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News June 2024

Kinstellar sponsors a private dinner in Berlin between Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, and leading international defence companies

Kinstellar was pleased to have been invited by hosts US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) to sponsor an off-the-record dinner with Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, and C-suite executives from leading global defence companies, at the sides of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in Berlin. Kinstellar Partner, Daniel Bilak, moderated a wide-ranging and lively discussion between Minister Kamyshin and the defence industry participants that also involved Deputy Ministers Hanna Hvozdiar and Serhiy Boyev. Oleksandr Kamyshin noted, “We are grateful to our international partners for your vital support of Ukraine and the on-going development of Ukraine’s defence industrial base. My ministry

News June 2024

Luke Wochensky, Central & Eastern Europe/Central Asia Risk and Investigations expert, joins Kinstellar as Partner and Head of Firmwide Risk and Investigations Service Line

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that Luke Wochensky has joined the Firm as Partner and Head of the firm-wide Risk and Investigations Service Line. Luke is a civil- and common-law qualified lawyer with an extensive track record in internal and government investigations, cross-border disputes, and providing commercially sensitive and practical counsel to clients operating in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Qualified to practice in New York and a US citizen, Luke has over 15 years of experience representing US and multinational corporations operating in the region. He regularly counsels clients in risk mitigation, compliance, and integrity issues, particularly those involving cross-border internal and

News May 2024

Kinstellar welcomes new Managing Associate Iva Bilinská to its employment team

Kinstellar is pleased to welcome Iva Bilinská to serve in the position of Managing Associate, covering the employment law agenda within our Prague team. Iva Bilinská brings extensive expertise and a wealth of experience to Kinstellar, particularly in the area of employment law, having practiced in this field for over a decade. A passion for her work serves as a strong motivation to grow professionally and to find innovative solutions for clients. Moreover, such a crucial specialization enables the effective tackling of even the most complex employment law problems, which makes Iva an invaluable addition to our team. Iva offers an extensive work history, including holding positions at renowned firms such as Kooperativa

News May 2024

Kinstellar and Strategy Council present the Ukrainian Drone Defence Forum in London

Kinstellar and Strategy Council, supported by D3 Venture Capital, organised the Ukrainian Drone Defence Forum, "Drones: Delivering Victory" at the prestigious Royal United Services Institute in London on May 21. Purpose. In connection with the recent defence partnership signed between the United Kingdom and Ukraine, the Forum’s endeavoured to enhance the collaboration between Ukrainian and British drone manufacturers and technology firms to scale up drone and electronic warfare production – a top partnership priority. The UK government has allocated £325m to support this effort. In this context, we were pleased to work together with the Government of the United Kingdom to deliver an event that would complement

News April 2024

Kinstellar to continue the operation of Noerr’s CEE practice in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania & Slovakia

Noerr and Kinstellar are very pleased to announce that Noerr’s practices in Budapest, Bratislava, Bucharest and Prague are to be transferred to Kinstellar. Noerr and Kinstellar have agreed to transfer these practices after the details of the integration are fully worked out. Several important operational and technical aspects, including investments in IT systems, leasehold premises are being worked out and the deal will complete after all necessary regulatory consents and internal approvals have been obtained.  Noerr delivers the highest level of service to its clients. For many years, the law firm has successfully pursued a strategy of qualitative growth. Noerr has operated offices in CEE since 1990 and is very proud of the accomplishments

News March 2024

Kinstellar announces new series of promotions across multiple service lines in Bucharest, Romania

Kinstellar is delighted to announce a new series of promotions in our Bucharest office: 6 of our lawyers, active across multiple service lines, have been promoted to the positions of Senior and Managing Associate. These promotions reflect the office’s commitment to put the right team in place to provide comprehensive legal solutions in a wide range of practices, including corporate M&A, employment, dispute resolution, energy, or real estate.   Lidia Zărnescu, Cătălin Roman and Mihai Stan have been promoted to Managing Associate, bolstering their contribution to the office’s employment, dispute resolution and corporate and M&A recent accomplishments. Lidia Zărnescu is a senior lawyer who boasts

News March 2024

Kinstellar announces launch of sister law firm in Southeast Asia

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Asia Counsel (, a prominent law firm in Vietnam. Our sister law firm in Vietnam will continue to operate under the existing “Asia Counsel” brand, now in association with Kinstellar Southeast Asia. Our strategy is to continue to develop a first-class group of law firms in jurisdictions where the major international law firms are not focussed, thereby positioning ourselves as the leading innovator and powerhouse in those jurisdictions. This strategic move marks a significant milestone and a launchpad for our group’s expansion plans in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. By combining our strengths, resources and expertise

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

News February 2024

Kinstellar strengthens its team in Kazakhstan with the appointment of Ardak Idayatova as Partner

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Ardak Idayatova has joined the firm’s Almaty office as Partner. Ardak Idayatova is an experienced practitioner with a career spanning 20 years. She focuses primarily on commercial arbitration (especially construction arbitration) and litigation, as well as on public-private partnerships and real estate. Ardak’s expertise includes providing comprehensive support to major infrastructure projects, primarily representing foreign investors, international development banks and foreign contractors. Additionally, she represents and provides legal assistance to clients in foreign commercial arbitrations, mainly in connection with construction disputes arising out of different

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

News January 2024

Kinstellar expands its Corporate M&A practice in Bucharest with a new senior hire

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that Claudia Popescu has joined the firm’s Bucharest office as Special Counsel in its Corporate M&A practice. Claudia will strengthen the office’s capabilities and will generate further support for the team in responding to the growing need for corporate and M&A projects in Romania. Claudia Popescu is specialized in M&A, Corporate and Private Equity and has more than 20 years of experience in strategically advising reputable companies on acquisitions and divestments, mergers, intra-group restructurings, regulatory and commercial matters, public offerings of securities, private equity, privatisations and other investment-related matters, including in regulated sectors.

News January 2024

Kinstellar’s Sofia office welcomes Boryana Boteva as Head of Projects & Infrastructure

Kinstellar Sofia expands its Projects & Infrastructure service line with the addition of Boryana Boteva who joins the firm as a Senior Counsel and Head of Projects & Infrastructure in Sofia. With over 25 years of experience in public procurement, public-private partnerships and project finance, Boryana is a prominent legal expert in the field. Her practice also focuses on corporate, M&A, international arbitration, commercial litigation and international taxation. Boryana has acted as an advisor to Bulgarian public institutions on flagship projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors. In addition, she has advised on a wide range of financings of business activities or specific projects in Bulgaria