As part of a wider international network, Allen & Overy's Prague-based team has a stand out reputation in cross-border transactions. It is also active in the largest transactions seen in the Czech Republic, as well as mid-market deals. The group has particularly noteworthy expertise advising energy, tech and real estate companies. The team is particularly able to advise companies breaking into new markets, as was evidenced by Jan Skuhravý advising Macquarie on its first project in Romania. Elsewhere, other work includes joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Prokop Verner, who leads the team, advises on matters in regulated sectors. Jakub Cech and Jana Chwaszcz have expertise in real estate and energy work respectively.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Czech Republic
Allen & Overy
Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Limited
ING Bank N.V.
The Brink’s Company
W.A.G. Payment solutions, a.s.
CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE
ABSA BANK LIMITED, SOUTH AFRICA
Technologie hlavního města Prahy
Ball Beverage Packaging Czech Republic
EnBW, Pražská energetika,
- Advising Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited on its acquisition of České Radiokomunikace a.s.
- Advised ING Bank N.V. on the closure of its retail business in the Czech Republic and its entry to an agreement with Raiffeisenbank.
- Advised funds managed by Macquarie on €1bn acquisition of Romanian power generation, distribution and supply assets from ČEZ Group.
Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář
Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is noted for having a ‘stable, diverse, client-friendly and vastly experienced team’. It undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in the energy, technology, transport and financial services sector. Elsewhere, pharmaceutical clients praise the group’s ‘very good knowledge of the healthcare market,’ with Milena Hoffmanová leading a specialist practice here. The team offers a full-service corporate practice, covering domestic and cross-border M&A and restructurings, among other matters. The ‘hugely experienced and hands-on’ Tomáš Skoumal co-heads the M&A team with Alexandr César. Other key names include international trade lawyer Kristína Bartošková and Michal Simčina, who advises on restructurings.
Tomáš Skoumal; Alexandr César; Milena Hoffmanová; Kristína Bartošková
Other key lawyers:
Michal Simčina; Dusan Hlavaty
‘A very stable, diverse, client-friendly and vastly experienced team. Great in using modern technology to make life easier for everyone and save costs for clients.’
‘Tomas Skoumal – a hugely experienced and hands-on M&A lawyer with an enormous drive to make the deal happen. Tomas is managing a great team of associates including, in particular, Michal Simcina and Dusan Hlavaty.’
‘Precise, detail-oriented, flexible with prompt reactions.’
‘Very good knowledge of the healthcare market, very responsive and creative, good business judgment.’
‘Client-oriented, very helpful, able to understand also the business aspects of the transactions.’
‘Mr. Tomáš Skoumal – partner – hard-working professional with excellent client approach. Understands also the business aspects of the negotiated contracts.’
Apollo Global Management
Astute, Inc. / Audax Private Equity
Československá obchodní banka
Energetický a Průmyslový Holding / EP Infrastructure
ERB bank, a.s.
KSM Investment / Kofola
Laird Technologies Inc.
Moulins de Kleinbettingen
Velvet CARE / Abris Capital Partners
- Advising Apollo Global Management on its €500m investment into Sazka Entertainment.
- Advised EC Investments, PPF and Rockaway Capital on the acquisition of 100% share capital in FAST Group.
- Advised Astute, Inc. / Audax Private Equity on the acquisition of Socialbakers a.s.
The corporate and M&A team at Clifford Chance mainly focuses on advising clients on big-ticket mandates, including international M&A and joint ventures, but it also attracts noteworthy mid-level work. Its work covers a broad range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, TMT, industrials and financial services. David Koláček and managing partner Alex Cook co-head the team, with Cook also serving as head of the Slovak desk for the firm. Michal Jašek is experienced in cross-border M&A deals governed by English law. Senior associate Stanislav Holec is dual-qualified in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Veronika Kinclová is another name to note.
Alex Cook; David Koláček
‘The team is always available and able to present their opinion and work within exigent time schedules.’
‘Valued qualities include: ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently, multidisciplinary capabilities, innovative approach to the client, extensive experience, coordination, international reach and many others.’
Arx Equity Partners
AutoCont Holding a.s.
CBRE Global Investors
Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited
M.L. Moran, a.s.
Penta Investments and Fortuna Entertainment Group
Swiss Life AG
- Advising Tencent on the acquisition of a minority share in the biggest Czech gaming company Bohemia Interactive.
- Advising KKCG on sale of 100% shareholding in Geewa, a.s. by its shareholders to Applovin.
- Advising Pfizer Inc. on Czech and Slovak law aspects on the global spin-off and combination of Upjohn with global generics company Mylan N.V.
CMS captures a significant share of the most high-profile M&A mandates seen in the Czech market, with its team being able to act as both lead transaction counsel and local counsel on cross-border deals. It is notably active in inbound and outbound matters that are governed by English law. Clients praise the team’s expertise in energy, telecoms and insurance work, calling the team ‘truly excellent’ as both legal advisors and project managers. The ‘fantastic’ Helen Rodwell leads the practice; she is 'on top of all issues, knows what is going on internally at all times and can delegate to a very able team'. Lukáš Janíček leads on many of the team’s key energy sector mandates. Frances Gerrard is ‘an excellent contract drafter’.
Other key lawyers:
Lukáš Janíček; Frances Gerrard
‘The CMS Czech team not only has a great energy team, but also has in-house English law and solid W&I insurance practice.’
‘Fran Gerrard is an excellent contract drafter. Through her work on various W&I insurance policies, she is able to provide pragmatic advice on seller’s rep and warranties.’
‘Helen Rodwell is lead counsel on our current matter. She adds experience and a strategic negotiation style.’
