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

Lead Counsel Alexey Amvrosov has started a new position with IBM as the Manager of the Legal Department IBM Central and Eastern Territories Europe.

Felix Prechtl – the former S IMMO Head of the Corporate Office & Capital Markets – has returned to private practice by joining Doralt Seist Csoklich in Vienna as an Attorney at Law.

Paysafe has appointed Vienna-based Christopher Fisher to Associate General Counsel & Senior Vice President.

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

EOS Matrix Bosnia and Herzegovina Executive Director for Legal Affairs Mirza Kahvedzic discusses his career path leading up to his current role, how his legal team operates, and current challenges faced due to slow court proceedings.

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

From her beginnings as an M&A attorney in Bulgaria to her current role as Regional Compliance Manager for Eastern Europe at Yazaki, Veselka Petrova’s career has been a testament to the power of blending legal expertise with strategic business insight.

First Investment Bank has appointed Anton Petrov as Chief Compliance Director in Bulgaria.

On February 21, CEE Legal Matters reported that Tokushev & Partners and Musseva & Ivanov had helped MFG Ins obtain an insurance license from the Financial Supervision Commission of Bulgaria. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Ivelina Kavurska, Director of Strategic Projects and a member of the Management Board of MFG, to learn more about the matter.

Infobip General Counsel Tomislav Pifar first joined the company in 2011 and has been a witness to the company’s remarkable growth over the past 12 years. In reflecting on his journey, he explores the evolution of in-house legal work and international exposure, placing a particular emphasis on the transformative impact of AI on daily operations.

British American Tobacco has appointed Zora Ilic as its Head of Legal and External Affairs for Adria Cluster.

On April 28, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Porobija & Spoljaric had advised Croatian tourism company Mon Perin on listing its shares on the Zagreb Stock Exchange. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Massimo Piutti President of the Management Bord at Mon Perin, to learn more about the matter.

Siemens General Counsel for the Czech Republic and Slovakia Richard Bacek talks about his transition from law firms to in-house and ongoing challenges including navigating new legislation, such as cybersecurity regulations.

Former White & Case Associate Petra Zunova has become the Director of Legal Affairs at Phrase.

Former Home Credit International Legal Manager Martin Seda has been promoted to the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer position for the group.

Former Koutalidis Partner Nikos Salakas has left the firm to join Alpha Bank as its new Chief of Corporate Center and General Counsel.

In The Inside Track, General Counsels across CEE share the nuances of their roles, challenges, and strategies for success. Since now is the time when plans for next year are made (and budgeted for) this time we asked GCs: Is your in-house legal function’s budget increasing, decreasing, or remaining the same in 2024?

G+P Law Firm Senior Partner John Giannakakis has joined ELTA Hellenic Post as its Chief Legal Officer.

Madrid-based Hungarian lawyer Dora Czegledi has been appointed by Fever to Lead Counsel.

After eight years with the MET Group, Legal Director Sandor Zorad reflects on the company’s path to international expansion.

Former MVM Deputy CEO Balazs Tomaj has joined Kinstellar in Budapest as Senior Counsel.

Adam Brzezinski of MoneyGram, Andrzej Klimek of Idea Getin Leasing, Clementina Canel of Fepra, Eleni Stathaki of Upstream Systems, Dora Szebeni of the Vanguards Fashion Group, Ingo Steinwender of CA Immobilien, Ioana Regenbogen of ING, Iwona Gajek of BNP Paribas, Judit Miskolci of Teva, Mark Erdelyi of Yettel Hungary, Mary Chaidou of AIG, Nadia Matusikova of RWS Moravia, Radu Culic of Roche, Stefan Orosi of Prima Bank Slovensko, Sylvia Nanovska of Telelink, Tiina Pukk of Kou Mobility, Viktor Fonth of HB Reavis, Zeynep Derman Kucukonder of Coca-Cola, Zita Toth of Primaenergia, Zsuzsanna Lippai of Mercedes-Benz, Zuzanna Kopaczynska-Grabiec of Wonga.pl, and others talk about how they manage their companies' legal functions' budgets.

Adam Brzezinski of MoneyGram, Alex Florescu of Nepi RockCastle, Andras Levai of Market Epito, Andrzej Klimek of Idea Getin, Eleni Stathaki of Upstream Systems, Gunel Rzayeva of VavaCars, Ingo Steinwender of CA Immobilien, Ioana Regenbogen of ING, Iwona Gajek of BNP Paribas, Mark Erdelyi of Yettel, Marta Ziolkowska-Nasinska of Fererro, Nadia Matusikova of RWS Moravia, Stefan Orosi of Prima Bank Slovensko, Sylvia Nanovska of Telelink, Tiina Pukk of Kou Mobility, Zeynep Derman Kucukonder of Coca-Cola, Zita Toth of Primaenergia, Zuzanna Kopaczynska-Grabiec of Wonga.pl, and more share their insights into how their in-house legal teams have been evolving and their best practices on managing in in-house legal function.

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

On November 23, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cobalt had advised BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund and funds managed by Imprimatur Capital, together with other shareholders, on the sale of Blue Bridge Technologies to Everfield. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Henning Schreiber, Head of Acquisitions at Everfield, to learn more about the acquisition.

Former Baltic International Bank Management Board Member Maris Liguts has returned to private practice by joining the Riga office of Fort Legal as a Partner, starting May 2023.

