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 “The Lithuanian Government has implemented multiple measures to combat the COVID-19 crisis,” says Rokas Bukauskas, Head of PwC Legal in Lithuania. “It all started with postponing tax payments from the companies which were affected the most, then went on to providing compensation to employees and other measures."

The move by the Big 4 firms – Deloitte, KPMG, EY, and PwC – to capitalize on their client lists and their multi-disciplinary capabilities by extending the ability of their legal arms to compete with traditional law firms is by now well-established. In Austria, their legal arms have begun competing aggressively for talent as well.

PwC Legal has successfully represented Guardtime in a public procurement dispute before the Public Procurement Review Committee and Tallinn Administrative Court, which allowed Guardtime to enter into a public procurement agreement with NATO to develop an automated planning and control platform for the NATO Cyber Range.

DLA Piper and PwC Legal have advised NEQSOL on its USD 734 million acquisition of VF Ukraine from Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group, which includes USD 84 million of earn-out payment. DLA Piper also advised NEQSOL on the raising of acquisition financing for the deal from a group of international funds and financial institutions led by J.P. Morgan Securities and Raiffeisen Bank International. Latham & Watkins and Aequo advised the MTS Group on the deal, while Avellum and Linklaters advised JP Morgan and Raiffeisen Bank on the underlying financing.

AP Legal has advised EOS Matrix on its acquisition via tender of the non-performing loan portfolios of Agrobanka Beograd, Nova Agrobanka Beograd, Privredna Banka Beograd, Razvojna Banka Vojvodine Novi Sad, and Univerzal Banka Beograd from the Deposit Insurance Agency of Serbia, acting in its capacity as the bankruptcy administrator for the banks. PwC Legal advised the Deposit Insurance Agency of Serbia.

Pohla & Hallmagi has successfully represented IDEMIA France SAS in a dispute with Gemalto in relation to the decision of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board to award the contract for producing Estonian ID-cards to it. PwC Legal advised Gemalto, and the Police and Border Guard Board was represented by Core Legal.

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