On September 20, 2023, the Bauer Media Group and Netrisk Group announced a significant agreement to merge their online comparison platform (OCP) businesses in the CEE region, which includes Poland's rankomat.pl. Wardyński & Partners played a key advisory role in the Polish aspects of this transaction.
This strategic merger unites Bauer's OCP businesses, including rankomat.pl (Poland), epojisteni.cz, and srovnejto.cz (Czechia), and superpoistenie.sk (Slovakia), with Netrisk.hu (Hungary), durchblicker.at (Austria), Klik.cz (Czechia), Netfinancie.sk (Slovakia), and edrauda.lt (Lithuania) owned by the Netrisk Group. Bauer Media Group will become a significant strategic partner and a substantial non-majority shareholder in the combined entity.
The legal counsel for Bauer Media Group was a team of lawyers from the Hamburg office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Wardyński & Partners played a pivotal role in advising on Polish tax and corporate aspects of the transaction.