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The German and Austrian offices of CMS have advised Austrian IT-service provider Catalysts and German IT market research and consulting company Crisp Research on their merger, resulting in the formation of Frankfurt-headquartered Cloudflight Group.

In a recent case involving parallel-imported agrochemical products, the District Court of The Hague ruled that non-compliance with the requirements laid down by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) for parallel import of relabelled products displaying the original right-holder’s trademark constitutes trademark infringement, particularly if the right-holder is not properly notified of the parallel import and is not offered a sample of the relabelled product on request. This decision shows that the requirements for parallel import are applied strictly by the courts and have a broad scope (not limited to pharmaceutical products), allowing the mark-holder to exercise control over the resale, re-labelling, and re-packaging of its original products within the EU.

Simona Marin is an English- and New York-qualified partner in CMS’s International Finance team in Bucharest, where she focuses on project finance, real estate finance and other financing structures, both syndicated and bilateral, secured and unsecured. Simona has over ten years’ experience advising on a broad range of high-profile financings and projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

In The Corner Office we ask Managing Partners across CEE about their unique roles and responsibilities. The question this time around: How do you do performance reviews, and how important are they to the planning and management of the firm?”

CMS Russia has advised S8 Capital on the sale of ELT-Poisk — a motor insurance and lending platform that provides development and implementation of IT solutions for automating the interaction of car dealers, leasing companies, insurance companies, and banks — to an unidentified foreign private fund specializing in FinTech investments.

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