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The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.

On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.

A new European law firm alliance with a substantial CEE presence has appeared on the legal scene. The new Act Legal alliance (branded in lower-case, as "act legal") consists of founding members AC Tischendorf (in Germany), BSWW (in Poland), MPH (Slovakia), Randa Havel Legal (Czech Republic), Vivien & Associes (France), and WMWP (Austria).

Brandl & Talos has advised GoLending AT GmbH on the issuance of a corporate bond with an indefinite term for a total of up to EUR 50 million. The new bond bears interest at an annual rate of 9.725% and can be subscribed to as of May 1, 2017, for a minimum subscription price of EUR 100,000.00.

Herbst Kinsky has provided Austrian legal advice to the Hofmann Menu Group on refinancing by an international banking consortium headed by The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland and UniCredit Bank AG as Joint Global Coordinators. The transaction volume amounts to EUR 200 million. Latham & Watkins was global counsel to the Hofmannsmenu Group.

SCWP Schindhelm has advised Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer — the founders of Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Gesellschaft m.b.H. — and two foundations established by Bernecker and Rainer (the Bernecker Privatstiftung and Josef Rainer Privatstiftung, respectively) on the sale of their shares in the company to the ABB group.

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