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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. For this issue, we asked them to describe the first major deal or client matter they generated themselves, and how they did it. 

In accordance with the Central Credit Register Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 77/16; "ZCKR"), the Bank of Slovenia established a centralised database of the indebtedness of private individuals and business entities (Central Credit Register; "CKR") in order to enable more efficient managing of credit risks and ensure more vigilant lending.

The South East Legal Alliance (SELA) has announced that Slovenian firm Kirm Perpar has joined it.

Selih & Partnerji, working alongside lead counsel Clifford Chance, has advised a group of Asian investors represented by United Luck Group Holdings Limited (led by Chinese businessman Ou Yaping), on their USD 1 billion acquisition of Outfit7 Investments Ltd., the app producing company established by Slovenians Iza and Samo Login, which is best known for its globally successful app Talking Tom and Friends. Taylor Wessing advised the sellers on the deal.

CEE Equity Partners, the Investment Advisor to the China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Co-operation Fund, has announced the completion of an investment by the Fund in Javna Razsvetljava d.d. and JRS d.d., which it describes as "market leaders in design and implementation of public lighting and signaling solutions, including Energy Service Company-based contracting, in Slovenia."

Selih & Partnerji is reporting that it advised Slovenia's Paloma d.d. on the equity capital increase into the company by ECO-Investment, a.s., (Czech Republic) in the amount of EUR 18.2 million at the price of EUR 4.01 per share. The equity capital increase procedure was conducted by Erste Group Bank AG and P&S CAPITAL, which served as financial advisors to Paloma.

ODI has advised domestic and foreign financial creditors on the EUR 35 million out-of-court financial restructuring of debtor Vipap Videm Krsko, the largest paper mill in Slovenia and a prominent newsprint manufacturer in CEE. 

Schoenherr, working with Italy's Legalitax firm, has advised Tecnopool S.p.A. on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Gopek d.d., the Slovenian holding company of the Gostol Group. The transaction, which entailed a block sale of shares held by over 100 (former) shareholders of Gopek, was signed and closed simultaneously on November 25, 2016 in Ljubljana. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

CMS has advised Andlinger & Company (A&C) on its acquisition of a majority interest in the Slovenian Eti Elektroelement d.d., a leading manufacturer of fuses and modular protection devices, from a sale consortium of 950 Eti shareholders, which also includes the company's employees. The consortium was advised by the Slovenia's Ulcar & Partnerji.

Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners (RPPP) has advised Enterprise Investors on the acquisition by the Polish Enterprise Fund VII, which it manages, of 100% of shares in sporting good retailer Intersport ISI in a carve-out transaction from Mercator Group. According to RPPP, "the value of the transaction is up to EUR 34.5 million and the transaction transaction is conditional upon obtaining customary regulatory approvals." RPPP — a member of the TLA alliance — reports that "all other TLA law firms from the region, including JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic from Serbia, Tkalcic-Djulic, Prebanic, Rizvic and Jusufbasic-Goloman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Debarliev, Dameski & Kelesoska from Macedonia" were involved as well. Slovenia’s Jadek & Pensa and Serbia’s Prica & Partners advised Mercator on the transaction.

In Slovenia, in the field of IP law, two changes are expected in the near future. The first relates to collective management of copyright and related rights and the second to the European unitary patent.

Miro Senica and Attorneys has advised the Slovenian start-up company Creatriks, Kreativne Komunikacije, d.o.o. on investment of EUR 550,000 it received from Austrian company Speedinvest II International GmbH, which the firm describes as "up to the present day ... the biggest investment in Slovenia to a Slovenian start-up company."

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ODI is one of the leading independent corporate law firms in South-Eastern Europe and one of the fastest growing in the region with a team of 40 lawyers which provides legal services to a wide range of premier clients, including local and multinational corporations and financial institutions.  With permanent presence in all ex-Yugoslavia countries by offices in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia and working desks for Bosnia and Montenegro ODI provides seamless service in the region for all cross-border projects and prides itself on an unmatched understanding of the business cultures in the region. The 4 core practice areas are M&A, Corporate Restructuring, Banking Finance and Dispute Resolution. ODI team has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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