Kinstellar has successfully advised Slovenia's largest banking group, Nova Ljubljanska Banka, d.d. Ljubljana ("NLB"), on the acquisition of 100% shareholding in SLS Holdco, the parent company of Summit Leasing, a leading provider of car financing in Slovenia, and its subsidiaries, from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory and anti-trust approvals and is planned for the second half of 2024. The acquisition would make NLB the first and only financial institution in the region to cover all leasing markets of the former Yugoslavia. Summit Leasing has a vast network
Significant changes in the regulation of cannabis use have occurred in some countries in Central and Eastern Europe since our last report. In addition to a number of countries gradually legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes, increasing efforts by some countries are being seen to also legalise the use of cannabis for recreational use, as well as the use of other products containing various cannabinoids, most importantly cannabidiol (CBD). Click here to read a summary of recent changes related to the national regulation of this rapidly growing sector across Central and Eastern Europe. For any other details or information, please contact Tomáš Čihula, Partner. Contributors:
Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Sava Savov has joined the firm as a Partner. In his new role, Sava will support Kinstellar’s international transactional offering and will also work with the executive team on various strategic initiatives of the firm. Sava Savov has an established reputation as a leading corporate and private equity lawyer. During his nearly two decades of experience, he has built a very successful career. His practice covers all areas of private equity, special situations and corporate law, including: acquisitions and disposals; distressed situations and restructuring; structured equity and other special situations; platform formations and investments; management equity; fund formation; and
At the end of September, the long-awaited Regulation (EU) 2023/1804) on the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure, and repealing Directive 2014/94/EU (“AFIR”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Though the entry into force of AFIR is 13 April 2024, it is worth reviewing the key takeaways that the AFIR introduces as part of the EU’s Fit for 55 package. The AFIR sets binding national targets for the development of adequate EU alternative fuel infrastructure. The new regulation also establishes common technical specifications and requirements regarding the information to vehicle users for the provision of data and payment requirements. The AFIR includes detailed regulations regarding
Recent economic and regulatory trends such as high inflation rates and the need to transition to a green economy have pressured employers to consider cost cutting measures. Organisations have various responses with many taking steps to reduce labour costs and/or reallocate resources which may lead to recruitment freezes or even redundancies. These measures come with their legal risks which are greater in some jurisdictions over others. Although EU legislation sets certain minimum standards for termination of employment and mass lay-offs across all EU Member States, local rules vary widely in terms of timing, costs, employee protection, and litigation risks. In some cases, upskilling or reskilling of employees could be an
Kinstellar is delighted to announce the appointment of Dániel Péter (Managing Associate, Budapest) and Cătălin Roman (Senior Associate, Bucharest) as Co-Heads of the firm-wide Employment & Labour law service line. Dániel and Cătălin will support Nina Tsifudina, Partner in our Sofia office and firm-wide Head of Employment & Labour law, on the development of this increasingly important service line. Both Dániel and Cătălin bring extensive experience and a proven track record in employment law, making them well suited to lead the practice and navigate the complexities of this ever-evolving field. Dániel Péter heads the Employment & Labour Law service line in the Budapest office. Dániel
Kinstellar, working with Morgan Lewis London, has advised TAWAL, the leading integrated ICT infrastructure provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the local law aspects of their successful bid to acquire the tower assets of United Group B.V., consisting of more than 4,800 towers across Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia, for EUR 1.2 billion. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Kinstellar assisted with due diligence, regulatory advice and local law support on the transaction documents in Bulgaria and Croatia, and ODI Law in Slovenia provided assistance on all Slovenian law aspects of the transaction. The regional team was led by Diana Dimova, Partner in Sofia. The team in Bulgaria
Kinstellar is delighted to announce the launch of its comprehensive Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) screening service. As the regulatory landscape around FDI continues to evolve, Kinstellar recognises the critical importance of helping clients navigate this complex area. Our team of cross-practice experts has deep understanding of the various regulatory frameworks governing FDI screening across different jurisdictions. We help our clients assess the potential risks and opportunities associated with foreign investment and develop strategies to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The new service includes comprehensive FDI screening and due diligence; assistance with FDI screening filings and communicating
The healthcare industry in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey is undergoing a digital transformation, with telemedicine at the forefront. Governments and healthcare providers are adopting digital solutions to improve medical services and support healthcare system digitization, which can increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve access to healthcare. Click on this link or the image below to read the overview put together by a team of our experts led by Partner Tomáš Čihula.
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:
Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Simon Beswick, former CEO of the international law firm Osborne Clarke, has joined Kinstellar’s top governance body (Board of Directors) as a non-executive member. Simon is a longstanding and very highly respected senior member of the UK and international legal community and brings over 35 years of global legal and law firm leadership experience. He ran and was the managing partner of the UK business of Osborne Clarke from 2003 to 2014, consolidating the firm's position in the UK, redesigning its governance model, shifting it to a sector-led strategy and evolving the brand. He became CEO of Osborne Clarke in 2012, leading the firm's growth across Europe, Asia and the US. Simon’s
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).