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Michal Smrek is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Telecommunications, Media and Technology.
Head of the Prague office’s Private Equity practice, he offers clients the benefit of his extensive track record in leading complex private equity transactions in the Czech Republic and throughout CEE. The broad array of related deals to which he brings insight and experience include structuring, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and buy-ins, as well as growth capital transactions.
Valued for his ability to execute challenging deals, regardless of their scale or cross-border complexity, Michal has attracted a portfolio of domestic and multinational companies from a wide range of industries, as well as major private equity funds. He also has significant experience in advising founders and shareholders regarding the sale of their companies to private equity funds in succession-driven transactions throughout the CEE region. Michal has also been called upon to counsel private equity portfolio companies regarding add-on acquisitions and a variety of issues relating to the operation of portfolio companies and their preparation for exit.
In addition to his private equity work, a significant portion of Michal’s practice is devoted to supporting institutional investors and financial groups with major M&A deals. He has advised on a number of strategic acquisitions and disposals of industrial assets, and regularly advises large Czech financial and industrial groups, such as PPF Group, rubber producer Ceska gumarenska spolecnost (“CGS”), textile producer PEGAS Nonwovens, and IT company Avast Software, on their Czech and foreign direct equity investments or disposals.
Private Equity Law Practice:
The time it takes to structure a private equity transaction can make or break a deal. When the stakes are high and time is short, private equity leaders turn to White & Case to quickly develop a focused and effective strategy to complete the deal. From groundbreaking, monumental acquisitions to smaller strategic deals, our Private Equity practice has implemented innovative transactions with precision and care for established institutions, entrepreneurs and smaller visionaries alike.
Adding Value to Your Deal From Start to Finish
When structuring a transaction, the private equity team begins by thoroughly evaluating the investment under consideration and acquisition proposals with value-add in mind. Our lawyers advise you on structuring and presenting bids and negotiating and drafting acquisition and financing agreements, right through to the completion of the transaction.
White & Case:
White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.
As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border expertise and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.
In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our expertise in multiple jurisdictions.
We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.