Tax in Czech Republic
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy's focus in this space spans on the tax aspects of M&A, real estate, restructurings, employee incentives, VAT and tax risk management. The team advised Central European Media Enterprise on corporate tax and VAT matters and acted for a bank on the tax aspects of its CEE investment strategy. Michal Dušek and Radek Novotný are recommended.
Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář handles a steady flow of transfer pricing-related litigation, as well as the tax aspects of multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates. It assisted Cogent Communications with its corporate income tax compliance issues, and advised Unilabs on the Czech tax issues relating to its acquisition and financing of the acquisition of AeskuLab and Alpha Medical. Pavel Fekar heads the team, which also includes Eliška Komínková.
Kocián Šolc Balaštík
Kocián Šolc Balaštík is particularly experienced in advising on the cross-border tax aspects of restructurings. Highly regarded practice head Helena Navrátilová and counsel Jan Černohouz acted for Czech Radio and Czech Television in separate tax proceedings concerning the entitlement to VAT refunds. O2 Czech Republic, Quanta Human Resource CZ and Karlovarské minerální vody also feature in its client list.
Clifford Chance's tax practice enjoyed another busy year with an impressive workload that includes handling the tax aspects of major M&A and capital markets transactions, and tax restructurings. Recent highlights include assisting CPI Management with the tax aspects of its acquisition of Futurum Hradec Králové shopping centre from Meyer Bergman. Its client roster also features KKCG Group and Aberdeen Asset Management. David Koláček and Petr Šebesta are the key contacts.
Tax boutique firm KempHoogstad 'brings the skill set and practicalities of an international firm at a more reasonable pricing level'. The team is also praised for its 'excellent attention to detail, highlighting potential issues that others might have missed' and its 'strong dedication to clients' needs and requirements'. It handles a mix of tax transactional and compliance matters including exercise tax, customs and VAT. Bohdana Pražská is singled out for his 'legal and tax knowledge as well as commercial awareness', and Filip Dostál is 'an excellent tax adviser', who 'always stands out for his direct, focused and well-substantiated advice'.
PRK Partners handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions. The 'knowledgeable' team is advising Akcenta group on corporate tax compliance issues and assisted a private investor with the tax aspects of its sale of real estate properties to a pension fund. Martin Švalbach and Jan Bürger are the names to note.
Staněk, Tomíček & Partners, s.r.o.
Clients of bnt attorneys-at-law praise its 'personal client-oriented approach' and its ability to devise 'the best solutions'. Its recent mandates include corporate tax, double taxation issues, VAT, tax audits and real estate taxation. Markéta Pravdová has 'a perfect overview of her clients' business, which enables her to give tailor-made advice'. Lenka Zachardová is also recommended.
KPMG Legal Czech Republic handles the Czech and cross-border tax aspects of M&As, day-to-day tax matters and tax litigation. The team advised Atlas Copco on the tax aspects of the restructuring of its group structure. Radek Halíček heads the 'experienced' team, which also includes Petr Toman, Patrick Leonard and Viktor Dušek.