Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Hroncek & Partners, s. r. o.'s corporate team handles cross-border transactions for international clients, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, energy and technology sectors. The key names in the team are Anna Kopkášová, Andrea Domény and Róbert Hronček.

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Slovakia

Aldertree legal s.r.o.

Aldertree legal s.r.o., formerly White & Case s.r.o., is seen by clients as a go-to adviser on strategically significant M&A connected with areas such as energy, real estate, technology, financial services, media, telecoms, manufacturing and private equity. A significant portion of the firm's work has a competition dimension, and it is frequently instructed to handle merger filings before the European Commission and Slovak Antimonopoly Office. The head of the practice is Juraj Fuska, who works with Michal Pališin and Zoran Draškovič.

Practice head(s):

Juraj Fuska

Other key lawyers:

Michal Pališin; Zoran Draškovič

Testimonials

‘Experienced team of lawyers with high value mandates in various industries.’

‘Juraj Fuska – recommended individual; respected on the market; always comes with very good solutions.’

Key clients

NFŠ, a.s. and Tehelné, a.s.

International Automotive Components Group Europe S.a r.l

PPF Group

Prinx Chengshan (Hong Kong) Tire Limited

Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a.s.

Wood & Company a.s.

GRAFOBAL GROUP akciová spoločnosť

Mr. Anton Zajac

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

HenQ Capital Partners 4E B.V.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Active on both the buy side and sell side of transactions, Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.'s team has particular expertise advising on matters with a nexus to the tech, energy, infrastructure and retail industries. It also handles a wide range of issues for financial institutions. Managing partner Martin Magál undertakes a mix of corporate and commercial transactions, such as acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Another key name in the practice is Tomáš Bury, whose experience includes private M&A, venture capital investments and private equity/funds structures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magál

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Búry

Testimonials

‘We use A&O for M&A support. The knowledge of retail business and our company is exceptional.’

‘Tomáš Bury – great lawyer, responsible, reliable and always able to come up with desired outcome.’

Key clients

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Epic Games, Inc.

Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group

European Investment Bank

Liberty GTS

WPP

Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.

Erste Group Bank AG

Tatra-Leasing, s.r.o.

Sumitomo Corporation Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco) on the acquisition of Sli.do, s.r.o. (Slido) from the founders and angel investors of Slido.
  • Advised Epic Games, Inc.on the acquisition of Capturing Reality, s.r.o. (CR) from the individual founders of CR.
  • Assistance to Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group with the approx. €1bn sale of assets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Kinstellar

Besides the precise work and high-quality standards’, Kinstellar delivers ‘proactive and flexible solutions, tailored to the client’s needs’. The firm is active across a range of sectors, including automotive, industrials, aviation, financial institutions, energy and TMT. Its work covers M&A, private equity investments, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, management buyouts, distressed situations and corporate governance. Viliam Myšička co-heads the team with Adam Hodoň. Another key individual is counsel Tomáš Melišek.

Practice head(s):

Viliam Myšička; Adam Hodoň

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Melišek; Roman Oleksik

Testimonials

‘Besides the precise work and high quality standards, the team also delivers proactive and flexible solutions, tailored to the client’s needs.’

‘Tamas Melisek has very good understanding of banking M&A and delivered many pragmatic solutions based on client needs.’

‘Excellent team work demonstrated, outstanding experts in various fields and very vast experience. The confidence on any issues we have addressed always proved to be with solid ground.’

‘We have excellent experiences working with partner Roman Oleksik. He has wide experiences in our industry and very solid technical knowledges. Very critical that Roman has excellent understanding of our business and provides best technical (legal) opinions with great consideration of the business (commercial) effect of those. Not often such combination could be found within the professional advisors. Roman has perfect presentation and negotiation skill and this was proved many times during the hard discussion/negotiations.’

Key clients

OTP Bank

E.ON

GTT Communications

GLP

The Capital Markets Company

ProLogis

Golde Lozorno

Slovalco

VSE

ZSE

Sereď Logistics and Industry

Powerful Medical

STADA Arzneimittel

European City Estates

Global Attractions

HPS Holding

Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia

Magna Group

Wood & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising OTP Bank, Hungary-based regional financial group on all aspects of the sale of its 99.44% share in its Slovak operations to the Belgian KBC Group.
  • Advising E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers, on its acquisition of a 49% stake (including a managerial control) in electric utility Východoslovenská energetika Holding (“VSE”) from the German electric utilities provider RWE.
  • Advising GTT Communications, Inc. on the sale of its infrastructure business to I Squared Capital. GTT Communications, a leading telecommunications provider, owns and operates a global Tier 1 internet network and provides a comprehensive suite of cloud networking services.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Specialising in cross-border transactions, Taylor Wessing Slovakia's team has a ‘unique skill to make complex legal matters understandable for non-lawyers’. The firm handles a range of advisory matters across all stages of the corporate lifecycle, including the formation of companies, joint ventures, restructurings and buyouts. Juraj Frindrich leads the team; his corporate and M&A expertise is complemented by his knowledge of competition, EU and trade issues. Other key names in the area are Andrej Leontiev, who is the head of the firm’s CEE business and professional services group, and Radovan Pala.

Practice head(s):

Juraj Frindrich

Other key lawyers:

Andrej Leontiev; Radovan Pala; Silvia Janigova

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing team in Bratislava is competent and suitable for any of your legal problems. It is well managed, and people are well assigned according to the problem, its nature and complexity.’

‘Every time I got in touch with Taylor and Wessing in Bratislava, I was impressed by their ability to react promptly and accurately to our demands. They have this unique skill to make complex legal matters understandable for non-lawyers. However, they are extremely precise and accurate when it comes to very legal topics. Their sense of ethic is definitely a big asset. It is very comfortable, for a foreign company, to rely on TW Bratislava.’

‘We have mainly been working with Andrej Leontiev, Juraj Frindrich and Silvia Janigova. They all understand business, they all understand foreign companies and, above all, they all listen to you and your need. It should be the case for all law firms, but it is not always the case. In that respect, TW Bratislava is definitely an outstanding legal firm.’

Key clients

Bloomreach Inc.

Tatra Asset Management

M-Market

City of Bratislava

BVS (Bratislava Water Company)

DPB (Bratislava Public Transportation Company)

GA Drilling

Technopol Services

ARKON

Raiffeisen Property International

Brantner Group

Emil Frey

C&A

SlovZink

Streamstar

Be-Soft

Professional Datasolutions

CentralNic Group

Fitek

PORFIX

Slovenská sporiteľňa member of Erste Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Bloomreach, the world’s leading Customer Data and Experience Platform, on its acquisition of Exponea, a customer data platform and marketing automation provider, through purchasing of all shares in the holding company of Exponea having subsidiaries in the USA, UK, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and UAE.
  • Advised Tatra Asset Management on its joint acquisition of Aupark (one of the largest shopping mall in Slovakia) together with WOOD & Company, the transaction leader.
  • Advised the shareholders of Impulse Leasing on the divestment of their shareholdings in Slovak subsidiary to Tatra Leasing.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

Barger Prekop s.r.o. has a strong profile in M&A in Slovakia, as well as CEE regional transactions. Erik Semen has a forte in handling M&A that requires regulatory approvals, particularly for clients in the financial sector. Elsewhere, other drivers of the firm's work include private equity investments, privatisation transactions, corporate governance issues and general corporate and commercial matters. Semen co-heads the team with Adrian Barger, Peter Suba and Anthony Hernandez.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Barger; Erik Seman; Peter Suba; Anthony Hernandez

Testimonials

‘The most approach-oriented and collaborative law firm that we have worked with, completely driven by the task given and result expected.’

