to Acquisition of Wirtgen Group

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal advisor to Deere & Company (“Deere”) on Ukrainian employment matters related to the USD5.2 billion acquisition of the Wirtgen Group.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on GmbH managing director’s obligation to contribute to socia

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Whether the managing director of a GmbH, a type of German private limited liability company, is obligated to make contributions to social security is frequently a point of contention. Various different factors need to be considered when weighing things up.

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Bell Gully announces two new partners and nine senior appointments

January 2018. Press Releases by Bell Gully (view listing).

Bell Gully is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners, a new special counsel and eight new senior associates. The new partners are corporate specialist Laura Littlewood and commercial litigator Jesse Wilson.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience with D&O insurance

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Taking out a D&O insurance policy is supposed to reduce executives’ risk of liability. Experience shows that it is crucial to pay attention to details when taking out a policy.

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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 ranks SyCipLaw as Band 1 Firm

January 2018. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 has once again ranked SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as a Band 1 Firm in Banking & Finance; Banking & Finance: Capital Markets; Corporate/M&A; Corporate/M&A: Real Estate; Dispute Resolution; Dispute Resolution: Arbitration; Employment; Intellectual Property; Projects, Infrastructure & Energy; and Tax.

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New Partners with POPOVICI NIŢU STOICA & ASOCIAŢII

January 2018. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

January 2018

POPOVICI NIȚU STOICA & ASOCIAȚII promotes three lawyers to partnership.

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Foyen has assisted OX2 in another wind power transaction

January 2018. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

12 January, 2018

The renewable energy company OX2 has executed a sale and purchase agreement with Fontavis, a Swiss asset manager specialising in renewable energy and infrastructure investments.  The agreement is for 33 MW from the Orrberget wind power farm, with nine wind power turbines, which will be constructed in the Municipality of Ludvika.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Assessing the grounds for dismissal with immediate effect

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Exceptional notice of dismissal with immediate effect needs to be well prepared if it is to be issued effectively. To this end, it needs to be assessed whether sufficient grounds for dismissal exist.

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Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on its JV with Volga Group

January 2018. Press Releases by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on sale of a 35% stake in its subsidiary OOO Yuzhniye Zemli to Volga Group Agro (a company consolidating Volga Group’s agricultural projects). The deal was signed on 26 December 2017. Yuzhniye Zemli produces top quality apples by a super intensive technology. The company currently manages 400 ha of orchards. In 2018, it intends to launch an additional 300 ha, build the second stage of its fruit storage facility and ramp up apple production to 10 thousand tonnes. 

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AVELLUM ADVISES ING ON USD100 MILLION PRE-EXPORT LOAN FACILITY TO MHP

January 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM ADVISES ING ON USD100 MILLION PRE-EXPORT LOAN FACILITY TO MHP

AVELLUM acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to ING Bank N.V. (“ING”) on a USD100 million secured pre-export revolving loan facility (“Loan”) to Myronivsky Hliboproduct Group (“MHP”), provided by ING together with Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.

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AVELLUM Advises AGCO on Merger Control and Concerted Practices Clearances

January 2018. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM Advises AGCO on Merger Control and Concerted Practices Clearances for Acquisition of Precision Planting and Assets Owned by Monsanto Argentina and Monsanto Do Brasil

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal advisor to AGCO on obtaining a merger control and concerted practices clearances of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition of Precision Planting LLC and assets owned by Monsanto Argentina S.R.L., and Monsanto do Brasil Ltda. Mentioned entities are used in the development, manufacture, licensing and sale of farming equipment and components used to optimise the performance of planters and harvesting equipment.

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Amendments to will valid despite lack of a signature

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In exceptional circumstances, retrospective amendments to a will may be valid even in the absence of a signature. That was the verdict of the Kammergericht (KG) Berlin [Berlin Court of Appeal] in its ruling of March 28, 2017 (Az.: 6 W 97/16).

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Karanović & Nikolić Promotes New Senior Partner And Six Partners

January 2018. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

Karanović & Nikolić is pleased to welcome Marko Ketler as its new Senior Partner, as well as Ivan Nonković, Goran Radošević, Ivana Dišović, Katarina Gudurić, Jaka Simončič and Petar Mitrović who have been named Partner. We are proud to announce the promotion of these attorneys at law cooperating with Karanović & Nikolić who have demonstrated their utmost professional excellence and in such a way contributed to strengthening our international practice and furthering the legal network’s reputation as a regional legal powerhouse.

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Double Tax Treaty for between Cyprus and Saudi Arabia

January 2018. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

The Cyprus Ministry of Finance has announced that Cyprus has entered into a double tax agreement with Saudi Arabia for the avoidance of double taxation (‘DTT’), which aims to prevent tax evasion. 

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Promotions at Walder Wyss

January 2018. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that our employees Alexandre BothMichael CartierMichael FeitHubertus Hillerström and Olivier Sigg, who have been with us for many years, have been appointed as partners in our firm, effective from 1st of January, 2018.

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New counsel at Walder Wyss

January 2018. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that a new counsel, Christian Eichenberger, joined our firm as of 1st of January, 2018.

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Berliner Testament – Final heir able to reclaim gifts

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

A joint spousal will has a strong binding effect and can potentially affect gifts made by the surviving spouse, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm].

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Automatic exchange of financial information has begun – Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

January 2018. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The wagons are circling around tax evaders. The automatic exchange of financial information began on September 30, 2017. An initial 49 countries are participating in addition to Germany.

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DPE acquires AWK Group

January 2018. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) acquires majority interest in AWK Group, one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalization. 

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Metall Zug (SIX: METN) acquires majority holding in Haag-Streit Holding AG

January 2018. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

The Metall Zug Group has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of Haag-Streit Holding AG, based in Köniz, Switzerland. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the first quarter of 2018. 

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Cross-Border Cooperation Between Competition Authorities In The SEE Region Intensifies

January 2018. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

The national competition authorities in South Eastern Europe are evidently increasing and strengthening their cross-border cooperation and communication, allowing for a more effective regional approach in the protection of competition. Taking into account common challenges and economic interdependence, as well as similar goals in EU integration, the authorities appear to have recognized significant merit in a broader regional framework for competition enforcement.  

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Cederquist represents Axel Johnson in its acquisition of 70% of the shares in Skincity

January 2018. Press Releases by Advokatfirman Cederquist (view listing).

Cederquist represents Axel Johnson AB in its acquisition of 70% of the shares in Skincity Sweden AB from the Skincity’s founders Annica Forsgren Kjellman and Mikael Kjellman and Rite Internet Ventures Holding AB.

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  • Communiqué on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (“ CMB ”) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqué on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqué on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (“ Communiqué ”), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqué entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (“FTS”) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept. 
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.
  • CJEU RULED ON THE APPLICATION OF THE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP CONCEPT

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the “Danish Beneficial Ownership Cases”, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • ITALIAN RULES ON JOINT VENTURES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND CONCESSIONS

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.