Dispute resolution in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.'s dispute resolution practice is well known for its 'outstanding' arbitration expertise, and it also handles complex litigated cases for domestic and international clients. Martin Magál and counsel Lucia Raimanová coordinate the firm's CEE regional arbitration team, which has a strong track record in commercial arbitration and investment treaty cases. Juraj Gyárfáš joined Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magál

Testimonials

Deep understanding of the issues and proposals

Martin Magal is professional with a proactive and consistent approach

Fantastic in arbitration cases

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Zagrebačka Banka dd

Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s. and Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s.

Tesco

Eco-Investment

BG Exploration and Production India Limited (BG), Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

Work highlights

  • Acting for UniCredit Bank Austria and Zagrebačka Banka in an investment treaty claim at ICSID against Croatia, relating to legislation passed by Croatia allowing borrowers unilaterally to convert Swiss Franc-denominated or -indexed loans into Euro loans at historic exchange rates.
  • The team is representing Západoslovenská distribučná and Východoslovenská distribučná in several disputes concerning energy regulation in Slovakia.
  • Successfully represented Tesco in a landmark case concerning the right to legal counsel during a dawn raid.

Dentons

Dentons' practice is jointly led by recently promoted partner Daniel Lipšic, who is experienced in criminal defence work, and civil litigation and arbitration expert Peter Kubina. Juraj Gyárfáš, who demonstrates strong capabilities in corporate disputes and competition-related matters, joined from Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o..

Practice head(s):

Peter Kubina; Daniel Lipšic

Testimonials

Peter Kubina is a calm and humble legal specialist

Daniel Lipšic is the best lawyer one can get in Slovakia in the field of criminal defense; his experience, knowledge and good estimates increase the chances significantly

The team is commended for its high levels of professionalism

Key clients

Tatra banka, a.s.

OHL ŽS

Inžinierske stavby, a.s.

ESET, spol. s r.o.

Markíza – Slovakia

Technopol

Universal spa

UniCredit Leasing Slovakia, a.s.

Eco Invest

Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (the Parliament of the Slovak Republic) before the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic in proceedings examining compliance of selected provisions of the Criminal Code with the freedom of speech.
  • Representing OHL ŽS in a dispute against VAHOSTAV-SK and Slovak National Motorway Company (Národná diaľničná spoločnosť, a.s.) over issues arising from the consortium agreement relating to the construction of the Hubova – Ivachnova section of the D1 Motorway in Slovakia.
  • The team is representing construction company Inžinierske stavby in a contractual dispute with the Slovak National Motorway Company (Národná diaľničná spoločnosť, a.s.).

Paul Q Law Firm

At Paul Q Law Firm, the team has extensive experience of assisting clients with civil and commercial litigation across a multitude of sectors, and it also advises on arbitration strategies. Media sector disputes are a notable area of strength. Tomáš Kamenec is a 'strong litigator'.

Cechová & Partners

Čechová & Partners is strong in commercial litigation, where the workload includes real estate disputes and insolvency-related cases, among others. The team, which is led by Katarína Čechová, also advises on domestic and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Čechová

Testimonials

The team provides short response times, is easily accessible and provides good quality work

We highly appreciate working with Katarína Čechová; she has a no-nonsense and practical approach

A very professional team led by Katarína Čechová

Key clients

DAF Trucks

FKP Sojuzplodoimport

P.E.M.

PACCAR Leasing

Smartwings (former name: Travel Service)

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

Up Slovensko, s. r. o. (former name: LE CHEQUE DEJEUNER s.r.o.)

YIT

Work highlights

  • Representing YIT in several lawsuits related to one of the largest development projects in the centre of Bratislava.
  • Represented FKP Sojuzplodoimport in court proceedings to determine ownership of certain international trade marks.
  • Representing P.E.M in several disputes against a Slovak insurance company.

Škubla & Partneri s.r.o.

The 'highly professional and client-oriented' team at Škubla & Partneri s.r.o. is highly active in commercial litigation and investment treaty arbitration. It demonstrates notable expertise in matters connected with the healthcare, energy, media and financial services sectors. The group also has extensive expertise in criminal proceedings. Martin ŠkublaMartin Fábry and Dušan Ďurík are the joint heads of the practice.

