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While many Western investors have left the energy, telecoms and infrastructure markets, this has been replaced by more local investment. Overall, the market has become more active, with law firms observing a rise in large M&A deals and unexpected interest from foreign investors in the real estate market. Although the Czech economy is generally considered to be recovering from the euro zone crisis, the implementation of a new Civil Code has created a different type of uncertainty and unpredictability for businesses as the new law beds in.
The Czech legal market has been moving towards a more dynamic, competitive situation, with good local firms increasingly providing good alternatives to leading international firms. Notably the departures of large international law firms – such as Norton Rose Fulbright v.o.s., advokátní kancelár and Hogan Lovells – created a space in the market for boutiques and spin-offs and allowed opportunity for quality lateral hires.
Prominent local firms include Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelár, Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. and PRK Partners, as well as BBH, Advokatni Kancelar, S.R.O.. Cross-border mandates continue to be characterised by the presence of international firms such as Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelár, Clifford Chance, CMS and White & Case (Europe) LLP.
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