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Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. With over 25 years’ experience in Central and Eastern Europe, we are the preferred M&A adviser to corporates and financial institutions, and have topped the deal tables by volume for a number of consecutive years.

With domestic experts and English law practitioners on the ground in 15 offices across the region, we can mobilise international specialist teams quickly to manage your cross-border transactions.

We add value by thinking and acting beyond our traditional role to secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Whether a global multinational group or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations.

This firm operates in a truly regional and cross-border way. It is a go-to firm in the region for private equity firms, as well as offering deep industry-specific expertise.

Our cross-border teams include experts in sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, technology and media. This means we can save time and money by understanding your specific issues, providing advice within context and pinpointing the commercial issues and risks in your transaction.

CMS is recognised as a leading M&A advisor in the Czech Republic by major legal directories. We have been present in the Czech Republic since 1991 and are continuously involved in the country’s headline transactions. The combination of our international experience and local know-how gives us a unique understanding of the key issues of importance when acquiring or selling a Czech business.  

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A in Czech Re­pub­lic
Er­ste Group Bank and its sub­si­di­ar­ies on its agree­ment with Glob­al Pay­ments to es­tab­lish a joint ven­ture provid­ing mer­chant ac­quir­ing and pay­ment pro­cessing ser­vices to re­tail­ers in the Czech Re­pub­lic, Ro­mania and Slov­akia.Nor­d­ic Part­ners on the EUR 175m sale of Hamé to Oslo-lis­ted food group Orkla. Hamé is a lead­ing branded food pro­du­cer in the Czech Re­pub­lic and Slov­akia and pro­duces some of Czech Re­pub­lic’s most icon­ic food brands in­clud­ing Hamé, Májka, Zno­jmia, and Otma.Clari­on Cap­it­al Part­ners on the pur­chase of a ma­jor­ity stake in Moravia IT, a glob­al loc­al­isa­tion and trans­la­tion busi­ness headquartered in Brno, Czech Re­pub­lic.Landes­bank Baden-Württem­berg (LBBW) on the sale of its sub­si­di­ary, LBBW Bank CZ a.s., to Rus­si­an Ex­pobank.Triglav, the Slov­e­ni­an in­sur­ance com­pany, on the sale of its Czech sub­si­di­ary Triglav pojišťovna, a.s.Dix­ons Re­tail, one of Europe's lead­ing spe­cial­ist multi-chan­nel elec­tric­al re­tail­er and ser­vices com­pan­ies on the sale of Elec­tro­World op­er­a­tions in Cent­ral Europe to NAY a.s., a lead­ing elec­tric­al spe­cial­ist re­tail­er in the re­gion.MOL Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of 208 filling sta­tions in the Czech Re­pub­lic, Slov­akia and Ro­mania from Itali­an mul­tina­tion­al oil and gas com­pany Eni.LAMA Group, a Czech privately owned in­vest­ment group, on the ac­quis­i­tion of DIGI Czech Re­pub­lic from RCS & RDS S.A., a ma­jor tele­com­mu­nic­a­tion op­er­at­or in South-East­ern Europe head-quartered in Ro­mania.Ad­vent In­ter­na­tion­al on the ac­quis­i­tion across sev­en coun­tries (in­clud­ing the Czech Re­pub­lic, Hun­gary, Po­land, Rus­sia and Slov­akia) of Provimi Pet Food, the third largest pro­du­cer of private la­bel wet and dry pet food in Europe, from the Provimi Group, for an en­ter­prise value of EUR 188m, and sub­sequently on the EUR 315m sale of Part­ner in Pet Food to Pamplona.mBank, the Pol­ish bank  on the sale of its 100% stake in the factor­ing busi­ness TRANSFIN­ANCE a.s. to Uni­Cred­it Bank.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.


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