CMS, the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount, has advised Polish company TELE-FONIKA Kable S.A. (“TFKable”) on its acquisition of JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Ltd. (“JDR”) - a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, headquartered in the UK. Both companies have a long history of collaboration, with TFKable being one of JDR’s important business partners, supplying power copper cores for its cable and umbilical systems. JDR’s highly technical subsea systems, used in the global offshore oil, gas and renewable industries, allow its customers to power and control their offshore operations, and will enhance the range of cable solutions TFKable can provide to its customers.
The transaction, which is subject to receipt of, inter alia, the required regulatory approvals, is expected to close in Q3 2017.
The CMS team was led by CEE-based English-qualified corporate partner Graham Conlon, along with senior associate Valentina Santambrogio, supported by over 50 other CMS lawyers, including Ben McParland, Anna Thomson and Siddharth Fresa in CMS’s London office. Graham Conlon commented “This is the second transaction in as many years where we CMS have helped a major Polish company to expand into the UK, the other transaction being Amica’s acquisition of CDA Group in the UK. We are seeing CEE-based companies becoming increasingly acquisitive overseas, and clients appreciate the fact that we have English law capability on the ground in CEE, backed by an extensive footprint of offices throughout Europe and beyond. It is an honour for us to have advised on yet another high-profile transaction.”
JP Morgan and Société Générale are acting as financial advisors to TFKable.