CMS has advised REICO, the manager of the largest and oldest Czech open-ended real estate fund, on the purchase of the Proximo I office building in Warsaw from Proximo I sp. z o.o. Sp. K., part of the Hines Russia & Poland fund. In addition to CMS, REICO was advised by international advisory firms CBRE, TPA, and DIL, while the seller was represented by Cushman & Wakefield, Crido, and Dentons.
On December 7th, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that AmRest Holdings had acquired 15 KFC restaurants and the license to operate and develop the KFC brand in Germany. We invited Dawid Ksiazcziak, Chief Legal officer for AmRest Holdings, to reflect on the KFC acquisitions.
DZP is reporting that it is part of a consortium with Mott MacDonald and Crido Taxand which has agreed to provide legal, economic, financial, and technical assistance to Poland's Ministry of Development and the City of Krakow for the implementation of a public-private partnership project titled "Building, Maintenance and Management of the Investor Assistance Center (Krakow) in Krakow."
Przemyslaw Kozdoj has moved from Greenberg Traurig in Poland to joined the Warsaw office of Wolf Theiss as a Partner and head of the Banking and Finance practice group.
Hogan Lovells has advised mBank Hipoteczny S.A. on establishing a mortgage-covered bonds program up to the maximum total nominal value of EUR 3 billion (or the equivalent in another currency). White & Case was the counsel for both program arranger and dealer Commerzbank AG and other dealers, which include Erste Group Bank AG, J.P. Morgan Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, and Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. The program instituted by mBank Hipoteczny S.A. is the second international program for the issuance of covered bonds established by a Polish mortgage bank.
Linklaters has advised Alliance Automotive Group, a distributor of light and commercial vehicle parts to the independent aftermarket in France, Germany, and the UK, on the acquisition of a 51.3% controlling stake in Groupauto Polska from eight individual shareholders. Porebski i Wspolnicy advised the sellers on the transaction, which remains subject to the approval of the Polish Competition Authority, with completion expected by the end of September 2017.
Clifford Chance Badea has advised New Europe Property Investments on its merger with Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited to create NEPI Rockcastle Plc, which one analyst described as "the biggest investor on the commercial property market in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the ten largest companies of its type in Europe in terms of capitalization."
KKLW has announced that Partners Jacek Kosinski and Michał Kurzynski are members of the Advisory Group to the Polish Ministry of Development and that, on Friday, July 28th, Poland's government accepted the new Public-Private Partnership strategy the Ministry prepared as part of its Strategy for Sustainable Development. According to KKLW, "the new PPP strategy aims to conclude 100 new public-private partnership agreements by 2020."
Wolf Theiss Bucharest and Warsaw, working alongside Radulescu & Musoi, have advised Poland's Credit Value Investments asset management company on its EUR 12 million investment in Impact Developer & Contractor. Impact Developer & Contractor was advised by PeliFilip and Linklaters.
The Buzz in Poland, according to Michal Karwacki, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, is that while most of the big cap transactions planned for 2017 have already been tasked (with the exception of the potential exit of Warburg Pincus from Inea), the mid-cap transactional market in the country remains highly active. Indeed, says Karwacki, "the mid cap market is quite speedy, and I believe that we will hear about many such transactions just after the summer, with the most interesting targets being in the automotive, logistics, and consumer goods sectors.”
Linklaters has advised Echo Investment SA (acting through its SPV) in connection with the sale of the Sagittarius Business House office building in Wroclaw to Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH. Dentons advised the buyers in the transaction, which remains subject to fulfillment of customary conditions precedent and is expected to occur in 2018.