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COVID-19: staying steady on fluid ground

Companies are facing many novel legal questions right now that require up-to-date information and legal analysis. Developments related to COVID-19 are unfolding quickly, and we will be providing regular updates on this site, where you can find up-to-date information about legal developments related to COVID-19 across CEE/SEE.

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WIDE-REACHING LEGAL MEASURES 

SERBIAN MEASURES TO TACKLE THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19-LATEST UPDATES

03.04.2020, Serbia - Since the first coronavirus patient was registered in Serbia on 6 March 2020, the Government of Republic of Serbia ("Government") imposed an array of restrictions to prevent the emergence and spread of the infectious illness COVID-19, including a decision on the declaration of a state of emergency, effective as of 15 March 2020 (Decision on the declaration of the state of emergency (Official Gazette of the RS No. 29/2020). / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Regulatory & Administrative LawArbitrationBanking & FinanceFinancial InstitutionsLitigationEmploymentRetail, Wholesale & Consumer GoodsTax


DISPUTE RESOLUTION INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION: COVID-19

03.04.2020, CEE/SEE - Welcome to this special edition of the DRInsider, the regularly published Newsletter of the Wolf Theiss Disputes Group, in which we provide an overview of recent developments in CEE/SEE. In this special issue, we address challenges and questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from mitigating personal liablity for Directors & Officers or provisions of business interruption insurance to the possible criminal liability of individuals and legal entities under COVID-19 regulation. Broken down into discrete legal fields, the updates from our lawyers across nine jurisdictions cover factual legal questions and include up-to-date information and recommendations from the appropriate authorities, along with our legal analysis where relevant. All information is current as of 2 April 2020. / Read more ...

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Contact
Valerie Hohenberg
Valerie
Hohenberg
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5021
F. +43 1 51510 665021
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Eva Spiegel
Eva
Spiegel
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5120
F. +43 1 51510 665120
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Hristina Dzhevlekova
Hristina
Dzhevlekova
Counsel
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Arkadiusz Matusiak
Arkadiusz
Matusiak
Counsel
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Oleg Temnikov
Oleg
Temnikov
Counsel
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8613732
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Andreea Zvac
Andreea
Zvac
Counsel
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Nikolaus Loudon
Nikolaus
Loudon
Senior Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5753
F. +43 1 51510 665753
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Katerina Novakova
Katerina
Novakova
Senior Associate
T. +359 2 8613 708
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Florian Pechhacker
Florian
Pechhacker
Senior Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5754
F. +43 1 51510 665754
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Andreea Anton
Andreea
Anton
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Boryana Filimonova
Boryana
Filimonova
Associate
T. +359 2 8613 700
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Cristian Gorgoi
Cristian
Gorgoi
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Peter J. Heriban
Peter J.
Heriban
Associate
T. +421 2 591 012 40
F. +421 2 591 012 49
Aupark Tower, Einsteinova 24
851 01 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Paul Krepil
Paul
Krepil
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5201
F. +43 1 51510 665201
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Enikő Lukács
Enikő
Lukács
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Béla Madarász
Béla
Madarász
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Damian Majda
Damian
Majda
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Nikoleta Ratcheva
Nikoleta
Ratcheva
Associate
T. +359 2 8613 713
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Heimo Weiss
Heimo
Weiss
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5752
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Friedrich Zimmermann
Friedrich
Zimmermann
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5757
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Angelika Zotter
Angelika
Zotter
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5472
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Covid-19 logbook: Romanian legal updates - day 17 - 2nd April: Healthcare / Employment

02.04.2020, Romania - The State measures aimed at limiting the effects of the pandemic continue with a relaxation of the regulatory authorization process of the medical devices used in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 disease, in an attempt to cover the uprising demand. / Read more ...

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Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ramona Enache
Ramona
Enache
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Catalin Sabau
Catalin
Sabau
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Covid-19 Logbook: Romanian legal updates - Days 12-16 28th march - 1st april - Healthcare / Banking / Employment / Fiscal

01.04.2020, Romania - As the emergency status continues in Romania a long list of measures have been taken in the last recent days. As such, the Government established a quarantine perimeter around the city of Suceava due to high number of Covid-19 cases, has placed a ceiling for the clawback tax in the healthcare sector, prolonged the maximum approved prices for drugs, (...) / Read more ...

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Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ramona Enache
Ramona
Enache
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Catalin Sabau
Catalin
Sabau
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Romania - Covid-19 logbook: Romanian legal updates - Day10-11 - 26th-27th march: Healthcare / Banking and Finance / Dispute Resolution / Competition

30.03.2020, Romania - As the emergency status continues in Romania: (i) the Judges section of the Supreme Council of Magistrates ("CSM") has decided to step in to unify the practice in Romania and regulate which matters shall be judged in court during the actual COVID-19 epidemic; (ii) the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment ("ME") has regulated the procedure for obtaining the emergency status certificates (...) / Read more ...

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Contact
Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ramona Enache
Ramona
Enache
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Catalin Sabau
Catalin
Sabau
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

CURFEW IN HUNGARY

27.03.2020 - On 27 March the Hungarian Government introduced curfew in Hungary effective between 28 March and 11 April. In order to learn more about the restrictions that are most relevant for businesses, please download the file below. / Read more ...

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Contact
János Tóth
János
Tóth
Partner
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Romania - Covid-19 Logbook: Romanian Legal Updates - Days 8-9 – 24-25 March: Social/Banking/Employment/Competition

25.03.2020, Romania - We continue our COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates series and we follow up today with measures taken by the Government to limit the movement of people. We analysed third Military Ordinance issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as to provide preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and also press releases of ESMA, European Council, Ministry of Labour or Romanian Competition Council. / Read more ...

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Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ramona Enache
Ramona
Enache
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Catalin Sabau
Catalin
Sabau
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Bulgaria - Standstill measures in Bulgaria over consequences due to payment default

25.03.2020, Bulgaria - The Bulgarian parliament introduced a standstill period concerning the monetary and non-monetary consequences which arise from payment default under all type of contracts, among other measures in the Act on the measures and actions during the state of emergency, adopted on 20 and on 23 March 2020 in response to COVID-19 ("State of Emergency Act" or "Act").  / Read more ...

