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Legal market overview

Overall, the business environment in the Czech Republic is positive. Although headline M&A transactions are a rarity, there has been growth in the value and volume of deals undertaken, with real estate, IT and healthcare the busiest sectors; acquisition financing terms are very favourable with low interest rates. The market’s traditional investors, which retreated from the country following the financial crisis, have been slow to return, enabling Czech companies and private equity funds to capitalise. Indeed, there has been a notable trend of domestic players consolidating existing sector strengths.

With the surplus of bank financing available in the market, inevitably, it follows that this has been a lean period for capital markets deals. However, 2016 did produce a major IPO in the financial services sector – that of Moneta Money Bank, General Electric’s Czech banking business.

Major domestic firms include Kocián Solc Balastík, BBH, advokátni kancelár, S.R.O. and Weinhold Legal, while there are also several international players present in the country. There have been relatively few moves in the legal market, although one of note was the departure of a team from White & Case (Europe) LLP to join a newly established private equity fund.

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    WTS Alfery has been nominated for the Central & Eastern Europe Tax Firm of the Year Award as one of five firms in this category.
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    News No.7/2015
  • Amendment to the Accounting Act effective from 1 January 2016

    News No.6/2015
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    The Czech Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs („MLSA“) recently submitted for interdepartmental comment a proposal act that will significantly reduce the usage of (so-called) "agency employees". read more... 
  • Energy Performance Certificates

    Starting from 1 January 2013 the amendment to Act No. 406/2000 Coll., on Energy Management, as amended, has increased, to a significant extent, the obligations of developers, building owners, associations of housing unit owners and housing unit owners as well (i.e. owners of flats and non-residential premises) relating to the issue of so-called energy performance certificates. This instrument, which was first introduced in 2009 for new constructions or large scale reconstructions, should provide simple and transparent information about the energy consumption of a building by classifying it in a respective energy performance class, such asweknowit in the case of electrical appliances.
  • Occupational health service – new duties for employers

    The Act No. 373/2011 Sb., on Specific Health Services, became effective on 1 April 2012.
  • BID RIGGING OR CARTEL AGREEMENTS OF TENDERERS

    by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, Randa Havel Legal
  • Protection of Lenients and access to file before the Czech Antitrust Office

    by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, RANDA HAVEL LEGAL
  • Recodifiation of Czech Private Law

    The Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic definitively decided that laws concerning recodification of private law shall become effective on 1 st January 2014. There is less than two years left to prepare for the new legal regulation. In this issue of the News we bring you information on some chan­ges the recodification shall bring with regard to limited liability companies. As we have informed you before, recodification does not involve only the new Civil Code but, i.a. also the completely new Business Corporations Act (NBCA). As it follows from its title, this Act will regulate part of the present Commercial Code regarding business companies.
  • Criminal liability of legal entities

    Shortly before the end of the year, the act No 418/2011 Sb., on criminal liability of legal entities and proceedings against them (hereinafter referred to as the “Act on criminal liability of legal entities”) was published in the Collection of Laws. The Czech Republic has introduced this long-discussed breakthrough regulation, which was vetoed by the President in November 2011, as one of the last EU member states. Legal entities should pay attention to this law since fines amounting to millions or dissolution of legal entity are among the sanctions.

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