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The Deal:

On August 15, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Esin Attorney Partnership (a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Hogan Lovells, and Paksoy had advised on Burgan Bank’s USD 87 million and EUR 57 million syndicated multi-tranche term loan agreement with 13 banks from 8 countries. The banks were led by HSBC, acting as coordinator, Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), acting as agent, and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale Luxemburg, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, and Mashreqbank PSC acting as initial mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners.

Michael Malloy, the Head of Intellectual Property and Technology for Russia at DLA Piper, first came to Russia in 1990, and he moved there for good in 1994. At DLA, where Malloy has been since 2008, he specializes in intellectual property and technology issues, and his work includes franchising, corporate law, media law, and technology transfers.

The Deal:

On June 27, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Orrick had advised Sberbank and VTB on RUB 70 billion in financing for Telmamskaya HPP LLC (a subsidiary of EuroSibEnergo Group, which itself is part of the En+ Group energy and natural resources industrial conglomerate). Baker Botts advised Telmamskaya HPP on the deal.

The Deal:

On March 8, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Sayenko & Kharenko had advised Sberbank on the restructuring of a sovereign-guaranteed loan to Yuzhnoya’s State Design Office and the Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) with an outstanding principal balance of approximately USD 367 million and had advised Sberbank and Citibank on the restructuring of another loan to Ukravtodor with an outstanding principal balance of EUR 37.3 million. Linklaters advised the banks on matters of English law, and Avellum acted as Ukrainian counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on both matters.

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.

The Deal:

On April 1, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Voicu & Filipescu and Reff & Associates (a member of the Deloitte Legal network) had advised on Bel Rom Twelve’s sale of 12 of the 22.5 hectares of land it owned in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, to the South African investment fund New Europe Property Investments (NEPI). 

The transaction represented the third sale of real estate between the parties and was described by Bel Rom shareholder Hendrik Danneels as “one of the most important real estate transactions in Romania over the recent period.”

On June 16, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Turkey’s well-known YukselKarkinKucuk law firm – the largest law firm in Turkey – had transformed into the YukselKarkin Attorney Partnership.

We reached out to Partners Cuneyt Yuksel and Murat Karkin to find out the details.

The Deal:

On February 18, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach and Baker & McKenzie Diwok Hermann Petsche had advised on Wiener Privatbank’s acquisition of the Austrian business of the private bank Valartis. The transaction was described by DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach as “the largest banking transaction in Austria in the year 2015.”

Rob Irving is an M&A and private equity Partner and Co-Chair of Denton’s global Private Equity group. He has worked on landmark transactions throughout Central and Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe as well as Turkey since 1991. He started his legal career with White & Case, where he worked until May 2015, when, together with the entire White & Case Budapest office, he joined Dentons.

Richard Clegg is a Partner at Wolf Theiss, based in Sofia, working throughout CEE/SEE.

A corporate and regulatory lawyer, he has particular specialization in the telecommunications, technology, and regulated industries and advises on transaction, regulatory, and compliance matters, often in sensitive or challenging circumstances.

In May, 2015, Vasil Kisil & Partners announced that disputes specialist Andriy Stelmashchuk had been elected the firm’s new Managing Partner – becoming the first Managing Partner who was not among the venerable firm’s founders. The change coincided with the introduction of what the firm described as “a new corporate identity,” which the firm claimed reflects “the firm’s development strategy and key values of the brand: a national law firm operating to Western standards and leading the changes and innovative solutions.”

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.

On May 24 the Bucharest Bar – the largest of the Bar Associations in Romania – elected a new Dean: Ion Dragne, the Managing Partner of Dragne & Asociatii. The position has traditionally been held by independent litigators, so the election of a lawyer from the “consulting side” – as Dragne calls it – was a first in the Bar’s history. CEE Legal Matters talked with the new Dean of the Bucharest Bar about what drove his election and his initial plans in the new role. 

We took the opportunity of the presence in Prague this month of Eduardo Leite, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie's Executive Committee, and Gary Senior, the firm's Chair for EMEA, for Baker & McKenzie's EMEA Partners' Conference, to sit down with both of them. These conversations provided a rare opportunity to explore Baker & McKenzie's expectations and plans for CEE, the ways the firm handles the political and financial crises in the region, and the possibility of expansion into new CEE markets.

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