Dispute resolution in Czech Republic

Allen & Overy

The dispute resolution team at Allen & Overy works on an increasing number of cross-border disputes, relying on the firm's wide network of international offices to do so. The team additionally handles international arbitrations, particularly those in the investment and commercial spaces. The team is able to handle the gamut of disputes, including competition, employment, patent, and shareholders' litigation, as well as compliance and anti-corruption work, and appears regularly in front of the Czech Supreme Court. Prokop Verner leads the team jointly with associate Robert Pavlů; the latter regularly represents corporations and financial institutions in regulatory challenges. Associate Markéta Císařová is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner; Robert Pavlů


Other key lawyers:

Markéta Císařová


Testimonials

‘Robert Pavlů is a great lawyer to work with. He is well organised and makes complicated meetings smooth. He is able to articulate difficult topics both verbally and in writing. He is representative in court.’

‘Markéta Císařová excels with her communication skills.’

‘A&O has a strong disputes team that is really client focused.’

Key clients

Viterra Czech


Credendo Short – Term EU Risks úvěrová pojišťovna


České Radiokomunikace


Citibank


Komerční banka


UniCredit Bank


STRABAG


Work highlights


  • Representing Citibank in litigation in which the insolvency trustee of ČKD Praha DIZ seeks the repayment of cash collateral provided in connection with bank guarantees.
  • Represented České Radiokomunikace in unfair competition claims for misuse of transition of terrestrial broadcasting from DVB-T to DVB-T2 technology by Canal+ Luxembourg.

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

The dispute resolution team at Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář works on major cases across all industry sectors, with specific expertise in the banking and finance, and automotive spheres. Clients of the practice are equally weighted between international and domestic names, and the firm’s offices across the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and other jurisdictions allow for the provision of specialised local and international knowledge. Martin Hrodek is the head of the team, and focuses on dispute resolution, as well as domestic and international arbitration. At the associate level, Martina Marchand is noted.


Practice head(s):

Martin Hrodek


Other key lawyers:

Martina Marchand; Kristína Bartošková


Testimonials

‘They have great knowledge of arbitration proceedings, including international arbitration, and flexible communication with clients. They take a pro-client approach, have a high work ethic, and a perfect network of cooperative attorneys around the world.’

‘Martin Hrodek is the top Czech expert in the area of arbitration, is practical and, thinks strategically. Kristina Bartošková is an experienced attorney, with innovative thinking.’

‘Very good litigation team, they are experienced and very effective. They are able to pay attention to the smallest details which may turn the litigation results to their benefit, and think ahead of the problem.’

Key clients

ADM International Sarl


AT&T


Československá obchodní banka, a. s. (ČSOB)


Commerzbank, a.s.


Credit Suisse AG


CTP Invest spol. s r.o.


Czech Export Bank, a.s.


Dura Automotive


Eckes AG


EP Industries a.s.


ERB bank, a.s.


ESSAR PROJECTS LIMITED


HDI Versicherung AG


Kofola ČeskoSlovensko a.s.


Sberbank CZ, a.s. v likvidaci


Work highlights


  • Represented Credit Suisse in the insolvency proceedings of Kavčí Hory, a developer.
  • Represented Eckes in disputes with minority shareholders of Stock Pilsen regarding the amount of consideration paid to them due to a squeeze-out.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

At BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o., the litigation and arbitration practice represents clients in a wide range of cases, including post-M&A, deferred payment and warranty claims, as well as shareholder disputes. The practice represents clients in numerous international courts, from the European Court of Human Rights to the Zurich Chamber of Commerce. Founding partner František Honsa leads the team alongside Vladimír Uhde and Robert Klenka. Tomáš Politzer is another key figure in the team.


Practice head(s):

František Honsa; Vladimír Uhde; Robert Klenka


Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Politzer; Petr Vošahlík; Jan Kadrnožka; Petra Borkovcová


Testimonials

‘Excellent problem solving approved by courts in situations where other renowned experts failed to find solutions.’

‘Robert Klenka, Jan Kadrnožka and Petra Borkovcová are worth noting in the insolvency and litigation field. Great teamwork. Excellent outputs – super clear, short, understandable, persuasive, and right to the point. All three are always ready to help.’

‘Very good team with both expertise and market knowledge. Able to step in competently in a variety of arbitral disputes, very well respected in their market and effective arbitration lawyers.’

‘František Honsa is the elder statesman. Petr Vošahlík is an excellent dispute lawyer – he is very smart, organised, makes intelligent and effective arguments, and is a good orator.’

Key clients

AB-Credit


Amadeus Real, a.s.


AMC Networks International


Compag Mlada Boleslav s.r.o.


Stadler Deutschland GmbH


Skoda Transportation a.s.


O2 Czech Republic a.s.


Accor invest S.A


PPF Group


Safe Diesel s.r.o.


EMMA Capital Group


Work highlights


  • Representing Safe Diesel, an aggregation of aggrieved customers of the Volkswagen Group, in the Dieselgate scandal.
  • Represented AMÁDEUS Real Estate Group in several real estate disputes in various regions of the Czech Republic.
  • Defended O2 Czech Republic in claims based on an alleged margin squeeze, which were raised by its current or former competitors.

Dentons

The dispute resolution team at Dentons excels in high-profile commercial and corporate disputes, as well as litigation with a nexus to the automotive and energy sectors, and white-collar crime cases. The recent period has been characterised by team growth, with the arrival of Zdeněk Kučera from Kinstellar in March 2022, and Radim Kotrba from David & Macek in January 2023. Ladislav Smejkal is the head of the team, and regularly handles white-collar crime, construction, and employment cases. Senior associate Boris Tregler is another key figure in the team, with over 30 years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Ladislav Smejkal


Other key lawyers:

Zdeněk Kučera; Boris Tregler; Jiri Tomola


Testimonials

‘The team is able to handle comprehensive matters where not only one area is of importance; we especially appreciate their deep understanding of insolvency and banking & finance issues, as well as their pro-business thinking.’

