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Franklin Templeton Investment Management Ltd. United Kingdom Bucharest Branch, acting in its capacity as the Investment Manager of Romanian Fondul Proprietatea, has announced that Fondul Proprietatea has sold its full shareholding in E.ON Distributie Romania S.A. and E.ON Energie Romania S.A. Bondoc & Asociatii advised the seller.

Four firms in Central and Eastern European — Pepa & Dobre from Romania, JebwabnyLegal from Poland, Krutak & Partners from Czech Republic, and DKKR Partners from Hungary – have joined forces to create Arcliffe, which they describe as "a premiere legal practice in CEE.” Together, the firm claims 40 lawyers, including 18 partners.

RTPR Allen & Overy has advised private equity fund PAI partners, owner of R&R Ice Cream, on Romanian elements of its joint venture with Nestle to form a new entity which will be called Froneri. The joint venture covers markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, and the Philippines, and will employ more than 15,000 people. Allen & Overy was global counsel to R&R Ice Cream on the deal, which is expected to close around the end of the year, subject to employee consultations and regulatory approval.

Voicu & Filipescu has advised Bel Rom Twelve on the sale of 12 of the 22.5 hectares of land it owns in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, to the South-African investment fund New Europe Property Investments (NEPI), marking the third such sale of real estate by the Bel Rom group to NEPI. Reff & Associates — a member of Deloitte Legal — advised NEPI on the deal.

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.

Drakopoulos has successfully represented the Premier League before the Romanian Trademark office (OSIM) in an important trademark opposition the Premier League filed against an application submitted by a Romanian company operating in the automotive industry for a trademark the Premier League claimed was confusingly similar to its famous lion logo.

Freshfields has announced that it advised Hewlett-Packard Company on its global division into two separate listed companies - the largest division of a technology company ever.

The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 20015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.

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.

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