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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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Employment Law25.11.2020 Newsletter

Corona - new remuneration-relevant regulations in autumn

In the course of the ongoing pandemic, the legislator has adopted further regulations primarily concerning the right to the continued payment of remuneration or compensatory benefits as well as the utilisation of care leave. Here, we are summarising the most important relevant amendments to the Third Civil Protection Act [Drittes Bevölkerungsschutzgesetz], which came into force on 19 November 2020, and the Hospital Future Act [Krankenhauszukunftsgesetz, KHZG], which came into force on 29 October 2020:

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Corporate Law / Mergers & Acquisitions24.11.2020 Publication

Oppenhoff advises on the sale of Babybe to Natus

The independent commercial law firm Oppenhoff has advised the shareholders of Babybe GmbH on the sale of all of its shares to Natus Medical Incorporated. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Babybe has been advised by Oppenhoff since the first financing round.

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IT Law and Data Protection20.11.2020 Newsletter

Agreement on a new Dual-use Regulation

On 9 November 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on new regulations for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items. Since the Dual-use Regulation came into force in 2009, it has already been amended several times. The list of controlled items was adjusted annually. As early as in 2016, it became clear that the existing regulation would have to be adapted to the rapid technological, economic and political changes. After years of discussions by the EU Council and EU Parliament, an amendment to the Dual-use Regulation is now within reach. The final draft of this agreement has now been published.

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Employment Law18.11.2020Cologne Newsletter

Corona vaccinations - can employers enforce compulsory vaccination?

The corona vaccine is on the horizon. In this context, employers are already facing a variety of questions: for example, can employees be obliged to get vaccinated or can they be denied access to the company without proof of vaccination?

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17.11.2020Cologne / Frankfurt am Main / Hamburg News

The Lawyer: Oppenhoff nominated as German Law Firm of the Year

The independent commercial law firm Oppenhoff has been nominated as “German Law Firm of the Year 2020” at this year's The Lawyer European Awards.

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Retail and Consumer Goods13.11.2020Cologne News

Draft Law Implementing The UTP Directive

Companies in the agricultural and food supply chain face many changes In the food supply chains, small and medium-sized agricultural producers are facing what in some cases are powerful processing and retail companies. In the agri-food sector, these include in particular large supermarket chains, large dairies or slaughterhouses.

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Real Estate Law09.11.2020 Newsletter

1 December 2020: tenant’s legal right to structural changes for charging points

As of 1 December 2020, tenants will have a legal claim against their landlords to the toleration of structural changes to install charging points. Commercial lessors are also affected by the reform and will have to tolerate installations by their lessees in future - all in the spirit of promoting e-mobility.

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Oppenhoff advises VHV on the acquisition of the digital service provider Eucon

Oppenhoff has advised VHV Versicherungen on the acquisition of the Eucon Group. The seller is the British private equity fund HgCapital. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

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Suppliers may stop supplying a retailer for falling below the RRP - under certain conditions

The mere attempt by a supplier to influence the resale prices of its dealers usually constitutes a violation of German antitrust law. The Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Düsseldorf has now clarified that a final blocking of deliveries to a dealer on grounds of differing ideas about resale prices can be permissible. There is no violation of the German antitrust law boycott prohibition if the blocked retailer cannot be induced to increase its resale prices in line with the supplier’s intentions. A supplier who is unhappy with the pricing policy of a retailer is therefore not powerless, despite the prohibition of vertical price fixing.

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Julia Witte

Julia Witte

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