Erik Illmann

Associate, Prague



Erik Illmann, an associate of the Prague office, is a member of the Capital Markets Practice Group, having joined White & Case in 2015 as a legal intern while still studying law at the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague.

Before joining White & Case, Erik worked as a Legal Intern in the Banking & Finance team at PRK Partners.

In the area of capital markets, he provides advisory services to a number of major clients of the Prague office, representing both underwriters and issuers in connection with a range of debt and equity capital market products. Erik also focuses on banking and finance law.

Bars and Courts
Czech Bar Association
Faculty of Law
Charles University

Czech Republic

Faculty of Social Sciences
Charles University

Czech Republic

Exchange Program
University of Melbourne
Melbourne Law School, Australia


Czech Railways (České dráhy), the Czech national railway transport operator, as issuer, in connection with its EUR 400 million Eurobond issue.

ČD Cargo, a subsidiary of Czech Railways, on the issue and private placement of CZK 500 million bonds under its CZK 6 billion bond programme.

NET4GAS, s.r.o., the sole owner and operator of the Czech gas transmission system, on an exchange and tender offer in respect of its CZK 7 billion (equivalent to approximately EUR 270 million) 2.25 per cent. notes due 2021 issued under its EUR 5 billion EMTN Programme and simultaneous issuance of CZK 2.6 billion (equivalent to approximately EUR 100 million) Czech-law governed 2.750 per cent. notes due 2025. 

PPF Arena 1 B.V. on the establishment of its EUR 3 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme and the debut issuance of EUR 550 million 3.125% notes due March 2026 thereunder. The PPF Arena 1 B.V. group is a leading provider of telecommunication services in the CEE region, consolidating telecommunication activities of the global investment group PPF across six national markets. Its subsidiaries include O2 Czech Republic a.s. and Ceská telekomunikacní infrastruktura a.s. (CETIN) in the Czech Republic, O2 Slovakia s.r.o. in Slovakia and the former subsidiaries of the Telenor Group in Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro acquired by PPF Arena 1 B.V. in 2018.

EP Infrastructure, a.s. (EPIF), a subsidiary of EPH, a leading Central European energy group, on its successful debut international offering of EUR 750 million 1.659% fixed rate notes due 2024 and their admission to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Dublin.

Acted as transaction counsel in connection with the issuance of CZK 777 million (approx. EUR 30 million) 6.6 per cent. senior secured notes due 2023 by Finance a.s., with the possibility to increase to CZK 1.666 billion (approx. EUR 65 million). The notes are listed on the Prague Stock Exchange.

Raiffeisenbank as issuer on the update of its EUR 5 billion covered bonds programme.  UniCredit Bank as issuer with respect to the update of its EUR 5 billion English law-governed international covered bonds programme.

UniCredit as issuer with respect to the update of its EUR 5 billion English law-governed international covered bonds programme.

Waberer's International, a major player in international full truckload transportation in Europe and market leader in Hungary in the field of domestic freight and complex logistics services, together with its shareholder Mid Europa Partners, on the Waberer's IPO and on listing of its shares on the Budapest Stock Exchange. The offering included both primary and secondary shares and its total size was HUF 24.7 billion (approximately EUR 79.6 million).

EPIF on its contemplated initial public offering of ordinary shares and GDRs of EPIF, as well as the listing of the ordinary shares on the Prague Stock Exchange and GDRs on the London Stock Exchange. At a very late stage in the process, EPH decided not to proceed with the sale of a minority stake in EPIF via an initial public offering, instead considering a bilateral transaction with global infrastructure Investors. The estimated value of the contemplated offering by Reuters and the Financial Times was several billion euros.