Firms To Watch: Employment

Soňa Hanková leads the CMS practice after joining from Ernst & Young Law s. r. o. in 2020. She brought with her broad employment experience, including in cross-border postings, management remuneration schemes, TUPE employee transfers and collective bargaining agreements. In 2021 the team continued to expand, with the arrival from PETERKA & PARTNERS of senior associate Pavol Kundrík, who also focuses on the labour and employment field.
Deloitte Legal s. r. o. focuses on immigration services and individual employment relations, as well as employment matters arising from corporate restructuring and legal succession. The team, led by Dagmar Yoder  and Róbert Minachin, continues to expand its expertise in the area.
The growing employment practice of Schönherr Rechtstanwälte GmbH, o.z. (Schoenherr Slovakia) is led by attorney Peter Devinsky, who specialises in the area. His team handles contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise in collective and trade union agreements.

Employment in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

With strengths in advisory and corporate transactional work, Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.’s practice covers the full spectrum of employment law matters, including employment contracts, terminations, employee privacy, data protection, secondments and litigation. The firm ‘effectively combines knowledge and experience not only from Slovakia but also from the entire European Union’. Corporate and commercial partner Martin Magál jointly leads the team with employment specialist Katarína Matulníková, who is ‘one of the recognized leaders in this field in Slovakia’.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magál; Katarína Matulníková

Testimonials

‘High proficiency of team, very good cooperation and communication within the team, forwarding and answering questions within the team even if a member is out of office.’

‘I really appreciate the kindness and willingness of individuals I had chance to cooperate with. I appreciate their availability anytime and anywhere as well.’

‘Allen & Overy, s.r.o. is a top law firm in Slovakia. In our opinion, it belongs to the top 3 best law firms. It helps us not only in employment cases, but also in other areas of law (M&A, contracts, etc.) It effectively combines knowledge and experience not only from Slovakia but also from the entire European Union. We appreciate them for their approach, knowledge and willingness to help.’

‘Katarína Matulníková is very good and effective in solving highly sensitive cases.’

‘We can always rely on a premium level of service, with lawyers available around the clock.’

‘Katarína Matulnikova is one of the recognized leaders in this field in Slovakia. She is a great adviser and always finds time for a call or quick advise event without previous appointment.’

Key clients

Slovenská sportieľňa, a.s. (Erste Group)

Deutsche Telekom Systems Solutions Slovakia s.r.o.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Epic Games, Inc.

U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o.

TESCO STORES SR, a.s.

KASAI SLOVAKIA s.r.o.

Tatra banka, a.s.

SIA Central Europe, a.s

GERRY WEBER International AG

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

Google Inc.

Deutsche Telekom

Liberty Global Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s. (Erste Group) in relation to collective dispute concerning mass lay-offs.
  • Advising Deutsche Telekom Systems Solutions Slovakia s.r.o. on establishment and operation of the trade union by an employee and other related employment matters (including employment termination).
  • Advised Cisco Systems, Inc. on matters such as employment due diligence, and complex employment and incentives matters focused on retention of key employees of Slido, as well as drafting new contracts for various categories of employees and assisting with a complex workforce restructuring.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar fields ‘highly skilled and very responsive lawyers with great experience of advising international clients’, particularly in relation to the relocation of employees (including TUPE transfers), terminations, drafting of contracts and litigation. The firm also handles tax, compliance and risk management matters connected with labour law. Tax expert Adam Hodoň, who leads the practice, advises Slovak and multinational clients on a range of employment matters. His team includes associate Lívia Miklenčičová.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hodoň

Other key lawyers:

Lívia Miklenčičová; Matúš Kočíšek

Testimonials

‘High level of professional support and expertise. Very flexible approach based on client needs’

‘High flexibility, speed in reaction, understanding of business needs’

‘The team led by partner Adam Hodoň works hard and long hours to deliver in time. Great knowledge and first class communication and availability. Perfect understanding of client’s business needs.’

‘Partner Adam Hodoň is a total professional. He combines strong knowledge with an understanding of client’s needs. He is literally available at any time and to anyone on client’s end. Associates Lívia Miklenčičová and Matúš Kočíšek complement the team and work hard to provide the best advice in a variety of situations.’

‘They are highly skilled and very responsive lawyers with great experience of advising international clients with business-oriented advice and a proactive approach.’

