Noerr, working with Itay's LMCR law firm, has advised the Nidec Corporation on the sale of its Secop Compressors division to ESSVP IV, advised by Orlando Management AG.
In Slovakia, a new amendment to Act No. 152/1995 Coll. on foodstuffs has been adopted, introducing new rules on how supermarkets ought to promote grocery products. According to the newly-adopted legislation, supermarkets and other sellers who promote grocery products are required to ensure that at least 50% of these promoted products are of Slovak origin. The new rules apply to online as well as classical forms of marketing.
Dentons has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Raiffeisen Bank SA on a EUR 34 million facility agreement granted to VGP Park Timisoara SRL to refinance an industrial project, including four prime logistic buildings in Timis, Romania. Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen reportedly advised VGP Park on the deal.
White & Case has advised Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main, and Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, as joint lead managers on the inaugural issuance of EUR 500 million, 0.01% covered mortgage bonds due in 2026 by Prima Banka Slovensko, a.s. Allen & Overy advised Prima Banka on the deal.
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.