Europe

Chambers Global 2020 Recognition

We are proud to be recognised as world leaders in Dispute Resolution and Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global 2020. Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.

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Practical Summary Frequent Covid-19 issues faced by employers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania

Most important restrictions currently applied by state (as of March 16, 2020):

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Labor and employment law in times of COVID-19 – an overview

COVID-19 takes control over the world. In Germany, too, the impact on daily life is huge. In order to slow down the spread of the virus, the government restricts public life as much as possible. This has significant effects on working life: domestic quarantine, children without care in kindergarten and school, staff sent home, business trips cancelled. From the perspective of labor and employment law, those effects can be managed with the existing instruments. However, it is to be expected that the legislator will rapidly create further solutions.

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Export licenses of medicines will appear in Russian patent law

On March 3, 2020, the Russian Government introduced to the State Duma the Draft Law on amendments to the Russian Civil Code, namely, article 1360.1.
According to the explanatory note to the Draft Law, the purpose of this new regulation is to assist foreign states to combat epidemics.
New regulation will allow the Government to use of a patented invention in generic medicines for subsequent export without the patentholder’s consent, subject to prior notification and compensation of the patentholder.
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New rules on registration of software as medical device in Russia

According to art. 38 of the Law on fundamental healthcare principles the software used for medical purposes has a legal status of medical device. Therefore, market turnover of such software in Russia is allowed only after software is registered before the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor).

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COVID-19: Ny hjælpepakke på vej til små og mellemstore virksomheder

Ny hjælpepakke skal forbedre likviditeten for de små og mellemstore virksomheder og dermed hjælpe dem igennem de udfordringer, som den nuværende sundhedskrise medfører. Pakken omfatter momskredit for små og mellemstore virksomheder og udskydelse af B-skatterater for selvstændigt erhvervsdrivende. Read more…

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COVID-19: casting a spotlight on Facilities Management outsourcing

At the time of writing, the UK is officially moving to the “delay” phase, with government advising that anyone with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature self-isolates for at least 7 days.

With the FM sector already facing some headwinds such as the fallout of Carillion and other high profile insolvencies, the prolonged uncertainty caused by Brexit, concerns that new immigration rules may lead to staff shortages, and the impact of IR35 on the contingent workforce, some of the main challenges and issues for the Facilities Management sector are summarised below: Read more…

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Force majeure i offentlige anskaffelser?

Hvilke regler gjelder for force majeure i offentlige kontrakter? I denne artikkelen gir vi en oversikt over når du som leverandør til offentlig sektor kan påberope deg force majeure pga koronautbruddet, samt forhold du nå bør være ekstra oppmerksom på ved inngivelse av tilbud til offentlig sektor.

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Det pågående koronautbruddet og tiltak fra offentlige myndigheter kan ha store konsekvenser for løpende kontrakter, for eksempel gjennom begrensninger i vareflyt, valutasvingninger, råvareknapphet og produksjonsstanser. Det offentliges innkjøp reguleres av anskaffelsesreglene, som i noen grad kan oppfattes som lite fleksible i situasjoner som den vi nå står overfor. Det er likevel rom for tilpasninger, men dette vil stille seg litt ulikt etter hvilken fase av anskaffelsesprosessen en er i. Read more…

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Covid-19 | Legal solutions in Latvia

Due to potential risks, on 13 March 2020 the Parliament approved decision of the Cabinet and an emergency situation was declared in Latvia until 14 April 2020 in connection with the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID–19) in Europe and also in Latvia. Read more…

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Koronavirus – työvoiman lomauttaminen työnantajan näkökulmasta

Koronavirus aiheuttaa tällä hetkellä erilaisia häiriöitä elinkeinoelämään. Pandemia voi useilla aloilla johtaa kysynnän hiljenemiseen, häiriöihin tuotantoketjussa tai muihin vastaaviin vaikeuksiin, jotka supistavat yritysten liikevaihtoa tai jopa keskeyttävät toiminnan kokonaan. Työnantajilla saattaa tällaisessa tilanteessa syntyä tarve työvoiman lomauttamiselle. Esitän tässä kirjoituksessa lyhyesti ja yleisluonteisesti muutamia erilaisia keinoja, joihin työnantajat voivat turvautua tällaisessa tilanteessa. Kirjoituksessa ei ole mahdollista vastata läheskään kaikkiin kysymyksiin, jotka työnantajan tulee selvittää tapauskohtaisesti. Read more…

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