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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.

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

 

Promotions at Walder Wyss

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

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

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New counsel at Walder Wyss

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

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

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Berliner Testament – Final heir able to reclaim gifts

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

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

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KOCHAƃSKI ZIĘBA & PARTNERS has advised EPP on the acquisition of the O3 Business Campus II office

January 2018. Press Releases by Kochanski Zieba & Partners (view listing).

Echo Polska Properties N.V. (EPP has acquired from Echo Investment S.A. another building of the O3 Business Campus office complex in Krakow under the right of first offer (ROFO) contract. The office building, constituting the second stage of the O3 Business Campus office was valued at EUR 49.2 million.

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

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

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

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DPE acquires AWK Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Societe Generale Acquires Jubanka’s Credit Portfolio

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

Karanović & Nikolić advised on Societe Generale Srbija's acquisition of a part of Jubanka's credit portfolio – which included housing and cash credits, credit cards, as well as credits for small and medium-sized enterprises. Societe Generale Srbija is now the third largest bank in Serbia in terms of credit volume.

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Serbian Bankruptcy Law Amended

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

arbitrationAfter two long years of analysing and debating, the Serbian Parliament adopted changes to the Bankruptcy Law and they have entered into force on the 25th of December, 2017.

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Transfer Of Claims No Longer A Problem In Enforcement

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

Ever since the latest Law on Enforcement and Security entered into force on the 1st of July, 2016, an issue arose over the wording and scope of Article 48, dealing with how creditors acquiring claims can initiate enforcement. The main idea behind this new law was to make it easier for creditors to collect claims.

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Company reintegration management program necessary in cases of dismissal due to illness

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

Before issuing notice of dismissal on account of illness, an employer ought to assess whether the relevant employee’s inability to work can be overcome with the help of a company reintegration management program.

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Tamedia Announces Public Tender Offer for Goldbach Group

January 2018. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

Tamedia AG announces an all cash public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Goldbach Group AG listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Tamedia offers CHF 35.50 per share of Goldbach Group, representing a transaction amount of around CHF 216 million. The board of directors of Goldbach Group recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.

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SyCipLaw is listed in the Asialaw Profiles 2018

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is listed in various rankings in the Asialaw Profiles 2018. The firm is outstanding in Banking & Finance; Capital Markets, Construction & Real Estate; Corporate/M&A; Dispute Resolution & Litigation; Energy & Natural Resources; Intellectual Property; IT, Telco & Media; Labour & Employment; and Taxation. It is highly recommended in Projects & Infrastructure; and Shipping, Maritime & Aviation; and recommended in Competition & Antitrust.

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Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017

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

SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan was a panelist on “Critical Regulatory Issues and Update from Jurisdictional Insurance Regulatory Lawyers” at the Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017 last October 20 at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Ms. Lapitan and other featured insurance regulatory experts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea discussed updates and shared insights on property/casualty insurance, life insurance and reinsurance developments in their respective countries.

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Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is named the 2017 Philippines Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (IP). The firm is also ranked in Patent, and Trademark and Copyright listings. SyCipLaw is Tier 1 in Trade Mark Prosecution, Trade Mark Contentious, and Patent. It is recommended in Copyright. 

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SyCipLaw is Philippines Firm of the Year at the 1st asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was recognized as the Philippines Firm of the Year at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017. SyCipLaw partner Leslie C. Dy received the award on the firm’s behalf.

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Planned closure justifies compulsory redundancy

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

If an employer seriously intends to close an establishment then it can issue notices of dismissal due to operational circumstances, i.e. notices of compulsory or forced redundancy. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Rheinland-Pfalz [Regional Labour Court of Rhineland-Palatinate] (Az.: 5 Sa 51/16).

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Successful loan withdrawal due to unclear information regarding conclusion of building insurance

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

Missing or incorrect mandatory information in relation to real estate mortgages that have been taken out since June 11, 2010 means that loan withdrawal is still a possibility.

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Foyen has assisted OX2 in multi billion sek windpower transaction

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

20 December, 2017

The renewable energy company OX2 has been awarded the contract to construct the 357 MW Valhalla wind power farm with 85 wind power plants in Sweden. It will be one of the largest land-based wind power farms in Europe. The customer for the project is Aquila Capital.

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STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC ADVISES THE €100 MILLION RESTRUCTURING OF THE ATHIENITIS GROUP

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

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC advised Athienitis Group over €100 million debt restructuring

The high profile transaction was one of the most complex restructuring in Cyprus as involved bank debt, bond holders issues and related litigation, financing provided by the Cyta Provident Fund, minority shareholder considerations and the construction and management of the Nicosia Mall a project with a construction cost of over €uro100million.

