Amendment to the Electronic Signature Legislation

October 2021  The Information Technologies and Communication Authority (the “ITCA”), based on its decision of 13 July 2021, opened the amendment draft on the Regulation regarding the Procedures and Principles on Implementation of the Law on Electronic Signatures (the “Regulation“) for public consultation. On 15 October 2021, the amendment entered into force. The amendment provides new provisions on electronic identity authentication and the qualified electronic certificate upload process for identity cards, thus making it possible to create an electronic signature by using an identity…

Peter Petrov Authors Bulgaria’s Chapter Of Lexology Getting The Deal Through: Merger Control

September 2021 Partner Peter Petrov has authored the Bulgaria chapter in the 2022 edition of Lexology Getting The Deal Through on Merger Control. Lexology Getting The Deal Through provides international expert analysis in key areas of law, practice, and regulation for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners, and company directors and officers. In its sixteenth edition, the Merger Controls guide addresses key questions on all matters of concern regarding labour law in multiple countries worldwide. In the chapter, Peter provides his expert insight on a wide range of topics including…

The SEE Legal Group and its Member Firms Top-ranked by Chambers Europe 2021

For the first time, the publishers of Chambers Europe guide have decided to rank the Leading regional law firm networks in Central and Eastern Europe in separate bands. 

The SEE Legal Group Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global 2021

The SEE Legal Group and its members are proud to announce that the SEE Legal Group is the only regional legal network in Central and Eastern Europe that has received the prestigious Band 1 ranking by Chambers Global 2021.

ECJ: Storing Cookies Requires User’s Active Consent

On 1 October 2019, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) handed down its long-awaited preliminary ruling on the meaning of consent regarding cookies following a request from the German Federal Court of Justice during a case between the Federation of Consumer Organisations and the lottery services provider Planet49 GmbH (Case C673/201, Planet49 GmbH v. Bundersverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbaende – Verbraucherzentrale Bunderverband e.V). In a nutshell, Planet49 GmbH operated an online lottery scheme which (i) asked via a pre-ticked box for user’s consent for placing web analytics cookies and (ii) required users to provide mandatorily their consent to receiving marketing emails by third parties as a precondition for their participation in the lottery.

Legislative Novelties in the Gaming Industry

Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, held in September this year in Budapest, gathered a prominent group of stakeholders in the gaming sector to discuss the most recent business and legal developments in the industry across the European markets. BDK partner Luka Popovic spoke at the Balkans panel about legislative changes in the Montenegrin and Serbian gaming sectors.

Unlawful Commercial Advertisements in Turkish Law

In today's free economy, advertisements, marketing and communication have critical importance in triggering commercial, technological and economic developments. Advertisements are the market players’ prominent instrument for reaching out to a wide variety of diverse consumer communities and promoting their firms, brands, or products. Turkish law defines the term “commercial advertisements” as “marketing communications in written, visual, auditory or other forms promoting the sale or lease of goods and services and informing and persuading target consumer groups”. Advertisements’ and marketing’s substantial role in micro-economy has triggered the need for consumer protection , in order to ensure and sustain a balanced and fair trade environment. The legislator has introduced laws and secondary legislation governing advertisements and has established supervisory authorities to serve for this purpose.

Product Liability: While Europe Expects Guidance on the Product Liability Directive, Greece Debates on the Notion “Consumer”

KG Law Firm discusses the measures taken by the European Commission and Greece in adapting current legislation to the upcoming liability arising from new technologies.

BOYANOV & Co. Contributed to Getting the Deal Through: Product Liability 2018

Kina Chuturkova, Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and Stela Sabeva, Senior Associate and Co-Head of IP Department (Trademarks), contributed to the Bulgarian chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Product Liability 2018, published by Law Business Research Ltd, London in July 2018. The edition provides comparative analysis of product liability regulation in 23 jurisdictions worldwide, offering expert local insight with answers to crucial questions in areas such as: civil litigation system, evidentiary issues and damages, litigation funding, fees and costs, sources of legal framework,…

Implementation of PSD II – New Rules for Performance of Payment Services in Slovenia

With the PSD II implementation date catching us in mid-January 2018, on 25 January 2018, the Slovenian National Assembly adopted the new Payment Services, Services of Issuing Electronic Money and Payment Systems Act (“PSA”). The PSA is implementing the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD II) into Slovenian legislation and will enter into force on 22 February 2018. The PSA establishes a comprehensive set of rules applicable to payment services in Slovenia, all aiming to: increase the safety of payment transactions and payment services; increase consumer safety; and promote…