Rising Stars

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Czech Republic

Allen & Overy

The 'excellent' practice at Allen & Overy handles high-end mandates for a host of big-name clients, including Siemens. The Prague team, which is led by experienced practitioner Prokop Verner, covers domestic and international takeovers, take-privates, divestments and demergers, among other matters. The group handles cross-border work across the CEE region and frequently works closely with its offices in London and Paris. Senior associates Jakub Cech and Jana Chwaszcz remain key contacts for real estate and energy sector M&A. Ondrej Kramolis left the firm for a senior legal counsel position at Avast.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Cech; Jana Chwaszcz

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited

Siemens

Pražská energetika / EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Rexam/Ball Beverage Packaging

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab

Uniper SE

Memsource

ECO-INVESTMENT

W.A.G. Payment Services

Tesco plc

Howden ČKD Compressors s.r.o. (Colfax Corporation)

Colfax Corporation’s subsidiary ESAB Vamberk

Royal Ahold Delhaize (Ahold)

Všeobecná úverová banka

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited on its €1.8bn acquisition of a 50.04% stake in innogy Grid Holding (iGH, owner of GasNet.
  • Advised Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group on the sale of assets in Central and Eastern Europe for approx. €1bn to GLP.
  • Advised Management of Memsource on the sale of its majority stake to global investment firm Carlyle Group.

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is widely considered to have one of the leading corporate practices in the Czech market, and it excels in handling multijurisdictional M&A, restructurings and other high-value corporate and commercial work.  It has notable strengths in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sphere, with Milena Hoffmanová heading up a specialist group in this space.  Tomáš Skoumal co-heads the M&A group with Slovakia-qualified practitioner Alexandr César. Also recommended in the team are Petra Jilgová-Benešová and Kristína Bartošková, with the latter individual leading the international commercial and trade practice.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Skoumal; Alexandr César; Milena Hoffmanová; Kristína Bartošková

Other key lawyers:

Petra Jilgová-Benešová

Testimonials

‘B&M provides complex legal services with high focus on quality, client’s interests and relevant environment. Our experience is always very positive and we can gladly recommend B&M services. We have been using the legal services of the law firm BakerMcKenzie for a long time and we are happy, especially thanks to our exceptionally good experience in working with a team of experts in pharmaceutical law and compliance, led by partner Milena Hoffmanova’

‘Partner Tomas Skoumal – deep understanding of the projects beyond just legal topics, full orientation on target, hands-on approach unusual for level of managing partners (personal participation in most of the meeting, review of outcomes etc.)’

‘On-time delivery, commitment, in-depth knowledge of the topics’

‘I have found the team to be very responsive, practical and straightforward, demonstrating excellent local knowledge applied in an international context. ’

‘Kristina Bartoskova – a really excellent lawyer, Kristina has a sensible and commercial approach and demonstrates superb client service. She is straightforward and efficient, providing practical solutions, understanding the wider context and business perspective. Her English is excellent, which is greatly appreciated by a non-Czech speaker.’

‘The team is extremely professional and efficient. They are very responsive, quick and solution-oriented. The whole team is also very proactive and goes out of their way to update us on legislative news, offering seminars in regards to the updates, etc. ’

‘Our primary point of contact is Ms. Milena Hoffmanova (Partner and a head of the pharma practice group) and Mr. Tomas Skoumal (Partner and a head of the M&A/Commercial practice group). We are very satisfied with their practical and business-oriented advice. We appreciate their creative approach, responsiveness and ability to match their advice to our specific legal and regulatory needs.’

‘The team is extremely dedicated to client service and quality work. They provide a superior and better-coordinated service than I have experienced with other firms in the past.’

Key clients

Adient

Amazon

Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry

Československá obchodní banka (ČSOB)

Collibra

Eli Lilly

Embracer Group

Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) / EP Infrastructure (EPIF)

ERB bank, a.s.

Essity

Glaxosmithkline

Hitachi

KSM Investment / Kofola

Laird Technologies Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Moulins de Kleinbettingen

Novo Nordisk

PKN Orlen

Sika AG

Velvet CARE / Abris Capital Partners

VF Corporation

Zimmer

Dioscorides Global Holdings LLC

LifeScan

Work highlights

  • Advised Velvet CARE sp. z o.o., a portfolio company of Abris Capital Partners, on the acquisition of 100% shares in MORACELL s.r.o., a Czech manufacturer of products for personal hygiene and households.
  • Advising Kofola ČeskoSlovensko a.s. on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Karlovarská Korunní s.r.o. and ONDRÁŠOVKA a.s.
  • Advising Mr. Milan Štoček and Mr. Ján Zajíc on the sale of 100% interest in Clever Decision, spol. s r.o. to Solitea Group.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's corporate practice is noted for its 'high technical competence and professionalism', and its focus on high-end corporate mandates spanning the CEE region and beyond. The team has sector strengths in energy, finance and pharmaceuticals. Managing partner Alex Cook jointly heads up the practice with David Koláček, who has over three decades of experience in the field. Counsel Michal Jašek handles cross-border work with English law aspects, while dual-qualified senior associate Stanislav Holec is recommended for matters governed by Slovak law.

Practice head(s):

Alex Cook; David Koláček

Other key lawyers:

Michal Jašek; Stanislav Holec

Testimonials

‘Their overall level of service is excellent as the Team shows: – deep knowledge and understanding of the legal framework; – high technical competence; – professionalism; – great negotiating skills and a particular ability to achieve consensus solutions, placing the customer’

‘All members of the team are experts in their practice, with a deep understanding of the overall legal framework thus ensuring that all issues are dealt in a professional and efficient way. Regarding David Kolacek, I would like to stress his exceptional competencies as a lawyer, as a leader and as a dedicated partner in every single issue he deals with. Always available and forward-thinking, David has a clear understanding of the legal framework in which we do business, consistently applying his expertise for the optimal resolution of our requests. ’

‘Tier 1 in CZ- Alex Cook, Michal Jasek, David Kolacek’

Key clients

KKCG

Penta Investments and Fortuna Entertainment Group

EMMA Capital

Cinven

Mondelez

Pfizer Inc.

Amorim

SAZKA Group

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.

HB Reavis

R2G a.s.

AutoCont Holding a.s.

Swiss Life AG

Assa Abloy

Arx Equity Partners

M.L. Moran, a.s.

