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Insights January 2023

Decentralized clinical trials: Current developments in CEE and Turkey

The rapid development of technologies and solutions in the healthcare sector is contributing to the proliferation of decentralised clinical trials (“DCTs”).  The aim of DCTs is for clinical trials to be conducted more effectively and conveniently – for patients, sponsors and investigators – through the use of digital technologies. In addition, with hospital visits temporarily limited and staff capacities overwhelmed, the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly underscored the necessity of performing certain elements of clinical trials remotely. Download in English:  

Insights January 2023

Unpacking the European Parliament’s Recent Resolution on Online Video Games

Last week, the European Parliament (“EP”) adopted a resolution on online video games (the “Resolution”) . In essence, the Resolution calls for strong enforcement of consumer protection rules in the video game industry, requires stricter regulation of loot boxes and emphasizes the enormous potential of the gaming sector. Download in English:    In case of any questions with respect to the above, our specialists are standing by to offer guidance and counsel.  

Deals January 2023

Žurić i Partneri Kinstellar acts as exclusive legal advisor to Angelina Yachtcharter on the acquisition of Jadranka Yachting

Following its acquisition of Ultra Saling in August 2022, Kinstellar's team in Croatia has assisted Angelina Yachtcharter Holding GmbH on another acquisition of 85% of the shares of Jadranka Yachting, a charter company located in Mali Lošinj, Croatia. Founded in 1995, Angelina Yachtcharter is the leading nautical charter management company in Croatia, currently operating a fleet of more than 280 vessels berthed at ten marinas along the Adriatic coast. With the purchase of Jadranka Yachting, Angelina Yachtcharter adds additional high-quality assets and operations to its existing portfolio and continues to build its presence on the Croatian market as the leading nautical charter operator. The Kinstellar team

Insights January 2023

NIS 2 Directive – What you need to know

On 27 December 2022, the Directive on “measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union”, repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148 (the “NIS 2 Directive”), was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The NIS 2 Directive builds on a previous NIS Directive adopted in 2016 expanding its scope to other entities. Due to a rising number of cybersecurity incidents as well as ongoing increased digitalization, the aim of the NIS 2 Directive is to cover more economic sectors and to introduce additional security and reporting requirements across all EU Member States. Member States will have until 17 October 2024 to transpose the NIS 2 Directive into their national laws. Our specialists

Insights January 2023

New updates to the Companies Act in Croatia

On 1 January 2023, the euro became the official currency of the Republic of Croatia. As a result, a number of laws in Croatia have been amended. The changes mostly apply to amounts that were previously regulated in Croatian kuna.  The amendments to the Companies Act prescribe the conversion of share capital from kuna to euro as a main obligation of companies.  Click here to read a summary of key changes, written by Partner Edin Karakas, Managing Associate Vedran Kopilović and Associate Zrinka Ivanković.

Deals December 2022

Žurić i Partneri Kinstellar advises OTP banka d.d. on the financing for the acquisition of Fiziodent Polyclinic

Our team in Croatia has once again advised OTP banka d.d., this time on the financing for the acquisition of Fiziodent Polyclinic through the sale of a majority ownership stake to Adria Dental Group. Fiziodent operates two polyclinics in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, and employs a total of 40 employees. It was founded in 2003 and is the leading clinic in the field of transparent and mobile braces in the region.  OTP banka d.d. continues to support the growth of Adria Dental Group. As the largest dental group in Croatia and the wider region, Adria Dental Group now has more than 450 employees and 180 dental specialists and includes seven clinics and five laboratories in the cities of Zagreb, Solin, Rijeka and Poreč.

Insights December 2022

End of UBO publicity?

As of 2020, European Union (“EU”) Member States are obliged to make details of ultimate beneficial owners (“UBOs”) of corporate and other legal entities available to the general public. However, in light of the recent decision of the Court of Justice of European Union (“the ECJ”), it is now questionable whether this obligation will remain. The requirement to make details of UBOs publicly available was introduced by Article 30 (5) of Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing (“the AML Directive”). The Member States are entitled to restrict public availability of details on UBOs under the AML Directive in the

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 named Law Firm of the Year in Central Europe at The Lawyer European Awards ceremony

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that it has been named “2022 Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe” by the leading UK and European legal publication The Lawyer at its annual European Awards ceremony. Each year the awards celebrate excellence across the European legal market and recognise firms that have demonstrated outstanding achievements through their mandates, performance, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. Winners are chosen from among over 120 independent law firms headquartered in Europe and global firms across the continent. Kinstellar is also proud to have been shortlisted for the “Law Firm of the Year: South Eastern Europe” and ‘’Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine’’

Deals November 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽIP) Kinstellar advises OTP Banka d.d. on the financing for the acquisition of Dentum Dental Clinic

Our team in Croatia has advised OTP Banka d.d. on the financing for the acquisition of Dentum Dental Clinic via the sale of a majority ownership stake to Adria Dental Group. With this transaction, OTP Banka d.d. continues to support the expansion of Adria Dental Group, which has now positioned itself as the largest dental group in Croatia and the wider region. The group has more than 420 employees, more than 70 practices and over 160 dental specialists, with annual revenues above 30 million euros. The group includes five clinics and five laboratories (Zagreb, Solin, Rijeka and Poreč) with a plan to further expand to the domestic and regional markets. The Kinstellar team in Zagreb was led by Mihovil Granić (Partner)

Deals November 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽiP) Kinstellar assists the European Commission Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER) in the transposition process of Directive 2018/2001

ŽiP Kinstellar — together with Grimaldi Studio Legale as the lead law firm and the Grimaldi Alliance network of highly skilled national experts from law firms Collegium Bitai & Partners, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co., Drakopoulos, Kirm Perpar, Wardynski & Partners and Vojčík & Partners, s.r.o. — is assisting the European Commission Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER) in reviewing the transposition status and conformity of the RED II Directive into Member States’ legal systems. In particular, ŽiP Kinstellar is verifying the transposition and conformity of the RED II Directive into Croatia’s legal framework. RED II is part of the EU's ambitious 2030 climate plan, which includes renewable

Deals September 2022

Žurić i Partneri (ŽiP) Kinstellar advises Angelina Yachtcharter Holding on the acquisition of 85% of the shares of Ultra Sailing

Our team in Croatia has advised Angelina Yachtcharter on the acquisition of 85% of the shares of Ultra Sailing. Angelina Yachtcharter, founded in 1995, is the leading nautical charter management company in Croatia, operating a fleet of more than 230 boats berthed in six marinas across the Adriatic coast. With the purchase of Ultra Sailing, an authorised dealer of Beneteau and Fountaine Pajot vessels in Croatia and with a charter fleet of more than 50 boats, Angelina Yachtcharter becomes the largest nautical charter provider in Croatia and strengthens its position as the leading nautical charter operator in the Croatian market. The Kinstellar team in Zagreb was led by Andrijana Kaštelan (Managing Associate)