It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year Awards!
Schoenherr is this year's big winner, claiming five CEE Deal of the Year Awards, while Allen & Overy, which last year won a remarkable ten awards, this year wins four — as do CMS, Dentons, Linklaters, and Dentons. Cobalt claims three — for all three Baltic States — as do DLA Piper, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, and Wolf Theiss.
The complete list of all winners is available here. Winners will also be identified, along with special interviews, judges' comments, and the complete 2019 CEE Table of Deals, in the special May 2020 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine that will appear at the very end of April.
The actual awards will be presented at the 2020 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet, rescheduled because of the Covid-19 crisis to October 13, 2020, at which time the overall CEE 2019 Deal of the Year will be announced. Tickets are on sale now via the Dealer's Choice and CEE Legal Matters' CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet website, here.
Our sincere thanks go out all the members of the Final Selection Committee, each of whom committed a significant amount of time and effort reviewing the final nominations and casting their votes. The FSC this year consisted of Christian Blatchford of Energo-Pro in the Czech Republic, Alexandra Doytchinova of Schoenherr in Bulgaria, Rene Frolov of Fort Legal in Estonia, Ron Given of Deloitte Legal in the Czech Republic, Judith Gliniecki of CEE Equity Partners in Poland, Bora Kaya of Gama Power Systems in Turkey, Hugh Owen of Go2Law in Slovakia, Roman Pecenka of PRK Partners in the Czech Republic, Andras Posztl of DLA Piper, Milan Samardzic of SOG / Samardzic, Oreski & Grbovic in Serbia, Mykola Stetsenko of Avellum in Ukraine, Pawel Szaja of Shearman & Sterling in the United Kingdom, and Damir Topic of Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic in Croatia. To avoid bias, none of them was allowed to vote in countries where they are based, or where the firms they work for was among the finalists.
CEE Legal Matters would also like to thank the large number of legal experts on the Shortlist Panels, who winnowed all the submissions we received this year down to the final shortlists that were evaluated by the Final Selection Committee. All of them contribute to the success of the annual CEE Deal of the Year Awards, and although the actual applause and thanks to which they are due will have to wait until the October 13 DOTY Awards Banquet in London, our gratitude is real now nonetheless.
Finally, of course, we would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. To all the lawyers and law firms that played such integral parts in the deals that shaped CEE and drove the region ever forward, last year ... well done! The awards are well-deserved.
Now, we look forward to seeing everyone at our big conference and party in London on October 13, 2020!