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Merve Oney Barlas has joined Istanbul-based financial services provider DgPays as Chief Legal Officer.

Former Country Legal Director at EY Marianna Erdei has joined Teqball as Group Legal Director.

Senem Berkem Paflak has joined Modanisa as Head of Legal Compliance. 

Anna Gorska, former Head of Legal at Idea Bank, returns to private practice by joining Clifford Chance as a Legal Adviser in Warsaw.

Lilian Kontou has joined the TAE – SOL Group in Athens as Legal Director.

Former LS Airport Services Chief Legal Officer Michal Roslon has joined the Polish Aviation Group as an in-house counsel.

Former Baker & McKenzie Senior Associate Ekaterina Kobrin has joined Yandex in Moscow as the company's Head of Compliance and Litigation.

Albanian lawyer Elona Ganaj has joined CentralNic as Group General Counsel.

Izabela Wisniewska has left private practice to join Euro Net as Chief Legal Officer.

Russian lawyer Sergey Viktorov has joined Santen in Amsterdam as Compliance Director, EMEA.

Elena Kucheryavaya has joined LifeScan as Legal Director EMEA and Personal Data Officer in Russia.

Former Mriya Agroholding Chief Legal Counsel Sergiy Ignatovsky has joined Redcliffe Partners as a Partner within the firm’s Litigation and Restructuring practices.

Anna Atanasow, the former General Counsel at CCC, has joined Huuge Games as Head of Legal.

Bengi Su Karakoylu has joined Temsa as the company’s Head of Legal.

Credit Europe Bank has made Turkish lawyer Omer Sirin its Head of Legal.

Hungarian lawyer Geza Nagy has joined LyondellBasell in the Netherlands as Compliance Officer.

Turkish lawyer Ozge Ayoz has moved to Sao Paolo to take on the role of VP P&G Brazil Legal.

Radka Petrzelova has joined Swixx BioPharma as a Senior Legal Counsel in the Czech Republic.

Lenard Szabados has been appointed Assistant General Counsel and Regional Legal Counsel for Europe and the UK at Jabil. 

Christian Blatchford, General Counsel of Energo-Pro a.s., has become Chairman of the company’s two-member Supervisory Board.

Karalina Tsimashenka has been promoted to the position of Associate Legal Manager for CIS and CEE at EPAM Systems in Minsk.  

Turkish lawyer Mustafa Yazgan has been promoted to Senior Director and Regional Counsel at Stryker in Cork, Ireland.

Katja Tautscher has been appointed as Senior Vice President Legal and Compliance as well as Human Resources, at Borealis.

Maciej Hajewski has been appointed Regional Compliance Business Partner – Central and Eastern Europe at Willis Towers Watson in Warsaw, Poland.

Ekaterina Kokareva has been appointed Head of Regional Compliance Officers & Compliance Investigations at Beeline Russia.

Turkish lawyer Berna Gungenci Kilincoglu has been appointed Associate Director, Project Integrity at the EBRD in London.

Lukasz Machalski has been promoted to Deputy Director of Legal Department at the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Austrian lawyer Josef Holzschuster will be relocating from Budapest to Amsterdam, having been appointed Head of Legal, Markets DA at Philips, in which capacity he will lead the worldwide Legal Team for the Philips Domestic Appliances business, reporting to the General Counsel for DA, also located in Amsterdam.

Credit Europe Bank has made Turkish lawyer Omer Sirin its Head of Legal.

Sylvania Lighting has promoted Istvan Jozsi to Legal Manager for the EMEA region.

Luka Pavlekovic has been appointed as Head of Legal at INA Grupa in Croatia.

Turkish lawyer Gozde Saygi has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at DBRS Morningstar in Germany.

Robert Makowski has been promoted to Executive Director and Senior Counsel in Goldman Sachs’s Legal Department in Warsaw.

Mark Erdelyi has been promoted to the role of Chief Legal and Reputation Officer at Telenor Hungary.

Oana Todeila has been appointed to the role of Head of Legal & Compliance for APS Recovery in Romania.

Ivana Fara has been promoted to the role of Head of Legal Team for Tesco Stores CR in the Czech Republic.

