Dispute resolution in Czech Republic

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

The 'outstanding' dispute practice at Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář excels in handling a mix of large domestic and international litigation work for banking clients. Seasoned arbitrator Martin Hrodek remains the standout practitioner who leads the group, which is experienced in a range of cross-border arbitration mandates. The team works across the CEE region and its caseload frequently covers high-value and complex matters spanning areas such as EU law, tax litigation and construction. Dual Czech and Slovak qualified Kristína Bartošková, who leads the firm's trade practice, is the name for insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hrodek

Other key lawyers:

Kristína Bartošková

Testimonials

‘Extreme (outstanding) work ethic. International network (knowledge sharing). BMK were always able to hire great young colleagues (students, associates).’

‘I would like to stress managing partner Martin Hrodek – very experienced in litigation and arbitration, smart and practical. I also appreciate attorney Kristina Bartoskova’

Key clients

ADM International Sarl

AT&T

Československá obchodní banka (ČSOB)

Commerzbank, a.s.

Credit Suisse AG

Dura Automotive

Eckes AG

EP Industries a.s.

ERB bank, a.s.

ESSAR PROJECTS LIMITED

HDI Versicherung AG

Kofola ČeskoSlovensko a.s.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Kofola Československo, a.s., a company listed on the Prague Stock Exchange, in proceedings to invalidate its shareholders’ meeting.
  • Representing Eckes AG in disputes with minority shareholders of Stock Pilsen regarding the amount of consideration paid to them due to squeeze out.
  • Representing ERB bank, a.s. and later its insolvency administrator in several debt recovery cases in the Czech Republic and Russian Federation with the aggregate value exceeding EUR 20 million

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. is 'very strong' in the dispute resolution space and is experienced in handling high-value domestic and international arbitration matters, having appeared before the European Court of Human Rights. František Honsa is noted for his expertise in litigation, particularly commercial and banking law matters. Robert Klenka focuses on civil law litigation and insolvency cases, while energy sector matters are handled by Vladimir Uhde. The group also has international arbitration experience. Tomáš Politzer is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

František Honsa; Vladimír Uhde; Robert Klenka

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Politzer

Testimonials

‘Very strong team.’

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.

PRO.MED.CS Praha a.s.

PPF Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SAFE DIESEL s.r.o. on the “Dieselgate” scandal, with claims worth up to €791m.
  • Acted for AMÁDEUS Real Estate Group real estate court proceedings in various regions of the Czech Republic.
  • Defended O2 Czech Republic a.s. in an alleged margin squeeze.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar's dispute resolution practice handles a wide range of complex litigation mandates in relation to white-collar crime and insolvency cases. Led by Zdeněk Kučera, the team is also active in commercial disputes for an array of clients, including multinational companies. The group has a strong track record in shareholder disputes and international arbitration cases are another area of strength. Tomáš Čihula heads up the firm's life sciences and healthcare group and is recommended for energy sector clients, as is senior associate Zuzana Valoušková. The team has expanded with the arrival of Jana Jirákova from Weinhold Legal.

Practice head(s):

Zdeněk Kučera

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Čihula; Zuzana Valoušková; Jana Jirákova

Work highlights

  • Advising Česká republika (together with members of the Lichtenstein office) on civil and criminal proceedings pending in Lichtenstein.
  • Advising BE Group on the insolvency of its Czech subsidiary.
  • Representing E – INVEST, a.s. in insolvency proceedings of VÍTKOVICE REVMONT a.s.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Highlighted for its 'personal and pragmatic approach', Kocián Šolc Balaštík is strong in handling banking litigation for local and foreign clients. Pavel Dejl is experienced in large arbitration cases and securing arbitral victories for domestic clients in international courts. He co-heads the practice with Sylvie Sobolová, who handles international investment disputes and is the key name for high-stakes litigation (often against sovereign states). Energy and construction remain core strengths for the team.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Dejl; Sylvie Sobolová

Testimonials

‘strong experience in court proceedings and leading disputes, pre-dispute negotiations skills, ability to explain and summarise the nature of the issue’

‘excellent communication skills, strong in giving arguments’

‘high level of knowledge and skills, experience, reliability’

‘The team is well-respected and serious about the work it does. ’

‘Pavel Dejl is clever and canny in achieving his clients’ goals. Sylvie Sobolova is a forceful personality. ’

‘Very personal approach, confidence in a strong team. A pragmatic approach with a projection of great and proven experience. Always willing to meet the needs of the client, but always only safely. Very comprehensive service in the legal and economic sense.’

