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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner has advised Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG on the acquisition of around 70% of Osterreichische Hotel-und Tourismusbank Gesellschaft m.b.H from UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Erste Bank der Oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG. Schoenherr advised UniCredit Bank and Erste Bank on the sale.

SPCG has advised Sonae Sierra, a developer and provider of services for developing commercial real estate, on its acquisition of 50% of the shares in the Balmain Asset Management Group.

CMS has advised Zentiva Group a.s. on its acquisition of Romanian pharmaceutical company Solacium and its subsidiary Be Well Pharma from Siyiara Enterprises — a holding entity of A&D Pharma / Dr. Max Group — and entrepreneur Tony Trasca. The Czech Republic's Evan Law Firm advised Siyiara and Romania's Fine Law advised Trasca on the sale, which remains contingent on the satisfaction of several conditions, including the approval of the Romanian Competition Council.

Chajec, Don-Siemion and Zyto has advised funds managed by TFI Capital Partners on a financial investment in the Piotr & Pawel Group, a Polish supermarket chain operating 145 stores.

Balcooglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership and Dentons have advised Koc Holding A.S., Turkey's largest holding company, on its issuance of USD 750 million 6.500% Notes due 2025. Gedik & Eraksoy and Allen & Overy advised the joint bookrunners Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and J.P. Morgan.

Gide Poland, Wolf Theiss Hungary, Switzerland's Python law firm, and King & Spalding Germany have advised Steinhoff International Holdings on the sale of its European companies to the Cotta Group. The buyer was reportedly advised by SSW Solutions. 

Dorda has advised Odeon Cinemas Group on the sale of its three Austrian UCI cinemas. Constantin Film-Holding GmbH acted as buyer of UCI Kinowelt and was advised by Wolf Theiss. 

Avellum acted as Ukrainian legal counsel and White & Case provided English-law advice to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine in connection with two syndicated EUR-denominated facilities arranged by Deutsche Bank in December 2018 and March 2019 for a total amount equivalent to approximately USD 1 billion. Sayenko Kharenko and Clifford Chance reportedly advised Deutsche Bank. Reed Smith reportedly was English law counsel to the facility agent, TMF Global Services Limited.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has advised Neveq Management OOD on the registration of the company as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager.

Turkish lawyer Burcu Okyay has been appointed Partner at the Bener Law Office in Istanbul.

Ukrainian attorney Yevgen Solovyov has been promoted to partner at Ilyashev & Partners.

Former Yazici Legal Partners Gunes Yalcin and Omer Gokhan Ozmen have joined Akol Namli & Partners.

On January 25, 2018, CEE Legal Matters reported on the split of Polish powerhouse Kochanski Zieba & Partners into two new firms: Zieba & Partners and Kochanski & Partners. CEELM sat down with Zieba & Partners founders Rafal Zieba, Adam Piwakowski, and Przemyslaw Kordel to learn more about the new firm’s plans for the future. 

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has promoted Bilyana Angelova to Partner.

Dentons has appointed Bratislava-based partner Zuzana Simekova as Co-head of the Europe Life Sciences group, joining Paris-based Partner Jean-Marc Grosperrin, who has led the group since its inception in 2014.

On April 1, 2019, the Dominas Levin law firm in Lithuania will merge with the new Walless firm in the country, with both operating going forward under the Walless brand.

Michal Pawlowski has assumed the position of Managing Partner at K&L Gates in Warsaw, taking over from former Managing Partner Maciej Jamka, who managed the firm since its launch in Poland in March, 2010, and who now becomes Senior Partner and will focus on further development of the dispute resolution and arbitration practice.

Former PWC Legal Prague Managing Partner Borivoj Libal has joined Noerr, bringing a team of four other lawyers with him.

Pursuant to the Turkish Data Protection Law which aims to provide data security, it has set some rights and obligations to specific subjects. Those subjects fall into three categories: data subject, data processor and data controller. Data subject expresses a real person whose data is processed; data controller is defined as the real or legal person that determines the objectives and tools of processing of the personal data, and is responsible for the establishment and management of a data recording system; data processor is defined as the real or legal entity that processes the personal data, with the authority bestowed by the data controller, and in the name of the data controller. Data Protection Law sets forth essential responsibilities for data controllers, as follows:

On 21 December 2018, Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) published its decision regarding the investigation conducted against TTNET A.Ş. (“TTNET”), the leading internet service provider in Turkey, which is vertically integrated with the incumbent wholesale broadband access provider, Turk Telekom. The decision comprises of TCA’s assessment as to whether TTNET had abused its dominant position, in violation of article 6 of the Law No. 4054 on Protection of Competition (“Competition Law”), via certain types of bundled sales of fixed broadband internet and pay TV services.

In order to create an integrated system for high volume public construction investments, the Hungarian Government has adopted a new legislation. From January 2019, high volume public construction investments reaching the estimated value of HUF 700 million must be executed by a state-owned company, i.e. the Investment Agency.

The concept of garden leave is not a familiar concept to Turkish labor law as the legislation does not regulate this concept explicitly. The employers however in practice might have the need to make use of this concept for various reasons. Below we first introduce the concept of garden leave in general and then examine this concept under Turkish labor law.

After almost two years, the extraordinary administration proceedings over Agrokor and 77 of its Croatian group companies is entering its final stage.

According to the official communications, the Hungarian Government is determined to make steps towards the simplification of the public administration while increasing its quality.

Croatian employers have until the end of this year to partially comply with the recently enacted Act on the Protection of Whistleblowers (Zakon o zaštiti prijavitelja nepravilnosti; "Whistleblower Protection Act"), with which they must come into full compliance by March 2020. The Whistleblower Protection Act defines who will be deemed a whistleblower and enjoy protection for whistleblowing. In contrast, the current whistleblower provisions are scattered throughout a number of laws, such as the Criminal Code, the Trade Act, the Employment Act and others. Consequently, research conducted in 2017 has shown that around 60 % of Croatian examinees do not know how to report corruption.

Protection of intellectual property rights and preventing infringements arisen against them has gained importance at the global world in recent years and both domestic and multinational companies’ awareness rate is increasing continuously regarding this matter. But this results in an increase at court workload especially regarding IP related disputes causing slowdown at legal system in countries which has a developing industry like Turkey.

On January 21, 2019 during the official visit of the President of Ukraine to Israel the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Israel (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) was signed.

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“On the business side,” says Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Partner Friedrich Jergitsch, when asked what’s happening in Austria, "people are interested in artificial intelligence, data protection, and cyber-issues. These topics are always important to our clients.” Jergitsch says that data protection responsibilities and concerns “reach far beyond the GDPR.” He explains that “it’s an enormous subject in M&A, and M&A-related due diligence, because a lot of the M&A work involves clients purchasing data companies or cyber companies, and of course it’s a common post-M&A dispute topic, as well as a contractual topic, including in finance transactions.”

On January 25, 2018, CEE Legal Matters reported on the split of Polish powerhouse Kochanski Zieba & Partners into two new firms: Zieba & Partners and Kochanski & Partners. CEELM sat down with Zieba & Partners founders Rafal Zieba, Adam Piwakowski, and Przemyslaw Kordel to learn more about the new firm’s plans for the future. 

Miljan Malovic is the Head of the Business Legal Advisory Office of Banca Intesa Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade in 2001, and joined Banca Intesa in 2006.

On January 17, 2019, CEE Legal Matters reported that Finland's Caverion Emerging Markets Oy had sold its Czech subsidiary to KART spol., a member of the CEZ Group. We reached out to Ville Ojanen, Caverion's VP Strategy and M&A, for comment.