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Interview with Pascale Rahman, Vice President & General Counsel EMEA and India at Flex about her background and best practices.

Interview with Kamil Lewandowski, Head of Legal Poland – Asset Management at the CPI Property Group about his background and best practices.

Interview with Jaroslav Krupec, Country Legal Director at Veolia Slovakia about his background and best practices.

Interview with Irisz Szel, Legal Director of CEU about her background and best practices.

Interview with Judyta Sawicka, Head of Legal at Globalworth about her background and best practices.

Interview with Nadia Matusikova, General Counsel of RWS Moravia about her background and best practices.

Interview with Zlatko Stojcheski, Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs at A1 Makedonija about his background and best practices.

An interview with Milan Kajtez, Head of Legal at UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka about his background and best practices.

An interview with Alice Radu, General Legal Counsel for Romania & Bulgaria at Bosch Group Romania about her background and best practices.

An interview with Andras Busch, General Counsel at Siemens Energy Hungary.

Juncu has been with Mondelez since 2018, when she joined it on secondment from Stratula & Asociatiii. In April 2019, she took on her current role.

Florina Homeghiu spent the first decade of her career in private practice before, in 2017 moving in-house with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company – Romania, initially as Senior Legal Counsel, then, in 2018, as Country Legal Manager and Compliance Officer. In May of 2020 she joined the Policolor-Orgachim group.

“The in-house advisory role enables a lawyer to go deeper into the mysteries of the banking business and experience the life of a transaction, not just observe it from a distance. I elected to pursue an in-house practice at the beginning of my career, and even though I was tempted to switch to private practice many times, I remain loyal to the in-house life.”

CEE Legal Matters first interviewed Ingo Steinwender in 2014, near the end of his first year as Group Head of Legal at CA Immobilien Anlagen AG, one of the largest real estate companies in Austria. Six years later, we check in.

CEELM: Can you walk us through your career leading you up to your current role?

Polish lawyer Anna Wawrzynczak spent 14 years in private practice with two highly-regarded international law firms before moving in-house with the Coast2Coast investment fund, where she was Regional Counsel CEE for almost three years. In October 2019 she accepted an offer to become the Legal Manager, Head of the Corporate Division at the Polish Development Fund in Warsaw. 

An interview with the Belgrade-based Senior Counsel CEE at Philip Morris International

An interview with the long-time Head of Legal at Eurostandard Bank in Macedonia

Building a successful in-house legal department involves selecting the right people for the right positions, deciding which lawyers to assign to which tasks, instructing and training them, convincing them to work as a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of individuals, and of course addressing and resolving conflicts and crises – all while fulfilling the critical function of legal advisor to the rest of the company. It’s not easy.

In addition to their traditional role guiding companies through legal and regulatory waters and managing disputes, General Counsels are increasingly called upon to provide input on strategic matters. An expert panel at the second annual Balkan GC Summit considered how this change in the nature of the General Counsel role is manifesting itself in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Hyprop Investments – South Africa’s largest listed specialist shopping center Real Estate Investment Trust – operates a portfolio of premium shopping centers in South Africa, other countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeastern Europe. Hyprop’s six current investments in SEE include two shopping malls in Zagreb and one each in Sofia, Podgorica, Belgrade, and Skopje. Hyprop is internally managed and headquartered in Johannesburg.

Peter Malovec is the Group Head of Legal at HB Reavis in Bratislava. He joined HB Reavis in 2010 after spending seven years in private practice with the BBH law firm. We reached out to him to learn more about his background, style, and strategies.

In the October 2015 issue of the CEE Legal Matters magazine we spoke with Eleni Stakathi, the Head of Legal at Upstream in Greece. We decided to check in with her and see how things had changed in the last four years.

Igor Andries is the Head of Legal & Regulatory at Orange Moldova.

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.

On July 13, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Onisko & Holesova, Planinic Soljic & Partners, and solo practitioner Klemen Ticar advised Kofola on its refinancing. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Martin Pisklak, Group Chief Financial Officer at Kofola CeskoSlovensko, to learn more about the matter.

On June 28, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Motieka & Audzevicius, working with Osborne Clarke, had advised the Orion Private Equity Debt Fund I on its EUR 7 million acquisition of secured mezzanine bonds issued by Austrian real estate developer Soini Asset to finance its real estate projects in Germany. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Benas Poderis, Head of Investment Management Department at the Orion Private Equity Debt Fund I to learn more about the deal.

On March 1, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that KWKR Konieczny Wierzbicki had advised Knacks's owners on their sale of a majority stake in the company to RightBridge Ventures. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Dawid Szymanski, CEO at Knacks, to learn more about the sale.

On March 1, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that KWKR Konieczny Wierzbicki had advised Knacks's owners on their sale of a majority stake in the company to RightBridge Ventures. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Dawid Szymanski, CEO at Knacks, to learn more about the sale.

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.

On April 29, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that PwC Legal had advised Benefit Systems on its acquisition of 75% of the shares and agreement on the optional acquisition of 25% of shares in Lunching.pl. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Iwona Rykaczewska-Kuderska, Head of Legal at Benefit Systems, to learn more about the acquisition.

On May 25, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Balicki Czekanski Gryglewski Lewczuk had advised Symfonia on its acquisition of a majority stake in HRtec. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Wioletta Kaloska, General Counsel at Symfonia, to learn more about the acquisition.

On May 19, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that CMS had advised Portugal's MGI Capital on the sale of Bezmer Energy to Philicon-97. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Pedro Lameira, CFO at MGI Capital, to learn more about the sale.

On January 18, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners had advised Dronamics Capital on its IPO and listing on the Beam market of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO at Dronamics Capital to learn more about the matter.

On April 11, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Jankovic Popovic Mitic had advised Gomex and the Seaf South Balkan Fund on the sale of Gomex to Ceecat Capital. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Goran Kovacevic, General Director at Gomex, to learn more about the sale.

On February 21, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Savoric & Partners had advised Studenac on its acquisition of Pemo from founder Lovorko Milosevic. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Michal Senczuk, CEO of Studenac, to learn more about the acquisition.

On February 10, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr had advised Innova Capital Group's Innova 6 fund on its investment in three dental services companies: DPC, Pomorska Inicjatywa Medyczna, and Medicadent Stomatologia. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Tobiasz Jankowski, Managing Director at Innova Capital Group to learn more about the matter.

On February 25, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Clifford Chance had advised Commerz Real on its sale of Charles Square Center to a closed-end European real estate fund represented by KGAL Investment Management. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Dirk Schilo, Senior Legal Counsel at Commerz Real to learn more about the deal.

On February 15, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii had advised Redport Capital and Mobexpert on the acquisition of a 44,000 square-meter land plot near Petrom City in Bucharest from OMV Petrom. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Cosmin Savu Cristescu, Managing Director at Redport, to learn more about the acquisition.

On January 14, 2022, CEE Legal Matters reported that Norton Rose Fulbright had advised Play on a PLN 464 million financing from Banco Santander in the form of an export finance facility backed by the Korean Export Credit Agency. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Marek Chrusciel, Director, Treasury, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance at Play, to learn more about the deal.

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.

On December 6, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Motieka & Audzevicius had successfully defended Olympic Casino Group Baltija before the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Monika Jakume, Legal Counsel at Olympic Casino Group Baltija, to learn more about the matter.

On December 22, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Baker McKenzie had advised polish developers 7R and VRE on its EUR 101 million sale of 7R Park Beskid II on behalf of Vestas Investment Management. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Lukasz Jachna, Member of the Board and Chief Capital Markets Officer at 7R, to learn more about the deal.

On August 19, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Schoenherr had advised the MET Group on the acquisition of a 60-megawatt operational wind park in Suvorovo, Western Bulgaria, from Grupo Enhol. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Sandor Zorad, M&A Legal Counsel at the MET Group, to learn more about the deal. 

On November 12, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cerha Hempel had advised Energy Exchange Austria and its cooperation with CCP Austria on the restructuring of the clearing of spot market trading in electric power products on the Vienna Stock Exchange and on the transfer of the central counterparty function from EXAA to CCP Austria. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Jurgen Wahl, CEO at EXAA, to learn more about the matter.

