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Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelár is, according to one client, ‘the best firm in the Czech Republic for regulatory TMT work’. Highlights included advising Thomson Reuters on the regulatory aspects of its financial data products. The TMT practice is complemented by an equally strong IP group, with recent work including acting for clients in domain name disputes. Jiří Čermák has the ‘ability to navigate the complex and often changing IP and IT regulatory framework’.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelár has ‘a good knowledge’ of TMT. It is equally adept across the three disciplines, where it acts for clients ranging from major companies to startups. Recent work for Verizon includes assisting with the launch of new products and handling notifications to the Czech Telecoms Authority. Vojtěch Chloupek is ‘always willing to help’.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátni kancelár is well known for its work in the telecoms sector but also has extensive experience in media and IT. Clients include Microsoft, Skype and NBC Universal. Jana Pattynová, Tomas Schollaert and Lenka Suchánková are the key names.

Vyskocil, Krošlák a partneri s.r.o., advokátní kancelár has impeccable credentials in the media sector, where flagship clients include production companies. Petr Ostrouchov’s recent experience includes advising on film financing, distribution and production agreements. František Vyskočil provides ongoing assistance to film production company Falcon.

White & Case (Europe) LLP combines its strength in transactional mandates with an impressive portfolio of private equity and media clients. Highlights included advising Avast Software on the $1.3bn purchase of AVG Technologies and handling Rockaway Capital’s acquisition of Netretail and Heureka. The ‘businessoriented’ Jan Andruško, who previously served as the CEO of a Czech television station, now heads the practice following his arrival from Kotrlík Bourgeault Andruško. Michal Smrek left the firm.

Allen & Overy provides ‘a highquality service’, wherein financing and M&A are core strengths but the team is increasingly also handling regulatory matters for clients such as České Radiokomunikace. Transactional highlights included advising a subsidiary of Naspers on disposing of Netretail and Heureka. Banking and finance specialist Václav Valvoda heads the team.

BBH, advokátni kancelár, S.R.O. handles the full spectrum of TMT matters, including related IP disputes, where it is representing Wedos Internet in a trade mark case. Petr Přecechtěl heads the team, which also counts O2 Czech Republic and Česká televize as clients.

At CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o., ‘competent and diligent’ practitioners Martin Kartner and Jiří Prouza are providing ongoing advice to Xmarton, which is developing software for an appcontrolled car.

CMS’ TMT team overlaps with the firm’s disputes practice and its workload includes several highprofile cases. Tomáš Matějovský is leading a team representing the claimant in the firstever standalone competition dispute in the Czech Republic: Vodafone’s claim against O2 for an alleged abuse of market position. In addition to its strong disputes practice, the team is also noted for its transactional expertise.

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o.’s experience in TMT includes handling IT outsourcing, domain name disputes and transactional matters. Robert Nešpůrek and Petr Kadlec are the names to note.

Kinstellar s.r.o advokátní kancelár stands out for its data management and privacy expertise. Lukáš Ševčík and senior associate Jan Pfeffer advised Lhoist Group on data protection issues pertaining to outsourced IT services. Other clients include Skype and GoPro.

Rowan Legal stands out for its ICT expertise. Practice head Josef Donát has ‘a detailed knowledge of IT and digital technologies’, which he combines with ‘a probusiness approach’. Highlights included advising on a crossborder agile software development contract and handling IT projects for a Czech bank.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP s.r.o. advokatni kancelar advised key client O2 Czech Republic on regulations pertaining to radio frequency bands. Karel Muzikar heads the team.

Weinhold Legal is ‘valued for its appropriate advice and response times’. Clients include media groups, publishing houses and mobile operators across matters such as acquisitions, IT tenders and data protection. Martin Lukáš heads the team.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. is best known for its IP and IT expertise. Pavel Vincík handled several matters for startup eretailer Zoot, including assisting with setting up online payments and advising on trade marks.

Clifford Chance has a strong transactional TMT practice. Together with its Brussels office, the practice advised the Sazka Group on establishing a partnership with gaming technology company Novomatic. Alex Cook and David Koláček are the names to note.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. provides an ‘excellent’ level of service and has ‘the ability to align the world of law with business needs’. Jindřich Jelínek, Marek Bednář and Jindřich Král have a niche advising automotive clients on advertising campaigns. In addition to its expertise in the automotive sector, the team acts for clients including Y Soft and Voxbone.

Kocián Solc Balastík is advising Deutsche Telecom and Inmarsat Counsel on the Czech aspects of the introduction of inflight WiFi. Drahomír Tomašuk is the key name.

Nielsen Meinl has notable expertise in software protection and licensing. Tomáš Nielsen is ‘a star’, who stands out for his ‘creativity’ and ‘negotiation skills’. Clients include telecoms operators, internet news portals and IT companies.

PRK Partners is best known for its work for media and telecoms clients, for which it handles corporate, regulatory and competition matters. Radan Kubr and Jan Kohout jointly head the team.

Peterka & Partners acts for clients including FC Viktoria Plzeň and Mylan. In one recent highlight, the team represented Naaxo Licensing Solutions in a performance and merchandising rights dispute pertaining to a musical. Hynek Peroutka heads the team.

David Skopal and Pavel Beránek are the key names at Pokorný, Wagner & Partners. In one recent highlight, the team handled a cybersecurity project for key client ČEZ.

Randa Havel Legal is active in all fields of TMT. The team handles JCDecaux’s operations in the Czech Republic, with recent highlights including advising on the operation and sale of advertising at Prague airport. Iva Javorská, Tomáš Rydvan and Martin Řanda are the names to note.

Squire Patton Boggs v.o.s., advokátní kancelár’s team has ‘a proactive approach’ and is recommended for its data protection expertise, coupled with its understanding of the regulatory environment. Hana Gawlasová provides ‘quick, clear and precise’ responses. Vendavo is a new client.

Wolf Theiss is best known for its data protection and IP expertise. The team provided regulatory advice to H&M on employee and customer surveillance. Counsel Jan Kotous heads the team.

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