‘CMS are truly excellent. They have a very strong Prague office with Helen Rodwell and her team (which can advise on all local M&A, corporate and commercial issues) but they also draw on English law corporate resources from other offices in the region.’
‘Helen Rodwell as the leader of the M&A team in Prague is fantastic. She is on top of all issues, knows what is going on internally at all times and can delegate to a very able team.’
Anacap Financial Partners
Mid Europa Partners
- Advised a group of investors, led by Partech on a €190m fundraising for online grocery business Rohlik Group.
- Advised AnaCap Financial Partners on its sale of Equa bank to Raiffeisen Bank International AG through its Czech subsidiary Raiffeisenbank a.s.
- Advised Cube Infrastructure on the investment into Scancom to deploy high-quality, fibre-to-the-home open-access networks in selected areas of the Czech Republic
Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.‘s corporate team attracts a strong flow of work from sophisticated clients such as private equity firms and international corporates. It often works on significant cross-border deals across a range of sectors, with recent work including notable transactions in the technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. Founder Vladimíra Glatzová is regarded for her transactional work, with expertise in privatisations. Jiří Sixta, Jan Veselý , Jindřich Král and Veronika Pázmányová are other key contacts.
Vladimíra Glatzová; Jiří Sixta; Jindřich Král; Jan Veselý; Veronika Pazmányová
‘Glatzova & Co. has unique people in its staff. We always get the answer to our specific question.’
‘They don’t produce memos and comprehensive reports. They help us with our problems and recommend solutions. They are able to see the problems through the entrepreneur’s eyes.’
Aon and Willis Towers Watson
Reflex Capital, WEBNODE
BIKE FUN International BV
Pale Fire Capital SE
B.Braun Avitum s.r.o., B.Braun Avitum Austerlitz s.r.o.
Amerisource Bergen Corporation
Purpose Ventures SE
B&K Nemovitostní investice a.s.
- Advised the GreatStar Group on the acquisition of the Behrens Group, focused on manufacturing and selling professional fastening solutions.
- Advising NortonLifeLock Inc on its up to $9.2bn merger with Avast plc.
- Advised Willis Towers Watson and Aon on their planned $30bn combination.
Kinstellar acts for blue-chip corporates and financial investors on a wide variety of mandates, including M&A, private equity investments, reorganisations and joint ventures. Noted for its broad industry expertise, the firm has a growing footprint in the healthcare, technology and manufacturing sectors. Energy is another key area of expertise, with much work led by Kamil Blažek. The firm’s cross-border capacity is also notable. Jan Juroška has ‘a good understanding of the Czech business and legal environment.’ Other key names include managing partner Lukáš Ševčík, counsel Karla Rundtová and associate Michal Kníž.
Lukáš Ševčík; Jan Juroška
‘Kinstellar’s highly professional Prague team deserves praise, not only for its excellent legal competence, but also for its practical and commercial approach. Their lawyers are efficient, the quality of their output high, and they understand our needs as a client.’
‘It is always a pleasure to work with Jan Juroška. He has a strong understanding of commercial objectives and gets straight to the heart of the matter. He has a good understanding of the Czech business and legal environment that makes him helpful in finding concrete solutions in complex situations.’
‘Michal Kníž is a competent, a reliable lawyer with good technical skills, and his efficient and pragmatic approach is a good fit with our own modus operandi.’
‘Time flexibility, understanding clients needs and economic background of deals, good and efficient communication and collaborative attitude, proposing solutions actively. Excellent knowledge of M&As and negotiation skills. Capable of handling complex cases.’
‘Kamil Blažek provides great service and is personally active in providing legal services. The team led by Kamil Blažek provides efficient and professional legal services.’
‘The people I worked with were very responsive and communicated in a straightforward way. They had a very pragmatic approach to the work on the project.’
‘We worked primarily with Jan Juroska. He was very responsive and fully understood what they were doing and managed the matter in a very effective way. They also proactively worked on issues and anticipated problems. The cooperation was seamless.’
Mineral Ventures Invest (MVI) Group
3 Pillar Global
- Advised Veolia on the acquisition of one of the largest district heating companies in the Czech Republic.
- Advised Infosys on the acquisition of GuideVision, a leading ServiceNow Elite Partner in Europe.
- Advised Carlyle Group on the sale of its stake in Logoplaste.
Kocián Šolc Balaštík has a strong history of involvement with novel Czech transactions, from early privatisations to the first ever squeeze-out. It continues that legacy advising on a number of high profile transactions in the Czech marketplace, with particular expertise in the energy, real estate and banking sectors. The team also works closely with its competition practice, advising clients on matters in front of administrative bodies. Dagmar Dubecká and Martin Šolc co-head the team. Jan Lasák is ‘well known among the Czech lawyers for his deep erudition presented in legal books and during educational events.’ Drahomír Tomašuk is highly regarded for technology work.
Dagmar Dubecká; Martin Šolc
‘Jan Lasák, one of the partners, is well known among Czech lawyers for his deep erudition presented in legal books and during educational events (he’s a lecturer at public seminars for lawyers). In addition, they combine their professional skills and knowledge with useful solutions that fit our specific demands in each case.’
‘Since our long term cooperation, they always offer us a very reasonable price that can be hardly beaten by any other law firm (comparable as regards the size, knowledge, experience, professional approach and goodwill) on the Czech legal market. They always stick to the envisaged budget.’
‘Jan Lasák is a very proficient lawyer and professional, friendly, always ready to answer my phone calls and help when I seek immediate professional legal advice, which I get from him in 100% of cases.’
‘Strong personal and individual approach. Ability to learn a new industry and adjust to it.’
