Due to the increasing activities of state authorities concerning the liability of juridical persons in general, but especially regarding corporate criminal liability, the topic of compliance is no longer seen only as a formal requirement but is becoming more and more important in the Czech Republic in almost all areas of law.
In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?
I keep hearing that local offices of international firms have been dominating the CEE legal market. Journalists covering the market look at the corporate, finance, and litigation league tables for the region, notice that international firms occupy more places than would be typical in Western Europe, and report a story of global brand domination. I am almost certainly biased, but I see things differently.
Romanian law firm Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii has advised Czech pharmacy chain Dr. Max, owned by Penta Investments Group, on its acquisition of the Fastpharm SRL, Iezer Farm SRL, Panpharma Med SRL, and York Farm SRL chains, which will be rebranded and run under the name “Dr. Max”. Wolf Theiss advised the sellers, a Romanian family.
Schoenherr has advised AG Foods Group and Cooperatief Avallon MBO U.A. on settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and on a subsequent management buyout.
CMS teams in Austria and Croatia have advised Zagrebacka banka d.d, a member of UniCredit Group, on its sale of non-performing loan portfolios to a company controlled by APS Holding a.s. Ostermann & Partners advised APS Holding on the deal.
DLA Piper has advised the Karlin Group on the creation of a joint venture with the Shinkun & Binui developer for a residential real estate project in the Modrany part of Prague.
The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.
On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.
CMS Prague has advised Prologis on its sale of the Ostrava Logistics Park in Moravia-Silesia, in the Czech Republic, to CBRE Global Investors. Kinstellar advised the buyers on the deal.