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Dentons has recently announced its practice and sector group leadership appointments for the European Region, for the term ending December 2024. Partners Gulistan Baltaci, Piotr Dulewicz, Rob Irving, Arkadiusz Krasnodebski, Karol Laskowski, Evan Lazar, Tamsyn Mileham, Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz, and David Syed were among the appointees.

Although it would appear that no fewer than 10 000 online platforms operate in the EU, the digital market seems to be moulded by just a handful of them. This raised concerns among the Authorities in terms of, among others, transparency and fair competition. The Digital Markets Act (DMA), together with the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), forms a central part of the package proposed by the Commission to address such concerns, setting up specific obligations for the digital giants, the so-called gatekeepers.

Did You Know that, according to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, Dentons has worked on the most deals reported on the CEE Legal Matters website this year: a remarkable 44 as of May 24, 2022. CMS is in second place with 33 deals reported on the website, with Clifford Chance (31), Sorainen (29), and Allen & Overy (25) rounding out the top five.

It’s been a good start of the year for Polish law firms. Indeed, Did You Know that, according to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELM Direct website, Dentons Warsaw Partner Bartlomiej Kordeczka has worked on the most deals reported on the CEE Legal Matters website so far this year – eight – placing him just ahead of fellow Warsaw lawyers Andrzej Stosio and Blazej Zagorski, of Norton Rose Fulbright and CMS, respectively, both of whom have worked on 7?

In August 2021, the Czech Supreme Court issued a ruling in which it found a provider of a file-sharing service liable for infringement of Czech laws against unfair competition. The decision takes a somewhat unorthodox approach to unfair competition, as it recognizes that particular business models benefitting from “free riding” may in themselves constitute an unlawful practice. For a European audience, it may also be interesting to learn how the court disapplied the safe harbor liability exception for hosting services and how the CJEU’s case law influenced the judgment.

Dentons has advised Redefine Properties and EPP on the establishment of two joint ventures to manage a portfolio of 22 retail and three office properties in Poland: Horse JV and Community Properties JV. South African law firms ENSAfrica and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr reportedly advised Redefine and EPP on the Community Properties deal as well.

In “The Corner Office” we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. The question this time: Who was your favorite professor in university and why?

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Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons is one of the leading law firms in CEE/CIS, with offices in Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Bucharest, Bratislava, Kyiv, Baku, Almaty, Astana, Tbilisi and Tashkent. With a legacy of supporting local and international clients in Central and Eastern Europe since the early 1990s, we have the experience and market insight to help clients close deals, resolve disputes and do business in the key markets across the region.

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