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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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[KIM & CHANG] “Best Asian Law Firm 2017: Gold Award” at International Legal Alliance Summit & Aw

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On June 15, 2017, at The International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards 2017, Kim & Chang received the Gold Award – the highest recognition – in the “Best Asian Law Firm 2017” category.   

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[KIM & CHANG] “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On May 4, 2017, Kim & Chang was named “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” and “Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Winner of Asian-MENA Counsel Deals of the Year 2016

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

"Hyundai Merchant Marine Restructuring," one of Kim & Chang's 2016 representations, was among the 38 “Winning Deals” chosen by Asian-MENA Counsel for its annual “Deals of the Year” awards.  

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Dismissal due to illness only possible in the case of a negative health prognosis

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

While it is a relatively widespread misconception that employees cannot be dismissed while they are sick, dismissal due to illness does require certain conditions be fulfilled.

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Loose slips of paper not a valid will according to KG Berlin

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

When it comes to wills, it is important to observe certain formal requirements. According to the Kammergericht (KG) Berlin [Higher Regional Court of Berlin], a loose collection of notes cannot be considered a testamentary disposition.

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Animal shelter effectively designated as heir in will

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

It is not possible for animals to inherit, but the same does not hold true for animal shelters. That being said, a clearly drafted will needs to be prepared for this to happen.

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Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

August 2017. Press Releases by Arendt & Medernach (view listing).

Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.

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Submit a voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion while you still can

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

A voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion needs to be tailored to the exact circumstances of a given case. Only then can voluntary declaration actually lead to immunity.

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Dismissal with immediate effect after constantly working up working hours deficit

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Flexible working hours are commonplace in many companies today. Notwithstanding this, employees must perform the work they owe to their employer pursuant to their employment contract, otherwise they may be faced with exceptional notice of dismissal.

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ILA Conference Cyprus

August 2017. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

The Cypriot, French and Hellenic branches of the International Law Association (ILA) organised a successful conference on International Arbitration in Larnaca, Cyprus on 30th June and 1st July 2017.

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ETERNA LAW LAWYERS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED INTERESTS OF ONE OF THE LEADING EUROPEAN MANUFACTURERS OF V

August 2017. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Eterna law lawyers successfully defended interests of one of the leading European manufacturers of vitamins, pet food and pharmaceutical products-DSM Nutritional Products SP. z o. o.  in a dispute with the Ukrainian company. Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of the city of Kiev, in connection with the unpaid delivered goods to Ukraine.

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European Commission imposes fine on Google for antitrust violations

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The European Commission has imposed a fine totalling 2.42 billion euros on the internet giant Google for violating antitrust law.

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Cyprus Tax residency for Individuals - Period of stay reduced to 60 days

August 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

On the 14th of July the Cyprus Parliament passed a law amending the Income tax law of 2002 as to the requirements of tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

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GSK Luxembourg expands its regulatory and investment funds practice with a new hire

August 2017. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

GSK Luxembourg expands its regulatory and investment funds practice with a new hire from Clifford Chance

GSK Stockmann’s Luxembourg office that opened a year ago is rapidly growing and is further expanding its regulatory and investment funds team. Arne Bolch has recently joined the Luxembourg team consisting of partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann, Dr. Philipp Mössner and Mathilde Ostertag as a new local partner.

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GSK Luxemburg baut Aufsichts- und Investmentfonds-Praxis mit Partnerzugang von Clifford Chance aus

August 2017. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

Das vor einem Jahr eröffnete BĂŒro von GSK Stockmann in Luxemburg wĂ€chst rasant und baut sein Aufsichts- und Investmentfonds-Team weiter aus. Als neuer Local-Partner verstĂ€rkt seit kurzem Arne Bolch das Luxemburger Team um die Partner Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann, Dr. Philipp MĂ¶ĂŸner und Mathilde Ostertag.

