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After a period of political and economic instability which put M&A transactions in Ukraine into a dormant mode, the country is starting to show signs of revival. As the economy recovers and new legislation aimed at strengthening the rule of law and simplifying doing business is adopted, investors are again looking towards Ukraine with interest. 

DLA Piper has advised Kerzner International Holdings Limited, an international developer and operator of ultra-luxury resorts and residences, on its joint venture with private equity firm Dolphin Capital Partners and Dolphin Capital Investors for the development and management of the One&Only Kea Island, Greece, a luxury tourism project on the Cycladic island of Kea. Local input was provided by AP Legal in Greece and L Papaphilippou & Co LLC in Cyprus.

Hogan Lovells has advised arrangers and joint lead managers Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and StormHarbour Securities LLP on the securitization of a portfolio of lease receivables worth PLN 2.2 billion, originated by Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy S.A., a Polish leasing company owned by Credit Agricole S.A. DLA Piper was legal advisor of EFL S.A., and Clifford Chance advised the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund.

DLA Piper has advised ADG group, a Russian urban developer, on the establishment of a joint venture with South Korea's CJ CGV, the fifth largest multiplex theatre company in the world. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised CJ CGV on the JV, in which the ADG Group holds a 30% stake with a registered capital of USD 30 million, and CJ CGV holds all the remaining shares.

Oana Ijdelea and Anca Mihailescu are joining forces to launch a new full-service law firm in Bucharest — Ijdelea Mihailescu, Attorneys & Advisors — with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, M&A, environmental law, and real estate & construction.

In The Corner Office, we invite Senior and Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. For this issue, we asked them to describe their least favorite part of their jobs.