Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o. has a market-leading presence in the energy sector, with its team having expertise in energy regulation, financing, corporate matters and litigation. On the contentious side, the firm is notably active in lawsuits in which energy producers claim a refund of the fee for access to the distribution system (G-tariff). Martin Magál co-heads the team with senior associate Peter Stastny. Another name to note is ‘pragmatic and solution-oriented’ senior associate Tomáš Bury.
Projects and energy in Slovakia
Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.
Martin Magal; Peter Šťastný
Other key lawyers:
Tomáš Búry; Peter Jedinak; Renatus Kollar
‘The provided services are always at a very high level.’
‘They are very experienced and have an international network, which is always helpful in solving any legal matters with a foreign element. The A&O team is unique due to excellent approach and support received each time. Their replies are prompt and high-level quality.’
‘We have had the pleasure of working with several members of the A&O’s team. Mr. Renatus Kollar and Mr. Martin Magal are both very engaged, very experienced and a pleasure to work with. Both have a strong professional background and understand their clients’ requirements.’
‘We would like to highlight the cooperation with Mr. Tomas Bury (we appreciate his pragmatic and solution-oriented legal advice and his significant experiences in M&A), Mr. Peter Stastny (we consider Peter as a specialist in regulatory and energy law and we appreciate his consequentiality and conceptual approach) and Mr. Peter Jedinak (we consider Peter as a specialist in capital markets, derivative and banking and financial regulation and he provides for us legal support with EFET contracts).’
Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
ZSE Energia, a.s.
Východoslovenská vodarenská spoločnosť, a.s.
Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.
Slovenské elektrárne, a.s.
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited
- Representing longstanding client Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s. in litigation concerning a regulatory tariff called the “G-tariff” (payment for access to distribution network paid by electricity producers).
- Representing Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s., a regional power distribution company, in a series of litigations with producers of electricity from renewable sources in relation to the so-called “G-tariff”.
- Representing Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s. in two administrative litigations, challenging the decisions of the energy regulatory authority, the Regulatory Office for Network Industries, setting the tariff for system operation, which is used mainly to finance the Slovak support scheme for renewable energy.
Barger Prekop s.r.o.
Barger Prekop s.r.o. has a stand out reputation in the energy sector; according to a client, ‘their lawyers not only know the law but also understand the energy business, including pricing regulation and cross-border issues, and also related competition, state aid issues and disputes’. Its expertise includes gas, production and distribution projects, as well as issues related to compliance and M&A. Roman Prekop specialises in the gas and electricity sectors, notably the regulatory, dispute resolution and transactional aspects. He jointly leads the practice with Adrian Barger, who handles competition issues and M&A in the energy sector. Another key name in the team is Matus Lahky, who focuses on EU and Slovak regulation, transactions, competition and compliance in the energy sector.
Roman Prekop; Adrian Barger
Other key lawyers:
Matus Lahky; Monika Simorova; Peter Petho
‘BP are experts in energy insfrastructure regulated business, they understsand both EU and Slovak regulation. Their lawyers not only know the law but they also understand the energy business, including pricing regulation and cross-border issues, and also related competition, state aid issues and disputes. They are very easy going and proactive, and they are always available and responsive. We appreciate that they have a big picture.’
‘I work mostly with partners Roman Prekop, Matus Lahky, Monika Simorova and counsel Peter Petho. Each of them has some niche specialisation, but also can substitute each other. They are a good team, nice people to work with.’
‘We are working mainly with Mr. Lahky – very pro-client oriented and always available.’
Kinstellar is seen by clients as a first port of call on renewable energy projects, project financings, energy trading matters, power plant development projects, and Slovak and EU energy regulatory matters. The firm has experience of handling large infrastructure and other projects across Europe and Central Asia, where it advises sponsors, contractors, off-takers, host governments and lenders. The practice combines strengths in M&A, joint ventures, PFI/PPP, regulation, refinancing and dispute resolution. Roman Oleksik focuses on corporate, competition, energy, dispute resolution and CRSI matters. He jointly leads the team with Adam Hodoň.
