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Europe Central & Eastern Europe Banking & Finance

A broad-based definition of banking transactions, which include both borrower and lender clients. The following topics are included: Acquisition finance: transactions involving arranging finance for acquisitions acting for either the lender or the borrower; Islamic Finance: Sharia-compliant work such as acquisitions, forming funds to invest in real estate and commercial properties, issuing of Sukuks; General bank lending: syndicated lending, structured finance, leveraged finance, NPLs; Project finance: financing of infrastructure and industrial projects.; Refinancing: The refinancing and restructuring of existing loans and debtor in possession financing is also included. Where there isn’t a dedicated Restructuring / Insolvency section, work relating to restructuring in distressed situations, bankruptcy and insolvency is also considered here.

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Band 1
  1. Clifford Chance LLP
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance has a formidable offering in the CEE banking and capital markets sphere, housing leading teams in Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania that act both on high-end domestic finance transactions and on matters that touch on multiple CEE jurisdictions. The standout law firm boasts strong relationships with a number of international investment banks, traditional lenders and funds that are active in the CEE region. The expert team frequently collaborates with colleagues in London, Amsterdam and Luxembourg on CEE transactions spanning project and real estate finance.
  2. CMS
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    CMS
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    CMS is an outstanding finance practice with proven capacity to lead multi-jurisdictional lending transactions from Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. The leading law firm acts for private equity sponsors or syndicates of international banks on acquisition financing of target companies that have subsidiaries in multiple CEE jurisdictions. The team's clients also benefit from the law firm's particular expertise in banking matters relating to the SEE region.
  3. Allen & Overy LLP
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Dentons
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    Dentons
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Dentons has a significant presence throughout the CEE region, with offices in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. The team is well reputed for its work in real estate finance, where the firm acts for international developers and their subsidiaries on obtaining high-stakes facilities across CEE. The law firm is similarly active on the lenders' side, assisting investment banks with acquisition finance and corporate lending transactions, as well as debt refinancing. Dentons also assists with cross-border energy and infrastructure project financing mandates.
  2. Schoenherr
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    Schoenherr
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Schoenherr acts for European banks, international alternative lenders and corporate borrowers on corporate finance, regulatory matters and debt capital markets matters across the CEE region. The law firm has a strong track record on both sides of NPL portfolio transactions, often leveraging the market-leading reputations of key partners in Vienna and Bucharest to handle deals in various CEE jurisdictions. The solid team advises on the creditor side of major debt restructurings. Schoenherr also assists banking clients with e-commerce regulatory requirements across multiple CEE markets.
  3. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    White & Case is an established firm in the region, acting for banks on project finance transactions spanning multiple CEE markets and also representing corporate borrowers in obtaining syndicated credit facilities across multiple jurisdictions. Restructurings and refinancings serve as further sources of instruction for the practice. The law firm receives praise for its excellent capital market capabilities in the Prague team, with experience in IPOs and the establishment of high-stakes EMTN programmes on international capital markets.
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Band 3
  1. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper assists with domestic and international finance matters across Austria, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Romania. Real estate finance forms a sizeable part of the law firm's caseload, where the practice acts for both banks and property developers on cross-border deals. The team is well prepared to furnish clients in the banking sector with regulatory advice.
  2. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Freshfields has a renowned banking and finance offering with a strong foothold in Vienna. The law firm leverages its superb reputation among financial sector clients based in London and Frankfurt to win roles on complex transactions, including syndicated loan agreements and NPL acquisitions. The team maintains a varied caseload comprising real estate, acquisition and project finance transactions, in addition to debt restructuring. Freshfields acts for leading international banks, financial institutions and larger corporates based in the CEE region.
  3. Kinstellar
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    Kinstellar
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Kinstellar is a CEE-based firm with practices throughout the region, including prominent teams in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. The team advises international financial services companies on regulatory issues, including those flowing from the rollout of new financial products across the region. The law firm brings together pan-CEE teams to support global law firms in cross-border financings and refinancings. Kinstellar coordinates capital markets work between its Prague and Budapest offices, with particular strength in high-value bond issuances.
  4. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Linklaters is a visible practice on CEE-wide mandates with a leading London office that offers advice in the region. The law firm's offices in Russia, Germany and Poland also handle lending transactions or banking M&A deals that touch on multiple CEE jurisdictions. The team is well placed to represent international banks, particularly in respect of high-stakes debt restructuring mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions. Linklaters also assists significant borrowers with acquisition finance transactions.
  5. Wolf Theiss
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    Wolf Theiss
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Wolf Theiss is a significant enterprise throughout CEE and SEE, with local expertise in jurisdictions including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania. The law firm's highly regarded Vienna office often coordinates financial and payment services regulatory advice for clients active across multiple CEE countries. The team leverages strong ties to major Austrian banks to win roles on real estate finance mandates that are coordinated between teams in Vienna and local offices. Handles English law-governed loan agreements between syndicates of CEE-based lenders. NPL acquisitions of a cross-border scope also serve as a source of instruction for the firm.