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Cvjeticanin & Partners has advised Daikin Serbia on implementing its employee benefits program including company shares and profit sharing.

CMS has advised a SINO-CEEF group company on the acquisition of 25 operational photovoltaic power plants in Poland from the Alternus Energy Group. Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak reportedly advised the seller.

Rymarz Zdort Maruta has advised the shareholders of CloudFerro on the sale of a minority stake in the company to Innova Capital. Allen & Overy advised Innova Capital.

Teodorescu Partners has advised Autonom Protect on its acquisition of a majority stake in Romania's Nova Ria24 from Nicoleta Zamfir. Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners advised the seller.

SSK&W has advised Open Innovation by YouNick Mint and its co-investors on their investment in nCage Therapeutics. Krzysztof Rozko i Wspolnicy reportedly advised nCage Therapeutics.

Wolf Theiss has advised Uniper on the sale of the Gonyu gas-fired combined-cycle 430-megawatt power plant to Veolia. BDO Legal Hungary and Cleary Gottlieb reportedly advised Veolia.

Nedelka Kubac Advokati has successfully represented the interests of the Zlavomat discount portal through an investigation by the Slovak Competition Authority for possible abuse of a dominant position.

LSW Bienkowski Laskowski Lesnodorski Melzacki, working with Simmons & Simmons, has advised Infranity on its investment into Vantage EMEA.

Bernitsas has advised Hoist Finance on its purchase of the Pearl Portfolio – a retail NPL portfolio of unsecured and secured loans originated by Alpha Bank – in a secondary sale and transfer transaction.

AK Evan has advised Penta Hospitals on its acquisition of the hospitals in Vimperk and Volyne from BH - Medical.

Gessel has advised the partners and founders of the Profit4You Group on the sale of the company to the TEP Capital fund. Noerr advised the TEP Capital private equity fund.

CK Legal Chabasiewicz Kowalska has advised NewConnect-listed Telemedycyna Polska on its public offering of Series E shares and their registration in the National Depository for Securities. 

Former Eversheds Sutherland Partner Carolina Baloleanu has joined Nyerges & Partners in Bucharest as a Counsel to advise on banking/finance and M&A matters.

Former BPV Braun Partners Partner Marc Mueller has joined PwC Legal in the Czech Republic as a Senior Attorney.

Bucharest-based ONV Law has announced it opened a new subsidiary in Chisinau, Moldova – with Mihail Gorincioi set to coordinate the new operation – and aims to surpass a cumulative turnover of EUR 2.5 million in the year 2024.

On February 19, 2024, Tosic & Jevtic and JPM Partners jointly announced their new strategic partnership, with the Serbia-headquartered firm expanding its presence to North Macedonia and Tosic & Jevtic becoming part of JPM Partners.

Former Danone Head of Legal & Compliance in Turkiye Sevda Aydin Alemdar has returned to private practice by joining Sayin Law & Consulting as a Partner to lead the firm’s FMCG and Healthcare sectors out of Washington DC.

Roman Vydra has been promoted to a Partner position with BBH in Bratislava.

Albania's Olsi Coku has been appointed a Partner with Kalo & Associates in Tirana, in a promotion round that also included Armando Toslluku's appointment as a Special Counsel and Frensis Nakuci's promotion to Senior Associate.

Partners Jan Sibincic, Matic Novak, and Nina Cuden have recently announced the launch of their new firm: Sibincic Novak & Partners has opened its doors in Ljubljana.

Former Senior Associate Zane Sedlova has been promoted to an Associate Partner position at TGS Baltic in Latvia.

Gabor Pazsitka has joined Schonherr's Budapest office as a Partner and the Head of the firm's local Banking & Finance practice.

Oleksiy Koltok and Oleg Klymchuk have been appointed as Partners with Sayenko Kharenko in Kyiv.

Milos Vuckovic has been appointed as the new Managing Partner of Karanovic & Partners, taking over from Darko Jovanovic who has been leading the firm for the past two years. Milos Jakovljevic has been promoted to Senior Partner. Additionally, the firm announced that Senior Partner Marjan Poljak will assist Vuckovic in his new role.

According to a draft legislation on digital companies issued at the end of 2023, “digital companies” would be exempt from paying public burdens and local business tax. Employees in employment relationships and the executives of companies could fulfil their tax payment obligations after their income through special public burden contributions.

On 18 October 2023, the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Mandatory Registration and Use of Electronic Accounts in the Unified Judicial Information and Telecommunication System (UJITS) or its separate subsystem (Module) that provides for the exchange of documents" dated 29 June 2023 No. 3200-IX (hereinafter referred to as the Law) came into effect. The Law introduces changes to the provisions of procedural codes, particularly the Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine, the Commercial Procedural Code of Ukraine and the Code of Administrative Procedure of Ukraine.

