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  • “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

    In addition to the hundreds of emails I send each week, I also write dozens of articles for the CEE Legal Matters website, as well as a significant amount of the content in every issue of this magazine. I also review/edit/revise the dozens of interviews, Expert Review articles, Market Snapshots, and other content produced by other writers in each issue of the magazine. You may not be surprised to hear that writing is on my mind a lot.

    It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Just put your thoughts on a page. A few thousand keystrokes, and –hey presto! – a fascinating article, an insightful editorial, a penetrating analysis. If only.

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 4.6. of the CEE Legal Matters ...


  • The timing of this issue, with its Market Spotlight on the Czech Republic, is fortuitous, as after three years of living in this wonderful country, I find myself moving back to CEE Legal Matters’ Budapest base. The coincidental timing of the issue, then, provides me with the opportunity to reflect on my time here.

    I have found Prague, to my delight, to be a pragmatic, clear-eyed city, despite its famously beautiful architecture. Few Czechs claim that history has been particularly unfair to them, and a similarly small proportion believe the Czech Republic basks in divine purpose. As fitting for the only country in Central and Eastern Europe reporting a majority atheist population – the country that elected a poet after the end of Communism and experienced national dissolution that was famously peaceful and respectful – the Czechs tend to have a rational and healthy understanding of their role in European ...


  • Chief Legal Officers know how demanding their jobs are. They have to create and manage effective teams, retain and instruct external counsel, advise their employers on strategic decisions, and implement new technology, all while putting out 20 fires a day. Some of them work in states of national emergency or economic crisis. Others are forced to lay-off valued team members or otherwise cut costs while maintaining — or improving — their level of service. None of them have it easy. 

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  • A quick turn to this issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine: It’s a good one. Radu spent a number of sleepless nights compiling, sorting, and filtering our annual Table of Deals to come up with our top ten lists and market-by-market breakdowns by number and value of reported deals. We also, for The Corner Office feature, focus on how the careers of Managing Partners in CEE have changed over time. 

    For the Market Spotlight on Serbia, we consider the recent growth of Balkan law firm alliances and networks, and we review the controversial passage and recent demise of an unusual voting limitation on lawyers employed by law firms in the Belgrade Bar association. The Spotlight also contains a larger-than-usual Market Snapshot feature and an introductory editorial by Branislav Zivkovic at Serbia’s Zivkovic Samardzic Law Firm.

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  • Before any of our readers ask: indeed, Moore’s Law is not really a law. Rather, it reflects the prediction by Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore in 1965 that, based on his observation at the time that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented, that trend would continue into the future. Many since have described his prediction as the rhythm of the beating heart of technological developments. 

    While Moore himself predicted that this annual doubling would continue until 2020, by 2015, articles began appearing claiming that shrinking transistors at the pace described by Moore will no longer be viable. A year later, that seemed to be the consensus, with one MIT Technology Review headline reading “Moore’s Law Is Dead. Now What?” 


  • Against this gloomy backdrop, optimism might seem to be in short supply. And yet, at least in the legal industry, it’s perhaps not completely unwarranted.

    First, as the participants in this year’s Expert Summit (page 12) attest, business in CEE continues to grow. Partners at law firms in some of the most troubled CEE countries, such as Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey, remain positive, and firms in many other CEE countries, such as Austria, Hungary, and Romania, report increased growth, profits, and enthusiasm. Those reports are borne out by our annual Table of Deals ( page 32) as well, which is much larger than it was in 2015 – which itself, in turn, was much larger than it was in 2014.

    You can find the PDF version of this Special Issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.


  • As I write this editorial, we are celebrating three years since the CEE Legal Matters website (now already on its third version) first went online. To say that trying to think back and identify one major theme that shaped our last few years is difficult would be a real understatement, but because David has written up one too many of our recent editorials, that challenge falls on me.

    I will use a very broad brush and use the term “conservatisms,” which, in this editorial team’s view, have a considerable impact, not just on our endeavor, but the legal market as a whole.

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 3.6. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.


  • We’re delighted to announce the arrival of the CEE 2016 Corporate Counsel Handbook, the leading annual report on best practices and strategic operations and preferences among Chief Legal Officers in Central and Eastern Europe. 

    This year's Corporate Counsel Handbook reflects the contributions of 594 General Counsel, Heads of Legal, and Legal Directors from across the CEE region, presenting the results of our annual survey alongside insightful and illustrative commentary from General Counsel taken from the pages of the CEE Legal Matters magazine’s "Inside Insight" section. 

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  • It’s not so much that we are over-ambitious in our planning as it is that the calendar is too small.

    We’ve found ourselves working a lot of overtime to prepare this issue, as – and if you don’t already know this then shame on you (or you’re a new reader, in which case welcome!) – it comes the same month as the second annual GC Summit, which just concluded a few weeks ago in Istanbul. If coordinating those two incredibly time-intensive commitments simultaneously wasn’t enough, we also spent untold hours migrating the content from the older (and wonderful) CEE Legal Matters website to the brand new (and even wonderfuller) site, we announced the 2017 Knowledge Partnerships, conducted an aggressive sales campaign, and put together our schedule and plan for 2017.

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 3.5. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the ...


  • I’ve been thinking lately about the various audiences we write for (and who often write for us). At the simplest level, of course, we write for, and about, lawyers and the legal industry. We can refine that a bit: We write for business lawyers and the legal industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

    But then, quickly, like dough in the oven, that understanding begins to expand. 

    In fact, we write for three primary audiences: Domestic lawyers with law firms in each CEE country; Foreign and expatriate lawyers either within or outside CEE whose practices bring them into the region; and Senior in-house counsel directing the legal departments of major companies in the region. 

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 3.4. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.


  • Russia, it need not be said, is enormous. Russia is bigger than Pluto. Russia is huge.

    I lived in Russia from 1995-1998, first in a small community outside of Vladivostok – eight hours ahead of the country’s capital – and then in Moscow itself. I was able to experience the excesses and wonders of that chaotic period, and I left for law school in the United States just as the ruble collapsed and the country entered one of its darker periods...

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 1.3. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.


  • "The current world record for completing a marathon run is held by Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23). Chuck Engle won the most marathons in history, coming in first in 171 races. 

    Marathons represent a commemoration of the fabled run of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier and messenger, who carried the news of the battle of Marathon to Athens. This month’s cover reflects our determination to go to considerable lengths in our efforts to inform our readers of relevant news and newsmakers from Central and Eastern Europe’s legal markets ... and we are in it for the long run!"

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 1.2. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.


  • "The current world record for solving Erno Rubik’s famous Cube is 5.55 seconds. 

    Rubik’s Cube is not on the cover of the premiere issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine to illustrate concepts of puzzles or complexity (and no, not even because the magazine is based in Erno Rubik’s old home town). Instead, thinking about the Rubik’s Cube has us thinking about solutions and about the dedicated lawyers across Central and Eastern Europe who work with diligence and passion to solve their client’s needs and problems. We hope CEE Legal Matters will help in that process. Ultimately, we hope CEE Legal Matters helps provide solutions..."

    You can find the PDF version of Issue 1.1. of the CEE Legal Matters magazine here or click on the link below for the flash reader version.