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Foyen has assisted Walerud Ventures and Almi Invest with investment in IoT company

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

7 November, 2017 

Walerud Ventures, together with Almi Invest, recently invested SEK 7.5 million in Ekkono Solutions.

Ekkono Solutions' business involves "machine learning" and linked objects, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), with a focus on the manufacturing industry. Ekkono's solutions allow IoT products to learn and adapt, which results in production optimisation and minimisation of manual monitoring/service. 

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NEW PARTNERS

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

The Law firm of Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, with pleasure announces the appointment as new Partners / Directors:

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M&A transactions: Amendment to the Außenwirtschaftsverordnung means more rigorous auditing

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

M&A transactions were heading for a record high in Germany last year. German firms were a popular target among foreign investors interested in corporate takeovers.

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Key Speakers at the Cyprus Fiduciary Association seminar

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

Once again, The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CFA) selected our law firm to present another specialised and highly demanded seminar, the “Advanced Directors’ Workshop”, which took place on 30th November and 1st December 2017 in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the bankruptcy practice and strategy in the Russian Federation at a workshop

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

VEGAS LEX held in Moscow a workshop on the matters related to the trends and problems of practical application of bankruptcy legislation for employees of Inter RAO Group.

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Bell Gully performs strongly in top legal directories

December 2017. Press Releases by Bell Gully (view listing).

The latest results from leading legal directories The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific confirm Bell Gully’s leading position in the New Zealand legal market.

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Foyen in Getting the Deal Through Mining 2017

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

19 October, 2017

Foyen is the proud co-author of the global legal guide to mining, Getting the Deal Through – Mining 2017. The guide provides a quick overview of mining legislation in 28 countries.

Getting the Deal Through is a publication covering 75 business areas and containing information and analysis related to more than 150 jurisdictions. Many of the world’s leading lawyers and law firms have cooperated on Getting the Deal Through with the aim of compiling a unique information resource. The various sections in the publications have been authored by experts within the relevant subject area and jurisdiction.

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Foyen appoints three new partners

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

12 December, 2017

Foyen continues to grow and, on the path to our goal of becoming Sweden’s largest business law firm in project and technology-related law, Foyen has named three new partners. Christoffer Löfquist, Oscar Wackling and Richard Sahlberg who will become partners of the firm beginning on 1 January 2018.

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Foyen assists Pegital in the acquisition of IT-Hantverkarna

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

15 December, 2017

Foyen has assisted Pegital in the acquisition of the services company, IT-Hantverkarna. Through the acquisition, Pegital expands its business operations to cover IT services for small and midsize companies. Pegital owns the accounting firm Fortner, the home services company HomeMaid, and Veteranpoolen. All of the just over 80 employees of IT-Hantverkarna will join Pegital.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the major trends in government procurements of pharmaceutical drugs in 2017

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

On 14 December 2017, Anastasia Cheredova, associate of VEGAS LEX Commercial group, spoke at the Fifth All-Russian Congress “Pharmaceutical activity in Russia and in EEU: Winter 2017 statutory regulation” organised by the Agency for Social and Economic Development with support of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and other ministries and industry-specific agencies.

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Agreements and disagreements under a general contractor contract: what should be taken into account?

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

VEGAS LEX, with participation of the development company GVA Sawyer and with support of the Russian Managers and Developers Guild, in Moscow, held a seminar that is dedicated to selection of a general contractor and structuring of relations with it for the purpose of minimization of risks and losses when implementing development projects.

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VEGAS LEX is ranked among the best law firms by “Pravo.ru-300” 2017

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

There were published the results of the annual ranking “Pravo.ru-300” according to which VEGAS LEX became a leader in the areas of Commercial Real Estate / Construction and PPP and gained recognition in other areas of law.

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Dismissal on grounds of conduct requires proper justification

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

If an employee violates obligations set forth in his employment contract, he may then be issued with notice of dismissal on grounds of conduct. That being said, the notice needs to well prepared if it is to be effective.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises AON Schweiz on the Acquisition of Unidelta

December 2017. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

On 30 November 2017, AON Schweiz AG, a leading global service provider for risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokers as well as adviser on human resources, has acquired 100% of the shareholding in Unidelta AG, an all-branch insurance broker based in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Unidelta is specialized in risk management and has particular designed services in personal injury management.

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OTS Wins AI Excellence Award For The Most Trusted [Immigration] Lawyers 2017

December 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce we have been awarded the Acquisition International (AI) Excellence Award for the Most Trusted [immigration] Lawyers 2017.

