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Kinstellar has provided local law advice in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine to Arkema SA on its acquisition of the Dutch sealant-and-adhesives maker Den Braven from Egeria, a Benelux buyout house. The deal, which was valued at EUR 485 million, was managed by Loyens & Loeff.

Romania’s Boanta, Gidei si Asociatii (BG&A) has officially joined CEE Attorneys, the Central and Eastern European law firm with existing offices in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Lithuania.

The Buzz is a short summary of the major and relevant topics of interest in Central and Eastern Europe, provided by those best positioned to know: law firm partners and legal journalists/commentators on the ground in each CEE country.

BPV Grigorescu Stefanica is reporting that it advised the Latvian financial group 4Finance on its acquisition of the financial group TBIF Financial Services from Kardan Financial Services NV. The deal was coordinated globally for 4 Finance by the Moscow office of Akin Gump, with Ickovics Neustadter Clark Sabag & Co. (INCS) advising Kardan NV on the transaction, which closed on August 11, 2016, with various post-closing steps and procedures still pending.

Hengeler Mueller was lead counsel to the Chicago-based Filtration Group on its acquisition of the industrial filtration business of the MAHLE Group with Wolf Theiss advising on Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Austrian, and Czech law aspects of the transaction. Slaughter & May advised in the UK, Paul Hastings in United States, Fangda in China, Bredin Prat in France, and Mori Hamada in Japan.

Suciu Popa has successfully represented Enel Investment Holding in an ICC dispute involving claims amounting to over USD 1.2 billion brought by the Romanian government that the firm describes as "the largest arbitration case ever on the Romanian market.” According to Suciu Popa, “this is a clear and strong result for Enel, all of the claims having been fully dismissed.”

Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, working in association with Gowling WLG, has advised the Convergys consumer management company on its EUR 123 million acquisition of buw, Germany’s largest service provider in the customer care industry in private ownership. Taylor Wessing advised sellers Karsten Wulf and Jens Bormannon on the deal, which remains contingent on certain adjustments and regulatory approvals.

Buzescu Ca has announced that it obtained a victory for client Statkraft Markets, member of the Statkraft Group, the leading European renewable energy producer, in an appeal filed by the Romanian electricity system and transmission operator, Transelectrica, of the lower court's dismissal of its claim of re charges for cross-border electricity trading.

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