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CMS — with ENSafrica assisting on all matters of South African law — has advised ALPLA, an Austria-based worldwide provider of plastic packaging, on its agreement to acquire Boxmore Packaging, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Signing of the transaction occurred on July 5, 2017, and closing is subject to applicable regulatory and competition approvals. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Brandl & Talos has advised Ring International Holding AG on the sale of its proOffice Group, to the Hamelin Group, a manufacturer of paper and office products based in Caen, France. Brandl & Talos was supported by Willkie Farr & Gallagher on questions of French and German law, while the Hamelin Group was represented by the Gordon S. Blair law firm.

In May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which will be directly applicable in all member states – will come into force, harmonizing the data protection regime to a major extent. However, several of the GDPR’s opening clauses delegate responsibility for further regulation to national legislators. International companies will thus still have to consider local laws when preparing for GDRP-compliance. 

When asked about the Buzz in Austria, Thomas Kulnigg, Partner at Schoenherr, says that M&A activity has significantly increased, with 2016 being one of the top 10 years in deal volume since 1988, and he says that 2017 is "well on its way." What Kulnigg is currently excited about, beside the typical Corporate/M&A work, is the start-up work his team is doing.

Brandl & Talos has advised Dr. Karl Petrikovics, former executive with Immofinanz AG, on a settlement he reached with the company following months of negotiations, which was approved at a June 1, 2017 Immofinanz General Meeting. The settlement brings an end to all disputes and procedures between the two parties.

Schoenherr has advised Erste Group Bank AG on the financing of the leveraged buyout of Austrian sensor technology manufacturer Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH by New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group LLC. MNKS acted as Luxembourg counsel for Erste Group, and Frauscher Sensortechnik and Greenbriar were advised by Binder Groesswang and Stibbe, respectively.

The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.

On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.