On the evening of December 8, 2016, at the Hotel Bristol in Warsaw, CEE Legal Matters hosted the 2016 Expert Summit – our annual gathering of experts from across the region to discuss the state of affairs in CEE Legal Markets.
Schoenherr has advised Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) on its merger with unlisted Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG (RZB). RZB was advised by bpv Hugel.
Ostermann & Partners has assisted APS Holding with its acquisition of a Croatian portfolio of non-performing loans with a nominal value significantly exceeding EUR 100 million from Hrvatska Postanska Banka with the approval of the Croatian National Bank. The Hrvatska Postanska Bank was reportedly advised by Schoenherr.
Andreas Koehler has moved from Dentons to join CMS's Budapest office along with Senior Associate Gabor Toth.
Former Dentons Counsel Zita Albert has joined Schoenherr as a Local Partner to lead the Budapest office's Corporate/M&A team.
BDK Advokati and Dentons have advised Expobank CZ A.S. on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Marfin Bank A.D. Beograd from Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd. Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, working alongside Linklaters, advised Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited on the restructuring of receivables against Marfin Bank which facilitated the sale.
Austrian White Collar Crime specialist Heidemarie Paulitsch has announced the founding of her own commercial criminal law boutique, where she "represents individuals and advises companies on their internal processes and in case of governmental investigations and leads national and international compliance projects." She also teaches workshops on the topics of House Searches and Anti-Corruption Law.
In November, the Bulgarian Parliament began debating the amendments to the Competition Protection Act (CPA) with respect to the implementation of the EU’s Directive 2014/104/EE on Damages Actions for Antitrust Infringements (the “Directive”). Interestingly, the main aim of the Directive and the proposed amendments to the CPA – facilitating the private enforcement of infringements of competition law – coincides with what is probably the biggest cartel investigation in the history of the Bulgarian Commission for Competition Protection (CCP).
Schoenherr has advised publicly traded, global sugar, starch and fruit processor Agrana Beteiligungsverwaltungs-Aktiengesellschaft as issuer on its successful rights offering of 1,420,204 new shares, combined with a secondary offering of 500,000 existing Agrana shares held by Sudzucker AG, one of Agrana's core shareholders. Joint global coordinators Berenberg, BNP Paribas, Erste Group, and Raiffeisen Bank International were advised by Clifford Chance Deutschland and Weber & Co. Rechtsanwalte, while Sudzucker was represented by Wolf Theiss.
“Clients are increasingly looking for diversity in terms of dispute resolution methods,” according to Anne-Karin Grill, Partner at Schoenherr in Vienna. Keen to learn more about this development, CEE Legal Matters spoke with Grill, Schoenherr’s Bucharest-based Partner Silvia Opris, and Natasa Lalatovic Djordjevic, Attorney at Law at Moravcevic Vojnovic i Partneri in cooperation with Schoenherr in Serbia.
The Bucharest office of Schoenherr has announced the arrival of Georgiana Badescu from Voicu & Filipescu as a new Partner in charge of the office's competition practice. The partnership ranks in the office has also been expanded by the promotion of Eva Hegedus-Brown to Partner in the real estate practice.
Schoenherr has advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG on a contract with IBM Oesterreich GmbH for the upgrade of UNIQA's business processes and IT infrastructure. Schoenherr describes the agreement as "one of the largest IT contracts ever to be signed in the German speaking region of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland."
Schoenherr has advised a group of investors led by Erwin Krause and Franz Kollitsch on the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with SIGNA, and on the JV's acquisition of BAI Bautrager Austria Immobilien GmbH from Immobilien Holding (a UniCredit Bank Austria company). Arnold Rechtsanwalte advised SIGNA on the deal, while Immobilien was advised by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners. The signing of the purchase agreement took place on January 25, 2017, and the transaction is subject to competition authority approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.