Banks & Financial Institutions

Romanian Competition Council’s preliminary conclusions on the retail banking sector inquiry launched in 2016

November 2018 – Following the adoption of EU Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market (“PSD2”), the Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC”) launched in 2016...

Ukraine: New guidelines on state aid in relation to international financial institutions

September 2018 – The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine published new guidelines on state aid dated 6 September 2018 that clarify the AMC's approach to financing provided by international financial institutions and to state and municipal guarantees securing...

Kinstellar Counsel Andriy Nikiforov speaks at a roundtable on cryptocurrencies organised by the Ukrainian Bar Association in Odessa

September 2018 – Andriy Nikiforov, Counsel and Head of Kinstellar’s Banking & Finance practice in Kyiv, spoke at a roundtable on cryptocurrencies organised by the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) on 31 August 2018. The event took place in Odessa...

Kinstellar advises on the largest insurance deal of 2018 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

August 2018 – Kinstellar has successfully advised the Dutch group NN on the acquisition of the Czech life insurance business and the Slovak life and pension insurance businesses of Aegon, a Dutch financial services major, for a combined total of EUR...

Kinstellar, Linklaters and Molinari join forces to advise on the strategic bancassurance partnership of Generali and UniCredit in Central and Eastern Europe

May 2018 – Kinstellar, Linklaters and Molinari have advised Generali CEE Holding B.V. and UniCredit S.p.A. on the completion of a strategic bancassurance agreement in CEE.

Kinstellar, acting at the local level, was represented by the...

Kinstellar hosts seminar in Prague to discuss new technology trends in the banking sector

May 2018 – Representatives of leading Czech banks and fintech start-ups met together with Czech and UK legal experts to discuss the development of technology in the banking sector at a seminar organised by Kinstellar in Prague.
Guest lawyers...

Kinstellar advises Halyk Bank JSC on its sale of 60% stake in Altyn Bank JSC

April 2018 – Kinstellar has advised Halyk Bank JSC, the leading Kazakhstan bank, on the sale of a 60% stake in the share capital of its subsidiary bank Altyn Bank JSC to China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited and China Shuangwei Investment Co., Ltd.....

Yet another wave of EU regulations in the financial sector reaches Bulgaria’s shore

March 2018 – There is hardly any major business that will not be affected by the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May. In addition to that, the financial services providers need to prepare for and be compliant...

Kinstellar advises DZI, KBC’s Bulgarian insurance subsidiary, on its acquisition of UBB-MetLife and on the merger control approvals

March 2018 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce that we have advised DZI on the acquisition of 100% of the share interest in UBB-MetLife Insurance Company. The deal included the parallel acquisitions of the 40% Metlife’s and 60% UBB’s stakes in...

Kinstellar advises B2 KAPITAL on acquisition of EUR 119 million loan portfolio from Moneta Money Bank

February 2018 – Kinstellar has successfully advised B2 KAPITAL on the acquisition of a EUR 119 million unsecured retail NPL portfolio from MONETA Money Bank. Kinstellar provided advice in connection with the bidding process, as well as with negotiations...