Barbara Kusak

Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer), Advokátka, Co-Head of Prague Office
Partner
Practice Group: Private Equity
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Barbara Kusak is an experienced specialist for complex national, cross-border and multijurisdictional M&A transactions (including real estate transactions) and heads the M&A practice in Central and Eastern Europe. She advises companies comprehensively on investments and divestitures in the Czech Republic and CEE and has extensive experience of leading and coordinating large international teams in the region and beyond.
She also advises on Czech and European Competition law.

Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cross-border and multijurisdictional transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Competition law, distribution law

Career

  • Legal studies at the University of Passau, the University of Munich and the University of Paris (France)
  • With Noerr since 1999
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers and to the Czech Bar Association

Selected Projects

  • Bilfinger SE on the sale of its Czech and Slovak industrial services business to funds advised by Deutsche Invest Mittelstand (part of Deutsche Invest Capital Partners) (2020)
  • NetBrokers Holding (Bauer Media Group) on the sale of its Czech SMS Service Business to Warsaw stock exchange listed company R22 (2020)
  • A leading German publishing house on the sale of its Czech and Slovak publishing business (2018), and on the acquisition from the founders of a majority stake in a leading Czech online comparison platform (OCP) business (2018)
  • Daimler AG on its investment in ride-hailing operator Taxify (lead and coordination Estonia, CEE, France, Africa) (2018)
  • Lone Star on the enforcement and sale of real estate backed loans to a distressed real estate fund (2016/2017)
  • dnata (Emirates group) on its acquisition of Czech specialist aviation services company Air Dispatch, operating on the Prague, Warsaw and Bratislava airports (2016)
  • British RWS Group on its USD 320m acquisition of Moravia IT, a Brno head-quartered global localisation and translation provider for the digital industry from Clarion Capital (coordination Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, Hungary) (2017)
  • Allianz Real Estate on the set-up of a Joint Venture with the publicly listed project developer VGP N.V. re. real estate located in Germany, Czech Repbublic, Hungary and Slovakia (2016)
  • Next Wave Ventures on the acquisition of the Czech producer of high performance packaging solutions Petainer (2009); and on the long term financing of Petainer by KKR by a  €100 million debt and equity investment (2016)
  • Saint Gobain on the sale of its building distribution business in the Czech Republic and Hungary (2015/2016)
  • AB Agri Ltd (Associated British Foods group) on the acquisition Czech feeds and supplements producer Bodit Tachov (2015)
  • Cemex group on the international exchange of sites and shareholdings (carving-out Cemex Germany West and transferring it to Holcim in exchange for the acquisiition of Holcim's Czech business) with Holcim-Group  (2014-2015)
  • Steinhoff International on the acquisition of Austria-based Kika-Leiner Group, the second largest furniture group in Austria with a strong presence in CEE (2013)
  • BC Partners on the Czech and Slovak aspects of its sale of portfolio group synlab to Cinven (2015) and on the previous add-on acquisition of leading Czech provider of laboratory diagnostic in human genetics Chambon (2011)
  • Eurohypo on one of the first foreclosure proceedings by compulsory sales of a commercial property by public auction in the Czech Republic (2010)
  • Oaktree on the acquisition of the foreign spirits business of Eckes AG, including leading Czech spirits producer Stock Plzen (2007)
  • Skoda Auto successfully defending Skoda Auto in market abuse proceedings before the Czech anti-trust authorities (2004-2007)

Distinctions

  • "very knowledgable, very pragmatic, hands-on and solution-driven, extraordinarily responsive” Chambers Global (2021)
  • Recognised as the only expert in the Czech Republic in the WWL M&A and Governance Thought Leaders edition 2021
  • "handles cross-border assignments really well" "very responsive and reliable" "very client-oriented, extremely quick and goes into necessary details but remains pragmatic" (Chambers Global 2020)
  • “highly experienced in cross-border acquisitions and divestitures” Chambers Global (2018)
  • Recommended for M&A: large international deals, Legal 500 (2018)
  • “The ‘solutionoriented’ Barbara Kusak is experienced in leading regional deals” Legal 500 (2018)
  • Leading Individual for M&A, Best Lawyers Czech Republic (since 2014)
  • Recommended as leading expert for Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global (since 2007)

Memberships

  • Czech Franchise Association (ČAF)
  • Legal committee to the European Franchise Federation (EFF)
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht [German Antitrust Lawyers' Association]
  • IBA

Selected Publications

  • Private Equity, European Lawyer Reference Series, Czech Republic chapter, 1. Issue 2010, p. 105 et. seq.