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Insights September 2022

Czech Republic approves ban and restrictions on selected plastics

The Czech Republic has adopted legislation on reducing the environmental impact of selected plastic products (along with another act amending existing regulations). The respective acts introduce several types of measures – in particular a complete ban on certain single-use plastic items and restrictions on the production of other plastic products; or granting financial support to municipalities. The acts implement the EU’s Directive on single-use plastics – albeit more than one year late. The new laws enter into force on 1 October 2022; but the various obligations become effective as of 1 January 2023, or 1 January 2024, or 1 July 2024, respectively – or, in some cases, even later, such as in 2030. Please

News July 2022

Vedran Kopilović participates in an ESG roundtable focusing on green financing

Vedran Kopilović, a Managing Associate at Kinstellar’s Zagreb office, participated in a virtual roundtable to discuss the latest in ESG developments with a focus on green financing—its regional and local drivers and roadblocks, its impact on non-financial reporting, and what it all means for the legal profession. The event took place on 12 July 2022 and was organised by CEE Legal Matters and moderated by CEE Legal Matters Managing Editor, Radu Cotarcea. Vedran highlighted that while the legal framework is solid on paper, “the reality of inflation, the war in Ukraine, and even the pandemic have created setbacks.” He went on to explain that, “a certain amount of sustainability-linked loans were offered by commercial

Insights June 2022

Bulgaria: Director duties and ESG considerations

Bulgarian law requires that the directors of Bulgarian joint-stock companies perform their functions as directors by adhering to the “duty of care” standard of a prudent businessperson and always in the interest of the company and its shareholders. If a director fails to comply, they could be held liable for any damages caused to the company. The required duty of care standard is not easily reconciled with the current shift in corporate governance towards compliance with material ESG factors. While important for all stakeholders (e.g., employees, customers, vendors, and the communities where the company operates), ESG compliance could trigger additional financial costs and potentially be an obstacle to maximising profits.

News March 2022

Kinstellar announces new promotions to Partner and Counsel

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotions to Partner of Nina Tsifudina (Sofia) and to Counsel of Atanas Mihaylov (Sofia). PARTNER Nina Tsifudina, Sofia Nina has over 14 years of experience advising on large international transactions. She is counsel to local and multinational companies on a wide range of commercial matters and cross-border deals, reorganisations and market-entry strategies, with a focus on the TMT, pharma and financial services sectors. She also represents private equity and venture capital firms on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings, as well as portfolio companies on all corporate matters. Nina is highly experienced in all employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional