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On August 5, 2022, Greenberg Traurig announced that Marvipol Development's sale of the Moko Botanika project (reported by CEE Legal Matters on February 2, 2021) had closed.

JSK has advised Komercni Banka group company KB SmartSolutions on the acquisition of Enviros. Hartmann Jelinek Frana and Partners reportedly advised the seller.

Sorainen has provided pro bono legal assistance to Aswell on setting up the terms and conditions for the corporate application users.

DWF has advised Zeitgeist Asset Management on its acquisition of the Raclawicka 48 co-living project in Krakow.

Tokushev & Partners has advised public listed company Sofia Commerce Pawn Shops on increasing its capital with own funds in the amount of BGN 7.12 million.

Bondoc & Asociatii, working with White & Case, has advised the Stabilus Group on a long-term EUR 450 million credit facilities financing.

E+H has advised German real estate investor KanAm Grund Group on the purchase of the last-mile logistics hall Cross Dock Upper Austria in Enns near Linz from the Meir Immobilien Group. SCWP Schindhelm advised the sellers on the deal.

On August 3, 2022, SMM Legal announced that the merger between PKN Orlen and Grupa Lotos (initially reported by CEE Legal Matters on May 23, 2018) had closed.

Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners, has advised Chiron Group on its acquisition of Croatia-based HSTEC. Buterin & Partners advised HSTEC on the deal.

Vukovic & Partners has advised ODM Collections on obtaining a purchase of receivables work license from the Central Bank of Montenegro.

Linklaters has advised Iberdrola on acquiring a 98-megawatt portfolio of wind and solar projects in Poland from Augusta Energy. DWF advised Augusta Energy, a joint venture between GreenVolt subsidiary V-ridium Power Group and KGAL.

PRK Partners has advised SCS Software on relocating its Prague headquarters to the Roztyly Plaza project.

Pavel Dejl has been appointed to Managing Partner at Kocian Solc Balastik as of August 1, 2022, taking over from Petr Kasik.

Pawel Cholewinski has been appointed as the Partner in charge of Kochanski & Partners’ Transactional Practices group.

Attorney Kirill Lezeiko has taken over as Head of Banking and Finance at PwC Legal Estonia from Co-Founder Viljar Kahari, effective August 1.

Schoenherr Head of Banking & Finance in the Czech Republic Ondrej Havlicek has been promoted to a Local Partner with the firm’s Czech office.

Former Partner and Co-Head of the Real Estate and Construction practice Ksenija Golubovic Filipovic has left Zivkovic Samardzic, as of August 1, 2022, to establish her own practice. She will continue to cooperate with the firm as a Consultant. Partner Uros Djordjevic will continue to lead the firm’s Real Estate and Construction practice.

Former Senior Managing Associate Diana Fejer has been promoted to Partner at the Deloitte Legal-affiliated firm Reff & Associates as of September 1, 2022.

Lithuania's SPC Legal and Wint have joined forces to form a new law firm: Noor.

Former Counsel Vitaliy Odzhykovskyy has been promoted to Partner with Sayenko Kharenko.

Former Junior Partner Stefan Adametz has been promoted to Equity Partner with Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner.

Hugh Owen was appointed to the role of Head of Legal at PwC Central and Eastern Europe.

EY Romania affiliated law firm Bancila Diaconu si Asociatii Managing Partner Radu Diaconu has become a Partner with EY Romania, within the Tax and Legal consultancy department.

Head of Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Partner Yianni Cheilas as the new Greek offices head from August 1, 2022. He takes over from Partner Dimitri Sofianopoulos, who will now continue with Norton Rose Fulbright as a Senior Consultant.

Only a few years ago, Europe faced a major upheaval to the international economy with Brexit, i.e. the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. This event, like the war in Ukraine or the COVID-19 pandemic, has had significant consequences for the global economy, affecting the quality of our daily lives.

Is it legal to photograph[1] attendees to an event and then use the photos, for example, for marketing purposes?

Entrepreneurship in Romania.

Against the background of energy transition and of the states’ need to ensure their energy security in the current geopolitical context, offshore renewable energy technologies have gained increased attention. Today, they have been included in renewable energy policies both in the European Union ("EU") and in the EU Member States, whether we are talking about wave energy, tidal energy, energy produced by floating photovoltaic panels, floating wind turbines and wind turbines attached to the seabed.

Recently, non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) have become the subject of significant public attention, primarily due to the high amounts of money allocated for their purchase. For example, it is estimated that the worth of the global NFT market in 2021 was about 41 billion dollars, which is more than the value of the market of classical works of art. For the sake of comparison, that is approximately twice the amount of the budget of the Republic of Serbia for 2022. Bearing in mind the nature and manner of functioning of NFTs, the nature of things raises the question of their relationship with intellectual property law, and above all, the relationship with trademark law​.

The Competition Board (the “Board”), the competent decision-making organ of the Turkish Competition Authority, no longer has the quorum required to render final/executable decisions as the tenure of three (3) members came to an end as of the beginning of August 2022. Final decisions, including merger clearance decisions, closure of pre-investigation and investigation procedures, are currently pending while the Board is awaiting official assignment of new board members to re-establish final/executable decision quorum.

We are four months into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and still a long way from a conclusion awaited by so many people. Beyond the reasons of this conflict and potential outcome lies the dramatic change in the lives of the Ukrainian population. Daily updates in the proportion of displaced Ukrainians paint a vivid picture of the unfolding drama that affects not only Ukraine, but Europe and much parts of the world.

Indicating a patent number on the product or, when in the course of issuing such, the “patent pending” indication applied on either the packaging or the product itself, is typically understood in IP terms as “patent marking”. Patent marking is not mandatory in Romania and, in consequence, there is no standard format for the patent marking to be applied on the patented products.

This article provides an up-to-date overview of the currently existing FDI regimes in Croatia.

As the main trends of the transaction market in the first half of 2022, the boom of startups and the changes in their valuations, the undiminished confidence of foreign investors despite the geopolitical situation, and the ongoing consolidation of the health care and renewable energy sectors can be singled out.

The first half of 2022 has not (yet) yielded such high profile deals as seen in 2021 (like Printful becoming the first Latvian “unicorn”) but there has been a steady trickle of transactions following the larger wave of 2021.

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Several legislative updates will support the legal profession in Bulgaria, according to Gugushev & Partners Partner Dafinka Stoycheva, with the push toward green energy, (another) pending government change, and a landmark CJEU decision also at the top of the agenda for lawyers in the country.

On March 1, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that KWKR Konieczny Wierzbicki had advised Knacks's owners on their sale of a majority stake in the company to RightBridge Ventures. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Dawid Szymanski, CEO at Knacks, to learn more about the sale.