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Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†is particularly active in the banking and finance sphere, where it¬†counts¬†ńĆesk√° exportn√≠ banka as a major client; team head¬†Martin Hrodek¬†represented the client in Czech and Hong Kong insolvency proceedings, related litigation and in negotiations with other creditors and co-owners of the assets of ECM Real Estate and ECM China. The team also successfully acted for a financial institution in an ICC arbitration against a European bank relating to indemnity disputes.

BBH, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o.'s four-partner team represents clients in a broad range of contentious matters. Among its recent caseload, the well-regarded¬†FrantiŇ°ek Honsa¬†is representing Safe Diesel in a class action arising out of the 'dieselgate' scandal;¬†Tom√°Ň° Politzer¬†is acting for a Czech financial institution in a series of disputes against debtors and administrative bodies;¬†Robert Klenka¬†is defending O2 in an abuse of dominance claim in the broadband market initiated by Vodafone; and¬†Vladimir Uhde¬†is representing Compag Mlad√° Boleslav in a construction dispute against Geosan Group.

Kinstellar¬†is the 'go-to' firm for complex litigation with a focus on the technology, real estate, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. The team has 'exceptional knowledge of substantive law combined with knowledge of procedural rules' and has 'a¬†real advantage with internationally-trained individuals who understand the needs and objectives of the clients in the local market'. Insolvency proceedings, insurance fraud, breach of fair competition practice claims, and contractual disputes feature in its recent caseload.¬†Practice head¬†Zdenńõk Kuńćera¬†is 'a very innovative lawyer with great knowledge and enthusiasm'. Of counsel¬†RŇĮŇĺena Troj√°nkov√°¬†has notable experience in IP, competition and insolvency disputes.

Koci√°n ҆olc BalaŇ°t√≠k¬†has experience in representing clients at local and international courts and arbitration tribunals. It regularly handles commercial disputes in the banking, TMT and agriculture sectors, and its client list includes Czech Television,¬†ńĆesk√° spoŇôitelna,¬†Heineken ńĆesk√° republika and PPF Group.¬†Construction and international investment arbitration feature in its recent caseload.¬†Pavel Dejl¬†is 'among the best litigators in the Czech Republic', and has notable experience in competition litigation.¬†Sylvie Sobolov√°¬†is also recommended.

White & Case (Europe) LLP¬†handles high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration matters; it also has notable expertise in white-collar crime disputes and investigations. Within its two-partner team,¬†Ludńõk Chvosta¬†is assisting a technology company with an internal investigation and acted for an investment company in a litigation relating to fraudulent transactions made by minority shareholder and executive of its Czech Republic subsidiary.¬†Ivo Janda¬†is representing a pharmaceutical company in a trade mark dispute and is acting for Kofola in a series of unfair competition matters against¬†Podńõbradka.

Allen & Overy¬†handles the full spectrum of contentious matters spanning commercial litigation, product liability, restructuring and insolvency, arbitration, investigations and white-collar crimes.¬†Mark√©ta C√≠saŇôov√°¬†handled shareholder disputes and unfair competition and trade mark infringement litigation;¬†the 'seasoned and pragmatic'¬†Robert PavlŇĮ¬†acted for Komerńćn√≠ banka in a defaulted interest rate swap dispute; and¬†Otakar Hajek¬†specialises in international arbitration. The team is now led by¬†Prokop Verner¬†following the retirement of V√°clav Valvoda.¬†Czech Export Bank, Bayer and¬†Goldman Sachs are also clients.

Balcar, Polansk√Ĺ & Spol¬†counts a number of domestic banks as its clients, which it advises on bank guarantee, recovery of receivables, credit fraud disputes and insolvency matters.¬†The team is also representing several trade mark owners in proceedings regarding the violation of trade mark rights.¬†David Lejńćek,¬†Marek PilaŇô¬†and¬†Petr Neumann¬†are the key names to note.

