CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has rebranded as Cerha Hempel.
The MCL law firm has advised private equity group MiddleCap Partners on its acquisition of Czech and Slovak optical component retailers Fokus Optic a.s. and Fokus Ocna Optika a.s., as well as on related acquisition financing from Slovenska Sporitelna. Urban & Hejduk assisted MiddleCap Partners on Czech elements of the deal, with Czech law firm Miks and Suk and Slovak law firm Legate advising the sellers. Dentons advised Slovenska Sporitelna.
By outsourcing production of major parts of car components, carmakers have also outsourced a substantial amount of their financing needs and associated risks to their suppliers. Still, despite rather slim margins, the prospect of a fairly stable cash flow over a number of years has made the automotive supplier business viable in the past. However, this viability is becoming questionable. This is visible in the number of struggling or even insolvent suppliers, the German group Eisenmann being a very recent example.
Sidley Austin was global legal counsel to the Nidec Corporation and Alrud and Kinstellar provided local assistance in Russia and Slovakia, respectively, on the company's USD 1.08 billion acquisition of Embraco from the Whirlpool Corporation. Linklaters, Pinheiro Neto Advogados in Brazil, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton were among the firms advising Whirlpool on the sale.
Members of the BPV Legal in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have provided local counsel in those jurisdictions to Dutch property managers MVGM on its takeover of the property management division of the Jones Lang LaSalle Group in Continental Europe. The Hague office of the Dutch law firm Barents Krans acted as lead counsel to MVGM, and Watson, Farley & Williams was lead counsel to JLL, working with local counsel from Schoenherr in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania.