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BBH, advokátni kancelár, S.R.O.’s ‘depth of legal knowledge is excellent’ and the team stands out for its ability to handle ‘intricate’ disputes. The ‘exemplaryRobert Klenka successfully defended O2 Czech Republic in first instance proceedings against a claim for alleged abuse of a dominant position brought by České radiokomunikace. František Honsa heads the practice, which also includes ‘prominent litigatorVladimír Uhde and Tomáš Politzer, who is recommended for his ‘ability to exert pressure on the counterparty’.

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář combines its stellar litigation and arbitration practice with its exceptional strength in the financial services sector. Martin Hrodek is part of a team representing Česká exportní banka in several disputes with the insolvency administrator of ECM Real Estate concerning the client’s position in the order of priority among creditors; the case involves parallel insolvency proceedings in the Czech Republic and Hong Kong. The team is also acting for an insurer and its insured in 11 proceedings arising from a railway accident in 2007.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP s.r.o. advokatni kancelar undertakes disputes for private and public sector clients and has particular experience in construction and investorstate arbitrations, as well as competition litigation. The team is defending the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic in investorstate arbitration pertaining to changes to solar energy subsidies. It is also defending České dráhy against claims filed by competitors on the PragueOstrava railway line alleging an abuse of a dominant position. Karel Muzikar and Karolína Horáková jointly head the team, which also includes Martin Kramar.

White & Case (Europe) LLP represents clients in disputes at a domestic and European level. The team’s impressive caseload spans competition, white-collar crime, insolvency and commercial litigation, and it also handles international arbitration. Luděk Chvosta Sr is leading a team representing three government bodies in relation to the Czech Republic’s participation in insolvency proceedings in Germany. Regulatory specialist Ivo Janda is another name to note.

Allen & Overy’s ‘businessoriented’ team is able to leverage its strength in the banking sector to handle a considerable number of financial services disputes. The ‘excellent’ Robert Pavlů is acting for PPF Banka in a dispute pertaining to the validity of a guarantee. Markéta Císařová, an antibribery and anticorruption specialist, is noted for her investigatory capabilities.

Balcar, Polanský & Spol provides ‘efficient and effective solutions’. It has notable expertise in banking litigation and is routinely instructed by Czech banks. Marek Pilař has ‘a pragmatic and practical approach’. David Lejček heads the practice. Česká spořitelna is a client.

CMS is representing Vodafone in its claim against O2 pertaining to margin squeezing and an alleged abuse of a dominant position, which is the Czech Republic’s first standalone competition dispute with a competitor. Practice head Tomáš Matějovský, who is ‘a good communicator’, has experience of representing clients before the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Clifford Chance is able to leverage its strength in banking and finance to handle insolvency disputes and has ‘an excellent understanding of syndicated financing within the scheme of insolvency law’. Jindřich Arabasz, who is ‘an expert’ in insolvency litigation, and Tomáš Richter, who is ‘highly respected by other legal and economic professionals’, are representing Komerční banka in proceedings before the Superior Court of the Czech Republic in an insolvencyrelated dispute pertaining to securing future and contingent claims.

Dentons has a comprehensive practice with particular expertise in whitecollar criminal cases, which is an area of specialisation for Ladislav Smejkal. Managing partner Ladislav Štorek is part of a crossoffice team representing Česká exportní banka in preparing and notifying bilateral investment treaty arbitration proceedings against the Ukraine.

Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelář focuses on domestic litigation spanning shareholder, real estate and insolvency disputes. Of counsel Růžena Trojánková heads the team, which includes Jitka Logesová, who heads the firm’s compliance, risk and sensitive investigations practice. Clients include Inteva Products and Bank of Scotland.

Kocián Solc Balastík’s ‘very professional’ team has a strong track record in competition disputes at domestic and European level, with practice head Pavel Dejl being ‘a Czech litigation and competition law specialist’. Financial services and insolvency disputes are other areas of strength and the team successfully defended J&T Banka in proceedings before the Czech Supreme Court brought by the insolvency administrator of a bankrupt Slovak bank alleging unjust enrichment.

Dispute resolution has been a growth area for PRK Partners in recent years and it is increasingly handling arbitration proceedings and representing clients in insolvency, construction, real estate and insurance litigation. Robert Němec is representing Satpo Group companies in construction disputes, as well as acting for the same client as a creditor in insolvency proceedings. Marek Procházka is the other name to note.

Squire Patton Boggs v.o.s., advokátní kancelář stands out for its international arbitration capability, where its ‘expertise is comparable to the best offices in London and Paris’. Rostislav Pekař, who is ‘very analytical and capable of mastering all elements of complex cases’, is part of a crossoffice team representing Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in an ICSID arbitration pertaining to an investment in a water utilities company.

