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Redcliffe Partners, working with Simmons & Simmons, has advised the EBRD on a EUR 24 million short-term unsecured loan to Ukrainian poultry and grain producer MHP.

Weinhold Legal has advised the Czech Viamilk cooperative on its merger with Moravian Morava to form the Mleko.cz cooperative.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Savoric & Partners, and Filip & Company have advised Borealis on a binding offer for its nitrogen business from the Agrofert group. Wolf Theiss advised Agrofert. Oppenheim, Boyanov & Co, and PRK Partners reportedly advised Borealis as well.

On June 7, 2022, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“Agency”) published the Draft Guidelines on Packaging Information and Legibility of Foods for Special Medical Purposes (“Legibility Guidelines”) and the Draft Guidelines on New Health Claim Applications (“Application Guidelines”). 

On 7 April 2022, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia published on its website a statement that, at the 5th session of this court, held on the aforesaid date, among other matters, it has determined that the provision of Article 281, paragraph 3. of the Law on Misdemeanours (Off. Gazette of RS no. 65/2013, 13/2016, 98/2016 – the CC decision, 91/2019 and 91/2019 – other law) (“the Law”) is not in accordance with the Constitution and ratified international treaty.

PwC Legal has advised certification service provider SK ID Solutions on a five-year concession contract with the Estonian Information System Authority to continue the Mobile-ID service.

Bryan Wilson has stepped down from his firm to join Dual Asset as Head of CEE.

Clifford Chance has advised a consortium of lenders including DNB Bank, PZU, and Santander Bank Polska on a facilities agreement with DIF Capital Partners-owned SPVs for the construction and operation of a 108-megawatt wind portfolio consisting of four wind farms. Allen & Overy reportedly advised the borrowers.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised German state-owned bank KFW on a revolving credit line of up to EUR 9.8 billion for the former Gazprom Germania.

Motieka & Audzevicius, working with Osborne Clarke, has advised the Orion Private Equity Debt Fund I on the EUR 7 million acquisition of secured mezzanine bonds issued by Austrian real estate developer Soini Asset to finance its real estate projects in Germany. Fieldfisher reportedly advised Soini Asset.

TGS Baltic has advised Lithuanian state-owned energy transmission and exchange group Epso-G on its EUR 75 million issuance of five-year sustainability-linked bonds.

Rymarz Zdort has advised Polish energy company Enea on its PLN 750 million issuance of Series D shares.

Have you ever wondered whether you can modify a registered community design ("RCD") that is challenged by an application for declaration of invalidity by removing certain prohibited design elements to maintain the registration?

Sorainen has successfully represented basketball club Zalgiris in a case against the Lithuanian Competition Council before the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court.

Partners Ozan Karaduman, Merve Karaduman, and Filiz Toprak Esin have announced that the Karaduman Law Firm and Esin Legal have merged in May 2022 and will operate under the Karaduman & Esin Law Firm brand.

Ijdelea & Associates has provided legal assistance to Black Sea Oil & Gas and its co-venture partners in obtaining the Upstream Pipeline Operating License for the Midia Gas Development Project (MDG) from the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE).

Partners Ozan Karaduman, Merve Karaduman, and Filiz Toprak Esin have announced that the Karaduman Law Firm and Esin Legal have merged in May 2022 and will operate under the Karaduman & Esin Law Firm brand.

Schoenherr has advised Austrian cancer treatment and research center MedAustron on the environmental impact assessment for the commissioning of a fourth treatment room.

ODI Law has advised NeoGames on the acquisition of Aspire Global through a recommended public offer. Reportedly, Latham & Watkins, Herzog Fox & Neeman, Hannes Snellman, Allen & Overy, and Camilleri Preziosi advised NeoGames as well. Baker McKenzie reportedly advised Aspire Global.

Schoenherr has announced that Croatian cooperating firm Mandaric & Einwalter's Partners Vice Mandaric and Ivan Einwalter have been appointed as Local Partners with Schoenherr’s Croatian office.

Schoenherr has advised Ondrej Zita on his sale of OptimNet Solutions and OptimNet Solutions SK to the Hellmann Worldwide Logistics group. BDO Legal reportedly advised the buyer.

Brandl Talos has advised Austrian battery diagnostics start-up Aviloo on an equity investment by the European Innovation Council Fund and Raiffeisen's Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG. Binder Groesswang advised the EIC Fund and PHH advised Invest AG.

Clifford Chance has advised a consortium of lenders including DNB Bank, PZU, and Santander Bank Polska on a facilities agreement with DIF Capital Partners-owned SPVs for the construction and operation of a 108-megawatt wind portfolio consisting of four wind farms. Allen & Overy reportedly advised the borrowers.

