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CHSH and Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Avukatlik Ortakligi have advised OMV in connection with the sale of all of 100% of its shares in Turkish mineral oil distribution company OMV Petrol Ofisi AS to Vitol Group. Kolcioglu Demirkan Kocakli worked with Hengeler Mueller in advising the Vitol Group, which was selected as purchaser by OMV after a competitive auction process, on the sale. The total purchase price of the transaction amounts to EUR 1.368 million, and closing is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2017, subject to conditions including the relevant regulatory approvals.

Dorda has advised German industrial and logistics property developer Log4Real on its market entry into Austria. Log4Real, a majority-owned company of the German Zech Group, has acquired properties of more than 300,000 square meters in close vicinity to the Vienna Airport from an undisclosed seller.

Austrian White Collar Crime specialist Heidemarie Paulitsch has announced the founding of her own commercial criminal law boutique, where she "represents individuals and advises companies on their internal processes and in case of governmental investigations and leads national and international compliance projects." She also teaches workshops on the topics of House Searches and Anti-Corruption Law.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte has advised Austrian real estate investor and developer Supernova Group in its successful acquisition of four DIY retail properties in Croatia: The Garden Mall shopping center in Zagreb, two retail parks in Koprivnica and Sisak, and one property in Pozega. For the Croatian legal aspects, Dorda collaborated with Pecarevic & Relic.

Schoenherr has advised publicly traded, global sugar, starch and fruit processor Agrana Beteiligungsverwaltungs-Aktiengesellschaft as issuer on its successful rights offering of 1,420,204 new shares, combined with a secondary offering of 500,000 existing Agrana shares held by Sudzucker AG, one of Agrana's core shareholders. Joint global coordinators Berenberg, BNP Paribas, Erste Group, and Raiffeisen Bank International were advised by Clifford Chance Deutschland and Weber & Co. Rechtsanwalte, while Sudzucker was represented by Wolf Theiss.

Taylor Wessing has advised Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft on the partial sale of its hotel portfolio to the Thai investor U City Public Company Limited. CHSH and Hogan Lovells advised U City on the transaction, which included participations in eight hotels in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania, two of which are partly (50%) owned by UBM Development AG.

“Clients are increasingly looking for diversity in terms of dispute resolution methods,” according to Anne-Karin Grill, Partner at Schoenherr in Vienna. Keen to learn more about this development, CEE Legal Matters spoke with Grill, Schoenherr’s Bucharest-based Partner Silvia Opris, and Natasa Lalatovic Djordjevic, Attorney at Law at Moravcevic Vojnovic i Partneri in cooperation with Schoenherr in Serbia. 

Binder Groessswang has served as lead counsel to the Belgian Puratos Group in the acquisition of 100% of Diamant Nahrungsmittel Group from the German Werhahn Group. Kinstellar and Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka worked alongside Binder Groesswang in the Czech Republic and Poland, respectively. SCWP Schindhelm reportedly advised Diamant Nahrungsmittel Group on the transaction, which was signed and closed in Vienna on February 3, 2017.

CHSH has advised on Austrian legal aspects of LifeNet Health’s recently concluded acquisition of Krems-based tissue bank AlloTiss from Drs. Karl Kaudela und Ursula Burner. CHSH collaborated with U.S. firm Kaufman & Canoles to facilitate the transaction, while the sellers were advised by EYLaw.

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