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  • CEE Legal Matters: Issue 6.11.

    CEE Legal Matters: Issue 6.11.


    I am convinced that most law firms in the region – even those larger firms that have dedicated marketing teams – do a poor job of recognizing and acting on good opportunities.

    Not all of them, of course. Certainly not your firm, dear reader. Your firm, I’m sure, is recognizes value, is ready to spend money to make money, and is aware that, to really capitalize on the business that is potentially available to you, you need to make smart and informed decisions about marketing and brand development.

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    2019-12-03
  • CEE Legal Matters: Issue 6.10

    CEE Legal Matters: Issue 6.10


    South Africa is rich. Not just in gold and diamonds – although God knows, in those too – but in everything. There is, in the country, a richness of cultural and ethnic diversity, of languages, of turbulent and joyous history. Of the largest and fiercest animals left on the planet. Of breathtaking sights and majestic tableaus. Of world class wines and remarkable cuisine. Of colors and tastes and sounds and smells and experiences and friendships. And, yes, also in gold and diamonds.

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    2019-11-08

  • I recently bought a used car, and the friendly people at the dealership gave me a three-month warranty covering most of the car. The tire pressure warning light was on when I drove the car off the lot, but they reassured me that the sensor had recently been replaced and that the light on my dashboard would turn off soon.

    I was skeptical, but I got a fairly good price on the car, so I figured I could afford to have a new sensor installed on my own, if necessary, and still come out ahead. Sure enough, that light never turned off.

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    2019-10-04


  • I was found myself thinking, as we were putting this issue together, about the meta nature of what commercial law firms do – advising clients on mergers and employment and data protection issues while at the same time facing those same internal challenges themselves.

    Much of our content in this issue is related to that paradox. The Corner Office feature, for instance, is (as always) about the challenges involved in running a law firm business, and several contributors this time around draw specific attention to the irony of needing advice on how to handle their own internal employment issues.

    You can access the electronic version of the magazine using the link below or you can find the pdf version here.

    2019-09-03


  • This is our third CEE By The Numbers report, allowing us to compare the gradual transformation of CEE's legal markets over time. Thus, the report, which our subscribers can read now, provides a fascinating snapshot of how the various legal markets are changing, revealing a larger-than-ever number of ranked law firms across the region and a growing numbers of lawyers working in those law firms. It also analyzes the number and percentage of female lawyers -- both associates and partners -- in CEE's leading law firms (the results may surprise you), and much, much more.

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    2019-08-13


  • Bit by bit, piece by piece, the parts come together. First, we decide to have next year’s Dealer’s Choice Law Firm Summit and Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in London. Then Slaughter and May agree to co-host Dealer’s Choice. Then we open up sponsorship opportunities – one per country – to the law firms of CEE. 

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    2019-07-04


  • “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there."

    – Indira Gandhi

    "Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." 

    – David Sarnoff

    We learned, just moments ago, of the launch of a new publication in one of the markets we cover, dedicated to that country’s lawyers and legal industry (and no, I’m not going to tell you which one – stop asking). This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a new legal-industry-focused publication appear in CEE, of course, and obviously a number of them preceded our arrival back in 2013. Still, each time we see a new one, we’re forced to pause and reflect on what this means for us. 

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    2019-05-31


  • About a week before the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest last month Radu and I took a break to go get a coffee, and I mentioned that, ideally, I would like to announce the location of next year’s Banquet at this conclusion of this year’s event – and I asked if he had any ideas about where we should have the event next year. He replied, flippantly, “of course, we could try London.”

    I was gob-smacked (I’m practicing my British English; I think they say that). The idea of hosting this CEE-centric event outside of CEE – and in one of the most expensive cities in the world to boot – had never occurred to me. Once suggested, however, the appeal of hosting the 2020 DOTYs in The Swinging City was hard to resist.

    You can access the electronic version of the magazine using the link below or you can find the pdf version here.

    2019-05-01


  • As I write this, the March 28, 2019 Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Budapest is about 40 days off. It looks like it’s shaping up well, but of course we’re still anxious. In 2018, you may remember, we had three major events in the first half of the year: The Dealer’s Choice law firm conference, the initial DOTY Award Banquet – Radu and I continue to hope the awards will, eventually, become known as “the Dotties” – and the annual GC Summit. We’re not doing Dealer’s Choice this year, and the next GC Summit will be in 2020, so we’re putting all our energy into this one event.

