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Central and Eastern Europe

Comprehensive Coverage in Central

and Eastern Europe

Squire Patton Boggs has had a long-established presence throughout Central and Eastern

Europe (CEE) since the early 1990s and maintains a strong regional practice, which includes

offices in Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. With full-service offices strategically

located throughout the region, we are able to provide comprehensive service offerings to clients in all areas of business. Our offices regularly work together on cross-border, multijurisdictional transactions for multinational corporations and financial institutions. We work closely with our Brussels and other Western European offices on matters involving EU law and through our global network of offices located on five continents, we leverage the resources of a top 15 global law firm.

Why Choose Squire Patton Boggs Collective strength of our CEE offices sets us apart from other legal offerings in the region.

Our offices are highly-respected among our peers and clients alike and combine the talent of some of the most experienced lawyers in Central and Eastern Europe, complementing a dynamic group of younger lawyers.

Legal practitioners with the capacity to provide a wide range of services that span the old and the new including mergers and acquisitions, corporate, renewable energy, labor and employment, banking and finance, tax, private equity and capital markets, litigation, public procurement and state aid. We have also successfully handled PPP deals, advising on transport infrastructure and social infrastructure across Europe.

CEE offices boast a multilingual, multicultural staff of lawyers including many Western-trained lawyers. Collectively, our lawyers speak Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. This ensures each office has an impeccable understanding of legal and business issues throughout the CEE and further afield – whether into Western Europe, the UK, the Americas or Asia Pacific. Understanding these different business cultures ensures we can provide clients with a tailored service, relevant to their business needs, whether their issues arise globally or locally.

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squirepattonboggs.com Budapest Since opening in 1991, the Budapest office has become one of the leading legal practices in Hungary. Working on many ground-breaking deals throughout the course of the last two decades, the Budapest office has acted for clients ranging from start-ups to high-ranking government bodies. The office’s expertise lies in privatization and investment opportunities, finance, joint ventures, regulatory, communications, environmental and litigation matters.

Prague The Prague office has been at the forefront of the development of the Czech economy since 1990, earning its place as a premier legal practice in the Czech Republic and beyond. Our office advises clients on complex transactions and disputes in the Czech Republic and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, offering a full range of legal services, including finance, corporate and commercial, M&A, arbitration and litigation, privatization and real estate.

Warsaw Highly recommended by numerous well-respected publications, our Warsaw lawyers are recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Our Warsaw office has a particular focus on real estate and TMT, but also advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, renewable energy, project finance, labor and employment, banking and finance, tax, private equity and capital markets, litigation, public procurement and state aid.

The Squire Patton Boggs Network Adds Global Strength Squire Patton Boggs operates as a “one-firm firm” rather than a loose confederation of separate offices or practices. With 44 offices located in 21 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. This enables us to provide our clients with the same level of expertise and customer service whatever the industry and regardless of the location. Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

The client base of our global legal practice spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments.

In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

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squirepattonboggs.com Communications Our lawyers counsel both sovereign governments and state and regional authorities charged with ensuring that modern communications services are available to all consumers.

We advise government authorities on the privatization of state-owned communications companies and the establishment of transparent and nondiscriminatory regulatory structures that enable and encourage competition and the growth of new services.

Data Protection & Privacy We advise our clients in all aspects of data protection and privacy, which has become a significant global concern. We advise clients on major cross-jurisdictional projects involving the transfer of data from countries across Europe to the US and other countries outside Europe, enabling them to comply with the significantly differing requirements of the data protection regulators in each country. We assist clients with their domestic law compliance and advise on all aspects of data protection in their dealings with their employees, customers, suppliers and other third parties. We also advise clients on the applicability of laws to their online services including the use of cookies and information to facilitate behavioral targeted advertising.

Energy We advise our clients on issues arising from conventional and nuclear power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, LNG facilities development and transacting, energy and commodities trading, and gas and electric utility ratemaking. We also have extensive experience in major antitrust, construction, and price review dispute resolutions involving energy companies.

