Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Specialising in construction disputes, Tomaier Legal advokátní kancelár s.r.o. regularly represents clients in litigation and arbitration over contractual issues and public sector procurement, with practice head Jan Tomaier and Klára Tomaierová also offering insolvency expertise.

Dispute resolution in Czech Republic

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

Clients describe Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář as ‘a firm marked by inventive, committed litigators, who are willing to think outside the box’. It is a go-to firm for large-scale and high-profile disputes, with the majority of its work focusing on banking and finance cases, as well as automotive industry matters. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include matters concerning product liability, competition law, tax law, construction law and intellectual property. In addition to being active in litigation, the team also has extensive arbitration experience. Martin Hrodek heads up the team, which includes trade head Kristína Bartošková and labour expert Martina Marchand.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hrodek

Testimonials

‘A firm marked by inventive, committed litigators, who are willing to think outside the box. They have a deep understanding of clients´ needs and are able to tailor the advice and style of engagement.’

‘Martina Marchand has an unparalleled attention to detail and is great to deal with. Highly personable and always available. She is very, very competent and very commercial and pragmatic in her advice.’

Key clients

ADM International Sarl

AT&T

Československá obchodní banka

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.

Work highlights

  • Representing Credit Suisse AG in insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing Eckes AG in disputes with minority shareholders of Stock Pilsen regarding the amount of consideration paid to them due to squeeze out.
  • Advising ERB bank, a.s. on several disputes related to unpaid loans.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

Long known for its litigation and arbitration expertise, BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. provides support to international and domestic clients alike on their most complex, high-value disputes. The team has recently been instructed in a number of Covid-19 related disputes, ranging from rent reduction petitions to damages claims against the state for pandemic mishandling. Co-heads František Honsa, Vladimír Uhde and Robert Klenka have expertise in banking, energy and insolvency litigation respectively. Tomáš Politzer is known for his broad commercial litigation experience, while Petr Vošahlík advises on private individual and white-collar crime cases.

Practice head(s):

František Honsa; Vladimír Uhde; Robert Klenka

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Politzer; Petr Vošahlík

Testimonials

‘Really skilled in litigation tactics. Calm-minded.’

‘We mainly appreciate their knowledge and success within their cases.’

‘Extremely professional. Highest quality of service.’

‘Outstanding, knowledgeable and reliable in all aspects.’

Key clients

AB-CREDIT a.s.

AMÁDEUS REAL, a.s.

AMC Networks International

COMPAG Mladá Boleslav s.r.o.

Česká pojišťovna a.s.

SAFE DIESEL s.r.o.

Home Credit Group

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s.

PPF Group

Work highlights

  • Advising SAFE DIESEL s.r.o, which represents aggrieved customers of Volkswagen in the “Dieselgate” scandal.
  • Representing AMÁDEUS Real Estate Group in several high profile, high-value real estate court proceedings with a combined value of approx. €180m.
  • Defending O2 Czech Republic a.s. against €175m of claims based on alleged margin squeeze raised by current or former competitors.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar's practice is characterised by its breadth, with the team representing clients in a myriad of contentious matters, such as software development disputes, white-collar crime cases and major arbitration cases. The firm is well-known for its IP and IT litigation offering (led by Petra Ledvinková), which covers broad competition and trade mark matters, as well as industry-specific matters such as database law disputes. The team also has experience of shareholder and M&A-related disputes. Zdeněk Kučera leads the team, advising on domestic and international disputes. Tomáš Čihula is regarded for competition and life sciences work, while Michal Kníž acts for clients in white-collar crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Zdeněk Kučera

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field. High quality work, on-time delivery. Bright, reliable and dedicated.’

‘Zdenek was very responsive and good at concentrating the team to do the work in tight terms. We also liked that every advice we got was very practical.’

Key clients

Česká republika – Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs

Slevhry

Ingersoll Rand

Geocaching

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

Ackee, s.r.o.

PKP CARGO S.A.

ADM Hamburg GmbH

Kiwi.com

Eurostazioni S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Czech government on pending civil and criminal proceedings in Lichtenstein relating to stolen emissions allowances.
  • Advising an Italian trade company on various issues of Czech law in relation to arbitration proceedings covering share sale claims.
  • Assisted a foreign client with an internal fraud investigation.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík‘s team has expertise in banking, construction and transport litigation. Also notable is that the infrastructure practice is highly active, representing road and rail developers in construction disputes. Elsewhere, Jiří Horník‘s expertise comes to the fore in disputes related to aviation law, aviation safety and damage compensation matters. Sylvie Sobolová acts for clients in state aid and procurement matters. She co-heads the practice with Pavel Dejl, who is noted for his arbitration experience. In addition, Dejl acts for clients in merger and antitrust proceedings. Hana Heroldová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Dejl; Sylvie Sobolová

Other key lawyers:

Jiří Horník; Hana Heroldová

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge, many specialists in team, flexibility.’

Key clients

Credendo

ČNB

Skanska

United Bakeries

Agrofert

SUDOP

O2 Czech republic

AKTOR

IMCoPharma a.s.

Českomoravský svaz mlékárenský

ENERGO – PRO a.s.

