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Clifford Chance has advised a club of banks led by Ceska Sporitelna – including UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia and the Czech branch of Citibank Europe – on a CZK 1 billion club financing for Packeta and its subsidiaries. Wolf Theiss advised Packeta.

Norton Rose Fulbright, working with Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, has advised Bank Polska Kasa Opieki on financing the construction of a 67.7-megawatt portfolio of 36 PV installations sponsored by Lithuania's Lords LB Asset Management. SSW Pragmatic Solutions reportedly advised Lords LB.

A new promotion round saw 62 lawyers become Partners at CMS – spanning 25 cities across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America – including Arno Zimmermann, Hans Lederer, and Klaus Pateter in Vienna, Alicja Zalewska-Orabona in Warsaw, and Mihai Jiganie-Serban in Bucharest.

Norton Rose Fulbright and Havel & Partners have advised senior lender Santander Bank Polska on a refinancing facility for Exact Systems. Barrocas reportedly advised Santander Bank Polska on Portuguese legal matters. Rymarz Zdort Maruta reportedly advised Exact Systems. MHJ Legal reportedly advised mezzanine lender Accession Capital Partners.

New legislation amending the Labor Code and other relevant acts was signed by the President and published in the Journal of Laws. This legislation implements two European Union Directives: Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers and Directive (EU) 2019/1152 of 20 June 2019 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union. New provisions will come into force on 26 April 2023.

As Lexpo – The Legal Innovation Event returns in 2023 after a three-year hiatus, showcasing the latest trends in legal innovation in Continental Europe, CEELM spoke with Dentons Europe Director of Innovation and Member of Lexpo's Advisory Board Andrea Miskolczi to gain an insight into the current state of technology and innovation in CEE, and what the event's attendees have to look forward to.

NGL Legal has announced the opening of the firm's Korean Desk, to be headed by Managing Partner Krzysztof Wiater with the support of Associate Ho Sun Nam, who joined the firm back in February.

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