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In 2019, the In-house Counsel’s Section of the Budapest Bar Association was established to create a knowledge exchange platform for in-house lawyers. Tunde Hegyi, Corporate Senior Counsel at the MOL Group, who is also President of the In-house Counsel’s Section of the Budapest Bar Association, describes the initiative. 

In July, CEE Legal Matters reported that Vasile Tiple, the first in-house counsel and former General Counsel of UiPath, had left that role to become the company’s Head of Legal Automation. Tiple reports on the recent launch of the sArb - Simplified Arbitration Reference Facility software robot that was developed by UiPath for the Bucharest International Arbitration Court.

The “Financial Shield” programs are a part of the Polish Government-established “Anti-Crisis Shield” aid program, implemented by the Polish Development Fund. The programs, worth PLN 100 billion, aim to protect the labor market and to ensure companies’ financial liquidity in periods of severe economic disruption. Joanna Dynysiuk, Head of Legal, Anna Wawrzynczak, Office Director – Legal Office – Corporate, and Anna Blonska, Office Director – Legal Office – Investments, describe the programs and the legal work behind it.

The role of Internal investigations in an effective compliance program remains critical despite the significant impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting work-from-home set-ups. Altug Ozgun, Ethics & Compliance Director, explains how he runs them for Astellas Pharma.

John Giannakakis, General Counsel of the Andromeda Group, shares his insights on data protection and cybersecurity compliance issues – made all the more pressing in a COVID-19 context – and the best practices he has developed for assessing risks and nurturing a compliance culture.

Marianna Erdei, Country Legal Director at EY Hungary, shares the unique challenges of managing the legal matters of a professional services company – with a legal services arm.

The MET Group is targeting EUR 1 billion in M&A deals over the next few years. Dora Szebeni, Group Head of Legal M&A, explains what it means to oversee a series of high-value transactions.

Crenguta Catanea, Head of Legal at Romprest, draws from her in-house and consultancy experience to emphasize how important it is for GCs to train themselves to be taxation/fiscal-literate – and how they should develop that capability.

Christian Blatchford, General Counsel at Energo-Pro, explains how he goes about selecting external advisors – and what he wishes private practice lawyers would do differently.

On January 18, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised Practica Capital on its investment in Lithuanian start-up Biomatter Designs – part of the latter's EUR 500,000 investment round. CEEIHM spoke with Donatas Keras, Co-Founding Partner at Practica Capital to learn more about the matter.

On March 26, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Motieka & Audzevicius, working with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, had advised Lithuanian start-up Turing College on its relocation to the United States in order to participate in Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Benas Sidlauskas, Co-founder & CBDO at Turing College, to learn more about the matter.

On April 7, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Sorainen had advised private equity company ConHostinger on the acquisition of an approximately 31% stake in Hostinger, a company providing web hosting, VPS, Internet domain registration, website building software, and e-mail services. CEEIHM spoke with Thomas Strohe, Partner at ConHostinger, to learn more about the matter.

On November 11, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki Attorney Partnership advised Fujitsu Technology Solutions Bilisim on its sale of 100% of shares from shareholders Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH and Fujitsu Technology Solutions Holding B.V. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Scott Mortimer, Vice President, Legal Commercial and Compliance at Fujitsu Australia Limited, to learn more about the sale.

On February 25, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised the shareholders of AGACAD, a Vilnius-based developer of building information modeling software, on the sale of 100% of their shares to France’s Arkance. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Donatas Aksomitas, Managing Director at AGACAD, to learn more about the sale.

On April 21, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that the RKKW law firm had helped the Historical Museum of Sanok, in Poland, respond to an offer to sell it a counterfeit version of a painting by Zdzislaw Beksinski by an American auction website. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Jaroslaw Serafin, Director at the Historical Museum of Sanok, to learn more about the matter.

CEE Legal Matters reported today that Kinstellar’s Budapest office had advised Bank of China on an approximately USD 75 million loan to China National Machinery Import and Export for the construction and operation of a 100 MW photovoltaic power plant in Hungary. CEEIHM Spoke with Lucy Shen, Deputy Head of Corporate Banking Department at Bank of China (CEE) Limited to learn more about the deal.

