Kinstellar is proud to announce that it has advised the Swedish appliances manufacturer Electrolux Group on the successful sale of its manufacturing facility in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, to the Swedish high-quality electric heat pumps manufacturer Qvantum for a cash consideration of EUR 38 million. The Kinstellar team was led by Barnabás Sági, Co-Head of the Budapest Real Estate service line, supported by Bertalan Ványa, Associate. The team also included Annamária Csenterics (Partner), Anna Szilágyi (Junior Associate), Judit Sós (Associate), Péter Vörös (Partner), Péter Gullai (Managing Associate), Dániel Péter (Managing Associate), and Szabolcs Szilágyi (Junior Associate).
The new Act on Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers and on Amendments and Additions to Certain Acts (the "Act") was adopted by the Slovak Parliament on 21 June 2023 and will enter into force on 25 July 2023, with the exception of some special and temporary provisions, which enter into force on the date of the Act’s publication in the Collection of Legislative Acts. The Act, which transposes the Representative Actions Directive (EU) 2020/1828, introduces a new legal proceeding—class actions—into Slovak legislation. The most significant elements of the new Act include: The introduction of two types of actions / proceedings available under the Act: a proceeding
Companies operating in Slovakia are facing new compliance obligations, as the government has recently proposed a comprehensive consumer protection act (“New Law”) for parliamentary debate. One of the main reasons for introducing the New Law is to transpose the so-called New Deal for Consumers introduced by the European Commission, consisting of three directives—the Omnibus Directive, the Sale of Goods Directive and the Digital Content Directive. The New Law is expected to replace existing consumer protection legislation in Slovakia. It aims to strengthen the rights of consumers, providing them with greater protection against unfair business practices, such as deceptive advertising and hidden costs. As a result
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 has successfully advised the owner of Unuodesign, a Czech manufacturer and seller of children's clothing and fabrics, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Hartenberg Holding, an investment fund focused on the Central European region. Kinstellar advised the seller throughout the entire transaction, including advice on shareholder relationship arrangements and deal structuring. The deal's value was not disclosed. The Kinstellar team was led by Jan Juroška (Partner) and was supported by Matěj Večeřa (Senior Associate). For more information please contact Jan Juroška, Partner, at .
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
An amendment to the Significant Market Power Act (the “Amendment”) has been passed by the Czech parliament. The Amendment, which transposes EU Directive No. 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food products supply chain, will introduce key changes to the concepts of significant market power in the Czech Republic. Specifically, the Amendment provides a new definition of significant market power by reducing the turnover threshold for the application of a statutory assumption of significant market power to EUR 2 million. In line with the related EU Directive, the amendment is designed to provide better protections for smaller businesses against unfair trading
Kinstellar’s Bratislava office has recently advised a syndicate of banks led by Všeobecná úverová banka (VÚB Bank) and including Slovenská sporiteľňa, ČSOB and HYPO-BANK Burgenland, in relation to a EUR 100 million club loan facility for refinancing and further investment in Bory Mall—a shopping and entertainment centre in Bratislava developed by Penta Real Estate. Kinstellar’s team in Bratislava was managed by Counsel Tomáš Melišek and included Dominika Bajzáthová (Managing Associate), Dáša Labašová (Senior Associate) and Michaela Straková (Junior Associate). Partner Marián Šulík led the team of Škubla & Partneri, which acted as advisors to the borrower.
The rapid growth of online shopping as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for different payment options for consumers at the checkout. One such option that is increasingly popular with consumers is the “buy now, pay later” (“BNPL”) solution. The hot trend in consumer credit BNPL allows consumers to defer the payment of the product and repay the purchase price in several instalments over a certain period of time, usually at no interest. BNPL is also a palatable option for merchants, as it gives them another avenue to generate sales by providing consumers an accessible opportunity to acquire products on credit. Such manageable payment options are also likely to strengthen consumer