Testimonials

The firm is known for its deep industry knowledge of healthcare and health insurance matters

Martin Škubla is well-known for his excellent legal and analytical skills

I appreciate the team’s dedication, flexibility, thorough approach, unconventional way of thinking and ability to find creative solutions in situations which seem to have no solution at all

Key clients

Penta Investments, s. r. o. (Slovak Republic)

News and Media Holding

Dôvera

Privatbanka, Bratislava (Bank)

Penta Investments Limited (Jersey)

Penta Investments Limited (Cyprus)

Mecom, a. s. Humenné

Group One Finance, a. s. BMW Group M, a. s. (Automotive)

Slovenské liečebné kúpele Turčianske Teplice (Spa)

Enagro, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing HICEE in a high-profile dispute with the Slovak Republic over the prohibition of the profits of health insurance companies.
  • Represented PPC Energy in a high-profile matter concerning tax on emission allowances.
  • Representing News and Media Holding in a number of lawsuits.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.'s team of 'client-focused professionals' delivers 'high-quality legal advice' on domestic litigation and international arbitration cases. Roman Prekop stands out for his international arbitration expertise and is also noted for energy-related disputes. Also recommended are Peter Suba, who specialises in insurance and aviation sector cases, and Monika Simorova.

Practice head(s):

Roman Prekop; Monika Simorova

Testimonials

A young, dynamic team

The team has an awareness of the client’s needs, both legal and commercial, and has a very active approach to work

I feel that every member of the team is fully focused to cover my needs and is ready to help when needed

Roman Prekop is ready to provide his view and is able to solve any open issues

Kinstellar

Kinstellar excels in commercial disputes in the energy, automotive, healthcare, real estate, IT and agriculture sectors. In addition to being active in litigation, the team also has significant experience of compliance and risk issues, and is often engaged in internal investigations and inquiries. Roman Oleksik is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roman Oleksik

Key clients

Vaša Slovensko

Firstfarms

Prosperious Printing Company

Qintetiq Limited

Eric Gelinas, Justin Pogge

Sandorn

R&H Hall

Work highlights

  • The team is representing VASA Slovensko in a dispute relating to an illegal inspection of its premises.
  • The team is representing Firstfarms in several disputes relating to land usage and ownership rights.
  • The team is representing Prosperous Printing Company in a case relating to the cross-border collection of unpaid receivables owed by a Slovak book publisher.

LEGATE, s.r.o

LEGATE, s.r.o handles a range of litigation and arbitration cases for Slovak and CEE companies. Its experience includes construction, shareholder, IP, tax and administrative disputes. In addition, it is increasingly active in cyber security claims. Managing partner Peter Vrábel is a 'very efficient, attentive and client-oriented lawyer, who always keeps an eye on the important details'. Vrábel co-heads the practice with Michal Mistrík.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Michal Mistrík

Testimonials

Peter Vrábel always provides very reliable and professional legal advice in  complex and industry-specific matters

The attorneys act as one team and this goal-oriented team has impressive strategic skills and delivers reliable and quick responses. We feel that the team is very engaged and well-connected

Peter Vrábel is an old fox litigator and therefore a tough negotiator, utilising not just litigation, but also international arbitration skills. He is capable to efficiently handle large and complex matters, which allows clients to confidently rely on him in long and complicated disputes

Michal Mistrík is an extremely dedicated litigator who evaluates situations accurately while being commercially minded, practical and constructive

This excellent team is widely respected for high-stakes commercial and corporate litigation and the team is genuine in combining the procedural knowledge of litigation with the experience of case law

PETERKA & PARTNERS

Praised for its 'entrepreneurial thinking', PETERKA & PARTNERS operates as part of a strong CEE network, which enhances the team's ability to advise on cross-border disputes. Civil, employment, commercial, criminal, competition, IP, real estate, debt recovery, tax and administrative disputes are key areas of expertise. Lubomir Lesko leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lubomir Lesko

Testimonials

Highly professional with quick and appropriate responses

Jan Makara has a strong client focus, and stands out for his availability, flexibility and the legal advice, which is tailored to the client’s business needs

Key clients

Podtatranska vodarenska prevadzkova spolocnost

SVUS Pharma

Swiss Re

UKE

GEFCO Slovakia

Transgourmet Österreich

Fraikin Slovakia

Kreuzer International GmbH

A major telecommunications company

Augustin Quehenberger Group

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Podtatranska vodarenska prevadzkova spolocnost (belonging to the VEOLIA Group) in lawsuits concerning compensation for material damage consisting of restrictions on the use of land in protected zones of water resources according to the Act on Water.
  • Represented SVUS Pharma and FARMAX Slovakia, its Slovak subsidiary, in court proceedings concerning trade mark rights and unfair competition.
  • Representing Swiss Re in several employment disputes.

