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Firm Profile

SEE Legal (South East Europe Legal Group)

Firm Profile

Sofia

  • Profile
  • 82, Patriarch Evtimii Blvd.
  • Sofia
  • Sofia City
  • Bulgaria
  • 1463

Firm profile submitted by SEE Legal (South East Europe Legal Group)

Co-Chairmen: Borislav Boyanov, Vladimir Dašić and Nina Šelih
Number of partners: 93
Number of lawyers: 400
Languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Portugal, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish

Network Overview:
Founded in 2003, SEE Legal is a highly-integrated group of leading law firms advising in twelve jurisdictions in South East Europe. SEE Legal has its own corporate structure (management, administration, practice groups, etc.), supporting infrastructure (intranet, website, social network knowledge management and clients’ database), clients’ friendly policies (one point of contact, single Letter of Engagement and invoice), joint conferences and legal handbooks covering relevant regional topics, such as: energy, litigation, taking and enforcing security, restructuring and insolvency, takeover bid, employment, etc. SEE Legal has established the four integrated regional practice groups below. These enable the Group to share legal and industry-sector knowledge, practice management know-how, and client service capacities, at a level of professional quality and efficiency that is not matched by any ordinary law firm networks or by many of the international law firms practising in the region. In all of the countries, the respective SEE Legal member firm is in the top tier for reputation, expertise, and client service.

The network also has offices in Thessaloniki (Greece), Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova and Timisoara (Romania).

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Finance:
■SEE Legal supported Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) in the acquisition of 100% shares in Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LSE). Croatian and Slovenian SEE Legal members covered corporate, competition and employment aspects of the transaction
■The Group advised a syndicate of eight banks in structuring the security package and creation of various types of security over the debtor’s assets located in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
■The Group is actively advising Erse Bank in crossborder legal matters in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania
■SEE Legal is on the panels of several multinational companies and international financial institutions in respect of projects in SEE
■The banking and finance practice group issued the first edition of The SEE Restructuring & Insolvency Handbook
Contact: Alina Radu, Head of Banking & Finance Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
■Advised Mobile TeleSystems PJSC on an acquisition of Telekom Serbia; merger filing assessment through one point of contact for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
■Advised Podravka d.d. in the acquisition of Žito d.d. followed by merger filing in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia
■Assisted Hebei Steel in obtaining competition approvals in Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania and Kosovo in relation to the acquisition of Steel Mill in Serbia led by Serbian member BDK
■Members from Croatia and Slovenia have advised on the merger of entities within the Olympus Group, as Croatia’s Olympus d.o.o and Slovenia’s OLYMPUS SLOVENIJA d.o.o. merged into the Czech entity, Olympus Czech Group
■Other clients of the Group include Estee Lauder, HCBC Coca Cola, Austrian Telecom, Rompetrol, etc. in relation to various anti-trust proceedings before the national competition authorities
Contact: Peter Petrov, Head of Competition Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
■The Group represented a buyer of global leader in glasswork production, in the acquisition of a Greek glassworks company with subsidiaries in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Cyprus. The coordination involved the SEE Legal members in Greece, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria
■SEE Legal supported Shire International GmbH in acquisition of the regional leader in providing business platforms to pharmaceutical companies, with involvement of the members in Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria
■The Group assisted Podravka d.d. in the acquisition of the majority stake in ŽITO d.d. This transaction outlined the seamless cooperation in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia
■Two SEE Legal members, DTB and Šelih & partnerji, performed a due diligence of a major Croatian FMCG company for a PE fund Coast 2 Coast
■The Group is advising British American Tobacco in relation to several mergers and acquisitions in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina followed by acquisition of TDR by BAT as well in relation to EUR 40 million acquisition of all IP rights of Tobacco Plant Sarajevo
■The Group’s Corporate-M&A practice issued The SEE Takeover Handbook which provides overview of thresholds and other relevant terms for takeover bids in SEE region
■The Group is also representing other multinational clients including Turkish Airlines, Dogus Group, Panasonic, Friesland Campina, Net Holding, etc. in relation to various corporate matters in SEE region
Contact: Vladimir Dasic, Head of M&A Email: [email protected]

