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Jan Frey specializes in transaction advisory in Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law. He also specializes in commercial contracts.

Jan has extensive experience with the provision of legal services to Czech clients both from the private and public sectors, as well as to foreign investors. Within his practice, Jan specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, legal audits and due diligence.

Before joining ROWAN LEGAL, Jan headed the legal transaction team of global group KPMG and before that Jan was an M&A partner at Havel & Partners. In 2015 Jan worked at Slaughter & May, a renowned London magic circle law firm.

With seven completed transactions in overall value of EUR 1.85 billion in 2019 Jan Frey was listed by international rating agency Mergermarket as among the TOP 5 Czech lawyers both due to volume and value of transactions.

Apart from lecturing at Masaryk University in Brno and the Prague University of Economics and Business, Jan writes regularly for publications on mergers and acquisitions.

advising the German energy group E.ON on the sale of innogy Česká republika, a.s., one of the largest gas and electricity distributors in the Czech Republic, to the Hungarian energy group MVM

advising the major German energy group E.ON on the sale of innogy Gas Storage, s.r.o., the owner of eight gas storage facilities, to another German energy group RWE in connection with the exchange of large assets on the German and Central European market

advising the Czech Press Agency (CTK) on the acquisition of Profimedia CZ

advising the Albatros Media group on the acquisition of the book division of the Mladá Fronta publishing house out of insolvency

advising a German energy group on the sale of innogy Grid Holding, the operator of a gas distribution network in the Czech Republic, to another German energy group

advising the owner of IZOS on the sale of 100% of its shares to the HELUZ group

advising the owner of DCD Ideal on the sale of 100% of its shares to the Austrian Austrotherm group

advising the Statutory City of Liberec on the long-term lease of the Ještěd ski resort to the Slovak group TMR

advising the owners of KOVOVÝROBA HOFFMANN, s.r.o., one of the European leaders in the production of body parts and press forming tools for major global automotive companies, to the German EBZ group

advising the German group Basalt on the acquisition of two quarries through the purchase of part of the plant from the German group Max Bögl

advising the Magna Group on the acquisition of the Wipac Group

advising the automotive group Hinterberger on the acquisition of EMS Patvag, a manufacturer of airbag initiation systems from the EMS group

advising Fortegra, an English insurance company, on the acquisition of Defend Insurance, an insurance company operating on the Slovak and Czech markets

advising the German group HANZA Holding AB on the acquisition of Ritter Elektro CZ, a Czech manufacturer of low-voltage switchboards

advising the owners of a company developing mobile communication applications for a major US telecommunications company

advising Genesis Private Equity Fund on the acquisition of the IT company CN Group

advising a major Genesis Private Equity Fund on the acquisition of Sanborn s.r.o., a leading manufacturer of parts for equipment in the energy, petrochemical and transportation sectors

advising SUEZ Group – Resource Utilization on the acquisition of part of a plant comprising landfills in Mladá Boleslav, Srní and Vansdorf

advising ACL Automotive, a Czech manufacturer of roof carriers, on the acquisition of the PLASTIME.CHEMI anodizing plant in North Bohemia

advising Albatros Media a.s., the largest Czech publisher of children’s literature, on the acquisition of the Czech publishing house Book Zlín s.r.o., which owns the license to Jo Nesbo’s works

advising a Czech-Slovak investment group on the acquisition of a chain of pharmacies in Serbia

advising German automotive group CONTTEK on the sale of its stake in Tesla Jihlava to Kollektor Group, a leading Czech manufacturer of connectors, plastic parts, cut contacts and parts for the automotive and electronics industries

advising Albatros Media, a major Czech publishing house, on the acquisition of the book division of EGMONT, a major international publishing house, which holds the licenses for products of popular children’s characters

advising a private investor on the acquisition of the well-known Brno microbrewery Lucky Bastard

advising Genesis Private Equity Fund on the acquisition of Quinta Analytica, a company specializing in analytical services and clinical trials for the development and production of new pharmaceutical products

advising Reno Development Group on the acquisition of X Pozemky and X Agro

advising the global engineering group Magna on the sale of an industrial complex in Prague – Letňany to a private investor

advising the Czech group Reno Development on the acquisition of a 100% stake in XYIENCE, a major owner of agricultural land in Northern Moravia and Silesia

advising a Czech investor on the acquisition of a 100% stake in EuroMat, a domestic manufacturer of roofing systems and one of the largest specialist roofing materials retailers

advising seznam.cz, the operator of one of the most frequented Czech domains, on the acquisition of a minority stake of its own shares from two minority shareholders

advising a private investor on the sale of a stake in EEH, which owns a wind power project in North Bohemia (VTE Václavice)

