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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.

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.”

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.

Yota Kremmida, Regional Counsel Greece, Turkey, and Africa and EMEA & LatAm Indirect GTM & Competition Law GBU Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Athens, explains how standardization and solid operational preparedness can help mitigate legal risks.

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.

Christopher Fischer, Vice President Legal Affairs at, talks to CEE In-House Matters about digitalization in his company.

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.

Artem Afanasiev, Vice President Legal Affairs and GR at Ozon in Moscow, Russia, explains how his legal team uses digitalization to cater to the in-house legal needs of his fast-growing company.

Aybars Yagiz, Legal Counsel at GAMA Enerji, Turkey, and Board Member at the GAMA group of companies, shares his thoughts about the soft skills senior in-house legal counsel should possess.

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.

Marta Ziolkowska-Nasinska, Regional Legal Counsel at Ferrero, offers insights into her company’s Diversity & Inclusion project.

Waldemar Koper, Legal Director at Kompania Piwowarska, was one of the co-founders of the Polish Corporate Lawyers Association in 2009 and is currently serving as its President. CEEIHM spoke to Koper to learn more about the association and its activities over the last decade.

From educating youth about the rule of law to promoting gender equality, Alina Dumitrascu, Head of Network Technology, Development and Commercial Operation Legal Assistance at Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks in Rome, Italy, is certainly making the most of her time past her nine to five life. CEEIHM spoke with her to learn a bit more about some of the projects she is involved in.

Adam Brzezinski, President of the Management Board and Assistant General Counsel Global Employment and EU Privacy at MoneyGram Poland, recently announced that he will be representing MoneyGram International in an amateur motorcycle racing league. CEEIHM spoke with Brzezinski to learn about his plans.

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