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Bernitsas has advised Hoist Finance on its purchase of the Pearl Portfolio – a retail NPL portfolio of unsecured and secured loans originated by Alpha Bank – in a secondary sale and transfer transaction.

Zepos & Yannopoulos, working with Milbank, advised the joint global coordinators, managers, and underwriters on Athens International Airport's IPO on the regulated market of the Athens Exchange. PotamitisVekris, working with Latham & Watkins, advised AIA. White & Case, Your Legal Partners, and Dracopoulos & Vassalakis advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on selling its 30% stake in AIA. Koutalidis advised AviAlliance on the acquisition of a controlling stake of just over 50% in the Athens International Airport.

Harrisons, Maric & Co, Lambadarios, and Wolf Theiss, working with Linklaters, have advised a banking consortium led by UniCredit Bank London on the United Group's EUR 1.7 billion issuance of four tranches of senior secured and PIK notes as well as on the increase and extension of its EUR 410 million revolving credit facility. Selih & Partnerji, working with Paul Weiss, advised the United Group. Schoenherr, Koutalidis, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, and Elvinger Hoss Prussen reportedly advised the United Group as well.

In The Inside Track, General Counsels across CEE share the nuances of their roles, challenges, and strategies for success. Given the importance of relationships between in-house legal departments and law firms, this time we asked GCs: What is the most common reason for which you cease working with a specific law firm and what would you suggest firms definitely do to ensure they do not make the same mistake?

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. With 2023 marching to an end, we looked ahead and asked about strategies for next year: As the budgeting period is around the corner, compared to 2023, what are the main budgeting lines you expect to increase for 2024 and why?

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars on the extension, increase, and reorganization of its senior facilities in the aggregate amount of approximately PLN 2.54 billion (USD 642 million). Kinstellar, Magnusson, Kelemenis, and Glimstedt reportedly advised on the matter as well.