Squire Sanders' Europe-Based Team Shines in Banking, Corporate and Real Estate Sectors

Apr 23, 2009, 16:35 ET from Squire Sanders

Firm receives high ratings in 2009's The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa

LONDON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The strength and breadth of experience of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. across Europe are evident in the 2009 edition of The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), with 29 lawyers across seven countries receiving recognition for their legal counsel.

The Legal 500 team conducted in-depth research to form a set of rankings and editorial analysis reflecting the market as accurately as possible. The research included interviews with peers (private practice lawyers and in-house counsel) as well as interviews with clients.

Squire Sanders was ranked in the following practice areas:

  • Banking and Finance Financial institutions remain some of Squire Sanders' largest and most active clients around the world. The firm's offices in Budapest and Warsaw were recognized for representing clients in banking and finance matters in Hungary and Poland. Peter Swiecicki and Eligiusz J. Krzesniak were characterized as "key lawyers" in Poland.

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Squire Sanders serves a wide range of clients in this area. The Bratislava and Prague offices were recognized for excellence in the Slovak and Czech Republics. Vladimira N. Papirnik in Prague and Julian Juhasz and Roman Prekop in Bratislava were noted for their work in the sector.

  • Competition The firm has a long history of advising clients on antitrust and competition law. Veteran Brussels managing partner Brian N. Hartnett continues that tradition, earning distinction in The Legal 500 as "extraordinarily talented" and "the primary draw to the team." Squire Sanders clients also praised the Belgium team's "ability to acquire sectoral and industry awareness." The Budapest office's Artur Tamasi earned mention for his work in an unusual cartel case related to a public tender before the Hungarian Competition Office.

  • Corporate A crucial part of the firm's distinguished corporate practice, the Moscow office hosts a "formidably impressive" team with an excellent reputation for private equity work in Russia. Corporate lawyer David M. Wack was highly recommended, and the directory noted work by office managing partner Ivan A. Trifonov. In Prague, the corporate practice has strong leadership in Vladimira N. Papirnik and Jeffrey A. McGehee, who was described as a "key partner." Peter Z. Teluk and Helen Z. Kryshtalowych from the Kyiv office were also mentioned, and the Bratislava office was ranked highly.

  • M&A The Legal 500 noted the work performed by Kevin T. Connor and Judit Nador on behalf of the Budapest office in closing significant transactions for clients.

  • Real Estate Squire Sanders continues to win accolades for its expertise in managing real estate matters in Europe. Akos Eros, Akos Mester and Artur Tamasi in Budapest were praised for their strong leadership on several recent development projects. Wojciech J. Wachacki, Malgorzata P. Grzelak and Edyta Kolkowska in the Warsaw office were cited for their knowledge of all aspects of real estate law, as was Marcin Studzinski, who "possesses developer-side expertise." In Russia, Dmitry A. Kunitsa, who leads the real estate practice in the region, is a "well-known figure in the market."

"Effective and focused" counsel

Squire Sanders was praised for expertise across a range of industries and practice areas. The Legal 500 noted the firm has built a solid reputation based on its experience in advising on relevant European Union regulation in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector. Noteworthy lawyers include Brussels-based Christiana Spontoni, who has advised a leading clinic on the internationalization of its activities in Europe.

The directory highlighted the Hungary-based team's wide experience with energy projects and privatizations. The Budapest office is also home to a project finance practice that is "effective and focused" and has solid experience in the telecommunications and infrastructure sectors.

Within projects, energy and natural resources, Peter Swiecicki and Marcin Studzinski were recommended as part of the "high-quality" Warsaw practice, as was the "innovative" Eligiusz J. Krzesniak.

Squire Sanders was also recognized for its telecommunications, media and technology practice in the Czech Republic; dispute resolution work in the Czech Republic and Hungary; and real estate and construction expertise in the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

About Squire Sanders: Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has lawyers in 32 offices and 15 countries around the world. With one of the strongest integrated global platforms and a longstanding one-firm philosophy, Squire Sanders provides seamless legal counsel worldwide.

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