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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.

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CHINA - PERSONAL TAXATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY : CHINESE AND FOREIGN NATIONALS ON AN EQUAL FOOTING

The People's Republic of China has initiated an overhaul of its social security system, reformed the personal taxation regime and has extended the scope of these laws to foreigners residing in China.

MOROCCO TO BECOME THE LEADING FINANCIAL PLACE IN AFRICA

The Kingdom of Morocco is supporting the ambition of becoming the leading financial place for Africa. In this context, a wave of draft laws is to be passed and implemented within the following months, amongst which, the Law No. 53.08, setting up a new financial authority, and the Law No. 54.08, reforming public offering rules, are of paramount importance to Moroccan and foreign issuers, and financial institutions.

ACQUISITIONS IN CHINA : ASSET OR SHARE DEAL?

The opportunities offered to foreign investors by the Chinese mergers and acquisitions market are increasing every year: in 2010, transactions involving foreign companies came to 60.1 billion euros, an increase of 21.2% compared with 2009. Seen from the West, where markets are declining, all sectors of the Chinese economy seem to be undergoing promising development and the statistics indicate that the Middle Empire will be a lasting springboard for growth.

BULGARIA MARKET OVERVIEW

December 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by BOYANOV & CO..

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The private equity (PE) funds that are active in Bulgaria are not raised or registered in the country. Some Bulgarian PE funds were raised recently, but there are no statistics as to the sources of their funding, their number, the funds that were accumulated, etc.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING COMMITMENTS

November 2011 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Vogel & Vogel.

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THE PROCEDURE IS CLARIFIED, BUT MAY COMMITMENTS APPLY WITHOUT LIMIT?

In most competition laws, the commitment procedure now plays a very significant role. Inspired by US consent decrees, it allows undertakings to solve the competition concerns contained in the preliminary assessment of the Competition Authority (the “Authority) and to propose commitments in order for them to avoid being sentenced for restrictive agreement or abuse of dominance.

Landmark decision by French Competition Authority in conditioned LPG case

November 2011 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Vogel & Vogel.

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cartel case closed after discovery that leniency application was largely based on forgeries and rejection of collective dominant position objection.

Legal Newsletter December 2010: EMPLOYMENT LAW

January 2011 - Employment. Legal Developments by Bersay & Associés .

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(1) No pre-dismissal actions are possible during maternity leave (2) Putting a protected employee back into his previous position after an unsuccessful attempt to a promotion requires the employee’s agreement (3) Means of measuring the electoral base of sector-based trade unions validated by the French Constitutional Council

Legal Newsletter December 2010: REAL ESTATE LAW

(1) The general contractor is not liable vis-à-vis third parties for damages caused by his subcontractor (2) Termination by right of a commercial lease by application of a cancellation clause implies a breach of the express obligations contained in that lease (3) A provision in a lease transferring to the lessee the cost of major repairs and of walls and roofs, must be narrowly interpreted

Legal Newsletter December 2010: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / NEW TECHNOLOGIES

(1) Patent law: the patentability of computer programs examined by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (2) Trademark law: Israel joins the International Trademark System (3) Trademark law: clarifications to the doctrine of exhaustion of rights

Legal Newsletter December 2010: COMPETITION / DISTRIBUTION

(1) Report on assessing sanctions for anticompetitive practices (2) The European Court of Justice maintains that in-house lawyers are not covered by legal professional privilege

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