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Katerina Kraeva
Katerina
Kraeva
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Anna Rizova
Anna
Rizova
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria

Croatia - Croatian measures to tackle the effects of Covid-19

23.03.2020, Croatia - On 19 March 2020, the Croatian parliament passed the first legislative package that resulted in 66 measures to help the economy cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures are mainly aimed at ensuring liquidity of enterprises and preserving workplaces. Here we present a short overview of the measures. To learn more, please download the file below. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: ArbitrationBanking & FinanceLitigationCorporate, Commercial & M&AEmployment

Contact
Luka Tadić-Čolić
Luka
Tadić-Čolić
Partner
T. +385 1 4925 400
F. +385 1 4925 450
Ivana Lučića 2a/19
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

Romania - Covid-19 logbook: legal updates - day 5-7

23.03.2020, Romania - We continue our COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates series and we follow up today with measures taken by the Government as to boost the business environment and to improve the social security in Romania. We analysed Government Emergency Ordinances no. 29 and 30/2020 and also the second Military Ordinance issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as to provide preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. / Read more ...

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Contact
Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Adelina Iftime-Blagean
Adelina
Iftime-Blagean
Counsel
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Berbecar
Ligia
Berbecar
Senior Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Austria - COVID-19 und verwaltungsrechtliche Verfahren

20.03.2020, Austria - Mit dem 23.3.2020 soll das "2. COVID-19-Gesetz" in Kraft treten, das Erleichterungen in einer Vielzahl von Rechtsgebieten bringen soll, in denen Bürger, Behörden und Justiz durch die aktuelle COVID-19-Krise belastet sind. / Read more ...

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Kurt Retter
Kurt
Retter
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Dominik Engel
Dominik
Engel
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5248
F. +43 1 51510 66 5248
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Czech Republic – COVID-19 Legal Update

20.03.2020, Czech Republic - As of 12 March 2020, a state of national emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic by a decree of theCzech government (No. 69/2020 Coll.) for a period of 30 days in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Additional emergency measures were further taken by the Czech government as of 16 March 2020 in order to slow down the spread of the epidemic such as restricting the free movement of people and the reintroduction of border surveillance. / Read more ...

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Contact
Sabina Krajíčková
Sabina
Krajíčková
Senior Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

Hungary - New Lending Market Provisions Due To COVID-19

20.03.2020, Hungary - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency as of 11 March 2020. On 18 March 2020, the Hungarian government introduced additional economic measures by adopting Government Decree 47/2202 (III. 18.) (Decree), which will impact lending procedures. The Decree is effective as of 19 March 2020. / Read more ...

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Contact
Melinda Pelikán
Melinda
Pelikán
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Romania - Covid-19 logbook: legal updates 3&4 – 18&19 

19.03.2020, Romania - As the next round of our regular coverage on the rapidly changing situation in Romania, we follow up today with updates on the new Military Ordinance and Governmental Emergency Ordinance that were just issued. These include restrictions on congestion in public places, cross-border movement restrictions, flight restrictions, and additionally new measures impacting social security and technical unemployment aid. / Read more ...

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Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Adelina Iftime-Blagean
Adelina
Iftime-Blagean
Counsel
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Romania - Covid-19 logbook: legal updates - day 1&2

18.03.2020, Romania - COVID-19 Logbook: Legal Updates is an initiative undertaken by the Bucharest Office of Wolf Theiss as to keep all clients, partners and the Romanian business environment updated with the latest news regarding the legal framework and the emergency measures taken by the public authorities in the context of the current COVID-19 epidemic emergency status. / Read more ...

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Claudia Chiper
Claudia
Chiper
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ileana Glodeanu
Ileana
Glodeanu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Anca Ioana Jurcovan
Anca Ioana
Jurcovan
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Ligia Cecilia Popescu
Ligia Cecilia
Popescu
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Andrei Alecu
Andrei
Alecu
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Antonia Stefana Coman
Antonia Stefana
Coman
Associate
T. +40 21 308 81 00
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

Austria - The Covid-19 Law

15.3.2020 - Austria has implemented a range of laws and regulations to address and mitigate the adverse consequences of Covid-19 (the "Covid-19 Law"). / Read more ...

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Contact
Horst Ebhardt
Horst
Ebhardt
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5100
F. +43 1 51510 665100
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Kurt Retter
Kurt
Retter
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Matthias Unterrieder
Matthias
Unterrieder
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5290
F. +43 1 51510 665290
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Eva Stadler
Eva
Stadler
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5415
F. +43 1 51510 665415
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

ARBITRATION 

Bulgaria - Navigating judicial and arbitral proceedings under Covid-19 emergency legislation in Bulgaria: What you need to know

26.03.2020, Bulgaria - Via the recently adopted "State of Emergency Act , the Bulgarian Parliament has extended the emergency measures and actions to cover some judicial and arbitral proceedings which were previously introduced by the Supreme Judicial Council ("SJC Decision") with its decision on 16 March 2020. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: ArbitrationLitigation

Contact
Radoslav Mikov
Radoslav
Mikov
Partner
T. +359 2 8613719
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Anna Rizova
Anna
Rizova
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria

BANKING & FINANCE 

Poland - Banking Regulatory Update

02.04.2020, Poland - Amid the shock waves sent by the COVID-19 pandemic through the global and Polish economy, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority ("PFSA") has introduced measures with the goal of maintaining stability in the country's banking sector and providing certain regulatory reliefs. / Read more ...

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Przemek Kozdoj
Przemek
Kozdoj
Partner
T. ‪+48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Marta Dzieciuch
Marta
Dzieciuch
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Poland: Covid-19 rescue package implemented - Banking & Finance

01.04.2020, Poland – The adopted law contains several measures aimed at sustaining liquidity in the economy, easing certain reporting obligation of financial institutions and protecting consumers against unfair loan terms. The State Treasury intends to spend over PLN 18.2 billion to enable BGK (the Polish Development Bank) to grant guarantees concerning repayment of loans taken by medium and large businesses to support their liquidity during the COVID-19 outbreak. / Read more ...

