New press releasePress releases,25/03/2020
Gugushev & Partners Law Office develops a comprehensive legal review on the latest regulatory developments in Bulgaria following COVID-19 pandemic
Following the adoption of the Emergency Act Regarding the Measures and Safeguards During the State of Emergency on 23 March 2020, the team of Gugushev & Partners Law Office, the Bulgarian Office of PONTES, developed a legal review with respect to the key legal amendments being implemented upon its enactment.
The present review is developed with the purpose to support and increase public awareness regarding the scope and nature of the important amendments in a wide range of areas of the effective legislation concerning both legal and natural persons.
The legal review is segmented into eight separate areas, as enlisted below, and the respective information is accessible by clicking on the relevant section:
- Amendments Related to Suspension of All Procedural Terms on Litigation, Administrative and Enforcement Proceedings
- Amendments Related to Utility Bills Relief and Government Access to Traffic Data
- Amendments Related to Anti-Epidemic Measures and Safeguards and Sanctions for Their Violations
- Amendments Related to the Validity of Personal Documents, Territorial Expert Medical Board (TEMB) and National Expert Medical Board (NEMB) Decisions and Others
- Amendments Related to Management of the Resources from the European Structural and Investment Funds
- Amendments Related to Public Procurement Procedures
- Amendments Related to Taxation, Announcement of the Annual Financial Reports and Others
- Amendments Related to Labour and Social Security Legislation
The full legal review is accessible HERE
New press releasePress releases,20/03/2020
The Austrian and Bulgarian Offices of PONTES contributed to the development of the first-ever CEE Legal Matters Covid-19 Comparative Guide: Contracts
Graf Patsch Taucher, Austria, and Gugushev & Partners Law Office, Bulgaria, contributed to the development of the first-ever CEE Legal Matters Covid-19 Comparative Guide: Contracts. The Guide is co-edited by Slaughter and May and presents a useful summary of information about the effect of the growing Covid-19 crisis on contractual relations across the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Particular attention is paid to the rules and requirements for claims of force majeure and “change in circumstances” in each CEE country. The full article for Austria can be read HERE and the full article for Bulgaria can be accessed HERE.
New press releasePress releases,13/03/2020
Four PONTES Offices ranked in Chambers Europe 2020!
Four PONTES network offices are included by Chambers and Partners in its Chambers Europe Guide 2020, law firm rankings released today! Majerník & Miháliková in Slovakia, JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. in the Czech Republic and Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwalte in Austria are recognized for their exceptional work and expertise in the area of Corporate and M&A. Gugushev and Partners Law Office in Bulgaria is singled out for its professionalism and work in the fields of Corporate/Commercial law and Energy.
New press releasePress releases,11/03/2020
New press releasePress releases,21/02/2020
The Buzz in Bulgaria
Learn more on the latest political and legal developments in Bulgaria from the interview with Victor Gugushev, Partner at Gugushev and Partners Law Office, the Bulgarian Office of PONTES, published by CEE Legal Matters, the prestigious media website covering legal news from Europe’s emerging markets.
New press releaseNews,17/02/2020
Three PONTES network offices are included by Chambers and Partners in its Chambers Global Guide 2020, one of the most prestigious law firms rankings worldwide. Majerník & Miháliková in Slovakia and Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwalte in Austria are recognized for their work and expertise in the area of Corporate/M&A. While Gugushev and Partners Law Office in Bulgaria is singled out for its professionalism and expertise in the Corporate/Commercial area.
New press releasePress releases,12/02/2020
Solivan, the Polish Office of PONTES the CEE lawyers advised CATALYST CAPITAL on the acquisition of the Diamante office building located in Cracow
SOLIVAN Attorneys-at-law - member of PONTES the CEE lawyers, the Polish Office of PONTES the CEE lawyers, has advised Catalyst Capital on the due diligence and acquisition from a Spanish developer - ALDESA. The Diamante building is an office building with more than 10.000 square meters of lettable area. The Solivan PONTES team advising Catalyst was led by Partners Kamil Żurek and Bartosz Miszkurka, assisted by Justyna Chabocka representing banking and finance practice which assisted Catalyst on re-financing issues.
New press releasePress releases,11/02/2020
The fourth issue of PONTES News Quarterly for 2019 is out!
Transactional and other interesting news from PONTES: the CEE lawyers legal network - read the new issue of PONTES News Quarterly 4|2019!
New press releasePress releases,06/02/2020
Solivan Pontes energy law experts Christian Schnell and Olga Wasilewska are authors of the first comprehensive study about corporate PPAs on the Polish market. The report has been published by the Polish think-tank Jagiellonian Institute on behalf of RE-Source HUB Poland, a member of the European platform for corporate renewable energy sourcing. The full report can be reviewed HERE.
