DealWatch has published the results of its analytical survey on mergers and acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe for the year 2011. Based on the results, in comparison with the year 2010, there was a total increase in the number of transactions by almost 12%. Havel, Holásek & Partners advised on the majority of mergers and acquisitions carried out in the CEE region in terms of the number and volume of the transactions closed.
DealWatch contains detailed data on international and national transactions covering mergers, acquisitions, minority equity stake buys, privatizations, joint ventures, initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary public offerings (SPOs), and other forms of corporate transactions. DealWatch has been continuously updating its data for a period of 10 years. In 2011, CEE region-based companies closed nearly 3,800 M&A transactions. The total value of the transactions amounted to approximately EUR 150 billion.
The results of the DealWatch analytical survey are divided into two ranked categories: the number of transactions closed and the total volume of transactions closed. In 2011 there was a slightly declining trend in both categories in the Czech Republic. As for the number and volume of transactions closed, Havel, Holásek & Partners was ranked first and thus retained its No. 1 position from the previous year. “Despite the declining trend of the mergers and acquisitions closed that is currently prevailing in the Czech market, the first quarter’s figures show that our law firm will achieve similar results this year as in the previous year,” says Jaroslav Havel, a founding partner of Havel, Holásek & Partners. In 2011, our firm represented, for example, the German media group Axel Springer in its Central European merger with the Swiss group Ringier; the Italian investor Rhiag in the acquisition of the car component distributor Auto Kelly; and ČSOB d.s.s. with respect to the sale of a pension fund to the Slovak Poštová banka.