In Slovakia, a new Act No. 91/2016 Coll., on corporate criminal liability (the "Act") which introduces the concept of criminal liability of legal entities shall become effective as of 1 July 2016.
The latest amendment of the Act on Protection of Competition (the "Amendment") widens the powers of the Slovak Competition Authority (Protimonopolný úrad Slovenskej republiky) (the "Authority") while punishing any coordination of undertakings in a public procurement, public tender or other similar collusive tendering ("bid rigging").
On February 18, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach and Baker & McKenzie Diwok Hermann Petsche had advised on Wiener Privatbank’s acquisition of the Austrian business of the private bank Valartis. The transaction was described by DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach as “the largest banking transaction in Austria in the year 2015.”
A select group of prominent Hungarian lawyers gathered at Dentons’ Budapest office on April 6, 2016, for a CEE Legal Matters Round Table conversation about the state of and prospects for the Hungarian economy and the Hungarian legal market. The 90-minute conversation touched on topics including the encouraging signs of recovery, the effects of the “soft nationalization” carried out by the Hungarian government in various sectors, fee trends, and changing expectations of the new generation of lawyers.
ACI Partners and DLA Piper have successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal of Paris to annul an October 25, 2013 arbitral award by the ICC in the matter of Energoalians v. Republic of Moldova in what ACI refers to as "highly important litigation for Moldova."
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.
On the evening of December 10, 2015, experts from law firms across the region gathered in Prague for an exclusive and select invitation-only Round Table conversation on business and political realities across CEE, the changing nature of CEE legal markets and increased visibility of regional law firms, and much more.
At the close of the 19th century, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley exhorted his readership to abandon the teeming cities of America’s North East and to “Go West, young man and grow up with the country.” This exhortation was on my mind a hundred years later, when in 1995 three large suitcases and I left Manhattan for Tashkent. The Berlin Wall had fallen and as a 20th century American pioneer, I was going East to grow up with a lot of countries. To start, I was opening the Uzbek office of a global law firm.
DLA Piper has provided legal support to Discovery Communications, part of the Discovery Group — one of the world's leading documentary media groups, which broadcasts in Ukraine through the Discovery Channel — in obtaining merger clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition (made together with Liberty Group (which owns and operates cable networking in 12 countries across Europe)) of ALL3Media Holding Limited.