Banking & Finance
“Experienced individuals are creative and pragmatic in relation to complex matters that have recently been introduced or are untested in the market."
Chambers Europe, 2018
Unique market position
Lawyers cooperating with us are the largest dedicated banking & finance team in the region, and we are considered pioneers in local practice development. Our multi-jurisdictional capacities, as well as expertise enables us to provide a big-picture perspective along with an understanding of local client needs and practices.
Pioneering local practice
Covering a wide scope of financial regulations, lawyers cooperating with us assisted regional legislators in setting-up and adjusting the regulatory systems currently in place, by being involved in drafting and implementation of several financial laws. We have worked on the first syndicated loan facilities and financial derivatives transactions in the region. We are recognised for proactively shaping the emerging PPP trend in our markets and have assisted in the realisation of large-scale infrastructure projects throughout the region.
We are well-positioned to advise on M&As in the banking sector at all stages, from structuring and negotiating deals to post-closing activities, as well as advising on regulatory approvals, banking secrecy and personal data protection.
Capital markets & financial instruments
We regularly advise on equity and debt securities transactions, employee share offering plans, and marketing and trading procedures. We are involved in pioneering efforts to introduce new products to the market, such as hybrid securities, depositary receipts and financial derivatives.
General lending & project finance
We have pioneered in implementing locally complex acquisition financings and new concepts in project finance and are recognised for our ability to provide a top-notch service on transaction structures, due diligence and financing arrangements.
Infrastructure finance & public-private partnerships
We regularly work with prospective investors and public authorities in the realisation of these projects, from structuring the transaction through to establishment and operational support.
The finance lawyers on our team have specialist knowledge in both life and non-life insurance products, and are well versed in assisting global insurers with market entry and licensing requirements. We provide constant support on daily corporate governance matters, insurance disputes and bank assurance.
NPL portfolio services
Our legal experts regularly support clients in dealing with the NPLs on the market through the disposal and acquisition of credit/deposit portfolios, regulatory notifications, transfer of collateral and foreign exchange restrictions.
Restructuring & distressed transactions
Since the beginning of the downturn, our banking and finance team has played a leading role in the regional market, assisting banks, sovereigns and large corporates in distress with their restructuring efforts. We have expertise in debt recovery, restructuring and workouts, refinancing, out-of-court restructuring and intercreditor arrangements.
Financial services & regulatory advise
We regularly advise our clients on numerous matters in the field of financial services. We have vast experience in providing regulatory advice in banking, payment services, financial leasing, investment funds, etc.