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Title: Our Practice in CEE and SEE - a success story


1
Our Practice in CEE and SEE - a success story
  • Louis Milicich
  • DLA PIPER Weiss-Tessbach

2
DLA Piper CEE SEE Facts Figures
  • DLA Piper has 3,200 lawyers located in 24
    countries and 62 offices throughout Asia, Europe
    and the U.S.
  • DLA Piper is the result of global merger of
    prestigious law firms
  • In the US, its predecessors included Rudnick
    Wolfe, Piper Marbury and Gray Cary in the UK,
    DLA.
  • DLA Piper Weiss Tessbach is the regional name of
    DLA Pipers practice in Central/Eastern Europe
    (CEE) and Southeast and Eastern Europe (SEE)
    its predecessor was an Austrian Law Firm (Weiss
    Tessbach) established in 1878
  • DLA Piper Weiss Tessbach is one of the largest
    practices in CEE/SEE with 120 lawyers
  • Significant growth since 1990 in CEE/SEE
  • 1990 - 10 Lawyers and 15 staff/employees
  • 2006 120 Lawyers, 140 staff/employees

3
DLA Piper in CEE/SEE-Facts and Figures
  • DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has been active in
    CEE/SEE since 1989
  • The firm presently has official offices in
  • Sarajevo
  • Vienna
  • Zagreb
  • Sofia
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Prague
  • Salzburg
  • We intend to further extend our network in the
    CEE/SEE region by opening offices in Serbia,
    Romania and Slovenia in the mid-term future.
  • Our main strength Top quality locally and
    internationally trained lawyers who are
    multi-lingual

4
DLA Piper in CEE / SEE (I)
  • Austria (Vienna and Salzburg)
  • Vienna and Salzburg offices employ more than 130
    people, over 60 of which are lawyers.
  • Vienna is the firms regional HQ.
  • Hungary (Budapest)
  • Budapest was the firm's first office outside of
    Austria and has been operating since 1989.
  • Second largest office in the region, employing 30
    lawyers
  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • Prague office was opened in 1992 and offers a
    team of 13 lawyers regularly advising on
    financing projects and MA transactions

5
DLA Piper in CEE / SEE (II)
  • Slovak Republic (Bratislava)
  • Bratislava office operative since 1994 and
    advises with an experienced team of 5 lawyers
    due to vicinity to Vienna office, regular
    teamwork by Slovak and Viennese lawyers in the
    course of projects and transactions
  • DLA Piper Group Poland (Lukowicz Swierzewski
    Partners)
  • Clients with economic interests in Poland can be
    best served through our DLA Piper Group partners
    in Poland - offices in Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan
    experienced team of 35 lawyers (4 Partners)
  • Bulgaria
  • Opened office in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2006
    - initial staff 5 to 7 lawyers
  • Regularly advising clients on Bulgarian matters,
    currently from out of the Vienna office with two
    senior lawyers (both native Bulgarians and
    admitted as attorneys in Bulgaria)

6
DLA Piper in CEE / SEE (III)
  • Former Yugoslavia Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo
  • Two Official Offices Zagreb (opened 1997, 5
    lawyers) and Sarajevo (opened 2002, 3 lawyers)
  • Belgrade, Serbia Presence 1 senior US attorney
    of Serbian background 1 senior Serbian attorney
    with international experience 2 junior
    associates multi-lingual office manager
  • When we include lawyers who are in Vienna, we
    have a team of 17 locally and internationally
    trained lawyers who are able to work and
    communicate using both English and the local
    languages of the former YU (Serbian, Croatian,
    etc.)
  • Over 10 years of experience advising on
    transactions and projects in the former
    Yugoslavia, including privatizations, greenfield
    investments, real estate development,
    finance/banking, infrastructure, energy and waste
    projects

7
Broad Range of Services
  • Our expertise as a full-service commercial law
    firm covers all areas of corporate, commercial,
    public and civil law which are relevant to the
    business activities of our clients.
  • All offices of DLA Piper in CEE/SEE are set up as
    full-service law firms and offer particular
    experience in the following areas

8
Organisation
  • DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is organised into four
    practice groups
  • Corporate, MA
  • Projects Finance
  • Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • This organisational structure facilitates the
    transfer and development of know-how and provides
    clients with a clear contact point for all their
    legal questions

