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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, 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 12 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, joint ventures, 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 industrysector 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:
■The group advised Albania Telecom Invest AD (Bulgaria) on the transaction for the acquisition of 99.75% of the shares in Telecom Albania Sh.a. (Albania) by Albania Telecom Invest AD from Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications S.A.
■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)
■The group advised 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
■SEE Legal is actively advising Erste Bank in cross-border legal matters in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania
■The group is on the panels of several multinational companies and international financial institutions
Contact: Alina Radu, Head of Banking & Finance
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
■The SEE Legal Competition Practice Group advised the private equity firm BC Partners on the successful acquisition of a majority stake in United Group B.V. from KKR. The assistance included obtaining merger clearances in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Albania
■SEE Legal advised and represented a consortium of private equity investors in the acquisition of Telecom Albania and the associated merger clearance process
■The group advised Panasonic on competition law aspects of a JV agreement in Slovenia and Serbia
■SEE Legal represented and advised Link Mobility, a leading European provider of commercial messaging services, in the merger control proceedings in relation to its acquisition of the regional rival Teracomm in Bulgaria and North Macedonia
■The group advised a US-based global chemicals marketing and distributor company on the merger clearance process in connection with its acquisition of control over a local chemicals company and on the formation of its JV for distribution of a specially branded polyethylene with a local chemicals’ distributor company in Turkey
■SEE Legal assisted with obtaining merger clearances from competition authorities in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia, in connection with the restructuring of a conglomerate company headquartered in Croatia
■The group advised KJK Fund in relation to merger notification of its acquisition of Elan d.o.o. in Serbia and Slovenia
■SEE Legal represented Porsche Bank on a multijurisdic tional merger filing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia 
■The group assisted a mobility software company with merger notification in five SEE countries with respect to the acquisition of a Slovenian software provider
■Other clients of the group include Estee Lauder, Coca Cola HBC, Austrian Telecom, Rompetrol, etc. in relation to various anti-trust proceedings before the national competition authorities
Contact: Peter Petrov, Head of Competition & Antitrust
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
■The group advised Novalpina on the acquisition of the share capital of Euro Games Technologies
■SEE Legal advises 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
■The group advised 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
■SEE Legal advised Swedish EasyPark AB on setting up its business in the SEE, starting with Serbia and Slovenia and, thereafter, also Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece
■The group issued the first edition of the SEE Handbook on Joint Ventures that outlines the legal framework and other important aspects investors have to consider when making a decision to set up a JV in SEE
■SEE Legal is also representing other multinational clients including Turkish Airlines, Dogus Group, Coca Cola HBC, Net Holding, etc. and major PE Funds in relation to various corporate matters in the SEE region
Contact: Vladimir Dasic, Head of Corporate and 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 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
■A multinational conglomerate in relation to smart grid and community solutions introducing energy efficient equipment and technology in Slovenia
■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 HPPs in North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro
Contact: Gus J Papamichalopoulos, Head of Energy Infrastructure
Email: [email protected]

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