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Private Equity Lawyers

The significant level of capital committed to the private equity sector, coupled with the availability of debt, has had a significant effect on pricing levels and competition for assets. Your priority is to have a cohesive strategy in place to ensure that you acquire the right assets and obtain maximum value from your portfolio.

CMS boasts an integrated international group of private equity lawyers across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) able to provide a comprehensive offering to private equity funds. They assist clients through all stages of a fund’s life – from fund formation and administration to actual investments, portfolio monitoring, and exits.

Having advised on the first ever leveraged buyouts in CEE region, our private equity team has been a market leader for many years, advising on some of the largest acquisitions and exits in the region. Private equity funds and financial institutions look to CMS for our ability to mobilise large international specialist teams in a seamless and coordinated manner.

The advice is pragmatic and of high quality, and provides a European angle. You get a high level of partner involvement
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Our team has a long-standing and close relationship with the private equity industry in CEE and around the world. You benefit from uniquely connected lawyers (both internationally and in their respective local markets) providing clients with access to the latest market information and opportunities as well as helpful introductions to industry contacts. With anti-trust, tax, employment, banking, commercial and disputes expertise, we can also assist in the protection and growth of your funds and investments. Whether your deal is in the upper or mid private equity or venture market, our specialist lawyers can guide you towards the best business outcome in your home markets and across multiple jurisdictions.

Understanding the industries in which our clients transact is crucial when it comes to providing effective commercial and legal advice. We are organised along industry sector lines, and our CEE private equity team has particularly strong experience in consumer products, lifesciences, infrastructure, financial institutions and services, energy and utilities, technology, media and communications and real estate transactions. The strength and depth of our sector focus allows us to understand the specific issues and challenges for a transaction in any given sector and provide you with advice within that context so that we can pinpoint the real commercial risks you are facing.

In Prague, our private equity practice is led by lawyers from our Corporate M&A and Banking & Finance teams who are able to advise on all aspects of private equity transactions including private acquisitions, public to private, acquisitions of minority shareholdings and shareholder arrangements, leveraged finance, antitrust, management incentives and assistance with portfolio companies and exits.

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Helen Rodwell
Helen Rodwell
Man­aging Part­ner
Managing Partner, Prague and Bratislava
Czech Republic, Prague
Helen Rodwell is the Managing Partner of CMS in Prague and Bratislava.Under her leadership CMS continues to be one of the busiest M&A legal advisors in CEE. Helen has extensive experience of leading large...
Paul Stallebrass
Paul Stallebrass
Part­ner
Czech Republic, Prague
Paul Stallebrass is a partner in the International Finance group and also the Global Head of Acquisition Finance at CMS. He is based in Prague and has a truly international practice, with experience of...
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Lucie Halloova
Lucie Halloova
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Czech Republic, Prague
Lucie is a senior associate with over ten years’ experience advising on substantial transactional and day-to-day corporate matters. She has a broad range of experience in advising on mergers, acquisitions...
Štĕpán Havránek
Štĕpán Havránek
As­so­ci­ate
Czech Republic, Prague
Štĕpán is an associate in the CMS Corporate/M&A team in Prague, where he specialises in transactions, corporate law, private equity and general contract matters. He has over five years’ experience...
Monika Hospudkova
Monika Hospudkova
As­so­ci­ate
Czech Republic, Prague
Monika is an associate in the M&A and Corporate team at CMS Prague. Monika specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, commercial law and due diligence. She has been involved in matters across...
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