Seminar - Business Opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe for UK High Street, Luxury & Consumer Brands

06 March 2018

08.30 - 12.00

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

The region of Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) has enormous potential for high street & luxury retail development. Robust economic growth and increasing consumption will contribute to retail chains expansion and further development and improvement of shopping & leisure destination in Central & Eastern Europe. 

Join us to learn about CEE legal, tax and logistical environment, concrete British success stories as well as to discover expanding business opportunities in this region.

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The programme

09:00 – 09:10

Opening remarks

  • Dr Mark Abell, Head of Retail & Consumer and Franchising, Bird & Bird
  • Sue Bishop, Director of Creative, Consumer and Sports, Department for International Trade


09:10 - 09:40

An overview of the current state and future outlook of the retail market in CEE, including retailer activities and rental conditions.

  • Jan Kotrbacek, Head of Retail CEE, Cushman & Wakefield


09:40 – 10:00

An overview of the legal environment in the CEE region.

  • Gabor Helembai, Associate, Bird & Bird Hungary
  • Marta Koremba, Partner, Bird & Bird Poland
  • Martin Spicka, Counsel, Bird & Bird Czech Republic
  • Moderated by Dr Mark Abell, Bird & Bird


10:00 – 10:20

An overview of the tax environment in the CEE region

  • Gabriela Hoppe, Executive Director, Grant Thornton


10:20 - 10:40

  • Coffee break


10:40 – 11:00

Success stories - taking UK brands into CEE

  • Pavel Cmelik, Managing Director, Inexad s.r.o. - master franchisee for Hamleys, TM Lewin, Barker, Boux Avenue


11:00 – 11:20

Business opportunities in CEE

  • Richard Chotvac, International Leasing Manager, Unibail-Rodamco - the largest retail developer in Europe, and owner of Westfield and other shopping centres in CZ, SK and PL


11:20 – 12:00

Panel discussion

  • Richard Chotvac, Unibail-Rodamco
  • Pavel Cmelik, Inexad
  • Jan Kotrbacek, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Zuzana Nagyova, Department for International Trade
  • Moderated by Dr Mark Abell, Bird & Bird


12:00 - 13:00

Lunch and networking