Jan Andruško is a partner of the Prague office of White & Case and head of the firm's Central & Eastern Europe technology, media & telecommunications practice.
Over the last two decades, Jan has advised leading global and regional financial sponsors, telecommunications, media, energy and food and beverage companies on significant regional cross-border and domestic transactions. His practice embraces mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, general corporate matters, media law, dispute resolution and international arbitration, with a particular focus on technology, media & telecoms, private equity and infrastructure & energy.
Jan has a broad range of experience from media and telecommunications, where he represented leading players in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, including the leading media and broadcasting group in CEE and the Czech Republic, leading media agencies, content providers and providers of on-line services in connection with the various key projects involving acquisitions, mergers, restructuring, financing, general corporate advice, labor issues, the negotiation of distribution contracts, the preparation of general sales policies, various anti-trust and regulatory issues, the digitalization process, authors' rights and various copyright issues, as well as advice regarding the preparation and/or amendments of the material media legislation.
Jan Andruško has unique managerial and business experience, which he gained as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Nova Group, a leading TV and media group in the Czech Republic, between 2011 and 2013.
The main projects on which Jan was involved as an advisor include the acquisition of Unipetrol by the largest Polish company, PKN Orlen. For Central European Media Enterprises (CME), he worked on the acquisition of TV Nova from the PPF Group. Once TV Nova was acquired by CME, he worked as its main external legal advisor, and in 2010 he was appointed CEO. In late 2013, he returned to the legal profession.
Before joining White & Case in 2016, he worked in the Czech law firm of Kotrlík Bourgeault Andruško, where he was a founder and managing partner.
Prague, Czech Republic
PPF Group, one of the largest investment and finance groups in Central & Eastern Europe, on its €2.8 billion acquisition of Telenor’s telecommunications assets in Central & Eastern Europe, the largest M&A transaction in the CEE telecoms sector, and the largest loan syndication in the region, since 2011.
Avast, the leading global cybersecurity provider, on its US$816.6 million initial public offering (IPO), the biggest ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Avast, in the US$1.3 billion acquisition of AVG Technologies, a developer of business, mobile and PC device security software applications, by way of a public tender offer.
PPF Group in the closely-watched auction process for the €7 billion plus SABMiller’s Central & Eastern European brewing assets.
PPF Group as one of two financial sponsors of ClearBank, a new UK challenger bank that has been granted a banking licence by the UK Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority in January 2017, representing the first new clearing bank to be approved on the UK market in 250 years.
České Radiokomunikace, a leading operator of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting multiplexes in the Czech Republic, in the process of its transition from the DVB-T to DVB-T2 broadcasting standard and related release of the 700 MHz frequency band, including work on the drafting and preparation of related legislation in the Czech Republic.
ARX Equity Partners, an established private equity firm that supports the growth of mid-sized companies in Central Europe, in the exit of its portfolio company KVK Group via a sale to Sika AG.
Rated as a "Highly regarded" in M&A, IFLR 1000, 2020
Jan Andruško has "excellent gravitas at the negotiating table' and is 'a seasoned strategist", Legal 500, 2019
"Very senior and extremely experienced", Chambers Global, 2019