Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has advised Mexican group Finaccess Capital in the takeover of control over AmRest Holdings SE, a European company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The market value of the transaction amounted to over PLN 1.5 billion.
SK&S describes AmRest as "the largest independent chain restaurant operator in Central and Eastern Europe,” and the firm says that "since 1993 the company has built a portfolio of well recognized, power brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Starbucks, based on franchise and joint venture partnerships."
The firm reports that "Finaccess Capital successfully acquired over 6 million shares through a public tender offer for up to 66% of the shares in AmRest, in addition to a minority stake previously controlled by Finaccess, crossing the threshold of 60% of the shares in AmRest and becoming its controlling shareholder."
The SK&S team advising Finaccess was led by Partner Marcin Olechowski, and included Of Counsel Justyna Mlodzianowska, Senior Counsel Witold Kurek, and Associate Andrzej Motyka. Competition law issues were handled by Partner Krzysztof Kanton and Senior Counsel Jaroslaw Lukawski.
As reported by CEE Legal Matters on July 26, 2016, SK&S previously advised Finaccess’s subsidiary FCapital Dutch on Polish matters related to indirect financing rom Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. to guarantee the acquisition of shares.