Projects and energy in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.’s sizeable team of energy specialists continuously leads on a number of cross-border litigation, transactions and regulatory mandates for local and international clients. Working closely with the banking and corporate teams, practice head Martin Magál leads on major energy deals for distributors, investors and utilities providers. Recent highlights include representing several dozen renewable suppliers on a series of tariff disputes and advising on a major hybrid financing for a key automotive infrastructure project. Peter Šťastný and Tomáš Búry are recommended for regularory and cross-border transactions, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magál

Other key lawyers:

Peter Šťastný; Tomáš Búry

Testimonials

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

‘We value the very human approach and expertise.’

Key clients

Zapadoslovenska distribucna, a.s.

Vychodoslovenska distribucna, a.s.

ZSE Energia, a.s.

Slovenske elektrarne, a.s.

National Development Fund II

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

International Investment Bank

BNPP, UniCredit and NLB

Prima banka and Privatbanka

Vychodoslovenska vodarenska spolocnost, a.s.,

Work highlights

  • Acting for Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s. in relation to the “G-component” (payment for access to distribution network paid by electricity producers) litigation.
  • Acting for Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s., a regional power distribution company, to advise them on a series of litigation with producers of electricity from renewable sources in relation to the so-called “G-component”.
  • Acting for ZSE Energia, a.s. in a dispute initiated by the European Institute for Consumer Protection, challenging the manner of charging the “tariff for system operation” to electricity end consumers.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

Barger Prekop s.r.o. is regularly engaged in some of the most complex energy sector matters taking place in Slovakia and the CEE region. The team advises on transactions, contract negotiations and facility developments for conventional and renewable energy providers, and is particularly well regarded for its ability to lead on regulatory reviews, licensing matters, and high-profile disputes, including arbitrations in Slovakia and Vienna. The team is led by Roman Prekop who focuses on the gas and electricity sectors, and Adrian Barger, who is noted for his competition expertise.

Practice head(s):

Roman Prekop; Adrian Barger

Testimonials

‘Long-term experience with projects, especially in the energy sector. They are experts in the field with sound knowledge of local particularities.’

‘Adrian Barger and Roman Prekop are both top-level attorneys with extensive expertise in the energy sector.’

‘Matus Lahky is a rising star, providing services on a very high level.’

Hillbridges

Hillbridges advises on a broad spectrum of projects and energy-related matters including development projects, project finance, acquisitions, and restructurings. Zuzana Bartošovičová, Miroslav Trenčan, Andrej Adamčík and Martin Čabák are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Zuzana Bartosovicova; Miroslav Trencan; Andrej Adamčik; Martin Cabak

Kinstellar

Kinstellar’s solid experience of handling major PPP projects makes it a popular choice for a wide range of matters including financings, acquisitions and regulatory. The team is also particularly experienced in restructuring and contract negotiations which it acts on some of the largest regional construction projects. Joint practice heads Roman Oleksik and Adam Hodoň are highly recommended for their experience in energy and infrastructure matters. Slovak and Czech-qualified Miroslav Németh is particularly well versed in energy regulatory and trading matters.

Practice head(s):

Roman Oleksik; Adam Hodoň

Other key lawyers:

Miroslav Németh

Testimonials

‘The firm is very adaptable to the client needs.’

‘The partner Roman Oleksik is always available, he immediately understands the importance of the matter, and despite tight deadlines, he is always able to give a prompt reply. From a technical point of view, he is very good and concise in his answers. Tomáš Melišek is always available to give the client a prompt reply.’

Key clients

E.ON

Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s.

Veolia No

MET

Východoslovenská energetika

ENEL

DXT Commodities

RWE

Veolia Energia Slovensko

Vinci Concessions

Meridiam Infrastructure

Assuta Medical Center

Metrostav

Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia (CASS)

IICG / Faisal Private Bank

Slovalco

Work highlights

  • Advised E.ON on its acquisition of Innogy.
  • Advised Metrostav on the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a prison facility PPP project.
  • Advised Assuta Medical Centers, the largest chain of hospitals and health institutions in Israel, on all aspects of participation (as a medical consultant) in the PPP tender for the development of the New University Hospital in Bratislava, Slovakia.

LEGATE, s.r.o

LEGATE, s.r.o is singled out for its solid track record in energy regulatory matters. It advises domestic energy players, multinational and pan-European oil and gas suppliers, and has a particular focus on downstream matters. It is also experienced in wholesale energy supply, waste management and power plant construction, and is advising on a number of Covid-19 related safeguarding mandates. The practice is led by managing partner Peter Vrábel, in conjunction with Alena Pláňavská and Miroslav Dudlák who recently joined from a senior in-house role at an energy company.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Alena Pláňavská

Testimonials

‘Legate is experienced in negotiations with foreign partners, very good English proficiency, always do their best to accommodate to our requirements.’

‘I have worked with Alena Pláňavská and Peter Vrábel. Alena is empathetic, she understands the key points and focuses accordingly. She is independent, hardworking and reliable, and has very good English. The same can be said about Peter: he can be a tough negotiator if needed. I liked working with Dušan Bartek as well.’ 

‘This practice offers a full service with a human touch. The team is equipped with excellent client support during all project phases and are skilled at delivering a truly beneficial service.’

‘Alena Pláňavská and Peter Vrábel are very skilled with decades of experience. They are client-centric, offering strong support during negotiations with challenging clients.’

RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS s. r. o.

The full-service practice at RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS s. r. o. is singled out for its 'great technical knowledge combined with knowledge of the industry and extensive practical experience'. It is particularly noted for its strength in energy finance transactions and disputes. The team is regularly instructed on project investments, sales and acquisitions by a number of key regional banks, venture capital companies and private equity funds, and advises on regulatory and commercial matters. On the contentious side, it handles damages claims and contractual disputes. The team is led by Ján Azud who is an infrastructure, PPP and project financing expert, and Jana Tögelová who focuses on energy and construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Ján Azud; Jana Tögelová

Testimonials

‘The firm is one of the largest firms in Slovakia so they can be industry-focused. This means that they are not only knowledgeable in terms of relevant laws but also in the dynamics of the given sector. Their lawyers are also very pragmatic and solution-oriented, rare for the legal market.’

‘Excellent market knowledge, excellent local networking, very good on client care.’

‘Ružička and Partners’ legal team combines high level technical legal knowledge with knowledge of industry and pro-client attitude, considering all circumstances of the project and client’s interest. The team consists of professionals from various legal areas, whose cooperation brings great added value to the client.’

‘The members of the legal team have great technical knowledge combined with knowledge of industry and extensive practical experience.’

Key clients

Zvolenská teplárenská

Západoslovenská distribučná, member of E.ON Group

Západoslovenská energetika, member of E.ON Group

Slovnaft, member of MOL Group

MH Management

GAZ System Poland

Gulf Oil Benelux b.v.

Slovenský plynárenský priemysel

MOL Group

Národná diaľničná spoločnosť (National Motorways Company)

Strabag

Work highlights

  • Representing MOL, the regional energy leader and the majority shareholder of Slovnaft, in voluntary share offer and squeeze out proceedings.
  • Advising National Motorways Company on a series of €500m tenders for contractor/s of electronic toll collection and e-vignettes systems.
  • Supporting MH Manažment, a state-owned company tasked with management of state’s shareholdings in various companies, on implementation of a holding structure related to heat plants owned by the client.

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

The 'well-connected' team at Eversheds Sutherland, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. is well-versed in dispute resolution, M&A, restructurings, commercial transactions and regulatory matters. Bernhard Hager and Annamária Tóthová  are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Hager

Other key lawyers:

Annamária Tóthová

Hamala Kluch Víglaský s.r.o.

Hamala Kluch Víglaský s.r.o. stands out for its extensive experience in cross-border PPP infrastructure projects most notably in the railway space. Working closely with the firm’s corporate and M&A practice, the team regularly handles mergers, public procurements and site acquisitions for major public transport and logistics developments; it also advises on leasing mandates and disposals. Founding partners Roman Hamala, Martin Kluch and Peter Víglaský jointly lead the team, alongside experienced transactions partner Lukáš Michálik. Víglaský is particularly noted for his focus on PPP and greenfield related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Roman Hamala; Martin Kluch; Peter Víglaský; Lukáš Michálik

Key clients

BUDAMAR LOGISTICS, a.s.

