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JUNE 2012

World Report - Europe

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Gide Loyrette nouel assisted in the take-over of MK Żary by PGdI

The Warsaw office of the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel advised French investor Participation Gestion Développement Industriel (PGDI), part of the Joncoux group, on the acquisition of all shares in MK sp. z o.o, a Polish producer of steel chimney

systems. PGDI acquired the company from Riverside Europe Fund, a private equity fund.

Acting for Gide Loyrette Nouel on the transaction was Michał Kubicz – legal advisor in the Energy, Environment

and Infrastructure Department.

Linklaters named European tax firm of the year

Linklaters has been named European tax firm of the year by International Tax Review, at its seventh annual European Tax Awards ceremony, held on 16 May in London. The awards recognise firms – both accountancy and law firms - which have demonstrated their ability to work on the largest,

most innovative and most complex deals in Europe over the past year.

Henk Vanhulle, global head of tax at Linklaters, said: "This is a tremendous accolade, which recognises

the outstanding quality of our people across Europe and our cutting-edge advice on many of the most complex, cross border and strategically important deals in the region."

MBA Capital advised on

(Paris) the

transaction’s business issues.

dac Beachcroft earns four new entries in chambers Europe

International law firm dac Beachcroft LLP has received four entries in the chambers Europe tables 2012 for the first time.

Partners Lisa Broderick, Paulino Fajardo and Javier ortega have all been recognised in previous editions of the respected legal guide, for dispute Resolution

(Ireland),

dispute Resolution (Spain) and Real Estate (Spain) respectively (and are included again this year along with new entrant Katie da Gama in dublin), but this year marks the inaugural inclusion of four practice groups.

dLa Piper partner Patrick Van Eecke speaks at European Parliament

DLA Piper partner, Prof Dr Patrick van Eecke, participated in the FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute) Brussels Forum 'Safety and Privacy in a Digital Europe - An International Perspective' at

the European

Parliament on 15 May 2012.

Together with Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament, and John Carr, Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations

(International

Telecommunication Union), he has been speaking in the panel 'An International Perspective: The Current Worldwide Regulatory Landscape'. Prof. Van Eecke set the scene by putting the European online

regulatory

landscape in a global context. The discussion was focusing on several key topics,

including

parliamentary attitudes to online safety and privacy, the balance between regulation and self- regulation, and specific

industry and technology solutions to online safety and their implications for privacy. During his speech he developed the notion of a dual legal framework in Europe: offline versus online and he also commented on the implications of data protection in a global perspective.

the achievement follows the merger that created dac Beachcroft in 2011, which has given added strength to many of the firm's teams that combined with impressive client feedback to secure the new entries.

the four practice groups are now ranked as follows:

the dublin office is ranked in tier 4 in Insurance: dispute Resolution, with

chambers Europe stating: "active in dublin since 2009, this firm enters the rankings on the back of enthusiastic market feedback. a significant part of the practice is devoted to advising UK insurers active in Ireland on professional indemnity issues. other work includes medical malpractice and personal injury. the team represents several big-name clients, including catlin Insurance, W R Berkley and Markel International."

Madrid is ranked in tier 5 in dispute Resolution, Spain, stating:

"this newcomer to the rankings has impressed interviewees with its levels of expertise and client service. the 34-strong team is a top choice for a number of high-profile insurance companies, both Spanish and foreign. the lawyers handle product liability, energy and

environmental

litigation cases, as well as arbitration and alternative dispute resolution." Sources say:

"I'm extremely

satisfied with this team. It's one of the best when it comes to negotiations."

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