I have bought a drone. Do I need some special knowledge about its use? Should it be registered with some authority? May I fly the drone in any place? What else do I need to know to use my new purchase in accordance with law?
Response published in the magazine iTiesības has been prepared by associate attorney at law Kristaps Loze.
It was the largest meeting of ADVOC EUROPE in recent years that gathered around 100 delegates not only from Europe, also from the US, Brazil and Australia. Lively discussions and talks, excellent leisure time, joint dinners and excursions – the participants thoroughly enjoyed it all!
A big ’thank you’ goes to DELACOUR, and partner Thomas Salicath in particular, for the excellent event.
Government of Ireland
Loze & Partners have been invited by the government of Ireland to give an expert opinion regarding procedural matters relating to an action brought in Ireland against a Latvian citizen. The expert opinion was provided by our attorney at law Uldis Freidenfelds to the High Court of Ireland via videoconference.
The conference was organised by long-term members of the international lawyer network ADVOC, i.e., England–based Ashfords LLP, German-based Seufertand Vandenbulke and Boels Zandersfrom the Netherlands, which specialise, inter alia, in cross-border transactions. The conference was aimed at in-house lawyers, corporate law specialists, financing experts, representatives of banks and other internationally active M&A professionals. Topics on the agenda were i.a. trends in M&A insurance, foreign investment controls, and IP and cybersecurity issues in M&A transactions. As in previous years, many industry insiders from Europe, the USA and Asia attended. Our law firm was represented by attorney at law Liga Mence.
Job Shadow Day 2017
Aleksandra and Elza had an opportunity to visit two court hearings in the Riga Regional Court and search for answers to the questions posed by a potential client. We hope that the insight into the work of a law firm and discussions with our lawyers will be of help when they will have to choose the path to follow in the future.
We wish them every success in their future endeavours!
MEGO trade mark
As a result of the transaction, SIA Baltstor, which is also the owner of SIA Bauskas tirgotājs that is active in retail of daily consumer goods through shops operating under Vesko trade mark, acquired from SIA Mego all shares in SIA Lenoka that operates under MEGO trade mark. The transaction will certainly contribute to the competition between the strong market players operating under the brand names of RMI and MAXIMA.
Congratulations to our client on successful implementation of such a large-scale transaction and we are happy for professional performance of our competition lawyers Jānis Loze, Līga Mence and Kristaps Loze.
Latvia improved ranking
Recently published Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, a World Bank (the WB) Group flagship publication, shows that Latvia has improved its ranking and ranks 14th. The rise was fuelled by improved availability of credit references and reforms made to simplify the tax payment system.
The annual Doing Business measures regulations affecting areas of the life of a business, from starting a business to such daily activities as trading across borders, paying taxes and resolving insolvency.
Such report requires considerable work contributed by professionals from diverse areas. This year, contributors included 12,500 lawyers, accountants, judges, engineers, architects, entrepreneurs and state officials from 190 countries worldwide, and lawyers of Loze & Partners (attorneys at law Ilona Bauda and Jānis Loze as well as lawyer Kristaps Loze, who investigated legal framework in construction) were among them.
The WB has appreciated reforms introduced that are aimed at improvement of control of building supervision, while duration of construction approval procedures is still a major challenge to be worked on.
We are happy to note that altogether during the year, Latvia has risen three places.
Happy and full of energy, we have returned from our first joint trip, this time it was Venice we visited. Our team has become even stronger and we are ready for new professional challenges.
On 12 July, an article of our colleagues, Jānis Loze, Līga Mence and Anna Kontere, was published in Lawyer Issue. The article covers recent changes in the competition regulatory framework in Latvia taking into account that as of 1 January 2016 the new law has come into force and it provides quite casuistic regulations for retailers of food products and for retailers of non-food products having significant effect in retail.
Our law firm gave legal advice to UPRENT, the leading pump and pumping system rental provider in Eastern Europe with branches in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, in execution of an investment agreement with BaltCap, a major private equity and venture capital investor in the Baltic States.
The issue as to what is to be taken into account when flying a drone is becoming increasingly topical. Response to the question published in the magazine iTiesības has been prepared by associate attorney at law Kristaps Loze
In late May (25-28 May), ADVOC (international network of independent law firms) Europe AGM was held in Copenhagen that was organised by Denmark-based law firm DELACOUR and visited also by our managing partner Jānis Loze.
On 22nd of December of last year, the Competition Council cleared the transaction resulting in the acquisition by SIA Baltstor of a decisive influence in SIA Lenoka that currently holds title to MEGO trade mark.