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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.

We have to apologize. The hot days of the European summer just got hotter, with the sizzling August 2018 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine heating up the CEE Legal Matters website and burning its way through the presses and mail on its way to their desks.

The special July issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine focused on the three major CEELM events this past June in Prague — the Fourth Annual General Counsel Summit, the first annual Dealer's Choice conference, and the 2017 CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet — is here!

Subscribers to CEE Legal Matters — a rare and special breed, far superior to most human beings in their heightened awareness and recognition of the important things in life — are already uniquely empowered to access the issue in its electronic format here, and they will be receiving hard copies in the mail soon.

The winners of the 2017 CEE Deal of the Year Awards were announced at the first ever CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards Banquet last night in Prague. The biggest smiles in the joyous and music-filled celebration of CEE lawyering, perhaps, were on the faces of Partners from Avellum and Sayenko Kharenko, which, along with White & Case and Latham & Watkins, won the award both for Ukrainian Deal of the Year and CEE Deal of the Year for their work on the 2017 Ukraine Eurobond Issue (a story initially reported by CEE Legal Matters on October 2, 2017).

The Dealer’s Choice conference and Deal of the Year Awards Banquet on June 6 and the annual General Counsel Summit on June 7-8  are less than a week away. If you haven’t yet made arrangements to join these celebrations of lawyering -- the largest events for business lawyers in the history of CEE, it’s not too late. Prague awaits.

At CEE Legal Matters, we live to serve! Thus, in the middle of putting together the two largest, most important, and, darn it, coolest events for lawyers in the history of CEE, we have also put together the remarkable May, 2018 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine, which is out and available for subscribers now. You’re impressed, admit it. 

Putting aside our natural modesty, temporarily, with an awareness that an announcement like this deserves to be made with some fanfare: Let the trumpets blare and the drums roll! The April 2018 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine — the annual Corporate Counsel Handbook — is out and available now! 

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