Barbara Kusak

Rechtsanwältin, Advokátka, Head of Prague Office
Partner
Practice Group Private Equity
Practice Group Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Barbara Kusak is an experienced specialist in M&A and Corporate Finance and advises companies comprehensively on investments and divestments in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe. She has acted in many M&A transactions and project financing cases and has directed and conducted Legal Due Diligences. She also advises on Czech and European Competition law, including cartel and infringement proceedings, merger control and competition compliance trainings.

Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Private equity and corporate finance
  • Structured financing
  • Competition 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

References

She has acted for, inter alia:

  • 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)
  • 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 (2010/2011)
  • 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)
  • Eurohypo on one of the first foreclosure proceedings by compulsory sales of a commercial property by public auction in the Czech Republic (2010)
  • Skoda Auto successfully defending Skoda Auto in market abuse proceedings before the Czech anti-trust authorities (2004-2007)
  • Oaktree on the acquisition of the foreign spirits business of Eckes AG, including leading Czech spirits producer Stock Plzen (2007)

Distinctions

  • Leading Individual for M&A, Best Lawyers Czech Republic (2014-2015)
  • Reputable sources describe: Noerr’s client-oriented approach is exemplified by Barbara Kusak, who is also valued for finding creative solutions, Legal 500 Czech Republic (2014)
  • Recognised as one of six leading Merger&Acquisition lawyers and as one of seven leading lawyers for Competition/Antitrust in the Czech Republic, Who’s Who Legal (2013)
  • Recommended for Corporate/M&A as well as for Competition/Antitrust, Chambers Europe 2013 

Memberships

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

Selected Publications

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