Czech lawyer Zdenek Kucera is joining Kinstellar Prague as a Managing Associate and Head of Dispute Resolution and TMT.
The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie have advised Global Ports Holding, the world's largest independent cruise port operator, on its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. Cleary Gottlieb advised the banks on the deal, which closed on May 17, 2017.
The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie's Paris and Frankfurt offices have advised the lenders in relation to USD 306,000,000 and EUR 956,500,000 Dual Currency Term Loan Facilities provided to Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.S.
The Esin Attorney Partnership has advised Jonquil Group Limited in relation to the sale by its Turkish subsidiary of 3.7 hectares of land in Bodrum to Idyma Gayrimenkul A.S., a subsidiary of Peska Turizm Yatirim A.S., a company developing and operating tourist facilities in Turkey. The LSA Legal Consultancy advised the buyers on the deal.
Clifford Chance has advised Deutsche Bank, ING, Natixis, and UniCredit in their capacity as the coordinating committee for the pre-export finance banks in connection with the successful implementation of a USD 2.3 billion debt restructuring for Metinvest. Ukraine's Redcliffe Partners, working alongside Clifford Chance, provided Ukrainian law advice to the committee. Baker McKenzie and Allen & Overy advised Metinvest on the restructuring.
The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie's Paris office have advised Akbank T.A.S. in relation to its USD 404,512,884 and EUR 738,271,106 Dual Currency Term Loan Facilities. Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership and Dentons advised Joint Coordinators and Bookrunners Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited, Emirates NBD Capital Limited, and ICBC Turkey Yatirim Menkul Degerler A.S. on the transaction. Bank of America Merrill Lynch also acted as Documentation Agent, while Emirates NBD Capital Limited acted as Publicity Agent and Mizuho Bank acted as Facility Agent.
Baker McKenzie and its Turkish arm, the Esin Attorney Partnership, have advised Akbank T.A.S., one of Turkey's largest banks, on the offering of USD 500 million Basel III compliant Tier 2 Notes under Akbank's USD 3.5 billion Global Medium Term Note Program. This represents the first Tier 2 Notes issue in Turkey this year. The Notes have a fixed term of 10 years and an early call option at year 5.
Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office has been selected as a legal partner of the Health Care Committee of the European Business Association for 2017 after elections held by the Committee Board after a competitive tender process.
In October 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Baker & McKenzie had advised European payment and transactional services provider Worldline on its agreement with Komercni Banka, a subsidiary of the Societe Generale Group, to develop products and services for Czech and Slovakian merchants. CMS advised Komercni Banka on the deal. We reached out to Baker & McKenzie Partner Libor Basl and Associate David Reiterman, both in the firm’s Prague office, for more information.
Attorneys tend to navigate their clients through stormy legal waters so that clients do not crash on the rocks of Scylla. But how good are we leaving the paternalistic client-care world and trying to navigate our own destiny in terms of our legal business facing the reality of severe competition, pricing pressure, and the legal profession becoming just a commodity?