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White & Case and Hengeler Mueller Advise on MVM Acquisition of Innogy Czech Republic

White & Case and Hengeler Mueller Advise on MVM Acquisition of Innogy Czech Republic

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White & Case has advised Hungary's state-owned energy group MVM on the acquisition of the entire share capital in Innogy Czech Republic from Innogy Beteiligungsholding, a member of the Innogy/E.ON Group. Hengeler Mueller advised E.ON on the deal.

According to White & Case, "the MVM Group is a sovereign-owned integrated energy company with the highest market share in the national electricity and gas markets in Hungary and more than 50 years of experience in managing strategic energy assets, including the power generation portfolio.

White & Case's Prague-based team was co-led by Partners Jan Andrusko and Vit Stehlik and included Partner Ivo Janda, Local Partners Jan Stejskal, Jan Jakoubek, Vaclav Zaloudek, and Tomas Scerba, Counsel Pavel Cizek, and Associates Iva Cechrakova, Monika Sedlackova, Lukas Pavlik, David Wilhelm, Radek Kraus, Anna Starkova, Martin Vorisek, and Jan Voborsky. They were assisted by White & Case Frankfurt Local Partner Jan Ole Eichstadt.

Hengeler Mueller's team was led by Partners Thomas Meurer and Martin Ulbrich, and included Partners Matthias Scheifele, Dirk Uwer, and Wolfgang Kellenter, Counsels Gunther Wagner, Moritz Rademacher, and Partick Wilkening, and Assoicates Richard Suermann, Maximilian Hermans, Jil Kalender, Florian Krauss, Sebastian Heinrichs, and Tianyuan Zhuang.

Editor's Note: After this article was published CEE Legal Matters learned that Havel & Partners had worked alongside Hengeler Mueller in advising the E.ON Group. The firm's team was led by Partner Jan Frey and included Counsels Josef Zaloudek, Petra Sochorova, and Richard Otevrel, Head Lawyers Dalibor Kovar and Albert Tatra, Senior Lawyers David Smida, Vojtech Katzer, and Stepan Cerny, and Lawyers Ivo Skolil, Lukas Jakoubek, and Pavla Kaufmannova.

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