‘The lawyers are very responsive and ready to answer; they handle the matters quickly in due time. The team is able to suggest efficient and effective solutions and to build long-term strategies; very good communication and negotiation skills and representation in court.’

‘Jiri Tomola is a key contact who has longstanding experience and broad knowledge of both the restructuring/insolvency area and banking & finance issues and, therefore, is able to advise seamlessly on mutually overlapping matters. He is always well prepared and responds promptly at the meetings and is able to find feasible solutions supported by logical and practical judgment at the same time. He has a brilliant understanding of our needs.’

‘Well balanced team with diverse competences. Client-oriented with very good communication.’

Key clients

Czechoslovak Group


Tatra Defense Vehicle


Sev.en Energy (including Elektrárna Chvaletice and Elektrárna Počerady)


Veolia Group


Česká spořitelna


Česká exportní banka (Czech Export Bank)


STRABAG


Hochtief


Heimstaden


Vestar Group and King´s Casino


Kocián Šolc Balaštík

The dispute resolution team at Kocián Šolc Balaštík represents clients from the gamut of sectors in Czech courts of all levels, utilising the expertise of other departments at the firm, including banking, construction and TMT. The sizeable team fields specialists in all types of disputes, including international arbitrations. The team is also noted for its administrative litigation expertise, regularly working on cases against the state in the Czech Supreme Court, as well as representing clients in the European Court of Justice. The team is jointly led by Pavel Dejl and Sylvie Sobolová; the latter's practice spans litigation with a nexus to competition, public procurement, state aid and IP.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Dejl; Sylvie Sobolová


Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and experience in court proceedings, ability to lead procedures before courts and explain complicated matters to judges, strong client approach.’

‘Pavel Dejl has excellent knowledge and experience in court proceedings.’

‘The team is professional and reliable with a perfect knowledge of the law.’

Key clients

DEZA


ČNB


Skanska


United Bakeries


Agrofert


Wotan Forest


O2 Czech republic


AKTOR


IMCoPharma a.s.


Českomoravský svaz mlékárenský (Czech Dairy Producer Association)


Czech television


Work highlights


  • Represented O2 Czech Republic in proceedings before the Czech Supreme Court regarding damage caused by the Czech Telecommunication Office due to its failure to issue decisions in several thousand cases within the period set out by the law.
  • Acted as IMCoPharma’s counsel in two arbitrations at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.
  • Representing Credendo – Short-Term EU Risks úvěrová pojišťovna in proceedings before the the Czech Supreme Court regarding a counterclaim for insurance indemnification relating to a construction contract.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

The dispute resolution practice at Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář represents a range of private companies, individuals, and institutions in a range of contentious matters, including commercial litigation, regulatory litigation, judicial review of administrative decisions, and proceedings before EU institutions and courts. The team works across most sectors of the Czech economy and public life, including infrastructure, transportation, consumer services, and retail distribution, amongst others. Notable clients relying on the expertise of the team include the Ministry of Finance, Czech Road and Motorway Directorate and Uber. Managing partner Karel Muzikář leads the team, capably supported by Martin Kramar and Karolína Horáková.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikář


Other key lawyers:

Karolína Horáková; Martin Kramar


Testimonials

‘Skils acts on the most strategically important transactions and litigation cases.’

‘We consider Skils to be the premium provider of legal services on the Czech market. Skils is generally perceived, and our direct experience confirms this perception, as the highest quality provider.’

‘We very much value the personal insight and direct involvement of the partners of Skils in our matters which is truly extraordinary and highly exceeds the standard approach of other firms.’

Key clients

Czech Republic / Ministry of Finance


Czech Government/Road and Motorway Directorate


CEZ


Plzensky Prazdroj/Pilsner Urquell Investments BV


UBER B.V.


MONETA Money Bank


Ceske drahy (Czech Railways)


Telefónica S.A. (Spain)


Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank)


Via FAOC


Ustecky Region (Ustecky kraj)


UNIPETROL


SKODA PRAHA (Formerly SKODA PRAHA Invest)


Capital City of Prague


CS-BETON


Czech Republic / Ministry of Health / Government of the Czech Republic


FAST ČR


Ing. Jan Svetlik / Chairman of the board of directors and a majority shareholder in VITKOVICE


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

Rostislav Pekař leads the dispute resolution team at Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář, which is equally lauded for its representation of local clients in Czech courts and its high-value international cases. Pekař is a highly regarded arbitration expert, and this focus is emblematic of the group’s expertise in that area. The team’s standout clients include the Republics of Kosovo, Romania, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Latvia, and Peru. Mária Poláková manages many of the complex arbitrations undertaken by the team. Also of note is Vladimír Polách, who specialises in internal investigations and white-collar crime defence.

Practice head(s):

Rostislav Pekař


Other key lawyers:

Mária Poláková; Vladimír Polách


Testimonials

‘There is strong team spirit and well organised actions among the team with clear division of work and dedication as well as discipline.’

‘Rostislav Pekař is outstanding, well knowledgeable, strong insights, very experienced and well organised.’

Key clients

Foreign Disputes Department of the State of Libya


Rand Investments


The Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic ofCroatia


The Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic


The Republic of Kosovo


The Republic of Romania


Vodafone CZ s.r.o.


BMI střešní a hydroizolační systémy s.r.o.


Menzies Aviation (Czech), s.r.o.