RELEVANS Law Firm

RELEVANS Law Firm is a 'first-class law firm, with a high level of integrity' and clients note that it is 'great choice for dispute resolution'. The team is largely instructed by Slovak clients in high-profile competition, administrative, IP, tax and commercial disputes. The work spans the real estate, transport, healthcare, media, energy and financial services sectors. Alexander Kadela and Tomáš Bardelčík are names to note.

Testimonials

Alexander Kadela has a high level of expertise and experience; he works with passion and commitment

Alexander Kadela was always very pro-client oriented and kept us as clients informed about the status of our legal issue. We are constantly impressed by his skills to go beyond what is visible and his ability to know the business

Alexander Kadela is a strong personality and is a very rational and logical thinking lawyer, who has a pleasant address but can also be very tough when needed

Excellent procedural lawyers are undoubtedly Tomáš Bardelčík and Pavol Chrenko

Key clients

Poštová banka, a.s.

Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s.

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s.

Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska

J&T Banka, a.s., pobočka zahraničnej banky

Tatry mountain resorts, a.s.

Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka, a.s.

Carlton Property, s.r.o.

J&T Real Estate, a.s.

ČEZ Slovensko, s.r.o.

MCH-MEDICAL CARE HOLDING LIMITED

Crown Bewcan

RMS Mezzanine, a.s., organizačná zložka

SK-NIC, a.s.

Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.

Swan a.s.

WOAL s.r.o.

MAC TV s.r.o.

Prvá penzijná správcovská spoločnosť

Danube Facility Services, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Slovak investors, ADS Property and Carlton Property in high-profile disputes concerning the ownership of the Hotel Carlton in Bratislava.
  • Acting for MCH-MEDICAL CARE HOLDING in a dispute over restrictions on the payment of profits to shareholders of private health insurance company EZP.
  • Acting for Poštová banka, which is seeking the €15m repayment of two credit facilities provided to the leasing company.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.'s dispute resolution offering (which covers both litigation and arbitration) is often engaged in cross-border cases. The team demonstrates particular strengths in competition, procurement and regulatory disputes, as well as real estate, insurance, energy, financial services and telecoms sector cases. Šarlota Štosová is the head of the team.

Practice head(s):

Šarlota Štosová

Key clients

Slovnaft, a.s. , (MOL Group)

Bawag Leasing & Fleet, s.r.o.

Alfa Power, a.s. / Enercap Capital Partners

OTP Banka Slovensko, a.s.

MetLife Europe, MetLife Slovakia

Siemens

Porsche Slovakia, spol. s.r.o.

Západoslovenská energetika a.s. (E.ON group)

Work highlights

  • Representing Slovnaft in multiple disputes.
  • Representing OTP Banka Slovensko in a number of disputes.
  • Representing MetLife Europe in several disputes.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. is best known for its global investment arbitration practice, where it acts for sovereign states. The department often works with practitioners across the wider network in complex international disputes. The team, which is led by Tatiana Prokopová, also excels in real estate litigation. Associate Eva Cibulková is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Prokopová

Testimonials

Tatiana Prokopová is very hands-on, keeps to deadlines, keeps an overall oversight on all cases that we have in court and always comes up with appropriate solution proposal

The team has excellent legal and professional expertise; it treats cases in a serious and committed manner

Key clients

Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia

The Foreign Disputes

Department of the State of Libya

Marianka Municipality

Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.

Tesco Stores SR, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia in an investment treaty arbitration against Hungarian investor MOL.
  • Representing of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic in an investment treaty arbitration against Polish investor Muszynianka.
  • Representing Marianka Municipality in a dispute concerning the annulment of an arbitral award issued by a Slovak arbitral court.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Benefiting from its international presence, Taylor Wessing Slovakia attracts multijurisdictional cases. The enforcement of judicial and arbitral awards is a key area of activity for the team, which is also noted for its experience of IP, competition, commercial, corporate and real estate disputes. Arbitration specialist Andrej Leontiev leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrej Leontiev

Key clients

MH Manazment

Slovak Ministry of Economics

Letove prevadzkove sluzby

Technopol Servis a.s.

Ceska exportni banka (Czech Export Bank)

Natur-Pack a.s.

Brantner

Salesianer Miettex s. r. o.

City of Snina

Najvyssi kontrolny urad (Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic)

Univolt

Taxify

SAV – Slovak Academy of Sciences

Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH

BFF Central Europe s.r.o.