‘Jan Lasák and team are hands-on, smooth cooperation’
‘Jan Lasák; fast thinker, gets the deal done’
Inner Mongolia Mengtai
ARETE INVEST SICAV Fund
- Advised Inner Mongolia Mengtai Co. Ltd. on the Czech jurisdiction aspects of its acquisition of the German-headquartered apt Group.
- Advised Mattoni 1873 on merger with Hanácká kyselka a.s. and Poděbradka, a.s.
- Advised ARETE INVEST SICAV fund on the sale of a portfolio of 11 logistics and industrial parks in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Australia-based fund Cromwell.
Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář
Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář has a strong pedigree for handling M&A and private equity transactions that are connected with areas such as energy, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and IT, among others. Managing partner Karel Muzikář leads the team. Karel Dřevínek is highly regarded for his work on large-scale M&A, with a particular emphasis on banking transactions. Other key names at the firm include ‘excellent expert’ Martin Kramář and Petr Severa.
Other key lawyers:
Karel Dřevínek; Martin Kramář; Petr Severa
‘Expertise, professionalism, knowledge of the market and the needs of clients.’
MONETA Money Bank
White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář has an excellent record in high-profile M&A in the Czech Republic, and with it being able to deliver English law advice on the ground in Prague, it also has strong credentials in cross-border (particularly wider CEE) deals. Also notable is that the practice is led by Petr Pánek, who is dual Czech and US-qualified. The firm's recent work included advising Avast on its merger with NortonLifeLock (which is being structured as a takeover of NortonLifeLock), and also acting for PPF on the $2.1bn acquisition of Central European Enterprises Limited. Elsewhere, the firm frequently works on startup financing matters across a broad range of industries. Jan Andruško and Jan Stejskal are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Jan Andruško; Jan Stejskal
The Carlyle Group
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Mid Europa Partners
Velka pecka s.r.o./Rohlik Group
- Acted for PPF Group on an agreement to acquire Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.
- Advised Czech-based Rohlik Group on its Series C funding, during which Rohlik Group raised €100m, with a valuation of €1bn.
- Advised Avast on its merger with NortonLifeLock Inc, which is being structured as a takeover of Avast by NortonLifeLock.
Clients regard BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. as a ‘first choice for all transactions, in particular those which are more complex.’ The team advises on a wide range of mandates, such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, with particular strengths in advising tech, gaming and pharmaceutical sector clients. Kateřina Winterling Vorlíčková, who heads up the team, advises on state aid matters in addition to corporate issues. Petr Precechtel, Tomáš Sedláček and Andrea Adamcová are also well regarded by clients.
Kateřina Winterling Vorlíčková
Other key lawyers:
Petr Precechtel; Tomáš Sedláček; Andrea Adamcová
‘BBH is able to provide us with their legal support in respect to Czech and Slovak law, but also in respect of UK law which is also needed from time to time. BBH´s M&A team is highly experienced and professional, and we appreciate their efforts to push the transactions forward and to find and negotiate solutions or alternatives that aim to protect and strengthen our positions and expectations in the transactions. BBH is always very proactive and we may always fully rely on getting the best of achievable in given circumstances.’
‘Both Petr and Andrea are very dedicated, proactive and supportive and have our full support. We also appreciate that both Petr and Andrea are able to provide us with legal advice in related areas, such as banking & finance law or antitrust law and therefore we are able to get the “full package” without a need to involve a number of different legal experts.’
Beat Games s.r.o.
Česká pošta, s.p.
Českomoravská nemovitostní a.s.
EMMA GAMMA LIMITED
Mall CZ group
ŠKODA INVESTMENT a.s.
ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s.
- Acted as Czech counsel on the acquisition of the project management software company Wrike from Vista Equity Partners for $2.25bn.
- Acted as the structuring legal counsel of PPF in an unprecedented transaction entered into with MONETA Money Bank of over €1bn.
- Assisted PPF group with renegotiation of shareholder arrangements and restructuring of the transaction and joint-venture with the other shareholders of Mall Group a.s.
Dentons is a strong choice for cross-border corporate transactions, with it having an English law capacity in its Prague office, and strong connections to its Chinese and Japanese desks. With significant activity in the chemicals, life sciences, technology and energy sectors, the group has ‘strong experience in PE transactions.’ It is also involved in a number of restructuring mandates. Jan Procházka is a key name, bringing over 20 years of corporate expertise to the practice. Petr Zákoucký and Chris Watkinson jointly lead the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has strong experience in PE transactions and can deploy experts to work on projects from their international offices as necessary.’
‘Jan Procházka is proactive, knowledgeable and responsive.’
BPD Partners/ Draslovka Holding
CEE Equity Partners
Geopost / DPD group
- Advising on Draslovka Holdings’ definitive agreement to acquire The Chemours Company for $520m.
- Advising Czechoslovak Group on the complex corporate restructuring and subsequent sale of Skyport Group.
- Advising Raiffeisenbank on the acquisition of ING Bank’s Czech retail banking portfolio.
PRK Partners' strong reputation is reflected by the fact that it frequently acts as a partner with many English and North American corporate firms. In addition to advising on domestic and international M&A, it also provides support on restructurings and joint ventures, among various other matters. Martin Kříž (dual-qualified in Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Radan Kubr (dual-qualified in Czech Republic and Switzerland) jointly lead the team, which includes Jan Kohout, Roman Pečenka and Monika Mašková.
Martin Kříž; Radan Kubr
Other key lawyers:
Jan Kohout; Roman Pečenka; Monika Mašková
Equa bank a.s.
Sodiaal / EUROSERUM SAS
Aceur Investment S.A.
HCL Technologies UK Limited Hönigsberg & Düvel Datentechnik Czech s.r.o.
Hönigsberg & Düvel Datentechnik GmbH
HCL TECHNOLOGIES CZECH REPUBLIC s.r.o.