‘Adam Hodoň is the leading individual for the practice. He is very knowledgeable and business oriented. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

The Capital Markets Company (CAPCO)

ESET

Premier Research Group

Agel

Process Automation Solutions

Metalogix Software

Magna Powertrain

Private Healthcare Specialist

Powerful Medical

A group of Ukrainian nationals

Astound Commerce

Jacobs Slovakia

Work highlights

  • Advised The Capital Markets Company on all employment & labour law aspects of their operations in Slovakia – hiring, redundancies, localisation of policies, restructuring of labour, cross-border posting of workers and a number of other tasks.
  • Advise Premier Research Group on all employment matters in Slovakia – hiring, dismissals, employment litigation, localisation of policies, special employment regimes for local employees and a number of other tasks.
  • Advising Metalogic Software, a leading provider of IT management software, on all employment matters in Slovakia, including localisation of employment agreements, employment policies, onboarding and terminations of employees.

NITSCHNEIDER & PARTNERS

Boutique firm NITSCHNEIDER & PARTNERS specialises in the areas of labour, employment, social and pension law. Its practitioners are described by a client as ‘experts in their field’. The firm has a particular forte in cross-border matters, and is a member of lus Laboris, the international association of law firms in the area of labour law that focuses on providing advice to multinational companies. Dušan Nitschneider, who is ‘the reference to go to in employment law’, leads the team and handles a range of employment issues in and out of court.

Practice head(s):

Dušan Nitschneider

Other key lawyers:

Dajana Csongradyova

Testimonials

‘They are experts in their field. They are very knowledgeable but yet pragmatic as well. It is very nice and comfortable to work with them.’

‘Dusan Nitschneider is the reference to go to in employment law. He has a good understanding of what clients want and is pragmatic, commercial and solution-oriented. He is business-oriented but always has in mind what the legal requirements are.’

‘Dusan Nitschneider provided exceptional help during an extremely challenging period for our company. Despite the undoubted competing demands from many clients, Dusan was seemingly always available and proactive in helping us. His advice is pragmatic and commercial and he truly understands his clients’ needs (rather than having a legal product to sell).’

‘They are excellent at providing a professional service with suitable proposals.’

‘The team at Nitschneider & Partners is always very much client oriented and deep-dives into the topics, whilst providing timely and top-quality support.’

‘Dusan Nitschneider – top legal adviser for labour law matters and business law topics. Dusan is a compassionate professional willing to go the extra mile to secure the client’s needs. His advice is fully oriented on the delivery, while keeping in mind the overall complex situation. Dajana Csongradyova – senior legal adviser, very skilled in assessment of the topic, coming up with the proposed solution while being fully aligned with all the aspects of the topic itself.’

Key clients

Slovak National Theatre

Johnson & Johnson

Garrett Motion Inc.

Raiffeisen

Yusen Logistics

Novo Nordisk Slovakia

City of Bratislava

Ikea

Teva Pharmaceutical

Heineken

Work highlights

  • Acting for Slovak National Theatre on collective bargaining with 8 trade union organizations and deal with the very specific working conditions of its employees (mostly artists).
  • Assisted IKEA with implementing LGBT Extra holiday policy granting the LGBT employees extra days off for attending the same-sex marriage. The implementation included a thorough analysis of possible discrimination.
  • Assisted Garrett Motion Inc with a multijurisdictional restructuring.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Providing ‘depth of expertise and know-how in specific EU regulations’, Taylor Wessing Slovakia's broad employment practice covers internal reorganisations and transfers of employees, negotiations with trade unions and collective bargaining, among other matters. The practice has a particular strength in terminations, including mass dismissals, and represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings. The team is also increasingly sought after for advice on flexible working arrangements, and it is also involved in high-profile cross-border M&A. 'Brilliant lawyerRadovan Pala leads the group, which includes senior associates Andrea Čupeľová and Radoslava Lichnovská.

Practice head(s):

Radovan Pala

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Čupeľová; Radoslava Lichnovská

Testimonials

‘I was highly satisfied with the approach of the team and prompt reaction during my case. What was the difference from competitors: experience of team with similar cases, depth of expertise and know-how in specific EU regulations.’

‘Partner Radovan Pala: Responsible. Excellent communication and organisation of the job, experienced in similar cases, deep knowledge.’

‘The team is excellently positioned to advise large international clients. Both the legal know-how and the economic understanding are very good. The team is large enough to handle even very large mandate requests very quickly.’

‘Radovan Pala speaks five languages: English, German, Czech, Dutch and Slovak. He is a brilliant lawyer in labour and corporate law with more than 20 years of experience.’

Key clients

Bloomreach Inc.

Royal Canin

Bratislavská vodárenská spoločnosť, a.s.

Romerius s. r. o.

GEZE Slovensko s.r.o.

Elena Senková

SFÉRA, a.s.

Spin Master International B.V. Slovak Branch

Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH Slovak Branch

PDI Software

MANGO SLOVENSKO s.r.o.

DSSI International, LLC Slovak Branch

Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa, a. s.

SLOVAKTUAL s.r.o.

Reporters of the national broadcasting company

C&A Logistics Nove Mesto s.r.o.