Work highlights

  • Represented O2 Czech Republic in proceedings before the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic seeking the annulment of several decisions rendered by the Czech Telecommunication Office.
  • Representing Skanska, a.s. in several complex disputes before the Czech courts concerning major infrastructure projects.
  • Defending Credendo in court proceedings regarding a claim for insurance indemnity.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář acts for clients in a broad cross-section of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, regulatory disputes, judicial reviews of administrative decisions and insolvency proceedings. In addition to being active in litigation, the firm is also strong in international arbitration; a name to note is Karolína Horáková, who has experience of investor-state disputes. Karel Muzikář leads the team, which includes Martin Kramář, who leads on a number of major energy cases. Jiri Kindl and Stanislav Mikes are ‘both experts in their field and both continuously demonstrate a commercial mindset and an in-depth understanding of the issues at hand.’ Roman Vojta is regarded as a ‘heavyweight litigator’.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikar

Other key lawyers:

Karolína Horáková; Martin Kramář; Jiri Kindl; Stanislav Mikes; Roman Vojta

Testimonials

‘Expertise, professionalism, knowledge of the market and the needs of clients.’

‘The team always gives detailed and well-structured legal advice. The lawyers are able to think out of the box and they always take into account our business and operations when giving legal advice. They think in a really innovative way and adapt to the most recent legal and technological developments really quickly.’

‘Jiri Kindl and Stanislav Mikes are both experts in their field and both continuously demonstrate commercial mindset and in-depth understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘Roman Vojta – a heavyweight litigator who is able to handle high profile and high-value cases.’

‘Excellent teamwork, reasonable fee, transparent billing, common sense, great presentation, knowledge of applicable case law, excellent contacts.’

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

Telefónica S.A.

Ceska sporitelna

Via FAOC

Ustecky Region

UNIPETROL

SKODA PRAHA

Ing. Josef Matejka

Capital City of Prague

CS-BETON

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

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

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář has a strong track record in domestic and international arbitration, as well as litigation, with the firm attracting high-stakes mandates from Czech and international clients. On the litigation side, the firm handles corporate, banking and real estate disputes; ‘excellent lawyer’ Vladimír Polách, who was promoted to counsel, is a name to note in this space. Elsewhere, in the arbitration arena, the firm is a go-to for both commercial and investor-state arbitration matters. Rostislav Pekař heads up the arbitration practice. Mária Poláková is another key individual at the firm, as is Ivan Chalupa, who is experienced in insolvency and M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rostislav Pekař

Other key lawyers:

Mária Poláková; Ivan Chalupa; Vladimír Polách; Matej Pustay

Testimonials

‘The team is small and compact. Communication is excellent.’

‘Vladimir Polach is an excellent lawyer with detailed knowledge of the process. He is also able to provide a commercial view and puts you off from riding into a lost battle.’

‘Very professional team, always available and can communicate eloquently in several languages’

Key clients

CSOB a.s.

Foreign Disputes Department of the State of Libya

Rand Investments

Republic of Kosovo

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia

The Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Vodafone CZ s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Defended the Slovak Republic in an arbitration over water rights worth more than €160m under the Polish-Slovak Bilateral Investment Treaty.

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

With a team capable of handling a wide range of sophisticated, market-leading matters, White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář acts on civil and criminal disputes across a full range of sectors. Its white-collar crime team, which is led by Martin Froněk, is particularly well regarded, advising investors and shareholders on anti-corruption, internal investigations and money laundering cases. The team also has EU regulatory experience. Team head Ivo Janda is known for his antitrust and arbitration expertise. Samuel Schreiber is recommended for insolvency work. Luděk Chvosta retired in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Janda

Other key lawyers:

Martin FroněkSamuel Schreiber

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Holdings AG

Galileo Real, k.s.

HSBC Bank plc

Kofola ČeskoSlovensko a.s.

Komerční banka, a.s.

TAMEH Holding sp. z.o.o.

Zentiva N.V.

Citibank Europe plc, organizační složka

Sev.en EC

Work highlights

  • Advising Galileo Real on the very public, so-called ‘Case of the Stolen CZK Half Billion.’
  • Representing Sev.en EC, a.s. in connection with a dispute arisen under a contract for work related to the refurbishment of the Chvaletice Power Plant.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has a stand out reputation across a number of areas of litigation, with its workload including matters involving complex corporate, finance, commercial, IP and product liability issues. The firm also excels in high-value investment treaty and commercial arbitration cases. One of the key individuals to note is Markéta Císařová, who is recommended for white-collar crime investigations, as well as litigation connected with M&A and joint ventures. Prokop Verner and Robert Pavlů co-head the overall team.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner; Robert Pavlů

Testimonials

‘Marketa Cisarova – high integrity, effective and smooth management of the whole team of advisers. Jan Petrov – unique insight into technology and economics’

‘The local team is very well balanced and able to react swiftly to clients’ needs. Substance always prevails over the form in their advice.’

‘Our contact (Mr. Robert Pavlu) is a very senior advocate with great practical insight into the relevant areas. He is perfectly oriented in very complex cases and is very reliable person.’

‘Thanks to her experience, Marketa was able to provide us with a very useful feedback on our quantum report. Jan Petrov positively surprised us with his level of specific knowledge related to squeeze-outs in the Czech Republic.’

