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Soltysinski, Kawecki & Szlezak, working with McDermott Will & Emery, has advised Vallen Distribution on the acquisition of Wesco Integrated Supply, including the sale of shares in a Polish subsidiary – Wesco Integrated Supply Polska.

Sayenko Kharenko has advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a EUR 20 million equivalent loan to Bank Lviv, signed at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin.

Cerha Hempel, working with Linklaters, has advised Hamburger Hafen und Logistik on its acquisition of Roland Spedition. Taylor Wessing reportedly advised the sellers.

Aksan has advised Simya VC on its investment in Robolaunch.

Gessel has advised Lux Med on its acquisition of the Ortopedicum hospital in Krakow. Kochanski & Partners reportedly advised the sellers.

Vukmir & Associates has advised the Croatian National Bank on the project to design and build its new Moneterra informational-educational center in Zagreb.

Wardynski & Partners has advised the Alten Group on its acquisition of Primaris Services.

PeliPartners has advised Mitiska REIM on a EUR 19 million loan from Erste Group Bank for the financing of a retail park in Pitesti.

Lambadarios has advised Brook Lane Capital on their joint venture with Hellinikon, a Lamda Development subsidiary, to develop a mixed-use tower in the Hellinikon region. Dryllerakis & Associates advised Lamda.

BPV Braun Partners, working with Kellerhals Carrard and Advant Beiten, has advised Helanis on its acquisition of the Schaltag Group – including Schaltag in Switzerland and the Czech Republic – and Pavis Engineering in Germany and Spain.

Schoenherr, working with Wenger Vieli and CCA Law Firm, has advised Ascent Group on the acquisition of Parkside Informationstechnologie, with subsidiaries in Switzerland and Portugal. Herbst Kinsky advised the sellers.

Kocian Solc Balastik has successfully represented REMA before the European Commission regarding a complaint to investigate whether the Czech Republic, acting through the Ministry of the Environment, violated its obligations under EU law by creating an anti-competitive environment in the packaging sector in favor of EKO-KOM.

Former DLA Piper Senior Associate Mate Hajas has joined Kapolyi as Head of the firm's corporate team.

Former Cerha Hempel Budapest Partner has joined Erdos Partners to head the firm's M&A and corporate practice.

Former Dentons Partner Cristina Daianu has joined BPV Grigorescu Stefanica as a Partner in its corporate and mergers & acquisitions practice group.

Peter Ruff was appointed to Partner at Pontes Budapest, where he will lead the corporate, M&A, private equity, and venture capital practices of the firm.

Michal Bernat and Stanislaw Soltysik have been promoted to Partner at Dentons' Warsaw office as part of the firm's latest promotions round for Europe and Central Asia.

Former Goodlegal founder and UiPath Head of Legal Automation Vasile Tiple has joined KPMG Legal Toncescu si Asociatii "in a collaboration designed to help local and CEE clients to understand technology and its challenges."

Former Noerr Partner Edina Schweizer has joined Dentons as Partner and Head of the Hungarian Banking and Finance team. Barbara Vighne Herczegfalvi also joined as an Associate.

Former Tuca, Zbarcea si Asociatii Lawyers Mihai Dudoiu and Sergiu Negreanu have opened a new boutique law firm: Dudoiu, Negreanu & Associates – operating under the brand Legal.Ground.

Former Managing Associates Jesse Kivisaari and Lembit Tedder have been promoted to Partner at Cobalt Estonia.

Former Gardos Mosonyi Tomori Partner Veronika Bakonyi has joined Lakatos Koves and Partners' Banking Finance and Capital Markets team as an Attorney at Law.

Borivoj Libal has become the sole Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland's Czech Republic office. Libal has been a Co-Managing Partner at the firm, alongside Bernhard Hager, since 2022.

Despite the original plan to transfer to Kinstellar, the Noerr Budapest office will continue as an independent firm from June 1, 2024.

On June 12, 2024, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers released a draft bill for public discussion, aiming to revise the Bulgarian Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”) to align with the requirements of the General Product Safety Regulation 2023/988 (“GPSR”) and the Class Action Directive 2020/1828 (the “Class Action Directive”).

