Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Publishing firms

Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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

 

Bell Gully advises on the sale of leading Auckland radiology groups

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

​​​Bell Gully has advised the sellers on the sale of three leading Auckland radiology groups to Australian listed medical imaging company Integral Diagnostics (ASX: IDX).

Read more…

Bell Gully advises on nationally significant Asset Management and Facilities Management contract

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

Bell Gully has advised the Department of Corrections on a new national Asset Management and Facilities Management Services contract, considered to be one of the most significant outsourcings by the New Zealand Government in recent years.

Read more…

Bell Gully welcomes two new senior associates

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

Bell Gully has further strengthened the senior ranks of its corporate and resource mana​gement teams with the appointment of two new senior associates, Ryan Ellis ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​and ​​​Jill Gregory​.

Read more…

Bell Gully advises Orion Health Group Limited on its transaction with private equity technology inve

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

​​​Bell Gully advised NZX/ASX listed company Orion Health Group Limited (Orion Health) on its agreement in relation to Orion Health's Rhapsody and Population Health businesses with private equity technology investor Hg. Hg is a specialist technology private equity investor with funds of c.£10 billion under management.

Read more…

Bell Gully releases ninth Pro Bono and Community report

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

Many of the charitable organisations we partner with work tirelessly raising awareness for groups in society that are marginalised and unheard. They strive to give them a voice and the practical support they need to thrive.​

Read more…

Bell Gully advises software company Gentrack on accelerated entitlement offer

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

Bell Gully is advising NZX/ASX listed company Gentrack on an accelerated entitlement offer as it seeks to raise approximately NZD$90 million to pay down debt from recent acquisitions. Gentrack provides essential software services to utilities companies and airports.​

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Successful in Appeal Proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court Against the F

August 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

On 11 May 2016, the French tax authorities requested administrative assistance from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. The request was made based on lists containing several thousand UBS Switzerland AG account numbers which are or were held by persons presumed to be French residents for tax purposes. The French tax authorities were asking for Switzerland to provide names and dates of birth of the persons connected to the accounts as well as the account balances. UBS Switzerland AG (which the Federal Administrative Court ("FAC") had granted party status in its judgment A-4974/2016 of 25 October 2016) and private individuals directly affected lodged appeals with the FAC against the Federal Tax Administration’s final decisions, which were issued on 9 February 2018.

With its judgment A-1488/2018 of 30 July 2018 the FAC has now ruled on UBS Switzerland AG’s appeal and has concluded that one of the conditions has not been met in this case, namely the prerequisite that the request for administrative assistance must deliver grounds for assuming that the taxpayers involved have failed to comply with their tax obligations; the Court holds that simply having an account in Switzerland is not sufficient. The explanations delivered by the French authorities were insufficient.

The Federal Administrative Court affirms the appeal to the extent as it declares it admissible. The judgement can be appealed before the Swiss Federal Court within the restrictions of Art. 84a of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court Act of 17 June 2005 (i.e. if the legal question at stake is of fundamental importance or if the case is particularly significant for other reasons).

Bär & Karrer successfully represented UBS Switzerland AG before the Federal Administrative Court. The team included Andreas Länzlinger and Roman Huber (both Litigation).

Read more…

AVELLUM advises EBRD on senior secured loan to Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill

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

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) in connection with a senior secured loan of up to EUR10 million (with an option to incease the loan up to EUR25 million) to Private Joint-Stock Company “Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill” (“KCPM”).

Read more…

BGH – Abuse of superior market power is a violation of antitrust law

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

If a company abuses its market power, this constitutes a violation of antitrust law. In a ruling from January 23, 2018, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has bolstered the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (Az.: KVR 3/17).

Read more…

Bell Gully wins Deal Firm of the Year at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards

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

Bell​ Gully is delighted to have won the top New Zealand award, Deal Firm of the Year, at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards.

Read more…

Temporary Work Permits

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

It has been recently announced that Identity Malta would reduce the application time of a single work permit by weeks, by allowing foreign workers to start working (on a temporary basis) as soon as their application was approved.