International Campus Group AG
- Advised on the sale of Equa bank and other assets in the Czech Republic to Raiffeisen Bank International AG.
- Advised B&B Hotels on the sale and leaseback of its B&B hotel in Prague to Primonial Group.
- Advised International Campus Group in connection with the completion of a first-of-its-kind student campus in Prague.
Schoenherr Czech Republic
The corporate and M&A team at Schoenherr Czech Republic, which ‘stands out for its high efficiency and business acumen,’, attracts a strong flow of work from blue-chip corporates and unicorn companies. It is highly regarded for its expertise in financial services M&A and also has a growing footprint in the technology and energy sectors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also heavily advised on transactions involving ventilators. Key lawyers include practice head Vladimír Čížek, Martin Kubánek and venture capital and emerging companies expert Michal Jendželovský.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Kubánek; Michal Jendželovský
‘Michal Jendzelovsky – detail-oriented, professional, very client-oriented attitude, always available when needed. Experienced in M&A, good supporter in various business negotiations, accurate, reliable’
‘Schoenherr has a really strong team in place that is fully capable of handling the complex needs of a multinational software company and operate under high time pressure in high-value IP and M&A transactions.’
‘I can highly recommend Vladimir Cizek. He is a very well versed M&A partner and is the best I have seen across more than 20 law firms with whom we work globally. He understands the subject matter very well and is very effective in negotiating and coordinating very complex high-value deals. He is available 24/7 and highly respected among our company and also with the business partners.’
‘The team stands out for its high efficiency and business acumen. The team is highly responsive to all requests, act quickly and balance legal risk and business decisions. The team has in-depth knowledge in all aspects around the transaction: tax, due diligence, employment law, transactions, etc. They are reachable across all channels (phone, mail, text message, WhatsApp) and deliver in a timely manner. This was critical to the M&A success.’
‘Vladimir Cizek stands out as the partner and the individual that always keeps oversight of multiple streams and considerations. I value his business acumen and his ability to understand the client requirements quickly and accurately. He is adaptable to the client’s style of transacting and knows how to make this work from a legal perspective.’
‘What I find as the largest value add is the personalised approach of the firm. Ad hoc projects with the firms then benefit because the Schoenherr team does not view them as separate tasks, but rather as interconnected pieces of our business evolving in time. We can depend on them to understand the nuances of our way of working and thus present their work in a way that is aligned with it.’
‘Michal Jendželovksý stands out as an innovative, diligent and most importantly as a reliable lawyer. We can always count on him being able to quickly familiarize himself with (sometimes) complex legal situations and work with us to achieve our goals.’
‘We have been very satisfied with the quality of work.’
Celonis / Integromat
Facebook / Beat Games
Hospitality Digital / Restu
Torrot Electric Europa
UNIQA Insurance Group
Raiffeisen Bank International
IB Interbilanz Holding
Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited
Evo Payments / Evo Czech Republic
- Advised Celonis SE on the acquisition of Czech Integromat, s.r.o.
- Advising Enery on the contemplated acquisition of Energy 21 a.s. from China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Co-Operation Fund SCS SICAV-SIF.
- Advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Raiffeisenbank a.s. on the acquisition of AKCENTA CZ a.s.
Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's international footprint makes it a strong choice for complex cross-border mid-market transactions. The firm has traditionally been strong in matters with a nexus to the real estate, technology and education sectors, and it also has a growing reputation in the private equity arena. Also notable is that its commercial advisory practice is gaining momentum. Practice head Radek Janeček is highly regarded for his work for high-net-worth individuals. Radek Váňa and Marek Hrubeš are also recommended.
‘Professional, timely, punctual and structured. We, as clients, appreciated the ability to explain complex/technical matters to us. Responsive and helpful.’
‘Radek Janecek – experienced transaction lawyer, well-connected in the local market, great negotiation skills with the counterparty. Radek Vana – running the project on a day-to-day basis, useful international experience, seamless interaction between the local and international matters, resourceful in negotiating W&I, always available to explain technical points and making commercial sense and logical perspective to them.’
‘The firm could handle complex transactions and negotiations, both domestic and cross-border. They have large M&A experience and any client can have complete trust in them. They get with the times in diversity, technology as well as billing. The team is very stable, which helps clients to keep long-term relationships and it helps the team to know very well their clients and their needs and preferences.’
‘Radek Janecek: our key point of contact, very hands-on, real professional, great coordinator ensuring we always get the best possible support. I really appreciate his business thinking and pro-client attitude.’
‘Marek Hrubeš (Associate): in charge of drafting and negotiating the documents, excellent M&A and corporate lawyer, very diligent and hard-working, great knowledge of the law, always delivers in exceptional quality. He is well beyond his years and in his very young age is already able to handle (and lead) large and complex projects.’
‘The firm could handle complex negotiations and deals. They do their best to be available 24/7 and are capable of delivering to very aggressive deadlines, while ensuring an excellent level of service and quality of their outputs. They are very pragmatic, driving the deal forward without compromising on key risks. They provide great technological support (e.g. virtual data rooms) and easily facilitate contacts to other reputable advisors, such as tax/financial, expert valuers etc.’
‘Radek Janecek, a managing partner, is our key point of contact. Very hands-on, professional and great coordinator ensuring we always get the best possible support. Radek understands the business and knows how to find a legal solution that matches our business needs best.’
‘Marek Hrubes, an associate, was primarily in charge of drafting, day-to-day communication and negotiating our deal. Marek is an excellent M&A lawyer, well beyond his years, very hardworking and diligent. We have complete trust in him.’’
AIR LIQUIDE EASTERN EUROPE S.A.
ARX Equity Partners
FRAMIR INVESTMENT s.r.o.
