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Kinstellar appoints new Sector and Service Line Heads and Head of German Desk

January 2024 – Kinstellar supports professional growth by offering a broad range of career development opportunities for our team, including the role of sector/service line head or co-head. We provide growth opportunities to all of our talented lawyers with the relevant experience and an outstanding track record.

We are delighted to announce the following appointments:

Csilla Andrékó, Partner in our Budapest office, is the Co-Head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance Service Line. Csilla is one of the founders of the Firm and the former Managing Partner of the Budapest office. Csilla also served as the head of the regional Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency Service Lines. She retired from active practice last year, but has remained close to the firm and is a valued mentor to our team. Csilla has agreed to step out of retirement to help refresh and guide our Banking & Finance service line.

Csilla has over 30 years of experience in project and acquisition finance, restructuring and insolvency matters, PPP/PFI finance, international banking and syndicated lending as well as in capital markets. She is a leading name and authority among her peers with an outstanding career, and we are confident that, under her guidance, we will continue building a strong and acknowledged service.

Magdalena Răducanu, Special Counsel in our Bucharest office, is the Co-Head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance Service Line. She has more than 22 years of experience advising leading banks, financial institutions and borrowers on banking and finance matters. Since joining the Firm and our Banking & Finance Service Line in 2021, Magdalena has advised or coordinated banking mandates totalling EUR 4 billion.

Magdalena has expertise in a broad range of banking and finance matters, having dedicated her focus exclusively to this area and to financial regulatory matters. Lately, she has focused significant efforts assisting banks on various ESG-related mandates.

Miloš Velimirović, the Managing Partner of our Belgrade office, is the Co-Head of the firm-wide Financial Institutions sector. He co-leads the sector alongside Diana Dimova, Managing Partner of our Sofia office.

With more than 15 years of experience in banking & finance, Miloš has advised companies and financial institutions on issues associated with the regulation of the financial services sector and on M&A, data protection, project financing, and other general matters. He has participated in complex financial transactions of corporate clients, government, municipalities, and state-owned entities with a total value of over EUR 2 billion. Miloš is particularly active in investment funds regulatory matters and the fintech industry.

Before joining SOG Law Firm and subsequently Kinstellar, Miloš worked as the Head of Serbia’s Public Finance Department, served as a member of the Credit Committee at Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank, and was Finance Specialist at the World Bank Competitiveness and Jobs project. His combined education in law, finance, and business, as well as his background in banking, enable him to provide clients with comprehensive advice. His experience in public offices and position with the World Bank make him well positioned to advise clients cooperating with public authorities and institutions.

Jan Lehký, Counsel in our Prague office, is the Co-Head of the firm-wide Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) service line. He co-leads the sector alongside Olena Kuchynska, Managing Partner of our Kyiv office.

With more than 15 years of experience, Jan focuses on a range of ESG and regulatory issues with a focus on helping investors with ESG and governance strategies, including navigating ESG transparency, ESG disclosures and reporting, environmental regulation, circular economy issues, ESG litigation risk, and ESG-related obligations and risk assessments. His expertise also includes structuring real estate transactions, such as acquisitions of real estate portfolios, construction law, and the permitting process during various stages of development, as well as advising on high-value, long-term lease agreements, title insurance, litigation, and general commercial and contract law.

Lukáš Mrázik, Managing Associate in our Bratislava office and Co-Head of the firm-wide Data & Cybersecurity service line, is also Co-Head of the firm-wide Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector. He co-leads the sector alongside Viliam Myšička, Partner in our Bratislava office.

Lukáš has over eight years of experience focusing on the Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Life Sciences & Healthcare sectors, with particular expertise in data protection, intellectual property and corporate matters. Lukáš holds CIPP/E, CIPT and CIPP/US certifications awarded by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Prior to joining Kinstellar, he worked in London as an Associate at a global consulting firm owned by a leading technology company, where he assisted on privacy and data protection issues and all aspects of GDPR implementation.

Iustinian Captariu, Partner in our Bucharest office, is the Head of the firm-wide Energy & Natural Resources sector and service line

Iustin has over 15 years of experience advising local and international clients on all aspects of energy law, including energy M&A, renewable investments and developments, upstream projects, joint-ventures, reorganisations, disputes, licensing, and all types of regulatory matters.

Lukáš Ševčík, the Managing Partner of the Prague office and the firm-wide Head of the Defence & Security sector, has been appointed to lead our German Desk.

Lukáš is a German-qualified lawyer, educated and trained in Germany and is a member of the Frankfurt Bar Association. He has 30 years of experience advising international clients on their investments and divestitures in CEE.  For further reference, please also visit our dedicated German Desk webpage (in German).

Kristóf Ferenczi, Kinstellar Managing Partner, comments: '‘The appointments of our new service line and sector heads and co-heads recognise the valuable and ongoing contributions that they have made to the firm and our commitment to building a consistently high-performing team of leaders across all sectors and services. They bring the skillsets, expertise, and proven track record needed to drive our clients’ business objectives forward. I am confident that their leadership and commitment will contribute to the further development of their respective areas’’


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