‘I particularly know Marketa Cisarova for her expertise in corporate investigations. Cooperation with Marketa was seamless and I recognise her as a very good expert.’

Key clients

Howden ČKD Compressors s.r.o.

Credendo Short – Term EU Risks úvěrová pojišťovna a.s.

Viterra

Citibank Europe Plc, Organizacni Slozka

České Radiokomunikace

STRABAG a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing Citibank in litigation regarding the insolvency trustee of ČKD Praha DIZ.
  • Representing Credendo in court proceedings concerning a CZK539m insurance cover provided to Česká spořitelna.
  • Representing České Radiokomunikace in relation to unfair competition claims.

CMS

The dispute resolution practice at CMS, which is led by Tomáš Matějovský, is experienced in representing clients at all court levels, including the Czech Constitutional Court and European Court of Human Rights. The firm attracts a strong flow of work from the largest and most active companies in the Czech Republic, including those operating in sectors such as telecoms, technology sectors, real estate and consumer products. Work for financial institutions is also a mainstay of the practice. Complementing the firm's strong litigation capabilities, arbitrations are another key area of expertise. Matějovský's team includes Petr Beneš, who is ‘a very experienced attorney and litigator,’ and Filip Gvozdek.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Matějovský

Other key lawyers:

Petr BenešFilip Gvozdek

Testimonials

‘Deep legal knowledge, effectiveness, proactive approach, solution-finding approach, commitment’

‘Very skilled and hands-on team. Provides very good support in various litigation matters and knows the Czech legal system and court system very well.’

‘Peter Benes is a very experienced attorney and litigator. He’s capable of advising on a wide range of legal matters, especially including commercial and dispute matters. He delivers on time and provides accurate, hands-on advice. He has outstanding communication skills.’

‘Litigation team – Tomas Matejovsky and Petr Benes, professionals with expertise, very good collaboration.’

Key clients

Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l.

Siemens s.r.o. and its insurers

ŠKODA JS

Vodafone Czech Republic a.s.

TARGOBANK AG

Telly s.r.o.

Česká asociace satelitních operátorů z.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing ŠKODA JS, as the defendant, in highly complex court proceedings regarding allegedly defective repair and maintenance services.
  • Acted for Siemens and its insurers in major multimillion-euro damages claims regarding faulty electrical devices which caused a fire.
  • Representing Canal+ Luxembourg in a series of complex disputes and negotiations with Czech collecting societies.

Dentons

Dentons has an excellent record for in complex and high-stakes cases, including those heard in arbitration proceedings, as well as litigated matters involving commercial, construction, competition, intellectual property and insolvency issues. The firm is able to leverage its global reach in cross-border disputes. Ladislav Smejkal, who leads the criminal law practice, advises on investigations and extensively represents clients as damaged parties in white-collar crime proceedings. The wider dispute resolution practice is led by Ladislav Štorek. Petr Zákoucký and Jiří Tomola are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Petr Zákoucký; Jiří Tomola

Testimonials

‘Always prepared to help quickly and react to any requests.’

‘Ladislav Storek has great knowledge of various corporate topics.’

‘We have worked with DENTONS on dispute resolution matters for several years now, including both domestic and cross-border disputes. Generally speaking, DENTONS are super-responsive, organized and focused on the results. They always have the big picture in mind and client interests are their top priority. They work the same whether it is in one country or whether the dispute involves several jurisdictions and multiple parties. They deliver excellent quality work within agreed time frames and budget, and work in an open and transparent manner.’

‘We work with partner Ladislav Storek, who is the head of their dispute resolution team and coordinates all their work for us. Ladislav is a brilliant litigator who delivers excellent service and is someone we can count on at all times.’

‘Unique experience in both real estate and litigation across a number of cases.’

‘Ladislav Storek – very good speaker and experienced litigator.’

Key clients

Heimstaden

Czechoslovak Group

Tatra Defense Vehicle

Veolia Group

Sev.en Energy

Česká spořitelna

Česká exportní banka

Raiffeisenbank

Zentiva

STRABAG

Segro

Work highlights

  • Defending Heimstaden in various litigations brought by companies controlled by Pavol Krúpa.
  • Represented Veolia Energie ČR before the Supreme Administrative Court in litigation regarding interest from illegal gift tax imposed on all emission allowances.
  • Acting for Česká exportní banka and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam in connection with pending insolvency proceedings against Trade B.G.M. in the Czech Republic and enforcement in Vietnam.

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

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is experienced in advising on a number of landmark disputes, acting for international blue-chip companies in major litigations and arbitrations. Financial services is a key area of expertise for the team, with it advising many of the largest Czech banks. It also frequently serves as Czech counsel in large, multijurisdictional cases. Practice co-heads Dušan Sedláček and Jan Šturm offer respective expertise in insolvency and IP litigations. Robert Neruda provides EU competition advice, and Ludvík Juřička advises on price control matters.

Practice head(s):

Dušan Sedláček; Jan Šturm

Other key lawyers:

Robert Neruda; Ludvík Juřička

Testimonials

‘Large team that can manage complex litigations in various areas of law.’

‘The team is well-organized and can handle complex litigation that involves reviewing and understanding large amounts of documentation. Dušan Sedláček is an experienced litigator who has profound knowledge of law, jurisprudence and can promptly react on the spot.’