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Przemek Kozdoj
Przemek
Kozdoj
Partner
T. ‪+48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Stefan Feliniak
Stefan
Feliniak
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8941
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Klaudia Dabrowska
Klaudia
Dabrowska
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

CEE / SEE - Coronavirus - FAQs for lenders: Impact on financing update on current situation in CEE / SEE

31.03.2020, CEE/SEE - The coronavirus and the drastic measures to curb cases of the novel COVID-19 pandemic have serious macroeconomic consequences. Closed production facilities, collapsing retail and tourism industries, disrupted supply chains, cancelled major events and trade fairs, turbulence on the stock markets, the fall in oil prices and border closures are just a few examples of the threats to the economy. / Read more ...

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Katarína Bieliková
Katarína
Bieliková
Partner
T. +421 2 591 012 40
F. +421 2 591 012 49
Aupark Tower, Einsteinova 24
851 01 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Robert David
Robert
David
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Przemek Kozdoj
Przemek
Kozdoj
Partner
T. ‪+48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Claus Schneider
Claus
Schneider
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5390
F. +43 1 51510 665390
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Luka Tadić-Čolić
Luka
Tadić-Čolić
Partner
T. +385 1 4925 400
F. +385 1 4925 450
Ivana Lučića 2a/19
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Matthias Schimka
Matthias
Schimka
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5394
F. +43 1 51510 665394
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Michał Kulig
Michał
Kulig
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Melinda Pelikán
Melinda
Pelikán
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Oksana Volynets
Oksana
Volynets
Senior Associate
T. +38 044 3 777 500
F. +38 044 3 777 501
9A Khoryva Str.
04071 Kyiv
Ukraine
Peter J. Heriban
Peter J.
Heriban
Associate
T. +421 2 591 012 40
F. +421 2 591 012 49
Aupark Tower, Einsteinova 24
851 01 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Barbora Malimánková
Barbora
Malimánková
Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Kristaq Profkola
Kristaq
Profkola
Associate
T. +355 4 2274 521
F. +355 4 2274 521
Murat Toptani Street
1001 Tirana
Albania

Czech Republic - Finance related measures in the Czech Republic - Covid-19 legal update

31.03.2020, Czech Republic - As of 12 March 2020, a state of national emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic by a decree of the Czech Government (No. 69/2020 Coll.) for a period of 30 days in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Additional emergency measures were taken by the Czech Government on 16 March 2020 in order to slow down the spread of the epidemic such as restricting the free movement of people and the reintroduction of border surveillance. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Banking & FinanceFinancial InstitutionsCapital Markets

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Robert David
Robert
David
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Filip Michalec
Filip
Michalec
Senior Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

Update on current payment on moratoria in CEE/SEE

27.03.2020, CEE/SEE - With a view to the extraordinary circumstances prevailing on the markets in CEE/SEE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, central banks or other regulators of the financial markets in most countries have adopted emergency measures protecting borrowers through payment moratoria or other forms of temporary relief. /  Read more ...

Related area of Specialisation: Banking & Finance

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Marcell Németh
Marcell
Németh
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5066
F. +43 1 51510 665066
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

POLAND - FINANCING TRANSACTIONS IN THE TIMES OF DISTANCE COMMUNICATION

27.03.2020, Poland - Are there any legal measure allowing parties to enter into facility agreement without going out? For many entrepreneurs, including financial market entities, COVID-19 is a practical lesson on how to operate a business by using electronic means. / Read more ...

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Przemek Kozdoj
Przemek
Kozdoj
Partner
T. ‪+48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Klaudia Dabrowska
Klaudia
Dabrowska
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Bosnia and Herzegovina introduces interim relief measures to assist local banks in mitigating negative consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak

27.03.2020, Bosnia & Herzegovina - On 20 March 2020, the Banking Agency of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBA) and the Banking Agency of Republika Srpska (BARS), the competent financial regulators in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) adopted special decisions (in almost identical texts) on interim relief measures which local banks may implement for the purpose of mitigating negative consequences caused by the COVID-19 outbreak (Decisions and each a Decision). / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Banking & FinanceCapital MarketsInsolvency & Restructuring


Hungary - Detailed provisions of the payment moratorium introduced by government decree no. 47/2020 (III.18.)

26.03.2020, Hungary - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency on 11 March 2020. On 18 March 2020 the Hungarian government introduced additional economic measures by adopting Government Decree 47/2202 (III. 18.) (Moratorium Decree), which impacts lending procedures. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Banking & FinanceFinancial Institutions

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Melinda Pelikán
Melinda
Pelikán
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
András Mozsolits
András
Mozsolits
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Coronavirus - FAQs for lenders

26.03.2020 - The coronavirus and the drastic measures to curb cases of the novel COVID-19 pandemic have serious macroeconomic consequences. Closed production facilities, collapsing retail and tourism industries, disrupted supply chains, cancelled major events and trade fairs, utrbulence on the stock markets, the fall in oil prices and border closures are just a few examples of the threats to the economy. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Banking & FinanceFinancial InstitutionsCapital Markets

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Claus Schneider
Claus
Schneider
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5390
F. +43 1 51510 665390
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Matthias Schimka
Matthias
Schimka
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5394
F. +43 1 51510 665394
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Hungary - New lending market provisions due to Covid-19

20.03.2020, Hungary - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency as of 11 March 2020. On 18 March 2020, the Hungarian government introduced additional economic measures by adopting Government Decree 47/2202 (III. 18.) (Decree), which will impact lending procedures. / Read more ...

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Melinda Pelikán
Melinda
Pelikán
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Czech Republic - New finance related measures in the Czech Republic - Covid19 Update

24.03.2020, Czech Republic - As of 12 March 2020, a state of national emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic by a decree of the Czech Government (No. 69/2020 Coll.) for a period of 30 days in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Additional emergency measures were taken by the Czech Government on 16 March 2020 in (...) / Read more ...

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Robert David
Robert
David
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Filip Michalec
Filip
Michalec
Senior Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

Slovenia - Slovenia adopts Intervention Measures enabling Deferred Payment of Borrowers' Liabilities

20.03.2020, Slovenia - On 20 March 2020, the National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia passed an Act on the Intervention Measure of Deferred Payment of Borrowers’ Liabilities (Zakon o interventnem ukrepu odloga plačila obveznosti kreditojemalcev, hereinafter the "Act"). / Read more ...

