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All 269 2020 CEE Deals of the Year Submissions have been received, organized, placed on ballots, and sent out to various panels across CEE, and the full list of all submissions will appear in — and only in — the February 2021 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine, available by subscription only.

Need another reason to be excited that it's Friday? Put on your reading glasses and enjoy the weekend with the new issue of CEE In-House Matters! The second issue of our CEE Legal Matters' sister publication dedicated to in-house counsel is packed full, with over 100 pages of insights from GCs working at leading companies across Central and Eastern Europe.

Cor' blimey, look what time it is, Guvnor! The special issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine — focusing on the work English law firms and English lawyers are doing in CEE, as well as the presence and significance of English law in the region — is out now. So quit your whinging, put away your umbrella, take off your wellies, and pour yourself a cuppa. Settle in — it'll be brilliant!

It's a crazy world. The global pandemic is taking the form of a whack-a-mole game, with numbers decreasing in some places, only to jump back up in others. School is starting, but perhaps the word should be in quotation marks. Travel is limited. Business is ongoing. Weather is cooling. Fortunately, in this tumultuous world, one thing is dependable. So relax: The new issue of CEE Legal Matters is here.

After a week of counting down, only two deals remain in contention for the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year. And, in an extremely close contest, the Steinhoff Group's Financial Restructuring, which received 9 votes from this year's Final Selection Committee, falls an agonizing one vote short of the 10 received by Advent International and Zentiva’s Acquisition of Alvogen’s CEE Business, meaning the Advent-Zentiva/Alvogen deal is CEE Legal Matters' 2019 CEE Deal of the Year.

Each day this week CEE Legal Matters will be counting down towards Friday's revelation of the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year winner, but today, before we start revealing which deals were voted off the island, we have the singular pleasure of announcing the finalists: Those five deals that received the greatest number of votes from the Final Selection Committee.

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