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Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners, Cerha Hempel, and Noerr Advise on Sberbank CEE Sale

Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners, Cerha Hempel, and Noerr Advise on Sberbank CEE Sale

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Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners and Cerha Hempel have advised AIK Banka, Gorenjska Banka, and Agri Europe Cyprus on their acquisition of Sberbank Europe’s shares in six CEE banks. Noerr advised the buyers on Hungarian law, while Maric & Co, Zuric and Partners, Tos & Partners, and Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners reportedly advised the buyers on Bosnian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Russian matters, respectively.

The transaction included Sberbank Europe AG’s shares in Sberbank Srbija (Serbia), Sberbank Banka (Slovenia), Sberbank BH Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Sberbank Banja Luka (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Sberbank (Croatia), and Sberbank Magyarorszag (Hungary). The target banks hold total assets of EUR 7.329 billion, operate 162 branches in aggregate, and serve approximately 600,000 clients, as of the end of 2020.

According to Cerha Hempel, “the parties signed the share purchase agreement on November 3, 2021. Closing of the transaction is subject to approvals by national and international regulators as well as by national competition authorities and is expected to take place in 2022.”

Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners’ team included Partners Sasa Stojanovic, Rasko Radovanovic, Anja Tasic, and Nikola Cincovic, Attorney Djordje Vicic, and Associates Zivko Kovacevic and Irina Petrovic.

Cerha Hempel’s team included Partners Albert Birkner, Benjamin Twardosz, and Volker Glas, Senior Associate Martin Eichinger, and Associate Mathias Drescher.

Noerr’s team included Partner Zoltan Nadasdy, Senior Counsel Peter Stauber, Counsels Akos Mates-Lanyi and Akos Bajorfi, and Lawyer Szilvia Andriska.

Editor's Note: After this article was published, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer announced that it had advised Sberbank on the deal. The firm's team included Moscow-based Partner Mikhail Loktionov and Associate Roman Prudentov and Vienna-based Partners Farid Sigari-Majd and Florian Klimscha, Principal Associates Daniel Lungenschmid, Katharina Kubik, and Eric Leikin, and Associates Maria Tumpel and Maximilian Hohenauer.

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Founded in 1993, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is the leading full-service law firm in the CIS with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and associated office in Cyprus.

We handle some of the largest and most complex and demanding transactions. We advise our clients in many areas of law, including: dispute resolution in Russia and abroad, International Arbitration and Litigation, M&A and Corporate, antitrust issues, criminal law, intellectual property, restructurings and insolvencies, international trade and customs, tax, real estate and construction, banking and finance, energy and natural resources, environmental and technical regulation, marine and transport law, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and others.

We combine high academic qualifications, internationally acknowledged moral and ethical values, senior partners' professional experience and practical abilities with the vigour and knowledge of younger attorneys, providing clients with reliable, first-class service according to both Russian and western standards through a flexible structure.

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