The Republic of Ecuador


The Republic of Costa Rica


The Republic of Latvia


The Republic of Peru


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented the Republic of Costa Rica against a $100m CSID claim regarding closure of a Spanish businessman’s chicken meat-processing business on public health grounds.
  • Successfully defended the State of Libya in an ICC investment arbitration case brought by a Turkish construction company over claims for damages caused by the interruption of a series of agreements resulting from the civil war outburst in Libya.
  • Representing Rand Investments, a group of Canadian and Cypriot investors, in an ICSID arbitration against Serbia in connection with Serbia’s expropriation of a major dairy farm in the Balkans.

Clifford Chance

In notable recent highlights, the litigation and dispute resolution team at Clifford Chance has represented Seznam in proceedings relating to the record fine of €4.3bn imposed on Google before the ECJ, and successfully acted for Moravia Steel in an €800 claim filed in the German courts. Miloš Felgr and Emil Holub jointly lead the team; between them, the duo have expertise across the real estate, banking and finance, capital markets, energy, and projects spaces. Counsel Jan Dobry is also noted.


Practice head(s):

Miloš Felgr; Emil Holub


Other key lawyers:

Jan Dobry; Petr Chytil


Testimonials

‘Strong team, with diversified competencies. Very good client approach.’

‘Given our previous fruitful collaboration, we already knew what to expect: professional and high-quality advice and drafting in very tight deadlines.’

‘We were impressed already at the first meeting concerning the strategic discussion regarding the matter.’

‘The team is talented at understanding the needs of the client, thinking out of the box, and precise drafting.’

‘Jan Dobry is a hard-working professional who always meets the deadlines and delivers the best solution for clients.’

Key clients

Seznam.cz


Moravia Steel


Komerční banka, a.s.


Inžinierske stavby, a.s.


TEMPERATIOR s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Successfully defended Moravia Steel against an €800 million follow-on damage claim filed before German courts in relation to a supplier cartel.
  • Representing Seznam.cz as an intervener supporting the European Commission in the proceedings at the CJEU initiated by Google in an attempt to repeal the decision of the European Commission which imposed a record fine of €4.3bn on Google.
  • Successfully represented Komerční banka as a secured creditor of D.I.S. in insolvency-related litigation in front of the Czech Supreme Court.

CMS

The dispute resolution team at CMS works on an increasing number of commercial disputes, largely representing businesses in the technology, consumer products, real estate, and telecoms sectors. Tomáš Matějovský is the head of the team, and represents clients in courts levels, including regional courts, the Czech Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. At associate level, Petr Beneš, Filip Gvozdek, and Jan Ježek are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Matějovský


Other key lawyers:

Petr Beneš; Filip Gvozdek; Jan Ježek


Key clients

Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l.


Siemens s.r.o. and its insurers


ŠKODA JS


TARGOBANK AG


Work highlights


  • Represented Canal+ Luxembourg in a series of disputes with Czech collecting societies concerning the payment of copyright royalties and the authorisation of Czech collecting societies to collective rights management.
  • Defending ŠKODA JS in proceedings regarding compensation for damages for allegedly defective repair and maintenance services sought by ČEZ, in connection with a forced interruption of the operation of two Czech nuclear power plants Dukovany and Temelín.
  • Representing TARGOBANK in several debt-collection proceedings at different courts in the Czech Republic against debtors.

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

The dispute resolution team at HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is adept at handling both local and cross-border disputes for prominent blue-chip companies; current notable clients include Google, Volvo, and Volkswagen. Dusan Sedlacek and Jan Šturm are the group co-heads. Sedlacek is an experienced arbitrator, while Šturm is noted particularly for his expertise in IP litigation.


Practice head(s):

Dusan Sedlacek; Jan Šturm


Other key lawyers:

Jiri Kmec


Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team is known for its ability to smoothly handle the biggest litigations in the country for blue-chip clients and is frequently involved in high-stakes cases.’

‘Jan Šturm is truly an outstanding lawyer and one of the best litigators in the country known for his thoughtful, pragmatic, and effective approach. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach him for legal support in crises.’

‘Dusan Sedlacek has deep knowledge of case law and legislation and very good analytical skills. It allows him to determine strategy as well as legal argumentation swiftly and always to the point.’

Key clients

Google


Volvo


ArcelorMittal


BNP Paribas


Volkswagen


T-Mobile


Football Association of the Czech Republic


Canal+


UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia


Erste


Raiffeisenbank


Work highlights


  • Represented Google in litigation initiated by a competitor claiming damages following a decision by the EU Commission to fine the client €2.42bn for alleged abuse of a dominant position.
  • Represented Škoda Auto in IP litigation.
  • Represented T-Mobile in litigation related to the auction of 5G frequencies in the Czech Republic.

Kinstellar

The dispute resolution team at Kinstellar handles all types of litigations and arbitrations, ranging from white-collar cases to shareholder disputes. The practice is highly experienced in the real estate, telecoms, technology, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. Further, the team has expertise in domestic and cross-border dispute resolution, shareholder and company disputes, administrative proceedings, and contentious regulatory matters. Tomáš Čihula and associate Petra Ledvinková are also key figures in the team. Petr Souček left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Čihula; Petra Ledvinková


Testimonials

‘The team is communicative, always available and collaborative, they are good listeners and able to base the legal strategy on the facts/specifics of the case.’

‘Petra Ledvinková is collaborative, open-minded, and happy to exchange early drafts to receive comments timely and as a result, improve the final product.’

‘Excellent client-focused service. They are very diligent and reliable.’

