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White & Case Advises Wood & Company on €450 Million Acquisition of Majority Stake in AUPARK Bratislava

Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised Wood & Company, a.s., the leading investment bank focused on European Emerging markets, on its acquisition in a joint-venture with Tatra Asset Management, správ. spol., a. s. of a majority stake in AUPARK a.s. from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a leading global developer and operator of premium retail assets.

"The White & Case team advised Wood & Company on one of the most significant, strategic and complex transactions in the market," said White & Case partner Juraj Fuska, who co-led the Firm's deal team alongside partner of-counsel Marek Staroň. "We have a strong and enduring relationship with Wood & Company and look forward to supporting our client as it continues to develop and grow."

The €450 million deal, which is the largest ever real estate acquisition in the Slovak market to date, is subject to the customary regulatory approvals and it is expected to close during the first half of 2021. AUPARK a.s. owns the premium Aupark Bratislava shopping centre, a well-known retail destination in Bratislava.

The White & Case team that advised on the transaction included partner Juraj Fuska and partner of-counsel Marek Staroň (both Bratislava), partners Jan Linda and Ivo Janda (both Prague), local partners Vladimír Ivančo and Michal Pališin (both Bratislava), counsel Ján Pařík (Prague) and associates Barbora Malík, Lukáš Královič, Alex Medek, Dávid Stanek, Martin Melicher (all Bratislava), Radek Kraus and Anna Starkova (both Prague).

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