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Antitrust Law and Merger Control04.05.2021 Newsletter

Rail freight cartel: EU Commission fines DB, ÖBB and SNCB

The European Commission has imposed fines of €48 million on Deutsche Bahn (DB), Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and the National Company of Belgian Railways (SNCB) for cartel agreements in freight transport involving "blocktrains." All three companies have admitted their involvement in the cartel. Customers of the rail companies should check at an early stage whether they are entitled to damage claims for excessive freight costs against the three companies.

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Corona Task Force

The Corona crisis raises numerous legal questions. Our experts can answer them - and everyone is available to you. Below you will find important information, dates and consulting topics.

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29.04.2021 News

Update FAQ: Employee testing and occupational corona vaccination

Are companies obliged to have their employees tested? Is the works council to be involved in the case of compulsory testing? Can companies oblige their employees to be vaccinated? Our labour law experts will answer these and other questions.

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Oppenhoff advises Trulo on the entry of the investor Flavour Warehouse

Oppenhoff has advised Trulo GmbH and its shareholders on the entry of Flavour Warehouse as an investor. Following the death of a Trulo shareholder, his heirs have now transferred their shares to Flavour Warehouse.

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Foreign Trade29.04.2021 News

17th Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance: renewed tightening of investment screening in Germany

On 27 April 2020, the Federal Cabinet approved the 17th Amendment of the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, AWV). This entails a far-reaching tightening of investment screening in Germany. In all probability, the new regulations will be enter-ing into force over the next few days. In order to ensure the smooth execution of already planned investments, it is essential for investors to prepare for the new screening procedures. We have summarised the most important points for you:

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Real Estate Law / Tax Law28.04.2021 News

Oppenhoff advises SEPHORA on leasing office space and flagship store in Düsseldorf

Oppenhoff has advised the global cosmetics chain SEPHORA on the leasing of office and retail space for its new German headquarters and a flagship store in the Schadow Arkaden in Düsseldorf.

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Oppenhoff advises AUCTUS on investment in STRANET AG and Smaser AG

Oppenhoff has advised AUCTUS on its investment in STRANET AG and Smaser AG via funds managed by AUCTUS.

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Employment Law23.04.2021 Newsletter

Update legislative changes: federal powers and home office obligation

Today, the "Fourth Act for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of National Significance" [Viertes Gesetz zum Schutz der Bevölkerung bei einer epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite] comes into force with amendments to the German Federal Infection Protection Act [Bundesinfektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG]. Hubertus Heil has also announced an amendment to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance [SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzverordnung, SARS-CoV-2-ArbSchVO] next week. Jörn Kuhn and Annabelle Marceau summarise the adaptations and amendments.

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Employment Law23.04.2021 Newsletter

Planned innovations in the law on fixed-term contracts: regulations on contracts limited in term for no material reason and chains of fixed-term contracts are to be tightened up

On 14 April 2021, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs presented a draft bill amending the German Part-Time Work and Fixed-Term Employment Act [Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz, TzBfG]. In essence, the draft restricts the limitation of the contractual term of employment agreements without material reason and so-called chains of fixed-term contracts, which are created by a succession of several fixed-term employment contracts. The amendment to the Act should enter into force on 01 January 2022.

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20.04.2021Frankfurt am Main News

Dr Markus Rasner appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Singapore in Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, 20 April 2021 – Oppenhoff partner Dr Markus Rasner has been appointed to the position of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Singapore in Frankfurt am Main.

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