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Deals February 2023

Kinstellar advises BRD-Groupe Société Générale on a EUR 24.3 million green financing in western Romania

January 2023 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce that it has successfully advised BRD-Groupe Société Générale SA on a EUR 24.3 million financing for the development of two green residential buildings by the Belgian property developer Speedwell in western Romania (Timișoara). The financing has been structured by BRD in accordance with the LMA Green Loans Principles and the provisions of the Substantial Contribution Criteria of the EU Taxonomy for mitigating climate-change risks applicable to this type of development. BRD is confident that these two “green” buildings located in a premium location in Timișoara will set new quality standards for addressing climate-change challenges, proving once again that the ESG standard

Insights December 2022

Cryptocurrency exchanges: how to choose a reliable one?

Investing in crypto assets is a high-risk activity. The existing structure of the crypto market, its supervision and its participants, is currently such that it cannot guarantee the security of funds, even for the customers of the best-known and, seemingly, best-protected exchanges. Given these inherent risks, there are several aspects that should be considered when choosing an exchange. In a recent interview with Minfin.com.ua, a Ukrainian portal on finances and investments, Illya Muchnyk, Counsel in our Kyiv office, shared his views on possible ways to secure funds when investing in cryptocurrencies. Read the full article here (in Ukrainian only).

Deals December 2022

Kinstellar advises OTP Bank on the successful acquisition of Ipoteka Bank in Uzbekistan

Kinstellar is proud to have advised OTP Bank, Hungary’s largest commercial bank and one of the largest independent financial service providers in Central and Eastern Europe, on the successful acquisition of Uzbekistan’s fifth-largest bank, Ipoteka Bank, with an 8.5% market share, more than 1.6 million retail customers and a significant roster of corporate clientele. Having worked together previously on several successful transactions in Hungary and in the CEE region, OTP mandated Kinstellar to handle its first acquisition in Central Asia. The deal involved four Kinstellar offices: Hungary, Uzbekistan, Serbia and Ukraine. According to the sale and purchase agreement signed on 12 December 2022, OTP Bank will

Deals December 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽiP) Kinstellar advises on the acquisition of Insite by Halcom

Our team in Croatia has advised former shareholders of Insite on the sale of shares to Halcom, a leading provider of innovative solutions for payment systems. Insite is an experienced and innovative supplier of CRM systems to the banking, insurance, and retail sectors. Their CRM solution has been successfully recognised for ten years by some of the largest European banks and retailers.   Halcom, as a division of Juniper Group, is part of the multinational group Constellation Software Inc. Halcom plays a leading role in developing payment systems in Central and South-Eastern Europe and ranks among the top providers of innovative and secure payment and financial services. The Kinstellar team in Zagreb

News November 2022

Kinstellar appoints new Service and Sector Heads

Kinstellar supports professional growth by offering a broad range of career development opportunities for our team including Sector/Service line head or co-head roles. We provide growth opportunities to all of our talented lawyers with relevant experience and who have an outstanding track record. We believe in an inclusive recruitment process where we create an equitable application, interview and selection process. We are delighted to announce the appointments of the following sector and service line heads: Müfit Arapoğlu, a Partner in the Istanbul office, is the firm-wide Financial Institutions (non-transactional) Sector Co-Head and the firm-wide Head of Banking, Finance & Capital Markets (service line).

Deals November 2022

Kinstellar advises Unilink on its acquisition of INSIA

Kinstellar has successfully advised Unilink Group on its acquisition of the majority of ownership shares in INSIA, a network of insurance and mortgage brokers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Unilink Group acquired 80% of the network from global professional services firm Marsh. Together with its recent acquisitions of Safety Broker in Romania and Moldova and I&G Brokers in Bulgaria, Unilink has created the largest insurance distribution platform in six CEE countries, with a volume of premiums brokered of EUR 1 billion. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. The Kinstellar team was headed by Jan Juroška (Partner) and Michal Kníž (Managing Associate) and included Denisa Šimanská (Associate)

