The European Commission and European Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) have launched a small and medium sized business fund (SME Fund) to provide reimbursement for trademark and design application fees and pre diagnostic services. The grant scheme, designed to encourage SMEs to expand their IP portfolios, has a budget of EUR 25 million, available on a first come, first serve basis. The submission period for applications runs from 23 January to 8 December 2023. Read more in the brochure below: Download in English: In case of any questions with respect to the above, our specialists
The Act on Amendments to the Labor Act in Croatia entered into force on 1 January 2023 and brings numerous changes that require employers to make certain adjustments. In our newsletter, we provide an overview of the most important changes to the Labor Act that relate to the obligation to harmonize the Rules of Procedure with amendments to the Labor Act, amendments of the provisions regulating fixed-term employment, remote work and work at a separate workplace, obligation to appoint persons for protection of employees’ dignity. Download in English:
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:
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.
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
On 27 December 2022, the Directive on “measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union”, repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148 (the “NIS 2 Directive”), was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The NIS 2 Directive builds on a previous NIS Directive adopted in 2016 expanding its scope to other entities. Due to a rising number of cybersecurity incidents as well as ongoing increased digitalization, the aim of the NIS 2 Directive is to cover more economic sectors and to introduce additional security and reporting requirements across all EU Member States. Member States will have until 17 October 2024 to transpose the NIS 2 Directive into their national laws. Our specialists
On 1 January 2023, the euro became the official currency of the Republic of Croatia. As a result, a number of laws in Croatia have been amended. The changes mostly apply to amounts that were previously regulated in Croatian kuna. The amendments to the Companies Act prescribe the conversion of share capital from kuna to euro as a main obligation of companies. Click here to read a summary of key changes, written by Partner Edin Karakas, Managing Associate Vedran Kopilović and Associate Zrinka Ivanković.
Our team in Croatia has once again advised OTP banka d.d., this time on the financing for the acquisition of Fiziodent Polyclinic through the sale of a majority ownership stake to Adria Dental Group. Fiziodent operates two polyclinics in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, and employs a total of 40 employees. It was founded in 2003 and is the leading clinic in the field of transparent and mobile braces in the region. OTP banka d.d. continues to support the growth of Adria Dental Group. As the largest dental group in Croatia and the wider region, Adria Dental Group now has more than 450 employees and 180 dental specialists and includes seven clinics and five laboratories in the cities of Zagreb, Solin, Rijeka and Poreč.
As of 2020, European Union (“EU”) Member States are obliged to make details of ultimate beneficial owners (“UBOs”) of corporate and other legal entities available to the general public. However, in light of the recent decision of the Court of Justice of European Union (“the ECJ”), it is now questionable whether this obligation will remain. The requirement to make details of UBOs publicly available was introduced by Article 30 (5) of Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing (“the AML Directive”). The Member States are entitled to restrict public availability of details on UBOs under the AML Directive in the
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
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’’
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)