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White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Czech Republic

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP’s team is ‘one of the best in the Czech market’ and is ‘a goto firm for English law governed finance transactions across the CEE’. The practice has been advising PointPark Properties on €380m in refinancing and development facilities provided by a club of banks. The group also handles debt capital markets mandates and recently advised České dráhy on issuing Eurobonds. David Plch is ‘very experienced’, Jonathan Weinberg is ‘an impressive lawyer’ and the ‘bright’ Tomáš Jíně is another notable figure.

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David Plch - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Jan Linda - White & Case (Europe) LLP

Tomáš Jíně - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP advises corporate entities and private sector clients on domestic and crossborder deals. As part of a crossoffice team, the practice advised Avast Software on the $1.3bn acquisition of AVG Technologies. Petr Pánek and recent hire Jan Andruško, who joined from Kotrlík Bourgeault Andruško, are the key names following the departure of Michal Smrek, Damian Beaven and Aleš Zídek to inhouse roles.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP represents clients in disputes at a domestic and European level. The team’s impressive caseload spans competition, white-collar crime, insolvency and commercial litigation, and it also handles international arbitration. Luděk Chvosta Sr is leading a team representing three government bodies in relation to the Czech Republic’s participation in insolvency proceedings in Germany. Regulatory specialist Ivo Janda is another name to note.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP’s practice spans project finance, development and regulatory advice. It has a strong practice in the utilities sector, where Vit Stehlík and others are assisting ČEZ Distribuce with the procurement process for supplies, services and construction works. Net4Gas and Česká spořitelna are also clients. David Plch is the key contact for financing work.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP has impressive real estate financing and M&A capabilities. Petr Pánek advised a private client account managed by Palmer Capital on acquiring a portfolio of retail assets. Elsewhere, the team assisted Česká spořitelna with financing the development and longterm ownership and maintenance of the Šporkovský Palác, a historic building adjoining pedestrian and tourist areas in Prague city centre. Václav Kubr is another name to note.

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

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.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP has a strong track record advising on tax structuring. Highlights included advising the owners on the tax aspects of ČGS’ sale to Trelleborg. Jan Pařík is now heading the practice following the departure of Aleš Zídek to an inhouse position.

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