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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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OTS Solicitors Achieves 12 Successful Visa Applications In One Day

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

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce that we have received back 12 biometric residence permit cards from UK Visas and immigration (UKVI) in one day.

The applications consisted of a mix of Indefinite Leave to Remain, residence cards and permanent residence cards.

It is unprecedented to have so many successful biometric residence cards come through in one day.

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Creative Industries Want Government To Act Sensibly With Immigration Policies Post-Brexit

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

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has released a Global Talent report which highlights creative industries contribute ÂŁ87 billion to the UK economy.  This is more than the automotive, oil and gas, aerospace and life sciences industries combined.

The creative industry also accounts for three million British jobs and is the country’s fastest growing sector.

There are fears, however, that the Government’s post-Brexit immigration policy could put enormous pressure on the sector.  Without freedom of movement, industry leaders say they will struggle to attract the “best and the brightest”.

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OTS Solicitors Win Appeal Against Asylum Refusal

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

Under UK law, everyone, irrespective of the evidence against them, is entitled to a defence.  This principle is especially applicable in cases involving asylum, whereby a person’s human rights may be violated if they are returned to their country of origin.

Asylum seekers need not be destitute, despite being portrayed as such by the media.  Countries that do not have a strong human rights track record, including some in the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa, do not necessarily distinguish between wealth and rank.  If a person faces criminal prosecution in certain countries, their access to justice can be severely limited and incarceration inhumane.

OTS Solicitors is a Legal 500 recommended law firm and has won numerous other awards for our immigration service (including a Global Excellence Award for the Most Trusted in Immigration Law).  My team and I regularly advise high-net-worth clients who have entered Britain on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa or a Tier 1 Investor Visa, who are facing charges in their home country, claim asylum.

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OLG Frankfurt: Contesting the renunciation of an inheritance on account of an error

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

As a matter of principle, an heir has the option of renouncing his or her inheritance. Under certain circumstances, the heir can also challenge and revoke this renunciation.

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Saudi Detains Senior Figures In Anti-Corruption Crackdown

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

Officials in Saudi Arabia have arrested dozens of high-ranking officials, including a billionaire prince who owns the Savoy Hotel in London in an anti-corruption clampdown that fortifies Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power-base.

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BGH on risk of confusion in trademark law

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

Anyone registering a trademark needs to make sure that no rights pertaining to an existing trademark will be infringed and that there is no risk of confusion between the trademarks.

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BGH: Online advertising must clearly reference energy efficiency class

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

When it comes to online advertising for electronic appliances, the energy efficiency class must be clearly visible to consumers. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) in its ruling of April 6, 2017 (Az.: I ZR 159/16).

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Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates Launch Dual Citizenship Report: European Region

October 2017. Press Releases by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates (view listing).

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates released a new report entitled ‘The Dual Citizenship Report’ which explores the treatment and legal status of dual citizenship in European Countries. To commemorate the launch of the report, the partners invited Hon. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on the 27th September 2017, who signed the first physical copy of the report.

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VEGAS LEX and FAS Russia discuss anticompetitive agreements and practice of revealing them

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

The VEGAS LEX law firm held a conference, with the participation of FAS Russia, devoted to the problems of revealing and proving various types of anticompetitive agreements.

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BAG: Strict requirements for dismissal on grounds of suspicion

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

It is possible to issue exceptional notice terminating an employment relationship if there is good cause for doing so. However, in cases involving dismissal for good cause based on suspicion, this suspicion needs to be underpinned by strong circumstantial evidence.

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SyCipLaw is Philippine Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017

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

For the second year in a row, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was named Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Arbitration Law Firm of the Year, and Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year at the 2nd ALB Philippine Law Awards. The firm also received the Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, while SyCipLaw partner Emmanuel M. Lombos was named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year.

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Nouscom AG USD 40 Mio. Series B Financing Round

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

Walder Wyss advises Abingworth and 5AM Venture on Nouscom’s Series B financing round. Nouscom is active in the development of tumor specific oncolytic viruses and patient specific cancer vaccines. The financing round was subscribed by Abingworth and 5AM Venture as well as by existing shareholders.

