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As local and international regulations become more prescriptive and enforcement gathers pace, dealing with the evolving tax landscape in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 350 tax lawyers worldwide are supported by strong technical tax intelligence teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multi-disciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.  Given the increasing cross-border nature of today's tax issues, top corporates and financial institutions seek our advice in Central and Eastern Europe, given our global tax presence and our in-depth expertise in national tax laws.

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April 2021
CEE Green­field Guide
CEE coun­tries have at­trac­ted sig­ni­fic­ant for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment in green­field op­er­a­tions in re­cent years. In­deed, many man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses have fo­cused on ex­pand­ing ca­pa­city in CEE coun­tries...
30 December 2020
Stock sav­ings plan and Brexit: Brit­ish stock and some oth­er fin­an­cial in­stru­ments...
As a res­ult of Brexit, both stock or UCITS by a Brit­ish is­suer are dis­qual­i­fied and some EU-based UCITS funds’ un­der­ly­ing Brit­ish fin­an­cial in­stru­ments may also be so. Such a dis­qual­i­fic­a­tion may lead...
8 October 2020
Ex­CEEd­ing Bor­ders: In­dus­tri­al & Lo­gist­ics Mar­ket in CEE-17
The I&L sec­tor in the CEE-171 has be­come one of the most sought-after as­set types since 2019, after Of­fices and Res­id­en­tial ac­cord­ing to Col­li­ers In­ter­na­tion­al, CMS and Rand­stad “Ex­CEEd­ing Bor­ders:...
07 October 2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of in­dus­tri­al and lo­gist­ics in­vest­ment in Bul­garia
1. Leg­al in­cent­ives for in­vest­ments spe­cific­ally in the I&L sec­tor in CEE-17 In­vestors in the In­dus­tri­al and Lo­gist­ics sec­tor can be­ne­fit from cash grants for im­prov­ing the qual­i­fic­a­tions of ex­ist­ing...
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07 October 2020
Ex­CEEd­ing Bor­ders
Col­li­ers In­ter­na­tion­al­Luke Dawson - Man­aging Dir­ect­or & Head of Cap­it­al Mar­kets, CEEThe In­dus­tri­al&Lo­gist­ics (I&L) prop­erty sec­tor has ris­en out of the shad­ows over the last few years to be­come one of the most dy­nam­ic and stra­tegic­ally im­port­ant sec­tors in our eco­nom­ies and the com­mer­cial real es­tate sec­tor, on a glob­al basis. The I&L sec­tor is by no means a new kid on the block and for people out­side of this in­dustry, it may well largely go un­noticed as products and ser­vices are seem­ingly ma­gic­ally pro­duced and ap­pear in shops and on our door­steps. Be­hind the scenes, there is of course a gi­gant­ic sec­tor made up of man­u­fac­tur­ers, sup­pli­ers, re­tail­ers, 3PLs, dis­trib­ut­ors, stor­age and sup­ply chain com­pan­ies to name just a few, and they lit­er­ally touch any busi­ness or in­dustry sec­tor that you can pos­sibly ima­gine. In ad­di­tion to that, there are sev­er­al highly ex­per­i­enced, glob­al, re­gion­al and loc­al in­vestors and de­velopers that provide the li­on’s share of the prop­er­ties to make all this pos­sible.In this re­port, we look at how the I&L sec­tor has de­veloped in the geo­graph­ic­ally and macro-eco­nom­ic­ally stra­tegic re­gion of Cent­ral&East­ern Europe (CEE). We will also touch on some of the trends fa­cing the sec­tor, both from a prop­erty point of view, as well as from oc­cu­pi­er and con­sumer led stand­points. To­geth­er with our part­ners, we also provide valu­able in­sight in­to im­port­ant loc­a­tion se­lec­tion de­cision-mak­ing cri­ter­ia around la­bour mar­kets, tax and in­cent­ives offered to in­vestors con­sid­er­ing this re­gion.This re­port cov­ers a range of top­ics across 17 coun­tries in the wider CEE re­gion and as a res­ult, we have close to 100 pages of in­sights to share with you. There­fore, we would not ex­pect you to con­sume this all in one sit­ting and we hope this will be a use­ful tool longer term as you re­view the op­por­tun­it­ies in this great re­gion. Last, but not least, you can­not ig­nore the ele­phant in the room that is COV­ID-19. This pan­dem­ic that we are still very much in, has only con­firmed the stra­tegic im­port­ance and need for this sec­tor in un­cer­tain times, but has also high­lighted some areas for re­flec­tion. We hope you find this re­port use­ful and, wheth­er you are an in­vestor, de­veloper, oc­cu­pi­er or oth­er in­ter­ested party in the I&L sec­tor, we look for­ward to dis­cuss­ing your out­look and plans with you fur­ther.CMS and So­rain­en­Lu­kas Hej­duk - Part­ner, Head of CEE Real Es­tateOver re­cent dec­ades, coun­tries in the wider Cent­ral and East­ern Europe re­gion have at­trac­ted