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Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

One-day networking forum addressing crucial issues covering a variety of asset classes and markets with respect to restructuring, CRE, private equity, special situations, bank deleveraging, NPL portfolio purchase and co-investment.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

Wolf Theiss has advised OBB in a tender for up to 200 freight locomotives in areas dealing with procurement and contract law. Siemens succeeded as the best bidder in the tendering procedure.

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.

Arzinger has advised a group of the Middle East investors led by Agromilk Holding (UAE) on their acquisition of the state-owned dairy farm located in the Grodno region of Belarus. The multimillion investment project is aimed at the development of the current facilities and the construction of new ones, as well as increasing the livestock.

The IPM-Consult law firm has advised one of the companies in the TVOE Group on its acquisition of shares of OJSC Baranovichi Sewing Factory belonging to the the Republic of Belarus. The number of shares acquired and the transaction price were not disclosed.

Revera has assisted American-Belarusian start-up WorkFusion on IP matters and corporate due diligence and other legal matters.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz has announced the addition of two new Partners: Andrea Zubovic-Devedcic in Sarajevo and Dorde Popovic in Belgrade.

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

One-day networking forum addressing crucial issues covering a variety of asset classes and markets with respect to restructuring, CRE, private equity, special situations, bank deleveraging, NPL portfolio purchase and co-investment.

It has always been considered to be the alpha and omega of the legal profession. The basic assumption that is so often repeated. The standing principle: “We (the lawyers) are just perfect – all we need is to find the clients.”

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. is reporting that it has been engaged by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to draw up a legal Guidе for Bulgarian Public Procurement Authorities with regard to the Implementation of the Public Procurement Act (PPA). 

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

CMS has advised long-standing client OTP Group on its acquisition of Societe Generale’s Croatian bank, Splitska Banka, and its leasing and insurance subsidiaries. Jones Day Paris was lead counsel to Societe Generale, with Schoenherr Zagreb advising on Croatian matters.

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

Following a tender for "Provision of Legal Services for Law Offices," Dunovska & Partners has been selected to supply legal services to Komercni Banka, a.s as well as Societe Generale.

BPV Braun Partners has advised Unilabs on regulatory issues related to its acquisition of Alpha Medical Group's laboratories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from Mid Europa Partners, including environmental and compliance matters.

KSB assisted the MS Invest real estate development company in its recent issue of discounted bonds.

Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have announced that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017, operating under the Norton Rose Fulbright name. The combined firm reports more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices across 32 countries. 

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

Elisabeth Eleftheriades, M&A and Project Finance Partner at the Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm in Athens, can hardly contain her enthusiasm about developments in the Greek legal market.

Orban & Perlaki Attorneys is inviting law students to the firm's office to talk about the latest innovations and possible future directions of the legal industry.

From 2017, the Hungarian tax authority prepares the draft tax returns for the personal income tax based on the amendment of the act on the rules of taxation entered into force on 1 January 2017.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

Glimstedt has advised Levikom in launching the world’s first “open value chain” IoT network.

Attorneys Aivar Pilv and Anneli Aab from Leadell Pilv in Estonia have successfully defended clients Karl and Kaarel Liivapuu in Harju County Court against a civil claim for damages of over EUR 127,000 based on allegations that they improperly influenced "a member of management board ... to perform a transaction harmful for the company by selling an apartment under its market value."

Njord has assisted bitcoin gambling operator bitcasino.io establish a bitcoin gambling operating company — Kopikas Entertainment OU — with only bitcoins as share capital contribution. According to Njord, "the share capital contribution in bitcoins was one of its kind and the first in Estonia and most likely in the world."

Acting on a contract with the Policy and Management Consulting Group, Nove Partner Urmas Volens has reviewed the Draft Law on Business Organizations of the Republic of Kosovo, which was prepared by the Government of Kosovo through a working group led by the Kosovo Ministry of Trade and Industry (with support from USAID Partnerships for Development).

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

Schoenherr has led Kosovar mobile operator Dardafon.net LLC ("Z-Mobile") to victory in its dispute against state-owned Telecom Kosovo ("PTK") in Kosovo's largest commercial arbitration to date.

Acting on behalf of client Intercontinental Great Brands LLC, Tria Robit has convinced AS Siera Nams to withdraw its application to register the figurative mark PHILADELPHIA.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

“I would single out a couple of developments, first of all in Construction Law, which I do a lot of” begins Dace Silava-Tomsone, the Managing Partner of Cobalt in Riga, when asked for the Buzz in Latvia.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

Ellex Raidla, Ellex Valiunas, and Ellex Klavins have advised Kesko on the sale of a 45% interest in its Baltic machinery trade subsidiaries to DAVA Agravis Machinery Holding A/S, a subsidiary of Denmark's Agro group. Sorainen advised the buyer on its acquisition in Lithuania.

CEE Attorneys has announced that Banking/Finance and Capital Markets specialist Monika Kriunaite has joined the firm's Vilnius office as Managing Associate and Head of Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, as well as EU Funds. 

“In general we are still suffering the consequences of the political crisis we’ve endured for two years now,” says Kristijan Polenak, the Managing Partner of the Polenak Law Firm in Skopje, of the unsettled situation in Macedonia.

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners has obtained a new final arbitration award from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris partially accepting the counterclaim made by the management company for state-owned stakes in the Societatea de Administrare a Participatiilor in Energie (SAPE) energy companies against E.ON Romania S.R.L. (E.ON). As a result of the ruling, E.ON is obliged to pay the amount of RON 4,070,948 (approximately EUR 901,000) plus interest to SAPE in compensation for infringing the minority shareholder’s rights in its distribution of dividends.

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

One-day networking forum addressing crucial issues covering a variety of asset classes and markets with respect to restructuring, CRE, private equity, special situations, bank deleveraging, NPL portfolio purchase and co-investment.

BDK Advokati has promoted Milan Dakic from the firm's Belgrade office and Luka Popovic from its Podgorica office to the position of Contract Partner.

Central and South Eastern Europe Investment Summit - Thursday, March 30, 2017, London

One-day networking forum addressing crucial issues covering a variety of asset classes and markets with respect to restructuring, CRE, private equity, special situations, bank deleveraging, NPL portfolio purchase and co-investment.

White & Case and CMS have advised Mid Europa Partners on the sale of Zabka Polska to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. Greenberg Traurig advised CVC Capital on the deal, which is the largest ever transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest ever private equity exit in Poland.

Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have announced that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017, operating under the Norton Rose Fulbright name. The combined firm reports more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices across 32 countries. 

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

BPV Grigorescu Stefanica has advised Zitec on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in the company by Dante International, the Naspers-owned company operating the largest Romanian e-commerce website.

Felix Tapai has been promoted to Tax Partner in charge of Maravela & Asociatii's affiliated tax advisory practice.

White & Case has advised Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, VTB Capital plc, and Aton LLC as Joint Bookrunners on the RUB 10,416.7 million (approximately USD 175 million) secondary public offering (SPO) of 138,888,888 existing ordinary shares in PAO ‘TMK’, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of tubular products for the oil and gas industry. Latham advised PAO 'TMK'.

Goltsblat BLP has advised ICBC International Leasing on the delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.

Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have announced that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017, operating under the Norton Rose Fulbright name. The combined firm reports more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices across 32 countries. 

Bojanovic & Partners has advised King Engine Bearings group, a manufacturer of engine bearings for automobiles, trucks, marine, and aviation, on its acquisition, through its Serbian subsidiary Sinterfuse d.o.o., of the assets of Serbian joint stock company Sinter a.d. u likvidaciji. ODI Law advised the sellers.

Bojovic & Partners has advised the Poseidon Group on the development of Capitol Park Rakovica, which the firm reports is Belgrade’s largest retail park.

Bojanovic & Partnershas  assisted Trigano, a European manufacturer of trailers, semi-trailers, and camping cars, in its acquisition of the assets of the Serbian company Zastava Inpro. The acquisition was conducted in a public tender procedure in late 2016.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

BPV Braun Partners has advised Unilabs on regulatory issues related to its acquisition of Alpha Medical Group's laboratories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from Mid Europa Partners, including environmental and compliance matters.

Glatzova & Co. has successfully represented TFS RT, INC. in the restructuring proceedings of its business partner.

24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom

This marcus evans event will consider how banks can overcome the operational challenges of complying with the GDPR, in particular challenges presented by legacy systems and the top three legislative changes.

In accordance with the Central Credit Register Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 77/16; "ZCKR"), the Bank of Slovenia established a centralised database of the indebtedness of private individuals and business entities (Central Credit Register; "CKR") in order to enable more efficient managing of credit risks and ensure more vigilant lending.

The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) has announced that Slovenian firm Kirm Perpar has joined it.

Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have announced that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017, operating under the Norton Rose Fulbright name. The combined firm reports more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices across 32 countries. 

Well-known Turkish lawyer and former Birsel Managing Partner Begum Durukan Ozaydin has left that venerable Turkish firm to launch the Durukan + Partners law firm.

Bojanovic & Partners has succesfully represented Mr. Nikola Mikic, a former captain of the Red Star Belgrade football club, in an arbitration against the Turkish football club Manisaspor Kulubu Dernegi.

Sayenko Kharenko’s IP team has successfully represented the interests of Porsche Ukraine in its protection of the VW, AUDI, and SEAT brands in Ukraine.

Asters has provided legal advice to the HiPP Group in obtaining merger clearance from the Ukrainian competition authority for its acquisition of the MIG milk formula plant (in Herford, Germany), which was previously jointly controlled by HiPP Group and DMK Group.

Axon Partners has opened an office in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, staffed by lawyers Yura Kornaga, Orest Gavryliak, and Lida Klymkiv.