Nadace rodiny Vlčkových
REDSTONE REAL ESTATE, a.s.
- Advised ARX, the major private equity group, on their acquisition of Promens Zlin.
- Assisted Perceptron, Inc with its takeover by a German competitor as a part of a global transaction.
- Advised Aroundtown, the demerger of its Czech subsidiary owning and running Pentahotel Prague, on the structuring of a complex lease agreement and the subsequent sale of 100% share in the operating company to a partner of Aroundtown.
Weinhold Legal advises on acquisitions and disposals for a number of key mid-market firms. Clients praise the team’s ‘great knowledge of common law and continental law systems’, and note its strengths advising clients in the automotive, technology, construction and insurance sectors. Daniel Weinhold leads the team, offering experience in ancillary disputes and finance transactions to supplement his corporate transactional acumen. Martin Lukáš and Pav Younis are other key individuals, as is Tomáš Čermák, who advises clients out of the Brno office.
‘Great knowledge of common law and continental law system, ability to navigate and structure international investment deals.’
‘Pav Younis – experience, sound business approach, efficient and smooth process’
Benson Oak Capital
Wolf Theiss acts for both buyers and sellers, providing legal advice across the lifespan of a corporate transaction, with additional expertise in restructurings and joint ventures. Led by Tereza Naučová, it is capable of leading on key domestic transactions and serving as local counsel for international companies in the pharmaceutical, private equity and technology sectors. Other key partners include Jitka Logesová, Robert Pelikán and life sciences expert Kamila Seberová.
Other key lawyers:
Jitka Logesová; Robert Pelikán; Kamila Seberová
‘Very professional team. Tasks performed in a timely manner with high quality.’
‘High quality of legal advice and legal knowledge. Clear communications. Adapting to client’s needs. Diverse team.’
‘Tereza Naucova: works for the client, focuses on clients’ needs, good at relationship management.’
‘They were responsive even out of working hours and very supportive. I saw that the answers to our questions were managed by a larger team of “behind the scenes” team members, which increased the quality of our interaction.’
‘What stands out is their highly efficient cooperation between their headquarters (Vienna) and local offices. This gives us outstanding local expertise coupled with swift partner availability whenever overarching topics arise.’
‘Our local experts are indeed experts in their field. They were ready to support us from day one and helped us navigate even when the waters got rough (due to circumstances beyond our reach).’
‘We love working with Wolf Theiss. They are very good, very responsive and reliable to work with, even in really complex M&A transactions with tight deadlines.’
‘Jitka Logesova – hands on, smart and practical advice, super quick response time.’
Elanco Animal Health Inc.
- Assisting Bain Capital & CINVEN with the acquisition of the Specialty Ingredients business of the Lonza Group for over $4.5bn.
- Advising Elanco Animal Health on its acquisition of Bayer Animal Health in several jurisdictions for circa $7bn.
- Advised TA Associates on a major transaction with a particularly complex post-closing phase that included licensing procedure with the Czech National Bank and a merger of regulated entities.
act Randa Havel Legal is known for its work for companies in the energy sector, particularly those in the renewables space, for whom it undertakes a mix of transactional matters and day-to-day advice. Clients note that ‘the legal quality makes this team stand out’. Elsewhere, beyond the firm's work in the energy industry, it is also active in the real estate sector, as well as work for start-ups. The team is led by Alois Šatava. Founder Martin Řanda is known for international transactions, while Michal Pálinkás is regarded for tech advice.
‘The lawyers have deep expertise and lots of experience – their clients always have a clear idea of what is happening in a case. They are responsive and efficient and I really appreciated their assistance in some quite difficult and complex matters. The legal quality makes this team stand out as we turn to them very often.’
‘Martin Randa puts his heart into his work and makes it his personal concern to get the project done as perfectly as possible. He is somebody who you can fully trust. Michal Pálinkás, Partner, has a positive attitude and solution-oriented approach. He also takes the initiative. Michal is experienced, balanced and someone who understands what is important and what to focus on. He is always able to come up with quick and understandable advice.’
JUFA Investment Group
Pražské služby a.s.
Zdroj pitné vody Káraný, a.s.
BSWW Trust and the funds represented by BSWW Trust
CHEVAK Cheb, a.s
HIRSCH Servo AG
Amsterdam Platform Creation B.V.
- Advising Amsterdam Platform Creation B.V. on investment and purchase of shares in the company BudgetBakers s.r.o.
- Advising Mr Flosman and his family as shareholders of the company FF Holding s.r.o. on sale of their shares in the company.
- Representing JUFA Investment Group in connection with the acquisition of 12 companies that own and operate photovoltaic power plants.
bnt attorneys-at-law is ‘able to cover cross-border projects easily and provide prompt advice for several jurisdictions’. Its team works in tandem with the real estate department on property transactions, and in addition, provides corporate advice to domestic and international investment funds. Also notable is that the firm has a growing focus on company transformations; Jan Šafránek is a key contact in this space. Peter Maysenhölder leads the team, offering expertise in German law matters. Lukáš Havel advises on pharmaceutical sector mandates.
‘Their geographical coverage is very convenient as I do lots of cross-border business, mainly between Germany and the Czech Republic. Due to that, they are able to cover cross-border projects easily and provide prompt advice for several jurisdictions without further ado. I spend most of my time in Germany and the Czech Republic but have never come across another law firm that can handle cross-border matters as efficiently as them.’
‘I have mostly worked with Peter Maysenhölder, who is a partner with bnt in Prague. I have always been very satisfied with his advice. In particular, his responsiveness and the fact that he is a native speaker of both German and Czech is very convenient.’
‘High level of legal skills and very good perspective on business, superb in negotiations, extremely well-coordinated, up to speed and efficient.’
Ondal Medical Systems GmbH
Interma BYTY, akciová společnost
Metrostav Development a.s.
- Advised Ondal Medical Systems on an intended acquisition of 100% shares in the Czech company MZ Liberec.
DLA Piper undertakes a full range of corporate and M&A matters for domestic and international clients transacting in the Czech Republic. In addition to having a strong local practice, the firm’s ability to leverage the expertise of practitioners across the international network makes it well-placed to cover all the intricacies of complex cross-border deals. The Prague-based team is active in matters involving sectors such as technology, manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals, among others. Miroslav Dubovský heads up the group, which includes Petr Samec, as well as Ondřej Chlada, who was recruited from Randl Partners attorneys at law.
Other key lawyers:
Petr Samec; Ondřej Chlada
ZIP Co Limited
Berry Global, Inc.
Trust Union Fund
MKS Instruments, Inc.
Inven Capital, SICAV, a.s.
Icen Risk Limited
Euclid Transactional UK Limited
Axiell Group AB
Levi Strauss & Co. Europe
Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH
- Advised Trust Union Fund, a Russian investment fund, on the acquisition of the South Bohemian machine tool manufacturer Kovosvit MAS.
- Advised Zip Co Limited on its investment in Twisto Payments.
- Advised Berry Global on the sale of Promens Zlín to leading CEE private equity fund ARX.
Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.
The ‘experienced, dependable, excellent’, corporate team at Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. acts for clients on strategically significant transactions and regulatory matters, with a particular strength in advising mid-market companies. The firm is noted for attracting a strong flow of work from clients in the tech and energy sectors, and it also has a growing footprint in the life sciences industry. Stanislav Dvořák and Marek Bomba co-head the group, which includes Michal Hrabovský.
Other key lawyers:
Conseq Investment Fund
StartupYard – Pilulka.cz
H2 Equity Partners
- Advised Rewe on acquisition of Fischer, helping the client to further expand its travel agency activities in Central Europe.
- Advised a major private equity group based in Prague on sale of 40% stake of a health and life sciences company.
- Advised an automotive client on sale of its €48 million non-core assets.
HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law
HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is able to leverage the expertise of its sizeable team in major M&A, private equity/venture capital transactions, restructurings and general corporate law matters. Clients note the group’s broad skillset, praising its ‘high-quality know-how in all key areas of legal advice.’ The practice is jointly led by Jaroslav Havel, Jan Koval and Václav Audes. Havel advises on cross-border matters involving a Slovak law component, while Koval is noted for his experience of acting for clients on matters connected with the engineering and TMT sectors. Aude has a strong profile among private equity firms.
Jaroslav Havel; Jan Koval; Václav Audes
Other key lawyers:
Silvie Kiraly; Josef Bouchal
‘HAVEL & PARTNERS was always responsive, dedicated to the deal and delivered comprehensive legal advice. The main asset of the firm is undoubtedly its lawyers. We very much appreciate that the firm’s lawyers do not only think about matters from a legal perspective, but also from a business perspective, where they are able to assess the risks and impacts of potential decisions on our area of business.’
‘Our company uses the services of HAVEL & PARTNERS repeatedly and each time we are very satisfied with the work done. We particularly appreciate the high level of professionalism and inventiveness in dealing with situations and the excellent communication and quick response from the firm.’
Selling shareholders of KOMIX s.r.o
Premium Design Group a.s.
B+N Referencia Kft
Wüstenrot & Württenbergische AG
Oriens Im Hungarz Kft.
- Advised Raiffeisenbank on acquisition of Equa bank.
- Advised the owners of KOMIX on the sale of 100% shares in the company.
- Advice to Hungarian holding B+N Referencia Kft regarding acquisition of central european actives of danish holding ISS Facility.
The corporate team at Noerr s.r.o. advises domestic clients on their most significant transactions, with a particular strength in matters concerning the automotive and manufacturing sectors. Its cross-border work is particularly well regarded, with clients praising the team’s ‘seamless support and cooperation across all jurisdictions.’ Barbara Kusak and Petr Hrnčíř jointly lead the team. Associate Michal Janicek advises on transactions involving the real estate industry.
Barbara Kusak; Petr Hrnčíř
Other key lawyers:
‘Seamless support and cooperation across all jurisdictions with great process management skills in the CZ office and good quality and quick support in the other countries.’
‘Barbara Kusak did an excellent job of herding cats and lawyers alike across four Eastern European jurisdictions, always ensuring that we kept moving forward and with good interpersonal skills at all times.’
‘People at Noerr were very helpful in many cases during the whole transaction.’
‘Very competent people, who are extremely committed, flexible and responsive.’
‘Mrs. Barbara Kusak is simply a phenomenon in her job. She’s not only a competent expert but amazingly “straight to the point”. At any moment, she will propose the most pragmatic solution, which saves a lot of time and nerves to everyone involved.’
ISS Global A/S
Bauer Media Group
WR Vermögensverwaltung GmbH (KUKA Group)
ALSO Holding AG
Deli Home Holding B.V.
OTP Digital Private Equity Fund, part of the Hungarian venture capital fund PortfoLion
Kaufland Czech Republic
Magna Automotive Europe GmbH
Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG
PETERKA & PARTNERS
PETERKA & PARTNERS' team in Prague, which is a key part of the firm's wider CEE network, provides support on matters such as M&A, restructurings and commercial contracts. It is also able to assist with related areas, such as data protection, competition and tax. Gabriela Hájková and Adéla Krbcová co-head the group, which attracts mandates from clients in areas such as retail, pharmaceuticals and technology, among others. Ondřej Dušek is another key individual.
Gabriela Hájková; Adéla Krbcová
Other key lawyers:
‘Adéla Krbcová was excellent, very responsive and good value. The clients were extremely happy with the referral.’
