11.05.2022 News

Oppenhoff strengthens its ranks with new Head of Business Development & Marketing

Oppenhoff has acquired Ursula Rutovitz as new Head of Business Development & Marketing. The former German Head of the TMF Group has been supporting the firm in its business development and further dynamic growth since 1 May 2022.

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Oppenhoff advises e.GO Mobile on global partnership with soccer star Neymar Jr.

Oppenhoff has advised Next.e.GO Mobile SE on the conclusion of a testimonial agreement with soccer sensation Neymar Jr., who will become e.GO Mobile’s new global brand ambassador.

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Oppenhoff advises Horn & Co. Group on the establishment of a European recycling platform

Oppenhoff has advised the Horn & Co. Group on the merger of its European recycling activities with RHI Magnesita. By merging their production, both companies will increase the use and supply of secondary raw materials for the European refractories industry.

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Foreign Trade06.05.2022 Newsletter

EU Commission removes Russia as a destination country from the scope of application of the EU GEAs

In response to Russia's sustained attack on Ukraine, which is contrary to international law, the EU Commission has taken the further measure of cancelling the Union's previously existing general export authorisations for Russia by way of its Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/699 of 3 May 2022.

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Digital Business04.05.2022 Newsletter

Earning money with gaming - labour law questions arising in e-sports

E-sports are no longer in their infancy. The industry has experienced dizzying growth over recent years, accompanied by a significant increase in professionalism.

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Oppenhoff advises on sale of MVZ Nephrologicum Westfalen

Oppenhoff has advised Überörtliche Berufsausübungsgemeinschaft Dres. Schumann, Knevels, Hoffmann und Kollegen, now Nephrologicum Westfalen, on the sale of Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum Nephrologicum Westfalen.

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Compliance14.04.2022 Newsletter

New draft bill on the Whistleblower Protection Act: will German companies be hit by a further tightening of regulations?

The deadline for transposing the EU Whistleblower Directive 2019/1937 into national law expired in vain on 17 December 2021. Germany is therefore facing infringement proceedings. Now, draft bill of the German Federal Ministry of Justice [Bundesministerium der Justiz, BMJ] on a new Whistleblower Protection Act [Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz, HinSchG] dated 13 April 2022 aims to set the long overdue implementation of the law in motion.

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Foreign Trade14.04.2022 Newsletter

Ukraine war: The fifth package of sanctions has been adopted

The EU has once again significantly tightened its sanctions against Russia. On 8 April 2022, it adopted another, fifth sanctions package. With these sanctions, the EU is responding to continued Russian aggression against Ukraine's territorial integrity and ongoing attacks on Ukrainian civilians and cities.

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Oppenhoff advises AddLife on acquisition of BioCat

Oppenhoff has advised the Swedish listed life science company AddLife AB on the acquisition of the BioCat Group.

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What do you do with staff when the energy and raw materials required for production are lacking?

As a result of the war in Ukraine, prices for raw materials and energy have risen immensely and are currently causing problems not just for internationally oriented German industry. More and more companies are therefore confronted with the question of whether they can respond to the production disruptions by introducing short-time work or by business closures or relocations in the short term.

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Digital Business08.04.2022 Newsletter

Gaming & e-sports: the virtual world remains sales tax-free (for now)

As the new metaverse shows: the boundaries between digital and virtual worlds are becoming increasingly blurred. Manufacturers of virtual reality technology have long since recognised that the need for complex, virtual worlds is immense and needs to be differentiated further. This includes the fact that, especially in online role-playing games, there is a market for virtual goods that only exist within the respective game. The German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) has now addressed the question of whether the trading of virtual goods triggers sales tax. The BFH deems there to be no sales tax liability in the virtual world, but only once virtual money is exchanged for real money.

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05.04.2022 Newsletter

Electronic signatures: legal situation in France and Germany

Paper is increasingly being dispensed with for reasons of sustainability. Home office obligations and travel bans in connection with the Corona pandemic are making handwritten signatures impractical. Electronic signatures are a simple alternative to traditional signatures and are increasingly important in business and legal transactions.

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01.04.2022 Newsletter

Focus on Labor Law – 1st Quarter 2022

With this first Labour Law Focus of 2022, we would also like to inform you about other relevant developments in labour law jurisprudence and legislation. 

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Digital Business01.04.2022 Newsletter

E-sports events: commercial exploitation

Just as in "conventional" sports, the marketing and commercial exploitation of events also plays a central role in generating revenues in e-sports. In addition to ticket sales, sponsorship and advertising, media exploitation of the event in particular is a source of revenue with great growth potential. Here, however, the interests of the various players are frequently at odds - especially those of the organiser and the game manufacturer. Below, we explain the opportunities and risks for organisers concerning the commercial exploitation of e-sports events.

