The success of our clients speaks for itself

References

We undertake each case as a challenge which we are ready to meet with the same rigor as all of our previous cases. Our history, our prestigious awards and our clients‘ success speaks for itself.

Here are just a few of the many cases in which we have defended the rights and interests of our clients in complex and prestigious matters:

Banking & Finance, Insurance Law

AnaCap group  Logo AnaCap group

BBH provided complex legal advisory services to certain companies within the AnaCap group

BBH provided complex legal advisory services to certain companies within the AnaCap group (AnaCap FP GP Limited, Equa Group Limited and Equa Holdings Limited) and represented them in the proceedings for the CNB approval with acquisition of control over Banco Popolare Czech Republic, a.s., a well established banking institution on the Czech market. The project represents an exceptional case and milestone in the regulation of the Czech banking market in that it is the first time in history that the CNB gave permission to a private equity structure to acquire control over a Czech bank

PPF banka a.s.  Logo PPF banka a.s.

The BBH Prague acted as legal counsel to PPF banka a.s. in connection with acquisition financing provided to Energo Pro group in connection with their acquisition of EO.N Bulgaria

The BBH Prague acted as legal counsel to PPF banka a.s. in connection with acquisition financing provided to Energo Pro group in connection with their acquisition of EO.N Bulgaria, one of the largest M&A Bulgarian deals in 2012. BBH’s involvement included, among others, structuring and preparation of the transaction of the complex documentation involving unique security package overlapping across four jurisdictions. BBH was also responsible for coordination of all involved legal counsels from each of the jurisdictions. The documentation and the financing was prepared and put in place in record short period of time.

Export Financing  

In recent years, BBH has acted as legal adviser to several regional banks in many export financing cases totaling more than EUR 300 million.

In recent years, BBH has acted as legal adviser to several regional banks in many export financing cases totaling more than EUR 300 million. BBH's fundamental advantage in this regard is its strong market presence in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and the Russian Federation backed up by BBH's network of cooperating law firms across the CEE and CIS region. Due to this fact, BBH is able to provide complex legal services of the highest quality in the CEE and CIS regions.

Capital Markets

EP Energy a.s.  Logo EP Energy a.s.

BBH advised the issuer EP Energy a.s.

BBH advised the issuer EP Energy a.s. on its secured Eurobond offering amounting to 500 mil. EUR. The transaction was settled and placed in October 2012 and BBH acted as advisor in respect of Czech and Slovak law and fundamentally assisted not only with the drafting of the Offering Memorandum, but especially with structuring the bond collateral and its link to the loan facility extended to EP Energy under the same collateral set at the same time. From this perspective, this was a unique and pioneering transaction.

České dráhy a.s.  Logo České dráhy a.s.

BBH acted as Czech law advisor to the arrangers and underwriters

BBH acted as Czech law advisor to the arrangers and underwriters lead by Barclays in respect of the issue and offering of the Ceske Drahy Eurobond in an overall volume of 300 mil. EUR. The Eurobond was issued and placed in July 2012.

Raiffeisenbank a.s.  Logo Raiffeisenbank a.s.

BBH acted as legal adviser to the arranger

BBH acted as legal adviser to the arranger Raiffeisenbank a.s. in connection with the Česká pojištovna a.s. bond programme in total volume of 10 bln. CZK.

Competition Law

Ministry of Internal Affairs CR  Logo Ministry of Internal Affairs  CR

BBH cooperated in the provision of complex legal services for the Ministry of Internal Affairs

BBH was approached by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide extensive and complex legal services in connection with a project for the purchase of data and fixed voice communication infrastructure services for the whole Czech Republic public sector (governmental, municipal and district organizations). The estimated volume of the project amounts to approx. 410 mil. EUR. in total over the next 4 years.

 

Česká pošta s.p.  Logo Česká pošta s.p.

Representing the client in proceedings on the review of the practices of a contracting entity in award procedures

Representing the client in proceedings on review of practices of contracting entity in award procedures relating to public procurements called “Úklidové služby/Cleaning Services” and “Dodávky designového nábytku/Designed Furniture Supplies”

Energy Law

ČEZ a.s.  Logo ČEZ a.s.

Our office is a long standing legal advisor in many projects for the ČEZ Group in a wide range relating to Energy Law

Our office is a long standing legal advisor in many projects for the ČEZ Group in a wide range relating to Energy Law. Since 2009, we have provided legal consultancy in connection with a project of the acquisition and construction of photovoltaic resources in the Czech Republic. In this connection, among others, we are the exclusive legal advisor acting in the realization of four to five of the the largest photovoltaic power plants in the Czech Republic in a capacity exceeding 100 MW.

ČEZ a.s.  Logo ČEZ a.s.

BBH acted as legal and structuring counsel in the process of the establishment of a self-regulated fund structure with assets consisting of power plants using renewable resources.

