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With effect from 11 July 2024, the National Bank of Ukraine (“NBU”) introduced a long-awaited exemption from the moratorium on foreign currency cross-border transfers (“Moratorium”). This exemption is expected to facilitate the repayment of Eurobonds by major Ukrainian corporate issuers, which had faced significant challenges in making payments under their Eurobonds since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

Despite martial law, Ukraine has significantly advanced its renewable energy agenda over the last year. Ukraine’s trajectory in the renewable energy sector is not merely a response to challenges but a proactive and strategic approach to shaping a greener and more sustainable future.

On 26 April 2024, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (“Government”) approved the Procedure for Using Funds from the State Budget to Provide State Support for the Implementation of Investment Projects Involving Significant Investments (“Budget Procedure”).

On 15 May 2024, amendments to the Labour Code of Ukraine came into effect aiming to regulate the rights and obligations of parties in labour relations during a change of control over business. The Ukrainian parliament adopted such amendments to align Ukrainian legislation with EU Directive 2001/23/EC, dated 12 March 2001.

Across Europe, defense sectors are experiencing significant transformations and budgetary escalations, driven by a need for enhanced military readiness and modernization. Avellum Partner Andriy Romanchuk, Cobalt Partner Deividas Soloveicik, Nagy es Trocsanyi Partner Gyorgy Kiszely, and Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Partner Serban Paslaru take a closer look at defense spending in their respective countries.

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. Given the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the legal profession, we asked: What is the one critical skill that you’re investing time and energy in to develop within your team, and why?

On 4 May 2024, new amendments to Regulation of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine “On the Operation of the Banking System during the Period of Martial Law” No. 18, dated 24 February 2022, came into effect. Such amendments aim to further ease relevant currency control restrictions, including (i) lifting all currency restrictions on imports of works and services, (ii) permitting businesses to repatriate “new” dividends, (iii) easing restrictions on repayment of “new” foreign loans, (iv) allowing payment of interest on “old” foreign loans, and (v) allowing to transfer funds abroad under leasing/rental agreements.

On the occasion of this year’s recent Deal of the Year Awards Banquet and GC Summit in Warsaw, did you know that, according to the Activity Rankings feature of the CEELMDirect website, partners of pan-Baltic law firms dominated the list of the ten lawyers who worked on the most client matters reported by CEE Legal Matters in the first decade of its existence?

On 8 March 2024, Law of Ukraine No. 3587-IX (“Law”) came into force, intending to bring Ukrainian laws on the governance of state-owned enterprises (state unitary enterprises and business entities where the state holds more than 50% of shares) (“SOEs”) in line with the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises.

Avellum has advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on a defense loan guaranteed by UK Export Finance that will be used to finance the purchase, modernization, and maintenance of two Sandown-class mine countermeasure vessels for the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. Sayenko Kharenko and, reportedly, Ashurst advised UK Export Finance.

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

On 19 March 2024, the Ukrainian Government decided to close a sanctions-related database maintained by the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (“NACP”).

The challenges posed by rapid technological advancements and potential risks associated with AI continue to grow. Data protection, cybersecurity, and IP considerations, to name a few. With this in mind, policymakers strongly believe that it is crucial to establish a legal framework regulating, among others, the development and use of AI.

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Our aim is to be the firm of choice for large businesses and financial institutions in respect of their most important and challenging transactions.

We build lasting relationships with our clients and make them feel secure in new uncertain economic and legal realities.

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