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Squire Patton Boggs has advised Mariusz Koczwara, the owner of the Polish gluten-free manufacturer Bezgluten, on his sale of the company to Bounty Brands, the food division of Coast2Coast, an investment holding based in South Africa. Gessel advised Coast2Coast on the deal that recently closed following a September signing.  

Sorainen has advised the Finnish fund YCE Housing I, managed by Vicus Capital Advisors Limited, on its investment in Stage I of the Raitininku Sodai residential construction project in Vilnius.

Dorda has secured a court victory for German automotive group Volkswagen in six proceedings before the Austrian Supreme Court, successfully arguing in all six proceedings that Austria has no international jurisdiction for investor claims. The Austrian Supreme Court dismissed the claims of Austrian shareholders in final judgment.

Avellum, working alongside global advisor White & Case, has provided Ukrainian legal advice to Coast2Coast, a South-African investment company, on its acquisition of Poland-based Stella Pack by Coast2Coast portfolio company Bounty Brands. 

Kochanski Zieba & Partners, working alongside global counsel Plesner, from Denmark, has advised global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Medius Poland, as part of a wider international transaction whereby Marlin acquired holding company Medius AB, a provider of cloud-based accounts payable automation software.

TGS Baltic represented both Aircastle Limited and Aero Capital Solutions Inc.on the sale and leveraged purchase of two aircraft registered in Lithuania and leased to an air carrier operating in Lithuania.

Goltsblat BLP has acted as Russian legal counsel for Ferronordic Machines AB on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm. 

CMS has advised Savills plc. on the acquisition of SB Property Services, a Czech company providing asset management services, from its founders, Martina Bartek and Michaela Semanova, who will join Savills as directors. Rudolf Rentsch of Rentsch Legal advised the sellers.

Noerr, working alongside global counsel Mayer Brown, has advised IDI Gazeley on the USD 2.4 billion acquisition of its European division, Gazeley, by the Singaporean warehouse operator Global Logistic Properties. GLP acquired Gazeley from the portfolio of the Canadian real estate investor Brookfield Asset Management.

Goltsblat BLP has announced that Julia Romanova has joined the team as Head of Group, International Arbitration, White Collar Criminal Defense.

Two former WKB lawyers specializing in advising clients from the Life Sciences industry have joined Baker McKenzie’s IP/TMT/Life Sciences group in Warsaw: Pawel Hincz, who joins as Local Partner, and Juliusz Krzyzanowski, who joins as Senior Associate.

JPM has announced that it has "terminated cooperation" with Partners Uros Markovic and Nikola Vukotic, effective immediately.

Act BSWW has announced that tax advisor Malgorzata Wasowska, the head of Act BSWW's Tax practice, has joined the firm's partnership.

Patryk Galicki has left Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland to join Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal as a new Partner heading the real estate practice area.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner has promoted Elisabeth Fischer-Schwarz to Junior Partner.

Russian lawyer Olga Ponomarenko has been promoted to partner in Latham & Watkins' Moscow office.

Tomasz Stasiak has joined the Warsaw office of the Wolf Theiss law firm as a partner and head of the office's Real Estate & Construction Practice Group.

CMS has announced that senior energy lawyer Angel Bangachev has rejoined the firm from Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners and will lead CMS's Public Procurement Practice in Bulgaria.

The Competition Board recently published its reasoned decision on the Tyre Industrialist Association's application for an exemption for its Waste Management Strategies and Implementation Plan for Worn-out Tyres 2016 to 2020.

At the beginning of October 2017, a new ministerial decree entered into force on the classification of arable lands.

On 20 October 2017, Serbian Business Registry Agency (the “SBRA”) initiated a nationwide process of statutory winding-up of all companies which operate and exist contrary to the Serbian Companies Act (the “Act”).

The Companies Act introduced in 2011 the obligation of the Serbian Business Registers Agency (SBRA) to institute compulsory liquidation over companies for failure to comply with legal obligations under the statute.

The Regulation on Erasure, Destruction or Anonymization of Personal Data (“Regulation”) is published on the Official Gazette of October 28, 2017 and will enter into force as of January 1, 2018.

A very controversial topic in the modern workplace pertains to the issue of monitoring workplace internet and telephone use by the employer. 

As you would expect, the Czech Labour Code permits an employer unilaterally to dismiss an employee who breaches his or her work duties. But when? The Czech Supreme Court has recently ruled that even a minor breach can suffice. 

A package of amendments to the rules of the Civil Procedure Code came into effect in Lithuania on July 1, 2017. A number of these amendments are significant for business and for advocates.

In Latvian Case SKC-176/2017, lessor Swedbank Leasing resold the lease objects to another buyer after lessee Mednis had made full payment, such that, according to the judgment of the arbitration court, at the moment the objects were resold the lessee was not in debt to the lessor.

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"Basically Slovakia is doing quite well in terms of macro-economic data,” says Adrian Barger, Partner at Slovakia’s Barger Prekop law firm.

German-born Alexander Liessem is Managing Partner of the Minsk office of bnt Attorneys in CEE. Liessem holds a diploma in Public Administration from Germany’s Federal University of Applied Sciences and is Vice-Chairman of the German-Belarusian Economic Club. He has over 20 years of professional experience, having worked in industry, in-house, and in private practice. He has advised clients in Belarus for almost ten years.