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    2019-02-28


  • This issue, our first of 2019, is centered primarily around the 2018 End of Year Summit – our annual celebration, made with many of the lawyers from across CEE whose work we cover most often, of another successful year.

    This year’s event, on November 30, 2018, in Budapest, was attended by some 80 friends, making it our largest and most successful yet, and details can be found in our article on the event, on page 32).

    You can access the electronic version of the magazine using the link below or you can find the pdf version here.

    2019-02-05


  • One of the famous benefits of age is perspective. Thus, at this point in my life, I have the dubious benefit of having experienced – either personally or through close association to friends – a number of unfortunate professional transitions and transactions, from lay-offs to split-offs, from hires to fires, from surprising offers to principled departures, and from proper and friendly changes in direction to abrupt and acrimonious departures. It has, already, in that sense, been a full life.

    It is almost a truism that professional changes – even surprising changes, involving the decision by a once-trusted colleague to join or lead the competition – should be accepted gracefully, professionally, with respect and decency. 

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    2018-12-24


  • Thanksgiving is an American holiday, not a European one. Still, the concept is sound. So give thanks, for the November 2018 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine is out now!

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    2018-11-30


  • This special October 2018 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine, which focuses on China-CEE business and investment, represents the first issue ever dedicated to considering the ties between CEE and a particular foreign country. 

    Why China, you ask? Well, for those of our you who have been hiding under rocks their entire lives:...

    You can read the electronic flash version at the link below or access the pdf here.

    2018-10-29


  • I am blessed to be a 50-50 co-owner in a business with a partner who, for all his quirks, is one of the less than 1% of this world’s population who is capable of putting up with my ample set of idiosyncrasies. I say blessed – and I recognize that I am – because twice in this last week I had conversations with friends in other lines of work who own minority stakes in small- or mid-sized businesses that they are struggling to get out of. In the most unfortunate of the two scenarios, my friend’s decision was prompted by his exclusion from any real decision-making as a minority shareholder and, now that his decision to exit has been made, he is facing real difficulties in agreeing with the other partners on an exit strategy (or even having the semblance of a semi-civilized conversation in the process of finding one). 

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    2018-09-28


  • My university’s fight song, “Hail to the Victors,” describes the school’s sports teams – and perhaps, by extension, the university itself – as “the leaders and best.” This refrain, written in 1898, is put to voice by over a hundred thousand (American) football fans six or seven fall Saturdays each year at Michigan Stadium – the third largest in the world. 

    I think of that not only because fall football season is just around the corner – the first game of the season, against rival Notre Dame, is scheduled for 1:30 am CET on September 2, 2018, and I’ll be watching – but because I remain convinced that CEE Legal Matters, with its many platforms and ongoing commitment to the industry it serves, is also “the leaders and the best.”

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    2018-08-29


  • It turns out that the common understanding that all sharks must move forward or die is more myth than fact. That said, there are some sharks that must swim constantly in order to keep oxygen-rich water flowing over their gills, so there is at least some truth in the old saying. 

    It might be a bit of a cliche to make that statement as a start-up – but, in fact, we’re one of the sharks that lives up to it. We started off with a website dedicated to news about deals concluded by lawyers and senior moves in the region. A couple of months later we launched a print magazine dedicated to analyzing trends in the legal industry in CEE. By the end of Year 1 we aggregated all the client work we captured in the first yearly Deal List. A while later, we launched the first regional General Counsel Summit. Country-focused spin-offs of that event were soon developed. The Dealer’s Choice conference and Deal of the Year ...

    2018-07-31


  • I write this flying high above the United States, shortly after the conclusion of what may well have been the most frantic and stressful week in the almost five-year history of CEE Legal Matters.

    On Monday, June 4th, we hosted a Round Table conversation with four eminent Czech and Slovak practitioners at the offices of Kocian Solc Balastik in Prague to discuss the idiosyncrasies and challenges of the Tech/Start-Up market in both countries (report on page 34). 

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    2018-06-28


  • It’s been a busy period here at CEE Legal Matters, as we ramp up for the Dealer’s Choice conference, the Deal of the Year Awards Banquet, and the two-day GC Summit, all happening between June 6-8 in Prague. Putting together one major event is already a serious challenge – putting together three major events, running back-to-back-to-back (while, of course, keeping up with the demands of the CEE Legal Matters website and this here monthly magazine), is … well, as I said, it’s been a busy period.

    You can read the electronic flash version at the link below or access the pdf version here.

    2018-05-30