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Brexit: Implications for the Gaming Industry

Posted in Brexit, Gaming, M&A
This note addresses the impact of Brexit on the gaming industry. It is one of a series of GTM Alerts designed to assist businesses in identifying the legal issues to consider and address in response to the UK’s referendum vote of 23 June 2016 to withdraw from the European Union. In particular, it considers the… Continue Reading

UK Government Relaxes the Rules Restricting the Words Used in Company Names

Posted in Government
On 27 February 2013 the UK Government launched a consultation, the ‘Consultation on the Company and Business Names 2013’ (the “2013 Consultation“) to review the list of ‘sensitive’ names that companies must get approval for before they can be used.  Following the 2013 Consultation, the UK Government has decided to relax the rules restricting company… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig is Lead Sponsor for The MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference

Posted in Firm Sponsorships
International law firm Greenberg Traurig will serve as the lead sponsor for the MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, which will debut a conference format to uniquely combine Biomed and High-tech presentations and activities.  The conference will take place at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds May 20-22, 2014. This new conference format, led by IATI, Israel’s umbrella organization… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Represents BNP Paribas in its Public Offering of Shares Listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange

Posted in Deals
The international law firm Greenberg Traurig advised BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. and its French main shareholder, BNP Paribas SA, in the public offering of shares of BNP Paribas Poland listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The value of the offer was PLN 231.2 million. (Approximately US$75 million) Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Dom Maklerski… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig advised Cyfrowy Polsat on Creation of Poland’s Largest Media and Telecom Group

Posted in Deals
International law firm Greenberg Traurig provided advice on Cyfrowy Polsat S.A.’s acquisition of Polkomtel, the operator of the “Plus” mobile network. The transaction creates the largest media and telecommunication group in the region and one of the largest corporations in Poland. Greenberg Traurig advised Cyfrowy Polsat on all aspects of the transaction, starting from negotiating… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Teams Assist Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited in its first Acquisition of Sub-Saharan African banking group BancABC for up to $265M

Posted in Deals
The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP assisted Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited (Atlas Mara) in connection with its first acquisition following its incorporation and listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in December 2013. Atlas Mara announced on 31 March that it had concluded agreements to acquire a majority of BancABC, a leading multi-country, multi-service… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Worldwide Recognized by Prestigious Chambers Global Guide

Posted in Awards
The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has 40 attorneys recognized in the 2014 edition of the prestigious legal services directory Chambers Global. Additionally, the directory recognizes 16 of the firm’s practice areas. The firm, with offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, has attorneys ranked in its Amsterdam,… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Maher Represents Rentokil Initial in Sale of Initial Facilities

Posted in Deals
International law firm Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP (GTM) advised Rentokil Initial plc (FTSE: RTO) in the sale of its Initial Facilities (“IFS”) business to Interserve Plc for a total cash consideration of £250m. The team included: Fiona Adams (Shld-LON-CP), Paul Maher (Shld-LON-MA), Kate Eades (Shld-LON-CP), Cate Sharp (Shld-LON-ENV), Naomi Feinstein (Shld-LON-LE), Justin Hamer (Shld-LON-TX), Stephen… Continue Reading

Releasing Lease Guarantees by Mistake

Posted in Real Estate
Written by Andrew Edwards The recent decision in Topland Portfolio No. 1 Ltd v Smiths News Trading Ltd acts as a reminder to landlords of just how easy it is to inadvertently release a guarantor from its obligations under a lease. Facts In Topland there was a guarantor for the tenant’s obligations. The lease contained… Continue Reading

GTM is a proud sponsor of Cathedral Group’s ‘A Dolls’ House’ project in support of KIDS charity

Posted in General, Pro Bono
Written by Chantal Phillips GTM is a lead sponsor of Cathedral Group’s ‘A Dolls’ House’ project whereby 20 of the world’s leading architects and designers will present their vision of a dolls’ house at a live auction to be held at Bonham’s on 11 November, with all proceeds of the auction going to KIDS charity.… Continue Reading

OFT investigates pricing restrictions in sale of mobility scooters and sports bras

Posted in Antitrust Trade & Regulation
Written by Lisa Navarro In September 2013, the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT“) issued statements of objection (“SO“) in two separate resale price maintenance cases. The first relates to the sale of sports bras, and the second to mobility scooters. Distinct products, sold in different ways, but both have allegedly been the subject of arrangements… Continue Reading

UK Trade Secrets Law – Ex-employee Bites Back in Mosquito Net Case

Posted in Employment law, Intellectual Property & Technology
Written by Luke Dixon | Stephen C. Tupper The UK Supreme Court (the Court) has upheld the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision that an employee of one of the defendants was not liable for misuse of the claimant’s confidential information. This case will be of particular interest to businesses with R&D operations in the UK,… Continue Reading

EU Competition: liner shipping conferences back on the Commission’s radar

Posted in Competition Law
Written Simon Harms and Stephen C. Tupper Many in the shipping industry will recall the heated debates leading up the decision of the European Commission (the “Commission”) to repeal the block exemption for liner shipping conferences in 2008 (the “Repeal”), thereby opening the container trades to the same competition law enforcement regime that applies to… Continue Reading

JOBS Act Benefits for Non-U.S. Issuers

Posted in Corporate
Written by  Paul Berkowitz On February 13, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a publication entitled, Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets — a Brief Overview for Foreign Private Issuers. 1 The publication opened by stating that “[t]he U.S. capital markets have long been a favorite destination for foreign companies wishing to raise… Continue Reading

EU merger control: reform with a small ‘r’ (but do not underestimate its value)

Posted in Antitrust Trade & Regulation
Written by Simon Harms | Stephen C. Tupper As many businesses will be acutely aware, the preparation of merger control notifications to the European Commission (the “Commission“) under the EU Merger Regulation (the “EUMR“) in respect of M&A transactions requires a considerable amount of effort by in-house teams and external legal and economic advisers and… Continue Reading

Price Fixing in the UK Booze Market — the Government’s Solution to Binge Drinking

Posted in Competition Law, Regulatory
Written by Lisa Navarro On 28 November 2012 the UK’s Home Office launched a consultation regarding proposals to deliver the Government’s policies aimed at cutting alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour. Rather than focus on the irresponsible drinkers, however, the proposals are firmly targeted at how, when, and for what price alcohol can, and should be, sold.… Continue Reading

The UK’s Defence Department turns to the private sector

Posted in Government
Written by Jacob B. Pankowski and Stephen C. Tupper As a general rule, high-value government contracts in the EU must not be awarded by public authorities without first complying with the detailed EU procurement rules designed to ensure non-discriminatory access to such contracting opportunities and “value-for-money” for public authorities and, ultimately, EU taxpayers. However, due… Continue Reading