Real estate and construction in Czech Republic

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's top-tier real estate practice is 'the best on the Czech market' according to clients and is led by highly-rated practitioner Emil Holub. The full-service team covers the gamut of real estate matters for clients with a specialty in high-value financing and refinancing transactions. Practice co-head and ducal Czech and Slovak qualified Miloš Felgr is the key banking contact and is noted for domestic and cross-border transactions. Milan Rákosník handles real estate M&A, asset management and development across a range of asset classes. At the associate level, Aneta Disman handles CEE-wide deals and is the contact for investments and divestments. The team has a considerable international reach and is able to leverage its wider European networks.

Practice head(s):

Emil Holub, Partner; Miloš Felgr

Other key lawyers:

Milan Rákosník; Aneta Disman

Testimonials

‘Market leading lawyer in Emil Holub and a strong team to back this up. Not only technically very strong and the best team in managing the expectations of clients in the Czech market.’

‘Emil Holub is able to bring a commercial know-how to his expertise and this is the key distinguishing factor in the market’

‘Emil Holub is the most experienced and competent lawyer on the market, understanding the viewpoints of both local and international players and both institutional and non-institutional outfits. He is supported by a strong team.’

‘Emil Holub – simply put the best RE transactions lawyer on the market. Milan Rákosník – excellent, versatile, diligent and hard-working lawyer, who really understands the detail. Aneta Disman -a competent lawyer with excellent relationship building skills.’

‘The team’s understanding of commercial practices combined with the strong performance on legal as well as practical matters during a transaction makes Clifford Chance a dream team of a legal partner.’

‘Emil Holub has in-depth knowledge of real estate transactions as well as a professional and friendly approach. Together with highly skilled Milan Rákosník the team is second to none.’

‘Attitude, responsiveness, availability, expertise.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

Atrium European Real Estate

Goodman

Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH

Europa Capital

Unibail-Rodamco

PGIM

CA Immo

Dubai World

White Star

bpd partners

Cromwell

J&T Real Estate

CTP

Kirkbi A/S

Crestyl

Heimstaden Bostad AB

Generali Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Heimstaden Bostad on the acquisition of the Residomo residential portfolio for €1.3bn.
  • Advising Generali Real Estate on the acquisition of Kotva Department Store in Prague city centre.
  • Advising CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition of the office building Praga Studios in Prague’s Karlín district for €55m.

CMS

CMS' highly rated real estate practice handles large domestic and cross-border transactions for global clients including Allianz Real Estate. Lukáš Hejduk is noted for his handling of high-value corporate transactions pertaining to large-scale acquisitions. Libor Prokeš heads the German desk and is recommended for real-estate related M&A and advisory on construction projects. The group has English law capacity and is able to leverage its international network to facilitate multijurisdictional mandates. Also in the group is senior associate Lucie Smrkovská who provides support on leasing issues for real estate assets. Helen Rodwell is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Hejduk; Libor Prokeš

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Smrkovská; Helen Rodwell

Testimonials

‘They support us with various investments and related matters, customer-oriented, solution-driven, great market expertise’

‘Libor Prokeš – service-oriented – great professional – responsive – solution-oriented – fast and spot-on advice – very knowledgeable about market.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Allianz Real Estate

TPG Capital

VGP European Logistic

WP Carey

Bluehouse Capital

Gramercy Europe

Flow East

Unicredit

Revetas Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising TPG Capital on the acquisition of “Vector Parks” logistics portfolio across Slovakia and the Czech Republic from Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (MIRA).
  • Advising Allianz Real Estate on the €110m acquisition of the Trimaran and Element buildings from the Austrian developer S+B Gruppe AG.
  • Advising Credit Suisse and Commerzbank on the sale of Olympia Olomouc shopping centre to UK fund Catalyst.

Dentons

Dentons retains its market-leading position in the real estate market and is highlighted for its 'great commercial acumen spiced up by associates with a strong drive'. The group continues to be instructed on top-end real estate-related transactions and large financing projects. Led out of Prague, the global head of the practice Evan Lazar is noted for CEE-wide matters whilst managing partner of the firm Michal Hink advises on acquisitions and disposals. The group regularly works with its European network including Bucharest, Dusseldorf, and Berlin. Co-head Jiří StržÍnek covers real-estate financing matters in Slovakia and Czech Republic. Also in the team is Markéta Tvrdá who advises major institutional investors and developers on complex transactions and senior counsel Jana Matisková.

Practice head(s):

Evan Lazar; Jiří Stržínek; Michal Hink

Other key lawyers:

Jana Matisková; Markéta Tvrdá

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and possesses outstanding expertise in the hotel and hospitality market. They are also very business-oriented and give very valuable advice in relation to both legal and business matters.’