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Wills in the case of unmarried couples

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, has voted in favour of what it is referred to in Germany as “Ehe fĂŒr alle” (marriage for all), i.e. marriage equality. Spouses are automatically accounted for under the rules of intestate succession. However, this is not the case for unmarried couples. For these couples, the rules of intestate succession do not apply.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte: Experience in enforcing claims following trademark violations

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If a registered trademark is infringed, it is possible to take action against this. GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte is experienced in enforcing and fending off claims arising from trademark violations.

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Arnecke Sibeth’s Growth Trajectory Excels

August 2017. Press Releases by ARNECKE SIBETH (view listing).

Further new faces in the Firm: On August 1, a market recognized Real Estate Tax Team will join Arnecke Sibeth. Future Partner Alexander Lehnen will be joined by two further experts from Crowe Keeberg Real Estate. The new additions were all formerly with Big 4 Accountancies. They will strengthen the Firm’s Real Estate practice, which already includes more than 50 lawyers across all of its locations.

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Dismissal with immediate effect for competing business activity valid

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If an employee acquires a major stake in a rival firm, his employer can issue him with a notice of dismissal with immediate effect.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte: Assessing claims to a compulsory portion

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

If close relatives of a testator are excluded from inheriting in a will or contract of inheritance, they are still entitled to their share of the statutory compulsory portion.

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Eterna Law has successfully represented a major Asian grain producing and trading company in a GAFTA

August 2017. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

The matter arose out of a contract on sale of commodities to a Middle Eastern trading company on C&F delivery basis. The arbitration proceedings were commenced due to the buyer’s failure to effect full payment for the delivered quantity of the goods, compensate liquidated damages caused by delay in payment for the goods and take delivery of the balance quantity of the purchased goods. As a consequence, the GAFTA Tribunal found the buyer to be in breach of the contract, awarded the Client with an amount exceeding USD 1.5 million, as well as dismissed the buyer’s unquantified counterclaim for the claimants’ alleged failure to ship the goods.

The case was handled by Mr. Eugene Blinov, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Department, Mr. Ievgen Boiarskyi, Associate, and Mr. Vsevolod Mazurenko, Junior Associate.

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Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application

August 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application. Failing this, the advertising may violate competition law as well as Germany’s Heilmittelwerbegesetz (HWG) [Advertising of Medicinal Products Act].

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Anti-competitive advertising featuring flat rate for tooth cleaning and bleaching

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt [Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt] from July 21, 2016, dentists offering tooth cleaning or bleaching services at a fixed flat rate are violating competition law (Az.: 6 U 136/15).

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Baker & Partners Provide Insights into Regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ for Local Industry

July 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

At a Breakfast Briefing Event this week, entitled ‘Walking The Tightrope’, Baker and Partners provided guidance on current regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ to Jersey’s compliance industry. The panel discussion facilitated by, Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Tim SmithAdvocate William Redgrave and Advocate Simon Thomas Baker & Partners, discussed several important areas of focus for finance industry professionals with particular emphasis on effective Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARs) and Sanctions issues.

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MOSCOW OFFICE OF ETERNA LAW REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF THE OWNER OF LARGE ASSETS (SHOPPING CENTER)

Eterna Law team represented the interests of the Group of companies located in Belgorod region in a dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia on sanctions for the violation of antimonopoly legislation of the Russian Federation in the form of an agreement with a public authority to limit competition.

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VEGAS LEX at INNOPROM-2017

July 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

VEGAS LEX Partner, Head of special projects Maxim Grigoryev has discussed problems in implementing special investment contracts (SPIC) and ways to avoid them, and the potential of SPIC for migration to best available technologies (BAT) at the INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Exhibition in Yekaterinburg.

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ETERNA LAW SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF POLISH AGRO COMPANY

Eterna Law successfully defended the interests of Polish agro company in a dispute with the Ukrainian agro trader.

Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of Chernihiv oblast in connection with baseless retaining pre-paid contracts for the supply of agricultural products

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VEGAS LEX discusses the formal logic tools and written communication skills

July 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On 11 July 2017, VEGAS LEX held in its office the workshop “Dealing with the rule-making initiatives. The skills of drafting opinions and commentaries” dedicated to adjustment of key algorithms of logic analysis and written communication skills for the professionals of companies operating in pharmaceutical sector and related industries

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AVELLUM Advises Seller on Sale of Karavan Hypermarket Chain to Auchan Group

July 2017. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM acted as a legal advisor to the seller regarding the sale of Karavan Hypermarket chain to Auchan Group.

