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Gide has advised Redkom Development on the forward sale of a retail park in Bielsko-Biala to Newgate Investment. CMS advised Newgate Investment. Dabrowski & Partners reportedly advised Redkom Development as well.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has advised the Talan Group on its sale of a 60% stake in Solvis to Advance Capital Partners. Sole practitioners Branimir Zarkovic and Toni Smrcek advised ACP.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos, working with Vinge, has advised the EQT Investments group on its public offer to acquire Swedish renewable energy company OX2 for USD 1.51 billion through an SPV.

Herbst Kinsky has advised Zouk Capital on leading Enspired's EUR 25.5 million series B financing round. Capital Push VC, Puspoek, Banpu Next, Vopak Ventures, and Presidio Ventures joined the round alongside existing investors Emerald Technology Ventures, Helen Ventures, 360 Capital, and EnBW New Ventures. KPMG Law advised Enspired.

CK Legal Chabasiewicz Kowalska has advised PragmaGO on the issuance of series EUR1 bonds with a total nominal value of EUR 3.5 million.

Wolf Theiss has advised Addiko Bank on navigating the takeover bids submitted by Agri Europe Cyprus Limited and Nova Ljubljanska Banka. Cerha Hempel advised Agri Europe. Schoenherr advised NLB.

Paksoy, working with Herbert Smith Freehills, has advised the joint lead managers of QNB Finansbank's USD 500 million issuance of 2029 bonds. Mayer Brown reportedly advised the issuer.

Savoric & Partners has advised Statkraft on its acquisition of Neoen's renewable projects in Croatia, including wind farms, solar power plants, and battery energy storage systems.

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented Agrocenter, Zmiivska Ovocheva Fabryka, Kombinat Teplychny, Kremenchytska Ovocheva Fabryka, Ovochevyy Kombinat Stanyshivka, Perspektyva, Greenhouse Complex Dniprovsky, and Uman Greenhouse Complex in initiating anti-dumping investigation against imports into Ukraine of cucumbers and tomatoes originating from Turkiye.

Filip & Company has advised Romania's RCS & RDS on signing two export credit facility agreements totaling EUR 117.16 million for the acquisition of goods and services to develop its telecom networks in Romania and Portugal and advised its Digi Spain Telecom subsidiary on a EUR 50 million uncommitted and unsecured credit facility agreement.

Leadell has successfully represented Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer in a trademark dispute.

DWF has advised CDRL on the process of obtaining compensation from a direct investment insurance contract in Belarus worth PLN 18 million.

The decision of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 10 has stirred significant attention, as it granted approval for the listing of certain products based on Bitcoin on the stock exchange. The impact of this decision on the European and American securities markets, and whether similar steps will be taken, depends largely on the details – including the names assigned to cryptocurrency-based products.

Former Teleperformance Chief Legal Officer Laura Rudnyanszky has joined Accenture in Bucharest as the company's Offerings Counsel Manager – Global Legal Network.

Former Eversheds Sutherland Romania Tax Partner Dragos Doros has joined the Artenie Secrieru & Partners law firm in Bucharest to launch their sister operation – Artenie, Secrieru, Doros Tax – as Managing Partner.

Former Rask Partner Mart Rask has decided to end his career as an Attorney at Law and step down from the Estonian Bar Association. He will continue his work with his eponymous firm as an Advisor.

Taylor Wessing has announced it brought on board former Lindner Stimmler Attorney at Law Sabine Meister as a Partner in its Vienna office to build up a Public Law team.

Former Partners Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and Marcin Bartnicki have moved to Of Counsel positions at Clifford Chance in Warsaw.

Lead Counsel Alexey Amvrosov has started a new position with IBM as the Manager of the Legal Department IBM Central and Eastern Territories Europe.

Buzescu Ca has promoted Lawyer Adrian Tomescu to a Managing Partner position, with the firm also changing its name to Buzescu & Tomescu.

Former Managing Associate Dila Topuz has been promoted to a Partner position with Istanbul's Gen Temizer Erdogan Girgin Avukatlik Ortakligi – with the firm itself recently announcing the name change from the previously used Gen Temizer Ozer.

Martin Eichinger has been promoted to Partner at Cerha Hempel.

Former Allen & Overy lawyers Maciej Skoczynski and Marek Neumann have joined the Warsaw office of Dentons as Partner and Managing Counsel, respectively.

Former Ciftci Attorney Partnership Counsel Deniz Gocuk has been promoted to a Partner position within the Istanbul-based Clifford Chance affiliate law firm.

