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In a case referred by Immigration Equality, Weil Gotshal & Manges in the United States has secured asylum for an LGBT man from Belarus who was forced to flee his home after being targeted for numerous assaults on account of his sexual orientation.

Liniya Prava, working with DeHeng Law Offices in China, has advised ChinaNetCenter (CNC) on its acquisition of a 70% share in the charter capital of LLC CDN-video from ZAO Leader, its subsidiary LLC CDN-Invest, and three business angels.

SPCG has advised the Aon Group on Polish law aspects of the global sale of its benefits administration and HR BPO platform to private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone.

Ellex Valiunas has assisted Mano Unija, the largest credit union in Lithuania, on its successful application to the Bank of Lithuania for authorization to begin its transformation into a public company holding a bank license.

Ilyashev & Partners has successfully represented the interests of the Ukrainian DIY hypermarket chain Epicentr K in a review of safeguard measures concerning the import of porcelain tableware and kitchenware into Ukraine regardless of their country of origin and export.

CMS Prague has advised Prologis on its sale of the Ostrava Logistics Park in Moravia-Silesia, in the Czech Republic, to CBRE Global Investors. Kinstellar advised the buyers on the deal.

Czech lawyer Zdenek Kucera is joining Kinstellar Prague as a Managing Associate and Head of Dispute Resolution and TMT.

The Komnenic Law Office has opened its doors in Podgorica, Montenegro. 

DLA Piper is announcing that Alla Kozachenko has been appointed as Head of Corporate and M&A practice in the firm's Kyiv office.

Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed that Tomasz Rogalski has been promoted to Of Counsel and made the firm's Head of Energy and Infrastructure in Poland.

A new European law firm alliance with a substantial CEE presence has appeared on the legal scene. The new Act Legal alliance (branded in lower-case, as "act legal") consists of founding members AC Tischendorf (in Germany), BSWW (in Poland), MPH (Slovakia), Randa Havel Legal (Czech Republic), Vivien & Associes (France), and WMWP (Austria).

Serbia's MIM Law has announced that former Karanovic & Nikolic Partner Tanja Unguran has joined the firm as a Partner.

The new act on excise duty has been amended by the Hungarian Parliament on 21 March 2017. According to the amendment initiated by the Economic Committee, the new act will enter into force on 1 July 2017, i.e. 3 months later than originally planned. 

International companies having a presence in Ukraine often need to employ foreign personnel due to specific character of their businesses or due to particular valuable experience of such foreign specialists. At the same time, Ukrainian legislation is designed to procure employment of local citizens in the first place. 

This article aims to analyze, in the specific context of a case study based on the experience of our team, the practical effects on companies of the lack of corroboration or compatibility of certain legal provisions.

Serbian national electricity company, Electric Power Industry of Serbia (“EPS”), is working actively on the development of systems for generation of renewables. Some of the most important ventures at the moment are construction of solar and wind farm in Kostolac, a small town in the eastern part of Serbia, as well as support to investments in the field of biofuels.

The Hungarian Parliament has started the general debate concerning the new bill on the mandatory filing of country-by-country report by multinational enterprise groups (MNE Groups) located or operating in the EU. The aim is to hinder the aggressive tax-planning practices of the MNE Groups with a total consolidated revenue equal or higher than €750 million by strengthening the mandatory exchange of information. Increased transparency could have the effect of giving MNE Groups an incentive to abandon the above practices.

Although the economic needle of the Turkish compass suffers through changes and deviations in the recent years, energy sector (mainly renewable/sustainable) remains true to its nature of sustainable growth and energy.

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Business is good in Bulgaria at the moment, according to Ilko Stoyanov, Partner at Schoenherr in Sofia. He draws particular attention to the real estate market — especially the shopping mall segment, which has seen four Sofia malls change owners already this year. Stoyanov isn’t able to pinpoint a particular reason for the boom, but notes that two of the malls (The Mall and the Serdika Center) are expected to be sold to a "sizeable investor”  New Europe Property Investments. The price of real estate has increased in 2017, according to Stoyanov, “reaching levels close to before the financial crisis."

Anthony O’Connor came to Europe from his native Australia in 2006. As a Partner at Kinstellar in Budapest, he is both head of Kinstellar’s Hungarian Corporate/M&A practice and Co-Head of its firm-wide Private Equity practice. 

On November 18, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Eesti Energia AS had issued EUR 500 million bonds, which were listed on London Stock Exchange. We reached out to Ivar Kurvits, who acted as the General Counsel at Eesti Energia at the time of the transaction (he is currently General Counsel at AS Inbank), to comment on the deal.