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After a somewhat turbulent period through 2013 and 2014, the Czech Republic has recovered and established itself as a healthy and open economy. While the auto industry remains one of the largest in the country, there has been a notable rise in transactions within the financial services sector, with a number of bank M&A deals keeping the market busy.
The Czech Republic’s reputation as a safe, promising and commercially viable country has attracted a wide range of foreign investments, as well as cooperation and integration with other markets, especially Germany’s and those of other German-speaking countries. In addition to foreign investments, the country has seen an upturn in domestic investments, an indication of growing independence.
Similarly, the legal market reflects a similar trend of domestic law firms gaining in importance and international reach. Local firms including Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelár; Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. and Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o. are establishing themselves as solid and strong alternatives to international law firms such as Allen & Overy; Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelár; Clifford Chance and White & Case (Europe) LLP.
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Z/C/H Legal., advokátní kancelář.
ZCH Legal (formerly Zilvarova Ctibor Hladky) is a renowned medium-sized law firm located in the centre of Prague. The firm operates under a leadership of three: Radek Hladky, the expert in real estate, corporate and M&A, insolvency and restructuring and leasing; Jiri Ctibor, who excels in franchising, banking and finance and compliance, risk and corporate governance and is often invited to speak at highly-regarded seminars on topics of note; and Jana Hladka Zilvarova, who co-ordinates the firm’s activities.
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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...
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.
The Act No. 373/2011 Sb., on Specific Health Services, became effective on 1 April 2012.
by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, Randa Havel Legal
by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, RANDA HAVEL LEGAL
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.
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.
Advertising for pharmaceuticals is impermissible if the content of a promotional statement is not based on sound scientific evidence. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht Koblenz (OLG) [Higher Regional Court of Koblenz].
The European Commission has expanded its proceedings against an internet company on account of possible infringements of antitrust law. The latter is said to have potentially abused its dominant market position.
Family disputes can become deeply entrenched and are then no longer capable of being resolved. This can give rise to the desire to disinherit one’s relatives. For this to happen, a will needs to be prepared.
According to a ruling of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, discontinuing life-sustaining measures can render the personal responsible unworthy of inheriting in the absence of a living will (Az.: IV ZR 400/14).
Declarations of discontinuance are a possible consequence of violations of competition law. They can be tied to a condition, but for this to happen strict requirements need to be met.
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Enjoying one’s twilight years abroad is a dream that an increasing number of Germans are pursuing. However, it is important to bear in mind that this may affect the distribution of one’s estate.
Everything has its limits, including negotiations concerning a wage increase. As demonstrated by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht Schleswig-Holstein (LAG) [Regional Labour Court of Schleswig-Holstein], these can even end with the dismissal of the employee.
It is particularly easy for disputes to arise in cases involving communities of heirs. Anyone who refuses to accept an official or notarial letter in the context of inheritance disputes may end up drawing the short straw.
Commercial court in Zajecar adopted the PPRP of RTB BOR Group - VALUE OF RESTRUCTURED debt exceeding 1.2 billion EUR