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DLA Piper has appointed Krzysztof Kycia, Head of Litigation and Arbitration, and Jacek Gizinski, Head of Real Estate, as Co-Managing Partners of the firm's Warsaw office. They replace Krzysztof Wiater, who has held the position for the past 11 years, and who has left the firm.

The Hungarian real estate and housing market is experiencing golden days. Although the market took a serious hit during the financial crisis in 2008, today enormous sums are again being invested in office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, residential areas, and retail. In order to map the underlying reasons behind the market’s boom, and to better understand how the country is dealing with the high demand for development lands and properties, CEE Legal Matters sat down with six Hungarian lawyers specialized in Real Estate & Construction and a Legal Counsel from Prologis, a Real Estate & Supply Chain Logistics company. 

Andras Daniel Laszlo, a former partner at Szecskay, has teamed up with Zoltan Titusz Fekete, who previously worked at RSM Hungary and for ten years with the Hungarian tax authority, and with Gaspar Bagamery, who worked with DLA Piper and Szecskay, to establish a new boutique in Budapest under the brand of LFB.

The Ukrainian government has declared its intention to implement the success story of European countries in the sphere of public-private partnerships. In order to implement those ambitious plans the government has established a Project Office for PPP to work closely with international investors and lobby for relevant legislative improvements.

Cobalt has advised BaltCap, Dasha Group AS, and others on the sale of their majority shareholding in Runway BPO to Webhelp, a global business process outsourcing and customer experience company.

Former DLA Piper Finance Partner Denise Hamer has joined Trace Capital Advisors — a principal investment, asset management, corporate finance, and restructuring boutique focused on performing and non-performing assets in Central and Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe.