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The Lithuanian office of Deloitte Legal has advised Aurora Cannabis Inc. on the merger of its two Lithuanian subsidiaries, Agropro and Borela.

Clifford Chance has advised P & O Netherlands B.V. on the EUR 21.5 million sale of its 50% stake in the Technologicky Park Brno business center to the city of Brno. As a result of the deal, the city, which was advised by Hladky Legal and the Kroupahelan Law Firm, became the majority owner of the park.

Wolf Theiss and Linklaters had advised J.P. Morgan and Erste Group Bank AG as joint book-runners on S Immo AG's issuance of 6,691,717 new shares via an accelerated book-building procedure involving the exclusion of shareholders' subscription rights. S Immo AG was reportedly advised by DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich.

Kinstellar has advised Youplus Insurance International AG and myLife Lebensversicherung AG, members of Switzerland's Insurevolution Partners insurance group, on the acquisition of the Czech and Slovak life and non-life insurance contract portfolios from Basler Sachversicherungs-AG and Basler Lebensversicherungs-AG.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner has advised Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. on the structuring and procurement of an "innovation partnership" with several enterprises in Austria, which the firm described as the first in the country.

Tus & Andrijanic advised JGL d.d. on its HRK 130 million issuance of corporate bonds in December, 2019. The agent for the issue was Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.

Mrowiec Fialek and Partners has helped Lime Access sp. z o.o. find an investor and execute an investment agreement.

Eterna Law has extended its agreement to provide legal assistance to the Ukrainian Tennis Federation for another year.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co has successfully defended the interests of Multi-profile Hospital for Active Treatment Doverie against Bulgaria's National Health Insurance Fund in a dispute involving payment for medical care provided by the hospital to health-insured persons above the limits set by the NHIF.

Liniya Prava has promoted Alexey Kostovarov, the firm's Head of Antitrust Law and Procurement, to Partner.

Przemyslaw Drapala has been appointed Managing Partner of JDP Drapala & Partners.

Peterka & Partners' lawyers Victor Rakovskij and Natalia Gievaya are taking on the roles of Partner and Members of the firm's Local Management Board of Belarus, as previous Belarus office director Natalia Anoshka steps down from that position and leaves the firm.

Co-Founding Partner Vilija Viesunaite has been appointed Managing Partner and Agne Varneliene and Agne Ustinoviciene have been promoted to Partner at Triniti in Lithuania.

Former Ellex Senior Associate Karl-Erich Trisberg has joined Derling Primus as Associate Partner.

Austrian lawyers Andreas Gfohler, Hannes Pesendorfer, Christian Gruber and Michael Weiner have been promoted to Partner at Schramm Oehler.

DLA Piper Vienna has opened a Russia Desk, headed by new Senior Associate Ekaterina Larens Matveychuk.

Former CMS Partners Simon Dayes and Simona Marin have joined Dentons in Bucharest.

Artem Kuzmenko and Konstantin Derbyshev have been promoted to Partner at Eterna Law.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted on 23 December 2019 the Law on amendments and supplements to the Law on games of chance (“Official Gazette of RS”, no. 91/2019) (hereinafter referred to as the “Law”).

On 16 December 2019, new provisions regarding the minimum gross salary guaranteed at national level were announced in the Romanian Official Gazette.

Do you need a company to be established in Hungary? You will find below some hints and tips that will make your life easier.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, acting as outside counsel for Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (“Wikimedia”), has secured an affirmative decision from the Turkish Constitutional Court in the matter of an universal access ban on the Wikipedia website (www.wikipedia.org) in Turkey.

As with each year, December was one of the busiest months and the Serbian Parliament was especially industrious. The aforementioned resulted in adoption of a very welcome set of amendments to the Serbia’s Company Act by the Serbian Parliament.

2019 has been an eventful year for anti-corruption compliance in Russia with an extension of enforcement actions against companies, the strengthening of anti-corruption laws and new domestic compliance requirements. The crucial developments for companies are summarised below:

The authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, has been given from the Ministry of Economy to the Ministry of Trade (“Ministry”). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

Following the adoption of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC („GDPR“) on April 27, 2016, the Croatian GDPR Implementing Act („GDPR Act“) entered into force on May 25, 2018, simultaneously with the start of application of the GDPR.

Turkish Constitutional Court recently granted two remarkable decisions on November 19, 2019 and on November 28, 2019 regarding individual applications claiming violation of the applicants’ freedom of expression. The decisions have been published in the Official Gazette respectively on December 24, 2019 and on January 3, 2020. In both decisions, the Constitutional Court accepted the applicants’ violation claims by concluding that the contents posted by the applicants on social media are in the acceptable limits of freedom of expression and the applicants’ freedoms of expression are violated.

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“There were no major changes in the structure of the Latvian legal services market in 2019,” says Lauris Liepa, the Managing Partner of Cobalt in Latvia. “As before, three firms – Cobalt, Sorainen, and Ellex – have dominated both the transactions and the corporate advisory market. While some lawyers have changed firms, there have been no major moves regarding teams or senior lawyers. One of the reasons might be a relatively good situation in the legal services market, with growth in all practice areas.”

Hill Dickinson Senior Associate Anthony Paizes is a solicitor admitted to practice in England and Wales, Greece, South Africa and the Cayman Islands. He practices in the areas of shipping and asset finance, corporate finance, private equity, banking, debt finance, and corporate and commercial law. He speaks English, Greek, and Afrikaans fluently. We reached out to him – in English – to learn more about his path from Africa to Athens.

Hyprop Investments – South Africa’s largest listed specialist shopping center Real Estate Investment Trust – operates a portfolio of premium shopping centers in South Africa, other countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeastern Europe. Hyprop’s six current investments in SEE include two shopping malls in Zagreb and one each in Sofia, Podgorica, Belgrade, and Skopje. Hyprop is internally managed and headquartered in Johannesburg.

On December 18, 2019, CEE Legal Matters reported that Scandinavia's Flugger group A/S acquired a 60% shareholding in Unicell, a paint manufacturer based in Poland. We reached out to Flugger’s Group General Counsel and Vice President, Torben Schwaner Dehlholm, for more details.