White & Case and CMS have advised Mid Europa Partners on the sale of Zabka Polska to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. Greenberg Traurig advised CVC Capital on the deal, which is the largest ever transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest ever private equity exit in Poland.
CMS has advised the Belgian real estate developer Atenor on the sale of Building A in the Vaci Greens complex in Budapest.
CMS has advised Futureal, Hungary’s largest real-estate developer, on its acquisition of the Sasad Resort residential development in the Buda hills area of Budapest from GTC. Dentons advised the sellers on the deal.
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.
Jeantet has advised listed hotels group Orbis, a unit of the French group Accor, in a buyback transaction involving five hotels in downtown Budapest operating under Accor brands from Erste Group Immorent Holding GmbH. CMS advised Erste Group Immorent on the deal. The aggregate price for the acquisition of the five hotels was EUR 64.3 million.
On the evening of February 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters hosted the first ever CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge: A competition of four-person teams from leading law firms in Hungary, with all proceeds to go to the winner’s charity of choice. A total of 13 law firms competed for the impressive trophy – and the glory that goes along with it.
CMS has advised long-standing client OTP Group on its acquisition of Societe Generale’s Croatian bank, Splitska Banka, and its leasing and insurance subsidiaries. Jones Day Paris was lead counsel to Societe Generale, with Schoenherr Zagreb advising on Croatian matters.
The CMS and Ruzicka Csekes law firms, which have been operating in association in Slovakia, have announced that they will terminate that arrangement as of May 31, 2017. CMS, the sixth largest global law firm, will then establish its own fully integrated office in Bratislava, using a newly created Slovak team.
CMS Cameron McKenna has advised the China CEE Investment Co-operation Fund, advised by CEE Equity Partners, on its acquisition of 99.9% of Magyar Telecom B.V.'s holdings in the Invitel Group. Dechert involved Magyar Telecom ("Matel") on the deal, which was approved unanimously by Matel's Board of Directors, but remains subject to shareholder and Hungarian competition authority approval. White & Case, Clifford Chance, Dentons, and Lakatos Koves & Partners advised on the new security package.
Biris Goran has advised AdamAmerica Europe on its acquisition of Construdava, a 9,400 square meter office building located on Pipera-Tunari Road, in the North-East of Bucharest, from Commerzbank AG and Aberdeen Asset Management. CMS advised the sellers on the deal, which was signed in October, 2016, and closed at the end of December, 2016
Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov Law Firm has advised Bulpros Consulting AD on acquisition financing it received from Unicredit Bulbank AD for an acquisition by its German subsidiary of a majority interest in a global software business held by GROUP Business Software Europa GmbH, GBS Pavone Groupware GmbH, and GROUP Business Software (UK). CMS advised UniCredit on the financing. According to DGKV, "the transaction creates one of the largest Bulgarian IT services and solutions suppliers."
In 2016 the Polish capital markets have been influenced by two major factors: last year’s parliamentary elections, which brought the Law and Justice Party to power, and the effects of the reform of open-end pension funds (OFEs), which resulted in a reduction of the capital that OFEs could allocate to investments in shares listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE).
In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.