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CEELM Deal of the Year Awards Banquet: And the Winner Is…

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On the evening of April 25, 2024, the Deal of the Year Awards Banquet brought together, under the same roof, top-tier lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe's leading law firms in the region in Warsaw.

The black-tie Deal of the Year Awards Banquet, which ran in parallel with the CEE General Counsel Summit, recognized and celebrated the largest and most important deals in Central and Eastern Europe. The winners of each Country Deal of the Year, as well as the winners of the CEE Deal of the Year, are:

  1. Albania: Republic of Albania’s EUR 600 Million Issuance (Allen & Overy; CR Partners in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners; Dechert)
  2. Austria: Brookfield and Digital Bridge’s Acquisition of GD Towers from Deutsche Telekom (Allen & Overy; CMS; Cuatrecasas; Dorda; E+H; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gleiss Lutz; Latham and Watkins; Morgan Lewis; Noerr; Schoenherr; Weil, Gotshal & Manges)
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Fortenova’s Refinancing (Dimitrijevic & Partners;  Hogan Lovells; Karanovic & Partners (Ketler & Partners, member of Karanovic); Kirkland & Ellis; Maric & Co.; Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners)
  4. Bulgaria: Eurobank Bulgaria's Acquisition of BNP Paribas Personal Finance Bulgaria (Allen & Overy Shearman; Boyanov & Co; Deloitte Legal; Wolf Theiss)
  5. Croatia: TAWAL's EUR 1.2 Billion Acquisition of United Group's CEE Tower Assets (Bradvica, Maric, Wahl, Cesarec; Jadek and Pensa; Kambourov & Partners; Kinstellar; ODI Law;  Paul Weiss)
  6. Czech Republic: Ceska Sporitelna's Acquisition of Sberbank CZ's Assets (Baker McKenzie; Skils; White & Case)
  7. Estonia: AS Maag Grupp's Acquisition of HKScan' Baltic Business (Cobalt; DLA Piper; Ellex Raidla)
  8. Greece: Grimaldi Euromed, Minoan Lines, and EKEV Consortium’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Port of Igoumenitsa Authority (AKL Law Firm; Dracopoulos & Vassalakis; Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm; Your Legal Partners)
  9. Hungary: 4iG and Corvinus's Acquisition of Vodafone Hungary (CMS; Lakatos Koves & Partners; PK Law Office;  Slaughter and May)
  10. Kosovo: Inspera’s Acquisition of Crossplag from Shkolla Finlandeze (Pallaska and Associates; RPHS Law)
  11. Latvia: Eesti Gaas's Acquisition of Gaso from Latvijas Gaze (Ellex; KPMG Law)
  12. Lithuania: Ignitis Renewables' Acquisition of Wind Farm from E Energija (Cobalt; Walless)
  13. Moldova: Moldovatransgaz's and Vestmoldtransgaz's Lease Agreement (Vernon | David; Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii; Turcan Cazac)
  14. Montenegro: Alcazar Energy's Acquisition of Bijela Wind Farm Project from Simes Inzenjering and Sistem MNE (BDK Advokati; Karanovic & Partners)
  15. North Macedonia: Linamar's Acquisition of Dura-Shiloh from Dura Automotive (CMS; Dechert; Debarliev, Dameski & Keleshoska Law Firm; Warner Norcross + Judd)
  16. Poland: Baltic Power's USD 5.2 Billion Financing for Offshore Wind Farm (Advokatfirmaet BAHR; Hogan Lovells; Linklaters; SSW Pragmatic Solutions)
  17. Romania: Hidroelectrica's RON 9.3 Billion IPO (Clifford Chance; Dentons; Filip & Company; Linklaters)
  18. Serbia: Diofa Fund Management's Acquisition of Gordius Private Equity from Indotek Investments (BDK Advokati; DLA Piper; Lakatos Koves & Partners)
  19. Slovakia: Plan B Investments' Acquisition of Trei Real Estate Czech and Slovak Portfolio (Clifford Chance; Dentons; Taylor Wessing)
  20. Slovenia: MOL's Acquisition of OMV Slovenia (Baker McKenzie; Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners; Schoenherr)
  21. Turkiye: Marti Technologies Inc.'s and Galata Acquisition Corp.'s Merger (Esin Attorney Partnership; Latham & Watkins; Verdi Law Firm; Willkie Farr & Gallagher)
  22. Ukraine: DFC, IFC, and EBRD's USD 480 Million Financing for MHP (Avellum; Baker Botts; CMS; Harneys; Redcliffe Partners)
  23. 2023 Consummate Professional: Kostadin Sirleshtov
  24. And the CEE Deal of the Year: Hidroelectrica's RON 9.3 Billion IPO (Clifford Chance; Dentons; Filip & Company; Linklaters)

We look forward to seeing you all again next year and, in the interim, stay tuned for critical updates on the DOTYs methodology to be announced soon!

A full list of all past winning deals is here.

Initial award gala pictures are here.

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