Denise R Hamer


Special Counsel

+421 2 5929 1137

Denise R Hamer

Special Counsel
+421 2 5929 1137

 

Denise R Hamer is a Special Counsel and the head of the Asset Solutions sector, with a regional role covering Central and Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe (C/SEE).

Denise focuses on non-performing and non-core assets of all classes, including real estate, financial (including NPLs), and corporate, and involves sale, acquisition, restructuring, refinancing, recapitalising, and repositioning, as well as other transactional work.

RECENT ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE ADVISING

  • NOVA LJUBLJANSKA BANKA, Slovenia’s largest banking group, on the acquisition and privatisation of Komercijalna Banka, Serbia’s largest state-owned bank
  • KA FINANZ, wind down company and legal successor to Austria’s Kommunalkredit infrastructure bank, on distressed loans and loan trades
  • EXOTIX CAPITAL, an illiquid asset broker, as Ukrainian law advisor and expert witness testifying in a successful English High Court of Justice proceeding concerning a complex allocation of liability under LMA contracts in a Ukrainian distressed loan trade
  • REVETAS CAPITAL, a C/SEE distressed asset investment fund, on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio located in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Poland
  • BLACKSTONE GROUP led consortium (including EOS, HIG, and AnaCap) on the acquisition of a EUR 3.6 billion NPL portfolio and servicing unit of Erste Group's Romanian Bank, BCR
  • TRUSTEE in financial, operational, and legal restructuring of portfolio of marquee Serbian consumer brand companies
  • INVESTORS in financial, corporate, hospitality, and real estate assets in Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine
  • CREDITORS in the restructuring of Balkan regional brewery group, Pivovarna Lasko; Slovenian tourism, media and real estate conglomerate, Istrabenz; bonds of Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ);  and Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo
  • GREEK FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS on the sale of non-core C/SEE financial assets and SOUTH AFRICAN REITS on the acquisition of C/SEE retail assets

EDUCATION

  • 1984 – 1987: University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, USA, Doctor of Law/Juris Doctor (JD)
  • 1986: New York University School of Law, USA, LL.M. in International Law and Legal Studies
  • 1981 – 1984: University of California, Los Angeles, USA, PhD. in Programme, English & Comparative Literature
  • 1977 – 1981: Columbia University, New York, USA, Barnard College, Bachelor of Arts (BA) (cum laude) in English & Comparative Literature

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

  • Member of the New York State Bar
  • 'Advokát' admitted to the Czech Bar Association
  • 'Advokát' admitted to the Slovak Bar Association
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer qualified to practice law in the United Kingdom

LANGUAGES

English (native), Russian, French, German, Spanish

    PUBLICATIONS

    Regular speaker and author on various topics involving C/SEE restructuring and alternative investment, including:

    • Keynote Speaker and Panel Moderator, WJ Global Annual Debt & Restructuring Forum, Vienna, 2019
    • Panel Moderator, Smith Novak Global NPL Conference, London, 2019
    • Panel Moderator, DDC Financial Group, NPLs & REOs, Kyiv, 2020, and Stockholm, 2019
    • Panel Moderator, SCI Securitisation Conference, London, 2018
    • Asset Yield”, the publication and podcasts of Kinstellar Asset Solutions, since 2019
    • European Union Proposed NPL Legislation to Facilitate NPL Sales”, 2018
    • On Safari: South Africa Hunts Deals in CEE and SEE”, 2016
    • "Break out the Schnapps and Vodka: NPLs in CEE and SEE", 2016
    • "The End of Extend and Pretend: Non-Performing Loans in CEE/SEE", 2013