Vukmir & Associates has advised Erste & Steiermarkische Bank d.d. and Zagrebacka banka d.d. on their provision of a EUR 24 million club loan to the Arena Hospitality Group.
A freely-accessible public healthcare system has always been considered one of the pillars of the modern welfare state. However, the dearth of adequate managerial skills and advance planning within the healthcare framework has often led to systemic problems, like issues with financing for a system that is regarded as a public service by users and a private business by service suppliers. This problem has once again resurfaced in the Croatian health sector, with debts accumulated by public hospitals and pharmacies standing in the way of a regular supply of medicinal products and medical devices by manufacturers, wholesalers, and pharmacies.
“What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? A good start.” This popular joke underlines the low public perception of lawyers that remains common in today’s society. Although distrust toward lawyers has always existed, frivolous lawsuits, rising billing rates, and thrilling reports of lawyers behaving badly in the news do little to improve the public image of attorneys, especially in CEE.
Squire Patton Boggs and KHS Kunstek, Halle & Simac have advised Croatian Rimac Automobili on its combination with French automotive brand Bugatti Automobiles, a subsidiary of German Volkswagen Group, to create a new auto company – Bugatti Rimac. CMS advised the Volkswagen Group, which owns Bugatti, on the deal.
Dentons has advised PKO Bank Polski, ING Bank Slaski, Santander Bank Polska, and BNP Paribas Bank Polska, on their EUR 265 million refinancing of Press Glass / AMG Group’s debt, as well as financing of the group’s further investments. Porobija & Porobija acted as Croatian counsel to the banks. Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advised the borrower on the deal. TGS Baltic in Lithuania and Williams Mullen in the US reportedly also advised the lenders.
Allen & Overy has advised CEE betting and gaming operator Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. and its subsidiaries, on an up to EUR 551 million refinancing for the group. RTPR, Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners, Athos Demetriou Associates, and Carey Olsen advised the group in Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, and Jersey, respectively.
The global pandemic has impacted all markets, with subsequent ramifications for M&A. Investors are now seeking greater protection against general lock-downs and supply-chain disruptions, while governments aim to protect critical supplies and services by imposing new regulations on foreign investment in crucial or strategic industries.
Just over a year ago, 2020 was shaping up to be a good one for the Croatian Transportation and Infrastructure sector. Croatia was presiding over the Council of the EU, and the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure, one of its most active ministries, had several interesting projects in the pipeline. Osijek was due to become the first 5G city in Croatia by year’s end, and major investment deals were planned to strengthen existing road and railway infrastructure. But then COVID-19 happened and dealt a complicated hand to both transport and infrastructure.