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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

 

Bundeskartellamt imposes fine for illegal price fixing

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

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed fines amounting to just under 11 million euros on two companies from the clothing industry on account of illegal vertical resale price maintenance agreements.

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ANDREINA DEGLI ESPOSTI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE VOLUME “THE ENERGY REGULATION AND MARKETS REVIEW”

October 2017. Press Releases by Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati (view listing).

ANDREINA DEGLI ESPOSTI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NEWLY RELEASED SIXTH EDITION OF THE VOLUME “THE ENERGY REGULATION AND MARKETS REVIEW”

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NautaDutilh opens Luxembourg Desk in New York

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

NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.

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VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: defense in competition abuse cases

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

VEGAS LEX experts have explained ways to defend companies in competition abuse cases, and how the authorities consider the most common types of violations in this area in a webinar they led jointly with Pravo.ru.

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Fifth Partnership "Medicines of Russia": VEGAS LEX about key trends in public procurement in the pha

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

On September 28, 2017, Anastasia Cheredova of VEGAS LEX Commercial group spoke at the Fifth Partnership "Medicines of Russia - to Interdisciplinary Dialogue" in Kazan, organized by the FAS Russia, the Ministry of Healthcare of Tatarstan, and the Association of Russian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.<</strong>

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SyCipLaw receives 12 ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017 nominations

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) has been shortlisted in twelve categories of the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017. The firm is nominated for ten firm of the year categories, and two of its partners are nominated for lawyer of the year categories.

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Karanović & Nikolić Advises In The Signing Of The Landmark PPP For The Vinča Waste Treatment Proj

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

Karanović & Nikolić advised in the signing of the biggest PPP project in Serbia for the landfill remediation and development of the waste treatment facility in Belgrade, VinÄŤa. The Belgrade Secretariat for Environmental Protection, the company "BeoÄŤista Energija" and the French-Japanese consortium, SUEZ Groupе - I-Environment Investments limited, signed a public-private partnership for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the waste management treatment and disposal centre in Serbia.

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Karanović & Nikolić Advises On AmSpec’s Acquisition Of Agri Services

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

Karanović & Nikolić advised AmSpec on the acquisition of Agri Services doo - an inspection and testing company serving the Agricultural and Petroleum market in the Danube region from their locations in Serbia and Hungary. The acquisition of Agri Services shows AmSpec's continued expansion into the Agri-market and is yet another strategic step for the company, as it maintains its focus on expanding its global service network.

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Foyen recruits another specialist in public procurement

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

 Press release 29th of August 2017

Foyen Law Firm has recruited procurement manager Johanna Hellström from Alingsås Municipality. Johanna joins the law firm's Public and Construction business sectors, writes Foyen in a press release.

Johanna comes most recently from AlingsĂĄs Municipality where she worked as a procurement manager for two and a half years in charge of the municipality's procurement activities and with personnel responsibility for five employees. As procurement manager, Johanna has had a role as a coordinator and strategist that involved decision support for the municipal leadership with respect to various legal issues and responsibility for training in procurement, both internally within the municipality and externally directed towards the business community.

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Bogus application – No right to compensation

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

If someone submits a bogus application without serious intent in response to a job advertisement, they are not entitled to demand compensation if the employer violates Germany’s Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) [General Act on Equal Treatment].

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Car cartel – Allegations against VW, Daimler and BMW

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

The suspicion was borne out: the car makers Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Porsche, Daimler and BMW are reported to have coordinated in relation to technology, suppliers and costs and formed a kind of car cartel.

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VEGAS LEX discusses VED pricing at RBC business breakfast

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

On August 29, 2017, VEGAS LEX Manager of Life sciences projects Maria Borzova moderated the session, Additional costs of pharmaceutical producers, held as part of the Vital and Essential Drugs (VED) price regulation business breakfast sponsored by RBC media holding and involving the Russian Ministry of Healthcare.

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VEGAS Academy: regulatory updates for the Russian pharmaceutical sector, August 2017

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

Within the framework of VEGAS Academy platform, we continue our monthly series of video updates on the key regulatory developments in the Russian pharmaceutical sector (in English language).

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BAG: No workplace surveillance using keyloggers without specific grounds

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

Monitoring an employee using a keylogger is only permissible if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that an offence or a serious breach of duty has been committed. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court.

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Straw man managing director held responsible for breaches of duty

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

Ignorance does not spare anyone from punishment. The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Celle [Higher Regional Court of Celle] confirmed that this holds true for managing directors who are merely a front, ruling that they are liable for breaches of duty.

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The Untapped Potential of South Eastern Europe

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

We have seen emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe opening up and developing quite quickly. Some of them have done so through their ascension to the European Union, and others by organising their legislation in accordance with European standards, opening up borders, having foreign investors come in, as well as putting in place free trade agreements and investment incentives.

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SyCipLaw receives Who’s Who Legal 2017 Country Award

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

The July 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and associate Jo Margarette W. Remollo entitled, “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines”. The article summarizes the Insurance Commission’s compliance guidelines on related party transactions, as set out in Insurance Circular Letter No. 2017-29. The Circular covers insurers, reinsurers, branch offices of foreign insurers, mutual benefit associations, pre-need companies, and health maintenance organizations and their intermediaries.

