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Walless has advised UK healthcare company Everything Genetic on its EUR 500,000 investment into and strategic partnership agreement with Estonian health technology company Antegenes. Myerson Solicitors reportedly advised Everything Genetic on English law.

Gessel has advised Anwim on its acquisition of a 90% stake in Dutch enterprise The Fuel Company Holding.

Ilyashev & Partners has advised Ukraine's Antonov state enterprise on its five-year contract with NATO and the EU, within the framework of the Strategic Airlift International Solution program.

Fort Legal has advised Eften Capital on its EUR 10 million investment in the construction of two nine-story multi-apartment buildings in Kaunas, together with the Etapas Group.

Kocian Solc Balastik has advised the AI Startup Incubator fund on investing in AssetFloow.

SMM Legal has advised Grupa Lotos on the spin-off of its Gdansk refinery to its subsidiary Lotos Asfalt.

Wolf Theiss has advised Arobs Transilvania Software on its acquisition of Berg Software. Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu advised Berg's shareholders on the transaction.

Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr has advised KGAL company EW Rywald in the contractor selection process for the Rywald wind farm project in Poland. 

Herbst Kinsky has advised PhagoMed Biopharma's shareholders on the sale of the company to BioNTech.

Kinstellar and Eisenberger + Herzog have advised Belgian KBC Group subsidiary KBC Bank on its EUR 1 billion acquisition of Raiffeisen Bank International’s Bulgarian subsidiary Raiffeisenbank. Wolf Theiss advised the seller.

Glatzova & Co has advised Czech apparel and fashion company Kara Trutnov on the approval of the reorganization plan within its insolvency proceedings.

DLA Piper has advised Russian personal styling company Capsula on its Series A investment round.

Alexandra Karachurina, Maria Borodina, and Vyacheslav Yugai have joined the Balayan Group as Partners in the firm's Corporate & Transactions practice.

Former Clifford Chance Senior Associate Pavel Bogusky has joined the Restructuring, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy practice of Dentons’ Prague office as a Partner.

Wojciech Kapica, former Partner and Head of SMM Legal's Financial Law Department, has joined the Lawarton law office.

Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners has joined forces with the labor-law specialized firm of Gujski Zdebiak. Waldemar Gujski and Dawid Zdebiak have become Partners at DT and will manage the firm's Labor and Social Security Law practice.

Independent attorney-at-law Mirjana Mladenovic has joined the Deloitte network and will lead the firm’s M&A Legal Advisory practice in Serbia.

Former Vejmelka & Wunsch Partner Martin Peckl has joined Havel & Partners as a Partner in Prague.

Ozbek Attorney Partnership has promoted former Managing Associate Gulsah Gokce to Partner as of November 1, 2021.

Agata Jurek-Zbrojska, Malgorzata Madej-Balcerowska, and Dominik Rafalko have joined CMS’s Poland office as Partners along a seven-person team from Greenberg Traurig. Jurek-Zbrojska will head the Real Estate and Construction practice.

Former Ipek | Akbal Schwimann Partner Ceyda Akbal Schwimann has joined Akol Law's dispute resolution practice as a Partner.

Schoenherr has announced the appointments of Austria-based Miriam Simsa, Bulgaria-based Alexandra Doytchinova and Czech Republic-based Vladimir Cizek to Equity Partners. The firm also promoted Austria-based Dominik Hofmarcher and Slovakia-based Sona Hekelova to Partners.

Former CMS Partner Lukasz Dynysiuk has joined DLA Piper’s Tax practice as a Partner in Poland.

Stoian Partners Of Counsel Alexandru Cretu has launched Cretu. The Law Office, a business law firm covering both litigation cases and legal counseling, in Bucharest.

At the end of October 2021, the Hungarian Government decided to take new protection measures to contain the fourth wave of the coronavirus outbreak, as a result, from 1 November 2021 employers have the right to require their employees to be mandatorily vaccinated. This means that to increase vaccination coverage and to protect workplaces, the Government allows employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus as a condition of employment, either as a standard working condition for all employees or as an individual working condition depending on the job. For employees who have not yet been vaccinated, the employer may set a 45-day deadline for the first vaccination. Employers who require vaccination must inform the employee of the measure, the deadline and the possible legal consequences of not vaccinating, either electronically (in e-mail) or on paper. Furthermore, an employee who is medically certified as contra-indicated to be vaccinated against the coronavirus cannot expected to be vaccinated.