On June 4, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Zavisin Semiz & Partneri and the Budapest office of Dentons advised GTC on the Serbian legal aspects of the deal. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Klara Bujdoso, Group Legal Counsel at GTC, to learn more about the sale.

On October 7, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Kocian Solc Balastik had advised Czech technology accelerator AI Startup Incubator on its investment in US-Bangladeshi OpenRefactory. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Angelo Burgarello, Business Development Director at AI Startup Incubator, to learn more about the investment.

On October 18, 2021, CEE Legal Matters reported that Lextal has advised Estonian financial technology group IuteCredit on its EUR 75 million senior secured corporate bonds issuance. CEE In-House Matters spoke with Kadi Raudsepp, Head of Legal & Compliance at IuteCredit, to learn more about the matter.

Former Aviva Investors Compliance Expert Rafal Sobolewski has launched Quadra Underwriting, a newly established Polish company operating as an insurance agent specializing in transactional products.

Dimici Aksoy Founding Partner Burak Dimici has been appointed by Straife Risk Management as its General Counsel in Turkey.

Former TEB Cetelem Head of Legal Ayca Aydin Suzer has joined Fiba Yenilenebilir Enerji Holding as its Legal Director.

Former Lietuvos Pastas Head of Legal and Public Procurement Gabija Kuncyte has joined Compensa Life Vienna Insurance Group SE as its Chief Legal and Compliance Officer in Lithuania.

Former Veolia Energie Romania Head of Legal Department & Data Protection Officer Georgeta Szabo has joined CWP Global in Bucharest as Legal Manager.

Fatma Ozen Karaca has joined Tirsan Treyler as an Assistant Manager Legal.

Hungarian lawyer Attila Bocsak has relocated to Doha, Qatar, to take on the role of General Counsel with Gulf Bridge International.

Former EY Attorney at Law/Manager Judit Zalan-Lipak has joined Vanguards in Hungary as its Group Deputy General Counsel.

Former Ionescu & Sava Partner Costin Teodorovici has joined MassMutual Romania as its Chief Legal Officer.

Former Borealis Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Katja Tautscher has joined OMV AG as Senior Vice President / General Counsel in Vienna.

Former CicekSepeti.com / Lolaflora.com Chief Legal Counsel Dilek Akdas Kokenek has joined Moral, Kinikoglu, Pamukkale, Kokenek as Partner and Head of the IT & C department.

Former Skanska Central Europe General Counsel Agnieszka Dziegielewska-Jonczyk has joined Nordea as its General Counsel, Poland.

Former Global Kapital Group Company Secretary Pinar Tuzun has joined HSBC as its Company Secretary in Turkey.

Former Naspers and Prosus Group Senior Privacy Counsel Marcin Czarnecki has joined PayU in Poland as the company's Chief Privacy Officer.

Turkish lawyer Onur Sumer has joined Ericsson in Stockholm as the company's Group Legal Counsel Privacy.

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

Joanna Knozowska-Castens has joined Brainly in Poland as Legal Counsel.

Former Dentons Managing Counsel Arkadiusz Wierzbicki has joined Polenergia in Warsaw as the company's Group Head of Legal & General Counsel.

Former Enel Romania Head of Legal has joined Enel Green Power as its Head of Legal in Bucharest.

Former Teva General Counsel & Local Compliance Office for Turkey & MEA Dinc Sanver has joined Pearson as its Legal Director Turkey & Middle East.

Miray Turkmen has joined pharmaceutical company Organon as its Legal & Compliance Lead, Turkey & South Africa.

Former Head of Legal Automation at UiPath Vasile Tiple has launched Goodlegal – a company aiming to "make legal easy, accessible, and actionable to anyone through freely available technology."

Former Ata Holding Legal Counsel Yasemin Erden has returned to private practice as a Partner at Turunc.

Former KPMG Legal Romania Partner and Head of Technology, IP, and Data Privacy Cristiana Fernbach has joined Amber as General Counsel.