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…

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. to Explore Potential Strategic Alternatives for the Company

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (“CME”) (NASDAQ/Prague Stock Exchange: CETV) announced on 25 March 2019 that its Board of Directors, working together with its management team and legal and financial advisors, has commenced a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives for the Company focused on maximizing shareholder value. The Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee comprised of independent directors to lead the process of reviewing the various strategic alternatives available. These may include, among other things, the sale of part or all of the Company, a merger with another strategic partner, a recapitalization, or continuing to execute on CME’s long-term business plan. AT&T Inc., CME’s largest shareholder, supports CME’s plan to review strategic alternatives.

SEE Legal Group at INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston

SEE Legal Group would be happy to meet you on the occasion of INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yotel Boston, 65 Seaport Boulevard. SEE Legal is the largest and longest running regional group in Southeast Europe. Based on the 53 IP lawyers spread over the 17 offices of the Group, and working together for 16 years, SEE Legal offers an integrated IP related service.

The SEE Legal Group and its Member Firms Top-ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

The SEE Legal Group continues to be ranked in Band 1 as a Leading Law Firm Network in Central & Eastern Europe by Chambers Europe 2019. For the past 16 years, SEE Legal has continued to develop into a highly-integrated regional legal service provider dominating the region of Southeast Europe. A client noted that the Group is "one of the biggest and longest-standing networks in the region," while Chambers Europe added that SEE Legal operates as a standalone provider to businesses seeking comprehensive coverage of Eastern Europe.

The Academy of American and International Law - an Extraordinary 5-week Educational Program in the U.S.

The Academy of American and International Law is particularly valuable for lawyers outside the U.S. who work for multi-national corporations or for law firms that represent either U.S. clients or multi-national clients with U.S. interests. BOYANOV & Co. supports the Academy and since 1990 regularly sends participants. Mr. Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner at BOYANOV & Co., has been the first Bulgarian participant at the Academy and since its attendance in 1990 is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Academy of American and International Law (formerly, the Southwestern Legal Foundation).

The SEE Legal Member Firms Top-ranked Individually and as a Group by Chambers Global 2019

All 10 SEE Legal member firms keep their high rankings in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global. As a Group, SEE Legal continues to be top-ranked as a Leading Regional Law Firm Network in Central & Eastern Europe by Chambers Global 2019. For the past 16 years, SEE Legal has continued to develop into a highly-integrated regional legal service provider dominating the region of Southeast Europe. A client noted that the Group is "one of the biggest and longest-standing networks in the region," while Chambers Global concluded that SEE Legal operates as a standalone provider to businesses seeking comprehensive coverage of Eastern Europe.

SEE Legal Members Worked on Five Deals Shortlisted for the 2018 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards

CEE Legal Matters announced the finalists for the CEE 2018 Deal of the Year in 17 CEE countries. The following SEE Legal members have participated in one or more of the five of the shortlisted deals: KALO & ASSOCIATES, BOYANOV & Co., Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic, Polenak Law Firm, BDK Advokati and Selih & Partners.