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CMS has advised Niederosterreichische Breitband Holding on its selection of Allianz Capital Partners as a partner on a potential EUR 300 million investment package involving a broadband network in Lower Austria. Eisenberger & Herzog advised Allianz Capital Partners on its successful bid.

TGS Baltic and Clifford Chance have advised London-listed online gaming operator JPJ Group plc on the Estonian law aspects of its GBP 490 million conditional acquisition of UK-based software developer Gamesys Holdings Ltd. CMS and Ellex Raidla advised Gamesys on the deal.

The German and Austrian offices of CMS have advised Austrian IT-service provider Catalysts and German IT market research and consulting company Crisp Research on their merger, resulting in the formation of Frankfurt-headquartered Cloudflight Group.

In a recent case involving parallel-imported agrochemical products, the District Court of The Hague ruled that non-compliance with the requirements laid down by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) for parallel import of relabelled products displaying the original right-holder’s trademark constitutes trademark infringement, particularly if the right-holder is not properly notified of the parallel import and is not offered a sample of the relabelled product on request. This decision shows that the requirements for parallel import are applied strictly by the courts and have a broad scope (not limited to pharmaceutical products), allowing the mark-holder to exercise control over the resale, re-labelling, and re-packaging of its original products within the EU.

CMS has advised Australian crude oil explorer ADX on its acquisition of the Zistersdorf & Gaiselberg oilfields in Austria from Austrian exploration and production company RAG. Fellner Wratzfeld Partner reportedly advised RAG on the deal.

Simona Marin is an English- and New York-qualified partner in CMS’s International Finance team in Bucharest, where she focuses on project finance, real estate finance and other financing structures, both syndicated and bilateral, secured and unsecured. Simona has over ten years’ experience advising on a broad range of high-profile financings and projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

CMS has advised Motel One, a German network of hotels operating across Europe, on its entry into the Polish market and the acquisition of the first Motel One hotel in Warsaw.

In The Corner Office we ask Managing Partners across CEE about their unique roles and responsibilities. The question this time around: How do you do performance reviews, and how important are they to the planning and management of the firm?”

On June 20, 2019, the Dentons, CMS, and Everlegal law firms, working with global accounting network Baker Tilly and Ukraine's IKNET, which implements, manages, and guides investment projects in the energy industry, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to create GetMarket, an open online platform for green projects.

CMS had advised international metal automotive components manufacturer Gestamp on issues related to the inauguration of a new plant specializing in aluminum in Nitra, western Slovakia.

CMS Russia has advised S8 Capital on the sale of ELT-Poisk — a motor insurance and lending platform that provides development and implementation of IT solutions for automating the interaction of car dealers, leasing companies, insurance companies, and banks — to an unidentified foreign private fund specializing in FinTech investments.

CMS Russia has advised global travel retailer Dufry on its agreement, made through its Russian joint venture, to acquire a 60% stake in RegStaer-M LLC, a Russian duty-free and duty-paid operator, from RegStaer Group. O2 Consulting advised the sellers on the deal.

CMS at a Glance

Founded in 1999, CMS is a full-service top 10 international law firm, based on the number of lawyers (Am Law 2018 Global 100). With 70+ offices in 40+ countries across the world, employing over 4,800 lawyers, CMS has longstanding expertise both at advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. CMS acts for a large number of Fortune 500 companies and the FT European 500 and for the majority of the DAX 30. Revenues totalled EUR 1.36bn in 2018.

In Russia, CMS has been supporting its clients since 1992. The Moscow office offers a full range of legal and tax services across 21 practice and sector groups. Over 50 lawyers qualified in Russian, English, French and German law advise international clients on all matters relating to doing business in Russia and CEE, and support Russian companies doing business in Europe and other countries.

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