C & A Mode s.r.o.

dm drogerie markt, s.r.o.

ARVAL SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.

ARKON, a.s.

RICOH Slovakia s.r.o.

RSC Raiffeisen Service Center GmbH Slovak Branch

SATYS AIR LIVERY UK LTD Slovak Branch

GA Drilling, a. s.

LEGRAND Slovensko, s.r.o.

Heller Services s.r.o.

BRANTNER Slovakia s.r.o.

HB REAVIS

Marek Swierad

Robertshaw a.s.

BE-SOFT a.s.

TPA TAX, k.s.

UNIVOLT – REMAT s.r.o.

NORDMANN RASSMANN GMBH

The City of Bratislava

Nakladatelství C.H. Beck, s.r.o. Slovak Branch

Danfoss Power Solutions a.s.

PORFIX – pórobetón, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bloomreach Inc. on its acquisition of Exponea, a bespoke customer data platform and marketing automation provider.
  • Advising Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa, a. s. mainly throughout the critical aspects of CRD IV remuneration of the identified (managerial) employees within the banking sector.
  • Advised Spin Master International B.V. Slovak Branch on the activities of the trade union which started to operate at the company in June 2020. Helped the client negotiate terms of the trade union’s activities and assisted the client in connection with the exercise of inspections conducted by trade union.

Aldertree legal s.r.o.

Aldertree legal s.r.o. (formerly White & Case s.r.o.) provides multijurisdictional expertise in a range of labour and employment matters. The firm is particularly active in Covid 19-related work, as well as advising on regulatory issues in the area. Another specialism of the practice concerns sensitive employment cases, including white-collar work and unlawful terminations. The practice is led by Juraj Fuska, whose experience covers hiring, dismissals, reorganisations, terminations, management contracts and whistle-blower policies, as well as cross-border employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Juraj Fuska

Other key lawyers:

Vladimír Ivančo

Testimonials

‘Promptness and proficiency.’

Key clients

Visteon Electronics Slovakia s. r. o.

Mary Kay

Auria Solutions Slovakia s. r. o.

Klauke Slovakia s.r.o.

Franklin Templeton Investment

Avast Software s.r.o.

bnt attorneys in CEE

Specialising in cross-border employment work, bnt attorneys in CEE provides broad regional coverage from 10 offices in the CEE region. Active across a range of sectors, the firm’s expertise includes employee transfers, inspections and post-transactional TUPE obligations. Practice head Zuzana Chudáčková has expertise in industrial employment relationships, collective bargaining and data protection (GDPR), among other areas. Another key individual is associate Katarína Babiaková , who focuses on commercial and European law.

Practice head(s):

Zuzana Chudáčková

Other key lawyers:

Katarína Babiaková

Testimonials

‘Well-founded knowledge. Absolutely reliable. Good communication with them. Prompt and understandable answers to difficult, specific questions.’

‘Aside from their foreign language fluency, it is particularly the cross-border abilities, the understanding of differences in various cultures and practices aside from the competence in the different legal systems that are the strength of bnt. We know bnt to not be only absolutely competent and discreet, but to also deliver in a timely manner within budget limits.’

‘Our main contact person on employment matters is Zuzana Chudácková, whom we know well and completely trust from dealings with her in the past. She is eminently qualified, fluent in German with a deep understanding of German law, culture and practices. Her advice is always well founded, reliable and delivered in a timely fashion.’

‘Individual approach, good communication , explain the topics to details, detail advice, strong knowledge and capabilities to deal with difficult topics. Bnt always provides the best lawyer in the segment in order to support us.’

‘Long-term cooperation characterized by professionalism in resolving issues in all directions.’

‘Professionalism, humanity, quality of work done, flexibility, wide coverage, language skills, speed of response etc.’

Key clients

Webasto group

OBI Slovakia

MATA Slovakia

FYSAM Auto Decorative Slovakia

LKW Komponenten

Fresenius Group

HAINBUCH

Kongsberg Automotive

KROMBERG & Schubert

TOMRA

TeamWork Services

HENKEL

SAG Motion

Fpt Slovakia

Doppler & Co

Work highlights

  • Representing LKW Komponenten (MAN-group) in collective bargaining with the largest Slovak trade union OZ KOVO.
  • Supported TOMRA with the preparation of the inter-company transfer of employees from an existing company within the TOMRA group and regarding questions related to the transfer of rights and obligations from employment relationships (TUPE). This involved very comprehensive knowledge of European case law.
  • Prepared a comprehensive package for TeamWork Services Slovakia s.r.o. / TeamWork Schweiz AG of labour law documents with regard to the IT services of the client which started its operation in the Slovak market this year.

Cechová & Partners

Cechová & Partners assists clients with day-to-day HR matters, as well as a range of complex regulatory and compliance issues. In addition, the firm is also active in Covid-19 matters, including remote working advice. Employment and privacy expert Tomáš Rybár leads the team and can call on Lenka Subenikova , who advises on M&A, transfers of employees, management contracts, corporate reorganizations, mass layoffs and employment aspects of companies entering the Slovak market.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Rybár

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Šubeníková; Peter Fedor

Testimonials

‘Collaboration of the team is every time useful and professional. The use the most relevant sources and technology to achieve and fulfill tasks.’

‘I mainly cooperate with Tomáš Rybar and Peter Fedor. Both are professionals and their knowledge and expertise helped me a lot in different situations.’

‘All of the individuals I work with are professionals in the area I need and always here to help and discuss. Also they do their best to know their client so the cooperation is smooth and extremely effective. We work with Tomas Rybar who knows our company long term and is able to partner with us very effectively.’

Key clients

Lenovo

Crown Packaging

Merck Sharp & Dohme

LEDVANCE

Amgen

Hengstler

Vertiv

Reutter SK

TUBEX SLOVAKIA, s. r. o.

Globalization Partners

Booster

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lenovo with all employment matters of the largest European shared services center of the company, including COVID-19 impact.
  • Providing comprehensive employment law assistance to Merck, Sharp & Dohme, including disciplinary actions, terminations, restructurings, employee transfers, investigations, standard documentation, privacy. Assistance with the process of spin-off of the Organon business.
  • Assistance to 3 clients in engineering and manufacturing sector with collective bargaining process, related negotiations and analyses, including assistance in case of a strike action and termination of strike, finalization of collective bargaining agreements.

Dentons

Dentons‘ team is particularly skilled at handling employment issues arising from transactions, drawing from its strengths in the areas of corporate, banking, finance and regulatory law. It is notably strong at advising on cross-border labour and employment issues, and generates work from multinational companies in the chemicals, automotive, manufacturing, retail, media, IT and pharmaceutical sectors. Counsel Katarina Pecnová heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Pecnová

Other key lawyers:

Linda Mendelova; Juraj Gyárfáš

Testimonials

‘Linda Mendelova – great support with great attitude, knowledgable of the market and regulatory practices.’

Key clients

Slovenská sporiteľňa

CK Holdings

Mevis

CBRE

Roche

Sli.do

Novartis

ČESKOSLOVENSKA OBCHODNI BANKA, a.s. (Member of KBC Group)

Solera

Work highlights

  • Advised Mevis (one of the world’s leading manufacturers specializing in the manufacture of small metal parts for the automotive, electro-mechanical and domestic appliance industries) on all labour law matters.
  • Advised Sli.do (a Slovakia-based technology company that provides an audience interaction platform) on its sale to Silicon Valley tech giant Cisco Systems. This is widely considered to have been the largest-ever technology deal in Slovak history. Work included advice on various aspects of the transfer of several key employees from Sli.do to Cisco.
  • Advising TARGET GLOBAL on one of the largest investments into a Slovak start-up company and providing ongoing legal advice in connection with various corporate and employment law issues.

Noerr

The employment practice at Noerr assists large and well-known companies with interactions with trade unions, works councils, labour courts, internal regulations and reconciliation boards. The team is knowledgeable about a myriad of issues, such as collective bargaining, internal restructuring, transfers of undertaking and internal regulations. It also provides representation in employment litigation. The firm is noted for its strong specialism in automotive industry matters, but it also acts for clients from sectors such as food, retail and IT. Practice head Pavol Rak assists national and international clients with labour law issues.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Rak

Key clients

HASELBECK výroba foriem a nástrojov

BERLIN-CHEMIE

JFX Recruiting Services

Manz Slovakia

TRANSGEM SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.

VITA COM BUSINESS EURÓPA, s.r.o.

VACUUMSCHMELZE, s.r.o.

Hörmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Peek & Cloppenburg s.r.o.

Linde Global

Kaufland

Kia Motors Slovakia

Boehringer Ingelheim

Scheidt Bachmann

Volkswagen Slovakia

Benteler Handel GmbH

Andritz Slovakia

Lidl Slovakia

ZF

Paul Q Law Firm

Paul Q Law Firm is highly active in a wide range of day-to-day human resources and labour relations matters, including the drafting of employment contracts and other employment-related documents. In addition, other core strengths of the practice are employee transfers, mass redundancy and severance payments schemes, as well as trade union matters and work permits. Leading the practice is Boris Brhlovič.

Practice head(s):

Boris Brhlovič

Testimonials

‘Very competent local team. Deep knowledge of local rules and regulations.’