Energy & Renewables, Utilities & Natural Resources SEE Legal advised:
■Western Balkans Investment Framework and the Government of Albania in the project for preparing a natural Gas Master Plan for Albania & Project Identification Plan the USAID in establishing the Coordinated Auction Office in SEE for cross-border electricity congestion management
■Bulgarian subsidiaries of EVN AG, Austria in a multimillion disputes with the National Electricity Company and the Electricity System Operator
■Acciona on the development of three different wind farm projects in Croatia
■State Grid Corporation of China on the acquisition of 24% and SNAM SpA, GASUNIE, FLYXUS and Enagas on the acquisition of 66% of the Greek electricity and gas transmission system operators’ share capital
■Montenegrin transmission system operator in relation to the development of the undersea HVDC transmission cable connecting Italy and Montenegro
■Repower AG in relation to the sale of the entire participation in Repower Furnizare
■Urbaser in the competitive dialogue procedure for the award of a EUR 300 million waste management PPP contract in Serbia
■A multinational conglomerate in relation to smart grid and community solutions introducing energy efficient equipment and technology in Slovenia, involving several municipalities and the transmission system operator
■Turcas on the proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a wind power plant, as well as in the tenders for the privatisation of three main groups of hydroelectric power plants
■The Energy-Infrastructure Practice Group issued the fourth edition of The SEE Energy Handbook 2017
■SEE Legal was a Conference sponsor of the 10th South East Europe Energy dialogue organized by IENE in Belgrade on June 13-14. Colleagues from the Greek, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian member firms were present and spoke at the conference
Contact: Gus J. Papamichalopoulos, Head of Energy- Infrastructure Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■SEE Legal supported Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) in the acquisition of 100% shares in Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LSE). Croatian and Slovenian SEE Legal members covered corporate, competition and employment aspects of the transaction
■The Group advised a syndicate of eight banks in structuring the security package and creation of various types of security over the debtor’s assets located in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
■The Group is actively advising Erse Bank in crossborder legal matters in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania
■SEE Legal is on the panels of several multinational companies and international financial institutions in respect of projects in SEE
■The banking and finance practice group issued the first edition of The SEE Restructuring & Insolvency Handbook
Contact: Alina Radu, Head of Banking & Finance Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
■Advised Mobile TeleSystems PJSC on an acquisition of Telekom Serbia; merger filing assessment through one point of contact for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
■Advised Podravka d.d. in the acquisition of Žito d.d. followed by merger filing in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia
■Assisted Hebei Steel in obtaining competition approvals in Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania and Kosovo in relation to the acquisition of Steel Mill in Serbia led by Serbian member BDK
■Members from Croatia and Slovenia have advised on the merger of entities within the Olympus Group, as Croatia’s Olympus d.o.o and Slovenia’s OLYMPUS SLOVENIJA d.o.o. merged into the Czech entity, Olympus Czech Group
■Other clients of the Group include Estee Lauder, HCBC Coca Cola, Austrian Telecom, Rompetrol, etc. in relation to various anti-trust proceedings before the national competition authorities
Contact: Peter Petrov, Head of Competition Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
■The Group represented a buyer of global leader in glasswork production, in the acquisition of a Greek glassworks company with subsidiaries in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Cyprus. The coordination involved the SEE Legal members in Greece, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria
■SEE Legal supported Shire International GmbH in acquisition of the regional leader in providing business platforms to pharmaceutical companies, with involvement of the members in Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria
■The Group assisted Podravka d.d. in the acquisition of the majority stake in ŽITO d.d. This transaction outlined the seamless cooperation in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia
■Two SEE Legal members, DTB and Šelih & partnerji, performed a due diligence of a major Croatian FMCG company for a PE fund Coast 2 Coast
■The Group is advising British American Tobacco in relation to several mergers and acquisitions in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina followed by acquisition of TDR by BAT as well in relation to EUR 40 million acquisition of all IP rights of Tobacco Plant Sarajevo
■The Group’s Corporate-M&A practice issued The SEE Takeover Handbook which provides overview of thresholds and other relevant terms for takeover bids in SEE region
■The Group is also representing other multinational clients including Turkish Airlines, Dogus Group, Panasonic, Friesland Campina, Net Holding, etc. in relation to various corporate matters in SEE region
Contact: Vladimir Dasic, Head of M&A Email: [email protected]

Energy & Renewables, Utilities & Natural Resources SEE Legal advised:
■Western Balkans Investment Framework and the Government of Albania in the project for preparing a natural Gas Master Plan for Albania & Project Identification Plan the USAID in establishing the Coordinated Auction Office in SEE for cross-border electricity congestion management
■Bulgarian subsidiaries of EVN AG, Austria in a multimillion disputes with the National Electricity Company and the Electricity System Operator
■Acciona on the development of three different wind farm projects in Croatia
■State Grid Corporation of China on the acquisition of 24% and SNAM SpA, GASUNIE, FLYXUS and Enagas on the acquisition of 66% of the Greek electricity and gas transmission system operators’ share capital
■Montenegrin transmission system operator in relation to the development of the undersea HVDC transmission cable connecting Italy and Montenegro
■Repower AG in relation to the sale of the entire participation in Repower Furnizare
■Urbaser in the competitive dialogue procedure for the award of a EUR 300 million waste management PPP contract in Serbia
■A multinational conglomerate in relation to smart grid and community solutions introducing energy efficient equipment and technology in Slovenia, involving several municipalities and the transmission system operator
■Turcas on the proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a wind power plant, as well as in the tenders for the privatisation of three main groups of hydroelectric power plants
■The Energy-Infrastructure Practice Group issued the fourth edition of The SEE Energy Handbook 2017
■SEE Legal was a Conference sponsor of the 10th South East Europe Energy dialogue organized by IENE in Belgrade on June 13-14. Colleagues from the Greek, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian member firms were present and spoke at the conference
Contact: Gus J. Papamichalopoulos, Head of Energy- Infrastructure Email: [email protected]