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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.

CMS Cameron McKenna has advised the China CEE Investment Co-operation Fund, advised by CEE Equity Partners, on its acquisition of 99.9% of Magyar Telecom B.V.'s holdings in the Invitel Group. Dechert involved Magyar Telecom ("Matel") on the deal, which was approved unanimously by Matel's Board of Directors, but remains subject to shareholder and Hungarian competition authority approval. White & Case, Clifford Chance, Dentons, and Lakatos Koves & Partners advised on the new security package. 

Biris Goran has advised AdamAmerica Europe on its acquisition of Construdava, a 9,400 square meter office building located on Pipera-Tunari Road, in the North-East of Bucharest, from Commerzbank AG and Aberdeen Asset Management. CMS advised the sellers on the deal, which was signed in October, 2016, and closed at the end of December, 2016

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov Law Firm has advised Bulpros Consulting AD on acquisition financing it received from Unicredit Bulbank AD for an acquisition by its German subsidiary of a majority interest in a global software business held by GROUP Business Software Europa GmbH, GBS Pavone Groupware GmbH, and GROUP Business Software (UK). CMS advised UniCredit on the financing. According to DGKV, "the transaction creates one of the largest Bulgarian IT services and solutions suppliers."

In 2016 the Polish capital markets have been influenced by two major factors: last year’s parliamentary elections, which brought the Law and Justice Party to power, and the effects of the reform of open-end pension funds (OFEs), which resulted in a reduction of the capital that OFEs could allocate to investments in shares listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE).

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.

Dentons has advised Group Spadel, a European family-owned company specializing in the production of natural mineral water, spring water, and natural fruit drinks, on the acquisition of a 93.29% stake in Bulgarian bottled water producer Devin AD from private equity firm Advent International. Dentons worked with Hristov & Partners in Bulgaria, while Advent was advised by CMS on the transaction, which was based on an enterprise value of EUR 120 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition.

Jara Drapala & Partners is reporting that it has successfully reached a settlement on behalf of Alpine Bau Deutschland AG in a lawsuit brought by the company as part of a consortium of contractors in 2014 against the Polish State Treasury for damages related to the consortium's construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw. In its initial claim, Alpine Bau demanded PLN 139 million in damages and remuneration. Linklaters advised the Polish State Treasury in negotiations, with CMS advising Zurich Insurance.

According to Marton Domokos, Senior Counsel of CMS in Budapest, one of the hottest topics in Hungary at the moment is the new set of data protection recommendations issued by the country's Data Protection Authority (DPA), which he says have a wide range of ramifications in terms of employment policies. 

Graham Conlon is a Partner and English-qualified solicitor at CMS, where he is the Co-Head of International Private Equity and the Head of Corporate and M&A in Kyiv. He divides his time between Warsaw and Kyiv and has a regional role and advises on private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe and beyond.

On July 26, 2016, a cross-section of eminent lawyers from leading law firms in Ukraine gathered at DLA Piper’s Kyiv office for a wide ranging Round Table conversation about the state of the Ukrainian economy and legal market and their expectations for both going forward.  

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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.

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