Read more…

Introduction of new MGA Regulatory Framework moves to 1st August 2018

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

Further to the notification of the draft legal framework regulating gaming in Malta through the Technical Regulation Information System, a Detailed Opinion has been issued by a Member State in relation to the current draft of the Gaming Authorisations Regulations (the “Regulations”) and the European Commission and another Member State have also issued comments in relation to the various proposed legislative instruments.

Read more…

Malta Ahead of the Game: Three cryptocurrency and blockchain Bills passed the second reading stage

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

During a conference organised by the Malta Institute of Management, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri, announced that the three crypto-related bills, namely the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill, the Innovation Technological Arrangements and Services Bill, and the Virtual Financial Assets Bill will pass through the second reading in Parliament, and in fact yesterday evening the Maltese Parliament finalised the second reading stage. The bills will now move on to the committee stage and then on to the third reading stage. Once the third reading in parliament is concluded the bills will then be presented to the President of Malta for her assent and become law.

Read more…

Extension of the Special Designated Areas

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

By virtue of Legal Notice 181 of 2018, the list of Special Designated Areas has been extended to now include the Southridge Development in Mellieha.

In terms of Chapter 246 of the Laws of Malta, the following table would need to be followed for the acquisition of immovable property in Malta:

Read more…

Deduction for Transportation Cost of Employees Rules

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

At the end of February, the Deduction for Transportation Cost of Employees Rules were published through LN67 of 2018. These rules shall apply with respect to transportation costs incurred for the transport of employees as from the year of assessment 2018. These rules shall remain in effect up to the year of assessment 2020.

Read more…

VAT Grouping Regulations

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

By Virtue of L.N. 162, the newly implemented VAT Grouping regulations shall come into force as of 1st June 2018. VAT Grouping will enable members of a VAT Group to avoid irrecoverable VAT due on charges made between such members. Applicants forming the VAT Group will be required to be bound by financial, economic and organisational links. Moreover, one of the applicants within the VAT Group must be a taxable person who is licensed or recognised by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) or the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

Read more…

Deduction for Transportation Cost of Employees Rules

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

At the end of February, the Deduction for Transportation Cost of Employees Rules were published through LN67 of 2018. These rules shall apply with respect to transportation costs incurred for the transport of employees as from the year of assessment 2018. These rules shall remain in effect up to the year of assessment 2020.

Read more…

Notional Interest Deduction (NID) Rules

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

By virtue of Legal Notice 37 of 2018, the Maltese government introduced the Notional Interest Deduction (NID) Rules. Traditionally, businesses operating in Malta finance their operation via debt, given that interest is a deductible taxable expense. On the other hand, equity funded business do not have a corresponding deduction and hence the NID aims to equate the tax treatment of debt and equity by allowing the deduction of a notional interest over equity.

Read more…

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) Publishes Industry Guidelines on the General Data Protection Regula

July 2018. Press Releases by GVZH Advocates (view listing).

In anticipation of the coming into force of the GDPR, the MGA, in consultation with the Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (“IDPC”) has issued a guidance document which intends to provide B2C licensees with guidance on the processing of personal data carried out throughout the course of their gaming service operations.

Read more…

GOLAW has Successfully Defended the Interests of One of the Largest Banks in Ukraine

July 2018. Press Releases by GOLAW (view listing).

GOLAW has successfully defended the interests of Ukrsotsbank, one of the largest banks in Ukraine, in a credit dispute over the obligations under a surety agreement.

Read more…

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Abuse of a dominant market position – Antitrust assessment

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

Businesses are not allowed to abuse their dominant market position, as this constitutes a violation of antitrust law. The key issue that requires assessment is when this kind of abuse has occurred.

Read more…

Heirs within a patchwork family

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

Patchwork families, also known as blended families, are no longer a rarity today, yet succession law has yet to adapt to this development. According to the rules of intestate succession, stepchildren come away empty-handed.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group

July 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, through its acquisition company LEMRO AG, purchased the United Grinding Group from Körber Beteiligungen GmbH. The United Grinding Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision grinding machines.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer advised PSP Swiss Property on Sale of a Commercial Property

July 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

PSP Swiss Property sold a commercial property in Petit-Lancy, Geneva. The property at the Av. des Morgines 8/10 (approx. 14'000 m2 of rentable space) was sold for CHF 55 million to an affiliate company of Epic Suisse AG.

