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Deals June 2024

Kinstellar advises Canadian Nuclear Partners on the framework agreement with Nuclearelectrica for the refurbishment of Unit 1 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant

Kinstellar has advised Canadian Nuclear Partners (a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, one of the world’s largest power generators, and a corporation wholly owned by the Government of Ontario) on the framework agreement for the refurbishment of Unit 1 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, operated by the state-owned nuclear energy producer, Nuclearelectrica. The framework agreement has an approximate value of EUR 240 million and represents a critical milestone in completing the refurbishment of Unit 1. Canadian Nuclear Partners will support Nuclearelectrica with the delivery of project management services, technical assistance, consultancy services and professional training specific for the refurbishment of

Deals June 2024

Kinstellar advises MOL in connection with their landmark Polyol Project in Hungary – MOL’s largest organic investment to date

Kinstellar is proud to have advised the MOL Group, a leading international integrated oil and gas company, in connection with legal aspects of the MOL Group’s flagship EUR 1.3 billion new polyol complex in Tiszaújváros, Hungary. The new polyol complex, which has just been inaugurated, has the capacity of producing around 200,000 tonnes of polyol per year, and providing long-term employment for nearly 300 people. This landmark project had started in 2017 and Kinstellar has been assisting MOL in connection with the project from 2020. As a result of this project MOL has become the first company in the CEE region to have a fully-integrated value chain from crude oil to polyol production. The Kinstellar team

Deals May 2024

Kinstellar advises BIG Mega Renewable Energy on a EUR 92 million financing with EBRD and OTP Bank for the construction and operation of the Urleasca wind farm in Romania

Kinstellar has successfully advised leading developer BIG Mega Renewable Energy on a EUR 92 million financing agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and OTP Bank to build and operate the 102 MW Urleasca wind farm in Brăila county, Romania. The milestone project marks BIG Mega Renewable Energy’s first renewable investment in Romania, with the signing of the financing agreement highlighted as a crucial milestone for the company’s expansion strategy in Romania and the Balkans. The Urleasca wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution to Romania’s renewable energy goals, with generation capacity of 292 GWh per year. The financial closing is expected mid-2024. Kinstellar’s

Deals April 2024

Kinstellar advises MAVIR and HUPX on joining Central and Southeast Europe’s largest electricity trading hub

Kinstellar has successfully advised the Hungarian Power Exchange (HUPX), together with the Hungarian Transmission System Operator, MAVIR, on the landmark Project Bluesky transaction: the Hungarian Power Exchange, HUPX’s joining Adex, a leading regional power exchange serving Central and South-Eastern Europe (CSEE). This transaction marks a significant milestone in strengthening and expanding the reach of the regional power exchange group within the region. Adex Group Ltd., which includes operators of power exchanges in Slovenia and Serbia, is recognized as the first regional energy exchange. With this transaction, HUPX becomes the third fully-owned subsidiary of Adex Group Ltd. Subject to regulatory approvals from

Insights March 2024

CfD Scheme soon to be launched in Romania

On 14 March 2024, the Romanian Ministry of Energy launched for public consultations the draft Government decision on the approval of the general legal framework for the implementation and functioning of the Contracts for Difference support scheme for low carbon technologies ("CfD Scheme"). There is a short deadline for public consultations: 25 March 2024. In early March, Romania received the green light from the European Commission to launch a EUR 3 billion state aid programme to promote the deployment of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to meet its energy transition goals. The support scheme foresees two auction rounds, in 2024, the first auction of 2 GW, consisting of 1 GW solar and 1 GW wind; and in 2025

News March 2024

Kinstellar announces new promotions to Counsel

February 2024 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotions to Counsel of: Yerlan Akhmetov, Kuanysh Shekerbekov (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Cătălin Dinu, Cătălin Graure (Bucharest, Romania), Barnabás Sági (Budapest, Hungary), Yulia Eismont, Maksym Tesliar (Kyiv, Ukraine), Michal Forýtek (Prague, Czech Republic),  Andrijana Kaštelan, Vedran Kopilović, Marija Vuchetich (Zagreb, Croatia). ALMATY Yerlan Akhmetov focuses on banking and finance, M&A and capital markets matters. Having been with the Firm for nine years, Yerlan has earned a reputation for cultivating strong client relationships, demonstrating leadership qualities and making significant contributions to our firm's success. He has played a key role