‘Adrian Barger is an outstanding lawyer with heart in the law, 100% helpful in any moment. Erik Seman is also top quality at organising and delivering results.’

Cechová & Partners

Cechová & Partners is notably active in the FMCG, automotive, life sciences and transportation sectors. The team, which is jointly led by Katarína Čechová and Lenka Šubeníková, is able to generate mandates from private equity investors, global law firms and multinational corporates, among others. It acts on domestic and cross-border transactions and projects, as well as joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Associate Miroslav Zaťko has expertise in corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Čechová; Lenka Šubeníková

Other key lawyers:

Miroslav Zaťko

Testimonials

‘A very hands-on way of working and good knowledge of the various legal fields relevant for M&A. Also the team is very responsive.’

‘Individuals are very responsive, think along and they think further than what is strictly requested by the client. Also, all team members are very friendly and strong in their communication.’

Key clients

ABB Optical Group

AFS Technologies Inc

ait-deutschland GmbH

Allergan

Amgen

Bausch Health

Cinema Holding/Cinema City

CROWN Group

EIM Interim Management

Hengstler

Inalfa Roof Systems

LEDVANCE

Lenovo

Mattoni 1873

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Minerals Technologies

NORDZUCKER GROUP

Ohpen

PACCAR Financial

Takeaway.com

Santen

Schiesser

Smartwings

SMRC (former Reydel)

syncreon

Telecom Italia (TIM) / Noovle Slovakia

Vertiv

Vienna Airport / Flughafen Wien AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Takeaway.com Central Core B.V. with acquisition of online food delivery service bistro.sk, through acquisition of a Slovak company (after complex carve out of unrelated businesses).
  • Assisted Telecom Italia (TIM) with acquisition of part (ICT and cloud consultancy business) of Noovle group, particularly via indirect acquisition of Noovle Slovakia.
  • Advice to ABB Optical Group on its acquisition of business from Mindent Solutions, Inc. dba Affinity Analytics operating business of providing (i) a marketing platform in the form of software as a service for optometry practices and (ii) vision insurance claims processing services for the routine vision insurance claims of optometry practices.

Dentons

Dentons' team is noted for its ‘unique combination of knowledge of law, experience and human approach’. It is traditionally strong in M&A in the real estate sector, but is also increasingly active in technology sector transactions, in addition to handling financial sector consolidations. Beyond undertaking transactional work, the firm provides day-to-day support to international clients in Slovakia, including leading pharmaceutical and telecoms companies. The corporate group is supported by an experienced banking and finance practice. The ‘highly recommended’ Juraj Gyárfáš leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Juraj Gyárfáš

Testimonials

‘A unique combination of knowledge of law, experience and human approach makes it a very likeable team.’

‘Juraj Gyarfas – highly recommended; very likable; excellent quality of work, always available and always doing extra work for the client.’

‘Hands on, quick and flexible.’

‘Personal and kind approach. Always here to fix our problems.’

Key clients

Sli.do

Penta Investment Group

Family office of Ivan Chrenko, the first Slovak billionaire

Slovenská sporiteľňa (member of Erste Group)

BK Investment

Spectrum Brands

ENGIE Services a.s.

Eli Lilly

Roche Slovensko

Tatra banka

Work highlights

  • Advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on an agreement to sell Slovakia’s third-largest shopping center Aupark Bratislava to the investment group Wood & Co and its JV partner Tatra Asset Management for €450 million, considered to be the most expensive real estate transaction in the history of Slovakia.
  • Advised Slovakia-based Sli.do, a technology company that provides a best-in-class audience interaction platform, on its sale to Silicon Valley tech giant Cisco Systems, widely considered to have been the largest-ever technology deal in Slovak history.
  • Advised Penta Investment Group on the sale of the Mecom Group of meat processing companies in Slovakia and Hungary, which includes the largest Slovak meat processing plant in Humenné.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o. has a strong track record in high-profile M&A in Slovakia and surrounding countries, and it also excels in handling private equity investments, restructurings, large-scale privatisations and commercial transactions. Roman Hamala has a wealth of experience acting for clients in areas such as telecoms, energy, real estate and financial institutions. He co-heads the practice with Martin Kluch and Lukáš Michálik.

Practice head(s):

Roman Hamala; Martin Kluch; Lukáš Michálik

Testimonials

‘The team is strong on technical detail without ever losing sight of the whole.’

‘Roman Hamala and Lukas Michalik work with precision, technical competence and an understanding of the strategy behind a case. Never had a copy pasted document full of errors as seen from some other firms.’

‘Fantastic pro client and pro business-oriented legal advice. Very professional team.’

‘Deep understanding of clients’ commercial needs. Out of box thinking. Great negotiation skills. Work done by partner Lukas Michalik was simply outstanding. Best experience with Slovak law firm partner ever.’

Key clients

BUDAMAR LOGISTICS, a.s.

Rolling Stock Lease s.r.o.

STADA PHARMA Slovakia, s.r.o.

Mercedes-Benz Slovakia s.r.o.

T-SYSTEMS (Deutsche Telekom group)

Cresco Group Adient Slovakia s.r.o.

Lindex Slovakia s.r.o.

Contera Management s.r.o.

CENTRAL EUROPE INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Work highlights

  • Advising T-Systems Slovakia on carve-out of one of the largest telecommunication companies in the Slovak Republic. T-Systems Slovakia is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.
  • Advising Contera Management s.r.o. on acquisition of industrial and warehouse area in Bratislava.
  • Acting as a principal counsel to Cresco in the process of the acquisition of the 50% share in a large residential project in Bratislava Nové Mesto. Also prepared and negotiated joint venture agreement with its partner in the project.

Advokátska kancelária MCL, s.r.o.

Advokátska kancelária MCL, s.r.o.'s strengths in corporate and M&A work are complemented by its capabilities in ancillary areas, including banking and finance, tax and dispute resolution. The firm acts for clients on a range of matters, such as cross-border acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Martin Jurečko is highlighted for delivering ‘very good quality of work’. He co-heads the team with Vojtech Pálinkáš and Matej Firický.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jurečko; Vojtech Pálinkáš; Matej Firický

Testimonials

‘Proactive approach, the lawyers are not only councelors but complex part of the transactional team.’

‘Vojtech Pálinkás – very experienced transactional lawyer.’

‘Pragmatic, highly qualified and English speaking team.’

‘Highly qualified and dedicated team members.’

‘Martin Jurecko – very liked by the parties, gets deals done, very good quality of work, always available. Vojtech Palinkas – experienced and very seasoned partner, always calm during the negotiations, always doing extra work for the client.’

‘Flexibility, short time needed for all operation, open for discusion about possibilities.’

‘They are very good in listening to our needs. They can describe solution very simply, everybody can understand. The risks are discribed very good as well, so we can choose a right solution for us.’