‘Experienced staff .’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Construction Slovakia

Edenred Slovakia

Eissmann Automotive Slovensko

FCA

GLOBESY

Leo Pharma

Merck

Metsa Tissue Slovakia

Omega Pharma

Stonebridge Ltd.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Slovakia

Valsabbia Slovakia

Vipharm Slovakia

PETERKA & PARTNERS

PETERKA & PARTNERS, which advises clients across the CEE region, has broad employment and HR experience, particularly matters related to collective dismissals, trade union negotiations and TUPE transfers, as well as issues connected with Covid-19. Jan Makara leads the team and specialises in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jan Makara

Key clients

Constellium Automotive Žilina

Falck Group

GEFCO Slovakia

Nissens Slovakia and Nissens Slovakia North

Roffelsen Plastics Slovakia

SKF

Smith Micro Software

STEEP PLAST Slovakia

STREIT TRNAVA

Wolt

Work highlights

  • Acting for Falck Group, the world leader in the provision of healthcare and medical services, on various labour law matters.
  • Advising Wolt, a Finnish technological company a developer of a new platform for delivery services, in particular in the field of food delivery, on all of the main areas of Slovak labour law, including assessment of the client’s business model (gig economy) and its viability in employment relations, and preparation of employment contract templates.
  • Ongoing legal assistance to Nissens Slovakia and Nissens Slovakia North (members of the Nissens group), one of the most prestigious cooling component suppliers in the world, with respect to automatic transfer of employees to a newly created entity, day-to-day labour agenda, including assistance with the collective bargaining at both companies.

Beatow Partners s.r.o

Beatow Partners s.r.o’s broad experience includes employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, employment termination issues, secondment of employees and the transfer of employees. Its team has particular experience of advising the Slovak subsidiaries of multinational companies. Oliver Weber advises international clients on setting up offices in the Slovak Republic, as issues related to termination of employment. He co-heads the team with Peter Mikletič, whose strengths include drafting and implementation of employment documentation and internal regulations.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Weber; Peter Mikletič

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

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., o.z. specialises in cross-border employment advice, with particular expertise in Germany related matters. The firm handles restructurings and secondments, as well as trade union, data protection and contractual matters; it combines this experience with a strong tax practice. The team is co-led by Arthur Braun and Igor Augustinic.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Braun; Igor Augustinič

Key clients

Austrian Airlines

Containex

GPV

Hornbach

Interchange

JUST

Lind Mobler Slovakia

Lufthansa Group

Synventive

XPO Logistics

CLS Cavojsky & Partners

CLS Cavojsky & Partners handles employment and labour matters for corporates in a broad cross-section of industries, such as insurance, pensions, fund management, gaming, real estate and construction and healthcare. Its recent work included advice on employment terminations, internal regulations and Covid-19 issues. Vladimír Grác heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vladimír Grác

Key clients

ESA LOGISTIKA, s.r.o. (a member of Hitachi Transport System Group)

H & M Hennes & Mauritz SK

BK group

TIPOS, národná lotériová spoločnosť

ACCES Group, s.r.o.

Comus Technology s.r.o.

Beauty Shop s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Assisted BK, a.s with review of internal regulations.

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

Leveraging its connection with the firm’s Czech office, Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.‘s employment and labour practice in Slovakia particularly stands out for cross-border matters, advising international clients on everything from day-to-day employment issues to terminations and TUPE transfers. Counsel Jana Sapáková leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jana Sapáková

Key clients

ESET, spol. s r.o.

PPD, Inc.

Johnson Controls International

Prangl Slovakia s.r.o.

AUPARK a.s.

Tom Tailor

SKS Automotive Coatings Slovakia

Lindström, s.r.o.

TSR Slovakia

G4S

Work highlights

  • Advice to Johnson Controls International on all labour law topics and issues which occurs within the company with 1,500 employees – including drafting of documents, termination of employment, mass dismissal, transfer of employees and finally hotline which requires fast and accurate answers.
  • Assisting G4S with many court cases and cases before a labour inspection.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o.

Glatzová & Co., s. r. o., whose team is noted for its ‘profound knowledge of area and current practice’, generates mandates from global producers, foreign investors and major local companies. The practice works closely with the M&A team to handle complex labour transactions between local and international entities. Practice head Veronika Pázmányová has ‘great understanding of employment law but also sees what needs to be done from the business side’.

Practice head(s):

Veronika Pázmányová

Other key lawyers:

Martin Dancisin; Mariana Konikova; Vladimira Glatzova

Testimonials

‘Supportive team of individuals, always available when needed.’

‘Martin Dancisin, Veronika Pazmanyova and Mariana Konikova. I value their professional aproach and willingness to help at any time.’

‘Profound knowledge of area and current practice, client and business oriented approach. Quick reaction, quick actions with perfect quality of advice and service.’

