Banking, finance and capital markets in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.’s ‘strong regional network’ is praised by clients for being very helpful in cross-border deals.’ The banking department has three major focuses: domestic banking deals, English advisory on banking and finance transactions in the CEE region and beyond, and advice on Slovak law issues to financial institutions, corporate issuers, and arrangers relating to capital markets deals and regulatory matters. Renátus Kollár leads the team and has experience in preparing key legislation on restructuring, bankruptcy, and collateral. Other key names include counsel Attila Csongrady, who has expertise in leveraged and non-leveraged acquisition finance; debt capital markets specialist Peter Jedinák; and restructuring expert Matúš Kudlák. Senior associate Peter Redo is also notable as an English-qualified banking and finance lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Renátus Kollár


Other key lawyers:

Attila Csongrady; Matúš Kudlák; Peter Jedinák; Peter Redo


Testimonials

‘The team has a strong regional network which works behind the scenes and which has been very helpful in cross-border deals.’

‘They have a strong deal focus and dedication.’

‘At partner level, there is open communication and a clear layout of potential risks and limitations.’

Key clients

Erste Group Bank AG


Tatra banka


Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets


ING


Infobip Limited


Schur Flexibles


Prima banka Slovensko


365.bank


Slovenská sporiteľňa


PROXENTA Finance, o.c.p., a. s.


Work highlights


  • Advising a club of lenders, led by Erste Group Bank, on the refinancing of Aupark Bratislava shopping centre.
  • Advising a club of banks, led by Tatra banka, on the €177m financing of SWAN and SWAN Mobile.
  • Advised funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the €1bn acquisition of Romanian power generation, distribution, and supply assets from state-owned Czech utility group ČEZ Group.

CMS

The group at CMS predominantly handles financing transactions, the acquisition of high-value assets by international banks, and loan facilities on projects commissioned by international private equity funds and local investors. Clients benefit from the team’s access to the firm’s global network, enabling it to provide advice on multijurisdictional mandates. Of counsel Peter Šimo heads the team and advises both lenders and borrower on acquisitions, real estate and project financing, and loan servicing as part of M&A transactions. Senior associate Zuzana Nikodémová is also a notable team member and has experience in regulatory matters. Juraj Fuska joined the firm in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Peter Šimo


Other key lawyers:

Juraj Fuska; Zuzana Nikodémová; Natalia Janoskova


Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable team that is eager to perform well.’

‘The team is responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable on cross-border instructions.’

‘Clients benefit very much from the local knowledge of the banking sector of the CMS team and also their knowledge of best practices in the Slovak market.’

‘It is appreciated that the CMS team do not hesitate to consult inside their organisation with the best people with the relevant experience, even from foreign offices, and this means clients are able to get the best advice and benefit from their global team.’

‘Zuzana Nikodémová’s cooperation is very smooth. She is reachable and flexibly adjusts to the clients’ needs. She does not leave any tasks or questions unanswered and she is able to communicate very well.’

‘Zuzana Nikodémová is clued in and very responsive.’

Key clients

Green Source


Klarna Bank AB


Work highlights


  • Advised the Green Source group on the sale and refinancing of the company and its subsidiaries to the Obton group.
  • Advised Klarna Bank on its market expansion into various European markets, including Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Romania.

Dentons

The banking and finance team at Dentons has a well-established practice and ‘long-term experience in project and real estate financing'. Its offering also includes advice on acquisitions and leveraged finance, multi-obligor corporate finance, and restructuring and insolvency, as well as export finance, bond issues, and regulatory matters. The group assists both lenders and borrowers with domestic and cross-border deals. Patricia Gossányiová is the practice head, and is supported by managing partner Peter Kubina and counsel Petra Štrbová. Counsel Miroslav Kapinaj joined the team in January 2022 from the European Investment Bank.


Practice head(s):

Patricia Gossányiová


Other key lawyers:

Peter Kubina; Miroslav Kapinaj; Richard Marcinćin; Petra Štrbová; Katarína Slezáko


Testimonials

‘Long-term experience in project and real estate financing.’

‘Patrícia Gossányiová, Peter Kubina, and Richard Marcinćin are all high-level professionals with excellent personal attitudes.’