Key clients

EXTENSA GROUP

MIDDLECAP GROUP

RAILTRANS INTERNATIONAL/AZC

Marek Václavík/V6

SONNENSCHEIN & PARTNERS, S.R.O., Peter Kolesár and others

COMMANDER SERVICES

OMH Mezzanine/MILAN DUBEC

Pavol Jakubec

PharmX s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Milan Dubec on sale of Bistro.sk to Just EatTakeaway.com for about €50m.
  • Advised Mr Pavol Jakubec on structuring and bankability of the acquisition of 50% stake in IDC Holding, largest biscuit producer in Slovakia.
  • Advised MiddleCap on all aspects of construction, development of a real estate project in London’s Seal House and JV arrangement with a large regional investment group.

Beatow Partners s.r.o

Beatow Partners s.r.o's group is noted for its ‘very good knowledge of corporate law, practical solutions, creative ideas for solving problems and out of the box thinking’. It acts for clients from a range of sectors, including technology, IT, manufacturing and leasing. Team head Peter Mikletič advises clients on M&A, restructurings and other corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Mikletič

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of corporate law, practical solutions, creative ideas for solving problems and out of the box thinking.’

‘Very quick response times, willingness to give assistance, good client relationship builder.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the sale of the company/manufacturer of polyethylene films to Czech manufacturing company.
  • Advising a client on acquisition of majority stake in media pool company from several other shareholders.

bnt attorneys in CEE

The team at bnt attorneys in CEE provides full-service support to domestic and international clients on a range of matters, such as M&A, minority investments, internal reorganisations and the establishment of Slovak subsidiaries. It acts for corporates across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in automotive, IT and new technologies. Margareta Sovova heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Margareta Sovova

Other key lawyers:

Dávid Orsula

Testimonials

‘Professional team in commercial corporate and M&A practice. They can prepare a solution for each of our requirements.’

‘Very “hands-on” team, fast reaction, good comprehension of international relations.’

‘Dávid Orsula – very responsive, short reaction times.’

‘They prepare a project plan/content timeline, which is checked by all parties on regular basis. They offer to split the billing so that each project period is completed with partial billing. We had no problems whatsoever with the COVID restrictions as most of the communication took place via conference calls and the staff were available even within non-prearranged times.’

‘The main quality is the attitude and willingness to have the work done in timely manner.’

‘A very practical approach to the matter, high responsiveness, fast action and lean process management. A very professional approach to communication with the client.’

‘The team is always available, day and night. reacts super fast, with high a competence and empathy. Fun to work with them.’

Key clients

VTG Rail Logistics GmbH

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

RAJO a.s. (MEGGLE Group)

MHC Mobility (previously Hitachi Capital Polska)

TOMRA

Webasto Group

Crypto Trading Solutions s.r.o.

Euro-Metal Kft

H. Kufferath GmbH Prüf-und Vorrichtungstechnik

LKW Kompotenten s.r.o

B&E Service GmbH

SHT Haustechnik GmbH

Joh. Friedrich Behrens AG

doppler group GmbH

Gas Oil Technology Limited

Detlef Salm, lawyer of Salm & Olk

Logpay Transport Services GmbH (Project Golf)

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

Redspher

Work highlights

  • Advising TOMRA (the world leader in the field of reverse vending of used beverage containers with an estimated 75% global market share globally) on the establishment of a new subsidiary in Slovakia, obtaining regulatory permits and setting up contractual framework for their business operations in Slovakia.
  • Advised VTG Group (the largest private wagon hire company in Europe and one of the leading providers of rail and tank container logistics services) on two M&A transactions, including post-closing advisory and integration support.
  • Advised Rajo (MEGGLE Group), the largest Slovak diary producer, on an internal organization restructuring resulting into the change of legal form from a joint stock company into a limited liability company.

CMS

CMS' strong deal execution capabilities come to the fore in complex multijurisdictional CEE transactions, and it also excels in assisting international clients with setting up operations in Slovakia, as well as undertaking public procurement mandates. The firm is known for advising clients in the automotive, real estate, energy, TMT, financial services and private equity sectors. Practice head Petra Čorba Stark is involved in high-profile M&A, innovative corporate restructurings, complex commercial matters, public procurement and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Petra Čorba Stark

Testimonials

‘Responsive, listened carefully to our needs.’

‘Petra Corba Stark – Partner practical approach to problem solving.’

Key clients

Electrolux

Arriva

ALPLA Group

Saba Infraestructuras

Primark

Emerson Electric

AIG

Crowdberry/CB Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Electrolux with the carve-out and restructuring of business of Electrolux in Slovakia, which included extensive due diligence, advising on business continuing and minimising risk, employment and data protection issues.
  • Successfully advised Arriva, a multinational public transport company, on a major public transport tender in Slovakia. The estimated value of the contract is approximately €390m.
  • Advised Saba Infraestructuras on the internal restructuring of their operations in Slovakia.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH, organizačná zložka

Given its breadth of local knowledge and international reach’, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH, o.z. is ‘ideally suited to work on cross-border M&A transactions’. The firm also stands out in complex cross-border reorganisations. The practice is led by managing partner Michaela Stessl, who has over 19 years of experience acting for Slovak and international clients on transactions and various issues associated with their operations in Slovakia.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Stessl

Other key lawyers:

Martina Gondova

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper team has a very good market reputation in Slovakia. They are one of the few international firms who also render solid and reliable local advice. Their international platform is a plus, but we mainly value them for their strong local practice. They are also sector experts and combine corporate law knowledge with solid advice in all negotiations you face.’

‘Michaela Stressl, who heads the Bratislava office, is a highly trusted and valued corporate experts. She has strong negotiation skills and always finds the right tactics, even when the counterparties are challenging. Her legal skills have impressed me in our last project. With Michaela, you always have a trusted advisor at your side.’

‘Our experience with DLA Piper Slovakia is definitely positive, they work with professionalism and punctuality. In particular, they provide a service that is tailored to the needs of the customer, always with a European vision fitting different requirements also due to the territoriality of the issues.’

‘We are followed by Michaela Stessl, Martina Gondova and their team, and we are very satisfied with their work. We appreciate their availability and the way they approach the customer, explaining in details all aspects of their work.’

‘Given its breadth of local knowledge and international reach, the practice is ideally suited to work on cross-border M&A transactions. Fast, efficient and highly professional.’

‘DLA has an impressive track record in international matters. They probably handle more deals than any other firm. With their large international platform, they are involved in many cross-border deals I see in the market. But they also handle local commercial matters and local corporate issues. The team consists of many talented lawyers, but Michaela Stessl stands out as the M&A expert. DLA is always a good choice for solid corporate and M&A advice in Slovakia and globally.’

‘Michaela Stessl is an M&A expert in Slovakia. She can draw on the massive DLA network in international deals but also handles a great amount of local matters with commercial aspects. She keeps calm also in highly intense deal phases and has a very structured approach. I would definitely see her in one of the top tiers for corporate and M&A.’

Key clients

Berry Global Group (RPC 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.

