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On January 26, 2018, CEELM reported on a joint investment by Banca Transilvania and the EBRD to acquire more than 66% of shares in Victoriabank, the third largest bank in the Republic of Moldova. Bogdan Plesuvescu, the Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer for Banca Transilvania agreed to provide some insight on the transaction, which remains contingent on approval by local authorities.

RTPR Allen & Overy has advised Purcari Wineries Public Company Limited on its IPO and admission to trading on the Bucharest Stock Exchange under the WINE symbol, with retail investors oversubscribing more than four times over. Leroy si Asociatii advised the IFC on the listing, representing 49% of the Purcari Wineries share capital. The offer was managed by Raiffeisen Bank and Swiss Capital, advised by CMS.

“Due to a very sudden and controversial parliamentarian decision that changed the competence of the Courts of Appeal on solving insolvency cases, all work concerning insolvency has stopped recently in Moldova,” reports Cobzac & Partners Partner Daniel Cobzac, “with most of the transactions being suspended.” Simultaneously, to advance the country's EU-integration plans, a lot of new reforms are being made in order to harmonize the country’s legislation with European norms.

The Republic of Moldova is a small Eastern European country with a market economy in development. Since its independence, Moldova has been keen to open its borders to foreign investment to vitalize its economy. To this end, Moldova has passed numerous legislative reforms to protect investments and encourage cross-border transactions.

The commercial legal markets of Central & Eastern Europe didn’t appear automatically. They didn’t develop in a vacuum. They were formed, shaped, and led, by lawyers – visionary, hard-working, commercially-minded, and client-focused individuals pulling the development of CEE’s legal markets along behind them as they labored relentlessly for their clients, their careers, their futures. 

The Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership has advised Turkiye Is Bankasi (Isbank) and Turkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi (TSKB), Turkey’s first privately-owned development and investment bank, on financing provided to Turkuaz Petrol Urunleri A.S. for its acquisition of TP Petrol Dagitim, the fuel retailing branch of Turkiye Petrolleri, Turkey´s state-owned oil and gas firm. The Ak Law Firm represented Turkuaz Petrol Urunleri (a subsidiary of Zulfikarlar Holding A.S.) on its successful bid for TP Petrol Dagitim.

The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.

On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.

Turcan Cazac has assisted the shareholders of the Moldovan cable and pay TV operator Sun Communications in their sale of 100% of shares in the company to Orange Moldova SA, a unit of France Telecom's Internet and mobile arm Orange. Baker Botts advised the sellers as English counsel, while Orange was advised by Trevors Smith as English counsel and Schoenherr and Vernon | David as local counsel.

Milan Lomic is the General Counsel Adria & Balkan at L’Oreal, a company that he joined in October 2012. Prior to that he worked for Metro Cash & Carry as a Legal Advisor and Antitrust Officer. He has also worked as a Legal Advisor at Unicredit Bank Serbia and as an Assistant to the Judge at the Fifth Municipal Court in Belgrade.

Schoenherr is reporting that, on September 30, 2016, Michael Lagler was elected as the new Managing Partner at the firm, where he will take over from Christoph Lindinger, who has led the Central and Eastern European law firm for the past 16 years. Lagler's term will begin at the start of the firm’s next fiscal year, on February 1, 2017.

Turcan Cazac has reported a successful application to the Moldovan Competition Council for clearance in that country of the proposed acquisition by Belgium-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV of SABMiller plc, which would combine the two largest brewers. According to Turcan Cazac, "the merged entity will sell twice as much beer and earn four times more profit than Heineken, currently the third largest brewer.”

Cadastre System

A centralized cadastre system was introduced in Moldova in 1998. This system includes the cadaster of real estate, which involves a collection of data by the Moldovan real estate authorities about rights (including easements), proprietors, and other persons in relation to real estate.

On 20 November 2015 the Moldovan Parliament voted on amending and supplementing the Moldovan Labour Code ("Labour Code"). As a result, Act No. 205/2015 ("Act No. 205") entered into force on 18 December 2015 implementing a series of long-awaited improvements, but also complicating the life of employers in some instances.

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