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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.  

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

News January 2023

Kinstellar appoints new Service Line Heads

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the appointments of new service line heads. Jan Juroška, a Partner in the Prague office, is the firm-wide Co-Head of M&A, Corporate & Private Equity. Jan has over 15 years of experience advising both local and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters and corporate transactions. Jan specialises in all aspects of corporate law, in particular M&A (including M&A real estate), private equity, joint ventures and employment. Jan is ranked by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 2022 editions, based on excellent client feedback, one stating that ''he knows the business needs of the clients and is very solution and target-oriented''. Edmund Emre Özer, a Partner

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

Kinstellar advises Zoo Group Stefanov pet stores on its sale to A&M Capital Europe

Kinstellar Sofia has advised the owners of Zoo Group Stefanov LLC, operating the most popular pet store chain in Bulgaria, on their successful sale of the company to A&M Capital Europe, a European private equity fund. With 29 locations across Bulgaria and a well-established online store, the fast growing brand specialises in the supply of food and accessories for pets. The sale will enable Zoo Group Stefanov LLC to combine with the other pet store business owned by the purchaser in Bulgaria which will ensure its sustained growth in the future.  The Kinstellar team in Sofia was led by Atanas Mihaylov (Counsel), and included Nina Tsifudina (Partner), Nikolay Gergov (Associate), and Yasen Toshev (Junior Associate).

Setting up December 2022

Setting up operations in Bulgaria

Today’s uncertainties at the European Union’s eastern border have left companies questioning the safety of their people and the continuity of their operations in that part of the world. Businesses in the IT and BPO sectors that had found talent and growth opportunities in Ukraine and its neighbours are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Sofia has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to Bulgaria. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

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’’

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).

Insights November 2022

Acquisition of a technology business in Bulgaria: Identifying the right earn-out structure

October 2022 – Over the past few years, the CEE region has been the focus of vibrant M&A activity in the technology sector. Bulgaria is no exception, with a number of acquisitions completed in IT services, software development, gaming, e-commerce, and digital services. A notable trend in the structuring of these transactions is the growing use of earn-out payment structures. In our recent practice, earnouts have been agreed upon in the majority of the acquisitions of tech companies by their founders. While previously earn-outs were not very popular in Bulgaria, such structures have become key to successful acquisitions. They are a useful tool to bridge the different purchase price expectations of the buyer and the seller by providing

Deals October 2022

Kinstellar co-advises Plastic Omnium on its EUR 520 million acquisition of Varroc Lighting Systems

Kinstellar’s Prague and Sofia offices, together with Linklaters, have successfully advised Plastic Omnium on its acquisition of Varroc’s automotive lighting systems business (VLS) from Varroc Engineering Limited. VLS, a Tier-1 supplier of automotive lighting systems with sales of approximately EUR 800 million in 2021, will be integrated into Plastic Omnium's new Lighting division, which generated pro forma sales of approximately EUR 1 billion in 2021 and employs 7,000 people in 11 plants worldwide. The Kinstellar team was led in Prague jointly by Karla Rundtová (Partner) and Adam Němec (Managing Associate) and also involved Petra Ledvinková (Senior Associate), Jakub Šťastný, Anna Veselská, Tereza Mašková

Deals September 2022

Kinstellar advises e-gaming company 52 Entertainment on the acquisition of Casualino (Zariba Group)

Kinstellar has successfully advised 52 Entertainment, a worldwide leader in bridge online (BBO, Funbridge) and e-sailing (Virtual Regatta), on its expansion into strategy and mind games by the acquisition of Casualino (also known as Zariba Group), the largest independent gaming studio in Bulgaria. The purchase of Causalino, a prolific creator of live games and highly popular brands, will help 52 Entertainment to continue its contribution to shaping the future of mobile and web gaming. The HLD-backed 52 Entertainment is scaling its operations to create new genre-defining top-grossing games for millions of new players.  Kinstellar’s team was led by Antonia Mavrova (Partner) and Atanas Mihaylov (Counsel) and