In The Corner Office we ask Senior and Managing Partners across Central and Eastern Europe about their unique roles and responsibilities. The question this time around: “What is the one skill, ability, or characteristic that fresh law school graduates in your country most commonly lack?”
Solivan, the Polish member firm of Pontes The CEE Lawyers network, has advised German project developer WKN on the sale of the 42 MW Barwice wind farm at the end of 2018 and the 132 MW Jasna wind farm now to Germany's Wirtgen Invest Energy GmbH and Stadtwerke Munchen, respectively. Wirtgen Invest was represented by SSW Pragmatic Solutions and Stadtwerke Munchen was advised by CMS in Germany and Poland.
CMS Prague has advised Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka, the Czech division of KBC Group, on the acquisition of 45% stake in the Czech building savings bank Ceskomoravska stavebni sporitelna from Bausparkasse Schwabisch Hall, advised by Schoenherr.
CMS has advised the ESPIRA private equity fund on the acquisition, made with ICON's executive management team, of ICON Communication Centres, an award-winning provider of multilingual contact centre services, from the joint administrators of former energy broker Utilitywise Plc. The Czech Republic's FORLEX law firm advised Icon management, and Pinsent Masons reportedly advised the administrator.
“The talk about the entrance of two regional players – CMS and Schoenherr – onto the Macedonian market last year is still on everyone’s lips (among lawyers),” says Apostolska & Partners’ Founding Partner Emilija Apostolska-Temov in North Macedonia, who says that the presence of such law firms in the market will undoubtedly influence business, increasing both the quality of legal services and competition. “It also gives us a hint about investments coming in – such big law firms would not come without any plans,” she says. “They must know something that the rest of us will learn later. I think it will be a positive experience.”
CMS has advised Zentiva Group a.s. on its acquisition of Romanian pharmaceutical company Solacium and its subsidiary Be Well Pharma from Siyiara Enterprises — a holding entity of A&D Pharma / Dr. Max Group — and entrepreneur Tony Trasca. The Czech Republic's Evan Law Firm advised Siyiara and Romania's Fine Law advised Trasca on the sale, which remains contingent on the satisfaction of several conditions, including the approval of the Romanian Competition Council.
CMS Kyiv has advised international real estate investment fund Meyer Bergman on Ukrainian and English law aspects of its sale of the Aladdin Shopping Mall in Kyiv to Ukrainian Commercial Property Investment Holding, part of Dragon Capital. Aequo advised the sellers on the deal, while Wolf Theiss advised Sompo International on its provision of M&A warranty and indemnity insurance for the acquisition.
Avellum has advised SM Invest Construction B.V. on the sale of shares in the holding company that is developing a 120MW solar power plant in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine. The buyer, solar energy producer Scatec Solar, was reportedly advised by CMS.