Key clients

Czech Television

LEO Express, a.s.

AGROFERT, a.s.

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

Skanska,a s.

Energo – Pro a.s.

Penam

Czech radio broadcaster

Sberbank CZ, a.s.

Czech national bank

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

PPF Group N.V.

National Theatre

Credendo

ŠKODA AUTO, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing České aerolinie in a dispute.
  • Representing Credendo – Short-Term EU Risks úvěrová pojišťovna in a claim for insurance.
  • Representing Energo-Pro a.s. in the ICSID investment arbitration against Bulgaria.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář has an excellent reputation in the Czech market and is renowned for its expertise in investor-state disputes. The litigation team has experience in cross-border deals and remains the firm of choice for the Czech state, where Karolína Horáková is the key contact; she is highlighted by peers as 'a great player', as is Libor Morávek. Martin Kramar is the name to note for energy and infrastructure sector clients. Karel Muzikář is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikář

Other key lawyers:

Karolína Horáková; Libor Morávek; Martin Kramar

Testimonials

‘expertise, diligence, reliability’

‘very professional and experienced legal team, very fast in responses’

Key clients

Czech Republic / Ministry of Finance 

Czech Government/Road and Motorway Directorate 

CEZ

Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank) 

UBER B.V. 

Plzensky Prazdroj and Pilsner Urquell Investments BV 

Telefónica S.A. (Spain) 

Ceske drahy (Czech Railways) 

MONETA Money Bank 

SKODA PRAHA  

UNIPETROL 

Capital City of Prague 

Ustecky Region (Ustecky kraj) 

Via FAOC 

Ing. Josef Matejka 

CSAD AUTOBUSY Ceske Budejovice a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Czech Republic / Ministry of Finance as the respondent in seven investor-state arbitrations emanating from changes in Czech legislation governing subsidies for the production of electricity from solar radiation.
  • Representing the Czech Republic (Ministry of Finance) in an international arbitration proceeding initiated by Mr. Josef Šťáva regarding investments in blood plasma and blood derivatives trade under a bilateral international agreement.
  • Representing CEZ as claimant in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Bulgaria under the Energy Charter Treaty.

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

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's market-leading dispute resolution practice is highlighted for its excellent handling of high-stakes litigation mandates for sovereign states and government bodies. The group is noted for its 'highly detailed legal analysis'  and is skilled in both local and international arbitration matters, appearing on complex matters before the ICC and ICSID. Practice head Rostislav Pekař has expertise in investor-state arbitrations and competition matters, while Vladimír Polách's practice covers white-collar crime cases and large class actions. On the investment arbitration side, Mária Poláková is the key contact. The team is strong in high-value cross-border matters and works closely with practitioners in its New York and Frankfurt offices.

Practice head(s):

Rostislav Pekař

Other key lawyers:

Vladimír Polách; Mária Poláková

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of Czech procedural law and litigation, knowledge of Czech and international arbitration. Smart people trying to find innovative ways for success.’

‘Rostislav Peka – smart, innovative, full of experience in the international arbitration’

‘Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. team is unique due to its professional skills, the ability to react very promptly, and the visions in finding new legal solutions for the need of the Slovak Republic. At the same time Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. provides us with highly detailed legal analyses which serve as a perfect pattern for finding the right solutions also in the every-day practice of our Office.’

Key clients

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia

The Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia

Patria Land Systems Oy [Finland]

L88 Investments Prague 1 s.r.o.

Republic of Kosovo

CSOB a.s.

Foreign Disputes Department of the State of Libya

Vodafone CZ s.r.o.

Rand Investments [Canada]

Work highlights

  • Acting for the State of Libya in six arbitrations, one commercial and five investment.
  • Acting for a group of Canadian and Cypriot investors in an ICSID arbitration regarding expropriation of the investors´ large dairy farm located at the outskirts of Belgrade.
  • Representing the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID proceeding under the Energy Charter Treaty (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/32). The dispute arose in connection with MOL’s and the government of Croatia’s shareholding in INA.