‘I had a chance to work with Gabriela Hájková and I consider her to be a very talented lawyer, very pragmatic, organized and focused on details.’
V-Sharp Ventures Alpha SE
J&T IB and Capital Markets
J&T VENTURES CG SICAV
Purcari Wineries Plc
SDA sp. z o.o.
Smith Micro Software
WOLFFKRAN Holding AG
- Advised Smith Micro Software on acquisition of the Family Safety Mobile Business unit from Avast Software for $66m.
- Provided advice and day-to-day assistance to Emerson Group related to corporate and commercial law.
- Provided legal services to J&T Group in connection with different acquisition projects.
Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár's team, which has ‘an ability to to focus on practical and commercial aspects of transactions’, acts for buyers and sellers on asset, share and hybrid deals. In addition, other work includes the negotiation of shareholders' agreements, the formation of joint ventures and restructurings. Clients range from start-up companies and venture capital firms to multinational companies (for whom the firm acts as global corporate counsel). The team is co-led by Iva Zothová and Tomas Schollaert. Schollaert is highlighted for his ‘commercial understanding of the issues that start-up founders encounter’.
Iva Zothová; Tomas Schollaert
Other key lawyers:
‘Great commitment to problem solving.’
‘Very experienced team of partners, providing legal services in various fields with focus on IT and IP law. Great transactional expertise.’
‘Experience, knowledge of legal fields, flexibility, practical advice’
‘It is all about the people at Pierstone, their value and their ability to make them visible in how they work. Yes, they are lawyers but they have values which makes it, for me at least, much more trustworthy.’
‘You combine empathy, absolute intellectual sharpness and a great team to provide support.’
‘Very good technical skills of partners and members of the team. Proactivness, business experience.’
‘Tomas Schollaert has a keen commercial understanding of the issues that start-up founders encounter in addition to navigating investment rounds and shareholders. His advice and counsel is what every founder and CEO should have in their repertoire.’
‘Stefan Kral has a keen eye for detail, identifying the pain or problem point very precisely, and finding the legal means to navigate through or around that point.’
Time is Ltd.
Bidfood Czech Republic
- Acted as counsel to Socialbakers on its acquisition by Astute Solutions.
- Advised Index Ventures on Series C investment into European unicorn Rohlik.cz.
- Advised mobile gaming platform GAMEE on merger with Hong Kong developer Animoca Brands.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář has a strong reputation among global corporates, entities with a dominant position in the CEE region and emerging Czech companies. Its many areas of activity include M&A, foreign direct investments, the formation of offshore companies and investment funds, as well as regulatory matters. In addition, the team assists clients with market entry in the Czech Republic, capital structuring, outsourcing and company liquidations. The team is co-led by four partners: Radek Buršík, Petr Kincl, Daniel Pikal and Vendelín Balog. Senior associate Petra Kinclová joined from the Prague municipal court.
Other key lawyers:
Shareholders of the D3Soft Group
DMHERMES Holding s.r.o
Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office's reputation belies the size of its M&A and corporate practice, with the team being highlighted for its ‘excellent legal knowledge and international and local clients.' The workload covers a mix of mandates, including corporate transactions, restructurings and day-to-day support. The firm acts for clients in areas such as energy, engineering, food and technology. Lucie Vožehová leads the practice.
‘Serious, professional, smooth relationship with our firm.’
‘We always get senior knowledgeable, supportive and effective lawyers we can rely on. The team is not large but contains mainly senior lawyers specializing in different areas of law.’
‘I would like to note Lucie Vožehová, experienced leading corporate and M&A partner, who has a strong track record and negotiation skills. She is very effective in her work and is a business-oriented lawyer.’
‘The firm is very efficient, responsive and approachable.’
‘Lucie Vozehová is our main contact. She is a very hard-working, knowledgeable and precise lawyer.’
VINCI ENERGIES, including AXIANS
AŽD Praha s.r.o.
Bridgestone Europe NV/SA
Shell Czech Republic a.s.
Schülke & Mayr GmbH
- Advised Soletanche Freyssinet on acquisitions of a number of companies.
- Advised Lactalis Group on change in legal form of its entities: manufacturing companies Mlekarna Kunin and Mlekarna Klatovy.
In addition to undertaking work in the IT and technology industries, Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář has grown its offering to encompass mandates connected with the real estate, retail and consumer goods sectors. Led by Ivan Sagál, the team advises on a wide range of transactions, and it also provides day-to-day governance advice.
Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd
KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o.
KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o.
wflow.com Czech Republic s.r.o.
Widex Line, member of the WS Audiology Group
World Incoming Europe S.R.L.
- Advising Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd on the sale of its Czech unit, the company Praha Vaccines a.s., to the company Novavax AB.
- Assisted KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o. with one of its pilot projects of the strategic entry into upvest s.r.o.
- Assisted KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o. with strategic investment into the fintech company Lemonero s.r.o. through its parent company MonkeyData s.r.o.
Known for acting on behalf of local and international clients in the financial, manufacturing and professional services sectors, bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. advises clients on transactions and governance matters. Led by Arthur Braun, it leverages its strong cross-border connections due to its membership to the bpv network. David Vosol is well regarded for his finance and restructuring work.
Other key lawyers:
‘All are responsive and react in a timely manner. If needed, urgent advice is offered as well.’
‘Arthur Braun: we have been working with Arthur on various matters for many years and are very happy with his advice.’
Tenneco / Jones Day
American PE fund
Kappenberger + Braun GmbH & Co.KG
CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners's reach spans central, eastern and south eastern Europe, making it well-placed to advise clients on cross-border transactions and other multijurisdictional mandates. The firm is particularly known for strengths advising clients in the heavy/light machinery, automotive and steel industries. Its workload includes M&A, advice on internal structures and day-to-day operational support. Petr Kališ and Lukáš Srbecký co-head the practice.
