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Dentons has advised Develia on its preliminary agreement for the EUR 70 million sale of the Wola Retro office building in Warsaw with the Adventum Group. Act BSWW advised Adventum.

Motieka & Audzevicius has advised In Balance Grid on its joint venture with Equite to develop charging station infrastructure. 

Cobalt has advised Salv on its EUR 4 million seed investment round led by ffVC with participation from German G+D Ventures.

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego on financing the construction of a 7-megawatt wind farm sponsored by Budimex.

Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners, has advised the MYTY Group on its acquisition of the 404 Group. Dominkovic & Osrecak advised the seller.

Walless has advised the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant on a project tender for reactor dismantling technology design services.

Sorainen has advised the Riga Energy Agency on the development of a concept and business model for the Riga Energy Efficiency Fund.

Turunc has advised Bogazici Ventures on its USD 200,000 investment in Nureply. Vircon Legal advised Nureply.

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised mBank on financing the construction of the 18-megawatt Cyranka PV project sponsored by ONDE. Allen & Overy advised ONDE.

Ellex Valiunas has advised Strava on its acquisition of Fatmap. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised Fatmap.

Vulic Law has advised the Soracom Corporation LTD on the Serbian IoT market.

Grant Thornton has advised the PGD Group on its acquisition of Renault Retail Group Warszawa from the Renault Retail Group.

Former Managing Senior Associate Sebastian Drumaru has been promoted to Partner at Pop Briciu Crai Attorneys-at-Law in Bucharest.

Klara Kiehl, Clemens Rainer, Sascha Schulz, and Marco Thorbauer have been appointed as Schoenherr Partners in Austria, while Serbia's Jelena Arsic, Jovan Barovic, and Dusan Obradovic, Bulgaria's Tsvetan Krumov, and Hungary's Laszlo Krupl have all been appointed as Local Partners with the firm.

BNT Attorneys in CEE have joined forces with Poland's BSJP. The move also involves the combination of BSJP with long-time BNT Polish member firm Neupert Zamorska & Partnerzy, with the resulting firm set to operate as BSJP BNT Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Zamorska going forward.

Former Wolf Theiss Partner Konrad Kosicki has joined Greenberg Traurig along with his team. Kosicki will head the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources practice and join the ranks of Partners in the firm's Warsaw office.

Christopher Peitsch, Jakob Hartig, and Christoph Reiter have been promoted to Partners at Cerha Hempel in Austria.

Gecic Law Head of Operations and Co-Head of the ESG practice Hristina Kosec has been promoted to Partner.

Sole practitioner Liviu Bosoanca has joined Baiculescu & Asociatii as an Of Counsel and Head of the firm's Dispute Resolution department.

Following their appointment to Counsel in January 2023, former Senior Associate Inna Kostrytska will lead Integrites' Employment practice while former Senior Associate Kristina Shyposha heads the firm's Business Protection, Compliance, and Anti-Corruption practice.

Bozhko Poryazov has been promoted to a Partner position with Popov Arnaudov & Partners in Sofia.

Former Counsel Gergana Monovska and former Senior Associate Valentin Bojilov have been promoted to Partner at Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov.

TGS Baltic has announced the appointment of Dalia Augaite, Sandra Bliuvaite-Sulciene, Marius Brasiunas, Martti Peetsalu, and Chirag Mody as Partners, while Tadas Varapnickas, Karolina Lapinskaite, and Triinu Jarviste have been appointed as Associate Partners at the firm.

Former Senior Associate Gokturk Sahin has been promoted to Managing Associate and appointed Head of the Litigation Department at Moral, Kinikoglu, Pamukkale, Kokenek.

Waste transports with a total quantity of more than 10 tonnes must be carried out by rail or other means of transport with equivalent or lower pollutant or greenhouse gas potential (e.g. propulsion by means of fuel cell or electric motor). The decisive factor is the transport distance covered in Austria, which will gradually decrease. From 1 January 2023, this obligation applies to a transport distance of 300 km or more; from 1 January 2024, the distance will be only 200 km.

The most prestigious Hungarian permanent arbitration body, the Court of Arbitration attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCAC) revised its rules of proceedings with effect from 2023. Will the revised rules increase the speed and efficiency of arbitral proceedings in front of the HCAC, or it is just a facelift of the former regime?

If you need statistical data maintained by the National Health Information System for your work or scientific research, whether demographic data on births or deaths, statistics on cancer patients, information on assisted reproduction or other information, you will be interested in a landmark decision of the Constitutional Court.

The Hungarian Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority (NAIH) recently fined a market-leading Hungarian media service provider HUF 10 million (approx. €25,000) for failing to comply with the data processing principles of lawfulness, fairness and transparency in its cookie management solution based on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe's Transparency and Consent (TCF) Framework. This is the first time that the Hungarian authority has imposed a fine for cookie management issues and made it public.

The issue of how to ensure the longevity of family businesses remains as topical all over the world as it is in Turkey. When we look at the statistics, we see that family businesses have an extremely high percentage in Turkey as well as all over the world.

The IT industry in Ukraine remains one of the key drivers of the Ukrainian economy even despite the market turmoil in the times of war. Alongside this, the constant development of technology and the need to honour obligations and commitments to implement EU law in terms of copyright and related rights requires certain amendments to the current Ukrainian legislation.

Do you sell goods to consumers through ane-shop? Do you feel like you already know everything there is to know about the great consumer amendment from all the different articles? While it's true that plenty has been written about the end of fake reviews and discounts, the legal guarantee or the specific labelling of the "order with obligation to pay" button, this is much more than a "button amendment". What affect will it have, for example, on personalising the price for a particular consumer?

In December, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued a Statement of Objections (“SO”) to Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc. The Commission said that based on its preliminary view, Facebook had violated EU antitrust rules by distorting competition for online display advertising on social media linked to Facebook Marketplace.

Since 2020, EU Member States have been obliged to make specific information on ultimate beneficial owners (“UBOs”) of corporate and other legal entities available to the general public. However, in light of the recent judgment of the Court of Justice of European Union (“CJEU”), this obligation will not remain in effect and thus, changes to the accessibility of the Hungarian UBO register are to be expected.

New thresholds triggering independent audit requirements for Turkish companies became applicable as of 1 January 2023. Below is a general overview of the applicable criteria.

In recent months, we have seen several regulatory initiatives impacting the Czech online business environment. There is a lot to unpack, which is why we have prepared a series of Legal Insights to help you understand what will change in 2023.

The Capital Markets Board ("CMB") updated some amounts subject to revaluation within the scope of capital markets legislation for the year 2023 with the Capital Markets Board Bulletin dated 30/12/2022 and numbered 2022/74 published pursuant to its decision dated 29/12/2022 and numbered 77/1900.

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Green energy and ESG will be a significant focus in the coming year in Austria, with a slight upward trend expected in restructuring, alternative finance, and regulatory work, according to Wolf Theiss Banking & Finance Partner Andrea Gritsch.

On January 4, CEE Legal Matters reported that Dorda, working with Loyens & Loeff, had advised Croma-Pharma on entering into a business combination agreement with the European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth Company. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Andreas Prinz, Managing Director at Croma Pharma, to learn more about the deal.