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Nowadays, one can hear a lot about generative artificial intelligence ("Generative AI"), which can be used to create different types of content (e.g., text, images, software source code) in an automated way by giving simple instructions (so-called "prompts"). Companies may reasonably ask whether it is worth investing, at this point, in software using Generative AI; however, the current Hungarian legislative environment does not provide answers to this question, which could clearly provide guidance in all cases, on a general basis. For this reason, the legal implications of each investment (be it either procurement or "in-house" development) need to be examined on a case-by-case basis.

The new EU regulation on electronic evidence will enable law enforcement authorities from one EU member state to order service providers in other EU member states to surrender digital evidence. Providers who fail to comply within ten days or, in urgent cases, within eight hours, could face fines of up to two percent of their global group turnover.

Although gender identity does not constitute sensitive data under the GDPR, its legal protection is nevertheless very robustly designed. Companies that choose to disregard it may face claims for damages and fines.

Baker McKenzie and its Esin Attorney Partnership affiliate have advised a club of banks including ING Bank, ING Bank Singapore, Bank of China Limited Beijing, the Development Bank of Kazakhstan, Halyk Bank, and AB Bank of China Kazakhstan on the USD 286 million financing of the development a soda ash production facility by the Yildirim Group in Kazakhstan. Morgan Lewis & Bockius reportedly advised the Yildirim Group.

Under the EU's Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR), companies must notify the European Commission in advance of certain acquisitions, mergers or large public procurement transactions if the groups of companies involved have received financial contributions from outside the EU. Compiling the notification and gathering the necessary information can be a heavy administrative burden for companies, and failure to do so can result in fines of up to 10% of the group's worldwide turnover.

White & Case has advised dealers Bank Polska Kasa Opieki, BNP Paribas, BofA Securities Europe, Citigroup Global Markets Europe, and JP Morgan on the establishment of Bank Pekao's EUR 5 billion program for the issuance of medium-term eurobonds and first EUR 500 million issuance of 5.5% fixed-to-floating green bonds maturing in November 2027. Baker McKenzie advised Bank Pekao.

Baker McKenzie has successfully represented Google before the Court of Justice of the European Union in challenging the Austrian Communication Platforms Act, which it describes as "far-reaching content moderation legislation" aiming to regulate "large online platforms established in other EU member states."

CMS has advised coordinator and facility agent Raiffeisen Banking Group on the EUR 600 million nine-banking-group club multicurrency revolving credit facility for the MOL Group. Baker McKenzie advised the MOL Group on the deal. CMS also acted as transaction counsel on MOL's JPY 14.6 billion bilateral revolving credit facility and its EUR 50 million bilateral EUR/CNY revolving credit facility.

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