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Clifford Chance's real estate practice is 'among the best'. The team, which is jointly led by the highly regarded¬†Emil Holub¬†and real estate financing specialist¬†MiloŇ° Felgr,¬†covers the full gamut of real estate matters across a wide range of sectors. It advised Atrium European Management on the disposal of a shopping centre; acted for J&T Banka on the financing for the acquisition of Chatham; and advised Goldman Sachs International on the Czech aspects of the refinancing of Residomo. Its client list also features¬†CPI Property Group,¬†Cromwell European Management Services,¬†PFCEE Dutch Holding and¬†Independent Capital Group. Senior associate Milan R√°kosn√≠k¬†is also noted.

CMS¬†has undergone rapid expansion¬†with the hire of seven lawyers including¬†Libor Prok√©Ň° who specialises in advising German clients¬†and senior associate¬†Pavel Srb; both¬†joined from¬†Wolf Theiss. The team handles big-ticket real estate and construction transactions, as well as leasing and asset management mandates. Among its recent caseload, practice head¬†Luk√°Ň° Hejduk¬†acted for Deka Immobilien on its¬†‚ā¨460m acquisition of a logistics portfolio from the CTP Group and assisted Amundi with the acquisition of the Praha City Center from Curzon Capital Partners¬†III;¬†Prok√©Ň° acted for VGP and Allianz Real Estate on their acquisition of a number of new logistics properties in the Czech Republic and Germany, and advised CSPP, a commercial real estate developer and investor specialising in retail, office and industrial properties, on the construction of a retail park and logistics centre. Other names to note include¬†Luk√°Ň° Jan√≠ńćek,¬†who heads the projects and construction team, and senior associate Lucie Smrkovsk√°,¬†who focuses on leasing work and sales and acquisition transactions.

Dentons¬†is singled out for its 'excellent sector knowledge, highly professional team, and high-quality services provided at agreed time schedules'. Managing partner¬†Michal Hink¬† jointly leads the real estate practice with¬†Evan Lazar¬†and¬†JiŇô√≠ StrŇĺ√≠nek. The group has a wealth of experience advising on major real estate acquisitions, disposals and developments in the CEE region. Among its recent transactions, StrŇĺ√≠nek advised Stage Capital on the sale of a portfolio of Czech logistics/light industrial assets to CBRE Global Investors; Hink acted for¬†HB Reavis on the sale of the Metronom Business Centre to the ńĆS nemovitostn√≠ fund, which is managed by Reico investińćn√≠ spoleńćnost ńĆesk√© spoŇôitelny; and Lazar and Mark√©ta Tvrd√°, who was recently made up to partner,¬†advised Residomo on the Czech aspects of the issuance of senior secured bonds. Stewart Middleman¬†and counsel¬†Jana Matiskov√°¬†are also recommended.

Kinstellar's 'exceptional' team assists major domestic and international real estate players with their high-value investments in the offices, retail, residential, logistics and hospitality space.¬†The 'business-minded'¬†Kl√°ra ҆tep√°nkov√°¬†advised CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition of a logistics/light industrial portfolio from Stage Capital and acted for Accolade Group on its purchase of a logistics warehouse.¬†Kamil BlaŇĺek¬†focuses on real estate transactions, as does corporate practitioner¬†Jan JuroŇ°ka.

White & Case (Europe) LLP¬†has core specialisms in big-ticket transactions and financing mandates, which is reflected in its recent advice to ECE Real Eatate Partners and Rockspring Property Investment Managers on their ‚ā¨374m sale of Olympia shopping centre to Deutsche EuroShop. Practice head¬†Petr P√°nek¬†is advising LaSalle Investment Management on its real estate acquisitions in Central Europe, and recently advised on the client's multimillion-euro acquisition of Pal√°c Andńõl from Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland. Other mandates include advising P3 Logistic Parks on its acquisition of a logistics centre, and assisting UniCredit with the financing for the development of¬†Vlnńõna office centre.¬†V√°clav Kubr¬†and¬†Ladislav Chundela¬†are also recommended.