Key clients

Česká spořitelna, a.s.


Československá obchodná banka


HB Reavis


ING Bank N.V.


Komerční banka


LINCOLN PROPERTY COMPANY


Penta Investments


Penta Funding a.s.


Privatbanka


Slovenská sporiteľňa


Tatra banka


UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia


Všeobecná úverová banka


YIT Slovakia, a.s.


Dr.Max Group


Work highlights


  • Advsing Slovenská sporiteľňa on the final phase of the financing of I.D.C. Holding.
  • Advised Dr.Max Group on successfully closing a comprehensive refinancing of its bank debt and raising additional funds of up to €940m for its further strategic growth.
  • Advising Slovenská sporiteľňa in its capacity as a security agent with respect to secured bonds issued by HB REAVIS Finance SK IV in connection with a multijurisdictional collateral swap with respect to the secured €45m bonds issued by HB REAVIS Finance SK IV.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar’s banking, finance, and capital markets team has ‘deep knowledge of the industry’, and a broad-ranging offering that encompasses acquisition finance, leveraged and non-leveraged, bi-lateral and syndicated loans, debt and equity capital markets, restructuring and insolvency, asset finance, and regulatory mandates. Sectors of focus include aviation, healthcare, energy, and technology. Counsel Tomáš Melišek leads the team and has previous in-house experience at a major bank. Melišek focuses on project and acquisition financing, and is supported by managing associate Dominika Bajzáthová, who has substantial experience in M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Melišek


Other key lawyers:

Dominika Bajzáthová; Dáša Labašová


Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the industry, and smooth and quick cooperation.’

‘Quick and sharp thinking, very knowledgeable, and they find solutions smoothly.’

‘The team is well prepared for work in the banking, finance, and capital markets spaces.’

‘Good knowledge, enthusiasm, and communication skills.’

Key clients

Slovenská sporiteľňa


Tatra banka


Slovalco


CCC


REDSIDE


Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited


Union Investment


GARBE Industrial Real Estate


Komerční banka


Allied Irish Banks


Citibank


Revolut


HSBC Continental Europe


Goldman Sachs International


Intesa Sanpaolo


Gemini Payments Limited


Klarna


Work highlights


  • Advised Slovenská sporiteľňa on an €86m acquisition and development financing in relation to the construction of the New Apollo administrative building in Bratislava by HB Reavis.
  • Advised Tatra banka, as agent of a club, on the financing to TATRAVAGONKA related to the acquisition of TŽV Gredelj.
  • Advised Slovalco on a number of financing matters, including bank financing, intragroup financing, and hedging arrangements exceeding €100m.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

The banking and finance team at BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. is jointly led by the ‘exceptionally effective’ bond issue expert Miroslav Fašung and Matej Blahút, who is particularly skilled in the financing of real estate projects. The practice assists banks, financial institutions, and debtors with their financing transactions, bond issues on a local and cross-border scale, and syndicated and bilateral facility agreements.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Fašung; Matej Blahút


Testimonials

‘The cooperation is highly effective due to deep understanding of their clients’ businesses and the corresponding legislation. They always come up with solutions that fully fit the specifications and needs of clients.’

‘The team of this law firm consists of junior and senior lawyers who work together to provide their clients with professional and complex services. Information is shared quickly in the team and each member knows what to do and what other members do.’

‘Miroslav Fašung has a perfect understanding of his clients’ needs, so he and his team deliver the expected legal solutions. He is exceptionally effective and reliable.’

Key clients

PPF banka


Summit Motors Slovakia


ARVAL SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.


Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG


Secop Group


Global Payments, s.r.o.


PPF Group


Mitsui Bussan Commodities


Czechoslovak Group


Škoda Transportation


Kaprain Group


Nordic Investors Group


MH Teplárenský holding, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Advising a syndicate of lenders, led by Banca Comerciala Romana, on the refinancing of the €127m loan to Green Group.
  • Advised Škoda Transportation on several factoring deals with major banks located in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Cechová & Partners

Cechová & Partners is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of international market standards’, and assists a wide range of clients with their banking and finance matters, from foreign and Slovak banks, facility arrangers, and foreign investors, to security houses, collective investment companies, e-money and payment services institutions, and insurance and re-insurance companies. Advice on loans and financial product transactions is also within the broad capabilities of the team, as are financial restructurings, reorganisations, and project finance matters. Simona Haláková sits at the helm of the practice with expertise in regulatory mandates, supported by Katarina Čechová, who is skilled in project financing, and Michaela Jurková, who advises both lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Simona Haláková


Other key lawyers:

Katarina Čechová; Michaela Jurková; Miroslav Zatko


Testimonials

‘In addition to being very skilled legally, they are pragmatic and straight to the point, and are always able to provide alternative solutions based on sound commercial grounds.’

