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The CEE by the Numbers special issues – like the one we just launched last week – have always been close to my heart. Between our former editor David and I, he was always the writer. Some people just have a way with words. Others – words no have. I always found soothing serenity in numbers instead. But, just like words, numbers can tell a lot of stories. And each time we suffer in front of massive Excel sheets at 2 a.m. putting together the CEE by the Numbers reports, I find myself comparing the stories we are told with those that the numbers tell us.

For the followers of the CEE Legal Matters, the question of cooperation among local firms in deals that often have a regional nature is central. Such cooperation involves, first and foremost, the acquaintance between the law firms involved in the deal and their members.

With CMS’s recently published European M&A Outlook report taking the temperature of the M&A activity across the continent, CMS Romania Managing Partner Horea Popescu and CMS Vienna Partner Alexander Rakosi share their insights on M&A trends in the CEE region.

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. Shifting our focus to the financial aspects of legal work, we asked: What percentage of your issued bills end up being overdue, what percentage end up never paid, and what is your firm’s/office’s standard methodology to handle both cases?

In our Looking In series, we talk to Partners from outside CEE who are keeping an eye on the region (and often pop up in our deal lists) to learn how they perceive CEE markets and their evolution. For this issue, we sat down with Reed Smith Partner Kevin-Paul Deveau.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka Managing Partner Krzysztof Zakrzewski, DWF Poland Managing Partner Michal Pawlowski, and MFW Fialek Managing Partner Miroslaw Fialek look at the current state of the Polish legal market and some of the challenges it faces despite increased volumes of work.

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Poland has found itself at the forefront of NATO’s eastern flank, sharing a border with a country embroiled in a full-scale war. DLA Piper Partner Marta Frackowiak and Dentons Partner Jaroslaw Witek talk about how this geopolitical reality has prompted a significant shift in Poland’s defense strategy.

Inflation rates, while high across Europe, have been particularly making headlines in Turkiye. Yalcin Babalioglu Kemahli in cooperation with CMS Managing Partner Done Yalcin, Ergun Law Firm Partner Lara Sezerler, Celepci Law in cooperation with Schoenherr Office Managing Partner Levent Celepci, KP Law Managing Partner Onur Kucuk, and Guleryuz & Partners Partner Zahide Altunbas Sancak discuss the current outlook.

In the context of economic and political uncertainties, coupled with the depreciation of the currency, interesting dynamics are unfolding within the Turkish legal landscape.

JPM & Partners has recently embarked on a transformative journey of both rebranding its operations and integrating with the law offices of Lana Vukmirovic Misic in Montenegro – a “long-time JPM friend and partner.” JPM & Partners Senior Partners Nenad Popovic and Lana Vukmirovic Misic discuss the firm's recent rebranding, strategic expansion, and the motivations behind these as well as what comes next for the firm.

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

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