Wilsons is widely recognised as the leader in the real estate sector, with a wealth of experience advising on the life cycle of developments. The team is particularly recommended for real estate M&A, financing and leasing transactions, and counts major developers and investors such as Skanska, Amundi, CTP and Deka Immobilien as clients. Bryan Wilson has notable expertise in the hospitality sector and Martin Bendík focuses on advising on the management and structure of the sale and acquisition of office and retail space, greenfield and brownfield development, and logistics and residential investment projects.

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô's workload features a mix of real estate transactions and contentious matters.¬†Recent highlights include acting for a range of clients on leasing matters; assisting a US manufacturing company with the development and the lease of a warehouse and a distribution centre; and representing¬†CTP Group in a dispute concerning a supplemental building permit relating to the construction of a warehouse and industrial premises.¬†David ҆imonek¬†heads the team, which also includes¬†senior associate¬†Michaela Dr√°bkov√°.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.'s real estate standing was¬†enhanced by the hire of¬†Gabriela Porupkov√°, managing associate¬†Miroslav Dudek¬†and senior associate¬†Pavl√≠na Tejralov√°¬†from¬†Schoenherr Czech Republic.¬†The practice counts blue-chip companies and major Czech and regional real estate investors and developers as its clients, and has broad sector knowledge spanning logistics, retail, manufacturing, residential and industrial. In 2017,¬†JiŇô√≠ B√°rta¬†advised¬†Corpus Sireo on the purchase of the Oasis Florenc office building from Lone Star Group; Porupkov√° assisted Triuva with its acquisition of an office building from Skanska; and¬†Arthur Braun¬†and¬†David Vosol¬†advised Olredo Spol on its acquisition of residential buildings.

PETERKA & PARTNERS handles a broad range of real estate mandates, spanning property acquisition, financing, construction, leasing and divestment. Ondrej Dusek advised Skanska Property on a range of construction-related issues concerning the development of three major office projects and assisted a lender with the refinancing of a number of logistics projects. Other highlights include advising Wieland Electric on its acquisition of lands for the building of a new plant in Bohemia and acting for ECE European City Estate on leasing matters. Pavla Kopecková Prikrylová is also recommended.

Daniel Rosick√Ŭ†leads the four-partner real estate team at PRK Partners,¬†which also includes¬†Jakub Lichnovsk√Ŭ†and¬†Roman Peńćenka. The team recently advised on a series of high-profile infrastructure construction projects, as well as the development of residential housing mandates. It also advised Kl√©pierre, a shopping centre property management company, on the leasing of retail spaces and disputes arising from the operation of a shopping centre.¬†Cromwell Property Group, Segro,¬†Lemtech Precision Material (China) and¬†Gleeds ńĆesk√° republika are also clients.

Weinhold Legal has expertise in advising on the construction of PPP project and leasing matters, as well as construction disputes. Pav Younis heads the team, and assisted a real estate developer with its acquisition of a commercial portfolio from a multinational property development company.

Achour & Partners advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o.'s recent highlights include advising Strabag on its planned construction of a power plant in Ukraine, acting for Trigema on its acquisition of the Administrativn√≠ Centrum LetŇąany office project and assisting a Czech public service provider with the development of a CZK1bn logistics centre.¬†Gabriel Achour¬†is noted.

Allen & Overy's practice, jointly led by Prokop Verner and senior associate Magda Pokorná, focuses on real estate M&A and financing transactions. In 2017, the duo were part of a multijurisdictional team that advised a student housing investor on a series of matters relating to the development of a student housing project. Another highlight saw the team advising Cromwell Property Group on the refinancing of its existing indebtedness for the extension of Galerie Butovice shopping centre.

bnt attorneys-at-law¬†has a wealth of experience in mid-size transactions. Clients praise its 'commercial-minded and result-oriented approach' and its ability to 'consistently deliver creative and tailor-made solutions'.¬†Recent highlights include advising RSJ Investments on its acquisition of 50% of the shares in three Slovak entities owned by YIT Slovakia; the entities are involved in the development of three residential projects.¬†Tom√°Ň° Bńõhounek¬†is 'a well-grounded negotiator with thorough knowledge of both legal and business aspects of the matter'.¬†Pavel Pravda¬†is also noted.