‘Deep knowledge of international market standards and a truly international mindset.’

‘The team is always accessible and their responses are always quick and to the point.’

‘Katarina Čechová and her team are always available and quick to answer queries, which is very important.’

‘Katarina Čechová and Miroslav Zatko both possess the ability to translate and transform complex legal matters for non-lawyers. Furthermore, they have a very deep commercial understanding which is of great use in many cases. Finally, they are always available and able to deliver with tight deadlines, which is a very big plus.’

Key clients

The Single Resolution Board


European Investment Bank


Bank of America


BLACKROCK, INC


Bitstamp


FreedomPay


Barclays plc


Coinbase Global, Inc.


Simmons & Simmons


Leonteq Securities


Barclays Bank Ireland


Zurich Insurance Plc.


Crypto.com


PayCo


Work highlights


  • Advised Single Resolution Authority on the local law of aspects relating to the granting of collateral over the assets of a financial institution to which the client would grant liquidity support as part of a resolution tool under the respective EU and local resolution mechanisms.
  • Advised the European Investment Bank on the local law aspects of financing the purchase of 16 electric locomotives and 113 freight wagons from Slovak producer and seller TATRAVAGÓNKA to MEDWAY Rosco to expand rail cargo services in Portugal and Spain.
  • Advising the Bank of America’s corporate and investment banking division on financial instrument trading in Slovakia, including trading in securities, precious metals, and commodity derivatives with precious metals as the underlying commodity.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

Barger Prekop s.r.o. has a significant focus on regulatory matters in highly regulated industries, including advising on insurance and pension fund management. It also assists banking houses, investment firms, and corporate clients with the financing of various different projects, acquisitions, and restructurings, and the team also supports them with receiving funding from European institutions. The team is jointly led by Erik Seman, who is praised as ‘a commercial lawyer with a strong focus on M&A, banking, and finance’; Adrian Barger, who has expertise in the real estate and energy markets; and ‘superb negotiator’ Roman Prekop.

Practice head(s):

Erik Seman; Adrian Barger; Roman Prekop


Other key lawyers:

Luci Pap Pressburgerova; Alfred Krasko; Matus Lahky; Anthony Hernandez


Testimonials

‘The Barger Prekop team is known for their flexibility in time and personnel. They are always ready to address the needs of the client and it is a top-notch law firm.’

‘The team members demonstrate exceptional ability to read with understanding, which leads to a quick solution-finding process.’

‘The firm is well known for its rich network of worldwide contacts and regularly co-operates with international firms, providing support on cross-border matters. It always delivers understandable and practical advice, and all team members are willing to go the extra mile while supporting clients with all means.’

Key clients

National Bank of Slovakia


Work highlights


  • Advising the National Bank of Slovakia on the implementation of BRRD directives into its investment portfolio.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH, organizačná zložka

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH, organizačná zložka‘s finance practice forms a core part of the firm’s offering, and advises both borrowers and lenders on transactions involving multiple jurisdictions, as well as acquisition, development, and asset financing matters. The team also supports financial institutions and commercial clients with insolvency proceedings, restructurings, and regulatory issues. The group also benefits from the firm’s global network. Managing partner Michaela Stessl, who is praised for her 'strong leadership skills', helms the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Stessl


Other key lawyers:

Eva Skottke; Andrej Liška


Testimonials

‘The firm serves seamlessly across a number of jurisdictions and clients highly value the international network, which is one of the best in the CEE region.’

‘The people are very productive, professional, fast, and provide constructive debates about problems.’

‘A compact and highly experienced team led by Michaela Stessl, who knows exactly to whom she can assign which task.’