The Walder Wyss teams consists of Alexander Gutmans (Partner, Corporate, Venture Capital) and Jessica Aeschbach (Associate, Corporate).

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CREDIT INTERMEDIATION AND THE PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES

October 2017. Press Releases by VdA- Vieira de Almeida (view listing).

Decree-Law no. 81-C/2017, of 7 July, approved the regime governing Access to and Exercise of Credit Intermediary Activities and the Provision of Consultancy Services, which regulates the conditions, across the board, for the exercise of such activities in relation to any consumers in Portugal, regardless of the type and scope of credit agreement in question, having even transcended the reach of Directive no. 2014/17/EU on consumer credit agreements relating to residential immovable property, which it also partially transposed into Portuguese law.

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Contributing to local and international conferences and seminars

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

The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CFA) organised a valuable and practical seminar titled “Rights of Settlor and Beneficiaries under a Trust” on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.

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VEGAS LEX in IFLR1000 2018 Financial and Corporate guide

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

The IFLR1000 2018 Financial and Corporate ranking was published on October 13, 2017. VEGAS LEX has retained its prior positions and continued to increase the number of categories and recommended lawyers in the ranking.

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VEGAS LEX discusses contractual relations and disputes between developer and general contractor duri

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

Igor Chumachenko, VEGAS LEX Partner, Head of Real Estate, Land & Construction practice, took part in the breakfast meeting of АЕСОМ at which he told about contractual relations between developer and general contractor, and procedures to be complied with when electing a contractor on a tender basis, and current judicial practice regarding disputes between the parties to a construction contract.

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BGH: Advertisements must include all information material to the consumer

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

If an advertisement constitutes an “invitation to purchase”, it needs to include all of the information necessary for the consumer. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court (Az.: I ZR 41/16).

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VEGAS LEX consults Sanofi group on Special Investment Contract in Russia's pharmaceutical industry

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

On October 16, 2017, Sanofi signed one of the first federal special investment contracts with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Oryol Region Government.

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OLG Köln on validity of a nuncupative will before three witnesses

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

If the testator is at acute risk of death, it is possible to draft what is referred to in German as a “Nottestament”, or nuncupative will, before three witnesses. That being said, even a nuncupative will has to fulfil certain criteria for it to be effective.

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Breach of confidentiality obligation – Dismissal with immediate effect valid

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

Breach of a confidentiality obligation can justify issuing an employee with notice of dismissal with immediate effect. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Baden-WĂŒrttemberg [Regional Labour Court of Baden-WĂŒrttemberg] (Az.: 12 Sa 22/16).

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Baker & Partners Win Mondaq Award for Influential Commentary

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

Baker & Partners are delighted to have received a Mondaq award for the ‘Contributor With Most Popular Articles in Jersey’. Mondaq is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent online resources for professional legal, financial and regulatory information. The award is allocated based on detailed analysis of which articles are read the most across 70 countries, taking data from the Mondaq global website, newsletters and wider distribution network.

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European succession law – Implications for heirs and testator

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

Many German citizens prefer to spend their twilight years in warmer climates. Instead of holidaying in Majorca, the island becomes the centre of their lives. However, this has implications for inheritance.

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VEGAS LEX seminar on methods of analyzing business correspondence for corporate compliance purposes

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

VEGAS LEX has led a practical seminar, Business Correspondence: a methodology for reducing the risks of violating antimonopoly laws and commercial confidentiality, for legal departments and compliance specialists of companies in various industries.

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BAG: Dismissal with immediate effect on account of sexual harassment

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

Reaching into a work colleague’s personal space can justify dismissal with immediate effect, even if the act was not sexually motivated. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court (Az.: 2 AZR 302/16).

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Baker & Partners Recognised as Tier 1 Alongside Dispute Resolution Elite in Legal 500 UK 2017

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

 has been ranked as a Tier 1 legal firm for Dispute Resolution in the leading guide to law firms in the UK, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017.

