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“International Law Firm of the Year” in the Czech Republic at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence, 2014. Named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Czech Republic at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Annual European Awards, 2014. Being named the only law firm in the Czech Republic to be ranked Tier 1 in all practice areas ranked in both the Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 in 2014. Received the most Tier 1 and individual lawyer rankings out of all law firms in the Czech Republic in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global in 2014. Named
White & Case is one of the largest law firms in the Czech Republic – Over 50 lawyers and tax advisors, including 14 partners and 7 counsel. Our team includes lawyers qualified in the Czech Republic, England and Wales, the Slovak Republic and New York. Many of the leading mandates we have handled over the last 12 months year have included substantial cross-practice advice as noted below in the selected matter highlights. Our ability to bring to bear top flight experience in all core areas of practice is of substantial commercial benefit to clients. Our lawyers have been involved in transactions in more than 25 countries in the last 12 months, including high-profile mandates in the following regional jurisdictions – Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Turkey. By way of example, in mergermarket’s H1 2014 results, White & Case was ranked Number One legal advisor by deal volume to CEE M&A deals. Please see below for significant regional matters our team has had alead role on. Our M&A practice has been the most active in the Czech market in the last twelve months as mergermarket has White & Case as the #1 legal advisor for M&A work in the Czech Republic by deal volume in the last 12 months. This means no law firm in the Czech Republic has completed more large scale M&A transactions in the Czech Republic than White & Case over this period.
White & Case has the largest and most experienced bank finance team in the Czech Republic and has completed more than 120 financing transactions in the last twelve months. As demonstrated below, we played a leading role on the largest financing ever executed in the Czech Republic and many of deals executed by our team include first-of-a-kind structures and bringing global best practice bank finance techniques to clients operating here. This includes being the only law firm in Prague with the local capability to offer Czech, English and US law expertise on all types of financings including senior, mezzanine and high-yield financings.
Selected Significant Public Matters within last 12 months Our strengths in the Czech Republic have led us to an excellent last twelve months, as one can see from the multiple multi-billion dollar headline mandates outlined below. We have achieved these results despite one of the toughest markets for decades. We believe the twelve items below best highlight our strength as a legal service provider in the Czech Republic. A multi-practice team, led by our banking team represented Societe Generale as coordinating mandated lead arranger and then Citibank Europe plc, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Československá obchodní banka, a.s., Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, ING Bank N.V., The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UniCredit Bank Austria AG as further mandated lead arrangers in connection with the financing of the acquisition by PPF Group of Telefonica Czech Republic, the leading mobile, fixed-line and IPTV operator in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The total amount of the financing was €2.288 billion. The Telefonica transaction was in many ways the first transaction of this kind in the Czech Republic. White & Case’s M&A, financing, TMT, IP and tax teams advised Avast Software, one of the world‘s major players in the antivirus market, and a selling shareholder consortium on the sale of a significant minority stake to CVC Capital Partners, one of the world‘s leading private equity and investment advisory firms. Supporting the successful