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Allen & Overy has advised the Aareal Bank on its EUR 63.5 million loan to the MLP Group for refinancing the construction of the 140,000 square-meter warehouse and production MLP Poznan West project.

Weinhold Legal has successfully represented the City of Kladno before the Czech Republic's Supreme Administrative Court in a dispute regarding the determination of the municipality's contribution to transport services on intercity bus routes.

Taylor Wessing has advised wind energy technology company SkySpecs on the acquisition of i4SEE.

Linklaters has advised LeadCrest Capital Partners on two sale-leaseback investments in Poland – the acquisition of a light industrial and logistics facility from KGL and the acquisition of three retail warehouses from 3W. Reportedly, Rykowski & Gniewkowski advised KGL and Pirozek and Pirozek advised 3W.

White & Case has advised the PPF Group on its acquisition of a 15% shareholding in InPost from Advent International for EUR 10 per share. Weil, Gotshal & Manges advised Advent.

Dentons has advised HB Reavis on obtaining additional funds for the Forest office campus in Warsaw. The syndicate of lenders – Santander Bank Polska, BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Bank Pekao, and PKO Bank Polski – increased the existing loan from EUR 162 million to EUR 205 million. DLA Piper reportedly advised the banks.

Cerha Hempel has advised OMV on the sale of its Avanti-branded service stations in Germany to PKN Orlen Group's Orlen Deutschland.

Rautner Rechtsanwaelte has advised Gugelsolar GesmbH and Erste Bank on their construction and financing of the Sonnenfeld Pellendorf agri-photovoltaic system as an addition to the existing Gugelberg wind farm.

Dentons has advised London-based venture capital fund Dawn Capital on leading the USD 35 million Series A round for Flowx.AI joined by Day One Capital, PortfoLion, and SeedBlink.

Nikiel Wojcik Noworyta has advised MAN on contracting the construction work for its EUR 200 million investment into the expansion of the Niepolomice truck factory in Poland.

Zivkovic Samardzic has successfully defended the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) on appeal in a case filed by Serbia's Minister of Internal Affairs – and former Director of the country's Security Information Agency – Bratislav Gasic.

Dentons Turkish affiliate Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki Attorney Partnership has advised Revo Capital on its investment in FileOrbis.

Former PwC Legal Attorney at Law Simon Baier has launched the eponymous SHB Law Office Simon Harald Baier.

Lauras Butkevicius has joined Ellex’s Lithuanian office as a Partner.

Mirella Lechna-Marchewka has become Wardynski & Partners’ new Managing Partner – taking over from Stefan Jacyno who held the position for the past 22 years – while the firm has also appointed a new 6-member Council and new finance director.

Fieldfisher opened an office in Vienna on June 1 with former SCWP Schindhelm Partners and by integrating Meissner & Passin.

Former KNP Law Attorney at Law Abigel Sill has been promoted to a Partner position with the Budapest firm.

Partners Piotr Nerwinski and Bartosz Nojek have been appointed the Co-Heads of Dentons' Banking and Finance team in Warsaw, taking over from Mateusz Toczyski who will continue as Global Co-Chair of the Dentons Banking and Finance practice.

Former Counsel Dogukan Berk Aksoy and former Senior Lawyer Ece Alkan have both been promoted to Partner with Yetkin Attorneys at Law in Ankara.

Former Chitea Marilena-Diana Law Office Partner Diana Chitea has joined Simion & Baciu in Bucharest as a Managing Associate in the firm's Dispute Resolution practice.

Sadik & Sadik has changed its name to Sadik & Capan with the addition of Nazli Tonuk Capan as Co-Managing Partner. 

Dariusz Dobkowski has joined Kochanski & Partners as an Equity Partner, while Marek Krol joined the firm as a Partner. Markiyan Malskyy and Karol Polosak have been elevated to Equity Partners and Monika Mackowska-Morytz was appointed a Partner, while Managing Partner Piotr Kochanski will Head the firm’s Technology practice.

Former Counsels Kateryna Tsvetkova and Oleksandr Melnyk have been promoted to Partner, while former Associate Viktoriia Bublichenko became a Counsel and Head of the Tax, Restructuring, Claims, and Recoveries practice at GoLaw in Kyiv.

On May 21, 2023, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling announced they are merging into a fully integrated firm: Allen Overy Shearman Sterling – A&O Shearman for short.

In Hungarian civil and commercial litigations, the second instance court reviews the case in camera, yet either party has the right to request an oral hearing in the appeal procedure. Is the second instance court bound by such a request? Is the failure to hold an oral hearing considered as a serious breach, based on which new procedure shall be conducted? We answer these questions by analysing recent decision of the Hungarian Supreme Court in this article.

With the Regulation Amending the Regulation on Remote Identification Methods to be Used by Banks and Establishment of the Contractual Relationship on Electronic Medium ["Amendment"] [available only in Turkish] published by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency ["BRSA"] in the Official Gazette dated 25.05.2023 and numbered 32201, the scope of persons who may use remote identification services has been expanded.

Romania's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), designed to ensure an optimal balance between EU priorities and Romania's development needs, provides significant opportunities for the private sector to benefit from financing to build and/or consolidate infrastructure capacity.

The energy development strategy of the Republic of Serbia until 2025 with projections until 2030, as well as the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, which is
currently being developed and adopted, foresee an increase in the share of energy obtained from renewable energy sources in the energy balance of the Republic of Serbia
as a strategic goal.

With the Communiqué on Principles Regarding Companies Whose Shares Will Be Traded on the Venture Capital Market [II-16.3] [“Communiqué”] published in the Official Gazette on 18.5.2023, the procedures and principles regarding the sale of non-public joint stock companies to qualified investors for trading in the stock exchange came into effect.

The Public Enterprise for Railway Infrastructure Railways of the Republic of North Macedonia – Skopje has published a contract notice for project implementation support and safeguard services for the construction of a new railway section from Kriva Palanka to the border with the Republic of Bulgaria (“Project”). The 24 km section is the last part – the third phase of the railway Corridor VIII to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Just in time for Children's Day, the dreams of many adult inventors came true!

Contributed by Arzinger.

Contributed by Guleryuz & Partners.

Contributed by Jerovsek & Malis.

Contributed by Gecic Law.

Contributed by ACI Partners.

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On November 23, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund and funds managed by Imprimatur Capital, together with other shareholders, on the sale of Blue Bridge Technologies to Everfield. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Henning Schreiber, Head of Acquisitions at Everfield, to learn more about the acquisition.

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On November 23, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund and funds managed by Imprimatur Capital, together with other shareholders, on the sale of Blue Bridge Technologies to Everfield. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Henning Schreiber, Head of Acquisitions at Everfield, to learn more about the acquisition.