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Petr Panek
Petr Panek

Petr Pánek

Partner, Prague

“Experienced negotiator, seasoned lawyer, enthusiastic team player and high-level deal driver.”

(Chamber Europe, 2018)

Overview

Petr Pánek is a Czech and U.S. law-qualified deal leader heading the CEE real estate and Czech M&A teams at White & Case. As of 2018, he is also the Prague Office executive partner. In his practice, Petr concentrates on real estate transactions, financial restructurings, fund formation, M&A, dispute resolution and regulatory matters regarding collective investments (including investment funds) and privatization projects. He has worked with clients and/or targets active in real estate, banking and finance, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, insurance, public water management, logistics and transportation, etc. Over the years, Petr has advised on some of the most significant deals in CEE.

Bars and Courts

  • Czech Bar Association
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLM, Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA
  • Mgr, (J.D. equivalent), Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague, Czech Republic

Languages

  • Czech
  • English

Experience

P3 Logistic Parks, 2016

Petr led the team that represented 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 €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.

ECE Real Estate Partners, 2017

Petr led the team that represented leading real estate fund managers, ECE Real Estate Partners and Rockspring Property Investment Managers, on their sale of Olympia shopping center, in the Czech city of Brno, to Deutsche EuroShop for €374 million, the largest real estate deal on the Czech market in 2017.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, 2016

Petr led the team that represented Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of a €79 million portfolio of logistics and light industrial assets in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from HB Reavis.

LaSalle Investment Management

Petr leads the team that is advising LaSalle Investment Management, the leading France-based real estate investment manager investing in value-add real estate across Europe, in its real estate acquisitions in Central Europe, including the €57.8 million acquisition of Palac Andel, mixed-use property in Prague, the acquisitions of River Garden I and II/III, prime office buildings in Karlin, one of Prague’s main office districts; or the acquisition of a complex of buildings located on Prague’s prime shopping street, Na Prikope, from a private owner for approximately € 80 million.

Generali Real Estate

Petr leads the team that is representing Generali Real Estate on its real estate acquisition program in the Czech Republic, including, most recently, the acquisition of Euro and Astra Palaces, office and retail buildings on Wenceslas Square in Prague. acquisition of a historic building in Prague, a complex of office buildings located in Smichov, Prague 5, a mixed use real estate project located in Prague 1, and four administrative buildings in the centre of Prague.

Prologis, 2014

Petr led the team that represented Prologis, the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, in the acquisition of an industrial/ warehouse portfolio in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, from funds managed by a global real estate investment management firm.

New World Resources, 2013

Petr worked as part of the international team that represented NWR in its comprehensive, cross-border balance sheet restructuring. This complex transaction involved a UK scheme of arrangement, as well as a rights issue and placing on the London, Warsaw and Prague Stock Exchanges. The deal won "2014 Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year" at M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards.

Awards & Recognition

Ranked as a Leading individual in Real Estate and Construction

(Legal 500, 2018)

Ranked as a Market leader in M&A

(IFLR 1000, 2018)

Ranked as a Market leader in Investment Funds

(IFLR 1000, 2018)

Ranked as Band 1 for Real Estate

(Chambers Europe, 2017)