9
PG Corporate and MA
  • 35 Lawyers
  • Recognized as the strongest practice in CEE by
    current edition of European Legal 500
  • Practice includes in particular MA, corporate
    structuring, capital markets, private and public
    equity, merger control, privatisations
  • Has advised on landmark transactions in CEE, e.g.
    on
  • the first dual listing of shares following the
    sale of a majority shareholding a Hungarian
    petrochemical corporation, resulting in a dual
    listing at the stock exchanges of Budapest and
    Warsaw as well as the placement of GDRs at the
    London Stock Exchange
  • the privatisation of the two main airports in the
    Slovak Republic
  • the privatisation of the gas and electricity
    sectors in various CEE countries, including Czech
    Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary

10
PG Projects Finance
  • 38 Lawyers
  • One of the strongest practices in CEE considering
    both experience and number of lawyers
  • Particular fields of expertise include
    infrastructure and project finance (acknowledged
    leadership concerning PPP projects in CEE/SEE),
    real estate finance, structured finance, banking,
    debt capital transactions, insolvency and
    bankruptcy
  • Clients include all major CEE banks,
    international banks, leading European and
    international construction groups and
    infrastructure developers
  • Represented clients in major projects and
    transactions, including infrastructure projects
    with a project value exceeding EUR 1 bn

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PG Commercial/Litigation
  • 26 Lawyers
  • Covers broad range of areas and guarantees
    full-service approach throughout the firm
  • Particular fields of expertise include general
    commercial and civil law, labor law, IP/IT,
    litigation and arbitration, public law and public
    procurement, telecoms, energy, insurance, banking
    regulatory and regulatory in general
  • Clients include big players such as Deutsche
    Telekom, one of the largest European telecoms
    providers, which was advised on several of the
    largest MA deals and privatizations in the
    industry in CEE, including the privatization of
    Croatian Telekom and the acquisition of two of
    the top 5 Austrian mobile operators
  • Lawyers of PG Commercial are regularly involved
    in transactions and lead by our other Practice
    Groups and form part of tailored teams of
    individually specialized lawyers

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PG Real Estate
  • 16 Lawyers
  • Expertise comprises all aspects of property law,
    including purchase sale, rent and lease,
    representation before courts and public
    authorities (land register issues, regulatory
    issues etc.) particular experience in real
    estate litigation and arbitration
  • Vienna real estate practice also includes a
    dedicated real estate administration and
    management department, currently managing around
    50 objects and advising owners in all legal
    matters in connection with the properties
  • PG Real Estate regularly teams up with our
    Projects Finance experts to advise on real
    estate development and finance projects
  • involved in transactions and lead by our other
    Practice Groups and form part of tailored teams
    of individually specialized lawyers

