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.
RTPR Allen & Overy has advised Raiffeisen Bank and Wood & Company Financial Services as managers on Medlife’s IPO, the biggest private IPO in Romania. Medlife was advised by Schoenherr. Allen & Overy reports that this is the largest private IPO in the history of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
Wolf Theiss, working as local counsel for CEE to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has advised Amundi on its acquisition of Pioneer Investments from Unicredit for an all-cash consideration of EUR 3.545 billion. UniCredit was advised by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners.
A&O has advised Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. on its share purchase agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev to acquire businesses formerly owned by SABMiller Limited (formerly SABMiller plc) in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Romania and other related assets that were owned by SABMiller prior to its combination with AB InBev. The transaction has an enterprise value of EUR 7.3 billion, subject to customary adjustments. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised AB InBev on the deal, as well as on its combination with SABMiller and across the related disposal commitments made to competition authorities.
PeliFilip has announced that former Schoenherr lawyer Catalin Suliman has joined the Romanian firm as Partner and coordinator of the Competition Law practice.
Schoenherr has advised Kansai Paint Co Ltd., from Osaka, on the acquisition of the Helios Coatings Group from Ring International Holding AG ("RIH"), GSO Capital Opportunities Fund II (Luxembourg) S.a r.l., and Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund IV, LDC. The sellers were advised by Brandl & Talos.
RTPR Allen & Overy has advised Allianz Capital Partners on its acquisition of a 30% stake in E.ON Distributie Romania, the largest electricity and gas distribution network operator in the northern part of Romania. Botezatu & Asociatii advised the sellers on the transaction, which RTPR Allen & Overy describes as the largest "in Romania in the energy sector in the last years."
Wolf Theiss is advising Harvia Group Oy in its acquisition of Sentiotec, the sauna and wellness division of the Abatec Group. The Hitzenberger law firm advised the sellers. The signing took place on November 4, 2016.
RTPR Allen & Overy has advise the Enterprise Investors private equity fund on the sale of the Profi Rom Food – the largest supermarket chain in Romania – to Mid Europa Partners. Dechert and Bondoc & Asociatii advised the buyers on the deal, which is reportedly the largest deal ever completed by a private equity fund in Romania and the largest deal in the retail sector in the country’s history. The transaction remains subject to approval by Romania's Competition Counsel.
Two recent decisions of the Constitutional Court of Romania related to an employer’s ability to suspend an employee’s employment contract have created an unfortunate situation for both employers and employees, with the former limited in their ability to protect themselves and the latter at risk of being terminated without cause.