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.
The Mrowiec Fialek & Partners law firm has advised Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne on its acquisition of Profi-Lingua, one of the largest foreign language schools in Poland. The JGA law firm advised the shareholders and founders of the company, Maciej Jaglarz and Krzysztof Jaglarz, on the sale. The transaction is expected to close shortly.
CMS has advised Polish private equity fund Innova Capital on the acquisition of Slovenia's Trimo Group, a leading European provider of complete solutions for building envelopes and steel facade systems. The sellers are nine banks, including Slovenia's largest bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB). The transaction is subject to merger control approvals and is scheduled to close in Q1 2016, once conditions precedent have been fulfilled.
Linklaters has advised the European Shopping Centre Fund II, one of the investment funds managed by CBRE Global Investors, on its acquisition of the Galeria Sfera shopping center, in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Financing for the deal was provided by Helaba — which was advised by White & Case. Dentons advised the seller of Galeria Sfera: Bielsko Business Center 3.
CMS Poland is inviting fourth and fifth year law students to write a practical commentary in the area of labour law on a Supreme Court judgment, with available prizes including an IPad, sets of law books, and qualification for paid internships at CMS. In addition, all competition participants will be invited to special training that will take place in mid-December at the CMS office in Warsaw, with participants from outside Warsaw reimbursed for the costs of travel.
White & Case has advised Super Group Limited (Super Group) on its acquisition of the IN tIME group from funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe, in a deal that values the company at EUR 153.5 million. Equistone was advised by P+P Pollath + Partners. The transaction should complete in the autumn after approval by the central bank of South Africa.
The SPP Legal Szmigiel & Papros law firm in Warsaw has become a member of CEE Attorneys, the network of law firms begun in March of last year. With the addition of SPP Legal the network, which already counted Tomicek Legal in the Czech Republic and Fox Martens in Slovakia as members, adds a Polish arm.
Tobiasz Adam Kowalczyk is a graduate of the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun. He also studied European Law at the University of Miskolc in Hungary and in the European Academy of Diplomacy. Kowalczyk is actively working on the development of mediation and arbitration. As part of his pro bono activities, he is also the Head of Region in the National Chamber of Mediators and Arbitrators. At the same time, as an expert in the Center for Research and Analysis (Employers of Poland), he conducts research on the socio-economic effects of the actions of public authorities and social partners on socio-economic situation, in particular in the enterprise sector in Poland and Europe. He is serving as the Head of the Legal Department and Compliance Officer at Samsung Electronics Poland Manufacturing. He describes himself as a “target driven and goal-oriented lawyer, valued for commitment, openness, and loyalty to the employer.” He was recently selected from a group of top young lawyers in Poland for the prestigious “Rising Star” award.
Linklaters has acted for Pan European Core Fund, one of the investment funds managed by CBRE Global Investors, in relation to the acquisition of the Ideal Idea logistic complex — a 30,500 square meter property located near the Warsaw Chopin airport. The seller was BPH Real Estate Closed-End Fund 2, General Electric's real estate investment arm in Poland.
Gide has announced that it advised KGHM Polska Miedz on another major financing project, following less than a month after the the world’s leading copper producer had entered into a USD 2.5 billion investment loan agreement with a consortium of Polish and international banks (reported on by CEE Legal Matters on July 16, 2014 and July 21, 2014).