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Czech lawyers, not known for ebullience, are nonetheless finding it hard to keep the smiles off their faces. After a decade of disappointment and struggle, if the Managing Partners at Czech firms are to be believed, the last remnants of the global financial crisis have dissipated and business is booming. As spring rolls through Central Europe, the sunshine is both meteorological and metaphoric. Prague is basking in the warmth.

As the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Payment Services in the Internal Market (PSDII) introduces a number of changes to existing Czech legislation, a completely new Payment Services Act regulating the provision of payment services will be adopted in the Czech Republic. PSDII should be implemented by January 13, 2018.

As consumers conduct an ever-increasing amount of their shopping and banking on-line, the digitalization revolution is having a significant effect on both industries, and payment service providers – companies offering online services allowing merchants to accept electronic payments by, among other forms, credit cards or bank-based payments such as direct debit, bank transfer, and real-time bank transfer based on online banking – are working with both merchants and banks to facilitate their operations. 

Schoenherr has advised Bulgarian Eagle airlines, the ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) carrier recently founded by the Germania Group, on its expansion into Bulgaria and on obtaining an official air operator certificate from the Bulgarian authorities, which allows the airline to use aircraft for commercial purposes. After all the necessary licenses were issued and a demonstration flight was successfully completed, the Bulgarian aviation authority cleared the new airline for take-off.

Schoenherr has advised Swedish telecommunications group Tele2 on the sale of subsidiary Tele2 Austria to mobile company Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH for an enterprise value of EUR 95 million. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised the buyer on the transaction, which is expected to close following approval by the Austrian competition authority.

Schoenherr has advised real estate investment company Deka Immobilien on its acquisition of DC Tower 1 in Vienna, the tallest hotel and office building in Austria, from a UniCredit Bank Austria AG subsidiary. Sixty percent of the shares will be allocated to the Deka-ImmobilienGlobal portfolio and forty percent to the Deka-ImmobilienEuropa portfolio. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner advised UniCredit on the deal. Closing took place on July 6, 2017 and the purchase price was not disclosed.

In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?

Schoenherr at a Glance

Schoenherr is a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe. With 14 offices located in Belgrade, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Chisinau, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Prague, Sofia, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb, as well as country desks for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Ukraine, Schoenherr provides its clients with comprehensive coverage of the CEE/SEE region. More than 300 legal professionals work across borders according to the individual needs and requirements of local and international companies. Quality, flexibility, innovation and practice-oriented solutions for complex assignments in the field of business law are at the core of Schoenherr's philosophy.

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