AVELLUM provided the seller with legal support in preparation, negotiation and signing of the transactional documents.

The transaction was subject to obtaining a merger control clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

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AVELLUM Advises Kernel Holding S.A. on Acquisition of Farming Business by Its Subsidiary

July 2017. Press Releases by Avellum (view listing).

AVELLUM advised its longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. (“Kernel”) on the acquisition of 100% of shares in a farming business that manages over 170,000 tons of grain storage capacity and over 27,500 hectares of leasehold farmland by one of its subsidiaries. Total consideration of the deal amounted to USD43.3 million and was paid in cash.

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine approved the acquisition in May 2017.

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CJEU: Impermissible advertising for glucose featuring true statements

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Even if health-related advertising claims are true, they may still mislead consumers and thus be impermissible. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) (Az.: C-296/16 P).

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic

July 2017. Press Releases by BÄR & KARRER LTD. (view listing).

The owners of Rotronic AG, which develops and manufactures measuring technologies, sold the company to funds managed by Battery Ventures.

BĂ€r & Karrer acted as legal adviser to the sellers in this transaction. The team included Christoph Neeracher, Thomas Rohde, Philippe Seiler, Yves Suter and Sarah Nyfeler (all M&A), Susanne Schreiber and Cyrill Diefenbacher (both tax) as well as Corrado Rampini and Charles Gschwind (both real estate).

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BKL Partner Kap-You (Kevin) KIM Appointed as President of KCAB International Arbitration Committee

July 2017. Press Releases by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (view listing).

Mr. Kap-You (Kevin) KIM, a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”), has been appointed as President of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (“KCAB”).

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MOUHAMED KEBE APPOINTED AS A MEMBER OF THE ICC’S INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION

July 2017. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC’s) International Court of Arbitration is recognised as one of the world’s leading arbitration institutions.  It administers arbitrations from 3 locations (Paris, Hong Kong and New York) through a Secretariat working in 28 languages.  Court Members are experienced arbitration practitioners drawn from over 100 countries.

The Court has appointed Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner of sub-Saharan law firm GENI & KEBE, as a new Member of the Court from 1 July 2017.

Mr Kebe holds a Certificate in Commercial and Investment International Arbitration from the University of London and is a chartered arbitrator before the Arbitration Court of the OHADA States.

“Strong arbitration institutions are an important factor in encouraging commercial confidence,” explains Mr Kebe.  “It is an honour to be appointed to the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration and I look forward to providing high quality and efficient service to the Court’s users.”

Mr Kebe is one of 41 new appointed members from 38 countries.  The Court’s President, Mr Alexis Mourre, notes ““The diversity of new Court members underscores our commitment to ensure the Court draws on the full range of expertise and experience found in our global network.”

For more information, please see

https://iccwbo.org/media-wall/news-speeches/icc-court-announces-new-members/ 

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FAVOURING SLOVENIAN ORIGIN IS CONTRARY TO EU LAW

July 2017. Press Releases by Karanovic & Nikolic (view listing).

On the 8th of June, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) reached an important decision in the case Medisanus d.o.o. v General Hospital Murska Sobota (C-296/15) concerning public procurement procedures. The judgement is relevant from both the procedural aspect - since the National Review Commission (DKOM) was acknowledged for the first time as a “national court” for the purposes of Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as from the substantive point of view – due to the emphasis on the principle of equal treatment and the prohibition of discrimination within public procurement procedures.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte: Assessing managers’ liability risk

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Company managers bear a high level of not only responsibility but also risk. Various measures can be taken to reduce the risk of directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability.

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Making arrangements for one’s estate early on with a will or contract of inheritance

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Inheritance is set to become an ever more important topic in the coming years, which is why it is more crucial than ever to think about the distribution of one’s estate at an early stage.

