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Corporate, M&A and Commercial

Adriala clients include multinational, international, and regional companies from 9 jurisdictions that we cover, as well as their (majority and minority) shareholders and management. Adriala legal network offers legal support to foreign investors (including private equity and venture capital investors) considering investments in this region not only when they plan and make their investment, but also in maintaining and developing the value of their investment, as well as in developing and executing their exit strategies. We have lawyers educated both locally and abroad, in civil law and common law jurisdictions, which enables us to fully understand the client’s needs, ideas, requirements and expectations and to provide them with the legal advice that creates added value for their business. Together with our regulatory specialists, our corporate/M&A experts offer industry-specific know-how across the following sectors: energy, financial institutions, TMT, automotive, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and FMCG. Moreover, our lawyers have been engaged in some of the most prominent transactions in the region, which affords them unique expertise when faced with formidable legal challenges. We regularly meet the day-to-day legal needs of our client’s as well in general commercial law. We believe that a critical feature of commercial law is to have a deep understanding of how businesses operate. Our industry expertise gives us the depth of knowledge that helps us navigate through regulated industries. We have expertise in the following areas of Corporate, M&A and Commercial:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Privatizations
  • Joint ventures
  • Management buyouts
  • Corporate and tax structures
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Status changes
  • Takeover bids
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions
  • Corporate governance
  • Business and commercial contracts
  • Public procurement
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Consumer protection
  • Environmental law

Competition and Antitrust

Highly-regulated markets require sophisticated competition advice and comprehensive expertise across the major antitrust areas. Our competition practice has the proven ability to navigate through sophisticated competition investigations, merger reviews and litigations. We have a strong reputation in transactional work, cartels, abuse of dominance, market investigations, state aid and regulatory work. Our services include:

  • Antitrust
  • Merger control
  • Dawn raids
  • State aid
  • Public procurement
  • License agreements
  • Competition litigation
  • Trade related issues
  • Distribution
  • Franchising
  • Commercial agents’ law

Banking and Finance

Financial markets globally have experienced the toughest and most comprehensive shift in the recent history. Inevitably, this presented a demand for out-of-the box, innovative and tailor-made solutions. Adriala network disposes of trained professionals with experience in all areas of banking and finance. We have sector and industry knowledge, particularly in regulated industries such as banking and finance. Our client list includes financial institutions, banks, corporations, insurance companies, private pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, governmental bodies, private companies, and private wealth individuals. Our banking department works together with our M&A, PE/VC and restructuring practices to provide advice to our clients in all types of financing transactions. We especially focus on the following:

  • General banking finance
  • Financial regulation
  • Capital markets
  • Syndicated lending
  • Public-private partnership
  • Insurance
  • Derivatives & structured finance
  • Restructuring
  • Distressed transactions
  • Investment funds

Energy and Infrastructure

Adriala law firms have distinguished experience in energy and infrastructure projects in the SEE region in sectors such as oil and gas exploration and exploitation, oil refining, mining, mineral enrichment, infrastructure and transport, construction and operation of energy facilities through a variety of acquisition projects, concessions, license agreements, financing and re-financing projects. Our services in the energy and Infrastructure segment include advice on matters relating to:

  • Energy and utilities
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Oil & gas exploration and production
  • Interdisciplinary support in various regulatory areas such as pricing, permits, concessions and licenses, public procurement, environmental, construction and zoning law.

Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

We have litigators and arbitration counsels with experience in resolving business disputes for an extensive client base ranging from regional and international industries, financial institutions and global investors. The diversity of disputes handled ensures that client’s needs are met in all areas of this field – from relatively small claims, to multimillion Euro dispute resolutions. Adriala network is composed of lawyers with long-standing experience both as legal counsel and as arbitrators in various arbitrations such as under ICC, VIAC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules and arbitrations relating to bilateral investment treaties. Additionally, we have solid experience in the sports market. Some of our lawyers have undergone secondment at specialized international law firms focusing specifically on sports law. We are glad to say that we have advised various associations, clubs, leagues, sponsors and media companies, as well as famous athletes. We provide following services:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Bankruptcy & reorganizations
  • Litigation
  • Labour disputes
  • Compliance proceedings
  • White collar defense
  • Alternative dispute resolution enforcement
  • Commercial offence and misdemeanor
  • Administrative proceedings
  • Constitutional appeals
  • Sports law proceedings


We offer clients a broad range of services across all industry sectors, specifically focusing on highly regulated industry areas. Due to the increasing number of regulations, organizations are increasingly adopting the use of harmonized sets of compliance measures. We assist clients in various regulatory matters to ensure their full compliance with prescribed procedures and obligations. Adriala lawyers have extensive experience in the following industries and regulatory sectors:

  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Pharmaceuticals and healthcare
  • TMT – telecoms, media, technology
  • Food and beverages
  • FMCG
  • Privatizations
  • Environmental law

