In 2015, the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (hereinafter referred to as the "Office") approved 21 merger control cases and none of the notified concentrations have been prohibited.
Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albea group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Scandolara TUB-EST, s.r.o., a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. The Scandolara Group was represented by Studio Legale D’urso–Zena e Associati and the Slovak law firm Maple & Fish.
Dentons has advised Mezzanine Capital on its first two financing transactions: A EUR 12.5 million mezzanine loan to Medicon Group to fund the acquisition of ProNatal Medical Business, and the second a mezzanine loan in connection with the recapitalization of Nolloth S.A. and its subsidiary VUES Brno.
Schoenherr, working alongside lead counsel Gleiss Lutz, has advised the New York private equity fund Lindsay Goldberg on its acquisition of the Schur Flexibles Group from Capiton AG and its management. Kirkland & Ellis advised sellers on the transaction, which remains subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The purchase price was not disclosed.
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.
The latest amendment of the Act on Protection of Competition (the "Amendment") widens the powers of the Slovak Competition Authority (Protimonopolný úrad Slovenskej republiky) (the "Authority") while punishing any coordination of undertakings in a public procurement, public tender or other similar collusive tendering ("bid rigging").
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.
Libor Licka holds the dual role of Regional Legal Counsel for ASE and Regional Compliance Officer for Europe East, Baltics & Scandinavia at Schindler, where he is currently responsible for the legal matters of the company in 13 jurisdictions. Slovak in origin, Licka has recently moved back to Bratislava from Schindler’s Vienna headquarters, where he had been based. He talked to CEE Legal Matters about the move and its implications for his role.