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RĂ©gis Muller joins MOLITOR as Counsel

July 2017. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats Ă  la Cour (view listing).

Luxembourg, 10 July 2017 - MOLITOR Avocats Ă  la Cour announces the arrival of RĂ©gis Muller to its Employment, Pensions & Immigration Department.

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TAX TREATMENT OF INTRA-GROUP BACK-TO-BACK FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS

July 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

The Cyprus Tax Department ("TD") has issued an interpretative Circular on 30th of June as to the tax treatment of intra group back to back financing arrangements. This follows the TD announcement that it will cease applying the minimum accepted profit margin on back to back loan schemes as agreed in July 2011.

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DC Finance Family Office & Wealth Management Conference in Israel: Cyprus Citizenship and Permanent

July 2017. Press Releases by Stelios Americanos & Co (view listing).

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, participated in DC Finance conference in Israel on the 13th of June 2017. The seminar took place at Hilton, Tel-Aviv.

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Occupational rehabilitation management program and dismissal due to illness

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

In the case of sick employees, employers ought to closely explore the possibility of an occupational rehabilitation management program. Otherwise, dismissal due to illness may be invalid.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the judicial practice concerning the debt collection in the housing and utility

July 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

Ilya Shengeliya, VEGAS LEX’s Southern Directorate Project manager, made an overview of the judicial practice concerning non-payments in the housing and utility sector at a round-table meeting of the Publishing House "Кommersant” in Rostov-on-Don.

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Voluntary declaration for tax evasion still possible

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

While the number of voluntary declarations for tax evasion is declining, voluntary disclosure remains possible and is the only way of avoiding the imminent prospect of a conviction for tax evasion.

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Russian Industrialists, VEGAS LEX and FAS Russia discuss the specifics of, and judicial disputes in

July 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On 22 June 2017, there was held a roundtable of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) and VEGAS LEX, involving FAS Russia, dedicated to the matters of legal regulation of the energy resources supply to industrial enterprises.

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Foyen recruits public procurement specialist

July 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

Press release 29th of June 2017

Foyen Advokatfirma has recruited senior associate Ann Liljedal from the Administrative Court in Falun. Ann joins Foyen’s Public Procurement and Construction business sectors.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises CliniSciences on the Acquisition of BIOTREND Chemicals

July 2017. Press Releases by BÄR & KARRER LTD. (view listing).

On 13 June 2017, CliniHolding S.Ă  r.l. (CliniSciences) acquired the entire stake in BIOTREND Chemicals AG (BIOTREND) from its founders. BIOTREND is a leading distributor of high-quality reagents and biochemicals for the life science research community in Switzerland, Germany and USA.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte: Experience in antitrust law – 9th amendment to the GWB

July 2017. Press Releases by GRP Rainer LLP (view listing).

Antitrust law is not something that merely concerns large corporations. It also affects small and medium-sized businesses. Violations of antitrust law can be met with severe penalties.

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Foyen has represented Åby TravsĂ€llskap in a trade fair centre and hotel joint venture project

July 2017. Press Releases by Foyen Advokatfirma AB (view listing).

30 June, 2017

Åby TravsĂ€llskap has entered into a joint venture with Klövern for the construction of a trade fair centre and hotel adjacent to the Åby Racetrack in Mölndal. The project value is approximately SEK 500 million and approximately 30,000 sq. m. of lettable space is involved.

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The realities and forecasts of the practice for recovery of damages were discussed

July 2017. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

The law firm VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru held a breakfast meeting dedicated to the main trends, rules and specifics of, and exceptions to, the practice for recovery of damages.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve on the Placement of CHF 200 Million Additional Tie

July 2017. Press Releases by BÄR & KARRER LTD. (view listing).

Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve successfully completed the placement of CHF 90 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds and CHF 110 million tier 2 subordinated bonds due 2027. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.00%. The tier 2 subordinated bonds were issued at 100.024% of their nominal amount with an interest of 1.125% and will mature on 28 June 2027 at their nominal amount. Both bonds have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. UBS AG, ZĂŒrcher Kantonalbank and Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve acted as Joint Lead Managers.

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