As of the close of 2022, Serbia's banking sector faced challenges amid global economic conditions. The year 2023 brought its distinct set of obstacles, with a noteworthy slowdown in global inflation compared to the last quarter of 2022. However, the undeniable focal point is the war in Ukraine, triggering a faster inflationary spiral due to increased energy and food prices.

As of 1 January 2024, a significant portion of the Consolidation Package (Act No. 349/2023 Coll.) came into effect. However, certain modifications introduced by the Consolidation Package in the field of labour law have not yet been fully implemented in practice, while some other notable changes will take effect from 1 July 2024. In our article, we outline key changes and highlight areas for which there are further legislative revisions in the pipeline.

The legal status of platform workers (e.g. food couriers) is continuously subject to interpretation and often times scrutiny from the authorities. The Hungarian Curia settled the status in its latest decision, at least from a labour law point of view.

The Law no. 55/2015 “For strategic investments in the Republic of Albania”, determines the procedures and rules applied by state bodies for the examination, approval, and support by the Albanian government of strategic investments in Albania, both domestic and foreign. The deadline for obtaining ‘Strategic Investment’ status, after being postponed several times, expired on 31 December 2023, however now a new amendment pending approval by the parliament, aims – among other things – to extend the benefits of the law until 31 December 2027.

For us, 2023 was a stable year, with constant and varied activity in the real estate field, despite the less favorable context, characterized by high inflation, geopolitical instability and the impact on the economy. Our team has successfully completed several transactions, “pure” real-estate and especially transactions with a predominant M&A component. We were happy to notice a series of projects with 100% Romanian capital, initiated in 2023 and completed in the same year, targeting especially companies that have expanded and diversified their portfolio.

Quite unexpectedly, 2023 has proven to be a pivotal year for our trilogy on commercial offenses, considering the anticipated surge in the number of commercial cases before the national Commercial Courts attributed to the announced expeditiousness of public prosecutors. In light of such circumstances, we once again urge our readers, if they have not already done so, to check out our Chapter 1 - "A Commercial Offense – A Brief Review of an Unjustifiably Neglected Step Between a Misdemeanor and a Criminal Offense."

On February 8, 2024, the European Commission (“EC”) unveiled an updated Market Definition Notice (“the Notice”). The revision plays a crucial role in the EC’s approach to assessing mergers and antitrust cases by delineating the competitive boundaries and assessing the market power of companies.

Under the Serbian Law on Foreign Exchange Operations and its accompanying bylaws, Serbian residents have various reporting obligations towards the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”), which is competent for controlling foreign exchange (“FX”) operations of residents and non-residents. It is not rare in practice that companies operating in Serbia are not aware of (all) such obligations, especially in the cases of first-time entrance to the market, which exposes them to potential liability for FX misdemeanours. The controls in this area are common while identified irregularities are followed by misdemeanour proceedings.

In the recent years, the Polish retail properties market went through a difficult period. The coronavirus pandemic and the related social restrictions had a major impact on the financial results of shopping malls. In addition to that, the changing consumer behaviors contributed to a massive increase in online sales. However, the years 2022 and 2023 brought a gradual improvement of the situation on the retail market and, consequently, of the overall climate for investing in real property. Furthermore, alternatives to large shopping malls, i.e. smaller retail parks, have been enjoying growing popularity on the market for several years now; these are often located closer to residential areas and in smaller cities. This sector has been growing dynamically in terms of both volume and the share in the entire retail market in Poland.

Three years after its launch, e-Justice in Bulgaria is still under construction and improvement and has not yet reached its final form.

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Delving into the impacts of the EU's recent visa liberalization for Kosovo citizens and the country's ambitious strides towards legal and sustainable energy reforms, Deloitte Legal Senior Legal Manager Ardian Rexha shares his insights on the easing of travel restrictions, pioneering steps in renewable energy, and the overhaul of the tax administration system.

David Hanis joined Oppenheim in Budapest to specialize in energy fresh out of law school, and has never looked back. 15 years later, just before Christmas 2023, CEE Legal Matters reported on his appointment to a Partner position at the same firm. Demonstrating you can move forward by staying in the same place, he shares his story below.

In The Inside Track, General Counsels across CEE share the nuances of their roles, challenges, and strategies for success. Given the importance of relationships between in-house legal departments and law firms, this time we asked GCs: What is the most common reason for which you cease working with a specific law firm and what would you suggest firms definitely do to ensure they do not make the same mistake?

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.