sig­ni­fic­ant levels of for­eign in­vest­ments. The well-edu­cated la­bour forces and lower la­bour costs than in West­ern Europe, rap­idly de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture with good trans­port links to the rest of Europe, tax ex­emp­tions and pref­er­ences for in­vestors, are only some of the reas­ons why nu­mer­ous com­pan­ies have de­cided to open man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­it­ies and dis­tri­bu­tion centres in CEE.CMS and So­rain­en have provided their col­lect­ive know­ledge and ex­per­i­ence which is in­ten­ded to help po­ten­tial In­dus­tri­al&Lo­gist­ics in­vestors un­der­stand what in­cent­ives are avail­able when seek­ing to start op­er­a­tions in one or more of the 17 CEE coun­tries covered in this re­port. As there are vari­ous levels of sup­port across CEE, the fol­low­ing guide is presen­ted in a coun­try-by-coun­try format. It is not meant to be com­pre­hens­ive and gives more of a gen­er­al, in­dic­at­ive pic­ture. As laws and reg­u­la­tions can change quickly, it is vi­tal to seek pro­fes­sion­al ad­vice at an early stage if you de­cide to green light an in­vest­ment.Rand­stad­Paweł Ko­peć - Head of En­ter­prise Solu­tions CenterThe CEE re­gion has al­ways been among the first des­tin­a­tions in the minds of for­eign in­vestors, from the pro­duc­tion and lo­gist­ics sec­tors, when look­ing for sav­ings on per­son­nel costs and avail­ab­il­ity of the work­force. Over the years, la­bour mar­ket con­di­tions across the CEE coun­tries has changed rap­idly and, in some coun­tries, un­em­ploy­ment rates have fallen be­low levels that any­one could have pre­dicted a few years back, reach­ing nat­ur­al un­em­ploy­ment rates.Des­pite some of these factors, the CEE re­gion re­mains very at­tract­ive and has a lot to of­fer. Not only there are dif­fer­ences in la­bour avail­ab­il­ity and costs between the vari­ous coun­tries, there are also sig­ni­fic­ant dif­fer­ences between spe­cif­ic counties and cit­ies in the giv­en coun­try. New in­vestors will of course tend to feel more se­cure loc­at­ing their busi­nesses in areas already ex­plored by oth­er com­pan­ies, but those who take the risk and be­come pi­on­eers in less in­dus­tri­al­ized areas, may well be re­war­ded with loy­al per­son­nel and less work­force short­ages. In this re­port, we share our views on the vari­ous la­bour mar­ket con­di­tions and trends across the re­gion.25%me­di­um25%me­di­um25%me­di­um25%me­di­um
19 June 2020
Bul­garia re­duces VAT rate on hotel ac­com­mod­a­tion and res­taur­ant ser­vices
On 12 June 2020, the Bul­gari­an par­lia­ment passed a bill amend­ing the VAT rates for cer­tain goods and ser­vices as a tem­por­ary meas­ure in re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. The amend­ments were pro­mul­gated...
25 March 2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of Cov­id-19 tax re­lief in Bul­garia
Value Ad­ded Tax No meas­ures so far. Cor­por­ate In­come Tax No meas­ures so far, in dis­cus­sion is the post­pone­ment by 3 months of the an­nu­al re­turn fil­ing be­ing 31 March 2020. So­cial Se­cur­ity Con­tri­bu­tions...
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24 March 2020
Bul­garia: state of emer­gency le­gis­la­tion pub­lished today
Fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous le­gis­lat­ive pro­pos­als for amend­ments and sup­ple­ments between first and second vot­ing and a par­tial pres­id­en­tial veto, the Bul­gari­an par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the Act on the Meas­ures and Ac­tions...
24 March 2020
Bul­garia in­tro­duces emer­gency tax meas­ures dur­ing COV­ID-19 crisis
On 24 March 2020, the Meas­ures and Ac­tions Dur­ing State of Emer­gency Act was en­acted in Bul­garia, which in­tro­duces tem­por­ary tax meas­ures to dampen the ef­fects of the COV­ID-19 situ­ation. These meas­ures...
24 February 2020
Bul­gari­an high court found li­able for dam­ages caused by in­fringe­ment of...
The Sofia Ap­pel­late Court is­sued a land­mark de­cision on an ac­tion claim brought against the Bul­gari­an Su­preme Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court, award­ing the claimant com­pens­a­tion of nearly BGN 1 mil­lion for dam­ages...
29 November 2019
Gibral­tar’s status with­in the EU
AG opin­ion ad­voc­ates strict in­ter­pret­a­tion of EU dir­ect­ive, but con­firms dis­crim­in­at­ory nature of Bul­gari­an le­gis­la­tion con­trary to free­dom of es­tab­lish­ment The opin­ion of Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Hogan (the...
22 November 2019
Bul­garia amends tax laws
On 21 Novem­ber 2019, the Bul­gari­an par­lia­ment passed amend­ments to its tax le­gis­la­tion, spe­cific­ally in the areas of cor­por­ate in­come tax and value-ad­ded tax. High­lights of these amend­ments, which will...