‘The team is very responsive and easy to communicate with. Their market knowledge and legal expertise are very valuable in terms of closing deals.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and experience in RE area, knowledge of client’s processes, similar values to the client.’

‘Understand RE business, out of the box thinking, provide perfect and fast legal service, friends and business partners.’

‘Top-tier mix of senior partners with great commercial acumen spiced up by associates with a strong drive to actually deliver and execute the work.’

Key clients

Round Hill Capital and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Crestyl

AEW

SEBRE

Skanska

GIC

Wood & Company

Hana Financial Investment Co. Ltd., Hana Alternative Asset Management Co. Ltd. (Korean investors)

Koramco Asset Management

White Star Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Round Hill Capital and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities on the sale of a €1.3bn residential real estate portfolio in the Czech Republic to Swedish real estate company Heimstaden Bostad.
  • Advised Sebre on the sale of the DRN building to the German investment and asset manager KGAL Investment Management.
  • Advised AEW on the sale of Amazon’s logistics center outside Prague to Samsung Securities.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar's real estate practice is singled out for its strong transactional background and full-service approach and acts for a number of major international players in the sector. The group, which focuses on cross-border transactions and project financing mandates, is led by Klára Štepánková. On the infrastructure side, Kamil Blažek leads on large-scale projects particularly in the energy and construction sectors, and acts for several South Korean investors. The group is a popular choice for referrals from international firms and is able to leverage its wider CEE network. Also in the team is counsel Jan Lehký who is noted for his litigation expertise, and Jan Juroška, who is the key corporate contact.

Practice head(s):

Klára Štěpánková

Other key lawyers:

Jan Lehký; Jan Juroška

Key clients

GLP

Warburg HIH

Kendall Square Asset Management

BMO Real Estate

Portiva

AMUNDI Asset Management

Accolade Group

M7 Real Estate Ltd.

Investika

Ceskomoravska nemovitostni

Work highlights

  • Advising GLP on the acquisition of Goodman Group’s Central and Eastern Europe logistics portfolio.
  • Advised South Korean institutional investor, Kendall Square Asset Management managed by Roebuck Asset Management, on the acquisition of the 125,000m² purpose-built modern facility let to Amazon with Breeam Excellent rating from a fund managed by AEW.
  • Advising Warburg-HIH Invest on the acquisition of the River Garden I office building in Prague’s Karlín district from a fund managed by LaSalle Investment Management.

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

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is highlighted for its expertise in the real estate financing space, where it retains its market-leading position. Led by Petr Pánek, the practice acts for an array of international clients including Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Asset Limited on high-value acquisitions and disposals in the domestic market and beyond. Václav Kubr, who was recently promoted to the partnership, has experience acting for investment firms and financial institutions and Karel Petržela handles cross-border financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Petr Pánek

Other key lawyers:

Václav Kubr; Karel Petržela

Testimonials

‘White & Case has the most experienced team within the CEE region in my opinion.’

Key clients

CTP

Crestyl

Cromwell Propery Group

ECE Projektmanagement

Gazeley

Generali Real Estate

HB Reavis

KGAL Investment Management

Klépierre

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

LaSalle Investment Management

P3 Logistic Parks / GIC

Prologis

Red Group

REICO

TPG Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised mandated lead arrangers, Erste Group Bank AG, Česká spořitelna, UniCredit, UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, Société Générale and Komerční banka, a.s.  on one of the largest real estate financings in the CEE region, the €1.9bn financing of the CTP Group.
  • Assisted TPG Real Estate with the acquisition of industrial real estate assets from Contera in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on the disposal of the Vector Parks logistics portfolio in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has strength in the real-estate developer space and advises leading Czech and foreign developers and investors across the CEE region. Led by corporate partner Prokop Verner, the group covers mid-to-high-value M&A transactions and financing matters. Warsaw-based CEE head of real estate Michal Matera handles complex financing transactions and insolvency work, including sales and leases. The group frequently brings together a cross-border team in London and Amsterdam to handle significant multijurisdictional projects.

Practice head(s):

Michal Matera; Prokop Verner

Key clients

Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group

Albert Česká republika (Ahold)

ING Bank N.V., France

Gerry Weber International AG

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

LABE WOOD

Work highlights

  • Advised Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group on the sale of assets in Central and Eastern Europe for approx. €1bn to GLP.
  • Advised Albert Česká republika, on a rightsizing / remodelling development transaction by way of sale-and-leaseback of properties at two locations in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised Labe Wood as borrower on project financing provided by Sberbank CZ for the construction and operation of a sawmill in the Czech Republic.

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

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's real estate practice is a key destination for transactional mandates, cross-border acquisitions, and investments. The team is noted for its European wide network and is able to leverage its offices spanning 18 locations to handle multijurisdictional matters. The team is jointly led by Martin Hrodek and 'standout lawyer' Marek Disman, who covers acquisition financing matters and advises on due diligence. Libor Basl is the key banking contact.

Practice head(s):

Marek Disman; Martin Hrodek

Other key lawyers:

Libor Basl; Petr Vojtěch

Testimonials

‘Baker and McKenzie has unique knowledge of real estate industry and banking which makes them one of the best lawyers on the market.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the fact, that they do not advice only on legal matters but also on the business level and as well as giving you strategic views and they do have deep knowledge of the local market.’

‘Libor Basl – admire his knowledge of the market and strategic advice which he is able to provide to his clients. Marek Disman – outstanding lawyer, stand- out in the escrow agreements which are the key to the RE transactions. Petr Vojtech – outstanding lawyer, deep knowledge, excellent client approach, reasonable and making sure the execution side of the project is on the right track, oriented to the detail, one of the best associates on the Czech market.’

Key clients

Allegro MicroSystems

Amazon

CITIC

Crestyl

CTP Group

EPH (Energetický a průmyslový holding) Group

Mountpark

Precision Castparts

SCS Software

VF Europe BVBA

Work highlights

  • Advising a club of banks Československá obchodní banka, (ČSOB), Komerční banka, (Czech Republic), Komerční banka, a.s. (Slovak Republic) on the refinancing of the portfolio of 16 logistic parks located in the Czech Republic and Slovakia owned by TPG and Contera.
  • Advising a multinational US company on the development and subsequent lease of premises suitable for operation of a new corporate (office and R&D) centre in a premium facility to be built in the South-Moravian Region, Czech Republic.
  • Acting for the fund (as a sponsor and buyer) in the Czech Republic on the purchase and leaseback of production properties from a packaging company.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. handles a range of construction development projects and investment matters. Practice co-head Jiří Bárta advises on transactions and has a specialism in environmental law. Fellow co-head Miroslav Dudek handles real-estate-related M&A transactions for local and global developer clients. The group remains a popular destination for German clients and can handle cross-border deals via its Bratislava office.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Bárta; Miroslav Dudek

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Porupkova

Testimonials

‘bpv Braun Partners is one of the best local law firms in the real estate sector. They are always very professional and very business minded, which helps to negotiate deals without unnecessary legal bottlenecks. The team is superb, diverse and very efficient in delivery. The overall culture within the firm seems right.’

‘Jiri Barta and Gabriela Porupkova both stand out as the leading individuals in the corporate and real estate practices. Both are business minded legal counsels with deep understanding of the industry and legal issues affecting the industry. Rarely one can see such a degree of professionalism and determination to be the best for the client.’

‘In my opinion, bpv BRAUN PARTNERS offers to clients a very professional level of service with high quality while demonstrating deep knowledge of the real estate industry, not only legal but also technical and commercial.’

‘Due to the long-standing detailed specialization in the real estate sector and apparent high motivation of the team, communication was always uncomplicated and fast. Our interests were always recognised and implemented in a targeted manner.’

Key clients

Generali Investments CEE / Generali Real Estate

Pojišťovna Patricie

Stewart Title Ltd.

IMMOFINANZ

MVGM

ČEMOS

BVI Fund FROWILPEX

Embalador

Goldbeck Bau

Motel One

Aventicum Real Estate

Hornbach

PATRIZIA

RE Invest

VIG Fund (a member of Vienna Insurance Group)

OLREDO

Galerie Butovice (INVESTIKA)

Patria investiční společnost

Work highlights

  • Advised on the Generali Investments CEE acquisition of a historic building Kořenského 1 with luxury apartments and offices located in the greater city centre in Prague.
  • Advising Immofinanz on the merger of its three Czech companies.
  • Advising Immofinanz on the acquisition of the office complex Palmovka Open Park in Prague from Metrostav Development.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

PETERKA & PARTNERS handles the full gamut of real estate matters including project financing and acquisitions for a mix of both domestic and international players. Regional head of the practice Ondrej Dusek, who is based in Prague, is noted for advisory work to large developers on construction projects, and co-head Pavla Kopecková Prikrylová handles insolvency and restructuring matters. The group is able to leverage its pan-regional offering to handle cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Ondrej Dusek; Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova

Key clients

Real Digital

Komerční banka, a.s.

IDS Praha

Kingswood Partners

Secure Legal Title

Epiroc s.r.o.

