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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

 

Baker & Partners Provide Insights into Regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ for Local Industry

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

At a Breakfast Briefing Event this week, entitled ‘Walking The Tightrope’, Baker and Partners provided guidance on current regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ to Jersey’s compliance industry. The panel discussion facilitated by, Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Tim SmithAdvocate William Redgrave and Advocate Simon Thomas Baker & Partners, discussed several important areas of focus for finance industry professionals with particular emphasis on effective Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARs) and Sanctions issues.

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MOSCOW OFFICE OF ETERNA LAW REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF THE OWNER OF LARGE ASSETS (SHOPPING CENTER)

Eterna Law team represented the interests of the Group of companies located in Belgorod region in a dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia on sanctions for the violation of antimonopoly legislation of the Russian Federation in the form of an agreement with a public authority to limit competition.

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VEGAS LEX at INNOPROM-2017

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

VEGAS LEX Partner, Head of special projects Maxim Grigoryev has discussed problems in implementing special investment contracts (SPIC) and ways to avoid them, and the potential of SPIC for migration to best available technologies (BAT) at the INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Exhibition in Yekaterinburg.

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ETERNA LAW SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF POLISH AGRO COMPANY

Eterna Law successfully defended the interests of Polish agro company in a dispute with the Ukrainian agro trader.

Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of Chernihiv oblast in connection with baseless retaining pre-paid contracts for the supply of agricultural products

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VEGAS LEX discusses the formal logic tools and written communication skills

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

On 11 July 2017, VEGAS LEX held in its office the workshop “Dealing with the rule-making initiatives. The skills of drafting opinions and commentaries” dedicated to adjustment of key algorithms of logic analysis and written communication skills for the professionals of companies operating in pharmaceutical sector and related industries

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AVELLUM Advises Seller on Sale of Karavan Hypermarket Chain to Auchan Group

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

AVELLUM acted as a legal advisor to the seller regarding the sale of Karavan Hypermarket chain to Auchan Group.

AVELLUM provided the seller with legal support in preparation, negotiation and signing of the transactional documents.

The transaction was subject to obtaining a merger control clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

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AVELLUM Advises Kernel Holding S.A. on Acquisition of Farming Business by Its Subsidiary

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

AVELLUM advised its longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. (“Kernel”) on the acquisition of 100% of shares in a farming business that manages over 170,000 tons of grain storage capacity and over 27,500 hectares of leasehold farmland by one of its subsidiaries. Total consideration of the deal amounted to USD43.3 million and was paid in cash.

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine approved the acquisition in May 2017.

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CJEU: Impermissible advertising for glucose featuring true statements

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

Even if health-related advertising claims are true, they may still mislead consumers and thus be impermissible. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) (Az.: C-296/16 P).

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic

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

The owners of Rotronic AG, which develops and manufactures measuring technologies, sold the company to funds managed by Battery Ventures.

BĂ€r & Karrer acted as legal adviser to the sellers in this transaction. The team included Christoph Neeracher, Thomas Rohde, Philippe Seiler, Yves Suter and Sarah Nyfeler (all M&A), Susanne Schreiber and Cyrill Diefenbacher (both tax) as well as Corrado Rampini and Charles Gschwind (both real estate).

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BKL Partner Kap-You (Kevin) KIM Appointed as President of KCAB International Arbitration Committee

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

Mr. Kap-You (Kevin) KIM, a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”), has been appointed as President of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (“KCAB”).

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MOUHAMED KEBE APPOINTED AS A MEMBER OF THE ICC’S INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION

July 2017. Press Releases by GENI & KEBE (view listing).

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC’s) International Court of Arbitration is recognised as one of the world’s leading arbitration institutions.  It administers arbitrations from 3 locations (Paris, Hong Kong and New York) through a Secretariat working in 28 languages.  Court Members are experienced arbitration practitioners drawn from over 100 countries.

The Court has appointed Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner of sub-Saharan law firm GENI & KEBE, as a new Member of the Court from 1 July 2017.

Mr Kebe holds a Certificate in Commercial and Investment International Arbitration from the University of London and is a chartered arbitrator before the Arbitration Court of the OHADA States.

“Strong arbitration institutions are an important factor in encouraging commercial confidence,” explains Mr Kebe.  “It is an honour to be appointed to the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration and I look forward to providing high quality and efficient service to the Court’s users.”