News October 2022

Kinstellar strengthens its Corporate M&A team in Hungary with the appointment of Annamária Csenterics as Partner

10 October 2022 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Annamária Csenterics has joined the firm’s Budapest office as a Partner and Co-Head of the local Corporate M&A service line.  Annamária Csenterics is an experienced Corporate M&A practitioner with a career spanning 20 years at international law firms and as an in-house lawyer. She has served as lead counsel on scores of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic transactions, including spin-offs, split-offs and exits. Her clients have included corporations as well as private clients domiciled in the US, Europe and Hungary. Annamária will co-head the local Corporate M&A service line, including Real Estate

Deals July 2022

Kinstellar Sofia assists KBC Bank with completing the EUR 1 billion acquisition of Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria

Kinstellar Sofia, acting as lead counsel, has successfully assisted its long-standing client KBC Bank with completing the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD for EUR 1 009 million. The transaction also includes Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria’s fully owned subsidiaries Raiffeisen Leasing Bulgaria, Raiffeisen Asset Management (Bulgaria), Raiffeisen Insurance Broker and Raiffeisen Service. Kinstellar’s team was led by Corporate/M&A Partners Diana Dimova and Nina Tsifudina and Counsel Svilen Issaev (Head of Banking & Finance in Sofia). Denitsa Kuzeva (Senior Associate) and Nikolay Gergov (Associate) assisted with banking regulatory and corporate matters. Dessislava Fessenko (Of Counsel) and

News June 2022

Kinstellar promotes Mert Elçin to Counsel in Istanbul

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotion of Mert Elçin to Counsel in our Istanbul office. Mert has more than 10 years of experience in corporate, M&A and banking and finance transactions as well as regulatory matters and has represented clients from a wide range of sectors, in particular banks, brokers, insurers, asset managers, investment funds and other market participants from the financial services industry, venture capital firms, founders, angel and private equity investors, and companies focusing on life sciences and healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, retail and manufacturing. He is also experienced handling international arbitration. Mert joined Kinstellar in 2019 as

Insights May 2022

Uzbekistan liberalizes regulatory framework for mining of crypto-assets

On 27 April 2022, the President of Uzbekistan signed decree No. UP-121 (the “Decree”), which (i) reorganized the National Agency for Project Management into the National Agency of Perspective Projects (the “Agency”) and authorizing it to regulate circulation of crypto-assets in Uzbekistan (covering issuance, registration, and circulation of crypto-assets by residents of Uzbekistan), and (ii) established a special regulatory regime in the sphere of crypto-asset circulation. According to the Decree, only legal entities are entitled to engage in mining[1] of crypto-assets[2] in Uzbekistan, following compulsory e-registration with the Agency. Mining of crypto-assets does not require obtaining a license. The Decree

Deals April 2022

Kinstellar advises NN Group on the acquisition of a majority share in Finportal

Kinstellar’s Bratislava office has recently advised NN Group (‘NN’), a group of financial services companies providing insurance, retirement services, pensions, banking and investments in 11 countries, on the acquisition of a majority share in Finportal, the number-three financial intermediation service provider in Slovakia in terms of turnover. Companies associated under the NN brand manage pension savings and life insurance for almost one million Slovaks. Finportal brings together more than two thousand intermediaries offering comprehensive financial advice under its own name and brand. Through its investment, NN intends to further strengthen its long-term cooperation with Finportal and is seeking areas for the

Insights March 2022

Overview of virtual asset regulation in Ukraine

The crypto business has grown exponentially in recent years. Ukraine is no exception to this global trend, as local businesses are also at the forefront of crypto products and innovations (DeFi, NFTs, the metaverse and Web 3.0). However, legal uncertainty in Ukraine has created risks for the sustainable development of the local crypto industry and the investments of conventional business in digital assets.  This legal uncertainty has been addressed by the recently adopted legislation, which sets out a regulatory framework to minimise the risk and exposure of digital businesses in Ukraine. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian: