Iva Čechráková, an associate of White & Case Prague, is a member of the office's M&A/Corporate and Private Equity practice groups. She specializes mainly in mergers and acquisitions, commercial law and litigation.
Iva is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in Florida and the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague.
During her studies, Iva represented Charles University at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in the international round in Washington D.C. in 2014, and Nova Southeastern University in 2018 in the regional round in New York City, where Iva ranked among the Top 30 Advocates, and together with her team won the award for the Top 5 Memorial (written submission).
While she was studying at Nova Southeastern University, Iva worked as a research assistant for Michael J. Dale, one of the professors there, and under his supervision published an article on the NITA blog entitled "Why Do Attorneys Ask Expert Witnesses for an Opinion "to a Reasonable Degree of Certainty"?", followed by a subsequent redux focusing on California jurisdiction.
Before joining White & Case in 2018, Iva worked for the law firm of BADOKH, where she specialized mainly in bankruptcy, corporate, M&A, and litigation. She also worked as a legal Intern for Moris & Associates in Florida, USA, where she focused on bankruptcy, arbitration and real estate.
As a legal intern, she provided advisory services under the leadership of her senior colleagues to a number of clients within the area of insolvency & restructuring, representing both debtors and creditors from the moment of filing the insolvency petition, and providing assistance throughout the entire process. In addition, she provided advisory services to a major energy group, preparing the corporate part of its restructuring plan. Iva also provided services to a number of clients related to corporate governance and M&A.
PPF – USD 2.1 billion acquisition of CME
Iva represented PPF Group in the $2.1 billion acquisition of CME, which operates television stations in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the CME shareholders, the European Commission, and national regulators in certain countries where CME is active.
The Carlyle Group – acquisition of a majority stake in Memsource
Iva advised The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Memsource a.s., a leading translation technology provider that assists global corporations and the language services industry to automate the localisation of large volumes of multilingual content.
MVM Group – acquisition of E.ON's Czech Innogy retails operations
Iva advised MVM Group, Hungary's state-owned energy group, on its acquisition of the entire share capital in innogy Česká republika, a.s. from innogy Beteiligungsholding GmbH, a member of the innogy/E.ON Group. MVM Group is a sovereign-owned integrated energy company with the highest market share in the national electricity and gas markets in Hungary.
Mid Europa Partners – Sale of Walmark
Iva represented Mid Europa Partners, a leading private equity investor in Central and Eastern Europe, in connection with their sale of Walmark a.s., a leading consumer healthcare company in Central and Eastern Europe with a unique portfolio of iconic brands and direct presence across nine EU countries, to STADA Arzneimittel AG.