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Clifford Chance has advised Baltic Hub on the expansion and refinancing of its existing debt and the construction of the third deep-water sea container terminal in Gdansk.

Dentons Turkish affiliate Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki Attorney Partnership has advised Sabanci Ventures on its investment in SCW.AI.

Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov has advised the Oman Investment Authority on the sale of a real estate portfolio to the Smart Property Fund.

Cobalt has advised Neo Performance Materials – the parent company of NPM Silmet OU – on establishing a sintered rare-earth magnet manufacturing facility in Estonia.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has advised Altiplano on the construction agreement for a 137-megawatt wind farm with a consortium of ONDE and P&Q.

Ellex and Wardynski & Partners, working with Thommessen, have advised Hampidjan on its acquisition of the Morenot Group from FSN Capital Partners. Norway's Haavind and Iceland's BBA Fjeldco advised FSN Capital.

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has advised Smithfield Group subsidiary Elit on its acquisition of Goodies Meat Production. PwC Legal Romanian affiliate D&B David si Baias advised the sellers.

Hogan Lovells and PRK Partners have advised Polish-Czech RGW Express Group owner Hartmut Luetz on the sale of all shares in the company to French Groupe BBL.

Cobalt has advised Change Ventures on leading the USD 2 million pre-seed financing round for influencer marketing software start-up Modash. Tark advised Modash and its founders on the round.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has advised Sea/ by Maritech company Maritech Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Setapp. Lukasz Lenartowicz reportedly advised the seller.

Cobalt, working with Bech-Bruun, has advised Danone company Nutricia on its intra-group restructuring by incorporating Danone SIA into Nutricia SIA.

Schoenherr has advised CA Immobilien Anlagen Aktiengesellschaft on the sale of a Bucharest seven-office-building portfolio to Paval Holding. KPMG Legal Toncescu si Asociatii advised Paval Holding.

Former Counsel Katarzyna Czwartosz-Liber and former Associate Monika Duzynska have been promoted to Local Partners with White & Case's Warsaw office, effective January 1, 2023, as part of the firm's global promotion round. 

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Senior Associate Ricardo Gardini de Andrade has joined DLA Piper's Vienna office as a Partner to work in the firm's Litigation & Regulatory practice.

Former CMS Senior Counsel Peter Szilas has joined Jalsovszky as a Senior Associate and Head of the firm's Commercial Litigation practice.

Former Aldertree Legal Partners Zoran Draskovic and Peter Hodal have joined Hillbridges as Partners together with their team.

PwC Legal Polska Managing Partner Cezary Zelaznicki has been appointed the EMEA Legal Business Solutions Leader for the PwC Network as of November 7, 2022.

Former Calavros & Partners Partner Dimitris Babiniotis has joined Zepos & Yannopoulos as a Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution.

Cemile Demir Gokyayla has joined KP Law as a Partner and Head of the firm's Arbitration/ADR practice along with her team.

Starting in February 2023, Partner Alexander Popp will take over as Managing Partner, with Partner Gudrun Stangl continuing in the COO position. Rounding out the Schoenherr Steering Committee are Partners Matei Florea, Thomas Kulnigg, and Franz Urlesberger.

Former Dragne & Asociatii Lawyer Razvan Bala has joined Cluj-based Vlasin & Associates as a Partner.

Tomasz Romanowski and Piotr Kieloch have been appointed as Partners with Resist Rezanko Sitek.

Former Constitutional Court judge and National Anti-Corruption Department Chief Prosecutor Daniel Morar has joined forces with the Albu Legal white-collar and corporate crime law firm, joining as a Senior Partner to form Albu Morar.

Integrites Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A and the firm's French desk lllya Tkachuk has been promoted to a Senior Partner in October 2022.

History shows that the last bastion of freedom of speech, which guarantees these values, is the free press. But it’s no secret that since 2015, key constitutional values have been in crisis. Over the past three years, there have been repeated legal actions by state institutions, state-owned companies, businessmen and other lobbying organizations aimed at stifling the work of journalists, publishers and NGOs.

In the last two months, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (“Commission”) initiated several different proceedings i.e., 3 gun-jumping cases, one for abuse of a dominant position and one case regarding restrictive agreements. It is necessary to pay attention to these proceedings, because they are not coincidences but rather are initiated due to Commission’s reasonable doubt that market participants have breached the Law on Protection of Competition of Republic of Serbia (“Law“).

Following a thorough evaluation and review of the 2010 rules regarding vertical agreements and concerted practices, the European Commission adopted the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”), which entered into force on 1 June 2022, accompanied by revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints. It is assumed that the latest alterations and their potential effects on the commercial ecosystem will slowly find their place in Turkish competition legislation and practice.

In the previous article, we have included information about the value of cryptocurrencies in the metaverse within the framework of the financial metaverse and the transactions that constitute the subject of the financial metaverse. Now, from the perspective of the financial metaverse, we will discuss the banking sector, the current status of cryptocurrencies in Turkey, and whether the digital products obtained as a result of financial transactions can be evaluated within the scope of property rights by the courts, the compliance processes and legal aspects that should be considered in Meta-Fi.

Warsaw, 25 November 2022 – HR departments located outside our country, acting on behalf of their employer, are nowadays a fairly common practice, especially in multinational corporations. What does the liability of these individuals look like? The risk of penal liability for minor offences committed by employees operating outside Poland against employees operating in Poland is low, but it can happen. This occurs in cases where the perpetrator acted outside Poland, but the consequences belonging to the elements of a minor offence ensued in Poland.

The Regulation on the Amendment (“Amendment Regulation”) of the Cosmetics Regulation (“Regulation”) was published in the Official Gazette dated 14 November 2022 and numbered 32013 and entered into force on the same date.

Late last year, the European Commission ("EC") adopted a legislative package on hydrogen and decarbonised gas, which includes a proposal for a Directive on Common Rules for Internal Markets in Renewable and Natural Gases and in Hydrogen ("Draft Gas Directive"). On 9 September 2022, the EC published a revised version of this directive, the key objective of which is to regulate hydrogen as an independent energy carrier.

“As the crypto industry grows, there will be an increasing array of financial activities on the public blockchain. That's why we want to make sure we're ready to not only support that but also provide relevant services.” Tyrone Lobban, JP Morgan's head of Blockchain Launch and Onyx Digital Assets

A proposal for the modification of the Labour Code was filed to the Hungarian Parliament on 2 November 2022. The bill aims to ensure compliance with the EU Directives No. 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers and No. 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions.

The requirement of social isolation caused by the global pandemic, has brought forth a new world order. During this period, workplaces invested in technology in order to preserve their business and enhance their productivity while starting to conduct almost all their activities through digital communication channels. Home offices/remote work that began during such period now became a permanent working model across different sectors.

Under Article 30 (5) (c) of Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering or terrorist financing (AML Directive 2015), Member States are obliged to ensure that information on beneficial ownership is accessible by any person or organisation that can demonstrate a legitimate interest in obtaining it.

On 4 October 2022, the Slovak parliament adopted an amendment to the Labour Code (the "Amendment") that enters into effect on 1 November 2022. The aim of the Amendment is mainly to implement two EU directives (No. 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU and No. 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers) and to respond to certain requirements resulting from application practice. In this article, we present an overview of the most important changes.

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With large energy and infrastructure projects under development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, local legal professionals are facing an uphill battle against the double standards in their industry, according to Sajic Law Firm Senior Partner Natasa Krejic.

On August 23, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that JSK had advised Credit Value Investments on its investment in the Saunia Group through bond financing. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Radoslav Tausinger, Managing Director at Credit Value Investments (CVI), to learn more about the matter.