Key clients

European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation


Czech Republic – Office for Representation of the State


FER IMMO


Dalishen Aluminium


ADM Germany


Tinky van Rensburg Trust


Interpipe Europe SA


PKP Cargo


R16 Praha k.s


Work highlights


  • Advised the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation on a potential dispute with the Municipality of Prague and the Czech state regarding alleged damage caused to the client by emergency measures introduced by the authorities in connection with the invasion of Ukraine and the associated Ukrainian refugee crisis.
  • Representing a Chinese client, Dalishen Aluminim, in criminal proceedings against a Czech company, Almole Metal.cz, regarding potential alleged fraud committed by the counterparty against the client.
  • Representing R16 Praha in a dispute against Dopravní podnik, a public transport provider in Prague, regarding a payment allegedly owed by the counterparty to the client.

PRK Partners

The dispute resolution team at PRK Partners has a particularly strong reputation in the automotive and insurance sectors. Robert Němec is the head of the team, and is well versed in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration, especially disputes with a nexus to M&A transactions, banking and finance issues, real estate and construction, and IP.

Practice head(s):

Robert Němec


Other key lawyers:

Michal Sylla; Viktor Glatz; Vojtěch Černý


Testimonials

‘PRK provides an excellent legal service.’

‘We primarily work with Robert Němec and Viktor Glatz, who provide clear and valuable advice.’

‘As the law firm’s practice covers a wide range of legal areas, it enables the dispute team to consult specific on legally tricky questions with their own colleagues within the firm who specialise in the relevant area. It is really handy to have the opportunity to have such a wide range of specialists in one firm.’

Key clients

RPG Industries Limited


AmpluServis, a.s.


SATPO Group


Masaryk University Brno


Technical University Brno


Work highlights


  • Defending RPG Industries against damages connected with flats formerly owned by OKD.
  • Representing AmpluServis, a major supplier of services on the Czech water management market, in four interconnected disputes with its subcontractor arising from a contract for delivery of an energy project.
  • Representing companies from property developer group SATPO in several disputes.

ROWAN LEGAL

The dispute resolution and arbitration team at ROWAN LEGAL works for national and international corporations and institutions, typically acting on high-value disputes related to competition, employment and contractual law. The team works across all sectors of the Czech market, including energy and waste management, automotive, e-commerce, TMT, insurance, real estate, IT, and transportation and logistics. Miloš Olík and Lukáš Duffek are the co-heads of the team.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Olík; Lukáš Duffek


Other key lawyers:

Ondrej Brozek


Testimonials

‘Communication was excellent, both verbal and written submissions to the court were clear, logical, and concise. Focused, proactive and constructive.’

‘I would highlight Ondrej Brozek for his focus, and pleasant and effective communication. I am not a lawyer, but this did not pose a problem, he knows how to explain legal issues even to non-lawyers.’

‘I highly appreciate that ROWAN LEGAL always starts with understanding the needs of the client and then provides a very individualised solution.’

The firm’s knowledge and connections in Asia Pacific (especially in Hong Kong and Singapore) were of great benefit to us in this case and I must mention that connection to this part of the “arbitration world” is quite unique within the Czech market.’

‘I highly appreciate that Miloš Olík, in addition to his arbitration experience, is capable of fast understanding and learning of pure technical issues of our business, going into deep detail.’

‘Good and quick communication, mutual understanding, very good orientation in our topics.’

‘For us, ROWAN LEGAL gives us top quality legal services for reasonable fees. They combine great know-how of litigation and arbitration with great knowledge of insurance and banking, as well as international trade.’

‘We have been working with them for many years and we value their proficiency, responsiveness, and business-oriented advice. They both give also additional value from their experience as sitting also as arbitrators.’

Key clients

Heureka Group, member of ROCKAWAY Group


Hlavní město Praha (City of Prague)


O2 Czech Republic


INVIA, member of ROCKAWAY Group


Niko Kari


Lesy ČR (Forest Administration of Czech Republic)


Česká televize (Czech TV, Czech public TV broadcaster)


RBP, zdravotní pojišťovna (Public health insurance company)


Work highlights


  • Representing the holding group of a major Central European provider of online shopping price comparison services in a dispute with Google relating to abuse of dominance.
  • Representing Czech health insurance company RBP in its €4.5m dispute with an IT developer.
  • Representing the Capital City of Prague in several disputes regarding the opencard information system.

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

The dispute resolution team at White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is well placed to handle disputes across all industries, and works closely with the banking and finance, and corporate teams of the firm, as well as utilising the firm’s strength in Brussels, London, Paris, and Washington DC. The team specialises in white-collar crime, working on numerous complex criminal law matters which relate to commercial practice. Ivo Janda is the head of the team, focusing on disputes relating to antitrust, insolvency and administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Janda


Other key lawyers:

Vít Stehlík; Václav Žaloudek


Testimonials

‘The team is extremely professional and experienced, and very client, business, and solution-oriented. They are very responsive and have an international network through their worldwide offices.’

‘Vít Stehlík and Václav Žaloudek are extremely professional and experienced.’

Key clients

Google LLC


ArcelorMittal Holdings AG


Galileo Real, k.s.


HSBC Bank plc


Komerční banka, a.s.


TAMEH Holding sp. z.o.o.


Zentiva N.V.


Citibank Europe plc, organizační složka


Sev.en EC


Work highlights


  • Representing Google and Alphabet in litigation with Seznam.cz. relating to a breach of competition law.
  • Provided advice to Galileo Real, a company belonging to the Czech state (Ministry of Finance). Our disputes team has been advising this client in the very public, so-called ‘Case of the Stolen CZK Half Billion’.

act Randa Havel Legal

The disputes resolution team at act Randa Havel Legal has vast experience in corporate, real estate, media, and administrative litigation. Recently, the team has notably successfully represented Seznam.cz and two of its investigative reporters in a high-profile dispute concerning the Czech Social Democratic Party. Founding partner Martin Řanda leads the team. Ladislav Peterka is another key figure in the team, often representing Czech and international clients in courts and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Martin Řanda


Other key lawyers:

Jan Ožana; Ladislav Peterka; Jan Havel


Testimonials

‘Very good insight into the issues. High added value, ability to turn over the results and decisions to our favour.’