Colas Rail

Allianz

Teijin Limited

Colfax Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising the investment group KKCG on the sale of its company CK Fischer to German group REWE, owner of EXIM Tours and Kartago Tours in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advising ARX Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm, on the majority acquisition of TES Vsetín.
  • Advising Karlovarské minerální vody, a non-alcoholic beverage distributor in the Czech Republic, on the acquisition of Serbian producer of non-alcoholic beverages Knjaz Miloš.

CMS

CMS excels in acting on high-value transactions in the real estate, life sciences and energy sectors. The corporate practice is led by Helen Rodwell, who is the managing partner of both the Prague and Bratislava offices. Another key figure is Lukáš Janíček, who undertakes industry-specific matters in the energy and infrastructure space. Senior associate Frances Gerrard acts for multinational clients on cross-border matters, particularly those involving CEE markets.

Practice head(s):

Helen Rodwell

Other key lawyers:

Lukáš Janíček; Frances Gerrard

Key clients

Advent International

CSOB

Zentiva

Kiwi.com

Sev.en Energy Group

TPG

Enery Development

Espira Investments

AJ Gallagher

Defend Insurance

PPF

Arkance

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International and its portfolio company Zentiva on the acquisition of the CEE business of global generic and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals manufacturer Alvogen.
  • Advised Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka (CSOB), the Czech division of KBC Group and leading bank in the Czech Republic, on the EUR 240m acquisition of 45% stake in the Czech building savings bank Ceskomoravska stavebni sporitelna from Bausparkasse (CMSS).
  • Advised Sev.en Energy Group on the acquisition of two Czech coal-fired power plants based in Kladno and Zlín from Alpiq.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar's 'excellent' corporate practice is highlighted for its 'exceptional client care and innovative style' in domestic and international transactions. Jointly led by managing partner Lukáš Ševčík and corporate finance partner Jan Juroška, the team is skilled in high-value M&A and advice on spin-offs. Projects and energy-related M&A is a notable area of strength, with Kamil Blažek being the key name in this area. Counsel Karla Rundtová is recommended for restructurings, joint ventures and demergers work. The team counts a number of blue-chip companies as clients, and frequently works with global law firms on international transactions, on top of its wide pan-regional offering in Budapest.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Ševčík; Jan Juroška

Other key lawyers:

Kamil Blažek; Karla Rundtová

Testimonials

‘Kinstellar in Prague has a great set of professionals available, and especially in our case the combination of partner, counsel and associates was always very efficient. Client orientation is very high and service satisfaction of the client is followed-up closely.’

‘Excellent knowledge, exceptional client care.

They are true professionals. They have an innovative style which, in my experience in working with them, provides and tailor operational efficiency when executing transactions.

It is a team with finely honed skills, capable of handling complex issues from start to finish. They have a true business approach and an excellent grasp of deals. In addition to that, they are nice people and it is a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

Liberty Steel/Wyealands Capital

Mornington Capital

Inteva Products

Veolia Česká republika

Carvago

ČEZ a.s.

Swiss Insurevolution Partners

STADA Arzneimittel

NN Group

Portiva

Genesis Capital

Canal+ Group

Work highlights

  • Advising German steel group Max Aicher on the acquisition of enterprises of the bankrupt companies PILSEN STEEL s.r.o. and Pilsen Estates s.r.o. from their insolvent assets.
  • Advising STADA Arzneimittel AG, a German DAX listed pharma company on the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Walmark.
  • Advised GLP on an agreement to acquire Goodman Group’s Central and Eastern Europe logistics portfolio.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík's 'synchronised and consistent team' has a proven track record of handling first-of-their-kind corporate and M&A transactions, including privatisations and spin-offs, among others. The practice is jointly led by managing partner Dagmar DubeckáPetr Kasík and Martin Šolc. Areas of sector expertise for the group include real estate and banking. Also notable is that technology industry matters are handled by Drahomír Tomašuk. Associate Ján Béreš is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dagmar Dubecká; Petr Kasík; Martin Šolc

Other key lawyers:

Ján Béreš

Testimonials

‘The team is synchronized and on the same page, everyone I dealt with is up-to-date with what’s going on and I feel I am getting a consistent customer experience from the team.’

Key clients

Mattoni 1873

Solitea Group

PepsiCo CZ

Corinthia Palace Hotel Company Limited

WY Group

Bootiq s.r.o.

J&T Finance Group SE

AGPI, a.s.

Novasoft Group

J&T Group

MSX International

IGNUM s.r.o.

Vivesa holding s.r.o.

Nation 1

Sandberg Capital

Škoda Transportation

Work highlights

  • Advised Mattoni 1873, which, in a joint venture with PepsiCo, acquired Knjaz Miloš, the largest Serbian mineral water producer.
  • Advised Solitea in a merger of thirty companies from the Czech Republic and Slovakia into two national companies.
  • Advised PepsiCo on separating and selling its Toma business to Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář multidisciplinary corporate practice handles large cross-border transactions for Czech entities and multinational companies. The team, which is led by managing partner Karel Muzikář, has a particular strength in matters concerning the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector; one of its key clients in this space is Sanofi. Karel Dřevínek is the key practitioner for large and complex mergers, disposals and acquisitions. The team works closely with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's offices globally.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikář

Other key lawyers:

Karel Dřevínek

Key clients

MONETA Money Bank

Sanofi

Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank)

General Atlantic

CEZ Group

Ontario Teachers’

Knowlton Development Corporation

Fincentrum

Inven Capital

CS-Beton

Zentiva

Work highlights

  • Advising Zentiva on certain legal aspects of acquisition and integration of CEE portfolio and activities from Alvogen.
  • Advising CEZ on the sale of its 8 electricity distribution and generation companies in Bulgaria.
  • Advising Sanofi on the divestment of Sanofi´s European generics business headquartered in Prague and sale of its generics business to the international private equity group.

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

The 'extraordinary' corporate practice at White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is noted for its involvement in big-ticket M&A, and it is a first port of call among many global investors. Dual Czech Republic and US-qualified partner Petr Pánek heads up the Czech M&A team, which leverages the expertise of the firm across its Europe-wide network. It also works closely with local counsel across the Balkans. Jan Andruško handles high-value corporate transactions and serves as the lead contact for PPF Group. Elsewhere, the M&A team also excels in real-estate related work. Jan Stejskal is active in English-law governed work and is recommended for international transactions. Jan Jakoubek made partner.

