DOTY Shortlist

A total of 151 law firms from around the world are on the shortlists, with CMS leading the way with twelve nominations, and with both Schoenherr and White & Case tied for second with ten. The final shortlists can be found here:

Austria

  • XXXLutz’s Purchase of Kika’s Furniture Stores in CEE, involving: Cerha Hempel; Noerr; Schoenherr; Wolf Theiss
  • Addiko Bank IPO, involving: Dorda; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Goodwin Law; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Weber & Co.; Wolf Theiss
  • Steinhoff Restructuring, involving: Allen & Overy; Binder Groesswang; Dorda; Eisenberger & Herzog; Gleiss Lutz; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Kirkland & Ellis; Wolf Theiss

Belarus

  • Investments of Zubr Capital Fund and EBRD in Mila Group, involving: Bird & Bird; Revera; SBH Law Offices
  • Zubr Capital Fund’s Investment in MediaCube, involving: SBH Law Offices
  • Creation of the TechMinsk Startup Accelerator, involving: SBH Law Offices

Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Aco Kabanica Sale of Elta-kabel to Telekom Srpske, involving: Dimitrijevic & Partners
  • EBRD Financing of Construction of New Combined Heat and Power Plant, involving: Miljkovic & Partners; Karanovic & Partners
  • EBRD/UniCredit Bank d.d. Portfolio Risk Sharing Guarantee Agreement, involving: Miljkovic & Partners

Bulgaria

  • Eurobank Bulgaria AD/Postbank’s Acquisition of Piraeus Bank Bulgaria, involving: Boyanov & Co; Karatzas & Partners; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; White & Case
  • United Group’s Acquisition of Vivacom Bulgaria, involving: CMS; Kambourov & Partners; Schoenherr
  • PPF Group’s Acquisition of the Bulgarian Assets of Central European Media Enterprises, involving: Allen & Overy; Covington & Burling; Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

Croatia

  • Mid Europa Partners' Acquisition of MLINAR Pekarska Industrija, involving: Arthur Cox; Dechert; Hanzekovic & Partners; JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic; Nauta Dutilh; Rojs Peljhan Prelesnik & Partners; Savoric & Partners
  • United Group’s Acquisition of Tele2, involving: Divjak, Topic, & Bahtijarevic; Kirkland & Ellis; Schoenherr
  • Refinancing of Zagreb International Airport, involving: Kovacevic Prpic Simeunovic; Norton Rose Fulbright; Pinsent Masons; Porobija & Porobija
  • Rural Network Project, involving: Ostermann & Partners; Simmons & Simmons

Czech Republic

  • Advent International and Zentiva’s Acquisition of Alvogen’s CEE Business, involving: CMS; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; White & Case
  • General Atlantic’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Kiwi.com, involving: CMS; DLA Piper; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Pepsico and Karlovarske Mineralni Vody’s Acquisition of Knjaz Milos from Mid-Europa Partners, involving: AP Legal; Cechova & Partners; Clifford Chance; CMS; Jalsovszky; JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic; Karanovic & Partners; Kocian Solc Balastik; Lakatos, Koves & Partners; Loyens & Loeff; White & Case

Estonia

  • Luminor’s EMTN Program and Covered Bond and Subordinated Note Program, involving: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Cobalt
  • Veho’s Acquisition of Silberauto, involving: Castren & Snellman; Cobalt; Dittmar & Indrenius; Ellex Raidla; Sorainen
  • Apax Partners’ Acquisition of Baltic Classifieds Group, involving: Cobalt; Ellex; Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; TGS Baltic

Greece

  • Hellenic Republic’s Bond Issuance, involving: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Karatzas & Partners; Koutalidis Law Firm

