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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre appoints a new Management Board

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

On 6th June 2008, the Supervisory Board of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre chaired by Jean-Claude Anisten, partner, appointed the following members of the Management Board, with effect from 1 July : Didier Gingembre, Philippe Rosenpick,Pierre-SĂ©bastien Thill.

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PETERKA & PARTNERS opens its third foreign office in Sofia

June 2008. Press Releases by PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s (view listing).

PETERKA & PARTNERS is pleased to announce opening of its third foreign office in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises Random House on acquisition of Prestel

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The publishing group Random House (Bertelsmann) has acquired with immediate effect the Prestel Verlag (publisher based in Munich) from the shareholders Martin Dort, Johannes Heyne and JĂĽrgen Krieger.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Cinven on acquisition of Jost

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The private equity investor Cinven has signed an agreement with Silverfleet (previously: PPM) on the acquisition of Jost Group, a leading global manufacturer of systems, modules and components for the truck industry.

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CMS BFL advisor to Otsuka on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Alma SA

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The Japanese Otsuka group has acquired a 49% stake in Alma SA, a French leading manufacturer and distributor of bottled mineral and spring water. This transaction amounted to €750m.

Otsuka was advised by CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Law Firm as to:

- Corporate: Jacques Isnard, partner, Sahar Saboori and Bruno Brochet, lawyers
- Tax law: Edouard Milhac, partner
- Competition law: Olivier Benoît, partner.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Goldman Sachs/Whitehall on acquisition of LEG NRW

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On June 11, 2008, purchase vehicle controlled by several Whitehall Real Estate Funds have acquired LEG NRW,a state-owned residential housing company in North Rhine-Westphalia, comprising some 93,000 residential real estate assets.

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Hengeler Mueller adviseson acquisition financing of Novem Group

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Barclays Private Equity Funds have acquired the Novem Group from 3i and Taros Capital.

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Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Continental Bakeries B.V. in its acquisition of Gillebagaren AB

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Gillebagaren is one of the leading manufacturers of oat based biscuits in the world and had a turnover of approximately 370 MSEK in 2007.

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Mannheimer Swartling has advised Hexpol AB in connection with listing on OMX Nordic Exchange

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Hexagon AB and Hexpol AB in connection with the distribution and listing of the Hexpol B-share on OMX Nordic Exchange.
 

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Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition of the Ă…kers group

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition from STC Interfinans of the Ă…kers group, the global market leader within rolls to the steel industry.

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Merger of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and Dallmann & Juranek (Austria)

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, one of the leading law firms in Austria and Southeast Europe, will merge with the prominent corporate boutique law firm Dallmann & Juranek.

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Hengeler Mueller advises on new investment product "Overnight Bond"

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the Bundesrepublik Deutschland-Finanzagentur GmbH (German Financ Agency) on the development and implementation of a new investment product termed "Tagesanleihe" (Overnight Bond).

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Hengeler Mueller advises on Merger of Equals of GfK and TNS

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

GfK AG and Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, two global leaders in market information and insight, have announced their merger of equals.

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Hengeler Mueller advises RWE on gas proceedings of European Commission

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

RWE AG, together with the European Commission, is seeking a structural solution to the antitrust proceedings initiated against it in April 2007 in connection with the company's operations on the gas market.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Robert Bosch on proposed acquisition of majority stake in ersol

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Robert Bosch GmbH, a leading global supplier of technology and services, has signed agreements with the financial investor Ventizz on the acquisition of a 50.45% stakein ersol Solar Energy AG, a photovoltaics company.

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June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

 

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Hengeler Mueller advises on sale of Labor 28 to Sonic Healthcare

June 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Labor 28, a medical care centre basedin Berlin which operates as a provider of laboratory medicine, has reached an agreement on the sale of the Labor 28 Group to Sonic Healthcare.

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WongPartnership Expands in the Middle East with New Office in Abu Dhabi

May 2008. Press Releases by WongPartnership (view listing).

WongPartnership LLP has opened its second Middle East office in Abu Dhabi, taking the lead from the Singapore Government’s push for companies to look towards business opportunities presented by the growing Middle East region.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Aareal on saleof EUR 1.47bn credit portfolio

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Aareal Bank and Deutsche Postbank have reached an agreement on the sale of a EUR 1.47 bn portfolio comprising approx. 20,000 mortgage loans of Aareal Bank and DePfa Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. The sale is to be conducted by hiving-down the portfolio on to 100% subsidiaries of both Aareal and DePfa whose shareholdings are to be subsequently acquired by Deutsche Postbank. This transaction will allow Aareal Bank to divest itself of a large part of its activities in the retail mortgage financing business.

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Hengeler Mueller advises GfK AG on conversion to Societas Europaea (SE)

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 21 May, 2008, the general shareholders' meeting of GfK AG (based in Nuremberg, Germany) approved with a majority of more than 99% the company's conversion to a European company (Societas Europaea, SE).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bank AG on sale of Arcor shareholdings

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bank AG have sold their respective shareholdings of 18.17% and 8.18% in Arcor AG & Co. KG, the second largest fixed network provider in Germany, to Vodafone Group plc. Vodafone already was the majority shareholder. The total transaction value amounts to 474 million euros.

