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The Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has advised a consortium consisting of Snam, Enagas, and Fluxys on a >10-year non-recourse acquisition financing corresponding to approximately 65% of the enterprise value to fund the acquisition, through Senfluga Energy Infrastructure Holdings, of a 66% stake of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator S.A.

White & Case, working with Greece's Koutalidas law firm, has advised Alpha Bank A.E. on its sale to a consortium of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the IFC of a mixed pool of non-performing loans to Greek SMEs and, together with Alpha Bank's wholly-owned group company Alpha Leasing S.A., repossessed real estate assets in Greece. Ashurst and Bernitsas advised the buyers.

In an attempt to lighten the heavy burden on the Greek judicial system, articles 178 to 206 of Law 4512/2018 on Arrangements for the Implementation of the Structural Reforms of the Economic Adjustment Programs and Other Provisions provide guidelines for new mediation procedures in civil and commercial matters. This alternative extrajudicial dispute resolution method seeks to provide an attractive and expeditious solution in the form of an executed agreement that is immediately enforceable.

Watson Farley & Williams has advised the National Bank of Greece on a ten year non-recourse acquisition financing of EUR 357 million to a consortium of Snam, Enagas, and Fluxys to fund approximately 65% of the consideration for the consortium's acquisition of a 66% stake in the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator S.A. The Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm advised the consortium.

Sherman & Sterling has advised Titan Cement on its offering of EUR 250 million guaranteed notes, as well as its cash tender offer for its outstanding guaranteed notes, as well as in connection with the re-opening of a Reg S offering of fixed rate, guaranteed, high yield, non-U.S. dollar-denominated, senior notes. Allen & Overy was counsel to lead underwriter HSBC.

With less than a month before it eventually rolls out across the EU, the GDPR is still treated by many businesses as a complicated piece of legislation triggering serious debate between professionals and regulators and imposing a heavy compliance burden for large organizations. However, the GDPR implementation date – May 25, 2018 – should be looked at more as a starting line rather than a hard deadline, providing organizations with the opportunity to map – through their search to identify any personal data processing – both their entire corporate life and their day-to-day operations.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is, according to the EU-hosted GDPR website, “the most important change in data privacy regulation in the past 20 years.” The Act, which was approved by the EU Parliament on April 14, 2016 and will become fully effective on May 25, 2018, was designed “to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.”

The winners of the 2017 CEE Deal of the Year Awards were announced at the first ever CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards Banquet last night in Prague. The biggest smiles in the joyous and music-filled celebration of CEE lawyering, perhaps, were on the faces of Partners from Avellum and Sayenko Kharenko, which, along with White & Case and Latham & Watkins, won the award both for Ukrainian Deal of the Year and CEE Deal of the Year for their work on the 2017 Ukraine Eurobond Issue (a story initially reported by CEE Legal Matters on October 2, 2017).

The European Commission has just published its comprehensive proposal for the so-called "New Deal for Consumers", which aims to strengthen EU consumer rights and enforcement. This includes the proposal for a new Directive enabling certain qualified entities to seek redress on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by an unlawful commercial practice.

Greece has long been a regional energy market. However, drastic changes have been taking place which have the potential to transform Greece to an energy hub in the South Eastern Mediterranean region. The first step was made with the inauguration of the Greek-Turkish gas pipeline at the beginning of the millennium.   

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