Noerr

Noerr specialises in advising international companies on investments, joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructurings, with particular experience of assisting clients from English and German-speaking countries with investments in Slovakia. Its work spans sectors such as automotive, telecoms, manufacturing, real estate, retail, energy, pharma, healthcare and logistics. In addition to handling M&A, practice head Martin Ťupek provides day-to-day corporate support to international clients, including in relation to the establishment and liquidation of legal entities, as well as corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ťupek

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Andritz Slovakia

Apollo Management

Becton Dickinson

Benteler Distribution

Berger Bau GmbH

Berlin-Chemie AG

Boehringer Ingeheim

Deutsche Telekom AG

Kia Motors Slovakia

Linde Group

Manitowoc Crane Group

Manz Slovakia, s. r. o.

Opel Southeast Europe

Saint Gobain

Volkswagen Slovakia

Xantis Pharma s. r. o.

WINGAS GmbH

AM-Holding GmbH

Paul Q Law Firm

Paul Q Law Firm has a wide-ranging practice that covers day-to-day corporate support, M&A and corporate restructurings, among other matters. Equally capable acting for local and international entities, the firm acts for clients in sectors such as engineering, automotive, agricultural, food and real estate. Managing partner Pavol Blahušiak, who has notable experience of privatisations in the manufacturing and financial sectors, co-heads the team with Boris Brhlovič.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Blahušiak; Boris Brhlovič

Key clients

Aldente Group

Arcelor Mittal Construction Slovakia

Autopolis

Ceva Logistics Slovakia

Edenred Slovakia/Ticket Service

FCA Slovakia

Metsa Tissue Slovakia

Merck

Omega Pharma

OPERATÍVA, medicínska spoločnosť

SHARKAM Stonebridge UK

RELEVANS Law Firm

RELEVANS Law Firm provides a ‘360 degrees overview on every case’, with clients turning to the firm for advice on business formations, M&A and transfers of business ownership interests, as well as ancillary finance and competition-related issues. Practice head Marián Masarik is highlighted for his ‘rich experiences and skills’. Under his leadership, the firm acts for a mix of clients, including banks, funds, individual investors and development companies.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik

Other key lawyers:

Martina Krupcova; Michal Marhefka; Miroslava Zelenakova; Alex Kadela

Testimonials

‘They serve us with 360 degrees overview on every case – strategy, consequences, costs, potential risks, arguments of the defendants – those are the strong sites they can offer anytime. All of the lawyers could be considered as highly recommended.’

‘The team is led by Marián Masarik, who is an extremely well-respected lawyer.’

Long story short: connection of maximum professionalism, great approach, visible results = our maximum satisfaction.’

‘My key contact and best lawyer for M&A and corporate agenda is partner of the law firm – Marian Masarik. Other great lawyers for this agenda are Martina Krupcova, Michal Marhefka and Miroslava Zelenakova. All of them are flexible and have a very business-oriented approach.’

‘Fast reactions, flexible approach. They always find the right solution, but are not too pushy. They always let me to think the case through.’

‘What so special for me I can speak directly to the partners of Relevans (Alex Kadela and Marian Masarik namely). They are always reachable and ready to help. Alex is strong in structured and strategic thinking. Marian is a great diplomat and he knows how to react in any situation.’

‘Complex legal services, very business oriented, provided by highly professional and experienced team. the legal analysis goes really deep into relevant details, with clear recommendation/legal advice.’

‘Marian Masarik – very professional and business oriented advocate, with rich experiences and skills, expert in communication with counterpart. Very effective in conflict/problems solutions.’

Key clients

Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.

Zuckermandel Byty, s.r.o.

Sanagro a.s.

J&T FINANCE GROUP SE

Poštová banka, a.s.

City Arena, a.s.

J&T REAL ESTATE, a.s.

EUROVEA, a.s.

ADROC Tech, s.r.o.

SWAN a.s.

J & T BANKA, a.s.

RMS Mezzanine, a.s.

Slovenská plavba a prístavy – lodná osobná doprava, a.s.

365. bank

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the largest banks in Slovakia on the sale of its majority shareholding in an insurance company.
  • Acting for a client on the sale of its 100% share in a company owning office and retail premises in a mixed-use development at the Danube riverfront.
  • Advising a client on the sale of its share in an important electronic communications service provider.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.

Experienced in providing corporate and commercial advice to global brands and international clients, Ružička & Partners s.r.o. is notably active in cross-border M&A. It is also an adviser to the government on matters relating to infrastructure and energy PPP, and it also acts for leading players in the energy sector on a range of corporate matters. Practice head Dana Nemčíková advises financial institutions and insurance companies on investments, acquisitions and project restructuring. Lucie Schweizer left the firm to practice independently, but the team was bolstered in 2021 by the arrival of counsel Ján Broniš from EY Slovakia.

Practice head(s):

Dana Nemčíková

Other key lawyers:

Ján Broniš

Testimonials

‘Excellent overview in legal issues. Personal approach. Ability to analyze in depth in the context of a case.’

 

Key clients

Poľnoservis

MOL, Slovnaft, a.s. group entities

Slovak Investment Holding, a.s

Ckdpack

RICOH

Johns Manville Slovakia/U.S. (Berkshire Hathaway company)

Západoslovenská energetika (E.ON group) entities

KERKOSAND

AIRBUS DS SLC

MAIND

SIEMENS group entities

STRABAG group entities

ARRIVA

MetLife

OTP Bank

Vienna Insurance Group entities

UniCredit Bank SK&CZ

ARRIVA (Deutsche Bahn group)

Volkswagen Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Supporting MH Manažment (previously State Property Fund), a state-owned company tasked with management of state’s shareholdings in various companies, on implementation of a holding structure related to heat plants owned by the client including drafting of new articles of association, internal policies and an agreement on establishment of a shared services centre.
  • Advising ČEZ, the biggest energy company in Central and South-Eastern Europe, on its acquisition of InoBat, an R&D and battery production start-up.
  • Advising the Belgian KBC Bank NV, a major financial player in Central and Eastern Europe, 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.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. mainly acts for clients on corporate reorganisations, but it also assists venture capital firms and financiers with finding emerging companies to invest in, as well as undertaking other corporate transactions. Prague-based Radek Janecek leads the team. Tatiana Prokopova has over 20 years of M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Radek Janeček

Other key lawyers:

Tatian Prokopova; Katarina Ottova

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in both, though very different industries, has been outstanding. I would really point out their forward thinking, which has helped us in how to manage and drive the projects. Billing – precise, never had any issue here. Technology – up to date, as required to current environment.’

‘Tatian Prokopova – superb professional, very smart and knowledgeable, capable going very deep into the subject specifics, great English law language, friendly, great person. Katarina Ottova – fantastic help to Tatiana, manages projects on its own, very competent in real estate projects and intellectual property right, diligent, very nice person.’

Key clients

Air Liquide S.A.

Budejovický Budvar, národní podnik

Eaton Corporation

Eminox Ltd.

First European Title Insurance

gottschligg GmbH.

Hanon Systems LLC

Lincoln Electric

Lordship a.s.

LOTTE CHEMICAL DEUTSCHLAND GmbH

Low & Bonar Slovakia, a.s

McCarter a.s

Minerals Technologies Inc.

MOZYTA s.r.o.

Schoeller Allibert Services B.V.

