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The Niculeasa Law Firm has successfully represented Laminorul Braila in a VAT adjustment case before the Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ).

Ellex has advised Lords LB Asset Management-owned company Vilniaus Miesto Projektai on its EUR 8 million bond issuance.

Vertis Legal has successfully represented Romanian basketball titleholder U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca and players Giordan Watson and Patrick Richard in a dispute with the Romanian Basketball Federation (FRB) over the team's right to field two naturalized athletes.

TGS Baltic has advised medical clinic chain InMedica on the acquisition of Saulius Viksraitis' Plastic Surgery Center in Kaunas.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Avito Jobs on its USD 1.2 million investment in HR Messenger. Centil reportedly advised Avito as well. ProVidens reportedly advised HR Messenger.

NSTLAW has advised the Rustler Group and its Serbian affiliate Hauzmajstor d.o.o. and its local management on its corporate restructuring as a result of which management entered the ownership structure of Hauzmajstor d.o.o. 

Harrisons has advised the EBRD on a EUR 10 million loan to OTP Leasing Serbia.

PwC affiliated law firm D&B David and Baias has advised French group Piriou on its acquisition of Romania's ATG Naval Shipyard in Giurgiu from investors Teodor Apostol and Adrian Patriche.

Arzinger has advised Siriusproject Lviv on the refinancing of the shopping and entertainment mall King Cross Leopolis in Lviv.

Havel & Partners has advised Smart Comp majority owners Marek Bukal and Pavel Vavra on the sale of their shares to Nej.cz. BBH advised Nej.cz on the deal.

Baker McKenzie and its Turkish affiliated firm Esin Attorney Partnership have advised ING Bank, ING-DiBa, and SACE on a EUR 50 million SACE Push Facility for the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.

DLA Piper has advised Taxiaggregator and its founder on the sale of the company to Qiwi. Squire Patton Boggs reportedly advised Qiwi on the deal.

Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr Partners Anna Flaga-Martynek, Marta Midloch, Marcin Smolarek, Maciej Szambelanczyk, Anna Wojciechowska, and Anna Wyrzykowska have become Equity Partners, while Counsels Agata Szczepanczyk-Piwek, Sergiusz Urban, and Jordan Zafirow have been promoted to Partner, as of January 1, 2022.

Korelsky, Ischuk, Astafiev Attorney-at-Law Angelika Reshetnikova has been appointed Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice.

Former Counsels Wojciech Merkwa and Jakub Majewski have been promoted to Partner at ​​JDP Drapala & Partners, as of January 1, 2021.

Path Augustyniak Hatylak and Partners has joined forces with Kielian and Partners. From now on, the law firms will operate under one brand – Path Law Hatylak Kielian and Partners.

Former Patriciu Real Estate Attorneys Managing Partner Serban Patriciu has joined Noerr's Bucharest office as Head of Real Estate.

Head of Avellum's Competition practice Mykyta Nota has been promoted to Partner, as of January 1, 2022.

BSJP's Maciej Kuropatwinski has become a General Partner, while Grzegorz Wasiewski has been promoted to Partner with the firm, as of January 1, 2022.

Former Associate Partner Marius Rindinas has been promoted to Partner at SPC Legal.

Andrey Bastrakov and Alexander Mandzhiev have been promoted to Partner at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.

Former Senior Associate Andrea Cupelova, Co-Head of the Employment Law department at Taylor Wessing, has been promoted to Partner.

Former Senior Associate Nadezhda Minina has been promoted to Partner in Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners' corporate practice.

Competition and M&A lawyer Roxana Ionescu and Banking & Finance specialist Cosmin Tilea have been promoted to Partner at RTPR.

There are few people who have not experienced a situation where a builder implements a project that complies with the spatial planning documentation, but is highly incongruous with the prevailing character of the area in which the structure is to be built. Specifically, construction of buildings in the 1990s and early 21st century, which belong to the pseudo-style called “entrepreneurial baroque”, is evidence of grossly insensitive location of buildings, ignoring the character and nature of the existing neighbourhood. Nonetheless, the trend in Czech building legislation over the last decade and a half has been an increasing emphasis on the aesthetic features of new developments and their integration into the urban and architectural environment, whereas individual interests of the builder and his oftentimes wild ideas about the appearance of the structure tend to be sidelined. The key here is the concept of “urban and architectural values in the area”.