13
Selected References for SERBIA
  • Practice Group Corporate, MA
  • Advising an international construction group on
    the tender for the development, operation and
    financing of a large PPP highway project in
    Serbia
  • Advising an international company acquiring a
    company in Serbia
  • Advising an international investor in the
    privatization bid for a lime stone producer in
    Serbia
  • Advising an Austrian bank in connection with
    banking deposits and the succession issues
    concerning the break-up for the former
    Yugoslavia
  • Advising an international construction components
    company on the acquisition of a competitor in
    Serbia
  • Advising a mineral exploitation company
    concerning obtaining of a mining concession
  • Advising a consortium of foreign banks in
    connection with a trade financing related to
    Serbia
  • Advising a large Austrian bank on cross-border
    electricity trade financing in Serbia
  • Advising European oil and gas trading companies
    on debt collection related matters.
  • Litigation
  • Ongoing representation of a major Austrian bank
    in a multiple arbitration proceeding before the
    Vienna International Arbitral Centre with respect
    to a USD 100 million financing facility and
    including elements of Austrian and Serbian law.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Preparing a comprehensive report on municipal
    financing laws and regulations in Croatia for one
    of the leading Austrian banking groups
  • Infrastructure Advising a leading international
    water operator in connection with a concession
    bid for a waste water treatment project in
    Croatia
  • Infrastructure/Finance Representation of a
    leading Austrian commercial bank in connection
    with a project finance facility for railroad
    upgrading measures in Croatia
  • Infrastructure/Finance Representation of a
    leading Austrian commercial bank in connection
    with a project finance facility for highway
    construction projects in Croatia
  • Infrastructure/Syndicated Financing (1999-2000)
    Local counsel advice to an international
    consortium of banks providing a syndicated loan
    to the concession company for the construction
    and operation of a toll motorway
  • Syndicated Financing (2001 2002) Advising one
    of the leading Austrian banks on syndicated
    refinancing of existing loans and financing of
    development investments of an Italian company
    managing a large shopping centre in Zagreb,
    Croatia
  • Syndicated Financing (2002-2004) Advising one of
    Austrias major banks on syndicated financing of
    the reconstruction and refurbishment of a hotel
    in Dubrovnik to be managed by one of the leading
    global hotel operators
  • Financing (2004) Advising a leading Austrian
    commercial bank regarding a loan financing for
    the acquisition of a majority stake in a leading
    Croatian petrochemical products manufacturer and
    for a working capital facility
  • Municipal Financing (2003- 2004) Preparing a
    comprehensive report on municipal financing laws
    and regulations in Croatia for one of the leading
    Austrian banking groups
  • Privatization (20012002) Advising a
    Russian/Austrian consortium in the privatization
    of a Croatian steel mill (bankruptcy
    restructuring)
  • Privatization (2004) Advising one of the leading
    Austrian publishing companies on privatization of
    one of the major Croatian media companies. The
    legal services comprised the legal due diligence,
    drafting agreements, advising on various issues
    (corporate, competition/merger control,
    employment, real estate and other), advising on
    specific aspects on transformation of companies
    existing under previous regime into corporations
    in terms of new corporate regulations.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Privatization Advising on the privatization of a
    paper and card board manufacturer (Croatia) -
    Advice on structuring the transaction including
    issues of privatization, real property,
    employment, environmental and tax issues
  • Privatization/Corporate/Telecommunication (1999
    to 2001) Advising Deutsche Telekom on the
    privatization of Croatian Telecom (1999 to 2001,
    several steps up to 51 with a deal value of
    approx. Euro 1,5 billion, and the following
    restructuring of CT)
  • Corporate/Telecommunication (2004) Advising a
    leading Croatian telecommunication company
    regarding the restructuring of its capital
    structure
  • Corporate establishment of numerous local
    manufacturing, distribution and service
    subsidiaries for international businesses
    including issues of labor, immigration, real
    estate and permitting matters
  • Real Estate (2003/2004) Advising an investment
    fund managed by a leading Austrian bank in the
    acquisition of two Croatian hotel companies and
    of an office building in Zagreb
  • Real Estate representation of non-Croatian
    private clients regarding the purchase of real
    estate for leisure purposes at the Croatian
    seaside (including consents to purchase to be
    obtained from the Croatian government
  • Commercial/Litigation (1998 2004) large volume
    debt collection related to the charge card
    business of a major global oil and gas
    distributor, for international distributors of
    consumer goods and equipment and on behalf of
    international Export Credit Agencies.
  • Other Activities
  • Published Croatian country report in
    International Banking Law and Financial
    Regulations, Oceana 2004
  • Presentation on Croatian Environmental Laws to
    an official Austrian business mission organized
    by the Austrian Trade Commission, Zagreb, October
    2003
  • Presentation on Current Legal developments in
    Croatia to the monthly assembly of the Austrian
    Trade Commission, Zagreb, December 2003
  • Presentation on Investment in Croatia at
    seminars organized by the Vienna office of the
    International Chamber of Commerce, Vienna Graz,
    2004
  • Publication of practical guides regarding
    Incorporation, Real Estate Acquisition,
    Employment Law and Trade Marks for the
    Austrian Trade Commission Zagreb.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Banking
  • Advising one of the worlds leading financial
    groups headquartered in the US on the
    establishment of an Austrian credit institution
    including all aspects of Austrian banking law and
    the extension of its activities throughout Europe
    via European passporting
  • Advice to Austrian subsidiaries of several US
    companies on the compliance with Austrian data
    protection regulation on the transmission of
    employees data to the US parent issues included
    employees' consent, necessary approvals, filings
    and discussions with the data protection
    commission
  • Advising several European banks and their CEE
    subsidiaries on various regulatory finance
    matters in Croatia
  • Privatization (20012002) Advising a
    Russian/Austrian consortium in the privatization
    of a Croatian steel mill (bankruptcy
    restructuring)
  • Advising a leading Austrian commercial bank
    regarding a loan financing for the acquisition of
    a majority stake in a leading Croatian
    petrochemical products manufacturer and for a
    working capital facility
  • Advising the trade and commodity finance
    department of a major international bank
    regarding collateral (guarantees, pledges) to be
    posted by local trade borrowers in Croatia
  • Preparing a comprehensive report on municipal
    financing laws and regulations in Croatia for one
    of the leading Austrian banking groups.
  • Insolvency and Debt Collection
  • Advising a Russian/Austrian consortium in the
    privatization of a Croatian steel mill
    (bankruptcy restructuring)
  • Acting as preferred local counsel for
    Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (the ECA of the
    Republic of Austria) in Hungary, Czech Republic,
    Slovak Republic and Croatia for debt collection
    and insolvency matters.
  • Practice Group Corporate, MA
  • Privatization (2004) Advising one of the leading
    Austrian publishing companies on privatization of
    one of the major Croatian media companies. The
    legal services comprised the legal due diligence,
    drafting agreements, advising on various issues
    (corporate, competition/merger control,
    employment, real estate and other), advising on
    specific aspects on transformation of companies
    existing under previous regime into corporations
    in terms of new corporate regulations
  • Privatization Advising on the privatization of a
    paper and card board manufacturer (Croatia) -
    Advice on structuring the transaction including
    issues of privatization, real property,
    employment, environmental and tax issues
  • Privatization/Corporate/Telecommunication (1999
    to 2001) Advising Deutsche Telekom on the
    privatization of Croatian Telecom (1999 to 2001,
    several steps up to 51 with a deal value of
    approx. Euro 1,5 billion, and the following
    restructuring of CT)
  • Corporate/Telecommunication (2002) Advising a
    leading Croatian telecommunication company on
    corporate and other issues related to spin-off of
    its mobile communications unit into a separate
    corporate entity.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Practice Group Corporate, MA
  • Corporate/Telecommunication (2004) Advising a
    leading Croatian telecommunication company
    regarding the restructuring of its capital
    structure.
  • Corporate establishment of numerous local
    manufacturing, distribution and service
    subsidiaries for international businesses
    including issues of labour, immigration, real
    estate and permitting matters
  • Infrastructure Advising a leading international
    water operator in connection with a concession
    bid for a waste water treatment project in
    Croatia Infrastructure/Finance Representation
    of a leading Austrian commercial bank in
    connection with a project finance facility for
    railroad upgrading measures in Croatia
  • Infrastructure/Finance Representation of a
    leading Austrian commercial bank in connection
    with a project finance facility for highway
    construction projects in Croatia
  • Infrastructure/Syndicated Financing (1999-2000)
    Local counsel advice to an international
    consortium of banks providing a syndicated loan
    to the concession company for the construction
    and operation of a toll motorway
  • Syndicated Financing (2001 2002) Advising one
    of the leading Austrian banks on syndicated
    refinancing of existing loans and financing of
    development investments of an Italian company
    managing a large shopping centre in Zagreb,
    Croatia
  • Syndicated Financing (2002-2004) Advising one of
    Austrias major banks on syndicated financing of
    the reconstruction and refurbishment of a hotel
    in Dubrovnik to be managed by one of the leading
    global hotel operators
  • Syndicated Financing (2003-2004) Syndicated
    financing of a shopping centre (refinancing of
    existing obligations and investment financing)
    for a major Austrian bank
  • Financing (2004) Advising a leading Austrian
    commercial bank regarding a loan financing for
    the acquisition of a majority stake in a leading
    Croatian petrochemical products manufacturer and
    for a working capital facility
  • Municipal Financing (2003- 2004) Preparing a
    comprehensive report on municipal financing laws
    and regulations in Croatia for one of the leading
    Austrian banking groups
  • Real Estate (2004) Advising an international
    investment company on several real estate
    development projects along the Croatian coast
  • Real Estate (2003/2004) Advising an investment
    fund managed by a leading Austrian bank in the
    acquisition of two Croatian hotel companies and
    of an office building in Zagreb
  • Real Estate representation of non-Croatian
    private clients regarding the purchase of real
    estate for leisure purposes at the Croatian
    seaside (including consents to purchase to be
    obtained from the Croatian government
  • Advising a banking consortium on the financing of
    transport infrastructure (rail and road) projects
    in Croatia
  • Advising an Austrian bank/investment bank with
    major activities in the CEE region on the
    acquisition of a steel production plant in
    Croatia.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Private Equity
  • Advising Vienna Capital Partners in a complex
    management buy-out of the largest Croatian tanker
    fleet operator, using an innovative private
    foundation structure.
  • Privatization
  • Advising one of the leading Austrian publishing
    companies on privatization of one of the major
    Croatian media companies. The legal services
    comprised the legal due diligence, drafting
    agreements, advising on various issues
    (corporate, competition/merger control,
    employment, real estate and other), advising on
    specific aspects on transformation of companies
    existing under previous regime into corporations
    in terms of new corporate regulations
  • Advising on the privatization of a paper and card
    board manufacturer (Croatia) - Advice on
    structuring the transaction including issues of
    privatization, real property, employment,
    environmental and tax issues
  • Advising Deutsche Telekom on the privatization of
    Croatian Telecom (1999 to 2001, several steps up
    to 51 with a deal value of approx. Euro 1,5
    billion, and the following reorganization of
    Croatian Telecom).
  • Other Corporate Advice
  • Establishment of numerous local manufacturing,
    distribution and service subsidiaries in Croatia
    for international businesses including issues of
    labour, immigration, real estate and permitting
    matters.
  • Advising a leading Croatian telecommunication
    company on corporate and other issues related to
    spin-off of its mobile communications unit
    MobilTel into a separate corporate entity.
  • Practice Group Commercial
  • Real Estate Finance - Hotel Leisure Industry
  • Since 1992 we have completed a large number of
    projects (with significant project values
    regularly exceeding EUR 25 million) in the hotel
    leisure industry across Europe. We have worked
    with all leading operators and developers.
    Recently completed or ongoing projects include
    reputable names such as Sheraton Kiev, Rocco
    Forte Prague and Hilton Dubrovnik.
  • Advising a banking consortium on the financing of
    a five star hotel project in Dubrovnik/Croatia.
    Our work included due diligence, review and
    amendments to project agreements (including
    acquisition documents, shareholder agreements,
    corporate documentation, construction and hotel
    management agreement, insurance agreements),
    drafting and negotiating finance documentation
    and advising on establishing security and closing
    of transaction.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • IT Telecoms
  • Advising Deutsche Telekom on the privatisation of
    Croatian Telecom (1999 to 2001, several steps up
    to 51 with a deal value of approx. Euro 1,5
    billion, and the following restructuring of
    Croatian Telecom)
  • Trade Finance
  • Legal advice to an Austrian Bank with respect to
    the structuring of forfaiting transactions for
    steel exports to the former Yugoslavia
  • Legal advice to an Austrian Bank with respect to
    the structuring of forfaiting transactions for
    Oil supply to Croatia
  • Infrastructure Projects Transport (Road and
    Rail)
  • Representation of a leading Austrian commercial
    bank in connection with a project finance
    facility for highway construction projects in
    Croatia
  • Representation of a leading Austrian commercial
    bank in connection with a project finance
    facility for railroad upgrading measures in
    Croatia
  • Human Resources / Labour Law
  • Comprehensive ongoing labour law advice to
    clients of all business sectors, including
    employment contracts termination notices
    internal statutes bonus schemes, termination
    notices and amicable dissolutions of employment
    contracts, advising on collective bargaining
    agreements and general employment law
    regulations
  • Advising an international tobacco group on labour
    law questions concerning the contracts of its
    local management in Croatia
  • Advising a leading Austrian forwarding agent on
    various questions of individual and collective
    labour law
  • Advising an international pharmaceutical company
    on various questions of Croatian individual
    labour law
  • Infrastructure Projects Environmental
  • Advising a leading international water operator
    in connection with a concession bid for a waste
    water treatment project in Croatia.

