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CMS North Macedonia advises Linamar Corporation
Published on 4 March 2024
CMS advises Actis on acquisition of telecom tower portfolio from Telekom...
Published on 31 January 2024CMS legal teams in Belgrade, Podgorica and Sarajevo have advised Actis on all Serbian, Montenegrin and Bosnian aspects of the acquisition of a carved-out tower portfolio from Telekom Srbija, one of the leading tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions operators in the CEE region.   The carved-out portfolio comprises approximately 1,800 macro towers, of which approximately 1,000 are located in Serbia, approximately 700 in Bosnia and Herzegovina and approximately 100 in Montenegro. CMS has provided legal advice on the buy-side due diligence, structuring of the carve-outs, negotiation of the transaction documents, transfer of the towers, regulatory matters (merger clearance, telecoms and energy supply regulations), tax matters and financing of the transaction.This landmark transaction marks Actis’ entry into the Western Balkans and reinforces Actis' commitment to the CEE region following previous investments in the energy sector in Romania and Bulgaria in 2022. The CMS team which advised on the transaction was led by partner Marija Tešić (Serbia, Montenegro) and included partners Radivoje Petrikić, Ivan Gazdić and Milica Popović, counsels Marija Marošan and Srđan Janković, senior associates Sandra Miljanić, Ksenija Boreta, Jovana Bingulac, Ksenija Ivetić Marlović, Tamara Zejak and Tamara Samardžija, associates Mila Drljević, Milica Tomić,  Jelena Đorđević, Teodora Vujošević and Jovan Bećirić (all Serbia, Montenegro), partners Indir Osmić and Andrea Zubović-De­vedžić, counsel Sanja Voloder, senior associate Ana Terzić and Zlatan Balta, associates Zlatko Mašović, Stefan Ćosović and Zerina Spahić (all Bosnia and Herzegovina).  
CEE M&A Outlook: Steady As She Goes
Published on CEE Legal Matters | 12 December 2023
CMS launches International Digital Regulation Hub providing a clear roadmap...
All businesses should be prepared to grasp the opportunities in digital regulation 
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz receives the Woman in Law Award 2023 for best Law...
12 October 2023 We are delighted to receive the Women in Law Award for Best Law Firm 2023, which confirms our ongoing commitment to diversity and equality in the legal industry. Our efforts to promote gender diversity, create a fair and inclusive working environment, and support initiatives such as the Ladies League have enriched our culture. Our CMS Diversity and Inclusion charter as well as our internal initiatives reflect our passion to promote women and diversity and to create an inclusive legal industry. We are grateful for this recognition and look forward to a future that is even more diverse, inclusive and sus­tain­able.    Spe­cial thanks to Future-Law, Women in Law Austria and the Association of Austrian Corporate Lawyers - VUJ for the award and to our Ladies League team: Denisa Brighton, Daniela Karollus-Bruner, Daniela Krömer, Jelena Nushol Fijačko, Andrea Potz, Maria Orlyk, Nedzida Sa­li­hovic-Whalen, Gabriela Staber, Marija Tesic and Döne Yalçın.
CMS assists A1 Telekom Austria with the spin-off of their tower assets
Published on 2 October 2023
CMS Belgrade assists Palfinger
Published on 14 September 2023CMS Belgrade has been assisting Palfinger AG, a global leader in innovative crane and lifting solutions, in opening a new component plant in Niš, Serbia. Palfinger operates with over 12,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites, and has a sales and service network of around 5,000 locations in more than 130 countries on all con­tin­ents.Palfinger is investing EUR 35.5 million in the new plant in Serbia, which is expected to start production in 2024. This state-of-the-art facility will adhere to industry-leading standards, incorporating advanced energy-saving and en­ergy-gen­er­at­ing technologies, such as photovoltaic systems on the roof of the future plant, as well as the latest cooling and heating technology inside the factory.Our team of expert lawyers, led by Radivoje Petrikić, Partner CMS Vienna and Managing Partner CMS Belgrade, and Maja Stepanović, Corporate/M&A Law Partner, with valuable contributions from Tamara Zejak, Ksenija Ivetić Marlović and Teodora Vujošević, has provided comprehensive legal support in the initial phases of the project, advising on a wide range of corporate, state aid, real estate, financial and employment related mat­ters.Con­grat­u­la­tions to Palfinger on breaking ground for their new factory in Serbia!
