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Baker & McKenzie sro, law firm¬†advised on a number of telecoms regulatory matters for clients including Thomson Reuters, and handled a series of trade mark and IP rights mandates arising from M&A transactions as well as a broad range of IP litigation matters.¬†JiŇô√≠ ńĆerm√°k¬†is 'a genuine legal expert in IP and IT law with the bonus of being business oriented'; he has 'very good negotiation skills combined with a hardworking approach'. Recent highlights include defending a multinational company in a patent dispute and advising a financial institution on the IT aspects of outsourcing its banking activities to a third country.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†is highly rated for its work with IT, media and telecoms sector clients, and has see an increasing flow of instructions in technology related matters including data, cloud services, bitcoin, e-payment platforms and software development.¬†Vojtńõch Chloupek¬†heads the IP and TMT group and is particularity experienced in IP mandates, while senior associate¬†Andrea Jarol√≠mkov√°¬†specialises in data protection and unfair competition matters. The team acted for a pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement dispute and advised a financial institution on the licensing of its software.

Among a number of notable instructions,¬†CMS¬†is representing Vodafone in an abuse of dominance dispute against O2 and advised PPF Group on its acquisition of Bulgarian media company¬†Nova Broadcasting Group. Its client list also features Bauer Media Group, M7 Group and¬†Yolt Services.¬†Tom√°Ň° Matńõjovsky¬†heads the team.

Pierstone s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†acts for a large number of leading companies in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Amazon and Skype, on a broad range of commercial, regulatory, competition and transactional matters. It advised Nordic Telecom on the regulatory and commercial aspects of launching a new long-term evolution network and the subsequent migration of products to the new network, and assisted a number of clients with the implications of the GDPR.¬†The five-partner team is jointly led by¬†Jana Pattynov√°,¬†Tomas Schollaert¬†and¬†Lenka Such√°nkov√°.

ROWAN LEGAL's¬†team¬†is singled out for its 'deep and broad expertise in the IT sector', and, according to one client, its 'combined know-how in the area of IT and public procurement law is unique'.¬†Josef Don√°t¬†stands out for his 'client-oriented approach';¬†Michal Nul√≠ńćek¬†is praised for his 'perfect knowledge of GDPR' and his¬†'hands-on approach'; and associate¬†Bohuslav Lichnovsk√Ŭ†is 'enthusiastic and technically skilled'.¬†Don√°t defended Cisco Systems in a domain name dispute, and¬†Nul√≠ńćek advised a number of clients including DHL, ńĆeskomoravsk√° z√°ruńćn√≠ a rozvojov√° banka and Trask Solutions on GDPR compliance matters. Martin Maisner left to establish his own practice.

Vyskońćil, KroŇ°l√°k a partneŇôi s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô¬†handles media and entertainment matters, and is singled out for its expertise in the film and music industry. Domain name disputes, unfair competition and IP matters also feature in its recent mandates.¬†Petr Ostrouchov¬†and¬†FrantiŇ°ek Vyskońćil¬†are names to note.

Recommended for big-ticket transactions,¬†White & Case (Europe) LLP¬†advised PPF Group on its ‚ā¨2.8bn acquisition of Telenor's telecoms assets in the CEE region, and assisted Avast with its IPO, making it the largest tech IPO across Europe in 2018 and one of the five largest tech IPOs of all time listed on the London Stock Exchange.¬†Jan AndruŇ°ko¬†is the name to note.

Allen & Overy's recent highlights saw practice head Prokop Verner advising a number of clients on the implementation of the GDPR; assisting a global pharmaceutical company with a series of IT contract negotiations; and acting for Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, on its acquisition of Czech analytics start-up company Stories.

CHSH Kalis & Partners s.r.o.'s 'strong' team is now jointly led by¬†Martin Kartner¬†and the 'business-minded'¬†David Kuńćera, following the latter's recent arrival from¬†BBH, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o..¬†The team has 'great insight in the IT and media sectors' and 'always provides prompt and precise advice'. It¬†recently handled¬†trade mark disputes, and advised on advertising and marketing, as well as GDPR matters.

