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Shoosmiths LLP | March 2016

Businesses face an increasing number of challenges and one of the most severe and potentially damaging is that of cybercrime. Fallout from a cyber-attack can result in both physical as well as reputational damage and the loss of business and customers. Chilling words - particularly given how much British businesses now rely on their online presence ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2016

With increasing numbers campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, ever closer union is looking ever more uncertain. Opinion about the positive and negative aspects of Britain remaining within the EU is diverse. Whatever decision is made, companies need to be prepared for the potential outcomes. This article looks at the likely impact of the referendum (whatever its outcome) and provides some positive steps for companies to take ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

The tax team at Karanović & Nikolić participated in the 13th Edition of Doing Business 2016 – Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency, a World Bank Group Flagship Report. Renowned as one of the most influential policy publications across the globe, Doing Business provides a detailed analysis on the state of health of world-wide economies ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

On 16 February 2016, the Bosnian Competition Council made a ruling in favour of the cable operator and Karanović & Nikolić's client – Telemach – in the case against HD Win, the owner of the sports channel "Arena Sport", and a subsidiary of Telekom Serbia. The authority imposed a fine against HD Win for its abuse of dominant position and ordered it to enter into agreement with Telemach in order to allow its subscribers access to Arena Sport ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

In February, the British-based Mineco Group has officially submitted the request for an urban permit before the Bosnian Ministry of Physical Planning for its project of building a lead mine in the town of Olovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

We have news coming from Slovenia, where it has recently been reported that the European Investment Bank (EIB) will be opening its office in the country's capital, Ljubljana, during the summer months. This piece of news does not come as too big of a surprise, since the Slovenian economy has enjoyed EIB's considerable presence over the last couple of years, with its investments during last year alone totaling EUR 798 million ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

Karanović & Nikolić is proud to announce the promotion of new Partners and Senior Associates. The following employees have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to our values and goals, and we hope this promotion will only increase their drive and commitment in the future ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2016

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduces a new area of compliance for commercial organisations. The Act is amongst the toughest anti-slavery and human trafficking legislation in the world. Although legal penalties are restricted, interest from patients, consumers, investors, NGOs, pressure groups and brand risk is expected to enforce compliance ...

In the past, if you wanted to borrow money you would go to your bank manager, or if your bank couldn’t help you, you approached business angels or institutional investors. Business owners now face a confusing and daunting range of funding options. In the digital age, the options include an ever increasing number of online platforms which flourished following the banking crisis and which seem to offer above market returns in our low interest rate economy ...

Wardynski & Partners | March 2016

A proposed Act on Wind Power Plant Projects presented in February 2016 is intended to specify the rules for siting of wind farms. But the current version of the proposal generates a huge risk for further growth of the wind power sector and for wind farms already in operation and even for persons interested in building housing near existing wind projects. The issue of siting of wind farms near other construction has created a lot of confusion ...

ALRUD Law Firm | March 2016

Further to our previous alert relating to inspections of the Russian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) we would like to draw your attention that DPA is also entitled to undertake measures of so-called systematic monitoring in order to supervise compliance of data controllers with the Russian legislation on personal data. These measures mainly cover checking websites and information placed in a public domain ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

European Court of Human Rights Considers an Employer's Right to Monitor EmployeesIn its recent judgment Bărbulescu v. Romania, the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") considered an employer's right to monitor an employee's work computer and an employee's right to privacy ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

On 16 February 2016, the Bosnian Competition Council made a ruling in favour of the cable operator and Karanović & Nikolić's client – Telemach – in the case against HD Win, the owner of the sports channel "Arena Sport", and a subsidiary of Telekom Serbia. The authority imposed a fine against HD Win for its abuse of dominant position and ordered it to enter into agreement with Telemach in order to allow its subscribers access to Arena Sport ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

This month, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) traditionally presented their annual transition report at the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) at an event that was attended by Karanović & Nikolić's Banking & Finance partner, Maja Jovančević-Šetka ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2016

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 come into force on 1 April 2016. Employers need to be aware of their new obligations in good time to ensure compliance. What is the National Living Wage? The National Living Wage (NLW) is a new, mandatory premium to be paid on top of the current national minimum wage (NMW). This will increase minimum pay for all workers over the age of 25. Workers under this age will be unaffected ...

Karanovic & Partners | March 2016

​Last week, the General Court of the European Union dismissed Coca Cola's request to register its bottle shape without fluting as a Community trade mark, further denying the soft drink giant's intention, five years since the application in question was initially submitted. Back in December, 2011, Coca-Cola filed an application to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) for the registration of its glass bottle without fluting as a Community trademark ...

Plesner | February 2016

According to judgment of 5 February 2016 from the Danish Western High Court, an employer's summary dismissal was justified in consequence of the employee's non-salaried assignment on the board of directors in a competing company. The case involved the question whether an employee had acted disloyally to his former employer when he became a member of the board of directors in another company during his release period ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Following the creation of the regulatory framework and the successful passing of required tests, the first organised electricity market in Serbia, ("SEEPEX"), has officially launched its operations on 17 February, 2016. This power exchange operator was set up jointly by Elektromreže Srbije, the Serbian state-owned power system, and the European Power Exchange (EPEX SPOT SE) ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Over the past two years, various media outlets have been reporting on increased investor interest for the Serbian real estate market, with a particular focus on Belgrade. Goran Vesić, the city manager, recently substantiated these reports by claiming that Belgrade's Public Land Development Agency made a total of 772 business deals with investors over the course of last year alone ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

The new Labour Law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the "Labour Law") which introduced changes to the term of fixed term employment contracts, employee benefits, collective bargaining agreements and contracts with company managers, was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of the FBiH on 23 February ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Serbia – Executive Summary of Qualification of a Director's Mandate (in a local or foreign company) This article, authored by Jelena Danilović, was originally published in the 2016 'Social Security for Directors Working in Multiple Jurisdictions', published by World Services Group.Domestic Rules1. Social security regimeRegistered legal representatives i.e ...

If you look at the recent changes to income tax, in particular the introduction of a 7.5% rise in the taxation of dividends (announced by George Osborne in the last budget), it is hard not to conclude that entrepreneurs are being targeted by the government ...

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) | February 2016

Dear Clients and Colleagues, We write to inform you about amendments tothe "Angels Law" that were recently enacted with the aim ofencouraging private investment in new start-ups in the seed stage (the "Amendment").The "Angels Law" refers to theprovisions of section 20 of the 2011-2012 Economic Policy Law, which was passedas a temporary order and was in force during 2011-2015 (the "Law") ...

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) | February 2016

NewLegislation Enables the Public Offering of Foreign Fund Units in Israel for theFirst Time On February 10, 2016, the IsraeliParliamentary Finance Committee approved regulations ("Regulations")which will enable the public offering of foreign mutual fund units inIsrael. The Regulations will take effectwithin six months from the date of publication. Prior to the enactment of theRegulations, the Israeli Joint Investment Trust Law permitted the offering offoreign funds in Israel ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2016

The government recently published draft legislation introducing an apprenticeship levy which is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. In this article we look at the impact on employers. What is the apprenticeship levy? In last year's budget, the government announced its intention to introduce a levy on large employers in order to fund 3 million new apprenticeships in England by 2020 ...

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