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BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. delivers ‘clear advice’ and handles a range of complex litigation and arbitration cases. František Honsa has been acting for Safe Diesel, which represents a large group of car-owners whose vehicles have been affected as part of the worldwide emissions scandal, in claims against car manufacturers in the Czech Republic. Robert Klenka represents O2 Czech Republic in a case concerning alleged misuse of a dominant market position. Tomáš Politzer and Vladimír Uhde, who is ‘great at finding suitable solutions in the face of legal obstacles’, are also recommended.

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář provides ‘excellent service’ and is noted for its financial services expertise. It acted for Česká exportní banka in several cases relating to the insolvency of ECM Real Estate and ECM China. The practice has also been representing a large German insurance company and its client in disputes concerning a 2007 railway accident. Team head Martin Hrodek has ‘deep, practical knowledge’.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík provides ‘enormously consistent and clear’ advice. It successfully represented Heineken (Česká republika) in arbitration proceedings relating to a claim under a share sale and purchase agreement. It has also been acting for Energo-Pro in an ICSID dispute against Bulgaria. Team head Pavel Dejl is praised for his ‘understanding of client needs’; recently promoted partner Sylvie Sobolová is also recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges s.r.o. advokátní kancelář’s ‘flexible’ team is ‘well respected’ in the market. It has been acting for the Czech Republic and the Czech Ministry of Finance as respondents in a number of investor-state arbitrations arising from changes in Czech legislation concerning the production of electricity from solar radiation. Karel Muzikar and Karolina Horakova head the team. Martin Kramar and Roman Vojta, who has ‘strong business acumen’, are also noted.

The ‘highly recommended’ team at White & Case (Europe) LLP handles high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration cases, as well as white-collar crime disputes and investigations. Luděk Chvosta Sr represented Modrá pyramida stavební spořitelna in the possible cancellation of building loan contracts. Ivo Janda handles regulatory and competition cases. Magda Olyšarová recently made counsel.

Allen & Overy is commended for its ‘industry knowledge’ and its ‘business-oriented approach’. ‘Very professional’ senior associate Markéta Císařová represents České Radiokomunikace before the courts and administrative authorities in several cases. Císařová and ‘excellent’ senior associate Robert Pavlů acted for Howden ČKD Compressors in various disputes arising from its business activities in the Czech Republic. Group head Václav Valvoda and senior associate Otakar Hájek, who splits his time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Prague offices, are also recommended.

Balcar, Polanský & Spol’s ‘responsive’ team is representing several trade mark owners in proceedings regarding the violation of trade mark rights. The team is also noted for its expertise in banking and finance disputes. Marek Pilař has ‘very good communication skills’. David Lejček heads the team.

Highlights for the team at CMS included representing Siemens (Czech Republic) and its insurers in a case regarding claims concerning the delivery and use of faulty electrical devices. It also acted for Fidelity National Financial in an insurance dispute regarding the name of the Radio Free HQ building in Prague. Team head Tomáš Matějovský and senior associate Petr Beneš are noted.

At Dentons, Ladislav Štorek represented Bainbridge Czech Republic Ústí nad Labem in arbitration proceedings against Tesco concerning a lease agreement. Jiří Tomola handles banking and finance disputes, and advised Motorpal on the successful implementation of a pre-pack reorganisation. Ladislav Smejkal, who focuses on criminal law, is ‘pragmatic, straightforward and demonstrates incredible knowledge and experience’. Senior counsel Petr Slach is also noted.

The ‘dynamic’ team at Kinstellar has ‘a great mastery of the technical aspects’ of dispute resolution. It represented Raiffeisenbank in a dispute concerning the insolvency proceedings of Vítkovice Power Engineering. Managing associate Zdeněk Kučera, who joined the firm in 2017 from Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář, heads the team and is ‘very skilled’, ‘particularly in IP and IT matters’. Of counsel Růžena Trojánková is praised for her ‘excellent client service’. Jitka Logesová and managing associate Leo Javorek are also recommended.

PRK Partners’ ‘well-respected’ team handles a range of litigation and arbitration disputes involving international treaties, financial services, corporate, real estate, energy, telecoms, IP and labour-related matters. Robert Němec, who is ‘great with clients’, and Marek Procházka jointly head the team. Martin Aschenbrenner is experienced in arbitration proceedings.

Rowan Legal specialises in alternative dispute resolution, and is praised for its ‘prompt and timely’ reactions. Team head Miloš Olík has ‘great knowledge’ and has been acting for O2 in a dispute against Radiocom. Martin Maisner represented the City of Prague in disputes concerning the public transport system. Michal Nulíček, Martin Janoušek and ‘rational, efficient’ senior associate Lukáš Duffek are also recommended.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is ‘very experienced’ in investment arbitration, commercial arbitration and large litigation cases. The practice is part of a wider cross-office team that is representing the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia in ICSID proceedings concerning MOL and the government of Croatia’s shareholding in oil and gas company INA. ‘Smart, experienced and strategic’ team head Rostislav Pekař, of counsel Karel Šturm and ‘well-prepared’ associate Vladimír Polách are noted.

