BPV Braun Partners has advised Unilabs on regulatory issues related to its acquisition of Alpha Medical Group's laboratories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from Mid Europa Partners, including environmental and compliance matters.
Glatzova & Co. has advised Denemo Media s.r.o. on its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in FTV Prima, with Allen & Overy advising Modern Times Group, the seller.
Although the economic crisis has significantly slowed down the financial sector’s M&A activity in Ukraine with nearly 90 (of the 180 existing before 2014) commercial banks becoming insolvent or being taken over by the state, several banking cross-border equity transactions closed in recent years are paving the way towards the market’s gradual recovery.
CMS, working alongside Sidley Austin, has advised Mid Europa Partners on its sale of Alpha Medical, a prominent provider of laboratory testing services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to Unilabs. The sale price was not disclosed. Baker & McKenzie reportedly advised Unilabs on the the transaction, which remains subject to customary clearance by local competition authorities and is expected to close in Q2 2017.
Baker McKenzie has advised Ceskoslovenska Obchodni Banka on its provision of a loan facility to Denemo Media for its EUR 116 million acquisition of Modern Times Group's 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding, the second largest private Czech broadcaster. The share acquisition by Denemo media, which remains subject to Czech regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017 and will return FTV Prima entirely back to Czech ownership.
Ellex has advised European vending and coffee services company Selecta Group on the sale of its Baltic subsidiaries to BaltCap Private Equity Fund II, managed by BaltCap. Cobalt advised BaltCap on the deal, which remains subject to the approval of the competition authorities. The transaction price was not disclosed.
The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie have advised BRF S.A., one of the biggest poultry producers in the world, on its acquisition of a 79.48% stake in Banvit Bandırma Vitaminli Yem Sanayi A.S, a prominent Turkey-based poultry company. The controlling shareholders of Banvit were advised by the Cigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci firm (CDCA).
On July 15, 2016, the streets of Istanbul and Ankara erupted in violence during a surprise – and ultimately unsuccessful – coup d’etat attempt against the Turkish government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. By the time the coup had been put down, over 300 people had been killed and more than 2,100 were injured.
On August 15, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Esin Attorney Partnership (a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Hogan Lovells, and Paksoy had advised on Burgan Bank’s USD 87 million and EUR 57 million syndicated multi-tranche term loan agreement with 13 banks from 8 countries. The banks were led by HSBC, acting as coordinator, Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), acting as agent, and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale Luxemburg, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, and Mashreqbank PSC acting as initial mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners.