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Former Single.Earth Chief Legal Officer Gerd Laub has joined Ellex's Estonian office as a Counsel. 

Former Raben Ukraine General Counsel Iryna Kravtsova has joined Stephenson Harwood in London as a Legal Analyst.

Former Spectris Head of M&A Legal Maciej Kalinowski has joined Energix - Renewable Energies in Poland as its Head of Legal.  

Former PwC Director Dragan Lupsic has joined Heineken Srbija as Corporate Affairs Director.

Turkish lawyer Asli Yildiz has joined S4 Capital Group as its Head of Legal - Global Privacy in London.

Former Loomis Turkey Legal Affairs & Compliance Manager Nihat Ozbek has joined Guleryuz Partners as a Partner.

Adina Burlacu has joined Kyndryl as its Country General Counsel for Romania.

Former Globalworth Head of Legal Judyta Sawicka has joined Echo Investment in Poland as its Head of Investment and Divestment.

Hungarian lawyer Balazs Mak, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Paramount Global Content Distribution, has moved to Paramount Global’s Amsterdam offices.

Former SOCAR Turkey Compliance Group Coordinator Necati Karabayir has joined SAP as its Lead Senior Legal Counsel – MENA & TR Export Control Coordinator.

Sebnem Onder has joined Sabanci Holding as its Head of Legal and Compliance in Istanbul.

Mehmet Tekergul has joined Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi A.S. as its Legal Advisory Vice President in Istanbul.

Ukrainian lawyer Oleksandr Pankiv has joined Bank of America in London as a Director.

Former Telemach BH Head of Legal Mia Civic has returned to private practice to open up ODI Law's new Bosnia and Herzegovina office.

Former Aviva Investors Compliance Expert Rafal Sobolewski has launched Quadra Underwriting, a newly established Polish company operating as an insurance agent specializing in transactional products.

Dimici Aksoy Founding Partner Burak Dimici has been appointed by Straife Risk Management as its General Counsel in Turkey.

Former Lietuvos Pastas Head of Legal and Public Procurement Gabija Kuncyte has joined Compensa Life Vienna Insurance Group SE as its Chief Legal and Compliance Officer in Lithuania.

Former Veolia Energie Romania Head of Legal Department & Data Protection Officer Georgeta Szabo has joined CWP Global in Bucharest as Legal Manager.

Adgar Poland has appointed Piotr Boron as its Head of Legal.

UiPath has appointed Raluca Gheorghiu to the role of Head of Legal Operations and Innovation.

Novartis has appointed Austrian lawyer Arnold Koger to Head of Legal, Innovative Medicines in Switzerland. 

Tomasz Pyrkowski has been appointed to Vice President & General Counsel EMEA and Global Legal Entity Management at Honeywell.

The State-Owned Company for Construction and Management of residential and commercial properties for significance to the Republic has appointed Boban Velickovik to Attorney-at-Law & Head Coordinator of the Legal Department in Skopje.

NEPI Rockcastle has appointed Romanian lawyer Alexandru Florescu as its Company Secretary in the Netherlands.

Former Boehringer Ingelheim Head of Legal and Compliance Turkey Nevin Ozturk has been appointed to the role of Global Senior Compliance Manager-AH in Germany.

Revetas Capital has appointed Joanna Przybyl as General Counsel in Poland.

The Fiba Group has appointed Hansel Ipekoglu as its Head of Legal, Real Estate in Turkey.

Borealis has appointed Sandra Mueller as General Counsel and Vice President Legal and Compliance effective June 1, 2022.

Sopharma Trading has appointed former General Compliance Manager/Legal Severina Miteva as Legal Manager - Retail in Bulgaria.

The Fresenius Group has appointed Belgrade-based Marijana Poznan to Head of Legal Commercial EMEA Centar, Medical Technology/Care Enablement.

Mondelez International has appointed Jelena Djurovic to Counsel M&A & Intercompany.

Japan Tobacco International Turkey has appointed Ismir-based Berrak Ozen Uzum to the role of Legal Director.

Andras Gonczy was appointed to Director of Legal at Granit Polus in Hungary.

Karolis Gudas has been promoted to Deputy Head of Legal Department, focusing on disputes and claims, at Rail Baltica. in Lithuania.

Tomasz Krajewski has been appointed to Head of Legal - Consumer Bank at Citi Bank in Poland.

Russian Lawyer Petr Ivantsov was appointed to Vice President at Beeline Russia.

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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 August 23, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that JSK had advised Credit Value Investments on its investment in the Saunia Group through bond financing. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Radoslav Tausinger, Managing Director at Credit Value Investments (CVI), to learn more about the matter.

On September 9, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that PeliPartners had advised WDP on the acquisition of the Arad Business Park logistics center. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Adrian Vitelaru, Chief Operating Officer at WDP Romania, to learn more about the acquisition.

On August 30, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii had advised Meta Estate Trust on its IPO and listing of shares on the AeRO market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Raluca Dragan, CFO at Meta Estate Trust, to learn more about the matter.

On August 30, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Boyanov & Co had advised Yara International on the sale of Bulgarian and Romanian businesses Yara Bulgaria and Yara Digital Romania to the Nik Group. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Sverre Hodnebo, Legal Counsel at Yara International, to learn more about the sale.

On July 28, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that ODI Law had advised Holding Slovenske Elektrarne on a EUR 350 million cross-border syndicated debt refinancing. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Matej Petrisic Assistant Head of Legal Affairs and Corporate Governance at Holding Slovenske Elektrarne, to learn more about the matter.

On August 4, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Walless had advised REWO on the sale of the Talino real estate project. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Edvinas Malevskis, CEO at REWO, to learn more about the deal.

On August 9, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Vukovic & Partners had advised ODM Collections on obtaining a purchase of receivables work license from the Central Bank of Montenegro. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Drazen Stevanovic, CEO at ODM Collections, to learn more about the matter.

On August 9, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Tokushev & Partners had advised the publicly-listed Sofia Commerce Pawn Shops on increasing its capital with its own funds in the amount of BGN 7.12 million. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Irena Vacheva, Chairman of Commerce Pawn Shops, to learn more about the matter.

On July 13, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Onisko & Holesova, Planinic Soljic & Partners, and solo practitioner Klemen Ticar advised Kofola on its refinancing. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Martin Pisklak, Group Chief Financial Officer at Kofola CeskoSlovensko, to learn more about the matter.

According to Dinc Sanver, General Counsel & Local Compliance Officer Turkey & MEA at Teva, the pandemic has accelerated a digital evolution of the legal function, giving rise to a whole new set of challenges.

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.

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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.