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Selected References for CROATIA
  • Practice Group Real Estate
  • Real Estate Transactions Acquisition and Sale
  • Advising an Austrian bank with substantial
    activities in CEE on the indirect purchase of an
    office tower building in Zagreb/Croatia. Deal
    value approximately EUR 75 million.
  • Real Estate Advice Management and General
    Issues
  • Advising an Austrian bank with regard to a FIDIC
    construction contract in Croatia.
  • Advising the real estate subsidiary of a large
    Austrian Bank with respect to the establishment
    of closed-end real estate investment funds in
    Croatia and Slovenia.
  • Real Estate Development Projects
  • Advising a banking consortium on the financing of
    a hotel/office and entertainment centre in
    Zagreb, Croatia. Our work included the due
    diligence, review and amendments to project
    agreements (including acquisition documents,
    shareholder agreements, corporate documentation,
    construction agreement, insurance agreements,
    lease agreements for hotel, offices and
    entertainment part), drafting and negotiating
    finance documentation and advising on
    establishing security and closing of the
    transaction.
  • Real Estate (2004) Advising an international
    investment company on several real estate
    development projects along the Croatian coast.
  • Other Activities
  • Published Croatian country report in
    International Banking Law and Financial
    Regulations, Oceana 2004
  • Presentation on Croatian Environmental Laws to
    an official Austrian business mission organized
    by the Austrian Trade Commission, Zagreb, October
    2003
  • Presentation on Current Legal developments in
    Croatia to the monthly assembly of the Austrian
    Trade Commission, Zagreb, December 2003
  • Presentation on Investment in Croatia at
    seminars organized by the Vienna office of the
    International Chamber of Commerce, Vienna Graz,
    2004
  • Publication of practical guides regarding
    Incorporation, Real Estate Acquisition,
    Employment Law and
    Trade Marks for the Austrian Trade Commission
    Zagreb.

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Selected References for BOSNIA
  • Advising a subsidiary of an Austrian bank on the
    status of municipal finance regulations in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Advising on the incorporation of a local
    subsidiary and related regulatory matters on
    behalf of a major Austrian insurance company
  • Representation of a leading European gypsum
    supplier regarding obtaining a mining concession,
    including advice under the concession laws and
    geological research law
  • Advising an Austrian industrial investor in
    privatization transactions, related litigation,
    as well as performing legal due diligence of the
    Seller's documents
  • Advising a leading international industry player
    regarding the acquisition of 100 shares of a
    local company which has concession rights for
    lime stones production, including performance of
    legal due diligence and assistance in
    negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina
    authorities
  • Advising an international investor in connection
    with a new investment in a local steel mill,
    including representation in negotiations with the
    government of Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding
    the transfer
  • Advising an international telecommunication
    company regarding the restructuring of their
    participations in local operators, including
    defence against a hostile acquisition of shares
    by a competitor
  • Representation of an Austrian investor regarding
    the establishment of a joint venture company with
    a leading BiH paper/pulp producer
  • Advising an Austrian bank regarding the merger of
    two local bank subsidiaries
  • Advising a consortium of foreign investors
    regarding the first wind power plant in BiH
  • Analysis of BiH corporate and labor law on behalf
    of a US client
  • Advising foreign real estate developers in
    residential housing projects in BiH
  • Advising a US investor in connection with the
    planned investment into the largest soda mine and
    related energy capacities
  • Advising an international food manufacturer
    company regarding privatization of a local
    distributor
  • Representation of numerous international
    businesses regarding establishment of subsidiary
    companies in BiH, including advice on related
    labor and lease issues.

