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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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Hengeler advises on sale of Demag Ergotech

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

The KraussMaffei Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for processing plastics, has sold all its shares in Demag Ergotech GmbH, a manufacturer of engineering injection moulding machines, to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan).

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World Bank acknowledges Czech lawyers for their long-term co-operation

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

Prague, January 2008/ - Partners in PETERKA & PARTNERS law firm Pavla Prikrylova, Gabriela Hajkova and Jiri Cerny, have been acknowledged by the World Bank for their long-term cooperation on the Doing Business project.

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BakerPlatt appoint former Mourant partner

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

BakerPlatt has appointed Advocate David Wilson as a partner of its law firm.

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BakerPlatt appoint Group Practice Director

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

BakerPlatt has appointed chartered accountant Jim Scott to the new post of Group Practice Director.

 

 

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Bersay Announces New Partner

February 2008. Press Releases by Bersay & Associés (view listing).

Bersay & Associes is very please to announce that Maître Sandrine de Sousa has been named Partner.

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For more information please visit our website http://www.bersay-associes.com/

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VISCHER Announces Two New Partners

February 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

VISCHER is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners who joined the partnership as of 1 January 2008 in the Zurich office.

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Hengeler advises on establishment of KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

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

The KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH commenced business on 1 January 2008. It will continue KfW Group's project and export finance business previously conducted within KfW.

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bpv GRIGORESCU's expansion triggers the office relocation to a new highly- rated address

January 2008. Press Releases by bpv GRIGORESCU (view listing).

In less than 2 years from its establishment, due to rapid business growth, independent Romanian law firm bpv GRIGORESCU will relocate into a state–of-the-art historic building in central Bucharest.

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Dr. Stefan Rechsteiner and Stefan Widmer to join partnership of VISCHER as of 1 January 2008

January 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

 VISCHER is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners who have joined the partnership as of 1 January 2008 in the Zurich office.Dr. Stefan Rechsteiner has been practicing with VISCHER since 2003.

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Czech National Bank Appoints BBH as Sole Capital Markets Advisor

January 2008. Press Releases by Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa, v.o.s. (view listing).

PRAGUE, January 16, 2008 - BBH has been selected by the Czech National Bank (CNB) as its main legal advisor for the highly important Capital Markets legislation and supervision areas.

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BBH Advised on Largest Share Buy-back

January 2008. Press Releases by Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa, v.o.s. (view listing).

BrzobohatĂ˝, BroĹľ & Honsa, v.o.s. advised ÄŚEZ, a.s., the largest electricity producer in the Czech Republic, the shares of which are admitted to trading on the regulated markets in the Czech republic and Poland, in relation to the share buy-back of ÄŚEZ shares up to the estimated volume of CZK 60 billion (approx. EUR 2 billion).

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BBH - First Structured and Rated Securitization in CEE

January 2008. Press Releases by Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa, v.o.s. (view listing).

Tomáš Otruba, Petr Mlejnek and Tomáš Sedláček in 2003 acted as advisor on the structuring of securitization transaction methods and the preparation of the relevant documentation. It was the first ever rated and completed securitization not only in the Czech Republic, but in the whole of Central and Eastern Europe.

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BBH Advises on Largest Ever Czech Foreign Investment

January 2008. Press Releases by Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa, v.o.s. (view listing).

BrzobohatĂ˝ BroĹľ & Honsa ("BBH") acted as legal counsel to ÄŚEZ, a.s., the largest electricity producer in the Czech Republic and one of ten of the largest energy companies in Europe, in relation to its investment into the energy sector of the Republika Srpska. The investment itself encompasses especially:

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BBH Named for Real Estate Deal of the Year

January 2008. Press Releases by Brzobohaty Broz & Honsa, v.o.s. (view listing).

The lawyers of Brzobohatý Brož & Honsa (BBH) are pleased to announce the signing on July 9th, 2007 of what has been referred to a number of times in the Czech media as, "The Real Estate Deal of the Year". This transaction involving the sale of 29 buildings and related land plots throughout the Czech Republic, including a number of lease-back deals, is valued at approximately 6.1 billion CZK. BBH represented Česká pojišťovna, a.s. as the seller and lessee who was selling these properties to Office Star group (PPF Investments) as the purchaser and lesser and who is working with Česká spořitelna as the financing bank, providing PPFI with a loan facility for financing a part of the purchase price.

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A new authority board at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

January 2008. Press Releases by Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka (view listing).

The biggest Polish law firm, DomaĹ„ski Zakrzewski Palinka, has amended its statue and set up a new authority board. It is a five person board elected in partners vote, to which the following partners have been appointed for a 3-year term of office:Grzegorz DomaĹ„ski, Andrzej Foltyn, Marcin Krakowiak and JĂłzef Palinka.

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Five New Partners for Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, Bucharest, Romania

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

Bucharest, Romania - New appointments at law firm Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii have brought the total number of partners to 15

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii announced today that Ioana Hrisafi, Levana Zigmund, Raluca Vasilache (Tiparu), Cristina Metea and Oana Ureche have been promoted to partnership. The appointments became effective on the 1st of January 2008.

