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On September 20, 2023, PHH announced that Kommunalkredit's EUR 37.5 million financing for the 63-megawatt Senyo photovoltaic plant in Hungary – commissioned by Green Source and Core Value Capital – (reported by CEE Legal Matters on August 7, 2023) had closed.

Cerha Hempel, working with Gattai Minoli Partners and Arendt & Medernach, has advised SES Spar European Shopping Centers on its acquisition of Il Grifone shopping center in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, from a company belonging to US hedge fund Marathon. Binder Groesswang, working with Legance, advised the seller. Risk Finance Brokers, acting on behalf of UlysseRe, arranged the warranty and indemnity insurance for the buyer.

Austria is witnessing a slowdown of its economy and increased reorganization and restructuring activities – impacting various sectors – while legislative changes introduce a new corporate entity and consider remote court hearings, according to Binder Groesswang Managing Partner Andreas Hable.

Where behavior is investigated in parallel by the Austrian competition authorities and the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO), the latter usually requests the competition authorities to provide it with copies of their files, including leniency statements and settlement submissions that have been filed with the Federal Competition Authority (FCA), and adds (parts of) these documents to its own file. Victims of competition law infringements can thus indirectly get access to leniency statements and settlement submissions through an inspection of the PPO’s file. This practice risks weakening the effectiveness of the Austrian leniency program and settlement procedure as it may deter undertakings from cooperating with the FCA.

During the Three Seas Initiative annual general meeting in Bucharest in September 2023, Austria's Dorda, Bulgaria's Boyanov & Co., Croatia's Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka, the Czech Republic's Kocian Solc Balastik, Estonia's Ellex Raidla, Hungary's Lakatos Koves & Partners, Latvia's Ellex Klavins, Lithuania's Ellex Valiunas, Poland's Wardynski and Partners, Romania's Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, Slovakia's Barger Prekop, and Slovenia's Selih & Partnerji announced they formed the Three Seas Legal Alliance, in recognition of the progress made by the Three Seas Initiative.