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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:

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

Insights December 2022

Compensations for energy prices in Slovakia

On 1 December 2022, the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic (“the Ministry”) published a call for the submission of applications for the provision of a subsidy to cover additional costs due to the increase in gas and electricity prices (“the Call”). The aim of the Call is to compensate qualifying companies and natural persons (entrepreneurs) for excessive energy prices in August and September 2022. In this article, we present an overview of the related key information. 1     Basis The Call was published in accordance with the state aid scheme approved by the European Commission under No. SA. 104846 under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework (“the Scheme”). The Ministry

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’’

Insights November 2022

New updates in employment and labour law in Romania

The November issue of our newsletter, put together by our Bucharest Employment and Labour law team, provides overview of new related regulations and developments in Romania, namely: new rules regarding the employment of foreign nationals in Romania; reinstating the obligation to draw up internal rules and job descriptions for all employers, regardless of their legal form; ECHR judgment in Moraru vs Romania case a height requirement in the recruitment process is discriminatory; online access for employees or former employees to data from the general register ofemployees; amendment of the amount of the unemployment allowance. Click on the image below to read the whole

Setting up November 2022

Setting up operations in Romania

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 counties such as Ukraine or Moldova are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Bucharest has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to Romania. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

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)

Insights November 2022

Amendment to Significant Market Power Act to significantly broaden law’s scope

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

Insights November 2022

Focus on Merger Control in the Balkans: Kosovo

A new Competition Act entered into force in Kosovo in summer 2022. The most important change introduced by the new Competition Act is the change of the merger control threshold. Click on the link and image below to read more.  Kinstellar Kosovo Merger Control

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Setting up operations in the Czech Republic

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 countries such as Ukraine and Moldova are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Prague has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to the Czech Republic. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights November 2022

Romania approves secondary norms to its new FDI regime

The Romanian government has adopted secondary legislation for the organisation and functioning of the FDI Screening Commission (the “CEISD”)—the authority tasked with the review of foreign investments under Romania’s new foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regime. Specifically, the government adopted Government Decision no. 1,326/2022 approving the Regulation on the functioning of the CEISD, which came into force as of 8 November 2022 (the “CEISD Regulation”). Romania’s new FDI regime was introduced earlier this year through Government Emergency Ordinance no. 46/2022 on measures for applying EU Regulation 2019/452 establishing a framework for the examination of foreign direct investment in the Union (the