Hungary

  • E.ON Hungaria’s Public Takeover Offers for ELMU Nyrt. and EMASZ Nyrt. Shares, involving: CMS; Hengeler Mueller; Lakatos, Koves & Partners
  • Extreme Digital/eMAG Merger, involving: Allen & Overy; Dentons; DLA Piper
  • Indotek Group’s Acquisition of NPL Portfolio from the Hungarian National Deposit Insurance Fund, involving: Deloitte Legal; Gardos Mosonyi Tomori; Lakatos, Koves & Partners

Latvia

  • MM Capital Infrastructure Fund 1’s Acquisition of 29.06% Stake in Conexus Baltic Grid from Marguerite Fund, involving: CMS; Cobalt; Herbert Smith Freehills; Sorainen
  • Air Baltic’s Debut Eurobond Issuance, involving: Cobalt; Dentons; Linklaters; Sorainen
  • Tele2/Bite Partnership, involving: Mannheimer Swartling; Sorainen; TGS Baltic; Vinge

Lithuania

  • Idex’s Acquisition of Danpower Baltic UAB from Danpower and Geco Investicijos, involving: Cobalt; DLA Piper; Triniti
  • Deka Immobilien’s Acquisition of Quadrum Business Centre from Schage Eiendom, involving: Sorainen; TGS Baltic
  • Public Procurement of Vilnius – Klaipeda Electrification, involving: Sorainen; Walless

Moldova

  • Duet Private Equity’s Acquisition of Red Union Fenosa and Gas Natural Fenosa Furnizare Energie SRL from Naturgy Inversiones Internacionales, involving: ACI Partners; Bird & Bird; PeliFilip; Simmons & Simmons; Turcan Cazac; Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii
  • TransOil Group’s Eurobond Issuance, involving: Arthur Cox; Baker McKenzie; Gladei & Partners; Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis; Homburger; Linklaters; Sayenko Kharenko; Turcan Cazac
  • OTP Bank’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Banka Comerciala Mobiasbanca from Groupe Societe Generale, involving: CMS; Jones Day; Kalo & Associates; Schoenherr; Sytnyk & Partners; Turcan Cazac

Montenegro

  • Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Societe Generale Banka Montenegro, involving: CMS; Jones Day; Kalo & Associates; Schoenherr; Sytnyk & Partners
  • Pepsico and Karlovarske Mineralne Vody’s Acquisition of Knjaz Milos from Mid Europa Partners, involving: Clifford Chance; Dechert; JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic; Karanovic & Partners; Kocian Solc Balastik; White & Case; Zavisin, Semiz & Partneri
  • Masdar’s Acquisition of Stake in Krnovo Green Energy from Akuo Energy, involving: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Karanovic & Partners; Kinstellar; Radonjic Associates; Shearman & Sterling

North Macedonia

  • Financing for Joyson Safety Systems’ Acquisition of Takata Assets, involving: Herbert Smith Freehills; Polenak Law Firm; Karanovic & Partners; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen’s Acquisition of Ohridska Banka AD Skopje, involving: CMS; Jones Day; Schoenherr

Poland

  • Accor and AccorInvest’s Acquisition of Orbis’ Service Business and Hotel Business, involving: Clifford Chance; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; De Pardieu Brocas Maffei; Dentons; Ellex Valiunas; Gide Loyrette Nouel; Kochanski & Partners; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Acquisition of DCT Gdansk S.A. from Global Infrastructure Fund II, involving: Clifford Chance; Dentons; Linklaters; Rymarz Zdort; Stibbe; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; White & Case
  • Granges’ Acquisition of Impexmetal from Boryszew, involving: SSW Pragmatic Solutions; Vinge; Wardynski & Partners