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Selected References for BOSNIA
  • Joint Ventures
  • Representation of an Austrian investor regarding
    the establishment of a joint venture company with
    a leading Bosnian paper/pulp producer
  • Reorganization
  • Advising an international telecommunication
    company regarding the reorganization of their
    participations in local operators in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina, including defence against a
    hostile acquisition of shares by a competitor
  • Other Corporate Advice
  • Advising on the incorporation of a local
    subsidiary in Bosnia-Herzegovina and related
    regulatory matters on behalf of a major Austrian
    insurance company
  • Representation of numerous international
    businesses regarding establishment of subsidiary
    companies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including advice
    on related labour and lease issues
  • Selected References PG Projects Finance
  • Advising a subsidiary of an Austrian bank on the
    status of municipal finance regulations in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Advising a US investor in connection with the
    planned investment into the largest Bosnian soda
    mine and related energy capacities
  • Advising an Austrian bank regarding the merger of
    two local bank subsidiaries in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Advising a subsidiary of an Austrian bank on the
    status of municipal finance regulations in
    Bosnia- Herzegovina
  • Representing and Austrian bank in front of the
    Constitutional Court, Supreme courts and other
    authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina in several bank
    relating issues
  • Representing EBRD on a project finance in Bosnia
  • Other Activities
  • Contributing a country report to Richmond Law
    Global Directory of Financial Service Regulators
  • Contributing a country report on construction
    laws for a global World Bank Survey
  • Presentation on BiH legal framework at a
    conference sponsored by UK Trade Partners in
    London (December 2003)
  • Representation of Kuwait Investment Agency
    ("KIA") with respect to the acquisition of 51 by
    LLM Group in the leading Bosnian Steelmaker BH
    Steel, Zenica