Insights February 2024

Significant changes envisaged to grid connection for new power-generation capacities in Romania

The Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (“ANRE”) has announced important amendments to the rules for connecting new power-generation capacities to the public network. On 1 February 2024, ANRE released for public consultation a draft order (“Draft Order”) regarding the approval of the Methodology for capacity allocation of new power-generation capacities (the “Methodology”) as well as other amendments to ANRE Order no. 59/2013 approving the public grid connection regulation (the “Connection Regulation”). Comments to the Draft Order may be submitted to ANRE by 1 March 2024. The main changes introduced under the Draft Order concern (i) a change of the grid connection process applicable to power-generation

Deals January 2024

Kinstellar advises Evelixon Trading in two transactions in the Serbian wind power sector

Kinstellar advised Evelixon Trading Limited on the acquisition of a 100% share in the project company Grand Wind Park from Windvision Serbia Holding. The project, known as the WN NBT WIND 1 wind farm, is currently in the early stages of development. Located in the city of Pančevo, the farm is planned to have an installed power capacity of 120 MW. Evelixon Trading Limited has a few projects in their portfolio in Serbia in the early stages of development or nearing "ready-to-build" status. Kinstellar’s team provided comprehensive legal advice throughout the transaction – performing a legal due diligence, drafting the transaction documents - including the SPA, and assisting with the signing and closing processes.

Insights January 2024

Attention, Real Estate Developers and Energy Professionals in Hungary! The legal framework of the world behind the meter has arrived!

As of 1 January 2024, material amendments to several Hungarian energy laws have come into effect, including, among others, the Hungarian Electricity Act (Act LXXXVI of 2007), which has been significantly changed. These changes materially affect decentralised (local) power generation, which has been a focus of the real estate industry in recent times. Below we provide an overview of the main changes in Hungary that may facilitate local power generation, storage, and procurement from electricity sources other than power traders. The long-awaited change to the concept of a private power distribution line (in Hungarian: magánvezeték), based on the EU’s definition of a “closed distribution system,” ensures the appropriate

Deals December 2023

Kinstellar advises Genesis Capital on the sale of SANBORN

Kinstellar’s Prague office has successfully advised Genesis Private Equity Fund III (GPEF III), from the established private equity group Genesis Capital, on the sale of SANBORN, a key supplier of precision components and specialised parts for the power generation, oil & gas and transportation industries, to industrial group Oriens.  Sanborn manufactures and supplies critical components for the world’s leading manufacturers of generators and turbines, energy companies and transportation, mainly from special steel alloys. The company’s key clients include leading international industrial conglomerates such as GE, Siemens, Wabtec, Technip FMC, and OneSubsea. The company expects revenues in 2023 of over CZK

Deals December 2023

Kinstellar advises Chinese investors on Serbian wind farm venture

Kinstellar has successfully advised Chinese investors CMC Capital, a member of China National Technical Import and Export Corporation group (“CNTIC”), and Shanghai Electric Power & Energy Development Limited (“SEP”) on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Crni Vrh Power d.o.o., a project company developing a 150 MW onshore wind farm in the eastern Serbian municipalities of Bor, Žagubica, and Majdanpek. The Crni Vrh wind farm was purchased "ready-to-build"—which means that all essential permits and land rights were secured prior to the start of the construction phase, which includes 28 wind turbines. With this acquisition, CNTIC and SEP have entered Serbia’s renewable energy sources (RES)

Deals November 2023

Kinstellar, Gen Temizer | Özer advise British Petroleum (bp) on the sale of its downstream business in Türkiye

Kinstellar, Gen Temizer | Özer have successfully advised British Petroleum (bp) on the sale of its downstream business in Türkiye to Petrol Ofisi, Vitol’s Turkish subsidiary. The transaction is the most significant oil & gas deal of recent times in Türkiye and is expected to close in 2024, subject to, inter alia, anti-trust approval. The team was led by Partner Baran Gen and supported by Counsel Mert Elçin, Senior Associate Şeyma Olğun and Associates Sıla Özge Şaylı, Dilara Demir and Osman Tuğberk Çakırca. The firm’s anti-trust team was led by Partner Bulut Girgin and Associates Orçun Horozoğlu and Simru Tayfun. The global law firm Ashurst LLP acted as English counsel to bp. Partner