‘Compared to other law firms, HAVEL & PARTNERS are not only hard working experienced professionals but also very committed, amiable, always ready to understand clients’ needs/demands/objectives and to meet them. They present relevant information/advice in a professional – yet in a tailor-made – manner. Besides that, I appreciate that communication is always flexible and brief, but still accurate and factual. I also appreciate that H&P- depending on the nature of a case, they are always able to provide a team of experts with corresponding experience.’

‘Their biggest strength is the size of the team, which is probably the largest in the Czech Republic. Being part of the largest Czech law firm they are getting also very strong support from other practice desks that are usually also bigger than in any other Czech law firm. And they have also unique individuals like Dušan Sedláček or Jan Šturm.’

‘Dušan Sedláček is one of the most ingenious lawyers I have ever met. He is incredibly smart and well-oriented in many fields of law.’

‘Jan Šturm has excellent pro-client approach and a lot of experience gathered also in his past involvement with Weil & Gotshal.’

‘Wide range of expertise. One client-facing partner summons the team on an as-needed basis, for specific areas of law and/or industry specialists. This makes the communication smooth as there is only one key contact, who coordinates all efforts by Havel&Partners which makes cooperation efficient. Individual team members take any engagement seriously, with appropriate thoroughness to prepare as robust argumentation as possible.’

Key clients

Apple

Alphabet

ArcelorMittal

GlaxoSmithKline

BNP Paribas

ŠKODA AUTO

VOLVO

VISA

Canal+

T-Mobile

Allianz

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in a landmark follow-on competition lawsuit brought by Heureka relating to EU Commission decisions.
  • Represented a joint-venture established by ArcelorMittal in a €220m dispute against the largest steel mill operating in the Czech Republic.
  • Represented T-Mobile in court proceedings in connection with a repeated auction for 5G network in the Czech Republic.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners' ‘highly experienced and professional’ team is prominent in domestic and international litigation and arbitration. It is also noted for its experience of successfully resolving disputes through mediation. Robert Němec leads the team, which acts for debtors and creditors in insolvency proceedings. Elsewhere, the workload includes matters arising from bilateral investment treaties, M&A-related cases, construction litigation and banking disputes. Practitioners of note in the group include Martin Aschenbrenner and Michal Sylla.

Practice head(s):

Robert Němec

Testimonials

‘We see the PRK Partners team as highly experienced and professional. We appreciate the practical approach and its application to real business situations. We have not come across any situation in which we would believe there are any weak points in the team or their advice. We believe PRK Partners are one of the top firms on the market.’

‘On the current dispute mandates, we are represented by members of the ligation team – Michal Sylla and Filip Šilhavý. We appreciate their deep knowledge of the legal matter. They are always ready to explain any details if we wish.’

Key clients

ŠKODA AUTO a.s.

Volkswagen AG

TV Nova s.r.o.

Masarykova Univerzita

RPG Industries Limited

AmpluServis a.s.

Satpo Development, s. r. o.

Olympus Group Czech s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing RPG Industries Limited in a complicated legal dispute concerning a damage claim regarding the apartments formerly owned by OKD, a.s.
  • Representing Satpo Development, s. r. o. in connection with real estate and corporate law matters, including related litigations.
  • Representing CENTROPOL ENERGY, a.s. in debt collection proceedings regarding the enforcement of receivables from electricity and gas supplies.

ROWAN LEGAL

Combining ‘great know-how of litigation and arbitration’, ROWAN LEGAL's team acts for a broad range of clients, such as major insurers, tech firms, manufacturers and energy companies. Litigation is a particular strength for the team, with many lawyers specialising solely in advocacy. The firm also fields a specialist criminal law team, which is led by Lukáš Duffek. He also acts for clients in civil litigation involving construction law, IT, copyright and unfair competition issues. Miloš Olík is ‘a very experienced arbitrator with clear judgment.’

Practice head(s):

Miloš Olík; Lukáš Duffek

Other key lawyers:

Ondrej Brozek

Testimonials

‘I have been primarily in contact with Mr. Ondrej Brozek who took over litigation with one of our clients. The primary quality which I appreciate are responsibility, the ability to argue clearly, concisely and in a structured way, professional conduct, rationality. Mr. Brozek meets all these requirements.’

‘We have quite a good comparison because we often engage both big law firms, as well as international law firms. For us, ROWAN LEGAL gives us top-quality legal services for reasonable fees. They combine great know-how of litigation and arbitration (including exceptional experience in set aside proceedings of an arbitral award and its enforcement), together with great knowledge of insurance and banking, as well as international trade.’

‘Rowan Legal practice includes very complex risk assessment, communication with court and counterparty, expert analysis, translations and other activities which exceed standard legal advice. Rowan Legal also ensured smooth cooperation with foreign partner law firm and all translations. In terms of value for money, Rowan Legal offered competitive hourly rate. Overall, the client service provided by Rowan Legal was excellent.’

‘ROWAN LEGAL is one of the few law firms that have a specialist dispute resolution department with a focus also on alternative ways of solution (arbitration, mediation). They are great professionals with not only a deep knowledge of law, but also broad experience and innovative business approach.’