‘Martin Řanda is very thorough and reliable and is always thinking ahead of what we are going to need – it is a very strong relationship we have built. Ladislav Peterka is very in-depth with a great strategic approach. He is a practical, extremely efficient lawyer and an experienced litigator.’ 

‘A firm skilled in multiple areas of law – we have always been extremely happy with their work.’

‘There is a strong team spirit and well organised actions among the team with clear division of work and dedication as well as discipline.’

‘Works at a high professional level. Their team includes real experts. The team adheres to agreed deadlines and performs work with added value.’

‘We mostly cooperate with Jan Ožana. He is a real expert, he has very broad knowledge in various fields. He thinks logically about problems. His work is precise and 100% reliable.’

‘Ladislav Peterka is a great litigator with years of experience. He pays attention not only to the legal side of disputes, but also to the business and technical angles. I have been working with him already for a while and I can only recommend him.’

Key clients

JCDecaux


Fides Group a.s.


G – Team a.s.


Ortogonal s.r.o., Smitka Atelier s.r.o.


Advertising One


Pražské služby, a.s.


Balabenka s.r.o. (AFI Europe)


FCC Česká republika


Chevak Cheb, a.s.


Seznam.cz, a.s.


Howden ČKD Compressors


STAFIN a.s.


JVS Group


Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation


LISSA s.r.o.


Town of Domažlice


AVANT investiční společnost, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Representing Seznam.cz and its investigative reporters in a dispute with Jan Hamáček, an ex-Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and the Chairman of ČSSD.
  • Representing Europlakat and Rencar, members of JCDecaux, in multiple court disputes with its major business partner, Prague Transportation Company.
  • Representing KLM and Air France in all individual cases in the Czech Republic where passengers seek compensation for delayed or cancelled flights or damages.

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

The dispute resolution team at Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office represents clients in a range of courts, and practitioners also regularly act as arbitrators in the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic. At leadership level, Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová, Lucie Oršulová, and Alena Bányaiová are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová; Lucie Oršulová; Alena Bányaiová


Testimonials

‘The team has a very professional attitude on the one hand and shows very kind human behavior on the other. This combination works very well and makes the cooperation cheerful.’

The team led by Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová provides strong support to our company in the litigation area. We have always felt the law office had our back and we could rely on it to support and defend us in any dispute.’

‘Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová has represented our company in several legal disputes. The fact that she has not lost a civil dispute for us speaks of her qualities in itself. She is quick on her feet, to the point, and stays perfectly acquainted with the facts of the case to which she applies the law with ease and perfection.’

‘Lucie Oršulová provides practical advice and as a defence attorney she can also efficiently provide assistance and ensure effective corporate criminal compliance rules are in place and observed.’

‘The team is very responsive. The billing is clear. The depth of legal research and knowledge about recent developments is impressive.’

Key clients

NetSide Europe a.s.


Vinci Construction Group – PRŮMSTAV, a.s.


ČPP Transgas, s.p.


Lactalis Group


A7B Bohemia,a.s.


Bramko


RBB Invest


Bisnode/Dun&Bradstreet


Alival


Der Touristik Group


CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

Cross-border litigation and arbitration across the CEE region are the crux of the practice at CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners, where members of the team have significant commercial disputes experience. Lukáš Hoder is the head of the team, with a focus on international and domestic dispute resolution, and particular expertise in investment, commercial, sport, domestic, and EU arbitration. Martin Kartner is also noted in the team, specialising in employment-related litigation and civil proceedings.


Practice head(s):

Lukáš Hoder


Other key lawyers:

Martin Kartner; Nikola Nguyenová; Petr Kališ


Testimonials

‘They are great lawyers, reliable, great results and honest when evaluating our case chances, quick, friendly.’

‘Petr Kališ has been remarkably caring about our business and has gone far beyond our expectations in terms of accommodating our legal needs and financial ability. He is very commercially minded and has provided outstanding legal and commercial advice.’

‘Professionals in every aspect.’

Key clients

UNIQA AUPalladio Invest A.s.


Vienna House Diplomat Prague a.s.


Czech Airlines j.s.c.


SAFINA, a.s.


Gain Capital UK Limited


Vítkovice Steel, a. s.


City of Strakonice


ŽĎAS, a.s.


Scatec Solar


Work highlights


  • Represented StoneX Group in several disputes before Czech courts regarding investment matters.
  • Represented Czech Airlines in an insolvency proceeding, during which the reorganisation plan of the client was approved and the client maintained its full operation on the market.
  • Represented a theatre company in a dispute with the previous owner before the arbitration court, civil courts and administrative bodies regarding unfair competition practices.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

The dispute resolution team at Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. has experience litigating across the gamut of sectors, with particular expertise in regulatory disputes and administrative litigation. The practice works for a number of large, high-profile clients, including international corporations, on complex, cross-border mandates. Martin Dančišin and Libor Němec are the joint heads of the team, both with specialisms in banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, and capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Martin Dančišin; Libor Němec


Other key lawyers:

Peter Mundl


Testimonials

‘Firstly, the level of service is high and consistent. I feel that we are getting premium care for reasonable money. Secondly, it is greatly appreciated in our company that the firm is always available to provide reliable legal support in all areas where we are active.’

