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Co-Chairmen: Borislav Boyanov, Gus Papamichalopoulos and Kristijan Polenak
Number of partners: 107
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 publications 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 seven 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 network or by many of the international law firms practising in the region. In all countries, the respective SEE Legal member firm is in the top tier for reputation, expertise, and client service.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance Practice Group advised:

■ On the restructuring of the loan indebtedness of Sofia Hotel Balkan (Sofia) and Hotel Metropol (Belgrade) to the Eurobank group
■ Banca Comerciala Romana S.A. on the financing of an office project in Cluj-Napoca (Romania and Bulgaria)
■ Mediterra Capital on the sale of Mobiliz Tracking Systems, the market leader in mobile tracking in Turkey, to Fleet Services OOD (Turkey and Bulgaria)
■ 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.
■ Societe Generale, as an agent, and a syndicate of lenders on 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)
■ 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 Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust 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
■ Advised Panasonic on competition law aspects of a JV agreement in Slovenia and Serbia
■ 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
■ Assisted with obtaining merger clearances from competition authorities in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia, concerning the restructuring of a conglomerate company headquartered in Croatia
■ Advised KJK Fund in relation to merger notification of its acquisition of Elan d.o.o. in Serbia and Slovenia
■ Represented Porsche Bank on a multijurisdictional merger filing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia
■ 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. on various antitrust proceedings before the national competition authorities Contact: Peter Petrov, Head
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A Practice Group advised:
■ On the MBO of a leading HR consulting and recruiting firm’s operations in four SEE countries
■ 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 their business 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 SEE - Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece
■ Other multinational clients including Turkish Airlines, Dogus Group, Coca Cola HBC, Net Holding, etc. and major PE funds on various corporate matters in the SEE region
Contact: Vladimir Dasic, Head
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Immigration Practice Group (new practice):
■ Advised one of the world’s largest fashion retailers with regard to (i) ongoing employment measures and subsidies in North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; (ii) employee secondment from North Macedonia to Slovenia, including an extension of the work and residence permit; and (iii) other employment-related matters in the SEE Legal jurisdictions
Contact: Maral Minasyan, Head
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Renewables, Utilities & Natural Resources Practice Group 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
■ Heinzel Group, on its acquisition of 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
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property Practice Group (new practice):
■ Advising a Slovenian insurance group in relation to their trademark portfolio and assisting them with the protection and enforcement of their trademark rights in the EU and SEE jurisdictions
■ Advised a Croatian start-up on IP, tax and finance issues concerning the establishment of a regional (ex-Yugoslavian) platform enabling creators to share musical works, on profit or non-profit basis
Contact: Natasa Pipan Nahtigal, Head
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group (new practice):
SEE Legal’s region-wide dispute resolution capabilities range from mitigation and mediation to full-scale litigation and arbitration practices and are continuously top-ranked by leading international legal directories.
Contact: Branko Maric, Head
Email: [email protected]

Full list available at www.seelegal.org