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2016 has been a challenging year for dispute resolution in Poland, due primarily to the numerous changes in regulatory framework that have come or will come into effect. In particular, since the country’s 2015 parliamentary elections, the government has been working on regulations related to group action proceedings, procedures for collecting claims, and various criminal law issues. 

The number of patent infringement cases in Poland is steadily growing. However, even the best drafted patents and clear infringement background may prove insufficient for effective enforcement in cases where a matter has not been properly prepared. The summary below focuses on key legal remedies available for patent holders to effectively counteract infringing activity in Poland and indicates the key aspects that need to be addressed.

Olexander Martinenko, Partner at CMS in Kyiv, starts his summary of The Buzz in Ukraine by addressing the ongoing judicial reform in the country, noting that the system has been returned to its traditional 3-tiered structure (courts of first instance, appellate courts, and Supreme Court) from the 4-tiered system that was installed by previous President Yanukovych shortly after his rise to power in 2010.

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.”

CMS, working alongside Sidley Austin, has advised Mid Europa Partners on its sale of Alpha Medical, a prominent provider of laboratory testing services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to Unilabs. The sale price was not disclosed. Baker & McKenzie reportedly advised Unilabs on the the transaction, which remains subject to customary clearance by local competition authorities and is expected to close in Q2 2017.

Jeantet has advised listed hotels group Orbis, a unit of the French group Accor, in a buyback transaction involving five hotels in downtown Budapest operating under Accor brands from Erste Group Immorent Holding GmbH. CMS advised Erste Group Immorent on the deal. The aggregate price for the acquisition of the five hotels was EUR 64.3 million.

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.

The CMS and Ruzicka Csekes law firms, which have been operating in association in Slovakia, have announced that they will terminate that arrangement as of May 31, 2017. CMS, the sixth largest global law firm, will then establish its own fully integrated office in Bratislava, using a newly created Slovak team.

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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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