The month of February was characterised, in legislative terms, by the approval and publication of Law no. 4-A/2021, of February 1, which clarified the exceptional regime applicable to contracts for the exploitation of real estate for commerce and services in shopping centres, through an interpretative rule of Law no. 2/2020, of March 31. On the other hand, it is worth highlighting Law no. 4-B/2021, of February 1, which established a regime of suspension of judicial and procedural time limits arising from measures adopted within the scope of the COVID-19 disease pandemic, amending Law no. 1-A/2020, of March 19. Read more…

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Overview of law enforcement practices for 2020 by Roszdravnadzor

Russian federal service for surveillance in healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) presented1 an overview of its control and supervisory activities for 2020. Below are the main conclusions of the Overview.

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The Eurasian Patent Office has launched the Pharmaceutical Register

Since 1 March 2021, the Pharmaceutical Register of the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) is available on the official website of the Eurasian Patent Office. The Register contains information on Eurasian patents protecting active substances of drugs.

The EAPO specifically indicates that the Pharmaceutical Register shall relate to the patents protecting pharmacologically active products (chemical compounds, including those described by the same structural formula, biotechnological products, compositions, combinations), production methods and medicinal use of the products.

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The Theatres Act 1968 was repealed on the 27 January 2021. The Act, which provided a mandatory licensing regime for premises used for the public performance of plays, has not been replaced with new legislation. Rather, due to an amendment of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, a local authority can chose to license theatres under its public entertainment licensing regime – theatres were previously excluded as a place of public entertainment within the 1982 Act. Read more…

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EXP for eSports

EXP for eSports
Authors: Antonello Corrado, Giancarlo Cherubini A growing industry In today’s in depth analysis we will…
Antonello Corrado
Giancarlo Cherubini

The term eSport, short for electronic sport, is used to identify a competitive and organized game mode, which usually involves individual players or teams who compete through the use of video games on online platforms.

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New distinctions just announced for A.& K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm

►  Kriton Metaxopoulos, our Managing Partner has been listed in Chambers Global 2021 Edition as a leading individual for his expertise in Dispute Resolution.

Chambers states “Widely recognised in the market for his expertise in IP disputes, Kriton Metaxopoulos also handles criminal and corporate litigation.”, “He has great skills and knowledge”.

You may find full results HERE.

►  Media Law International (MLI) in its special guide to the Global Leaders in Media Law Practice for 2021 confirmed our firm’s leading position and role by ranking us as Tier 1 firm.

Specifically, MLI is stating for us: A.& K. Metaxopoulos & Partners has a high profile reputation and corresponding client base. The media team is described by clients as “extremely professional and always delivers on objectives without exception”.”

The MLI in its chapter has also endorsed our Managing Partner’s evaluation of the developments related to major IP issues in Greece. You may find full chapter HERE.

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Changes in the order of entry of foreign citizens to Russia

New amendments are introduced to the Order of the Russian Government dated 16.03.2020 No. 635-r “On temporary restriction of entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons and temporary suspension of registration and issuance of visas and invitations” (the “Order”):

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Changes in the Federal Law “On combating the legitimization (laundering) of illegally obtained proceeds and terrorism financing”

1. List of controlled financial transactions is expanded

On January 10, changes to transactions with cash or other assets subject to mandatory control came into force. Now among other things the following transactions are subject to mandatory control:

• Operations for withdrawing or crediting cash funds to the account of a legal entity in the amount of RUB 600,000 or more (or the equivalent in a foreign currency), regardless of whether such operations are derived from the business activities of the company or not;

• Cash operations carried out under real estate transactions in the amount of RUB 3,000,000 or more (or the equivalent in foreign currency), regardless of the result of the transaction;

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Two draft laws for annulment of excessive requirements for the content of the Joint Stock Company Charters have been proposed

To prevent the direct implementation of provisions of the Joint Stock Companies (hereinafter-JSC) legislation in the Charters, draft laws that soften the requirements for Charters were introduced to the State Duma of the Russian Federation:

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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has clarified the controversial issues related to the surety contract

The Supreme court has amended the regulation of pledges, established by the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation earlier. The Decree of the Plenum of the Supreme Court No. 45 “On some issues of dispute resolution connected to pledge” dated 24.12.2020 (hereinafter – DPSC No. 45) derogates the Decree of the Plenum dated 12.07.2012 No. 42 (hereinafter – DPSAC No. 42) and resolves main problems raised in connection with the reform of this institute in 2015.

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