CMS' team¬†is acting for Siemens and its insurers in a major multimillion-euro damages claim regarding the delivery and use of faulty electrical devices. It also represented Vodafone in a competition dispute with a competitor regarding margin squeeze with respect to the provision and access to broadband xDSL internet, and is acting for a global producer of food products in an ICC arbitration concerning the validity of the termination of distribution agreements.¬†Tom√°Ň° Matńõjovsky¬†and senior associate¬†Petr BeneŇ°¬†are names to note.

Dentons' recent caseload saw¬†Ladislav ҆torek¬†successfully representing¬†Bainbridge Czech Republic √öst√≠ nad Labem in arbitration proceedings against Tesco concerning a lease agreement;¬†Petr Z√°kouck√Ŭ†acting for Sev.en in litigation relating to the reimbursement of gift tax from the Czech state that was imposed on free carbon dioxide emission allowances in breach of EU law; and criminal law specialist¬†Ladislav Smejkal¬†handling construction and employment disputes.¬†JiŇô√≠ Tomola¬†is recommended for banking and finance disputes and insolvency matters.

PRK Partners¬†handles a range of IP, construction and collection of receivables-related disputes; it also has substantial experience handling insolvency proceedings and related litigation.¬†Recent highlights include representing Satpo Group in a series of construction disputes and insolvency proceedings.¬†Robert Nńõmec¬†and¬†Marek Proch√°zka¬†jointly lead the team.

ROWAN LEGAL¬†is particularly experienced in alternative dispute resolution.¬†MiloŇ° Ol√≠k¬†represented¬†ńĆesk√° exportn√≠ banka in a bank guarantee dispute against J&T Group. while¬†JiŇô√≠ Zeman¬†is a key name for construction disputes.¬†Ol√≠k and¬†Martin JanouŇ°ek¬†are representing O2 in a dispute against Radiocom.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†handles a steady stream of investment treaty arbitration, commercial arbitration and litigation matters.¬†Rostislav PekaŇô¬†represented the Republic of Estonia in an ICSID arbitration against AS Tallinna Vesi and United Utilities regarding the claimants‚Äô investment in a water facilities company and handled a shareholder dispute.¬†Senior associates¬†Vladim√≠r Pol√°ch¬†and¬†M√°ria Pol√°kov√°¬†are also recommended.

Weinhold Legal¬†counts major financial institutions, government, construction and media companies as its clients. Employment, commercial, competition, construction and tax disputes feature in its recent caseload.¬†Milan Pol√°k¬†,¬†Martin Luk√°Ň°¬†and¬†OndŇôej Havr√°nek¬†are noted.

B√°nyaiov√° VoŇĺehov√°, s.r.o., law office¬†'s recent caseload includes representing Lactalis Group in an unfair competition dispute and acting for a Czech company in a series of compensation disputes following a squeeze-out merger. Key names to note are¬†Lucie Dolansk√° B√°nyaiov√°¬†and of counsel¬†Alena B√°nyaiov√°.

Cerha Hempel¬†is particularly recommended for its expertise in handling insolvency and restructuring matters for clients including¬†Poldi Group, V√≠tkovice Heavy Machinery and Essa Czech.¬†Martin Kartner¬†recently represented a Czech e-commerce company in an abuse of dominance dispute and is handling an investment arbitration case. Managing partner¬†Petr KaliŇ°¬†and senior associate¬†Luk√°Ň° Hoder¬†are¬†also noted.

Clifford Chance's recent caseload includes acting for banks in disputes arising out of insolvency proceedings and handling a range of commercial, shareholder and construction disputes.¬†Emil Holub¬†and¬†MiloŇ° Felgr¬†are the key names to note.

Glatzov√° & Co., s.r.o.¬†is praised for its 'strong team', which includes¬†Martin DanńćiŇ°in¬†and Jan Vesel√Ĺ,¬†who are particularly noted for their 'thoroughness and professional attitude, as well as their ability to discover what the client requires, and determine the appropriate course of action'. Construction, commercial, unfair competition and corporate liability claims feature in its recent matters.

