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During recent years issues related to the protection of personal data have been actively discussed and developed, and Russian authorities have begun paying more attention to compliance by businesses with the personal data processing rules.

As summarized in CMS’s recently-released Emerging Europe M&A Report 2016/2017, the year just concluded, 2016, was an eventful one in Europe, as it included weak global growth and overall investor cautiousness, an attempted military coup in Turkey, a vote for the UK to leave the European Union, continued unrest in the east of Ukraine, continued application of sanctions in Russia, and the first full year of a new populist right-wing Government in Poland. There was plenty therefore to be concerned about, and we all feared what impact this might have on M&A deal activity in the region as a whole. 

CMS has advised ING Bank N.V., London Branch and other international banks as mandated lead arrangers of a new USD 420 million five year unsecured syndicated finance facility to Russian Railways. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reportedly advised Russian Railways on the deal.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has announced that former Norton Rose Partner and energy specialist Rafal Hajduk has joined the firm to lead its energy advisory team in its Infrastructure & Energy Practice, bringing with him a team from his former firm.

Looking at it honestly, 2016 has been another year of recession for Russia, with a GDP expected at negative 0.6%. That’s not a surprise, of course. The oil crisis, currency crisis, and a hostile international context materialized by EU and US sanctions have severely impacted the economy.

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. 

CMS Budapest has advised Balbec Capital LP and APS Holding on the financing and acquisition of a non-performing loan portfolio of residential mortgages from UniCredit. The total claim value of the portfolio is HUF 42.7 billion, or approximately EUR 139 million. Reti, Antall & Partners  the law firm associated with PWC in Hungary  advised UniCredit on the deal, which is one of the first residential mortgage portfolio sale and purchase transactions on the Hungarian market. 

Hogan Lovells has advised Arcus Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of an 85% stake in the Gdansk Transport Company S.A., a special purpose company set up in 1996 to pursue the DBFMO project for the northern section of the AmberOne A1 motorway concession in Poland. The acquisition was a multi-step transaction, involving Arcus's acquisition of NDI Autostrada sp. z o.o. (NDIA), which owns a 25.31% stake in GTC, from Grupa NDI and Transport Infrastructure Investment Company (TIIC). As part of the acquisition, NDIA also exercised its right of first refusal on A1 Invest AB Skanska’s 30% stake and on John Laing Infrastructure Limited's 29.7% interest in GTC, taking NDIA’s ownership in GTC to 85%, with Intertoll Europe retaining the residual 15% shareholding and remaining the operator of the A1 motorway. Norton Rose Fulbright advised Grupa NDI and TIIC, CMS advised John Liang, and DLA Piper advised Skanska.

25 Years in Russia

Every day your world is changing – presenting new challenges, new risks – but also new opportunities. CMS is an alliance of independent law and tax firms established for our clients to benefit from high quality business-focused advice in law and tax matters wherever they need it. 

CMS has been supporting numerous organisations in the developing and challenging Russian economy since 1992. We advise international clients on every aspect of business in Russia, as well as Russian companies abroad.

Ranked as top 10 global law firm (Am Law Global 100), our 3,400 legal professionals in 65 offices in Europe and beyond, through our technical rigour, strategic expertise and deep focus on building long-term partnerships, are committed to putting our clients and their business success first. CMS acts for the majority of the DAX 30, a large number of the FT European 500 and a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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