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To comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), companies must have technical and organizational measures in place to protect personal data. In light of the recent decision of the Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency (AZOP) against a leading local security company, one measure that requires closer scrutiny is the prevention of data breaches by employees. What happens if, regardless of various security measures, a careless employee commits a data breach? Will the company be liable for a breach committed by its employee?

The challenges arising from the protection of personal data are countless and inescapable in our landscape. Three years after the GDPR came into force, some clear trends can be seen on the Polish market, from which a set of good enforcement practices may be derived.

Few global industries have been as strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the hotel industry. All over the world, chains and bespoke hoteliers have had to face the impact of travel restrictions on bookings, in most cases leading to dire falls in occupancy rates and, subsequently, income. Now that the pandemic has been wreaking havoc for over a year, how is the hotel industry in CEE coping, and what options do hoteliers have? We spoke with three CMS Partners – Ana Radnev, Gregor Famira, and Lukas Hejduk – to get their opinions on the current situation and outlook on the future of the sector.

AP Legal, working with CMS’ London office, has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG and its subsidiary Raiffeisen bank a.d. Belgrade on the acquisition of Credit Agricole Bank Serbia a.d. Novi Sad and its subsidiary CA Leasing Serbia from Credit Agricole S.A. D’Ornano Partners and Maric, Malisic & Dostanic acted as legal advisors to Credit Agricole.

Boyanov & Co, working with the London office of White & Case, has advised the initially mandated lead arranger, the general security agent, the Bulgarian security agent on EUR 360 million facilities to Eastern European Electric Company B.V. Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov advised the agent and lender Metric Capital Partners on a mezzanine facility provided to the company.

Managed Entry Agreements consist of various forms of confidential arrangements between pharmaceutical companies and paying healthcare systems that aim to facilitate access to new technologies in public healthcare systems. MEAs make innovative and costly medicines or medical technologies affordable to patients by providing conditional access to a reimbursement system for a limited period and on balanced terms.

We are now one year on from the first lockdown, and although many worried in the early days of the pandemic that Romania’s court system might not be able to cope with the large number of insolvencies that were expected, in fact the highly-anticipated wave of restructurings is yet to happen, as the debt moratorium which was enacted and then extended and the availability of the state aid package as well as the generally supportive approach of the lenders have helped companies manage their debt service and need for liquidity.  While there is no shortage of funding, the uncertainty of the lockdown period and its impact on future developments have resulted in more amend-and-increase or amend-and-extend transactions, with borrowers adding to their existing lender groups rather than seeking a full refinancing.