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White & Case has advised the CTP Group on its recent acquisition of a Polish logistics project portfolio from 7R. Linklaters advised 7R on the sale.

CMS has advised Portugal's MGI Capital on the sale of Bezmer Energy to Philicon-97.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has advised Marcos Provit on its EUR 8.5 million cross-border corporate bond issuance through a private placement under the coordination of CVI Dom Maklerski. Wolf Theiss advised CVI.

Kocian Solc Balastik has advised the VGP Group on leasing a 49,000 square-meter warehousing commercial space in VGP Park Olomouc to Hella Autotechnik Nova. Dentons reportedly advised Hella Autotechnik on the deal.

Taylor Wessing has represented Slovakia's President Zuzana Caputova in a libel dispute with Member of Parliament Lubos Blaha.

Deloitte Romania’s Reff & Associates has advised Roca Industry on its EUR 14 million acquisition of Dial. Domokos Partners advised the seller.

Cobalt has advised Latvenergo AS on its issuance of EUR 100 million five-year green bonds with a fixed annual interest rate and a yield to maturity of 2.42%.

Souriadakis Tsibris has advised Goldman Sachs on establishing a branch in Athens.

DWF has advised IWG plc on the lease agreement for 1,450 square meters of office space in the Okraglak building in Poznan. DPPA Legal Grzonek Swidnicki advised the landlords on the deal.

Triniti has advised Enersense on the exercise of its call option to increase its shareholding in the local Latvian affiliate Empower.

Doklestic Repic & Gajin has advised Beijing New Building Materials Plc on the transaction with the Coal Mine and Thermal Power Plant Ugljevik for the creation of a EUR 50 million gypsum board joint venture. China's Shihui Partners reportedly advised BNBM on the deal as well.

Wolf Theiss and Yavuz & Uyanik & Akalin have advised 4iG Nyrt on the acquisition of an 80.27% stake in AlbTelecom from a subsidiary of Turkey's Calik Holding. Tashko Pustina reportedly advised the sellers. The deal was cleared by the Albanian Competition Authority on March 4, 2022.

Former Arzinger Law Office Partner Anna Zorya has joined Rymarz Zdort as Partner. She is joined by former Arzinger Associate Viktoriia Dobrynska.

Former Rymarz Zdort Partner Marcin Iwaniszyn has joined Baker McKenzie’s Warsaw office as a Partner and Head of its Banking & Finance practice.

Former Schoenherr Attorney-at-Law Ozren Kobsa has joined Krehic & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal as Partner and Head of the Banking & Finance team.

Adriana Mierzwa-Bronikowska, Lukasz Jankowski, and Rafal Kluziak have been promoted to Local Partner, as part of DLA Piper’s recent promotion round that also included the recently reported promotion of Agnieszka Lehwark and Bartlomiej Palusiak to Partner (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on May 9, 2022).

Florian Stefan has been promoted to Partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth attorneys at law. 

Partner and Head of Environmental practice Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz was appointed to Head of the Europe Public Law and Regulatory practice at Dentons. 

Former Counsel Marek Bomba has become a Partner in the Prague office of Eversheds Sutherland.

DLA Piper has announced that former Counsels Andra Trantea and Paula Corban-Pelin have been promoted to Local Partner with the firm’s Romanian office.

The former Environment and Project Development DWF team led by Zbigniew Kozlowski has spun off to establish the Kozlowski Tomasik Oszczak law firm, with Milosz Tomasik and Marcin Oszczak as co-founding Partners.

Former White & Case Partner David Plch has left the firm's Prague office to establish his own solo practice – The Law Office of David Plch.

Senior Managing Associate Linda Al Sallami has become the new Head of Banking, Finance & Capital Markets at Deloitte Legal’s Budapest office.

Former Counsels Agnieszka Lehwark and Bartlomiej Palusiak have been promoted to Partner in DLA Piper's Warsaw office.

Serbian Personal Income Tax Law and Serbian Corporate Income Tax Law, as well as the Serbian Law on Mandatory Social Insurance Contributions, prescribe tax and social insurance contributions related reliefs for companies that conduct activities of research and development in the Republic of Serbia.

On the 9th of March 2022, the Croatian Parliament adopted the amendments to two crucial Croatian laws – the Companies Act (ZTD) and Court Registry Act (ZSR). Most of the amendments to the ZSR entered into force on the 24th of March; two articles will be entering into force on the 1st of August 2022, and another one on the 1st of August 2023. Amendments to the ZTD are still to come into force, some on the 1st of June 2022, and others (the most significant ones) only on the 1st of August 2023.

More countries, that have, until recently, been considered the pandemic’s epicenter, are easing COVID restrictions. Serbia takes the same direction and cancels majority of COVID-19 related restrictive measures.

Over the recent years, digitalisation and digital services have been at the core of many innovative advantages for businesses and end users alike. These benefits range from online intermediation services to software application stores. This variety offers better and more efficient choices for users while increasing competition within the digital markets industry.

A good idea is the cornerstone of a successful start-up. In practical terms, however, it is often not enough. Here is an overview of legal mistakes founders of start-ups often make but that can be easily avoided on the way to the next step towards success.

Several amendments to the by-laws passed to the Law on Electronic Invoicing (“the Law”) are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 46 dated 8 April 2022, i.e.:

This year, the Croatian Companies Act (Act) was amended again (amendments enter into force on 1 June 2020 and on 1 August 2023).

On 14 April 2022, the Civil Cassation Court of the Supreme Court issued its judgement in case No. 308/9708/19 (“Judgement”). The Judgement establishes that national courts have jurisdiction over claims for compensation of damage caused to individuals by military actions of the Russian Federation.

Screening of foreign direct investment (FDI) has been present in Hungarian law since 2019 in relation to certain specific investment-related activities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional FDI screening legislation was introduced in May 2020. The 2020 regime has had an impact on a significantly wider range of business transactions and, therefore, this summary focuses solely on the 2020 regime (FDI Rules). Given that a real estate asset deal may also fall within the scope of the FDI Rules, assessing the potential application of the FDI Rules has become an important item on the real estate due diligence to-do list. Below you will find a summary of the applicable regime based on our experience to this date.

Relatively recently, the legislative process has once more turned its attention to the former Draft Law amending Law no. 186/2013 on the establishment and operation of industrial parks (DL-x no. 250/2014) adopted by the Senate on 28 April 2014 and by the Chamber of Deputies, as decisional chamber, on 4 May 2022 ("Amending Law"). The Amending Law will enter into force after promulgation by the Romanian President, who, nevertheless, has the prerogative of sending it back to the Parliament for re-examination.

On 28 April 2022, Resolution of the Government of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Resolutions of the Government of Ukraine on Notaries’ Activity and Functioning of Unified and State Registers Held by the Ministry of Justice, during Martial Law” No. 480-2022-p, dated 19 April 2022 (“Resolution”), entered into force, amending several previously adopted resolutions (as described in the Legal Alert, dated 29 March 2022).

The Russian aggression in Ukraine has many people enquiring about the possibility of holding the Russian Federation accountable for the acts it has committed in the territory of Poland’s eastern neighbour. Yet, at this stage, what should be considered is not only the actual accountability, but also the ontological fact of the existence of liability, which is an inherent condition for the existence of law.

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Current geopolitical events might revolutionize Moldova’s energy industry, with progress being made on both legal and technical mechanisms, according to Dolea & Co Managing Attorney Sorin Dolea.

On January 18, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners had advised Dronamics Capital on its IPO and listing on the Beam market of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO at Dronamics Capital to learn more about the matter.