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Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář’s team handles a wide range of TMT transactions, and is particularly noted for its ‘strong’ IP practice. Headline matters included advising Google on various regulatory telecoms issues, acting for Barclays on the outsourcing of various IT services and representing Sberbank in a domain name dispute. ‘Brilliant’ team head Jiří Čermák specialises in IT and IP law.

The ‘outstanding’ department at Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář is noted for its broad TMT expertise. It handles a raft of data protection matters, for which senior associate Andrea Jarolímková is recommended. The team is instructed by DataSpring on IT and data protection matters, and advises Verizon on the launch of new products in the Czech Republic. Sazka and Fox 21 Television Studios are also clients. Vojtěch Chloupek leads the team.

The ‘experienced’ team at CMS handles a range of prominent transactions and disputes in the TMT sector, and represented Vodafone in an abuse of dominant position case against O2. The team has also been representing DIGI Czech Republic in a dispute with the Copyright Protection Association for Music Rights. Team head Tomáš Matĕjovský is ‘first rate’.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is active in IP, IT, telecoms and media mandates, and is ‘extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive and engaged, with real commercial acumen’. Jana Pattynová’s advice is ‘consistently pithy’, and she ‘clearly grasps the business and regulatory imperatives’. Tomas Schollaert is ‘first class’; Lenka Suchánková is also recommended.

Rowan Legal’s ‘top-quality’ team is noted for its IT and telecoms expertise, and regularly advises on data protection. The team has been advising the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on several tenders for TMT projects. Practice head Josef Donát is ‘very knowledgeable and precise’, and Martin Maisner is ‘brilliant’.

Vyskočil, Krošlák a partneři s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is praised for its ‘deep knowledge’, and handles a raft of media and entertainment mandates; it is particularly active in the film and music industry. Universal Music, Sony Music, Biograf Jan Svěrák and the Czech Film and Television Academy are clients. František Vyskočil and Petr Ostrouchov head the team.

White & Case (Europe) LLP handles transactional, regulatory, competition and dispute resolution matters across the TMT sector. The team advised České Radiokomunikace, on its transition from the DVB-T to DVB-T2 broadcasting standard, and on the related release of the 700MHz frequency band. It also acted, as part of a cross-office team, for Avast Software on its $1.3bn acquisition of AVG Technologies. Jan Andruško leads the team. Jakub Menčl left the firm for an in-house role.

The ‘experienced’ team at Allen & Overy handles high-profile TMT transactions, and is experienced in outsourcing, technology procurement, e-commerce and data protection issues. It advised MTG Broadcasting on its disposal of a 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding. Prokop Verner heads the team; senior associate Ondřej Kramoliš is also recommended.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. handles regulatory, transactional and contentious mandates in the TMT sector. The team represented Wedos Internet in a trade mark dispute. Air Bank, Sazka and O2 Czech Republic are also clients. Petr Přecechtěl heads the department.

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.’s ‘prompt’, ‘practical’ team is experienced across IP, IT, media and data protection matters. It is advising Prefa Technologies on IP matters. United Registrar of Systems Czech and Xmarton are clients. Team head Martin Kartner ‘clearly sees the big picture’, and associate Jiří Prouza is also recommended.

Havel & Partners s.r.o., attorneys at law is active in transactional, competition, advertising, data protection and IT outsourcing mandates in the TMT sector.

Robert Nešpůrek, Petr Kadlec and Jaroslav Havel are singled out.

Kinstellar advised Novanta on the transfer of intellectual and industrial property relating to its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of assets. Managing associate Zdeněk Kučera, who joined in 2017 from Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář, heads the team and is ‘able to communicate difficult legal matters in a very understandable way’. Senior associate Jan Pfeffer has ‘broad experience in IP, IT, data protection and commercial contracts’.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is experienced in telecoms, privacy, data protection and IT mandates. It is advising Infor on a range of legal and compliance issues, and recently advised on software licensing, data protection and outsourcing matters. Practice head Hana Gawlasová is ‘highly skilled’.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges s.r.o. advokátní kancelář’s ‘prompt’ team has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and provides ‘easy-to-follow’ advice. It advised O2 Czech Republic on competition and regulatory issues relating to the roll-out of the 4G telecoms network in the Czech Republic. Facebook is also a key client. Karel Muzikar heads the team.

Weinhold Legal’s ‘very experienced’ team has ‘broad knowledge’ and ‘strong negotiation skills’, and is particularly noted for its IP, IT and data protection expertise. The ‘brilliant’ Martin Lukas heads the IP and IT group.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. is active in IP, IT, disputes and data protection matters, and is particularly experienced in e-commerce mandates. It advises AMI Computers on contractual matters. Pavel Vincík heads the team.

Noted for its IT and regulatory expertise, the team at Feichtinger Žídek Fyrbach advokáti s.r.o. provides ‘outstanding service’ and has ‘a pragmatic and commercial approach’.

Team head Petr Žídek is ‘atrue star’ and has ‘great industry knowledge’.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. advised Denemo Media on its acquisition of a 50% stake in FTV Prima from MTG Broadcasting AB. It is also experienced in advising clients in the automotive industry on advertising matters; clients include Ford Motor Company, Volvo Car Czech Republic and Jaguar Land Rover Austria. Counsel Jindřich Jelínek heads the team.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík assisted DopData with its acquisition of Globdata, and advised on the launch and development of used software for SoftwarePro in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Drahomír Tomašuk is noted.

Nielsen Meinl handles transactional and commercial work in the TMT sector, and has recently advised on several data protection matters. Tomáš Nielsen has ‘avery professional approach’, and Ivana Nemčeková is ‘detail-orientated and organised’.

Noerr s.r.o. handles transactional, regulatory, data protection and IP matters. Warner Bros, Emerson and Versata are clients. Senior associate Jaroslav Tajbr, who heads the team, has ‘good commercial awareness’.

PRK Partners’ IT department advised RGI on its sale of Czech start-up TCP Cloud. Jan Kohout and Radan Kubr head the team.

Peterka & Partners advised FC Viktoria Plzeň on its sale of media rights for the qualification stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League to Czech TV and a foreign broadcaster. Hynek Peroutka heads the TMT department.

Pokorný, Wagner & Partners advised ČEZ on several key matters, including the restructuring of telecoms structures. David Skopal is the team head.

Randa Havel Legal advises JCDecaux on its operations in the Czech Republic, and assisted Adexpres.com with the acquisition of Inborn. Tomáš Rydvan heads the team, which includes Matyáš Kužela. Iva Javorská joined Novalia in 2017.

Wolf Theiss handles a range of IP and data protection matters, and acts for clients including H&M and Monster Energy Europe. The team is led by counsel Jan Kotous.

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