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December 18, 2007

With effective date January 1, 2008 the former company Schäfer & Hardt, auditors and tax advisers, Bad Marienberg/Germany is merging with the office of Mr. Stephan Zimmer, tax adviser, Betzdorf/Germany. Mr. Stephan Zimmer offers a long experience in tax advising especially for small and medium sized entities. After the merger the new company will continue its activities under the firm "Schäfer Zimmer Hardt" at the three locations Bad Marienberg, Betzdorf and Mayen/Koblenz.

December 4, 2007

This year's Annual General Meeting was held in Bremen and hosted by our colleagues Stefan Schubert, Hartwin Heitmann and Dierk Nickelsen of Sozietat Heitman Schubert Nickelsen Rechtsanwalte.

Gerrit Van Setten (retiring) and Yves Rosenoer Our chairman, Gerrit Van Setten is retiring after his two year period of office and is succeeded by our Brussels colleague, Yves Rosenoer, with the unanimous endorsement of the members.

Our thanks were extended to Gerrit for his sterling leadership during which time the ULN has continued to expand and grow in strength. Thanks were also extended to our Director, Nicolas Meyer, for his unstinting efforts in maintaining the administration of the organisation.

On the Friday before the AGM, Dierk Nickelsen conducted a highly informative workshop on maritime law and issues of liability in respect of cargo transportation.

Our Bremen colleagues were kind enough to provide some superb hospitality. In addition to the pleasure of our meeting coinciding with the opening of the Christmas market, a visit was arranged to the Becks Brewery.

The weekend was rounded off with a thoroughly enjoyable dinner at the Bremer Ratskeller that included a tour of the fifteenth century wine cellar containing the legendary rose wine of Rudesheim dating from 1653.