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Introducing the DOTY Final Selection Committee

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We are honored and excited to introduce (and extend a big thank you to!) our regional Final Selection Committee of Jurors for the 2022 CEE Deals of the Year awards.

The CEE Deal of the Year Awards have been granted since 2017 by CEE Legal Matters — the leading source of news and information about the lawyers and legal industry in Central and Eastern Europe — to celebrate the transactions, financings, IPOs, and other deals that underpin growth throughout the region, as well as the lawyers and law firms who make them happen. Members of the Final Selection Committee were tasked with reviewing the shortlisted submissions in each CEE jurisdiction and casting votes to select the ultimate winners – including the ultimate CEE Deal of the Year. The committee voted on the deals shortlisted by our individual country panels that analyzed all deal submissions in the first round of votes.

  1. Agnes Molnar, Partner, Travers Thorp Alberga
  2. Aku Sorainen, Senior Partner, Sorainen
  3. Ersin Nazali, Managing Partner, Nazali Tax & Legal 
  4. Florentin Tuca, Managing Partner, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii 
  5. Glib Bondar, Senior Partner, Avellum
  6. Horst Ebhardt, Partner, Wolf Theiss
  7. Hugh Owen, CEE Head of Legal Business Solutions, PwC
  8. Igor Odobescu, Managing Partner, ACI Partners
  9. Kevin-Paul Deveau, Partner, Reed Smith
  10. Lauris Liepa, Managing Partner, Cobalt
  11. ​​Petar Orlic, Partner, NKO Partners
  12. Richard Jones, Partner, Slaughter and May
  13. Sasha Vujacic, Partner, Vujacic Law Office 
  14. Shawn Atkinson, Partner, Orrick
  15. Tytus Cytowski, Partner, Cytowski & Partners 
  16. Vaclav Bily, Partner, PRK Partners

From the very inception of these awards, we were keen to develop something untainted by perceived commercial (or other) biases and our ability to entrust the decision on the winners to our committees goes a long way in establishing the DOTYs as such. We are extremely fortunate and thankful to have them all agree to join the panel, given the high regard in which they are held, the respect they receive from their peers, and their reputations – all critical to the value of these awards.

The winners of the CEE Deal of the Year will be announced at the annual CEE Deal of the Year Banquet scheduled for April 25, 2023, in Istanbul. More information about the awards and the banquet can be found at doty.ceelegalmatters.com.

ACI Partners at a Glance

ACI Partners is a leading law firm in Moldova with an expanding network of partners throughout Europe. ACI Partners was established in 2006 and since then has managed to build a very strong and competitive legal practice. Our business strategy strives to deliver a solid and reliable service, going beyond merely grasping the law, which the clients may turn to whenever they need. In reaching this goal, ACI Partners employs a personalized approach to each client, showing a genuine respect for their values and unqualified commitment to their interests and needs, steadily investing in knowledge and data management and ensuring a working environment consistent with our clients’ quality demands and high expectations.

ACI Partners is a one-stop shop law firm proficient in all possible legal matters a business might come across in Moldova, starting with incorporation of a business, and obtaining of all the necessary regulatory permits, continuing with various daily matters, such as contracts, labor, and migration, and finishing with dispute settlement, insolvencies, and criminal investigations. But we pride ourselves especially for our unmatched expertise in most innovative and complex areas for Moldova, as Modern Financial Products, Data Protection, Renewable Energy, Competition, Clinical Studies, Public Procurement, and Regulatory. In our work, we always involve a team of professionals with the relevant skill-mix, which enables us to provide our clients with an integrated and comprehensive advice, superior to our competitors.

ACI Partners has advised the Government of the Republic of Moldova, businesses, international organizations, and other institutions on most challenging transactions, assignments and projects.

ACI Partners is not just another law firm. Over the course of our existence and working in Moldova, and on the international stage for our non-Moldovan clients, we have developed a strong set of core values which, we believe, guide us in everything that we do and, moreover, gives us a competitive advantage – differentiating us from other firms on the market.

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