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Wolf Theiss has announced that the firm's Arbitration practice will be led going forward by Partner Florian Haugeneder, who the firm describes as leading "a new generation" in charge of the practice. Haugeneder's team is expected to grow in short order as well. 

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has hired lawyer Harald Stingl as a Partner in the firm's Corporate/M&A team in Vienna, effective as of June 1, 2014. Stingl joins from competitor Wolf Theiss.

Wolf Theiss has announced that the firm's Zagreb branch successfully assisted Split-based Adria Steel in enabling customs-free exports of Croatia-produced steel products to Algeria. Adria Steel is wholly-owned by Techcom.

The Polish Supreme Court has ruled that rents collected in the course of bankruptcy proceedings by a bankruptcy receiver out of real property encumbered with a mortgage are part of a separate distribution plan, and thus may only be paid out to the creditors holding such mortgage.

Following on the already-reported news that Wolf Theiss has made Ileana Glodeanu a Partner in its Bucharest office, the firm announced today that it had made four more partners in various CEE offices. Lawyers Laura Struc (Ljubljana), Katerina Kraeva and Radoslav Mikov (Sofia) and Sebastian Oberzaucher (Vienna) all joined the Wolf Theiss partnership along with Glodeanu.

We are certainly still close enough to the beginning of the year for a bit of productive looking back, accessing the present, and planning for the future. 

Like the rest of the world, the financial crisis negatively affected the CEE and all of us who practice law within this dynamic region. The affect may have been uneven as among our various countries and practice areas, but no one escaped the impact entirely.