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News February 2024

Kinstellar reinforces its capabilities in Uzbekistan with the appointment of Kamilla Khamraeva as Counsel

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Kamilla Khamraeva has joined the firm’s Tashkent office as Counsel. Kamilla focuses on Banking & Finance and the Energy and Infrastructure sectors. Kamilla is an experienced lawyer with a strong track record implementing some of the major and most sophisticated projects in Uzbekistan in recent years. She has also been involved in regional initiatives overseeing mandates in Turkmenistan, collaborating with local firms/lawyers on the ground. During her legal career she has advised the IFC, ADB, EBRD, Intesa Sanpaolo, Unicredit, Credit Suisse, MUFG, SACE and others in various transactions. Kamilla often works closely with lenders on structuring bespoke transactions to

Insights February 2024

A year in review: A brief analysis of the Serbian banking sector in 2023

As of the close of 2022, Serbia's banking sector faced challenges amid global economic conditions. The year 2023 brought its distinct set of obstacles, with a noteworthy slowdown in global inflation compared to the last quarter of 2022. However, the undeniable focal point is the war in Ukraine, triggering a faster inflationary spiral due to increased energy and food prices. Key mergers and acquisitions In 2020, Komercijalna Banka, the largest state-owned Serbian bank, was acquired by Slovenian NLB Banka, leading to the merger of NLB Banka and Komercijalna Banka into NLB Komercijalna Banka. Vojvodjanska Banka was acquired by Hungarian OTP Bank, followed by OTP Bank's acquisition of Societe Generale Bank. In 2021

Deals January 2024

Kinstellar’s Kazakhstan office advises Kaspi.kz on historic NASDAQ IPO

Kinstellar's Kazakhstan office, a prominent legal advisor in the region, played a crucial role in guiding Kaspi.kz, a leading financial technology company headquartered in Kazakhstan, through its successful upsized U.S. Initial Public Offering (IPO) on January 23, 2024. The offering, featuring the sale of 11,300,000 American depositary shares (ADSs), raised an impressive USD 1.04 billion. This significant achievement builds upon previous successes in 2020, when the Kinstellar team acted as the Kazakhstan legal counsel involved in the simultaneous Kazakhstan and London dual offering/listing of Kaspi.kz. Kaspi.kz, originally established as a bank in 2008, has evolved into a fintech powerhouse, providing a comprehensive

Deals January 2024

Kinstellar, together with Linklaters, advises a consortium of lenders on a EUR 800 million financing agreement with AmRest

Kinstellar has recently advised a consortium of lenders on the Romanian, Czech and Hungarian legal aspects of a EUR 800 million financing agreement with fast-food operator AmRest. Led by Banco Santander, S.A. as agent, the group of lenders includes Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A., Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A., Česká spořitelna, a. s., ING Bank Śląski S.A., Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S. A., Banco Santander, S.A., Banco Santander (Poland), BNP Paribas (Poland), and Rabobank.  AmRest is one of the leading publicly listed restaurant operators in Europe, with a portfolio of recognisable brands in 25 countries. The company operates restaurants under franchise brands such as KFC, Starbucks, Pizza

Insights October 2023

Legal aspects of the use of sustainable finance instruments in Bulgaria

The Banking, Finance and Capital Markets team in our Sofia office carried out a training session on the legal aspects of the use of sustainable finance instruments with a focus on green loans, social loans and sustainability-linked loans. The variety of ESG financing instruments allows for some flexibility in the choice of targets and KPIs; still ESG loans should follow the clearly established sustainable finance principles to avoid the risk of declassification or greenwashing claims. In addition to contributing to sustainability goals, these instruments have a wide range of advantages, including economic and reputational benefits. As they are becoming increasingly popular, we will continue monitoring the legal and regulatory

Insights September 2023

Non-Bank Lending in Serbia

According to Article 5 of the Serbian Banking Act (Zakon o bankama), no person other than a bank licensed in Serbia may engage in the granting of loans unless authorised by law. One Serbian law that does allow foreign banks (i.e., banks not established and licensed in Serbia) to provide cross-border loans to Serbian entities is the Serbian Foreign Exchange Act (Zakon o deviznom poslovanju). In particular, Article 18(7) of the Foreign Exchange Act expressly allows Serbian entities to borrow cross-border from foreign banks, which are not required to obtain a banking licence in Serbia for this purpose. Corporate finance Bearing in mind that raising capital on the capital markets through the issuance of bonds and