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

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář, whose practice is led by Luděk Chvosta, demonstrates strong capabilities in high-value domestic and international arbitration cases. The group is able to leverage its global network on cross-border matters, including the London and Paris offices. Associate Marie Talasova is recommended for commercial litigation, while counsel Samuel Schreiber is active in insolvency litigation and regulatory matters. The firm is noted for its strengths in matters connected with the energy and pharmaceutical industries.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy's varied work portfolio includes financial litigation, corporate litigation and arbitration cases. The team, which is jointly led by Prokop Verner and associate Robert Pavlů, also has niche expertise in international anti-corruption cases and handles large volumes of work for multinational clients; Markéta Císařová, who is the key contact in this space, serves as the firm's CEE corruption coordinator. IP litigation and commercial arbitration work are also areas of strength for the team.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner; Robert Pavlů

Other key lawyers:

Markéta Císařová

Testimonials

‘The team at A&O is diversified in terms of education, experience and gender. The team is able to leverage this diversity, for example, by including in-depth economic analysis in their legal work.’

‘Marketa Cisarova has led the whole project team very effectively. She was able to leverage key strengths of individual team members including other advisors to the client.’

‘Versatile and flexible team, which listens to client’s needs’

‘R. Pavlu – great litigator and attorney and always easy to talk to and discuss the current matters with. Provides his opinions clear and listens to client’

‘Robert Pavlu – great knowledge, excellent communication, highly above market standard’

Robert Pavlu – experienced litigator with an appreciation for commercial aspects of the case

‘Strong firm with excellent knowledge of the market and dispute topics in the Czech Republic’

Key clients

Howden ČKD Compressors s.r.o. (subsidiary of Howden Group)

České Radiokomunikace

Glencore

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

Citibank Europe Plc, Organizacni Slozka

Commerzbank

SCANIA AB (publ)

SR TECHNICS SWITZERLAND AG

Work highlights

  • Representing Citibank in a litigation in which the insolvency trustee of ČKD Praha DIZ seeks the repayment of cash collateral provided in connection with bank guarantees. The legal questions involved in this case have not yet been tested in Czech courts.
  • Representing longstanding client České Radiokomunikace (CRA) in relation to matter of strategic importance to CRA. The advice consists of unfair competition claims for misuse of transition of terrestrial broadcasting from DVB-T to DVB-T2 technology by a satellite television operator M 7 Group.
  • Represented several major gaming companies in sanction proceedings before the Czech Ministry of Finance in connection with their operation of online gaming in the Czech Republic after where new Czech regulation applies from 1 January 2017. Now representing the clients before the Czech administrative court in proceedings challenging the imposed administrative sanction.

Balcar, Polanský & Spol

At Balcar, Polanský & Spol, the dispute resolution group has a specialism in complex insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, and it undertakes a significant amount of work for large Czech banks. Practice head Marek Pilař acts for major global banks and their subsidiaries in administrative proceedings, as well as in international arbitration cases. Trademark protection disputes are also an area of strength for the team.

Practice head(s):

Marek Pilař

Key clients

Česká spořitelna, a.s.

CDV-1, Ltd., CDV-2, Ltd.

CreditKasa, s.r.o.

CMS

CMS is noted for its 'high level of professionalism' and it handles a wide range of disputes for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Practice head Tomáš Matějovsky is experienced in acting for clients before the courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court. Also recommended are experienced senior associates Petr Beneš and Filip Gvozdek, who advise a mix of domestic and international clients on litigation, administrative proceedings and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Matějovský

Other key lawyers:

Petr Beneš; Filip Gvozdek

Testimonials

‘Very skilled and hands-on lawyers with profound knowledge of the Czech law.’

‘Strong litigation team with detailed knowledge of various aspects of the case.’

‘Tomas Matejovsky – excellent lawyer, very good in client relationship’

‘Very good in negotiations’

‘I worked mostly with Tomas Matejivsky. He is very experienced lawyer and considers a dispute from different angles.’

Key clients

Fidelity National

ŠKODA JS a.s. (affiliate of OMZ and Gazprobank)

Siemens

Vodafone

IBM

TARGOBANK AG

Yolt Services, M7 Group, and UPC DTH

Partner in Pet Food

Gemini

Work highlights

  • Advised Fidelity National Financial on a dispute over the Radio Free Europe HQ in Prague.
  • Represented ŠKODA JS, a.s. as the defendant in court proceedings regarding compensation for damages for defective repair and maintenance services sought by ČEZ.
  • Acting for Siemens (Czech Republic) and its insurers in a major multimillion euro damage claims regarding the delivery and use of faulty electrical devices.