Wieland Electric

SKANSKA Property

SKANSKA Reality

Work highlights

  • Advised Real Digital on its new 27,000-m2 fulfilment centre (one of the largest new rental transactions in the country) in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised Komerční banka on financing a major retail development in South Bohemia (a region of the Czech Republic).
  • Advised IDS Praha on the divestment of a 50%-stake of shares in an office development project in Prague.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners' real estate practice has experience across the transactional, environmental law, and regulatory space and also has strength in construction. Jakub Lichnovský divides his time between Prague and Ostrava and advises clients on large development projects across the Czech Republic. On the energy law side, Roman Pečenka is the key name and handles mid-value corporate transactions. Daniel Rosický is also noted. The team is also active for clients in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Rosický; Jakub Lichnovský; Roman Pečenka

Testimonials

‘Dedication to the matter, personal involvement of the partner.’

Key clients

METRO Properties ČR s.r.o.

Asental Land, s.r.o.

CTP Invest, spol. s r.o.

International Campus Group AG

Aceur Investment S.A.

Galerie Butovice s.r.o.

CPI Group

PointPark Properties s.r.o.

HOPR GROUP, a.s.

DH CENTRUM s.r.o.

Holečkova 26, s.r.o.

changing.legal a.s.

KSR Industrial, s.r.o.

RPG Industries Limited

Satpo Development, s. r. o.

KLEPIERRE CZ s.r.o. Klepierre Plzeň, s. r. o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Metro Properties ČR on the sale-and-leaseback of Makro Cash & Carry stores in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic
  • Advised Hopr Group on the sale of a hotel as a franchise under the brand Ibis Olomouc Centre Hotel to a company from a group CPI Hotels.
  • Advised start-up company, changing.legal,  on its product Orkist – specialised software to settle real estate transactions.

Weinhold Legal

Weinhold Legal has a focus on large construction development projects and real estate acquisitions for international clients. Pav Younis leads the practice and handles mid-market M&A for investors across Europe. On the public procurement side, Martin Lukáš is the name to note for restructuring matters and advises clients on tenders. Also in the team is Tomáš Čermák and managing partner Daniel Weinhold.

Practice head(s):

Pav Younis

Other key lawyers:

Martin Lukáš; Tomáš Čermák; Daniel Weinhold

Key clients

Grandi Stazioni

Bluehouse Capital

Christian Louboutin

Lagardere

Česká pošta (Czech Post Office)

Work highlights

  • Advised Česká pošta (Czech Post) on its sale of St. Gabriel Monastery, sold to the Cimex group for CZK353m.

Wilsons

Wilsons has an active real estate practice and is noted for its skill in handling large-scale acquisition matters, often cross-border in nature. Bryan Wilson remains the key contact and handles CEE-wide matters.

bnt attorneys-at-law

bnt attorneys-at-law's real estate group has a considerable cross-border offering across the CEE region with offices in Budapest and Minsk, and has a specialism in construction sector transactions. Practice head Tomáš Běhounek advises on a wide range of issues pertaining to permit processing, lease arrangements, and contracts for international investor clients. On the transactional side, Pavel Pravda is a key name for project financing matters. Tereza Chalupová handles contentious real estate matters and is noted for her arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Běhounek

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Pravda; Tereza Chalupová

Key clients

RSBC Group

Metrostav Development

Zeitgeist Asset Management

RSJ Private Equity Fund

Trigema

HOCHTIEF CZ

V Invest Development

J&T Real Estate

Neocity

Peakside Capital

100 Towers Holding

Passerinvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Trigema on the sale of the project of three logistic centres and light production halls on land plots on its property.
  • Advising Peakside Capital on the successful sale of the Argo Alpha class A office building on Evropská street in Prague.
  • Advised Metrostav Development on several acquisitions of different assets designated for future residential developments.

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, the team advises domestic and international clients active in the construction sector on developments and planning matters. Managing partner Miroslav Dubovský is the name to note for cross-border acquisitions.

Giese & Partner, s.r.o.

Giese & Partner, s.r.o. has considerable strength across the real estate financing space and acts for an impressive roster of large regional banking clients including UniCredit Bank. Dual Czech and German qualified Jitka Sytařová leads the practice alongside Martin Holler and advises on hotel, residential and industrial properties. The group is active in the Slovak jurisdiction and handles work across eastern Europe.

Practice head(s):

Jitka Sytařová; Martin Holler

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft

UniCredit Bank Austria

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia

IC FIZZ PRAGUE

Cattron

Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH (Germany)

Pepperl+Fuchs Manufacturing s.r.o. (Czech Republic)

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen

Work highlights

  • Advised UniCredit Bank Austria and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia on the acquisition financing of a large logistics park located in West Bohemia.
  • Advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on refinancing of existing financing in connection to the acquisition of an SPV holding outlet shopping centre located in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Advised Bayerische Landesbank on the financing of a unique office building located in the centre of Prague.

