Aequo has advised JSCB Industrialbank on the restructuring of Mercury LLC's EUR 19.7 million debt under a syndicated loan secured by the mortgage of Kyiv's Khreschatyk hotel.
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.
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.