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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.

Ellex, working with Jankovic Popovic Mitic, has successfully represented the interests of Alita before the Court of Appeals of Lithuania.

Noerr has advised the Normeston Group on the sale of 79 Lukoil-branded service stations in Hungary to MOL, the country's largest oil and gas company. CMS advised MOL on the acquisition.

Clifford Chance has advised facility agent, security agent, account bank, mandated lead arranger, original lender, and hedge counterparty Santander Bank Polska, mandated lead arranger and original lender CaixaBank Oddzial w Polsce and hedge counterparty CaixaBank S.A on the PLN 152 million facilities agreement for the financing of a portfolio of wind farms belonging to Elawan Energy. Allen & Overy reportedly advised Elawan on the deal.

Paksoy has advised Global Founders Capital on leading a USD 2 million seed funding round for Norma. The Arikan Law Firm reportedly advised Norma on the deal.

The Milosevic Law Firm has successfully represented Alumina before the Higher Commercial Court in Banja Luka in a property-related dispute with Pavgord and Ukio Bank.

Motieka & Audzevicius has advised Linas Agro Group on its acquisition of Agro Logistic Service from Kauno Grudai. Cobalt advised Kauno Grudai on the deal.

Ellex has advised Japanese venture capital fund Mistletoe on its investment in Lithuanian startup Bee Loop. Aliant Tarvainyte Vilys reportedly advised Bee Loop on the deal.

Popovici, Nitu, Stoica & Associates has advised Ameropa Grains on its acquisition of the Mirosi/Caldararu agricultural base, including warehouses, silos, dwellings, and offices, from Net Farming, part of Agricover Group.

Grecu & Asociatii has advised Romania-Insider.com on Marius Istrate's investment in the media company. 

MFW Fialek has advised Music & More on the sale of a minority stake in the company to an undisclosed Luxembourg-based fund.

Lakatos, Koves & Partners and BDK Advokati advised Indotek on its acquisition of 11 office buildings and five business parks in Belgrade from GTC for EUR 267.6 million. Dentons and Zavisin Semiz i Partneri advised GTC on the deal.

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.

Voicu & Filipescu has promoted former Managing Associate Simona Merdariu to Partner.

Former Senior Associates Maja Subic and Katarina Mervic have been promoted to Partner at Senica & Partners, Andersen Global's Slovenian member.

Valentyn Zasukha has joined Hillmont Partners as Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A Practice.

Dentons has appointed Gabor Kiraly as the new Country Managing Officer in Hungary effective January 1, 2022.

Gugushev & Partners has promoted Victor Gugushev and Dafinka Stoycheva to Senior Partner.

Yan Voinikanis-Myrskyi has joined Eterna Law as Partner and will head criminal law and public procurement practices.

Noerr has announced at, as of January 19, its Russian office will be running independently as Arno Legal, working in cooperation with Noerr.

Triniti Jurex’ Giedre Ciuladiene and Arturas Vaisvila have become Partners, while Raminta Vilcinskaite and Olga Siomina have been promoted to Associate Partners with the firm.

Partner and Head of the Energy and Infrastructure practice Vit Stehlik has been promoted to Executive Partner at White & Case in Prague, as of January 1, 2021, replacing Partner and Head of the firm's CEE Real Estate practice Petr Panek. Panek will be in charge of developing White & Case’s operations in eleven SEE countries as the firm's new SEE Country Practice Head.

Nebojsa Vitez and Luka Porobija have been promoted to Equity Partners at Porobija & Spoljaric as of January 1, 2022.

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.

Law No. 805 on Compulsory Use of Turkish Language in Economic Institutions ["Law No. 805"] has been in effect for very long time, i.e., since April 22, 1926. Even though it is an old regulation with only 9 articles, it has sparked debate regarding international contracts over the years, particularly in the field of arbitration, and it has even become a roadblock in our legal system regarding the validity of contracts.

As part of the Digital Single Market Strategy established at EU level, in the last days of year 2021, the Romanian Government approved two important pieces of regulatory acts in the consumer protection field, which transpose the corresponding European Directives.

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The currency fluctuations in Turkey have resulted in challenges but have also created opportunities for investment in the country, according to Esin Attorney Partnership Partner Caner Elmas.

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.