advising on the acquisition of a minority stake in a holding company controlling a subsidiary company established to implement and operate a sturgeon farming project in the Russian Federation; the transaction included bond financing by the buyer and preparation of the terms and conditions for the client’s entry into the company

advising Antilia Group on the sale of 100% of its stake in Valosun to Walmark, a major producer of nutritional supplements

advising global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline on the formation of a joint venture and the related transfer of its health care division to a joint venture with Novartis; the transaction was the local part of a global transaction involving the formation of consumer health joint ventures in over 100 jurisdictions

advising the Hungarian private equity fund Oriens IM on the sale of the Medicover group in the Czech Republic to Euroclinicum

advising the sole shareholder on the sale of 100% of Kerri, a company engaged in the design and manufacture of inspection and measurement fixtures, cubing and measuring and assembly stations, primarily in the automotive sector, to Onyx Capital

advising Albatros Media, a major Czech publisher, on the acquisition of FRAGMENT, a major publisher of books in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

advising the owners of Block a.s. – a company providing comprehensive services in project preparation, production, construction and subsequent servicing of investment units with demanding technologies and high environmental quality (clean rooms) on its sale to Cleantech Group

advising Fruta Podivím of the Hamé group on the acquisition of FOODS TRADING AGENCY SRL, a Romanian company owning a well-known trademark used for pâtés and other products on the Romanian market

advising ACL Technologies, a Czech manufacturer of roof racks, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in AC Lak, a company providing comprehensive services in the field of surface pre-treatment and powder coating of metal parts with maximum quality one or two-layer varnish

advising global engineering group CATERPILLAR on the sale of part of its mining equipment manufacturing, service and spare parts business to Phoenix Zeppelin

advising arvato services (Bertelsmann group) on the acquisition of part of Asseco Europe’s prepaid SIM card and handset assembly and logistics business

advising the Czech Ski Association on the long-term lease of ski resorts in Špindlerův Mlýn and Pec pod Sněžkou to the Slovak TMR group

advising Metalimex Group on the acquisition of 100% of OKK Koksovny, a major coke producer in the Czech Republic, from New World Resources

advising Soler Palau, a Spanish manufacturer of fans and heat recovery units, on the acquisition of ELEKTRODESIGN VENTILATORS, a major distributor of fans and heat recovery units in the Czech Republic

advising FRAUENTHAL, an Austrian truck parts manufacturer, on its acquisition of Worthington Cylinders, a Czech company engaged in the production of truck braking systems

advising Elit Group on the acquisition of one of the largest distributors of automotive spare parts in the Czech Republic

advising the shareholders of Conel, a leading manufacturer of wifi routers, on the sale of shares to B&B Electronix

advising KBC Private Equity on the sale of shares in Novaservis, a leading manufacturer of faucets and bathroom accessories, to the Polish group Ferro

advising the German group Conttek on the acquisition of Tesla Jihlava, a company engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electromechanical components for the automotive, electronics and electrical industries

advising Manag’s shareholders on the sale of shares in Manag, a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of electronic components, to the private equity fund Arx Equity

advising AG Foods’ shareholders on the sale of AG Foods, a beverage mixing company, to a Polish investor

advising Appian Group on the sale of Škoda Power, a steam turbine manufacturer, to the Korean group Doosan

advising a major Czech power producer in a dispute with minority shareholders over the invalidity of a resolution of the general meeting on the buyout of shares of minority shareholders

FREY, Jan – Even rising inflation won’t slow down company sales, big players are looking at companies in trouble, Hospodářské noviny 1/2022

FREY, Jan, KOČAŘ, Tomáš – Is it worth buying a company in trouble? – LAWYERS & BUSINESS 10/2021

FREY, Jan, Koval, Jan – ICLG – The International Comparative Legal Guide to.

FREY, Jan, SKOLIL, Ivo – Disposition of a Business Plant – epravo 7/2020

FREY, Jan – What to think about in an M&A transaction – epravo 1/2019

FREY, Jan, PITRA, Tomáš – Deadlocks in joint ventures – Právní prostor 1/2018

FREY, Jan, AUDES, Václav – ICLG – The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2018, 12th edition

 

Education

Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague (Master’s, 2008)

University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education (Diploma in English and European Union Law, 2010)

Københavns Universitet (2005/2006)

Professional experience

Company: ROWAN LEGAL, advokátní kancelář s.r.o.
Position: Partner
Period: 02/2022-present

Company: KPMG Legal s.r.o., law firm
Position: Director (Legal) – Associate
Period: 10/2020-01/2022

Company: HAVEL & PARTNERS
Positions: partner (2017-2020), senior associate (2016-2017), senior associate (2014-2016), associate (2012-2014), associate (2010-2012)
Period: 02/2010-09/2020