‘Veronika Pazmanyova, the partner, is always available (even during her vacations or weekends). She treats our business and our cases with such care as if it was her own business. Always ready to help. Her advice is always substantial and comprehensive.’

‘The team is very reliable, available, hard working and knowledgeable. Always on top of the legal news. Very business-friendly solutions to legal problems. Great team I would recommend for anyone who wants to have a long close personal relationship with their lawyers.’

‘Veronika Pazmanyova heads the team for couple of years. She has great understanding of employment law but also sees what needs to be done from the business side. She is very motivated, diligent, energetic. What I truly appreciate the most is that she has exceptional understanding of business, negotiations and strategy. She is the best employment law lawyer I ever worked with.’

Key clients

Východoslovenská Energetika a.s

Dentsu Aegis Network Slovakia, s.r.o.

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV, organizačná zložka

NTT DATA Business Solutions s. r. o.

ALL-TECHNOLOGY (IRELAND) Limited

ADDINOL Czech Republic s.r.o., organizačná zložka Slovensko

Dyckerhoff group (ZAPA beton SK s.r.o.)

Natland Group SE (ZOOT SK)

Studio Capital Management

Auria Solutions Slovakia s. r. o.

Východoslovenská Energetika a.s

Dentsu Aegis Network Slovakia, s.r.o.

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV, organizačná zložka

NTT DATA Business Solutions s. r. o.

ALL-TECHNOLOGY (IRELAND) Limited

ADDINOL Czech Republic s.r.o., organizačná zložka Slovensko

Dyckerhoff group (ZAPA beton SK s.r.o.)

Natland Group SE (ZOOT SK)

Studio Capital Management

Auria Solutions Slovakia s. r. o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Východoslovenská Energetika a.s. in a sensitive employment dispute with a former employee claiming invalid dismissal.
  • Advised Auria Solutions Slovakia s. r. o. on implementing a new work from home model into the company’s employment agreements, on the basis of new legislation, and prepared a related comprehensive internal regulation.
  • Advised Zoot SK, s.r.o., belonging to the Natland investment group, regarding various labour law issues following the withdrawal from a transfer of enterprise contract, resulting in employment relations being transferred from a Czech buyer company back to Zoot SK, s.r.o.

Hamala Kluch Víglaský s.r.o.

Specialising in the automotive industry, Hamala Kluch Víglaský s.r.o. acts for clients on matters ranging from the preparation (and termination) of employment contracts to collective agreements and labour litigation. The firm also handles temporary employment and immigration work. The practice is led by Martin Kluch.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kluch

Key clients

Trim Leader, a.s.

Phoenix zdravotnícke zásobovanie, a.s.

LINDEX

INTERMEDICAL

Adient Group

T-SYSTEMS

Work highlights

  • Advised Trim Leader, a.s on mass dismissals and reduction of workforce in connection with closure of Bardejov plant.
  • Advised Phoenix zdravotnícke zásobovanie, a.s. (“Phoenix”) on managing of workforce due to fact than the client and its employees were part of so called critical medicine infrastructure.
  • Provide LINDEX with day-to-day labour law advice in all areas, including employment contracts, employee benefit programs and termination of employment contracts for companies located in the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Austria.

PRK Partners s.r.o.

PRK Partners s.r.o. demonstrates strong capabilities in litigation, day-to-day employment support and employment issues arising from corporate transactions. It also excels in advising start-ups and established companies on employment documentation, data protection and employee privacy. Peter Oravec, who spearheads the practice, is fluent in Slovak, Czech and English.

Practice head(s):

Peter Oravec

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o. handles a wide ambit of employment matters for domestic and international clients. Its numerous areas of specialism include negotiating and drafting employment contracts, senior executive contracts, terminations and TUPE procedures. Another key area of work involves coordinating with the firm’s M&A and financing teams on the structuring and negotiation of transactions. Dana Nemčíková co-heads the practice with Martina Poliačiková.

Practice head(s):

Dana Nemčíková; Martina Poliačiková

Testimonials

‘R&P provides reliable and competent services to our company on a regular basis. Whenever I have questions in terms of legal regulations, they help me in a timely and most competent manner.’