‘ROWAN LEGAL has one of the largest teams in the market focused purely on dispute resolution. They are able to deal with the most complex cases. They always focus on effective resolution of any dispute. I appreciate their abilities to negotiate, mediate or suggest the most effective ways for dispute resolution using different arbitration rules. Lawyers in ROWAN LEGAL combine great knowledge and strategy.’

‘Miloš Olík is a unique lawyer. He provides legal advice extremely effectively and he understands the interests and business of clients. He is always responsive and business-oriented. He is the real driving force for things to move forward. He is also a very experienced arbitrator with clear judgment. His arbitral awards are always clearly reasoned.’

Key clients

Heureka Group,

O2 Czech Republic

Invia.cz, a.s.,

Lesy ČR

Hlavní město Praha

Česká televize

Niko Kari Oy

RBP, zdravotní pojišťovna

Work highlights

  • Representing Heureka Group a.s.in its upcoming abuse of dominance dispute with Google LLC.
  • Representing RBP in a CZK100m dispute with an IT developer.
  • Representing the capital city of Prague in disputes regarding the Opencard information system and technology.

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

The team at Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office is known for its commercial litigation expertise, in addition to advising on domestic arbitrations. Its varied portfolio of work includes cases relating to insolvencies, trade marks infringements, unfair competition, reputational damage and a variety of corporate/commercial disputes. The firm also handles white-collar crime cases. Lucie Oršulová co-heads the practice with the ‘legendary’ Alena Bányaiová and Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová.

Practice head(s):

Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová; Lucie Oršulová; Alena Bányaiová

Testimonials

‘The team was great in all required fields (international law, criminal law), as well as during the court hearings.’

‘Both ladies (Orsulova, Dolanska) were super-flexible and helpful, even with the lack of time we had for the preparation. They are both hard-working and client-oriented.’

‘Lucie Banyaiova is simply a great lawyer and her mother Alena is legendary. So when you get the two of them you really have great litigation counsel.’

‘The team comprises of experienced litigators who take care to learn the facts of the case, including industry specifics and market standards. The lead litigators are fully acquainted with the case, knowing the necessary details and arguments inside out, fully backed with knowledge of the law and jurisprudence. The team works as a team with clearly allocated tasks bringing the desired outcome efficiently and seemingly effortlessly taking the case to a successful end.’

‘Lucie Dolanska Banyaiova has been the lead litigator for our civil litigation matters and has not lost a case for us. She deep dives into the case and is capable of quickly identifying the key points in litigation and building arguments around them, based on facts as well as legal arguments. She has impeccable feel for tactics in the case and is quick on her feet in a courtroom.’

‘Lucie Dolanska Banyaiova – high availability and looks deeply into questions.’

‘The company works in a very efficient way. They always respond any inquiry within only a few hours and pay attention to any detail that might play a role in the process. They stand out with professionalism, speed and willingness to work on any assigned task or project.’

Key clients

UNICEF

Vinci Construction Group

ČPP Transgas, s.p.

Lactalis Group

A7B Bohemia,a.s.

Bramko

RBB Invest

Bisnode/Dun&Bradstreet

Alival

Der Touristik Group

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners is heavily involved in cross-border litigation, with a historic strength in financial services matters and a growing presence in renewable energy disputes. Elsewhere, its team is experienced in arbitrations administered by the ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as those heard in arbitration institutions in the Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Austria. Lukáš Hoder, who leads the team, is particularly strong in investment treaty and sports-related arbitrations. Martin Kartner acts for clients in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Hoder

Other key lawyers:

Martin Kartner

Testimonials

‘Our litigation cases are complicated with significant technical aspects and the involvement of experts. The lawyers at CERHA HEMPEL are very active in collaboration with experts and provide great assistance to us by focusing on the important aspects of the case.’

‘I appreciate that Lukáš Hoder always responds quickly to our requests. Even during the pandemic, we were always very satisfied with the possibility of consulting our case with Lukáš. He always thinks about our cases comprehensively, anticipates possible problems and suggests solutions. He is very active and a real expert in his field.’

‘The team is able to work in various fields of Czech law, such as commercial law, health and safety regulations, civil law and insurance law.’

‘Mr. Lukáš Hoder is able to propose a strategy in civil litigation and liaise with brokers and insurers.’

‘We are very satisfied with the level of experience and professionalism of the CERHA HEMPEL team. They are very dedicated and always do their best to make a stipulated deadline and deliver work of the highest quality.’

‘We work with Martin Kartner (partner) and Lukáš Hoder (senior associate) and they are both very dedicated professionals that are always dealing with our problems and matters in a very skilled and experienced way. Cooperation with them is very prompt as they are always willing to help us with our problems.’

Key clients

AR Metallizing N.V.

Bollwerk Finanzierungs- und Industriemanagement AG

VÍTKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY a.s.

Metrans

RUDOS RUŽOMBEROK

SAFINA, a.s.

GAIN CAPITAL UK LIMITED

VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a. s.