Practice head(s):

Petr Pánek; Jan Andruško

Other key lawyers:

Jan Stejskal; Jan Jakoubek

Testimonials

‘Extraordinary knowledgeable and experienced team, working like a well-oiled machine. Knowing exceptionally well the client and his needs and always searching for practical approach and solutions.’

‘White & Case team we have been working with was led by the partners Jan Jakoubek, Jan Andrusko and Jan Stejskal, all based in Prague, Czech Republic. All of them are very experienced transaction lawyers with deep insight into the CEE region and very good understanding of the specific legal challenge clients face in the various CEE jurisdictions. They are focused and flexible legal professionals with very practical approach who successfully manage to guide clients in complex cross border M&A transactions.’

‘I have worked with White & Case Prague team on a number of large deals in the last couple of years and what impressed me is: – their business approach – they were always trying to understand what is best for the business, and were not only focused on the legal side – they are focused on getting the deal through; were not only elaborating the risks but were digging deep to find solutions; – they were fully dedicated to the client and were there for the client 24/7.’

‘The qualities listed above equally apply to Jan Jakoubek, Jan Stejskal and Jan Andrusko, partners in White & Case I closely cooperated with.’

Key clients

Allianz

ArcelorMittal

Arx Equity Partners

Avast

Bonatrans Group

CEZ

Czech Railways

EPH Group

Generali Group

J&T Group

LaSalle Investment Management No

M7 Real Estate No

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Mid Europa Partners

MVM Group

P3 Logistic Parks (GIC)

PPF Group

Prologis

Work highlights

  • Advised Hungary’s state-owned energy group MVM on the acquisition of the entire share capital in innogy Česká republika, a.s. (innogy) from Innogy Beteiligungsholding GmbH, a member of the Innogy/E.ON Group.
  • Represented PPF Investment Group, on multiple market segments and agreement with Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME) to acquire CME.
  • Represented Allianz Capital Partners on its co-investment in GasNet, the Czech Republic’s largest gas distributior.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. distinguishes itself in high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions under the leadership of Kateřina Winterling Vorlíčková, who has a core strength in matters involving the pharmaceutical and real estate industries. Petr Precechtel is another notable individual in the group, as is Tomáš Sedláček, who is recommended for complex restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kateřina Winterling Vorlíčková

Other key lawyers:

Petr Precechtel; Tomáš Sedláček

Testimonials

‘Creative and proactive approach to solving issues, understanding of commercial aspects of the relevant deals’

‘Katerina Vorlickova is the stand-out practitioner.’

Key clients

Allianz group

Beat Games s.r.o.

Česká pošta, s.p.

ČEZ group

EMMA GAMMA LIMITED (and its affiliates)

KAPRAIN group

Mall CZ group

NMS, a.s.

PPF Group N.V.

Rockway group

ŠKODA INVESTMENT a.s.

ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s.

Českomoravská nemovitostní a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised Beat Games s.r.o. on the sale of its company to Facebook Technologies, LLC, a subsidiary of Facebook Inc.
  • Advised the sellers on the spin-off and sale of Farmax business by SVUS Pharma to Neuraxpharm.
  • Assisted NEXTCLINICS in structuring the acquisition and subsequent merger of CGOP, BB.

Dentons

Dentons is noted for its handling of cross-border corporate deals across the CEE region and strong domestic footing. The practice continues to be instructed by long-term energy clients on high-value and international transactions, including Sev.en Energy Group . Petr Zákoucký jointly leads the group with English-law qualified Chris Watkinson who is the key contact for complex multijurisdictional M&A deals, particularly venture capital transactions. Jan Procházka has a track record acting for clients in the renewable energy and automotive sectors. The team has experience of working with its US offices (including those in Washington and New York) on complex deals.

Practice head(s):

Petr Zákoucký; Chris Watkinson

Other key lawyers:

Jan Procházka

Key clients

Sev.en Energy

EPH

KKCG/MND

BPD Partners/ Draslovka

Veolia

Rockaway

R2G

Best Hotel Properties

Geopost / DPDgroup

Warner Music International

Masonite

Luxfer Holdings

REEF Technology

Carlsberg

Garmin

Westmont

Work highlights

  • Advised Sev.en Energy on its acquisitions of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC and a share in Corsa Coal Corp.
  • Advised MND / KKCG on its bid to acquire Innogy Ceska republika a.s., the largest incumbent gas retail retailer in the Czech Republic, in a tender process.
  • Advised GeoPost/DPD group on the acquisition of Czech and Slovak parcel delivery operations of the German logistics group Geis.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. has 'one of the best legal teams for transactions'. Its practice is led by managing partner Vladimíra Glatzová, who handles multijurisdictional matters for industry leaders such as ArcelorMittal. Jan Veselý advises private equity clients and financial sector clients on high-value sales and joint venture programmes. Libor Němec is experienced in regulatory work. Jiří Sixta and Jindřich Král are also recommended. The team works on a cross-border basis with its office in Slovakia, where Veronika Pázmányová is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Vladimíra Glatzová; Jiří Sixta; Jindřich Král; Jan Veselý

Testimonials

‘Glatzova & Co. has one of the best legal teams for the transaction type of work. The team is versatile, innovative, and efficiently managed. A local law firm with the qualities of a magic circle law firm.’

‘Libor Nemec clearly stands out as the leading individual. His business acumen, straightforward approach to problem-solving, and breadth of legal knowledge makes him an invaluable legal asset in any transaction. He has a very persuasive negotiation style while always remaining calm and professional. It is pleased to work with him. ’

‘They have a very well-coordinated team and divided work, so even in the event of a temporary outage of someone on the team, the client will not recognize it. Everything works like a precision watch, including the promised times’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Arcelor Mittal Ostrava

DRFG Chytrý Honza

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

Renomia Group

Vinolok a.s. (Preciosa Group)

Innogy SE

Pale Fire Capital

Reflex Capital

AUTOCONT (Aricoma/KKCG Group)

