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Wolf Theiss has signed the Beijing Declaration to cooperate with China's Belt & Road Connection think tank to support Chinese Investments in Austria and its CEE/SEE neighbours. The Belt & Road declaration was signed on April 25, 2019 and describes the cooperation principles regarding infrastructure investment and dispute settlements. It coordinates Chinese investments along the Belt & Road from Poland to Ukraine and Albania.

Read more: Wolf Theiss Signs Belt & Road Declaration in Cooperation with Chinese Think Tank BNRSC

EU Regulation 2017/460 (16 March 2017) has established a network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures (TAR NC). It defines, among other provisions, rules on reference price methodologies, publication and consultation requirements and the calculation of reserve prices for standardised-capacity products. Articles 26 and 28 require the national regulatory authority (NRA) or transmission system operators to carry out one or more consultations on the proposed reference price methodology and the resulting indicative reference prices as well as on the proposed discounts, multipliers and seasonal factors.

Read more: Consultation on Implementation of Network Code on Harmonised Transmission Tariffs

Scandals from Danske Bank to LuxLeaks and the Panama Papers would never have come to light were it not for insiders who dared to expose major wrongdoings within companies and organisations. Until recently, protection of whistleblowers in the EU has been fragmented across Member States and even across policy areas. The meagre protections granted to whistleblowers have been subject to constant criticism.

Read more: Increased and Uniform Protection is Coming: EU Adopts New Rules Protecting and Encouraging...

Dorda has advised Warburg HIH Invest Real Estate on the acquisition of the HBF 1 office property at the Vienna Central Railway Station from the Rhomberg Group.

Read more: Dorda Advises Warburg-HIH Invest on Acquisition of Office Property at Vienna Central Railway Station

Act Legal Austria has assisted the BABEG Carinthian Agency for Investment Promotion and Public Shareholding in the legal structuring of its cooperation with mobile operator A1 for the opening of Austria’s first “5G Playground” at the Lakeside Science and Technology Park in the Carinthia region of Austria that is scheduled to open this September.

Read more: Act Legal Austria Supports BABEG in Agreement with A1 to Open 5G Playground

CMS lawyers Andrea Potz in Austria, Jelena Nushol in Croatia, Marek Oleksyn and Lukasz Dynysiuk in Poland, Petra Corba Stark and Michal Hutan in Slovakia, and Tetyana Dovgan in Ukraine have been promoted to the firm's partnership as part of its 2019 global promotion round.

Read more: Seven CEE Lawyers Included in CMS's Global Partnership Round

Dorda has advised Swiss milk processor EMMI AG on the acquisition of a 66% stake in Leeb Biomilch GmbH and its affiliate company Hale GmbH, the Austrian suppliers of organic goat milk and sheep milk products, from shareholders Hubert Leeb and Jorg Hackenbuchner. Hasch & Partner advised Leeb Biomilch GmbH.

Read more: Dorda and Hasch & Partner Advise on Acquisition by EMMI of Majority Stake in Austrian Organic Dairy

Social Media is omnipresent these days and individuals as well as companies increasingly use these instruments as communication and marketing tools. Moreover, the development of Social Media platforms, like interactive online rating and comparison platforms, is also of interest for the start-up sector. However, this increasing importance of Social Media also raises questions about the liability for the published content and legal remedies to protect and enforce affected legal positions.

Read more: Liking, Sharing and Posting: Legal Responsibility and Social Media

CMS, working with Denmark's Bech Bruun law firm, has advised ALPLA on its entrance into a joint venture in Denmark with BillerudKorsnas to develop the fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle company ecoXpac. BillerudKorsnas was advised by Accura and Cederquist.

Read more: CMS Advises on ALPLA-BIlerudKorsnas JV for Development of Recyclable Paper Bottle Company

Eversheds Sutherland has advised Omicron Electronics GmbH on the acquisition of b2 Electronic GmbH from sellers Stefan Baldauf, Rudi Blank, and Maybridge Investments. Binder Groesswang advised the sellers on the deal, which closed at the end of March.

Read more: Eversheds Sutherland and Binder Groesswang Advise on Omicron Electronics Acquisition of b2...

The Austrian Supreme Court has abolished its former line of decisions on the recognition of collateral granted by way of security transfer (Sicherungsübereignung) under foreign jurisdiction. From now on, Austrian courts will have to recognise such collateral even if it does not comply with Austrian publicity requirements (Pubilzitätserfordernissen). This decision will enhance legal security and the overall position of creditors in an international context.

Read more: Good News for Creditors: Austrian Supreme Court Strikes Down Significant Impediment to Creating...

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