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Did You Know: CEE 2022 Leaders According to CEELM Direct

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Did you know that Dentons worked on more reported client matters in Central and Eastern Europe in 2022 – 86 – than any other firm (with Sorainen only one behind), and that Andrzej Stosio of Clifford Chance in Poland worked on more client matters than any other lawyer in the region – 13 (with Mantas Petkevicius of Sorainen in Lithuania and Roxana Ionescu of Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu in Romania both only one behind, with 12)?

In fact, the Activity Rankings feature of CEELM Direct – a simple menu tab that anybody/everybody can use – allows users to determine which firms and which lawyers reported working on the most client matters in any given time period. Thus, in what will become an annual tradition, we hereby report the firms and lawyers that worked on the most reported client matters in each market from January 1 through December 31, 2022, followed by the relevant number.

Want to know which firms and which lawyers were in second place, or third, or in the top ten? If you’re a lawyer or a law firm marketing specialist, do you want to know where you or your firm finished in the annual rankings – and how close you and it were to the top? Visit the CEELM Direct website, click on the Activity Rankings function, and find out!

In the meantime, all of us at CEELM Direct would like to congratulate the firms and partners listed below. Well done, all! And to them, and to all our readers, Happy New Year!

• Kalo & Associates (3)
• Aigest Milo of Kalo & Associates (2)

Schoenherr (35)
• Ulrike Sehrschon of E+H (8)

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Law Firm Sajic (6)
• Aleksandar Sajic of Law Firm Sajic (5)

• Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (15)
• Georgi Tzvetkov of Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (9)

• Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka (9)
• Damir Topic Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka (6)

Czech Republic
• Havel & Partners (26)
• Jan Juroska of Kinstellar and Tomas Dolezil of JSK (Tie: 7)

• Sorainen (35)
• Kristel Raidla-Talur of Cobalt (11)

• Kyriakides Georgopoulos and Zepos & Yannopoulos (Tie: 12)
• Constantinos Lambadarios and Melina Katsimi of the Lambadarios Law Firm (Tie: 6)

• Dentons (11)
• Eva Talmacsi of CMS (5)

• DWF Law, Kinstellar, ODI Law, PPG Lawyers, and Squire Patton Boggs (1)
• Gjorgji Georgievski and Ana Stojanovska of ODI Law; Diana Dimova of Kinstellar; Irena Georgieva of PPG Lawyers; and Rostislav Pekar of Squire Patton Boggs (Tie: 1)

• Cobalt (28)
• Andra Rubene of TGS Baltic; Dace Silava-Tomsone, Gatis Flinters, Guntars Zile, and Edgars Lodzins of Cobalt; and Eva Berlaus of Sorainen (Tie: 5)

• Sorainen (37)
• Mantas Petkevicius of Sorainen (11)

• Cobzac & Partners; Deloitte Legal; Dolea & Co.; Efrim, Rosca & Associates; Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii; Reff & Associatii; Schoenherr; and Zlate & Partners (Tie: 1)
• Sixteen lawyers (Tie: 1)

• Law Office Komnenic (3)
Milos Komnenic of Law Firm Komnenic (2)

North Macedonia
• ODI Law (7)
• Gjorgji Georgievski of ODI Law (7)

• Clifford Chance (40)
• Andrzej Stosio of Clifford Chance and Miroslaw Fialek of MFW Fialek (Tie: 11)

• Filip & Co (24)
Roxana Ionescu of Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu (12)

BDK Advokati (15)
Vladimir Dasic of BDK Advokati (10)

• Dentons (10)
• Patricia Gossanyiova of Dentons (5)

• Ketler & Partners, ODI Law, and Selih & Partnerji (Tie: 5)
• Suzana Jamsek of ODI Law (3)

• Paksoy (19)
• Okan Arican of Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki Attorney Partnership (9)

• Sayenko Kharenko (13)
• Glib Bondar of Avellum and Igor Lozenko of Sayenko Kharenko (Tie: 5)


Deloitte Legal at a Glance

Deloitte Legal Adriatic is a unique law firm consisting of teams of highly specialized lawyers, providing a vast range of legal services, and part of the commercially integrated Deloitte Legal Group. Deloitte Legal Adriatic has a team of 50 legal professionals, qualified in their jurisdictions, at offices across 8 countries: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. Across the Adriatic region, our offices assist clients in this interlinked, highly complex, and dynamically developing region. We are among the largest law firms in our jurisdictions and have offices in each of the most important business centers. With a multi-lingual international team, all of whom are fluent in English, we can assist clients through our dedicated language desks including in Chinese, German, French, Russian, and many other languages, including all the Balkan languages.

Deloitte Legal Adriatic’s bundled, technology-enhanced, cross-border capable service array is a step ahead in providing clients with effective business solutions, and in these challenging times is even more important than ever before in our Adriatic Region. Our team has a collaborative orientation as well as the country specific and international legal and business savvy your business needs. Like our clients, we also know that sure success, in addition to everything else, usually requires winners to simply work both harder and smarter. We are here for our clients to do just that.

Across the Adriatic, we offer a full scope of legal services in the main commercial practice areas, including: 

  1. Banking & Finance – regulatory, real estate, syndicated projects, securitization, NPLs, restructuring, and insolvencies
  2. Business Integrity – investigations, compliance, privacy, GDPR, anti-trust, and competition
  3. Corporate – day-to-day operational, governance, and family protocols
  4. Digital – technology, media, and communications
  5. Employment – full spectrum services including mobility services
  6. Environmental – internal/external due diligence, and compliance advice
  7. GDPR – privacy issues, cyber-attacks, AI, legal, technical and organizational aspect of GDPR compliance
  8. Litigation – including tax, white collar, and discovery support services
  9. M&A – including due diligence, JVs/alliances, and post-transaction restructuring
  10. Real Estate & Construction – transactions of all types as well as development & planning
  11. Commercial – including full coverage supply-chain and distribution contractual coverage

Besides traditional legal fields, we are building prominence in growing fields such as Business Integrity, Legal Management Services, Tax Litigation & Controversy, E-commerce, and Fintech. We take pride in being able to pioneer in industries and practices ahead of many other law firms. We have the benefit of accessing cutting-edge data, technical aspects, and operational realities of various industries through our internal Deloitte collaboration with various service lines (Consulting, Financial Advisory, Tax, and others). This market intelligence is again unparalleled among  our competition and presents a wealth of opportunities for genuine insights to evolving trends.

Our client service resonates with an individual approach, genuine relationship building, dedication, availability, efficiency, and high-quality communication, on top of understanding our clients’ commercial, financial and tax needs and the requirements of the market.

Authentic synergies with our financial and tax teams, as well as our colleagues’ professional experience and education, make our firm one of the most experienced, effective and efficient firms in the Adriatic region, with expertise in a wide variety of legal fields. Our positioning on the legal markets has been noticed and recognized by both mainstream international attorneys-ranking agencies – Chambers & Partners, IFLR and the Legal 500, which distinguishes us across all significant legal areas and functions.

Local contacts:

1. Albania and Kosovo

Deloitte Legal Sh.p.k

Sabina Lalaj, Attorney-at-Law, Managing Partner


2. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Advokatsko društvo “Legal Partners” d.o.o.

Aida Hamur, Attorney-at-Law 


3. Croatia

Krehić & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal

Tarja Krehić, LL.M. (DUKE)

Attorney-at-Law, Managing Partner


4. Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia

Law Office Antonić

Stefan Antonić, independent attorney at law in cooperation with Deloitte Legal