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Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o. is routinely instructed on headline transactions. Highlights included advising Enel on the sale of its 66% stake in Slovensk√© elektr√°rne to Energetick√Ĺ a prŇĮmyslov√Ĺ holding (EPH) and assisting Infracapital with acquiring Slovak utility company GGE. ‚ÄėVery clever‚Äô managing partner Martin Mag√°l is ‚Äėan excellent lawyer with a good understanding of business‚Äô. Budapest-based Hugh Owen is also highly regarded.

Cechov√° & Partners‚Äô ‚Äėvery good‚Äô team is a popular choice for FMCG transactions. Katarina Cechova and Tomas Maretta advised Karlovarsk√© miner√°ln√≠ vody on purchasing Selecta Group‚Äôs operations in Slovakia, which included handling the due diligence and transactional structuring. Tomas Rybar is another name to note.

White & Case s.r.o‚Äôs high-end client base spans blue-chip companies and public sector clients. The ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô Marek StaroŇą, together with a team from the firm‚Äôs London office, advised EPH on purchasing a 66% stake in Slovensk√© elektr√°rne. StaroŇą and Juraj Fuska led advice to Grafobal Group on the divestment of GGE.

Barger Prekop s.r.o. handles outbound and inbound M&A for its roster of Slovak and international corporate clients. Adrian Barger, Erik Seman and Roman Prekop are the key names, along with new arrivals Peter ҆uba and US-qualified Anthony Hernandez, who joined from Havel, Hol√°sek & Partners s.r.o. and Hillbridges respectively. Guido Panzera departed for an in-house position.

Hillbridges advised China National Nuclear Power Company on its potential bid for a stake in Slovensk√© elektr√°rne, and handled Normeston‚Äôs purchase of a ship transportation company operating in the area of oil commodities. Zuzana Bartosovicova, Zora Mistrikova, Miroslav Trenńćan, Andrej Adamcik and Martin Cabak jointly head the team.

Kinstellar is highly regarded for strategic M&A and is frequently instructed to handle marquee transactions. Managing partner Patrik Bolf and counsel Viliam MyŇ°ińćka were part of a team handling Mota-Engil‚Äôs divestment of its Slovak joint stock company. Adam HodoŇą is another name to note.

Ruzicka Csekes s.r.o. has notable expertise in the energy sector. Dana Nemńć√≠kov√° and managing associate Michal HuŇ•an are part of a team advising Z√°padoslovensk√° energetika on the tender process to acquire a heat producer and distributor in Trenńć√≠n City. Lucie Schweizer, who joined from her own practice Schweizer Legal Law Firm in late 2015, is assisting Arriva Slovakia with selecting a strategic partner for the acquisition of a majority stake in a transport company.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. frequently partners with its network offices on cross-border transactions. Department head Jana Pag√°ńćov√° handled the Slovak aspects of J&P Coats‚Äô sale of its division dealing with the manufacturing and distribution of European crafts. Tatiana Prokopov√°, together with the firm‚Äôs Warsaw office, assisted MCI.TechVentures Fund with exiting from by way of a share sale.

bnt attorneys-at-law, s.r.o. has a core focus on the healthcare sector and routinely advises Fresenius Medical Care on share acquisitions and takeovers. Other highlights included advising Schmid Industrieholding on merging with construction companies operating in Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. D√°vid OrŇ°ula, Margareta Sovova and Zuzana Chud√°ńćkov√° are the names to note.

Beatow Partners s.r.o‚Äôs ‚Äėinternationally oriented‚Äô team is adept at advising on cross-border M&A, corporate restructuring projects and merger control matters. Branislav Brocko and Michal Delinńć√°k are recommended.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong track record advising on mid-market M&A transactions and acting for private equity clients. Michaela Stessl leads the team. Clients include Tesla Motors and Orkla.

Dentons frequently partners with its other offices on CEE transactions. Department head Katarína Pecnová, together with colleagues in the Czech Republic, advised NAY on restructuring its business following the acquisition of Electro World, which included demerging EW NA from Electro World and subsequently merging NAY and EW NA.