‘Michaela Stessl is an excellent lawyer; she either has her own experience in every area or finds the right person who has the right and correct approach to clients. One of her added values is her large network, and she is leading a top team, including many young talents.’

‘Michaela Stessl provides advice that is straightforward and practical but also with a focus on the detail where required. She is very good in dealing with sensitive cases.’

‘Michaela Stessl has strong leadership skills, profound legal knowledge, and is fluent in Slovak, German, and English. She is also very good at handling highly sensitive cases.’

‘Eva Skottke is a long-time team member focussing on regulatory issues.’

‘Andrej Liška is creative, professional, and has good knowledge about the clients’ problems.’

Key clients

Berry Global Group


WeBuild SpA


Duha


GMM Pfaudler Limited


United States Steel Corporation


Wipro Limited


UniCredit Bank


Qualcomm Inc.


Unified Post Group


Fortive Corporation


IDEPS GmbH


Constantia Flexibles Holding GmbH


Tate & Lyle plc


Bodycote Slovakia s.r.o.


Tomra Sorting s.r.o.


Yanfeng Luxembourg Automotive


Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerkt GmbH


DS Smith Plc


Brockwell Capital Limited


BMI Group Management UK Ltd.


INC SpA


Bartosek Projektbetreuung Gmbh


UGI Corporation


First Data Corporation


Dover Corporation


Teleflex Incorporated


TSG Interactive Services Ltd


Corneliani SpA


Lampenwelt GmbH


Park County LLC


Rusatom Automated Control Systems


Standard Industries Inc.


SHPP B.V.


Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A


XXImo Financial Services B.V.


Citibank Europe PLC


Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A


Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A.


Work highlights


  • Advising International Capital Market Association/International Securities Lending Association on certain aspects of derivative agreements concluded with its counterparties.
  • Advised United States Steel Kosice on all regulatory limitations of a forced administration procedure of a European bank triggered by EU/US sanctions.
  • Advising KA Finanz on its regulatory obligations.

Hillbridges

Hillbridges advises both borrowers and lenders on local and cross-border financing transactions across various sectors, including energy, infrastructure, real estate, aviation, food, and chemicals. Its offering includes support with bilateral loans and syndicated financings, multi-tier financing structures, bond issues, and project finance. Zuzana Bartošovičová and Martin Cabak jointly chair the practice. Miroslav Trenčan is another key team member who advises on cross-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cabak; Zuzana Cuvala Bartosovicova


Other key lawyers:

Miroslav Trenčan; Andrej Adamcik


Key clients

NOVIS


SmartHead Co.


Mlyn Pohronsky Ruskov


Austrian Anadi Bank


J&T Bank


Citigroup


Erste Group Bank AG,


Raiffeisen Bank International AG


J.P. Morgan SE


BNP Paribas


Santander Bank


Spolek AVEA


Association for the Protection of Creditors’ Rights


Work highlights


  • Advised a consortium of banks – including BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie, Bank Millennium, Bank Polska Kasa Opieki, mBank, Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Banki Polski, Santander Bank Polska, and Santander Factoring – on the €186m refinancing of CCC.
  • Advised J&T Bank on the financing of a Slovak real estate mutual fund in connection with redemption of its units.
  • Advised NOVIS on a €100m financing to substitute and supplement a standard reinsurance scheme for insurance products offered in multiple jurisdictions, as well as on an issue of Subordinated Convertible SOLVENCY II TIER 1 Bonds listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange and subsequent issue of €20m corporate bonds.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o.‘s regularly advises banks and borrowers on financing transactions and projects involving corporate, real estate, logistics, and restructuring aspects. Senior associate Martin Koša has previous experience as an in-house lawyer for a major Slovak bank and has been involved in a multitude of international mandates. Associate Šimon Hora is also a core member of the transactional team. Former practice head Lukáš Michálik left to establish a new firm.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Koša; Šimon Hora


Key clients

Slovenská sporiteľňa a.s.


HYPO-BANK BURGENLAND


Sparkasse Ried-Haag


Sparkasse Bergenz Bank AG


Cargo Wagon, a.s.


Rolling Stock Lease s. r. o.


Cresco Group


BUDAMAR LOGISTICS, a.s.


