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CEE Legal Matters is starting 2019 off right, with a special issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine — our first of 2019 — providing unique coverage of the End of Year Party which saw over 70 lawyers come together in Budapest from all over Europe to help CEELM celebrate its fifth anniversary in style. All the reportage, photos, trivia contests, essays, and other bells and whistles are in the issue, available to subscribers (here) now!

We're only hours away from the formal announcement of the final nominees for the CEE Deal of the Year Awards, as the final shortlists from each country will be published on the CEE Legal Matters website at 10:00 AM CET tomorrow morning. 

The CEE 2018 Deal of the Year Shortlists will be announced and published live on the CEE Legal Matters website at 10 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

CEE Legal Matters’ 3rd Annual Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge took place in the bowling alley of Budapest’s Mammut Shopping Mall on the evening of January 28, 2019, with teams from 14 of Hungary’s leading law firms competing for the champion’s trophy, and proceeds going to a charity selected by the participants.

Tickets are on sale now for the most important and entertaining annual gathering of lawyers and celebration of lawyering in Central and Eastern Europe: The CEE Legal Matters Annual Banquet and Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony, scheduled for March 28, 2019 in Budapest.

The deadline is now retreating into the past, and the Shortlist Panels are now reviewing and evaluating a record 207 submissions for Deal of the Year Awards. While they complete their assigned task, it's time for you to do yours, and sign up for tickets to the 2019 CEE Legal Matters Annual Banquet and Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony, to be held this year on March 28, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in Budapest.

One last reminder: Today, January 4, 2019, is the very last day to send in submissions for 2018 CEE Deal of the Year Awards in each CEE jurisdiction.

The presents are unwrapped, the ribbons put away, and the trees are coming down, but the biggest present of 2018 — the CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award — is still out there, still waiting to be claimed at the March 28, 2019 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest. 

With 2018 about to come to a close and we're turning our attention to our plans for the next year, here's a quick summary of the articles that you, our readers, turned to most often in this year. 

By now, our regular readers know that each issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine has a special "Market Spotlight" section on a particular CEE jurisdiction, and each contains an "Experts Review" feature, presenting articles from one firm in each jurisdiction on a specific (and rotating) subject. So potential contributors to the CEE Legal Matters magazine wanting to plan their contributions can celebrate: The 2019 Editorial Calendar is out today!

If our publication of the August issue of the CEE Legal Matters made a hot month hotter, the news that we have published the almost-impossibly hip September issue of the magazine will make a cool month even cooler. So be it. The tremendous September 2018 issue is already bringing a soothing breath of fresh air to our printer’s offices, and hard copies will soon by sliding their way to to our valued subscribers. 

Scaling the Summit: On the 7th of June, less than eight hours after saying final good-byes to the private practitioners attending the Deal of the Year Awards Banquet, CEE Legal Matters greeted the hundred plus in-house counsel attending the fourth annual regional General Counsel Summit, located this year at the Congress Center of Prague’s Czech National Bank.

Representatives of more than sixty law firms from across Central and Eastern Europe and from as far away as the United States, United Kingdom, and China came together in Prague on June 6, 2018, for the first ever Dealer’s Choice international law firm conference and CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet.

After a valuable and information-rich day of panel discussions on important business development and law firm management topics, participants reconvened that evening (and were joined by several dozen newcomers) at the first ever CEE Legal Matters Annual Banquet and Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony – a celebration of CEE’s legal markets and the lawyers who work within them. Awards were presented for 17 qualifying markets in CEE – plus a surprise award for overall CEE Deal of the Year – with many of the lawyers playing key roles in nominated deals joining the celebration.