Dentons

At Dentons, the dispute resolution group is noted for its strong cross-practice approach covering complex litigation mandates pertaining to employment, white-collar-crime, and insolvency. Led by Ladislav Štorek who has over two decades of expertise located in handling complex litigation, the team has a proven track record acting for large domestic clients and blue-chip companies on high-value mandates before the Czech constitutional court. Co-head and criminal law practice head Ladislav Smejkal focuses on commercial disputes and serves as an arbitrator in the Prague Arbitration Court. Energy and infrastructure matters are dealt with by Petr Zákoucký whilst Jiří Tomola is the name for restructuring work. The team works with its offices in Paris on large arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Ladislav Štorek; Ladislav Smejkal

Key clients

Residomo (a Blackstone Group company)

Czechoslovak Group

Tatra Defense Vehicle

Veolia Group

Sev.en Energy

Česká spořitelna

Česká exportní banka (Czech Export Bank)

Raiffeisenbank

Zentiva

STRABAG

Walter Ewag

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending RESIDOMO, the largest owner of residential real estate in the Czech Republic owned by blue-chip institutional investors, in various litigations versus companies controlled by Pavol Krúpa.
  • Represented Sev.en EC, Veolia Energie ČR and Veolia Energie Kolín in litigation relating to the reimbursement of the gift tax illegally imposed onto emission allowances in the years 2011 and 2012.
  • Acting for Česká exportní banka (Czech Export Bank) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, as the security agent for Czech Export Bank in Vietnam, in connection with pending insolvency proceedings against Trade B.G.M.

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

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law handles high-stakes litigation cases for blue-chip clients such as Google and its team is noted for its 'profound expertise.' The group is active in both domestic and international arbitration cases, and is jointly led by Dušan Sedláček (who specialises in insolvency and restructuring work) and Jan Šturm. The practice is strong in complex banking litigation and is able to handle cross-border cases in the CEE region. Robert Neruda handles competition-related work requiring EU law expertise, while František Korbel is the key name for real estate and construction-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jan Šturm; Dušan Sedláček

Other key lawyers:

Robert Neruda; František Korbel

Testimonials

‘I can say their team is experienced and can provide high-quality representation to their clients, knowledgeable, well acquainted with the case and at the same time acting with respect to the counterparty.’

‘Comparing to other law firms, Havel & Partners (H&P) are not only hard working experienced professionals but also very committed, amiable, always ready to understand client’

‘Their litigation department is the largest in the Czech Republic, so they have sufficient capacity even for large disputes and high-profile litigation. It also brings quite good availability when you need them.’

‘Dusan Sedlacek (senior partner) – he is a legal genius, reading most of the law journals every month and having over 20 years of experience with huge and important disputes. He also works 14 hours a day and is usually very responsive.

‘Very smart complex view of client issues (eg not focused only on the specific litigation but reflecting impacts and interlinks to other matters) Profound expertise.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

Google

TAURON

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

BNP Paribas

DuPont

Merck & Co.

UniCredit Bank

Benteler

M7 Group

Football Association of the Czech Republic

Metrostav (the largest construction company in the CEE)

T-Mobile

Work highlights

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in a multi-jurisdiction high-profile €200m intellectual property (IP) and trademark litigation involving alleged abuse the GSK’s rights by a competitor.
  • Representing Google in the Czech Republic in civil litigation brought by the largest shopping comparison service, Heureka, a part of the Mall Group.
  • Representing a joint venture established between ArcelorMittal and Tauron in a high-profile dispute against the largest steel mill operating in the Czech Republic – Liberty Ostrava, a member of GFG Alliance.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners' interdisciplinary dispute resolution team covers a mix of domestic and international arbitration cases, as well as a wide range of litigated matters for clients, including leading banks. It undertakes large insolvency cases, debt enforcement work and administrative proceedings. Robert Němec co-heads the practice with seasoned arbitrator Martin Aschenbrenner. The group also offers mediation services.

Practice head(s):

Robert Němec; Martin Aschenbrenner

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 AmpluServis, a.s. in three disputes based on the contract for work relating to the CZK 16 billion energy sector project – renovation of the Czech largest coal power plant in Počerady in the North of Bohemia.
  • Advising Masarykova univerzita on a landmark Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) project.
  • Representing RPG Industries Limited in a complicated legal dispute concerning a damage claim regarding the apartments formerly owned by OKD, a.s.