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Adriala lawyers have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital. We provide legal support in a broad aspect of legal services from initial review of the target to the design of the most suitable structures (MBO, LBO, MBI, BIMBO). We advise on structuring bids, negotiating and drafting acquisition and financing agreements, while providing thoughtful guidance throughout the transaction. Most importantly, our private equity department is highly integrated with other multi-disciplinary groups within the network, and closely works with tax specialists, the employment department, and competition/antitrust experts. Our services include the following:

  • Acquisition and corporate finance
  • Fund structuring
  • Administration
  • LBOs
  • MBls
  • MBOs
  • IPOs
  • Strategic exit strategies

Real Estate

Real estate markets have recently gone through a cycle of extreme volatility, unmatched in the past several decades. As one can imagine, such fluctuations and changes require a creative approach to finding the appropriate solutions. From the legal aspect we manage the entire real estate ‘life-cycle’, beginning with initial acquisition, all through to the final exit. Our client list includes public and private sector developers, funders, contractors, end-users and service providers. Our legal network is composed of lawyers educated both locally and abroad in civil law and common law jurisdictions, which enables us to understand the client’s needs, ideas, requirements and expectations and to provide them with legal assistance aimed at adding value to their business. Our services in the real estate segment include:

  • Real estate acquisitions
  • Project development
  • Project and real estate finance
  • Real estate management
  • Construction
  • Construction and real estate litigation
  • PPPs
  • FIDIC advisory


We advise clients on all legal aspects of labour and employment law. Our clients include leading multinational, international and regional companies, international and governmental agencies and organizations, as well as individuals. In addition to that, some of our clients include famous athletes in regulating their employment status with their sport-clubs, as we have a specialized sports law department. Our clients can expect that our advice will safeguard their interests in terms of image, internal environment, public and media relations – and all other relations of importance to each individual client. In particular, we have expertise in the following areas of labour and employment law:

  • Work management
  • Termination of employment
  • Salary system and employment incentive plans
  • Restructurings and reorganizations
  • Outsourcing
  • Strikes, lock-outs
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Trade unions
  • Industrial action
  • Management
  • Cross-border hires
  • Personal data protection
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Labour disputes
  • Share ownership plans
  • Tailor-made in-house client seminars
  • Immigration

Insolvency, Restructuring and Reorganizations

We have experience advising creditors, and other parties involved when a company is experiencing financial difficulties. We also extensively work with investors interested in investing in distressed assets. Additionally, we act for selected banks under respective application of European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. We have a track record in assisting clients with preparation and review of pre-packed reorganization plans, and assisting our clients in relations with bankruptcy governors, creditors and distressed targets. Adriala lawyers operating in this practice area bring experience from many other sectors; mainly finance, corporate and dispute resolution. Considering the sensitivity and complexity of the area, we offer a road map on what to do and how to handle the risks, with legal assistance in the following areas:

  • Insolvency
  • Liquidations
  • Reorganization and corporate restructuring
  • Restructuring of loans
  • Representation of creditors and debtors
  • Acquisition of companies from bankrupt estates
  • Out-of-court settlements


Taxation is a decisive factor in planning business operations. Numerous cases of aggressive tax planning and tax evasion have led to increased and diligent supervision by tax authorities. Therefore, sanctions for non-compliance are way stricter nowadays than they used to be. In addition, globalization and cross-border movement of goods and services create complex tax issues requiring thorough knowledge of national tax laws and treaties. Accordingly, proper advising in relation to the tax segment of business operations is a necessity. Although we do not advise on financial and accounting aspects of taxation, we can provide legal support to clients in relation to the following matters:

  • Tax planning and transaction structuring
  • Corporate reorganisations
  • Stamp duty and transfer taxes
  • Representation before tax authorities
  • Tax litigation

Compliance & White Collar Crime

Business operations have become significantly complex in the last few decades due to imposition of numerous compliance duties in areas such as prevention of money laundering and corruption, banking, environment, competition, and taxation. In addition, the level of supervision by competent authorities has increased considerably. Non-compliance can result in severe fines, suspension of business activity and criminal proceedings. Adriala lawyers have profound experience in providing legal assistance related to compliance matters:

  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption
  • Data protection compliance
  • Anti-trust compliance
  • Employment law compliance
  • Internal compliance programs
  • Employee fraud
  • Internal investigations
  • Public relations and crisis communication
  • Risk assessment of operations
  • White collar crime representation
  • Breach of professional secrecy
  • Creation of whistleblowing hotlines
  • Criminal compliance advice and workshops

IP - Intellectual Property

We assist clients in various intellectual property matters. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of both cross-border and regional legal frameworks regulating intellectual property rights, with extensive experience in matters related to registration, exercise and the protection of intellectual property rights. We are well acquainted with the particularities of registration procedures before the competent authority for intellectual property matters of each jurisdiction of our coverage. In addition, we have solid experience in disputes related to intellectual property matters. In this regard, we provide legal services relating to the following matters:

  • Anti-piracy
  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Domain names
  • E-commerce
  • IP transactional work (M&A, finance)
  • Licensing
  • Patents
  • Brand development
  • Prosecution (TM and designs)
  • Software agreements
  • Trademarks


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