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Hogan Lovells has advised Union Investment on its EUR 62 million acquisition of the Maraton office building in Poznan, Poland, from Skanska. Dentons advised Skanska on the deal.

Sar & Partners has advised Hungarian hotel chain management companies responsible for the Prestige, Continental, and Boutique Hotels Budapest****Superior in several trademark infringement proceedings in Hungary initiated by or against the fast fashion company, Industria de Diseno Textil S.A., holder of the international and European Union "ZARA" trademarks. The subject of these proceedings was the use of the logo by the hotel chain management companies in connection with services of four stars superior premium hotels.

Schoenherr has advised Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) on its merger with unlisted Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG (RZB). RZB was advised by bpv Hugel.

Ostermann & Partners has assisted APS Holding with its acquisition of a Croatian portfolio of non-performing loans with a nominal value significantly exceeding EUR 100 million from Hrvatska Postanska Banka with the approval of the Croatian National Bank. The Hrvatska Postanska Bank was reportedly advised by Schoenherr.

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto has advised Capital Partners Investment Fund on a loan provided to IPOS S.A., a Polish provider of IT solutions. GSW Legal Grabarek, Szalc i Wspolnicy — a member of Grata International — advised iPOS on the deal. Proceeds from the loan are to be converted into the company’s share capital through the investor’s exercise of rights under subscription warrants.

SCWP Schindhelm has advised the Wopfinger Group on the acquisition by group member Baumit Beteiligungen GmbH of 100% of the shares in w&p Baustoffe GmbH from Wietersdorfer Group. Closing of the deal remains contingent on the authorization of Austria's Federal Competition Authority. The Wietersdorfer Group's team was led by in-house lawyers Bruno Nagele and Daniel Schutzenauer.

Zivkovic Samardzic has advised South Central Ventures (SCV) on its investment in CUBE Risk Management Solutions, a tech startup providing risk assessment, reporting and monitoring services, market analysis, and competition and trade intelligence to companies operating on, planning to expand into, or investigating their competition's presence on the Serbian market.

Sorainen has represented Lidl Lietuva in successful negotiations with the Vilnius City Municipality, the Architects Association of Lithuania, and The Department of Cultural Heritage involving disputes regarding the architectural value of a former road police building on Giraites street in Vilnius.

Primus has represented Klaipedos Baldu Prekyba JSC — a furniture retail trade chain with eight stores in Lithuania operating under the Berry trademark — on its conclusion of a long term lease agreement with the Elkor group for a multi-story building and adjacent territory for a store in the central part of Riga. 

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has advised sports betting company Fortuna Entertainment Group on Romanian legal issues related to its acquisition of Hattrick Sports Group Ltd., Ireland, from Hattrick Sports Group LLC (U.S) and other shareholders and share warrant holders.

Weinhold Legal, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic, and Selih & partnerji have advised on the merger of entities within the Olympus group, as Croatia's Olympus d.o.o and Slovenia's OLYMPUS SLOVENIJA d.o.o. merged into the Czech entity, Olympus Czech Group, s.r.o., clen koncernu. The merger was registered on March 1, 2017.

Djingov, Gouginsky, Kyutchukov & Velichkov has advised the owners of the Pharmastore pharmacy chain in the sale of the business to Sopharma Trading. Boyanov & Partners advised Sopharma on the deal, which will result in Pharmastore's 19 pharmacies in the cities of Sofia and Bourgas operating under the SOpharmacy brand. The deal remains subject to approval by the Commission for Protection of Competition.

Former Kinstellar Senior Associate Gabor Gomori has joined Deloitte Legal Erdos and Partners as Head of Real Estate and former Dentons attorney Luca Bokor has joined the firm's Banking & Finance practice.

Polish real estate lawyer Janusz Dzianachowski will be promoted to Partner by Linklaters as part of its global promotions round.

The Adriatic Legal Network has announced that Bosnia & Herzegovina's Sajic and Macedonia's Pepeljugoski law firms have joined the alliance formed in June of last year by Serbia's Joksovic, Stojanovic and Partners, Slovenia's Miro Senica and Attorneys, and Croatia's Kallay and Partners law firms.

Jolanta Zarzecka-Sawicka has been promoted to Partner at FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz, where she heads the firm's Labor Law practice.

Greenberg Traurig Warsaw has promoted Local Partners Rafal Baranowski and Pawel Piotrowski to Shareholder and former Senior Associate Karolina Dunin-Wilczynska to Local Partner.

Konecna & Zacha has announced the launch of a new section for German speaking clients both in Prague and Bratislava with other offices to follow soon. The German Desk will be led by Partner Achim Jahnke, who joins from Dvorak Hager & Partners.

Grata International has announced that the Gain & Partners Law Firm has become an associate office in Kazan, Russia.

Alrud has announced that German Zakharov has been promoted to Partner. Zakharov is a member of the firm's Competition/Antitrust and White Collar Crime, Compliance, and Internal Investigations practices.

Musat & Asociatii has announced the promotion of lawyers Vlad Cordea, Bogdan Mihai, Bogdan Riti, and Liviu Togan to Partner. 

Ioana Orlov has joined the TeamNet Group in Bucharest as its Legal Manager.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced that Vienna-based Principal Associate Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger will be promoted to Partner on May 1, 2017.

Andreas Koehler has moved from Dentons to join CMS's Budapest office along with Senior Associate Gabor Toth.