Steris Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advise Lincoln Electric Holding on the implementation of a reorganisation plan, various business and employment matters and subsequent liquidation of Lincoln Electric s.r.o., a local subsidiary.
  • Advising a British designer and manufacturer of exhaust systems on the client’s entry to Slovak market including establishment of local subsidiary and D&O liabilities guide. The client is opening a build-to-lease production plant in Easter Slovakia.
  • Advised Hanon Systems LLC on various aspects of the acquisition of part of a bankruptcy estate in connection with the financing that the client provided to its contractual partner for such acquisition.

Stentors

Stentors has a diverse practice, as is reflected by the fact that it advises clients on business incorporations, M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. ‘Superb solicitorMichal Hulena co-heads the team with Peter Neštepný, whose ‘insights and guidance are invaluable’, and Vladimír Kordoš. Another key name in the practice is associate Andrea Obuchová, whose corporate and M&A expertise is complemented by her experience of acquisition finance transactions and real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Michal Hulena; Peter Neštepný; Vladimír Kordoš

Other key lawyers:

Erik Schvab; Andrea Obuchová

Testimonials

‘We work with Stentors since their inception and we are very satisfied with their services. In the past few years we used only Stentors as they fulfill all our requirements as a legal adviser.’

‘We work mainly with Vladimir Kordos. Vladimir responds to our emails immediately and in a clear and concise manner.’

‘They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management. I find the legal team at Stentors to be efficient, smart and personable. The partners, attorneys, associates and their support team at Stentors are so accessible, down to earth and easy to deal with. They provide practical advice in a user-friendly format and we have the comfort of knowing there isn’t a stop watch ticking in the background racking up a huge bill.’

‘Michal Hulena (partner) – He is excellent, with a great grasp of the law. But more importantly, he has a very astute business acumen where he is able to advise on the practical and strategic angle and not simply the legal side. Andrea Obuchová – We are always impressed with both her speed of response and understanding of the situation.’

‘We are really pleased with all of the support from the entire team throughout the whole deal process. Great advice in the areas we don’t understand and at the same time full recognition of our wishes. Our interests are always represented very professionally which is a major contribution to a successful outcome.’

‘Michal Hulena (one of the partners) – is a superb solicitor. From the beginning, he understood the key aspects to protect our business and how to give us advice such that we entered negotiations with a robust and professional stance. Andrea Obuchová – is hardworking, knowledgeable, trustworthy and likeable. She knows exactly what should be looking for and how to view a transaction.’

‘What I liked most about working with Stentors’ team was their commitment to providing excellent service throughout every step of the process. The team always kept me abreast of what was happening with our case and spent as much time as necessary with me to ensure I clearly understood what the next steps were. They handled all aspects of the process in a courteous manner; from our initial conversations, all the way from the beginning till the end. Thank you for doing such a great job!’

‘One of the partners – Peter Neštepný – is extremely professional and detailed. His insights and guidance are invaluable. We are very glad that we are cooperating with him. He has a real ability to simplify terms in a way to include maximum cooperation and in the process became a good long-term and loyal partner in every stage of life or business.’

Key clients

Alpiq Energy SE

CREATON SEE Kft

Inphinity s.r.o.

Cord Blood Center Group

NITRAGOLD spol. s r.o.

ADVENA MANAGEMENT

EUROCORD

EMARK s.r.o.

Clevergy s.r.o.

eBIZ Corp a.s.

Bartošík Šváby s.r.o. (former BS Legal s.r.o.)

The ‘excellent lawyers’ at Bartošík Šváby s.r.o. (former BS Legal s.r.o.) are highlighted for their ‘knowledge of the market and industry’ across a number of areas, including real estate, construction, automotive, aviation and insurance. The firm’s workload covers mid-market M&A, joint ventures and shareholders agreements, among other matters. Boris Svaby co-heads the team with Peter Bartošík and ‘outstanding lawyerIgor Šváby.

Practice head(s):

Boris Svaby; Peter Bartosik; Igor Šváby

Testimonials

‘Excellent lawyers, knowledge of the market and industry, useful advice.’

‘Igor Šváby – partner, outstanding lawyer, knows the market and practices.’

Key clients

Renault Retail Group

Kim Johansen Group

Boels & Cramo

Work highlights

  • Advised RENAULT RETAIL GROUP on sale of its car dealership operated in Bratislava to AUTOŠTÝL, a.s. in a form of a sale of the enterprise as a going concern.
  • Assistance to Kim Johansen Group with acquisition of transportation business from Slovak company BRING TRUCKING (100% subsidiary of Poste Norge group), including trucks, employees, contracts and all other assets of the business.
  • Assisted Boels & Cramo with global internal structuring of the groups of companies after acquisition of Cramo group by Boels group.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

Noted for its ‘unique cross-border experience in various industries’, BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. provides corporate and M&A advice across a range of sectors, notably information technology, banking and real estate. It has played a key role in a number of significant M&A deals over the past decade. Miroslav Fašung co-heads the team with Matej Blahút.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Fašung; Matej Blahút

Other key lawyers:

Olga Belanova

Testimonials

‘Unique cross-border experience (Czech, Slovak, Russian) in various industries – banking, real estate, etc.’

‘Miroslav Fasung – very good quality of work, always available, very good knowledge of law. Olga Belanova – experienced and seasoned partner with great drive and always doing extra work for the client.’

‘BBH’s team, led by Mr. Fašung, has assisted us with very complex M&A issues to our satisfaction and so we would recommend BBH to anyone. We appreciate that they are able to provide us with complex legal guidance and defend our interests.’

‘Our main contact for M&A or commercial issues is partner of BBH, Mr. Miroslav Fašung. We value his ability to respond in timely manner and his pro-client approach. Besides above mentioned we think, that Mr. Fašung is highly skilled lawyer with remarkable working etiquette.’

Key clients

ČEZ ESCO, a.s.

Euro Vital Pharma

ČEZ Slovensko

ESCO Slovensko, a.s.

První Investiční Group

YnveStorY a.s.

Generali Real Estate S.p.A.

Erste Group Immorent Slovensko, s.r.o.

KAPRAIN Group

Work highlights

  • Advised ČEZ ESCO, a.s. on establishment of ESCO Slovensko, a.s., the joint-venture with SPP active in the provision of energy services.
  • Advised ČEZ Slovensko, s.r.o. on sale of portfolio of its electricity and gas customers to SPP.
  • Advised KAPRAIN Group on acquisition of FORTISCHEM, a.s., the company operating significant chemical plant in Nováky, Slovakia.

LEGATE, s.r.o

LEGATE, s.r.o’s ‘attorneys are very strong on cross-border issues as they closely cooperate with other member firms in global law network’. Noted for its strong profile among Slovak and international clients, the firm provides extensive support on a wide ambit of commercial, corporate and M&A mandates. It has notable strengths in matters related to the energy and natural resources, real estate, transport, infrastructure, ICT and agriculture sectors. ‘Top-notch lawyerPeter Vrabel co-heads the team with Miroslav Dudlák.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák

Other key lawyers:

Ivana Šaková; Norbert Havrila

Testimonials

‘Legate attorneys are very strong on cross-border issues as they closely cooperate with other member firms in a global law network.’

‘Peter Vrábel is a top-notch lawyer, very dedicated to the issue, always proactive and reliable. Ivana Šaková is highly competent, considering the issue from the client’s perspective and she communicates to the client in a very open way.’

‘Great firm. Always delivers on time and with high quality. Best in Slovakia.’

