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White & Case has advised Societe Generale as global coordinator, lead co-arranger, and dealer, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and PKO Bank Polski as co-arrangers and dealers, and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg as dealer, on the establishment by PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A., a subsidiary of PKO Bank Polski, of a EUR 4 billion international covered bond issuance program, and the issue of EUR 500 million covered bonds thereunder.

Kochanski Zieba & Partners has advised Echo Polska Properties N.V. on its acquisition of seven office buildings with almost 112,000 square meters of total gross leasing area from Echo Investment S.A. The sellers were advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges. The total value of the sale amounts to almost EUR 265 million. 

White & Case has won an arbitration award for Indian investor Flemingo DutyFree, part of the international duty-free retail group the Flemingo Group, in a case brought against Poland under the India-Poland Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

Clifford Chance has advised on a joint venture investment of White Star Real Estate and Europa Capital related to the acquisition of the Plac Malachowskiego office building in central Warsaw, from Kulczyk Silverstein Properties, which purchased the property in 2012 from Hochtief Development Poland. Dentons advised Kulczyk Silverstein Properties (KSP) on the deal, with Baker & McKenzie advising Hochtief Development.

 
Poland Doing Better than Most

According to Ron Given, Partner at Wolf Theiss, “the Polish market is doing better than most of the world where M&A is down.”

Dentons has advised P3 Logistic Parks on Polish and Romanian aspects of a EUR 1.4 billion pan-European refinancing of its logistics portfolio, with White & Case advising P3 on Czech and Slovakian aspects and Freshfields advising P3 on separate facilities for Western Europe (including Poland). Financing in Poland and Western Europe was provided by Morgan Stanley with Pbb as agent (advised by Allen & Overy), in Romania by Raiffeisen Bank International (advised by CMS), and in the Czech Republic and Slovakia by CSOB, CSOB Slovakia, Komercni Banka, UniCredit Bank, and Ceska Sporitelna (all advised by Clifford Chance).

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.

White & Case has announced the promotion of 40 lawyers around the world to its partnership. The promotions, which are effective January 1, 2017, represent 11 of the firm's global practices in 17 locations. Including in those 40 world-wide promotions are Czech Banking lawyer Jan Linda and Polish Disputes specialist Michal Subocz.

Poland Knowledge Partner

Established in 1957, Wolf Theiss is one of the leading European law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe with a focus on international business law. With 300 lawyers in 13 offices located in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, Wolf Theiss represents local and international industrial, trade and service companies, as well as banks and insurance companies. Combining law and business, Wolf Theiss develops comprehensive and constructive solutions on the basis of legal, fiscal and business know-how.

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