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Digital Business22.03.2022 Newsletter

Cheating in multiplayer games: the TTDSG as a hurdle for reading out the hardware ID?

The loss of players due to cheaters is a serious problem for game makers and publishers. The common anti-cheat measures that have been used to date, such as account bans, are not particularly effective. Publishers and manufacturers have therefore increasingly started using so-called hardware ID bans, where the unique identifiers of the components installed in the end device, such as the graphics card or CPU, are read out. Is this legally permissible?

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Succession, Wealth and Foundations18.03.2022 Newsletter

Donations for Ukraine from NPOs, companies and individuals: new BMF letter simplifies matters

Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, there is a huge sense of solidarity with the people there. Many NPOs are actively engaged. Private individuals and especially companies also want to actively help. With a BMF letter published yesterday, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen - BMF) is now trying to remove some of the existing hurdles.

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Employment Law18.03.2022 Newsletter

New corona rules at work from the first day of spring

Right in time for the calendar beginning of spring, companies are to be brought out of their corona hibernation and the majority of corona measures in the workplace dropped. This was finally decided by the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat today.

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Tax Law17.03.2022Frankfurt am Main News

New partner for Frankfurt: Oppenhoff strengthens its tax practice with Jan Mohrmann

Oppenhoff is recruiting Jan Mohrmann as a new partner for the Frankfurt office. He is transferring from ADVANT Beiten on 1 April 2022.

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Foreign Trade16.03.2022 Newsletter

Ukraine war: new EU sanctions of luxury goods and energy

It has now been almost three weeks since Russian troops began the invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of 24 February 2022 – three weeks that have doubtlessly been the most eventful weeks in the history of international economic sanctions and embargoes. On 15 and 16 March 2022, the fourth package of EU sanctions since the beginning of the Ukraine war took effect. They especially focus on the energy and luxury goods sectors, as well as steel and iron, in addition to sanctioning further individuals and companies.

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Digital Business15.03.2022 Newsletter

E-sports and corporate law: structures and investment opportunities

E-sports competitions are booming: they reach millions of viewers worldwide and, as the prize money increases, so does the professionalism of the teams. This makes the rapidly growing market interesting for investors - there is already a lively battle for market shares and players. Below, we provide an overview of legal forms of organisation and the opportunities and limitations for investors.

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Energy and Infrastructure10.03.2022Hamburg News

Further reinforcement in Hamburg: Oppenhoff recruits Dr. Carmen Schneider for energy law

Oppenhoff is strengthening its position in Hamburg: energy lawyer Dr. Carmen Schneider is transferring to HafenCity from Chatham Partners.

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08.03.2022 Newsletter

Gaming and e-sport: who guarantees the protection of minors?

Content creators like to record themselves playing video games or give viewers the opportunity to watch their game live. The target audience of most content creators are adults. However, games like Cyberpunk 2077, GTA V, PUBG or Counter Strike are also very popular among children and adolescents. But who is responsible for the protection of minors in such cases and what are the consequences in case of violations?

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Compliance04.03.2022 Newsletter

EU Supply Chain Act from 2026 at the latest

Several European countries have already passed national legislation to improve human and environmental rights along the supply chain - including Germany. Now the European Commission has also published an initial proposal for a European Supply Chain Act. What regulations now apply to companies in Germany?

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03.03.2022 News

Young initiative: Oppenhoff advises clients in the gaming and e-sports sector

It's more than just a game: in e-sports, highly paid individual athletes and clans (teams) compete for international titles and sponsorship money - it’s an industry worth billions. A young Oppenhoff team with a (private) gaming licence advises various players in this industry on all relevant legal issues.

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Compliance02.03.2022 Newsletter

Caution required when deploying external personnel: reform of the status determination procedure under social security law

At the end of the last legislative period, a reform of the status determination procedure under social security law (Sec. 7a German Social Code Book IV [Sozialgesetzbuch IV - SGB IV]) was passed - almost unnoticed. This reform lies behind the so-called German Act Strengthening Barrier-Free Accessibility [Barrierefreiheitstärkungsgesetz - BFSG]. The new regulations come into force on 1 April 2022. The purpose of the amendments is to provide the parties involved with quicker and simpler certainty in future as to whether dependent employment or self-employment exists. For evaluation purposes, the reform will initially apply for a limited period until 30 June 2027.

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