Romania

  • AFI Europe’s Acquisition of NEPI Rockcastle’s Romanian Office Portfolio, involving: CMS; Herbert Smith Freehills; Reff & Associates (Deloitte Legal)
  • Transfer of Participating Interest in Midia/Pelican Concession, involving: Colombo Rigano; Herbert Smith Freehills; Ijdelea Mihailescu; Suciu Popa
  • Ericsson’s Acquisition of Kathrein’s Antenna and Filters Business, involving: Addleshaw Goddard; Afridi & Angell; Allen & Gledhill; Allen & Overy; Anorco; Basham, Ringe & Correa; Bredin Prat; Eisenberger & Herzog; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Galicia Abogados; Gleiss Lutz; Hengeler Mueller; Jeantet Associes; JunHe; Khaitan & Co.; Kim & Chang; Legance Avvocati; Motta Fernandes Rocha; Noerr; Pestalozzi; Pryor Cashman; Wuersch & Gering; Schoenherr; Zhong Lun; Ziems & Partner
  • Blackstone’s Acquisition of Minority Stake in Superbet, involving: Herzog, Fox & Neeman; Jones Day; Kirkland & Ellis; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Wolf Theiss

Russia

  • Severgroup’s Acquisition of TPG’s 34% Shareholding in Lenta and Subsequent Mandatory Tender Offer, involving: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Ogier
  • Creation of AliExpress Russia Joint Venture, involving: Akin Gump; Debevoise & Plimpton; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Linklaters
  • Financing of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, involving: Herbert Smith Freehills; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Serbia

  • Development of Belgrade Industrial park, involving: BDK Advokati; Hunton Andrews Kurth; Prica & Partners
  • Public-Private Partnership for Vinca Waste Treatment Facility, involving: Baker McKenzie; BDK Advokati; Clifford Chance; Hogan Lovells; Karanovic & Partners; Wolf Theiss
  • Coca Cola HBC’s Acquisition of Bambi from Mid Europa Partners, involving: BDK Advokati; Dechert; Karanovic & Partners; Latham & Watkins; Norton Rose Fulbright; White & Case; Zavisin, Semiz & Partneri
  • Pepsico and Karlovarske Mineralne Vody’s Acquisition of Knjaz Milos from Mid Europa Partners, involving: Clifford Chance; Dechert; JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic; Karanovic & Partners; Kocian Solc Balastik; White & Case; Zavisin, Semiz & Partneri

Slovakia

  • Prima Banka Covered Bond Issuances, involving: Allen & Overy; White & Case
  • AIP Asset Management and The Valesco Group’s Acquisition of Twin City Tower from HB Reavis, involving: Ashurst; Dentons; Kinstellar; White & Case
  • PPF Group’s Acquisition of CME, involving: Allen & Overy; Covington & Burling; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

Slovenia

  • OTP Bank’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in SKB Banka Ljubljana from Societe Generale, involving: CMS; Jones Day; Kalo & Associates; Schoenherr; Sytnyk & Partners
  • Posta Slovenije’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Intereuropa, involving: Baros, Bicakcic & Partners; BOPA Bojanovic Partners; Dentons; Jadek & Pensa; Kavcic, Bracun & Partners; Madirazza & Partners; ODI Law; Prelevic Law Firm; Schoenherr; Tashko Pustina Law Firm; Tees Law
  • Abanka Privatization, involving: Jadek & Pensa; Kavcic, Bracun & Partners; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Wolf Theiss

Turkey

  • Mersin International Port Eurobond Issuance, involving: Akol Law Firm; Latham & Watkins; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Paksoy
  • Turkey Wealth Fund's Term Loan Syndication, involving: Esin Attorney Partnership; Clifford Chance
  • Sisal’s Successful Bid to Operate Turkish State Lottery, involving: GKC Partners; Lexist Law Firm

Ukraine

  • DTEK Renewables’ Green Bond Issuance, involving: Avellum; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Sayenko Kharenko; Van Doorne
  • EuroCape Financing for Zaporizhzhia Wind Farm, involving: Andreas Th. Sofokleous LLC; Asters; Baker McKenzie; CMS; DLA Piper; Dentons; Elias Neocleous & Co.; Ganado Advocates; M. Partners; Integrites; Jeantet; Sayenko Kharenko; Shearman & Sterling
  • NEQSOL’s Acquisition of VF Ukraine, involving: Aequo; Avellum; DLA Piper; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters