To allow the countries of Europe a few extra months to pursue their vaccination programs against the Covid-19 virus so that the lawyers of CEE are able to gather together in person, CEE Legal Matters has rescheduled the 2021 Dealer’s Choice International Law Firm Summit and Deal of the Year Awards Banquet to September 16, 2021.
The joint events – the Dealer’s Choice conference, scheduled for the day of the 16th, and the DOTY Awards Banquet, scheduled for that evening – will be held at the HAC in London.
Excitement about the events remains high, and the event sponsors are enthusiastic about the opportunity to reconnect. “I think everyone misses having direct interaction with clients and peers,” said Oana Ijdelea, the Co-Managing Partner of Ijdelea Mihailescu, the exclusive Dealer’s Choice Sponsor for Romania. For Ijdelea, the opportunity to meet counterparts and peers in person is critical. “Doing business development in the old days required traveling, sometimes to new places, which was an important and fun part of the experience. Humans are social creatures by nature and function at their best when they interact with each-other, making communication easier, more straightforward, and ultimately better. The value and power of a hand-shake or a live smile cannot be replaced by technology.”
Raf Uzar, Head of Communication and Development at Penteris, the exclusive Dealer’s Choice Sponsor for Poland, agrees that the face-to-face element of the event is a necessary part of every modern law firm’s business model, noting that “effective BD is, after all, a wholly ‘human’ enterprise.”
Victor Gugushev, Partner at Gugushev & Partners, a member firm of the Pontes the CEE Lawyers legal alliance, which is a Regional Sponsor of the event, described himself as “thrilled to visit the CEE Dealer’s Choice Conference – to meet colleagues from the region, who have to deal with the same demands as we do.”
Finally, Erdem Basgul, the Managing Partner of Basgul, declared himself “thrilled” to be the exclusive Dealer’s Choice Sponsor for Turkey. According to him, “our attorneys have a solid track record in providing the precise, tailored, and reliable local advice that the London market is looking for. This conference offers a unique opportunity to put the word out.”