Dentons has appointed Petr Zakoucky as Czech Republic Managing Partner, replacing outgoing MP Michal Hink, who is leaving Dentons to become Investment General Counsel at the Heimstaden real estate company.
Schoenherr has advised Ventus LLC and Sky Logistica on the acquisition of Skyport, a cargo operator based in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, from the Czechoslovak Group, a.s.. In a parallel transaction, Schoenherr also advised Elite Partners Capital on the acquisition of the Skyport RE cargo property company from the Czechoslovak Group. Dentons advised the Czechoslovak Group on the parallel deals.
Dentons, working pro bono, has successfully obtained a favorable ruling from the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic on behalf of Jozef Andrej, who had been previously convicted of the manslaughter of his severely disabled son. The decision of the Constitutional Court sends his case back to the SlovakSupreme Court.
Dentons has acted as English, Russian and US federal securities law counsel to Domodedovo Airport Group on its Rule 144A/Regulation S issuance of USD 453 million 5.35 percent loan participation notes due 2028; the consent solicitation and tender offer in relation to its loan participation notes maturing in 2021; and the capped tender offer with respect to its loan participation notes maturing in 2023.
Over the last five years, Turkish payment services and payment systems have gone through turbulent times, with pressure both from competition authorities (demonstrated by BKM Express’ rollercoaster ride between 2016 and 2020) and financial market regulators. Though the power of incumbent banks remains strong, the market is liberalizing and opening up for fintech players.
Dentons has advised Czech airline Smartwings on its out-of-court restructuring and CZK 2 billion financing from UniCredit Bank, Komercni Banka, Ceskoslovenska Obchodni Banka, and Ceska Sporitelna, which will allow it to continue operating in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. White & Case advised the lenders, and Allen & Overy, Holland & Knight, and Norton Rose advised selected lessors on the deal. AK Zizlavsky advised Smartwings on insolvency law aspects.
Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki Avukatlik Ortakligi has advised Gulf Capital on the sale of its 70% stake in TurkNet lletisim Hizmetleri A.S., an alternative Internet service provider in Turkey, to the members of the Celebiler family and a fund of Re-Pie Portfoy Yonetimi A.S. ErsoyBilgehan advised the Celebiler family on that deal, and on the immediate sale of 40% shares in Turknet to Re-pie. Baspinar & Partners reportedly advised Re-Pie on the deal.
Concern around carbon footprints, climate change, greenhouse emissions and compliance with environmental regulations and anti-bribery and corruption legislation has been on the rise over the last 20 years. More recently, that concern has expanded to encompass an increased emphasis on sustainable development in business operations and supply chains. The drive for more accountability and transparency from financial institutions, private equity investors and governments around the globe has turned the spotlight on disparities in terms of pay, gender and diversity, as well as the use of slavery in manufacturing. What started as discrete areas of focus and/or regulation, now firmly fall under the mainstream umbrella term, “Environmental, Social and Governance” (“ESG”).