ROWAN LEGAL

ROWAN LEGAL, which is noted for its 'strong knowledge and professional approach', handles an assortment of arbitration cases for clients. Jointly led by seasoned arbitrator Miloš Olík and Lukáš Duffek, the practice handles both domestic and cross-border cases. Duffek is experienced in litigation involving regulated industries such as energy, construction and telecommunications. The team is also strong in the IT and TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Olík; Lukáš Duffek

Testimonials

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

‘This is the first time we have used the company to resolve disputes. But I believe they have plenty of experience of court proceedings and consequently are able to develop a successful litigation strategy, eg. focus on arguments which are important to the judge and ignore the others or find the right time to present the most important arguments.’

‘Independence, ability to react promptly, resolving complex intertwined disputes’

‘The lawyers of ROWAN LEGAL have profound experience in the relevant matters and high reputation of skilled litigators.’

‘Milos Olik is a leading expert in the dispute resolution practice. He is very prompt and responsive.’

‘Rowan Legal provides us with a high level of legal services. We can rely on Rowan Legal’s work and thus avoid any double-checking. We also appreciate their efficient way of communication and professionalism. All these aspects save us time that might be invested where it is more required.’

‘All involved members of Rowan Legal team have a professional approach to the client and are capable of easily identifying clients’ needs.

‘ROWAN LEGAL has one of the largest teams focused purely on DR on the market. They are able to deal with the most complex cases. They always focus on the 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.’

Key clients

Heureka Group

O2 Czech Republic

INVIA Group SE

Lesy ČR

Hlavní město Praha

Česká Televize

AURES Holdings a.s.

RBP, zdravotní pojišťovna

Insolvency administrator of Vítkovice Power Engineering a.s. Mr. David Vandrovec

Metrostav a.s.

Czech Export Bank

Ředitelství silnic a dálnic ČR

The ultimate Beneficial owner of GLOBALICA, a.s. and Fortis Bohemia, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing the holding group of a leading Central European provider of online shopping; Heureka Group a.s. in its upcoming dispute with Google LLC in relation to the dominance abuse by Google on the Czech Market.
  • Representing RBP, zdravotní pojišťovna; a Czech health insurance company RBP in their CZK 100 million dispute with an IT developer”
  • Representing the City of Prague in several disputes regarding the Opencard information system and technology.

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

At Bányaiová Vožehová, s.r.o., law office, the dispute resolution practice is noted for its 'professional attitude' and covers a wide range of commercial litigation cases. The team includes Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová and Alena Bányaiová, who both focus on commercial litigation, including corporate disputes, unfair competition, damages claims and insolvency litigation, among other matters. Lucie Oršulová has additional expertise in criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová; Lucie Oršulová; Alena Bányaiová

Testimonials

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

Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová is quick on her feet with practical approach, clear logic and ability to convince the judge.

Lucie Dolanská Bányaiová and Alena Bányaiová. They are both experienced litigators with very good reputation among their peers. They are both very prompt and responsive, with top notch litigation tactics, thinking on their feet and able to assess the situation and come up with a series of steps and moves that fit the situation perfectly.

‘The law office has a team of expert litigators with deep knowledge not only of the procedures and litigation as such but also the factual background of our industry, its legal framework and specifics of our particular business. This makes their arguments in litigation logical and illustrative and as such highly persuasive. A nice illustration is that this law office has not lost a single civil litigation in which it represented our interests and on or our companies.’

The lawyers of Bányaiová Vožehová law office have profound experience in the relevant matters backed up by academic and legislative background and high reputation of skilled litigators. This combination of litigator qualities makes them unique in their field.

Alena Banyaiová is very cooperative, professional with very high quality standards of legal services which she provides.

Lucie Oršulová is capable of handling complex administrative, compliance and criminal compliance issues with profound expertise navigating our group of companies so that it steers clear of any liability.

Key clients

UNICEF

ČPP Transgas, s.p.

Lactalis Group

A7B Bohemia,a.s.

ECM

Work highlights

  • Representing UNICEF in a number of disputes, some involving corporate issues and one regarding the protection of good name and reputation. All legal services are performed pro bono.
  • Representing Lactalis Group in unfair competition litigation relating to free-riding by competitor.

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

At CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners, the dispute resolution group handles an assortment of cross-border litigation mandates across the CEE region, particularly banking litigation and insolvency proceedings. Martin Kartner, who jointly leads the team with experienced arbitrator Lukáš Hoder, acts for a wide range of foreign clients operating in the domestic market. Associate Hračja Grigoryan is the contact for Russian-speaking clients and specialises in civil litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kartner; Lukáš Hoder

Other key lawyers:

Hračja Grigoryan 

Work highlights

  • Advising METRANS /Danubia/, a.s. as a creditor in the insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing UK company GAIN CAPITAL UK LIMITED in the provision of services relating to the trading of financial instruments.
  • Represents the municipality of Strakonice, South Bohemia, in three real estate/construction disputes and provides complete services for the city regarding dispute resolution issues.

