Pagáčová, Jana

Jana Pagáčová

Partner

Jana Pagáčová focuses her practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, commercial, financial services, energy and regulatory and intellectual property matters. She advises both national and international clients on acquisitions, sales, mergers and divestitures involving businesses in the Slovak Republic.

Jana advises on privatizing state-owned companies, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, sales and equity investments by venture capital funds in the Slovak Republic. She has also managed numerous due diligence projects involving various industries.

Jana also has substantial experience in advising companies in the energy industry on various topics including managing the unbundling of power supply and power distribution activities. She also has significant intellectual property expertise.

Prior to joining us in 2000 as an associate, she served as an in-house counsel of the Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund in the Slovak Republic. After five years with us, she moved to another law firm where she led the corporate and M&A practice group and the corporate and transaction working group. She rejoined our Bratislava as a partner in January 2012.

Jana is vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic. She is also a member of Central European Corporate Governance Association (CECGA), the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic and the legislative committee of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic (ZAPSR). Appointed Honorary Legal Advisor to HM British Ambassador to Slovak Republic.

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  • Advising a US multinational conglomerate on the sell-off of the Czech and Slovak assets of the client's real estate division to one of the world's leading investment firms. The transaction was part of a global deal whereby the client agreed to divest most of its assets (entire real estate division) to the investment company and a financial services company for more than US$26 billion. The Czech and Slovak transaction comprised the sale of five real estate assets that were divided into two separate share deals as well as intragroup financing repayment and assignment.
  • ŸAdvising an agricultural, food processing and chemical holding company in connection with more than US$300 million acquisition of a food processing group operating in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland including due diligence.
  • ŸAdvising the world’s largest manufacturer of thread products  on corporate matters relating to transfer of part of business in Slovakia (including transfer of employees) within the worldwide sale of its division dealing with manufacturing and distribution in the field of European crafts business to the German strategic investor.
  • ŸAdvising a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria on a €25 million multijurisdictional factoring transaction for a leading European producer of raw materials, building materials and ceramic tiles, and one of the most important European kaolin producers.
  • ŸAdvising a UK-based integrated provider of solutions for civil engineering projects, in connection with an exciting “bolt-on” €18.9 million acquisition, on a debt-free basis, of 100% of shares in a manufacturer of high-strength geosynthetic products for civil infrastructure projects based in the Slovak Republic (and certain associated intellectual property rights) from a Czech technical textile manufacturer, including due diligence of a share purchase agreement and related transactional documentation.
  • ŸAdvising one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of cement and aggregates with respect to potential acquisition of subsidiaries of the group one of the world's leading building materials companies, including the Slovak subsidiary. Representation included due diligence regarding various legal aspects in particular on corporate, financing, intellectual property, environmental, regulatory, insurance, real estate and litigation issues.
  • Advising a diversified media company on the sale of 100% of shares in the broadcaster of Slovakia’s most popular radio station, to an international media group. Post-acquisition continuous advice on general corporate matters. The advice contained preparation of transactional documents and obtaining consent of the regulatory body.
  • Advising a leading global automotive supplier in connection with worldwide sale of its global interiors business and creation of joint venture in Slovakia worth US$24.1 million, plus approximately US$6 million in dividends. This deal was part of the client’s divestiture of a majority of automotive interiors business to an affiliate of a US-based private investment firm, and involved 15 manufacturing plants, five assembly plants and six engineering centers in Europe, Asia Pacific and South America.
  • ŸAdvising a major steel mill company in the Slovak Republic on restructuring and its sale to US Steel, a foreign US strategic investor including advising on contribution of assets to a joint venture company and preparation of share transfer agreements.
  • ŸAdvising an insurance company in the Slovak Republic (co-owned by several financial institutions) on the co-sale of all shares to buyers belonging to an insurance group in Austria including organization of vendors' due diligence, preparation and negotiation of a share purchase agreement.
  • ŸAdvising on the merger of two of the three largest telecommunication companies in the Slovak Republic including project management and preparation of all corporate documents.
  • ŸAdvising a Germany-based energy group company on a planned purchase of 41% of the largest power supply and power distribution company in the Slovak Republic in the privatization process including project management, preparation and negotiation of a share purchase agreement and related amendment to the shareholders' agreement with state bodies.
  • ŸAdvising a Germany-based energy company on unbundling its power distribution activities from power supply activities in the largest Slovak Republic-based power supply and power distribution company including project management, preparation of all corporate documents for a contribution of a part of enterprise in the form of an in-kind contribution to its subsidiaries and preparation and negotiation of new wording of the shareholders' agreement with state bodies.

Education

  • Comenius University in Bratislava, JUDr., 2001
  • Intellectual Property Law Institute, Certificate of Completion, 2000
  • European Venture Capital Association Institute, Course XVIII, Certificate of Completion, 1999
  • Comenius University in Bratislava, Mgr., 1996

Admissions

  • Slovak Republic, 1999

Memberships and Affiliations

Jana is vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic. She is also a member of Central European Corporate Governance Association (CECGA), the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic and the legislative committee of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic (ZAPSR). Appointed Honorary Legal Advisor to HM British Ambassador to Slovak Republic.

Languages

  • Slovak
  • Czech
  • English
  • Recommended in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2017 for corporate/M&A
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 for commercial, corporate and M&A
  • Listed in IFLR1000 2017 as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A practice and energy industry sector 

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  • “Supporting Small Businesses: All Quiet on the Front?” AmCham Connection, November/December 2015 (co-authored).
  • “Energetický audit - povinnosť pre veľké podniky (Energy audit - an obligation for large enterprises),” Trend, September 2015 (co-authored).
  • “Európska vízia inteligetnej regulácie pre automobilový priemysel (European Vision for Automotive Industry)”, Trend, April 2015 (co-authored).
  • “Slovak Government Aims to Improve Business Environment”, AmCham Connection, March 2015 (co-authored).
  • “Slovak Republic: Company Formation, A Practical Global Guide, Third Edition”, Globe Law and Business, January 2015 (co-authored).
  • “Mandatory Non-financial CSR Reporting – Too Much or Not Enough?”, AmCham Connection, December 2014 (co-authored).
  • “Prečo kľúčoví manažéri predčasne odchádzajú z vrcholových postov (Why Key Managers Resign from Top Posts Early)”, Trend, October 2014 (co-authored).
  • “Investment Opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe”, The American Lawyer, July 2014 (co-authored).
  • “Increase of Importance of Monitoring of the Financial Indicators of a Company in Relation to the Personal Liability of Members of Corporate Bodies of the Company”, Financial Manager, May 2013 (co-authored). 
  • “Personal Liabilities in a Corporate Context”, AmCham Connection, March/April 2013 (co-authored). 
  • “Monitoring Employees? Do Not Take Justice Into Your Own Hands!” AmCham Connection, September/October 2012 (co-authored). 
  • “Cloud Computing – A New Paradigm in Data Processing”, AmCham Connection, May/June 2012 (co-authored). 
  • “Mergers of Companies”,The Slovak Spectator: Investment Advisory Guide 2011/2012.