InfraVia Capital Partners’ Acquisition of a 50% Stake in FiberForce

Linklaters advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the deal.

InfraVia Capital Partners acquired 50% of FiberForce, Play Group’s subsidiary, for PLN 1.775 billion (approximately €378 million). InfraVia Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialised in the infrastructure and technology sector, and Play Group, one of Poland’s leading fixed, digital TV and mobile convergent players, operating Play and UPC brands, pave the way for providing access to high-speed connectivity to 6 million homes in Poland, using existing infrastructure and through further significant investments. At transaction close, Play/UPC will transfer its existing HFC and FTTx asset base of 3.7 million homes passed to FiberForce, the latter having the ambition to build more than 2 million additional fiber optic connections. The network will be available for all telecommunication operators in a wholesale, open-access model.

Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

The Linklaters Paris team was composed of Florent Mazeron (Picture), partner, Benjamin Prévost, managing associate, and Espérance Ait Bachir, associate in Corporate / M&A, Darko Adamovic, partner, and Alex Bluett, managing associate in Energy & Infrastructure, Cyril Boussion, partner, and Nicolas Le Guernic, associate in Tax, and Pierre Zelenko, partner, Nicolas Zacharie, counsel, and Maëlys Duval, associate in Antitrust & Foreign Investment.

The Warsaw office was also involved in this transaction.

Involved fees earner: Darko Adamovic – Linklaters; Espérance Ait Bachir – Linklaters; Alex Bluett – Linklaters; Cyril Boussion – Linklaters; Maëlys Duval – Linklaters; Nicolas Le Guernic – Linklaters; Florent Mazeron – Linklaters; Benjamin Prévost – Linklaters; Nicolas Zacharie – Linklaters; Pierre Zelenko – Linklaters;

Law Firms: Linklaters;

Clients: InfraVia Capital Partners;

Naoual Sadouqi

Author: Naoual Sadouqi