Roman Oleksik; Adam Hodoň
Other key lawyers:
‘Very experienced in the field and also able to quickly provide support on new topics/ areas.’
‘The reference partner is always available and quick with advice. Fees are very competitive and honest.’
‘The partner we work with the most is Roman Oleksik. He is fast, available and has a problem solver mindset.’
‘Very timely, responsive and solution-oriented.’
‘We worked mainly with Viliam Myšička and Roman Oleksik – both very experienced and always available and ready to help.’
IS Industry Solutions
Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia
Assuta Medical Center
IICG / Faisal Private Bank
- Advised E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers, on its acquisition of a 49% stake (including a managerial control) in electric utility Východoslovenská energetika Holding (“VSE”) from the German electric utilities provider RWE.
- Advised Metrostav on all legal aspects of the client’s participation in the Slovak tender for the PPP for design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of prison facility Rimavska Sobota in Slovakia.
Energy sector work is a major area of focus at LEGATE, s.r.o, which acts for multinational, pan-European oil and gas companies and public entities. The firm is notably active in both oil and gas and power projects, with a particular focus on downstream matters. The firm advises on greenfield and brownfield projects. The practice also covers FIDIC, EPC, DBOF and BOOT contracts, other construction contracts and related arbitration, as well as advising on complex unbundling in the gas sector in Slovakia under EU gas directive. Managing partner Peter Vrabel co-heads the team with Miroslav Dudlák (who focuses on energy law and regulation, consumer protection, competition and contractual matters) and Alena Pláňavská.
Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Alena Pláňavská
Other key lawyers:
‘In my opinion, the team has great collaboration techniques and capabilities, which enable efficient and in-depth analysis. Flexibility and adaptation, which is not really standard to legal firms is the strength of this practice. People speaking/working in 3 and more languages make this firm capable of working at international level.’
‘Individuals were very open and clear in their statements. They did not have to look for answers, but were experts in the topic of choice. Both the partner and the associate were forthcoming with ideas. Clarity and expertise were excellent. Willingness to close and complete the task on time was also very good together with schedule keeping.’
‘The Legate team is very proactive and able to promptly identify new challenges and risks deriving from the legal environment. They are focused on various aspects of the energy market, including the European Commission’s policies. Extremely competent and to the point, very experienced and reliable. They have excellent knowledge in public procurement and energy related issues with pan-european structures serving to cross-border transmission of the gas. The Legate attorneys present themselves with great integrity, professionalism. It is a group of stellar lawyers and very pleasant to work with.’
‘Peter Vrábel is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. A dedicated professional with excellent team and project management skills. He impresses through the breadth and depth of expertise on energy matters and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure delivery and client satisfaction. Lucia Staronova is very proactive, responsive with the highest standard of professional services for a reasonable price. The level of communication, strategic thinking, confidence, sophistication and responsiveness of both lawyers have been amazing.’
‘Mr. Peter Vrabel is an outstanding partner with deep knowledge of the energy sector and a very practical approach which is often necessary for a successful completion of a project. He is very open-minded, bringing smart strategic concepts to overcome bottlenecks. Mrs. Alena Pláňavská has a practical approach and her way of working makes the biggest difference compared to competitors. She is well organized and very skilled in energy matters. She often provides advice overnight and serves clients very well. Both yield extra quality to the work, compared to other law firms.’
Ružička & Partners s.r.o.
Ružička & Partners s.r.o. has a strong project infrastructure, PPP and public procurement practice, with expertise in advising energy producers and distributors in the region. The firm acts for investors in energy production on a range of energy finance matters. Other clients include traditional suppliers and cutting-edge companies operating in areas ranging from nuclear and renewables to combined heat and power. Leading the practice is Ján Azud, who focuses on infrastructure projects, PPP public procurement, energy projects and project financing.
