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Setting up operations in C/SEE

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 December 2022

Setting up operations in Bulgaria

Today’s uncertainties at the European Union’s eastern border have left companies questioning the safety of their people and the continuity of their operations in that part of the world. Businesses in the IT and BPO sectors that had found talent and growth opportunities in Ukraine and its neighbours are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Sofia has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to Bulgaria. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Deals December 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽiP) Kinstellar advises on the acquisition of Insite by Halcom

Our team in Croatia has advised former shareholders of Insite on the sale of shares to Halcom, a leading provider of innovative solutions for payment systems. Insite is an experienced and innovative supplier of CRM systems to the banking, insurance, and retail sectors. Their CRM solution has been successfully recognised for ten years by some of the largest European banks and retailers.   Halcom, as a division of Juniper Group, is part of the multinational group Constellation Software Inc. Halcom plays a leading role in developing payment systems in Central and South-Eastern Europe and ranks among the top providers of innovative and secure payment and financial services. The Kinstellar team in Zagreb

Insights December 2022

Compensations for energy prices in Slovakia

On 1 December 2022, the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic (“the Ministry”) published a call for the submission of applications for the provision of a subsidy to cover additional costs due to the increase in gas and electricity prices (“the Call”). The aim of the Call is to compensate qualifying companies and natural persons (entrepreneurs) for excessive energy prices in August and September 2022. In this article, we present an overview of the related key information. 1     Basis The Call was published in accordance with the state aid scheme approved by the European Commission under No. SA. 104846 under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework (“the Scheme”). The Ministry

News November 2022

Kinstellar named Law Firm of the Year in Central Europe at The Lawyer European Awards ceremony

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that it has been named “2022 Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe” by the leading UK and European legal publication The Lawyer at its annual European Awards ceremony. Each year the awards celebrate excellence across the European legal market and recognise firms that have demonstrated outstanding achievements through their mandates, performance, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. Winners are chosen from among over 120 independent law firms headquartered in Europe and global firms across the continent. Kinstellar is also proud to have been shortlisted for the “Law Firm of the Year: South Eastern Europe” and ‘’Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine’’

Insights November 2022

New updates in employment and labour law in Romania

The November issue of our newsletter, put together by our Bucharest Employment and Labour law team, provides overview of new related regulations and developments in Romania, namely: new rules regarding the employment of foreign nationals in Romania; reinstating the obligation to draw up internal rules and job descriptions for all employers, regardless of their legal form; ECHR judgment in Moraru vs Romania case a height requirement in the recruitment process is discriminatory; online access for employees or former employees to data from the general register ofemployees; amendment of the amount of the unemployment allowance. Click on the image below to read the whole

Insights November 2022

Setting up operations in Romania

Today’s uncertainties at the European Union’s eastern border have left companies questioning the safety of their people and the continuity of their operations in that part of the world. Businesses in the IT and BPO sectors that had found talent and growth opportunities in counties such as Ukraine or Moldova are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Bucharest has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to Romania. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Deals November 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽIP) Kinstellar advises OTP Banka d.d. on the financing for the acquisition of Dentum Dental Clinic

Our team in Croatia has advised OTP Banka d.d. on the financing for the acquisition of Dentum Dental Clinic via the sale of a majority ownership stake to Adria Dental Group. With this transaction, OTP Banka d.d. continues to support the expansion of Adria Dental Group, which has now positioned itself as the largest dental group in Croatia and the wider region. The group has more than 420 employees, more than 70 practices and over 160 dental specialists, with annual revenues above 30 million euros. The group includes five clinics and five laboratories (Zagreb, Solin, Rijeka and Poreč) with a plan to further expand to the domestic and regional markets. The Kinstellar team in Zagreb was led by Mihovil Granić (Partner)

Insights November 2022

Amendment to Significant Market Power Act to significantly broaden law’s scope

An amendment to the Significant Market Power Act (the “Amendment”) has been passed by the Czech parliament. The Amendment, which transposes EU Directive No. 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food products supply chain, will introduce key changes to the concepts of significant market power in the Czech Republic. Specifically, the Amendment provides a new definition of significant market power by reducing the turnover threshold for the application of a statutory assumption of significant market power to EUR 2 million. In line with the related EU Directive, the amendment is designed to provide better protections for smaller businesses against unfair trading

Insights November 2022

Focus on Merger Control in the Balkans: Kosovo

A new Competition Act entered into force in Kosovo in summer 2022. The most important change introduced by the new Competition Act is the change of the merger control threshold. Click on the link and image below to read more.  Kinstellar Kosovo Merger Control

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We are over the moon and proud to announce that Kinstellar has been named “2022 Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe” by the leading UK and European legal publication The Lawyer at its annual European Awards ceremony.

