CMS

Banking & Finance Department

Central & Eastern Europe
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What the team is known for Outstanding finance practice with the proven capacity to lead multi-jurisdictional lending transactions from Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. Acts for private equity sponsors or syndicates of international banks on acquisition financing of target companies that have subsidiaries in multiple CEE jurisdictions. Clients also benefit from the firm's coverage in the Balkans, particularly in respect of regulatory fintech issues.

Strengths The firm's track record in region-wide transactions is a source of praise among clients, one reporting that "they have a very reliable and experienced team with a long-term focus on CEE countries."

Another client refers to the practice's hands-on approach, observing: "In CEE they are very pragmatic and experienced."

Work highlights Assisted Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisen Bank International with the EUR580 million financing of Mid Europa Partners' acquisition of Profi Rom Food from Polish Enterprise Fund. The transaction was led by lawyers from the firm's Prague and Bucharest offices.

Notable practitioners

Ana Radnev is well placed to act for international private equity firms on acquisition financing covering multiple CEE jurisdictions. Her adroit handling of transactions governed by English law is observed by clients, one attesting: "On English-based documents, my personal choice would be Ana Radnev." She is based in the firm's Bucharest office.

Erika Papp 's caseload includes cross-border restructurings and real estate financings for a clientele of domestic and regional banks. Sources affirm: "She is a well-known name in the region for large transactions."

Warsaw-based Mark Segall represents regional banks in high-stakes corporate and acquisition financing. His ability to co-ordinate financing involving multiple lenders is singled out by clients, one describing him as "instrumental in complex transactions, especially when you have lots of leading banks involved," before dubbing him a "great negotiator."

Paul Stallebrass represents leading regional banks in acquisition finance transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions in CEE. Clients appreciate his long experience on the market and praise his capabilities, one claiming that "his co-ordination of CEE work is extraordinary." He is based in the firm's Prague office.