The annual guide recommends law firms and lawyers across the UK based on location and strengths in practice areas. Baker & Partners was recommended as a Tier 1 firm for Dispute Resolution and a Tier 4 firm for Private Client, Trusts Tax. To achieve top tier status, the Baker & Partners team had to demonstrate a high level of expertise across the spectrum of Dispute Resolution, covering areas such as trust litigation, civil fraud and asset tracing.

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VEGAS LEX discusses construction contracts and shared construction participation agreements

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

Igor Chumachenko, VEGAS LEX Partner, Head of Real Estate, Land and Construction practice, spoke at the seminars of Modern Educational Technologies Development Institute (METDI) devoted to contractual relations between developer and general contractor and analysis of the viewpoints of developer and shared construction participant in shared construction participation agreements.

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SyCipLaw is National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was recognized as the Philippine National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards. SyCipLaw partners Anthony W. Dee and Ronald Mark C. Lleno received the award on the firm’s behalf.

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Slovenia Adopts Class Action Law

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

The Slovenian National Assembly adopted the Class Action Law, which will implement an important institute to the Slovenian legal system, i.e. mechanism of class action. This mechanism is already applied in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden, but is yet to be implemented in numerous EU member states. The new mechanism of class action will provide for the injured parties, both natural and legal persons, to file a compensation claim in case of mass harm situations. Besides a collective action for compensation, the law also provides for the possibility to file a collective action for the cessation of illegal behaviour against the infringers, as well as the procedure of collective settlement in case of mass harm events. The law will come into force on the 21st of October, 2017, while it will apply with effect from the 21st of April, 2018.

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Financial Times Praises AVELLUM for Innovation in Dispute Resolution

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

FT Innovative Lawyers 2017 recognised AVELLUM for pioneering the litigation strategy that helped to achieve a unique resolution from the Ukrainian court in favour of the bondholders of Ukrainian agricultural group Mriya.

Financial Times commended AVELLUM’s ability to convince the Ukrainian judiciary to admit new forms of evidence and to ensure protection of foreign investors’ rights through the Ukrainian court procedure.

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AVELLUM Advises on Ukraine’s USD3 Billion Sovereign Bond Issue and Tender Offer

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

AVELLUM acted as Ukrainian legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on its USD3 billion, 15-year, 7.375% Eurobond issue which was combined with the cash tender offer to the holders of the outstanding Eurobonds due 2019 and 2020. BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as joint lead managers on the transaction. The transaction is the first stand-alone sovereign bond issue by Ukraine since its 2015 sovereign debt restructuring.

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Foyen has advised Mandalay Resources in 40 million USD credit agreement

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

4 October, 2017

Foyen has advised Canadian mining company Mandalay Resources Corporation in its negotiation of a 40 million USD revolving credit facility with HSBC Bank Canada. Mandalay, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is the 100 % owner of the Bjorkdal gold mine in northern Sweden and the transaction has required a number of contracts regarding the Swedish business operation. Foyen’s team was led by partner Peter Dyer, assisted primarily by associate Elinor Pejryd.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Muhr und Bender on the Sale of its Stake in Feintool

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

On 3 October 2017, Dr. Thomas Muhr and Muhr und Bender KG sold their entire stake in Feintool International Holding AG (Feintool) amounting to 616,500 shares of Feintool corresponding to 13.81% of the total share capital of Feintool. The shares were sold to institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process led by Bank Berenberg.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Orior on the Placement of a CHF 110 Million Inaugural Bond Issue

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

Orior AG successfully completed the placement of its CHF 110 million inaugural bond issue. The bonds carry a coupon of 0.625% and will mature on 26 September 2023 at par. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. The issue was lead-managed by UBS AG and ZĂŒrcher Kantonalbank.

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VEGAS LEX announces a series of lectures on legal aspects of energy distribution at MSU

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

On October 4, 2017, Head of VEGAS LEX Energy practice Evgeniy Rodin opened a series of lectures at Masters' School MSU Law.

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Insolvency: BGH bolsters creditors‘ rights

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

Good news for creditors of an insolvent business partner: In its ruling of June 22, 2017, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has bolstered their rights when contesting a debtor’s transactions in insolvency proceedings (Az.: IX ZR 111/14).

