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In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

On February 29, 2024, energy experts from Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Turkiye, and Ukraine sat down for a virtual round table moderated by CEE Legal Matters Managing Editor Radu Cotarcea to discuss the key developments in the field of oil & gas over the past few years.

Norton Roes Fulbright's Turkish affiliate law firm Pekin Bayar Mizrahi has dvises NIBE Industrier and its Italian subsidiary Rhoss on the full acquisition of the remaining shares in Untes VRF Klima Sistemleri and Untes Rhoss Sogutma Sistemleri. Murat Law Office reportedly advised the sellers, including Mehmet Hakki Sanal, Koray Gungor Sanal, Ahmet Sanal, Yasar Behic Okan, and Yalim Atalay.

Paksoy, working with Mayer Brown, has advised Turk Ekonomi Bank on its EUR 100 million issuance of tier 2 notes due 2034, invested by the International Finance Corporation. Gedik & Eraksoy, working with Allen & Overy Shearman, reportedly advised the IFC.

Former Managing Associate Dila Topuz has been promoted to a Partner position with Istanbul's Gen Temizer Erdogan Girgin Avukatlik Ortakligi – with the firm itself recently announcing the name change from the previously used Gen Temizer Ozer.

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. Given the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the legal profession, we asked: What is the one critical skill that you’re investing time and energy in to develop within your team, and why?

Ever since Booking.com’s activities had been suspended in Turkey by a court decision upon “unfair competition” claims raised by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), new regulations were anticipated in the short-term lease sector dominated by Airbnb, as unregistered and untaxed rental income obtained from short-term rentals has been a matter of discussion for a long time.