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Havel Holásek & Partners
Led by Ondrej Petr, Havel Holásek & Partners is a tier three capital markets practice. The firm has had a solid year and has displayed its strength particularly on the debt side of the domestic capital markets. It acts for clients such as Cetelem, Fond pojisteni vkladu, TwigoNet and Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka.
Ondrej Petr and Ivo Prusa advised the arrangers, agents and dealers, Ceska sporitelna and Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka in the establishment of a €160 million domestic commercial paper programme of Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy, the operator of public transport in Prague, with credit support by the City of Prague. Additionally, the firm advised Cetelem, part of the BNP Paribas Group, on the second drawdown under its €400 million domestic MTN programme arranged by Credit Agricole.
Havel Holásek & Partners was established in 2001 and has more than 140 lawyers to make it the largest Czech-Slovak law firm. It is based in Prague and has offices in Brno, Ostrava, and Bratislava. In Slovakia, the firm established a branch in Bratislava in March 2008 and advises clients under Slovak law. Nevertheless, the management of the Bratislava office is supported by Prague and in more complex transactions, specialists from the Prague office shore up the local practice.
DealsHavel Holásek & Partners advised Novofruct, the only producer of baby food in Slovakia, on the acquisition of a 70% shareholding in the company by the largest Lithuanian financial group NDX, an affiliate of VP Group. Furthermore, the firm acted for Sekyra Group Real Estate in its €60 million sale of all Slovak assets, including all Slovak subsidiaries, to French-British real estate group JF Hamilton Group.
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