‘Peter Vrabel (Partner), Norbert Havrila (Senior Associate). Both are great lawyers with business sense.’

‘They are very business-oriented and have lots of experience. At the same time, they know the business standards, don’t push too much and propose business solutions which are usually acceptable for both sides of the deal. Mr. Vrabel organises the work internally very well.’

‘They have deep energy knowledge, that means they consider this aspect in any mandate we give to them and the quality of there work is high.’

Majerník & Miháliková, s. r. o.

Majerník & Miháliková, s. r. o. is highlighted for its strengths in tech M&A and venture capital investment transactions. In addition, it provides corporate law services to established tech companies and major foreign energy suppliers. Katarína Miháliková, who leads the team, focuses on M&A and corporate matters in the technology, energy and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Miháliková

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Kormanik; Vikor Beran; Alexandra Jamriskova

Testimonials

‘Local knowledge, international expertise, availability, hands on-approach, detailed knowledge of the VC market’

‘Katarina Mihalikova, Ivan Komarnik – nice and dilligent persons, friendly communication, both are on the top of things’

‘They are professionals. they have experts on individual topics who deal with the given topics and focus on them. In our case, they were able to adapt to our billing requirements, so we are extremely satisfied.’

Key clients

LiveDispatcher s.r.o.

Sygic, a.s.

Minit j.s.a.

Mint Investments a.s.

Zátišie s.r.o.

SaferPass s.r.o.

citadelo s.r.o.

PowereX j.s.a.

Ultimate Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Coordinating the legal activities of Minit j.s.a. so they comply with the shareholders’ agreement and articles of association and advising the client on various corporate, commercial, labour, IT and IP matters.
  • Advising Mint Investments a.s. on real estate law and on a successful real estate investment fund on all corporate and structuring matters
  • Advising Zátišie s.r.o. on investment into SEC Technologies.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

PETERKA & PARTNERS' team coordinates major M&A deals across the CEE region for Slovak and international clients. In addition, it is also sought after for advice on intra-group reorganisations and public procurement mandates, as well as general commercial law issues. Also notable is that the firm represents clients before public administration bodies, including the merger control authorities. Jan Makara heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jan Makara

Testimonials

‘Very quick response time with solution-oriented legal work’.

‘Professional approach, flexibility, great collaboration.’

Key clients

Cresto Group

Descours & Cabaud

ERIKS Group

Falck group

Hanes Brands

Icebear NV

Slovak Asset Management

Smith Micro Software

TEFCOLD Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Smith Micro Software (a company providing mobile applications and value-added solutions for mobile and cable operators around the globe) with the purchase of the Family Safety Mobile Business unit from the Czech company Avast Software for $66 million.
  • Advising Slovak Asset Management, a company controlled by Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka (the sole shareholder of which is the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic), on potential investment into a Slovak group of companies.
  • Advised TEFCOLD Group, a Danish producer and wholesaler of professional refrigerating and freezing equipment, on the acquisition of Nosreti Velkoobchod and NOSRETI SK.

PRK Partners s.r.o.

PRK Partners s.r.o. advises local and international clients on large M&A deals and cross-border corporate transactions involving the Slovak and Czech markets. Martin Kriz, who is dual-qualified to practise in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, focuses on the energy, real estate, retail, insurance and ICT sectors. He jointly leads the team with Miriam Galandová, whose tax expertise is brought to bear in transactions involving complex structuring requirements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kriz; Miriam Galandova

Key clients

RWE Aktiengesellschaft

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

International Business Machines Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advice to RWE Aktiengesellschaft in connection with the sale of part of its business and related transactions in the Slovak Republic.
  • Assistance to International Business Machines Corporation in connection with a spin-off of its market-leading Managed Infrastructure Services unit, including advise with respect to establishment of a new entity in Slovakia and subsequent transfer of the target business from multiple entities.
  • Advice to ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd regarding the separation of its solar inverter business into a new division and its subsequent sale to a major Italian company.

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

Schönherr Rechtstanwälte GmbH, o.z. (Schoenherr Slovakia) works closely with other offices in the firm's network on complex cross-border corporate transactions. In addition, another key feature of the practice is its strength in industries such as energy and renewables, waste, retail, real estate and financial services. The team is led by experienced partner Sona Hekelova, who specialises in M&A connected with the renewables and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sona Hekelova

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Silhanek

Testimonials

‘We are satisfied with provided services from Slovak Schönherr team. Communication between us is always professional. They are always ready to come with an expert and pro-client solution.’

‘Sona is the type of lawyer and person that I know I can trust completely with the matters of my firm – she is not only providing legal advice but really invests her time and energy to think of our best interests beyond that.’

‘Small team, however very experienced and practically oriented. Very reasonable pricing compared to other international law firms. Excellent collaboration with the team in terms of availability and operational tasks solving’

‘Sona Hekelova is a very experienced lawyer with excellent argumentation/negotiation skills, able to explain difficult tasks in easy words, successfully looking for win-win situations. Always available and at disposal, reacting in reasonable time even in difficult tasks.’

‘The team was very hands on, pragmatic and also capable of understanding all the aspects of the transaction from M&A to financing. Very international team.’

‘Sona Hekelova is an outstanding lawyer and great person. When she is managing a deal, you know you are in good hands. She is talented, has very good experience and always has a smile on her face.’

‘The work products received from Schoenherr was helpful, business oriented and easy to understand (no scholarly inputs).’

‘Their client-oriented approach and work ethic makes them really exceptional and compatible with our needs. We mostly work with Sona Hekelova – I found her to be an exceptional lawyer but to me personally it matters most that I can fully trust her. It is obvious that she invests a lot (of time and effort) into her clients and it shows in the work she performs.’

Key clients

UNIQA

KBC Group

Sodexo Group

Sage Automotive Interiors

Bridgestone

Tescoma s.r.o.

Schaeffler group

Leoni AG

Ness

Billa

Albea group

Vacuumschmelze

Enery group

ContourGlobal

MOL

Komerční banka

Unicredit

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Advised KBC group, a Belgian headquartered integrated bank-insurance group, on the acquisition of the Slovak bank OTP Slovakia,”), a mid-sized Slovak bank focused on retail, micro SME and SME customers.
  • Advised UNIQA, one of the leading insurance groups in its core markets of Austria and CEE, on the acquisition of life and non-life insurance companies, investment firms, pension funds, and service companies from the AXA Group, a world-leading insurance and asset management group
  • Advised Sage Automotive Interiors, one of the world’s leading providers of automotive interior materials, on the acquisition of the Slovak subsidiary of Adient, world leader in production of automotive seatings.

Wolf Theiss

Known for its ‘brilliant commercial, corporate and M&A law-related expertise’, Wolf Theiss advises on a broad spectrum of M&A transactions involving large, high-growth companies and private equity firms. Also notable is its involvement in energy, software and technology-related matters. Practice head Bruno Štefánik handles mandates with professionalism and can meet tight deadlines’.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Štefánik

Other key lawyers:

Dalibor Palatický; Jitka Logesova; Zuzana Hodoňová

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss Bratislava has brilliant commercial, corporate and M&A law-related expertise, their resources and the dedicated team being the core strengths. The Slovak corporate team is highly experienced in any corporate related issues and our collaboration is always time and cost-efficient. Due to their market knowledge and 13 offices in the CEE and SEE region, they are a preferred choice. All mandates are handled seamlessly and dynamically.’

