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Allen & Overy’s team is ‘not only very good locally but is able to provide worldwide support in various fields of financial law’. Václav Valvoda was part of a team advising Walmark on a crossborder bilateral refinancing provided by ČSOB. The group also advised several branches of a bank as lenders on the €220m financing of the largest privately managed lottery in Europe and assisted HB Reavis with its standalone unsecured issuance of Czech domestic bonds. Robert David is ‘a dealdriven, knowledgeable, experienced senior lawyer with very good negotiating skills’.

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář routinely handles acquisition and project finance and has seen a noticeable increase in real estate financings. Libor Basl assisted the lenders with financing the development of a shopping centre by HB Reavis. As part of a crossoffice team, the practice advised Erste Group Bank and Kofola Group on the duallisting of shares in the newly created top holding company, Kofola ČeskoSlovensko, on the Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges.

Clifford Chance has ‘a knowledgeable team with the backup of a strong international firm’. Miloš Felgr, who ‘provides indepth quick answers and solutions’, advised Komerční banka on refinancing four Stop.Shop retail warehouses for Immofinanz Group. Other clients include Emma Capital, Société Générale and Raiffeisenbank. Counsel Jindřich Arabasz heads the restructuring and insolvency team. Vlad Petrus retired in 2016.

Dentons’ ‘fantastic, focused and responsive team’ provides ‘a quality of work and industry knowledge that is second to none’. It has notable expertise in export credit financing and advised Česká spořitelna and ČSOB on the related financings of the rehabilitation of the BakuSumgayit railway and a railway on the AzerbaijanIran line, where the financing was also used for the delivery of machinery, technology and services. Jiří Tomola and Daniel Hurych are the practice coheads. John Stansfield, who provides Englishlaw capability, relocated from the Moscow office in 2015.

PRK Partners has an impressive capital markets practice and is a key name for domestic bond offerings. Capital markets specialist Martin Aschenbrenner advised UniCredit on the Czech aspects of establishing a debt issuance programme in Slovakia and assisted the arrangers with three separate bond issues by Czech Property Investments. On the financing side, Robert Němec advised the lenders on refinancing provided to Czech machinery and equipment producer Kovosvit Mas.

White & Case (Europe) LLP’s team is ‘one of the best in the Czech market’ and is ‘a goto firm for English law governed finance transactions across the CEE’. The practice has been advising PointPark Properties on €380m in refinancing and development facilities provided by a club of banks. The group also handles debt capital markets mandates and recently advised České dráhy on issuing Eurobonds. David Plch is ‘very experienced’, Jonathan Weinberg is ‘an impressive lawyer’ and the ‘bright’ Tomáš Jíně is another notable figure.

BBH, advokátni kancelár, S.R.O. stands out for its capital markets and financial regulatory expertise. Tomáš Sedláček advised Raiffeisenbank on a synthetic securitisation, which included representing the client before the Czech National Bank. On the financing side, the team acts for a mainly borrower client base and assisted Česká Telekomunikační infrastruktura with obtaining financing worth CZK32.2bn provided by a syndicate of local and international banks.

CMS routinely handles Englishlaw governed financing due to the presence of a team of English law qualified lawyers based in Prague. Paul Stallebrass advised HSBC, as the agent and arranger, on a syndicated loan provided to Stock Spirits. Other highlights included assisting EnerCap Capital Partners with refinancing a wind farm in the Czech Republic. Pavla Křečková heads the banking and finance team.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. provides ‘value for money’. The team handled the Czech aspects of Alltub Group’s €74m refinancing and is assisting Raiffeisenbank with refinancing the Jílovice photovoltaic power plant. The group is also advising Komerční banka on consumer credit products. Dana Schweigelová is ‘particularly good at handling complex and challenging matters’. Martin Dančišin is ‘diligent’ and Libor Němec is another name to note.

Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelář has a superlative reputation for capital markets work – as evidenced by its advice to the underwriters on the IPO of Moneta Money Bank, General Electric’s Czech banking business. The team handled a due diligence exercise for UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia pertaining to its financing of the Oáza Kladno mall project. Counsel Martina Březinová, who heads the team, has considerable regulatory expertise. Květoslav Tomáš Krejčí is another name to note.

Balcar, Polanský & Spol focuses on banking litigation and the management of distressed loan portfolios. Bystrík Bugan heads the team.

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.’s Jiří Salač assisted Orifarm Generics with the Czech aspects of obtaining a term and multioption loan facility, which included advising on pledges over Czech assets. The ‘experienced’ Martin Kartner has notable expertise advising distressed companies on obtaining financing.

Dunovská & Partners stands out for its ‘vast experience in restructuring’, while its knowledge of factoring is ‘extraordinary’. The group is representing Sberbank in insolvency proceedings concerning Less & Forest, which included filing an extraordinary appeal to the Supreme Court. Barbora Simon Dunovská and David Urbanec are ‘innovative, flexible and businessoriented lawyers’. Jan Vavřina is ‘an excellent negotiator’.

Kocián Solc Balastík impresses with the scope of its practice, which represents lenders and borrowers alike, as well as handling firstofitskind matters such as advising Fundlift on the Czech Republic’s first equity crowdfunding platform. The team advised O2 Czech Republic on obtaining syndicated financing worth CZK12bn and handled two issuances of subordinated unsecured perpetual bonds, in separate currencies, for J&T Banka. Martin Krejčí and Petr Kasík are the practice coheads.

Squire Patton Boggs v.o.s., advokátní kancelář routinely acts on trade and export financing mandates. Highlights included advising Česka exportni banka on the €12m financing of the sale of aircraft to be operated in South Africa and Algeria. Danica Šebestová has considerable sanctions expertise. Val Papirnik is another name to note.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP s.r.o. advokatni kancelar handled several matters for flagship client GE Capital, including advising it on divesting a 51% stake in Moneta Money Bank by way of an IPO. The team provided regulatory advice to Česká spořitelna on the changes arising from the Civil Code and Act on Business Corporations. Karel Drevinek heads the practice.

Weinhold Legal’s team ‘assists in moving matters forward’. Daniel Weinhold advised LKQ Group on issuing senior notes in the aggregate principal amount of €500m due 2024. The team also handles real estate and acquisition financing. Pavel Jendrulek is another name to note.

Wolf Theiss’ team is ‘responsive, reliable and commercial’. In addition to handling local deals, Mills Kirin has an impressive regional practice and was part of a team advising the London branch of UniCredit, as the agent and security agent, on restructuring a guarantee and revolving credit facilities provided to the Kelvion Group. Other clients include Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisen Bank International.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. principally advises its corporate clients on obtaining financing, such as assisting Linde + Wiemann with refinancing for general corporate and working capital purposes. Other mandates included advising Progroup on issuing senior secured and fixed floating rate notes totalling €400m, and obtaining a €50m senior credit facility from a club of banks. David Vosol and Arthur Braun are ‘very competent’ and provide ‘practical solutions’.

DLA Piper Prague LLP’s team is advising on Lone Star Funds’ acquisition of a panEuropean real estate finance loan portfolio from Hypothekenbank Frankfurt. Other clients include UniCredit Leasing and National Asset Management Agency. Jakub Adam and Miroslav Dubovský jointly head the team following the latter’s arrival from Weinhold Legal.

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o.’s lenderoriented expertise includes handling acquisition, project, export and real estate financing and venture capital and private equity financing. Jan Topinka is the key contact.

Peterka & Partners’ team is ‘professional and quick to respond’. Hynek Peroutka is part of a crossoffice team which has been advising UniCredit Bank on export financing of projects across CEE and the CIS. Jiří Černý is a key name for insolvency proceedings.

Schoenherr Czech Republic’s practice coheads are Miroslav Gejdoš and Natálie Rosová, who has ‘an excellent knowledge of legal regulation of banking and capital markets’. They formed part of a crossoffice team advising the creditors on a financial restructuring package for bauMax.

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