Howard Kennedy advises Polski Bank Komorek Macierzystych (PBKM) on its purchase of Smart Cells

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Howard Kennedy is delighted to have advised Polish listed company Polski Bank Komorek Macierzystych on its purchase of shares in the UK's first private cord blood stem cell storage company, Smart Cells. Smart Cells has been operating in the cord blood bank since 2001, mainly in the UK, the Middle East and Hong Kong. 

The Howard Kennedy transaction team was led by Anthony Hunt, assisted by Corporate Associate Matthew Astbury together with various colleagues including Philip Vickery (Tax), Emily Malster (Corporate), Antonia Frangakis (Real Estate), Robert Lands, Charlotte Colthurst (IP & Commercial) and Anjali Raval (Employment).

Howard Kennedy advised PBMK alongside leading Polish law firm, GESSEL, a fellow member of LAW (Lawyers Associated Worldwide). The GESSEL team was led by Corporate Partner Maciej Kozuchowski, alongside Bartlomiej Wozniak and Karolina Sobola (Corporate). 

Anthony Hunt, commented: "We were delighted to have advised PBKM on a complex transaction which took place over many months and included the simultaneous acquisition of Smart Cells subsidiary companies in the UK, Middle East and Hong Kong, alongside associated member of LAW, Gessel."

Jakub Baran, President of the Management Board at Polski Bank Komorek Macierzystych, commented: "We were delighted to have worked closely with the team at Howard Kennedy. Along with our standing counsel, Gessel, they have been instrumental in coordinating a very complex and involved deal, which made for a smooth and easy completion. We look forward to working with them again in the future."

Maciej Kozuchowski, Corporate Partner at GESSEL, commented: "It was a pleasure to work alongside Anthony and his team at Howard Kennedy. They were integral to helping us close the transaction and we very much hope to work with them again in the future."




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