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MIRANDA Funds Chair at the Portuguese Catholic University

May 2008. Press Releases by Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados (view listing).

The Portuguese Catholic University Law School (Lisbon campus), the most internationally oriented Portuguese Law School, and the law firm Miranda are pleased to announce the creation of the Miranda Chair on Transnational Finance Law. The Chair, the first to be funded by a private organization in Portugal, will be held by Prof. Jan Dalhuisen, an internationally renowned scholar, lecturing in London (King's College) and Berkeley. With the creation of this Chair, Prof. Dalhuisen will be a residing Professor lecturing on the post graduate international program of the Catholic University.

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MIRANDA sponsors ABOTA International Meeting

May 2008. Press Releases by Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados (view listing).

The American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), one of the largest American organizations of lawyers and judges, will hold its International Meeting on May 14, in Lisbon. The law firm Miranda is sponsoring the event, which will bring together American and Portuguese attorneys and judges in the country’s capital. Several local and internationally renowned speakers will be attending the meeting, including Latvian justices and attorneys

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CMS DeBacker: Pierre-Axel Chabot becomes a Partner at the law firm CMS DeBacker

May 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

Pierre-Axel Chabot (33), who joined CMS DeBacker in 1998, has become a Partner. This appointment will reinforce the Corporate Real Estate department of CMS DeBacker which has grown constantly during the last few years. At present, CMS DeBacker comprises 15 lawyers specialised in Real Estate Law.

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Dr. Thomas Zivny joins CHSH as partner in the Banking & Corporate Finance Team

May 2008. Press Releases by CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (view listing).

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, one of the largest and most well-known corporate law firms in Austria with offices in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, has added to its already prestigious Banking & Corporate Finance Team. Attorney Dr. Thomas Zivny, LL.M. (Harvard), 32, will join the partnership on the 1. May 2008. Thomas Zivny specialises in banking and capital markets, with a particular focus on debt capital markets, project finance and healthcare.

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Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic Appointed New IP Head

May 2008. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevice appointed Ms. Vanja Kovacevic from Vukmir Law Office to lead growing IP department.

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Hengeler Mueller advises freenet AG on acquisition of debitel

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

freenet has signed an agreement to acquire debitel Group, mainly consisting of debitel AG, TALKLINE GmbH and _dug telecom ag.

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Hengeler Mueller advises EQT on sale of Tognum stake to Daimler

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The financial investor EQT has reached an agreement with Daimler AG on the sale of its 22.3% shareholding in Tognum AG, one of the world's leading suppliers of off-highway engines, to Daimler AG.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on Gerresheimer Exit

May 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

BCP Murano II S.Ă .r.l., an indirect subsidiary of The Blackstone Group International Limited, has sold its remaining 24.96% stake in Gerresheimer AG by way of international private placement to institutional investors.

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“Implications of the Third Money Laundering Directive” in-house Seminar

May 2008. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

Patrikios Pavlou & Co successfully carried out the in-house seminar “Implications of the Third Money Laundering Directive – The Impact on Legal Professionals” in May 2008.

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GĂśR Law Firm Announces New Intellectual Property Law Department

April 2008. Press Releases by GĂĽr Law Firm (view listing).

GĂĽr Law Firm is pleased to announce 'the Intellectual Property Law Department' established under its structure which shall furnish services to its national and international clients in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

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Fore more information please visit our website www.gurlaw.com  

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Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå acted legal advisor when Litorina Kapital acquired Coromatic Holding AB

April 2008. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Partner Mr. Jürgen Conzen, assisted by Ms. Clarissa Fröberg and Ms. Magdalena Huber, led the team representing the management and the vendors of Coromatic AB.

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Hengeler Mueller advises WestLB on Risk Shield

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller is counsel to WestLB on the structuring and implementation of the risk shield established by it to protect the bank against volatility risks arising from its structured credit portfolio.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Whitehall in connection with the sale of Arcandor's interest in...

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

... the "Highstreet" real estate joint venture

In 2006, Arcandor AG sold the majority of its real estate property, comprising department store properties of the Karstadt Premium Group like "KaDeWe"in Berlin and Oberpollinger, Munich, to a joint venture controlled by Whitehall which is managed by Goldman Sachs.

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Hengeler advises MSREF on acquisition of Sony Center

April 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On February 28, 2008, MSREF acquired, together with CorpusSireo and John Buck, Sony Berlin GmbH from Sony Deutschland GmbH.

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Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii wins the Romanian Law Firm of the Year Award

March 2008. Press Releases by Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii (view listing).

For the second year in a row, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii has been recognized as the leading law firm in Romania. An independent panel of judges consisting of top representatives of the Romanian business community chose Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii as the winner in the Law Firm of the Year category from a list of 8 international and local law firms.