Greenberg Traurig has advised ZE PAK Group company PAK-Polska Czysta Energia on the acquisition of the Great Wind project from Neo Investments company Neo Energy Group. Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr advised the seller.

One of developments in the artificial intelligence sphere which raised most concerns about potential human rights violations is definitely facial recognition.

Pursuant to the Protocol No. 15 amending the European Convention on Human Rights ["ECHR / Convention"], the time-limit for the application to the European Court of Human Rights ["ECtHR"] was reduced from 6 months to 4 months, effective as of February 1, 2022. Accordingly, once remedies available as per domestic laws are exhausted, the application should be filed with the ECtHR within 4 months following the final court judgment. Having said that if the court decision was adopted before February 1, 2022, the ECtHR application based on this decision will still be subject to 6-month time-limit.

Dentons has successfully represented nine members of a Slovak Romani community before the District Court Kosice II, on a pro bono basis, in a seven-year dispute regarding their forced eviction.

Bank guarantees are one of the forms in which economic operators tendering for a public contract may provide, the so-called tender bonds. The new Public Procurement Law, in force since 1 January 2021, has not significantly changed the rules concerning the provision of tender bonds (including bank guarantees) compared to those based on former legislation.

Pohla & Hallmagi has successfully represented Estonian official distributor of Electrolux professional industrial kitchen appliances Farwell Kaubandus before the Estonian Public Procurement Dispute Board.

Sorainen’s Latvian office has successfully represented Sia Prolux in challenging the negotiation procedure for the “Delivery and installation of kitchen equipment at the Jelgava state municipality educational institution Jelgava Technology Secondary School” at Meiju Road 9, Jelgava, organized by the Jelgava city municipality and held at the Procurement Monitoring Bureau.

Significant amendments were introduced into the Bankruptcy and Enforcement Code numbered 2004 ["BEC”] on November 30, 2021. One of these changes was regarding entitling debtors to sell their own seized property by consent.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos has advised Danone SA and Numil Hellas SA on their corporate restructuring, with Numil Hellas absorbing Danone's business in Greece.

Turkish Constitutional Court with its decision with application number 2019/12190, published in the Official Gazette on 20.04.2022, ruled that court decisions on dismissal of unquantified debt lawsuits on procedural grounds violates right to access to court.

According to the Supreme Court, it is. In the case under review, a settlement agreement was concluded between the employer and an employee challenging their dismissal by the employer sending a scan of the signed copy of the agreement to the employee in an e-mail attachment, to which the employee's lawyer responded by e-mail confirming that the agreement was approved and signed by the employee.

In 2019, two EU directives were adopted which must be transposed into Hungarian labour law within a short deadline. In order to comply with EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions and EU Directive 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers, the modifications of the Labour Code should be adopted by the beginning of August 2022. According to the current information, no substantive work has been started by the Hungarian legislator to modify the Labour Code in order to ensure the compliance with the provisions of the EU Directives.

In addition to its big impact on our social life, WhatsApp messenger (“WhatsApp”) or any other online messaging platform also is used in business life in order for people to communicate quickly and easily. Nowadays, many people are sending work related messages to their colleagues, discuss work related topics, sharing work related documents or conducting their meetings via WhatsApp or any other online messaging platforms.

On June 7, 2022, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“Agency”) published the Draft Guidelines on Packaging Information and Legibility of Foods for Special Medical Purposes (“Legibility Guidelines”) and the Draft Guidelines on New Health Claim Applications (“Application Guidelines”). 

ODI Law has advised Slovenian diagnostic system manufacturer Mesi on a strategic investment from Heine Optotechnik CEO Oliver Heine. EY Law Germany reportedly advised the investor.

Dentons has advised GeneProof founders Radek Horvath and Milos Dendis on the company's merger with the American Laboratory Products Company, leading to the establishment of the ALPCO Group. Glatzova & Co and Sidley Austin advised the Silicon Valley Bank on financing the merger. Goodwin Procter and Schoenherr reportedly advised Ampersands, the owner of ALPC.

Schoenherr has announced that Croatian cooperating firm Mandaric & Einwalter's Partners Vice Mandaric and Ivan Einwalter have been appointed as Local Partners with Schoenherr’s Croatian office.

Skrastins & Dzenis has successfully represented the insolvent PNB Banka in five arbitration proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration, with the bank's claims against its shareholders amounting to about EUR 50 million.

Sajic has successfully represented the interests of Elektroprenos BiH in a commercial dispute worth over BAM 30.5 million with Elektroprivreda Hrvatske Zajednice Herceg Bosne before the Republika Srpska Supreme Court.

