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Talking CEE

Video & Podcast Series

September 2020

Welcome to 'Talking CEE'

Talking CEE is a future facing video & podcast series bringing together lawyers and experts to discuss the challenges, changes and opportunities that business and industry face in Central and Eastern Europe today – and tomorrow. 

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Episode #4 – Rebound & Remodel: HR trends and policies arising from lockdown

Our fourth episode is hosted by Katarzyna Dulewicz, Head of CMS’s CEE Employment Practice, who is joined by senior associate Nataliya Nakonechna from Kyiv, senior associate Gyorgy Balint from Budapest, and associate Jakub Kabat from Prague, to discuss new trends and policies in employment arising from lockdown.

Our experts discuss some of the trending topics today, including:

  • Which sectors have been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • What trends we have seen concerning mass redundancies and retaining key staff in these uncertain times
  • How companies have been handling the new normal in their employment policies and how they have been operating during the pandemic
  • Which health & safety and other employment measures should companies across CEE be aware of while implementing new HR policies to address the trends arising from lockdown.

Podcast

Episode #4 – Rebound & Remodel: HR trends and policies arising from lockdown

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Video

Episode #3 – Rebound & Remodel: A new normal for landlords and tenants?

In our third episode, hosted by Lukas Hejduk (Head of Real Estate in CEE, CMS), our guests – Roxana Fratila (Head of Real Estate in Romania, CMS), Josef Krautman (Head of Tenant Representation Services, Cushman & Wakefield, Prague) and George Lewis (Director Capital Markets, Knight Frank, Warsaw) – discuss the changing dynamics of the office market in CEE as a result of the pandemic. 

Our guest speakers provide their insights addressing the following questions:

  • Will firms require less space?
  • Will there be less demand for offices?
  • Will offices become riskier investment?
  • Will people like working remotely for a long period of time?
  • Can firms manage and train staff remotely?

Podcast

Episode #3 – Rebound & Remodel: A new normal for landlords and tenants?

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Episode #2 – Rebound & Remodel: dispute resolution options in unprecedented times

Our second episode, hosted by Zsolt Okanyi (Global Head of Dispute Resolution), who is joined by Malgorzata Surdek (Head of Dispute Resolution, CMS Poland) and Daniela Karollus-Bruner (Head of Dispute Resolution, CMS Austria) looks at the challenges that businesses have been facing in dealing with dispute resolution over the last few months, with a particular focus on contract disputes as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our experts talk about: 

  • The legal and commercial areas most disputed and industry sectors likely hit by increasing number of disputes arising from the pandemic
  • How the courts in Central and Eastern Europe have been handling the lockdown measures and what the outlook is for virtual and in-person hearings in the near future
  • Navigating the increasing number of postponed court proceedings and delayed hearings in light of social distancing and health safety measures
  • Mediation and arbitration models as alternatives to litigation in CEE
  • Dispute resolution planning and management recommendations for businesses in these unprecedented times.

 

Podcast

Episode #2 – Rebound & Remodel: dispute resolution options in unprecedented times

 

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Video 

Episode #1 – Rebound & Remodel: financial relief measures, recovery & future robustness in the wake of CV-19

In our first episode, hosted by Dora Petranyi (CEE Managing Director) – Malgorzata Urbanska (Head of Competition & Public Procurement, CMS Poland), Andrzej Posniak (Head of Tax CEE and Managing Partner, CMS Poland) and Mark Segall (Head of Finance CEE/CIS) discuss the challenges multinational businesses operating across CEE face as they look to return to scale in the immediate aftermath of CV-19, with particular focus on financial relief measures offered by governments, central banks and other regulators in the region. Our experts look at: 

  • Financial measures available across CEE
  • Tax relief measures made available by governments in the region
  • Resilience financing as a response of multilateral financial institutions to the CV-19 outbreak
  • Payment moratoria supporting the liquidity of companies in a number of CEE countries
  • Moving forward – what happens next?

Podcast

Episode #1 – Rebound & Remodel: financial relief measures, recovery & future robustness in the wake of CV-19