The biggest deals of 2019
The acquisition of WBN Waggonbau Niesky, a German wagon maker, by Tatravagónka Poprad, the largest European freight wagon maker, is among the largest deals involving Slovak companies last year. Tatravagónka is owned by Michal Lazar, Alexej Beljajev and Budamar and it was also involved in the purchase of a majority stake in Indian industrial group Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Co. Arca Capital (Rastislav Velič) acquired Slovakia’s second largest pulp maker Bukóza Vranov nad Topľou from Ján Ďurian. Arca Capital also acquired staffing agency Edymax and its personal leasing group Manuvia also includes Express People, Wincott People, McRoy and WP Xawax. Ján Kasper, Peter Kotuliak, Jozef Mokrý and Štefan Petergáč acquired postal operator Cromwell. Ján Sabol acquired 12 petrol stations Oktan from Mykhaylo Olevskyi. Redside, partly owned by Arca Capital, acquired 120,000 sqm industrial park in Trenčín for €90m from AU Optronics. Arca Capital also acquired biomass power plants in Bardejov and Topoľčany. Tomáš Chrenek paid €20m to acquire Pet Center retail chain and vet clinics chain Jagga. Peter Korbačka acquired three shopping malls in Spain for €485m.