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.

Former Compensa Life Vienna Insurance Group Chief Legal and Compliance Officer in Lithuania Gabija Kuncyte has been appointed as the company's Head of Legal Baltics, effective April 1, 2024.

On March 17, CEE Legal Matters reported that Adon Legal has advised Taiwanese capital company FinCause on obtaining an electronic money institution license from the Bank of Lithuania. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Waylon Yeh FinCause Founder and Member of the Management Board to learn more about the matter. 

On February 3, CEE Legal Matters reported that Walless had advised the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant on a project tender for reactor dismantling technology design services. CEE In-House Matters spoke with INPP CEO, Audrius Kamienas to learn more about the matter.

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.

Former SkopSter Senior Legal Counsel Iva Djugumanova has joined ODI Law’s Skopje office as Senior Associate and Head of the Corporate practice.

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.

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.

Srdjan Sisic has relocated to Montenegro to join One Crna Gora as its Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.

Wojciech Olszewski has returned to CEE to become the Legal Director for CEE & Strategic Commercial Affairs EMEA at Align Technology, in Wroclaw.

Former Rowan Legal Of Counsel Lucie Smrkovska has joined CTP as its new Group Director of Legal Leasing in the Czech Republic.

Former PayU Chief Privacy Office Marcin Czarnecki has joined Worldcoin as its new Chief Privacy Counsel.

Alexandra Ivancia has joined CTP Romania as its new Head of Legal Leasing.

Former Head of Legal Renewables for PPC Renewables Monica-Ileana Paraschiv has become the new Head of Corporate Governance, Compliance & New Business Support at PPC Romania.

Former Teleperformance Chief Legal Officer Laura Rudnyanszky has joined Accenture in Bucharest as the company's Offerings Counsel Manager – Global Legal Network.

Former Beeline Russia Head of Regional Compliance Officers & Compliance Investigations Ekaterina Kokareva has joined Ozon.ru as the company's Compliance Director in Moscow.

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

Sergey Dmitriev has joined the Volga-Dnepr Group in Moscow as its Global Group General Counsel.

Nasa AIK Banka Head of Legal Aleksandra Hercl has joined Mindful Finance as Remote Head of Legal and as the Co-founder of Tesla Faktoring.

British American Tobacco has appointed Zora Ilic as its Head of Legal and External Affairs for Adria Cluster.

On May 2, CEE Legal Matters reported that Zivkovic Samardzic has advised Fifth Quarter Ventures on the legal process for becoming an alternative investment fund in Serbia. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Pedja Predin, Co-Founder & General Partner at Fifth Quarter Ventures, to learn more about the matter. 

With a background in international law firms, Marcela Augustinic transitioned to become the first general counsel at DM Drogerie Markt in Slovakia, where she has been serving for the last eight years. Augustinic shares her strategies for balancing internal and external legal resources to tackle emerging regulatory challenges and drive sustainable growth in the ever-evolving market.

Adam Brzezinski of MoneyGram, Alex Florescu of Nepi RockCastle, Asli Sahinkaya of Setur, Christian Blatchford of Energo Pro, Deniz Sanli of American Gaming Systems, Eleni Stathaki of Upstream Systems, Ernest Jedrzejewski of Amgen, Ioana Regenbogen of ING, Joanna Przybyl of Revetas Capital, Mark Erdelyi of Yettel Hungary, Marta Ziolkowska-Nasinska of Fererro, Mary Chaidou of AIG, Stefan Orosi of Prima Bank Slovensko, Wioletta Kaloska of Symfonia, Zita Toth of Primaenergia, describe what is at the top of the agenda for their compliance and risk functions and how they nurture a culture of compliance within their companies.

Adam Brzezinski of MoneyGram, Andrzej Klimek of Idea Getin Leasing, Clementina Canel of Fepra, Eleni Stathaki of Upstream Systems, Dora Szebeni of the Vanguards Fashion Group, Ingo Steinwender of CA Immobilien, Ioana Regenbogen of ING, Iwona Gajek of BNP Paribas, Judit Miskolci of Teva, Mark Erdelyi of Yettel Hungary, Mary Chaidou of AIG, Nadia Matusikova of RWS Moravia, Radu Culic of Roche, Stefan Orosi of Prima Bank Slovensko, Sylvia Nanovska of Telelink, Tiina Pukk of Kou Mobility, Viktor Fonth of HB Reavis, Zeynep Derman Kucukonder of Coca-Cola, Zita Toth of Primaenergia, Zsuzsanna Lippai of Mercedes-Benz, Zuzanna Kopaczynska-Grabiec of Wonga.pl, and others talk about how they manage their companies' legal functions' budgets.

On January 18, CEE Legal Matters reported that Fatur Menard had advised the Svetlik family on the sale of their 42% stake in Hidria owner H&R to Spanish corporation Gonvarri. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Gasper Svetlik, Co-Founder and CEO at Svetlik Family Office, to learn more about the matter.

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 February 2, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Ketler & Partners, a member of Karanovic, had advised Invera Equity Partners on its acquisition of a 58.2% stake in Marles Hise Maribor. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Janez Skrubej, Partner at Invera Equity Partners, to learn more about the matter.

Effective April 2024, former LCF Law Group Partner and Head of International Arbitration Yuliya Atamanova has joined JSC CB PrivatBank as a Legal Counsel and the head of the bank's International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation Department.

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

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