Karel Petržela

Local Partner, Prague

Biography

Overview

Karel Petržela is a local partner in our EMEA M&A Private Equity practice. In his practice, he focuses mainly on transactions in regulated sectors and real estate

Over the last decade, Karel has advised leading global and international institutional investors and financial sponsors, as well as corporates and private equity clients on significant regional cross-border and domestic transactions. Regularly working across jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe, Karel has taken part in a number of high-profile transactions and landmark deals including complex joint ventures, innovative structuring and cross-border M&A.

Karel Petržela also advises pharmaceutical companies on corporate law and regulatory matters, including product registration, clinical research, relations with healthcare professionals, advertising and data protection.

Bars and Courts
Czech Bar Association
Education
Cardiff University
School of Law, Cardiff, The United Kingdom
Mgr., Faculty of Law
Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

Ing., Faculty of Management
University of Economics in Prague

Czech Republic

Languages
Czech
English
French

Experience

CTP – sale of a Czech logistics portfolio to Deka Immobilien
Karel advised CTP, a leading commercial real estate developer and manager of business parks in Central & Eastern Europe, on the EUR 450 million sale of a Czech logistics portfolio to Deka Immobilien. This represents one of the largest-ever real estate transactions in the Czech Republic, and the largest logistics deal in Europe in 2018.

Sale of P3 to GIC
Karel advised P3 Logistic Parks (P3) and leading global investment company TPG Real Estate (the previous owner of the P3 developer alongside Ivanhoé Cambridge) on the sale of P3 to GIC, a sovereign wealth fund established by the government of Singapore. With a transaction value of EUR 2.4 billion, this represents the largest deal on the European real estate market in 2016, and the largest real estate deal ever in the Czech Republic.

EUR 1.9 billion financing of the CTP Group - the largest real estate financing in the CEE region
Karel represented Erste Group Bank AG, Česká spořitelna, a.s., UniCredit S.p.A., UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s., Société Générale S.A. and Komerční banka, a.s., as mandated lead arrangers, in connection with legal due diligence carried out for the purposes of refinancing the existing financial indebtedness of property companies within CTP Group, one of the largest industrial developers in the CEE region. At the amount of EUR 1.9 billion, this is one of the largest real estate financings in the CEE region.

Arx Equity Partners - sale of its entire stake in Lanex
Karel represented Arx Equity Partners in the sale of its entire stake in Lanex, a leading Central European producer of technical textile ropes and flexible packaging.

HB Reavis – disposal of Twin City Tower
Karel advised HB Reavis, a real estate developer company active mainly in Slovakia, Poland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany, in connection with their EUR 120 million disposal of Twin City Tower, a prime piece of mixed-use real estate in Bratislava, Slovakia.