BBH acted as legal and structuring counsel in the process of the establishment of a self-regulated fund structure with assets consisting of power plants using renewable resources. The project was unique in creating a new tax-friendly structure in the field of renewable resources, in particular, solar power plants, the construction of which boomed in the Czech Republic in the course of 2010 and BBH pioneered finding legal solutions to certain legal issues which were outstanding in this area. In addition, this was a „high-profile“ transaction given that one of the investors into the fund was the Czech Republic state itself. BBH was involved in defining the process of creating the structure, obtaining all of the relevant regulatory approvals and preparing the related transactional and other documentation.

Insolvency and Restructuring

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, International bondholders  Logo THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, International bondholders

BBH is providing legal services to a majority consortium of SAZKA bond holders and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

BBH is providing legal services to a majority consortium of SAZKA bond holders and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, LONDON BRANCH as the security agent in connection with the insolvency proceedings of the company SAZKA. BBH is the legal representative of the security agent who is the largest secured creditor of SAZKA with its registered claim in the amount of almost CZK 5 billion. BBH is protecting the settlement and satisfaction of the bondholders, which includes prominent international financial corporations. The volume of the registered receivables reaches CZK 42 billion and this transaction is unique as it is the highest volume insolvency proceeding ever in the Czech Republic and SAZKA was one of the first companies to issue a Eurobond offering of such type in the CEE.

SYNER s.r.o.  Logo SYNER s.r.o.

We represent SYNER s.r.o. in particularly complicated insolvency proceedings against the company PALCOR CZECH s.r.o.

We represent SYNER s.r.o. in particularly complicated insolvency proceedings against the company PALCOR CZECH s.r.o. Our client is the largest registered unsecured creditor of PALCOR with registered receivables amounting to billions of Czech crowns, among others, on the part of the involved syndicated banks. One of the key tasks is determining the volume of the assets, especially whether the outlet centre Galleria Moda situated in Tuchomerice is to be included among the assets or not. The process has been and will be complicated mainly by numerous incidental disputes regarding the extent of the assets, the existence of creditors’ receivables, the validity/effectiveness of the documentation, the effectiveness of many other acts and the character of the assets, etc.

PPF a.s.  Logo PPF a.s.

BBH represents Glancus Investments Inc. as a creditor and member of the creditor´s committee in the insolvency proceeding with the debtor ECM REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS A.G

BBH represents Glancus Investments Inc. as a creditor and member of the creditor´s committee in the insolvency proceeding with the debtor ECM REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS A.G. This is one of the most significant insolvency proceedings in the Czech Republic due to its many international aspects, the complicated corporate structure involved in the debtor´s group of companies and the fact that ECM REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS A.G. is a significant real estate development company whose bonds and shares were admitted to trading on the Prague Stock Exchange. The volume of the registered receivables reaches CZK 9 billion, which is one of the highest amounts in a Czech insolvency proceeding ever.

Litigation, Arbitration and Other Proceedings

Arbitration under UNICITRAL Arbitration Rules  Logo Arbitration under UNICITRAL Arbitration Rules

We represented significant Czech investors in the energy area in arbitration proceeding against transnational companies regarding the breach of a share holder contract.

We represented significant Czech investors in the energy area in arbitration proceeding against transnational companies regarding the breach of a share a holder contract. The total claim exceeded 800 mil. EUR.

Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.  Logo Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s.

BBH serves as counsel to Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s., a major independent producer of heat and electrical energy

BBH serves as counsel to Elektrárny Opatovice, a.s., a major independent producer of heat and electrical energy, in a highly media-visible dispute with Czech  Coal, a.s., a leading producer of brown energetic coal in the Czech Republic, related to the termination of a long-term purchase agreement for the supply of coal to the power plant run by our client. Our client demands the resumption of coal supply from Czech Coal, a.s. and damages related to the previous suspension of the supply to the client. A preliminary injunction that is favourable to our client and based on which Czech Coal, a.s. resuming the supply was recently issued.

South Moravian Region  Logo South Moravian Region

BBH successfully represented the South Moravian Region as defendant in a lawsuit for damage

BBH successfully represented the South Moravian Region (which is one of the 13 regions of the Czech Republic) as defendant in a lawsuit for damage which was alleged to have been caused to one of the bus transport operators in connection with the securing the basic passenger transport network of the South Moravian Region and the fulfillment of the public service obligation in the field of passenger bus transport. BBH took over the representation of the South Moravian Region from the previous counsel after several years of first instance proceedings and a short time before the first instance judgment. After the first instance judgment, which was unfavorable for our client, BBH filed an appeal on behalf of the client and successfully represented the South Moravian Region in the appellate proceedings. The appellate court reversed the first instance judgment such that the action for damages filed against the South Moravian region was dismissed to the full extent.

M&A, Corporate Law

PPF Group N.V.  Logo PPF Group N.V.

BBH acted as advisor to PPF Group N.V. in their acquisition of a 50 percent minus 1 share stake in the Eldorado Group

BBH acted as advisor to PPF Group N.V. in their acquisition of the 50 percent minus 1 share stake in the Eldorado Group, Russia's largest consumer electronics retailer. PPF acquired the remaining stake from their joint venture partner, Igor Yakovlev, the founder of the Eldorado Group, after it acquired a controlling stake in Eldorado back in 2009 in a $300 million debt-for-equity swap

PPF Real Estate Holdings B.V.  Logo PPF Real Estate Holdings B.V.

