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Private Equity

Czech Republic

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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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Private Equity in Czech Re­pub­lic
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.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.Ad­vent In­ter­na­tion­al the ac­quis­i­tion of 100% of the shares in TES Vset­in and Mez­Ser­vis, a lead­ing European man­u­fac­turer of tail­or-made power gen­er­at­ors and com­pon­ents used in the pro­duc­tion of hy­dro, wind and non-re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion.Mid Europa Part­ners on:the sale Ceske Ra­di­okomunikace the dom­in­ant ra­dio and TV broad­cast­ing op­er­at­or and the second largest fixed-line op­er­at­or in terms of cli­ent num­bers in the Czech Re­pub­lic.the ac­quis­i­tion of 95% of the shares in EN­ERGY 21, one of the largest Czech de­velopers and op­er­at­ors of sol­ar power plants in the Czech Re­pub­lic.BC Part­ners on the ac­quis­i­tion of Syn­lab and Fu­ture­lab, com­pan­ies op­er­at­ing med­ic­al labor­at­or­ies in Ger­many and the Czech Re­pub­lic.AnaCap Fin­an­cial Part­ners on the ac­quis­i­tion of Banco Popolare Česká re­pub­lika (now Equa bank), a Czech sub­si­di­ary of Itali­an Banco Popolare.Little­john on the ac­quis­i­tion of a Czech com­pany design­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing highly en­gin­eered and com­plex seal­ing sys­tems for the auto­mot­ive in­dustry.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.

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