In the audit practice of the Hungarian Tax and Customs Administration (HTA), the audit of transfer pricing is gaining importance. Moreover, the relevant regulations are becoming more complex with each passing year. As the deadlines for transfer pricing documentation approach, it is worth reviewing what hidden pitfalls should be avoided when preparing documentation and providing data.

Despite the ongoing war, there was a significant increase in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) transactions and private equity (PE) investments in 2023 compared to 2022, predominantly in the IT sector. Openly accessible market evaluations indicate that the volume of M&A deals might have reached $1.7 billion in 2023, five times more than in 2022. While that does not quite match the level of activity observed in 2021, it sets a cautiously optimistic tone for 2024.

The Court of Justice of the European Union has decided in two cases concerning Hungary in its judgments in joined cases C-420/22 and C-528/22, published on 25 April 2024.

The recent modifications to Law 17/2014 regarding on the regulation of sale of extramuros agricultural land („Law 17”) came into force through the modifications brought by Law 116/2024, adopted on 29 April 2024 and published a day later.

This legislative monitoring report covers the introduction of new rules regulating public procurement in international relations, the adoption of the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and EFTA member states, the introduction of new rules regulating trademarks from 2027, the adoption of the regulation on audiovisual content. The document also provides for the approval of the regulation on the environmental management of mercury waste, the adoption of the law on hunting and the protection of game resources, the implementation of the national programme for the development of creative industries "Creative Moldova" for the years 2024-2027, as well as the optimisation of the use of industrial parks. 

On 13 May 2024, the Parliament of Montenegro passed the Draft Law on amendments to the Copyright Law. The entry into force is yet to be announced, but it could be expected after June 2024.

A new decree entered into force on 9 April 2024 on the ban of employment of guest workers in the public sector in Hungary.

One of the measurable success stories of the fintech revolution is how donation and subscription-based community financing has become an alternative to traditional fundraising methods such as classical bank financing or venture capital investments. From this rapid development, it follows that there is a less uniform picture in the public consciousness about the phenomenon of "crowdfunding." How many forms are there? Which ones are regulated? Who are the actors in the process? What regulations apply to it? How are they taxed? Among many clarifications to be made, the main question, however, is whether specialized crowdfunding service providers for this purpose will emerge in Hungary as well.

In Serbia, most of the exclusivity arrangements between pharma companies need to be, prior to their implementation, individually exempt by the Serbian Competition Authority (“SCA”). Most recently, the SCA issued two decisions in the individual exemption process. In one it denied, while, in the other it only conditionally approved individual exemptions for exclusive distribution agreements between pharmaceutical companies. These developments show a noticeable shift in the SCA’s stand towards exclusivity arrangements with the SCA taking a stringent approach, limiting the parties' ability to contract exclusivity arrangements in the sector.

The new European data regulation introduces new rules for the use of information from smart devices. These rules define rights to access and use data created in the EU across all economic sectors and across smart devices from different manufacturers.

At the end of 2023, the Hungarian Parliament adopted the Act on the Digital State and Certain Rules for the Provision of Digital Services (“Digital State Act”), the majority provisions of which will enter into force on 1 July 2024. This act opens a new era in the digitalization of public services, serving the 21st-century administrative needs of the Hungarian people and economic operators.

The Supreme Court of Cassation of the Republic of Bulgaria recognized under "exceptional circumstances," the right of an active partner in a limited liability company to act as an ad hoc representative. This decision references to Articles 6 and 13 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECPHRFF) and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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From a significant downturn in project financing to promising developments in green energy, particularly wind, CMS Partner Eszter Torok shares valuable insights into the complexities of the Hungarian market against the backdrop of shifting economic and regulatory landscapes.

The Energy & Climate Change practice of CMS has been booming in Bulgaria, according to Sofia Managing Partner and CEE Head of Energy & Climate Change Kostadin Sirleshtov, with work ranging from project, acquisitions, and financing mandates on renewables, to oil and gas, nuclear power, and a significant number of disputes.

From her beginnings as an M&A attorney in Bulgaria to her current role as Regional Compliance Manager for Eastern Europe at Yazaki, Veselka Petrova’s career has been a testament to the power of blending legal expertise with strategic business insight.

On November 23, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund and funds managed by Imprimatur Capital, together with other shareholders, on the sale of Blue Bridge Technologies to Everfield. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Henning Schreiber, Head of Acquisitions at Everfield, to learn more about the acquisition.