In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms across the region to share information about their unique roles. The question this time around: What is your favorite question when interviewing a job applicant, and why?
On Thursday, November 30th, leading legal practitioners from across Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Prague to help CEE Legal Matters celebrate its fourth successful year as the leading chronicle of the legal industry in the region, participating in an expert Round Table conversation about the year just concluded and enjoying an evening of dinner, drinks, and bonhomie.
“A lost year” is how Gjorgji Georgievski, Partner at ODI in Macedonia, describes the current state of deal-making in his country. “From April onwards things got really slow because of the culmination of the ongoing political crisis,” he explains, adding: “Since the formation of the new Government in June it was normal for things to calm down but soon after we got into a state of waiting for the local elections which eventually took place on October 15, 2017.
ODI has advised SKB Banka D.D. Ljubljana as a financial creditor on the court-sanctioned procedure of preventive restructuring of approximately EUR 200 million of financial debt of the DZS Group companies Delo Prodaja, d.d., Terme Catez d.d., and DZS d.d.
The National Assembly of Slovenia has adopted the new Transnational Provision of Services Act regarding the posting of workers (the “Act”). The Act, which is scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2018, implements European Enforcement Directive 2014/67/EU and imposes new conditions for employers posting workers to and from Slovenia.
On-site inspections conducted by the Market Inspectorate of Slovenia in the last decade have shown that approximately 9% of all software installed on company computers lack the necessary permission of the rightful copyright holders. At the same time, over 40% of inspected companies had at least one unlawful computer program installed when inspected. Results show that SMEs are especially prone to such practices.
ODI has advised Fersped, a Slovenian transport company and a subsidiary of Slovenske Zeleznice (the Slovenian national railway company), in acquiring 100% control over logistics company VV-LOG. Debernardi & Partners advised sellers Daniel Tomljanovic and Dean Persic on the sale agreement, which was signed with several conditions precedent, including approval by the Slovenian Competition Authority. RMG advised Slovenske Zeleznice.
In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?
Things are stable in Slovenia at the moment, according to ODI Law Managing Partner Uros Ilic. "The last few year were extremely busy because of the previously-distressed situation in Slovenia," he explains, "but now things are back to normal. On the M&A side you will not have as many large deals as in recent quarters, since the privatization work stream has completely dried up. A few deals in the pipeline, but nothing of a very big size. The sale of Cimos has finally been successfully concluded, the Gorenjska Banka sale and Cinkarna Celje are in process, and a few transactions are still in the pre-marketing stage It seems that we are also no longer the hot spot for NPL buyers, hedge funds and the like, as normal growth activities/business activities are back."
The Personal Data Protection Act 2005 (the “Act”) is the key legislative act that regulates personal data protection matters in Macedonia, including transfers of personal data outside of Macedonia. The Act is aligned with the EC Directive 95/46/EC (the “Data Protection Directive”). Macedonia’s obligation to align the Act with the Data Protection Directive derives from its status as a European Union candidate country, for which implementation of the EU legislation is mandatory. The Directorate for Personal Data Protection (the “Directorate”) is the Macedonian independent agency competent to oversee the Act’s implementation.
Due to technological advances, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to effectively manage the way their personal information is being collected and stored. It is thus quite surprising that the provisions of the Slovenian Personal Data Protection Act have managed to stay unchanged for almost ten years. But that does not mean that there have been no recent developments in the information privacy regulatory framework.