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Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has provided Polish law advice to the Swiss company SSE Holding Ltd. in its acquisition of civil enterprises belonging to Orica Limited located in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. DZP reports that it cooperated with law firms in Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is advising Toyota on its announced plan to carry out two new investments in Poland: producing gear boxes for hybrid vehicles in a plant in Walbrzych and producing a new generation of petrol engines in a plant at Jelcz-Laskowice. The total investment value is approximately PLN 650 million.

Clifford Chance's Warsaw office has advised the IK Investments fund on the preliminary agreement for the sale of the Axtone Group to the ITT Corporation. The value of the transaction was more than EUR 100 million. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Frankfurt, and Soltysinski Kawecki Szlezak (SK&S) in Warsaw advised ITT on the deal.

Clifford Chance has advised Arctic Paper S.A. and its subsidiaries in Poland and Sweden on the comprehensive refinancing of their indebtedness. The group's existing indebtedness to BZWBK, Pekao SA, and mBank (the "Original Lenders") in Poland was refinanced with the aid of a combination of credit facilities and bonds. The facilities were granted by a consortium consisting of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., Bank BGZ BNP Paribas S.A., and the EBRD -- all advised by Linklaters, as were the Original Lenders -- while the bond issue was organized by Haitong Bank, which was advised by Dentons.

White & Case has advised Societe Generale as global coordinator, lead co-arranger, and dealer, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and PKO Bank Polski as co-arrangers and dealers, and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg as dealer, on the establishment by PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A., a subsidiary of PKO Bank Polski, of a EUR 4 billion international covered bond issuance program, and the issue of EUR 500 million covered bonds thereunder.

Kochanski Zieba & Partners has advised Echo Polska Properties N.V. on its acquisition of seven office buildings with almost 112,000 square meters of total gross leasing area from Echo Investment S.A. The sellers were advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges. The total value of the sale amounts to almost EUR 265 million. 

White & Case has won an arbitration award for Indian investor Flemingo DutyFree, part of the international duty-free retail group the Flemingo Group, in a case brought against Poland under the India-Poland Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

Clifford Chance has advised on a joint venture investment of White Star Real Estate and Europa Capital related to the acquisition of the Plac Malachowskiego office building in central Warsaw, from Kulczyk Silverstein Properties, which purchased the property in 2012 from Hochtief Development Poland. Dentons advised Kulczyk Silverstein Properties (KSP) on the deal, with Baker & McKenzie advising Hochtief Development.

Poland Doing Better than Most

According to Ron Given, Partner at Wolf Theiss, “the Polish market is doing better than most of the world where M&A is down.”

Dentons has advised P3 Logistic Parks on Polish and Romanian aspects of a EUR 1.4 billion pan-European refinancing of its logistics portfolio, with White & Case advising P3 on Czech and Slovakian aspects and Freshfields advising P3 on separate facilities for Western Europe (including Poland). Financing in Poland and Western Europe was provided by Morgan Stanley with Pbb as agent (advised by Allen & Overy), in Romania by Raiffeisen Bank International (advised by CMS), and in the Czech Republic and Slovakia by CSOB, CSOB Slovakia, Komercni Banka, UniCredit Bank, and Ceska Sporitelna (all advised by Clifford Chance).

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

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