DLA Piper Prague LLP¬†regularly advises on cross-border real estate financing and M&A transactions. In 2017, practice head¬†Jakub Adam¬†was part of¬† a multijurisdictional team that advised Allianz Group and ING Bank on a ‚ā¨160m syndicated loan¬†provided to CTP Group for the financing of a portfolio of industrial properties.¬†Other highlights include advising The Regus Group on leasing matters and assisting¬†Karl√≠n Group with the establishment of a joint venture for a residential development. Miroslav Dubovsk√Ŭ†is recommended for his transactional expertise.

Giese & Partner, s.r.o.¬†is recommended for¬†real estate financing deals, with particular strength in acting for German and Austrian banking and financial institutions. The team, which is jointly led by¬†Jitka SytaŇôov√°¬†and¬†Martin Holler,¬†advised¬†Landesbank Hessen Th√ľringen and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank as joint lenders on the refinancing of an existing bank loan and new development financing for the logistic park CTPark Bor. UniCredit Bank Austria,¬†FMS Wertmanagement and The Berlin Hyp¬†are also clients.

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law¬†advised Ikea on a series of¬† big-ticket disposals of shopping parks, and acted for Panattoni Development Company on leasing and acquisition matters.¬†Luk√°Ň° Syrov√Ĺ,¬†Martin Fuńć√≠k¬†and¬†Josef Hlavińćka¬†are the main contacts.

Konecn√° & Zacha¬†acts for developers, investors and lenders and handles transactions and contentious matters. The team also has notable expertise in leasing matters. Founding partner¬†Radka Koneńćn√°¬†is highly recommended.

rutland jeŇĺek, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô s.r.o.'s caseload features commercial real estate transactions and industrial development projects.¬†Monika Rutland¬†advised¬†Horizon Holding, part of Israel's leading infrastructure and real estate company Shikun & Binui group, on the purchase of two residential projects.¬†Michael Novak¬†and Vojtech Makovec¬†are¬†recommended for leasing matters and real estate transactions respectively.

Schoenherr Czech Republic¬†handles commercial real estate transactions and construction projects. Practice head¬†Martin Kub√°nek ¬†assisted Continental with the acquisition of¬†V√öK spol and a range of construction and leasing matters.¬†The team is also advising Lidl ńĆesk√° republika on the acquisition of land for the construction of regional logistics centres, as well as on a series of construction and development matters. Other clients include¬†Erste Group Immorent, Triuva and Uniqa Real Estate.¬†Gabriela Porupkov√°¬†joined¬†bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.¬†in 2017.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô's practice advises on a range of financing, sale and acquisition transactions, as well as handling contentious matters. 'Excellent negotiator'¬†Radek Janecek¬†represented a real estate development company in a warranty claims dispute and assisted Redstone Real Estate Group with its purchase of IOG Cestlice Industrial Park from¬†CEIF Luxembourg and CEIF Properties.¬†Jeffrey McGehee¬†advised WPP on the negotiation of the complete redevelopment and lease of office space in a historical building from CPI Property Group.

Z/C/H Legal excels in leasing and retail transactions. It advised Implus-Leasing-Austria on the sale of its retail park project and represented Schachermayer in a retail space ownership dispute. Jiri Ctibor and Radek Hladky jointly lead the team.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô's team is led by senior associate¬†Daniela Opletalov√°,¬†who handles a range of corporate and commercial real estate matters. Clients include developers, construction companies, investors and funds.