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, the practice is strong in insolvency-related litigation matters and continues to be instructed by clients operating in the construction, technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. The practice is led by dual-qualified (Czech and Slovak law) practitioner Miloš Felgr, who specialises in pre-insolvency restructuring mandates. Associate Jan Dobry handles large volumes of contentious work; he is also skilled in local and international arbitration matters. Counsel Tomáš Richter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Felgr

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Richter; Jan Dobry

Key clients

Seznam.cz

Moravia Steel

Komerční banka, a.s.

Colas CZ

Inžinierske stavby, a.s.

Česká spořitelna, a.s.

TEMPERATIOR s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Seznam.cz, a.s., as an intervener supporting the European Commission in the proceedings initiated by Google in an attempt to repeal the decision of the European Commission which imposed a fine of €4.3 bn on Google based on its abuse of dominant position in relation to the Android operating system.
  • Representing a German subsidiary company on an apparent tax avoidance scheme of its Czech business partner.
  • Representation of a major industrial company in defence against the €800 million follow-on damage claim filed before German courts in relation to a supplier cartel.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. handles a wide range of domestic and international arbitration cases for clients. Martin Dančišin is recommended for restructuring and insolvency-related disputes. He co-heads the practice with Jindřich Král. The team is experienced in acting for energy, infrastructure and banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Dančišin; Jindřich Král

Testimonials

‘I feel that we are getting premium care. We greatly appreciate the team’s continuous availability and ability to cover all aspects of our business in a comprehensible way. The team has enough lawyers specializing in various areas and is managed by a partner who has an in-depth understanding of what is generally going on in our company. I believe this is a key aspect helping to secure continuity and integrity of legal solutions over time.’

Key clients

SEVA-SEED, spol. s r.o.

TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s.

Green Gas DPB, a.s.

SOLAR ČERNILOV

CENTROPOL ENERGY, a.s.

Founders of BOOKRETAIL

Consolidated Assets B.V.

JUDr. Miloš Červenka

Mondi Štětí a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing Mondi Štětí a.s. in a EUR 10 Mio dispute with ČEZ Distribuce a.s. regarding the overpaid contribution for green energy subsidies.
  • Representing CENTROPOL ENERGY, a.s. in a court dispute with its competitor concerning unfair competition.
  • Representing JUDr. Miloš Červenka, one of the leading experts in the Czech Republic regarding land markets and building development, in a court dispute against the Czech Republic.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

PETERKA & PARTNERS is strong in insolvency-related litigation and commercial disputes. Housed in Prague with multiple offices across the CEE region, the team is managed by Jiri Cerny, who handles international arbitration cases for industry leaders including SKANSKA. Hynek Peroutka handles matters pertaining to the infrastructure and construction space. Barbora Urbancova is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Jiri Cerny

Other key lawyers:

Hynek Peroutka; Barbora Urbancova

Key clients

TOUAX

Veolia, a Czech subsidiary of the Veolia group

Channel Crossings Ltd.

Skanska a.s.

Skanska Reality

IDS Praha a.s.

FC Viktoria Plzeň

LOT Polish Airlines

ATALIAN CZ s.r.o

Altron a.s.

Zaslaw TSS Sp. z o.o. Sp. k.

Raiffeisenbank a.s.

LITOZ, s.r.o.

MAPA SPONTEX

Stolichen Elektrotransport EAD

Renault Retail Group CZ, s.r.o.

GOLDIM spol. s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented Skanska a.s. in a court dispute with the Directorate for Roads and Motorways.
  • Represented Veolia in a complex dispute relating to water management concession in a large town in the region of Moravia (CZ).
  • Represented TOUAX in a dispute with its former business partner regarding a penalty for a breach of contract.

Pokorný, Wagner & Partners

Pokorný, Wagner & Partners handles cross-border work across the CEE region for a mix of clients, including large energy companies. International arbitration matters are led by practice head Petr Málek, while commercial litigation cases are handled by Lukáš Kalina. The group has appeared at several arbitral courts, including at VIAC and ICSID.

Practice head(s):

Petr Málek

Other key lawyers:

Lukáš Kalina

Weinhold Legal

Weinhold Legal's dispute resolution team works with other departments to cover a broad cross-section of disputes, including corporate and M&A, labour law, banking and finance, IP and IT. Corporate law specialist Milan Polák handles a mix of domestic and international arbitration cases. Daniel Weinhold focuses on commercial and investment disputes, as well as tax-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Milan Polák

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Weinhold

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, skilful, time flexible, strong dispute resolution skills in major disputes.’

Key clients

Grandi Stazini

Litfin

Work highlights

  • Represented Grandi Stazioni, a subsidiary of an Italian operator of railway stations, on enforcement of claims arising from the Lease Agreements concluded with the owner of the stations.

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal's litigation team, which is led by managing partner Martin Řanda, is skilled in matters connected with the environmental sector, particularly waste management and disposal. The team has appeared before Czech and international courts. Jan Havel has experience of serving as an arbitrator with the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber. Ladislav Peterka is the key name for administrative proceedings and arbitration, while procurement expert Tomáš Rydvan specialises in PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Řanda

Other key lawyers:

Jan Havel; Ladislav Peterka

Key clients

Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice a.s.

Fides Group a.s.

G – Team a.s.

Advertising One

JCDecaux, Městský mobiliář, s.r.o.

Pražské služby, a.s.

Balabenka s.r.o. (AFI Europe)

JUFA s.r.o.

KLM and Air France

Work highlights

  • Representing Balabenka s.r.o. in a dispute against a state company administrating the railways in connection with the construction of a Class A administrative project in the center of Prague.
  • Representing Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice a.s. in a dispute with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Republic.
  • Representing JCDecaux (RENCAR) in multiple court disputes with its major business partner, Prague Transportation Company.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář excels in handling complex shareholder disputes for an array of clients, particularly those in the automotive and technology sectors. The team, which is jointly led by Ivan Sagál and IP expert Vojtěch Chloupek, also handles employment disputes and IP infringement matters. Associate Michaela Hermanová is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál; Vojtěch Chloupek

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Hermanová

Key clients

Insolv, v.o.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising the insolvency trustee Insolv, v.o.s. in connection with the trademark portfolio and its past transfers.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's dispute resolution team is led by Petr Šabatka , whose wide-ranging litigation experience includes matters involving areas such as insolvency, corporate, debt collection and construction. Elsewhere, beyond litigation, the group acts for banking clients in matters heard under ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Miroslav Dubovský and associate Jan Karabeleš are other names to note in the group.

Practice head(s):

Petr Šabatka; Miroslav Dubovský

Other key lawyers:

Jan Karabeleš

Key clients

UniCredit (UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s., UniCredit Leasing CZ a.s., UniCredit Fleet Management s.r.o. and HVB Leasing Czech Republic s.r.o.)

SkoFIN s.r.o.

RCI Financial services s.r.o.

Catlin Europe SE

MONETA Leasing, s.r.o.

Levi Strauss & Co. Europe SCA/COMM, VA

ASC Investment S.à r.l.

VITRABLOK s.r.o.

Compass Group Czech Republic s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Regular representation of UniCredit Leasing CZ a.s. in litigations, arbitration proceedings, and execution proceedings related to debt collection (tens of cases per year).
  • Representing the client XL Catlin Services SE (a member of AXA Group) in 4 court litigations regarding lawsuits by a Czech transport company for the payment of insurance indemnity.
  • Representing the client Compass Group Czech Republic s.r.o. in complex employment litigation with its former FCO. The litigation involves more than twenty separate proceedings dealing with (i) employment termination, (ii) salary compensation claims, (iii) fraudulent claims, (iv) claims for the compensation for the performance of the offices in holding companies and (v) manipulated enforcement proceedings.

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

At Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o., the 'excellent' dispute resolution practice is known for its handling of employment cases and shareholder disputes. Led by experienced litigator Jan Krampera, the team is skilled in commercial disputes and it handles day-to-day operational issues for multinational clients, including Siemens. Employment lawyer Tomáš Procházka is a core member of the group, as is senior associate Eliška Miklíková.

Practice head(s):

Jan Krampera

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Procházka; Eliška Miklíková

Key clients

Albert Česká republika (Ahold Delhaize)

Archdiocese of Prague

Bonver Win group

Conseq

Crocodille

Doosan Bobcat

Private individual, shareholder of Strojmetal group

PSP Engineering

Siemens

Soukromý svěřenský fond HANA

Tesco Stores Č.R.