KKCG, Conectart

Perfect Canteen

Messer Group

Bohemia Properties

Contabo Group

Hexagon AB

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jan Hotels on the acquisition of the 3* Hotel Carol in Prague and in the process of acquisition financing from UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.
  • Acted for Contabo Group on the acquisition of the Czech company VS Hosting s.r.o.
  • Advised Perfect Canteen on the sale of its majority stake to the Holding Hopi.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners corporate practice is noted for its ability to 'quickly grasp the commercial side of legal issues', and its team has a strong track record handling large cross-border transactions for clients. The practice is jointly led by antitrust specialist Radan Kubr and Martin Kříž who splits his time between Prague and Bratislava. The team remains the preferred counsel of choice for many international firms on their most complex global deals. The group acts on cross-border matters pertaining to sales of local subsidiaries for multinationals and restructuring portfolios. Roman Pečenka handles real estate-related M&A work and is also the key contact for energy sector clients. Jan Kohout , who heads up the Russian desk, is recommended for complex restructurings and project financing matters. The team expanded its headcount with the arrival of Milan Sivý who joined from the former Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (now Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář) team in Prague.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kříž; Radan Kubr

Other key lawyers:

Roman Pečenka; Jan Kohout; Milan Sivý

Testimonials

‘The team we have been working with is very available when needed. It is our experience that the team of PRK is able to quickly grasp the commercial side of legal issues, and can reflect that understanding in their legal opinion and council. This is obviously extremely useful for us, not only because it saves a lot of time.’

‘We just like working with them, knowledgeable legal opinions, reasonable/balanced council, very professional attitude, which give us the impression that “PRK thinks with us”. They do not try to upsell other services while addressing specific legal issues.’

Key clients

Aceur Investment S.A.

Wenaasgruppen AS

Crown Metals Trading AG

Sogecap (Société Générale Group)

Nissan International SA

PromethistAI a.s.

Clover Wireless

Van Leeuwen Buizen Groep BV

S&T CZ s.r.o.

MSA, a.s.

DH CENTRUM s.r.o.

ZOOM International a.s.

Price f(x) AG

Mankiw Solutions, a.s.

EBZ SE

Rémy Cointreau

CTP Group a.s.

METRO Properties ČR s.r.o.

ChelPipe Group

Philip Morris ČR a.s.

Bristol-Myers Squibb SA

Work highlights

  • Advised CTP Group a.s. on the large internal restructuring of its Czech industrial portfolio.
  • Advised METRO properties on sale-and-leaseback transactions of MAKRO cash & carry stores in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised a leading French insurer on the acquisition of a minority stake in CD Insurance Holding a.s., being a parent company of an online life insurance startup Mutumutu s.r.o.

Schoenherr Czech Republic

Schoenherr Czech Republic is strong in cross-border transactions across the CEE region and it offers multinational clients both Czech and Slovak law expertise. The corporate practice works across the manufacturing, automotive and infrastructure sectors on a variety of corporate mandates, including venture capital and other complex transactions. Team head Vladimír Čížek has a proven track record advising on financial regulation matters. In addition, the group also contains Martin Kubánek who has over two decades of transactional experience, particularly in the real estate sector, and Michal Jendželovský who recently joined from JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o..

Practice head(s):

Vladimír Čížek

Other key lawyers:

Martin Kubánek; Michal Jendželovský

Testimonials

‘international, professional, profound’

‘Vladimir Cizek – professional, super responsive, great business mind-set and pragmatic’

Key clients

CESI

Facebook

Apax Partners

Docu Group Sweden

Inteliquent

Deutsche Lufthansa

Torrot Electric Europa

Jones Lang LaSalle

PORTIVA Private Equity

Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall

Energetický a průmylový holding

METRO

UNIQA Insurance Group

Investindustrial Advisors

Advent International Corporation

Bosch

Cooper Standard

Daimler

Evo Payments

FlixBus

ALUDYNE (Formerly CHASSIX)

Magna

Lidl

Mast-Jaegermeister

Work highlights

  • Advised UNIQA on €1bn transaction in the CEE region, on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.
  • Advised Facebook, Inc. – and its VR platform Oculus Studios – on the acquisition of a 100% share of Czech games studio, Beat Games s.r.o
  • Advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in ADCO Group.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's corporate group, which is noted for its 'ability to immediately understand the client's needs', is highly active in cross-border mid-market transactions. Group head Radek Janeček is skilled in private equity transactions and M&A (including real estate-related deals). Facilitated by its London team, the firm also has English law capabilities, making it a strong choice among both local and international clients. Senior associate Lenka Nová is also recommended. Ivan Karpják joined Johnson & Johnson in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Radek Janeček

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Nová

Testimonials

‘SPB team is a team of professionals. We value their judgment, analytical research skills, creativity, and mostly understanding our business, responsiveness, and client care.’

‘very professional approach team of professionals high level of skills ’

‘individual approach’

‘very robust knowledge about Czech and international law. Good understanding the connection between business, finance and legal documentation’

‘The ability to immediately understand the client’s needs and to offer a solution to the problem for which assistance is required in a very short time.’

‘The people with whom I related were all very helpful, kind, and professional. In particular, I worked with Ms. Lenka Nova and Mr. Marek Hrubes, in which I found not only the professional qualities mentioned above but also great intelligence, humility, simplicity of presentation, and the ability to meet clients’ needs. This was very much appreciated by the business group I work for.’

Key clients

ARX Equity Partners

Blount

ESPIRA Investments s.r.o.

Klarity Intelligence, Inc.

Live Nation

Low & Bonar PLC

Lincoln Electric

MacDermid CZ s.r.o.

Materion Corporation

Milos s.r.o.

REDSTONE REAL ESTATE, a.s.

Renomia

RWS Moravia

R2G

Ytica

ZOOM International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Air Liquide S.A. on the sale of its subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Messer Group GmbH.
  • Advised Blount International on the liquidation of its subsidiary.
  • Advised Milos on the acquisition of a Dutch company in the entertainment industry.

Weinhold Legal

At Weinhold Legal, the corporate group provides a 'high-quality service' and acts on mid-market transactions for clients operating in the manufacturing, hospitality and technology industries. Practice head Daniel Weinhold undertakes a mix of commercial, day-to-day corporate, regulatory and M&A work. Pav Younis is another key figure in the team, which also works in the Brno office.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Weinhold

Other key lawyers:

Martin Lukáš; Pav Younis; Tomáš Čermák

Testimonials

‘The entire team of Weinhold legal has always provided us high-quality service, we can only recommend the services and we appreciate this partner as an important part for our company. Its business understanding and hard work helps us to be a step ahead of others in a professional field.’

‘In the area of Commercial, corporate and M&A law I would highlight Martin Lukas’

‘Great experience with international and transatlantic M&A. Great international profile.’

‘Pav Younis – UK and Continental law profile Martin Lukas – industry knowledge’

Key clients

AccorInvest Group

Benson Oak Capital

RENOMIA

Lagardére Travel Retail

Kyocera

Transdev

Tech Mahindra

Broadview

Pneumax Holding

Vitrablok

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Klikpojisteni. cz, including the private equity arm of Benson Oak Capital, on the sale of their 100% stake in Klikpojisteni.cz (“Klik”).
  • Assisted Lagardére Travel Retail with the concession procedure that it won to become the operator of duty-free shops at Václav Havel Airport.
  • Advised Broadview on the Czech aspects of its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Direct Online Services (DOS).

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss' corporate practice is led by Tereza Naučová, who joined as counsel from Kinstellar in 2019. The firm provides a full service to clients on all aspects of transactions, with its team's corporate law expertise being complemented by knowledge of merger control, transaction financing and dispute resolution. Robert Pelikán has both Czech and Slovak law expertise and is the key contact for merger control matters. whilst Kamila Seberová (who joined from Rada & Partner in 2019) heads up the life sciences team. The group's areas of activity include construction, energy and technology.

Practice head(s):

Tereza Naučová

Other key lawyers:

Robert Pelikán; Kamila Seberová 

Key clients

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces

Facebook Inc.

TA Associates LLP

Teren Operations Czech LLC

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces on the acquisition of local entity Technistone s.r.o.
  • Advising Facebook Inc on its acquisition of Beat Games, a Czech video game development company behind the hit virtual-reality game “Beat Saber”.
  • Assisting the private equity firm TA Associates with the acquisition of Klikpojisteni.cz, a leading online insurance brokerage company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal has 'in-depth knowledge of the law' and is experienced in handling M&A for clients operating in the energy and infrastructure arena. Practice head Alois Šatava, who advises on private equity transactions, has over two decades of experience in corporate law. The team also includes Martin Řanda, who is recommended for cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Alois Šatava

Other key lawyers:

Martin Řanda

Testimonials

‘They are all excellent professionals with in-depth knowledge, but are also eager to understand the specifics of our business. 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 Řanda, the managing partner, has impressive negotiation skills and he adds a lot to deals with his commercial view.’

Key clients

JUFA Investment Group

Pražské služby a.s. (Prague Services in English)

Zdroj pitné vody Káraný, a.s. (Drinking Water Source Káraný in English)

JCDecaux

BSWW Trust and the funds represented by BSWW Trust

Biskupství brněnské

GE Medical Systems Czech Republic

CHEVAK Cheb, a.s

RN Solutions a.s.

Randion s.r.o.

ČSAD Česká Lípa, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Complete legal services to Pražské služby, a.s. in the area of corporate law and corporate governance.
  • Providing JCDecaux Group (RENCAR PRAHA, a.s., JCDecaux, Městský Mobiliář, spol. s r.o.) with complete legal services.
  • Assisting JUFA Investment Group with the acquisition of a 100% share in the company FVE Triangle.

bnt attorneys-at-law

bnt attorneys-at-law, whose team is led by Jan Šafránek, covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions and merger work, particularly in the real estate sector. The group acts for local start-ups and private clients on commercial matters. Peter Maysenhölder, who is dual-qualified to practise German law and Czech law, is the name to note for securities work. The Prague-based group frequently works with practitioners in the Budapest and Bratislava offices.

Practice head(s):

Jan Šafránek

Key clients

CESTA DOMŮ z.ú.

DEFEND INSURANCE HOLDING No

DOROTHEUM spol. s r.o.

GAUDLITZ GmbH / GAUDLITZ PRECISION s.r.o.

GEOSAN DEVELOPMENT s.r.o.

HITACHI

MERONA HOLDING

PRAGUE AT, a.s.

PREVIO s.r.o. (Hotel.cz)

RSJ INVESTMENTS SICAV a.s.

VNG ENERGIE

WET WIPES International s.r.o. – Romana Luitjens

WITTE AUTOMOTIVE s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing WITTE AUTOMOTIVE s.r.o. in all legal areas and providing advisory on an on-going basis on their day-to-day corporate-law.
  • Representing PRAGUE AT, a.s. which has been authorized for development, construction and also final operation of the railway connection between Vaclav Havel Airport Prague and Prague city centre.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper, which covers the full spectrum of corporate work for clients, is notably active in mid to high-value domestic and cross-border transactions. Managing partner Miroslav Dubovský, who leads the team, is experienced in real-estate related M&A and complex restructurings. The group regularly works with its London office on high-profile restructuring matters. Senior associate Petr Samec focuses on commercial contracts and merger advice.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Dubovský

Other key lawyers:

Petr Samec

Key clients

Warhorse Studio

Asmodee

Immofinanz

United Internet

Brockwell Insurance

WeWork

Cushman & Wakefield

Themis Capital

Arconic

Kiwi.com

Work highlights

  • Advised Inven Capital SICAV, a.s., a venture capital fund, backed by a major European energy utility ČEZ, a.s., on its investment into Swedish company Eliq AB.
  • Advising founders of kiwi.com, a leading Czech online travel booking platform on its organisation structure with main investor General Atlantic.
  • Advising Axiell Group AB, a Swedish company providing software solutions for archiving services on the acquisition of MUSOFT.CZ.

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.'s corporate team handles mid-value transactions in the domestic market and is noted for its 'creative, solid, and dependable' approach. Practice head Radek Váňa, who joined from the SAZKA Group, handles the main bulk of the M&A matters and heads up the Russain desk. Stanislav Dvořák is the name for insolvency matters and capital markets transactions. Michal Hrabovský advises international clients on transactional work and competition matters. The team has Slovak law expertise and acts for German clients.

Practice head(s):

Radek Váňa; Stanislav Dvořák

Testimonials

‘Creative, solid, dependable.’

‘Dr. Stanislav Dvorak – one of the best lawyers I have come to know and work with.’

Key clients

DER Touristik Group (part of REWE)

Safestay PLC

Strojmetal

Emma Capital

EGAP

Český strojírenský holding

PSP Engineering

Conseq

Albert

Work highlights

  • Advised REWE Group on a landmark travel acquisition of CK Fischer.
  • Advised the founder of Strojmetal on a widely publicized dispute with Metalimex, resulting in the successful sale of Strojmetal to Metalimex.
  • Advised the Czech government’s export insurer EGAP in connection with the government’s €5bn Covid-related corporate guarantee program intended for exporters.