Deals August 2023

Kinstellar advises on EUR 2 billion long-term financing for the BENTELER Group

Kinstellar acted as the Czech counsel for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with the debut offering by BENTELER International AG of two senior secured high-yield bonds due in 2028 with volumes of EUR 525 million and USD 500 million, together with the provision of a EUR 810 million syndicated term loan and a EUR 250 million revolving credit facility. The proceeds from the bond and the term loan will be used to fully refinance the existing restructuring indebtedness of the BENTELER Group. Headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, BENTELER Group is a global business dedicated to the conception and production of intricately crafted, customised components and modules tailored for the worldwide automotive sector, encompassing

Insights June 2023

Currency restrictions in Ukraine: Changes to the rules for external debt financing

Following the outbreak of the full-scale Russian invasion, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) implemented temporary restrictions on cross-border foreign currency transactions. These restrictions were outlined in Resolution No. 18 of the NBU Board "On the Operation of the Banking System during the Period of Martial Law" (NBU Resolution No. 18). NBU Resolution No. 18 established an exclusive list of cross-border foreign currency transactions permitted during the martial law period. In late June 2023, the NBU took significant steps to expand the capacity of Ukrainian businesses to attract and service external loans and borrowings. This newsletter provides an overview of the provisions outlined in NBU Resolution No. 18 concerning

Insights June 2023

The end of uncertainty caused by an unfortunate court decision? The Slovak parliament confirms the approach in its assessment of close ties in the creditor-debtor relationship 

As part of a package of measures in the field of commercial law, the National Council of the Slovak Republic approved today, 28 June 2023, amendment to Act no. 7/2005 Coll. on Bankruptcy and Restructuring and on Amendments to Certain Acts, which confirms the long-standing treatment of the creditor-debtor relationship in Slovakia in cases of the potential relationship between the debtor and the creditor. Tomáš Melišek and Viliam Myšička, Partners in the Slovak office, have been dealing with the topic of kinship in bankruptcy law for several years and, in cooperation with the Slovak Banking Association and important Slovak banks, have discussed the wording of the relevant provisions of the respective law at several professional

Deals May 2023

Kinstellar advises Roier crowdfunding platform on a new investment

Kinstellar has successfully advised the founders of the Czech crowdfunding platform Roier on a new, multi-million Czech crown investment.  Roier brings together investors and companies seeking financing for their real estate projects. It enables investment in corporate loans secured by real estate property and has financed projects totalling approximately CZK 275 million in two years of market presence. The Kinstellar team was led by Kamil Blažek (Partner) and Martina Březinová (Counsel). Other team members included Michal Kníž (Managing Associate) and Jakub Šťastný (Senior Associate). 

News May 2023

Kinstellar strengthens its team in Turkey with the appointment of Ömer Erdoğan as Partner

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Ömer Erdoğan has joined the firm’s Istanbul office as Partner. His joining reinforces our team’s capabilities in Turkey—particularly our expertise in the real estate, infrastructure and energy sectors as well as project finance. Ömer has 18 years of experience advising multinational and local companies on their investments in Turkey and abroad. His banking and finance expertise covers a wide range of transactions in Turkey. He has led teams acting for both lenders and sponsors on trade finance, project and acquisition financings, banking regulatory, security documentation, and secured loans and syndications. Ömer’s broad experience also covers the energy

News May 2023

Kinstellar announces new promotions to Partner and Counsel

Kinstellar is delighted and proud to announce the promotions to Partner of Tomáš Melišek (Bratislava), Levente Hegedűs (Budapest), Bulut Girgin (Istanbul), Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova, Natalia Kirichenko, Oleg Matiusha, Illya Muchnyk (all in our Kyiv office), and to Counsel of Dominika Bajzáthová (Bratislava). PARTNERS Tomá š Melišek, Bratislava Tomáš is the Head of the local Banking & Finance service line. He has 15 years of experience in banking and finance, focusing on project and acquisition financing as well as on financial regulations. Tomáš has substantial experience advising clients on significant financing transactions in the areas of real estate, energy, infrastructure, automotive, media