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Incidences, (intensive care) bed occupancy, Covid-19 virus (variants), a vaccination rate of 90%, not least the Omicron variant, have been an integral part of the vocabulary of media reporting on the omnipresent and topic-defining Covid-19 pandemic for months. (in German)

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The digital distribution of insurance products has become one of the core topics for the insurance industry in recent years and is on the agenda of almost every insurance company. Insurers who want to sell their products digitally are thus faced with the question of how to implement the applicable legal framework and ensure that their online business is legally compliant.

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Government Decree 598/2021 has allowed employers to order their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 since 15 November 2021. Since it came into force, the Decree has been the subject of much discussion and interpretation by legal practitioners and commentators.

Austria: Energy communities – electricity company or commercial?

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The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently made various amendments to its listing rules, which came into effect on 1 January 2022. These include its recently published consultation conclusions in respect of the Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers and the Review of the Corporate Governance Code and related listing rules, and the Housekeeping Rule Amendments.

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