On 25 May 2021, the webinar on exclusions and debarments presented in Europe by the Debarment and Exclusions Subcommittee of the International Bar Association (IBA) took place. The webinar was moderated by BLOMSTEIN partner Roland M. Stein. A recording of the virtual event is online now.

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BLOMSTEIN advised OMR on public procurement law questions regarding the establishment and operation of Germany’s biggest vaccination centre located in Hamburg.

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The new Lexology Getting the Deal Through: Sanctions guide for 2021 has just been published, enabling side-by-side comparison of local insights into economic, financial and trade sanctions including national and international regimes across different jurisdictions. Roland M. Stein and Laura Louca have contributed the chapter on the European Union sanctions regime.

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BLOMSTEIN has advised Albion Acquisitions Limited on the German foreign direct investments (FDI) aspects of its recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, ordinary share capital of Aggreko plc. Albion is a newly formed company, owned by funds managed by I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC and investment funds managed by TDR Capital LLP. The acquisition values Aggreko plc’s entire issued, and to be issued, ordinary share capital at approximately £2,322 million on a fully diluted basis.

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When the arsenal of enforcement tools for the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) was stocked up in January 2021 with the overhauled German competition law, bets were high which of the GAFAM would be hit first. Wasting no time, the FCO immediately put its new powers into action in two high-profile cases: Facebook came first, Amazon followed foot with an investigation announced yesterday. At the same time, the FCO has reallocated staff and resources to increase its focus on e-commerce and the digital economy and even created an entire new division for this. What should players in the digital economy watch out and prepare for?

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On 5 May 2021, the European Commission (Commission) has published its proposal for a Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market (Proposal) – eagerly and anxiously awaited both across Europe and internationally.

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BLOMSTEIN advises Qell Acquisition Corp. (Qell) on a billion-dollar merger with the Munich air taxi manufacturer Lilium.

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Blomstein has advised the Allianz for Development and Climate Foundation on a procurement procedure for the selection of an asset manager. The foundation conducted a competitive selection procedure. In accordance with its foundation philosophy, it placed a special focus on sustainable investment strategies and the integration of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) investment criteria.

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The new Lexology GTDT: Foreign investment review 2021 has just been published: Roland M. Stein and Leonard von Rummel have contributed the chapter on the German FDI regime.

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In the past years, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank have increased their investigations in Brazil, sanctioning two Brazilian construction companies on grounds of corruption in projects financed by them. In 2020, Andrade Gutierrez, one of the companies involved in Operation Car Wash (codenamed Lava Jato), was prohibited from participating in public procurement projects financed by the IDB and the World Bank until the end of 2022. The sanction was reduced due to a Negotiated Resolution Agreement (NRA) with the IDB. Given that an NRA is conditional on presenting relevant information to the IDB, it is expected that Brazil will remain under the IDB’s scrutiny.

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