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

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law has experience advising on real estate-related transactions, project financing matters, and construction developments. Lukáš Syrový leads the practice alongside Martin Fučík, and handles advisory work for investors, and has a specialism in greenfield and brownfield projects. Josef Hlavička focuses on large real estate development including shopping centres and motorways and František Korbel handles environmental law issues.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Syrový; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Josef Hlavička; František Korbel

Key clients

Panattoni

SEKYRA Group NA

Accolade s.r.o.

Star Capital Finance

PUMA

Penta Investments

RSJ Private Equity

AEW

IKEA

ČSOB

Coast Capital Partners

Ahold

Invesco

IAD Investments

Metrostav Development

FINEP NA

OMV

Work highlights

  • Advising Panattoni Czech Republic on securing title to the land for the development of industrial premises in various locations in the Czech Republic.
  • Advising Ahold Czech Republic on the sale-and-leaseback of a shopping centre in Prague.
  • Advising Coast Capital Partners on the acquisition of various historical buildings in the Prague City Centre.

Konecná & Zacha

Konecná & Zacha is active in real estate financing and handles predominantly mid-market transactions for banking clients and investment funds. Practice head Radka Konečná handles a high volume of M&A work for international clients across the CEE region and beyond; she is also the key name for Slovak- and Russian-speaking clients. Also in the team is Achim Jähnke who advises on leases and sales of real estate projects. The firm also has an office in Bratislava.

Practice head(s):

Radka Konečná

Other key lawyers:

Achim Jähnke

Schoenherr Czech Republic

Schoenherr Czech Republic's real estate practice handles commercial transactions, project developments, and cross-border financings. Led by Martin Kubánek, the group also has a wide dispute resolution offering and is active for local and foreign investor clients. Otakar Fiala, who also assists German-speaking clients, handles matters that require a corporate angle. Zoltán Pálinkás deals with Slovak law matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kubánek

Other key lawyers:

Otakar Fiala; Zoltán Pálinkás

Key clients

Lidl

DAIMLER

Continental Group

UNIQA Real Estate

Furla

Aludyne (rormerly Chassix)

Cooper Standard

Weidmüller

Magna

Hornbach

Reality Investing

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Interglobe on the acquisition of a portfolio of ten K+K Hotels owned by Empire 3 Investment S.á.r.l. (Luxembourg).
  • Advised Covivio on its acquisition of eight luxury hotels from Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm.
  • Advising Continental on the expansion of its existing production facilities in the Czech Republic.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář has extensive experience across the project development, infrastructure, and real estate landscape. The group, which is led by Karel Muzikář, handles a number of construction disputes and corporate transactions. Martin Kramar is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikar

Other key lawyers:

Martin Kramar

Key clients

Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank)

Czech Government/Road and Motorway Directorate

CEZ

Majetková, správní a delimitační unie odborových svazů (Association of Trade Unions)

CEZ / Energotrans

Reditelstvi vodnich cest CR (Directorate of Waterways of the Czech Republic)

Cemex Czech Republic

SKODA PRAHA

Work highlights

  • Advising Majetková, správní a delimitační unie odborových svazů (Association of Trade Unions) on the organisation of a public tender procedure concerning the sale of one of the largest buildings located in Prague.
  • Advising CEZ Group on negotiations of contemplated agreements between CEZ Group and the Czech state on the cooperation on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic.
  • Advising Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank) on the development and construction of new headquarters of Ceska sporitelna.

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

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is active in handling complex commercial real estate matters including financing and asset management. The group acts for investment funds and developers on project developments and litigation matters, areas where practice head Radek Janecek takes the lead. Senior associate Lenka Nová is 'excellent' and handles project management work.

Practice head(s):

Radek Janeček

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Nová

Testimonials

‘Quick response, proactive in clarifying my needs so as to be efficient’

‘Easy to work with, good communicators. Efficient.’

‘3 factors make the difference; jobs received are 1) timely, 2) precise and 3) complete. Ms. Lenka Nova. She totally involves the 3 aforesaid factors and, for this reason, she is excellent.’

Key clients

Decathlon

Elixír do škol, z. ú.

Galerie Šantovka s.r.o.

Galerie Teplice s.r.o.

ING Real Estate Development

International School of Prague

Lordship Real Estate

Low & Bonar

Manthellan a.s.

Office Park Šantovka s.r.o.

Red Hat (global group) / Red Hat Czech s.r.o.

Redstone Real Estate

SOLTEX obchodní a.s.

TEDDY Group and its local subsidiaries

VN 57 s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Assisting WIC Prague s.r.o. / R2G on a full-scale tender process with select brand operators and white-label operators for the operations of the prestigious Intercontinental hotel.
  • Advised ARX Equity Partners on the acquisition of the glass façades division of Skanska, including assistance with claims regarding defects on subcontractor deliveries.
  • Representing Office Park Šantovka s.r.o. in a high-profile court dispute over the potential cancellation of a zoning decision for a 75m tall residential building, Šantovka Tower.

