Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Igor Schweizer has taken over the role of managing parter at G. Lehnert s.r.o. and now leads the real estate and construction team alongside Jana Tögelová and Tomáš Luščoň; the trio undertake projects, transactions, and regulatory matters.
Havel & Partners handles a range of real estate, construction, and environmental law matters, including acquisitions, the development of residential projects, and greenfield and brownfield projects. The team is jointly chaired by Ondrej Majer and Prague-based Lukáš Syrový.
Established in the autumn of 2020 after the merger of three independent Slovak firms, WISE3 s.r.o.’s real estate and construction team is led by Michal Delinčák, and handles financing, transactions, and regulatory matters, as well as representing clients in disputes.

Real estate and construction in Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.‘s expertise in M&A, and banking and finance, enables it to advise clients on a range of real estate transactions based in Slovakia and across the CEE region, and its client roster includes sellers, buyers, financiers, developers, and tenants. It also represents clients in real estate-related disputes and advises on financing structures. Managing partner Martin Magál and counsel Tomáš Bury lead the team, and associate Drahomír Široký is also a key name to note. Magál has expertise in acquisitions, disposals, and cross-border deals, and Bury’s experience extends across real estate sales and purchases, construction issues, property developments, and commercial leases.

Practice head(s):

Martin Magal; Tomáš Bury


Other key lawyers:

Drahomír Široký; Michaela Némethov


Key clients

Erste Group Bank AG


Zero Bypass Limited


Medline Assembly Slovakia s.r.o.


Epic Games Slovakia s.r.o.


KASAI SLOVAKIA s.r.o.


GARBE Industrial Real Estate Slovakia, s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Advised a syndicate of banks led by Erste Group Bank on the financing and acquisition of the shopping centre Aupark Bratislava.
  • Representing Zero Bypass in a construction arbitration against the Slovak Republic.
  • Advising GARBE Industrial Real Estate Slovakia on the purchase of land plots near Piešťany, Slovakia for its future logistics centre.

Barger Prekop s.r.o.

The real estate and construction department at Barger Prekop s.r.o. is able to support clients with cross-border mandates due to the firm’s international network, in addition to undertaking domestic work. Sub-sectors of focus for the group include logistics, energy, retail, and offices. The team is jointly led by Adrian Barger, who specialises in real estate acquisitions, development projects, and construction matters, and senior associate Marcel Tuhý, whose expertise includes permits and developments, construction contracts, and property management matters. In team news, Matus Lahky was recently promoted to partner.


Practice head(s):

Adrian Barger; Marcel Tuhý


Other key lawyers:

Monika Simorova; Matus Lahky


Testimonials

‘Overall, a very good working team.’

‘High quality partners that are leaders in real estate.’

CMS

The real estate and construction team at CMS has notable strengths in handling cross-border property portfolio sales and acquisitions across the region, as well as real estate disputes. Its offering also includes advice on leases for both landlords and tenants, construction and development projects, and construction-related litigation. The group covers a wide range of industries, including logistics, retail, office, residential, hotels, and infrastructure. In the construction space, it assists clients with project inception and procurement ,from state aid, funding, permitting, and building issues, to commissioning and operation. The team is jointly led by Michal Huťan and Soňa Hanková, both of whom are strong transactional lawyers. Juraj Fuska was a new arrival in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michal Huťan; Soňa Hanková


Other key lawyers:

Zuzana Nikodémová; Dušan Predný; Juraj Fuska


Testimonials

‘The team is proactive and reactive, and has the relevant business knowledge that is needed for a focus on the needs of the client.’

‘A very capable team that conducts thorough research and provides reliable legal advice.’

‘Zuzana Nikodémová has good attention to detail, a proactive approach, and a drive for deliverables.’

‘Michal Huťan has a competitive but polished co-operative approach.’

‘Dušan Predný provides business-focused advice that helps deals move forward.’

Key clients

Primark


Panattoni


The Government of Slovakia


HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG


Douglas


Slevomat


Honeywell


Work highlights


  • Advising Panattoni on the acquisition of numerous industrial plots and the subsequent construction of substantial logistics parks in Slovakia.
  • Advising Primark on opening its new flagship store in Bratislava.
  • Advised HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien on the process of a shareholders’ buy-out financing as part of a development project in Bratislava.

