Dispute resolution in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o. regularly handles some of the most complex contentious matters in the region for key local and international players in banking, financial services, energy, construction, mining and manufacturing. Practice head Martin Magál coordinates the firm’s dispute resolution teams across the CEE region, drawing on his significant experience as a commercial arbitrator and litigator in cases at the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Slovak and English law-qualified counsel Lucia Raimanová is recommended for investment treaty arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magál

Other key lawyers:

Lucia Raimanová

Testimonials

‘Very positive experience with working with the litigation team headed by Martin Magal. Hands-on, creative and out-of-the-box thinking for the best solution. ’

‘Martin Magal is a fantastic lawyer to work with. Extremely hands-on, quick and with a good ear for the client’s needs. It is refreshing not to get as first answer “this is not possible” but instead “let us see how we can make this work”. Matej Kosalko is also a very approachable and client-oriented lawyer, good to have on your team. ’

‘A good team of lawyers who are willing to go the extra distance to meet client’s requirements.’

‘Open-minded and professional approach, clear strategy including the involvement of the client and transparency / not hiding arguments, possibilities, etc. The flexibility, quick feedback, regular as well as immediate status reports are their standard performance.’

‘The team working on our litigations is experienced and always consists of several members. This always guarantees perfect results in court proceedings, where no detail is forgotten.’

‘We really appreciate the very human approach and their expertise.’

Key clients

Zero Bypass Limited

D4R7 Construction s.r.o.

UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Zagrebacka Banka dd

Zapadoslovenska distribucna, a.s. and Vychodoslovenska distribucna, a.s.

BG and Reliance Industries Limited

U.S. Steel Kosice, s.r.o.

COLAS

UniCredit Bank

Vseobecna uverova banka (Intesa Sanpaolo group)

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Work highlights

  • Advising Zero Bypass Limited, a project company established by Cintra, Porr and Macquarie for the D4/R7 Slovak road project (which is the biggest construction project in the country), on selected contentious aspects of the project going forward.
  • Representing D4R7 Construction in connection on the criminal investigation of alleged environmental damage.
  • Advising Zapadoslovenska distribucna, a.s. and Vychodoslovenska distribucna, a.s. in a large number of disputes concerning energy regulation in Slovakia.

Dentons

The team at Dentons is continously instructed on a broad range of litigation matters for high-profile regional clients in the construction, real estate, media, life sciences and the public sectors. It handles domestic and international arbitrations, and is also noted for its strong criminal litigation practice, acting for both the defence and the prosecution on highly sensitive mandates. Practice head Peter Kubina is recommended, as is Juraj Gyárfáš who focuses on arbitration. Former co-practice head Daniel Lipšic was recently appointed as Slovakia's new special prosecutor.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kubina

Other key lawyers:

Juraj Gyárfáš

Key clients

Tatra banka

OHL ŽS

ESET

Markíza – Slovakia

Eiffage Construction Slovenská republika

Mecom Group

Slovak Republic (District Office Bratislava)

WRIGLEY Slovakia

Work highlights

  • Representing the Slovak Banking Association (Slovenská banková asociácia) in its complaint against the European Commission and the Slovak General Prosecution Office over the Slovak banking levy.
  • Providing pro bono representation of the parents of the murdered investigative journalist Ján Kuciak in the criminal proceedings.
  • Representing the largest private TV Company in Slovakia in criminal proceedings concerning forgery of promissory notes in the amount exceeding €68m.

Paul Q Law Firm

Paul Q Law Firm’s holistic practice regularly assists a broad roster of local and regional clients with civil and commercial litigation, and advises on pre-litigation and arbitration strategies. The team is particularly active on a number of antitrust and IP matters, and handles class actions for key media, publishing, IT and retail companies. The practice is jointly led by Tomáš Kamenec who excels in IP and media litigation and Jiří Budinský who focuses on commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Kamenec; Jiří Budinský

Key clients

ARCOLA

BILLA

Československá obchodní banka

FCA Group

IT Asociácia Slovenska

MARKÍZA – SLOVAKIANews & Media Holding

Petit Press

Podtatranská vodárenská spoločnosť

Team Industries

Universal Media Corporation

Cechová & Partners

With key strengths in commercial and IP litigation, real estate disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, the team at Cechová & Partners is noted for its ability to handle complex matters for domestic and CEE regional clients. Practice heads Katarína Čechová and Juliana Turcekova lead the seasoned team on a range of litigation and court proceedings for multinational pharmaceutical clients, automotive manufacturers, financial services providers, real estate developers and state-owned companies.

