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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

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...
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Paul Stallebrass
Czech Republic, Prague
Paul Stallebrass is a partner in the International Banking & Finance practice.He is based in Prague and has a truly international practice, with experience of advising on complex finance transactions...
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Lucie Halloova
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Lucie is a Senior Associate in the corporate/transactions team at CMS in Prague. She mainly focuses on advising clients on M&A transactions and day-to-day corporate matters. Lucie has particular expertise...
Frances Gerrard
Frances Gerrard
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Czech Republic, Prague
Frances Gerrard is an international lawyer based in Prague and advising clients on cross-border transactions across Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.She is a core member of the Corporate and M&A...
Stepan Havranek
Štĕpán Havránek
Czech Republic, Prague
Štĕpán is an associate in CMS Corporate/M&A Practice Area Group in Prague, where he specialises on transactions, corporate law and general contract matters. He has over 3 years of experience advising...