CMS Belgrade assists PWO Group in its expansion to Serbia
Published on 18 July 2023
CMS Belgrade assists A1 Serbia
Published on 26 June 2023CMS Belgrade real estate lawyers Ivan Gazdić and Marija Marošan, as well as competition law expert Srđan Janković, have assisted A1 Serbia, the local subsidiary of A1 Telekom Austria Group, in agreeing to acquire a part of the infrastructure of Serbian provider Conexio.A1 Group CEO Thomas Arnoldner: “With this asset deal, we are able to successfully pursue our growth strategy. A1 Serbia positions itself as a serious player in the region, providing strong support for local traffic needed for mobile backhauling and for the provision of other local services. The continuous connectivity is also a great asset for enterprise customers that need overall solutions and long-distance con­nectiv­ity.”A total of approx. 850 kilometers of piping to be acquired will close the gap between the A1 markets in Croatia and Bulgaria, while also providing routes to Hungary and North Macedonia. After the completion of the transaction, A1 Group will be able to lay fiber in the pipes and close the existing network infrastructure gap.“With this deal we take our international connectivity to a new level. A1 Group will be able to offer state-of-the-art technology and with a total of 850 km of connecting pipes across Serbia will be able to offer fiber along this track to our national and international customers”, says Alejandro Plater, COO A1 Group. “We will be able to offer services running on our own managed infrastructure from the Bosporus to Austria”.The completion of the transaction is, inter alia, subject to the applicable merger control clearance. As agreed between the parties, details regarding the transaction will not be released.CMS has been providing legal support to A1 Telekom Austria Group for a number of years, addressing their legal requirements across the countries of their operation. We congratulate our long-standing client on this transaction and look forward to future accomplishments.
Uniting Forces: CMS Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia Make Waves at PODIM Conference
Published on 24 May 2023CMS Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia made a joint appearance at the PODIM conference, one of the most influential startup and tech events in the CEE region, which took place in Maribor, Slovenia, from 15 to 17 May 2023. CMS's Joint Presence at the PODIM Conference: Fostering Collaboration and Growth The conference brought together entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors, engaging them through the entire duration of the event with an exciting and immersive programme. From thought-pro­vok­ing keynote speeches to engaging panel discussions and hands-on workshops, Podim 2023 offered a diverse range of activities designed to foster innovation, collaboration, and growth. Showcasing Expertise: CMS’s Sponsorship and Engagement at PODIM 2023 For the third consecutive year, CMS attended the PODIM conference as a Unicorn Partner. The extended regional team of driven and highly motivated individuals, including Saša Sodja, Mario Vrdoljak, Maja Živanović, Ronald Filipović, and Nina Valentič, took centre stage as CMS ambassadors during the conference, engaging in numerous one-to-one meetings and informal discussions. As the sponsor of the PODIM conference, CMS had a unique opportunity to showcase its expertise on the increasingly relevant topic of ESG. As sponsors of the programme slot titled "Sustainable Future," CMS led the panel discussion "The Rise of ESG: Reality or Buzz from the Business Perspective," moderated by Ronald Filipčić, CMS's ESG Manager. The panel featured guests representing various sectors, including Tijana Koprivica from Delta Holding representing corporates, Marko Vukelić from BDO Croatia representing financial advisors, and Sonja Radovic-Paul from Codio Impact representing start-ups. Empowering Startups: CMS's Support and Key Takeaways from the Conference Throughout the engaging dialogue, speakers aimed to provide the attendees with practical insights, ranging from advice on initiating sustainability journeys to the importance of non-financial reporting as well as how sustainability can also be a business opportunity for star­tups. Through the CMS equIP programme, CMS actively supports start-ups on their growth journey by offering comprehensive legal services tailored to their needs. This includes navigating regulatory compliance, policy implementation, intellectual property protection, and helping them secure funding. The CMS team compiled their key messages in short video clips, but here are four key takeaways from the PODIM conference that are equally relevant for established businesses as well as start-ups:The legal framework is not ready for technological disruptions.At the bare minimum, start-ups need to have a great product or service to attract investors' at­ten­tion.In­nov­a­tion and sustainability have emerged as pivotal elements of future business prac­tices.Build­ing authentic connections with clients is essential if you want them to choose your products or services over your competitor’s.
CMS Belgrade supports Delhaize Serbia
Published on 23 May 2023CMS Belgrade real estate lawyers Ivan Gazdić and Sandra Miljanić have provided expert legal support and assistance to our long-standing client Delhaize Serbia, the biggest food retail chain in Serbia, a member of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world's largest food retail groups, in negotiation of a lease agreement with VGP, a developer of logistics and semi-industrial real estate, for the lease of Delhaize Serbia’s second distribution centre in Serbia covering more than 41,000 square meters. The future VGP Park Belgrade will be the largest industrial park in Serbia and the region, covering an area of more than one million square meters. It is located next to the M-70 and M-75 highways and the Belgrade Ring Road, in close proximity to the Nikola Tesla International Air­port.Jan-Willem Dockheer, CEO of Delhaize Serbia, commented: “Our Company remains consistent with the strategy of expanding the retail network and we are very pleased that our second distribution centre will be built in such an important and sustainable location. In the next ten years, we will further expand our spatial capacities, employ a large number of new colleagues, and we will continue to invest in the development of the local market. I believe in success and wish the VGP Serbia team many great years of work.”We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Delhaize team for entrusting us with their legal needs over the years. We look forward to continuing our partnership and providing them with the highest level of legal support.
Europe-wide analysis on the fifth anniversary of the GDPR reveals data...
European data protection authorities imposed fines totalling over 2.7 billion euros in more than 1,500 publicly known cases for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation, which has been in...