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Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

CAPITAL MARKETS 

Austria - Anleihen in Zeiten der Coronakrise

25.03.2020, Austria - Welche Auswirkungen hat die aktuelle COVID-19-Krise im Zusammenhang mit Anleihen, und was gilt es für Emittenten zu berücksichtigen? Informationen zu Offenlegungspflichten, Zahlungspflichten und Kündigungen finden Sie im beigeschlossenen Dokument. / Read more ...

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Alexander Haas
Alexander
Haas
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5391
F. +43 1 51510 665391
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Claus Schneider
Claus
Schneider
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5390
F. +43 1 51510 665390
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Nikolaus Dinhof
Nikolaus
Dinhof
Senior Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5392
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Poland - Capital market in poland in the face of Covid-19

20.03.2020, Poland - On 20 March 2020, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority ("PFSA") announced the introduction of the "Supervisory Impulses Package for Safety and Development" dedicated to the capital market in Poland ("Supervisory Package for Capital Market"). The Package comprises of PFSA's proposals and initiatives for supervised entities – e.g. for companies listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange – on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. / Read more ...

Related areas of specialisations:Corporate, Commercial and M&APrivate Equity & Funds

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Jakub Pietrasik
Jakub
Pietrasik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 3788 969
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

GDPR & DATA PROTECTION 

PERSONAL DATA PROCESSING DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

03.04.2020, Serbia - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and the declaration of the state of emergency in the Republic of Serbia (Decision on the declaration of the state of emergency (Official Gazette of the RS No. 31/2020), effective as of 15 March 2020), the Serbian Data Protection Authority (the "DPA") has been closely monitoring the situation in the field of personal data protection and has been actively bringing attention to the obligation of the relevant actors to respect the individuals' right to the protection of personal data. / Read more ...


Data protection in poland in the face of Covid-19

20.03.2020 - Despite the pandemic of COVID-19, data controllers are obliged to comply with the GDPR and national legislation. The President of the Polish Personal Data Protection Office ("PDPO") has communicated in the last few days how to properly apply data protection regulations. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Data Protection & Cybersecurity

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Jakub Pietrasik
Jakub
Pietrasik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 3788 969
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Austria - COVID-19 and data protection

17.3.2020, Austria - Due to the growing number of infections, employers should take measures to protect both their employees and their customers. These measures usually include the collection of data concerning health. For many employers, this leads to uncertainty as to whether such data processing is permissible under the GDPR, especially, when it is performed without the employee's consent. / Read more ...

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Related areas of Specialisation: Data Protection & Cybersecurity

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Roland Marko
Roland
Marko
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5880
F. +43 1 51510 665880
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Kurt Retter
Kurt
Retter
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Dominik Engel
Dominik
Engel
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5248
F. +43 1 51510 66 5248
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION 

Poland: Covid-19 rescure package implemented - Real Estate

01.04.2020, Poland – The supportive measures consist of some tax reliefs and deferrals in the area of real estate tax, suspension of the shopping centers lease agreements for the period of the ban on operating, modification of the term and rules for termination of lease agreements, deadline extension for payment of a perpetual usufruct fee, easing the Sunday trade ban, and possible release from payment of rent due to the state treasury or local government. / Read more ...

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Tomasz Stasiak
Tomasz
Stasiak
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Aleksander Duma
Aleksander
Duma
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Coronavirus and the obligation to continue to pay rent

25.03.2020 - Welcome to this special Client Alert of the Wolf Theiss Real Estate team, in which we address the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on lease agreements in CEE/SEE. Many areas of the economy have been affected by the drastic measures taken by governments, and one of the pressing questions for tenants, landlords and banks is whether rent can be reduced or even suspended. / Read more ...

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Related country: AlbaniaAustriaBosnia & HerzegovinaCzech RepublicPolandRomaniaSerbiaSlovenia

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Bryan W. Jardine
Bryan W.
Jardine
Partner
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Robert Pelikán
Robert
Pelikán
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Tomasz Stasiak
Tomasz
Stasiak
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Erik Steger
Erik
Steger
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5130
F. +43 1 51510 665130
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Nanu Flaviu
Nanu
Flaviu
Counsel
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania
Radka Neničková
Radka
Neničková
Counsel
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Aleksander Duma
Aleksander
Duma
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Xhet Hushi
Xhet
Hushi
Associate
T. +355 4 2274 521
F. +355 4 2274 521
Murat Toptani Street
1001 Tirana
Albania
Barbora Malimánková
Barbora
Malimánková
Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Denis Selimi
Denis
Selimi
Associate
T. +355 4 2274 521
F. +355 4 2274 521
Murat Toptani Street
1001 Tirana
Albania

Austria - #2 Construction update: COVID-19 - Auswirkungen auf Bauwerkverträge / Handlungsempfehlungen

24.03.2020, Austria - Die zur Eindämmung der "CORONA-Pandemie" erlassenen - und wohl noch zu erlassenden - gesetzlichen Maßnahmen und Einschränkungen für Baustellen erfordern auch von unserer Seite eine ständige Überwachung, Aktualisierung und vertiefende Betrachtung der vertraglichen Auswirkungen und Erfordernisse. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Construction & Infrastructure Projects

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Wolfgang Müller
Wolfgang
Müller
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5490
F. +43 1 51510 665490
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Natascha Stanke
Natascha
Stanke
Consultant
T. +43 1 51510 5491
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Construction update: COVID-19 - Auswirkungen auf Bauwerkverträge / Handlungsempfehlungen

20.03.2020, Austria - Die zur Eindämmung der "CORONA-Pandemie" erlassenen - und wohl noch zu erlassenden - gesetzlichen Maßnahmen und Einschränkungen für Baustellen erfordern auch von unserer Seite eine ständige Überwachung, Aktualisierung und vertiefende Betrachtung der vertraglichen Auswirkungen und Erfordernisse. Insbesondere um sicherzustellen, dass die aktualisierten und fortentwickelnden grundsätzlichen Handlungsempfehlungen Ihre Interessen bestmöglich verfolgen. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Construction & Infrastructure Projects

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Wolfgang Müller
Wolfgang
Müller
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5490
F. +43 1 51510 665490
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Covid-19: Auswirkungen auf Bauwerkverträge / Handlungsempfehlungen