‘They can offer a broad range of specialised advice covering many jurisdictions.’

‘Dalibor works hard and provides a high-quality service. His real strength is in the practical advice he gives and his ability to explain to non-Slovakian counsel how the legal system works. Bruno Štefánik leads and coordinates a seasoned and skillful corporate team consisting of accomplished lawyers. He handles mandates with professionalism and can meet tight deadlines. Furthermore, he is exceptionally dedicated and available for his clients at any time. He has a reliable team with an outstanding client-friendly approach.’

‘We consider Zuzana Hodoňová as a highly experienced and excellent lawyer with outstanding legal expertise in the employment field. Her communication is remarkably clear and to the point. Furthermore, she is easy to communicate with, dependable and always approachable.’

‘Knowledge of market and expertise in M&A, in particular Jitka Logesova and Bruno Stefanik.’

Key clients

ALSO Holding AG & Roseville Investments sp. z o.o. & ALSO Polska sp. z o.o.

Olympus Partners

TA Associates Ltd.

BMI Group Management UK Limited

Aras Corporation

Elvaston Capital Management GmbH

Work highlights

  • Assisted private equity firm TA Associates with the acquisition of Klikpojisteni.cz, a leading online insurance brokerage company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, through a joint venture company of TA Associates and the technology investment fund MCI EuroVentures.
  • Advising BMI Group Management UK Limited and its affiliates on a pan-European group legal entity simplification project.

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

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., o.z.’s corporate and M&A team in Slovakia, which is led by Igor Augustinič , works closely with practitioners based in Austria, Hungary, Romania and Czech Republic on cross-border mandates. On the domestic front, the firm has a particularly stand out reputation in the Slovak automotive industry. Elsewhere, the firm acts for manufacturing companies operating in areas such as electronics, industrial products and pharmaceuticals. Beyond undertaking M&A work, the team also advises international clients on market entry in Slovakia, restructurings and joint ventures, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Igor Augustinič

Key clients

AOP Orphan

Beiersdorf

HYPO NOE

Kurita Polska Sp. z o.o.

Kuwait Petroleum

Lufthansa Group

OTIS

Synventive

voestalpine

Zeus Packaging

CLS Cavojsky & Partners

CLS Cavojsky & Partners undertakes a wide variety of corporate and M&A work for clients in sectors such as pensions, fund management, construction, healthcare, retail, IT, automotive and real estate, among others. The practice is led by Peter Čavojský, who has expertise in M&A, public procurement, competition, gaming law and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Čavojský

Testimonials

‘We know that we can rely on this law firm completely because they know our business activity perfectly and therefore there is no need for a long explanation of the assignment. They are able to provide us with tailor-made solutions.’

‘We appreciate the professionalism of the entire team of lawyers of the firm and also the pro-client approach. The solutions we need are offered clearly within the agreed deadlines. We can also rely on them in our international activities. They have always been able to advise, and thanks to the international cooperation they maintain with other law firms, provide legal support in other legal jurisdictions.’

‘Experienced, reliable service provider with dynamic business approach providing tailor-made services to client’s needs’

‘Peter Cavojsky – extremely experienced professional with a very strong focus on delivering practical solutions’

‘We found the team as trustworthy and reliable. They are very often one step ahead and reminding us about forthcoming deadlines and legal news in the country.’

‘We have very good relationship with Peter Cavojsky. The cooperation with Peter is a pleasure for us.’

‘Responsible approach, prompt response time and comprehensive task assessment.’

Key clients

TIPOS, národná lotériová spoločnosť

BK group

International Investment Platform

ESA LOGISTIKA, s.r.o.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz SK

TITANS freelancers

NN Group

Youplus Insurance International

sli.do

UNIQA Group

Work highlights

  • Advised UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA group (SK/CZ) by UNIQA group.
  • Advised BK, a.s. on its acquisition by ZSE.
  • Acted for PORONDA Immobilier, s.r.o on its reorganisation.

Deloitte Legal s. r. o.

Deloitte Legal s. r. o. acts for local and international clients ranging from global businesses and financial institutions to innovative start-ups. In addition to being active in M&A, the multidisciplinary team also advises on corporate restructurings, joint ventures, corporate governance and management responsibility issues, among other matters. The group is jointly led by Dagmar Yoder and Róbert Minachin.

Practice head(s):

Dagmar Yoder; Róbert Minachin

Key clients

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.

U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o.

NE PROPERTY COOPERATIEF U.A.

Farmol SpA

Angelini Pharma Group

RETIC Slovakia

Sanofi Group

GIMAX Group

Arriva Slovakia a.s.

Samsung Electronics Czech and Slovak, s.r.o.

Cloetta Holland B.V.

Zaman Hospitality Investment LLC

HOLSTER Privatstiftung

EUROPACK akciová spoločnosť

GlobalLogic

Goomi Ehwa SK

Wörwag Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

KOOPERATIVA poisťovňa, a.s. Vienna Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Farmol SpA on the potential sale of a group of companies.
  • Advised U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o.  the process of public procurement in combination with the use of EU funds for construction projects.
  • Advised Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. (the largest Polish bank) on setting-up and opening a branch in the Slovak Republic.

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

Known for its expertise in the automotive, energy, facility services and financial services sectors, Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.'s cross-practice team draws from strengths in employment, competition, banking and finance to advise on a range of transactions. Recent work included share transactions and intra-group reorganisations, among other matters. Bernhard Hager heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Hager

Key clients

Citco Vilnius UAB

Benefit Systems Slovakia s.r.o.

RECobal s.r.o.

HPS Group

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o.

At Glatzová & Co., s. r. o.Vladimira Glatzova (whose practice is split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia) co-heads the team with Veronika Pázmányová, who is ‘capable of managing complex, cross-border deals while demonstrating an impressive knowledge of corporate law and a detailed approach to transactions'. The firm acts for clients such as private equity investors, foreign investors and international companies, among others. Glatzova has a strong track record in M&A and privatisations, and she also has competition law expertise. In addition to  undertaking transactional work, Pázmányová has expertise in complex group structures and shareholders agreements.

Practice head(s):

Vladimíra Glatzová; Veronika Pázmányová

Testimonials

‘The corporate and M&A team at Glatzová & Co has great understanding of the law, is always available and offers very good and competent support even on short-term questions. They focus on providing feasible solutions rather than just legal theoretical opinions.’

‘Veronika Pázmányová is one of the best and most reliable attorneys I have ever worked with. She is capable of managing complex, cross-border deals while demonstrating an impressive knowledge of corporate law and a detailed approach to transactions.’

‘The team is very reliable, available, hard working and knowledgeable. They never came back with an answer that something is not possible, they always find a way to resolve the issue. Team is small, thus the relationship is very personal, partners are very engaged in every matter. Great team I would recommend for anyone who wants to have a long close personal relationship with their lawyers.’

‘Veronika Pazmanyova is an exceptional lawyer, brilliant strategist, and in general, very knowledgeable. She sees the broad picture, has a hands-on approach and pushes the deal forward. What I truly appreciate the most is that she has exceptional understanding of business, negotiations and strategy. Beside having great knowledge of law (which is a must, not a plus, for any lawyer), she is a great business partner that I can rely on to help me with the most difficult challenges we are facing. Best in her field I ever worked with, by far.’