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New partners at DZP

January 2008. Press Releases by Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka (view listing).

 

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka (DZP) is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new partners. The new partners have all worked at DZP for some time and form a team of 140 lawyers including 19 partners at Poland's largest law firm. The firm offers full service legal advice to international and domestic clients from its head office in Warsaw and offices in Poznań, Wrocław and Toruń.

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Atkinson Ferbrache Richardson welcomes two new commercial lawyers

January 2008. Press Releases by AFR Advocates (view listing).

Atkinson Ferbrache Richardson are delighted to announce the appointment of two new lawyers to the firm, Michael Sproule and Michael McKean.

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Whitehall acquires real estate portfolio from Allianz

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

Whitehall Funds managed by Goldman Sachs have acquired a real estate portfolio comprising some 190 buildings from the Allianz Group.

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JerĂłnimo Martins acquires Plus supermarkets

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

In December 2007, the Portuguese company, JerĂłnimo Martins, signed an agreement with Tengelmann Group to acquire the operational business of Plus in Poland and Portugal.

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Eaton acquires Moeller

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

Eaton Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Cleveland (Ohio), has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Moeller Group headquartered in Bonn.

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Roland Mathys and Martin Sohm to join partnership of WENGER PLATTNER as of 1 January 2008

December 2007. Press Releases by Wenger Plattner (view listing).

We are pleased to inform you that ROLAND MATHYS, lic.iur. et lic.oec. publ., LL.M., Attorney at Law, and MARTIN SOHM, lic.iur., Attorney at Law, join the partnership of our law firm as at 1 January 2008.

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Xetra® Gold Bond Issue

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Börse Commodities GmbH has issued innovative debt securities which certify the right to receive in physical form one gram of gold per debt security.

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Royal Caribbean and TUI launch joint venture

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG are launching a joint venture serving the German premium cruise market, to be based in Hamburg.

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Hengeler advises Swiss Life on AWD takeover

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The insurance company Swiss Life has agreed to form a strategic partnership with AWD Holding AG, an M-DAX-listed financial service provider, and has announced a public takeover offer to AWD shareholders.

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Hengeler advises Deutsche Telekom on ending cycling sponsorship

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom AG has terminated the cycling sponsorship of the T-Mobile men and women teams with immediate effect.

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Hengeler advises Merck on benchmark bond

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On November 15, 2007, Merck KGaA issued a three-year € 500 million benchmark bond in the European debt capital market.

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Van Doorne appoints two new partners

December 2007. Press Releases by Van Doorne (view listing).

On 1 January 2008, Marg Janssen and Marc Marcusse will be appointed partner at Van Doorne.

Onno Boerstra (managing partner): 'We are delighted by these new partner appointments, that emphasizes the strong position of our Health Care Group and Property Practice.'

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B&K received the Client Choice Award 2007

December 2007. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

Borenius & Kemppinen was awarded the International Law Office 'Client Choice Award 2007' for Finland.

 

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Hengeler advises in German Federal Cartel proceedings on state control of Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The German Federal Cartel Office (GFCO) yesterday prohibited the proposed acquisition by the State of Rhineland-Palatinate of a majority shareholding in the state's lottery company, Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH.

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Hengeler advises IBERDROLA RENOVABLES on IPO

December 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On November 22, 2007, Spain's Exchange Supervisory Authority CNMV approved the prospectus for the public offering of shares of IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, S.A. - a subsidiary of the Spanish energy provider Iberdrola, S.A. - and for the admission of all shares of IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, S.A. for trading on the official markets of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia.

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bpv GRIGORESCU advises on the sale of Best Distribution

November 2007. Press Releases by bpv GRIGORESCU (view listing).

RTC Holding has finalised the negotiation for the sale of Best Distribution, the specialised distribution and retail division of video games and consoles to CD Media a leading player in the industry. bpv GRIGORESCU was the parties’ legal adviser for the transaction.

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Hengeler advises Deutsche Telekom on sale of Vivento Technical Services to Nokia Siemens

November 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Deutsche Telekom has sold its subsidiary Vivento Technical Services GmbH to Nokia Siemens. Vivento Technical Services GmbH plans, implements and maintains telecommunications networks and renders services to end customers.

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

October 2007. 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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Hengeler advises Deutsche Bank on Business Objects takeover by SAP

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

SAP AG has announced the friendly takeover of the French software company Business Objects.

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Hengeler advises DIC on real estate portfolio acquisition

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Frankfurt-based DIC Asset AG has acquired a real estate portfolio consisting of 15 real estate complexes in several major German cities from the insurance companies AXA Group Germany and DBV Winterthur.

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Hengeler advises KDG on cable networks acquisition

October 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Kabel Deutschland GmbH has signed an agreement with the Orion Group to acquire networks serving 1.2 million cable television subscribers located in eight German federal states.

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Hengeler advises RWE on CO2 proceedings of German Federal Cartel Office

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On September 26, 2007, the German Federal Cartel Office ceased abuse proceedings launched in 2005 against RWE AG after it had declared binding RWE's state pledge to auction off electricity.

