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Private Equity

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. 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, life sciences and healthcare, 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.

We have a very strong Polish reputation for advising private equity investors. As the market leader by volume of transactions closed annually, we specialise in the leading sectors, including retail, lifesciences & food, new technologies and real estate. 

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Private Equity in Po­land
CVC Cap­it­al Part­ners on the ap­prox. EUR 477m ac­quis­i­tion of state-owned PKP En­er­getyka, con­sidered one of the biggest private equity trans­ac­tions in Po­land ever and the first in­vest­ment of CVC in Po­lan­dRiver­side...


CMS ad­vises Cin­ven & Part­ner in Pet Food on its latest ac­quis­i­tion in Po­land
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Kalisz Pet Food sp. z o.o. - a com­pany from Part­ner in Pet Food Group (PPF), con­trolled by Cin­ven Cap­it­al Man­age­ment (VI) Gen­er­al Part­ner Lim­ited - on the ac­quis­i­tion...
CMS ad­vises Ab­ris Cap­it­al on ac­quis­i­tion of ma­jor­ity stake in Or­bit­vu
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Ab­ris Cap­it­al Part­ners (Ab­ris Cap­it­al) on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in Or­bit­vu. As a res­ult of the trans­ac­tion, Ab­ris Cap­it­al, one of the largest private...
CMS ad­vises the Re­caro Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake Grow­ag
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the Re­caro Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in the Grodzisk-based Fabryka Wy­po­sażenia Wag­onów “Grow­ag” sp. z o.o.The Ger­man Re­caro Group is known for...
Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2021/2022
Fol­low­ing glob­al trends, the M&A mar­ket in emer­ging Europe surged in 2021— more money was spent on ac­quis­i­tions and in­vest­ments than in any of the pre­vi­ous sev­en years. After a re­l­at­ively poor show­ing in 2020, trans­ac­tion volume also bounced back to pre-pan­dem­ic levels. Not only did dir­ect ac­quis­i­tions and in­vest­ments fare well, but stock mar­ket list­ings also reached un­pre­ced­en­ted levels. Has the M&A mar­ket in emer­ging Europe scaled new heights?Wel­come to the 2021/22 edi­tion of the Emer­ging Europe re­port.
Re­ima­gin­ing CEE: EU Tax­onomy re­port­ing has be­gun for banks and busi­nesses...
Wel­come to the first edi­tion of our ‘Re­ima­gin­ing CEE’ series, reg­u­lar Law-Now e-alerts dis­cuss­ing ESG-re­lated up­dates with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the im­pact on busi­nesses across Cent­ral and East­ern...
CMS ad­vises Cin­ven & Part­ner in Pet Food on its latest ac­quis­i­tion in Po­land
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Part­ner in Pet Food (PPF), a com­pany con­trolled by Cin­ven, on the ac­quis­i­tion of Grzegorz Werbliński’s pet food busi­ness in Po­land. The ac­quis­i­tion of G-Mart...
CMS M&A European Out­look 2022: Road to re­cov­ery
Septem­ber 2021 We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edi­tion of the “European M&A Out­look”, pub­lished in co-op­er­a­tion with Mer­ger­mar­ket
CMS ad­vises Cin­ven port­fo­lio com­pany on ac­quis­i­tion in Po­land”
CMS has ad­vised Part­ner in Pet Food (PPF), a port­fo­lio com­pany of in­ter­na­tion­al private equity firm Cin­ven, on its ac­quis­i­tion of Mispol S.A., a Pol­ish pet food pro­du­cer. This week PPF an­nounced that...
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
CMS ad­vises PFR Ven­tures on private equity in­vest­ment
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised PFR Ven­tures on its in­vest­ment in three private equity funds; Brit­ish Apax Part­ners, French PAI Part­ners, and Aval­lon MBO (a Pol­ish fund). The value of PFR Ven­ture’s...
CMS Po­land strengthens trans­ac­tions prac­tice with five-law­yer team ad­vising...
CMS in Po­land wel­comes a five-strong team of law­yers with many years’ ex­per­i­ence ad­vising private equity funds as well as sig­ni­fic­ant achieve­ments in M&A trans­ac­tions: Sła­womir Czer­wiński, part­ner...
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...