On February 26, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Kocian Solc Balastic had advised Solitea on the acquisition of the IT Services division of Czech company AspectWorks. CEEIHM spoke with Martin Cigler, Chief Executive Officer at Solitea, to learn more about the deal.

On January 28, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Sorainen has advised Open Circle Capital on its investment in Monimoto, a company developing smart trackers for motorcycles. CEEIHM spoke with William Cardwell, Partner at Open Circle Capital, to learn more about the matter.

According to Kameliya Naydenova, Legal Counsel South Central Europe at Mondelez International in Bulgaria, the market has somewhat recovered from the blast wave of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, many industries still need to overcome the change in demand and consumer habits, as well as certain difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

According to Branko Gabric, General Counsel at Air Serbia in Belgrade, we are living in historic times. He reports that the unprecedented pandemic, as well as the subsequent vaccination process, has greatly affected not only the aviation industry, but also the legal sector in his country.

According to Richard Bacek, General Counsel at Siemens Czechia, there are three significant legislative changes underway in the Czech Republic, specifically in the areas of public procurement, construction, and whistleblowing. Meanwhile, Bacek reports that business in the Czech Republic is still burdened by the dearth of what he calls "reasonable regulation" of the home office concept.

Maido Lillemets, Legal and Compliance Manager at BaltCap in Estonia, reports that the three-pillar pension system in his country has been shaken by the recent legislative move from a mandatory to a voluntary approach to contributions into pension funds. This change, Lillemets reports, has cost the pension funds EUR 850 million already and the eventual cost may exceed EUR 1 billion.

“The energy sector has been highly affected in the past few months, as global demand went down tremendously, which has a significant impact on the whole value chain," says Rytis Valunas, GC for oil and LNG terminals operator Klaipedos Nafta. "Many companies, especially from the oil industry, caught themselves in a situation they never dealt with previously." And, he says, "with the pandemic evolving further, the business environment is not likely going to improve soon.”

“As compliance practitioners, we had to go through a major shift recently with going online, which is quite a new thing in our sector,” says Timur Khasanov–Batirov, Head of Compliance, Russia & CIS at the STADA Group.

“The construction business suffered from COVID-19, but so far less than others," says Agnieszka Dziegielewska-Jonczyk, GC of Skanska Central Europe. "We may see the impact in the coming months. As we are fully dedicated to our customers, Skanska construction sites in Central Europe are open."

“The past few months were hard on us,” says Stathis Mihos, Pfizer’s Legal Director for Greece, Israel, Malta, and Cyprus.

"We have faced many difficulties and obstacles this year because of the coronavirus pandemic,” says Istvan Szatmary, Legal Director of Mediaworks Hungary.

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Vladislav Nikolov, General Counsel at EnduroSat in Sofia, Bulgaria, explains why creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills are necessary for GCs in today’s world.

Aleksandra Popovic, Director of Legal Affairs Serbia and Macedonia at Atlantic Grupa, describes the digitalization process at her company and its impact on the legal function.

Anton Petrov, Head International Legal Affairs and Deputy Director Legal at First Investment Bank in Sofia, Bulgaria, shares tips and tricks for managing relationships with external counsel.

Iwona Dorota Gajek, Country Head of Legal at BNP Paribas in Warsaw, Poland, sheds light on her approach to managing legal risks before a problem materializes.

Ioannis Voskos, Legal Director at Hellenic Petroleum’s Retail Legal Division in Greece, talks about the role of senior in-house counsels in a world where risks can no longer simply be “controlled.”

This past month, for the first time in over a year, I traveled across a border. I was both excited and nervous about it. I had to navigate a whirlwind of mixed messages. I was unsure of the conditions under which I could travel, what I needed to do to avoid a quarantine both when leaving and returning, and how likely it was that the rules might change over the three weeks I was planning to be away. 

Gligorije Brajkovic, Head of Legal Department at UniCredit Bank Serbia, reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the role of the general counsel.

Paulina Sosnowicz, Director of the Legal Department at Centrum Uslug Informatycznych we Wroclawiu, uses GetBack in Poland as a case study of potential pitfalls to avoid in the compliance function.

Artur Chrzanowski, Head of Legal at Eiffage Polska, shares his thoughts on the development of soft skills critical for a General Counsel.