New press releasePress releases,27/01/2020
New press releasePress releases,17/01/2020
Interview featuring Tomáš Doležil, Partner at JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o., the Czech Office of PONTES the CEE lawyers discussing how CEE Law Firms structure their Business Development Trips and why PONTES decided to sponsor 2020 Dealer’s Choice Summit in London organized by CEE Legal Matters.
LINK to the full Article
New press releasePress releases,15/01/2020
New press releasePress releases,25/10/2019
The third issues of PONTES News Quarterly for 2019 is out!
Transactional and other interesting news from PONTES: the CEE lawyers legal network - read the new issue of PONTES News Quarterly 3 | 2019!
New press releasePress releases,15/10/2019
JSK Advised Investment Group Catalyst Capital on the Acquisition of a Shopping Centre
Based on a referral from SOLIVAN Attorneys-at-law - member of PONTES the CEE lawyers, the Polish Office of PONTES, JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. provided legal advice to investment group Catalyst Capital, long term client of Solivan, in the acquisition of the Olympia Olomouc shopping centre. Olympia Olomouc is a regional shopping centre with more than 30,000 square metres of lettable area. The transaction was led by JŠK partner Roman Šťastný in cooperation with senior associate Daniel Pospíšil, junior lawyer Jana Sabová and Patrik Müller, managing associate, responsible for the company’s due diligence.
New press releasePress releases,02/10/2019
Solivan, the Polish member firm of PONTES the CEE lawyers advised Renesola NYSE on the sale of 55 MW commissioned solar farms
SOLIVAN Attorneys-at-law - member of PONTES the CEE lawyers, the Polish member firm of PONTES the CEE lawyers network, has advised Renesola NYSE listed solar project developer on the sale of 55 MW commissioned solar farms to Aberdeen Standard Investment. Aberdeen Standard Investment was advised by Weil. According to Solivan, the portfolio of Renesola is the first large solar farm portfolio which fully entered into the Polish contract for difference support system after 2016 and 2017 auctions. The Solivan PONTES team advising Renesola was led by Partner Christian Schnell PhD, assisted by Managing Associate Piotr Dziwniel and Senior Associate Olga Wasilewska. The Weil team advising Aberdeen Standard Investment was led by Counsel Marek Durski.
New press releasePress releases,30/08/2019
Gugushev and Partners Law Office Shortlisted for Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards Europe 2019
Every year Chambers and Partners orginizes the Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards that celebrate those law firms and individuals who are developing the tradition of diversity and inclusion in Europe. Gugushev and Partners Law Office, the Bulgarian office of PONTES, has been shortlisted in the “Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion” category. "Being recognized for our hard work and efforts alongside our clients and other law firms is a tremendous honor to us,” said Victor Gugushev, Attorney at Law and Partner at Gugushev and Partners Law Office. This category recognizes efforts to ensure that diverse candidates are given equal opportunities in recruitment, retention and promotion. The Award ceremony will take place on October 1 in Amsterdam.
New press releaseNews,31/07/2019
Gugushev and Partners Law Office Shortlisted for Prestigious Legal Awards
Gugushev and Partners Law Office, the Bulgarian office of PONTES, has been shortlisted for the The Law Society's prestigious Excellence Awards 2019, which is the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. GPLO has been shortlisted in the "Excellence in International Legal Services” category. Law Society president Simon Davis said: “The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients.” As stated later, the Excellence Awards 2019 would recognize the immense contribution those firms make to our society. Gugushev and Partners Law Office aims at being one of the leaders on the Bulgarian legal market, providing high quality integrated legal services to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and the Bulgarian government. Therefore, being nominated for such a prestigious achievement becomes a great honor for us! Winners will be announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on 23 October 2019.
New press releasePress releases,29/07/2019
JŠK advises KKCG on the acquisition of a stake in the SAZKA Group
JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. advises KKCG on the acquisition of a stake in the SAZKA Group. Sazka Group founders Karel Komarek (KKCG) and Jiri Smejc (EMMA Capital) agreed on the division in March 2019, and following the approval by regulatory authorities in counties where the SAZKA Group conducts business, the transaction has now closed.
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New press releasePress releases,22/07/2019
The second issues of PONTES News Quarterly for 2019 is out!
Transactional and other interesting news from PONTES: the CEE lawyers legal network - read the new issue of PONTES News Quarterly 2|2019!
