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2018 CEE Deal of the Year Shortlists

2018 CEE Deal of the Year Shortlists

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CEE Legal Matters is pleased to announce the finalists for CEE 2018 Deal of the Year in 17 different CEE countries.

These shortlists were chosen by panels of experts on the ground in each CEE jurisdiction from over 200 submissions made by law firms all over Europe. These experts have kindly agreed to volunteer their time and effort to the process in order to further develop and strengthen the CEE legal community, and we are grateful for their assistance.

The nominations are presented alphabetically. In several countries there are more than three nominations, where the first round of voting resulted in a tie for third place. The listing of firms that worked on these deals, however, is not necessarily complete, and as we learn of more firms that were involved we will of course update the list accordingly. To contact us with such information, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest. For more information about the event, including how to buy tickets, please visit the event website here.

Now, without further ado:


Bosnia & Herzegovina:

  • ArcelorMittal Zenica, Finnfund, KPA Unicon Oy, and City of Zenica Public-Private Partnership (CMS and Karanovic & Partners)
  • Banja Luka - Prijedor Motorway Concession Project (Dimitrijevic & Partners, Hunton Andrews Kurth, and JPM|Jankovic Popovic Mitic)
  • Virgin Pulse’s Acquisition of Business and Assets of Piksel Interactive d.o.o. Tuzla (CMS and Karanovic & Partners)



  • Enterprise Investors’ Acquisition of the Studenac Retail Chain (Savoric & Partners and Schoenherr)
  • Meteor Group’s Acquisition of Badel 1862 (Ostermann & Partners and Law Office Svilar)
  • Sazka’s Acquisition of Controlling Interest in Super Sport (Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic; Hondl, Konic, Simunovic, Batur; KPMG Legal; Karanovic & Partners; Tilosanec Law)

Czech Republic:








  • Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV Joint Venture with Anadolu Efes (Asters; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law; Georgiades & Pelides; Herguner Bilgen Ozeke; Linklaters; Norton Rose Fulbright; and Sayenko Kharenko)
  • Merger of CJSC Transmashholding and LocoTech-Service LLC (Allen & Overy; Bellpark Legal; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Harneys; Herbert Smith Freehills; Michael Kyprianou; and Stibbe)
  • Qatar Investment Authority’s Acquisition of a Minority Stake in Rosneft from QIA-Glencore Consortium and Repayment of a Margin Loan to Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Wong Partnership)
  • SOGAZ’s Acquisition of VTB Insurance (Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners)


  • BC Partners’ Acquisition of United Group (BDK Advokati; Kalo & Associates; Kirkland & Ellis; Linklaters; Paul Weiss; Polenak; Reed Smith; Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners; Schoenherr; Selih & Partners; and Tus Novokmet Smrcek)
  • Belgrade Airport Privatization (Allen & Overy; Andric Law Office; BDK Advokati; CMS; Dentons; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Vasiljevic Bogdanovic; and Zivkovic Samardzic)
  • Zijin Mining Group’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in RTB Bor (Karanovic & Partners; and Marjanovic Law)




  • Alibaba’s Acquisition of Trendyol.com from the DSM Group (Esin Attorney Partnership; Herguner Bilgen Ozeke; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett)
  • Canakkale Motorway Project (Clifford Chance; Goksu Safi Isuk; Shearman & Sterling; and Verdi Law Firm)
  • Turkiye Ziraat Bankasi’s Global Mortgage Covered Bond Programme on the Irish Stock Exchange (DLA Piper; White & Case; and Yazici Legal)


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