NH – TRANS, SE


BUDAMAR INNOVATIONS, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Advising Cargo Wagon on the €100m refinancing of a fleet of thousands of freight railcars.

PRK Partners s.r.o.

PRK Partners s.r.o. is active in advising clients on bond issues and assisting banks with preparing and updating standard derivative documentation. It has also recently been involved in various commercial lending transactions, acting for overseas banks and local subsidiaries. Head of the team Martin Kříž has experience in fund raisings, financial restructurings, and M&A transactions across the CEE region. Eva Hromádková is another key practitioner who specialises in corporate law, commercial law, and general banking and finance issues.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kříž


Other key lawyers:

Eva Hromádková


Key clients

TriStone Flowtech Holding S.A.S.


Apera Private Debt Fund II SCSp


RELEVANS Law Firm

RELEVANS Law Firm’s banking and finance team is praised by one client for its ‘superior knowledge in this industry’. Its broad offering encompasses drafting and negotiating loan, mortgage, leasing, and financing-related contracts, and supporting clients with security instruments and guarantees. It also undertakes due diligence and provides advice on regulatory and operational activities for local and international banks, and on the admission of securities to trading on public markets. Founding partner Marián Masarik leads the team, and is highlighted as ‘a great diplomat and negotiator’.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik


Other key lawyers:

Martina Krupcová; Martina Vida; Miroslava Zelenáková


Testimonials

‘Their legal services are always above and beyond.’

‘The team is responsive and provides clear, smart, and commercial advice. It is composed of competent and dedicated people who have huge experience and a technical and pragmatic approach. The people are highly involved and cover for each other, so tasks are always fulfilled.’

‘This law firm fully understands its clients’ business needs and provides an exceptionally satisfying service.’

‘Thanks to their superior knowledge in this industry, one can always rely on a comprehensive solution to issues. Their practicality and efficiency is appreciated and one can have 100% confidence in them and the work done.’

‘Marián Masarik has the highest level of professionalism. He is a great diplomat and negotiator.’

‘Marián Masarik and Martina Krupcová are two of the best specialists for any type of transaction; they are highly professional and have excellent communication skills!’

‘Marián Masarik has showed great pragmatism when required and can unlock even the most difficult situations.’

‘Martina Krupcová and Martina Vida are commercially oriented and always on point with their advice.’

Key clients

J & T BANKA, a.s.


365. ban


Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka


J&T REAL ESTATE, a.s.


EUROVEA, a.s.


CITY- ARENA PLUS, a.s.


SWAN a.s.


Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.


J&T FINANCE GROUP SE


X-BIONIC® SPHERE a.s.


Carlton Property, s. r. o.


RMS Mezzanine, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Advising a debtor on the syndicated financing of the construction of the second phase of the EUROVEA II shopping centre and administrative premises.
  • Advising a debtor on the syndicated bank financing of the construction of the first residential skyscraper in Slovakia.
  • Advising an international developer on the financing of the acquisition of a Shopping Park in the Czech Republic and the refinancing of the acquired special purpose vehicle’s intragroup loans.

Schönherr Rechtstanwälte GmbH, o.z. (Schoenherr Slovakia)

Schönherr Rechtstanwälte GmbH, o.z. (Schoenherr Slovakia) advises on refinancings, restructurings, and regulatory matters for financial institutions, and its work often involves a cross-border element. Corporate, M&A, and banking and finance lawyer Soňa Hekelová is the practice head, with particular expertise in the renewable energy and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Soňa Hekelová


Key clients

Kongsberg Automotive ASA


Schur Flexibles Group


KommunalKredit Austria AG


LEONI AG


Erste Bank Group AG


Alipay


Benteler Group


Bain Capital


UniCredit


Permira


Blackstone Group


KBC


Schaeffler


Albea


Essox


Komerční banka


Work highlights


  • Advised Albea Slovakia, as borrower, on the refinancing of its existing facilities in an overall amount exceeding €10m, as well as in the restructuring of the existing security package.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank International on the financing of the Slovak company Kovohuty.
  • Advised RENERGIE Solárny Park Holding, as borrower, on a refinancing for an overall amount exceeding €50m.

