The 2017 Hungary GC Summit is underway at the Boscolo Budapest Hotel in the Hungarian capital.
Schoenherr has advised BK Invest GmbH on its acquisition of atms Telefon- und Marketing Services GmbH, which also includes sms.at mobile internet services GmbH, from German company dtms GmbH. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
In a recent and widely-reported decision of significance for employers across the European Union, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has reversed a previous decision of the Chamber and ruled that companies can monitor their employees’ email only if the employees are notified in advance.
Schoenherr has advised the Valora Group on Austrian aspects of its acquisition of German-based food service company BackWerk from the Swedish financial investor EQT. The transaction remains subject to the approval of the German Federal Cartel Office.
Schoenherr has advised Austria's Greiner Packaging International GmbH on its acquisition of TGM1, thereby assuming ownership of all shares in Teknik Plastik Greiner Ambalaj Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a prominent Turkish packaging and labelling company. Closing took place on August 23, 2017.
The Polish Act on Temporary Employees dated July 9, 2003 (Journal of Laws of 2003, No. 166, item 1608, as amended) has been in force since 2004. The Act contains many flaws, however, resulting in the unequal treatment of temporary employees compared to employees hired directly under employment agreements.
Schoenherr has advised real estate investment company Deka Immobilien GmbH on the acquisition of the Hoch Zwei and Plus Zwei office buildings in Vienna, from S IMMO AG, which was advised by Dorda. The purchase price was EUR 235 million and closing took place on August 31, 2017.
Karanovic & Nikolic has advised Bulgaria's River Styxx Capital investment fund on the acquisition of 85% of the shares in Telenor Banka. Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr) advised Telenor on the transaction, which sees the Norwegian telecommunications group keeping 15% of its shares in the online bank.
Schoenherr has advised US asset manager KPS Capital Partners on its acquisition of DexKo Global's production facilities in Austria and Poland from private equity investment firm Sterling Group L.P. Harris Williams & Co. acted as special advisor to Sterling Group L.P.'s Board, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher acted as legal counsel on the acquisition, which closed on July 25, 2017. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Zivkovic Samardzic has advised the shareholders of Tim Kolos d.o.o, the Belgrade-based facility management, construction, and installation services provider, on the sale of 55% of shares in the company to Samsic Holding dejavnost holdingov d.o.o, the Slovenian member of French Samsic Group. Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr advised the buyers on the deal.
Czech lawyers, not known for ebullience, are nonetheless finding it hard to keep the smiles off their faces. After a decade of disappointment and struggle, if the Managing Partners at Czech firms are to be believed, the last remnants of the global financial crisis have dissipated and business is booming. As spring rolls through Central Europe, the sunshine is both meteorological and metaphoric. Prague is basking in the warmth.
As the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Payment Services in the Internal Market (PSDII) introduces a number of changes to existing Czech legislation, a completely new Payment Services Act regulating the provision of payment services will be adopted in the Czech Republic. PSDII should be implemented by January 13, 2018.
As consumers conduct an ever-increasing amount of their shopping and banking on-line, the digitalization revolution is having a significant effect on both industries, and payment service providers – companies offering online services allowing merchants to accept electronic payments by, among other forms, credit cards or bank-based payments such as direct debit, bank transfer, and real-time bank transfer based on online banking – are working with both merchants and banks to facilitate their operations.