Weinhold Legal has a particular forte in tax litigation but also handles construction, real estate, banking and shareholder disputes. Practice head Milan Polák, who also leads the firm’s labour department, is a key name for employment litigation and is also an experienced arbitrator. Daniel Weinhold is another key figure.

Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office is best known for handling competition, construction, IT and banking sector disputes. Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová is handling several disputes for Ballymore Properties pertaining to unfair competition, performance under contract and state aid. Criminal law expert Lucie Oršulová joined from Vrána & partners, advokátní kancelář s.r.o..

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.’s disputes practice incorporates the insolvency and restructuring team. Petr Kališ is representing Poldi Group in prelitigation insolvency proceedings. Martin Kartner successfully represented Scatec Solar in its dispute with the Energy Regulatory Office pertaining to the cancellation of its licence to operate a photovoltaic power plant. Other highlights included acting for Pilsen Steel in proceedings against Glama before the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria. Petr Kališ is another name to note.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. is representing 21 senators in proceedings before the Constitutional Court pertaining to the cancellation of part of an amendment made to the Czech Cooperative Act on the grounds of noncompliance with the Czech constitution. Practice head Martin Dančišin is part of a team representing SevaSeed in an unfair competition claim against a competitor involving imitative packaging.

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o. handles arbitration, civil litigation and administrative proceedings. Dušan Sedláček is adept at handling proceedings under ICC rules and has historically represented a Czech sports federation in sports law cases.

Peterka & Partners is representing Veolia’s Czech subsidiary in various cases, including in protection of goodwill proceedings and, separately, acting for the client in a dispute pertaining to a water supply accident. Jiří Černý heads the practice.

Pokorný, Wagner & Partners acts for clients including ČSOB and ČEZ. The team is representing Česká spořitelna in related arbitral and civil proceedings pertaining to disputes over the payment of commission fees. Petr Málek, Pavel Beránek, David Skopal, Lenka Zdvíhalová and Dalibor Šalek are the names to note.

Rowan Legal’s ‘efficient, flexible and erudite’ team handles disputes across the construction, financial services and TMT sectors. The team is representing Alstom in proceedings before the courts and the competition authority pertaining to an alleged gas insulated switchgear cartel. Miloš Olík, who has notable ‘international experience’, is active in sports arbitration. Martin Janoušek is ‘a smart negotiator’.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář is a popular choice for IP litigation. Its recent activity includes representing clients in trade mark, copyright and design right disputes. Ivan Sagál is the key name. Vladimír Nyč moved in-house in May 2017.

Dvorák Hager & Partners has been representing Expandia Group in several disputes pertaining to allegedly defective building work, including handling a claim against the building contractor, as well as claims for contractual penalty payments. Other clients include juwi and Saxo Bank. Stanislav Servus and Jan Krampera are the key names.

Randa Havel Legal represented the claimant Doosan Škoda Power in arbitration proceedings with Modřany Power over payment of contractual penalties for late supply. Martin Řanda heads the team, in which Jan Havel is a key name for construction disputes.

Tomaier Legal advokátní kancelář s.r.o. has wide experience spanning commercial disputes, arbitration and mediation, and has notable expertise in insolvency and restructuring. Jan Tomaier heads the team.

bnt | attorneysatlaw acts for clients including Hochtief and 42 Financial Services. Jan Šafránek has been representing RSJ Private Equity in a claim for misrepresentation against the former owner of a now bankrupt company in which the client invested.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. is representing Mediaservis in several highprofile disputes with Czech Post, including handling a complaint to the EU Commission pertaining to the implementation of EU directives. Pavel Vincík heads the practice.

DLA Piper Prague LLP has ‘proven expertise’ handling debt recovery and insolvency disputes. Petr Šabatka is ‘an experienced and technically excellent lawyer with strong business acumen and a resultoriented approach’. Clients include UniCredit Leasing and ŠkoFIN.

Insurance litigation is a key strength of JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.. Eva Nováková is representing QBE in several disputes that have arisen following a gas explosion in Prague.

Mališ Nevrkla Legal is experienced in handling disputes pertaining to public procurement. The team is representing auctioneer Prokonzulta in litigation related to a public tender to auction a portfolio of properties owned by the state and managed by a state enterprise. Jakub Celerýn heads the team.

rutland jezek, advokatni kancelar is a key name for real estate litigation. Mojmír Ježek and Monika Rutland are the practice coheads.

In one recent highlight for Wolf Theiss, Petr Syrovátko successfully defended Renault against claims brought by car dealership Autosalon Tábor pertaining to a service agreement for the repair and maintenance of Renault and Dacia vehicles.

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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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