On December 20th, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Slovenian metal-processing company UNIOR had completed a syndicated debt refinancing process with a group of six banks. We interviewed Darko Hrastnik, the Chairman of the Board and CEO at UNIOR, who was directly responsible for handling the transaction and managing the external counsel.
On December 19, 2016, CEELM reported that the United States's W.P. Carey Inc. had acquired a logistics center in Lithuania and signed a long-term lease with Kesko Senukai. Ziad Hammodi, Managing Director and Chief Global Transaction Counsel at W.P. Carey, agreed to comment on the deal.
On December 20, 2016, CEELM reported that Inter Cars, an importer and distributer of automotive spare parts in CEE, obtained a loan facility from a consortium of banks. Jacek Piotrowiak, the General Counsel at Inter Cars, kindly agreed to share his experience managing the legal aspects of the deal.
On November 29, 2016, CEELM reported that the Mareshki Medicines retail chain had been successful in the two-year litigation at the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria, which resulted in the repeal of anti-competitive provisions on prescribing and dispensing medicine in Bulgaria's Ordinance No 4. We asked Irena Georgieva, In-house Attorney at Mareshki, to explain what happened.
On November 17, 2016, CEELM reported on the merger of two shopping malls in Romania – Bucuresti Mall and Plaza Mall – owned and operated by the real estate and development company Anchor Group. We reached out to Mihaela Marin, the Head of Legal Department at Anchor Group, who agreed to elaborate on the merger.
On October 28, 2016, CEELM reported that P3, a leading pan-European owner, developer and manager of logistics properties, had announced that it had completed a EUR 1.4 billion long-term refinancing, arranged with a group of leading international financial institutions. We invited Katie Schoultz, the Group General Counsel at P3, to share her thoughts on the deal.
On October 14, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Norwegian property company Linstow AS had sold its stake in UAB Baltijos Parkai, the holder of Park Inn hotels in Lithuania, to UAB Green Hotel. We reached out to Knut Loken, the Chief Investment Officer at Linstow, for more information on the sale.
On November 24, 2017, CEELM reported that Austrian real estate developer WM Group had sold its six retail parks in Slovakia to Immofinanz AG, designed to expand the latter's STOP SHOP brand. Michael Wakolbinger, Managing Director of WM Slovakia, who also acts as a General Counsel to the senior owner of the WM/MID Group, agreed to comment on the sale.
On November 28, 2016, CEELM reported that the Bulgarian electricity power distributor Energo-Pro Varna EAD had sold seven-year bonds worth of EUR 130 million to international investors. We invited Tsvetanka Vasileva, Head of Legal and Compliance at Balkan Advisory Company to provide us an insider’s view on the matter.
On October 11, 2017, CEELM reported that UAB Bite Lietuva had received a license from the Bank of Lithuania to operate as an electronic money institution. Jurgita Pelediene, the Legal Manager at Bite Lietuva, agreed to answer our questions on the procedure.
On October 31, 2016, CEELM reported that the Ukranian start-up eTachki had obtained USD 1 million investment from local capital fund TA Ventures. We asked the Head of Legal at eTachki, Marina Makarova, to tell us more about the deal and the structure of her in-house legal team.
On November 1, 2016, CEELM reported that ZGI Capital has invested EUR 700,000 in Latvian FinTech company Mobilly. Rudolfs Krese, Investment Director at ZGI Capital agreed to provide more details on the deal.
On August 17, 2016, CEELM reported that Yilport Holding had signed a public-private partnership agreement and acquired the right to operate Puerto Bolivar Harbor in Ecuador for 50 years. We reached out to Legal Director at Yildirim Holding for more details on the deal.
On October 12, 2016, CEELM reported that Lords LB Asset Management had entered into a management contract with Carlson Rezidor to open a Radisson RED hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania. Fund Manager Marius Zemaitis agreed to answer our questions on the deal.
On October 18th, 2016, CEELM reported that Slovenian start-up Creatriks had successfully obtained an investment from Speedinvest II International GmbH. We reached out to Creatriks COO & Co-founder Aljaz Ketis to find out how the investment was obtained.
On September 22, 2016, CEELM reported that CA Immo had purchased the Millenium Towers office complex in Budapest in what was described as the biggest real estate transaction of this year in Hungary. CA Immo’s Group Head of Legal Affairs Ingo Steinwender agreed to elaborate on the acquisition.
On August 25th, 2016, CEELM reported that Shell Exploration & Production Ukraine Investments (IV) B.V. was represented by Vasil Kisil & Partners in a dispute over the Ukrainian tax authorities' refusal to grant over UAH 5 million as an automatic VAT refund. We reached out to Viktor Kachurenko, Legal Counsel at Shell Ukraine Exploration and Production I, LLC, for more information.
On September 5th, 2016, CEELM reported that Axon Partners had assisted Ukraine’s state-owned ProZorro public procurement electronic system in Ukraine on its transformation into an IT company. As the in-house legal team of ProZorro was not involved in the matter, we asked Director Nadia Bigun to answer several questions about the matter.