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CMS Poland is inviting fourth and fifth year law students to write a practical commentary in the area of labour law on a Supreme Court judgment, with available prizes including an IPad, sets of law books, and qualification for paid internships at CMS. In addition, all competition participants will be invited to special training that will take place in mid-December at the CMS office in Warsaw, with participants from outside Warsaw reimbursed for the costs of travel.

The China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Co-Operation Fund, established by the China Export Import Bank in partnership with the Hungarian Export Import Bank and other institutional advisors from CEE, is off and running. And Judith Gliniecki, General Counsel at CEE Equity Partners Ltd., investment advisor for the Fund, is getting rave reviews for her work on its behalf. With Gliniecki’s help, the most significant source of Chinese investment in CEE is finding smooth sailing.

Iain Batty is a Partner at CMS in Warsaw, where he’s responsible for the co-ordination of the Commercial Practice in Central and Eastern Europe. He is based in Poland and travels extensively through the region. We sat down with Batty for a coffee in his Warsaw office.

In mid-July it was reported that Partner Perry Zizzi would be leaving Badea Clifford Chance in Bucharest to return to Dentons, where he had worked (under the Salans brand) before leaving 7 years before. On August 4 the news broke that long-time Ukrainian expert Adam Mycyk had joined Dentons as well. Mycyk moved over from Chadbourne & Parke, as that firm winds down its operations in KievWe reached out to Zizzi and Mycyk to ask them about their decisions to join Dentons.

CMS Cameron McKenna has supported the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its loan of up to USD 60 million to Brooklyn-Kiev LLC, a leading private stevedoring company in Ukraine, for the development of a grain trans-shipment terminal in the Port of Odessa with an anticipated annual throughput capacity of up to 4.5 million tons of grain.

CMS Cameron McKenna has announced that Dispute Resolution Partner Olga Vorozhbyt joined the firm's Kiev office on July 1, 2014, to develop the office’s litigation and compliance practice.  

CMS supported B2Holding, a leading European specialty finance business, in its July 1, 2014 acquisition of the entire share capital of ULTIMO, a leading Polish credit management business. The value of the transaction was not disclosed. Closing remains subject to antimonopoly clearance. 

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CMS has provided legal advice to the Hungarian MOL Group on its sale-purchase agreement with the Rome-based Eni oil and gas company for Eni's downstream businesses in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Romania, including a retail network currently under the Agip brand.

Following on the already-reported news that Wolf Theiss has made Ileana Glodeanu a Partner in its Bucharest office, the firm announced today that it had made four more partners in various CEE offices. Lawyers Laura Struc (Ljubljana), Katerina Kraeva and Radoslav Mikov (Sofia) and Sebastian Oberzaucher (Vienna) all joined the Wolf Theiss partnership along with Glodeanu.

The Magnusson law firm has expanded its Real Estate practice in Poland with the arrival of Partner Michal Siwek, who joins with two Associates. Siwek’s experience in Real Estate matters includes planning, construction, and corporate.