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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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    Jan 2018
    Net­work Shar­ing 3.0
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    17/10/2018
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    Dóra Petrányi
    03/04/2014
    CEE CMS Data Pro­tec­tion we­bin­ar series - Part 2
    27/09/2018
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    CEE CMS Data Pro­tec­tion we­bin­ar series - Part 1
    13/08/2018
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    CEE Guide to data pro­tec­tion
    25/07/2018
    Kenzo v Kenzo Es­tate: The CJEU con­siders the ad­miss­ib­il­ity of late...
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    07/06/2018
    In­de­pend­ent re­view of in­teg­rity in ten­nis
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