18.03.2020, Austria - Die infolge der COVID-19 Pandemie in Österreich verordneten Maßnahmen und Einschränkungen betreffen auch die Bauwirtschaft in besonderem Maße. Unsere in diesem Zusammenhang erscheinenden Veröffentlichungen beschäftigen sich mit den Auswirkungen der aktuellen gesetzlichen Situation auf die in Ausführung befindlichen Bauverträge von öffentlichen und privaten Bauvorhaben und bieten konkrete, rechtliche Handlungsempfehlungen ... / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Construction & Infrastructure ProjectsReal Estate

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Wolfgang Müller
Wolfgang
Müller
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5490
F. +43 1 51510 665490
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Natascha Stanke
Natascha
Stanke
Consultant
T. +43 1 51510 5491
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Corona und die Pflicht, weiterhin Miete zu bezahlen

17.3.2020, Austria - Von den drastischen Maßnahmen der Republik sind viele Bereiche der Wirtschaft betroffen und eine der drängenden Fragen für Mieter, Vermieter und Banken ist, ob der Mietzins reduziert oder gar ausgesetzt werden darf. Interessensvertretungen und Medien liefern erste Stellungnahmen. / Read more ...

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Erik Steger
Erik
Steger
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5130
F. +43 1 51510 665130
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

EMPLOYMENT 

Poland: Covid-19 rescue package implemented - Employment

01.04.2020, Poland – The supportive measures introduced in the field of the labor law include a number of financial solutions (such as co-financing of employees' remuneration, exemption from contributions or public aid for employers) and organizational solutions (such as suspension of the obligation to perform periodic medical check-ups, changing working time arrangements (...) / Read more ...

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Peter Daszkowski
Peter
Daszkowski
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak
Agnieszka
Nowak-Błaszczak
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Bulgaria - Covid-19: New crisis measures for employers in Bulgaria

25.03.2020, Bulgaria - On 13 March 2020, the Bulgarian National Assembly declared a state of emergency in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak and recommended a number of measures to local employers to minimize the spread of the virus in the workplace. Throughout the first week of the state of emergency, these measures appeared to be difficult to implement (...) / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Employment

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Anna Rizova
Anna
Rizova
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Hristina Dzhevlekova
Hristina
Dzhevlekova
Counsel
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria

Serbia - The Rights and Obligations of Employers and Employees during a State of Emergency

24.03.2020, Serbia - On 24 March 2020, the Serbian Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Rights published a detailed explanation of the rights and obligations of employers and employees during a state of emergency, as well as the table with calculations of salaries and compensation of salaries, which can be found at the following link. / Read more ...

Related area of Specialisation: Employment


Slovenia - New crisis legislation announced by slovenian government today

24.03.2020, Slovenia - Even before the first package of legislation dealing with the economic fallout of the current crisis came into force, the Slovenian government today announced a second, comprehensive and substantial set of measures, aimed primarily at reducing the cost burdens for employers and self-employed affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Employment

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Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Slovenia - Slovenia to adopt intervention measure of reimbursement of salary compensations

20.03.2020, Slovenia - On Friday, 13 March 2020, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia submitted to the National Assembly a bill on the intervention measure of partial reimbursement of salary compensations which would allow the Republic of Slovenia to reimburse the employers, for a limited period, 40 % of the salary compensations paid to employees who were temporarily instructed to wait for work and/or 100 % of compensations paid to employees who were put under quarantine. / Read more ...

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Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Slovenia adopted Intervention Measures to reimburse Salary Compensations – Subject to Strict Employer Undertakings

20.03.2020, Slovenia - In the night from 19 to 20 March 2020, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Act on Intervention Measures to Salaries and Contributions (ZIUPPP). / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Employment

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Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Hungary - Recent changes to the labour code due to Covid-19

19.03.2020, Hungary - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Hungary has adopted new legal measures that will impact employers. The legislation loosens the rules for employers and permits them to require employees to work remotely and to take additional measures to safeguard the health of employees, among other new requirements. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Employment

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Barnabás Buzási
Barnabás
Buzási
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Serbia - Decree on the organization of operation of employers during the state of emergency

19.03.2020, Serbia - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Serbia has adopted new legal measures that affect employers. Businesses are now required to support remote work where possible and take additional measures to safeguard the health of employees, among other new requirements. In order to learn more, please download the file below. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&AEmployment

Contact
Nataša Lalović Marić
Nataša
Lalović Marić
Partner
(independent attorney-at-law in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
T. +381 11 330 2900
F. +381 11 330 2925
Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6
11070 Belgrade
Serbia
Miroslav Stojanović
Miroslav
Stojanović
Partner
T. +381 11 330 2900
F. +381 11 330 2925
Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6
11070 Belgrade
Serbia

Romania - Days off work for parents in exceptional cases when educational institutions are closed

16.3.2020, Romania - In response to the situation related to COVID-19, Romania has expedited the approval of a new law that will grant days off of work to parents when schools and kindergartens are closed (the law was being considered before the emergence of COVID-19 and will have implications during other such situations).  / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Employment

Contact
Adelina Iftime-Blagean
Adelina
Iftime-Blagean
Counsel
T. +40 21 308 81 00
F. +40 21 308 81 25
4 Vasile Alecsandri Street
010639 Bucharest
Romania

CEE/SEE - Coronavirus and the workplace: Employers' questions and the law

13.3.2020, CEE/SEE - Our lawyers from 13 different jurisdictions have shared legal insights and best practices for employers for both prevention, potential and confirmed Coronavirus cases in the office. Broken down into specific topics, the answers from our lawyers cover factual legal questions and include up-to-date information and recommendations from the appropriate authorities, along with our legal analysis where relevant. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Regulatory & Administrative LawCorporate, Commercial & M&AEmployment

Contact
Ralf Peschek
Ralf
Peschek
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5230
F. +43 1 51510 665230
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT 

Poland: Covid-19 rescue package implemented - Public Procurement

01.04.2020, Poland – Among others, the package provides for extension of deadlines under public procurement contracts. This will allow exemptions from contractual penalties for delays in performance caused by the pandemic. Renouncement of the contractual penalties by contracting authorities will not constitute a violation of public finance discipline rules. / Read more ...

