CMS lawyers Andrea Potz in Austria, Jelena Nushol in Croatia, Marek Oleksyn and Lukasz Dynysiuk in Poland, Petra Corba Stark and Michal Hutan in Slovakia, and Tetyana Dovgan in Ukraine have been promoted to the firm's partnership as part of its 2019 global promotion round.
Andrea Potz, in Austria, specializes in employment law and represents employers in court and before administrative authorities. Her main areas of expertise include personnel management, equal treatment, and diversity. She also deals with labor law issues and supports clients in the pharmaceutical, electrical, and electronics industries, as well as in the IT industry. She graduated from the University of Vienna and joined CMS in 2010.
Croatian lawyer Jelena Nushol has been with Bardek, Lisac, Musec, Skoko in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz for the past ten years. She specializes in banking/finance, M&A transactions, restructurings, and various compliance matters specific to the banking and financial market. She graduated from the University of Zagreb.
Polish lawyer Marek Oleksyn has over 14 years of experience and specializes in intellectual property matters. He also represents clients in both Polish courts and arbitrations as well as in trademark invalidation and expiration proceedings before the Polish Patent Office. Before joining CMS in 2014, he worked at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak.He graduated from the University in Warsaw.
His colleague in Warsaw, Lukasz Dynysiuk, advises on general corporate and tax issues, particularly tax structuring. He supports clients on corporate and tax aspects in M&A transactions and restructuring. He joined CMS in 2011 after several years as a Tax Consultant at Deloitte Legal, PwC, and the Polish Ministry of Finance. He graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
Petra Corba Stark, in CMS's Bratislava office, specializes in complex M&A transactions and innovative corporate restructurings. She has over 14 years of experience in the energy & transport, life sciences, and financial services sectors. She joined CMS in 2017 after working for a year and a half at Havel, Holasek & Partners and for five years each at Ruzicka Csekes and in-house with Slovnaft. She has degrees from both the Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Slovakia and the Hebrew University in Israel.
Michal Hutan, Head of Real Estate in Bratislava, specializes in real estate development projects, transactions, and joint-ventures. He joined CMS in 2017 after working at Ruzicka Csekes, and for nine and a half years at Hamala Kluch Viglasky. He graduated from the Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and at the International Institute of Human Rights in France.
Tetyana Dovgan is a Corporate/M&A practice coordinator at CMS Ukraine and a member of CMS's international private equity team. She advises on joint-ventures, corporate restructurings, private equity, and M&A transactions and focuses on infrastructure, agriculture, IT, and banking. She also advises on general corporate matters, corporate finance, currency controls, securities, and employment law. She joined CMS in 2014 after working at both Chadbourne & Parke and Magisters. She graduated from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University.
According to CMS, the firm's 2019 promotion round included 49 lawyers in all. The new partners come from 23 cities across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, the firm reports, as "progressing female talent has long been a strategic priority of the firm ... women account for 76% of all CMS promotions in the UK, and 47% globally." Four of the seven new partners in CEE are women.
"It is great to see such a strong representation of women in this year’s partner promotions," commented CMS UK Senior Partner Penelope Warne. "We strive to build an inclusive and progressive culture, underpinned by policies, training and support, that empowers our people to rise through the ranks. The significant number of promotions this year highlights the strength and depth of talent we have across the firm, and reflects the confidence we have in our business. We would like to congratulate our new partners on their well-deserved promotions.”