Mid Europa Partners is Selling Bambi and Knjaz Milos in Serbia

Mid Europa Partners have started the sale process for Bambi and Knjaz Milos.

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company

Vivacom is the brand name of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, the largest telecommunications company in Bulgaria and a former state-owned incumbent operator. Vivacom is a fully integrated operator, providing mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and pay-TV (both DTH and IPTV) services on a nationwide scale to both residential and business customers. An M&A deal is expected in the next year or two.

Next Step in the Sale of NLB

As previously reported, the largest Slovenian bank is to be sold by the end of 2018. On 15 October 2018, The Republic of Slovenia, acting through Slovenian Sovereign Holding ("SSH"), and Nova Ljubljanska banka ("NLB") announced the intention to proceed with an offering to the public and listing of NLB's ordinary shares on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange and of the global depositary receipts representing NLB's ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange. The offer refers to at least 50% of the existing shares plus one share and up to 75% of the existing shares less one share. On 26 October 2018,…

Deposit Insurance Agency's Open Call

Serbian Deposit Insurance Agency made an open call for bids for the assignment of loan portfolio for compensation. The value of the portfolio is EUR 240 million and collaterals mainly include real estate, equipment and land. The agency is collaborating with The Good Governance Fund of UK in this process to ensure that it is adequately carried out. Interested parties are required to submit applications for the purchase of the info pack before 30 November 2018 while binding offers have to be submitted before 7 December 2018. 

Sale of Mercator's Shopping Centers in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

SEE Legal's Slovenian member Selih & Partners has been advising Mercator on its sale of ten shopping centres in Slovenia to Supernova. On October 12, 2018, Mercator and Supernova signed a contract for the sale, which provided Mercator with a rental agreement for a period of 15 years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for another 15 years under the same conditions. The Mercator Group is one of the largest corporate groups in Slovenia, as well as in the entire region of South-eastern Europe. Its primary and most important is the retail of fast-moving consumer goods, complemented…

Sale of Addiko Bank

Reuters has recently reported that the private equity group Advent is starting preparations for an initial public offering ("IPO") or sale of its Vienna-based Addiko bank, which emerged from the collapse of Hypo Alpe Adria Bank. Unofficially, investments banks Goldman Sachs and Citi are working with Advent on the exit process which could take place next year. Addiko has a strong presence in the Balkans with retail banking operations in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina , Serbia and Montenegro.

Prospective Financing or an M&A Deal for Sparky Eltos AD

Sparky Eltos AD is a Bulgarian manufacturer of power tools and motors for electronic instruments, special tools and collectors. During the last couple of years the company is facing liquidity problems and may be looking for financing or an M&A deal.

Abanka Bank for Sale

Slovenian Sovereign Holding has started the privatization process of the third largest bank in Slovenia – Abanka d.d. ("Abanka"). The envisaged transaction includes the sale of 100% of shares in Abanka and its subsidiaries (i.e. two companies operating in real estate and property management). BNP Paribas SA is acting as an exclusive financial adviser. Abanka is fully owned by the Republic of Slovenia and managed by the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, and has: 9,6% market share in Slovenia total assets of around EUR 3,6 mrd (2017) net income of EUR 42 m (2017) 55 branch offices in Slovenia 1.035…

Terme Catez Hotels on Sale

Terme Čatež d.d. is selling the Mokrice Golf & Hotel Resort. They are also expected to sell hotels Žusterna and Koper on the Slovenian coast.

Possible Hotels for Sale in Bulgaria

Over the next three years, new luxury hotels from three world known chains - Intercontinental, Hyatt and Marriott - will open in Sofia. There is also a possibility for a deal for Hotel Marinella (former Kempinski), given the recent events around the owner, who is currently being investigated for tax crimes and money laundering. He has a number of other hotels that can also be subject for sale.

Dam Safety Project

The aims of the fifth Adaptable Program Loan for the development objectives of Energy Community of South East Europe Program are to: (i) contribute to safeguarding the major hydroelectric plants of Albania (Fierza, Koman and Vau i Dejes dams on the Drin river); and (ii) improve their operational efficiency and enhance the stability of power supply for the regional electricity market. The project’s main impact will be to prevent a possible catastrophe resulting from a dam failure. Such a catastrophe can result in significant loss of life and damage to property of persons living in downstream…

The Second Railway Track from Divaca to the Port of Koper

The management of the Divaca-Koper railway project has been tranferred to 2TDK, the special purpose vehicle in 100% state ownership that was incorporated based on the law governing the project. The contractors of 2TDK are currently starting with the construction of access roads to the future construction site, while 2TDK will soon start publishing new tenders, first of them for project design documents, followed by various construction and technical tenders. The second track Divaca-Koper will be built by the end of 2025, with the most intensive building dynamics between 2019 and 2023, with an…