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Peter Daszkowski
Peter
Daszkowski
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Marcin Rudnik
Marcin
Rudnik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Austria - 2. Covid-19-Gesetz: Aussetzung von (Anfechtungs-)Fristen

23.03.2020, Austria - Um den Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie zu begegnen, wurde vom Gesetzgeber soeben das 2. COVID-19-Gesetz erlassen. Mit dem beschlossenen Gesetzespaket werden unter anderem relevante Änderungen für Fristen in Vergabeverfahren vorgesehen. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Public Procurement

Contact
Manfred Essletzbichler
Manfred
Essletzbichler
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5350
F. +43 1 51510 665350
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Silvia Fessl
Silvia
Fessl
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5351
F. +43 1 51510 665351
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Sebastian Oberzaucher
Sebastian
Oberzaucher
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5352
F. +43 1 51510 665352
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Wolfgang Lauchner
Wolfgang
Lauchner
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5353
F. +43 1 51510 665353
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Auftragsvergabe in Zeiten des Coronavirus (Covid-19)

18.03.2020, Austria - Zurzeit wird unser Leben durch das Coronavirus in einer Weise beeinträchtigt, wie wir das bis vor Kurzem nicht für möglich gehalten hätten. Wenngleich die Welt in vielen Bereichen still zu stehen scheint, sind es gerade öffentliche Auftraggeber, die ihre Aufgaben derzeit unter großem zeitlichen Druck wahrnehmen müssen.  / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Public Procurement

Contact
Manfred Essletzbichler
Manfred
Essletzbichler
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5350
F. +43 1 51510 665350
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Corporate, Commercial & M&A 

POLAND: COVID-19 RESCUE PACKAGE IMPLEMENTED – CORPORATE/IP

01.04.2020, Poland – Companies and entrepreneurs are facing economic hurdles due to the coronavirus, but they also have to cope with legal challenges connected with their day-to-day internal operations. Under the Amendment to the COVID-19 Act, Polish parliament introduced many legal measures aimed at enabing companies to operate normally, especially in terms of their corporate obligations, time limits and formal deadlines. / Read more ...

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Related articles: Deadline for UBO reporting postponed, but uncertainity remains for filing of financial statementsPoland: Virtual board and shareholders' meetings becoming reality

Contact
Jakub Pietrasik
Jakub
Pietrasik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 3788 969
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Poland: Restrictions on business activities and movement

01.04.2020, Poland ▬ A new regulation of the Council of Ministers was published yesterday . This regulation amends the previous decree on the announcement of a state of epidemic within the territory of the Republic of Poland and further limits freedom of movement and gathering across the country. In order to learn more, please download the file below. / Read more ... 

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Contact
Aleksander Duma
Aleksander
Duma
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Tomasz Jabłoński
Tomasz
Jabłoński
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Hungary - Hungary proposes relaxation of corporate governance and compliance rules

30.03.2020, Hungary - In a new draft act, the Hungarian government proposes to introduce a relaxation of some corporate governance and compliance rules applicable to Hungarian registered legal entities. These proposals are in response to the difficulties the management as well as shareholders of those entities face in running their corporate processes because of the crisis. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact
János Tóth
János
Tóth
Partner
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

POLAND - DEADLINE FOR UBO REPORTING POSTPONED, BUT UNCERTAINITY REMAINS FOR FILING OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

27.03.2020, Poland - As the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has turned many businesses upside down and with limited human resources, entrepreneurs are struggling to meet reporting deadlines. / Read more ...

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Contact
Joanna Wajdzik
Joanna
Wajdzik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Poland - Virtual board and shareholders' meetings become reality

26.03.2020, Poland - Amid bans of public gatherings, travel restrictions and switching to remote working due to the coronavirus pandemic, large and small businesses must also adapt by changing the usual way of holding board and shareholders' meetings. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact
Maciej Olszewski
Maciej
Olszewski
Counsel
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Jakub Pietrasik
Jakub
Pietrasik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 3788 969
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Impacts of Covid-19: EU export control on personal protective equipment

26.03.2020 - In order to prevent a critical situation arising due to a shortage of essential products, or to remedy such a situation, the Commission, acting at the request of a Member State or on its own initiative, may make the export of a product subject to an export authorization pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/479 on common rules for exports. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&AHealthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Life SciencesRetail, Wholesale & Consumer Goods

Contact
Christian Mikosch
Christian
Mikosch
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5310
F. +43 1 51510 665310
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Doris Buxbaum
Doris
Buxbaum
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5046
F. +43 1 51510 665046
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Bulgaria - Force majeure and the impact of Covid-19 measures on business in Bulgaria

25.03.2020, Bulgaria - Following the swift spread of the coronavirus in Europe and the first cases in Bulgaria, on 13 March 2020 the Bulgarian National Assembly declared a State of National Emergency at least until 13 April 2020, but subject to potential additional extension. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Banking & FinanceCapital MarketsCorporate, Commercial & M&AReal Estate

Contact
Anna Rizova
Anna
Rizova
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Oleg Temnikov
Oleg
Temnikov
Counsel
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8613732
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria

Austria - M&A in times of Covid-19 – watch out for new developments

25.03.2020, Austria - We expect that the world of M&A will look quite different in the coming weeks. Will M&A die down completely? Probably not, even though there might be more pressing things to attend to at the moment than kicking off that hot new transaction. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&AInsolvency & Restructuring

Contact
Florian Kusznier
Florian
Kusznier
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5590
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Shareholder meetings and meetings of corporate bodies during Covid-19

24.03.2020, Austria - In the light of the current impacts of Covid-19 and the need to limit personal contacts, Austria has implemented a second set of laws and regulations (2. COVID-19-Gesetz). Regarding Austrian corporate law, the Austrian legislator implemented the following changes as of 23 March 2020 (..) / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact
Christian Mikosch
Christian
Mikosch
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5310
F. +43 1 51510 665310
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Doris Buxbaum
Doris
Buxbaum
Counsel
T. +43 1 51510 5046
F. +43 1 51510 665046
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Bosnia & Herzegovina - Is major confirmation available from the foreign trade chamber

23.03.2020, Bosnia & Herzegovina - The Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina is authorized to issue a Vis Maior Confirmation for individual businesses – a confirmation regarding the existence of objective circumstances beyond the control of contracting parties (such as an earthquake, flood, epidemic, government measures, etc.). / Read more ...

Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact

Austria - Does Covid-19 constitute force majeure?

23.03.2020, Austria - The 2019/2020 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has now caused a large number of cities in Europe to be locked down, affecting millions of people and many companies. In particular, air traffic is severely restricted. These developments have also had a massive impact on international trade, e.g. plant shutdowns, restriction or interruption of supply chains and transport routes. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact
Horst Ebhardt
Horst
Ebhardt
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5100
F. +43 1 51510 665100
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Sarah Wared
Sarah
Wared
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5200
F. +43 1 51510 665200
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Czech Republic - Managing core functions of your corporation in times of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic

20.03.2020, Czech Republic - The current health crisis is creating to a situation where many corporations are facing temporary unavailability of larger numbers of key persons or members of the management due to sick leaves, home quarantine or travel bans. However, even in times of epidemic, most payments must be made, board decisions be adopted, contracts fulfilled (if possible) and deadlines for fillings met. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial & M&A

Contact
Robert Pelikán
Robert
Pelikán
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Barbora Malimánková
Barbora
Malimánková
Associate
T. +420 234 765 111
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

Austria - Deadlines - Intellectual Property Offices

25.03.2020, Austria - The Corona-Virus and the illness caused by it, COVID-19, also affect the trademark and patent offices. The – sometimes more, sometimes less sensible – applications for trademarks with the element "CORONA" (e.g. Keep Calm and Corona-Virus on) are not the issue (many of them lack distinctiveness in any case). Due to the measures implemented in many countries, in particular, restrictions on the movement of persons, meeting deadlines can be a challenge – notwithstanding the available teleworking-options.  / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Intellectual Property

Contact
Georg Kresbach
Georg
Kresbach
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5090
F. +43 1 51510 665090
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Adolf Zemann
Adolf
Zemann
Consultant
T. +43 1 51510 5099
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING 

Czech Republic - Insolvency proceedings under the new lex Covid justice - Covid-19 legal update

01.04.2020, Czech Republic - On 31 March 2020, the Czech Government approved a draft law aiming to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons involved in various legal proceedings (known in Czech as the Lex Covid Justice). The draft legislation significantly improves the position of debtors affected by the pandemic in insolvency proceedings. / Read more ...

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Contact
Robert Pelikán
Robert
Pelikán
Partner
T. +420 234 765 111
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic
Tereza Mrázková
Tereza
Mrázková
Associate
T. +420 234 765 260
F. +420 234 765 110
Pobřežní 12
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

LITIGATION 

Poland: Covid-19: Resuce package implemented - Litigation

01.04.2020, Poland – There is no doubt that due to pandemic, our justice system will face an enormous backlog and thus the courts will be exposed to considerably pressure. The new regulations are aimed at protecting the interests and rights of entrepreneurs and pertain to, among others, operation of courts and procedural deadlines. (...) / Read more ...

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Contact
Damian Majda
Damian
Majda
Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
Ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Katarzyna Skawińska
Katarzyna
Skawińska
Associate
T. +48 22 3788 926
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Austria - Legislative amendments regarding Covid-19 entered into force on 22 march 2020

23.03.2020, Austria - Yesterday legislative amendments entered into force in Austria that create a temporary moratorium on filing deadlines in private law proceedings until 30 April 2020. There are specific conditions for the moratorium, and also an exception. 

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Related area of Specialisation: Data Protection & CybersecurityIntellectual Property

Contact
Georg Kresbach
Georg
Kresbach
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5090
F. +43 1 51510 665090
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Duska Cvjetkovic
Duska
Cvjetkovic
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5098
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Slovenia - National Assembly adopts urgent provisional measures regarding Judicial, Administrative and Other Public Law Matters

20.03.2020, Slovenia - Following a number of adopted governmental measures in the past week to fight the spread of COVID-19, the National Assembly adopted a new package of intervention laws, including the Act on Provisional Measures in connection with Judicial, Administrative and Other Public Law Matters for the Control of the Spread of Infectious Disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) ("Urgent Proceedings Act"). / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Litigation

Contact
Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

TAX 

Poland: Covid-19 rescure package implemented - Taxes

01.04.2020, Poland – The supportive measures consist of some solutions for both the tax administration and taxpayers during the partial locked down. These include tax incentives devoted to motivating taxpayers to support medical and sanitary industries to counteract COVID-19, some tax reliefs or deferrals in the area of Real Estate Tax, extension of deadlines for tax and statutory compliance, preferences for employees and (...) / Read more ...

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Karolina Stawowska
Karolina
Stawowska
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Izabela Wiewiórka
Izabela
Wiewiórka
Consultant
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

HUNGARY - TAXATION DURING AN EPIDEMIC - LIQUIDITY IMPROVEMENT OPTIONS

27.03.2020, Hungary - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses face great economic challenges and try to reduce their costs. Many have wondered what tax relief and liquidity enhancement tools are available in the area of taxation area to mitigate the adverse financial and economic impact of the epidemic. / Read more ...

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Contact
János Pásztor
János
Pásztor
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Bence Kálmán
Bence
Kálmán
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Alexandra Tóth
Alexandra
Tóth
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Poland: Tax compliance in the face of coronavirus

26.03.2020, Poland - The draft version of new anti-crisis legislation accepted by the Polish government on 25 March 2020 (hereinafter: “Draft”) responds to some business demands with respect to tax reporting obligations. The Ministry of Finance announced additional extensions to deadlines, giving taxpayers the necessary time to comply. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Tax

Contact
Karolina Stawowska
Karolina
Stawowska
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Izabela Wiewiórka
Izabela
Wiewiórka
Consultant
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Bulgaria amends tax and financial reporting deadlines amid state of emergency

26.03.2020, Bulgaria - On 13 March 2020, the Bulgarian National Assembly declared a State of National Emergency in Bulgaria for a period of one month (ending on 13 April 2020 but subject to potential additional extension) as a response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.  / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Tax

Contact
Anna Rizova
Anna
Rizova
Partner
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Boryana Filimonova
Boryana
Filimonova
Associate
T. +359 2 8613 700
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria
Yanitsa Radeva
Yanitsa
Radeva
Associate
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Bulgaria

Poland Update: Tax measures in Covid-19 legislation

24.03.2020, Poland - Tax solutions proposed by the Polish government in the draft version of new anti-crisis legislation dated 21 March 2020 (hereinafter: “Draft”) respond only to some of the demands requested by businesses. Requests such as unfreezing cash on VAT bank accounts or postponing the deadline for annual CIT settlements for 2019 for all taxpayers are not included in the draft. Some solutions or reliefs are available only for the SME sector. / Read more ...

