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It was another strong year for the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, which, combined, worked on over a thousand deals and other client matters across the region reported on by CEE Legal Matters this year. According to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, Clifford Chance, which worked on an impressive 95 CEELM-reported CEE client matters in 2023, led the international firms in the region, with Schoenherr, which worked on 90, close behind. Dentons (82), CMS (71), Wolf Theiss (65), Cobalt (66), Kinstellar (50), White & Case (45), and Allen & Overy (42) took notable places on the leaderboard as well.

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars on the extension, increase, and reorganization of its senior facilities in the aggregate amount of approximately PLN 2.54 billion (USD 642 million). Kinstellar, Magnusson, Kelemenis, and Glimstedt reportedly advised on the matter as well.

Kinstellar Partner Balazs Sepsey has been appointed the new Office Managing Partner of the firm’s Budapest Office. Sepsey is taking over from Kristof Ferenczi, who has recently been appointed Kinstellar’s Firm Managing Partner (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on December 8, 2023).

Kinstellar and Kavcic Bracun & Partners have advised Slovenia's Nova Ljubljanska Banka banking group on the acquisition of SLS Holdco and its subsidiaries from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

A little over one year since Romania’s new foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening regime became fully operational, the Romanian government passed an emergency ordinance meant to further clarify particular aspects under the law (such as the scope of the screening regime, which is further extended) or to translate into law the lessons learnt or the authorities’ reading of the rules since applying the new FDI law.

Amendments to Law of Ukraine “On Advertising” No. 270/96-ВР of 3 July 1996 (the “Advertising Law”) have recently come into force. The amendments update obsolete regulations on advertising in Ukraine, thus ensuring advertising standards correspond to current technological developments.

Kinstellar has advised Chinese investors CMC Capital and Shanghai Electric Power & Energy Development Limited on the acquisition of Crni Vrh Power, a project company developing a 150-megawatt onshore wind farm in the eastern Serbian municipalities of Bor, Zagubica, and Majdanpek.

Kinstellar and its Turkish affiliate Gen Temizer Ozer, working with Ashurst, have advised British Petroleum on the sale of its downstream business in Turkiye to Vitol Turkish subsidiary Petrol Ofisi. Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli advised Vitol and Petrol Ofisi on the deal.

Kinstellar at a Glance

Kinstellar is a leading independent law firm in Emerging Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, with offices in Bulgaria (Sofia), Croatia (Zagreb), the Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Kazakhstan (Almaty and Astana), Romania (Bucharest), Serbia (Belgrade), Slovakia (Bratislava), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Kyiv), and Uzbekistan (Tashkent).

Operating as a single fully integrated firm, Kinstellar delivers consistently high quality services across all jurisdictions in an integrated and seamless style. We are particularly well suited to servicing complex transactions and advisory requirements spanning several jurisdictions.

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