Hamala Kluch V√≠glask√Ĺ s.r.o. advised the National Property Fund of the Slovak Republic on the headline sale of the state‚Äôs shareholding in Slovak Telekom, which was conducted as a dual-track process that concluded in a sale to Deutsche Telekom. Roman Hamala, Martin Kluch and Peter V√≠glask√Ĺ jointly head the team.

Noerr advises its international client base on investments, joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructuring. Senior associate Martin ҧupek was part of a team advising Mylan on post-closing restructuring following its purchase of Abbott Laboratories‚Äô branded specialty and generics business in developed markets outside of the US.

Paul Q Law Firm has seen an increase in energy-related mandates. Highlights included advising Energy Group on the sale of its mining project to HBP. Pavol BlahuŇ°iak and Boris Brhlovińć are the key contacts. Other clients include ArcelorMittal Group and Mets√§ Tissue.

BartoŇ°√≠k ҆v√°by s.r.o. (former BS Legal s.r.o.)‚Äôs ‚Äėprofessional‚Äô team, which is jointly headed by Boris Svaby, Peter BartoŇ°√≠k and Igor ҆v√°by, advises clients such as Michelin, Air Liquide and Martinrea on their business activities in Slovakia.

Energy is a core area for CHSH Siska & Partners S. R. O.. Jozef Bannert heads the team.

Highlights for Peterka & Partners’ team included assisting Banque PSA Finance with the sale of its Czech and Slovak subsidiaries, and handling Atlas Copco’s purchase of Schneider Druckluft’s international business. Jan Makara and Andrea Butasova are the key contacts.

Sch√∂nherr Rechtstanw√§lte GmbH, o.z. (Schoenherr Slovakia)‚Äôs team is a popular choice for domestic and cross-border transactions. Sona Hekelova, who ‚Äėdelivers a consistently top-notch product‚Äô, assisted the Alb√©a Group with purchasing Scandolara Tub-Est, while Stanislav Kovar handled the Phoenix group‚Äôs acquisition of pharmacy chain Sunpharma across Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia’s Radovan Pala advised the seller on the disposition of the toolmaking division of Kuka Systems to Porsche, while Andrej Leontiev assisted Angelini with restructuring its business operations.

Wolf Theiss has ‚Äėa flexible, constructive and professional‚Äô approach. The group advised OBI on the Slovak aspects of acquiring the majority of bauMax‚Äôs business. ńĹuboŇ° Frolkovińć is an ‚Äėexcellent negotiator‚Äô.

BBH advokatska kancelaria, s.r.o.‚Äôs team is jointly headed by Miroslav FaŇ°ung and Olga Bel√°Ňąov√°. The group advised Erste Group Immorent Slovensko on the sale of a bakery, and assisted Height for Hire with a shareholder exit.

Maple & Fish s.r.o. is instructed to advise on M&A transactions, joint ventures and due diligence exercises. Michal Stasík and Viliam Karas are the key names.

PRK Partners s.r.o. handles M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and market entry. Miriam Galandov√°, Martin KŇô√≠Ňĺ and Emil Nemec are the key names.

҆kubla & Partneri s.r.o. advok√°tska kancel√°ria stands out for its media expertise. The group advised an investment group on purchasing three publishing houses. Andrej Schwarz heads the team.

Balcar, Polansk√Ĺ & Spol‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team advised ZTE on its negotiations with a Slovak company pertaining to the establishment of a 4G telecoms provider. Marek OlekŇ°√°k and Helga MańŹarov√° are highly regarded.

Ivan Sag√°l heads the practice at Bird & Bird, s.r.o. advok√°tna kancel√°ria, which handles establishment, corporate reorganisations, M&A, IP and IT matters.

CLS Cavojsky & Partners‚Äô ‚Äėexperienced team‚Äô provides a ‚Äėhigh-quality service‚Äô. The group is advising publishing house Dr Josef Raabe Slovensko on a potential acquisition. Peter ńĆavojsk√Ĺ is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô.

DuŇ°an Bartek and Peter Vrabel are the key names at Legate S.R.O, which is experienced in advising on incorporating subsidiaries and establishing holding companies.

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