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law focuses on all aspects of corporate work, particularly handling cross-border transactional work with its team in Slovakia. The group is jointly led by a trio of key partners, including Jaroslav Havel, Jan Koval (who handles corporate restructuring matters) and Václav Audes (who advises international investors). On the IT and technology side, Jan Diblik is described by clients as a 'true star'. The group also handles insolvency proceedings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Havel; Jan Koval; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Jan Diblik

Testimonials

‘Havel & Partners are like the Slaughter & May of the Czech Republic: they field partners who have a broad enough knowledge of all potentially relevant legal areas that they can act as a single consistent contact point with the client, while also being able to identify when they need specialist input from elsewhere in their firm.’

‘Jan Diblik is an excellent lead partner for all our work. We have deep trust and confidence in him, which has been built up from many years of excellent advice and service. I feel like he cares as much about our business as I, and the rest of my colleagues, do. He is incredibly pro-active and acts more like an in-house lawyer embedded within our business, rather than an arms-length external adviser. I don’t recall ever having to chase him or his team up and I don’t recall ever having received advice that I consider to be sub-standard. Jan is a true star and there are several other stars in his team.’

Key clients

Wüstenrot & Württenbergische AG

Oriens Im Hungarz Kft.

Innogy SE

HELIFREAK Limited

Vexve Oy (DevCo Partners Group)

Consilium

Gunnebo Holding AB

Pivovary Staropramen

Genesis Private Equity Fund III

Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advice to E.ON group on the sale of innogy Česká republika a.s., the Czech Republic’s largest distributor of natural gas.
  • Advised Wüstenrot & Württenbergische AG on the sale of Wüstenrot – stavební pojišťovna a.s. and Wüstenrot hypotéční banka a.s. to MONETA Money Bank, a.s.
  • Advised IMECON Containers (of Oriens IM Hungary Group) on acquisition of PEGAS CONTAINER s.r.o. and Sharkmetal s.r.o. from a private owner.

Noerr s.r.o.

Noerr s.r.o. has a focus on domestic deals for clients operating in the consumer products and automotive sectors. The corporate group is led by Barbara Kusak, who has CEE-wide M&A expertise and advises foreign investors. Corporate mandates involving regulated industries (such as the pharmaceuticals sector) are handled by Petr HrnčířBořivoj Líbal is recommended for real estate work. The team also advises German-speaking clients and leverages the expertise of practitioners in the Munich and Berlin offices.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kusak

Other key lawyers:

Petr Hrnčíř; Bořivoj Líbal

Key clients

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG

Daimler AG

Nidec Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: MTSC)

National Engineering Industries Limited (NEI) (part of Indian CK Birla Group)

Kaufland Czech Republic

Associated British Foods

Cemex

Bauer Media

Skoda auto

ISS (listed international facility services group)

Optegra UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Apollo Global Management on the sale of its pan-European logistics platform Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC.
  • Advising SIGNA Group on the sale of CEE furniture chain Kika/Leiner to XXXLutz.

NOVALIA Attorneys-at-law

The boutique corporate practice at NOVALIA Attorneys-at-law is known for its strength in the technology space and it is skilled in advising start-ups and digital clients on transactional matters. The 'proactive' team is led by US-qualified Bill Finney, who advises on the US law aspects of deals and market entry. Jakub Cisar is also highly rated by clients, as is Pavel Marc.

Practice head(s):

Bill Finney

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Cisar; Pavel Marc

Testimonials

‘Jakub Cisar is a very knowledgeable professional’

‘They’re proactive and very well acquainted with modern technology and the startup world – both as in working with clients (communication etc.) and with the unique legal aspects of those.

They have diverse expertise in the team and international reach, including an American partner; where they can’t offer in-house international expertise, they’re quick to suggest and coordinate the best and cost-effective international help.

‘They’re well connected in the local ecosystem and, despite the opportunity to collaborate mostly online, in-person meetings are easy thanks to their downtown Prague offices.

‘Jakub Cisar is the partner we mostly work with. He’s always available and approachable, always quick to understand our problems, proactive in identifying potential issues, and a great diplomat when it comes to contract negotiations. As a notoriously cash-strapped startup, we also appreciate the ability to propose cost-effective solutions where appropriate.’

Key clients

Baxter

Takeda (sanaplasma)

Novavax

Kiwi.com

CreativeDock

Burda International

Tyrolit

Gefco

Agrana / Moravskoslezské cukrovary

Work highlights

  • Advised Czech vaccines manufacturer Praha Vaccines on the sale of the company; Serum Institute of India to the US biotech company Novavax.
  • Representing FLE GmbH, a LFPI Group company, on the purchase and lease-back to Metro AG.
  • Advising on the sale of HVAC supplier Sinclair Global Group to an institutional investor.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

PETERKA & PARTNERS' corporate group is highlighted for its 'excellence and efficiency'. It provides clients with a cross-practice approach by drawing upon the firm's expertise in areas such as banking and competition. The team is jointly led by employment expert Gabriela Hájková and Adela Krbcova, and advises on complex transactions and company restructurings. The group's CEE-wide reach allows it to handle large multijurisdictional deals and work with its offices in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Ondrej Dusek advises on contract law and holds the SKANSKA group as a key client.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Hajkova; Adela Krbcova

Other key lawyers:

Ondrej Dusek

Testimonials

‘Very useful in international deals. knows how to explain the local rules to foreigners.’

‘Both a very professional and practical approach. Ondrej Peterka was very helpful in the course of our file together.’

‘We have worked with P&P for many years and they provide full legal services and they are a no-nonsense and to the point law firm with excellence and efficiency in their services.’

Key clients

ACER

AMIQUAR

ATALIAN

BELLMER

DESCOURS & CABAUD

EMERSON

J&T First Ventures

Menard Sp. z o.o.

MYLAN

PROGRAIN INTERNATIONAL INC.

