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The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

An apple a day keeps taxation away?

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Czech Republic: Managing director and invalid employment contract, work injury

The Supreme Court of the Czech Republic recently issued an interesting decision concerning the employment of a managing director and an accident at work. It should be noted that this decision does not relate to a long-term problem with the concurrence of functions, i.e. the (im)possibility of performing the function of a managing director in an employment relationship, but reflects a situation where the managing director performs non-parallel work, i.e. work outside the function of a statutory body.

Covid-19: European overview on moratoria – July 2020

Austria Statutory Moratorium on repayment of loans taken out by consumers and micro enterprises (enterprises with less than 10 employees and annual turnover/annual balance sheet not more than EUR 2 million) before 15 March 2020, resulting in extension of payment dates falling in the months of April, May or June 2020, by 3 months. During […]

CEE legislation tracker: Austria

1 Financial Support Measures 1.1 Corona Relief Fund 21/07: guidelines for grants for site-relevant companies effective as of 22/07. Grants to be issued by COFAG to i.a. companies in the sectors of infrastructure, energy, telecommunication.   25/05: guideline for grants for fixed costs effective as of 26/05. 23/05: EU Commission greenlights Austrian scheme allowing grants […]

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There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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