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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

 

Advertising in pharmaceutical sector: analysis of judicial practice and protection against risks

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

On 14 November 2017, VEGAS LEX law firm the author’s seminar entitled "Advertising in pharmaceutical sector. Risk elimination practices" for representatives of pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical products and BADS.

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OLG Köln: Only serious misconduct justifies withdrawal from contract of inheritance

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

Apart from a will, it is also possible to prepare a contract of inheritance as a way of organizing one’s estate. It should be noted, however, that a contract of inheritance has a significantly stronger binding effect.

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GDPR: Relations and responsibilities in the processing of personal data

November 2017. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

GDPR: Relations and responsibilities in the processing of personal data (controllers, processors and sub-processors)

There is no doubt that every company processes personal data (e.g. of its’ employees’, clients’, contractual partners’).

Most often, this also involves a constant barter between companies processing personal data and companies providing various services (e.g. HR, IT, payroll, datacenters, cloud services), both of them falling within the scope of the GDPR.

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SyCipLaw Receives 4 asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards Nominations

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) received nominations for the Philippines Firm of the Year; Banking & Finance Firm of the Year; IT, Telecoms & Media Firm of the Year; and South-east Asia Firm of the Year categories of the inaugural asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards.

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Commercial agent’s claim for compensation following voluntary termination

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

A commercial agent may even be entitled to compensation if he or she voluntarily issues notice of termination. However, the company’s conduct needs to give rise to legitimate grounds for termination for this to happen.

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Pharmacies not allowed to offer promotional gifts in the case of fixed-price pharmaceuticals

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

Pharmacies are not allowed to offer their customers promotional gifts when the latter are purchasing prescription medicinal products. That was the verdict of the Oberverwaltungsgericht (OVG) NRW, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Higher Administrative Court, in two rulings from September 8, 2017.

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Bär & Karrer Advises Talbot Holding on its Public Tender Offer for ImmoMentum

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

On 29 August 2017, Talbot Holding AG, an entity controlled by investment company Actium AG, launched an all cash public tender offer for all listed shares in ImmoMentum AG, a Swiss real estate company listed on BX Berne eXchange invested primarily in residential real estate. With the satisfaction of all offer conditions, the offer was successfully settled on 10 November 2017. As a result, Talbot Holding holds 99.67% of the voting rights and share capital of ImmoMentum.

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OLG Köln on incorporating the execution of a will into the certificate of inheritance

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

Heirs might be able to do as they wish with an estate even if an execution of a will has been ordered if its function is supervisory in nature. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Köln [Higher Regional Court of Cologne].

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BKL Named Best Firm in South Korea at Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017

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

Bae, Kim & Lee ("BKL") has been named the "Best Firm in South Korea" at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017 hosted by the global legal publisher Euromoney Legal Media Group on November 9, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong. Furthermore, senior partner Il Young CHO was honored as the best lawyer in transfer pricing while senior patent attorney Catherine Eunkyeong LEE was recognized as the best lawyer in patent and trademark prosecution among Asia's leading women in the legal profession.

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JULIA ROMANOVA JOINS GOLTSBLAT BLP AS HEAD OF GROUP, REINFORCING ITS DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE

November 2017. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces that Julia Romanova has joined the team as Head of Group, International Arbitration, White Collar Criminal Defence, to strengthen further the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice. Before joining Goltsblat BLP, Julia Romanova was Head of the Litigation/Arbitration Practice of Moscow Office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

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GOLTSBLAT BLP ADVISES FERRONORDIC MACHINES ON ITS NASDAQ STOCKHOLM IPO

November 2017. Press Releases by Goltsblat BLP (view listing).

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has acted as the Russian legal counsel for Ferronordic Machines AB on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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ECJ Gives Landmark Decision In EU Spouse Case

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

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled an EU national who becomes a British citizen does not lose the right to have a non-EU spouse live with them in the UK.

