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DLA Piper has advised steel producer EVRAZ on its sale of the entire issued share capital of Kadish Limited, the holding company of EVRAZ Sukha Balka, a Ukrainian enterprise specializing in iron ore underground mining, to Berklemond Investments Ltd, a company of the DCH Group, for USD110 million of gross consideration, adjustable for the actual level of working capital and debt.

DLA Piper has advised Guard Capital, a venture capital fund specializing in telecom and Internet projects, on the sale of a 79.6% stake in DocDoc.ru, an e-medicine company in Russia, to Sberbank. Sberbank was represented by CMS on the deal, which sees the remaining stake belong to the founder of DocDoc.ru and its key management.

A significant anniversary inevitably causes us to reflect upon the period gone by. The sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US started in 2007 and, after spreading to other countries, became the global financial crisis that caused the longest-lasting recession of the post-war era. This recession, in conjunction with other factors, triggered sweeping changes in the Hungarian legal market. In retrospect, clear, recognizable patterns have emerged in the ten years since then. 

Clifford Chance and Dentons are reporting that the EUR 650 million sale of a 265,000 square meter CEE retail portfolio by CBRE Global Investors to CPI Property Group that was initially reported in January closed on March 29, 2017, and more information has been learned about the structuring of the deal and the firms involved.

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.

Marian Dinu, Country Managing Partner at DLA Piper Dinu SCA, starts his report of the Buzz in Romania on the subject of the protests in Bucharest and throughout the country at the end of January and the beginning of February that generated media attention around the world following the ordinance bills proposed by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and secretly approved by the government regarding the pardoning of certain committed crimes and the amendment of the Penal Code of Romania (especially regarding the abuse of power).  

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DLA Piper is a leading global business law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. We also advise governments and public sector bodies. DLA Piper has built a strong reputation and has developed a major presence in Central Eastern Europe. With close to 180 lawyers and over 30 partners in our offices in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, we advise our clients – multinational, regional and domestic leaders in their fields – on all aspects of business law.  We have group member or relationship firms in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova, and Macedonia. Furthermore, DLA Piper has strong support in the Baltic states through relationship firms in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. Our cross-practice teams offer clients from various sectors specific, business-oriented legal solutions to both domestic and regional issues. 

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