‘I personally value the most their ability to deliver tailor-made solutions based on deep understanding of our business.’

‘Martin Dančišin always tries to find new, non-standard solutions to the problem. Can look at the matter from a distance and propose the most advantageous and strategic solution in the long term.’

‘They stand out for their flexibility and, for our company, their business perspective.’

‘They are capable of using the jurisprudence in the most efficient way within the dispute.’

“We are collaborating with Martin Dančišin for almost 15 years now. There is mutual trust which leads to open discussion on every issue we need to deal with together. We feel that we obtain fair standpoints on the issues which is crucial for further decisions we make.’

Key clients

Mondi Štětí a.s.


VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s.


OHLA Central Europe, a.s.


Kovošrot Group CZ s.r.o.


Mechel Service Stahlhandel Czech Republic s.r.o.


TrustWorthy Investment Holding SE


SEVA-SEED, spol. s.r.o.


TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s.


TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Representing Trustworthy Investment Holding in a dispute against its franchisee.
  • Representing TAJMAC-ZPS against Revit in a €2m dispute over payment according to the director services agreement.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

The dispute resolution team at PETERKA & PARTNERS works largely on cross-border commercial litigations and insolvencies. The group is able to leverage the integration between the firm’s CEE-wide offices to handle mandates across the region. Jiří Černý is the head of the team, often representing clients in Czech and international courts, and in arbitration proceedings. Barbora Urbancová and Hynek Peroutka are also noted.


Practice head(s):

Jiří Černý


Other key lawyers:

Barbora Urbancová; Hynek Peroutka


Key clients

TOUAX


VEOLIA (two matters below)


Skanska a.s.


LITOZ, s.r.o.


FC Viktoria Plzeň


Channel Crossings Ltd.


Reyher


VEOLIA


MAPA SPONTEX


CLOOS PRAHA


Skanska Reality


Weinhold Legal

The dispute resolution team at Weinhold Legal acts for Czech and international companies across the entire litigation and arbitration spectrum. The team works closely with the firm's tax, finance and corporate departments. Milan Polák is the head of the team, which also includes such highly regarded practitioners as name partner Daniel Weinhold.

Practice head(s):

Milan Polák


Other key lawyers:

Daniel Weinhold; Martin Lukáš; Zbyšek Kordač; Michaela Koblasová


Testimonials

‘Weinhold Legal is a business-oriented, skilled, and flexible law firm. They have deep knowledge in our areas of our focus and support our business needs.’

‘Martin Lukáš is cooperative, flexible, knowledgeable, and very experienced.’

‘Zbyšek Kordač is a great litigator.’

Key clients

Grandi Stazioni


Litfin


Valentus


Aegis Law

Founded in February 2022, the dispute resolution team at Aegis Law has quickly garnered mandates from many high-profile clients, including Tesco and Siemens. The team co-operate closely with the real estate department, and is consequently known for its expertise at the intersection of these two arenas; notably, the team is representing the Catholic Church in litigation relevant to this space. Jan Krampera leads the team, and is noted for his extensive experience representing clients in cases including foreign elements and jurisdictions. Vojtech Faltus is another key individual in the team.


Practice head(s):

Jan Krampera


Other key lawyers:

Vojtech Faltus


Testimonials

‘Aegis Law is new brand on the Czech market, but they are already representing top international companies in several high-profile litigations.’

”There is strong team spirit and well organised actions among the team, with clear division of work and dedication as well as discipline.’  

‘Jan Krampera, managing partner and founder, belongs to the top litigators on the market. He is an extremely creative strategic mind who always sees the bigger picture.’

Key clients

Archbishopric of Prague


Conseq


Crocodille ČR


Emma capital


Novague


Siemens


Sotheby’s International Realty


Wiener Privatklinik


Yusufi family


SPR


Tesco


Work highlights


  • Representing the Archdiocese of Prague and Archbishop Dominik Duka in slander litigation.
  • Representing Tesco in a competition dispute with Rohlik.
  • Representing Crocodille in arbitration with its franchisee.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

The dispute resolution group at Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář represents clients in disputes ranging from claims for damages in business relationships, to employment and IP-related disputes, and shareholder disputes. Ivan Sagál and Vojtěch Chloupek jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál; Vojtěch Chloupek


Other key lawyers:

Michaela Růžková


bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.'s broad practice spans litigation ranging from domestic energy disputes, to cross-border cases involving international investors. The team regularly appears in courts in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Romania, as well as in the European Court of Justice. In addition to its litigation expertise, the team is also noted for its alternative dispute resolution know-how. Pavel Vincík is the head of the team, with extensive experience in disputes relating to corporate, energy, real estate, and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Vincík


Other key lawyers:

Marc Müller; David Vosol; Martin Cír


Testimonials

‘There is a strong team spirit and well organised actions among the team with clear division of work and dedication as well as discipline.’

‘The firm is truly unique in their use of IT for mass litigation and their understanding of the business aspects of the litigation they are in. We work with them in many different, mostly cross-border, cases, and they are able to deal with thousands of claims due to their highly advanced IT-thinking. Of course, they are in addition reliable and creative lawyers.’

Key clients

LitFin


Photovoltaic Power Plants


E.ON Distribuce


EP Energy Trading


Ministry of Finance


Goldbeck Bau


Pražská energetika (PRE)


Dobrá Energie


Deutsche Lufthansa / Austrian Airlines


Greenbuddies


Gazela energy, a.s.


European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)


Work highlights


  • Representing the European Chemicals Agency in proceedings for the recovery of REACH-related debts and fees against its debtors in the Czech jurisdiction.
  • Representing E.ON in various judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Representing clients of LitFin in a class action concerning wrongly determined tolls.