City of Strakonice

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited

SCATEC SOLAR

Work highlights

  • Represented AR Metallizing N.V. as the defendant in a defective product claim against OTK.
  • Representing Bollwerk Finanzierungs in a dispute over unpaid invoices.
  • Representing SAFINA, a.s. in civil litigation cases regarding control of the client´s company, its property, related assets and the issue of damages.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's team has extensive expertise in dispute avoidance, in addition to working with practitioners in other departments to support clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Drivers of work include contentious financial services, construction, competition and insolvency matters. Miloš Felgr and Emil Holub co-head the group, which is prominent in high-profile cases; in one ongoing mandate, Felgr and others are acting for Seznam.cz as an intervening party supporting the European Commission in the widely-publicised Google Android case. Counsel Tomáš Richter left for JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Felgr; Emil Holub

Testimonials

‘The team is formed by competent professionals specialized in different fields of law, which enables them to cover almost every possible legal agenda.’

‘One of two preferred insolvency law firms in the Czech Republic. Quite experienced and skilled team for insolvency.’

Key clients

Seznam.cz

Moravia Steel

Komerční banka, a.s.

Colas CZ

Inžinierske stavby, a.s.

TEMPERATIOR s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Seznam.cz, a.s. as an intervener supporting the European Commission in Google’s abuse of dominance case.
  • Representing Komerční banka, a.s. as a secured creditor within insolvency-related litigation in front of the Constitutional Court.
  • Representing Colas CZ, a.s. in its defence before the Czech Competition Office and Czech courts in relation to alleged participation in a bid-rigging case.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.'s dispute resolution team, which provides a full range of litigation and arbitration services, is particularly strong in regulatory disputes and administrative litigation with a nexus to industries such as banking and finance, energy and real estate. Also notable is that its workload recently included matters arising from the heavy machinery sector. Martin Dančišin and Libor Němec co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Dančišin; Libor Němec

Other key lawyers:

Jan Vesely; Petr 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 Glatzová & Co. is always available to provide reliable legal support in all areas of our business. What I personally value the most is their ability to deliver tailor-made solutions.’

‘We work closely together with partner Jan Vesely who I can highly recommend. I am impressed by his work ethic; he is a result-oriented and highly committed adviser. I really appreciate that he is personally involved in most of the agenda. For me, the law is all about trust and discussing with a familiar face helps a lot. When it comes to dispute resolution, Jan saves us a lot of pain by openly recommending when it is time to settle and time to fight.’

‘Glatzova is clearly a law firm with a wide range of legal services provided in both Czech and international law. The level of legal services provided is at a high level.’

‘I cooperate with the following lawyers: Libor Nemec, Petr Mundl. I can recommend them for their professionalism, knowledge, processed tasks and speed in handling matters.’

Key clients

SEVA-SEED, spol. s r.o.

TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s.

CENTROPOL ENERGY, a.s.

TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s.

Consolidated Assets B.V.

Mondi Štětí a.s.

Western Union International Bank GmbH

Hotel Leonardo s.r.o.

Group of solar power plant operators

Mechel Service Stahlhandel Czech Republic s.r.o.

Komerční banka, a.s.

Modrá pyramida stavební spořitelna, a.s.

Terex USA and Tadano Demag

ČSOB pojišťovna, a.s.

Hypoteční banka, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing majority of shareholders of FVE INVEST a.s. in more than 15 legal disputes against a minority shareholder and board members.
  • Representing CENTROPOL ENERGY, a.s. in a court dispute concerning unfair competition.
  • Advising ČSOB pojišťovna on a multitude of disputes arising from insurance agreements.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

CEE law firm PETERKA & PARTNERS provides high-quality advocacy in court litigation and arbitration proceedings alike. Its team acts for clients from a broad range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, sport and gaming. Contentious work includes contractual matters, shareholders' disputes, product liability cases and construction litigation. The group also has experience of insolvency litigation. Jiří Černý leads the team, which also includes Hynek Peroutka and Barbora Urbancová.

Practice head(s):

Jiri Cerny

Key clients

TOUAX

VEOLIA

Skanska a.s.

LITOZ, s.r.o.

FC Viktoria Plzeň

Channel Crossings Ltd.

MAPA SPONTEX

CLOOS PRAHA

Work highlights

  • Advised TOUAX on a dispute with its former business partner regarding a penalty for a breach of contract.
  • Advised VEOLIA on a complex dispute relating to water management concession in a large town in the region of Moravia.
  • Advised Skanska a.s. on a leading international project development relating to the construction of motorways and other infrastructure projects.

Weinhold Legal

Weinhold Legal acts for major governments, banks and corporate clients in a number of key disputes. Noted for its deep experience of arbitration and litigation, the team is known for its work on finance, real estate, IP and labour disputes. It also has a standalone tax litigation practice. Milan Polák heads up the practice. Martin Lukáš and Zbyšek Kordač are recommended for their expertise in IP and insolvency matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Milan Polák

Other key lawyers:

Martin LukášZbyšek Kordač 

Testimonials

‘They follow-up on the items (without being asked), try to find out where the bottlenecks are and try to resolve them.’

‘We have started cooperation with Weinhold from the beginning of our existence and we still continue with it, as it is very fruitful for both parties. Weinholds are real professionals and experts in different fields of law. Moreover, they support us in our damages claims and recommend our service to their own clients. So the cooperation is really beneficial for both sides.’