Read more…

JunHe Reputation | JunHe Ranked Tier 1 for Patent and Tier 2 for Trademark/Copyright by ALB 2018

July 2018. Press Releases by JunHe LLP (view listing).

Asian Legal Business, an authoritative publication on the law profession in the region, released its 2018 ALB IP Rankings in May 2018. Continuing the strong results it has consistently attained over the last 8 years, the JunHe IP team once again performed outstandingly well, maintaining a Tier 1 ranking for patent services and Tier 2 for trademark/copyright.

Read more…

Announcement | JunHe welcomes Mr. Chris Tang

July 2018. Press Releases by JunHe LLP (view listing).

JunHe warmly welcomes Mr. Chris Tang in our Hong Kong office. Mr. Tang’s areas of expertise are capital markets, corporate and M&A.

Read more…

GmbH shareholder’s rights of access and inspection

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

The shareholders of a GmbH, a type of German private limited company, have extensive rights to information that go beyond the general meeting of the shareholders, and they are able to exercise their rights of access and inspection.

Read more…

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners announce combination

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

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners announced that two law firms have agreed to combine effective 9 July 2018. This strategic combination brings together renowned transactional practice of AVELLUM and experienced dispute resolution practice of A.G.A. Partners.

Read more…

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Assessing manager liability in the event of imminent insolvency

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

One of a managing director’s duties is filing for insolvency on time. If this duty is breached, the managing director may be held personally liable.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Sha

July 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Idorsia Ltd successfully placed 11,912,000 new shares by way of an accelerated bookbuilding in a private placement with institutional investors. The placed shares are sourced from the company's existing authorized share capital and the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders have been excluded. The offer price was set at CHF 25.62 per share. Additionally, Idorsia successfully placed CHF 200 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2024 in a private placement with institutional investors.

Read more…

GOLAW has been recognised in 13 practices by the annual research "Ukrainian Law Firms: A Handbook fo

July 2018. Press Releases by GOLAW (view listing).

According to the annual research "Ukrainian Law firms in 2018", GOLAW has been recognised in 13 practices, while lawyers of the firm have been named as the notable practitioners in several fields of law. Among them - Managing Partner Valentyn Gvozdiy (Tax and Transfer Pricing, Litigation), Senior Partner Sergiy Oberkovych (Energy & Natural Resources), Partner Angelika Moisieieva and Counsel Igor Glushko (Criminal Law / White-Collar Crime). 

Read more…

VEGAS LEX in Best Lawyers 2019

June 2018. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

On 27 June 2018, the results of Best Lawyers 2019 rating* have been announced: VEGAS LEX experts strengthened its positions in main fields of law.

Read more…

BGH: Removal of a shareholder managing director for good cause

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

When it comes to the removal of a shareholder managing director of a GmbH, a type of German private limited liability company, for good cause, it is a matter of whether there was in fact good cause at the time the decision was taken.

Read more…

AVELLUM Advises Uber on Merger Control Clearance for Joint Venture with Yandex

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

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Uber on obtaining a merger control clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the creation of a joint venture with Yandex. The new company is valued at USD3.8 billion.

Read more…

No discrimination – Local authority position for equal opportunity officer only open women

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

Germany’s General Act on Equal Treatment, aka the allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG), is supposed to protect against discrimination, e.g. on the basis of gender. That being said, exceptions can be made, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Schleswig-Holstein [Regional Labour Court of Schleswig-Holstein].

Read more…

AVELLUM Advises Ukrainian Investment Firm on Establishment of JV in Renewable Energy Sector

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

AVELLUM Advises Ukrainian Investment Firm on Establishment of Joint Venture in Renewable Energy Sector

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine (“ICU”) on the establishment of a joint venture with VR Capital Group to develop a 63.8 MW solar power plant in Khmelnytskyi region.

Read more…

AVELLUM advises EBRD on UAH/EUR multi-currency loan to Nova Poshta

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

AVELLUM advises EBRD on UAH/EUR multi-currency loan to Nova Poshta

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) in connection with a senior secured loan of up to EUR9.5 million to Limited Liability Company “Nova Poshta” (“Nova Poshta”).

