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Even if you are not a lawyer, you must have heard about the so called “right to be forgotten.” You may know that it is a privacy right that allows you to demand removal of your personal information from web search results produced by a search engine and published on the Internet. The question is who is obligated to remove your personal data from the Internet upon your request. The answer is simple – the operator of that search engine, even if it is not located in your country of residence. For some mysterious reason, this simple answer does not appear to be clear to everyone.

Despite a still-shaky business environment in the Adriatic region we have again experienced another very exciting year, which once made our transaction teams busier than they were the year before.

The Adriatic Legal Network has announced that Bosnia & Herzegovina's Sajic and Macedonia's Pepeljugoski law firms have joined the alliance formed in June of last year by Serbia's Joksovic, Stojanovic and Partners, Slovenia's Miro Senica and Attorneys, and Croatia's Kallay and Partners law firms.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte has advised Austrian real estate investor and developer Supernova Group in its successful acquisition of four DIY retail properties in Croatia: The Garden Mall shopping center in Zagreb, two retail parks in Koprivnica and Sisak, and one property in Pozega. For the Croatian legal aspects, Dorda collaborated with Pecarevic & Relic.

In Croatia, acquiring a company’s own shares is often a useful tool for the implementation of management and employee reward plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), and various bonus policies of joint stock companies. The company would normally acquire a desired number of its own shares and distribute them to selected employees according to a reward program. EU legislation describes these programs as “buy-back programs.”

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars S.A. and its group companies on a PLN 1.1 billion loan facility. Clifford Chance, working with Tark Grunte Sutkiene (TGS), Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (DTB) and Montanios & Montanios, advised Bank Pekao S.A. (agent), mBank S.A. (security agent), and  Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi Handlowy), ING Bank Slaski S.A., Bank BGZ BNP Paribas S.A., DNB Bank, and Caixa Bank as mandated lead arrangers on the facility.

In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about the strategies they employ to keep their teams motivated, effective, and focused. For this issue, we asked them to reveal what sorts of firm retreats and activities they host and/or organize for their lawyers.

They say there is a grain of truth in every joke. Ten years ago, the movie Man of the Year was released, and in it Tom Dobbs, Robin Williams’s character, joked: “Soon, all of your appliances will speak to each other. You’ll get on the scale and it’ll go, ‘I’ve talked to the microwave; forget it, pal.’” A decade later, that statement is nothing but the truth. Well, maybe, we could still possibly find a grain of joke in it. 

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