The Government of Serbia has recently adopted the Proposal for Amendments to the Companies Law (the “Proposal”), which official text states that its primary goal is to promote the protection of minority shareholders, in accordance with measures provided by the Action Plan of the Program for Improvement of Position of the Republic of Serbia on the World Bank’s Business List – Doing Business for the period 2020-2023. In addition, the respective novelties imply other changes as well, the most significant being those referring to the position of entrepreneurs, and court protection in case of business address abuse.

The possibility of the employer to investigate whether its employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 was subject of heated debate in Slovakia. The prevailing view was the employer could not request such information from them as allegedly there was no legal basis for it in the Labour Code or other regulations. Surprisingly, such view was also supported by the Slovak National Inspectorate of Labour that claimed it should be up to the employees whether they inform the employer about their vaccination. There were also discussions whether obtaining such information by the employer complies with the GDPR.

The Law on Amendments to the Law on Tax Procedure and Tax Administration (Official Gazette of RS, no. 96/2021) (the “Law”) was adopted on October 16, 2021. The novelties introduced by this piece of regulation particularly include those referring to the filing of tax application for calculated mandatory social insurance contributions for company founders and/or shareholders, deferral of interest payment for settled obligations, replacement of insurance instruments for collection of due taxes, and issuance of additional record.

Immunisation Certificates played a big role in the previous wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Hungary. They were issued as a supplementary certificate to confirm that the cardholder had a positive COVID test or got at least the first shot of any of the available vaccines. At many stages of the pandemic, cardholders enjoyed specific privileges compared to the others (i.e. card was asked at many places that had an indoor room, such as theatres, cinemas, restaurants etc.). Even though the European COVID passport became available from 1 July 2021 among the EU, it is only issued for persons, who got an EU-approved vaccine. Since Hungary choose to vaccinate with non-EU-approved vaccines, the dichotomy of the certificates still remains.

The Government of the Republic of Serbia has recently proposed amendments to the tax laws, including amendments to the Law on Personal Income Tax (‘PIT Law’), Law on Mandatory Social Contributions (‘SSC Law’) and the Law on Corporate Income Tax (‘CIT Law’).

The Labour Law contains only 2 articles related the non-competition clause.

E-Hearing System is a system that enables participation in hearings held in civil courts  remotely. In this regard, the fundamental rules on this new system, which saves time and labor both for lawyers and other relevant persons while facilitating access to justice services, were previously elaborated in one of our articles. In a relatively short time after the promulgation of the Regulation on the Conduct of Hearings by Audio and Video Transmission in Civil Procedures [“Regulation”] which sets the e-Hearing procedures and principles in the Official Gazette dated June 30, 2021 e-Hearings have become widespread rapidly.

A new draft personal data protection law, draft Law of Ukraine No. 5628 (“Draft 5628”), was introduced to the Ukrainian parliament on 7 June 2021. Draft 5628 replaces certain earlier draft laws on this subject and is currently the only draft legislation in the area of personal data protection.

While trying to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is running headlong into an energy crisis, and North Macedonia will meet the same fate. The country is facing serious electricity shortages due to the rising growth of prices on the energy exchanges in Europe. This, in turn, disables the companies that trade in electricity to comply with the agreements signed with companies and institutions to whom they supply electricity on the free market. The disbalance in the demand and supply is then covered from the reserves of the transmission system operator (“TSO”) MEPSO, who is drawing electricity from the European network, thus accruing massive debt. Meanwhile, North Macedonia is trying to increase the domestic production of electricity, by activating the third block of REK Bitola, the country’s biggest producer of electricity and coal.

For the last decade or so, the video gaming industry has been witnessing an emergence, and then almost a mainstream adoption of a revenue-generating mechanic similar, if not outright identical, to gambling.

Franchising may be an attractive proposition for many companies wishing to expand internationally. Take a look at this overview to discover the applicable franchise law in Slovenia, covering the essentials for franchisors, the relevant areas of law, selected aspects such as fees, and dispute resolution and applicable law.

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While no major plots or surprises were witnessed during the latest presidential and local elections, Estonia’s recent legislative developments might have a significant impact on the business sector, according to Walless Partner Rolan Jankelevitsh.

On August 23, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that GKC Partners had advised Yemeksepeti – the Turkish subsidiary of Delivery Hero, on its acquisition of Turkish online shopping platform Marketyo Bilisim Teknoloji A.S. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Deniz Ozkan Ergun, Senior Manager, Head of M&A Legal (LATAM & MENA) of Delivery Hero to learn more about the acquisition.