📢 🇸🇰  On 1 December 2022 🗓 , the Ministry of Economy of the #Slovak Republic published a call for the submission of applications for the provision of a #subsidy to cover additional costs due to the increase in #gas and #electricity prices. 💡 The aim of the Call is to compensate qualifying companies and natural persons (entrepreneurs) for excessive #energy prices in August and September 2022.  🌟 In their article, Partner Roman Oleksik and Associate Erik Neupaver present an overview of the related key information.   👉🏻 https://lnkd.in/eVnAUwQE #intheknow #exceptionaltogether #leadinglawyers #energyprices

Baking for good! The Kinstellar team in Bratislava at another of our “helping hand” initiatives, because we care. In what has become a tradition for Kinstellar's Bratislava office, we held our annual ????Cake Bake Fundraiser this Giving Tuesday in support of Brána do života (Gateway to Life), a crisis centre that provides asylum to victims of domestic violence and assistance to mothers with children and pregnant or lonely women. 

📢 Karla Rundtova is giving a presentation on #Czech #law and the Czech tax system at the French-Czech Business Forum, a joint event organised by the France-Czech Republic Business Council of MEDEF International, Ambassade de la République Tchèque, CzechInvest and CzechTrade. The forum will be held in 📍 Paris on 🗓 Tuesday, 6 December 2022. Those interested in attending can register here:  https://lnkd.in/ePt9T9P5. #exceptionaltogether #leadinglawyers

Last week we gathered for a delicious "cake bake" charity event for Ephata. Kinstellar volunteers from our Prague office baked an assortment of tasty pies, quiches and pastries.

🇷🇴 Honored to co-host, together with CBEX.ro - Canadian Business Exchange AssociationEmbassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria & Moldova|Ambassade du Canada en Roumanie, Bulgarie & Moldova, and TELUS International Romania, a new edition of our “#HR & #Employment Breakfast Session” dedicated to the latest updates in #Romanian #labour law. ⭐ The event aims to support companies in #Romania to adapt to the recent #EU directives focusing on work-life balance and better working conditions for #employees and answers to some of the key #workplace issues today. ➡️ The attendees will benefit from the expertise of Kinstellar speakers Remus Codreanu (Partner), Lidia Zarnescu and Catalin Roman (Senior Associates), as well as Ioana Miruna Stanescu (Senior Legal Manager) from TELUS International Romania, whom we thank for joining.   🙏 Our special thanks also to Her Excellency Annick Goulet (Ambassador of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova) for hosting us at the Embassy, and Victor Constantinescu (Managing Partner, Kinstellar) for moderating the event. ✍🏻 Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. 👉🏻 Please follow the link here to secure a place: 🔗 https://lnkd.in/dU28F59p #exceptionaltogether #businessbreakfast #employmentlaw #leadinglawyersRomania #employmentlawyers #intheknow #humanresources 

🇭🇺 💻  Kinstellar #Budapest has hosted a #webinar on the latest trends and developments of #greenfield #investments in the Central and South Eastern #European region. 🎤 Together with our partners, Colliers and Erste Group, using a hypothetical case study of a greenfield investment in the region, our speakers shared their views on the #economic outlook on the region, analysed the key considerations for an investor in choosing a specific country for its investment, and presented the main legal risks, as well as key steps for successful project completion. We appreciate the active participation of the attendees and the questions from the audience. 🙏 Special thanks to the speakers, Juraj Kotian and Fritz Mostböck, CEFA®, CESGA®. Erste Group, Karel Stransky, Colliers and Barnabás Sági, Kinstellar, for their valuable contribution!   #intheknow #realestate #greenfieldinvestments #exceptionaltogether

📢 🇨🇿 An amendment to the Significant Market Power Act has been passed by the Czech parliament. The #Amendment, which transposes #EU #Directive No. 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food products supply chain, will introduce key changes to the concepts of significant market power in the Czech Republic. 👇🏻 Please read more below. 💡 For any other details or information, please contact Tomas Cihula or Simona Semanová. #unfairtrading #marketpower #intheknow

Kinstellar's data privacy team members Natalia Kirichenko, Lukas A. Mrazik, Petr Bratský and Daniel Nagy participated in the 2022 IAPP - IAPP - International Association of Privacy Professionals Europe Data Protection Congress—Europe's #1 gathering of data protection professionals—in Brussels on 16–17 November 2022.