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Achieving business success in highly regulated markets requires effective management of commercial risks and of your supplier and customer relationships. Whether you are an international or domestic business active in the CEE region, you can rely on our advice on complex and multi-jurisdictional contractual arrangements and our knowledge of the commercial issues facing the sectors in which you operate. We have advised many international companies on entering CEE markets over the years and continue to assist them as they grow their businesses in the region.

With over 350 commercial and regulatory lawyers across 39 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the legal cultural and business factors impacting your commercial arrangements. We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, life sciences & healthcare, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports. We can guide you towards the best business outcome, whether you require advice on commercial contracts, supply services, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing, or sales, agency, distribution and franchise agreements.


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05/12/2022
EU Com­mis­sion pro­poses to mod­ern­ise product li­ab­il­ity rules for green and...
Cur­rent product li­ab­il­ity rules, based on the 85/374/EGK Product Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (PLD), are nearly 40 years old and no longer suit­able for the mod­ern di­git­al age. Among oth­er things, the PLD is un­cer­tain...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
27/10/2022
Bul­garia to de­vel­op 62 GW ca­pa­city of off­shore wind po­ten­tial
The En­ergy from Re­new­able Sources at Ter­rit­ori­al Wa­ters of Bul­garia Bill (the “Bill”) gov­erns the pub­lic re­la­tions re­gard­ing the power pro­duc­tion from off­shore wind farms in the sea wa­ters of Re­pub­lic...
27/10/2022
European data board re­com­mends re­form­ing leg­al frame­work for in­tro­duc­tion...
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ad­op­ted a state­ment on the design choices for a di­git­al euro from the pri­vacy and data pro­tec­tion per­spect­ive, stat­ing that its shares the...
24/10/2022
Bul­gari­an Fin­ance Min­istry an­nounces blue­print for ad­op­tion of the Euro...
On 21 Oc­to­ber 2022, the Bul­gari­an Min­istry of Fin­ance (MF) an­nounced its blue­print for ad­opt­ing the Euro un­der a fu­ture Euro Ad­op­tion Act (EAA). This blue­print closely fol­lows the main guidelines un­der...
13/10/2022
Com­mis­sion to pro­pose EU-wide le­gis­la­tion on cross-bor­der in­stant pay­ments
In its 2020 Re­tail Pay­ments Strategy, the Com­mis­sion con­firmed its goal of fos­ter­ing the full take up of in­stant pay­ments in the EU. Between 10 March 2021 and 7 April 2021, the Com­mis­sion held a pub­lic...
12/10/2022
Com­mis­sion pro­poses land­mark new rules on li­ab­il­ity for AI sys­tems
On 28 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pro­posed the draft AI Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (AILD Draft) on ad­apt­ing non-con­trac­tu­al civil li­ab­il­ity rules to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence as a po­ten­tial solu­tion...
05/10/2022
2022 ‘Blue Guide’ – the up­dated EU product rules
On 29 June 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its re­vised ‘Blue Guide’ on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of EU product rules. For over 20 years, the Blue Guide has been one of the main ref­er­ence doc­u­ments...
27/09/2022
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses new Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act
On 15 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its pro­pos­al for a reg­u­la­tion on ho­ri­zont­al cy­ber­se­cur­ity re­quire­ments for products with di­git­al ele­ments. This draft of the Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
22/08/2022
EU in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fice pub­lishes ap­proach for clas­si­fy­ing vir­tu­al...
With the ex­plo­sion in pop­ular­ity of Non-Fun­gible Tokens (NFTs) in re­cent years that has seen seem­ingly or­din­ary pic­tures of apes be­ing sold for tens of mil­lions of dol­lars, the EU In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty...
02/08/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial...
Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...