The court ruled the UK Home Office was mistaken in denying a dual British-Spanish citizen the right to bring her Algerian husband with her to Britain.

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Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland

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

Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland – Digital Influencer Marketing is a new subtle form for reaching target audiences online. Due to its’ increasing emergence as a marketing practice, governmental agencies and selfregulatory bodies worldwide have reacted with the issuance of guidelines how such practices should be conducted in a transparent manner. Also, a few court decisions have been rendered with remarkable remedies ordered. Therefore, it appears sensible to take broad look at what’s happening on our globe. In the following, we will provide (i) an overview on noteworthy legal developments with regard to digital influencer marketing in select jurisdictions worldwide, (ii) an overview on the legal status of digital influencer marketing in Switzerland and (iii) a general impact assessment for businesses in Switzerland. 

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AVELLUM Successfully Represents Česká Exportní Banka Before Ukrainian Courts

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

AVELLUM successfully represented Česká Exportní Banka, a.s. (“ČEB”) in (i) a number of litigations against a Ukrainian corporate borrower in connection with attempts of illegal transfer of mortgaged real estate assets securing USD37 million loan and (ii) a sale of the relevant loan and security claims.

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AVELLUM Advises Coast2Coast on Acquisition of Household Products Producer Stella Pack

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

AVELLUM acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to Coast2Coast, a South-African investment company, on acquisition of Poland-based Stella Pack by Bounty Brands, a part of Coast2Coast portfolio. Stella Pack is a major manufacturer and distributor of household products.

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BTS Solicitors partners GC Academy

November 2017. Press Releases by BTS & Partners (view listing).

The world has gone remarkable progress since the early 2000s. Information and communication technologies, which emerged in the second half of the 1970s and has improved stunningly fast, has now become the main element of economic and social life. Information and communication technologies was first a contributor to the economic and social development, then became a booster, and now has reached the position of being a determinant. It is no longer possible to think of a modern life and economy without information and communication technologies.

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Recent changes to the Labour Code. Tougher rules aimed to tackle undeclared work

November 2017. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

By amending the Labour Code in August 2017, via the Emergency Ordinance no. 53/2017, the Government toughened the rules on conclusion and declaration of employment contracts and facilitated the authorities’ control activities in the sensitive area of undeclared work.

Some of the main changes introduced by EGO no. 53/2017 are related to the registration of employment contracts, to the prohibition of rendering work/accepting work in the absence of a written employment contract and to the employer’s obligation to officially record the daily duration of each employee’s presence in the work place, including entry and exit hours.

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Strengthening the Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

November 2017. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

Laundered money is oxygen to crime, terrorism and tax-avoidance. We need to cut off its supply as best we can. Today's stronger rules are a big step forward but we now need quick agreement on the further improvements the Commission proposed last July",

(…) The new rules as of today are crucial to closing further loopholes. I urge all Member States to put them in place without delay: lower standards in one country will weaken the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing across the EU. I also call for quick agreement on the further revisions proposed by the Commission following the "Panama Papers" to increase transparency of beneficial ownership”,

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The clock is ticking. Implementing the General Data Protection Regulation

November 2017. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

With 2018 just around the corner and the European Union setting a clock on raising the standards of personal data protection, companies are starting to prepare themselves for new challenges.

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) approved by the EU in 2016 will enter into force on the 25th of May 2018 and all companies processing personal data need to be compliant by that time.

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Companies are welcoming a new team player – the Data Protection Officer

November 2017. Press Releases by Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii (view listing).

The new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) could not have enlarged data controllers’ and data processors’ obligations and apply such great sanctions without anticipating the need for companies to appoint a Data Protection Officer (“DPO”).

While companies must now turn their focus on ensuring compliance with the GDPR every step of the way, the DPO will be a key player in reaching this goal.

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New Partner announcement

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

Boult Wade Tennant are delighted to announce the promotion of Susi Fish to Partner, effective as of 1 November 2017.