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Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition of the paper wholesale group Papyrus

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Papyrus is one of Europe’s leading paper wholesalers and has at present operations in 22 European countries through approximately 50 subsidiaries with in total 3,100 employees. The Head Office is located in Mölndal, Sweden.

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Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Haldex AB (publ.) in connection with its acquisition of Concentric

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Concentric plc., having its business activities in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, India and China, has approximately 670 employees and sales, as per 30 September 2007, totalling GBP 72 million.

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Ericsson divests its enterprise PBX solutions to Aastra Technologies

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Ericsson in the divestiture of its enterprise PBX solutions business to Aastra Technologies.

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Mannheimer Swartling best commercial law firm – again

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

On January 16:th 2008 the firm received the award, "Sweden's best commercial law firm 2007" from the Swedish business magazine, Veckans Affärer.

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fwp advises on sale of Bösendorfer

March 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) was legal advisor to BAWAG P.S.K. in the sale of L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH. By way of a structured bidding process with several high class bidders, this piece of Austrian cultural heritage was sold to YAMAHA Corporation after several months of negotiations. Apart from the numerous legal aspects of the sale of an international company in particular the political and emotional dimension had to be considered when structuring and realizing the sale of one of the most prestigious traditional Austrian companies. At fwp partner Markus Fellner and his team with support from Lukas Flener legally advised and successfully finalized the transaction.

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Hengeler advises MSREF on acquisition of Sony Center

March 2008. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On February 28, 2008, MSREF acquire, together with CorpusSireo and John Buck, Sony Berlin GmbH from Sony Deutschland GmbH.

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PETERKA & PARTNERS legal advisor to Nordic Partners on the acquisition of Hamé

March 2008. Press Releases by PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s (view listing).

Prague, March 2008 - A team of attorneys-at-law from PETERKA & PARTNERS managed by Mgr. Ing. Jan Liška rendered legal consulting services to the Icelandic investment group Nordic Partners in connection with the acquisition of the HamĂ© food group.

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FWP Advises on Acquisition of Vivico Group

March 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

FWP was legal advisor to publicly listed CA Immo Group in acquiring German Vivico Group from the Republic of Germany. Vivico Group is primarily active in Germany in the field of management of portfolios, development and trading of real estate. With a purchase price of more than 1 Billion Euro and a tremendous capability for developments CA Immo Group finally enters with this deal European top-league in the area of real estate. At FWP Markus Fellner (Corporate Real-Estate), Michael Achleitner (Due Diligence, M&A), Florian L. Kranebitter (Financing) and Lukas Flener (Merger Control) with their teams have advised in this complex privatization process.

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fwp advises on sale of non performing loans

February 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (FWP) was legal advisor to Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG (the largest Austrian bank) in selling two loan portfolios. One portfolio has been sold to a German Company that already did the servicing of this portfolio in the past. In the parallel sales process the purchaser of the second portfolio, a French-Swedish consortium consisting of a bank and a credit management company, came off as winning bidder in the respective limited auction.

 

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PokornĂ˝, Wagner & Partner advised Czech Airlines on divestment transaction

February 2008. Press Releases by PokornĂ˝, Wagner & Partner (view listing).

PokornĂ˝, Wagner & Partner advised Czech Airlines (CSA), the flagship airline carrier of the Czech Republic which provides air connections to most World and European capitals with more then eighty years of experience in air carriage, on its restructuring program including the divestment transaction of the company CSA.

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Abreu Advogados elected the best Portuguese company to work for

February 2008. Press Releases by Abreu Advogados (view listing).

For the second consecutive year Abreu Advogados is considered by Exame and Heidrick& Struggles as the best Law Firm to work for in Portugal. This year, the firm was alsoawarded the prize for the best Portuguese Company to work for in Portugal, replacing 2007’s winner Millennium bcp, Portugal’s biggest private bank.

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Paulo Teixeira Pinto, former CEO of Millennium BCP Bank, joins Abreu Advogados

February 2008. Press Releases by Abreu Advogados (view listing).

Paulo Teixeira Pinto joins Abreu Advogados, effective in January 2008, as Of Counsel focusing mainly in the areas of strategy, management and knowledge. It is the firm's belief that this cooperation is of the utmost importance (ou, is a fundamental tool in) for its institutionalization strategy, in keeping with the high standards for professional management which pave the path Abreu Advogados has chosen to follow.

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Abreu Advogados within the Top Five Law Firms in the largest move in the Portuguese legal market

February 2008. Press Releases by Abreu Advogados (view listing).

Effective as of January 1, 2008, Abreu Advogados will incorporate the practices of PACSA, LUSOJURIST and CHASTRE & ASSOCIADOS (the Portuguese subsidiary of the former MULLERAT ABOGADOS), thus ranking amongst the top 5 Portuguese Law Firms in what is considered to be one of the largest move in the Portuguese legal market in recent years.

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