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Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

An employee was dismissed with immediate effect because he had published in-house information on his Facebook account. In the current decision on this case, the Austrian Supreme Court (“OGH“) confirmed that indiscrete Facebook posts may justify a dismissal (Decision by the Supreme Court, dated 27.11.2014, 9 ObA 111/14k).

Linklaters and CMS Vienna are advising investment banks JP Morgan and Citigroup on matters of Austrian law related to the Carinthian Compensation Fund’s offer to the holders of HETA (formerly Hypo Alpe Adria) instruments in the nominal amount of Euro 11.2 billion, as part of the long-awaited debt restructuring of the Heta banking crisis. Skadden Arps, Hausmaninger Kletter, and Abel & Abel are advising Carinthian State Holding, Schoenherr is advising the Austrian state, and bond creditors are being advised by Kirkland & Ellis, Binder Groesswang, Gorg, Dorda Brugger Jordis, and Wolf Theiss.

Incentivizing employees to increase their performance is a basic management principle. Already decades ago, theory and practice have started to use incentives that align employees' with shareholders' interests to solve the principal-agency conflict described in corporate finance theory.

The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 20015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati and Macedonia’s Polenak law firm have acted as joint counsel to Telekom Austria Group in connection with the merger of its subsidiary VIP Operator Dooel Skopje with One Dooel Skopje, a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenije Group, both operating in the Republic of Macedonia. Baker & McKenzie Italy advised Telekom Slovenije Group on the deal.