Practice head(s):

Katarina Cechova; Juliana Turcekova

Testimonials

‘Fast and high quality advice. Easy communications and responsive.’

‘I worked with Katarina Cechova. Excellent legal work and communication.’

Key clients

DAF Trucks

FKP Sojuzplodoimport

Merck, Sharp & Dohme

P.E.M.

PACCAR Leasing

Reutter SK

Slovenský autoimport a.s. (SAI)

Smartwings

SMRC (former Reydel) Automotive Slovakia s.r.o., a member of Reydel Group

Tubex Slovakia

YIT

Work highlights

  • Representing Tubex as defendant in several lawsuits initiated by its former employees related to the claimed invalidity of immediate termination of their employment relationships.
  • Representing YIT in several disputes pertaining to the recovery of commitments to conclude a series of contracts relating to one of the largest development projects in the broader centre of Bratislava.
  • Representing SMRC Automotive Slovakia in the Slovak court in a proceeding regarding damage due to a defective contractual performance of a supplier of the client.

Škubla & Partneri s.r.o.

Škubla & Partneri s.r.o.’s strength in media disputes sees the team regularly handing a large number of breaches of IP rights, defamation and fair competition disputes. It also handles tax claims and contractual disputes for domestic energy providers and clients in the construction, healthcare, insurance and agriculture sectors. The practice is jointly led by Martin Škubla, Martin Fábry and Dušan Ďurík, the latter of whom is noted for his expertise in personality rights and trademark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Martin Škubla; Martin Fábry; Dušan Ďurík

Testimonials

‘The firm is known for deep industry knowledge in healthcare and health insurance matters. My overall impression of the Škubla & Partneri is excellent, I appreciate the highly professional and client-oriented approach of the firm. In past, Škubla & Partneri have also handled or participated on various complicated transactional matters, such as the acquisition and merger of private health insurance companies. They have represented us, not only in domestic proceedings but also before various international institutions, such as arbitration tribunal and the European Commission.’ 

‘Martin Škubla is well known for his excellent legal and analytical skills. He heads very reliable and hardworking team, which includes Dušan Ďurík, Michal Švec, Ján Piešťanský and Miroslava Petrovičová (among others). I appreciate their dedication, flexibility, thorough approach, unconventional way of thinking and ability to find creative solutions in situations, which seem to have no solution at all.’

‘Noted for professionalism and in-depth analysis.’

Key clients

Veolia Energia Slovensko, a.s.

Enagro, a.s.

A.En. Slovensko s.r.o.

SLOVMAG, a.s. Lubenik

Penta Investments

News and Media Holding

Dôvera ZP

Privatbanka, Bratislava

Prima banka Slovensko, a.s.

Mecom, a. s. Humenné

Finservis Tax s.r.o.

Dr. Max Group

BMW Group M, a.s.

Slovenské liečebné kúpele Turčianske Teplice

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

The team at Barger Prekop s.r.o. has notable experience handling domestic litigation and international arbitration, and acts for a number of regional players in the construction, energy, IT, insurance and life sciences sectors. It is also seasoned at handling ICC arbitrations seated in Zurich, Vienna, Geneva and Hong Kong. US and Slovak-qualified Roman Prekop and tax and cartel specialist Monika Simorova lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Roman Prekop; Monika Simorova

Testimonials

‘We appreciate their high professionalism, prompt approach and creativity in solving problems. Excellent knowledge of European law and case law.’