At Weinhold Legal, team head Milan Polák handles litigation and arbitration cases and is experienced in employment disputes; Daniel Weinhold handles commercial, investment and tax disputes; and Martin Lukáš is noted for IP, IT and competition cases.

The team at Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office delivers ‘outstanding service’. Group head Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová has been acting for Lactalis in an unfair competition dispute, and represented Průmstav (a member of Vinci Construction Group) in enforcement proceedings against a development company. Alena Bányaiová is ‘strong in disputes’.

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.’s ‘experienced’ team is particularly recommended for its ‘insolvency expertise’. The department has been representing Pilsen Steel in arbitration proceedings against Glama, and acted for Telio Management in a dispute before the Office for the Protection of Competition. The ‘practically experienced’ Martin Kartner heads the team; Petr Kališ provides ‘nuanced, business-oriented solutions’.

Clifford Chance handles real estate, commercial, insolvency and environmental matters for clients in the construction, banking, energy and commercial sectors. The team represented Komerční banka in insolvency litigation and has been defending the Czech subsidiary of the Colas group in a bid-rigging case. Emil Holub and Miloš Felgr are the key contacts. Jindrich Arabasz left the firm in May 2017 for an in-house role.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. provides ‘ahigh level of service’, and acted for Terex Cranes in proceedings regarding recognition and enforcement of a $22m default judgment issued by a US District Court in Delaware against two Czech companies. Team head Martin Dančišin is ‘very experienced’. Libor Němec is also recommended.

At Havel & Partners s.r.o., attorneys at law, Dušan Sedláček has been representing Metrostav in several disputes relating to major developer projects, and is also acting for UEFA in a case involving an action for injunction and damages brought against the client before the Czech courts. Jan Šturm and Petr Sprinz are the team co-heads.

Peterka & Partners represented Touax in a dispute with a former business partner regarding a penalty for breach of contract. Jiří Černý leads the team; Hynek Peroutka is also noted.

Pokorný, Wagner & Partners successfully represented Škoda Transportation in a dispute with state-owned rail carrier České dráhy. ČEZ is also a key client. Petr Málek, Pavel Beránek, David Skopal, Lenka Zdvíhalová and Jozef Mikloško are recommended. Dalibor Šalek joined Achour & Partners advokátní kancelář, s.r.o..

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář is especially experienced in IP disputes. The team has been representing Insolv in disputes against other insolvency trustees and third parties concerning a portfolio of trade marks valued at €8m. Practice head Ivan Sagál and Vojtěch Chloupek are recommended.

Dvořák Hager & Partners’ team is commended for its ‘technical knowledge’. The practice represents clients such as Saxo Bank and Expandia Group. Stanislav Dvořák, Stanislav Servus, Tomáš Procházka and managing attorney Jan Krampera are noted.

Randa Havel Legal has been representing Rencar, a member of JCDecaux, in several court disputes with Prague Public Transport. Martin Řanda heads the team; Jan Havel is also recommended.

Tomaier Legal advokátní kancelár s.r.o. handles commercial disputes and arbitration, as well as insolvency and administrative proceedings. Jan Tomaier is the key contact.

The ‘pragmatic, efficient’ team at bnt attorneys-at-law provides ‘excellent response times’. Tomáš Běhounek and Jan Šafránek, who represents Betonbau in several disputes, are the practice co-heads.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.’s team is particularly noted for its energy sector expertise and has been acting for EP Energy Trading in several disputes. E.On Distribuce is another key client. Pavel Vincík heads the team.

DLA Piper Czech Republic LLP is representing UniCredit Leasing, UniCredit Fleet Management and RCI Financial Services in several disputes. Petr Šabatka and Miroslav Dubovský are the team co-heads.

JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. is noted for its insurance expertise, and has been representing AIG and a major global freight forwarding company in a dispute regarding fraudulent metal trading. Eva Nováková heads the team; Roman Kramařík is also noted.

Mališ Nevrkla Legal acts for Prokonzulta in a dispute relating to a public tender for the auction of 900 state-owned properties. Jan Pořízek heads the team; Jakub Celerýn is also recommended.

rutland ježek, advokátní kancelář s.r.o. handles litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience in real estate disputes. Mojmír Ježek and Monika Rutland lead the department.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o. represents clients such as Expobank CZ, Landesbank Baden Württemberg and Mikrometal. Andreas Ueltzhöffer, who is ‘great in negotiations and strategic planning’, Lars Klett, who has ‘lots of experience in international cases’, and senior counsel Petr Jakubec jointly lead the team.

Wolf Theiss regularly handles cross-border disputes, and represented Česká Exportní Banka in arbitration proceedings against a Mongolian machinery company. Counsel Petr Syrovátko heads the team.

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    The two basic means of dispute resolution in the Czech Republic are judicial proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration proceedings, as a form of ADR, is thriving. According to statistics of the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic, one of the three permanent arbitration courts in the Czech Republic and the only one with general jurisdiction, in the year 2000 the mentioned court settled 196 disputes, while in 2009 it settled 1402 disputes (not including disputes settled amicably).
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