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.
Partos & Noblet, the associated Budapest office of Hogan Lovells, working with Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwalte in Austria and Rowan Legal in Slovakia, has advised South Africa's JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of nine retail warehouse properties tenanted by OBI subsidiaries from the Supernova Privatstiftung group. Supernova was advised by Dorda Brugger Jordis with Slovak law advice provided by Cechova & Partners.
In our new Marketing Marketing feature, introduced in this issue, we ask our law firm marketing and business development friends across CEE to share their experience and perspectives on their profession. The premier question is a simple one: If you had three more hours in the day at work, what one part of your job would you prioritize in that extra time?
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.
Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars S.A. and its group companies on a PLN 1.1 billion loan facility. Clifford Chance, working with Tark Grunte Sutkiene (TGS), Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (DTB) and Montanios & Montanios, advised Bank Pekao S.A. (agent), mBank S.A. (security agent), and Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi Handlowy), ING Bank Slaski S.A., Bank BGZ BNP Paribas S.A., DNB Bank, and Caixa Bank as mandated lead arrangers on the facility.
Wolf Theiss, working as local counsel for CEE to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has advised Amundi on its acquisition of Pioneer Investments from Unicredit for an all-cash consideration of EUR 3.545 billion. UniCredit was advised by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners.
A&O has advised Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. on its share purchase agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev to acquire businesses formerly owned by SABMiller Limited (formerly SABMiller plc) in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Romania and other related assets that were owned by SABMiller prior to its combination with AB InBev. The transaction has an enterprise value of EUR 7.3 billion, subject to customary adjustments. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised AB InBev on the deal, as well as on its combination with SABMiller and across the related disposal commitments made to competition authorities.
On November 24, 2017, CEELM reported that Austrian real estate developer WM Group had sold its six retail parks in Slovakia to Immofinanz AG, designed to expand the latter's STOP SHOP brand. Michael Wakolbinger, Managing Director of WM Slovakia, who also acts as a General Counsel to the senior owner of the WM/MID Group, agreed to comment on the sale.
Schoenherr has advised Kansai Paint Co Ltd., from Osaka, on the acquisition of the Helios Coatings Group from Ring International Holding AG ("RIH"), GSO Capital Opportunities Fund II (Luxembourg) S.a r.l., and Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund IV, LDC. The sellers were advised by Brandl & Talos.
Schoenherr has advised Immofinanz AG on the expansion of its STOP SHOP retail park portfolio in Slovakia through the acquisition of six shopping centers from the Austrian WM Group, which was represented by CHSH in Austria and by bpv Braun Partners in Slovakia. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The framework purchase agreement was signed on October 28, 2016, with closing of the transaction expected in the first quarter of 2017.
In 2014, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive 2014/67/EU (the “Directive”) on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of employees in the framework of the provision of services and amending Regulation No. 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System.
Schoenherr has advised Italian private equity firm Quadrivio SGR S.p.A. on the Hungarian and Slovakian legal aspects of the acquisition of a 70% stake in Farmol S.p.A., and its Hungarian subsidiary Farmol Hungary Kft, from Old Mill Holding S.p.A., an Italian investment holding company. The consideration was not disclosed, and the founders and management team of Farmol will retain the remaining 30% equity stake. The closing of the transaction was announced on October 21, 2016.
White & Case has advised P3 Logistic Parks (P3) and global investment company TPG Real Estate and developer Ivanhoe Cambridge on the sale of P3 to GIC, a sovereign wealth fund established by the government of Singapore. Kirkland & Ellis advised GIC on the EUR 2.4 billion deal, which White & Case describes as "the largest deal on the European real estate market this year, and the largest real estate deal in the Czech Republic ever."