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The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.

On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.

Chief Legal Officers know how demanding their jobs are. They have to create and manage effective teams, retain and instruct external counsel, advise their employers on strategic decisions, and implement new technology, all while putting out 20 fires a day.

White & Case, CMS, and Sorainen are among the top ten law firms in the number of reported projects across CEE last year, according to the comprehensive report that will appear in the March 2017 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine. 

On the evening of February 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters hosted the first ever CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge: A competition of four-person teams from leading law firms in Hungary, with all proceeds to go to the winner’s charity of choice. A total of 13 law firms competed for the impressive trophy – and the glory that goes along with it.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the January 2017 Special Issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine, available in electronic format — for subscribers to the magazine — here. The magazine is also in the hands of our printers, and hard copies will be mailed out to subscribers soon. 

As a controversial 2016 draws to a close, we want to take the opportunity to alert our readers and subscribers to some of our plans for 2017, and to some of the unique opportunities those readers and subscribers may want to take advantage of in the new year.

Preparations have begun for the end-of-year league table summarizing the deals of law firms across CEE in 2016, which will be used both as a basis for analysis in our special year-end Issue (see an example here) and for our Year-In-Deals table. Here's how you make sure your firm's deals are included!

It’s that time of year again — GC Summit time — and the editors of CEE Legal Matters are spending the next two days in Istanbul, hosting the largest gathering ever of Chief Legal Counsel in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The conference space is booked and prepared. The hotel rooms are cleaned and ready. The microphones have been checked. The speakers are locked in and rehearsing the presentations. Menus have been selected. The sponsors are primed.  The welcome packs and badges have been finalized and sent off to the printer. The editors of CEE Legal Matters are nervous wrecks.

Chief Legal Officers know how demanding their jobs are. They have to create and manage effective teams, retain and instruct external counsel, advise their employers on strategic decisions, and implement new technology, all while putting out 20 fires a day.

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