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Selected References for BOSNIA
  • Practice Group Commercial
  • Human Resources / Labour Law
  • Advising and representing a global steel company
    concerning work and residence permits in Bosnia
    Herzegovina
  • Advising a foreign chemicals group on general
    employment matters under Bosnian law
  • Advising and representing an international group
    of companies on employment matters as well as
    debt collection and enforcement for over 40 of
    their debtors in Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Advising an Austrian cement producer on general
    employment law issues in Bosnia Herzegovina as
    it concerns its subsidiary
  • Advising British non-profit organisation on
    general employment law issues in Bosnia
    Herzegovina
  • Advising a leading Austrian insurance company on
    general employment law issues, including the
    preparation of employment agreements and advising
    on employment disputes under Bosnian law
  • Advising an Italian non-governmental organisation
    on general employment issues, preparation of
    employment agreements, advising on employment
    disputes under Bosnian law
  • Advising an international investor in connection
    with a new investment in a local steel mill,
    including representation in negotiations with the
    government of Bosnia-Herzegovina regarding the
    share transfer
  • Representation of an Austrian investor regarding
    the establishment of a joint venture company with
    a leading paper/pulp producer in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Advising an international telecommunication
    company regarding the restructuring of their
    participations in local operators, including
    defence against a hostile acquisition of shares
    by a competitor as well as performing legal due
    diligence of the client regarding the documents
    of the majority shareholder
  • Advising a leading international industry player
    regarding the acquisition of 100 shares of a
    Bosnian corporation owning concession rights for
    lime stones production, including performance of
    legal due diligence and assistance in
    negotiations with Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities
  • Advising foreign real estate developers in
    residential housing projects in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Selected References for BOSNIA
  • Advising an Austrian industrial investor in
    privatization transactions in Bosnia-Herzegovina,
    related litigation, as well as performing legal
    due diligence of the Seller's documents
  • Advising an international food manufacturer
    regarding the privatization of a local Bosnian
    distributor
  • Advising a European food stuff distributor in
    relation to distribution regulations in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Representation of numerous international
    businesses regarding establishment of subsidiary
    companies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including advice
    on related labour and lease issues
  • Advising a consortium of foreign investors
    regarding the first wind power plant in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Analysis of corporate and labour law in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina on behalf of a US client
  • Advising a major Austrian insurance company on
    the incorporation of a local subsidiary in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina and related regulatory
    matters
  • Representation of leading European mineral
    exploitation companies in obtaining mining
    concessions, including advice under the
    concession laws and geological research law in
    the Republika Srpska and the Federation
  • Advising a US investor in connection with the
    planned investment into a Bosnian soda mine and
    related energy operation
  • Infrastructure Projects Energy
  • Representation of a consortium of Austrian
    investors regarding the formation of a local
    joint venture company for the construction and
    operation of a wind park in Mostar,
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Infrastructure Projects Other
  • Advising foreign real estate developers in
    residential housing projects in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Establishing the Bosnian subsidiary of an
    international insurance company (focus life
    insurance) which involved detailed legal analysis
    of all applicable insurance laws and regulations
    and which included the drafting of numerous legal
    documents and legal regulatory advice during all
    phases of the companys establishment
  • Advising a subsidiary of an Austrian bank on the
    status of municipal finance regulations in
    Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Selected References for SLOVENIA
  • Banking and Finance General
  • Advising one of Austrias major banks on
    syndicated financing via a term loan and
    guarantee issuance facility agreement with
    respect to a leading Slovenian tele-communications
    group
  • Advice on Slovak and Slovenian issues in
    connection with the acquisition of Bank Austria
    by Hypo-Vereinsbank. Various corporate
    restructurings on contractual relations with
    customers
  • Advice on Slovak and Slovenian issues in
    connection with the acquisition of and Austrian
    bank by a German bank Austria. Various corporate
    restructurings and advice on contractual
    relations with customers.
  • Infrastructure Projects Environmental
  • Advising the Austrian members of an international
    consortium of contractors and investors in
    connection with the preparation of a tender bid
    for the construction and operation of a waste
    water treatment facility for the municipality of
    Maribor, Slovenia.
  • Infrastructure Projects Energy
  • Representation of one of the regional Styrian
    utilities with respect to the concession for
    establishment of a power plant in Slovenia
    including consortium agreements and agreements
    for the operation of the plant
  • Advising BNP Paribas (Suisse) in connection with
    the structuring of an L/C financing facility for
    a German energy trader, acting as trader/grid
    capacity arranger, for energy supplies from
    Slovenske Elektrarne (SE), Slovak Republic, to
    Austria and Hungary in two parallel transactions
  • Real Estate Advice Management and General
    Issues
  • Advising an Austrian bank with regard to a FIDIC
    construction contract in Croatia
  • Advising the real estate subsidiary of a large
    Austrian Bank with respect to the establishment
    of closed-end real estate investment funds in
    Croatia and Slovenia.