BILLA, s.r.o.

Banskobystricky samospravny kraj (Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region)

SK NIC

Anna Brodyova

EEI

City of Bratislava

Work highlights

  • Represented Taxify in a high-profile, strategic case concerning a court dispute on the ban on the provision of its services in Slovakia.
  • Represented  the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in a dispute against the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (Ministry) over the change of legal form of SAV’s departments.
  • Representing SK-NIC in a range of disputes.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.'s team is led by Olga Beláňová, who is experienced in acting for Slovak and foreign clients in disputes arising from bankruptcy proceedings and restructurings. It represents a significant number of clients in the financial services and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Olga Beláňová

Key clients

Erste Group Immorent Slovensko, s.r.o.

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.

Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Representing O2 Czech Republic in a high-value dispute.
  • Acting for Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank in a €105m claim before the District Court Banska Bystrica.
  • Advised Slovenská sporiteľňa on the enforcement of bank loan claims.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o. works closely with its Prague office on a wide range of contentious matters, including automotive sector disputes, and real estate and energy-related cases.  Jiří Sixta and Veronika Pázmányová are recommended.

Testimonials

The lawyers are approachable and have a great commercial sense of matters

Veronika Pázmányová has great negotiation skills; she is a quick thinker, great strategist and very persuasive

Key clients

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV

Addinol Lube Oil GmbH

MSA a.s.

TrustWorthy Investment SK a. s.

Work highlights

  • Representing Mazda Motor Logistics Europe in litigation against Auto Real TT over its allegedly unjustified withdrawal from several contracts.
  • Representing ADDINOL Lube Oil in unfair competition proceedings against the misuse of the reputation of the “ADDINOL” brand.
  • Representing MSA in judicial proceedings against international insurance company, AIG Europe.

Ikrenyi & Rehak, s.r.o

Ikrenyi & Rehak, s.r.o's 'highly engaged and enthusiastic' team focuses on disputes involving insolvency law, bankruptcy and restructuring. In addition, other strengths include competition, IP, IT and media, corporate, tax and labour disputes.  Ivan Ikrényi and Viktor Ewerling are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Ikrényi; Viktor Ewerling

Testimonials

We appreciate individual approach of the legal team, which is based on a long-term relationship

Viktor Ewerling is detailed-orientated and skilled in the preparation of documents for court proceedings, which in our view always contain well-based legal arguments and references

Ivan Ikrényi is specialised in disputes connected with insolvency issues

Key clients

Tatra banka, a.s.

Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka, a.s.

Optifin Invest, s.r.o.

DATALAN, a.s.

HTC Investments a.s.

Bratislava

SOFTIP, a.s.

Bratislavská teplárenská, a.s.

The Self-Governing Region of Trenčín

Radio Services, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing Tatra banka in a €5.5m lawsuit.
  • Defending Bratislava – the Capital City of Slovakia in lawsuits initiated by a developer over the termination of lease agreements and building permits.
  • Represented LOJECT in administrative proceedings and court proceedings against the Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic in conjunction with its refusal to refund VAT payments related to the payments for an electricity plant development by a German company.

Poláček & Partners

Poláček & Partners' fast-growing litigation and arbitration department is experienced in high-profile and sensitive cases. It is also noted for its experience in energy sector disputes, as well as contentious matters involving industries such as construction, insurance, leisure and travel, among others. Pavol Poláček is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Poláček

Key clients

Over 100 electricity producers

Novum Structures UK

City of Prievidza

Generali Poisťovňa

Dolné Vestenice

Biomasa

Work highlights

  • Represents electricity producers from the renewable energy industry in more than 100 lawsuits against three major distribution companies over restitution of payments for access to the distribution network (G-component).
  • Representing producers of electricity in litigation against distribution companies over the loss of annual feed-in-tariff in 2015.
  • Representing Novum Structures UK in a dispute over payment for the construction of the ETFE roof structure at an amusement park in Slovakia.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss, which has a focus on cross-border disputes, is particularly active in IP and employment cases. Led by Katarína Bieliková, the team acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, health, technology and IT sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Bieliková

Key clients

Polish State Treasury

Work highlights

  • Representing the Polish State Treasury in proceedings against construction company Doprastav.
  • Advising a computer technology industry company on several significant and precedent-setting employment litigation cases.
  • Representing a generics and specialty pharmaceutical company in a dispute over patent rights and various other issues.