Central & Eastern Europe

Why is project work so tricky in CEE?

Infrastructure and projects work is a core practice area for many firms operating across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. In theory there should plenty of work around because these countries need significant improvements to their transport, energy and public buildings. In practice, things are not quite so clear-cut. “My feeling is that if you […]

CEE: growing globalisation

Heineken’s £87m purchase of a local brewer is just a flavour of the growing globalisation of the Central and Eastern Europe region – a challenge and a boost for local firms

Wolf Theiss team quits to launch Viennese litigation boutique

A team of five lawyers from Austrian heavyweight Wolf Theiss have quit the firm to launch a litigation boutique in Vienna. The boutique, Knoetzl, is led by former Wolf Theiss litigation head Bettina Knoetzl. She has been joined in the new venture by Wolf Theiss’s former arbitration head Florian Haugeneder and Platte Rechtsanwälte arbitration partner […]

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Gide loses Ukraine and Hungary teams to French rival Jeantet

French firm Jeantet is launching in Hungary and Ukraine with the hire of Gide Loyrette Nouel’s teams in Budapest and Kiev. The moves take place on 1 November and see Jeantet establish its first presence in Eastern Europe. The firm also has offices in Luxembourg, Morocco and Switzerland. Jeantet is picking up two partners through […]

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White & Case sees four partners exit for Greenberg Traurig and Bakers in Poland

White & Case has lost former disputes head Pawel Pietkiewicz to Greenberg Traurig in Warsaw, at the same time as three of its litigators are understood to be departing for Baker & McKenzie. Pietkiewicz joined White & Case in 2011 and has been appointed to head up Greenberg Traurig’s litigation and arbitration team. The former office […]


Anti-corruption measures are beginning to benefit Romania

Anti-corruption measures are beginning to bite but for now lawyers are pinning their hopes on work in areas such as banking, pharma and agriculture. Q: Have you seen any sign that foreign clients are being discouraged from investing in Romania as a result of the investigations into corruption and the related political crisis? Stefan Damian, deputy […]

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Linklaters’ client Tate & Lyle breaks tradition and turns to Addleshaws on Slovakian sale

Addleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding Linklaters’ client Tate & Lyle on a company-wide restructuring including the sale of three corn wet mills in Europe to its partner, US company Archer Daniels Midland. Tate & Lyle has traditionally turned to Linklaters for its corporate work and has a longstanding relationship with the firm spanning 50 years. Linklaters acted […]