Over the past 15 years, we have been involved in 750 transactions, not only in mergers, acquisitions, divestments and restructurings. Their total value exceeds CZK 750 billion. Here is an overview of the most important ones conducted in the last period.

Acquisition of the insulating glass manufacturer IZOS by HELUZ, a family business

Our M&A experts advised HELUZ, one of the largest family-owned firms in the Czech Republic, on the acquisition of IZOS, an insulating glass manufacturer.

Jan Koval, partner, Silvie Király, senior associate, and Michal Vik, junior associate, were in charge of the transaction as representatives of the buyer. They provided HELUZ with comprehensive legal M&A services, including due diligence.

HELUZ is one of the largest manufacturers of masonry systems in the Czech Republic and its cutting-edge products continue a family tradition that dates back to 1876. IZOS is the largest specialist manufacturer of insulating glass in the Czech Republic.

Acquisition of a Czech software company by Aricoma Group

We represented the owner of the Czech software company KOMIX in the sale of a 100% ownership interest. The company was acquired by the largest ICT holding company, Aricoma Group, a member of the KKCG investment group.

Besides providing specialised M&A legal services, the expert team comprising partner Václav Audes, senior associate Tomáš Navrátil, associate Josef Bouchal and of-counsel Pavel Němeček handled the divestment of four subsidiaries of KOMIX. The competition law aspects of the sale were dealt with by associate Roman Světnický.

KOMIX is a developer of tailor-made software for e-government, health insurance companies and major businesses and is one of the top 10 suppliers on the Czech market. With this transaction, Aricoma Group has continued its acquisitions aimed at strengthening the position of this major European player in ICT and SW solutions.

Investment in an innovative Slovak company operating in the manufacture of bioplastics

The firm’s team provided comprehensive M&A advice to PANARA, a progressive Slovak company specialising in the research, development and production of fully biological and biodegradable plastics. The advice was provided in connection with an investment made by the Austrian company ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner, a member of the ALPLA Group.

The entry of a new investor thus opens up a wide range of industrial production possibilities for the innovative project, which is based on intensive cooperation between academia and business.

On the part of HAVEL & PARTNERS, partner Ondřej Majer, associate Ivana Gajdošová and associate Róbert Gašparovič participated in the transaction.

Advising on land acquisitions and development for the construction of logistics parks

In connection with the construction of industrial and logistics buildings in Slovakia, as well as in connection with the acquisition and development of land for the construction of logistics parks in Košice, Piešťany, Dunajská Streda, Bratislava and Senica, HAVEL & PARTNERS provided comprehensive advice to Panattoni Slovakia Development, a leading international developer of industrial and logistics facilities.

The firm has long been involved in major real estate transactions conducted by the Panattoni Group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The firm’s team of experts participating in the advice in Slovkia was comprised of partner Lukáš Syrový, counsel Ladislav Haladej and senior associate Ján Kapec.

Representing Raiffeisenbank in the acquisition of Equa bank

Our law firm provided comprehensive legal advice to Raiffeisenbank on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Equa bank from AnaCap Financial Partners. The firm’s M&A team was led by partner Jan Koval and partner Petr Dohnal.

As legal counsel on the buyer’s side, we dealt with one of the most important transactions in the Czech banking sector. Raiffeisenbank is one of the five largest banks operating in the Czech Republic and has been providing banking services in the Czech Republic since 1993. Equa bank is a Czech full-service bank primarily focused on private clients or small and medium-sized businesses and has nearly half a million customers.

The parties decided not to disclose the value of the transaction.

Legal management of an international acquisition in facility management

Our firm acted as lead counsel in a major international transaction in the facility management sector for the private Hungarian group B+N Referencia Zrt. in the acquisition of the activities of the Danish group ISS Facility in Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to M&A advisory services, HAVEL & PARTNERS provided the Hungarian investor with legal due diligence coordination, comprehensive contractual documentation and competition advice. Jan Koval, partner of the firm, together with Robert Porubský, managing associate, and Ivo Skolil, senior associate, were involved in the transaction.