Related area of Specialisation: Tax

Contact
Karolina Stawowska
Karolina
Stawowska
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Izabela Wiewiórka
Izabela
Wiewiórka
Consultant
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Hungary introduces tax breaks in industries particularly impaced by Covid-19 pandemic

23.03.2020, Hungary - The Hungarian government has introduced special tax measures in industries particularly impacted by COVID-19, such as tourism, hospitality, entertainment, gambling, film, performance arts, event and sport services industries. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Tax

Contact
János Pásztor
János
Pásztor
Senior Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Bence Kálmán
Bence
Kálmán
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary
Alexandra Tóth
Alexandra
Tóth
Associate
T. +36 1 4848 800
F. +36 1 4848 825
Kálvin tér 12-13
1085 Budapest
Hungary

Slovenia extends deadline for submission of tax returns and allows deferred payment of taxes

20.03.2020, Slovenia - On 20 March 2020, the National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia passed an Act on the Intervention Measure to the Public Finance (Zakon o interventnih ukrepih na javnopravnem področju, hereinafter the "Intervention Act"). / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Tax

Contact
Markus Bruckmüller
Markus
Bruckmüller
Partner
T. +386 1 438 0000
F. +386 1 438 0025
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

HEALTHCARE, PHARMACEUTICALS & LIFE SCIENCES 

COVID-19 WILL CAST A LONG SHADOW ON EU MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATION

27.03.2020 - Healthcare stakeholders are currently coping with incredible challenges in the fight against the corona virus (COVID-19). In response to this challenging situation, the European Commission announced on 25 March 2020, its intention to postpone the entry into force of the EU Medical Device Regulation (the "Regulation"). / Read more ...

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Martina Hiebl
Martina
Hiebl
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5866
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Austria - Developing treatments for Covid-19: Conditional marketing authorization, compassionate use, and named patient supply

25.03.2020, Austria - In view of the current endeavours to develop vaccines or medicines against Covid-19, this pandemic raises the question of when these products will be available for fighting the disease. More specifically: Will these products have to go through the same lengthy marketing authorization procedures as do other medicinal products, or are there any faster ways to bring these products to use? / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Contact
Georg Kresbach
Georg
Kresbach
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5090
F. +43 1 51510 665090
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Maren Jergolla-Wagner
Maren
Jergolla-Wagner
Senior Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5090
F. +43 1 51510 665090
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES 

Poland: Covid-19 rescue package implemented - Energy

01.04.2020, Poland – The introduce measures are a response to possible shortages or delays in the supply of components necessary for the modernization or investment processes in the renewable energy sector. Amendments to the act on the compensation system for energy-intensive sectors and subsectors are aimed at streamlining and accelerating the payment of compensation for indirect costs of emission allowances which were incurred by energy-intensive enterprises and (...) / Read more ...

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Related article: Changes for RES installations

Contact
Konrad Kosicki
Konrad
Kosicki
Counsel
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

POLAND - CHANGES FOR RES INSTALLATIONS

27.03.2020, Poland - Due to the current national and global situation, the supply chain of components for renewable energy installations ("RES Installations") has been disrupted, which may result in a failure to meet the statutory deadlines imposed on RES producers benefiting from the auction support system. / Read more ...

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Konrad Kosicki
Konrad
Kosicki
Counsel
T. +48 22 378 8900
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

COMPETITION & ANTITRUST 

Covid-19 and state aid

01.04.2020, EU countries - In situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments are pledging to support businesses which suffer from the public health measures aimed at slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Generally, EU State aid rules do not allow Member States to favour certain businesses or industries. / Read more ...

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Guenter Bauer
Guenter
Bauer
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5600
F. +43 1 51510 665600
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Martin Gassler
Martin
Gassler
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5602
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Christoph Raab
Christoph
Raab
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5608
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Poland: Covid19 rescue package implemented - Consumer Protection

01.04.2020, Poland – Both businesses and consumers are suffering the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to ensure that there is unimpeded access to everyday goods and services, and in order to minimalize the financial burdens connected to consumer loans, the Amendment to the COVID-19 Act introduces certain supportive legal measures (..) / Read more ...

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Peter Daszkowski
Peter
Daszkowski
Partner
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland
Marcin Rudnik
Marcin
Rudnik
Senior Associate
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Poland

Austria - Changes to austrian and european competition rules amid Covid-19 pandemic

31.03.2020, Austria - The coronavirus and the effort to slow its spread have affected our lives in various ways: our health of course, our social contacts, the economy, and also competition law. On 13 March 2020, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority ("FCA") suspended its office hours. In recent days, the FCA has been working on the technical possibilities for electronic merger filings. / Read more ...

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Related area of Specialisation: Competition & AntitrustCorporate, Commercial & M&AInsolvency & Restructuring

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Guenter Bauer
Guenter
Bauer
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5600
F. +43 1 51510 665600
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Martin Gassler
Martin
Gassler
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5602
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Christoph Raab
Christoph
Raab
Associate
T. +43 1 51510 5608
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria

Serbia - The application of deadlines in administrative proceedings before the comission for the protection of competition of the Republic of Serbia during the state of emergency

30.03.2020, Serbia - The decree on deadlines in administrative proceedings during the state of emergency (Official Gazette of the RS No. 41/2020) (the "Decree"), which entered into force on 24 March 2020, is also applicable to administrative proceedings before the Commission for the Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia (the "Commission"), including both merger control and proceedings on requests for individual exemption of restrictive agreements from prohibition, governed by the Serbian Law on Protection of Competition (Official Gazette of the RS Nos. 51/09 and 95/13) (the "Law"). / Read more ...


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