DLA Piper

The dispute resolution team at DLA Piper typically represents clients from the financial and real estate sectors in domestic litigation and insolvency proceedings. The team in Prague is able to leverage the firm's cross-border strengths, consequently representing clients in a number of large international cases. Petr Sabatka heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Petr Šabatka


Other key lawyers:

Jan Karabeleš


Key clients

Trajan Bulgaria Ltd.


Compass Group Czech Republic s.r.o.


MCI Prague s.r.o. / MCI Benelux


2GIS Limited


Levi Strauss & Co. Europe SCA/COMM, VA


ASC Investment S.à r.l. and VITRABLOK s.r.o.


XL Catlin Services SE


MONETA Leasing, s.r.o.


UniCredit Leasing CZ a.s.


UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.


SkoFIN s.r.o.


RCI Financial services s.r.o.


Axon Enterprise Inc


Work highlights


  • Representing Compass Group Czech Republic in employment litigation,  involving more than 30 separate proceedings dealing with (i) employment termination, (ii) salary compensation claims, (iii) fraudulent claims, (iv) claims for compensation for performance of the offices in holding companies and (v) manipulated enforcement proceedings.
  • Defending 2GIS before the Arbitration Court.
  • Representing the Czech subsidiary of the MCI Group in a dispute relating to unlawful termination of a contract for realization of the Czech pavilion at the 2020 EXPO in Dubai.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.

The team at UEPA advokáti s.r.o. represents clients in court proceedings, mediates cross-border disputes, and uses arbitration methods for disputes arising from commercial contracts. The team is noted for operating across the wider CEE region, as well as its proficiency with domestic disputes. Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Lucie Hladěnová are the joint heads of the team; the former is dual-qualified in the Czech Republic and Germany.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lucie Hladěnová


Other key lawyers:

Lars Magnus Klett; Tomáš Můdra


Testimonials

“Tomáš Můdra is a great lawyer with deep knowledge of the Czech legal environment and its variables.’

‘Andreas Ueltzhöffer is a great practitioner, with good flexibility and a great network that contributes positively to a very good development of the cases.’

Key clients

HDI Global


Lindner Hotels Group


KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH


BMK Group


Kayser Berndorf


Work highlights


  • Represented StalWerk in an ownership dispute conerning a large industrial estate in South Moravia.

Wolf Theiss

The dispute resolution team at Wolf Theiss is actice across a range of industries. The team has six core focuses, namely commercial litigation, arbitration, white-collar crime, investigations, construction disputes, and contentious insolvencies. Robert Pelikán leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pelikán


Other key lawyers:

Jitka Logesová; Michal Matouš


Testimonials

‘The Wolf Theiss team we worked with was tremendous – they provided thorough and diligent support.’

‘The team was incredible – their work ethic, clear communication and proactive nature to go above and beyond just identifying risks for us made them great advisors to work with. Would highly recommend.’

‘Wolf Theiss provides excellent legal services, the lawyers are very knowledgeable and practical with great client skills. Definitely above-average delivery of high quality legal advice and super-quick responses.’ 

‘Michal Matouš – very pleasant to work with, always responsive, adhering to tight deadlines.’

‘We have worked with Michal Matouš who is an outstanding practitioner and will surely make a name for himself. He is easy to work with, responsive, available and pragmatic. He is providing really useful advice.’

‘We have worked with a young team, diverse and dynamic and very pleasant to work with. The advice was very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Logstor A/S


RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi


Delta Projektconsult s. r. o.


Work highlights


  • Representing LOGSTOR, a Danish energy-efficient products manufacturer, in the bankruptcy of its exclusive distributor in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Representing Delta Projektconsult in arbitration proceedings against an international company active in the machinery industry.
  • Represented RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi, a paper manufacturing company, in a dispute with its Czech supplier and in subsequent insolvency proceedings.

bnt attorneys-at-law

The dispute resolution offering at bnt attorneys-at-law traverses commercial disputes, white-collar crime cases, enforcement proceedings, judicial reviews, insolvency proceedings, and debt recovery. The team works across the whole life cycle of a dispute from case preparation and management, to settlement negotiations and representation in court. Peter Maysenhölder is the head of the team, and primarily handles cross-border mandates on behalf of German-speaking corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Peter Maysenhölder


Other key lawyers:

Martin Jurník


Testimonials

‘Their international reach and networking in the CEE enables extremely high responsiveness and sound knowledge of the local law. If, like me, you do business in several CEE countries, bnt are the right choice because you get uniformly great service at the same conditions in various countries.’

‘I work almost exclusively with Peter Maysenhölder, as he is proficient in both German and Czech law and also speaks fluent Czech in addition to his native German. This makes it much easier for me to handle my cross-border cases, as I can cover both countries through Peter.’

Key clients

Hochtief CZ


Interma BYTY, akciová společnost


Český atletický svaz (Czech Athletics Association)


HABA s.r.o.


Rentokil Initial s.r.o.


AKTIVA Inkassobüro GmbH & Co. KG


Private investor


Individual clients


Individual clients – inter alia family Sofer, Glanville and Kumar


Work highlights


  • Representing a major German automotive supplier in a dispute against its former joint venture partner.
  • Represented a major Korean automobile manufacturer in several cross-border disputes against its contractor.

Bríza & Trubac

The dispute resolution team at Bríza & Trubac works on many high-profile cases in the Czech courts, and appears often in front of the European Court of Justice. The expertise of the team lies specifically in cross-border disputes and investment arbitration. Petr BřízaTomas Hokr  and associate Marta Zavadilová comprise the leadership trio, all acts as arbitrators as well as having significant litigious experience.