Wolf Theiss

The banking and finance practice at Wolf Theiss has expertise in handling project, real estate, acquisition, and leveraged finance, as well as general corporate lending transactions on a local and cross-border basis. The team is also active in debt capital markets transactions and financial regulatory matters. Industries of strength for the group are real estate, energy, IT, and manufacturing. Banking and finance lawyer Rudolf Pfeffer leads the practice.


Practice head(s):

Rudolf Pfeffer


Other key lawyers:

Stanislav Bojnanský; Bruno Stefanik


Testimonials

‘A well-trained team that is experienced and provides swift responses.’

Key clients

Kommunalkredit Austria AG


Erste Group Bank


Work highlights


  • Advising Kommunalkredit Austria on the project financing of a 65MW solar portfolio of five ready-to-build solar photovoltaic plants.
  • Advising Erste Bank Group, Erste Bank Croatia and Ceska Sporitelna, and Slovenska Sporitelna on the establishment of a multi-issuer programme for the issuance of notes for MREL and own funds purposes.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., o.z.

The banking and finance team at bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., o.z. co-operates closely with the firm’s teams in Austria, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic. The group is adept at handling a range of transactions and financing matters, including asset and project financing and lease transactions, as well as regulatory issues. The practice also handles amendments of loan and leasing contracts. Igor Augustinič and Arthur Braun jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Igor Augustinič; Arthur Braun


Other key lawyers:

Monika Kardošová; Zuzana Dzilská; Martin Provazník


Testimonials

‘Exceptional in advising on banking and finance matters.’

‘Outstanding in terms of expertise, strategy, and availability.’

‘Great people, billing, and collaboration.’

‘The lawyers at bpv form a true team working efficiently fast, and their outputs can be understood by anybody without deep legal knowledge. Further more, the communication is smooth and deadlines are always met.’

‘Igor Augustinič is extremely strategic and has great judgement on complex matters; a highly reputable attorney.’

‘Igor Augustinič, Monika Kardošová and Zuzana Dzilská have strong professional skills and are solution driven and flexible.’

Key clients

Hypo-Bank Burgenland


Raiffeisen Niederösterreich-Wien


BAWAG Leasing


Interchange


Sun Contracting


Raiffeisen-Landesbanken


Slovenská sporiteľňa


Oberbank Leasing


Schelhammer Bank


Work highlights


  • Advising Raiffeisen Niederösterreich-Wien on credit matters for a new business centre.
  • Advising Hypo-Bank Burgenland on loan-related matters and assisting with ongoing financing projects.
  • Assisting Interchange with regulatory matters.

Deloitte Legal s. r. o.

The banking, finance, and capital markets practice at Deloitte Legal s. r. o. utilises the firm’s international network and offers clients a multidisciplinary approach. It is increasingly active in the ESG space, and also assists clients with the distribution of investment-based insurance products. The team is jointly led by Dagmar Yoder and senior managing associate Róbert Minachin.


Practice head(s):

Dagmar Yoder; Róbert Minachin


Other key lawyers:

Veronika Rošková


Testimonials

‘Róbert Minachin and Veronika Rošková have professional attitudes and good problem-solving skills.’

Key clients

Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa, a. s.


U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o.


PKO Leasing S.A.


KOOPERATIVA poisťovňa, a.s.


KOMUNÁLNA poisťovňa, a.s.


Všeobecná úverová banka, a.s.


Bank Pekao S.A.


Trumpf


Mizuho Bank


Koramic Group


Segron Automation s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising U. S. Steel Košice on the negotiation of a €300m unsecured sustainability-linked revolving credit facility with multiple international banking institutions.
  • Advising Bank Pekao on the evaluation of rail purchase car agreements related to the financing and preparation of a general overview of the borrower’s rights and obligations under the rail purchase agreement and their impact on the financing itself.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.

The practice at Ružička & Partners s.r.o. handles a wide variety of matters, from financing and refinancing mandates, regulatory matters, and acquisition financing, to insolvency and restructurings, loan restructurings, and banking litigation. In particular, real estate, project, and corporate financings are key areas of strength for the group. The practice is co-headed by Dana Nemčíková, who frequently advises foreign financial and insurance companies, and Ján Hanko.

