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Deloitte Legal has been registering impressive growth in the CEE region. CEE Legal Matters sat down with Andrei Burz-Pinzaru, Head of Deloitte Legal in Central Europe, to learn more about what fueled the development of Deloitte’s legal services function and what the firm’s plans are for the future.

We aim to analyze herein the implications of a long-term activity performed by a data protection officer (DPO) answering to questions including: Can the data protection officer, whether employed or outsourced, be sanctioned when it is established that the company is in breach of data processing rules? If yes - when, by what means and to what extent?

While CNIL’s recent decision to fine Google is still subject to legal challenge from Google, it is relevant to look into CNIL’s position in this matter, from the perspective of its potential impact on the future positions of other data protection authorities in similar matters and the risks associated with GDPR. The article below relies on publicly available sources and does not aim to draw any conclusions on the merits of the case or make any assessment of the respective factual situation of the matters to which CNIL’s decision refers to, but rather to look into CNIL’s reasoning and outline key aspects for consideration going forward by the market players.

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has advised Interbrands on the sale of 60% of the company to Orbico, one of the largest distributors of consumer goods in Central and Eastern Europe. Deloitte Legal advised Orbico on the deal, which remains contingent on the approval of the Romanian competition council.

Representatives of more than sixty law firms from across Central and Eastern Europe and from as far away as the United States, United Kingdom, and China came together in Prague on June 6, 2018, for the first ever Dealer’s Choice international law firm conference and CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet.

Staying compliant with applicable legislation requires constant tracking of new legislation while staying on top of amendments to existing regulations. When employers are not compliant, they risk being fined. No exceptions are made for labor legislation.

“The Estonian market faces a combination of challenges on how to boost the economy and attract business,” says Merit Lind, Partner at Deloitte Legal in Estonia. “However, some of the initiatives clash somewhat with anti-money laundering prevention policies,” she says, referring to the e-Residency program famously introduced in the country at the end of 2014.

On October 30, 2017, CEE Legal Matters reported that South African investment fund Coast2Coast had acquired Polish soup and pate manufacturer Profi — one of several recent CEE investments. Coast2Coast's Regional Counsel CEE Anna Wawrzynczak agreed to answer our questions about the recent acquisitions.

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