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Valora on the Acquisition of BackWerk

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

Valora has signed an agreement to acquire BackWerk from Swedish financial investor EQT. BackWerk is a German-based food service company with over 340 locations mainly in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Completion is subject to merger control approval.

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BKL Partner Wu Cheol SONG Named “Disputes Star of the Year”

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

Wu Cheol SONG, a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”), was named the “Disputes Star of the Year” in South Korea at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017 held on September 28, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong.

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Eric Fort takes over as head of the New York office

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

Arendt & Medernach is delighted to announce that as of September, Eric Fort will succeed Bob Calmes as head of our New York office. Having successfully worked with institutional and private clients operating in Luxembourg, Eric brings a wealth of experience to the US office where our aim is to continue to provide tailored advice for our clients in this market.

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VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: Regulation of Advertising and Marketing in Russia

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

On September 14, 2017, the VEGAS LEX law firm and Pravo.ru organized a webinar on legal regulation and specifics of corporate marketing activities.

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RISF-2017: VEGAS LEX discusses fulfillment of special orders under EPC contracts and PPP experience

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

VEGAS LEX experts have spoken at the 6th Russian Investment and Building Forum, RISF -2017, discussing important current issues of performing special orders under EPC contracts and successful PPP practices in infrastructure projects.

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Immediate dismissal in case involving permitted second job invalid without prior formal warning

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

Before an employer issues notice of dismissal with immediate effect, it ought to examine whether a prior formal warning is necessary. Failure to do so can prove to be a costly mistake, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) DĂŒsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of DĂŒsseldorf].

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Foyen represents Huge Fastigheter in the sale of nine public-use properties

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

22 September, 2017

Huge Fastigheter is selling nine public-use properties with public operations in Huddinge comprising a total lettable area of 8,750 mÂČ and approximately SEK 16.8 million in rental income. The buyer is SamhĂ€llsbyggnadsbolaget (SBB), which shall take possession of the properties in the beginning of October 2017.

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Wills in cases involving childless married couples

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

Those who wish to play it safe when it comes to the subject of inheritance ought not to rely on the rules of intestate succession and should instead prepare a will. This also applies to childless couples.

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Make arrangements for inheritance early on in patchwork families

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

The number of what are referred to as patchwork or blended families is increasing, with these sometimes giving rise to problems in inheritance cases. For this reason, particularly unmarried couples and patchwork families should give thought to preparing a will or contract of inheritance.

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Possible to agree to age limit for managing directors as grounds for termination

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

It is possible to agree to an age limit for a managing director of a GmbH in his employment contract, with his reaching the specified age serving as grounds for ordinary notice of termination. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm].

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Successful representation at the 2nd English-Cypriot Law Day conference and developing further the A

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

The Cyprus Bar Association and the English Bar Council successfully organised the 2nd EnglishCypriot Law Day conference, which was held in Limassol, Cyprus on the 8th September 2017.... As a leading law firm, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC was one of the main contributors to the event. 

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BKA analyses Panama Papers – Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

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

It has been known since the beginning of July that the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, has purchased what are referred to as the “Panama Papers” and is set to analyse the controversial information they contain. Those who are concerned they may have evaded taxes can still submit a voluntary declaration.

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6 SyCipLaw Lawyers Included in Who’s Who Legal 2017 Experts Lists

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

Six of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s lawyers are listed in various Who’s Who Legal 2017 experts lists. Who’s Who Legal publishes 34 individual practice area guides covering corporate and commercial law, listing leading experts in these practice areas from over 150 national jurisdictions.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte: Experience drafting Berliner Testaments

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

Spouses ought to be afforded financial security in the event of their partner’s death. Many married couples want this to happen and therefore prepare a joint will, also referred to as a “Berliner Testament” (Berlin will).

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte – Assessing possible violations of antitrust law

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

Investigations looking into whether the so-called “car cartel” entered into illegal arrangements and thus breached antitrust law are currently underway. Should this be the case, the cartel members should anticipate heavy fines.

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