Key clients

KERKOSAND

TMS International Košice

VOLKSWAGEN Finančné služby Slovensko

BMI Group

PHOTOMAP

Johns Manville Slovakia (Berkshire Hathaway Group)

British International School Bratislava

Západoslovenská energetika

Slovnaft

OSPRO MB

Work highlights

  • Advising VOLKSWAGEN Finančné služby Slovensko s.r.o., on an intra-group merger from corporate and employment law and regulatory aspects, including support in the licence proceedings conducted by the National Bank of Slovakia.
  • Representing Slovnaft, a.s. (member of MOL Group) in an employment court case. The employee challenges the validity of the employment termination based on possible discrimination claims. Wage recovery is included in the claim. Legal advice on extraordinary situation regarding COVID-19 provisions related to employees.
  • Advising OSPRO MB, a Czech temporary employment agency, on entering the Slovak market and establishing its business in Slovakia.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.'s team, which handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious employment work, has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the legal development and employment problems of large employers, but also the smallest employers and self-employed persons’. The firm has expertise, and has published articles, about impact of COVID-19 on employment relations and possible solutions. Elsewhere, the group assists clients with matters such as collective bargaining, the optimisation of internal employment directives, the preparation of employment contracts and the termination of employment relationships. Milan Gocník co-heads the team with Andrej Guba.

Practice head(s):

Milan Gocník; Andrej Guba

Other key lawyers:

Peter Štrpka; David Soukeník; Marek Benko; Miloš Gáfrik

Testimonials

‘In the field of labour law, the firm has comprehensive knowledge of the legal development and employment problems of large employers, but also the smallest employers and self-employed persons. The fact that it also represents employees also allows you to look at labor law relationships also from the perspective of the employee.’

‘SOUKENIK – ŠTRPKA is fully capable of providing legal services via telephone calls, e-mail or via personal meetings at the highest possible level. In our opinion, law firm SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o. seeks to regularly innovate and improve its services.’

‘We really appreciate the cooperation with partners of the law firm Mr. Peter Štrpka, Mr. David Soukeník and Mr. Marek Benko, with which we deal strategic projects and important legal decisions, especially for their broad legal outlook and complex legal thinking, including the legal but often also the business side of things. In the field of labour law, we also work with the following lawyers: – Andrej Guba, lawyer, – Miloš Gáfrik, lawyer. For the persons described above, we value their vast practical experience.’

‘Personal advice and legal analysis are provided in a highly professional manner, with concise language and to the satisfaction of the client. Based on our over 10 year cooperation, we can confirm that SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA consistently maintains high standards of provided legal services.’

‘Always available for working on our problems, even improved in Covid time. Started to use remote online communication tools and coordinated different experts insights by our contact person.’

‘Always available, fast response, honest and open approach to risks evaluation.’

Key clients

VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK

RAJO a.s.

BILLA s.r.o.

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s.

Slovenská elektrizačná a prenosová sústava, a.s.

OKTE, a.s.

365.bank, a.s.

Nitra, town

Dudince, town

Respect Slovakia, s.r.o.

PREMIUM Insurance Company Limited, pobočka poisťovne z iného členského štátu

JONCKERS TRANSLATION & ENGINEERING s.r.o.

O.F., spol. s r.o.

O.F. MILL, spol. s r.o.

ALO diamonds Avion Bratislava, s. r. o.

ARVAL SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.

CESAM s.r.o.

Menton SK, spol. s r.o.

Ivanka pri Nitre, municipality

Hydro Extrusion Slovakia a.s.

Nemak Slovakia s.r.o.

ZF Active Safety Slovakia s.r.o.

TRACK CLAIM SLOVAKIA s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK in a labour law dispute regarding the determination of invalidity of the termination of the employment relationship and wage compensation.
  • Representing RAJO a.s. in a labour law dispute regarding the determination of invalidity of the termination of the employment relationship and wage compensation.
  • Representing Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s. in min. of two labour law disputes regarding the determination of the invalidity of the termination of the employment relationship and wage compensation.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. acts for international and local corporates in a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, with particular expertise in litigation (including proceedings before the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court) and investigations. It also advises on employment issues arising from transactions, as well as regulatory and data privacy matters. The firm is notably active in the life sciences, manufacturing and food & drink sectors. Counsel Stanislav Ďurica is the key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Stanislav Ďurica

Testimonials

‘The individual I worked with is easy to reach and I appreciate the collaboration and strong legal advice.’

Key clients

Bestrent s.r.o.

Budejovický Budvar, národní podnik

Compass Group Slovakia s. r. o.

ConvaTec Group PLC

Diebold Nixdorf

DS Smith Plc.

Essentra Plc

GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia s.r.o.

gottschligg GmbH

Lincoln Electric

LOTTE CHEMICAL DEUTSCHLAND GmbH

Prof. Ing. Mária Bieliková, PhD.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Prof. Bieliková, one of Slovakia’s foremost experts in AI research and, among other things, a founding member of the Slovak AI association, in litigation against a former employer, Slovak University of Technology, in respect of wrongful termination of employment after 31 years of service at the faculty.
  • Advising Lincoln Electric on reorganising the company’s production with respect to a local subsidiary, including collective bargaining with trade unions and negotiating terms of employment terminations in mass layoffs.
  • Advising Compass Group Slovakia s. r. o. on various employment issues, including litigation with a former manager, the dismissal process and the regular administrative review process pertaining to a decision of the Labour office on the breach of applicable labour regulations.