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Inheritance – Waiving compulsory portion among siblings may prove more expensive

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

Legal heirs who waive their compulsory portion and receive a form of compensation for doing so need to keep an eye on the tax burden. Following a judgment of the Bundesfinanzhof (BFH), Germany’s Federal Fiscal Court, this may turn out to be higher than was previously the case.

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SyCipLaw is Top Tier Firm in IFLR1000 2018 Rankings

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

The IFLR1000 2018 rankings are out. SyCipLaw is ranked Tier 1 in all practice areas covered by their research. These are: Banking, M&A, Project finance, Capital markets, Project development, and Restructuring and insolvency.

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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 £87 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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MOZAMBIQUE | VAT CODE AMENDED

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

Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.

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ARTICLE 29 WORKING PARTY GUIDELINES ON THE EU GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

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

In order to clarify some of the new obligations stemming from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will apply as of 25th May 2018, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) – the independent European consulting body for data protection issues – recently issued its “Guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”)”. This document will be available for public consultation until 23rd May, 2017.

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CNPD APPROVES 10 MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

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

On 28th January, 2017, the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados/CNPD) published a document establishing 10 measures for entities to prepare for the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

Since the GDPR will apply from 25 May 2018 onwards, CNPD points out that both public and private entities should begin to implement internal procedures and mechanisms so as to ensure compliance with the new data processing.

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ANGOLA | NEW REGULATION ON THE LICENSING OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY

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

Presidential Decree no. 193/17, which approves the Regulation on the Licensing of Establishments and of Commercial Activity and Market Services (“Regulation”), was published on 22 August. The Regulation, which will enter into force on 21 October (60 days after its publication), establishes the conditions and procedures governing the licensing of commercial activities and market services, as well as the licensing of the respective establishments, revoking Presidential Decree no. 288/10, of 30 November (Regulation on the Licensing of Commercial Activity and the Provision of Market Services), as well as all prior regulations on the matter contrary to the provisions of the new Regulation.

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MOZAMBIQUE | PETROLEUM PRODUCTS SUPPLY

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

Ministerial Statute 50/2017, of 11 July 2017, sets forth the measures approved by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy to streamline petroleum products’ import into and supply to the country and ensure fuel supply safety, regularity and quality. The newly approved measures obviously have a direct impact on distributors, but also affect suppliers, IMOPETRO, commercial banks operating in-country and the Banco de Moçambique (“BdM”).

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Mozambique VAT Code Amended

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

Law no. 13/2016, of 30 December 2016, which amended and republished the Mozambican VAT Code, was recently rectified by a Notice, dated June 8th.

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COMPANIES CODE AMENDED

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

Decree-Law 79/2017, of 30 June 2017, was published last Friday and amends both the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Code and the Companies Code, in order to implement the goals of the “Programa Capitalizar” approved by Council of Ministers Resolution 42/2016, of 18 August 2016

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ANGOLA | SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL

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

Please be aware that a new Presidential Decree has been published on 24th of April (Presidential Decree 79/17 of 24 April) which, among others, introduces the following significant amendments to former Presidential decree 43/17 of 6 March (regulations on the performance of a professional activity by nonresident foreign employees ):

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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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PROHIBITION ON ISSUE OF BEARER SHARES

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

Bearer securities have been prohibited under Law 15/2017, of May 3, 2017, published today. The Companies Code
and the Securities Code have been amended in order to implement this measure.

Law 15/2017 – which takes effect tomorrow – greatly impacts limited liability companies by shares by eliminating
bearer shares and allowing nominative shares only

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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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ANGOLA | NEW REGULATIONS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY BY NON-RESIDENT

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

Presidential Decree 43/17, of 6 March 2017 (“DP 43/17”) just enacted new regulations on the performance
of a professional activity by non-resident foreign workers, repealing former Decrees 5/95, of 7 April 1995
and 6/01, of 19 January 2001.

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