‘We can refer in particular to Roman Prekop. We highly appreciate his experiences and knowledge of the law and international arbitration, his ability to combine and find solutions, his balance in resolving disputes. And last but not least, the high level of professionalism and calming element he brings to the negotiations.’

‘A really commercial, client-facing and client-friendly team of real experts in their field with an international perspective and outlook.’

‘Roman Prekop, Adrian Barger, and Erik Seman are all stand out. They believe in their work, are available and importantly have a modern international outlook in their work.’

‘Flexibility in time and personnel, Barger Prekop (BP) has an exceptional ability to read with understanding and find quick solutions. BP is well known for its rich network of worldwide contacts and regularly co-operates with international firms, providing support on cross-border matters. BP delivers always understandable and practical advice, and all team members are willing to go the extra mile while supporting clients with all means.’

‘Roman Prekop is a superb negotiator planning many steps ahead, he really sees the bigger picture but at the same time has eye for details, and all the time even when dealing under pressure his demeanor is still respectful and very representative. He is very persuasive.’

‘Erik Seman is a perfect commercial lawyer with strong focus on M&A, with a perfectly balanced team able to serve the clients domestically and also internationally. ’

‘I liked the consistent approach of Barger Prekop’.

‘Roman Prekop is experienced in case management and he has ability to predict future development of the case.’

‘Reliable firm, with high flexibility, diverse team with specialists.’

‘Adrian Barger and Roman Prekop are top-level attorneys with long and broad experience.’

‘Matus Lahky is always available and provides services at a very high level. ’

Kinstellar

Kinstellar’s strong regional reputation makes it a key partner for transatlantic firms cooperating on disputes with a distinct local focus. The team regularly handles commercial disputes for clients in a number of sectors, including energy, automotive, healthcare, real estate, IT and agriculture. Construction arbitration is a key focus, and recent instructions also include multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes and competition law matters. The practice is led by experienced competition and energy arbitrator Roman Oleksik.

Practice head(s):

Roman Oleksik

Testimonials

‘I have been working closely with Roman Oleksik and members of his team on sensitive and complicated matter in Bratislava. Roman’s grasp across a multitude of substantive areas, including civil litigation, government and regulatory investigations, and employment matters, has made him invaluable.’ 

Work highlights

  • Representing an EU state as a respondent in the International construction arbitration dispute initiated by the claimant – investor.
  • Advising a large financial services supplier on the claim against the Slovak Republic for recovery of damages for implementation of ban on profits.
  • Advised R&H Hall, Ireland’s biggest importer and supplier of animal feed ingredients for feed manufacturing, in enforcement of a foreign arbitration award issued by The Grain and Feed Trade Association in London against the Slovak debtor through Slovak courts.

LEGATE, s.r.o

LEGATE, s.r.o is particularly strong acting for regional clients in the energy, infrastructure and TMT sectors. It utilises its integrated tax advisory capabilities to handle tax allowance disputes and damages settlements, representing domestic energy providers and municipal authorities. The practice is jointly led by Peter Vrábel, Miroslav Dudlák and Michal Mistrík. Vrábel, an appointed arbitrator and mediator, is recognised for his experience acting at various courts in London, Prague, Paris and Vienna. Dudlák specialises in energy-related matters, and Mistrik is well-versed in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Michal Mistrík

Testimonials

‘Incredible long-term experience and market exposure. They are user-friendly, dedicated and deeply knowledgeable. The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry together with commercial pragmatism. Excellent at formulating a strategy for success based on sound legal principles and communicating that to the commercial team. They know how to formulate a strategy for success based on sound legal principles.’

‘Well organised and experienced team.’

‘Strong manner of communication. Always professional, always up-to-date.’

‘The firm provides for extremely dedicated and resourceful team which is pleasure to work with. A professional attitude is in their DNA. Very thorough, concise and hardworking team, while also very friendly and open-minded.’

‘It is a top-quality team, from partners down to junior associates, who are capable of grappling with the most complex cases. We are giving them mandates for the most complex commercial disputes as they have gathered so talented lawyers and open their eyes to have them become commercially minded.’

