WARSAW - April 30, 2020 - Greenberg Traurig is acting as legal advisor for the Polsat Group in the acquisition of the Interia Group.
As part of the deal, Telewizja Polsat sp. z o.o. entered into a preliminary agreement with Bauer Media Invest GmbH and Bauer Polen Invest GmbH for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Grupa Interia.pl sp. z o.o. and all the rights and obligations of the limited partner in Grupa Interia.pl Media sp. z o.o. sp. k. Other parties to the preliminary agreement are: Cyfrowy Polsat S.A, as a guarantor for obligations of Telewizja Polsat under the preliminary agreement and Heinrich Bauer Verlag Beteiligungs GmbH, as a guarantor for sellers’ obligations under the preliminary agreement.
In accordance with the preliminary agreement the value of the transaction amounts to PLN 422 million and will be financed from Telewizja Polsat’s own funds. The final price will be subject to an adjustment mechanism and interest set out in the preliminary agreement. The completion of the deal is subject to Telewizja Polsat obtaining clearance for the concentration from the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.
“The acquisition of the Interia Group is another milestone in the strategic growth of the Polsat Group with Greenberg Traurig’s support. However, this transaction is of a particular nature given the unprecedented external circumstances which accompany its completion. Nevertheless, we continue to work for our Client in accordance with the original timeline, despite the numerous restrictions related to COVID-19, while maintaining the highest safety standards. This allows us to conclude that with appropriate technological support and experience, it is possible to complete an M&A transaction of this scale in the current situation – and this should be read as a positive sign for the market,” said Jarosław Grzesiak, Managing Partner of the Greenberg Traurig Warsaw Office.
Managing Partner Jarosław Grzesiak is supervising the transaction.
Additionally, Partner Michał Fereniec, is responsible for the IT aspects of the deal. The multidisciplinary due diligence team, supported by Local Partner Michał Bobrzyński, consists of Associate Natalia Wołkowycka, and Senior Associates Paulina Kimla-Kaczorowska, Magdalena Bachleda-Księdzularz and Magdalena Medyńska.
Greenberg Traurig is providing comprehensive legal advice with respect to the transaction.
Grupa Polsat is the largest media and telecommunication group in Poland. The Group provides its 5.7 million customers with access to 16.9 million services: mobile phone services, pay digital TV and the Internet. The Group includes the following companies and brands: Cyfrowy Polsat, Polkomtel, Telewizja Polsat, Netia and IPLA.
The Interia Group is a leading player on the Polish market of new generation media, reaching nearly 60% of Internet users in Poland. Its services are used by over 16 million real users every month, and the number of page views of the Interia Group's websites exceeds 1.3 billion per month.
Attorneys from the Warsaw office of Greenberg Traurig have recently represented the Polsat Group, among others, with respect to Poland’s first issuance of corporate green bonds, the acquisition of approximately 22% of shares in Asseco Poland, a majority stake in Netia, negotiation and execution of a joint venture agreement with Discovery Communications Europe Limited and TVN for a joint project involving the launch of an OTT streaming platform, as well as in soliciting innovative financing in the form of an additional credit facility of PLN 1 billion.
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