Practice head(s):

Dana Nemčíková; Ján Hanko


Other key lawyers:

Soňa Bielková; Peter Zilizi


Key clients

KBC Bank NV


Československá obchodná banka


MONETA Money Bank


Wiener Privat Bank


National Development Fund II


UniCredit Bank Group members


Vienna Insurance Group members


Volkswagen Financial Service


Raiffeisen Group


Zurich Insurance Company


SVEL Group OOO


ELEKTECH, s.r.o.


BEZ


Group spol s.r.o.


ERSTE group members


MOL Nyrt.


Volkswagen Financial Service


ING Bank


MetLife Europe


MetLife Slovakia


Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc.


AIG


Colonnade


MCV CAP Beteiligung AG,


Work highlights


  • Advising the Belgian KBC Bank on a mandatory takeover bid and squeeze-out performed on a regulated market in respect of OTP Bank Slovakia, following its acquisition by KBC Bank.
  • Advising the National Development Fund II on the implementation of a special portfolio risk-sharing loan tool used to promote financing of social activities.
  • Advising MONETA Money Bank on the acquisition of Home Credit Slovakia, including acquiring regulatory consent from the National Bank of Slovakia.

Stentors

The team at Stentors advises financial institutions and investors seeking financing, as well as real estate developers and construction companies, creditors and venture capital funds, and leasing companies. Its offering includes advice on syndicated financing, leveraged financing projects, and loan restructuring. Regulatory mandates are also within the team’s skillset. Practice head and ‘market-oriented lawyer‘ Michal Hulena has a varied client base.

Practice head(s):

Michal Hulena


Other key lawyers:

Erik Schváb; Andrea Obuchová


Testimonials

‘The team at Stentors is very pro-business with a focus on legal detail. This is very beneficial as they are often able to assess, from their own experience, the potential business risk caused by a different legal approach.’

‘The team is experienced under the leadership of Michal Hulena and can provide first-class legal advice and management of projects.’

‘Michal Hulena is a very market-oriented lawyer with an excellent sense of identifying significant risks and issues, which saves costs and time. He has a good grasp of local legislation and regulations.’

Key clients

Advena Management


Unicredit Bank


Unicredit Leasing


Cord Blood Center


Daimler Truck & Bus Slovakia s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising Advena Management on establishing an alternative investment fund in Slovakia and a hedge fund in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Representing UniCredit Bank, as one of the secured lenders, in bankruptcy proceedings against its borrower with respect to the enforcement of provided loan facilities of more than €4m.
  • Advised UniCredit Leasing on a transaction related to refinancing and extending the existing operational and financial leasing.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Taylor Wessing Slovakia’s client roster includes banks, financial institutions, investment funds, and borrowers, and the team advises them on the financing and refinancing of projects, real estate and M&A acquisitions, and cross-border transactions. It is also active in supporting fintech companies with their banking, securities, and licensing needs. Senior associate Vladimír Polička is head of the practice, and advises both lenders and borrowers on syndicated and bilateral financing projects.

Practice head(s):

Vladimír Polička


Other key lawyers:

Silvia Hlavačková; Zuzana Kordíková; Martin Matejka


Key clients

EVP Group GmbH


Tatra Asset Management, správ. spol., a.s.


RF elements s.r.o.


M-MARKET


CentralNic EU S.E. SK-NIC, a.s.


IMPULS-LEASING International GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advised Euro Vital Pharma Group on local law issues regarding the financing provided by the debt fund Apera, together with Deutsche Bank and Hamburger Sparkasse, tailored to support the client’s further growth plans as well as the refinancing of recent acquisitions in Spain, the UK, and Slovakia.
  • Advising Tatra Asset Management on its joint acquisition of Aupark Shopping Center Bratislava together with WOOD & Company, particularly on regulatory and compliance issues from the perspective of an investment fund.