‘Fast, uncomplicated advice’

‘Consultants showed a good understanding of our business and achieved a balance of interests with the other side.’

PETERKA & PARTNERS

As part of a close-knit group of CEE offices, PETERKA & PARTNERS’ pan-regional approach makes it well-positioned to handle cross-border disputes for clients in the engineering, telecoms, transport, insurance, banking, utilities and manufacturing sectors. It also handles a range of damages claims concerning tax, contractors and environmental impact, often acting opposite government bodies and at the Supreme Court. Lubomir Lesko leads the team which also includes Andrea Butasova.

Practice head(s):

Lubomir Lesko

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Butasova

Testimonials

‘A full-service regional law firm covering most of the key areas of law for major corporates. Practical, business-minded and solution driven lawyers with a great deal of experience.’

‘Jan Makara is our first point of contact and can always bring a great deal of experience and strategic insights to the table.’

Key clients

GEFCO Slovakia

GOPET TRANS IBERICA

FirstFarms Gabcikovo (previously JK Gabcikovo)

Fraikin Slovakia

Podtatranska vodarenska prevadzkova spolocnost (member of the VEOLIA group)

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Assisting Podtatranska vodarenska prevadzkova spolocnost (member of the VEOLIA group) with winning a significant lawsuit concerning compensation for material damage due to restricted use of land in water resource protection zones according to the Water Act.
  • Representing FirstFarms Gabcikovo (previously JK Gabcikovo), a Slovak company owned by an international group active in the agricultural industry, in several litigation against the Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic.
  • Representing a major telecommunication company, in a litigation with a value of several million Euro against its former contractor.

RELEVANS Law Firm

The sizeable dispute resolution practice at RELEVANS Law Firm is regularly instructed on a number of high-value matters including post-acquisition arbitrations, shareholder disputes and damages claims for an array of domestic and international clients in sectors such as logistics, real estate, energy, infrastructure, life sciences, transport and media. The highly regarded team has experience acting at various courts and authorities including the European Court of Human Rights. Insolvency proceedings and title claims also feature in its recent caseload. litigators Alexander Kadela and Tomáš Bardelčík jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kadela; Tomáš Bardelčík

Testimonials

‘The quality of their work is outstanding in the market. For many years now, the team has been known for handling large, high-profile legal proceedings. As a client, I would like to work with a firm that has such enormous resources and experience. Compared to other law firms, the enormous experience and depth of the team is certainly outstanding. They are always extremely prepared and competent. Their legal support is efficient and professional, leaving the customer always updated and properly informed at every stage. Always one step ahead. ’

‘The managing partner, Alexander Kadela, is an exceptional lawyer with the highest sense of strategy and visionary approach. He is simply the best when it comes to litigation.’

‘I would like to mention specially the following lawyers: Alexander Kadela, Tomáš Bardelčík. Mr. Kadela is an incredible lawyer with extraordinary strategic thinking. His strong knowledge and expertise as well as great negotiating skills provide best possible outcomes. Mr. Bardelčík is also an experienced lawyer. I appreciate his negotiating skills, expertise and professionalism.’

‘I consider them the best lawyers to know and to rely on. Partners are engaged in our cases and I hear from them often; which makes me feel well-supported and comforted, knowing there is a senior set of eyes following progress.’

‘I would like to highlight Alexander Kadela and Tomáš Bardelčík.’

‘Alexander Kadela is a great lawyer. Moreover, he is a remarkable leader.’

‘I appreciate the professional approach of lawyers, their above-average commitment, and their dedication. They go far beyond what is common. They pay attention to every detail.’

‘I consider their approach, professionalism and overall quality of their output as highly positive.’

‘Mr. Alexander Kadela has a high level of expertise and experience. and he is the lawyer we can rely on in any complex and difficult matter. Moreover, positive outcomes in many individual cases were achieved under his management.’ 

‘A very experienced litigation team. They are very well oriented in tactics and also the whole procedures in front of the court. They are always perfectly prepared.’