BBH acted as legal counsel for PPF Real Estate in connection with their acquisition of a majority stake in “South Gate”, one of the largest logistics parks in Moscow, Russian Federation, situated in the area of Demodedovo

BBH acted as legal counsel for PPF Real Estate in connection with their acquisition of a majority stake in “South Gate”, one of the largest logistics parks in Moscow, Russian Federation, situated in the area of Demodedovo. The transaction took several months and started with the provision of acquisition debt financing by PPF Real Estate for the buy-out of the project by the then minority shareholders. The debt financing was later agreed to be converted into a majority stake in a joint-venture to be newly established between the owners of the project and PPF Real Estate. BBH acted as the structuring counsel and participated in the preparation and negotiation of the contractual documentation. In addition, BBH provided counsel to the client in the antimonopoly proceedings related to the acquisition of the interest in the project.

B&B Electronics Limited  Logo B&B Electronics Limited

BBH provided B&B Electronics Limited with complex legal consultancy in connection with the acquisition of the 100% ownership interest in the Czech company Conel s.r.o., a market leader in the field of cellular communication devices

BBH provided B&B Electronics Limited with complex legal consultancy in connection with the acquisition of the 100% ownership interest in the Czech company Conel s.r.o., a market leader in the field of cellular communication devices, particularly wireless data transfer systems, wireless data modems, smart grids and telemetry systems, whose products have already been distributed to a number of countries all over the world prior to this transaction. Conel s.r.o. became a part of a fast-growing group of companies working in the development and design of wireless communication technologies.

Real Estate

BELL & BLAKE TRADING LTD  

BBH represented Bell & Blake as a shareholder in NAVETINA a.s., a Czech company, holding a land plot portfolio of significant value in the surroundings of Prague

BBH represented Bell & Blake as a shareholder in NAVETINA a.s., a Czech company, holding a land plot portfolio of significant value in the surroundings of Prague, Czech Republic, in the sale of said company; the role of BBH involved the structuring of the transaction through an option arrangement, including the financing of the acquisition in the part related to the creation of the security for the financing, and the preparation, negotiation and assistance with the implementation of the contractual documents on the project.

PPF Real Estate Holding B.V.  Logo PPF Real Estate Holding B.V.

BBH acted as legal counsel to PPF Real Estate Holding B.V. in connection with the acquisition of the majority stake in the project of the construction of the ice hockey stadium and first class shopping mall in Mitino, Moscow

BBH was acted as legal counsel to PPF Real Estate Holding B.V. in connection with the acquisition of the majority stake in the project of the construction of the ice hockey stadium and first class shopping mall in Mitino, Moscow, Russian Federation. BBH further advised PPF in connection with the provision of the mezzanine loan for the financing of the project costs.

E.P.K.- IMMO s.r.o.  

BBH successfully represented the company E.P.K. – IMMO s.r.o., the owner of lucrative land plots

BBH successfully represented the company E.P.K. – IMMO s.r.o., the owner of lucrative land plots situated in Prague – Strizkov, in the complex resolution of its relations with a development company. The case concerned the agreed future acquisition of E.P.K. – IMMO by the developer for the purpose of a development project to be built on the land plots in question. The development company attempted to withdraw from the agreed transaction. In the subsequent dispute over this act, BBH took over the legal representation and acted for E.P.K. – IMMO in a series of related litigations as well as in parallel negotiations of an amicable settlement of the case. The matter resulted in a complex settlement of the mutual relations between our client and the developer in the framework of which the land plots were sold to the developer. BBH represented E.P.K. – IMMO s.r.o. in the aforesaid proceedings as well as all of the other aspects of the case, including the negotiation and drafting of the comprehensive contractual documentation connected with the settlement.

TMT

Česká kancelář pojistitělů  Logo Česká kancelář pojistitělů

Personal Data Protection

BBH provided legal counsel to ČKP (a professional association of all of the insurers in the territory of the Czech Republic) and participated in the creation of a central database of damage liability. This database was created and controlled by ČKP to enable all of its insurers to share and analyze information about the names and descriptions of users of self-propelled motor vehicles and predict possible insurance cheats, the so called “bonus/penalty tourism”.

Home Credit a.s.  Logo Home Credit a.s.

BBH provided legal counsel in connection with the so-called secondary processing of names and descriptions

BBH provided legal counsel in connection with the so-called secondary processing of names and descriptions to Home Credit a.s. BBH further provided complex legal counsel regarding a cross-border action of name and description processing in connection with a securitization transaction. This involved the analysis of the problem consideration of the proposition and consultation for the optimal resolution with ÚOOÚ and the preparation of the necessary documentation.

PPF banka a.s.  Logo PPF banka a.s.

BBH participated in the establishment of the functioning of this bank, which involved solving questions related to the drafting of standard contract documentation and questions about the use of name and description information

BBH participated in the establishment of the functioning of this bank, which involved solving questions related to the drafting of standard contract documentation and questions about the use of name and description information. As part of this, we also participated in certain financing transactions in terms of solving questions relating to the use of name and description information (for example, factoring transactions, etc).