NewsCMS Advises on Investment in Rohlik Group

International law firm CMS has advised a group of investors, led by Partech and including EBRD, Quadrille Capital and J&T Bank, on a EUR 190m fundraising for Rohlik Group (Rohlik), one of Europe’s leading online grocery businesses.

Founded in 2014, Rohlik is an online grocery service offering customers access to over 17,000 items with delivery available as soon as two hours after placing an order. This unique proposition, coupled with the company’s focus on top-tier customer service, has fuelled rapid growth across the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. Rohlik intends to use the funds raised by this investment to accelerate growth in its current markets and to enter the German online grocery market in 2021.

Helen Rodwell, Managing Partner of CMS in Prague and Bratislava, commented: “We are delighted to have advised Partech, EBRD, Quadrille Capital and J&T Bank on this strategic investment. The coronavirus pandemic has transformed online food retail from a convenience to a necessity. This deal recognises the e-grocery sector’s increasing importance, as Rohlik is currently the first and only Czech startup to receive this level of investment. As a leading global law firm with a significant presence in CEE, CMS is well-placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional deals of this nature.”

The CMS team was led by CMS partner Helen Rodwell and included David Cranfield, Lucie Halloova, Tristan O’Connor and Stepan Havranek (Corporate); and Libor Prokes (Merger control). The team also included Florian Kamienke and Oliver Thurn (CMS Germany); Veliko Savov (CMS Bulgaria); Eszter Csapo and Szabina Marsi (CMS Hungary); and Marie-Christine Lidl and Alexander Rakosi (CMS Austria).