New press releaseNews,27/06/2019
JŠK's 15th anniversary summer party in Prague
On Thursday, June 6 JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. invited 200 clients and friends to its traditional summer party, which this year was held in the spirit of the number 15. In the beautiful Mánes Restaurant in Prague moderator Tomáš Hanák kicked off the proceedings by asking JŠK partners 15 tricky questions about the firm. This was followed by a concert by Thom Artway, a likeable singer who is still waiting for his 15th hit. During the evening guests could try 15 delicious ice cream flavours and 15 original mixed drinks, while dancing to a selection of the biggest hits from the last 15 years.
You can take a look at a video the event here
New press releaseNews,19/06/2019
Wolfgang Graf from Graf Patsch Taucher, the Austrian office of PONTES, was a jury member for the pitch challenge of Innovation Incubation Center of TU Vienna (Technical University). Other members of the jury represented SpeedInvest, TecNet and aws (the Austrian federal promotional bank). Graf Patsch Taucher sponsored a 5000 Euro cheque for the award winner NovoSome, a Team of three scientists from Technical University Vienna with the vision to increase patient compliance for pharmaceuticals by facilitating a novel drug delivery technology. Wolfgang is a long time University lecturer at TU Vienna and has supported start-ups such as contextflow and Procedural Design.
New press releaseNews,28/05/2019
Pontes Budapest advised Photon Energy Group in connection with the project financing of a solar power plant portfolio in Hungary. Interesting inside-out details on the deal are presented in an interview by CEE Legal Matters with Csaba Polgár, Head of our Budapest Office. You can read the full interview on the following LINK.
New press releaseNews,20/05/2019
The first issues of PONTES News Quarterly for 2019 is out!
Transactional and other interesting news from PONTES: the CEE lawyers legal network - read the new issue of PONTES News Quarterly 1|2019!
New press releaseNews,16/05/2019
All three partners of PONTES Austria (Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte GmbH) were ranked in Austrian business weekly “Trend”
The renowned Austrian business weekly “Trend” annually picks the top ten Austrian lawyers for a number of practice areas in a country-wide ranking exercise. As in last year’s ranking all three partners of PONTES Austria (Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte GmbH) were ranked in their practice areas in the top ten. This again highlights the top-quality services offered by the firm. Wolfgang Graf was ranked in the practice area company law, Alexander Patsch in the practice area real estate and Dr. Bernd Taucher in the practice area Mergers & Acquisitions. Bernd Taucher: “Besides international rankings such as Chambers, Legal 500 or JUVE which have covered our work very well for years, at least one of our partners was usually also ranked in the top ten of the Trend-ranking. It is of course a great honour for us to see for two years in a row now all the three of our partners ranked in the top ten of their practice areas and as you can imagine this makes us smile.”
New press releaseNews,24/04/2019
SOLIVAN, the Polish office of PONTES, have advised leading German project developer WKN
SOLIVAN Attorneys-at-law - member of PONTES the CEE lawyers have advised leading German project developer WKN, member of listed PNE Group, on the sale of the Polish wind farms "Barwice" (42 MW) at the end of 2018, and now also on the sale of the "Jasna" (132 MW), both ready for construction and awarded with a contract for difference after November 2018 auction. The purchasers have been German family office Wirtgen Invest for Barwice wind farm and Stadtwerke München, one of the largest German utilities, for Jasna wind farm. Those transactions constitute the quickest and largest portfolio sale after November 2018 auction in Poland. Construction of both wind farms is expected to be complete at mid of 2020.
The Solivan Pontes team advising on Polish legal matters was led by Christian Schnell, head of the Energy M&A team, joined by Associate Piotr Dziwniel. Wirtgen Invest was represented by SSW Law & Tax Warsaw, whereas Stadtwerke München was advised by CMS Hasche Sigle Stuttgart, and supported CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Warsaw office.
New press releaseNews,23/04/2019
JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o., the Czech office of PONTES, advises Sedlacek Family on PONY Group Sale to Fine Gusto Nature
JSK has advised the Sedlacek family on the sale of PONY Auto Trend s.r.o. and PONY Plast s.r.o. to Fine Gusto Nature Trade s.r.o. The Marian Jerabek Law Firm in Brno reportedly advised Fine Gusto Nature Trade on the acquisition.
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New press releaseNews,15/04/2019
PONTES Firms Included in The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 Edition
Several PONTES offices were ranked in the 2019 Edition of the prestigious law firms ranking The Legal 500 (Legalease) EMEA. The Czech office of PONTES, JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. as well as the Slovak office, Majerník & Miháliková, s.r.o. were recognized in the Commercial, Corporate and M&A categories. Gugushev and Partners Law Office from Bulgaria was singled out for their exceptional work in a number of areas: Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property; Energy and Natural Resources; Real Estate and Construction. Meanwhile, Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte GmbH in Vienna was recognized in Banking and Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and Real Estate categories.