Stentors

The wide-ranging expertise of Stentors' team includes the hiring of new employees, internal regulations and guidelines, individual and collective employment agreements and mass redundancies. Particular fortes for the firm are corporate governance and assisting in the cross-border assignments of employees, as well as the implementation of GDPR. An increased area of focus concerns improving working environments, notably addressing discrimination, harassment, equality and diversity. Practice head Peter Neštepný acts for clients such as individuals, medium-sized employers and multinational corporations in Slovakia.

Practice head(s):

Peter Neštepný

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Tomanová; Michal Hulena

Testimonials

‘Exceptional level of service. Very pragmatic and commercial advice. They really care about getting the matter resolved in the best way possible for us.’

‘Michal Hulena, one of the partners – professional, helpful and good at understanding your needs. Lenka Tomanová – we are so pleased with Lenkas’s work and help. She was so efficient, caring, quick and very responsible. Whatever she promised she produced it. We will definitely recommend her. Very lucky to have her as our solicitor.’

‘Professionalism, fast response & reachability, in-depth knowledge’

‘Friendly and courteous, patient and caring team. Their work is very thorough and they listen to your concerns with undivided attention and expertise. They handle all the matters with total professionalism and urgency.’

‘We can’t say enough about Peter Nestepny. He is a rock star because he is always focused, committed, creative, strategic, likeable, accessible and instilled a real sense of confidence during both the highs and the lows.’

‘Stentors has become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.’

‘Lenka Tomanová is very friendly and hard-working. She checks in with us frequently to provide updates, does an excellent job on our project and she can read between the lines. She exceeded all our expectations regarding the outcome. She can respond to any question or concern we have promptly, she is easy to talk to and made us feel like we are her only client and her biggest priority although we know she is very busy.’

Key clients

Plastic Omnium Group

3M Slovensko s.r.o.

Signify Slovakia s.r.o. (Philips Slovakia s.r.o. formerly)

EBM Co. / Creaton SEE

KONE s.r.o.

Azeta s.r.o.

CBC Laboratories AG

Cord Blood Center Storage AG

AMPERIA s.r.o.

HT Research SK s.r.o.

PORR a.s.

Oresi Slovakia s. r. o.

EMARK s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Plastic Omnium Group with designing, preparing and implementation of group Code of Ethics, IT Charter and Procedure for Notification of Anti-Social Activities on local level taking into account both local legal requirements and at the same time increased dedication of Plastic Omnium Group to sustainable development, personal safety, and environmental protection.
  • Assisted 3M Slovensko s.r.o. with preparing the required documentation of GDPR, including Employee Privacy Notice.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss, which is known for its extensive coverage of the CEE/SEE region, advises clients on cross-border relocations of workforces, as well as collective redundancies, trade union negotiations, severance agreements and hiring practices. It is also prominent in employment litigation. The practice is led by Zuzana Hodoňová, who has a strong profile among domestic and multinational clients.

Practice head(s):

Zuzana Hodoňová

Other key lawyers:

Jozef Virčík

Testimonials

‘Whether our workforce is located within or outside of the Slovak Republic, they are able to cover strategic employment law issues in different jurisdictions. This team works at a high professional level. They have demonstrated their deep expertise while working on more complex assignments. You can see the team spirit and collaboration between individual colleagues – experts from different areas to deliver their services at the highest level.’

‘As different attorneys on the team specialise in various sectors, they are able to provide a broad range of specialised advice. Zuzana Hodoňová’s team is highly dedicated and we consider WT to be a reliable team with an outstanding client-friendly approach.’

Key clients

Pinsent Masons LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Monster Beverage Corporation

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Canonical Group Limited

Amazon

Oracle Slovensko spol. s.r.o.

Autovista Group Ltd.

Booking Holdings Inc.

Gardner Denver Inc.

DAUFOOD Slovakia s.r.o.

Peek & Cloppenburg KG

Aras Corporation

Fiserv, Inc.

AT&T Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provided tailored advice to existing regional clients Pinsent Masons LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP on multiple queries related to COVID-19, especially with respect to pension arrangements, Short-Time Work introduction, protective measures.
  • Continuously advising H&M Hennes & Mauritz, one of the top high street fashion retailers, on various employment issues on a day-to-day basis, especially related to new COVID-19 measures in Slovakia and provide practical business solutions applicable in Slovakia.
  • Continuously advising the Slovak-based entity of Autovista Group on employment law related matters, especially transfer of employees to permanent work from home, which is part of their global strategy.