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Primus has announced that, after opening its Polish desk in Vilnius in August 2015, it has now launched a German Desk in the firm’s office in Riga.

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

When signs and symbols, usually words or pictures, are used in commerce in connection with particular goods or services they transform into a specific type of intellectual property – trademark.

Glimstedt has reported that it advised Plaza Centers and the New York-registered New Century Holding investment fund on their September, 2016 sale of the Riga Plaza shopping and entertainment center in Riga to an unnamed global investment fund. The transaction value was EUR 93.4 million.

Fort has advised Hansabuss on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Tukuma Auto SIA — a Latvian provider of bus transport services — thereby increasing its share in the Latvian market for public bus transport and charter transport to approximately 10%.

Sorainen has assisted Oberthur Technologies Latvia with various employment law matters, including updating employment contracts, drafting employment termination documents, and representing the company in court against a former employee’s claim for payment of compensation for complying with an alleged non-compete obligation after termination of employment.

Eversheds Bitans has provided legal support to the Nordic and Baltic high-tech manufacturing company AS HansaMatrix on its private placement and associated equity fund raise and subsequent listing on the Baltic Main List of Nasdaq Riga Stock Exchange. Eversheds Bitans describes the listing as "a breakthrough in equity listings in Latvia as it is the first Nasdaq Main List addition since 2004.”

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