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Did You Know: 2023 International and Domestic Law Firm Leaderboards

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It was another strong year for the leading law firms in Central and Eastern Europe, which, combined, worked on over a thousand deals and other client matters across the region reported on by CEE Legal Matters this year. According to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, Clifford Chance, which worked on an impressive 95 CEELM-reported CEE client matters in 2023, led the international firms in the region, with Schoenherr, which worked on 90, close behind. Dentons (82), CMS (71), Wolf Theiss (65), Cobalt (66), Kinstellar (50), White & Case (45), and Allen & Overy (42) took notable places on the leaderboard as well.

Domestic firms across the region were equally active. Poland’s Gessel worked on more CEELM-reported client matters than any other national champion in 2023 – 29 – with Czech-and-Slovakian firm Kocian Solc Balastik and Turkey’s Paksoy each working on 23. Turkey’s Aksan Law Firm and Poland’s Rymarz Zdort Maruta both worked on 21 reported deals, while Poland’s Wardynski & Partners worked on 20. 

Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, that country’s Sayenko Kharenko reported working on 19 client matters, and the regional top-ten domestic leaderboard was rounded out by Romania’s Filip & Co. and Turkey’s Turunc – both of which worked on 18 reported client matters in 2023 – and Austria’s Binder Groesswang, Bulgaria’s Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov, Serbia’s NKO Partners, and Romania’s RTPR, all of which worked on 17.

We’ll be breaking down each country’s leaderboard in the coming weeks. Don’t want to wait? You don’t have to! The Activity Rankings function on the CEELMDirect website, which tracks all matters reported by CEE Legal Matters in real time, allows visitors to obtain accurate and up-to-date listings from any time period over the past 10 years. 

Visit CEELMDirect yourself and explore!

Cobalt at a Glance

COBALT is a closely integrated alliance of top-tier law offices across the Baltics, uniting more than 250 attorneys and support staff. During 25 years of experience, we have become a strategic partner to our clients in handling both daily matters and complex large–scale transactions and disputes.

The firm’s broad spectrum of expertise and established position as the market leader gives a comprehensive basis for providing full-service business law advice.

Top international and regional businesses, financial institutions, state and local governments, and the region’s most promising start-ups are among our clients. We offer leading-edge solutions in key industry sectors: Consumer Products, Trade & Distribution, Real Estate & Construction, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Communications, Media & Technologies, Financial Services, Transport & Logistics.

COBALT has been named Baltic Law Firm of the Year 7 times receiving Chambers Europe, IFLR, The Lawyer and Mergermarket awards, and we are regularly listed amongst the top-performing M&A legal advisors in the Bloomberg, Refinitiv and Mergermarket deal tables. Recognized as the No.1 Lithuanian law firm in the Prospera Law Firm Review 2021 and No. 1 law firm in Latvia in 2022, 2020, 2019, and 2018 client satisfaction surveys. We were recognized as a Baltic-wide Law Firm of the Year at the 2022 Chambers Europe Awards ceremony and named the Baltic States Tax Firm of the Year and Pro Bono Firm of the Year at the annual ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2021 ceremony. 

More information on COBALT can be found at www.cobalt.legal.