Clifford Chance has advised Europa Capital on the acquisition of the D2 Logistics Park project together with partner White Star Real Estate. Dentons advised the undisclosed seller.

Schoenherr has advised Ondrej Zita on his sale of OptimNet Solutions and OptimNet Solutions SK to the Hellmann Worldwide Logistics group. BDO Legal reportedly advised the buyer.

Ulcar & Partners and Zivkovic Samardzic have advised the TCH Industrial Group on the sale of Cimos and its subsidiaries to Mutares. CMS and Luther reportedly advised the buyer.

The Elmacioglu Law Office has announced the formation of a collaborative partnership with Seoulsolution.

Pohla & Hallmagi has successfully represented UK company Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association in Marshall Island-registered oil tanker Advantage Pride arrest proceedings.

KP Law has advised Schottel on its acquisition of a majority stake in Elkon from Vera Capital. Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur advised the sellers.

Motieka & Audzevicius, working with Osborne Clarke, has advised the Orion Private Equity Debt Fund I on the EUR 7 million acquisition of secured mezzanine bonds issued by Austrian real estate developer Soini Asset to finance its real estate projects in Germany. Fieldfisher reportedly advised Soini Asset.

Cerha Hempel has advised Red-Stars.com Data AG company Freeeway on a financing round leading to the closure of its pre-series A round.

Brandl Talos has advised Austrian battery diagnostics start-up Aviloo on an equity investment by the European Innovation Council Fund and Raiffeisen's Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG. Binder Groesswang advised the EIC Fund and PHH advised Invest AG.

Kinstellar has announced it is providing pro bono legal advice to public charity organization Soborna Ukraine on implementing its programs across the country.

Kateryna Balaban has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the Agilawyer Society in the Czech Republic. Balaban will also continue to lead UA.Support.

Havel & Partners has, on a pro bono basis, helped the Vlcek Family Foundation organize an architectural workshop in which an expert jury selected the winning design for the reconstruction of the Cibulka estate in Prague. 

Motieka & Audzevicius, working with Osborne Clarke, has advised the Orion Private Equity Debt Fund I on the EUR 7 million acquisition of secured mezzanine bonds issued by Austrian real estate developer Soini Asset to finance its real estate projects in Germany. Fieldfisher reportedly advised Soini Asset.

Clifford Chance has advised Europa Capital on the acquisition of the D2 Logistics Park project together with partner White Star Real Estate. Dentons advised the undisclosed seller.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, working with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has advised Xior Student Housing on the Polish leg of its EUR 939 million acquisition of 5,341 residential units from the Basecamp Group and European Student Housing Funds I and II. Paul Hastings advised Basecamp. Denmark's Moalem Weitemeyer and Sweden's Vinge reportedly advised Xior as well, while Germany's FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig reportedly advised Basecamp.

The Budapest Chamber of Commerce (“BCC”) in May 2022 proposed the change of the system of the itemised tax of small businesses (“KATA”). The main goals of the change are to keep the advantages of the system, but also to prevent and eliminate unlawful tax avoidance.

Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Regulation on Criteria for Granting Incentives to the Employers who Employ Newly Inhabited Persons in the Republic of Serbia (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulation”),  published in the Official Gazette of the RS no. 67/22 and entered into force on 18 June 2022. 

Small and medium-sized enterprises could save tens of billions of forints a year by reducing employment administration, according to the latest proposal by the Ministry of Finance.

Cerha Hempel has advised Red-Stars.com Data AG company Freeeway on a financing round leading to the closure of its pre-series A round.

Brandl Talos has advised Austrian battery diagnostics start-up Aviloo on an equity investment by the European Innovation Council Fund and Raiffeisen's Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG. Binder Groesswang advised the EIC Fund and PHH advised Invest AG.

Joanna Knozowska-Castens has joined Brainly in Poland as Legal Counsel.

Law No. 129/2019 on preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing and amending and supplementing certain legislative acts (“Law 129/2019”) has been amended by the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 53/2022 published in the Official Gazette, Part I, No. 394 of 21 April 2022 (“GEO 53/2002”).

Mares & Mares' hot practice over the last 12 months has been their white-collar crime one, according to Managing Partner Mihai Mares. Trigger-happy authorities have been the main driver of work, with Mares expecting the levels of activity to continue to increase in light of the upcoming Whistleblowing Directive.

The Hungarian register of ultimate beneficial owners contains the data of the data providers falling under the scope of the act ruling the register of ultimate beneficial owners, for instance limited liability companies, public limited companies, associations, foundations or notary offices.