Wolf Theiss was named the CEE M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2016 by MergerMarket at an awards gala in London on 8 December. This represents a considerable success for the firm, which prevailed against other shortlisted heavyweights such as Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, CMS, Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case to win the distinction.
Nataša Lalović Marić (Partner, Wolf Theiss Belgrade), Christian Mikosch (Partner, Wolf Theiss Vienna) and János Tóth (Partner, Wolf Theiss Budapest) accepted the award on behalf of Wolf Theiss.
The decision was based not only on the firm's generally strong performance in M&A throughout CEE in 2016 – Wolf Theiss has attained top MergerMarket rankings in several countries in CEE, including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia (see these two press releases) – but also on a series of prominent deals.
MergerMarket specifically cited the firm's advice to Rockaway Capital on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in INVIA, the largest Czech online travel agency and one of the most popular providers of online travel packages in CEE. According to independent reports, this was the largest deal in CEE according to volume in the first half of 2016.
The deal was led by Jan Myška (Partner, Wolf Theiss Prague), and further involved the firm's Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest and Warsaw offices. The Polish component of the deal was particularly complex, as INVIA held a stake in Travelplanet, a stock-exchange listed Polish company.
The Bucharest team was led by Corporate/M&A Partner Ileana Glodeanu and included Associates Mircea Ciocirlea and Monica Ținteanu.
Horst Ebhardt (Partner and Regional Coordinator, Corporate/M&A), commented: "We are extremely proud of our success. This recognition shows the overall strength of our regional practice plus the individual strength of our teams in each of our CEE offices."
ABOUT WOLF THEISS
Founded in 1957, Wolf Theiss is one of the leading European law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe with a focus on international business law. With 340 lawyers in 13 offices located in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, Wolf Theiss represents local and international industrial, trade and service companies, as well as banks and insurance companies. Combining law and business, Wolf Theiss develops comprehensive and constructive solutions on the basis of legal, fiscal and business know-how.
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