Eurohold Bulgaria AD, a leading independent business group operating in the CEE/SEE/CIS region and the largest Bulgaria-based publicly-listed holding company, signed today an agreement with CEZ Group, the Czech energy group, to acquire CEZ Group’s assets in Bulgaria.
Eurohold will pay EUR 335 million for the acquisition of CEZ Group’s assets in Bulgaria.
Eurohold will finance the acquisition through a combination of equity and debt financing.
Eurohold has mandated two global investment banks with significant experience in raising similar debt financing to arrange the funding for the transaction.
Eurohold has already set up an advisory board comprising of experts with solid international experience in power distribution business that will consult the process of integrating CEZ Bulgaria’s operations into the structure of Eurohold. Additionally, Eurohold has secured that CEZ Bulgaria’s current senior management, including the chief executive officer, will remain in the company in order to ensure a smooth transition period.
CEZ’s assets in Bulgaria comprise power utility CEZ Distribution Bulgaria, power supplier CEZ Electro Bulgaria, licensed electricity trader CEZ Trade Bulgaria, IT services company CEZ ICT Bulgaria, solar park Free Energy Project Oreshetz, biomass-fired power plant Bara Group and CEZ Bulgaria.
Eurohold’s acquisition of CEZ Group’s assets in Bulgaria is expected to be finalized after obtaining regulatory approvals.
Morrison & Foerster in London is representing EuroHold, led on the corporate side by partner Gary Brown and associate Carlo Pia, and led on the finance side by partner Christopher Kandel and counsel John Burge. Stoeva, Tchompalov & Znepolski, led by partners Iordan Tchompalov and Irina Stoeva, and senior associate Miroslava Iordanova, is advising EuroHold on Bulgarian legal matters.
ČEZ is represented by Czech firm Skils s.r.o, with a team led by partners Karel Dřevínek and Vladimír Kykal, and associate Tomáš Bayer. Penkov, Markov & Partners, led by partner Ivan Markov, is advising ČEZ on Bulgarian legal matters.