Valmet s.r.o. – Insolvency of ČKD Praha DIZ, a.s.

X-Trade Brokers

Work highlights

  • Providing Albert Česká republika with day-to-day advice and representation in various litigations.
  • Successfully represented Siemens in several technically and legally high-profile litigations.
  • Representing long-time Executive Director and minority shareholder of €133 Mio worth business in a shareholder dispute over attempted seizure of control by the majority shareholder.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.'s practice excels in handling large domestic and international arbitration cases, particularly in the ICC. Led by Andreas Ueltzhöffer, the team acts for a wide roster of clients from the banking sector, as well as multinational corporates. The group includes Lars Magnus Klett, who has expertise in ADR mechanisms and international arbitration cases. Cross-border work is facilitated via the firm's Bratislava office where Marek Hudec is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer

Other key lawyers:

Lars Magnus Klett; Marek Hudec

Testimonials

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

‘Fair suggestions, especially in case of unnecessary disputes or to avoid legal procedure with uncertain end; capability of finding other professionals in support of specific matters; capability of interacting and team working with other business partners legal depts.’

Key clients

EXPOBANK CZ a.s. (former LBBW CZ a.s., formerly BAWAG Bank CZ and BNP Dresdner Bank CZ)

HDI Global

Lindner Hotels Group

KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH

BMK Group

Atlas-Blech-Center

Kayser Berndorf

bnt attorneys-at-law

bnt attorneys-at-law has experience covering commercial disputes, white-collar crime cases and insolvency proceedings. Practice head Jan Šafránek handles a wide range of contentious issues for clients operating in the real estate and manufacturing sectors. Peter Maysenhölder, who is dual-qualified to practise in the Czech Republic and Germany, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jan Šafránek

Other key lawyers:

Peter Maysenhölder

Key clients

Interma BYTY

HABA s.r.o.

GaudlitzGmbH/Gaudlitz Precision s.r.o.

POKR Production s.r.o.

Andy Bloch

Martin Urwalek

Marcel Flemr

Various private individuals

Hochtief CZ

Český atletický svaz

Work highlights

  • Representing Český atletický svaz (Czech Athletic Federation) in court proceedings concerning long-term unsettled ownership and lease relations to land and objects at the attractive location in the capital.
  • Representing the client Interma BYTY in a dispute over 256 flats in Liberec, in which the city undertook to transfer its co-ownership shares to several cooperatives and Interma Byty 20 years ago free of charge.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. acts for clients before the Czech and Slovak courts in commercial disputes spanning the real estate and energy sectors. Led by Pavel Vincík, the team handles the enforcement of arbitral awards and cross-border court proceedings. Key names in the practice include Marc Müller and insolvency expert Martin Cír.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Vincík

Other key lawyers:

Marc Müller; Martin Cír

Key clients

Photovoltaic Power Plants

E.ON Distribuce

EP Energy Trading

Goldbeck Bau

Ministry of Finance

Pražská energetika (PRE)

Dobrá energie

Mediaservis

EFES

Lufthansa

Czech manufacturer

Work highlights

  • Acting for 43 investors/photovoltaic power plant operators in several high-profile cases dealing with the incorrect implementation of the EU directive on the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) against the Czech Republic
  • Representing Mediaservis in major disputes with state-owned enterprise Czech Post.

Wolf Theiss

At Wolf Theiss, the group acts for a mix of local and foreign clients in commercial disputes. Robert Pelikán heads up the team, whose workload includes corporate investigations and white-collar crime cases. Associate Kateřina Kulhánková advises on international arbitration matters, while Jaromír Pumr is active in white-collar crime cases and corporate liability matters.  The team is also experienced in insolvency cases and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pelikán

Other key lawyers:

Kateřina Kulhánková; Jaromír Pumr

Testimonials

‘Extraordinary knowledge, sharp analysis, top treatment with clients’

Key clients

Teren Operations Czech LLC

Czech Chamber of Agriculture

RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi

GEONE Holesovice ONE s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Teren Operations Czech LLC in the voluntary insolvency of its Czech and Slovak subsidiaries and subsequent enforcement of other business group members’ receivables within the insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing the Czech Chamber of Agriculture in its dispute against its counterpart, the Czech Chamber of Economy, in relation to the nomination of the management of the Arbitration Court hosted by the two Chambers.
  • Advising and representing RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi in several proceedings concerning the attempts of the opponent to block the Client’s call of a bank guarantee.