Other key lawyers:
Slovenský plynárenský priemysel
MOL Commodity Trading
Západoslovenská energetika, member of E.ON Group
Západoslovenská distribučná, member of E.ON Group
The Capital City – Bratislava
Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic
Národná diaľničná spoločnosť (National Motorways Company)
Žalezničná spoločnosť Slovensko
SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery
- Advising the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic on construction of a circa €300 million new university hospital building in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, at the Rázsochy site, Western Bratislava. Also advising the University Hospital Bratislava, the biggest healthcare provider in Slovakia, on an approximately €80 million reconstruction project of the existing university hospital building at the Ružinov site, Central Bratislava.
- Advising Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (Slovak Railways Company), the national rail transport operator, on a contract award procedure designed to purchase 20 pcs of electric rolling stock with a combined value of approximately €170 million, to purchase another 4 pcs of electric rolling stock for regional transport with a combined value of approximately €77 million, and to purchase another 15 pcs of diesel rolling stock with a combined value of approximately €70 million.
- Advising National Motorways Company, Slovak national operator of motorways, expressways and related electronic tolling systems, in relation to development and public procurement of two projects related to payment for road infrastructrure by means of electronic tolling in the approximate aggregate value of €200 million.
Aldertree legal s.r.o.
Aldertree legal s.r.o., formerly White & Case s.r.o., has a strong profile among domestic, regional and international energy companies. Its team has expertise in regulation, commercial, M&A and financing issues in the energy sector, as well as ‘deep insight into the way the market operates‘. Juraj Fuska’s broad experience covers M&A, corporate, employment, greenfield investments, securities and insurance law. He co-heads the team with Zoran Draškovič.
Juraj Fuska; Zoran Draškovič
‘A highly experienced team of senior lawyers who have a very hands-on approach to matters on which they advise. In the area of projects and energy, they have been advising us primarily on regulatory-related matters and commercial contracts, where they have demonstrated a breadth of expertise (including in the areas of regulatory, competition and EU law) as well as deep insight into the way the market operates. The Bratislava team is able to provide their assistance with involvement of the White & Case network, which is an added value in particular in relation to cross-border situations.’
‘Zoran Draškovič is a very experienced lawyer with significant expertise in the energy sector. He is responsive and easy to work with.’
Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a.s.
Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.
At Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o., which specialises in cross-border projects, Bernhard Hager advises industrial sector clients on energy and infrastructure projects, construction and public procurement law. He co-heads the team with Annamária Tóthová , who focuses on environmental law, waste management, construction and real estate law, energy law and general regulatory matters. In addition to undertaking non-contentious work, energy disputes are another forte of the practice.
Bernhard Hager; Annamária Tóthová
Gunvor International B.V
Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG
ecorec Österreich GmbH
N+P Alternative Fuels CSEE GmbH
GLOCK Forst Slowakei s.r.o.
HKV Law Firm s.r.o.
HKV Law Firm s.r.o. has core strengths in energy and railway sector work. In the latter sphere, the firm handles transactions for clients involved in rail transport, the manufacture of railway vehicles and other related industries. In the energy arena, the practice stands out in areas such as electricity generation (traditional and renewable) and distribution, including assisting mining and trading businesses in commodities used in the energy industry. Founding partner Roman Hamala co-heads the team with Martin Kluch (whose experience covers buy-side and sell-side M&A, private equity transactions, joint ventures and general corporate matters) and M&A specialist Lukáš Michálik.
Roman Hamala; Martin Kluch; Lukáš Michálik
BUDAMAR LOGISTICS, a.s.
CRESCO GROUP a.s.
Slovenská plavba a prístavy, a.s.
- Advise T-Systems Slovakia on the carve-out of one of the largest telecommunication companies in the Slovak Republic, including high-profile M&A work and resolving of transaction structuring issues under various scenarios, including sale of assets, sale of shares, etc.