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3 New Partners Promoted in Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

September 2007. Press Releases by Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (view listing).

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic promoted 3 new partners to head litigation, securitization and real estate departments

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Capsticks advises Haringey PCT on new community hospital deal

September 2007. Press Releases by Capsticks (view listing).

Leading health sector specialists Capsticks acted as legal advisers to Haringey Teaching PCT on its newly-signed ÂŁ12m Hornsey Central Community Hospital deal.

The NHS LIFT arrangement will see private sector partner Elevate Partnerships Ltd (advised by Shadbolts LLP) rebuild existing facilities and provide facilities management services.

Expected to open in 2009, the 3-storey community hospital will comprise 2 floors of clinical space and a third floor split evenly between “flexible clinical space” and staff accommodation for an integrated health and social care team for adults and older people.

As well as being at the forefront of the new generation of community facilities (termed “polyclinics” in Lord Darzi’s recent review) throughout London, the deal is also a pathfinder for the new “Land Retained Agreement”, modelled on the Department of Health's PFI standard contract.

The project is Capsticks’ 20th closed LIFT deal, following closely from the recent signing of the £8m first tranche of the fourth wave South East Essex NHS LIFT deal, expected to deliver in the region of £100m of new facilities over its 25 year lifespan.

For further details contact:
Graeme Trigg (Head of Client Services) –

gtrigg@capsticks.co.uk

or tel 020 8780 4823

Jessica Kohler (Partner) –

jkohler@capsticks.co.uk



or tel 020 8780 4723.

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WOLF THEISS advises Bank Austria Creditanstalt in financing mega-deal for Mid Europa Partners

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Mid Europa Partners, a leading CEE private equity investment firm, has ac-quired a controlling stake in Serbia Broadband (SBB), one of the fastest grow-ing cable-TV companies in Central and Eastern Europe. WOLF THEISS, a chief CEE law firm, acted as Serbian counsel to Bank Austria Creditansalt in financing the deal.

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Hengeler advises Samsung Corning on closure and sale of German TV-Panels production site

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

After concluding a compromise of interests and a social plan, Samsung Corning Deutschland GmbH has closed down its German production site for tv-panels and cones in Tschernitz, Brandenburg (Germany).

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Hengeler advises Parsytec's principal shareholder on share block sale

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Falk D. Kuebler, founder and principal shareholder of Parsytec AG - a global specialist in surface and web inspection systems - has sold his 48% shareholding by way of block trade to ISRA VISION AG.

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Hengeler advises Singulus on Stangl acquisition

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Singulus Technologies AG has acquired a 51% shareholding in Stangl Semiconductor Equipment AG and has an option to acquire the remaining shares of Stangl from 2010.

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Hengeler advises ZBI on residential and commercial units sale

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Several real estate funds of Zentral Boden Immobilien AG (Erlangen, Germany) have sold approx. 6,600 residential and 400 commercial units located across Germany to CitCor Residential Holding (a joint venture of Citigroup Property Investors in London and CORPUS SIREO in DĂĽsseldorf).

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Hengeler advises MĂĽnchenerHyp on proposed merger

September 2007. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

MĂĽnchener Hypothekenbank eG and Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank aG are planning a merger wich is due to be implemented in 2007.

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Wolf Theiss advises Kazakhstan in $2.7 billion Rompetrol deal

September 2007. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

KazMunaiGas the state-owned oil and gas company of Kazakhstan, acquires 75% equity interest in The Rompetrol Group NV. The enterprise value of the Romanian oil company is now $3.6 billion. Read more...

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WOLF THEISS is ranked top for finance law, investment and in CEE.

September 2007. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Chambers Europe Guide 2007: WOLF THEISS is ranked top for finance law, investment and in CEE. Its lawyers are found to be "very experienced", "intelligent" and "outstanding".

On 3 May, the leading British publisher Chambers again published its annual directory of the best European lawyers - the Chambers Europe Guide 2007. WOLF THEISS again received an outstanding ranking in Austria.  WOLF THEISS's services were particularly praised in the fields of finance law, capital market and investment.

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WOLF THEISS is ranked top for finance law, investment and in CEE.

August 2007. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

Chambers Europe Guide 2007: WOLF THEISS is ranked top for finance law, investment and in CEE. Its lawyers are found to be "very experienced", "intelligent" and "outstanding".

On 3 May, the leading British publisher Chambers again published its annual directory of the best European lawyers - the Chambers Europe Guide 2007. WOLF THEISS again received an outstanding ranking in Austria.  WOLF THEISS's services were particularly praised in the fields of finance law, capital market and investment.

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Launch at WOLF THEISS: electronic legal communication now also on the Internet

August 2007. Press Releases by Wolf Theiss (view listing).

On 1 July 2007, it will become a legal requirement for all lawyers and notaries in Austria to use electronic legal communication (ELC / ERV-elektronischer Rechtsverkehr). ELC is appearing on the Internet ahead of this deadline on 2 April 2007, as WebERV. The system is being launched at Austria's largest law firm, WOLF THEISS.

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