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Further Growth at ARNECKE SIBETH with the addition of Korea specialist

September 2017. Press Releases by ARNECKE SIBETH (view listing).

As announced ARNECKE SIBETH is growing further: the addition of Alexander Son on 1 September will strengthen ARNECKE SIBETH’s IP/IT/Commercial team. He will join the Munich office as an Equity-Partner not only to support the Practice Group but principally to develop a Korea-Desk at the firm.

Son has practiced as a lawyer in Munich since 2001, specialising in Intellectual Property rights. He was responsible in his last role at the German branch of US Firm Ratner Prestia for large clients such as Humax Digital, Seoul Semiconductor and Daewoo Electronics.

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Captain freed from arrest following maritime incident

August 2017. Press Releases by L.G. Zambartas LLC (view listing).

During the conference Grain Forum & Maritime Days 2017, attended by George Zambartas a Ukrainian ship owner engaged us through our associated law firm in Odessa, Interlegal  to make an urgent application to release the master from arrest.

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Minority Shareholders Protection

August 2017. Press Releases by L.G. Zambartas LLC (view listing).

L.G. Zambartas LLC has participated in a successful tender for the Study on Minority Shareholders Protection submitted to the European Commission and has been nominated as the national expert of Cyprus in this field on behalf of the European Commission.

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L.G. Zambartas LLC is a proud member of International Yacht Lawyers Network!

August 2017. Press Releases by L.G. Zambartas LLC (view listing).

We are glad to announce that since September 2015, L.G. Zambartas LLC has been a member of the International Yacht Lawyers Network (IYLN), international association of law firms specialized in yachting (www.iylawnet.com/index.php).

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Bell Gully releases eighth Pro Bono and Community report

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

Bell Gully releases eighth Pro Bono and Community report

Monday 24 July 2017

​​​New Zealand’s communities are supported by a diverse range of charitable organisations, many of which have come up with inventive approaches to address areas of need.

​​At Bell Gully we support these initiatives in the best way we can - by providing free legal advice - so charities can direct their resources towards helping our local communities thrive. Last year, the value of our pro bono work exceeded our NZ$1 million fee equivalent budget.

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BGH on illegal health claims in the context of advertising food items

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

In its ruling of March 29, 2017, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, clarified once again that health claims cannot pertain to products and must relate to substances (Az.: I ZR 71/16).

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Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufr

August 2017. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufry AG through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary to the HNA Group.

Bär & Karrer acted as legal advisor to Temasek. The team included Thomas U. Reutter, Roland Truffer, Annette Weber and Rebecca Schori (all M&A).

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New Way of Claiming Damages for Competition Law Infringements in Croatia

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

On the 22nd of July, 2017, the Law on Actions for Damages for Competition Law Infringements came into force in Croatia (the "Law"), implementing the EU Damages Directive​. Even though the existing Competition Law provides for the possibility of private enforcement in a relatively general manner, private claims for damages suffered from antitrust breaches have been underdeveloped and rarely utilised in Croatia (and in the rest of the region).

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Karanović & Nikolić Advises on OTP’s Acquisition of Vojvođanska Banka

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

Karanović & Nikolić, in cooperation with the global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, advised OTP Bank â€“ one of the leading banks in Central and Eastern Europe, on the acquisition of VojvoÄ‘anska Banka. The National Bank of Greece signed an agreement to sell its VojvoÄ‘anska Banka unit in Serbia and NGB Leasing, as well as its corporate loan portfolio in Serbia to Hungary's OTP Bank, for 125 million euros.

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Karanović & Nikolić advises on the Acquisition of Telenor Banka

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

Karanović & Nikolić advised River Styxx Capital on the acquisition of Telenor Banka. The companies signed an agreement by which the Bulgaria-based investment fund will acquire 85% of Telenor's shares in the Serbian online bank. Under this agreement of strategic partnership, the Norwegian telecommunications group will keep 15% of its shares in Telenor Banka.

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Depiction of a protected trademark on the site map for a fair not a trademark violation

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

Merely using a third-party’s protected trademark on the site map for a fair does not constitute a violation of trademark law. That was the verdict of the Landgericht (LG) Köln [Regional Court of Cologne] in its ruling of March 7, 2017.

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Bär & Karrer Advised Cummins on its Joint Venture with Eaton

August 2017. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

The global power leader Cummins Inc. announced that it successfully completed the formation of a joint venture with the power management company Eaton, concerning the design, manufacture, sale and support of automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles (named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies). As part of the transaction, the Swiss company Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies SĂ rl was formed earlier this year and Cummins acquired a 50% participation on 31 July 2017.

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Bär & Karrer Advised Jacobs Holding on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in OdontoSalute

August 2017. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Colosseum Dental Group, a fully owned portfolio company of Jacobs Holding AG, has acquired 70% of OdontoSalute, an Italian dental clinics group providing dental treatments of any kind through a national network. Colosseum is a leading provider of private dental care in the Scandinavian area, which is now operating in more than 150 clinics in Norway, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark and aiming at building a leading pan-European dentistry group. With this acquisition, Colosseum further expands into continental Europe and becomes one of the leading dentistry clinic operators in Italy.

