BOYANOV& Co. Advised Ceska Sporitelna on Refinancing of Aricoma Group’s Loan for Musala Soft AD Acquisition

September 2023 BOYANOV & Co. advised Česká Spořitelna – leading a syndicate of banks including Československá obchodní banka and Komerční banka on the refinancing of a loan extended to the Aricoma Group in 2022. A segment of this loan facilitated the acquisition of Musala Soft AD, a transaction in which BOYANOV & Co. also played an advisory role. The ARICOMA Group stands as a premier IT service provider in Central Europe, boasting a pronounced presence in the Scandinavian region. With 15 European delivery centers, the company caters to an extensive clientele, serving over 1,000…

BOYANOV & Co. Advised Eurobank Bulgaria on the Acquisition of BNP Paribas Personal Finance – Bulgaria branch

June 2023 BOYANOV & Co. advised Eurobank (Bulgaria) – the fourth-largest banking institution in the country based on assets, on the acquisition of BNP Paribas Personal Finance – Bulgarian branch, the Bulgarian business establishment of the French BNP Paribas Group. BOYANOV & Co. provided crucial support in obtaining concentration clearance from the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of the Competition as well as in relation to the regulatory permit for the deal and the preparation of the closing process. This acquisition strengthens Eurobank’s position in the Bulgarian retail…

BDK Advokati Advised on the Sale of Expobank

April 2023 BDK Advokati advised the shareholders of Expobank A.D. Belgrade on the sale of 100% of their shares to the shareholder of Adriatic Bank A.D. Podgorica. The BDK team was led by partner Vladimir Dasic and associate Sanja Dedovic.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm advised Optima bank S.A.

February 2023  Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm advised Optima bank S.A. in a pioneer transaction for the acquisition of five portfolios of performing loans in the secondary market. It is an innovative deal signifying the return of restructured loans in the banking system after their securitization in 2020. KG team led by senior partner Konstantinos Vouterakos, counsel Vasileios Douzenis, and senior associate Eleana Nounou supported Optima bank throughout the negotiations of the transaction documents, conducted legal due diligence review, and provided advice on the various aspects of the…

OTP Group Successfully Completes the Acquisition of the Slovenian Nova KBM Group

February 2023 OTP Group announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Nova KBM Group from its previous owners – financial funds managed by Apollo Global Management and EBRD – after obtaining all required approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities. OTP was advised by Selih & partnerji. The cross-practice team was led by partners Natasa Pipan Nahtigal, Mia Kalas, Jera Majzelj, and Spela Remec, covering M&A, competition, and banking regulatory aspects. The acquisition, the most significant in the history of the OTP Group and one of the largest in Slovenia in…

UniCredit and Allianz Strengthen Partnership in Croatia’s Bancassurance Market

October 2022 Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka Law Firm represented Allianz SE, one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers, in two significant transactions involving Zagrebacka Banka d.d. (“Zaba”), a leading Croatian bank that is part of the UniCredit Group: The sale of Allianz SE’s 11.72% stake in Zaba to UniCredit Group, and Allianz Holding EINS’s GmbH purchase of Zaba’s 16.84% minority stake in Croatian insurance company Allianz Croatia d.d. With these two deals, Unicredit and Allianz strengthened their positions in the Croatian banking market, reinforcing their…

KG Law Firm Advised Resolute Asset Management Group in Acquiring Piraeus Real Estate Management SA

October 2022 KYRIAKIDES GEORGOPOULOS Law Firm advised Resolute Asset Management Group in acquiring Piraeus Real Estate Management SA and entering into a strategic alliance Service Level Agreement with Piraeus Bank. The KG team was led by Theodore Rakintzis, Partner, Ioanna Kyriazi, Partner, and Maria Karampotsiou, Associate.

Potential Sale of Share in Cinkarna Celje

August 2022 It is expected that the Slovenian Bank Assets Management Company will soon attempt to sell their almost 13 % share in CINKARNA, Metalursko-kemicna Industrija Celje, d.d., a titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer and one of the largest chemical-processing companies in Slovenia. Cinkarna was included in the list of companies for privatisation as early as 2013, and several attempts to sell the share have been made since – the last one about a year ago. In September 2021, the estimated net profit for 2021 was EUR 27.1 million. For 2022, Cinkarna plans EUR 204 million in sales revenue.…

NNDKP Assists Marcos Provit in Connection with the Issuance of Corporate Bonds

May 2022 NNDKP assisted Marcos Provit, a local pharmaceutical services network, in issuing cross-border corporate bonds worth 8.5 million euros through private placement, under the coordination of the Polish private debt fund CVI. The transaction aims at the strategic development of the company by ensuring the financing for potential acquisitions. NNDKP was involved in the structuring, negotiation, and conclusion of the related documentation and provided assistance to the client throughout the transaction. “Special thanks to our legal advisors at Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen…
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BOYANOV & Co. and KALO & ASSOCIATES Advised on the Sale of One Telecommunications

March 2022 After having advised on the acquisition (including the acquisition financing) of One Telecommunications - the second-largest mobile operator in Albania, in 2019 from OTE / Deutsche Telekom and the refinancing of the original acquisition financing in 2021, at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 BOYANOV & Co. and KALO & ASSOCIATES advised the sellers on the sale of One Telecommunications to the Hungarian IT service management company 4iG. The transaction was successfully closed on 21 March 2022. BOYANOV & Co.’s team was led by partner Damian Simeonov and included…

NLB Group Selling NLB Skladi

The largest Slovenian banking group has decided to sell one of its most profitable businesses NLB Skladi, which manages assets in funds and individual management.

Investment Protection Between Serbia and Major Economies: France

February 2022 Author: Relja Radovic, BDK Advokati  Investment Flows We conclude our series on investment protection between Serbia and major economies with a post on France. According to the Development Agency of Serbia, France is the third country of origin of foreign investments in Serbia, with a 9.7% market share, in terms of the value of projects, and the fifth country of origin, with a 5.4% market share, in terms of the number of projects. The most famous recent French investments in Serbia are Vinci’s concession for Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade and Suez’s participation with…