Z/C/H Legal

Z/C/H Legal's real estate practice is noted for its mid-market transactional activity, where Radek Hladky is the key name. The team acts for multinational real estate developers and investment funds and has strength in the retail and leasing sector, areas of strength for Jiri CtiborDavid Pavlicek is a key name for development matters.

Practice head(s):

Radek Hladky; Jiri Ctibor

Other key lawyers:

David Pavlicek

Key clients

(Raiffeisen) Impuls Leasing Austria

Bawag Leasing & Fleet

TREI Real Estate Czech Republic, Tengelmann Unternehmensgruppe

Intersport

Schachermayer

Bakker

Captain Candy

GOOD T ROOM, s.r.o.

ZDR Investments SICAV a.s.

Traxial a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising (Raiffeisen) Impuls Leasing Austria on real estate leasing projects.
  • Advising Bawag Leasing&Fleet on real estate leasing, particularly concerning green energy projects.
  • Advising Trei Real Estate Czech Republic on construction, an extension of retail parks as well as on financing and refinancing.

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal's real estate team has a focus on acquisitions, construction projects, and planning work for local and foreign investor clients. Martin Řanda heads the practice alongside Tomáš Slabý, who has expertise in brownfield and greenfield developments. Jan Havel is the contact on the construction side, particularly for matters related to the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Martin Řanda; Tomáš Slabý

Other key lawyers:

Jan Havel

Testimonials

‘Martin’s long and strong experience makes him very knowledgeable on how to assist us and our business, he knows what works for us and we know we can trust his advice.’

‘There is a wide range of knowledge of each attorney in this company. If an individual does not know what is needed, he/she knows who to call.’

Key clients

AFI Europe Group

FCC Česká republika, s.r.o.

Šmukýřka Development s.r.o.

Zdroj pitné vody Káraný, a.s.

Bertsch Energy GmbH & Co KG

AKROTERION s.r.o.

City of Prague

Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice a.s.

Pražské služby, a.s.

Orkla Foods Česko a Slovensko, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of Prague on the reconstruction and additional construction of the historical landmark Industrial Palace building.
  • Assisting Tulipa City, an affiliate of the AFI Europe group, with the construction of the AFI City project.
  • Advising Bertsch Energy GmbH & Co KG as a general contractor on the construction of a new boiler house at a steam cracker unit in Chempark Záluží.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář has a focus on project management and property development matters for construction companies and foreign investor clients. Practice head Ivan Sagál advises on restructuring and real estate acquisitions. He is supported by experienced senior associate Daniela Opletalová who handles lease agreements and all aspects of construction law.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Opletalová

Key clients

PASSERINVEST GROUP, a.s.

Lighthouse Group

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

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. advises on all types of real estate-related transactions, project development matters, and financing structures. Now led by Dominika Veselá, who has a decade of experience advising on M&A matters and construction law, the group frequently handles cross-border matters in conjunction with its office in Slovakia. Former practice head Stanislav Servus is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dominika Veselá

Other key lawyers:

Stanislav Servus

Key clients

Nadační fond Dům Ronalda McDonalda

BONVER GROUP / BONVER WIN, a.s.

Expandia a.s.

Hamburk Business Center s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Expandia on the divestment of an SPV owning an office building in Pilsen.
  • Advising Nadační fond Dům Ronalda McDonalda on the construction of the first Czech Ronald McDonald House at the Faculty Hospital in Motol.
  • Advising Bonver Group on the acquisition and development of new gambling rooms and casinos and the rental of non-residential premises used as gambling rooms.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. is noted for its 'good mix of real estate and government contract law', and offers clients 'premium care'. Under the leadership of Erik Kolan, the group advises clients in the hotel and logistics industry on a wide range of issues including, sales, purchases, and leases. Counsel Lucia Regecová heads the Slovak law desk and is the key name for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Erik Kolan; Martin Dančišin

Other key lawyers:

Lucia Regecová

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 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 the time. One nice aspect ’

‘Erik Kolan has proven to be an experienced real estate lawyer bringing creative ideas into real life. I appreciate his deep knowledge of the development process and track record in this field, which are helping to move our difficult permitting process forward. He always brings a solution when we need one. ’

‘Very good mix of real estate and government contract law, which was very helpful in the particular cases we were dealing with. Certain international firms lack the depth of administrative and government contract law, so this was definitely a plus in our relationship.’

Key clients

Landia Management s.r.o.

Cement Hranice and its shareholder Dyckerhoff GmbH

Kovošrot Group s.r.o.

Bohemia Properties a. s

Mendel Plaza, a.s.

DISCOVERY GROUP

Obchodní areál Vídeňská

Centropol Trading, s.r.o.

