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and mid-sized firms and was awarded the bronze certificate at the annual TOP Responsible Firm of the Year Awards.
We also represented this client in merger approval proceedings before the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition.
Our work is not only “business”: we have participated on a long-term basis in a wide variety of pro bono projects and support our partners from the non-profit sector (Kaplicky Centre Endowment Fund, Tereza Maxova Foundation, Czech Donors Forum, etc.).
Representing Raiffeisenbank a.s. in real estate financing to CPI Group in total value over CZK 2 billion.
OUR AWARDS As the first domestic law firm in Czech history, we were named Law Firm of the Year for the Central European Region by the prestigious British magazine The Lawyer. We are one of the two most recognised Czech law firms in the rankings of the renowned international ratings agency Chambers & Partners. We have won three of six Best Domestic Law Firm of the Year awards conferred so far (organised by EPRAVO.CZ).
SELECTION OF OUR DISTINGUISHED AND PUBLISHABLE WORK ASSIGNMENTS: Advised SABMiller group on Czech and Slovak issues in relation to the sale of its CEE businesses, including Czech brewery Plzeňský Prazdroj and Slovak brewery Pivovary Topvar, to the Japanese Asahi Group holdings. The transaction was the most significant M&A transaction in the Czech Republic in 2016 with a total value of EUR 7.3 billion. Global financing in the amount of EUR 665 million for the Monier Group, involving an issue of senior secured notes and senior secured credit facilities. Representing a consortium of leading private transport infrastructure developers, namely Cintra/Ferrovial, Porr and Macquarie, in the biggest PPP project in Slovakia – the construction of the D4 and R7 highways. Legal advice to Veolia Energie ČR (a company from the Veolia Environnement group) in connection with the acquisition of Pražská teplárenská LPZ a.s. (now Veolia Energie Praha), a subsidiary of Pražská teplárenská and a crucial operator of local heat supply networks in Prague.
Project financing for the underground gas storage facility in Dambořice for the KKCG Group. Legal advice relating to the establishment of a debt issuance programme by a Slovak branch of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia. This was the first debt issuance programme with structured products to be established by a bank in Slovakia. The total value of the transaction is EUR 5 billion. Czech and Slovak law advice in connection with the worldwide internal restructuring of Hewlett-Packard involving certain business activities and companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This transaction represents one of the largest de-mergers of a company worldwide. Financing of EUR 100 million for the construction of one of the biggest multifunctional shopping and business centres in Moravia (representing Raiffeisenbank a.s. as a creditor). The first “triple” listing on the London, Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges, one of the largest European IPOs in 2008 and the largest ever IPO in the Czech Republic for New World Resources N.V. with the total value of the offering amounting to ₤ 1.1 billion and final market capitalisation of ₤ 3 billion. Advised the shareholders of PXE (Power Exchange Central Europe) on sale of a majority stake in PXE to European Energy Exchange. The transaction represented a first transaction of this kind in Central Europe. The first bond issue on the Czech market listed on the Prague Stock Exchange by a Polish issuer – legal advice to Kofola S.A. in connecion with an unsecured notes t issue with a volume of CZK 450 million, including admitting the notes for trading on the Prague Stock Exchange. Legal advice to Holcim in connection with one of the top M&A transactions realised over the last few years not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad, regarding