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Bulgaria

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, you face a constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation drives growth, provided you overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. Having worked on a broad range of cutting-edge technology, media and communications matters in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) over the past two decades, our market-leading specialists in the region have dealt with every risk and challenge you face in a rapidly evolving market, from IP infringement and anti-trust issues to the complex issues that arise as markets adapts to transformative technologies – big data, the cloud, e-health and the internet-of-things.  Many companies are also joining forces as they seek to meet highly capital-intensive demands for investment in technology and building networks.  Our experts in CEE, many of whom have worked in-house in leading technology, media and communications companies, have led on a significant proportion of the limited number of network sharing arrangements that are in place across Europe. 

We understand that technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and that you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise.  From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.  We are actively involved in the industries in which you operate, including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media, and are able to develop innovative solutions for you. Recognising the ever growing demand for and importance of data privacy, CMS has a dedicated data privacy team focusing on the full range of data privacy compliance matters, from privacy audits through to data security, transmission and management, as well as developing issues such as safe harbour and Big Data at both the local and EU level.  

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    Data Protection Law

    In today's business world, the idea of not using data applications on a daily basis is impossible to imagine, while at the same time, companies are operating in the increasingly sensitive area of privacy and personal rights. Getting things wrong in this area can result in significant penalties. But it needn't come to that: We can support and advise you in detail on the needs and requirements of electronic data processing and assist you in the development of business models that are compliant with data protection laws. In doing so, you can benefit from the many years' experience we have advising and representing international clients from a broad range of different industries.

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    December 2018
    Fund­ing for films and au­dio-visu­al works in Cent­ral...
    22/11/2018
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    Jan 2018
    Net­work Shar­ing 3.0
    In­fra­struc­ture shar­ing and in­vest­ment 2017
    29/10/2018
    With the fu­ture of the US-EU data Pri­vacy Shield in doubt, com­pan­ies...
    The EU Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR), which has been in ef­fect the European mar­ket since 25 May 2018, re­quires com­pan­ies to meet cer­tain stand­ards when trans­fer­ring per­son­al data to non-EU coun­tries or "third coun­tries" (see Art­icle 44 et se­qq.
    Gentscho Pavlov
    01/01/2018
    Bits, bytes and an edge
    Bro­chure IT Law
    17/10/2018
    Chin­a's courts pass con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings on open-source li­cen­cing
    In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.
    01/01/2018
    New times, new is­sues
    Bro­chure TMC
    27/09/2018
    Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity fines on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or EUR 312,500
    The Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine of EUR 312,500 on on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or Mr Green Ltd (Mr Green), which ex­ploits the web­site www. mr­green. com, for vi­ol­at­ing the Dutch Bet­ting and Gam­ing Act (WOK).
    01/2016
    The European Court of Justice de­clared "Safe Har­bor"...
    27/09/2018
    Na­tion­al gambling au­thor­it­ies is­sue a de­clar­a­tion in which they raise...
    On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.
    19/09/2014
    Spe­cial schemes for VAT tax­able per­sons in the EU sup­ply­ing...
    13/08/2018
    New EU reg­u­la­tion brings trans­par­ency to on­line in­ter­me­di­ar­ies and...
    In the new draft  set of rules ("Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion for fair­ness and trans­par­ency for busi­ness users of on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices"), the European Com­mis­sion will ob­lige on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices and search en­gines to ob­serve great­er fair­ness.