Glimstedt has advised the IKEA Group on its acquisition of a 45 MW capacity wind farm in the Lithuanian district of Mazeikiai by purchasing the shares of the investment fund Orion Alternative Energy Fund (managed by the company Orion Asset Management) and the shares of Pamario Jegainiu Energija held by the investment fund Energy Investment Fund. The sellers were advised by Ellex Valiunas.
Tark Grunte Sutkiene has successfully assisted LV Asset Management AIFP in its application for status as a registered alternative fund manager to Latvia's Financial and Capital Market Commission and AB INVL Baltic Real Estate on its transformation into a licensed Lithuanian special closed-end type investment company.
Sorainen, Valiunas Ellex, Klavins Ellex, and Cobalt have advised on Baltic elements of the acquisition by AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. of Nordic Cinema Group Holding AB from European private equity firm Bridgepoint and Swedish media group Bonnier Holding. The transaction — all-cash and valued at SEK 8.250 million (approximately USD 929 million) — is conditional upon antitrust clearance by the European Commission, which is expected in the first half of 2017.
“We don’t have any big news in Lithuania at the moment,” says Eugenija Sutkiene, Partner at Tark Grunte Sutkiene. “Except for the general trends that are affecting legal markets everywhere, of course: Commoditization, dropping legal fees, and growing in-house legal markets — the same as all legal markets.” She laughs, saying, “we’re running quickly to stay in the same space."
Cobalt Lithuania has advised PVA European Refreshments, a company operating in the Republic of Ireland, on its acquisition of half of the shares in UAB Neptuno Vandenys from the soft drinks producer UAB Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva. The deal, valued at almost EUR 10 million, was subject to merger clearance from the EU Commission.
Sorainen is announcing that Lelde Lavina, the head of the Latvian Real Estate & Construction Team, has become the 29th Partner of the firm, and that Partner Tomas Kontautas, current head of the Sorainen Banking, Finance & Insurance practice group, has been appointed the office Managing Partner of Sorainen Lithuania.
Following the global financial crisis of 2008, the Government of Lithuania started considering measures that would create effective alternatives to banking financing. This was crucial to small and medium businesses, to which banking financing quite often was not available. One of these measures was the promotion of special collective investment undertakings (private capital, alternative, real estate, etc.), designated for professional and well-informed investors (the “Specialized CIUs”).
Sorainen has advised the shareholders of Palink, the operator of the IKI grocery retail chain, on the EUR 213 million cash sale of 100% of Palink shares to ICA Gruppen, the shareholder of the Rimi Baltic retail chain. Valiunas Ellex advised the buyers on the deal, which is reported to be the largest M&A transaction in Lithuania this year, and which makes Rimi Baltic the second largest player in the Lithuanian grocery retail market.
In our new Marketing Marketing feature, introduced in this issue, we ask our law firm marketing and business development friends across CEE to share their experience and perspectives on their profession. The premier question is a simple one: If you had three more hours in the day at work, what one part of your job would you prioritize in that extra time?
Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars S.A. and its group companies on a PLN 1.1 billion loan facility. Clifford Chance, working with Tark Grunte Sutkiene (TGS), Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (DTB) and Montanios & Montanios, advised Bank Pekao S.A. (agent), mBank S.A. (security agent), and Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi Handlowy), ING Bank Slaski S.A., Bank BGZ BNP Paribas S.A., DNB Bank, and Caixa Bank as mandated lead arrangers on the facility.