SANAGRO a.s.

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

CRESCO GROUP a.s.

Slovenská plavba a prístavy, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Budamar Logistics with establishing a partnership with Austrian company Innofreight Solutions.
  • Acting for several agricultural cooperatives of the SANAGRO Group in the acquisition of significant areas of agricultural land as well as the implementation of agricultural land lease contracts.
  • Advising CA Immobilien Anlagen AG, on preparing land for the construction of a major logistics park in western Slovakia.

Paul Q Law Firm

Paul Q Law Firm assists a number of blue-chip multinationals and domestic energy suppliers with the development and financing of the projects, acquisitions and disposals of infrastructure and energy assets, and regulatory matters. The team is also noted for its experience in advising renewable energy clients on the construction of new energy plants and the settlement of various contractual disputes. Boris Brhlovič and Eduard Winkler are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Boris Brhlovič; Eduard Winkler

Key clients

Bencik Culinary Group

Dan-Slovakia Agrar, a.s.

Hviezdne bývanie

HERBERIA, s.r.o.

Eni Austria

Micronix

SEWA

Poláček & Partners

The team at Poláček & Partners is praised for its 'deep and solid understanding of the regulatory framework and real case practice.' It represents a number of renewable energy providers on high-profile litigation and administrative proceedings. It also advises leading banks, investment funds, public sector bodies, suppliers of gas and electricity, manufacturers and local distribution networks on regulatory and compliance matters.  Pavol Poláček leads the team which also includes Jozef Hudák and Juraj Ondrejka.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Poláček

Other key lawyers:

Juraj Ondrejka; Jozef Hudlák

Testimonials

‘High proficiency in legal aspects of energy regulation and renewable resources in Slovakia.’

‘Deep and solid understanding of the regulatory framework and real case practice.’

‘Integrated approach to project development team, providing clients with a detailed perspective of the project’s risks and qualities.’

‘Young, dynamic and quick to answer to client’s needs.’

‘Senior partner with a deep understanding of the current regulatory framework and the political dynamics they may shape future changes in the sector.’

‘A good focus on clients specific needs and understanding the client’s objectives on each individual project. Able to advise the client on how to structure complex deals.’

Key clients

OVER 100 PRODUCERS OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY

SLOVAK ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC INDUSTRY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

EP GROUP

PRIEMYSELNÝ PARK ŠTÚROVO

MARTINSKÁ TELÁRENSKÁ (STATE OWNED HEATING COMPANY)

PODTATRANSKÁ VODÁRENSKÁ A PREVÁDZKOVÁ SPOLOČNOSŤ (VEOLIA GROUP)

BIOMASA

Voltalia Central & Eastern Europe

ELGAS (MEMBER OF GGE GROUP)

SLOVAK BIOGAS ASSOCIATION (Slovenská bioplynová asociácia)

Work highlights

  • Advising SLOVAK ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC INDUSTRY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY in the case where 104 producers of electricity from renewable energy resources lost the support by feed-in-tariff (for the whole support period).
  • Provided Voltalia Central & Eastern Europe with complex legal assistance regarding the construction of photovoltaic power plant in Slovakia.
  • Advised ELGAS (GGE GROUP) on various legal issues regarding the COVID-19 crisis, especially to the impact of the COVID-19 on concluded electricity and gas trading contracts under EFET standardisation.

White & Case s.r.o

White & Case s.r.o's close collaboration with its market-leading banking & finance and corporate practices makes it well-positioned to advise clients on a broad range of matters. It regularly acts for key domestic, regional and international energy companies and public authorities, and particularly excels in antitrust and regulatory matters.  Practice head Marek Staroň focuses on transactions and matters related to European energy law. Zoran Draškovič is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marek Staroň

Other key lawyers:

Zoran Draškovič