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.
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, there has been a plethora of new legislation establishing mechanisms for an adequate political and legal response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. Another such mechanism was introduced on 13 May 2022, when the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a new law amending the existing sanctions legislation. The law enacts a new type of sanction amounting to the foreclosure of assets in the state's favour. This new sanction is now applicable to both companies and individuals that cause significant damage to the national security of Ukraine. The law came into force on 24 May 2022. Below we provide important highlights and the main points to consider regarding the new type of sanction
On 27 April 2022, the President of Uzbekistan signed decree No. UP-121 (the “Decree”), which (i) reorganized the National Agency for Project Management into the National Agency of Perspective Projects (the “Agency”) and authorizing it to regulate circulation of crypto-assets in Uzbekistan (covering issuance, registration, and circulation of crypto-assets by residents of Uzbekistan), and (ii) established a special regulatory regime in the sphere of crypto-asset circulation. According to the Decree, only legal entities are entitled to engage in mining of crypto-assets in Uzbekistan, following compulsory e-registration with the Agency. Mining of crypto-assets does not require obtaining a license. The Decree
Kinstellar is honoured to have taken part in the ‘Brave Ukraine’ event organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London on 12 May 2022. We were represented by Jason Mogg, Senior Partner, and Daniel Bilak, Chairman of the Management Committee of the firm’s Ukraine office. Thanks to generous donations, the event raised desperately needed funds to re-equip the Western Ukrainian Specialised Children's Medical Centre, which has become a hub for seriously ill children from across Ukraine displaced by the war. Through the fundraising platform www.withukraine.org established by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK, almost £30 million have been raised to provide food packs, medical supplies, generators, armoured ambulances
Kinstellar’s Banking & Finance team in Budapest is honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute the chapter on Hungary to this year’s International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance. The Q&A-style chapter provides an overview of the main legislative considerations—including security, bankruptcy, restrictions, insurance and arbitration—that should be taken into account by lenders and equity investors when participating in project finance transactions in Hungary. We also address the trends and recent developments in project finance in the country. You can read our chapter, coordinated by Csilla Andrékó, Partner, Budapest and Head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance and Restructuring
As the process of 5G coverage expansion continues, we bring you a short status update on 5G auctions and 5G rollout in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. Kazakhstan Frequency already allocated: 3.5 GHz. Announced / expected 5G auctions: Three lots each for 100 MHz around 3.5 GHz will be sold at auctions that are planned for the end of May 2022. One lot per city—Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent—will be offered. Stage of 5G auctions and auction method: The relevant law and regulations for holding auctions have been adopted. Auctions will be held in two stages. At the first stage the bidders' compliance with qualification requirements
Nearly a year has passed since the lapse of the transposition period for the Digital Content Directive and the Sale of Goods Directive, which brought important changes to national consumer protection rules. However, many jurisdictions still have not implemented the Directives. We are closely monitoring the implementation process in our EU jurisdictions. Below is an overview of the implementation status of the Directives in the remaining EU Member States where Kinstellar operates that have not yet implemented the Directivesand a brief summary of the main changes and the expected country-specific implications for business. In addition, we bring you information from several non-EU countries that have taken inspiration from the
Since the war in Ukraine became the main subject of newspaper headlines, the amount of related misinformation spread online has reached new heights. As a result, several governments have adopted legislation that provides tools to combat the spread of misinformation. Below is an overview of legislation used to combat misinformation in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions: Bulgaria It is worth noting that on 1 March 2022 the Bulgarian electronic media watchdog decided to suspend the distribution of TV channels “Russia Today” and “Sputnik” in line with the EU response to Russian military activity in Ukraine.
With the invasion of Ukraine and a substantial increase in cyberattacks on governments, critical infrastructure and other strategic targets, the topic of cybersecurity has gained even more importance. Below is an overview of the steps that national security authorities have taken to strengthen national security. Bulgaria On 24 November 2021, the Bulgarian government designated the State e-Government Agency as a national coordination centre for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2021/887. The establishment of the coordination centre is expected to contribute to achieving a high level of network and information security, thus boosting the standards and
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