Nowadays, climate and environmental issues are increasingly important to many consumers. Being “eco” has become fashionable nowadays. Environmental issues are now recognized as an important market factor that allows a given company to improve its market position.

On 27 April 2024, the Law of Ukraine, titled “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On State Regulation of Capital Markets and Organised Commodity Markets’ and Certain Other Statutory Acts of Ukraine Concerning Regulation and Supervision of Capital Markets and Organised Commodity Markets” (the Law), came into effect.

Have you noticed the latest development in the placement of behavioural advertising? You have basically a binary choice between consenting to the processing of a "complex" bundle of your personal data for behavioural advertising purposes or paying a fee. After paying the fee, you can use the platform without being targeted by behavioural advertising.

Latvia has recently taken significant steps to amend its arbitration law, introducing a set-aside mechanism among other necessary changes. This article provides an overview of the background to these changes, the specifics of the new set-aside mechanism, and other amendments made to the Latvian arbitration law.

The National Authority for Consumer Protection (ANPC) recently organized thematic controls of real estate developers of residential projects to verify their compliance with the legal provisions on consumer protection.

Workplace harassment is a global issue that undermines the dignity of people and the productivity of employers. Recognizing the need for firm legislative measures, Romania has legislated significant changes to create a safer and more equitable work environment. A key development is the 2023 Methodology for Preventing and Combating Gender-Based and Moral Harassment at Work (Methodology), approved by Government Decision No. 970 on October 12, 2023. This article examines the content of this methodology, its integration with international legal instruments such as the ratification of the 2019 ILO Convention No. 190, and the recent adoption of the EU Whistleblowers’ Directive.

Life sciences in Romania, encompassing pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices, is a sector marked by both significant challenges and promising opportunities. As the country continues to integrate into the European Union’s regulatory and economic frameworks and as those frameworks evolve and become more complex, Romania faces the constant task of aligning its local industry with European and international standards. This alignment is crucial for fostering innovation, ensuring public health, and attracting foreign investment. The industry’s growth is influenced by many factors, such as financing, pricing and reimbursement, regulatory compliance and product liability, and sustainable public procurement tools and processes.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is an independent body of the European Union (EU) tasked with investigating criminal cases infringing the financial interests of the EU. The EPPO was formally established in 2017 and started operations in 2021. The first and current head of the European Chief Prosecutor is Laura Codruta Kovesi, former Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (Directia Nationala Anticoruptie; DNA), the Romanian agency tasked with investigating corruption cases.

The Romanian Parliament has recently passed a new piece of legislation (“Law 124/2024”) allowing local authorities to extend until 31 December 2026 the validity term of the general urbanism plans (in Romanian: “planuri de urbanism generale” or “PUG”), which were drawn up and approved before 2003. Law 124/2024 entered into force on 10 May 2024 and approved Government Ordinance no. 33/2023 regarding the prolongation of certain validity terms in the urbanism and construction field (“GO 33/2023”).

The Hungarian Parliament recently adopted amendments to the notarial procedure, introducing significant changes that affect the reading of documents during notarial acts from 1 January 2025.

On 5 June 2024, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 650 (hereinafter referred to as “Resolution No. 650”), which approves the Procedure for Reservation of Persons Liable for Military Service during Martial Law by means of the Unified State Web Portal of Electronic Services (hereinafter referred to as “Portal Diia”).

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Estonia's legal landscape in dispute resolution remains surprisingly stable amid economic turmoil, Cobalt Managing Associate Annika Peetsalu reports. Despite a surge in bankruptcies, particularly in the construction sector, the volume of legal disputes has not significantly increased.

In our Looking In series, we talk to Partners from outside CEE who are keeping an eye on the region (and often pop up in our deal ticker) to learn how they perceive CEE markets and their evolution. For this issue, we sat down with Addleshaw Goddard Partners Markus Perkams from Frankfurt and Alex Hogarth from London.

After eight years with the MET Group, Legal Director Sandor Zorad reflects on the company’s path to international expansion.

On November 23, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund and funds managed by Imprimatur Capital, together with other shareholders, on the sale of Blue Bridge Technologies to Everfield. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Henning Schreiber, Head of Acquisitions at Everfield, to learn more about the acquisition.