Verdion GmbH

B&K Nemovitostní investice a.s.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Verdion on the development process of a logistics centre near the Prague airport for the UPS Logistics Group.
  • Represented Jan Hotels in the acquisition of the 3* Hotel Carol in Prague and in the process of acquisition financing from UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Assisted Kovošrot Group with sale of its Prague site to Accolade and in numerous transactions and proceedings related to the further development of its sites in the Czech Republic.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík handles real-estate related transactions in the hotel and leisure, and residential development areas. Overseen by hotels specialist Václav Rovenský and Jiří Horník, the group handles complex advisory work related to regulatory matters, permit issues, and leases. Litigation matters also feature in the workload. Martin Krejčí advises on financing and structuring real estate deals.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Horník; Václav Rovenský

Other key lawyers:

Martin Krejčí

Key clients

Corinthia Palace Hotel Company Limited

J&T Group

VGP Group

Arete Invest Subfund CEE II

MSI Group

European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

YIT Group

Mattoni 1873 Group

Focus Fund

ČEZ a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised Corinthia Palace Hotel Company Limited on the sale of its Panorama Hotel Prague and adjoining land and property to the Austrian developer S + B Gruppe.
  • Advised J&T Group on purchasing a 50% share in Logistic Park Nošovice.
  • Advising J&T Banka on financing for the acquisition of real estates in Ukraine, involving entities in several other jurisdictions.

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic's real estate practice, which is led by CEE head Erwin Hanslik, is active in the hospitality sector where it advises a mix of local and international clients on acquisitions. The team has a strong transactional offering, which was further strengthened by the arrival of Jakub Adam from DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Erwin Hanslik

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Adam

Key clients

S + B Gruppe

IWG plc

Work highlights

  • Advising S+B Plan & Bau on the development and leasing of two class A office buildings in Prague – Trimaran and Element.

BADOKH

At BADOKH, the real estate team is led by Ondrej Hampl and advises across the real estate landscape, particularly in the industrial, and hotels and leisure area. Transactional matters feature in the workload with Jakub Dostál being the key name to note in this space. The group also has an integrated tax service for clients.

Practice head(s):

Ondrej Hampl

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Dostál

Key clients

SEBRE Group

Komerční banka, a.s.

Second Euro Beilen Real Estate B.V.

Trikaya Asset Management a.s.

OKD a.s.

Green Horizon Renewables a.s.

VGP N.V.

Realism Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Second Euro Beilen Real Estate, as seller, on the divestment of Palac Spork.
  • Advised Green Horizon Renewables, the Czech renewable energy investor and developer, on the sale of a large portfolio of photovoltaic powerplants (25MWp) situated on large plots of land in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advised Komercní banka (a Czech subsidiary of Societe Generale) with the real estate financing for the Lighthouse Waterfront Tower Office Building in Prague 7 belonging to the Sekyra Group.

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners' real estate practice is 'always ready to help' and handles a steady stream of corporate transactions and financing projects for private investors and construction companies. Petr Kališ focuses on M&A and restructuring matters and experienced senior associate Lukáš Srbecký handles public procurement work. The team can also handle cross-border work across the CEE region.

Practice head(s):

Petr Kališ; Lukáš Srbecký

Testimonials

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

Key clients

XXX Lutz KG (Project Kika following phase)

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH (Project EUROPARK)

RECOOP TOUR, a.s.

Carclo Technical Plastics – Brno, s.r.o.

HALALI, všeobecná pojišťovna, a.s.

Audemars Piguet

FER IMMO s.r.o.

EWAP spol. s r.o.

MEDIN, a.s.

WESTCASTLE BIDCO LIMITED (project Bravo)

Work highlights

  • Advised XXX Lutz on the acquisition of Kika from Signa Holding.
  • Assisted SES Spar European Shopping Centers with negotiating the conditions of the sale of a shopping centre, Europark, to DBK Praha.
  • Advised Audemars Piguet on negotiating a lease agreement for a premium premises on Pařížská Street.

Deloitte Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Deloitte Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's real estate practice is noted for its 'exceptional personal approach', and retains its expertise in environment and water law. The team is jointly led by managing partner Martin Bohuslav, who handles construction projects, and Olga Kaizar, who is the key name for domestic and international real estate transactions. The team is singled out for its tax expertise.

Practice head(s):

Martin Bohuslav; Olga Kaizar

Other key lawyers:

Martin Mintora

Testimonials

‘Deloitte Legal Real Estate team has provided us with multiple legal services in relation to the establishment of the Czech branch of our company. The main advantage and the unique quality of Deloitte Legal is that they provide the client with full and complex advisory which also includes assessment of tax and other aspects. Therefore, Deloitte Legal has prepared all documents in greater detail and in shorter time than other law firms, which would have to cooperate with third party advisors in order to provide us with legal services of comparable quality . This also saved us additional costs.

