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Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Work +420 224 103 316
Karlovy Vary, Ostrava, Prague

The firm: KSB was established in 1990 immediately after the Velvet Revolution and the enactment of new laws governing the provision of legal services under the Civil Code. KSB quickly developed the capacity to compete with foreign law firms on many diverse business transactions.

Today it is one of the leading law firms in the Czech Republic, providing advice and assistance to major international and Czech clients. It combines an in-depth knowledge of Czech law and Czech business environment with a highly professional approach to clients. KSB also advises public authorities and not-for-profit organisations.

KSB has invested heavily in creating teams of experts on divergent areas of the law. As a result, KSB's position on the market for legal and tax services has gone from strength to strength. KSB has almost 70 legal and tax advisers at its principal office in Prague and branches in Karlovy Vary and Ostrava.

As a local firm, KSB combines in-depth local knowledge, quick decision-making and an efficient handling of client matters, all without international conflicts of interest. On the other hand, KSB's network of long-term international relationships enables it to advise on cross-border transactions to the highest possible standards. KSB is actively involved in the legislative process and professional bar associations. The senior partner Martin Šolc is the current President of the International Bar Association.

Areas of practice: KSB specializes in the following areas:

M&A: KSB is a market leader in M&A and restructuring, and a recognised pioneer in using new legal concepts and transaction structures.

Securities and capital markets: KSB advises issuers, shareholders and leading domestic as well as foreign investment banks in the whole spectrum of securities and capital markets deals.

Banking and finance: KSB provides comprehensive legal services to clients from the financial sector, including transaction and regulatory work. KSB's transaction work includes advising on project and acquisition finance, real estate finance and export finance in each case in bilateral, syndicated and mezzanine structures, retail finance and insurance, and cross-border transactions.

Corporate: KSB advises on establishing all types of companies, including Societas Europaea. Its corporate services include drafting, revising and amending company incorporation documents, facilitating board and general meetings, making changes to registered capital, as well as mergers, divisions, and transformations of various company and partnership structures.

Competition: KŠB has vast experience in competition law and advises both domestic and international clients, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

Energy (including mining): KSB is best known in the energy sector for its expertise and success in the planning, development, implementation and operation of large-scale power and heat generation developments over the past 20 years in the Czech Republic.

Litigation and arbitration: KSB represents clients in court, arbitration courts and before public law bodies, in particular relating to contracts, compensation for damage, corporate matters, invalidity of general meeting resolutions, employment law, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights.

IP/IT: KSB provides comprehensive advice on public law and assistance in many regulatory issues, including advertising and personal data protection, representation in public law registration proceedings as well as strategic advice for internet startups and significant domestic web portals.

Tax: KSB advises on any Czech tax matters and the cross-border tax aspects of international holding structures and business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, unit fund and pension fund investments, private equity investments, international assignments of experts, recognition and taxation of permanent establishments, taxation of intangibles including software and royalties, personal income taxation of Czech residents and non-residents, including income earned through foreign and local tax transparent entities, income of performing artists and athletes, real estate income, etc.

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