‘Mr. Alexander Kadela is a managing partner who is also very well oriented in litigation procedures. He personally puts a lot of effort and experience in the case, which is not always the case for managing partners.’ 

Key clients

Poštová banka, a.s.

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s.

Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s.

Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska

Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing the defendants in a dispute concerning invalidity of legal acts in a total value of over €585m.
  • Representing clients in the “Carlton case” (several legal proceedings; the cumulative value of three main disputes is more than €200m).
  • Representing Poštová banka, a.s. in its €166m receivable in an insolvency proceeding.

RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS s. r. o.

RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS s. r. o. excels in commercial litigation and property litigation, and regularly handles civil disputes and damages claims. Recent highlights include a series of disputes regarding the validity of various loan agreements, acting on behalf of one of Slovakia's leading commercial banks before the Supreme Court. The team is led by procedural law expert Šarlota Štosová . Katarína Kováčová is recommended for competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Šarlota Štosová

Other key lawyers:

Katarína Kováčová

Testimonials

‘RUŽICKA AND PARTNERS legal team is composed of distinctive legal professionals, who combine high level of technical knowledge with very good knowledge of industry and pro-client practical attitude.’

‘Not only are RUŽICKA AND PARTNERS always up to date and well-oriented in law, but also foresee legal development, which helps their clients to make long term strategies and decisions. They react to changes very fast.’

‘The members of the legal team are recognised professionals in their area with rich practical experiences. Combination of exceptional technical knowledge with experience, practical attitude and flexibility gives to their services added value.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic in a €30m damages claim pertaining to the termination of a development contract by the State.
  • Representing Železnice Slovenskej republiky, the Slovak national manager of railways infrastructure, in administrative proceedings and civil lawsuits related to investment projects of the client.
  • Ongoing representation of the OTP Banka Slovensko a.s. (from 2009 – so far) in the court proceedings arising from its banking activities.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. handles international investment arbitrations for leading multinationals and sovereign states from across the CEE region and beyond; it also hanles high-profile litigation cases for Slovak municipalities, foreign embassies and retail companies in title disputes and restitutions. The team is jointly led by arbitrator Tatiana Prokopová and New York-based Stephen Anway. Stanislav Ďurica is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Anway; Tatiana Prokopová

Other key lawyers:

Stanislav Ďurica

Testimonials

‘Squire Patton Boggs’ team is excellent. All throughout our engagement, I witnessed a very professional and human approach. ’

‘Stanislav Durica works in a professional manner. He always presents his various arguments and options, clearly and comprehensively. A credit to a standout firm.’

Key clients

Marianka Municipality

Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia

Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Office of State Attorney of Croatia

Prof. Ing. Mária Bieliková PhD.

Rand Investments Ltd.

Romanian Embassy

TESCO STORES SR, a.s

The Foreign Disputes Department of the State of Libya

Turkmenistan

Valvoline Inc.

Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Slovak Republic in an investment arbitration initiated by Muszynianka as a result of the introduction of a constitutional ban on export of natural mineral water outside Slovakia.
  • Representing the Slovak Republic in winning arbitration proceedings against EuroGas Inc. and Belmont Resources Inc. relating to the withdrawal of the mining area for talc mining in Gemerská Poloma by the Slovak authorities.
  • Representing professor Bieliková, one of the founding members of the Slovak AI association, in an employment termination dispute.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Taylor Wessing Slovakia has a strong track record in handling cross-border enforcement of judicial and arbitral awards. The team acts for international clients in finance, TMT, life sciences and manufacturing on a number of damages claims, IP and unfair competition disputes, and arbitration proceedings taking place in Vienna. It also counts Slovak municipal clients and public bodies as key clients. Andrej Leontiev is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Andrej Leontiev

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing Bratislava has always been active in the field of legislative process in Slovakia, participating on drafting of different bills and amendments. In our view, this provides them with a unique, invaluable degree of insight. One of the main strengths of this law firm is the specialisation – client matters are handled in a dedicated department. Other strengths are exceptional industry knowledge and good response times.’

Key clients

MH Manažment (former Slovak National Property Fund)

Ministerstvo hospodárstva Slovenskej republiky

Technopol Servis

NATUR-PACK

Brantner

SALESIANER MIETTEX

Najvyšší kontrolný úrad Slovenskej republiky

Univolt

Taxify

Slovenská akadémia vied

Rösler Oberflächentechnik

BFF Central Europe

BILLA

Banskobystrický samosprávny kraj

SK-NIC

EEI

Mesto Bratislava

Victoria Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Representing the City of Bratislava in two disputes related to public transport and infrastructure.
  • Advising MH Manažment (former Slovak National Property Fund) on over 13 litigations.
  • Representing Banskobystrický samosprávny kraj in two proceedings against public service operators (SAD Lučenec and SAD Zvolen).

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. counts leading regional banks, investors and developers as its key clients. Bankruptcy specialist Olga Beláňová, who is praised for her 'versatile legal skills and very good business overview of the market', leads the team on mid-market disputes including land ownership disagreements, tax claims and debt recovery matters. Roman Vydra is recommended for alternative dispute resolution and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Olga Beláňová

Other key lawyers:

Roman Vydra

Testimonials

‘Very reliable and practical lawyers. We have had successful dealings on dispute resolutions in both the tax law and commercial law areas.’

‘We know personally Olga Beláňová very well. She is an open-minded person, with versatile legal skills and very good business overview on the market. We consider her to be one of the leading legal specialist on the market who can provide broad scope of services due to her large enough and experienced team.’

‘The legal team at BBH is characterised by precision and an orientation towards practical and business-applicable solutions.’

Key clients

Czech investment company investing particularly in receivables

Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG (Erste Group)

Electrolux s.r.o. and Electrolux Professional s.r.o.

Europapier Slovensko, s. r. o.

ARVAL SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.

ČEZ Slovensko, s.r.o.

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

BMB Partners s.r.o. and their clients

Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s. (Erste Group)

Erste Group Immorent Slovensko, s.r.o.

Česká spořitelna, a.s. (Erste Group)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank in a €105m claim before the District Court Banska Bystrica.
  • Representing O2 Czech Republic in a high-value dispute.
  • Advising banks from Erste Group in relation to several multi-million Euro disputes.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o. regularly cooperates with its Prague office to advise on a diverse range of litigation for regional clients. It notably acts for major players in the automotive sector on class action matters, contractual disputes and unfair competition proceedings. Jiří Sixta and Veronika Pázmányová jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Veronika Pázmányová; Jiří Sixta

Key clients

MSA a.s.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV

Addinol Lube Oil GmbH

VÁGNER POOL s.r.o.

Modus-FAM s.r.o

FTI Touristik GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing MSA in a dispute against the insurer seeking a settlement of an insured risk from the insurer.
  • Providing legal services to Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP, including a consumer lawsuit in the large-scale global exhaust emissions dispute, popularly known as “Dieselgate” against Volkswagen and its subsidiaries.
  • Representing FTI Touristik GmbH in several court proceedings with similar subject matter initiated against our client by Slovak consumers as a result of fraudulent activities of a Slovak travel agency. The matter is of high importance for our client as it may create a precedent for other similar cases, not yet brought before the court.

Ikrenyi & Rehak, s.r.o

Ikrenyi & Rehak, s.r.o's 'highly engaged and enthusiastic team focuses on disputes involving insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring. The team also handles competition, IP, tax and labour disputes. Ivan Ikrényi and Viktor Ewerling are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Ikrényi

Other key lawyers:

Viktor Ewerling

Key clients

NAR Electronics Holding Group, Inc.

RAJO a.s.

TGS Engineering Kft.

Private Investor from Russia

Hainbuch GmbH Spannende Technik

Bank Austria Real Invest Asset Management GmbH

Josef Schimmel SK

MS Gruppe, s.r.o.