Key clients

innogy – E.ON

NTT DATA Business Solutions s. r. o.

NortonLifeLock Inc.

Greatstar Group

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

Suntel Group / DRFG

Family Service Groupe SAS

Pale Fire Capital SE

HIT Holzindustrie Torgau GmbH & Co. KG

Volvo Group Slovakia, s.r.o.

IAC Group

Work highlights

  • Advised innogy SE on one of the largest transactions in the energy sector for the past few years with respect to the acquisition of a major share in innogy by E.ON.
  • Assisted GreatStar Group, one of the world’s largest hand tool manufacturers, with the acquisition of the Behrens Group.
  • Advising NortonLifeLock Inc., a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, listed on NASDAQ, on its up to $9.2bn merger with Avast plc a FTSE 100 global leader in digital security and privacy headquartered in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Havel & Partners

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o. combines M&A and corporate expertise with strengths in related areas, including banking and finance, capital markets, restructuring and insolvency, competition, real estate, construction and labour law. The firm has particular experience of M&A in the Czech market, as well as the wider CEE region. Managing partner Jaroslav Havel co-heads the team with Václav Audes, Ondrej Majer and Stepan Starha.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Havel; Václav Audes; Ondřej Majer; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Navratil; Veronica Filipová

Testimonials

‘Significant experience across multiple funding rounds at different stages of growth.’

‘We have always worked with Tomas Navratil which assisted us in closing multiple funding rounds for different companies. He understands the issues which are relevant to international investors and is able to implement them under Czech/Slovak regulations.’

‘Good knowledge of their core markets (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and the issues facing foregin investors (especially in our sector). Excellent level of English. Regional focus has added significant value to their work for us.’

‘Vaclav Audes (Partner) – young, very knowledgeable, flexible, able to provide legal and commercial solutions to issues that arise. Veronica Filipová (Senior Associate) – excellent technical knowledge, always available.’

Key clients

Parfums Christian Dior / EPCD CZ&SK s.r.o., organizačná zložka

ALDI Reality s.r.o. / HOFER Group

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Slovakia s.r.o. / GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia s.r.o.

PANARA

Saidler & Co. Capital AG / VYDAVATEĽSTVO ŠTANDARD, a.s.

Deutsche Invest Mittelstand GmbH / Bilfinger Group

SaltPay / MerchantPas Group

Pro Diagnostic Group, a.s. / Ribera Salud Grupo

Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť

LG Electronics / LG Electronics Polska Sp. z o.o., organizačná zložka

Parfums Christian Dior / EPCD CZ&SK s.r.o., organizačná zložka

ALDI Reality s.r.o. / HOFER Group

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Slovakia s.r.o. / GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia s.r.o.

PANARA

Saidler & Co. Capital AG / VYDAVATEĽSTVO ŠTANDARD, a.s.

Deutsche Invest Mittelstand GmbH / Bilfinger Group

SaltPay / MerchantPas Group

Pro Diagnostic Group, a.s. / Ribera Salud Grupo

Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť

LG Electronics / LG Electronics Polska Sp. z o.o., organizačná zložka

Work highlights

  • Advised a company operating within the French company Parfums Christian Dior, a member of the international LVMH Group, importing and distributing luxury Christian Dior cosmetics, on a wide range of the corporate law matters.
  • Advised the Austrian HOFER Group operating in the food trade (retail trade) on the group corporate consolidation concerning the Slovak company ALDI Reality s.r.o., a change of the company’s shareholder made in the form of a non-monetary contribution, including representation before the Slovak Commercial Register.
  • Advised a major group of pharmaceutical companies that are part of the international group Johnson & Johnson (Fortune 500), on corporate law matters and liquidation of the company in Slovakia as part of a cross-border project closing the division.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o. generates a varied flow of work from clients, including mandates concerning business acquisitions, public procurements, corporate governance and commercial law issues. Beyond providing legal advice, the firm is also able to offer in-house expertise in accounting and taxation. Igor Vranka and associate Galina Vlčková are among the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Igor Vranka; Galina Vlčková

Testimonials

‘Since the nature of our activities often requires speedy and time-sensitive legal perfomance, we highly appreciate the timely, orderly and efficient provision of legal services, which applies not only to drafting and reviewing contracts, but also to analysis, statements and meetings as well.’

‘I consider the law firm SOUKENÍK-ŠTRPKA to be one of the major players in Slovak legal services market based on their results, experience and reputation.’

‘Personal advice and legal analysis are provided in a highly professional manner, with concise language and to the satisfaction of the client.’

‘Discretion, responsiveness, flexibility, commitment to work and high professionalism, proper working relationships, professional and pleasant appearance, accessibility of respective attorneys.’

‘Core strengths: Exceptional communication across the board: fast, to the point and easily understandable for non lawyer folk, even with difficult to grasp topics and problems.’

Key clients

National Motorway Company

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s.

Fond na podporu športu (Sport Promotion Fund)

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK

SPP – distribúcia, a. s.

ČSOB Leasing, a. s.

AXA Group

BILLA s.r.o.

GAMAalumínium s.r.o.

NOVY SANAT HOLDING s.r.o.

Z-Group bus a. s.

HAUSBERG, s. r. o.

EASIT s.r.o.

V-Teck k.s.

KV-Teck k.s.

REAL PRIM, s.r.o.

R – Consult, s.r.o.

DENNON s. r. o.

STAVEKO-SK, a.s.

TRACK CLAIM SLOVAKIA s.r.o.

PREMIUM Insurance Company Limited, pobočka poisťovne z iného členského štátu

Apep Development s. r. o.

BNP PARIBAS FINANCE SA

Wolt Slovensko s. r. o.

Work highlights

  • Advised National Motorway Company on public procurement of construction of motorway sections “D1 Lietavská Lúčka – Dubná Skala motorway section, including the Višňové tunnel” in total amount exceeding €260m.
  • Provided complex legal advice to Z-Group bus a. s. in relation to public procurements in the Slovak Republic.
  • Prepared various agreements for HAUSBERG, s. r. o. such as construction contract with the main contractor and purchase agreements in relation to flats and apartments within prestigious residential project in the city centre of Bratislava with total value exceeding €40m.

Staněk, Vetrák & Partneri, s.r.o.

Staněk, Vetrák & Partneri, s.r.o. is prominent in domestic and cross-border M&A (where it acts for buyers and sellers), and it also advises on corporate governance, compliance issues and commercial contracts. Peter Vetrák, managing partner Anton Staněk and Miriam Staněková co-head the practice, which stands out for its work in areas such as commodities, technology and telecoms. Staněková focuses on employment issues arising from corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vetrák; Anton Staněk; Miriam Stanĕková

Testimonials

‘Collaboration – there is partnership with strong communication and this is what I see a big advantage.’

‘We have worked together for a long time, there is a friendship, and cooperation is very good.’

‘Motivated partners and associates. Positive atmosphere.’

‘Human approach. Anything is possible.’

Key clients

Asseco Central Europe, a.s.

Slovanet, a.s.,

PROSOFT Košice, a.s.

SENTIER a.s.

Work highlights

  • Assisted PROSOFT Košice, a.s. with the negotiation and preparation of an investment agreement.