Radek Janeček leads the M&A and private equity team and handles complex corporate M&A transactions in both the mid-market and high-end spaces.

    As a seasoned M&A partner, he holds relationships with a number of the firm’s key clients and private equity clients. Radek regularly advises both investors and management teams on all stages of the investment cycle, together with portfolio management issues. He effectively uses the firm’s multijurisdictional platform to advise his clients on cross-border transactions in various key sectors.

    Radek is one of the few recognized lawyers with relevant business experience on the client side. Working on a variety of projects in the real estate area has helped Radek to develop unique legal know-how, invaluable business and market experience, and enviable contacts.

    Radek is a triple-qualified lawyer in the US, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. He has studied law on both sides of the Atlantic and has worked in several jurisdictions, including the US, the UK and the Slovak Republic. He regularly assists clients with multicountry and global deals, as well as with regional and global strategies for market entry. His experience covers the full spectrum of developed and emerging markets.

    During his career, he has developed a wide range of multidisciplinary skills, including private wealth matters, and currently manages the firm's relationships with high-net-worth private clients and family offices. In spring 2020, he was appointed European head of rapidly growing Family Office Practice.

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    Corporate/M&A

    • Advising world leader in gas technologies and services for industry and health care Air Liquide in a sale of assets in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Messer.
    • Advising Nasdaq-listed company Nice Ltd on its acquisition of Brand Embassy, a leading provider of digital customer engagement.
    • Advising on the sale of 100% shares in Czech company Ytica.com a.s. to Twilio Inc.
    • Advising Bemis Europe on the acquisition of 100% shares in two Romanian manufacturers of packaging materials.
    • Representing Bulgarian power plant equipment maintenance and repair services company Atomenergoremont in a highly publicized and competitive auction process for the sale of the Bulgarian distribution system by Czech power utility CEZ Group.
    • Advising Live Nation/Ticket Master on the purchase of TicketPro in the Czech Republic and Poland.

    Private Equity

    • Representing private equity fund ESPIRA Investments in connection with the acquisition of 50% stake in JK Education Group.
    • Representing ARX Equity Partners in connection with acquisition of Fenestra Wieden s.r.o., a Czech constructor focused on glass facades, and add-on purchase of the glass façades division of Skanska a.s.
    • Assisting with the establishment of a new private equity fund focused on gender diversity investments.
    • Representing Avallon Fund (institutional private equity fund) in connection with corporate and reorganization matters in one of their portfolio companies the Czech Republic, including shareholder buy-out and corporate governance issues.
    • Advising MCI.TechVentures in its €76 million exit from Invia/Travelplanet, the leading e-travel player in Central and Eastern Europe, to Rockaway Capital. It marks a record deal with the highest return on a single investment in the fund’s history.
    • Advising China-CEE Fund (China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Cooperation Fund) in its first investment in the Czech Republic, the acquisition of Energy 21 a.s. from Mid-Europa Partners and Darby Private Equity.

    Family Office

    • Advising family office and wealth manager on entering into a long-term third-party agreement with Fairmont Hotels to manage the five-star Hotel InterContinental Hotel in Prague.
    • Representing a private client in the acquisition of a well-known French winery, with its own vineyard, in Bordeaux.
    • Representing a private client in connection with the family wealth planning and active management of private investments.
    • Representing a private client in restructuring the family business and wealth succession planning – including pledging a substantial part of the net worth to charity.

    Real Estate

    • Assisting a local developer in connection with the development, construction, leasing and management of two shopping centers (46,000 sqm of the retail area plus approx. 23,300 sqm planned extension)
    • Assisting a local rapidly growing real estate investor and developer in the series of transactions, including acquisitions and sales of various logistic and retail parks, related acquisition financing and bond issuance, including acquisition of 100% ownership interest in Turimo s.r.o., a sole owner of the Galleries Louvre building located in Radlice, Prague, Czech Republic, from Spanish investment fund Azora Europa I SA.
    • Representing Maltese real estate fund 21 Solstice Funds SICAV plc. in the acquisition of Stodůlky Property Park s.r.o..
    • Representing International School of Prague in various mandates, including contractual documentation for further extension projects and representation in dispute with the supplier with respect to contractual penalty and damage claim.
    • Representing one of the largest commercial banks operating in the Czech Republic in a series of bilateral financings of a group of major European operators of food retail stores in the Czech Republic.

    Education

    • The George Washington University, LL.M., 1997
    • Charles University in Prague, Mgr., 1996

    Admissions

    • Slovak Republic, 2014
    • Czech Republic, 2000
    • New York, 1998

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Czech Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Slovak Bar Association

    Languages

    • Czech
    • English
    • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2020 for: Czech Republic - Real Estate
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2019 for Czech Republic – Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Real Estate and Construction
    • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2019 for: Czech Republic - Real Estate
    • Notable practitioner in IFLR1000 2018 and 2019 for M&A
    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2017 Banking: Finance
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 in commercial, corporate and M&A, and real estate and construction
    • Recommended in Chambers Europe 2018 for Corporate/M&A as "firm's key corporate contact" and listed as a notable practitioner in Real Estate
    • Recognized in the 2016-17 Best Lawyers in the Czech Republic for Mergers and Acquisitions Law

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