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Baker McKenzie Turkish affiliate Esin Attorney Partnership has advised Akbank on securing a 367-day syndicated loan from international markets in two tranches: USD 265.5 million and EUR 318.45 million.

The forthcoming Consumers' Rights Protection Law ("Law") in Ukraine, scheduled to take effect on 7 July 2024 (contingent on the cancellation of martial law in Ukraine), is poised to harmonize Ukrainian consumer protection legislation with key EU norms. This new Law aims to modernize consumer protection requirements, especially in the e-commerce context.

On 19 September 2023, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the National Bank of Ukraine adopted Regulation No. 1011, introducing a comprehensive methodology ("Methodology") to identify the ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of legal entities in Ukraine. This significant development aims to enhance transparency and provide detailed guidance on the process of identifying UBOs, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that legal entities in Ukraine are able to correctly identify UBOs within their ownership structure and disclose this information to the competent authorities.

Effective from 2 October 2023, Ukraine has ushered in a series of substantial amendments to its Advertising Law, aimed at modernizing advertising regulations and harmonizing them with the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

Baker McKenzie has advised Echo Investment Group companies Grupa Archicom, Echo Investment, and DKR Echo Investment on offering 10 million new shares in Archicom and DKR's sale of 6.1 million existing shares. The PLN 220 million transaction was managed by the PKO BP Brokerage Office.

Baker McKenzie has successfully represented Operator Gazociagow Przesylowych Gaz-System before the General Court of the European Union in a dispute concerning a decision of the Board of Appeal of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

Greenberg Traurig has advised Cyfrowy Polsat on the issuance of sustainability-linked series E bonds with an aggregate nominal value of PLN 820 million. Baker McKenzie advised the Trigon Brokerage House, Bank Pekao, and Santander Bank Polska on managing the issuance.

On 12 September 2023, the President of Ukraine signed Law No. 5431 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine to Improve the Activities of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine" ("Law"), which launches a reform of Ukrainian competition law. The Law will enter into force on 1 January 2024.

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