SEE Employment & Immigration Handbook 2018

SEE Legal Group has released its second edition of the Southeast Europe Employment & Immigration Handbook. The Handbook aims to provide to in-house counsels, human resources professionals and legal practitioners a helpful tool in understanding the legal framework regulating employment and immigration in the 12 jurisdictions of South East Europe. It highlights all the important aspects in the employment relations, such as hiring, amendment and termination of employment, salary and benefits payment and their taxation, working hours, vacation and other leaves, health and safety at work, non-compete…

Season's Greetings

SEE Legal would like to wish its Clients, Colleagues and Friends happy holidays and warm wishes for 2019!

SEE Legal at Freshfields’ CEE/SEE Arbitration Workshop

The SEE Legal member firms KALO & ASSOCIATES, both Albanian and Kosovo offices, and BOYANOV & Co. attended the CEE/SEE Arbitration Workshop organised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on 3 December 2018 in its Vienna office. More than 50 lawyers from 21 countries across the CEE and SEE regions attended the Workshop, which main focus was on cross-border and international arbitration. KALO & ASSOCIATES Albania was represented by Associate Armando Toslluku, specialised in arbitration related to intellectual property matters, KALO & ASSOCIATES Kosovo – by Senior Associate Atdhe Dika,…

When does GDPR Apply to a Non-EU Entity? EDPB Provides Guidance

Zorana Brujic of BDK Advokati discusses the guidance provided by EDPB on GDPR’s application on non-EU entity. European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) published on 16 November 2018 the long-awaited Guidelines 3/2018 on the territorial scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). As those with even a cursory interest in the matter knew, a company not established in the EU can still be within the reach of GDPR’s strict rules. But exactly when that is the case was not entirely clear from GDPR’s provisions and recitals. With these guidelines EDPB aims to clarify the criteria…

The SEE Legal Member Firms Top-ranked by IFLR1000 2019

All ten SEE Legal member firms are highly ranked individually in the 2019 edition of the International Financial Law Review 1000. In total 20 Tier 1 ratings were received by the ten members of the Group, including the following areas of law Financial and corporate, Project development, Banking and finance, M&A, Capital markets. A total of 47 lawyers of all ten SEE Legal member firms were recognised in five categories: Expert consultant (Borislav Boyanov, BOYANOV & Co., Bulgaria, M&A), Market leaders (Perparim Kalo, KALO & ASSOCIATES, Albania (Energy and infrastructure, Project…

Sale of Mercator's Shopping Centers in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

SEE Legal's Slovenian member Selih & Partners has been advising Mercator on its sale of ten shopping centres in Slovenia to Supernova. On October 12, 2018, Mercator and Supernova signed a contract for the sale, which provided Mercator with a rental agreement for a period of 15 years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for another 15 years under the same conditions. The Mercator Group is one of the largest corporate groups in Slovenia, as well as in the entire region of South-eastern Europe. Its primary and most important is the retail of fast-moving consumer goods, complemented…

SEE Legal – 15 Years of Success

The SEE Legal Group celebrated its 15th Anniversary at a cocktail reception on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at the Sky of Rome, La Lanterna on the occasion of IBA’s Annual Conference. The reception attracted over 150 guests from 39 countries, including guests from Europe, North and South America, Middle East, Asia and Australia. The attended 32 SEE Legal partners were honoured by the presence of ambassadors, judges, high IBA officials and other notable legal practitioners. All SEE Legal guests were treated to regional Italian excellences thanks to the Michelin Star food, exceptional white and red…

Sale of Addiko Bank

Reuters has recently reported that the private equity group Advent is starting preparations for an initial public offering ("IPO") or sale of its Vienna-based Addiko bank, which emerged from the collapse of Hypo Alpe Adria Bank. Unofficially, investments banks Goldman Sachs and Citi are working with Advent on the exit process which could take place next year. Addiko has a strong presence in the Balkans with retail banking operations in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina , Serbia and Montenegro.

BC Partners Pens Contract To Buy United Group From KKR

BC Partners, a leading international investment firm, signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in United Group B.V. from KKR which is to remain a minority stakeholder. This is an important event on the South-East European market given that United Group provides broadcasting and distribution services to more than 1.8 billion customers in the region and employs over 3400 people. In its official statement, BC Partners expressed excitement about the transaction and commitment to further invest in United Group’s growth. The closing of the deal is subject to standard regulatory approvals. BDK…

Availability of Domain Name Holders' Data in Europe Limited to a Minimum?

BDK Advokati discuss a recent desion of the German Regional Court and its possible implications. In a decision based directly on the GDPR, a German court recently prohibited collection of broad categories of personal data during the process of registration of internet domain names. If the decision portends the way in which courts in Europe will handle the issue, availability of the data regarding the holders of internet domain names will in the future be limited to a minimum. A German Regional Court (Landgericht) in Bonn delivered the ruling on 29 May 2018 in the dispute between ICANN (Internet…

European Union and the Western Balkans: A Game of Hot and Cold

Tijana Kojovic, Managing Partner of  BDK Advokati, and  Bisera Andrijasevic, Attorney at Law in BDK Montenegro, discuss the EU-Western Balkans Summit and the Sofia Declaration and what it means for the countries of Western Balkans:   The second EU-Western Balkans Summit took place in Sofia on 17 May 2018, bringing together the heads of state or government from EU Member States and the leaders from the six Western Balkans countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo. The…

SEE Legal Advises TNT and FedEx

SEE Legal advises TNT and FedEx on all legal matters related to the business of the companies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.