Key clients

Grandi Stazioni

Litfin

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal has a strong pedigree in cases relating to waste management, advising key clients on Czech, European and international environmental disputes. It is also active in energy, construction and media sector disputes. Martin Řanda, who leads the team, has extensive experience of Czech and international litigation and arbitration proceedings. Also recommended are ‘great litigator’ Ladislav Peterka and Jan Havel.

Practice head(s):

Martin Řanda

Other key lawyers:

Ladislav PeterkaJan Havel

Testimonials

‘The team at this law firm is very well put together. The law firm has a real and respected expert for each field and we are sure that the tasks they help us with will be regarded and reviewed from multiple angles so there are no sudden surprises.’

‘Martin Randa – the head of the firm, a person who thinks out of the box and sees legal issues from many angles. Ladislav Peterka – the dispute resolution guru of the firm. If Ladislav is working on your case, you can be sure that the matter gets the most and best attention.’

‘Experienced local team with proactive and pro-business approach. Always there to meet clients’ requests and supported by wide network in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Ladislav Peterka is a great litigator, able to provide best advice and help the client to achieve the desired results.’

‘The team handles a broad range of commercial litigation mandates including contractual and professional negligence disputes. The lawyers are excellent negotiators and always keep within the timeframe agreed. Thanks to them we are very successful in all major disputes.’

‘Martin Randa, the managing partner, is very tough in negotiations and proposes new ideas when necessary. Ladislav Peterka, a partner, is a very good, experienced lawyer and strategist.’

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.

KLM and Air France

FCC Česká republika

University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

JUFA s.r.o.

Seznam.cz, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing KLM and Air France in all Czech cases where passengers seek compensation for delayed or cancelled flights or damages.
  • Representing Balabenka s.r.o. in a dispute with the state in connection with the construction of a Class A administrative project.
  • Representing Advertising ONE, a.s., in court proceedings against the company LMC s.r.o.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář demonstrates strong capabilities in IP litigation, shareholder disputes and third-party data access matters. It also advises on supply chain damage disputes. Beyond representing clients in litigation, the firm also assists clients with resolving disputes through mediation and domestic arbitrations. Ivan Sagál and Vojtěch Chloupek co-head the team, advising on corporate and IP disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál; Vojtěch Chloupek

DLA Piper

DLA Piper practice is led by Petr Šabatka, who represents clients in domestic litigation, arbitrations and regulatory proceedings. His experience includes contentious mandates arising from sectors such as financial services, real estate, technology and manufacturing, among others. The firm’s wide international reach makes it well-placed to advise clients on key multijurisdictional matters. Other key names include managing partner Miroslav Dubovský and Jan Karabeleš.

Practice head(s):

Petr Šabatka

Other key lawyers:

Miroslav Dubovský; Jan Karabeleš

Testimonials

‘Business orientation, reliability, active approach beyond their agenda.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

SkoFIN s.r.o.

RCI Financial services s.r.o.

MCI Prague s.r.o. / MCI Benelux

Compass Group Czech Republic s.r.o.

MONETA Leasing, s.r.o.

Levi Strauss & Co. Europe SCA/COMM, VA

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

XL Catlin Services SE

2GIS Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Compass Group Czech Republic on complex employment litigation with its former management-level employer.
  • Advising MCI Prague on unlawful termination of a contract for realization of the Czech pavilion at the 2020 EXPO in Dubai.
  • Representing 2GIS Limited as defendant in the repeatedly initiated arbitration held before Arbitration Court.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o. offers advocacy support in arbitration, mediation and litigation alike. It has a strong international practice, with the team including attorneys who are members of foreign bars; in particular, a number are dual-German qualified. It advises banks, major corporations and other financial institutions. Key names include founder Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Lars Magnus Klett and Lucie Hladěnová.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer

Testimonials

‘We are extremely happy with UEPA and their diversity of provided services.’

‘The whole team led by Mrs. Lucie Hladenova is absolutely unique in the comprehensiveness of their support.’

‘The fees are absolutely adequate to the service we get. Very good value for money.’

Key clients

HDI Global

Lindner Hotels Group

KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH

BMK Group (one of the top 20 European EMS providers)

Atlas-Blech-Center

Kayser Berndorf

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss‘ practice covers matters such as shareholder disputes and unfair competition cases, as well as employment, banking and product liability litigation. The firm is also noted for its excellent white-collar crime practice, which is led by Jitka Logesová. Robert Pelikán leads the team, which includes associates Lukas Mazura and Kateřina Kulhánková.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pelikán

Testimonials

‘Outstanding knowledge of law, reliability and ability to resolve really complex matters. Excellent case management with attention to detail.’

‘Mr. Robert Pelikán – one of the top commercial lawyers in the Czech Republic, outstandingly deep knowledge of civil (commercial law) mixed with outstanding strategic thinking.’

‘Well connected in the legal market and in the financial services industry. They grasp the fast developments of the Czech law more quickly than their competitors. Still very reasonably priced.’

‘Jitka Logesova (office head), Robert Pelikan (litigation partner) and Lukas Mazura (associate): well-leveraged team. They know the law and develop excellent litigation strategies. Robert Pelikan also has a lot of academic credentials. It is nice to work with the team and they won all cases we instructed them on.’

