Dentons’ Prague office has advised Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited on its acquisition of the Forum Liberec shopping center from the British retailer Tesco via a share deal worth approximately EUR 80 million. Tesco was advised by Wilson & Partners.
Z/C/H Legal has advised CEM VISION, a Czech investment company, on its acquisition of a 100% ownership interest in CEMOD-CZ s.r.o., the former home and fashion subsidiary of the 3SI Group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The seller was advised by Kinstellar in the Czech Republic and Linklaters in France.
Allen & Overy advised HB Reavis (HB Reavis Group and HB Reavis CE REIF), on the EUR 79 million sale of its four logistics centers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Macquarie Group. As previously reported by CEE Legal Matters, White & Case advised the Macquarie Group on the deal.
CMS has advised MOL Plc. (“MOL”), the integrated international oil and gas company headquartered in Budapest, on a EUR 615 million revolving credit facility provided by a group of ten banks. Dentons advised the banks on the facility, which was coordinated by BNP Paribas and Erste Group Bank AG, with Erste Group Bank AG acting as the Facility Agent.
BBH has announced that is has acted as advisor to Allianz Pojistovna, a.s. in connection with its merger with two Wustenrot insurance companies (Wustenrot Pojistovna, a.s. and Wustenrot, Zivotni Pojistovna, a.s.) with the two Wustenrot entities being merged into Allianz Pojistovna. According to BBH, this is the first-ever merger of three insurance companies in the Czech Republic.
Zdenek Tomicek, Partner in the Czech office of CEE Attorneys, turned first to the intended amendment to the Execution Procedure Act proposed by the Czech Ministry of Justice, which could oblige creditors to provide monetary guarantees of costs of the Court Executor in the proceedings — which would then be forfeited if execution turned out to be impossible.
Four firms in Central and Eastern European — Pepa & Dobre from Romania, JebwabnyLegal from Poland, Krutak & Partners from Czech Republic, and DKKR Partners from Hungary – have joined forces to create Arcliffe, which they describe as "a premiere legal practice in CEE.” Together, the firm claims 40 lawyers, including 18 partners.
White & Case has advised an investment vehicle advised by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its EUR 79 million acquisition of a 132,000 square meter portfolio of four logistics and light industrial assets in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from joint sellers HB Reavis Group and HB Reavis CE REIF fund, each of which held two assets.
White & Case has confirmed that Partners Michael Smrek and Damian Beaven, along with Local Partner Ales Zidek, are leaving the firm’s Prague office to join R2G, which White & Case describes as "a family office established by Oldrich Slemr, a former shareholder of Ceska Gumarenska group, a major global industrial tire manufacturing business.”