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RELEVANS is one of the largest and leading law firms in Slovakia, and is permanently strengthening of its position in the legal services market. We provide our clients with comprehensive legal services in every field of their professional and private lives.

RELEVANS was established in 2010, and rapidly became one of the major law firms in Slovakia, with prominent clients, high quality of legal services, and a stable team of professionals. RELEVANS is managed by Alexander Kadela, a top litigation lawyer, together with equity partner Mari├ín Masarik, a prestigious M&A lawyer, and three contractual partners - Tom├í┼í Bardel?├şk, Lucia Baranov├í and Jana Borsk├í.

RELEVANS represents reputable clients - private clients as well as corporations, for instance the major real estate developer in the Slovak market, three Slovak banks, TV broadcasters, energy companies, railway companies, a cargo company, finance groups, an insurance company, IT companies, capital and real estate funds, and more.

Areas of practice

Litigation Agenda : We represent over 250 mandates that are difficult and complex, in a total value of disputes EUR 1.5 billion (with more than 40 cases having a value over EUR 1,000,000 each). Since the formation of RELEVANS Law Firm, our litigation and arbitration agenda has been and continues to be one of two key and most important areas of our activity. RELEVANS established a unique department within our law firm, the Litigation Division that is formed as a specialized team of procedural lawyers, who focus solely on the litigation and arbitration agenda and deal with the most significant and reputable cases. Our firm has won prestigious domestic law firms┬┤ awards for Litigation (in 2018, for the third time in a row) that shows our strength in the advisory for litigation and arbitration and our position in the legal services┬┤ market.

We represent clients in the most complex and difficult cases, such as claims for abstract damages, invalidity of joint legal actions, corporate litigation, disputes regarding breach of competition law, cases on protection of personal rights, numerous constitutional complaint cases, and proceedings vis-à-vis the European Court of Human Rights.

We have advised and represented our clients with:

  • Representation in "The Hotel Carlton case" where we represent clients in a complex of 34 court proceedings, to prevent the illegal transfer of the Hotel Carlton Complex (a historic and reputable hotel complex in Bratislava), where the counterparty tries to illegally acquire assets using 3 main means to accomplish its goals. The total matter value of all cases is worth more than EUR 200,000,000
  • Representation of defendants - the state cargo and railway companies, ┼Żelezni?n├í spolo?nos? Cargo Slovakia and ┼Żelezni?n├í spolo?nos? Slovensko, which are being sued for damages exceeding EUR 88,000,000
  • Representation of the plaintiff MCH - Medical Care Holding against the Slovak Republic, in a compensation for expropriation claim, due to unconstitutional expropriation of the company Eur├│pska zdravotn├í pois?ov?a, worth approximately EUR 50,000,000
  • Representation of the plaintiff Henbury Development, in legal dispute against the Capital City of Bratislava in various courts proceeding, worth approximately EUR 47,000,000. We represented plaintiff mainly in following cases: (i) claim for validity of legal acts┬┤ determination, (ii) claim for compensation of damages, in a value approximately of EUR 28,000,000 with accessories, (iii) claim for return of unjust enrichment, in a value approximately of EUR 6,000,000
  • Representation of a defendant, the Slovak major bank, in a claim for damages, worth more than EUR 20,000,000
  • Creditor┬┤s representation in a case on authenticity of a bankrupt company┬┤s claim determination, worth EUR 166,176,852

Real Estate and Development Agenda: We represent J&T Real Estate that is the most significant real estate developer in Slovakia and who operates its business in the CEE region.

RELEVANS law firm provides complex legal services to J&T Real Estate with its residential projects and residential-commercial projects (Panorama I through IV, Zuckermandel, Klingerka I, Klingerka II, Zelen├ę Terasy, Fuxova, River Park I, River Park II, Westend Business Park Projects, Tower 115, Karlovesk├ę rameno, CMC Petr┼żalka / Alfa Park, Triangel and many more currently in the development stage), commercial projects (such as shopping malls: Eurovea I, Eurovea II, Eperia), hotels, and more.

Our legal services cover every stage of each real estate development phase, issues with authorization and approval phases of each projects, development, day-to-day operation and lease of the premises, financing, corporate structuring of the involved companies, and final stages such as asset / share deals. RELEVANS takes part in the most significant projects in the Slovak Republic and the most reputable transactions.

Our firm won prestigious domestic law firms┬┤ awards for our Real Estate and Development agenda (in 2018 for the third time in a row).

M&A / Corporate Law / Competition agenda: With respect to our M&A agenda, in 2017, we advised clients on a total of 33 transactions, with an approximate value of 4 billion euros (in some of the transactions the value cannot be established because the value will increase after the deal is completed). Regarding corporate law, we take care of corporate life of the companies and its corporate governance (over 250 active companies). Regarding competition law, we cover not only legal disputes in this field, but also the competition law from the business and corporate perspective.

Recently, we have advised our clients, for instance, on the following:

  • Legal advice to the seller when selling the majority shareholding in the company Energetick├Ż a pr?myslov├Ż holding
  • Legal advice to the seller when selling a stake in BENESTRA
  • Legal advice to the buyer in connection with the acquisition of a business entity in the field of mining
  • Legal advice on the acquisition of shares in a foreign alternative investment fund with variable capital with its registered office in the Republic of Malta
  • Legal advice to investors entering a company dealing with the development of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) software
  • Legal advice to one of the acquirers of the control in the joint venture, which will be formed by SWAN, BENESTRA and three holding companies with the notification of a concentration to the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic

Banking and Financing agenda: Regarding our services in B&F agenda, we represent banks, financial institutions as well as private persons. We provide advisory to debtors in projects┬┤ financing, to issuers of bonds with the respective procedure of bonds┬┤ issuance, to owners (subscribers) of the issued bonds with their rights and obligations fulfilment. We also provide complex legal advice to a branch of a foreign bank from the perspective of its day-to-day agenda, i.e. advisory for performance of the bank┬┤s business activities.

We provided legal advisory, for instance, as follows:

  • Legal advice to the sole subscriber in connection with the issuance of bonds and the financing of the purchase price of bonds worth more than EUR 230,000,000
  • Legal advice to the borrower in connection with club financing of the company┬┤s acquisition and existing loans┬┤ refinancing worth more than EUR 125,000,000
  • Legal advice to the bonds┬┤ owner worth EUR 135,000,000
  • Legal services to the debtor in connection with the syndicated refinancing of a significant shopping-mall project by bank consortium, worth EUR 250,000,000

Above material supplied by RELEVANS Law Firm.

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