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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. Our question this time: “What mistake do young associates commonly make that is most frustrating for you?”

Wolf Theiss has advised Munich RE Group on the sale by its ERGO Group AG subsidiary of its legal protection subsidiary DAS Switzerland and the legal protection insurance portfolios of DAS Luxembourg and DAS Slovakia to the Allianz Group. Switzerland's Homburger AG and Luxembourg's Arendt & Medernach SA law firms worked alongside Wolf Theiss. White & Case and Binder Groesswang advised the Allianz Group.

On the morning of October 2, 2017, representatives from many of the leading law firms in Bosnia – and two senior in-house counsel – gathered in the Sarajevo offices of Wolf Theiss Bosnia & Herzegovina to discuss the state of the legal market in their uniquely structured country.

White & Case has advised joint lead managers Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Crddit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Mizuho International plc, and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the December 14, 2017, EUR 1 billion bond issuance by OMV Aktiengesellschaft — the largest bond issuance in the Austrian market in 2017. Weber & Co. advised OMV on the issuance.

Wolf Theiss has advised France's Saint-Gobain on Polish and Austrian law matters related to its acquisition of a 90% stake in the Polish company ISOROC Polska from Austrian company ISOROC Holding AG, represented by Austrian industrialist Alexander Maculan. The formal signing took place on November 24, 2017, and Wildmoser/Koch & Partner Rechtsanwalte advised the sellers.

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. 

The Polish Government has recently presented a draft Program on Fighting Corruption for 2018 through 2019. This is another step in the ongoing effort to introduce legal mechanisms aimed at reducing corruption in Poland. The process of systematically fighting corruption started several years ago, and it has allowed Poland to move from 43rd place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index in 2010 up to 29th place in 2017. The aim of the contemplated regulations is to push Poland further up the ranking and continue its transition to a true western-style economy.

Wolf Theiss has advised German real estate investment company Art-Invest on its entrance into the Austrian market by means of its acquisition of Vienna's Millennium Tower, Austria's second highest office building, from Morgan Stanley and the Kaufmann Group. The purchase took place for a special fund which Art-Invest established on behalf of the pension fund Rheinische Versorgungskassen.

Wolf Theiss at a Glance

Established in 1957, Wolf Theiss is one of the leading European law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe with a focus on international business law. With 300 lawyers in 13 offices located in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, Wolf Theiss represents local and international industrial, trade and service companies, as well as banks and insurance companies. Combining law and business, Wolf Theiss develops comprehensive and constructive solutions on the basis of legal, fiscal and business know-how.

Firm's website: http://www.wolftheiss.com/