CNIL’s Primer on Video Surveillance at Work: Uniontrad Company Decision

On 18 June 2019, the French data protection supervisory authority (“CNIL”) issued a decision on video surveillance at work. The Uniontrad Company case demonstrates that a law specifically regulating the processing of images is not an indispensable prerequisite for reaching a decision. Instead, CNIL relied on the general GDPR rules on proportionality, fair notices, and security of processing. That does not mean that every detail of the video surveillance legal regime obviously flows from the general data protection rules. For example, data protection authorities may differ as regards the format of a data processing notice. But the fundamental rules governing video surveillance at work are clear, even in the absence of a specific regulation.

Link Mobility Group AS (Norway) Signed an Agreement to Buy Five of Allterco’s Telecom Subsidiaries

On 29 June 2019 Bulgaria's Allterco has signed an agreement to sell five of its telecommunications subsidiaries to Norway's LINK Mobility Group for an indicative price of EUR 7.9 million. The final price will be determined on a cash-free/debt-free basis after correction of the companies' preliminary financial statements. The deal concerns Allterco's units in Bulgaria - Teravoice, Tera Communications and Allterpay, as well as its Romania-based subsidiary Teracomm RO and North Macedonia-based Tera Communications DOOEL. Upon completion of the transaction, Allterco will receive 60% of the price in cash. A further 20% will be paid on a deferred basis within two years, while the remaining 20% will be paid by transferring rights for purchase of shares in Victory Partners VIII Norway Holding - the sole owner of LINK Mobility Group. With this deal, Allterco is divesting its entire telecommunications portfolio and will focus on its IoT subsidiaries.

SEE Legal at INTA’s Annual Meeting in Boston

During 18-22 May, the IP Partners Anisa Tomic and Stela Sabeva attended the INTA’s Annual Meeting in Boston - the largest yearly conference for trademark practitioners. As part of their visit and on behalf of the SEE Legal Group, the IP partners hosted a number of meetings with representatives of various law firms that carry substantial weight in the IP world. The meetings were focused on discussing the integrated IP related services offered by SEE Legal and on developing new relationships to expand SEE Legal’s network of colleagues and clients. The SEE Legal partners would like to thank all colleagues who joined the Group at Yotel Boston and look forward to seeing them on another occasion in the near future.

The Google Cases Sequel of the European Commission

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm analysed the reasons for the European Commission to fine Google a total of EUR 8.25 billion for abuse of dominant position in the respective Google shopping, Google Android and Google AdSense (online advertising) cases.

One Year of GDPR in the EU Countries of SEE Legal

Marking the first anniversary of the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) in the EU, SEE Legal EU members provide a short overview on the current standing of the GDPR application in their respective jurisdictions – Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Slovenia.

Three SEE Legal Members Advise Link Mobility Group AS (Norway) on the Acquisition of Teracomm

Europe’s leading and fastest growing provider of B2C messaging services is expecting competition clearance in Bulgaria in order to proceed to the acquisition of South-Eastern European mobile messaging activities, currently owned by Allterco (a Bulgarian listed company) and operated under the brand “Teracomm”. Teracomm is among the leading providers of B2C messaging services in the region, offering sound technical solutions to respond to the business needs of its clients and partners.

KG Law Firm’s IP Team Presents the New EU Directive on Copyright

On 26 March 2019 the EU Parliament approved the new 'Directive on copyright in the digital single market'. The proposed Directive seeks to govern on a level playing field the use of copyright material on the internet. Normally this would be a technical affair, but the Directive has drawn more controversy than any other Directive in the EU history between internet freedom activists, speaking for freeloading, and those being in favor of a high level of copyright protection.

BOYANOV & Co. and KALO & ASSOCIATES Completed the Deal for the Acquisition of Telekom Albania

BOYANOV & Co. and KALO & ASSOCIATES, members of SEE Legal, advised Albania Telecom Invest (ATI), a joint venture of the businessmen Mr. Spas Roussev and Mr. Elvin Guri, on the acquisition of Telekom Albania from Cosmote, Greece (part of the Deutsche Telekom Group). BOYANOV & Co. advised ATI on the entire deal – participation in a sales auction, legal due diligence, negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement, escrow agreement and set of other transaction documents, as well as negotiation of the financing for the deal from First Investment Bank. BOYANOV & Co. worked in close cooperation with KALO & ASSOCIATES, Tirana who advised the buyer on Albanian law related matters. The deal was completed on 7 May 2019.

The SEE Legal Member Firms Top-ranked Individually by The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019 Edition

All 10 SEE Legal member firms are highly ranked individually in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA. In total 44 Tier 1 ratings were received by the ten members of the Group, including some of the most key areas of law such as Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, EU and Competition, Projects, Real Estate and Construction. A total of 16 partners from five SEE Legal member firms were recognised in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. In addition, 19 SEE Legal Next Generation Lawyers were outlined in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500.

Have the financial regulators in the SEE region expressed any views in case of a hard Brexit?

In case of a hard Brexit (i.e. a No-Deal Brexit), the UK financial services providers will be treated in the same way in the local jurisdictions of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Slovenia (EU Member States) as financial services providers from a third country (i.e. a non-EU Member State). Most of the local financial regulators have not made any statements in relation to the above.

KALO & ASSOCIATES, BDK Advokati and BOYANOV & Co. Winners at the 2018 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards

As announced in February, the SEE Legal members firms KALO & ASSOCIATES (Albania and Kosovo), BOYANOV & Co. (Bulgaria), Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (Croatia), Polenak Law Firm (North Macedonia), BDK Advokati (Serbia and Montenegro) and SELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm (Slovenia) were nominated for the 2018 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards, held on March 28, 2019 in Budapest. It is with great pleasure for SEE Legal Group to announce that KALO & ASSOCIATES and BOYANOV & Co. are the winners as counsel for Bulgarian and Albanian part of the deal: Acquisition by OTP of Société Générale subsidiaries and BDK Advokati for the deal: Belgrade Airport Privatization and for the deal PPF’s Acquisition of Telenor’s Telecom Business, jointly with BOYANOV & Co.

SEE Legal Group Advised Netlog Logistics

Members of the SEE Legal Group acted in the course of due diligence of the Intereuropa group of companies, upon the announcement of a bank consortium that it is selling 72% share capital in Intereuropa d.d. The client, Netlog Logistics, was pleased with the smooth cooperation and coordination of lawyers in eight SEE Legal jurisdictions and Ukraine who agreed to a common engagement letter and seamlessly produced a common due diligence report. Coordination of the project was done by the Slovenian SEE Legal member firm SELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm whose team was led by partners Jera Majzelj and…