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20 SEE Legal Partners Attended the Balkan Legal Forum 2016 in Vienna – “Forum of Professional Friends“

Sofia, July 18, 2016

Really great conference! Everything worked perfectly and the audience seemed enthusiastic. I liked also very much the idea of allocating first day on the business and industry sector topics and second day on law firm management topics. AS

I am not exaggerating when I say that, in more than 30 years of organizing or participating in programs like the Balkan Legal Forum, their management of the event was among the very best that I have ever experienced. NC

Great organization, great venue, excellent event, excellent group of people! Perfect in all senses! VZ

These are comments from the participants from the Ninth Edition of the Balkan Legal Forum, which was held on June 27 and 28 in the best hotel in Vienna, Park Hyatt Vienna.

Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner at BOYANOV & Co., together with Norman Clark, Founding Partner at Walker Clark LLC, and Stephen Revell, Managing Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Singapore chaired the Balkan Legal Forum 2016.

Balkan Legal Forum is a bi-annual legal conference organised by the IBA European Regional Forum and the Legal Development Foundation with the kind support of IBA Law Firm Management Committee. The event attracted over 150 delegates from 30 countries from Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. As with previous forums, the event was strongly supported by the team of BOYANOV & Co.

Twenty SEE Legal Partners attended the Conference. Eight of them were speakers at the Forum. During the first day of the conference, which main theme was “South East Europe – Investment opportunities and challenges for the next five years”, Gus Papamichalopoulos, Managing Partner at SEE Legal’s Greek member firm, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm spoke about one of the three most active sectors throughout South East Europe - Energy and Infrastructure. Panelists for “moderated conversation on sectors” such as Banking, Telecoms, Energy and Infrastructure included Perparim Kalo, Managing Partner at SEE Legal’s Albanian member firm, KALO & ASSOCIATES and Ruxandra Bologa, Co-Head of the Corporate, Energy and Natural Resources practice group at SEE Legal’s Romanian member firm, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen.

Later on during the first day of the conference, Damir Topic, Senior Partner at SEE Legal’s Croatian member firm, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic discussed the current oil price environment and its impact on the SEE region.

The buyers/investors’ biggest worries during the M&A process were addressed by representatives from three SEE Legal member firms: Kristijan Polenak, Managing Partner at Polenak Law Firm (Republic of Macedonia), Bojana Bosnjak-London, Partner at Maric & Co (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Vladimir Dasic, Senior Partner at BDK Advokati (Serbia).

The second day of the conference was devoted to Law Firm Management. The main topic was: “What is most important? Priorities in the legal markets of South East Europe for the next five years”. Prominent speakers discussed topics such as: Profitability and Competitive Advantage in the Legal Markets of South East Europe, Innovation and competitive advantage in legal services in South East Europe and Mergers, Networks, or “Just Friends”: What is the best competitive balance for law firms in South East Europe?

For more information, please visit https://balkanlegalforum.org.

The SEE Legal Competition Practice Group Visited London Targets in May 2016

Sofia, June 6, 2016

Competition partners from eight SEE Legal jurisdictions, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia, conducted meetings with London competition partners from international law firms on 31st May and 1st June 2016. The SEE Legal Competition Practice Group discussed with their colleagues developments in competition law practice and enforcement on the EU and national level.

SEE Legal Hosted Meetings at INTA in Orlando

Sofia, May 30, 2016

Seven IP partners from seven SEE Legal jurisdictions, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, hosted meetings during the INTA Annual Meeting that took place from 21st to 25th May 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The SEE Legal Group conducted its meetings with colleagues from Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Four SEE Legal Member Firms Participated in a Business Development Training on 9 April 2016 in Zagreb

Zagreb, April 11, 2016

15 Associates from Maric & Co, BDK Advokati, Odvetniki Selih & partnerji and the hosting member firm Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (“DTB”) took part in a Business Development Training provided by the legal trainer, John McVeigh on Saturday, 9th April 2016 at DTB’s office in Zagreb, Croatia. The seminar focused at developing and implementing growth opportunities for the SEE Legal Group. It was an excellent networking event for the SEE Legal lawyers. The training was followed by a drinks reception hosted by DTB.

The next training of the SEE Legal lawyers from KALO & ASSOCIATES, BOYANOV & Co., Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, Polenak Law Firm and Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli will be held in Sofia.

SEE Legal to Host Meetings at INTA in Orlando

March 22, 2016

Eight IP partners from eight SEE Legal jurisdictions, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, will host meetings during the INTA Annual Meeting that will take place from 21st to 25th May 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The SEE Legal Group will conduct its meetings on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at Hyatt Regency Orlando. To join SEE Legal partners at their hospitality suite, please register your interest by 5th May 2016 at e.maneva@seelegal.org.

 

SEE Legal Management Meeting in Ljubljana

March 8, 2016

The members of the SEE Legal Group met in Ljubljana on Saturday, 5th March 2016 as part of their first Annual Meeting for 2016. The Group discussed the forthcoming SEE Legal activities for 2016. All members of the SEE Legal Group, representing 470 lawyers in 12 jurisdictions of South East Europe, exchanged views on how to attract more foreign investors to the SEE region.

SEE Legal confirms the strong commitment of its members to be in the forefront of legal services as a key factor in doing business in South East Europe.

SEE Legal Hosted a Very Successful Gala Dinner at the Annual Conference of IBA in Vienna

October 16, 2015

On the occasion of the International Bar Аssociation’s Annual Conference in Vienna, the SEE Legal Group held what now becomes a traditional Gala Dinner on Tuesday, 6th October 2015 at the beautiful Schubert’s Hall in the Wiener Konzerthaus. The dinner attracted over 160 guests from 40 countries, including guests from Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Asia.

