BGH: Application of German law on compulsory portions despite choice of law in favour of English law

In its judgement of 29 June 2022 (Case No. IV ZR 110/21), the Bundesgerichtshof ruled that the application of English inheritance law based on a choice of law in the testamentary disposition is contrary to German ordre public if this deprives children of their entitlement to a compulsory por-tion independent of their needs and there is a sufficient domestic connection. The BGH thus con-firms the previous decision of the Higher Regional Court of Cologne (judgement of 22 April 2021 - 24 U 77/20, ZEV 2021, 698).

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Compliance05.08.2022 Newsletter

Proposal for a new EU sustainability directive: do companies face even stricter due diligence requirements along the supply chain?

The European Commission submitted a proposal for a new directive on corporate sustainability requirements to the European Union in Brussels on 23 February 2022 (so-called "Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937"). Its purpose is to promote sustainable business behaviour in relation to supply chains, especially in activities with an impact on human rights and the environment.

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04.08.2022 Newsletter

Russia sanctions: BAFA's General Permit on restrictions regarding public contracts

On 8 April 2022, for the first time since the start of the Ukraine war, the EU issued prohibitions on awarding and performing public contracts and concessions. The bans entered into force as part of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia and are applicable directly.

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Oppenhoff advises world's largest cable manufacturer Prysmian on sustainability-linked loan of €1.2 billion

Oppenhoff has advised the world's leading cable manufacturer Prysmian S.p.A. on its first sustainability-linked loan in the amount of €1.2 billion. The loan was provided by a consortium of Italian and international banks.

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Düsseldorf Regional Court on unfair e-mail advertising of broker services

The Düsseldorf Regional Court has ruled that, under certain circumstances, an insurance broker must accept being attributed with the unfair conduct of an advertising agency commissioned by him (judgement of 16 June 2021, 12 O 10/21).

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Energy and Infrastructure27.07.2022 Newsletter

Gas emergency situation – What can you do?

At the end of June, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection declared the alert level ("Alarmstufe") of the German Gas Emergency Plan - there is great concern about a gas supply stop and corresponding reductions. If the BMWK declares the emergency level, companies would basically be affected first. The strains will run through the entire supply chain. We have summarized what you can do to best prepare yourself. Our experts are always available for an in-depth discussion on these and other points.

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Foreign Trade / Compliance22.07.2022 Newsletter

Further tightening of EU sanctions against Russia and adjustment of existing measures

The EU Commission adopted another package of sanctions on 21 July 2022. The measures include new import bans, expanded restrictions on the export of certain sensitive technologies, as well as adjustments and corrections to existing bans and exemptions.

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Foreign subsidies: New screening procedure for M&A transactions and procurement processes

On 30 June 2022, the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament agreed on the draft regulation proposed by the EU Commission on distortive foreign subsidies. Based on this agreement, the new regulation could already enter into force this year. Due to the introduction of a new mandatory screening mechanism, the regulation will have a considerable impact on transaction practice in M&A processes and in procurement procedures.

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Employment Law29.06.2022 Newsletter

Focus on Labour Law – 2nd Quarter 2022

In the second half of this year there are once again going to be important labour law reforms that will keep HR departments on their toes. We have summarised the most important innovations for you in this Focus on Labour Law. We also report on a multitude of other important decisions of the labour courts of relevance to company HR work.

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Oppenhoff advises Bankhaus August Lenz on sale of its Payment Services division

Oppenhoff has extensively advised the long-established Munich-based bank August Lenz & Co. AG on the sale of its Payment Services division to Raisin Bank AG. With this acquisition, Raisin Bank is expanding its business areas as a banking-as-a-service provider further.

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