Environmental, Health & Safety We advise on a wide range of environmental, safety and health transactions such as compliance matters, international trading issues in environmental law, dispute resolution and litigation, emissions credit trading, environmental impact assessments, permitting and licensing, rapid emergency response counseling, regulatory counseling, market access and transactional support, industrial accidents and allegations of environmental violations. Our environmental clients are active in a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, mining, iron and steel, pulp and paper, chemicals and waste management.

Infrastructure Projects Our regional team assists major project sponsors, governments, lenders, investors, credit agencies, construction and operating companies to ensure that the inherent challenges in delivering infrastructure projects are successfully overcome. Our global perspective enables us to apply the best practice to developing greenfield projects, acquiring assets, investing in, or providing financing for infrastructure projects and managing the associated legal risk. We provide a fully integrated service ranging from procuring and planning to financing and implementing projects across a range of sectors, including, energy and natural resources (including renewables), water, waste, transport, telecoms, healthcare, education and urban development.

Intellectual Property & Technology Our intellectual property (IP) team covers the major areas of IP expertise including patent protection and portfolio strategy, brand protection, trade secrets, commercial agreements and litigation to enforce IP rights or defend against IP claims, whether in court, before administrative tribunals or in arbitration.

Labor & Employment Our labor and employment lawyers represent employers across the full spectrum of employee-related legal issues and are at the forefront of strategic employment and labor relations issues for our clients. We blend experience with innovation when representing our clients before tribunals, courts and government agencies, proactively working to resolve disputes efficiently with outstanding results.

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squirepattonboggs.com Public Advocacy We represent our clients’ interests before governments in the region and around the world including counseling, transactional work, litigation and lobbying. Our lawyers have extensive experience with local government contacts in a variety of industries and decision makers at the highest level of government, allowing them to effectively and efficiently deliver results for our clients. We help US and non-US companies comply with and operate competitively under the laws, regulations and policies applicable to the award and performance of US government contracts. We have extensive knowledge and experience assisting clients in connection with government investigations and in defending against alleged violations of laws and regulations.

Real Estate & Construction We provide comprehensive services to clients engaged in all aspects of real estate transactions, from acquisition, planning and construction through disposition of properties.

We also advise clients on the full range of project management and procurement issues, their documentation and tax implications. We are particularly skilled at risk management and dispute resolution involving construction issues including adjudication and litigation, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Renewable Energy We advise some of the world’s largest renewable energy companies and have worked on some of the most newsworthy matters in this dynamic, rapidly growing and changing industry. Whether the interests involve wind, solar, biomass, waste to energy, hydro, tidal or other renewable power sources, we can help you address every aspect of any project including project development (including land rights, PPAs, EPC contracts and O&M agreements), project finance, renewable energy equity transactions, planning and consents, tax structuring and incentives, financial incentives, environmental and emission credits, competition and antitrust issues, regulatory challenges, intellectual property protection, dispute resolution and health and safety challenges.

Restructuring & Insolvency Our restructuring and insolvency lawyers are recognized for their expertise and success in representing financial institutions, distressed companies, insolvency practitioners, creditors’ committees, investors, and strategic and financial buyers of troubled companies.

State Aid We advise companies with respect to EU rules prohibiting certain forms of direct and indirect state subsidies and the highly complex rules governing governmental tenders throughout the EU. We advise national governments and awarding bodies, recipients of state support, bidders and third-party complainants, and regularly represent such parties before the European Commission and the European Courts in Luxembourg, as well as in procurement matters before national courts throughout the EU.

Tax We focus on domestic and international tax structuring and advisory work, enabling clients from all sectors to implement their decisions in the most tax effective manner. Our team delivers a wide range of tax services including traditional tax planning and the design and implementation of innovative solutions.

Our Team Bratislava, Slovak Republic Budapest, Hungary Julian Juhasz Akos Eros Corporate Corporate Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions International Dispute Resolution Private Equity T +421 2 5930 3440 T +36 14 287 155

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Rostislav Pekar Litigation International Dispute Resolution Antitrust Competition T +420 221 662 289 Danica Sebestova Banking and Finance Restructuring & Insolvency Financial Services T +420 221 662 263

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