Mr Kebe is one of 41 new appointed members from 38 countries.  The Court’s President, Mr Alexis Mourre, notes ““The diversity of new Court members underscores our commitment to ensure the Court draws on the full range of expertise and experience found in our global network.”

For more information, please see

https://iccwbo.org/media-wall/news-speeches/icc-court-announces-new-members/ 

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FAVOURING SLOVENIAN ORIGIN IS CONTRARY TO EU LAW

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

On the 8th of June, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) reached an important decision in the case Medisanus d.o.o. v General Hospital Murska Sobota (C-296/15) concerning public procurement procedures. The judgement is relevant from both the procedural aspect - since the National Review Commission (DKOM) was acknowledged for the first time as a “national court” for the purposes of Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as from the substantive point of view – due to the emphasis on the principle of equal treatment and the prohibition of discrimination within public procurement procedures.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte: Assessing managers’ liability risk

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

Company managers bear a high level of not only responsibility but also risk. Various measures can be taken to reduce the risk of directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability.

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Making arrangements for one’s estate early on with a will or contract of inheritance

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

Inheritance is set to become an ever more important topic in the coming years, which is why it is more crucial than ever to think about the distribution of one’s estate at an early stage.

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RĂ©gis Muller joins MOLITOR as Counsel

July 2017. Press Releases by MOLITOR Avocats Ă  la Cour (view listing).

Luxembourg, 10 July 2017 - MOLITOR Avocats Ă  la Cour announces the arrival of RĂ©gis Muller to its Employment, Pensions & Immigration Department.

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TAX TREATMENT OF INTRA-GROUP BACK-TO-BACK FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS

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

The Cyprus Tax Department ("TD") has issued an interpretative Circular on 30th of June as to the tax treatment of intra group back to back financing arrangements. This follows the TD announcement that it will cease applying the minimum accepted profit margin on back to back loan schemes as agreed in July 2011.

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DC Finance Family Office & Wealth Management Conference in Israel: Cyprus Citizenship and Permanent

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

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, participated in DC Finance conference in Israel on the 13th of June 2017. The seminar took place at Hilton, Tel-Aviv.

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Occupational rehabilitation management program and dismissal due to illness

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

In the case of sick employees, employers ought to closely explore the possibility of an occupational rehabilitation management program. Otherwise, dismissal due to illness may be invalid.

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VEGAS LEX discusses the judicial practice concerning the debt collection in the housing and utility

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

Ilya Shengeliya, VEGAS LEX’s Southern Directorate Project manager, made an overview of the judicial practice concerning non-payments in the housing and utility sector at a round-table meeting of the Publishing House "Кommersant” in Rostov-on-Don.

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Voluntary declaration for tax evasion still possible

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

While the number of voluntary declarations for tax evasion is declining, voluntary disclosure remains possible and is the only way of avoiding the imminent prospect of a conviction for tax evasion.

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Russian Industrialists, VEGAS LEX and FAS Russia discuss the specifics of, and judicial disputes in

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

On 22 June 2017, there was held a roundtable of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) and VEGAS LEX, involving FAS Russia, dedicated to the matters of legal regulation of the energy resources supply to industrial enterprises.

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Foyen recruits public procurement specialist

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

Press release 29th of June 2017

Foyen Advokatfirma has recruited senior associate Ann Liljedal from the Administrative Court in Falun. Ann joins Foyen’s Public Procurement and Construction business sectors.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises CliniSciences on the Acquisition of BIOTREND Chemicals

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

On 13 June 2017, CliniHolding S.Ă  r.l. (CliniSciences) acquired the entire stake in BIOTREND Chemicals AG (BIOTREND) from its founders. BIOTREND is a leading distributor of high-quality reagents and biochemicals for the life science research community in Switzerland, Germany and USA.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte: Experience in antitrust law – 9th amendment to the GWB

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

Antitrust law is not something that merely concerns large corporations. It also affects small and medium-sized businesses. Violations of antitrust law can be met with severe penalties.

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Foyen has represented Åby TravsĂ€llskap in a trade fair centre and hotel joint venture project

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

30 June, 2017

Åby TravsĂ€llskap has entered into a joint venture with Klövern for the construction of a trade fair centre and hotel adjacent to the Åby Racetrack in Mölndal. The project value is approximately SEK 500 million and approximately 30,000 sq. m. of lettable space is involved.

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The realities and forecasts of the practice for recovery of damages were discussed

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

The law firm VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru held a breakfast meeting dedicated to the main trends, rules and specifics of, and exceptions to, the practice for recovery of damages.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve on the Placement of CHF 200 Million Additional Tie

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

Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve successfully completed the placement of CHF 90 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds and CHF 110 million tier 2 subordinated bonds due 2027. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.00%. The tier 2 subordinated bonds were issued at 100.024% of their nominal amount with an interest of 1.125% and will mature on 28 June 2027 at their nominal amount. Both bonds have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. UBS AG, ZĂŒrcher Kantonalbank and Banque Cantonale de GenĂšve acted as Joint Lead Managers.

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Cederquist represents Qliro Group in its divestment of Lekmer to Babyshop

July 2017. Press Releases by Advokatfirman Cederquist (view listing).

Cederquist has represented Qliro Group AB (publ) in its divestment of Lekmer AB and Scandinavian Kids Group AB.

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VEGAS LEX and Federal Tax Service of Russia discuss the change of directions of the tax control and

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

The main trends of the tax control and the matters of taxation and tax collection were discussed at a round-table meeting of VEGAS LEX with the participation of the Federal Tax Service’s representatives.

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AVELLUM Advises Investor on Acquisition of 99.91% Stake in Marfin Bank from Cyprus Popular Bank

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

AVELLUM advised Saggarco Ltd on the acquisition of 99.91% stake in PJSC Marfin Bank (“Marfin Bank”) from Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (“CPB”).

We assisted our client with the due diligence of Marfin Bank, pre-transaction restructuring, transaction documentation, approvals of the National Bank of Ukraine and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

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AVELLUM Advises MHP on Benchmark Eurobond Issue

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

AVELLUM acted as Ukrainian legal advisor to MHP S.A. (“MHP”) on the benchmarck USD500 million, 7 year, 7.75% Eurobond issue with the benefit of the guarantees from its Ukrainian subsidiaries. The joint lead managers on the transaction were J.P. Morgan Securities plc and London Branch of ING Bank N.V.

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Eterna Law Kazakhstan advised Jacobs Kazakhstan

Eterna Law Kazakhstan advised Jacobs Kazakhstan in relation with its re-registration. Services included preparation and filing of corporate resolutions and other documents, required by law. The project was handled by Konstantin Derbyshev, Senior Associate.

Eterna Law Almaty office is recommended by Legal 500 in the field of Corporate and M&A (Tier 3). 

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BAG: Dismissal with the option of altered conditions of employment needs to be sufficiently precise

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

In the case of dismissal with the option of altered conditions of employment, the offer to continue the employment relationship needs to clearly define the new terms. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court (Az.: 2 AZR 68/16).

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BĂ€r & Karrer wins Europe Women in Business Law Award

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

BĂ€r & Karrer is pleased to announce that partner Tina WĂŒstemann, who heads the private clients team, won the title 'Best in trusts & estates' at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards ceremony on 15 June 2017 in London. This is the second time Tina WĂŒstemann wins this award. In addition, partner and dispute resolution specialist Nadja Jaisli Kull was shortlisted as 'Rising Star Litigation'.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte: Assessing obligation to make social security payments in the case of mana

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

Whether a managing director is obliged to make social security contributions depends on various factors. GRP Rainer RechtsanwÀlte has carried out an assessment of the obligation to make social security payments.

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Bell Gully tops first quarter M&A league tables

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

​Bell Gully has topped the three major international league tables for mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2017, extending the market-leading position the firm held in 2016.

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Shareholders’ agreements under Russian law become a working tool

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

On June 6, 2017, VEGAS LEX hosted a workshop to discuss problematic issues and key aspects of structuring shareholders’ agreements under Russian law.

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Boult Wade Tennant ‘highly recommended’ by IAM 1000

June 2017. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Boult Wade Tennant has again been listed as ‘highly recommended’ in IAM Patent 1000’s ‘The world’s leading patent professionals 2017’ annual review. As well as this, two senior team members have been listed as ‘highly recommended individuals: prosecution’, which is both a personal achievement and one that reflects the hard work and dedication of the teams with which they work.

The IAM guide aims to identify the leading patent professionals in key jurisdictions across the globe. The list is the result of five months of detailed research involving interviews and surveys with thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys. The named practitioners have received high praise and recommendations from both peers and clients alike.

On the inclusion, Senior Partner Nick Mcleish commented “I am delighted to see

Boult Wade Tennant ranked so highly by this prestigious directory. We are extremely proud to read that our clients praise our work and comment that ‘everything you see from Boult Wade Tennant screams high quality’. To also have so many of our individuals recognised further demonstrates the firm’s continued approach to offering innovative and practical advice to the widest range of clients and is evidence of the exceptional client service we strive to provide.”

Click here to view the full list.

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BĂ€r & Karrer Advises Groupe Acrotec on its Placement of CHF 70 Million 3.75% Bonds

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

Groupe Acrotec SA, a high precision manufacturer of small components and specialised service provider for the watchmaking and industrial sectors, has completed the placement of CHF 70 million 3.75% bonds due 2023. The bonds were issued at 100% of their principal amount and, unless previously redeemed or repurchased and cancelled, will mature on 14 June 2023 at 100% of their principal amount. The bonds are guaranteed by a number of subsidiaries of the issuer, among them Finacrotec SA, which as substitute guarantor fulfills certain requirements under the listing rules of SIX Swiss Exchange in the place of the issuer. Credit Suisse AG acted as Lead Manager and Bookrunner.

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VEGAS LEX ranks the Best Lawyers in Russia 2018

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

VEGAS LEX experts are traditionally included in the top list of the best lawyers of the international rating “Best Lawyers in Russia 2018” and improved their performance.

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GRP Rainer RechtsanwĂ€lte – Experience in commercial agency law

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

In the event that a commercial agency agreement is terminated, the commercial agent often has a right to compensation. Frequent points of contention include the extent of any such entitlement and the classification of new clients.

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Foyen assists SlussgÄrden in the sale of a city property

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

16th of June, 2017 

SlussgÄrden sells the property Lammet 17 located at KorgmakargrÀnd 2-6, Bryggargatan 4 and Gamla Brogatan 13, a short distance from Drottninggatan and Kungsgatan. SlussgÄrden acquired the property during the summer of 2014 from Fabege.

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Cederquist has assisted Mr Green in connection with the placement of new shares of SEK 195 million

June 2017. Press Releases by Advokatfirman Cederquist (view listing).

Cederquist has assisted Mr Green & Co AB in connection with the placement of 5 million new shares, providing the company with SEK 195 million before transaction costs.

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AVELLUM Advises Kernel Holding S.A. on Acquisition of a Large-scale Farming Business

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

AVELLUM advised its longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. (“Kernel”) on the acquisition of 100% of shares in a large-scale farming business that manages over 190,000 hectares of leasehold farmland and approximately 200,000 tons of grain storage capacity. The value of the deal was USD155 million.

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VEGAS LEX discusses judicial practice of dealing with non-payments in housing and utilities in Krasn

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

Ilya Shengeliya, project manager at VEGAS LEX Southern directorate, has reviewed court practice in dealing with non-payments in housing and utilities at a roundtable organized by the Kommersant Media Holding in Krasnodar.

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Foyen has assisted InnoEnergy with its investment in a large-scale battery production facility

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

9 June, 2017

InnoEnergy recently invested EUR 3.5 million in Northvolt AB in order to enable development of Europe’s first large-scale battery production facility.

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Trademark law – Pear too strong a reminder of an apple

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

One cannot compare apples and pears, at least not according to the equivalent German expression for comparing apples and oranges. However, as demonstrated by a decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), things may look rather different in the field of trademark law.

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OLG Hamburg on misleading advertising – No fees means no fees

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

If something is promoted as being free, then it should in fact be free. Otherwise, this kind of advertising might be misleading and violate competition law, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamburg [Higher Regional Court of Hamburg].

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Making timely arrangements for business succession

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

The demographic trend poses a serious challenge to medium-sized businesses, particularly in relation to the unavoidable issue of making arrangements for business succession.

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Bojović & Partners Advises Poseidon Group on Co-Investment Partnership in Capitol Park Sombor with

June 2017. Press Releases by Bojovic & Partners (view listing).

Bojović & Partners has advised Poseidon Group, a British property investment, development and management company, on the structuring of its co-investment partnership in the retail park project “Capitol Park Sombor with Mitiska REIM, advised by Schoenherr.

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