Practice head(s):

Petr Bříza; Tomáš Hokr; Marta Zavadilová


Other key lawyers:

Markéta Polendová


Testimonials

‘Unique lawyers with large expertise.’

‘The unique nature of the practice is in their very individual approach to every issue. They are always very kind and react with a short response time, and are always willing to help. Their job is always quick and accurate. We also appreciate their high knowledge of appropriate problems and solutions. They also provide alternative solutions.’

‘It is a pleasure to work especially with Marta Zavadilová and Petr Bříza. They are great professionals and they are always willing to help with anything on a daily basis. It makes this cooperation very pleasant.’

‘Strong team of litigation lawyers led by Petr Bříza.’

‘Petr Bříza has a hands-on approach and is a very smart lawyer.’

‘They are excellent and highly professional.’

‘This practice is unique with their deep knowledge of the issue while remaining very personal and close to the client. I have always known what is going on and the steps have always been explained and discussed with me personally, making sure I was aware of the potential outcomes. The team has a good knowledge of my firm as we have been working together for a while now.’

‘Their law knowledge is on an international level, in particular Petr Bříza is acting perfectly as an arbitrator. Therefore, thanks to his professional advice we have been able to avoid conflicts with some of the contracting parties.’

Key clients

European Union Agency for the Space Programme


Raiffeisen – Leasing, s.r.o.


Metrostav a.s.


BAEST Machines &Structures, a.s.


KOPOS KOLÍN, a.s.


CREDO Trading (LBDI Holding)


Allegro.pl sp. z o.o.


Active Development Investments a.s.


APOGEO Group


Jan Talacko


Kiwi.com s.r.o. (https://www.kiwi.com/en/)


Work highlights


  • Representing a private client in a long-running dispute over the recognition and enforcement of an Australian judgment.

DELTA legal

The dispute resolution team at DELTA legal represents primarily lenders in a variety of commercial disputes. The group's most notable clients include Societe Generale and Next. The team is also noted for its capability to manage cross-border cases. Michal Zahradník leads the team, focusing largely on banking disputes, and representing lenders in bankruptcies under EU regulations.

Practice head(s):

Michal Zahradník


Other key lawyers:

Libor Vacek


Testimonials

‘The team is diverse enough to cover a wide variety of specialisations and specifics that are needed for the solution of complicated cases.’

‘They have expertise, experience and personal engagement in various case solutions. Michal Zahradník is a professional who goes the extra mile to satisfy our needs.’

‘Very good team of specialists, they communicate quickly.’

Key clients

Komerční banka


Prysmian / Draka group


Rockwell Automation


Dimension Data / NTT


Hoya


Autosalon Klokočka


Societe Generale


Galerie Louvre, s.r.o.


John Crane


Silverline Capital


Next


WORWAG Pharma GmbH Co.KG


Centrum sociálních služeb Hrtabyně


Right Cars


Work highlights


  • Representing Centrum sociálních služeb Hrabyně in a dispute following a termination of employment for disputed health reasons.
  • Representing KB in two interrelated proceedings, one civil litigation and one bankruptcy proceeding.

Noerr s.r.o.

The litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team at Noerr s.r.o. predominantly focuses on cross-border litigation, particularly in relation to supply chain issues and M&A deals. Petr Hrnčíř and Luděk Chvosta jointly lead the team; the former dealing with cases in the energy, mining, and healthcare sectors, and is also regularly instructed on cases with a nexus to Germany, while the latter primarily oversees financial litigation and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Petr Hrnčíř; Luděk Chvosta


Testimonials

‘Exceptional skills in the way they co-operate, availability, reaction, willingness to reach the right result for us as clients.’

Key clients

Lexum a.s.


Salzgitter AG/Salzgitter Hydroforming s.r.o.


CEMEX Czech Republic, s.r.o.


Transportes Aeroes Portugueses, S.A. (Portuguese Airlines)


KUKA Automation s.r.o.


Premtel s.r.o.


HansaSafe GmbH


HANSAMOBIL GmbH


SCHÜCO INTERNATIONAL KG


FLÄKTGROUP CZECH REPUBLIC


KUKA S-Base s.r.o. v likvidaci


Work highlights


  • Acted on a complex cross-border enforcement defence for a leading European hospitality services provider against historic financial claims made by a major Slovenian bank.
  • Representing CEMEX Czech Republic in all litigation matters associated with the operation of its mining business and cement plant in the Czech Republic.
  • Representing Lexum in claims arising from a share purchase agreement.

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic

The disputes and investigations team at Taylor Wessing Czech Republic has particular strengths in real estate, construction, IP, and competition cases. The team's other sectors of strength include manufacturing, IT, publishing, and aviation. Aleš Linhart is the head of the team, and routinely represents clients in both international and domestic arbitrations.


Practice head(s):

Aleš Linhart


Other key lawyers:

Karin Pomaizlova


Testimonials

‘Their strength is in the variety of skilful individuals who are fluent and capable of providing legal services in usually more than one foreign language, which is well beyond market standard in the Czech Republic.’

‘ Aleš Linhart is a strong and experienced litigator.’

‘The team is composed of highly experienced lawyers providing advice in many areas, which allows clients to obtain complex legal advice.’

‘Particular mention should be made of Aleš Linhart who demonstrates deep knowledge in the area of tax law and a pro-client approach.’

‘Good advice. Our contact is mainly with Karin Pomaizlova who is an excellent professional.’

‘The team is very professional.’

Key clients

Fürst von Liechtenstein Stiftung, H.S.H. Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein and other Liechtenstein Nationals


Work highlights


  • Representing the House of Liechtenstein and other Liechtenstein nationals in a set of real estate disputes in the Czech Republic.