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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

 

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 – one of the leading banks in Central and Eastern Europe, on the acquisition of Vojvođanska Banka. The National Bank of Greece signed an agreement to sell its Vojvođanska 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 Sàrl 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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Wills in the case of unmarried couples

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

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, has voted in favour of what it is referred to in Germany as “Ehe für alle” (marriage for all), i.e. marriage equality. Spouses are automatically accounted for under the rules of intestate succession. However, this is not the case for unmarried couples. For these couples, the rules of intestate succession do not apply.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Experience in enforcing claims following trademark violations

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

If a registered trademark is infringed, it is possible to take action against this. GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte is experienced in enforcing and fending off claims arising from trademark violations.

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Arnecke Sibeth’s Growth Trajectory Excels

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

Further new faces in the Firm: On August 1, a market recognized Real Estate Tax Team will join Arnecke Sibeth. Future Partner Alexander Lehnen will be joined by two further experts from Crowe Keeberg Real Estate. The new additions were all formerly with Big 4 Accountancies. They will strengthen the Firm’s Real Estate practice, which already includes more than 50 lawyers across all of its locations.

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Dismissal with immediate effect for competing business activity valid

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

If an employee acquires a major stake in a rival firm, his employer can issue him with a notice of dismissal with immediate effect.

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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Assessing claims to a compulsory portion

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

If close relatives of a testator are excluded from inheriting in a will or contract of inheritance, they are still entitled to their share of the statutory compulsory portion.

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Eterna Law has successfully represented a major Asian grain producing and trading company in a GAFTA

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

The matter arose out of a contract on sale of commodities to a Middle Eastern trading company on C&F delivery basis. The arbitration proceedings were commenced due to the buyer’s failure to effect full payment for the delivered quantity of the goods, compensate liquidated damages caused by delay in payment for the goods and take delivery of the balance quantity of the purchased goods. As a consequence, the GAFTA Tribunal found the buyer to be in breach of the contract, awarded the Client with an amount exceeding USD 1.5 million, as well as dismissed the buyer’s unquantified counterclaim for the claimants’ alleged failure to ship the goods.

The case was handled by Mr. Eugene Blinov, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Department, Mr. Ievgen Boiarskyi, Associate, and Mr. Vsevolod Mazurenko, Junior Associate.

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Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application

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

Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application. Failing this, the advertising may violate competition law as well as Germany’s Heilmittelwerbegesetz (HWG) [Advertising of Medicinal Products Act].

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Anti-competitive advertising featuring flat rate for tooth cleaning and bleaching

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

According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt [Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt] from July 21, 2016, dentists offering tooth cleaning or bleaching services at a fixed flat rate are violating competition law (Az.: 6 U 136/15).

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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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Bär & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic

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

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

Bär & 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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