B+N Referencia Zrt. offers technical, security and catering services. It is an industry leader in the Hungarian market and, following the transaction, has become one of the most important providers of facility management in the CEE region.

Advising on the sale of the Czech software company CN Group

We represented the Genesis Capital Growth group, one of the leading private equity funds in Central Europe, in the sale of its 100% stake in CN Group, a Czech software development company. It was acquired by Ciklum, a global software development and digital services company.

The comprehensive transaction advice was provided to Genesis Capital by partner Václav Audes, senior associate Veronika Filipová and legal assistant Filip Pavlík.

Genesis Capital has been our client for many years, and we not only handled the sale of CN Group, but also provided legal advice when the fund first acquired its stake in the Czech software company more than two years ago.

Legal support for CapVest in the sale of an Irish food manufacturer

Our team, led by partners Jan Koval and Petr Dohnal, provided legal support in the Czech Republic to the UK investment company CapVest in the sale of the European food company Valeo Foods to major global investment firm Bain Capital Private Equity.

The sale of Valeo Foods is the culmination of CapVest’s efforts to build a major international player in the food manufacturing market through strategic investments and acquisitions of businesses and brands. The firm’s team was thus involved in another large-scale multinational M&A transaction in the European region.

Valeo Foods is an Irish multinational food and beverage manufacturer, employing over 4,000 people in over 24 offices in Ireland, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Advising an Austrian investor on an investment in the Twisto payment service

Elevator Ventures Beteiligungs, a venture capital investor of Raiffeisen Bank International, has acquired a minority stake in Twisto payments, a Czech payment services company.

M&A advisory services to the Austrian investor were provided in this transaction by the firm’s partner Jan Koval, senior associate Tomáš Navrátil and associate Josef Bouchal. The regulatory aspects of the transaction were supervised by associate Martin Stančík, while associate Tomáš Chmelka was in charge of providing expert advice on intellectual property and information technology law.

Twisto plans to use the investments to innovate deferred payments across the whole of Central Europe.


IF Invest EAST, a member of the Austrian Innofreight Group, acquired a 100% ownership interest in OSTRAVA AIRPORT MULTIMODAL PARK. Once completed, the park will comprise more than 234,000 sqm of warehouse, production and office space besides a combined transport terminal.

The seller in this transaction is CONCENS INVESTMENTS, which focuses on the development of commercial and industrial real estate projects.

We provided comprehensive turnkey services to IF Invest EAST. The transactional advice was provided by partner Václav Audes, senior associate Juraj Petro and associate Josef Bouchal. The real estate aspects were dealt with by associate Adam Karban, junior associate Patrik Chrást and junior associate Nikola Leová, and the advice on public subsidies was provided by associate Lucie Wellartová and junior associate Soňa Stará.

Advising on the acquisition of an industrial park in Kežmarok

Experts based in the Bratislava branch provided legal advice to ARETE, an investment and real estate group that manages regulated investment funds in real estate, on the acquisition of an industrial park in Slovakia in Kežmarok, where the global development centre of the German company Hengstler is located.

Partner Ondřej Majer and counsel Ladislav Haladej were responsible for comprehensive legal services in the acquisition for ARETE.

The Czech investment group Arete was established in 2014 and focuses on real estate investments. It also entered the Slovak market in 2020.

Establishment of a joint venture for the production of ceramic swimming pools between Compass Europe and FIPOL

As a legal advisor to Compass Europe, a leading Slovak manufacturer and supplier of swimming pools, we assisted in establishing and setting up the strategic operation of the company’s joint venture with its Turkish partner, FIPOL, a major manufacturer of swimming pools on the Turkish market.

The joint venture will mainly serve as a production company for ceramic swimming pools manufactured based on Compass Europe’s unique technology. Working closely with its Turkish partner, Compass Europe will be able to respond to the growing demand for its products in global markets.

The comprehensive legal services related to this transaction were provided by partner Štěpán Štarha and associate Ivana Gajdošová.

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