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Freshfields, CMS, and White & Case Advise on Zentiva’s Acquisition of Alvogen CEE

Freshfields, CMS, and White & Case Advise on Zentiva’s Acquisition of Alvogen CEE

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS have advised Advent International and its European medicines producer Zentiva on Zentiva’s acquisition of the Central and Eastern European business of Alvogen. White & Case advised Alvogen on the deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Zentiva is an international pharmaceutical company that is based in Prague and focuses on developing, manufacturing, and marketing generic pharmaceutical products.

Alvogen CEE markets over 200 generic and over-the-counter products across multiple therapeutic areas in 14 markets, including Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and the Balkans. 

The Freshfields team included Partners James Scott, Helen Lethaby, Alan Ryan, and Jochen Dieselhorst, Senior Associate Vincent Bergin, and Principal Associate Lutz Dralle.

CMS' Prague-based team included Managing Partner Helen Rodwell, Senior Associates Frances Gerrard and Marketa Frankova, Associates Pavel Drimal and Tristan O’Connor, and Trainee Solicitor Moritz Kopka. The team also had support from Sofia-based Partner Atanas Bangachev, Bucharest-based Partner Horea Popescu and Senior Associate Claudia Popescu, Budapest-based Partner Aniko Kircsi and Senior Associate Peter Toth, Warsaw-based Partner Rafal Zwierz and Senior Associate Gregorz Paczek, Moscow-based Consultant David Cranfield and Senior Associate Maxim Gubanov, and London-based Senior Associate John Markham and Associate Madeeha Anthony.

White & Case's London-based team included Partners Steven Worthington, Lucy Bullock, Lindsey Canning, Martin Forbes, Marc Israel, and Peita Menon, Counsel Paul Harrington, and Associates Katarina Ward, Benjamin Morrison, James Turner, Jean Renaldy, and Oliver Alsop.  

Editor's Note: After this article was published Romania's Bondoc si Asociatii announced that it had worked alongside White & Case in advising Alvogen on the sale of its CEE business to the Zentiva group.

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JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. (JŠK) is a medium-sized law firm based in Prague providing a comprehensive range of commercial legal advisory services in the Czech Republic. Our team consists of almost 30 lawyers, five of whom are partners with many years of experience from leading international law firms. We advise local and international clients from banking, insurance and various industry sectors, boast a respected projects practice, and work for the public sector at the federal and municipal level.

Ever since it was founded in 2004, JŠK has striven for the epitome of professionalism, expertise and ethical integrity. We continuously seek to surpass what large global law firms can offer and to give our clients a personal approach. All mandates are equally important to us regardless of size as we guide clients through both complex and seemingly routine matters.

Our clients turn to us for advice when implementing their business plans across all areas of commercial law. We are proud members of PONTES: the CEE lawyers, a unique network of law firms through which we provide services not only in the Czech Republic but also in Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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