The SEE Legal partners were honoured by the presence of Mr. Akira Kawamura, Former President of the International Bar Association, Mr. Martin Solc, Vice-President of the International Bar Association, Mr. Jonathan Smithers, the President of the Law Society of England and Wales and other notable legal practitioners.

All SEE Legal guests were treated to excellent Balkan Rakia from the 12 jurisdictions covering the region. In addition, the creative and joyful Federspiel’s performance provided “an excellent musical entertainment” to all enjoying the dinner. The majority of the participants provided very positive feedback, outlining that the dinner “was the best arranged and so, the most memorable dinner ever held upon the IBA Vienna Conference this year”; “wonderful evening that formed most certainly a highlight of our Vienna mission”; “a truly memorable evening”. The guests were also “very much impressed by the growth and strength of the SEE Legal and the Eastern Europe bars as a whole”.

The SEE Legal partners would like to thank all guests for spending such an enjoyable evening with SEE Legal and look forward to seeing them on another occasion in the near future.

SEE Legal’s Traditional Visit in London

October 9, 2015

The managing and senior partners of the SEE Legal member firms held meetings with international and English law firms as well as international companies from 30th September to 2nd October in London 2015.

The 19 SEE Legal partners presented to the peer law firms and clients the newly issued Energy Handbook 2015 and Taking & Enforcing Security Handbook 2015, products of, respectively, the Energy-Infrastructure Practice Group and Banking & Finance Practice Group of SEE Legal. Apart from Energy and Banking & Finance, further topics of discussion included M&A, Real estate, Capital markets, TMT and Employment.

SEE Legal will attend the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association from 4th to 9th October in Vienna

September 2, 2015

More than 30 partners from SEE Legal will attend the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association from 4th to 9th October in Vienna. In addition to the IBA formal sessions and events, the SEE Legal partners from the twelve jurisdictions of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey will have meetings with law firms from around the world and major Austrian corporations to introduce the legal and business specifics in South East Europe and discuss potential areas of cooperation. The meetings will be held at Hotel de France located centrally in the first district of Vienna.

If your law firm or company is interested in meeting the SEE Legal partners, please feel free to arrange a meeting with us by contacting Mrs. Elitsa Maneva, SEE Legal Coordinator at e.maneva@seelegal.org.

SEE Legal IP Partners Attended the Largest INTA Annual Meeting in the last 137 Years

May 11, 2015

Nine IP partners from six SEE Legal jurisdictions, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, attended the INTA Annual Meeting that took place from 2nd to 6th May 2015 in San Diego, California.

In addition to the INTA’s educational sessions and networking events, the SEE Legal partners had meetings with major IP law firms from around the world during which they introduced the legal and business specifics in South East Europe and discussed potential cooperation in the area of Intellectual Property.

SEE Legal Participated in the “17° BREAKFAST: THE BALKANS” Organised by Studio Legale Associato Nunziante Magrone on 28th April in Rome

April 30, 2015

The Breakfast was opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria and former Prime Minister, H.E. Marin Raykov who presented an interesting lecture about the geo-political framework of the Balkans.

The Balkan region is a market with significant potential for Italian companies.

The star of the "Breakfast" was for the first time the entire Balkan region, in an event that aimed to promote knowledge of the geographical and related business opportunities.

The Balkans are taking shape as new markets, and neighbours with attractive growth potential for Italian companies” - said the lawyer Gianmatteo Nunziante – “and the data confirm this. In 2013, Italian exports to the Balkans totalled over 13.5 billion euro, an increase more than double the average of exports of "made in Italy" in the world. In addition to new opportunities for the energy sector, the Balkans confirmed a pole of great attractiveness, both in terms of logistics and based on the manufacturing tradition”.

The meeting, the seventeenth in the series, was held on Tuesday, April 28 at the Rome headquarters of the firm in Piazza di Pietra 26 and aimed to provide a complete picture of the area through major institutional interventions, presenting the specific investment and business opportunities through the direct testimony of those who work or have already gained experience on site.

Mr. Borislav Boyanov, Managing Partner of BOYANOV & Co. (Bulgaria) and Co-Chair of SEE Legal introduced the Group to the audience. Mr. Gus Papamichalopoulos, Managing Partner of Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Greece) provided an “Outline of basic business law parameters promoting investments in the SEE region” while Mr. Mario Krka, Partner at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (Croatia) shared the “Trends and Opportunities” throughout the SEE markets. The rest of the speakers at the Breakfast were: Milen Kassabov, Senior Strategic Planner, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Remo Grandori, Managing Director, SELI Overseas, Rome and Ms. Mina Kolarova, Senior Legal Counsel, ENEL, Legal Corporate Affairs – Eastern Europe.

The SEE Legal Competition Practice Group Visits Brussels

March 17, 2015

Ten competition partners from nine SEE Legal jurisdictions conducted meetings with Brussels major law firms and companies from 10th to 13th March 2015.

During the meetings the SEE Legal Competition partners made a presentation outlining the SEE Legal Group and its expertise in competition and antitrust. The topics of discussion included the status of the merger control regimes, enforcing cartels, and existence and status of leniency regimesin the SEE Legal countries.

SEE Legal Meets in Tirana

Tirana, June 5, 2013

The members of the SEE Legal Group met in Tirana on Friday, 31st June 2013 as part of their Annual Meeting to discuss current challenges of the legal profession in the ambit of the new economic circumstances.

All members of the SEE Legal Group, representing more than 450 lawyers in 12 jurisdictions of South East Europe, exchanged views on how legal services can improve further to give confidence to foreign investors that are not familiar with the legal systems in the SEE region.

SEE Legal confirms the strong commitment of members to be in the forefront of legal services as a key factor in doing business in South East Europe.

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