In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about the strategies they employ to keep their teams motivated, effective, and focused. For this issue, we asked them to reveal what sorts of firm retreats and activities they host and/or organize for their lawyers.
Whereas the leading commercial law firms in Serbia report growth and opportunity, their counterparts in Croatia demonstrate an acceptance of the stop-and-start nature of that market. In an extended lunchtime conversation about with CEE Legal Matters, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic Partner Damir Topic and Wolf Theiss Managing Partner Luka Tadic-Colic displayed a resigned sense of humor about the challenges they face in Croatia and a willingness to take things as they come.
Comprehensive Review in Bulgaria
Hristo Nihrizov, Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co., reported that the Bulgarian TV and radio markets are dominated by three big, established operators in the country. There are some new international players (e.g., Bloomberg recently launched a new business-oriented channel with a local partner), but Nihrizov noted that these new channels usually face an uphill battle in carving out market share and generally focus instead on niche markets. Overall, though, he pointed to a growing number of channels in the country, “which is good for the consumers.”
"We simply don’t want to see a Bar that is owned by a handful of firms," was the explanation offered by Aleksandar Cvejic, Board Member and Secretary of the Board of the Belgrade Bar Association in support of the controversial draft bylaws submitted for a vote at the upcoming assembly of the Belgrade Bar on September 24, 2016.
Part 1 of the CEE Legal Matters 2014 report on women in law firm partnership across CEE appeared in the April 2014 issue of CEE Legal Matters, and provided the number and percentages of female partners at leading law firms across CEE. In this Part 2 of our report, managing partners of law firms from across the region provide their perspectives on the data.
Bit by bit the first wave of expatriate lawyers that helped CEE and CIS legal markets transition from the chaotic end of communism to the (more or less) functioning capitalist present subsides, as one by one those lawyers retire and withdraw. Now comes the announcement that Baker & McKenzie Partner Dan Matthews, who played a formative role in the firm’s Moscow, Baku, and Istanbul offices, will be retiring and returning to the United States on July 1, 2016.
We take the opportunity to review the career and contributions of Matthews, one of CEE’s undisputed Building Blocks
Twenty years ago I graduated from law school in sunny California, passed my bar exam, got on a plane, and came to Eastern Europe as a bright-eyed young lawyer. What I thought would be a six-month sojourn turned into over a decade of living in the region and considerably more time working throughout it.
This past year has exposed our practice to a number of new challenges. To some extent, this somehow mirrored the relatively more pronounced dynamics of the Slovak economy. Ours is a law office that, owing to its size and experience, has the ability to specialize in individual areas of law, and the preceding year was characterized by a higher number of industry-specific cases compared to the past. In particular, this involved attractive project applications, restructuring and financing cases, and corporate transactions, as well as immovable property and dispute cases.
“The guys in the Central European group were a really collegial group and we really enjoyed what we did and truly felt we were making a difference, and we had good clients, and the results were really gratifying. So it was a very good, unique core group of people who were fully committed to Central and Eastern Europe at a historic time.” – Obie Moore