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Statement on our policy to work for ‘Russian clients’

We remain shocked by and deeply condemn the Russian military aggression in Ukraine and the resulting war and human suffering. One of our largest offices is in Kyiv and our thoughts are with our colleagues, their families, and the Ukrainian people.

We continue standing with the people of Ukraine and are united with those in governments and the business community calling for an immediate cessation of the acts of war, a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine and the restoration of peace with no further delay.

We support the efforts for peace through international sanctions and informal boycotts to bring pressure to bear on the Russian authorities to cease the aggression and stop the war in Ukraine.

We ensure compliance with applicable local, EU, UK and US sanctions regimes and will not work for Russian clients falling within the remits of such sanctions.

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Insights January 2023

Decentralized clinical trials: Current developments in CEE and Turkey

The rapid development of technologies and solutions in the healthcare sector is contributing to the proliferation of decentralised clinical trials (“DCTs”).  The aim of DCTs is for clinical trials to be conducted more effectively and conveniently – for patients, sponsors and investigators – through the use of digital technologies. In addition, with hospital visits temporarily limited and staff capacities overwhelmed, the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly underscored the necessity of performing certain elements of clinical trials remotely. Download in English:  

Insights January 2023

Unpacking the European Parliament’s Recent Resolution on Online Video Games

Last week, the European Parliament (“EP”) adopted a resolution on online video games (the “Resolution”) . In essence, the Resolution calls for strong enforcement of consumer protection rules in the video game industry, requires stricter regulation of loot boxes and emphasizes the enormous potential of the gaming sector. Download in English:    In case of any questions with respect to the above, our specialists are standing by to offer guidance and counsel.  

Insights January 2023

Amended FDI rules in Hungary

On 23 December 2022 the Hungarian Government adopted a New FDI Government Decree. The main changes as well as other several technical clarifications and modifications are set out in our overview below written by Péter Vörös (Partner) and László Palócz (Senior Associate). Click on the image below to read the whole newsletter.

Deals January 2023

Žurić i Partneri Kinstellar acts as exclusive legal advisor to Angelina Yachtcharter on the acquisition of Jadranka Yachting

Following its acquisition of Ultra Saling in August 2022, Kinstellar's team in Croatia has assisted Angelina Yachtcharter Holding GmbH on another acquisition of 85% of the shares of Jadranka Yachting, a charter company located in Mali Lošinj, Croatia. Founded in 1995, Angelina Yachtcharter is the leading nautical charter management company in Croatia, currently operating a fleet of more than 280 vessels berthed at ten marinas along the Adriatic coast. With the purchase of Jadranka Yachting, Angelina Yachtcharter adds additional high-quality assets and operations to its existing portfolio and continues to build its presence on the Croatian market as the leading nautical charter operator. The Kinstellar team

Insights January 2023

Legislative updates on employee salary rights in Romania

This year’s first issue of our newsletter, put together by our Bucharest Employment and Labour law team, provides an overview of the new updates on employee salary rights, namely:  the new level of the minimum gross basic salary in Romania; various fiscal facilities for employers and employees; the regulation of tips in the hotel and restaurant (“HORECA”) sector; the reflection of salary rights in the new framework model of the individual employment agreement; the EU Directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union; the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruling on the rights of workers to receive or to be reimbursed the value of eyeglasses for

Insights January 2023

Online conference “Changes to legislation in the Czech Republic in 2023” (Změny v legislativě 2023)

On 18 January, Kinstellar’s Prague office held an online conference entitled "Changes to Legislation in the Czech Republic in 2023" for our clients’ senior management as well as for our partners and regional organisations. We hosted the online conference with aim to help our clients and partners become familiar with the latest laws, decrees, regulations, and directives that receive practically every day. Our experts covered in detail the changes to Czech and European law that take effect in 2023, with an emphasis on how these changes will affect businesses' day-to-day operations. We also focused on the most notable cases of recent judgments by the Czech Constitutional Court, which affect judicial practice at

Insights January 2023

Slovak Republic – New Foreign Direct Investment Screening Act

Act No. 497/2022 Coll. on Screening of Foreign Direct Investments (the “FDI Act”), published on 23 December 2022, will have a significant impact on foreign investments in Slovakia, at least in terms of the time needed to complete transactions. The FDI Act takes effect on 1 March 2023. The new rules do not apply to investments completed prior to such date. Our specialists have put together a summary of the key measures the FDI Screening Act introduces: Download in English:    In case of any questions with respect to the above, our specialists are ready to offer guidance and counsel.

News January 2023

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council re-elects Margarita Karpenko as member of their Executive Committee for 2023

Margarita Karpenko, Co-Managing Partner of Kinstellar’s office in Kyiv, has been re-elected as a member of the Executive Committee of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) for 2023. With over 30 years of experience in the Ukrainian business environment, Margarita has held executive roles for over 20 years. She is a knowledgeable advisor on different legal aspects of the business landscape in Ukraine and has been ranked as a top-tier lawyer in the country by legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 EMEA, Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, Best Lawyers. Established in 1995, USUBC is a business association that advances U.S. companies’ trade and investment interests in Ukraine.

