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News October 2022

Kinstellar bolsters its competition & compliance practice in Belgrade with new hires

Kinstellar, Emerging Europe and Central Asia’s leading independent law firm, is delighted to announce the appointment of Olga Šipka as a Special Counsel in the Belgrade office and the head of the local Competition and Compliance service line. Olga Šipka is a highly regarded and experienced lawyer in the Serbian and regional (ex-Yugoslavia) markets. Olga’s core practices include competition and antitrust, regulatory and compliance. She boasts significant, broad-based experience advising and representing leading Serbian and international companies on numerous competition, corporate, data protection, regulatory and M&A projects covering Serbia and the Western Balkans. Her experience extends across a wide range of

News September 2022

Kinstellar strengthens its Corporate M&A and Real Estate practices in Bucharest with new senior hires

Kinstellar proudly announces that two experienced senior lawyers have joined the growing team in Bucharest: Mihai Stan, Corporate M&A, and Diana Cochileț, Real Estate & Construction. The new hires, following the recent additions to our employment team, show our commitment to service our clients in areas with strong growth. Mihai Stan focuses on corporate M&A. In his almost nine years of practice, he has been involved in a wide range of matters from mergers, acquisitions, sales of operations and exits, to corporate governance, compliance and company formation issues, having worked for clients active across diverse sectors, including financial institutions, industrial, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.

News August 2022

Kinstellar significantly expands its dynamic employment and labour law team in Bucharest

Kinstellar is pleased to announce new joiners to its employment and labour law team in Bucharest over the past month. The Firm welcomes senior lawyers Lidia Zarnescu and Catalin Roman, who each boast more than 10 years of employment and labour law experience. Their addition to the firm significantly strengthens our employment and labour law expertise and grows our team in Bucharest to 6 dedicated lawyers, making it one of the largest and most experienced teams in Romania. This enables us to respond to the ever-increasing need for labour-related law advice in Romania. Lidia Zarnescu has significant expertise and an established track record handling a wide spectrum of employment and labour law issues including TUPE, disciplinary

News August 2022

Kinstellar announces new Managing Associate promotions in Zagreb

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotion to Managing Associate of Andrijana Kaštelan, Vedran Kopilović and Marija Vuchetich in our Zagreb office. With these promotions the firm acknowledges their dedication, teamwork, consistent high level of client service, legal knowledge and transactional expertise.  Andrijana Kaštelan focuses on commercial real estate. She has extensive experience in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposal of commercial real estate, including retail, logistics, leisure, and office properties. Andrijana also advises clients on M&A transactions, projects, and joint ventures, particularly in the hospitality, retail and energy sectors. In addition, Andrijana

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

News June 2022

Kinstellar promotes Mert Elçin to Counsel in Istanbul

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotion of Mert Elçin to Counsel in our Istanbul office. Mert has more than 10 years of experience in corporate, M&A and banking and finance transactions as well as regulatory matters and has represented clients from a wide range of sectors, in particular banks, brokers, insurers, asset managers, investment funds and other market participants from the financial services industry, venture capital firms, founders, angel and private equity investors, and companies focusing on life sciences and healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, retail and manufacturing. He is also experienced handling international arbitration. Mert joined Kinstellar in 2019 as

News June 2022

Kinstellar hosts webinar on current developments in the CEE life sciences & healthcare sector

On 14 June 2022, Kinstellar hosted a webinar centred on current developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector across Central and Eastern Europe. We covered some of the most relevant and pressing topics currently impacting the life sciences & healthcare landscape, including (i) sector inquiries by local competition authorities in the area of life sciences; (ii) price reduction announcements and their relevance for the CEE pharma sector; and (iii) legal challenges on the use of artificial intelligence across the life sciences industry. Presentations were made by Tomáš Čihula, Eszter Takácsi-Nagy, Péter Vörös and Petr Bratský. Below we provide a brief summary: Sector inquiries

News June 2022

Helping Hands for Ukraine: Our recent pro bono activities

At Kinstellar, ‘corporate responsibility’ is not an empty slogan. Helping those in need and playing important roles in our communities have always been a crucial part of our firm culture. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, we have never felt stronger and more united inside the firm. Extraordinary times in Ukraine have been met with an exceptional response from our people, who continue doing their best to provide humanitarian aid, support various charities and NGOs, and provide pro bono legal assistance to those affected by the war. Here we are sharing a brief report of our recent pro bono activities, to be followed by a series of short videos with our people working to support Ukraine.  We thank all of our amazing

News June 2022

The perfect storm in business through the prism of global risks

"The Perfect Storm in Business through the Prism of Global Risks" was the topic of a panel discussion held on 19 May 2022 at the Metropol Hotel in Belgrade, jointly organized by the Business Intelligence Institute, TPA Srbija, Joint Law Office Marić in cooperation with Kinstellar and Samer & Co. Shipping. The oxymoron "Perfect Storm" means any event in which the situation is drastically complicated by an extremely rare set of circumstances. Rising raw material prices, the consequences of the pandemic, green transformation and global conflicts are topics that are on the agenda of all companies. The complexity of the current situation is reflected in its implications, including investments, companies, geopolitics, local

News May 2022

Kinstellar takes part in the ‘Brave Ukraine’ fundraising event organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London

Kinstellar is honoured to have taken part in the ‘Brave Ukraine’ event organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London on 12 May 2022. We were represented by Jason Mogg, Senior Partner, and Daniel Bilak, Chairman of the Management Committee of the firm’s Ukraine office.  Thanks to generous donations, the event raised desperately needed funds to re-equip the Western Ukrainian Specialised Children's Medical Centre, which has become a hub for seriously ill children from across Ukraine displaced by the war. Through the fundraising platform www.withukraine.org established by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK, almost £30 million have been raised to provide food packs, medical supplies, generators, armoured ambulances

News April 2022

Kinstellar expands its Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) service line in the Czech Republic

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that Petr Bratský has joined the firm’s Prague office as Head of the local TMT sector and service line. His addition to the firm strengthens our expertise in the TMT area. Petr is an expert in IP/IT/Media and Telecommunications. Before joining Kinstellar, Petr worked more than five years at the leading Czech law firm Havel & Partners. In his practice, he focuses primarily on technology, intellectual property, media and film law and legislative advice. Petr also provides strategic and ad hoc compliance advice on the handling of personal data in various commercial sectors. His expertise includes advising major local and international clients from across different industries

News April 2022

Kuanysh Shekerbekov participates in a panel discussion in connection with the official presentation of the “VC Guide for Founders”

Kuanysh Shekerbekov, Managing Associate of Kinstellar’s Almaty office, participated as a speaker in a panel discussion in connection with the official presentation of the “VC Guide for Founders”. The event took place on 8 April 2022 and was organised by The AIFC Tech Hub, a subdivision of the "Astana" International Financial Center (AIFC), which has the task of promoting the development of the start-up ecosystem, the venture industry, e-commerce, corporate innovation and new technological directions in Kazakhstan (FinTech, GovTech, SatelliteTech, Industry 4.0. etc.). The purpose of the guide is to provide a clear understanding of the opportunities and advantages of the AIFC for structuring venture transactions and