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Helen Rodwell

Managing Partner
Managing Partner, Prague and Bratislava

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, advokáti, v.o.s.
Palladium, Na Poříčí 1079/3a
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Languages English

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 teams on complex transactions and ensuring clients receive excellent, commercially orientated advice.

She is ranked as a Band 1 corporate lawyer both for the Czech Republic and the entire CEE region by Chambers and has advised on M&A transactions across a number of sectors, including financial services, private equity, energy, consumer products and manufacturing industries.

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Relevant experience

  • A group of investors, led by Partech and including EBRD, Quadrille Capital and J&T Bank, on a EUR 190m fundraising for Rohlik.cz, one of Europe’s leading online grocery businesses. 
  • Zentiva, an Advent International portfolio company, on its acquisition of the CEE business of global generic and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals manufacturer Alvogen. 
  • TPG on the acquisition of the Vector Parks Logistics Centres in Slovakia and Czech Republic from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). 
  • Cube Infrastructure on the investment into a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), open-access networks for residential, business and public administration in selected areas of the Czech Republic currently under-served by high speed internet networks.
  • The shareholders in Kiwi.com, one of the most rapidly growing technology companies worldwide, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to General Atlantic.
  • PPF, the Czech-based financial group, on the acquisition, together with Sabanci Holding, of the Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa from True Value Capital Partners.
  • Advent International on the EUR 1.9bn acquisition of Zentiva, a leading pharmaceutical company in CEE. 
  • Mid Europa Partners on the sale of AeskuLab and Alpha Medical businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Unilabs. 
  • Arkance on the acquisition of CAD Studio, a provider of technical support services for autodesk software, from KKCG.
  • Erste Bank in over ten separate M&A transactions in the region since 1999, including: 
    • EUR 3.75bn acquisition of a majority shareholding in Banca Comerciala Romana, Romania's largest bank.
    • Successful bid and subsequent USD 517m acquisition of Česká spořitelna, a.s., the Czech savings bank  (privatisation process), including advising on the re-structuring of the loan portfolio.
    • Successful bid and subsequent EUR 400m acquisition of Postabank Rt. from the Hungarian State, including a public takeover bid made for the shares of Postabank Rt.
    • Successful bid and subsequent EUR 160m acquisition of Rijecka banka d.d in Croatia from the Croatian State Agency for Bank Rehabilitation.
    • Acquisition of Slovenská sporiťelňa a.s., the Slovak savings bank (privatisation process).
    • Successful bid and subsequent EUR 149.6m acquisition of 100% of shares in Diners Club Adriatic d.d. in Croatia, one of the leading Croatian credit card companies.
    • Acquisition 100% of Bank Prestige in Ukraine.
    • Acquisition of Novosadska Banka in Serbia (privatisation process).
    • Proposed bid to acquire DSK Bank AD in Bulgaria.
    • Proposed bid to acquire Nova Ljubljanska banka, Slovenia.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Victorian Bar Association, Australia
  • Member, Czech Chamber of Advocates
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Education

  • 1991 - Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1989 - Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
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Czech au­thor­it­ies to screen fu­ture for­eign in­vest­ments from 1 May
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April 2021
CEE Green­field Guide
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18 March 2021
CMS ad­vises Kaupth­ing on 1.3 mil­lion sqm Czech land bank sale
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18 February 2021
Changes to the Czech Act on Busi­ness Cor­por­a­tions - New rules re­gard­ing...
On 1 Janu­ary 2021, an Amend­ment to the Czech Act on Busi­ness Cor­por­a­tions came in­to ef­fect, which in­tro­duced changes in the area of cor­por­ate gov­ernance. These in­clude changes to the li­ab­il­ity of stat­utory...
22 October 2020
Czech Re­pub­lic amends Act on Busi­ness Cor­por­a­tions with new rules on profit...
On 1 Janu­ary 2021, the amend­ment to the Act on Busi­ness Cor­por­a­tions will come in­to ef­fect (with some ex­cep­tions), bring­ing sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the cur­rent act and provid­ing cor­por­a­tions with great­er...
September 2020
CMS European Out­look 2020
We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edi­tion of the “European M&A Out­look”, pub­lished in co-op­er­a­tion with Mer­ger­mar­ket Our sur­vey provides key in­sights in­to how both cor­por­ate and private...
22 September 2020
Czech Re­pub­lic ab­ol­ishes prop­erty ac­quis­i­tion tax
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16 September 2020
Czech Re­pub­lic en­acts sig­ni­fic­ant changes to cor­por­ate law
On 1 Janu­ary 2021, the Czech Re­pub­lic's first ma­jor amend­ment to the Act on Busi­ness Cor­por­a­tions (Amend­ment) will come in­to force, bring­ing sig­ni­fic­ant changes to both the con­sti­tu­tion and op­er­a­tion...
6 August 2020
CMS wins 2019 CEE Deal of the Year for pharma ac­quis­i­tion
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has been re­cog­nised for its work ad­vising Ad­vent In­ter­na­tion­al and its port­fo­lio com­pany Zentiva on the ac­quis­i­tion of the CEE busi­ness of glob­al gen­er­ic and over-the-counter...
1 July 2020
Sign­ing with e-sig­na­ture in CEE
Di­git­al­isa­tion af­fects all as­pects of a busi­ness’s op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing con­tracts, in­tern­al doc­u­ment­a­tion and em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships. The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has cre­ated the need for con­tact­less and...
18 June 2020
CMS guide to re­struc­tur­ing pos­sib­il­it­ies in CEE
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21 May 2020
CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2020
Cross bor­der M&A trans­ac­tions that re­quire mer­ger con­trol ap­provals in sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions have be­come com­mon­place. To re­duce time delays and keep costs down, it is es­sen­tial to identi­fy at the early...