New press releaseNews,12/04/2019
Majerník & Miháliková, s.r.o. & PONTES: the CEE lawyers hosted an event at the Embassy of Slovakia in London
Around 40 participants attended Majerník & Miháliková, s.r.o. & PONTES event at the Embassy of Slovakia in London on 10 April 2019 to discuss topics of “M&A in CEE 2018 and Brexit implications on selected legal sectors”. Tomáš Doležil from JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o., the Czech office of PONTES, presented the recent updates on M&A in the CEE region followed by an overview of the implications of Brexit presented by Stefan Gugushev from Gugushev and Partners Law Office, the Bulgarian office of PONTES. The briefing was followed by a business mixer, where the participants including lawyers, bankers and investors had the opportunity to discuss further the topics and share their experience of working in the CEE region.
New press releaseNews,31/01/2019
Pontes Budapest in cooperation with Deloitte Legal advised on K&H Bank Loan to Photon Energy Group
Deloitte Legal has advised K&H Bank on long-term non-recourse project financing provided to Photon Energy Group for Photon Energy’s 11.5 MWp proprietary PV power plant portfolio in Hungary. Pontes Budapest advised Photo Energy on the deal.
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New press releaseNews,20/04/2018
PONTES firms included in Legal 500 2018 Edition
Several PONTES offices were ranked in the 2018 Edition of the prestigious Legal 500 guide to the best law firms. JŠK in Prague was recognised in the M&A/Corporate and Dispute Resolution categories, as was Bulgarian firm Gugushev & Partners, which was also recommended for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate & Construction. Meanwhile Graf Patsch Taucher in Vienna was singled out for its work in Banking & Finance, M&A/Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate.
New press releaseNews,17/04/2018
JSK & PONTES: the CEE lawyers hosted a CEE energy and M&A event at the Czech Embassy in London
Around 40 participants attended a JSK & PONTES event at the Czech Embassy in London on 12 April 2018 entitled "CEE Energy and M&A". The briefing and round table discussion focused on the energy, M&A and private equity markets in CEE and was followed by a business mixer. The participants included lawyers, bankers and investors.
New press releaseNews,17/04/2018
JŠK, Majerník & Miháliková and Graf Patsch Taucher successfully represented ARBES Technologies in the acquisition of FINAMIS in Slovakia
The JŠK law firm in cooperation with Slovak law firm Majerník & Miháliková and Austrian firm Graf Patsch Taucher, all members of the Central European PONTES network, provided legal advisory services to ARBES Technologies, a member of the Expandia Group, in connection with the cross-border acquisition of Slovak software company FINAMIS.
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New press releaseNews,26/03/2018
PONTES offices ranked by Chambers and Partners
Three PONTES network offices were included by Chambers and Partners in its law firm rankings released at the beginning of March 2018. Majernik & Mihalikova in Slovakia scored well in the area of Corporate/M&A, while Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte in Austria was recommended for its Banking & Finance and Corporate M&A practice both in Europe and globally, as well as for Real Estate in Europe. Gugushev & Partners in Bulgaria was singled out for its work in the Corporate/Commercial, Energy and Real Estate categories.
New press releaseNews,18/12/2017
WFW and Solivan advise on 55 MW solar portfolio project financing in Poland
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) and its Polish partner firm Solivan Pontes have advised Sequoia Investment Management (“Sequoia”) on the project financing of a 55 MW solar portfolio located in Poland. This transaction is the first large project financing under the newly implemented auction support systems in Central-Eastern Europe. For more information, please, click here.
New press releaseNews,01/12/2017
BSWW Legal & Tax and Solivan Advise on Sale of Galeria Swidnicka in Poland.
BSWW Legal & Tax has advised Rank Progress on the EUR 26.7 million sale of Galeria Swidnicka to the Catalyst Capital Fund (an SPV of Calioppe Investments). The Solivan firm advised the seller on the deal. For more information, please, click here.
New press releaseNews,18/01/2017
JŠK advised APS Holding on an agreement with Hellenic Bank of Cyprus for the management of real estate assets and the servicing of the non-performing loans of the Bank. For more information, please, click here.
New press releaseNews,27/07/2018
The PONTES office Solivan in Warsaw strengthens its PE&VC competence
The PONTES office Solivan in Warsaw (Poland) strengthens its team by PE&VC expert Dorota Przelaskowska, a legal counsel (radca prawny) with 20 years professional experience. Click here for more information.