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SEE Legal (South East Europe Legal Group)

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Co-Chairmen: Borislav Boyanov, Gus Papamichalopoulos and Kristijan Polenak
Number of partners: 93
Number of lawyers: 400
Languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish

Network Overview:
Founded in 2003, SEE Legal is a highly-integrated group of leading law firms advising in twelve jurisdictions in South East Europe. SEE Legal has its own corporate structure (management, administration, practice groups, etc.), supporting infrastructure (intranet, website, social network knowledge management and clients’ database), clients’ friendly policies (one point of contact, single Letter of Engagement and invoice), joint conferences and legal handbooks covering relevant regional topics, such as: energy, litigation, taking and enforcing security, restructuring and insolvency, takeover bid, employment, etc. SEE Legal has established the four integrated regional practice groups below. These enable the Group to share legal and industry-sector knowledge, practice management know-how, and client service capacities, at a level of professional quality and efficiency that is not matched by any ordinary law firm networks or by many of the international law firms practising in the region. In all of the countries, the respective SEE Legal member firm is in the top tier for reputation, expertise, and client service.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:

SEE Legal advised:
■ Société Générale, as agent, and a syndicate of lenders in relation to a EUR 3.05 billion credit facility provided to the PPF Group for the acquisition of 100% interests in Telenor Bulgaria, Telenor Beograd (Serbia) and Telenor Podgorica (Montenegro)
■ A syndicate of eight banks in structuring the security package and creation of various types of security over the debtor’s assets located in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
■ Erste Bank in cross-border legal matters in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania
■ On the creation of SEE Link, a company registered in North Macedonia, by three shareholders (Bulgarian, Croatian and North Macedonian stock exchanges), with the aim to provide а platform for regional trading of shares 
■ The Group is on the panels of several multinational companies and international financial institutions in respect of projects in SEE
Contact: Alina Radu, Head of Banking & Finance
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
SEE Legal advised:
■ An Asian production company on merger control aspects of the acquisition of a minority stake in a Slovenian competitor and competition law issues related to the horizontal cooperation of the two competitors
■ An US chemical company on merger control aspects of an intended acquisition of a Slovenian chemical company with substantial sales in other SEE countries
■ Panasonic on competition law aspects of a JV agreement in Slovenia and Serbia
■ On merger notification to Serbian and North Macedonian authorities in connection to acquisition by Telekom Austria of two North Macedonian companies
■ Mohawk Industries on a merger control filing in Bulgaria and Romania
■ Estee Lauder, HCBC Coca Cola, Austrian Telecom, Rompetrol, etc. in relation to various anti-trust proceedings before the national competition authorities
Contact: Peter Petrov, Head of Competition
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
SEE Legal advised:
■ BC Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in United Group B.V. from KKR, which is to remain a minority stakeholder
■ Novalpina on the acquisition of the share capital of Euro Games Technologies
■ TNT and FedEx on all legal matters related to the business of the companies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia
■ LeasePlan Corporation N.V. on corporate law and licensing requirements in relation to the client’s envisaged cooperation project with Erste bank in six SEE Legal jurisdictions
■ Swedish EasyPark AB on setting up its business in the Balkan area and South East Europe, starting with Serbia and Slovenia and, thereafter, also Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece
■ British American Tobacco in relation to several mergers and acquisitions in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, followed by an acquisition of TDR by BAT as well in relation to EUR 40 million acquisition of all IP rights of Tobacco Plant Sarajevo
■ Other multinational clients including Turkish Airlines, Dogus Group, Panasonic, Friesland Campina, Net Holding, etc. in relation to various corporate matters in the SEE region
Contact: Vladimir Dasic, Head of M&A
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Renewables, Utilities & Natural Resources:
SEE Legal advised:
■ Western Balkans Investment Framework and the Government of Albania in the project for preparing a natural Gas Master Plan for Albania & Project Identification Plan the USAID in establishing the Coordinated Auction Office in SEE for cross-border electricity congestion management
■ Bulgarian subsidiaries of EVN AG, Austria in a multimillion disputes with the National Electricity Company and the Electricity System Operator
■ Acciona on the development of three different wind farm projects in Croatia
■ State Grid Corporation of China on the acquisition of 24% and SNAM SpA, GASUNIE, FLYXUS and Enagas on the acquisition of 66% of the Greek electricity and gas transmission system operators’ share capital
■ Montenegrin transmission system operator in relation to the development of the undersea HVDC transmission cable connecting Italy and Montenegro
■ Repower AG in relation to the sale of the entire participation in Repower Furnizare
■ Urbaser in the competitive dialogue procedure for the award of a EUR 300 million waste management PPP contract in Serbia
■ A multinational conglomerate in relation to smart grid and community solutions introducing energy efficient equipment and technology in Slovenia, involving several municipalities and the transmission system operator
■ Turcas on the proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a wind power plant, as well as in the tenders for the privatisation of three main groups of hydroelectric power plants
■ Heinzel Group, one of the leading European pulp and paper manufacturers and traders, and the leading power and automation technology group, which desired to acquire Energy Eastern Europe Hydro Power, an Austrian company holding 12 small hydro-power plants in North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro
Contact: Gus J. Papamichalopoulos, Head of Energy- Infrastructure
Email: [email protected]

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