Oppenhoff & Partner has successfully recruited the lawyers and notaries Rainer Jacob and Anne Vins-Niethammer for the further expansion of its office in Frankfurt am Main. The two corporate lawyers will join as partners of Oppenhoff’s Frankfurt office on 1 September 2019 at the latest.
Tax Law10.05.2019 Newsletter
On May 08, 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) presented the draft of the "Act on the Further Tax Stimulation of Electric Mobility and the Amendment of Further Tax Regulations". This draft now regulates, among other things, the tightening of legislation in connection with real estate transfer tax (RETT) for so-called Share Deals, i.e. share transfers involving companies owning real estate, which was already discussed at state level in June 2018.
Oppenhoff & Partner has advised Chinese investor Denway Holdings International on the sale of all shares in SKS Steuerungstechnik GmbH to PTP Group.
Almost unnoticed by traders and consumers, the new Geoblocking Regulation came into force in December, which largely prohibits a differentiation according to nationality and place of residence for online purchases. In future, traders will no longer be allowed to simply block or redirect customers from other EU countries.
A fourteen-year-old lawsuit concerning marketing authorisation restrictions for the drug Linoladiol N of the company Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel came to a close at the end of March 2019 before the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
In a recently published judgement dated 20 December 2018 (17 Sa 11/18), the Higher Regional Court [Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG] of Baden-Württemberg commented in the context of an unfair dismissal case on the scope of the right to inspect files under employment law and right to the disclosure of information under data protection law. This gave rise to several recommendations for dealing with the disclosure claim under data protection law as well as for the implementation of whistleblower systems and internal investigations.
Employment Law29.03.2019 Newsletter
The first quarter of the new year 2019 is drawing to a close and the employment courts are producing a steady flow of practice-relevant decisions. Hardly any other field of law is ‘tweaked’ on almost a daily basis in such a way as employment law. For company personnel work, therefore, it is essential to be aware and keep abreast of the developments in employment law jurisprudence. Only in this way can a legally sound organisation and management of the work performance of innumerable employees be achieved. The legislator is far less active when it comes to setting the course of employment law. Nevertheless, even the Federal Government consistently sets strong accents, currently with its considerations on the "Home Office Act" [Home-Office-Gesetz]. We will report on this as soon as a draft bill becomes available. At the moment, drafts of the Act on the Immigration of Skilled Workers [Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz] and the Act against Illegal Employment and Social Benefit Fraud [Gesetz gegen illegale Beschäftigung und Sozialleistungsmissbrauch] are already available and are presented by us below.
Dr Vanessa Pickenpack, specialist in conflict resolution and partner of the commercial law firm Oppenhoff & Partner, was elected to the presidium of the association at the extraordinary board meeting of the German Bar Association [Deutscher Anwaltsverein, DAV] on 21 March 2019.
The commercial law firm Oppenhoff & Partner has been honoured as the most innovative employer for young lawyers. The prestigious careers magazine azur has awarded the Innovation Award 2019 to Oppenhoff for the firm’s sustained commitment to the promotion of young legal talent.
Deutsche Post AG has concluded a binding agreement with the Munich based enterprise Brabbler Secure Message and Data Exchange Aktiengesellschaft on the acquisition of the messenger SIMSme by Brabbler. SIMSme is an internet-based, cross-platform instant-messaging service with secure end-to-end-encryption. In return, Deutsche Post AG receives shares from Brabbler, enabling it to continue its participation in the positive development of SIMSme.