Financial Institutions & Services
Our Financial Institutions & Services industry group is at the forefront of development across this complex, highly regulated and constantly changing sector. We are closely involved with all aspects of financial services, so we understand fully the operational and regulatory issues that the industry faces. Our specialist lawyers have in-depth expertise in fields such as capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, project financing, lending, structured finance, financial litigation, market abuse and financial supervision and regulation. ODI has worked on many of the largest and most innovative projects in the region and we are proud to count many leading financial organisations as clients. We have acted for SKB Bank, Sberbank, EBRD, BAMC, B2 Kapital (part of B2 Holding), VTB Bank, MSIN (Slovenian financial holding company), Deutsche Bank, York Capital Management, Elements Capital Partners, Dutch Credit Europe Bank.
The energy sector presents both significant challenges, and major opportunities for businesses and investors. Volatile markets, new technologies, diverse sources of funding, a changing regulatory environment and the climate challenge; these are just some of the issues that our clients face in this fast moving sector.
Our sector focus and integrated regional approach allows us to offer a strong sector awareness and efficient solutions tailored to our energy and utilities clients in the region. Alongside energy companies, our clients include corporations, developers, financial institutions, utilities and regulatory bodies.
Our Energy Group combines experience from across the Banking, Corporate, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Competition/Regulatory and Procurement practices in the firm and we give guidance on corporate finance matters, including structured financing, debt restructuring and public and private placements of debt and equity and also on merger clearances and other aspects of competition law. Our dispute resolution team is involved in cases connected with collection of debts, shareholder disputes, etc.
The manufacturing of automobiles and auto parts is a part of tradition and history in our region and counts for a major source of export revenue. Major US, Asian and European car makers have established themselves in Central and Eastern Europe, relying on the skilled technical workforce that exists in these jurisdictions.
At ODI we understand and appreciate the importance of this sector and the business opportunities that it presents. The team is comprised of lawyers from various practice areas which enables us to advise clients on the full spectrum of legal issues that pertain to the sector, including restructuring and insolvency, M&A, real estate development, employment issues, anti-trust and competition matters, project financing and dispute resolution.
We benefit from being a home-grown firm that understands the norms and regulations surrounding the industry in our region. Our team assists clients with both domestic and cross-border mandates, ranging from development, construction and PPP work to commercial leases and litigation. Also experienced in transactional matters, we assist in asset investments, acquisitions and sales of real estate portfolios, financing and the restructuring of real estate financing. Our industry knowledge in real estate extends beyond our dedicated real estate lawyers, to the experts in our finance department that can help with securing project and development financing.
We assist asset management companies, investors, real-estate businesses, banks, leasing companies, insurance companies, builders and developers.
Retail & Consumer Products
The Retail and Consumer industry is driven by constant technology changes. Businesses in this sector are constantly looking for innovative ways to market, launch and develop their products, engage their customers and structure their businesses to stay competitive and protect their brands against competitors adjust their business models to thrive within new cultures and operating environments and stay ahead of the competition. Our legal advisers benefit from specific sector knowledge to help reduce risks, nurture growth and support them in developing strategies for success. ODI provides advice in relation to real estate management, commercial contracts, trademark protection and enforcement, brand management, data protection, consumer regulations, product liability and regulatory compliance.
The Retail and Consumer Products includes attorneys from each of the following focused practice areas to help ensure that our retail clients receive the highest level of legal services: Employment, Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax.
The infrastructure remains top of the government’s agenda in CEE, with major transport enhancements currently in the pipeline and the EU Member States have agreed to prioritise infrastructure spending.
The sector as a whole needs to constantly focus on the optimisation of its operations; not only when performing transport activities, but also in terms of organisational and legal matters, including the choice of corporate structure and the drafting of business terms. It is a highly complex area of law drawing together a number of commercial, contractual and regulatory strands.
Our lawyers have provided legal advice to highly topical infrastructure projects including road infrastructure, construction and reconstruction of accommodation facilities, construction of water supply networks and power substations. Their experience spans to having advised the public companies through public procurement, performing as a procuring entities, engaged contractors of infrastructure projects. We are also specialized to provide reliable legal support to the procuring entities as well as to the contractors. The services we provide cover the legal aspects of the entire infrastructure process as follows:
- Preparation of tender documentation;
- Collection and evaluation of submitted bids for the infrastructure project implementation or submission of bids, depending on a client;
- Preparation, conclusion and execution of project contracts;
- Consultancy in the course of the project implementation and commissioning.
Industrial & Manufacturing
The industrial and manufacturing sector is a key driver of the world’s economy. Our experience spans metals and construction materials, industrial and advanced engineering, chemicals and paints, automotive, aerospace, military and food and beverage. We advise clients on M&A and other corporate matters in addition to issues in any other relevant legal area, including anti-trust and competition, intellectual property, project development, and all aspects of employment and environmental law.
The range of industrial and manufacturing expertise includes:
- manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements;
- intellectual property related matters;
- terms and conditions with customers;
- regulatory issues;
- assisting with the acquisition and/or leasing of industrial premises;
- asset finance and equipment lease/hire agreements;
- litigating disputes with suppliers, distributors and customers.
Telecommunications, Media & Technology
The global economy is rapidly becoming digital. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is no longer a specific sector, but the foundation of all modern innovative economic systems. The Internet and digital technologies are transforming the lives we lead, the way we work – as individuals, in business, and in our communities as they become more integrated across all sectors of our economy and society.
We advise clients on the licensing of software and hardware, outsourcing arrangements, new media and technology developments, such as the internet, mobile telephony, data protection and privacy laws, e-commerce issues and fraud prevention.
Our recent experience includes advising Verizon Communications and British Telecommunications plc on regulatory matters.
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
The Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare industry is governed by strict regulations, laws and procedures during registration of the business activity, performance of business activity, registration and distribution of medicinal products and medical devices. ODI provides legal assistance on every aspect of the business cycle of a product or service which requires knowledge of a large number of relevant regulations and cooperation and communication with relevant agencies, ministries, inspectorates and other authorities to ensure completion of all procedures in the shortest possible time and in compliance with all relevant regulations.
Legal assistance provided by ODI in the field of pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry means legal assistance in the widest sense, including legal analysis, terms and procedure of registration of medicinal products and devices, as well as medicinal products and medicinal devices wholesale.