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SPCG has advised Dyskret Polska group on the sale of the Vinci Office Center in Krakow to Benson Elliot — one of five Polish office buildings Benson Elliot acquired on behalf of its pan-European fund for a total of EUR 100 million. Benson Elliot was advised by Hogan Lovells on all five acquisitions, with the real estate team advising Benson Elliot on the Vinci transaction — the last of the five — moving to Greenberg Traurig in September 2017, though Hogan Lovells continued advising Benson Elliot on Banking/Finance aspects and Tax matters on that, as on all five acquisitions.

For many in this world the legal profession is nothing but an appealing vocation. One has to work hard for several years to get a law degree/admission only then to obtain a lavish lifestyle and earn big bucks.  

In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms across the region to share information about their unique roles. The question this time around: What is your favorite question when interviewing a job applicant, and why?

On Thursday, November 30th, leading legal practitioners from across Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Prague to help CEE Legal Matters celebrate its fourth successful year as the leading chronicle of the legal industry in the region, participating in an expert Round Table conversation about the year just concluded and enjoying an evening of dinner, drinks, and bonhomie. 

An unfavorable global financial crunch has affected the Ukrainian banking system. The continued growth of the share of distressed loans in portfolios of Ukrainian banks in recent years ultimately resulted in a number of sonorous bank defaults and, eventually, in the unprecedented nationalization of the largest Ukrainian national bank, Privatbank. According to the National Bank of Ukraine, in August 2017 over 60% of loans in the Ukrainian banking system were non-performing. This resulted in a permanent crisis in liquidity for Ukrainian businesses and a large number of significantly overdue loans. In response to this situation, in 2016 a unique dispute settlement mechanism for creditors and debtors was implemented to provide for financial restructuring of bad assets. 

Ukraine has made a great leap forward in the development of transfer pricing rules since the concept of “controlled transactions” was first introduced in the Tax Code in 2013. These transfer pricing rules have been amended in recent years and Ukrainian taxpayers are likely to face many new issues on the subject in 2017.

These days the Ukrainian media is full of news about the detention of officials and business owners, revisions of enterprises allegedly connected with corrupt officials, frozen foreign accounts, and the expected return of assets in the near future. The law enforcement system keeps an eye on ex-representatives of power and business, skillfully bringing them to criminal prosecution, and so-called “resonant” cases with a political flavor appear almost daily in the media. 

Ukraine confidently declared its intention to bring its legislation into line with EU standards by signing the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement in 2014, which obliges Ukraine to implement a number of EU Directives, including those regulating various aspects of corporate governance.

In 2016-2017 Ukrainian authorities introduced many important legislative changes in the energy sector in line with the country’s commitment to implementing the Third Energy Package as a member of the Energy Community and as a party to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. 

The growing interdependence of world economies, driven by the reduction and removal of trade barriers, cheaper transport and communication costs, and increased use of the Internet (facilitating easier access to foreign markets), as well as by the growth of multinational corporations, has resulted in unprecedented cross-border trade and capital flows. At the same time, it has also opened up new opportunities for multinationals to reduce their profit in high-taxed jurisdictions by exploiting gaps and mismatches in domestic and international tax rules to artificially shift it to low-taxed countries (or tax havens).

After a period of political and economic instability which put M&A transactions in Ukraine into a dormant mode, the country is starting to show signs of revival. As the economy recovers and new legislation aimed at strengthening the rule of law and simplifying doing business is adopted, investors are again looking towards Ukraine with interest. 

Ukraine Knowledge Partner

Avellum is a leading Ukrainian full service law firm with a special focus on finance, M&A, and dispute resolution. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for our clients with respect to their most significant business transactions. We bring the most advanced Western legal techniques and practice, which, coupled with our first-hand knowledge, broad industry experience, and unparalleled level of service, will help our clients achieve best results in their business endeavours. We work seamlessly in integrated teams with premier US, UK and European law firms in course of multijurisdictional transactions. The team consists of 26 highly qualified attorneys, including three partners – Mykola Stetsenko, Glib Bondar, and Dmytro Marchukov, who are actively involved in every transaction. Avellum is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Ukraine by various international legal directories and Ukrainian legal editions (Chambers, Legal500, IFLR1000, Ukrainian Law Firms, and others).

Firm's website: www.avellum.com


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