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Cartel Office imposes fine on battery manufacturers for illegal arrangements

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

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed fines totalling around 28 million euros against two manufacturers of industrial batteries for entering into illegal arrangements.

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[KIM & CHANG] Who’s Who Legal Names Kim & Chang as “Korea Law Firm of the Year"

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On May 15, 2017, Who’s Who Legal awarded Kim & Chang “Country and State Awards 2017: Korea.”  This is the twelfth consecutive year that the firm has received this recognition.

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[KIM & CHANG] Who’s Who Legal Names Kim & Chang as the “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” in Global S

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

Kim & Chang is pleased to announce that it was named as “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal for our firm’s steadfast commitment to pro bono work and for providing phenomenal services in 2016.  Also, Kim & Chang is the only Asian law firm to be recognized as one of the top 10 leading law firms in the world for its pro bono services for four consecutive years. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Ranked 4th in the Acritas Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

In the recently announced Acritas “Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017,” Kim & Chang was again recognized as a top 5 law firm brand in the AP region.  Our fourth ranking is the highest distinction earned by a local firm.  The top 3 firms are global firms with regional offices worldwide.

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[KIM & CHANG] “Best Asian Law Firm 2017: Gold Award” at International Legal Alliance Summit & Aw

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On June 15, 2017, at The International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards 2017, Kim & Chang received the Gold Award – the highest recognition – in the “Best Asian Law Firm 2017” category.   

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[KIM & CHANG] “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

On May 4, 2017, Kim & Chang was named “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” and “Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards. 

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[KIM & CHANG] Winner of Asian-MENA Counsel Deals of the Year 2016

August 2017. Press Releases by Kim & Chang (view listing).

"Hyundai Merchant Marine Restructuring," one of Kim & Chang's 2016 representations, was among the 38 “Winning Deals” chosen by Asian-MENA Counsel for its annual “Deals of the Year” awards.  

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Dismissal due to illness only possible in the case of a negative health prognosis

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

While it is a relatively widespread misconception that employees cannot be dismissed while they are sick, dismissal due to illness does require certain conditions be fulfilled.

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Loose slips of paper not a valid will according to KG Berlin

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

When it comes to wills, it is important to observe certain formal requirements. According to the Kammergericht (KG) Berlin [Higher Regional Court of Berlin], a loose collection of notes cannot be considered a testamentary disposition.

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Animal shelter effectively designated as heir in will

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

It is not possible for animals to inherit, but the same does not hold true for animal shelters. That being said, a clearly drafted will needs to be prepared for this to happen.

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Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

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

Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.

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Submit a voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion while you still can

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

A voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion needs to be tailored to the exact circumstances of a given case. Only then can voluntary declaration actually lead to immunity.

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Dismissal with immediate effect after constantly working up working hours deficit

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

Flexible working hours are commonplace in many companies today. Notwithstanding this, employees must perform the work they owe to their employer pursuant to their employment contract, otherwise they may be faced with exceptional notice of dismissal.

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ILA Conference Cyprus

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

The Cypriot, French and Hellenic branches of the International Law Association (ILA) organised a successful conference on International Arbitration in Larnaca, Cyprus on 30th June and 1st July 2017.

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ETERNA LAW LAWYERS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED INTERESTS OF ONE OF THE LEADING EUROPEAN MANUFACTURERS OF V

August 2017. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Eterna law lawyers successfully defended interests of one of the leading European manufacturers of vitamins, pet food and pharmaceutical products-DSM Nutritional Products SP. z o. o.  in a dispute with the Ukrainian company. Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of the city of Kiev, in connection with the unpaid delivered goods to Ukraine.

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European Commission imposes fine on Google for antitrust violations

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

The European Commission has imposed a fine totalling 2.42 billion euros on the internet giant Google for violating antitrust law.

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Cyprus Tax residency for Individuals - Period of stay reduced to 60 days

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

On the 14th of July the Cyprus Parliament passed a law amending the Income tax law of 2002 as to the requirements of tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

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GSK Luxembourg expands its regulatory and investment funds practice with a new hire

August 2017. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

GSK Luxembourg expands its regulatory and investment funds practice with a new hire from Clifford Chance

GSK Stockmann’s Luxembourg office that opened a year ago is rapidly growing and is further expanding its regulatory and investment funds team. Arne Bolch has recently joined the Luxembourg team consisting of partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann, Dr. Philipp Mössner and Mathilde Ostertag as a new local partner.

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GSK Luxemburg baut Aufsichts- und Investmentfonds-Praxis mit Partnerzugang von Clifford Chance aus

August 2017. Press Releases by GSK Stockmann + Kollegen (view listing).

Das vor einem Jahr eröffnete Büro von GSK Stockmann in Luxemburg wächst rasant und baut sein Aufsichts- und Investmentfonds-Team weiter aus. Als neuer Local-Partner verstärkt seit kurzem Arne Bolch das Luxemburger Team um die Partner Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann, Dr. Philipp Mößner und Mathilde Ostertag.

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