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Insights January 2024

Kinstellar contributes to International Employment Lawyer's Guide to Restructuring a Cross-Border Workforce

Kinstellar is delighted to have contributed to IEL’s Guide to Restructuring a Cross-Border Workforce 2023. In 2023, cross-border restructurings increased significantly – a trend that is expected to persist in early 2024. But conducting the process fairly, and thoroughly, poses a distinct set of hurdles for multinationals. The global guide examines and provides, across 45 jurisdictions, clear answers to the key questions facing employers when conducting a restructuring, under the following areas: Reduction in workforce Restructuring/Re-or ganisation of the business Changing terms and conditions Areas to watch Kinstellar employment team covered the following jurisdictions:

News January 2024

Kinstellar appoints new Sector and Service Line Heads and Head of German Desk

Kinstellar supports professional growth by offering a broad range of career development opportunities for our team, including the role of sector/service line head or co-head. We provide growth opportunities to all of our talented lawyers with the relevant experience and an outstanding track record. We are delighted to announce the following appointments: Csilla Andrékó, Partner in our Budapest office, is the Co-Head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance Service Line. Csilla is one of the founders of the Firm and the former Managing Partner of the Budapest office. Csilla also served as the head of the regional Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency Service Lines. She retired from active practice

Insights December 2023

ESG reporting obligations in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia

Since the ESG reporting obligations in the EU, i.e. the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) entered into force earlier this year, the transposition clock has been ticking for Member States with a deadline expiring on 6 July 2024. Kinstellar’s ESG team is closely monitoring the implementation process in all EU countries where we are present. Our first status update on the CSRD implementation in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia is available here.  At the time of writing, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia have proposed draft laws implementing the CSRD, while Bulgaria and Croatia have set up working groups to prepare draft legal acts. In any event

Insights November 2023

“Green Claims” in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

On 22 March 2023, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on Green Claims. The proposed Directive aims to tackle false environmental claims by ensuring that consumers receive reliable, comparable and verifiable environmental information on products and services across the European Union. By laying down clear criteria on how companies should evidence environmental claims, along with mandating an EU labelling scheme and new enforcement procedures to secure compliance, the Directive on Green Claims is designed to enable better environmental decision-making by consumers and to reduce so called “green washing” (spurious environmentally friendly claims). However, it will likely still be some time before

Deals November 2023

Kinstellar advises Siemens Mobility on the acquisition of the Slovak company HMH

Kinstellar has successfully advised Siemens Mobility on the acquisition of the Slovak company HMH, a leading regional producer and innovator of railway security solutions.  Siemens Mobility, part of the Siemens multinational conglomerate, has been a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years. It offers a comprehensive portfolio through its five business units: Rail Infrastructure, Turnkey, Rolling Stock, Customer Services and Intelligent Traffic Systems.  HMH is a Slovak-based technology company and producer of the MIREL national train protection system for Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Designed as a harmonised system with an interface according to European rail standards, MIREL

Insights November 2023

Slovakia: Subsidies for the construction of Renewable Energy Sources

Are you considering building your own Renewable Energy Source ("RES") in order to reduce your electricity costs, comply with internal ESG policies, or for any other reason? If so, you may find this overview of currently available subsidies to entrepreneurs in Slovakia for the construction of RES helpful. Currently, there are two opened calls for the submission of applications for state aid in the total amount of EUR 94,554,298. We provide an overview of key information on such aid below. Overview Call   Call for the submission of applications for funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the construction of new facilities for the production

Deals November 2023

Kinstellar advises I Squared Capital on the acquisition of Arriva Group

Kinstellar, together with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as the lead counsel, has successfully advised Miami-based I Squared Capital, a leading global infrastructure investment manager, on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of the entire Arriva Group, an international transport business of Deutsche Bahn. The sale is expected to close in 2024. Kinstellar delivered a comprehensive range of legal services. This included conducting due diligence and offering regulatory advice that spanned multiple Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Kinstellar also provided transactional advice, with a specific focus on local law requirements arising in connection with the negotiation of the SPA and completion of the

Insights October 2023

Cannabis use: CEE regulatory update

Significant changes in the regulation of cannabis use have occurred in some countries in Central and Eastern Europe since our last report. In addition to a number of countries gradually legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes, increasing efforts by some countries are being seen to also legalise the use of cannabis for recreational use, as well as the use of other products containing various cannabinoids, most importantly cannabidiol (CBD). Click here to read a summary of recent changes related to the national regulation of this rapidly growing sector across Central and Eastern Europe. For any other details or information, please contact Tomáš Čihula, Partner. Contributors:

Deals October 2023

Kinstellar advises NOVA Real Estate on the sale of Trenčín Industrial Park to BHM Group

Kinstellar has recently advised NOVA Real Estate on the sale of Trenčín Industrial Park—one of the largest production and logistics centres in Slovakia—to BHM Group, an important investment group on the Czech market. The transaction is one of the largest real estate M&As in Slovakia in 2023. NOVA Real Estate is a Czech real estate fund managed by the investment company REDSIDE, a provider of first-class investment solutions and specialist knowledge to both institutions and individual investors in the dynamically developing market of alternative investment funds. BHM Group is a private investment company focusing mainly on investments in projects and companies in the fields of new technologies and renewable

Deals October 2023

Kinstellar, together with RPC, advises Ingersoll Rand on the acquisition of Oxywise

Kinstellar has recently advised Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of mission-critical flow creation and industrial solutions, on the acquisition of a 100% share in Oxywise, a Slovak engineering company focused on turnkey supplies, service and maintenance of PSA oxygen and nitrogen generators. Ingersoll Rand is an American multinational company that provides flow creation and industrial products. The global market leader, with a broad range of innovative and mission-critical air, fluid, energy and medical technologies, provides services and solutions to increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Since merging with Gardner Denver in early 2020, it has more than 300 years of combined experience and innovative expertise

Deals August 2023

Kinstellar advises YouGov on the acquisition of GfK's consumer panel business

Kinstellar, in conjunction with DLA Piper, has advised international online research data and analytics technology group YouGov plc on the acquisition of the European Consumer Panel Business of GfK, a German market research firm, for EUR 315 million. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, YouGov has one of the world's largest research networks. Its products and services draw upon a detailed understanding of more than 24+ million registered individuals to deliver accurate, actionable consumer insights. GfK CP compasses over 100,000 households with panels across 16 European countries collecting and providing data on household purchases and insights intо the FMCG sector. The acquisition is subject to customary closing

Deals July 2023

Kinstellar advises Yanolja Cloud on its acquisition of a leading B2B travel solution provider

Kinstellar, together with a lead counsel Watson Farley & Williams, have successfully advised Yanolja Cloud, a leading global provider of AI-based SaaS solutions for the hospitality and leisure industries, on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Go Global Travel (GGT), a B2B travel technology company that distributes its inventory of more than one million hotels and other travel products from 200 countries to over 20,000 client partners. The acquisition of GGT from AMI Opportunities Fund will give Yanolja Cloud unparalleled distribution capabilities, making it a one-of-a-kind company and allowing properties of all types, sizes, and budget ranges – and in every corner of the world – to digitize property operations.