CEE Equity Partners, the Investment Advisor to the China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Co-operation Fund, has announced the completion of an investment by the Fund in Javna Razsvetljava d.d. and JRS d.d., which it describes as "market leaders in design and implementation of public lighting and signaling solutions, including Energy Service Company-based contracting, in Slovenia."
Wolf Theiss has provided Austrian assistance to Gleiss Lutz, lead counsel to Enterex International Limited, a Taiwan listed company, on its takeover of the AVA Group from Haugg-Kuhlerfabrik GmbH.
There are different ways to acquire a majority stake in a joint stock company, and each of them has its particularities, pros and cons. However, notwithstanding the specific acquisition method, each process requires the undergoing of stringent procedures by the acquirer, which can often be lengthy and complicated, involving dealing with various minority shareholder issues and rigid supervision by regulators.
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.
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.
Wolf Theiss is reporting that it advised the EBRD on its December 5, 2016 issuance of RSD 2.5 trillion Floating Rate Bonds due December 2019. Raiffeisen Banka AD, Beograd, which acted as underwriter for the issuance, was advised by AP Legal, while Citigroup Global Markets Limited, which acted as marketing agent, was advised by Harrison Solicitors.
Wolf Theiss is advising Harvia Group Oy in its acquisition of Sentiotec, the sauna and wellness division of the Abatec Group. The Hitzenberger law firm advised the sellers. The signing took place on November 4, 2016.
Wolf Theiss has advised the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), working in collaboration with two other partners from China, on the establishment of its European headquarters in Graz, Austria. The deal to purchase a production site and office building from the Steinklauber Group was signed recently, with Economic Minister of Styria Christian Buchmann and a high-ranking delegation from China in attendance.
Herbst Kinsky, working alongside Switzerland's Schellenberg Wittmer and Singapore's WongPartnership firms, has advised AMS AG – a leading worldwide manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions – on the acquisition of Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics. The unnamed sellers – including a group of private investors (both PE and Venture Capital funds) and management and employees of Heptagon – were represented by Wolf Theiss
It may perhaps be symbolic that I pen this rather reflective article for CEE Legal Matters now, considering that August 2016 marks twenty years to the month since I first stepped off the plane at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest, Romania, to serve as a liaison for the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Legal Initiative (CEELI), having taken a one-year leave of absence from my litigation practice in Los Angeles.
In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about the strategies they employ to keep their teams motivated, effective, and focused. For this issue, we asked them to reveal what sorts of firm retreats and activities they host and/or organize for their lawyers.