Karl Pichler

REGIONINVESTAGRO OOO

Work highlights

  • Advised NAR Electronics Holding Group, Inc. on the disputes with its Slovak joint venture company and during a police investigation of the Slovak company.
  • Represented RAJO a.s., a major producer of dairy products, member of the German Meggle Group, in its disputes with a distributor in Greece.
  • Represented a private Russian investor in disputes regarding the vodka business with a Slovak businessman of Russian nationality.

Poláček & Partners

Poláček & Partners is particularly experienced in energy litigation representing renewable suppliers and municipal authorities in high-profile matters at the Supreme and Constitutional Court. The team is also instructed by construction and industrial companies on contract claims and regulatory proceedings. Pavol Poláček leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Poláček

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge of the industry and sector. ’

‘Very user friendly and collaborative. Very responsive and engaged in the matter. ’

‘Deep knowledge in law in the area of renewable energy and power generation.’

‘I would like to highlight the legal professional and communication skills of Jozef Hudak, a true expert in energy law.’

‘I appreciate the team cooperation and information sharing. Even during the holiday season when the lawyer I used to communicate with was out of office, I was able to obtain all the detailed updates and advice in our case from other colleagues that were present. Obviously, they operate as a team so that clients benefit from the best ideas and experience of all the team members.’

Key clients

OVER 100 PRODUCERS OF ELECTRICITZ FROM RENEWABLE ENERGZ

NOVUM STRUCTURES UK

CITY OF PRIEVIDZA

GENERALI POISŤOVŇA

DOLNÉ VESTENICE

PELICANTRAVEL.COM

BIOMASA (ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES)

ROFFIS

Work highlights

  • Represented electricity producers from renewable energy in more than 100 lawsuits against 3 major distribution companies regarding restitution of payments for the access to the distribution network (G-component).
  • Represents Novum Structures UK in a dispute over payment of the price for the construction of the ETFE roof structure in one of the best-known amusement park in Slovakia.
  • Represented the City of Prievidza in disputes related to a heating company in Prievidza, its operation, accountancy, and business.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.

The sizeable team at SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o. is continuously instructed by an array of clients on a range of contentious matters, particularly international arbitration and debt collection. Practice heads David Soukeník and Peter Peter Štrpka lead the team which handles litigation for key operators in energy, retail, real estate, construction and insurance, and represents a number of Slovak government departments on cross-border matters and Vienna-based arbitrations. Clients benefit from the firm’s participation in the Lawyerex multilateral exchange programme and the recent implementation of a bespoke debt collection platform, refining its international foothold and key practice strengths.

Practice head(s):

David Soukeník; Peter Štrpka

Key clients

VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK

Health care surveillance authority

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak republic

BILLA s. r. o.

Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic

National Motorway Company

REAL PRIM, s.r.o.

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s.

SPP – distribúcia, a. s.

ČSOB Leasing, a. s.

AXA Group

BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE SA

KONŠTRUKTA – Industry, akciová spoločnosť

R – Consult, s.r.o.

BL Development, s. r. o.

White & Case s.r.o

White & Case s.r.o is recognised for its ability to act on high-value commercial litigation and arbitrations for a range of private and public entities, notably in the fields of energy, transport, finance, real estate and municipal services. Key knowledge of EU regulations and close collaboration with the firm’s regional branch offices makes the team well placed to handle cross-border matters for international clients at general and European courts. The practice is led by seasoned arbitrator Marek Staroň and commercial litigator Juraj Fuska.

Practice head(s):

Marek Staroň; Juraj Fuska

Key clients

FORTISCHEM a. s.

MH Invest, s.r.o.

NACCO SA

Hlboká 7, s.r.o.

Slovak Republic/Novohradská School – PRO BONO

Mrs. Andrea Gajewska – PRO BONO

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss’ close ties with its Prague office makes it a popular choice for cross-border commercial disputes and employment litigation. The team is also experienced in civil and criminal proceedings, compliance matters and corporate fraud investigations and anti-corruption matters. Clients benefit from the recent firm-wide implementation of Wolf Theiss Space, a collaborative platform that simplifies communication and provides transparency on the progression of legal proceedings. Senior associate Marko Ernek, who recently joined from Kinstellar, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marko Ernek