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Your Key Contact for DLA Piper CEE/SEE
Louis Milicich Belgrade, Serbia T 381 11 222
3419 E loius.milicich_at_dlapiper.com
Louis counsels corporations, financial
institutions, funds and individuals regarding
real estate transactions, business transactions,
mergers, acquisitions, privatisations, projects
and financings, and also has litigated all phases
(discovery, trial, mediation, arbitration) of
corporate and commercial disputes in numerous
jurisdictions. He has represented Fortune 100
companies such as General Dynamics, MCI Worldcom,
American Home Products and Sun Microsystems. Loui
s practices throughout Central and SE Europe, but
spends the majority of his time in the countries
and regions of the former Yugoslavia Serbia,
Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia,
Slovenia, Macedonia and Kosovo. Louis was
educated at Northwestern University,
Evanston/Chicago, Illinois, USA, where he
completed both his undergraduate (1981 BA with
Honors Political Science, BS Communications
Studies) and his legal studies (1984 JD School of
Law). Prior to joining DLA Piper
Weiss-Tessbach, Louis was a partner in the US
national law firm of Jenner Block and was
Counsel at Sonnenschein, Nath Rosenthal, both
headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Louis
is fluent in English, Serbian, Montenegrin,
Croatian and Bosnian and is semi-fluent in
Macedonian, Russian and Ukrainian.
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Belgrade, Serbia Senior Lawyer
Zoran Nedin Belgrade, Serbia T 381 63 88 20
518 E zoran.nedin_at_dlapiper.com
Zoran is an attorney qualified to practice law in
Serbia and Montenegro. His practice includes
general commercial and corporate law with a
special focus on privatization, real estate and
MA work on behalf of both local and
international investors and organizations. His
experience also includes advising on project
finance matters. Prior to joining DLA
Weiss-Tessbach Zoran Nedin also worked with
Lovells in Frankfurt and Coopers Lybrand
Deutsche Revision in Hamburg. Zoran graduated
from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law
in 1988. In addition, he holds an LLM degree from
the Central European University, Budapest,
Hungary (1995) as well as a degree from the
Europa Kolleg in Hamburg, Germany (Specialist of
European Law, 1997). Zoran Nedin speaks
Serbian, English and German.
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