In a previous article we have analysed the dilemmas resulting from the thematic tax audit campaign aimed at auditing the tax treatment of purchased gift vouchers, in terms of income tax and social security charges. A very sought after extra-salary employee benefit, companies bought and offered gift vouchers amounting to over RON 1 billion (approx. EUR 200 million) in 2018 alone and we can only assume that these figures have only risen since then.

The Turkish Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) has published Draft Guidelines on Cookies (“the Draft Guidelines”) on January 11, 2022, providing explanations on cookies and practical advices for data controllers who process personal data through the use of cookies.

Government Decree 598/2021 (the Decree) has allowed employers to order their employees to be vaccinated against covid-19 since 15 November 2021. Since it came into force, the Decree has been the subject of much discussion and interpretation by legal practitioners and commentators.

On 31 December 2021, Government Emergency Ordinance no. 143/2021 for the amendment of Law no. 123/2012 on electricity and natural gas, as well as for the amendment of other regulatory acts (“GEO 143/2021”) was published in Official Gazette of Romania no. 1259 and entered into force on the same date.

Many economies, particularly those in the European Union [“EU”], are now centered on the environment-oriented and sustainable economy model known as "Green Transformation," which aims to mitigate the negative environmental consequences of human-induced parameters on the ecosystem. Turkey, also, had signaled that it would not stay out of this shift by ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement in October 2021.

On January 1, 2022, certain provisions of Articles of the Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility (Official Gazette of RS no. 25/2016 and 21/2020) ceased to apply, as well as of the Rulebook on Electrical Equipment Intended for Use within Certain Voltage Limits (Official Gazette of RS no. 25/2016 and 21/2020), which refer to the conformity certificate, i.e., its mandatory provision.

The government of the Czech Republic has approved a new decree concerning investment incentives. The new rules should bring significant changes not only for large investors, but also for small and medium-sized technology companies, which will now also be able to access direct financial support. The new rules will take effect as of 1 January 2022.

The Turkish Competition Board (“Board”) has recently assessed the allegations that Allergan Ilaclari Ticaret A.S. (“Allergan”) engaged in discriminatory conduct and abused its dominant position by way of refusal to supply in its preliminary investigation decision. The complainant, Denge Ecza Deposu Ticaret A.S. (“Denge”), alleged that Allergan supplied some of its pharmaceutical products only to certain warehouses, rejected Denge’s request to work with Allergan and hindered Denge’s activities by restricting its access to Allergan’s products. The Board’s decision is remarkable as it assesses the allegations in detail under both Article 4 (anticompetitive agreements) and Article 6 (abuse of dominant position) of Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Law No. 4054”) by discussing the competition literature on certain concepts such as indispensability and essential facilities doctrine and making references to the decisional practice in the European Union.

Copyright is a bundle of exclusive rights falling under the umbrella of Intellectual Property (IP) law. The purpose of copyright is to protect creative effort carried out by a natural person (author) expressed in a tangible form and which amounts to one of the categories of "work" as defined by the statute, some of which also require the work to be "original". The aim of this article is to draw attention to the issue of copyrightability of works that have been created illegally or that are on the verge of illegality. As this topic and the related issues are quite extensive, this article offers only a brief introduction to the subject and is by no means exhaustive.

In the past years, several new EU Member States have started investigations regarding the quality of products. Investigations showed that in many cases products have more detailed descriptions attached, or simply have more active substance if they are sold in the Western Member States than in the Central and Eastern European Member States. It was suspected for a long time that there are quality differences between the same products, sold in the same packaging but in different countries.

In recent years, crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular source of financing for companies, especially start-ups. Crowdfunding is also a great marketing tool, as it allows companies to reach a wide spectrum of potential investors.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina remains open for business, despite political instability – caused by increasing secessionist tendencies – and slowing reforms, according to DMB Legal Managing Partner Dina Durakovic.

On September 28, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported on state-owned Ignitis Group’s initial public offering and admission to the Vilnius and London stock exchanges. We spoke with Walless Partner Joana Baublyte-Kulviete to learn more about the offering.

On June 4, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Zavisin Semiz & Partneri and the Budapest office of Dentons advised GTC on the Serbian legal aspects of the deal. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Klara Bujdoso, Group Legal Counsel at GTC, to learn more about the sale.