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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.

The critical value of Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR”) to the global economy has been much discussed and analyzed in a series of published EU and national economic studies and reports, quantifying both the contribution of IPR-intensive industries to economic performance and trade and the significant economic impact of counterfeiting. Corporate and government budgets, allocation of human and other resources, integrity of public administration, investments, and criminal activities are all affected by the unauthorized use of IPR, which includes trademarks, patent, copyright, and designs.

Drakopoulos and the React anti-counterfeiting network, working in cooperation with the Greek police, are reporting a seizure of 25,000 fake clothing items in a warehouse in an Athenian suburb on April 26, 2016, and describing it as "marking the symbolic character of the World Intellectual Property Day."

Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

English solicitor and Scottish national Marie Kelly is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Athens, where she heads the firm’s Greek Dispute Resolution Practice. She specializes in shipping litigation and shipping contracts including ship-building contracts, and also has a great deal of experience in arbitration and in commercial litigation in the high court. 

Kelly got her law degree from the University of Glasgow in 1982 and subsequently studied at the College of Europe in Bruges and the University of Edinburgh. She has been with Norton Rose Fulbright since 1998, when she moved with her husband to Athens.

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KLC Law Firm has provided legal advice to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on an international public tender for the acquisition of real rights and rights of use on real estate properties with development potential as boutique hotels.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis announced that it advised Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley & Co. International as joint global coordinators and joint book runners in connection with an offering by National Bank of Greece of 1,136,363,637 new ordinary shares at a price of EUR 2.20 per share designed to boost its core capital.

The Drakopoulos law firm has announced the addition of Michalis Kosmopoulos to head the firm's Intellectual Property Department across SEE.

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Drakopoulos Law Firm has been providing consulting and legal advice to businesses since 1992. The Firm possesses extensive resources and know-how to cover a wide range of services and handle substantial and complex transactions. Our highly skilled lawyers provide professional services and legal expertise, highly prioritising the interests of both our domestic and international clientele and being dedicated to their successful operation. With an offering of legal services across 11 countries out of three main offices, Drakopoulos Law Firm is strategically positioned to serve clients with presence or interests in the entire Southeast Europe region.

Firm's website: www.drakopoulos-law.com

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