Firms To Watch: Projects and PPP

ARROWS ETL Global offers its clients a full range of support to its projects clientele, with an emphasis on disputes support relating to public procurement matters; Vojtěch Sucharda and Jakub Dohnal lead the team.

Projects and PPP in Czech Republic

Allen & Overy

As part of the wider global practice, Allen & Overy's projects team is able to provide comprehensive support on PFI and PPP structured projects. It has broad financing expertise, advising on project structuring and providing risk and profitability analysis. Prokop Verner and Petr Vybiral co-head the practice in Prague. Verner acts on major transactions, while Vybiral advises on project financing and other financial products.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner; Petr Vybíral

Key clients

Macquarie Corporate Holdings PTY Limited

EGIS PROJECTS S.A.

OBRASCON HUARTE LAIN, S.A.

PORR Beteiligungen und Management GmbH

SK Engineering and Construction

Work highlights

  • Provided corporate and public procurement law advice to the consortium participating in a PPP project for the D4 motorway.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar, which is highlighted for its strength in infrastructure and energy matters, advises clients investing in the growing Czech PPP sector.  Its team has been involved in a number of major projects, having advised the lenders to the winning consortium on the D4 Highway programme, as well as acting for shareholders on a major gas interconnector. Kamil Blažek, who leads the team, has experience of advising major players in the nuclear energy industry on Czech and European regulatory issues. Karla Rundtová specialises in transactional matters and Jan Lehký advises on disputes, while Michal Forýtek has expertise in both public procurement and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Kamil Blažek

Key clients

Lenders to the Vinci Concessions and Meridiam consortium

NET4GAS

ČEPS

EnBW

Nexen Tire Corporation

CANPACK

ČEZ

Allianz Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

SPORTISIMO

Faurecia Plzeň

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on the D4 highway PPP project.
  • Advised Net4Gas on the development and construction of the Capacity4Gas interconnector.

CMS

CMS, which is able to advise on both Czech and English law issues, is active in a number of high-profile infrastructure projects. The firm is also well regarded for its work in the renewable energy arena, which includes acquisitions/disposals and development of solar and wind power projects, as well as regulatory disputes. Lukáš Janíček leads the team, acting on brownfield, greenfield and PFI projects. Lenka Krutáková is known for her expertise in public procurement work. Eliska Copland is active in oil and gas matters.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Janíček

Other key lawyers:

Lenka KrutákováEliska Copland

Key clients

CEE Equity Partners

Vinci

Meridiam

EnerCap Capital

Sev.en Energy

Enery Development

Fortum

Skoda JS

Cube Infrastructure

CSPP Construction

Work highlights

  • Advising VINCI and Meridiam on the Czech Republic’s first road PPP Project, the D4 highway project.
  • Advised a fund managed by CEE Equity Partners on the sale of Energy 21.

ROWAN LEGAL

ROWAN LEGAL is known for its strong infrastructure practice, with an emphasis on matters involving government investments. The team is known for its advice to public bodies, having advised municipalities and government entities such as the City of Prague and the Directorate of Roads and Motorways. Vilém Podešva leads the team, with a particular strength in public procurement matters. Also of note is Jiří Votrubec.

Practice head(s):

Vilém Podešva

Other key lawyers:

Jiří Votrubec

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Rowan Legal for a long time and they know the specifications of these projects very well, so they are an obvious choice for us. Especially because they have deep knowledge and high experience of the different parts of the law – energy law, public procurement law, construction law, digitalisation and automation.’

‘Jirí Votrubec – an excellent lawyer with deep knowledge and a high level of experience. He is leading the team and is our main point of contact. He always sees the bigger picture and all consequences. Thanks to his advice we are always prepared.’

‘The practice is unique because of the team itself – strong individuals, output control, transparent billing, appropriate technology equipment to ensure collaboration. There are usually innovations implemented in the field of the tender documentation.’

‘Individuals have great experience and are excellently educated. It is widely known that professionals from Rowan Legal are among the best experts in public procurement and PPP.’

‘We have worked with Rowan legal for a very long time and they know the specifications of our projects within this area very well, so they are an obvious choice for us. Especially because they have deep knowledge and high experience of the different parts of the law – energy law, public procurement law, construction law, digitalization and automation.’

Key clients

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s.

Hlavní město Praha

Ředitelství silnic a dálnic

Dopravní podnik Praha

VODÁRNA PLZEŇ a.s.

Lesy ČR

EG.D, a.s.

RBP, zdravotní pojišťovna

Ministerstvo pro místní rozvoj

Technická správa komunikací

DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO

OSTRAVA AIRPORT MULTIMODAL PARK s.r.o.

Ministerstvo vnitra

Karlovarský kraj

TESMEC S.p.A.

STIMAX International, s.r.o.

CAF

Work highlights

  • Prepared contracts and legal project management for Severočeské vodovody a kanalizace related to the brand new model of operation of Czech water infrastructure.
  • Providing legal support to The Prague Public Transit Co. Inc. on the new D-line of Prague subway.
  • Providing comprehensive legal services to the Prague Public Transit co. relating to all three lines of Prague subway.

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

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář‘s team acts for governments, investors and other key stakeholders on major projects. In addition to advising the Czech government on major road infrastructure matters, it also has expertise in energy developments and other matters involving public procurement issues. Vít Stehlík, who leads the team, is active in infrastructure and other major project developments. Václav Žaloudek has expertise in Czech and EU energy regulation. David Wilhelm is known for his advice to the Ministry of Transport.

Practice head(s):

Vít Stehlík

Other key lawyers:

Václav Žaloudek; David Wilhelm

Key clients

Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

NET4GAS, s.r.o.

ŠKODA JS a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic on the first-ever PPP infrastructure/road project in the Czech Republic.