News January 2023

Former Osborne Clarke CEO Simon Beswick joins Kinstellar’s top governance body as a non-executive member

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Simon Beswick, former CEO of the international law firm Osborne Clarke, has joined Kinstellar’s top governance body (Board of Directors) as a non-executive member. Simon is a longstanding and very highly respected senior member of the UK and international legal community and brings over 35 years of global legal and law firm leadership experience. He ran and was the managing partner of the UK business of Osborne Clarke from 2003 to 2014, consolidating the firm's position in the UK, redesigning its governance model, shifting it to a sector-led strategy and evolving the brand. He became CEO of Osborne Clarke in 2012, leading the firm's growth across Europe, Asia and the US. Simon’s

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📢 Meet us at iConnections Global Alts 2023 in 📍 #Miami, on 📅 31 January! 🎤 Daniel Bilak, Partner in our #Kyiv office, will present ''Ukraine: A Unique Perspective''. iConnections Global Alts is an annual landmark #event welcoming thousands of attendees from the world’s leading allocators and funds. 👉🏻 Click here to register and find out more: https://lnkd.in/eM6v6DC7   #intheknow #thoughtleaders #thoughtleadership #ukrainesupport  #leadinglawyers #leadinglawfirm

📢 The rapid development of #technologies and solutions in the #healthcare sector is contributing to the proliferation of decentralised clinical trials (“DCTs”). 💡 The aim of DCTs is for clinical trials to be conducted more effectively and conveniently – for patients, sponsors and investigators – through the use of #digital technologies. In addition, with hospital visits temporarily limited and staff capacities overwhelmed, the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly underscored the necessity of performing certain elements of clinical trials remotely.   🌟 The summary was written by Partner Tomas Cihula with the support of our entire Life Sciences & Healthcare team.   Contributors: Bulgaria: Svilen Issaev, Debora Dineva Croatia: Matea Sekur Czech Republic: Tomas Cihula, Simona Semanová Hungary: Eszter Takacsi-Nagy Romania: Iustinian Captariu, Cătălin Graure Serbia: Nikola Stojiljković, Aleksandra Stećuk Slovakia: Peter Kovac, Katarina Sowada Turkey: Mert Elcin, PhD Ukraine: Galyna Zagorodniuk, Larysa Gorbunova #exceptionaltogether #intheknow #leadinglawyers #clinicaltrials

📢 🇺🇦 Oleksandr Kurdydyk, Partner, Head of Finance, Energy and Projects, Kyiv, will attend the Rapid Recovery of Ukraine Business Forum in Luxembourg on 31 January 🗓. #joinus #leadinglawyers #exceptionaltogether

📢 Meet us at the IBA #European #Corporate and Private M&A conference on 📅 2 & 3 February, at 📍 The Westin - Vendôme Hotel, #Paris. 👉🏻 Lukas Sevcik, the Managing Partner of our #Prague office, Emre Edmund Ozer, Partner in #Istanbul and the co-head of the firm-wide Corporate M&A service, Annamaria Csenterics, Partner in #Budapest, and Vincent Morand, Head of the #French Desk, would be delighted to meet you in person at what is one of the largest and prominent European M&A events. 🌟 Kinstellar is proud to be the event’s headline sponsor and a big supporter of the International Bar Association.   🎤 On the first day of the event Lukas Sevcik will take part in the #panel discussion “What’s up? – Current legal developments in European private M&A”. We would be delighted to meet you in Paris, see you there! #IBAMA23 #intheknow #leadinglawfirm #leadinglawyers #mergersandacquisitions #events2023 #exceptionaltogether 

📢 🇭🇺 On 23 December 2022 the #Hungarian Government adopted a New #FDI Government Decree. ➡️ The main changes as well as other several technical clarifications and modifications are set out in our overview below 👇🏻 written by Péter Vörös (Partner) and László Palócz (Senior Associate).    #intheknow #foreigndirectinvestment #legislationHungary #leadinglawyers #leadinglawfirm #hereforyou

2022年,有你,有我。2023年,也希望和您一起,步履不停,以相信的力量,迎接美好开启。Kinstellar感谢您对我们一如既往的支持,2023,兔年大吉,大展宏兔! #happynewyear #chinesenewyear2023

📢 🇨🇿 On 18 January 🗓, Kinstellar’s Prague office held an online 💻 conference 🎙️ entitled "Changes to Legislation in the Czech Republic in 2023" for our clients’ senior management as well as for our partners and regional organisations. 🌟We hosted the online conference with aim to help our clients and partners become familiar with the latest #laws, decrees, #regulations, and #directives that receive practically every day. 💡 Our experts covered in detail the changes to Czech and European law that take effect in 2023, with an emphasis on how these changes will affect businesses' day-to-day operations. We also focused on the most notable cases of recent #judgments by the Czech Constitutional Court, which affect judicial practice at all levels. #exceptionaltogether #intheknow #leadinglawyers

📢 🇭🇷 Following its acquisition of Ultra Saling in August 2022, our team in #Croatia has assisted Angelina Yachtcharter Holding GmbH on another #acquisition of 85% of the shares of Jadranka Yachting, a charter company located in Mali Lošinj, Croatia.   ⛵ Founded in 1995, Angelina Yachtcharter is the leading #nautical charter management company in Croatia, currently operating a fleet of more than 280 #vessels berthed at ten marinas along the #Adriatic coast.    🌟 Our team was led by Andrijana Kaštelan (Managing Associate) and included Tena Pajalić, Matea Sekur, Hrvoje Klišanić, Zrinka Ivanković and Kristina Marinov (Associates). 🔗 https://lnkd.in/dWGqZQ7p #donedeals #mergersandacquisitions #leadinglawfirmcroatia #leadinglawyerscroatia

📢 🇸🇰 Act No. 497/2022 Coll. on Screening of Foreign Direct Investments, published on 23 December 2022, will have a significant impact on foreign #investments in #Slovakia, at least in terms of the time needed to complete transactions. ➡️ The #FDI Act takes effect on 1 March 2023. The new rules do not apply to investments completed prior to this date.   Partner Roman Oleksik, Managing Associate Dominika Bajzáthová and Associate Katarina Sowada have put together a summary of the key measures the FDI Screening Act introduces. 👇🏻 🔗 https://lnkd.in/dq79XCBH #intheknow #foreigndirectinvestment #legislationslovakia #doingbusinessslovakia #investinslovakia #hereforyou