TMT in Czech Republic

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

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

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář 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. Vojtěch Chloupek heads the IP and TMT group and is particularity experienced in IP mandates, while senior associate Andrea Jarolímková 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.

CMS

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. Tomáš Matějovsky heads the team.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelář 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 PattynováTomas Schollaert and Lenka Suchánková.

ROWAN LEGAL

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 Donát stands out for his 'client-oriented approach'; Michal Nulíček is praised for his 'perfect knowledge of GDPR' and his 'hands-on approach'; and associate Bohuslav Lichnovský is 'enthusiastic and technically skilled'. Donát defended Cisco Systems in a domain name dispute, and Nulíček advised a number of clients including DHL, Českomoravská záruční a rozvojová banka and Trask Solutions on GDPR compliance matters. Martin Maisner left to establish his own practice.

Vyskočil, Krošlák a partneři s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Vyskočil, Krošlák a partneři s.r.o., advokátní kancelář 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 František Vyskočil are names to note.

White & Case (Europe) LLP

Recommended for big-ticket transactions, White & Case (Europe) LLP advised PPF Group on its €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 Andruško is the name to note.

Allen & Overy

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.

C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Cerha Hempel's 'strong' team is now jointly led by Martin Kartner and the 'business-mindedDavid Kučera, following the latter's recent arrival from BBH, advokátní kancelář, 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.

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

At HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at lawRobert Nešpůrek 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

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 Zdeněk Kučera 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., advokátní kancelář

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's team is 'incredibly responsive and effective' and is recommended for advising telecoms sector clients on licensing and regulatory matters. Practice head Hana Gawlasová 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

Weinhold Legal's team, led by Martin Lukáš, focuses on trade mark registration and enforcement as well as data protection matters.

BBH, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

BBH, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. has expertise in abuse of dominance disputes and transactional mandates. Petr Precechtel heads the team.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

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 Žídek Fyrbach advokáti s.r.o.

Feichtinger Žídek Fyrbach advokáti s.r.o. has notable expertise in the IT and regulatory space. Petr Žídek 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.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & 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 Jindřich Jelínek is the name to note.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík 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 Drahomír Tomašuk heads the team.

NIELSEN MEINL

NIELSEN MEINL handles a mix of data protection matters and transactional and commercial mandates. Tomáš Nielsen represented a media company in an unfair competition matter.

Noerr s.r.o.

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

PETERKA & PARTNERS' 'knowledgeable and experienced' team is experienced in advertising, GDPR and media rights matters. It advised Football Club Viktoria Plzeň 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

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. Tomáš Rydvan and Matyáš Kužela jointly lead the team.

Wolf Theiss

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.