- Advising Contera Management s.r.o. on the acquisition of an industrial and warehouse area in Bratislava. It is one of the largest integrated industrial areas within the city.
- Advising Veolia on the acquisition of a heating plant in Slovakia.
Paul Q Law Firm
Paul Q Law Firm advises clients on the development and financing of projects, as well as regulatory issues. In addition, its team is experienced in handling the acquisition and disposal of energy and infrastructure assets. Eduard Winkler is recommended for his expertise in commercial and residential development projects. He co-heads the practice with Boris Brhlovič.
Boris Brhlovič; Eduard Winkler
‘They are very experienced, willing and flexible.’
SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.
SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o. advises clients across the Slovak energy market, including those operating in areas such as hydropower, electricity transmission and oil transportation. The firm is also increasingly active in the renewables space, as well as cross-border projects. Founding partner Peter Štrpka co-heads the team with associate Andrea Erbenová, who handles a range of renewables and energy production matters, and Juraj Babiš.
Peter Štrpka; Andrea Erbenová; Juraj Babiš
Other key lawyers:
Lukáš Štefánik; Barbora Ivanová
‘Discreteness, responsiveness, flexibility, commitment to work, high professionalism, proper working relationships, professional and pleasant appearance, accessibility of respective attorneys’
‘Lukáš Štefánik and Barbora Ivanová are highly recommended’
VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK
OKTE, a. s.
Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a.s.
AQUA – EKO a. s.
Priemyselný park Štúrovo, a. s.
HAUSBERG, s. r. o.
DELTA Trade ZH s.r.o.
National Motorway Company
HIGH TATRAS TOWER s.r.o.
AGRO PARK VAŽEC, s.r.o.
Royal Brabest Capital, a.s.
HIGH TATRAS CHALET s.r.o.
BL Development, s. r. o.
- Represents VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK, one of the largest guarantors and investors in construction of hydraulic structures in Slovakia in numerous cases against the biggest electricity provider in Slovakia (Slovenské elektrárne, a. s.).
- Provides legal services to OKTE, a.s. in relation to finding a solution of financial deficit of System of Renewable Energy Sources. Price regulation as well as pandemic has led to deficit of system of Renewable Energy Sources in 2020 in total EUR 130 million.
- Provides Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a.s. legal advice on possible alternatives of vendor lock in (regarding IT system), and represents the Client during negotiations with the supplier.
Stentors is notably active in energy projects, including those concerning the production and distribution of energy, as well as alternative and renewables projects. In the waste management sphere, the firm acts for clients such as manufacturers of special products (as per as the Waste Act) and the organisation representing manufacturers. Energy expert Vladimír Kordoš jointly leads the team with Michal Hulena.
Michal Hulena; Vladimír Kordoš
Other key lawyers:
Erik Schváb; Andrea Obuchová
‘The team can offer multi-sector expertise. It demonstrates excellent communication skills with clients and provides timely responses to clients’ instructions.’
‘Michal Hulena – Responsive, good attention to detail, knowledgable and professional. With an attitude to overcome obstacles.’
‘Erik Schváb gives very calm, clear and pragmatic advice. Dealing with Erik is as clear and helpful as you could hope and expect.’
‘Andrea Obuchová is professional, extremely enthused about what she does and how she does it. She has a refreshingly commercial and pragmatic approach to problem solving – and most importantly puts the clients front and centre.’
‘Michal Hulena was always on hand to deal with any issues that we needed help with as the project progressed. Andrea Obuchová manages to combine a sound knowledge of law with a common-sense approach – respectful of all parties and showing a great deal of intelligence. Highly recommended. Erik Schváb was fantastic at guiding us through the process and we couldn’t have been happier with the result.’
Alpiq Energy SE
Inphinity s. r. o.
Invest4SEE RE Investment Holding GmbH