AI is a monthly magazine dedicated to providing information to the corporate world.  It has a circulation of 108,000 people in over 170 countries and regularly attracts editorial submissions from large corporate players, including KPMG, EY, PwC and Deloitte.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the recovery of damages when considering the cases over insurance in the court

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

VEGAS LEX discusses the recovery of damages when considering the cases over insurance in the court Victor Petrov, Head of Litigation practice, told about the practice of consideration of disputes arising from insurance agreements and the ways of recovery of damages in these disputes at a round-table meeting on the topic “Insurance disputes and claims settlement: experience, trends and current practice”.

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Rare Granting Of Adult Dependent Relative Visa Thanks To OTS Solicitors

December 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors has been ranked highly by the Legal 500, and we have won numerous other awards for our immigration services (including a Global Excellence Award for the Most Trusted in Immigration Law).  OTS recently had an extraordinary success with an Adult Dependent Relative Visa being granted for the elderly relatives of a client.

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Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

December 2017. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 267,300,000 Zero percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027.

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GetYourGuide announces USD 75 million Series D financing round

December 2017. Press Releases by Walder Wyss Ltd (view listing).

GetYourGuide, the leading online marketplace for travel activities, announced a USD 75 million series D financing round led by Battery Ventures. The company’s existing investors KKR, Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Nokia Growth and Sunstone Capital joined Battery in its investment.

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Webinar of VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru: anticompetitive agreements and practice of their revealing

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

The attorneys of VEGAS LEX Commercial group together with Pravo.ru held a webinar regarding the problems of revealing and proving various types of anticompetitive agreements.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises the Sellers of AWK Group

December 2017. Press Releases by BĂ€r & Karrer (view listing).

The owners of AWK Group AG sold the company to Deutsche Private Equity GmbH, an independent German investment company. AWK Group is one of the largest independent Swiss consulting firms for information technology and digitalization.

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OLG Köln: Contesting acceptance of an inheritance on account of an error

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

If an inheritance is not rejected within a period of six weeks then it is deemed to have been accepted. Notwithstanding this, it may still be possible to contest the acceptance of the inheritance.

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OTP Bank Buys Vojvođanska Banka

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

Hungary's OTP Bank bought Vojvođanska Banka, as well as NGB Leasing and the National Bank of Greece's corporate loan portfolio in Serbia. This is one of the biggest recent banking transactions in the region and it was closed on Friday, the 1st of December in Belgrade. Karanović & Nikolić advised the buyer – OTP Bank, one of the leading banks in Central and Eastern Europe, throughout all of the stages of the acquisition process.

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The basic initiatives of FAS Russia were discussed at a meeting of the RSPP Committee

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

On 29 November 2017, a meeting of the RSPP Committee for promotion of competition, involving the representatives of FAS Russia and VEGAS LEX, was held in order to discuss the antimonopoly service’s initiatives in the area of IT, protection of competition, procurements, administrative and criminal law and tariff regulation.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the specifics and prospects of conclusion of “non-competition agreements”

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

On 28 November 2017, the VEGAS LEX law firm held a breakfast meeting, at which the mechanisms and prospects of the “non-competition” agreements, which ensure preserving of a status quo upon withdrawal of partners from business and which are focused on the companies’ protection against “leakage” of trade secrets (know-how), disclosure of confidential information and “solicitation” of the company’s key personnel by competitors, were discussed.

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VEGAS LEX discusses SICs at the fourteenth joint meeting of the Russian-Japanese and Japanese-Russia

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

Maxim Grigoryev, VEGAS LEX Partner and Head of special projects, spoke at the fourteenth joint meeting of the Russian-Japanese and Japanese-Russian committees for economic cooperation on the topic of efficient use of special investment contracts (SICs) for the creation and development of production in Russia.

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SyCipLaw is largest Philippine firm in 2017 ALB survey

December 2017. Press Releases by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (view listing).

In its November 2017 cover story on the 2017 Asia Top 50, ALB lists SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as the largest law firm in the Philippines. ALB’s Asia Top 50 is an annual list of Asia’s largest law firms by headcount.

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Karanović & Nikolić Hosts The Empowering Students To Enter The Workplace Conference

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

Karanović & Nikolić hosted the "Empowering Students to Enter the Workplace" HR conference, held on the 30th of November in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organised in cooperation with Stanton Chase, one of the top 10 global retained executive search firms, and the guests and panellists included leading professionals in the field of human resources, as well as employment law experts.

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