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Renewable Energy: The ECJ to Decide on the Compliance of the Green Energy Support Schemes With the EU Principle of Freedom of Movement

The Court of Justice of the European Union to decide whether the limitation of the application of an EU Member State’s national support scheme for green energy to production facilities located in that country is compatible with the EU principle of freedom of movement

EU and US Sanctions Against Russia Due to the Situation in Ukraine

Both the EU and US, in addition to Canada and Japan, have yesterday (17 March 2014) imposed sanctions against certain Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies controlled by them. These sanctions include freezing of assets and prohibitions of EU and US nationals to conduct business with the relevant persons and their companies. In this news bulletin we discuss the reach of the EU and the US sanctions and what we believe are their consequences for companies doing business in or with Russia or Ukraine.

EU Sanctions

Wind Power: Proposed Revision to the Finnish Feed-in Tariff System

The Finnish Subsidy Act (1396/2010) introduces a feed-in tariff system which currently guarantees a minimum target price to producers of electricity from wind power up to 2,500 MVA.

A draft Government Bill on revision of the feed-in tariff system was published in January 2014 and is currently being circulated for comment. According to the draft Bill, the revision would reduce uncertainties related to implementation of wind power projects from the investor’s perspective and further promote long-term planning of wind power projects as well as competition.

Hannes Snellman Helsinki Has Moved to New Premises

Hannes Snellman Helsinki has moved to new premises as of the beginning of 2014. Please note that only our street address has changed and all other contact details remain unchanged.

Contact information:
Eteläesplanadi 20 / P.O. Box 333
00130 / 00131 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: +358 9 228 841
Telefax: +358 9 177 393
www.hannessnellman.com

We mourn the loss of our dear colleague Ola Ilebrand

We mourn the loss of our dear colleague Ola Ilebrand on 4 January 2014. Just a few weeks ago Ola won the last of his many victories in courts and arbitration proceedings. However, he was not able to win his fight against cancer. He left us far too soon only 36 years old, but his spirit and humour will still be felt for years to come. Love of his young wife Ba, work, nature, mountain climbing and skiing enhanced his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends at Hannes Snellman. We miss you Ola.

Hannes Snellman Elected as Legal Advisor to the Finnish Transport Agency in the E18 Hamina-Vaalimaa Motorway PPP Project

Hannes Snellman has been elected as the legal advisor to the Finnish Transport Agency in connection with the new PPP project for the construction and maintenance of the new E18 motorway section between Hamina and Vaalimaa.

The project will include the construction of a total of 32 km new motorway with five new intersections. A total of EUR 660 million has been reserved for the project in the state budget, and it is one of the most extensive infrastructure projects in Finland.

Hannes Snellman Elects Sonja Siggberg as a New Partner

Hannes Snellman has promoted Sonja Siggberg to partner as of 1 January 2014. Sonja is based in Helsinki and has worked for Hannes Snellman since 2001. She has a long experience of private and public M&A transactions, capital markets transactions and corporate governance related matters. Sonja also advises clients in general securities markets, corporate and insurance law matters.

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