‘I would describe the team as knowledgeable of the intricacies of the law, whilst making commercially viable suggestions that can yield results. At the same time, they are very responsive using technology, iCloud/secure conference call facilities in addition to mobile phone & email communication.’

‘I believe Robert Pelikan and Lukas Mazura have been a stand out partner and associate team. They were capable of suggesting additional lawsuits which had not been identified or highlighted to me by other firms in order to achieve my goals. They were also able to be pragmatic in sometimes not recommended to pursue a route they felt would cost considerable sums and result in a minimal gain. They had the respect of the legal community given their track record.’

Key clients

RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi

Delta Projektconsult s.r.o.

Österreichische Post AG

ELTODO a.s.

Teren Operations Czech

The Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic

Renault Ceska Republika a.s.

Logstor A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing the Czech Arbitration Court in its key disputes.
  • Representing Renault in several disputes with its former dealers.
  • Representing Logstor in several civil proceedings in connection with the bankruptcy of its distributor in the Czech Republic.

bnt attorneys-at-law

Led by Peter Maysenhölder, bnt attorneys-at-law handles a mix of commercial, regulatory, private and criminal disputes. Equally strong advising domestic and international clients, the firm generates work from companies operating in areas such as real estate, automotive, healthcare, energy and collective investment funds. Its reputation in the market has grown off the back of notable successes in administrative proceedings before the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court. Jan Šafránek is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Maysenhölder

Other key lawyers:

Jan Šafránek

Testimonials

‘I could not sense any pandemic-related disadvantages with regard to their consulting services, but on the contrary an even more client-focused attitude.’

‘I have mostly worked with Peter Maysenhölder who is a partner with bnt in Prague. I have always been very satisfied with his advice. In particular, his responsiveness and the fact that he is a native speaker of both German and Czech are very convenient, as I do business both in Germany and the Czech Republic, and Peter covering both jurisdictions professionally and linguistically makes things pretty easy.’

‘Great knowledge, availability, willingness to help.’

‘Highly motivated and experienced people. Wider view to find solutions. Tailor-made creative way of solving clients problems.’

Key clients

Hochtief CZ

Interma BYTY, akciová společnost

POKR Production s.r.o./ Zdeněk Pohlreich,

Český atletický svaz

V Invest Development s.r.o.

Andrew Danby Bloch

Martin Urwalek

Richard Howorth

Jessica Sofer

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.'s practice is particularly strong in contentious matters relating to sectors such as real estate, postal services and logistics. The firm's work in the energy and infrastructure sectors is also noteworthy, with it advising developers and plant operators alike. Pavel Vincík, who leads the team, has TMT expertise. Marc Müller, David Vosol and Martin Cír are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Vincík

Testimonials

‘The bpv team is truely unique in their use of IT for mass litigation and their understanding of the business aspects of the litigation they are in, including our business in litigation finance. We work with them in many different cases, including cartel damages 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.’

‘Ondrej Ponistiak is a bright attorney who, together with David Vosol and Arthur Braun, serve as legal counterparts in many of the projects we are in, always willing to help and able to work in three or four languages.’

‘Marc Müller is a classic bulldog litigator with great fighting spirit which is also needed sometimes.’

Key clients

LitFin

Photovoltaic Power Plants

E.ON Distribuce

E.ON Group

EP Energy Trading

Ministry of Finance

Goldbeck Bau

Pražská energetika

Dobrá Energie

Deutsche Lufthansa / Austrian Airlines

Greenbuddies

Noerr s.r.o.

Noerr s.r.o. acts for clients in financial litigation, M&A disputes and contentious real estate (mainly commercial landlord and tenant) matters. The practice is centred on the work of its three lead partners, each of whom have a unique area of expertise. Bořivoj Líbal is known for his corporate law and arbitration experience, while Petr Hrnčíř focuses on advising clients in highly regulated industries. Luděk Chvosta advises on major insolvency proceedings.

Testimonials

‘Noerr is an international law firm and I know that one of the partners (Borivoj Libal) is well recognised by other in-house lawyers. He has a good reputation in general in Prague.’

‘Borivoj Libal is very well-oriented in commercial litigation/negotiation issues and has a pragmatic approach.’

‘Ludek Chvosta is outstanding in terms of quality, speed and communication skills.’

‘The range of services offered, the personal approach and strong will to do the best job possible.’

‘Our contact is mainly with Borivoj Líbal. Next to the professional strengths and knowledge, he stands out for his personality, empathy and ambition, which gives him a great drive towards achieving the best results for client and justice.’

Key clients

VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA a.s.

Thomas Cook GmbH

DPK Makléř s.r.o.

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A.

Exponex s.r.o.

Karned Tools s.r.o.

USSPA, s.r.o.

BLAŽEK PRAHA a.s

VAVRYS CZ s.r.o.

Ergo Pojišťovna, a.s.

Itaka Holdings spółka z organiczoną odpowiedzialnością

Work highlights

  • Represented VW Slovakia against insolvent estate of bankrupt supplier over parts of machinery used in production lines.
  • Representing DPK Makléř s.r.o. in the area of corporate litigation and representing the associates and shareholders individually in buyout negotiations.
  • Representing major Portuguese airlines in all litigated matters associated with the operation of air carriage.