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This past autumn brought extensive changes to the Czech Republic’s real estate acquisition tax, which, according to lawmakers, should align the country’s regulation to the European standard. Is it really the case? With the assistance of members of the Real Estate team within Taylor Wessing CEE, we compare the new regulation to those in neighboring countries. 

Allen & Overy has advised the EPISO 4 opportunistic fund, managed by Tristan Capital Partners, and its co-investing local partner, Mint Investments, on their acquisition of the Avenir Business Park in the Nove Butovice neighborhood of Prague from debt restructuring firm Lone Star. Kinstellar advised the sellers on the deal.

Lakatos, Koves and Partners has provided Hungarian law advice to Mid Europa Partners in relation to the IPO of Waberer’s International Nyrt., one of Europe’s largest haulage and logistics companies. White & Case acted as international legal advisor, and Shearman & Sterling and Kinstellar represented the Mandated Lead Arrangers.  

Allen & Overy has announced that it advised Fortuna Entertainment Group on the acquisition of the 100% share in Hattrick Sports Group Ltd., Ireland, the owner of the Casa Pariurilor betting operator in Romania, the PSK and Hattrick operator in Croatia, and B2B operations in Spain, Germany, and other European countries.

Slaughter and May has advised Centrica plc on the sale of its operational Langage and South Humber Bank combined cycle gas turbine power stations with a combined capacity of 2.3GW to a subsidiary of Energeticky a prumyslovy holding, a. s. for GBP 318 million in cash (subject to customary working capital and other completion adjustments).

The Corporations Act provides that the venue, date and time of a general meeting must be set in such a manner that shareholders’ rights to attend (and vote) are not unreasonably limited. Would this statutory requirement be met if the general meeting were held in a foreign country? If so, under what circumstances?

In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?

I keep hearing that local offices of international firms have been dominating the CEE legal market. Journalists covering the market look at the corporate, finance, and litigation league tables for the region, notice that international firms occupy more places than would be typical in Western Europe, and report a story of global brand domination. I am almost certainly biased, but I see things differently.