Constantine (Gus) Petropoulos is a corporate partner in Hughes Hubbard’s New York office. His practice primarily focuses on strategic business counsel and commercial/corporate transactional support, including with respect to mergers and acquisitions matters. He has broad experience in regulatory, finance/reporting and strategic transaction matters across a variety of industries.
Gus has counseled public companies spanning technology, electronics, aerospace, defense, gaming, industrials and consumer goods. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Gus was Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Park Aerospace Corp. where he led strategic transactions including the sale of Park’s legacy electronics business and was also responsible for relationships with Park’s key commercial and strategic partners. From 2011 to 2014, Gus advised Scientific Games Corp. on acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial transactions, including transformative investments in online and casino gaming, as well as privatizations of sovereign gaming assets by governments around the world. From 2007 to 2011, he was based in Europe where he executed strategic development efforts including joint ventures, distribution arrangements and acquisitions within Coca-Cola HBC’s 29-country footprint across Eurasia and Africa. These efforts included the creation of a new distribution business that spans snacks, coffee, beer and spirits. Gus has also represented his clients in ESG efforts that have included one of the largest co-generation and solar energy rollouts in Eurasia and Africa at the time; a project executed in partnership with Contour Global. Gus began his career as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Gus specializes in cross-border strategic and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on Eurasia and Africa. He was based out of Hamburg, Germany for a portion of his time at Latham & Watkins LLP and was the lead international lawyer for Coca-Cola HBC and Scientific Games Corp. Gus attended the prestigious IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Austro-American Institute in Austria.
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Representation of CF Acquisition Corp. VIII, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, in its merger with XBP Europe, Inc., the European business of Exela Technologies Inc.
Representation of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. in connection with the purchase of a controlling interest in, and the subsequent sale of, Tao Group Hospitality, operator of more than 80 branded locations in over 20 markets across four continents, including the Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Avenue restaurants and nightclubs
Represented Wipro Limited in the acquisition of Edgile and LeanSwift
Represented Park in the sale of its legacy electronic laminates business to AGC, Inc. and in auction processes for the acquisition of aerospace assets
Represented Park in the negotiation of joint development agreements with IBM, General Electric Company, ST Engineering, Huawei Technologies, TTM Technologies, Oak-Mitsui, ZTE Corporation and JPS Composite Materials, among others
Represented Park in the negotiation of commercial agreements with United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Kratos, Northrop Grumman, Safran, BAE Systems, Dassault Aviation, Rockwell Collins, Meggitt, Nordam, General Dynamics, GKN Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Hindustan Aeronautics and Textron, among others
Represented Park in the negotiation of technology sharing agreements, management of intellectual property assets and all cybersecurity matters
Represented Scientific Games in the acquisitions of:
Bally Technologies, Inc.
WMS Industries Inc.
Technology & Gaming Limited
Represented Scientific Games in the negotiation of joint venture agreements with Lottomatica, Intralot, OPAP, Net-Sans Hitay and Sberbank of Russia, among others
Represented Scientific Games in the negotiation of cross-patent licenses and other commercial arrangements regarding the exploitation of intellectual property
Represented Scientific Games in negotiations with State and Provincial governments relating to the operation and/or privatization of lottery assets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois,
Indiana and Ontario
Represented Scientific Games in negotiations with national governments relating to the privatization of various sovereign gaming assets in Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Russia
Represented Coca-Cola HBC in the sale of Eurmatik SpA and the acquisitions of:
Exmontbel Group (UAB “MS Food”)
Certain assets of Limca Beverages
The publicly traded shares of its Serbian and Nigerian subsidiaries
Represented Coca-Cola HBC in the negotiation of joint venture agreements with Illycaffé, Campbell Soup Company and The Coca-Cola Company, among others
Represented Coca-Cola HBC in the negotiation of strategic distribution agreements with Monster Beverages, Remy Cointreau, The Edrington Group, Brown Forman and Heineken, among others
Represented Coca-Cola HBC in the negotiation of strategic procurement agreements with Agrana, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, Canpack and Dangote Group, among others
Represented Coca-Cola HBC in the joint development of cogeneration and solar energy facilities across the company’s infrastructure in Eurasia and Africa
Represented Bayer AG in its acquisition of Schering AG
Represented One Equity Partners LLC in its acquisition and subsequent sale of Moneyline Telerate Holdings, as well as its acquisition of WestCom Corporation and KGM Circuit Solutions, LLC
Represented Odyssey Investment Partners LLC in its acquisition and subsequent sale of Avtech Corp. (Aviation Technologies), as well as its acquisition of Wastequip Inc., York Insurance Services Group, Inc. and certain assets of Transicoil Corp.
Represented Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc. in the sale of its Small Business Group to a portfolio company of Platinum Equity
Represented Empi Inc. in the sale of its assets to Encore Medical Corporation
Represented Embanet Knowledge Group Corporation in the sale of its business to Technology Crossover Ventures
Represented Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. in multiple equity offerings over the course of four years