At¬†HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law,¬†Robert NeŇ°pŇĮrek¬†is advising Hyundai Motor Czech on media and advertising regulations. Other highlights include¬†assisting an IT solutions provider with the negotiation of contracts for the design and implementation of IT systems and acting for a major telecoms service provider on its market entry.¬†Stepan Starha¬†is recommended for technology transfers and design mark and trade mark protection, and¬†Jan Diblik¬†focuses on IP protection, advertising and unfair competition matters.

Kinstellar¬†is singled out for its 'good knowledge and experience in the TMT space' and its ability to¬†'quickly understand clients' unique needs and business model'.¬†Managing associate¬†Zdenńõk Kuńćera¬†is 'very client oriented and pleasant to work with'. Recent instructions include contentious matters and advisory GDPR matters for clients in the banking, pharmaceutical and media sectors.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô's team is 'incredibly responsive and effective' and is recommended for advising telecoms sector clients on licensing and regulatory matters. Practice head¬†Hana Gawlasov√°¬†is 'a star individual', who is 'always on top of matters and able to give insightful input on short notice and in high stress conditions'. Recent highlights include advising Infor, a multinational enterprise software company, on software licensing, data protection, data processing and privacy issues relating to its operation.

Weinhold Legal's team, led by¬†Martin Luk√°Ň°, focuses on trade mark registration and enforcement as well as data protection matters.

BBH, advok√°tn√≠ kancel√°Ňô, s.r.o.¬†has expertise in abuse of dominance disputes and transactional mandates.¬†Petr Precechtel¬†heads the team.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.'s client roster features well-known IT companies and Czech start-ups as well as clients such as Otis and Hornbach, which it advises on licensing, data protection and IP matters. Pavel Vincík heads the team.

Feichtinger ŇĹ√≠dek Fyrbach advok√°ti s.r.o.¬†has notable expertise in the IT and regulatory space.¬†Petr ŇĹ√≠dek¬†advised a number of IT companies on contractual and data protection matters.¬†Aura is a major client, which the team advises on a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Glatzov√° & Co., s.r.o.'s recent highlights include advising Suntel Net on its acquisition of 15 internet service providers and assisting a communication company with telecoms regulatory matters.¬†Counsel¬†JindŇôich Jel√≠nek¬†is the name to note.

Koci√°n ҆olc BalaŇ°t√≠k¬†is experienced in advising international telecoms sector clients on their entry into the Czech market; its recent caseload also features outsourcing, data protection and regulatory matters.¬†Counsel¬†Drahom√≠r TomaŇ°uk¬†heads the team.

NIELSEN MEINL¬†handles a mix of data protection matters and transactional and commercial mandates.¬†Tom√°Ň° Nielsen¬†represented a media company in an unfair competition matter.

Noerr s.r.o. advises a range of local and multinational clients, particularly in the media and film industry, on IP matters. Data protection is another area of strength. Senior associate Jaroslav Tajbr is the main contact.

PETERKA & PARTNERS' 'knowledgeable and experienced' team is experienced in advertising, GDPR and media rights matters. It advised¬†Football Club Viktoria PlzeŇą on the sale of media rights for the qualification stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League to Czech TV and a foreign broadcaster and a range of IP matters; it also assisted Mylan with its advertising of OTC pharmaceuticals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.¬†Hynek Peroutka¬†and¬†Zdenek Beranek¬†jointly head the team.

RANDA HAVEL LEGAL¬†is recommended for its 'business approach, clarity in its communication, knowledge in the sector and its dedication to achieving the best outcome'. The team counts¬†JCDecaux group as a key client, for which it advises on a range of advertising matters. It also assisted a large number of clients with GDPR matters and represented an advertising company in a dispute pertaining to an alleged breach of IP rights.¬†Tom√°Ň° Rydvan¬†and¬†Maty√°Ň° KuŇĺela¬†jointly lead the team.

Wolf Theiss' team, which is led by counsel Petr Syrovátko, advises on IP and data protection matters for clients including H&M. Recently promoted partner Jan Kotous is another name to note.

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