The SEE Legal Member Firms Top-ranked by IFLR1000 2019

All ten SEE Legal member firms are highly ranked individually in the 2019 edition of the International Financial Law Review 1000. In total 20 Tier 1 ratings were received by the ten members of the Group, including the following areas of law Financial and corporate, Project development, Banking and finance, M&A, Capital markets. A total of 47 lawyers of all ten SEE Legal member firms were recognised in five categories: Expert consultant (Borislav Boyanov, BOYANOV & Co., Bulgaria, M&A), Market leaders (Perparim Kalo, KALO & ASSOCIATES, Albania (Energy and infrastructure, Project…

Mid Europa Partners is Selling Bambi and Knjaz Milos in Serbia

Mid Europa Partners have started the sale process for Bambi and Knjaz Milos.

BOYANOV & Co. is Advising on the Biggest Deal in Bulgaria

BOYANOV & Co. currently works on the biggest deal in Bulgaria – the concession award procedure for Sofia Airport.

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company

Vivacom is the brand name of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, the largest telecommunications company in Bulgaria and a former state-owned incumbent operator. Vivacom is a fully integrated operator, providing mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and pay-TV (both DTH and IPTV) services on a nationwide scale to both residential and business customers. An M&A deal is expected in the next year or two.

Sale of Addiko Bank

Reuters has recently reported that the private equity group Advent is starting preparations for an initial public offering ("IPO") or sale of its Vienna-based Addiko bank, which emerged from the collapse of Hypo Alpe Adria Bank. Unofficially, investments banks Goldman Sachs and Citi are working with Advent on the exit process which could take place next year. Addiko has a strong presence in the Balkans with retail banking operations in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina , Serbia and Montenegro.

Selih & Partners Advise Mercator on its Sale of 10 Shopping Centres in Slovenia

On October 12, 2018, Mercator and Supernova signed a contract for the sale of ten shopping centres in Slovenia. In accordance with the contract worth EUR 116,6 million, Supernova will acquire the shopping centres Ajdovscina, Celje, Jesenice, Koper I, Kranj Primskovo, Kranj Savski otok, Ljubljana Siska, Postojna, Novo mesto, and Slovenj Gradec and invest into their renovation, while Mercator will rent parts of the centres where it performs its core activity. The contract provided Mercator with a rental agreement for a period of 15 years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for another…

Abanka Bank for Sale

Slovenian Sovereign Holding has started the privatization process of the third largest bank in Slovenia – Abanka d.d. ("Abanka"). The envisaged transaction includes the sale of 100% of shares in Abanka and its subsidiaries (i.e. two companies operating in real estate and property management). BNP Paribas SA is acting as an exclusive financial adviser. Abanka is fully owned by the Republic of Slovenia and managed by the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, and has: 9,6% market share in Slovenia total assets of around EUR 3,6 mrd (2017) net income of EUR 42 m (2017) 55 branch offices in Slovenia 1.035…

Landslide Revisions on the Related Party Transactions Rules

Greek Law 4548/2018 (the "New SAs Law") on the reform of the legislation on the société anonymes ("SAs") significantly amends in its articles 99 to 101 the regime of related party transactions that is currently regulated under the well-known Art. 23a of C.L. 2190/1920. The new regime is based on the following three pillars: (i) transparency, (ii) flexibility and (iii) safeguarding of the interests of the SA and of the minority shareholders, which are echoed through the adoption of the following three (3) new measures on the treatment of the related party transactions: (i) all related party…

Consortium of SNAM S.p.A./Fluxys SA-NV/Enagás Internacional S.L.U

KG Law Firm continues to have the leading role in the transaction advising the consortium members on all aspects of the project vis-a-vis the sellers (i.e. Hellenic Petroleum S.A. and HRADF) as well as for the internal affairs of the members of the Consortium. The firm represented the Consortium in all negotiation and drafting sessions for the finalization of the Transaction Documents in order to reach signing and closing due to the outstanding conditions precedent. KG Law Firm’s team have completed the extensive legal due diligence on DESFA in March 2018 and provided legal opinions on several…

KALO & ASSOCIATES Advise on Incorporation of Air Albania

SEE Legal's Albanian member's team, led by partners Enkelejd Seitllari and Jola Gjuzi, advised Turkish Airlines on the negotiation and incorporation of Albania’s new flag carrier, Air Albania. Air Albania launched its first test flight on Friday and is expected to start commercial flights soon. Turkish Airlines holds 49% of Air Albania’s stakes, while the remaining stakes are being held by two other shareholders, respectively Albanian State represented by Albcontrol (10%) and MDN Investment SHPK (41%).

Selih & Partners Advise Coface on the Aquisition of SID-PKZ

On 6 September, 2018, Coface (Compagnie Française d'Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur) signed a binding agreement with SID Bank, a Slovenian public bank, to acquire 100% of SID-Prva kreditna zavarovalnica (SID-PKZ)'s capital, a credit insurance subsidiary of SID Bank. Selih & Partners' team, led by partners Nataša Pipan Nahtigal and Jera Majzelj, is proud to have been advising Coface on this deal. The acquisition of SID-PKZ is now subject to usual conditions precedent including regulatory approvals which are expected to be issued in the coming months. Coface Group with its 4,300 employees…

Merkur Gaming Slots - Balkan Bet Cross Ownership

SEE Legal's Serbian member, BDK Advokati, advised Mr. Aleksandar Jojic, a minority shareholder of Balkan Bet, on the acquisition of 49% of share capital of Merkur Gaming Slots d.o.o. Belgrade from adp Gauselmann GmbH. This acquisition is a final step in the global transaction agreed between Mr. Jojic and adp Gauselmann GmbH in which Merkur Gaming Slots acquired 51% of share capital of Balkan Bet from Mr. Jojic . Merkur Gaming Slots is a household name in land-based gaming products like games, slot cabinets and progressive jackpots systems. Balkan Bet is a popular betshop…