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Helen Rodwell

Helen Rodwell

Managing Partner
CEE Head of Corporate, Prague, 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 Prague and the Head of the Corporate practice group for Central and Eastern Europe.

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

  • Clarion Capital Partners on its investment in Moravia IT, a Brno head-quartered global localisation and translation business. A transaction spanning 7 countries (Czech Republic, the US, China, Argentina, Japan, Hungary and Ireland).
  • Nordic Partners on the sale of Hamé, a leading branded consumer goods company in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • 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.
  • AnaCap Financial Partners on the acquisition of Banco Popolare Česká republika, the Czech subsidiary of Italian Banco Popolare.
  • Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) on the sale of its subsidiary, LBBW Bank CZ to Russian Expobank, including the transfer of a part of the loan portfolio to an SPV set up by LBBW Germany.
  • MetLife on the acquisitions of Aviva Czech Life, Aviva Hungary Life, Aviva Romania Life and Aviva Romania Pensions from Aviva and subsequent mergers with MetLife entities.
  • The Slovak Government on the re-structuring and EUR 839m privatisation of a 66% stake in Slovenske elektrarne, a.s., the Slovak electricity generation producer and the second largest utility company in Central and Eastern Europe to Enel.
  • EnerCap Capital Funds on the acquisition of three photovoltaic sites across the Czech Republic, and on the acquisition of a 18 MW wind farm in Horni Lodenice.
  • Meinl Capital Markets on the acquisition of Kandia Dulce SA, the Romania confectionary manufacturer.
  • The owners of Pinnacle Real Estate, Merrill Lynch and the Pinnacle founders on the sale of Pinnacle Real Estate, holding 230,000 square meters of leased warehouses and a land bank of almost 1.5 million square meters for future development across CEE, to Arcapita.
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  • 1991 - Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1989 - Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
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  • Member, Victorian Bar Association, Australia
  • Member, Czech Chamber of Advocates
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