Subsidiaries of SAMLERHUSET Group

SKANSKA PROPERTY

Work highlights

  • Advised ACER on intragroup reorganization within the Czech and Polish jurisdictions.
  • Provided day-to-day assistance, including registration in the Commercial Register and UBO Register, annual statutory duties of various subsidiaries, and corporate and administrative matters related to the business activities of six Czech EMERSON subsidiaries.
  • Advised DESCOURS & CABAUD on the acquisition of CRAVT s.r.o., a Czech industrial company.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár's 'outstanding' team is a strong performer in domestic and international M&A deals. Led by Iva Zothová and Tomas Schollaert, the practice handles corporate transactions for technology sector clients. Jana Pattynová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iva Zothová; Tomas Schollaert

Other key lawyers:

Jana Pattynová

Testimonials

‘Personal service, highly flexible and responsive.’

‘Iva Zothova – great service, long-standing relationship. Always there.’

‘The Pierstone team is very responsive and combines international experience with local expertise. They have outstanding experience with regional M&A deals, covering ’

‘I have worked primarily with Iva Zothova, partner responsible for the M&A and corporate practice. I have worked with Iva for more than 20 years and she has always provided swift and to-the point practical legal advice, helping to swiftly close the deals she was involved in. I can also highly recommend Jana Pattynova’

‘Very professional, attention to details and commercial acumen – simply people you want to deal with professionally and personally’

‘Jana Pattynova – by far the best professional, very commercially shrewd, at the same time pays attention to every legal detail – super lawyer! Further, Iva Zothova is an excellent professional with attention to every detail but also practical life surrounding the client in its particular business sector’

‘Iva Zothova – technically very qualified, proactive’

Key clients

Microsoft

Socialbakers

Bidfood Czech Republic

Unilin (a member of the Mohawk group)

Sprint Nextel

Unibail Rodamco

Tesco

Gamee

Poetizer

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář handles cross-border transactions across the CEE region and beyond via its PwC global network. The corporate group is skilled in M&A, MBOs and MBIs, foreign direct investments and privatisations, among many other matters. Radek Buršík jointly leads the team with Petr Kincl, Daniel Pikal and Vendelín Balog.

Practice head(s):

Radek Buršík; Petr Kincl; Daniel Pikal; Vendelín Balog

Work highlights

  • Advised the U City Group on internal restructuring, involving the incorporation of hotels previously purchased by Vienna House into its portfolio and the restructuring of the Vienna House Diplomat Prague hotel.

Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office

Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office's corporate team, which is 'very experienced and strongly devoted to their clients', handles mid-market transactions for a variety of clients. Energy sector expert Lucie Vožehová leads the team, which includes Lucie Oršulová and senior associate Michaela Kmochová.

Practice head(s):

Lucie Vožehová

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Oršulová; Michaela Kmochová

Testimonials

‘This practice is a team of very experienced lawyers, strongly devoted to their clients. Clients appreciate the high professionalism of the team, individual access to clients, and an innovative approach in resolving the clients’ demands. This makes the practice well-known among entrepreneurs.’

‘Lucie Orsulova. She gives attention to her clients to the extent that no other attorney or office does. She invests her time to get to know the client’

‘Deep knowledge in RE transactions and business approach demonstrated by Lucie Orsulova and Michaela Kmochova is a real differentiator. Furthermore, fairness and integrity demonstrated in relation to the negotiations really supported success of both the parties/clients within the transaction.’

‘Lucie Orsulova is an excellent partner showing both deep technical knowledge and business experience needed for successful transactions. Michaela Kmochova is an excellent technical leader of the negotiations with a deep business insight coming from her long experience. Both the ladies are exceptional compared to the market standard. ’

‘Since we have been working with BV law for so long, they know our area of business, they know how we operate, our internal procedures and how things work. We do not have to go over details pertaining to our business and our mode of operation, our corporate structure, as well as manner of business operation, over and over again. BV law personnel can offer tailor-made advice to us and our needs. They are very prompt and accurate in their legal advice as well as very practical. The lawyers can assess the situation and suggest the best solution not only from legal perspective but also suiting our commercial needs, corporate structure and technical capability. ’

‘They understand where there is an urgency and it is necessary to act and assist us even though it is late on Friday afternoon. The BV Law lawyers always see to it that the matter is dealt with duly and in time and give all the necessary attention to successfully resolve all the problems and close the matter.

‘M&A dedicated experienced team. Good knowledge of Czech practice and regulations’

Key clients

Lactalis Group

VINCI ENERGIES

Soletanche Freyssinet/NUVIA

AŽD Praha s.r.o.

Karlín Group

AXIANS – Czech subsidiary

Bridgestone Europe NV/SA

Shell Czech Republic a.s.

Schülke & Mayr GmbH

ALIMPEX FOOD, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised Soletanche Freyssinet/Nuvia/VINCI Energies on acquisitions of VARS Brno, Trellis, Envinet, ARKO Technology and during processes of potential acquisitions of other companies.
  • Ongoing advice on corporate matters to Czech entities belonging to Lactalis group in the Czech Republic

Balcar, Polanský & Spol

Balcar, Polanský & Spol is well-placed to handle both domestic and cross-border corporate work, with it having an alliance with regional firms, including those in Slovakia. The team, which is led by Radim Polanský, is experienced in M&A, private equity investments and reorganisations. Lenka Naxerová is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Radim Polansky

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Naxerová

Key clients

OZAP

ASV Asset Management

INTEGRA

CreditKasa

Czech Fire Group

Sandvik

ProInterier

PSG CR

SLADEK GROUP

Trei Real Estate

Arrow International

JS Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity investor JS Investments on the acquisition of the remaining 50 percent share (based on execution of call option right) in premium automobile dealer operating in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised private equity investor ASV Asset Management on the acquisition of an SPV.
  • Advising Czech Fire Group on corporate restructuring.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář focuses on corporate transactions and restructuring matters for a variety of clients, including tech start-ups and international corporations. Ivan Sagál leads the team, which includes associates Gabriela Malá and Ľubomír Brečka, who are noted for their banking expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Malá; Ľubomír Brečka

Key clients

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd (part of Cyrus Poonawalla Group)

KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o.

Piston Rings Komarov s.r.o.

T. K. Boesen Capital Partners / Equinox AI B.V.

Widex Line, member of the WS Audiology Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd (part of Cyrus Poonawalla Group)  on the sale of its Czech unit, the company Praha Vaccines a.s., to the company Novavax AB, Swedish subsidiary of Novavax Inc.
  • Advising  T. K. Boesen Capital Partners, a Danish private equity investor, in connection with establishing a commercial relationship with foreign-based FX exchanges and with the establishment of a Dutch subsidiary.
  • Assisting KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o. which is a subsidiary wholly owned by Komerční Banka, a.s. (a member of Société Générale Group) with its entry into the company upvest s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. is noted for its 'diligence and prompt advice'. The practice is led by Arthur Braun, who has over two decades of expertise in the corporate field. The team handles corporate transactions and advises on cross-border work via its regional network for offices across Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. David Vosol is recommended for real estate-related merger matters. The group is particularly known for its work with German-speaking clients in the market.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Braun

Other key lawyers:

David Vosol

Testimonials

‘diligently offers a broad variety of expertise’

‘Arthur Braun: prompt reaction and helpful advice’

Key clients

MVGM

ČEMOS

Carrier Transicold EMEAR

Antaris Solar AG

OTIS

Tenneco

SAG Services

American PE fund

Ingenico

ELK

Sedlák Interiér

Immofinanz

Stewart Title

RWA

Work highlights

  • Representing real estate providor MVGM in the acquisition agreement with Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • Representing ČEMOS a.s. in the acquisition of shares in Úněšovský statek a.s. and transfer of agricultural land.
  • Advice to Carrier Transicold regarding the sale of its Czech subisidiary and distribution agreements.

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners is able to leverage its CEE-wide network to handle mid-market cross-border transactions. The team works closely with practitioners in the litigation group to handle disputes arising from previous M&A transactions for investors. The practice, which is jointly led by managing partner Petr Kališ and new partner Lukáš Srbecký, has 'in-depth knowledge' and is skilled in restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Petr Kališ; Lukáš Srbecký

Testimonials

‘Ability to provide quick and understandable advice, focus on economic consequences, negotiation skills, orientation in the corporate law even under insolvency regime.’

‘All the CERHA HEMPEL lawyers are very communicative and always ready to help. We also appreciate their in-depth knowledge of multiple areas of law.’

Key clients

XXX Lutz KG

Elysian Capital LLP

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

Mirova Eurofideme IV / BPCE Group

MEDIN, a.s.

HERVIS Sport a móda, s.r.o.

Vienna House Capital GmbH

RENTOKIL INITIAL

Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.

Rimowa (LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE)

Audemars Piguet (Prague) s.r.o.

Wipac (Carclo)

FCC Group

Ciotola S.r.l.

O-PAC S.r.L.

LISI AUTOMOTIVE

RECOOP TOUR, a.s.

TUNGRAM

Aon (Project Star)

GREENVALE Ltd

Xmarton s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised XXX Lutz on the acquisition of KIKA from Signa Holding.
  • Assisted Elysian Capital LLP on the acquisition of part of the shares of Mergon, with respect to the Czech branch of Mergon.
  • Advises SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH and current minor shareholder on the sale of shares amounting to 77% in a shopping centre, in Prague – EUROPARK.

JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.

JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. has a number of longstanding corporate clients, for whom it covers domestic and cross-border deals. The group, which is jointly led by Tomáš Doležil and Roman Kramarík, advises on all aspects of M&A deals. Marta Fišnerová made partner and Michal Jendželovský departed to Schoenherr Czech Republic in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Doležil; Roman Kramařík

Other key lawyers:

Marta Fišnerová

Key clients

COLAS CZ

BHS Private Equity Fund

TREVOS

Nation 1

Pavel Schwarz, BUDEX direct s.r.o.

Cloud4Com

Tilia Impact Ventures

KKCG

Liberty Ostrava

Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy

Československá obchodní banka

Work highlights

  • Advising Catalyst Capital Group on its acquisition of the Olympia shopping centre in Olomouc.
  • Advising BHS Private Equity Fund on the acquisition of DCK Holoubkov Bohemia a.s., and representing the client in the negotiation of third-party loan financing of the acquisition and operations of the target company.
  • Advising Pavel Schwarz, BUDEX direct s.r.o., shareholders of GOPAY on a landmark deal in the Czech financial sector, which concerned the sale of GOPAY.

ROWAN LEGAL

ROWAN LEGAL's corporate practice provides an 'excellent service' to clients, covering local and cross-border transactions for clients operating in the engineering, energy and transportation sectors. Martin Janoušek specialises in joint venture structures and public investment matters. He co-heads the practice with Ondřej Křížek, who also leads the tax group. Martin Šubrt is the key banking contact who leads on all financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Janoušek; Ondřej Křížek

Other key lawyers:

Martin Šubrt

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge, high experience, flexibility, big team = enough capacity even for difficult cases, complex services including law, tax and related themes’

‘Personal approach, deep knowledge on the subject’

‘Deep knowledge, proposing innovative solutions’

‘Working with ROWAN LEGAL is a very good experience. All the information is communicated to us in the way we understand and the pricing is always clear. They are always trying to see all angles of the problems and find the best solution for us. ’

‘Excellent services, flexible approach, deep knowledge of the law and wide experience. ROWAN LEGAL are able to apply the law in the business environment specific to our business – this is one of the most important things for us.’

Key clients

Czech Republic (represented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade)

CENTRAL EUROPE INDUSTRY PARTNERS, a.s. (CEIP)

AVE CZ odpadové hospodářství s.r.o.

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s.

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o.

ERICSSON spol. s r.o.

CGI IT Czech Republic s.r.o.

Solar Turbines EAME s.r.o.

AURES Holdings a.s.

BRANDEIS CLINIC, s.r.o.

ELCOM, a.s.

AVISUM SE

Elektrizace Praha spol. s r.o.

datasapiens a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Industry and Trade on negotiating a legal framework regarding cooperation between the Czech Republic and ČEZ.
  • Providing full corporate support to Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s. in connection with a complex and multi-layered project.
  • Advising ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o., a daughter company of the top Czech car producer SKODA AUTO, on corporate, tax and contractual matters within its “BeRider” sub-project.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic covers local and CEE wide transactions for leading clients, including investment firms and private equity funds. Led by Janka Brezániová, the corporate group handles mergers, day-to-day corporate law advice and capital markets work. Markéta Deimelová, who heads up the commercial group, is also recommended for her merger control expertise. Jakub Adam joined as a lateral partner from DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Janka Brezániová; Markéta Deimelová

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Adam

Key clients

The Rohatyn Group

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, the Mumbai-headquartered pharmaceutical company, on the sale of its central nervous system (CNS) product portfolio business in Poland.
  • Advised Rohatyn Group on its investment in Optimapharm d.d. (Optimapharm).