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law¬†provides¬†'relevant and tailor-made advice in a professional and flexible manner'. The five-partner team is led by¬†DuŇ°an Sedl√°ńćek¬†and also includes the 'excellent'¬†Jan ҆turm,¬†who has 'comprehensive knowledge and provides very practical legal advice'. The team recently represented¬†Metrostav in a series of disputes relating to major development projects; handled an ICC arbitration pertaining to a breach of shareholders' agreements; and acted for a financial institution in an unfair competition dispute.

PETERKA & PARTNERS¬†handles cross-border litigation and arbitration matters, with particular expertise in insolvency matters. In 2017, the team represented Skanska in a construction dispute against¬†Ňėeditelstv√≠ silnic a d√°lnic relating to the construction of a motorway and acted for Touax in a dispute with a former business partner regarding a penalty for breach of contract.¬†Jiri Cerny¬†heads the three-partner practice, which also includes¬†Hynek Peroutka,¬†who is recommended for IP disputes.

Pokorn√Ĺ, Wagner & Partners¬†is especially experienced in contractual disputes, investment and commercial arbitration proceedings. It also has notable expertise in representing energy clients in international litigation. It represented ńĆEZ in a foreign investment dispute with the Bulgarian government regarding changes to the regulation of the electricity market and successfully acted for¬†Ň†koda Transportation in an arbitration case against ńĆesk√© dr√°hy pertaining to payment for a purchase agreement for the delivery of locomotives. The team is recommended for its 'commercial approach to legal problems'.¬†David Skopal,¬†Pavel Ber√°nek¬†and¬†Lenka Zdv√≠halov√°¬†¬†are highly regarded.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†handles a range of commercial and IP disputes. Its recent instructions also include damage claims and employment disputes.¬†Ivan Sag√°l¬†and¬†Vojtńõch Chloupek¬†are names to note.

Eversheds Sutherland DvoŇô√°k Hager, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o.¬†represents clients in damage recovery and employment disputes.¬†Head of litigation¬†Jan Krampera¬†'always gives straightforward advice and the best solution possible, and explains even complicated legal problems in clear and plain language', and associate¬†Vojtńõch Faltus¬†'provides timely and diligent advice'. BW Group,¬†Ahold Czech Republic and ISS are clients.

RANDA HAVEL LEGAL handled a number of construction disputes. Its recent caseload also features unfair competition and commercial litigation. Martin Randa and Jan Havel are the main contacts.

bnt attorneys-at-law¬†handles commercial disputes, enforcement proceedings, insolvency and debt recovery matters. Practice head¬†Jan ҆afr√°nek¬†is representing Betonbau in a number of commercial litigation matters.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. is particularly active in the energy space, where the team acts for E.On Distribuce in a series of damages claims and judicial and administrative proceedings. Pavel Vincík is recommended.

DLA Piper Prague LLP¬†'s 'effective and customer-focused' team is jointly led by¬†Petr Sabatka¬†and¬†Miroslav Dubovsk√Ŭ†. The team is representing UniCredit Leasing, UniCredit Fleet Management and RCI Financial services in a number of disputes.

UEPA advok√°ti s.r.o.¬†handles the full range of commercial disputes for clients spanning a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including retail, banking and construction. It¬†counts¬†Expobank, Landesbank Baden W√ľrttemberg and HDI Global SE as key clients.¬†Andreas Ueltzh√∂ffer¬†represented KiK Textilien und Non-Food in a dispute concerning the termination of a contract for a retail premises lease and recently promoted partner¬†Lucie Hladńõnov√°¬†handled a warranty claim and an employment dispute.¬†Lars Magnus Klett¬†is also noted.

Wolf Theiss' recent caseload includes trade secret and patent infringement disputes and insolvency proceedings. 'Exceptional' counsel¬†Petr Syrov√°tko¬†is the main contact and represented¬†ńĆesk√° Exportn√≠ banka in several arbitration cases.

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