05 October 2022

The provisions of the German Packaging Act have been tightened significantly.

28 September 2022

With the tense situation on the gas market that has been seen for some months following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the German government announced its Early Warning Level on 30 March 2022 before moving to the Alarm Level of its “Emergency Gas Plan for the Federal Republic of Germany” on 23 June 2022.

24 September 2022

Things are still very much in flux in Germany in the area of taxation of remuneration for the transfer of rights entered in a German register (e.g. patents or other industrial property rights).

27 June 2022

Communiqué No. 2022-32/66 Amending Communiqué No. 32 on the Protection of the Value of Turkish Currency (“Communiqué”) was published in the Official Gazette on 19 April 2022 and numbered 31814. The Amendment Communiqué entered into force on the date of its publication.

16 June 2022

To mitigate the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the German legislature early in 2020 introduced a moratorium on terminations (Art. 240 Sec. 2 Introductory Act to the German Civil Code [Einführungsgesetz zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch – EGBGB]).

31 May 2022

The “tried and tested” public enforcement measures known from data protection legislation under the EU’s GDPR are now being enlisted in civil and unfair competition law: since 28 May 2022 infringements of consumer protection regulations have been subject to fines of up to 4% of annual revenues.

19 May 2022

It’s the buzzword on everyone’s lips: ESG (environmental, social, governance). This article gives an overview of current and upcoming changes in legislation relating to properties.

01 April 2022

Following Russia’s unlawful recognition of the Ukrainian territories calling themselves “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” and Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, sanctions were announced against Russia and Belarus first and foremost by the EU and the US, but also by many other countries as well.

01 April 2022

Russia has adopted countermeasures through various presidential decrees and government orders, which are mainly aimed primarily aiming at protecting the capital market, but also at restricting the export of goods.

29 March 2022

With exchange rates skyrocketing and inflation in the Turkish economy running high, many citizens have entered the cryptocurrency markets to protect the value of their cash and thus their purchasing power.

18 January 2022

The Law on the Approval of Ratification of the Paris Agreement numbered 7335 was passed on October 6, 2021, published in the Official Gazette numbered 31621 on October 7, 2021 and entered into force on the same date.

16 December 2021

In order to strengthen consumer rights, the legislator has promulgated the German Fair Consumer Contracts Act [Gesetz für faire Verbraucherverträge] by making some significant changes to the German Civil Code [Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch – BGB] concerning the structuring of obligations arising from legal transactions by way of general terms…

12 November 2021

To promote the digital economy in Europe, the EU is further developing the legal framework for digital services and markets. The provisions of the Data Governance Act on data spaces and other platforms for data exchange are an important part of this framework.

14 October 2021

This is about trademarks: Shoelace tips are the last 2 cm of shoelaces, i.e. shoelace ends. Think Schuhwerk, a shoe manufacturer in Austria, thought that the market can distinguish its shoes from those of other manufacturers by the shoelace tips – although we are talking about special shoelace tips here.

13 September 2021

By amending the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act [Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz – ElektroG], the aim is to increase the collection rate for waste electrical and electronic equipment (“WEEE”). That is because up to now the collection rate of 65% set by the EU has not been reached. What these changes mean, among other…

10 August 2021

The new Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains [Lieferkettensorg-faltspflichtengesetz, LkSG] requires companies to ensure the protection of human rights and environmental standards in their international supply chains. With our new online tool, clients can identify and assess risks along their supply chain free of charge.

17 July 2021

For some time now, the introduction of CO2 duties or a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) has been discussed in the EU as part of the European Green Deal. The intention is to internalize the externalities of greenhouse gas emissions into the prices on imported goods. On 15 July 2021, the EU Commission presented a proposal for a…

18 June 2021

The German Packaging Act [Verpackungsgesetz – VerpackG] has been in force since 1 January 2019 and replaced the German Packaging Regulation [Verpackungsverordnung – VerpackV] in force up to then. It applies to all forms of packaging and is a special law (lex specialis) clarification of responsibility for products enshrined in Sec. 23 of…

19 May 2021

The recast of the Dual-Use Regulation is expected to be published in the Official Journal of the EU at the beginning of June 2021. Given the various changes this recast version brings for the economic operators, they will have to prepare themselves in good time before it will enter into force 90 days after its publication.

10 May 2021

On 1 May 2021 the 17th Amendment [17. Änderungsverordnung] to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance [Außenwirtschaftsverordnung – AWV] entered into force, which in particular broadens the scope of application of transactions subject to a mandatory filing to include further sectors, notably high-tech. The Amendment will apply to…

04 May 2021

Trade marks have to be used, either by their owners or by a licensee. Otherwise they "lapse", i.e. cannot be enforced against third parties and can be cancelled upon request. However, there is a grace period of 5 years. What if, instead of using a trademark, a new one were to be registered? - In a judgment of 21 April, the Court of…

14 April 2021

The impact of Covid-19 is continuing to evolve in Turkey and businesses need to update their knowledge to keep up with the ever-changing regulations. For this purpose we provided various reports in our earlier newsletters concerning legal changes in Turkey relating to the pandemic. Our new update includes the recent shifts in legislation…

24 March 2021

In the event of a merger, the absorbing entity is generally obliged to grant shares to the shareholder of the transferring entity (so-called obligation to grant shares). If this is not desired by the shareholder of the transferring entity, it may waive its right to receive shares pursuant to Sect. 54 (1) sentence 3 German Transformation…

24 February 2021

Dual-use items concern a variety of goods, software and technology that can be used for both civilian and military purposes and whose export from the EU is controlled. The relevant provisions for the control of such items are currently laid down in the Dual-use Regulation 428/2009. These rules are being comprehensively revised and…

08 February 2021

When reorganising a business out of insolvency proceedings, it used to be necessary to reach some form of agreement with creditors to compromise the payment of their debts. However, this did not apply to reorganisations under English law (i.e. by way of a scheme of arrangement) which allowed forced arrangements to be entered into with the…

04 January 2021

On 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU reached an agreement to govern the new relationship following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Though this deal is better than no deal, the EU and the UK must prepare themselves for far-reaching changes with a significant impact on bilateral trade.

21 December 2020

Several German media outlets (Handelsblatt of 1 December 2020; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 7 December 2020) report that the country’s Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht has revealed plans to introduce a legal clarification confirming that restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are generally to be deemed frustration…

16 September 2020

German data protection authorities published a joint position statement regarding Google Analytics already in May 2020. The European Court of Justice’s decision of 16 July 2020 increases the requirements even further. Use of Google Analytics will become more difficult in the future.

16 September 2020

Apparently, Apple Group is still getting off scot-free – at least for now – as far as the repayment of alleged State aid regarding Irish tax rulings is concerned. The General Court of the European Union (EGC), the competent court of first instance, annulled the Commission’s decision demanding the recovery of State aid in its ruling of 15…

16 September 2020

On 28 May 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Finance [Bundesministerium der Finanzen – “BMF”] presented a bill by the somewhat unwieldy title “Bill on the Multilateral Convention of 24 November 2016 to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting”, the purpose of which is to ratify what is known as…

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