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Regulation (EU) 2022/1925, The Digital Markets Act, is set to apply from 2 May 2023

Addressing digital developments and concerns regarding contestability and fairness in the digital economy, the Digital Markets Act – an ex-ante regulatory system – entered into force on 1 November 2022 and will apply from 2 May 2023. Designed to complement competition law, the Digital Markets Act lays down prohibitions and obligations for designated gatekeepers that provide a range of “core platform services” and gives the European Commission broad investigative and enforcement powers. Generally speaking, the Digital Markets Act aims to prevent unfair practices by gatekeepers.

What does the new whistleblowing system entail?

In line with Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a new law on complaints, whistleblowing and rules for reporting breaches, which replaces previous legislation. Below we have summarized the key points of the new rules. This information has been prepared for private sector actors.

Clifford Chance has advised a club of banks led by Ceska Sporitelna – including UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia and the Czech branch of Citibank Europe – on a CZK 1 billion club financing for Packeta and its subsidiaries. Wolf Theiss advised Packeta.

Schoenherr has advised joint lead managers Erste Group Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen Girozentrale, Natixis, and TD Global Finance on Erste Group Bank's EUR 1 billion issuance of 3.125% mortgage Pfandbriefe due October 14, 2027. Wolf Theiss advised Erste.

We are honored and excited to introduce (and extend a big thank you to!) our regional Final Selection Committee of Jurors for the 2022 CEE Deals of the Year awards.

Selling a part of an undertaking and the consequent transfer of a part of the business to another employer raises several practical and legal issues. This applies in particular to employees assigned to several organisational units, including the transferred part of the undertaking. According to CJEU case law, such employees' employment contracts may be divided as long as this does not entail a deterioration in the working conditions and does not adversely affect safeguarding employee rights.

In terms of recent updates, on 25 February the Council of the European Union adopted the tenth package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia in response to the armed conflict in Ukraine, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Wolf Theiss, working with Freshfields’ Frankfurt office, has advised Alpen Glasfaser on a EUR 417.5 million financing from a consortium including UniCredit Bank Austria, KfW IPEX-Bank, La Banque Postale, Erste Group Bank, Natixis, and Hypo NOE. Binder Groesswang, working with Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office, advised the banks.

Schoenherr has advised joint lead managers Danske Bank, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, Erste Group Bank, Natixis, Raiffeisen Bank International, and UniCredit Bank on the EUR 500 million issuance by Volksbank Wien of 4.750% green ordinary senior eligible notes due March 2027. Wolf Theiss advised Volksbank Wien.

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