The Council of Europe announced the establishment of the Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine through an Enlarged Partial Agreement dated 12 May 2023. The Register is signed by 43 member states of the Council of Europe and representatives of the European Union, the USA, Canada, and Japan. Click on one of the images below or click on the following links to read in English or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:
The Hungarian parliament has adopted a new law implementing the EU directive on the mandatory protection of (even anonymous) whistleblowers, which in many respects imposes stricter rules on companies and puts whistleblowers in a more favourable position. The new law, which repeals the previous rules on complaints and whistleblowing, poses significant challenges to most of the companies concerned; however, it is also in the interest of the companies to have an efficient whistleblowing system, as management may obtain information from whistleblowers and correct underlying problems that could result in serious sanctions for the company if detected by authorities, or the correction could serve to increase operational efficiency. Below
From 1 June 2023, the so-called reform of the “judicial map” of Slovakia enters into force, which according to its proponents should bring faster and better decision-making by the courts and ensure better working conditions for judges. The basic premise of the reform is the specialisation of judges and courts under five main agendas—family, civil, criminal, commercial, and administrative justice. The reform is intended to increase the efficiency of the administration of justice and will lead to several changes: the dissolution of several existing courts, the creation of new courts, and the transfer of agendas between individual courts. The reform of the “judicial map” consists of two laws: (i) Act no. 150/2022 Coll.
Kinstellar has successfully advised the founders of the Czech crowdfunding platform Roier on a new, multi-million Czech crown investment. Roier brings together investors and companies seeking financing for their real estate projects. It enables investment in corporate loans secured by real estate property and has financed projects totalling approximately CZK 275 million in two years of market presence. The Kinstellar team was led by Kamil Blažek (Partner) and Martina Březinová (Counsel). Other team members included Michal Kníž (Managing Associate) and Jakub Šťastný (Senior Associate). For more information, please contact Martina Březinová at martina.brezi
Kinstellar is proud to have advised Rheinmetall on the signing of a cooperation agreement with Ukraine’s state-owned defence industry concern, Ukroboronprom. The two major defence manufacturers intend to create joint capabilities domiciled in Ukraine through setting up a joint venture, which is expected to be operational from mid-July 2023. Starting with the maintenance of military vehicles, the parties plan to move to the transfer of technology, joint production of selected Rheinmetall products in Ukraine, to potentially joint development of military systems, including for subsequent export from Ukraine. The entrance of Rheinmetall marks a new exciting chapter in the development of Ukraine’s defence industries
Kinstellar has recently advised Tempo Software, a leading provider of portfolio management solutions for product development organizations, on the acquisition of Amovos, which operates the Old Street Solutions brand. Old Street Solutions is an Atlassian Marketplace Partner simplifying Jira and Confluence with their popular Custom Charts for Jira and Custom Charts for Confluence apps. The acquisition will expand Tempo’s Atlassian-based product suite providing users with easy-to-use, customizable data visualizations of Jira data, so teams can focus on getting work done quickly, not struggling with complicated corporate reporting tools. Mark Lorion, CEO at Tempo Software, said: We’re thrilled to welcome Old
On 19 April 2023, the President of Uzbekistan signed law No. ЗРУ-831, which came into force on 20 April 2023 and introduced changes to the law “[o]n banks and banking activities” (the “Amended Banking Law”). Law on Banking The Amended Banking Law (i) increases the minimum charter capital requirement for banks and (ii) lifts certain restrictions on ownership of bank shares by non-residents of Uzbekistan. Increased charter capital requirements The Amended Banking Law increases the requirements for the minimum amount of charter capital of banks in Uzbekistan from UZS 100 billion to UZS 500 billion (from approximately USD 8,780,000 to USD 43,898,000 as of 1 May 2023) within the following timeline:
As May 2023 marks the fifth anniversary of the implementation of GDPR, we have prepared an overview of the five years of regulatory struggle in Romania since the regulation came into effect. By examining the value of the sanctions and the types of violations, we can identify some regulatory trends of the local practice. Statistics on fines In the first year of GDPR (i.e., May 2018–May 2019), the Romanian Data Protection Authority (“the Authority”) did not issue any fines, but only recommendations, even if a significant number of ex-officio investigations were performed (namely 336). This was a year of accommodation. In the following years (May 2019–end of 2021), the Authority continued to carry
Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Ömer Erdoğan has joined the firm’s Istanbul office as Partner. His joining reinforces our team’s capabilities in Turkey—particularly our expertise in the real estate, infrastructure and energy sectors as well as project finance. Ömer has 18 years of experience advising multinational and local companies on their investments in Turkey and abroad. His banking and finance expertise covers a wide range of transactions in Turkey. He has led teams acting for both lenders and sponsors on trade finance, project and acquisition financings, banking regulatory, security documentation, and secured loans and syndications. Ömer’s broad experience also covers the energy
Kinstellar has successfully advised S IMMO AG, a real estate investment company, on its acquisition of three office buildings and one hotel in the Czech Republic from CPI Property Group. The assets include the Mayhouse and Luxembourg Plaza offices in Prague, ZET.office in Brno, and the Courtyard by Marriott Prague City hotel. The four assets have a total value of EUR 167.7 million and generate annual income of close to EUR 8.4 million. The Kinstellar team was led by Klára Štěpánková (Partner) and included Martin Holub (Managing Associate) and Dominik Ševců (Junior Associate). Other team members included Jakub Šťastný (Senior Associate), Anna Veselská (Associate), Arťom Gnědin (Associate), Adam Němec (Managing
Kinstellar is pleased to announce the successful completion of its advisory role in facilitating the exit of KG CURA Vermögensverwaltung G.m.b.H. & Co. from a joint venture with G City Europe (formerly Atrium European Real Estate). The joint venture pertained to the ownership of Arkady Pankrac, a premium shopping centre with a focus on fashion, located in one of Prague's most prominent business and residential districts.The core team consisted of Partner Karla Rundtová and Managing Associate Adam Němec, with an essential support from Junior Associate Paul Válka.
Kinstellar is delighted and proud to announce the promotions to Partner of Tomáš Melišek (Bratislava), Levente Hegedűs (Budapest), Bulut Girgin (Istanbul), Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova, Natalia Kirichenko, Oleg Matiusha, Illya Muchnyk (all in our Kyiv office), and to Counsel of Dominika Bajzáthová (Bratislava). PARTNERS Tomá š Melišek, Bratislava Tomáš is the Head of the local Banking & Finance service line. He has 15 years of experience in banking and finance, focusing on project and acquisition financing as well as on financial regulations. Tomáš has substantial experience advising clients on significant financing transactions in the areas of real estate, energy, infrastructure, automotive, media