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The Buzz is a short summary of the major and relevant topics of interest in Central and Eastern Europe, provided by those best positioned to know: law firm partners and legal journalists/commentators on the ground in each CEE country.

The Clifford Chance Prague Corporate team has advised ASSA ABLOY, which it describes as "the international market leader in door opening solutions operating in more than 70 countries,” on the successful conclusion of an agreement for the sale of its global car lock business to Alpha Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of lock and key products for the automobile, housing, and industrial sectors. Allen & Overy represented Alpha on the deal. The sale remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.

Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

The Czech Republic’s Hruby & Buchvaldek law firm has been engaged by Sebre — a Czech real estate development company — to advise it during the preparation of its new Medport project in Holesovice, a developing area of Prague. According to Hruby & Buchvaldek, Medport will be a multi-purpose building "featuring the innovative and modern architectural design of the renowned studio led by Stanislav Fiala."

The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 2015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.

On November 2, 2015, Lithuania's SKV Law law firm has become a member of the CEE Attorneys network of law firms already operating in the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

White & Case has advised Super Group Limited (Super Group) on its acquisition of the IN tIME group from funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe, in a deal that values the company at EUR 153.5 million. Equistone was advised by P+P Pollath + Partners. The transaction should complete in the autumn after approval by the central bank of South Africa.

Prague-based Tomicek Legal has announced that it and Bratislava-based Fox Martens have founded the CEE Attorneys network, which aims to "provide superior legal services to its clients in the whole Central European region through a group of cooperating law firms.”

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The full-service law firm has worked on many of the region’s largest and most complex transactions. The firm puts emphasis on the highest standards of quality, efficiency and flexibility in its advisory services, which are tailored to the specific requirements of each client. 

Our team is composed of professionals with international education and experience. The firm frequently works on a non-exclusive basis with leading international law firms on large cross-border transactions.

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• National Law Firm of the Year 2016 by the Chambers Europe Awards, the most prestigious international law firm competition. This is the fifth award PRK Partners has received since the awards were first given; National Law Firm of the Year 2014, 2013 and 2010 and Law Firm of the Year 2012 for Best Client Service.

• 2018 Best Law Firm of the Year in the category of Banking &Finance and the absolute winner in the main category of the Domestic Law Firm of the Year awards organised by epravo.cz under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association three times since the award's inception (in 2016, 2013 and 2011).

• a finalist of the Central European Law Firm of the Year category in The Lawyer European Awards 2018. 

The firm has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and pro bono work.

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