Petr Kališ; Lukáš Srbecký
Other key lawyers:
Jirí Prouza; Michal Horký
‘The team provides complex services viewed from various angles and points, which provides certainty in the business.’
‘Petr Kališ, Jirí Prouza and Michal Horký. All of them are dedicated professionals with excellent knowledge of the law. We were very satisfied with services delivered to us.’
‘We are very satisfied with the level of experience and professionalism of the CERHA HEMPEL team. They are very dedicated and always do their best to make the stipulated deadline and deliver work of the highest quality.’
XXX Lutz KG
Elysian Capital LLP
SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH
VEBA, textilní závody a.s.
Mirova Eurofideme IV / BPCE Group
HERVIS Sport a móda, s.r.o.
Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.
Audemars Piguet (Prague) s.r.o.
MS Global AG
EWAP spol. s r.o.
- Advised XXX Lutz KG on the process of a spin-off and merger.
- Providing ŽĎAS, a.s. with legal assistance in the sale of its significant assets and prior transfer of the assets to the client through a merger with its subsidiary.
- Provided services to Ciotola S.r.l. in connection with the acquisition of a Czech company.
JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.
JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. handles corporate transactions ranging in size and scope from smaller deals involving family businesses to multidisciplinary, cross-border matters. It also assists clients with restructurings, the drafting of corporate documentation (including shareholders' agreements) and ad hoc issues. It is particularly close with financial investors and corporate financiers, including a number of venture capital firms. Tomáš Doležil leads the team, whose work covers sectors such as energy, real estate, TMT, healthcare and insurance. Roman Kramařík is also a key name.
Other key lawyers:
Honor Technologies (Netherlands) B.V.
Honor Technologies (Czech) s.r.o.
TKZ Polná, s.r.o.
Pražská energetika, a.s.
- Advised long-term client Tatravagónka on the disposal of 49% shareholding interest in DAKO-CZ
- Advised TGA Holding on the sale of 100% shareholdings in Značky Morava, a.s., GRAMES s.r.o. and Silverton, s.r.o to CIDEM Invest.
- Advised R22 S.A. on the acquisition of 100% stake in ProfiSMS s.r.o. and its two Czech subsidiaries.
KPMG in Czech Republic provides a full range of services to domestic and international clients, which includes legal and tax support on M&A and restructurings, as well as advice on general corporate and commercial law issues. In addition to acting for large scale companies, the team is equally skilled in advising family businesses. Martin Hrdlík, Jan Frey and Viktor Dušek co-head the team.
ZDR Investments SICAV
Product Life Group
Česká tisková kancelář
Albatros Media s.r.o.
Greif Beheer B.V.
Mamma HELP, z.s. v likvidaci
Anheuser-Busch InBev Procurement GmbH
Sanko Gosei Czech s.r.o.
T-MAPY spol. s r.o.
- Advised Pavel Aschenbrenner on the sale of his 100% share in IZOS s.r.o. to HELUZ.
- Advised Czech Press Agency on the acquisition of 100% share in Profimedia Group.
- Advised Albatros Media a.s. on the acquisition of Mladá Front as a distressed asset.
ROWAN LEGAL is highly reputed for handling domestic transactions for local clients in the IT, telecoms, transport, energy, education and engineering sectors. It also has a growing capability in cross-border matters. Martin Janoušek and ‘exceptional lawyer’ Ondřej Křížek lead the team, which attracts a wide range of work, such as M&A, spin-offs, the establishment of companies and fund formation mandates. Martin Šubrt is also highly recommended.
Martin Janoušek; Ondřej Křížek
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong analytical and negotiation skills.’
‘Very strong team from tip to toe. Quick, flexible and with incredible commercial thinking.’
‘Martin Subrt is a legal mastermind, great and diligent, analytical brain with tons of practical experience. Truly the right counsel on your side when the chips are down. Definitely one of the best M&A lawyers in the city and great value for money.’
‘Martin Janousek – strategic commercial brain and good networker and negotiator.’
‘Ondrej Krizek – experienced senior lawyer.’
‘The great thing about their work is that they don’t look at each area in isolation, but take everything holistically considering the business situation in the market, our needs and the law.’
Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s.
Zefyros Holding a.s.
PRIME FUND SICAV
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o.
CENTRAL EUROPE INDUSTRY PARTNERS, a.s.
system boost a.s.
AVE CZ odpadové hospodářství s.r.o.
ERICSSON spol. s r.o.
CGI IT Czech Republic s.r.o.
Solar Turbines EAME s.r.o.
Oriens Fund II
Severočeské vodovody a kanalizace, a.s.
- Supporting the Ministry of Industry and Trade in negotiating a legal framework regarding the cooperation between the Czech Republic and ČEZ on a new nuclear power plant construction project.
- Providing full corporate support to Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s. in connection with a complex and multi-layered project.
- Provided ELCOM with comprehensive legal and tax support on a unique transaction.
Taylor Wessing Czech Republic is known for its strength in IT sector transactions, advising e-commerce companies, cloud computing companies, digital start-ups and AI companies. Led by Janka Brezániová and Markéta Deimelová, the practice also acts for a number of manufacturing and life sciences clients. Thomas Rechberger is another key individual.
Janka Brezániová; Markéta Deimelová
Other key lawyers:
The Emmes Company, LLC
Canva Pty Ltd.
- Advised Bloomreach on its acquisition of Czech Exponea Holding together with its subsidiary companies.
- Advised The Emmes Company, LLC on its acquisition of 100% shares in NEOX s.r.o..
- Advised Canva on one of its two European acquisitions.