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On April 5, 2022, leading lawyers from across all of CEE will be coming together for the Dealer's Choice Conference and Deals of the Years Awards Banquet. Leading up to the event, we spoke with Oana Ijdelea of Ijdelea & Associates to learn what they are looking forward to the most.

On December 22, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Baker McKenzie had advised polish developers 7R and VRE on its EUR 101 million sale of 7R Park Beskid II on behalf of Vestas Investment Management. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Lukasz Jachna, Member of the Board and Chief Capital Markets Officer at 7R, to learn more about the deal.

Former Chairman of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce David Thomas and former Noerr Counsel Konrad Werner have joined Kochanski & Partners. Both join the firm as Partners, with Thomas to head International Finance and Werner to lead the Banking and Finance practice.

Osborne Clarke has announced its entry into the CEE market by opening a new office in Poland and scooping up multi-professional services firm MDDP’s legal arm along with other lawyers.

Three of the world’s most influential institutions have established expert teams to gather as much data as possible in order to make sense of the nature of the changes currently affecting the global labor market. Many law firms are already on board and are implementing strategies that will meet these changes head-on.

On December 1, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Greenberg Traurig had advised CA Immo on the sale of the Wspolna 47-49 office building in Warsaw to Yareal Polska. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Ingo Steinwender, Group Head of Legal at CA Immobilien, to learn more about the sale.

Blazej Czwarnok has been promoted to Partner at Gide’s Warsaw office. He heads the local Real Estate practice. 

REITs first appeared in the US in the 1960s, and the American REIT market has enjoyed considerable growth over the last quarter of a century. From there, REITs have spread to most developed economies, including many EU member states, and can presently be found in approximately 40 countries. In the US, the total return on investment in REITs making up the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index reached 1,225% over the last 25 years, which translates into an average annual return of 10.9%. This, coupled with the good performance of REITs in other countries, contributes to an increased interest in this type of legal structure in jurisdictions where such solutions have yet to be introduced.

CEE Legal Matters spoke with CMS Partner and Head of Environmental Law Practice in Poland and CEE Agnieszka Skorupinska and CMS Turkey Managing Partner Done Yalcin about the impacts of the EU Green Deal and the rise of ESG in Europe and beyond.