Global experience

Mergers and acquisitions

Pierstone is a frequent choice of multinationals and private equity funds for domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Our full-service M&A offering covers both the purchase and sale facets – from major privatizations and multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and acquisitions of start-ups and internal re-structuring to a range of products for start-up transactions and financing.Pierstone has developed a reputation for handling some of the most complex transactions and challenging legal issues, nationally and internationally. We regularly represent investors from the main EU countries, such as the UK, Germany and France, as well as from the USA.

The sector expertise of our team of lawyers is world-class, particularly in recognizing an M&A opportunity and seeing it through to successful completion. For our clients this correlates to being a trusted partner in transformative transactions.

Our combined team brings in-depth business and finance sense, great advisory expertise and a wealth of industry knowledge to the table. Our senior corporate lawyers are recognized authorities on Czech corporate law and one of our partners co-authored a recognized M&A guide for the Czech Republic, published by a prestigious publisher’s house.

Our experience includes:Advising multinationals and private equity funds on pre-transaction steps, such as NDAs, LoIs, MoUs, and assisting sellers in pre-transaction reorganizations and data room preparation.

Conducting due diligences designed to fit clients’ commercial needs, ranging in scope from limited due diligence, covering only strategic issue through exceptions only due diligence, to full descriptive due diligence, serving as a guidance on legal issues in the first post-transaction months. When conducting due diligences, our team focuses on gaining thorough insight in commercial drivers of each transaction. We are also experienced in conducting multi-jurisdictional due diligence involving a number of Central and Eastern European jurisdictions.

Drafting and negotiating Share Purchase Agreements and Asset Purchase Agreements.

Joint venture and Shareholders’ agreements. We have been involved in numerous joint ventures at all stages (setting up joint ventures, reviewing existing agreements, implementing exit provisions). We frequently negotiate shareholder agreements for minority shareholders, including tag along, drag along rights and option programs.

Corporate restructurings. We are experienced in performing multi-jurisdictional restructurings and implementing complex corporate structures including mergers. We are accustomed to working closely alongside tax and accounting advisors or, alternatively, providing integrated solutions including tax advice. We also offer our clients tailored advice on liability issues associated with management. When working with Pierstone, you will be working with a client-focused firm, a firm that believes building value into each client relationship is about providing higher quality service and comprehensive involvement of key team members. At Pierstone, you’ll be assured one of the partners will take direct responsibility for the transaction and be your direct contact for the entire project. We are happy to provide an overview of relevant references upon request.

Recent experience includes projects in

  • Georgia
  • South Africa
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Russia
  • European Union
  • Spain
  • Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Poland
  • Ethiopia
  • Albania
  • Ukraine
  • Kazakhstan
  • Belgium
  • the Netherlands
  • UK
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • the United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait