Working with the Unified Portal for e-Justice: Improvements and Practical Issues

February 2024 This article is available in Bulgarian here.  Three years after its launch[1], e-Justice in Bulgaria is still under construction and improvement and has not yet reached its final form. At the end of March 2023, the unified platform of e-Justice – the optimised Unified Portal for e-Justice (UPEJ) – started working. Prior to that, the pilot programme of the Unified Information System of the Courts (UISC), which was the forerunner of the actual UPEJ, operated for more than 3 years. The optimised UPEJ is a single electronic database of court cases considered by all regional,…

REM unlawfully discontinued proceedings against Happy TV for denial of atrocities in Prijedor camps, Administrative Court rules

February 13 In a recent decision, the Administrative Court in Belgrade refuted the position of the Serbian electronic media regulator (REM) that the purported lack of a majority of votes entitled the regulator to discontinue the proceedings against a television broadcaster. On 10 May 2021, REM discontinued the proceedings against Happy TV, initiated two months earlier by former prisoners of the concentration camps Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje (in the area of Prijedor) that existed during the Bosnian war (1992-1995). REM stated that it was unable to reach a majority of votes either in favour…

NNDKP Successfully Finalized Arbitrations Worth over EUR 50 Million

July 2023 NNDKP has successfully finalized the two successive arbitration cases related to the design and execution of one of the four sections of the Sebes-Turda motorway. These arbitrations, which started in 2017 and 2019, respectively, and spanned more than 3 years each, were related to the claims raised by the Contractor – an extension of time, additional costs, loss of profit, and interest having an aggregate value of over EUR 50 million, arising in connection with the performance of the same administrative contract drafted based on the FIDIC Yellow Book (1999) rules (design and build). The…

NNDKP Obtains the Annulment of the Fine Imposed by the Competition Council on a Major Food Supplier

May 2023 NNDKP successfully represented a major local food supplier in connection with the annulment of the fine imposed by the Competition Council following an investigation initiated in 2009 for alleged anti-competitive agreements between several suppliers and retailers operating in the domestic market. The NNDKP team representing the client in this dispute was led by Sorina Olaru (Partner) and included Daniela Savin (Managing Associate) and Andreea Ciubotaru (Associate), from the Dispute Resolution practice, as well as Anca Diaconu (Partner), from the firm’s Competition, State Aid…

Merkur Osiguranje d.d. Acquires Wustenrot Zivotno Osiguranje d.d.

December 2022 DTB is proud to announce that after obtaining all regulatory approvals, one of the leaders in the Croatian insurance sector, Merkur osiguranje d.d. Hrvatska, completed the acquisition of a well-known life insurance company Wusternot zivotno osiguranje.  DTB’s Corporate, Regulatory, Employment, Dispute Resolution, IP, and Real Estate teams jointly performed comprehensive legal due diligence on the target company. DTB’s acquisition team consists, among others, of Senior Partner Mario Krka and Attorney Dominik Glavina.

NNDKP Successfully Assisted Enel in a Complex Fiscal Dispute

November 2022 Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) successfully represented ENEL (E-Distributie Banat) in a complex tax dispute relating to the possibility of the taxpayer deducting the value of tax depreciation for tangible assets (electricity grid connectors) acquired from the company’s clients through transfer, for the calculation of corporate income tax. Initially, tax authorities rejected this possibility based on the way in which the company acquired the connectors (free of charge) and considered the existence of accounting depreciation rules different from the tax depreciation…

Non-Compete Clause Limitations And Third Parties’ Involvement

October 2022 Authors: Selin Balkir Ercin, Begum Acar, Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli Attorneys at Law The non-compete obligation requires a party to refrain from operating in another party’s field of work, in a particular geographic area, for a specific period of time. While this obligation may arise from an agreement between parties, it may also arise from the law. Turkish law obliges persons with certain legal status to refrain from competing, in view of managing potential conflicts of interest. An employee’s duty of loyalty containing the obligation not to compete with the employer, as long…

Sports Law Disputes in Turkey and Europe Webinar

Join KDK's webinar on Wednesday, 3 November, to explore sports law disputes in Turkey and Europe. This webinar, which has been organised by Istanbul Bilgi University, The Solution and Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli, will feature presentations from Herve Le Lay of Brown Rudnick LLP, Jean-Louis Dupont of RocaJunyent and Prof. Dr. Hatice Ozdemir-Kocasakal of the Galatasaray University Faculty of Law. Okan Demirkan will moderate the session. Topics of the presentations will include: - Player’s Contracts: Topical Litigious Issues in View of CAS Case Law; - Internal Judicial Bodies and Arbitration in…

Polenak Law Firm Contributes to Mondaq's Litigation Dispute Resolution Comparative Guide

Author: Aleksandar Dimic Polenak Law Firm’s partner Aleksandar Dimic drafted the latest Mondaq’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Comparative Guide for North Macedonia. The guide is in a Q&A format and Mr. Dimic provides insights related to the judicial system of North Macedonia, judicial structure, pre-litigation, commencing litigation, and more. To read the full article, please click here. Aleksandar Dimic is a partner at Polenak Law Firm in May 2019. He is head of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and leads the Litigation Department. Aleksandar is a legal expert representing…

Application of Law No. 805 in Agreements Involving a Foreign Party

In a dispute arising from an agreement executed in a language other than Turkish, particularly in cases where one of the parties is non-Turkish, there is a risk of Turkish courts assessing such agreement’s validity under Law No. 805 on the Mandatory Use of Turkish in Commercial Enterprises.

A Tax Dispute concerning VAT Fixed Establishments brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union after Obtaining its Referral to the Luxemb...

NNDKP CELF has successfully represented its client, a non-resident company, before the national court in which it has made a request for a preliminary ruling to the CJEU concerning the interpretation of the EU VAT Directive and Regulation as regards the existence of a VAT fixed establishment

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.