Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

Central & Eastern Europe
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What the team is known for Regional leader in the CEE market, with prominent finance and capital markets teams in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Advises international lender syndicates on high-value transactions, including the refinancing of companies with operations across the CEE region or the award of project finance facilities governed by the laws of several different jurisdictions.

Strengths The firm's foresight draws praise from clients, one commending its skill in "not only reacting to situations that have arisen, but also suggesting and forecasting," before adding: "These guys are always one step ahead."

Another underlines the firm's cross-border abilities, conceding: "If I had international cases I would turn to them."

Work highlights Advised Fortuna Entertainment Group on the EUR106 million new term facilities provided by Česká spořitelna, Komerční banka, Slovenská sporiteľňa and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia. Lawyers from the Prague and Bucharest offices collaborated with the firm's branches in Slovakia, Poland, Croatia and the Netherlands on this deal.

Notable practitioners

Bratislava-based
Attila Csongrady
's remit encompasses acquisition financing and debt refinancing on the side of domestic and regional lenders within CEE. His attentiveness as a practitioner draws praise from clients, one deeming him "highly responsive."

Warsaw partner
Dan Cocker
advises multinational borrowers on corporate lending in addition to handling project financings on the lender's side. Market commentators value his collaborative approach to transactions, one calling him "reasonable and easy to deal with."