BC Partners, a leading international investment firm, signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in United Group B.V. from KKR which is to remain a minority stakeholder. This is an important event on the South-East European market given that United Group provides broadcasting and distribution services to more than 1.8 billion customers in the region and employs over 3,400 people. In its official statement, BC Partners expressed excitement about the transaction and commitment to further invest in United Group’s growth. The closing of the deal is subject to standard regulatory approvals.
BDK Advokati acted as BC Partner’s adviser on this transaction for the markets of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also coordinated the activities of law firms advising on the aspects of the transactions touching upon Slovenian, Macedonian, Croatian and Albanian laws. Kirkland & Ellis was BC Partner’s international law firm on the deal.
Vladimir Dašić, senior partner at BDK Advokati, acted as project leader on M&A, corporate and media & telecommunications aspects of the transaction. Partner Bogdan Ivanišević advised on IP-related issues.