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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.

On 16 September 2023 the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Procedure for Payment of Fees for Actions Related to the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights" ("Resolution") will enter into force. The Resolution introduces new fees, provides additional reductions and clarifies existing ones.

On 21 October 2022, the Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority (“BRSA”) published BRSA Decision No. 10389 (“Tightening Decision”) to tighten the restrictions set forth under the BRSA Decision No. 10250 dated 24 June 2022 (“Restriction Decision”), which introduced Turkish lira borrowing restrictions for non-financial institutions that are subject to independent audit and BRSA Decision No. 10265 dated 7 July 2022 (“Decision No. 10265” and together with Tightening Decision and Restriction Decision, “Decisions”), which in turn aims to clarify and ensure the effective application of the Restriction Decision.

Clifford Chance and its Turkish affiliate Ciftci Attorney Partnership have advised Citibank on arranging two facilities totaling approximately USD 611 million – covered by international export credit agencies – to Turkiye Petrolleri in relation to Phase 1 of the Sakarya Offshore Gas Field Development Project.

White & Case Turkish affiliate GKC Partners has advised TotalEnergies Renewables on its acquisition of a 50% stake in hydroelectric power company Ronesans Enerji. Baker McKenzie Turkish affiliate Esin Attorney Partnership advised Ronesans Holding's Ronesans Yenilenebilir Enerji on the sale.

Former Senior Associate Nigar Gokmen has been promoted to a Partner position with the Esin Attorney Partnership, the Turkish affiliate of Baker McKenzie. Gokmen has also become the firm’s new Head of Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, and Real Estate practices.

Baker McKenzie Turkish affiliate Esin Attorney Partnership has advised TeamSystem on its acquisition of a 53% stake in the Mikro Group from Dash Software, Izzet Murat Sakarya, Alpaslan Tomus, Kadir Keskin, Xiang Yu, and Andac Turkmen through a bid process. Verdi advised the sellers.

The significant public financing need caused by the earthquakes centered in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay on 6 February 2023 continues to lead to various tax-related regulations. The first of such regulations was a one-time additional tax imposed on certain corporate taxpayers with Law No. 7440 on the Restructuring of Certain Receivables and Amendments to Certain Laws published in the Official Gazette dated 12 March 2023.

Hengeler Mueller has advised Muhr und Bender on the acquisition of RUAG International Holding’s aerostructures activities in Oberpfaffenhofen and Eger. Baker McKenzie, and reportedly Pestalozzi, advised RUAG International Holding. Reportedly, Lakatos, Koves & Partners and Novalex advised Muhr und Bender as well.

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