Beatow Partners s.r.o

Oliver Weber leads the team at Beatow Partners s.r.o, which supports clients with regulatory mandates, financings, and refinancing matters, as well as advising on financial investment opportunities. Weber is particularly adept at assisting his clients with financial and operational leasing issues, in addition to advising on their commercial and regulatory needs.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Weber


Other key lawyers:

Marek Noga


Testimonials

‘Good financial knowledge and practical solutions.’

bnt attorneys in CEE

bnt attorneys in CEE‘s banking and finance offering in Slovakia sits within of the firm’s 11-office network across the CEE region, and advises a range of clients, from private individuals to large foreign banks. Managing partner and German-speaking lawyer Margareta Sovova sits at the helm of the practice, and is supported by senior associate Roman Gašparík.

Practice head(s):

Margareta Sovova


Other key lawyers:

Roman Gašparík; Ivana Kováčová


Testimonials

‘Provides excellent legal assistance based on very good knowledge in banking and finance. The work of the team is of a high and professional standard, providing all the necessary information, focusing on detail, and striving to provide the best practical solution to problems.’

‘The great qualities of the whole team are their flexibility, responsibility, professionalism, and very swift response times.’

‘The lawyers look for the best solutions among themselves.’

Key clients

IN-EQUITY Slovakia, o.c.p., a.s


Slovak Investment Services s.r.o.


Hoffmann & Co. GmbH


Raiffeisenbank Region Amstetten eGen


SH DEVELOPMENT s.r.o.


Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien AG


JITPay GmbH


FMC


Frauenthal Automotive


Work highlights


  • Advised IN-EQUITY Slovakia on obtaining a license from the National Bank of Slovakia to provide investment services as a securities trader.
  • Advised JITPay on providing its services to Slovak corporate clients on a cross-border basis.
  • Advising Hoffmann & Co on entering the Slovak financial market.

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

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.‘s banking and finance group has a varied practice, advising local and international clients on acquisition financing, syndicated financing, export financing, project financing, and real estate financing, in addition to licensing matters. Managing partner Bernhard Hager is head of the team, and is authorised to practice in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Austria.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Hager


Other key lawyers:

Annamária Tóthová


Key clients

CSK Agrar Invest GmbH


Saltpay


L/R/P advokáti, s.r.o.

The team at L/R/P advokáti, s.r.o. focuses on project financing, banking, and investment fund opportunities, especially in the cryptocurrency space. It also advises its clients on regulatory mandates. Founding partner Rastislav Roško heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rastislav Roško


Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Lysina; Tomáš Vall


Testimonials

‘A well-coordinated team that regularly expands with high-quality colleagues with expertise in specific areas.’

‘Their commitment and the way they try to explain to the client the individual aspects of the problem and their proposed solutions is appreciated.’

‘The assigned lawyers are always willing, regardless of the time, to discuss and advise on very specific topics.’

‘Clients appreciate their approach to finding solutions to complex problems and their willingness to explain in detail all the advantages and disadvantages of individual solutions.’

‘The team has a hands-on approach and good availability. The team works effectively and has a pro-client and empathetic approach.’

‘The team is skilled with legal expertise, strategic thinking, and problem solving. Both managing partners have years of experience in high-profile legal and business ventures, which is apparent in their input and it makes their input considerably helpful.’

‘The team provides swift feedback and is very flexible and hands-on. They have a great proficiency in different areas of law, with clear task designation among team members.’

Key clients

VOLANT, a.s.


Pow-en, a.s.


SERENIAVULCO SL


Reality Rovinka, a.s.


Discovery Residence, s.r.o.


Pour les gens, a.s.


AvSens, a.s.


En-Invest, a.s.


HISPANOVAE HOMES SL


Work highlights


  • Advised Sereniavulco on the financing of its development project consisting of 27 luxury villa houses on the Island of Tenerife with a value of up to €25m.
  • Advised Discovery Residence on the financing of its development project of 22-storey tower in Bratislava with a value of up to €23m.
  • Advised En-Invest on the consolidation and structuring of its financing with a value of up to €33m.

Paul Q Law Firm

Paul Q Law Firm’s banking and finance department advises clients on acquisitions, real estate and project financing - including syndicated lending and security transactions - and debt restructuring and refinancing. It also undertakes regulatory-related mandates and the registration and licensing of various financial market participants and their products. The practice is jointly led by Jiří Budinský and Eduard Winkler.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Budinský; Eduard Winkler


Key clients

Intesa SanPaolo S.P.A.


KRUK Czech and Slovak Republic


SORIA


Stellantis