Read more…

AVELLUM advises Nordcurrent on acquisition of Blam! Games Studios

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

AVELLUM advises Nordcurrent on acquisition of Blam! Games Studios

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Nordcurrent on the acquisition of Blam! Games Studios. Nordcurrent is the largest game development studio in the Baltic region. Blam! Games Studios is a Ukrainian game development and animation studio, which has been cooperating with Nordcurrent since 2014.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisit

June 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Vontobel Holding AG successfully completed the placement of CHF 450 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.625% until 2023. The proceeds of this capital market transaction will be mainly used to finance the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche Private Bank.

Read more…

Legelata advises AGRIF COOPERATIEF U.A of the Netherlands in Acquisition of Stake in Inecobank cjsc

June 2018. Press Releases by Legelata Law firm (view listing).

AGRIF COOPERATIEF U.A. is a fund managed by Incofin Investment Management in Belgium. Incofin Investment Management is an alternative fund manager which are focused on investments in emerging countries and are driven by desire to promote inclusive progress. Leading investors of agRIF Cooperatief U.A  are leading development funds, banks, insurance companies, pension funds, high net worth and retail investors.

Read more…

Highlights: ELA Asia Pacific Client Conference

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) Asia Pacific Client Conference last March 13, 2018. The meeting was attended by 57 representatives from 26 Philippine companies, and by 27 representatives from ELA member firms in China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Read more…

Highlights: Multilaw Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 2018

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the Multilaw Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting last March 12-13, 2018. The meeting was attended by 31 representatives from Multilaw member firms in Australia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Iss

June 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Swiss Re Ltd (Swiss Re) has completed an offering of USD 500 million, 6-year senior exchangeable notes, which may be stock settled at the option of Swiss Re or may be exchanged at the option of noteholders for registered shares of Swiss Re, unless Swiss Re elects to settle the exchange of notes in cash. Swiss Re has purchased call options on its own shares, which allow it to settle an exchange by noteholders without issuing new shares.

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Bank Berenberg in the IPO of Klingelnberg

June 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Klingelnberg Ltd, a global leader in developing and manufacturing premium machine tools for bevel gear and cylindrical gear machining and precision measuring centers for gears, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Trading in the shares started on 20 June 2018. The shares of Klingelnberg were priced at CHF 53 per share, near the upper end of the price range, corresponding to a base offer of CHF 241 million. The offer price implies a market capitalization of approx. CHF 470 million leading to a free float of 56.6% (assuming full exercise of the over-allotment option), whereas the remaining 43.4% remain with the Klingelnberg family as anchor shareholder.

Read more…

Cederquist Advices on the Acquisition of Veterinary Care Provider AniCura

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

Cederquist has represented Mars, Incorporated, in its acquisition of the AniCura group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and other sellers.

Read more…

GOLAW lawyers have been highly recognised by the international peer-review survey Best Lawyers

June 2018. Press Releases by GOLAW (view listing).

GOLAW lawyers have been recognised as the leading professionals in several practices and included in the Ninth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2019. 

Read more…

Bär & Karrer Advises Summer Capital on the Acquisition of Swiss Education Group

June 2018. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Summer Capital, an Asia based investment management company, has acquired, by means of an affiliate, all shares of Swiss Education Group Holding AG, the holding company of the SEG group, a leading hospitality management education group that operates several schools in Switzerland.

Read more…

Prohibited advertising for homeopathic medicinal products featuring promise of success

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

The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München [Higher Regional Court of Munich] has ruled that promoting a homeopathic medicinal product with a promise of success is prohibited and a violation of competition law.

Read more…

VEGAS LEX law firm is sponsor of seminar-conference on matters of regulation of procurement activiti

June 2018. Press Releases by Vegas Lex Law Firm (view listing).

8 июня 2018 года юридическая фирма VEGAS LEX совместно с Национальным нефтегазовым форумом и участием ФАС России провела юридический практический семинар на тему «Новые законодательные инициативы и арбитражная практика в регулировании закупочной деятельности».

Read more…

Prohibited advertising – No bread roll vouchers at pharmacy

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

Pharmacies are bound by a uniform sales price for prescription medications. Even small additions to the price of medicinal products can constitute a violation of competition law.

Read more…

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to