Eversheds Sutherland DvoŇô√°k Hager, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o.'s client roster features a mix of¬†foreign companies and Czech investment groups, which it advises on leasing and sales and acquisition transactions. Practice heads¬†Stanislav Servus¬†and¬†Luk√°Ň° Zahr√°dka¬†are¬†'exceptional, knowledgeable and diligent'. Highlights included advising¬†Opifer Investments on its acquisition of Euro Mall Brno Real Estate from Atrium European Real Estate.

Glatzov√° & Co., s.r.o.'s recent highlights include advising a well-known real estate investor on the acquisition of land for the development of a logistic centre and assisting a local bank with the financing for the construction of an industrial warehouse.¬†Martin DanńćiŇ°in¬†is singled out for his 'thoroughness, willingness, carefulness, and the ability to identity what the clients really need'.¬†Erik Kolan¬†is also noted.

Koci√°n ҆olc BalaŇ°t√≠k¬†handled a number of building acquisition transactions. VGP Group, Asental Group and Focus Estate Fund are clients.¬†JiŇô√≠ Horn√≠k,¬†V√°clav Rovensk√Ŭ†and¬†Martin Krejńć√≠¬†are the main contacts.

RANDA HAVEL LEGAL¬†has expertise in construction, energy, industrial and infrastructure projects.¬†The team is advising ҆muk√ĹŇôka Development on the development, construction and the sale of residential apartments and assisted¬†PraŇĺsk√© sluŇĺby with a series of acquisitions and the division of various estates. Notable practitioners are¬†Martin Ňėanda¬†and¬†Tom√°Ň° Slab√Ĺ.

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†handles commercial real estate transactions and construction projects for property investors and financial institutions specialising in regional investments.¬†Erwin Hanslik¬†heads the team, which saw the arrival of senior associate¬†Ivana MeŇąhartov√°,¬†who joined from¬†CMS.

BADOKH's 'solid' team, jointly led by Michael Mullen and Ondrej Hampl, focuses on real estate transactions and development projects. The team advised VGP on its acquisition of Gehooldva and assisted Decci with the acquisition and the subsequent redevelopment of a mixed-use property. Jakub Dostál is another name to note; he specialises in acquisition and real estate financing transactions.

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.'s team is now led by¬†Petr KaliŇ°¬†following the departure of Pavel ҆irok√Ĺ,¬†who is now with¬†Ň†IROK√Ě ZRZAVECK√Ě advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o..¬†The team recently¬†advised¬†CTP on a number of acquisitions of companies and real estate properties and acted for U City, a Thai real estate investor, on its acquisition of a number of hotels in Europe. Leasing and financing matters also feature in the team's workload.

Deloitte Legal s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô's recent highlights include advising on real estate M&A, lease and relocation issues, planning and construction projects.¬†Martin Bohuslav¬†is noted.

DELTA legal¬†is praised for its 'excellent client¬†care and understanding of the client's business'. 'Commercial-minded lawyer' Pavel F√°ra¬†leads the team with¬†Libor Vacek. It advised¬†Investika, investińćn√≠ spoleńćnost on a number of acquisitions, and assisted Q Property Developments with leasing and property management matters.

INVICTA Law¬†is praised for its 'excellent real estate sector knowledge and its solution-oriented approach'. It¬†advises on real estate acquisitions and developments, and counts¬†Metrostav Development, JRD, BPD Europe BV and DBK Praha as clients. Practice head¬†Martin Ml√°dek¬†has solid experience advising high-profile clients on sizeable transactions, and is also a key name for development work. Senior associate¬†Petra Eli√°Ň°ov√°¬†is 'an effective negotiator' and is recommended for corporate and financing transactions in the real estate space.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o. advised Crestyl, a Czech real estate development company, on a series of construction and acquisition mandates, and assisted LaSalle Investment Management with the purchase of a multi-use development. The team is led by the 'very experienced' Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Lars Magnus Klett.

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