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On 28 June 2023, the European Commission published the proposals for the legislative package on payment services (“Revised Payments Legislative Package”) that will replace the Directive (EU) 2015/2366 on payment services in the internal market (“PSD 2”) and Directive 2009/110/EC on the taking up, pursuit and prudential supervision of the business of electronic money institutions (“EMD”) and merge the legal frameworks applicable to payments and electronic money services.

There is still room for optimism in Romania, as the economy is seeing continued investments across a number of sectors, with the energy transition and renewables, automotive, defense, and infrastructure projects driving growth, according to Kinstellar Partner Iustinian Captariu.

Bulboaca & Asociatii, working with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has advised the Canpack Group on contracting a new EUR 100 million revolving credit facility from a consortium of banks led by BNP Paribas Bank Polska. Kinstellar, working with Linklaters, advised the banks. 

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii has successfully represented Auchan Import Export Roumanie before Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice in a dispute against the country's National Agency for Fiscal Administration regarding approximately EUR 2 million in additional profit taxes.

By Order no. 2.048/2022 amending accounting regulations applicable to economic operators (“the Order”), published in Official Gazette no. 878/07.09.2022, the Romanian authorities have transposed into national law the provisions of EU Directive 2021/2101 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2021 (“the EU Directive”) amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards the disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches.

Clifford Chance has advised the underwriters of Hidroelectrica's RON 9.3 billion initial public offering. Filip & Company advised Fondul Proprietatea on the sale of its entire shareholding during the IPO. Dentons advised Hidroelectrica on the issuance and listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

The realm of artificial intelligence (AI) has recently found itself entangled in legal disputes revolving around copyright infringement. These legal battles have raised important questions about the boundaries of AI training data and the implications for copyright protection.

Clifford Chance Badea and Stoica & Associates have successfully represented Orange Romania before the High Court of Cassation and Justice in a dispute with Romania's Competition Council concerning a EUR 13.5 million fine it had issued the company in the investigation of an alleged abuse of dominant position.

This article addresses the regulatory and legal issues which arise in the provision of financial services by a financial institution located in one country (the “home country”) to a Romanian customer, without the establishment of a local presence, such as a branch or subsidiary in Romania.

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