‘Deloitte Legal Real Estate team has legal experts with both commercial experience and experts on public regulation, which was a reason to choose them as our legal advisors. Deloitte Legal Real Estate team is very flexible in terms of delivery time and also have an exceptional personal approach towards us as their client.’

‘We have cooperated with multiple members of Deloitte Legal Real Estate team and they were always helpful and reliable. Most of the legal tasks were consulted with Olga Kaizar and Martin Mintora, both of them were always helpful in both drafting and understanding the documentation and also in negotiations with our counterparties.

‘The managing partner Martin Bohuslav also participated on the legal services provided, attended the meetings, provided the team with his experience and ensured the quality of their deliveries. As a whole, working with Deloitte Legal has been very helpful and also pleasant to work with. The team members are not only legal experts, but also understand the business point of view and were often able to provide us with their advisory in very short time.’

Key clients

European Commission

Správa železnic, státní organizace

Město Český Krumlov

UNICAPITAL N.V., odštěpný závod

Povodí Moravy, s.p.

Povodí Vltavy, státní podnik

Sekyra Group, a.s.

CRISTAL PALACE a. s.

Zetor, a.s.

OMGD, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Prepared a legal analysis, recommendations and legislative proposals for a Czech Building Act reform in the area of spatial planning for the European Commission.
  • Advised P3 Logistic Parks on the acquisition of an industrial park in the Czech Republic.
  • Assisted Sekyra Group, with two development projects in Prague.

DELTA legal

DELTA legal has retained its sector strength across the engineering and construction space, and focuses on corporate real estate transactions and leasing arrangements. Practice head Pavel Fára leads on project finance matters for real estate developers and investment funds. Libor Vacek is the key banking contact handling lending work. The group also has a busy Slovak real estate desk.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Fára

Other key lawyers:

Libor Vacek

Key clients

CTP Invest

Trigea nemovitostní fond, SICAV

INVESTIKA, investiční společnost

Trei Real Estate Czech Republic

Trei Residential

Q property

Strunal Schönbach

John Crane

Rockwell Automation

Autosalon Klokočka

Autosalon Klokočka Centrum

Dimension Data

Czech National Trust (PRO BONO)

Sdružení pro táborovou činnost (PRO BONO)

Galerie Louvre, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Investika fund on the acquisition (share deal) of the luxury residential development project “Lipno Molo Residence”.
  • Advised CTP Invest on the acquisition of the production facility and neighbouring plots of land, used by the largest supplier of complex forwarding and binding services in Europe.
  • Advised Trigea fund on the acquisition of a modern office building, Galerie Louvre Offices.

INVICTA law

INVICTA law advises real estate clients on commercial development projects and construction. The group also handles transactions, disposals, and has litigation experience before the administrative courts. Petra Eliášová handles M&A matters key banking mandates; Milan Prieložný is the name for contractual law matters; and Martin Mladek's broad practice includes construction permitting proceedings and related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Martin Mládek; Petra Potočková; Milan Prieložný

Key clients

Metrostav Development, a.s.

JRD s.r.o.

V Invest CZ, a.s.

Svoboda & Williams s.r.o.

FCM Bank Ltd.

Apogeo s.r.o.

DBK Praha, a.s.

Prior, obchodní domy, a.s.

Bielskie Przedsiebiorstwo Budownictwa Przemyslowego, organizační složka

Retail group a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising Svoboda & Williams on the sale of units and houses.
  • Advised a real estate developer, JRD, on entering a cooperation with two financial investors for multiple projects.
  • Advised Retail Group on due diligence for almost 12 retail parks projects with six of those making it to the acquisition stage by June 2020.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.'s real estate team advises clients across the hotel and hospitality industries on transactions and employment-related construction matters. The group has Czech, Slovak, and German law capabilities and can handle cross-border work. Lucie Hladěnová is experienced in financing and real estate projects. Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Lars Klett are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová

Key clients

CRESTYL

KiK textil a Non Food spol. s r.o.

Engel & Völkers Commercial

NH Hotel Prague (former Prague Mövenpick Hotel)

Lindner Hotel Group

Swietelsky

Soprema S.p.A. (member of Soprema Group)

Neways Electronics

Plaschka (member of Poppe + Potthoff Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Crestyl on drafting and negotiating the general contractor contract for the future office building “Dock In Five” with general contractor Gemo.
  • Advising KiK Textilien und Non-Food on reviewing and drafting commercial leases, the development of a new standard lease agreement, and terminating agreements.
  • Representing Plaschka, member of Poppe + Potthoff Group, in a dispute with a Czech construction company concerning the construction of a new factory building.