Dentons

The practice at Dentons advises buyers, sellers, and the financing banks on major real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals in Slovakia and across the CEE region. Its offering also includes financing for both lenders and borrowers, as well as representation of clients in real estate and construction disputes. The team also handles development projects, asset management matters, and leasing issues, as well as mandates relating to public real estate law. Managing counsel Martin Mendel leads the team, and managing partner of the Slovak office Peter Kubina is also a key name for assisting with local and cross-border real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Mendel


Other key lawyers:

Peter Panek; Peter Kubina; Juraj Gyarfas


Testimonials

‘Everything is done on time and they guide their clients through the transaction with patience.’

‘The working atmosphere is exceptional and they are like in-house colleagues. The promptness of their legal assistance and its high quality is also appreciated.’

‘The team has high discipline and delivers on time.’

‘Peter Panek and Martin Mendel provide excellent support.’

‘Martin Mendel proves his exceptional skills during difficult negotiations. His experience is obvious from the first to the very last meeting and he is not afraid to step in and lead the negotiations.’

‘Peter Panek is always ready to help and provide highly-qualified legal assistance. His approach, attitude, and skills are very important as he is able to present various scenarios.’

‘Peter Panek is flexible, has a pro-business approach, and an ability to swiftly understand clients’ needs.’

Key clients

EQT Exeter


Eiffage Construction Slovenská republika


Tatra Asset Management


MEVIS SLOVAKIA


DAUBERT CROMWELL


Gestamp Nitra


Grunt


GRAFOBAL GROUP development


YIT Slovakia a.s.


Tatra banka


VUB banka


HB Reavis Real Estate Investment


Work highlights


  • Advising HB Reavis on a strategic internal restructuring.
  • Advising EQT Exeter fund on the acquisition of Sihoť Park Trenčín.
  • Representing Eiffage Construction Slovenská republika in four separate construction-related disputes.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar‘s real estate and construction group is highly skilled in local and cross-border mandates involving industrial and residential property, providing a full-service offering that encompasses land buy-outs, planning and development, negotiation of agreements with constructors, and letting to final customers. This offering is well complemented by the firm’s strong banking and finance, and M&A practices. The team also offers advice on relevant tax issues. Viliam Myšička and Roman Oleksik jointly head up the practice, supported by counsel Tomáš Melišek, who has transactional expertise in the retail, office, hotel, and residential sectors.

Practice head(s):

Viliam Myšička; Roman Oleksik


Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Melíšek


Key clients

Union Investment and GARBE Industrial Real Estate


European City Estates


Pro Partners Holding


Vydrica Development


YIT


Tatra banka


Lifestyle Logistik


Slovenská sporiteľňa


Lucron


Magna Electronics Slovakia


ProLogis


Wood & Co


Accolade


OTP Group


Work highlights


  • Advising Union Investment and GARBE Industrial Real Estate on their acquisition of the first logistics property for their UII Garbe Logistik Fonds investment fund.
  • Advising Pro Partners Holding on its acquisition of the waterpark resort AquaCity Poprad from Letheby & Sons.
  • Advising Slovenská sporiteľňa on an up to €86m acquisition and development financing in relation to construction of the Nové Apollo administrative building in Bratislava by HB Reavis.

Ružička & Partners s.r.o.

The real estate team at Ružička & Partners s.r.o. supports clients throughout the entire process of transactions, projects, and related disputes, from initial due diligence and acquisition, to development and disposal. This offering encompasses assisting clients with foreign direct investment in greenfield projects, retail centres, residential developments, affordable housing, and mixed-use developments. In addition, the team advises clients on energy and infrastructure projects, as well as handling road and rail-related mandates. It is also strong in the financing and re-financing space, regularly assisting domestic and international banks and investment funds with real estate developments. Head of the group, Ján Azud, has expertise in infrastructure and construction law.

Practice head(s):

Ján Azud


Other key lawyers:

Dana Nemčíková; Jaroslav Ružička; Ladislav Krechňák; Katarína Kováčová; Eugen Gronych


Key clients

Prologis


Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic


Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic


KOOPERATIVA poisťovňa, a.s.


Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic


S-IMMO


Penta Investments Group


Strabag


METROSTAV


Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko


BZ Group


Železnice Slovenskej republiky


InvEast SK


Raiffeisen Leasinggesellschaft


Hornbach


Slovnaft, member of MOL Group


NASES


YIT Slovakia


SAM-SHIPBUILDING AND MACHINERY


KIKA Nábytok Slovensko


Trei Real Estate


FCC Austria


GEOSAN GROUP


Work highlights


  • Advised the Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Economy on the development of the Valaliky strategic area in Eastern Slovakia in relation to the greenfield investment of Swedish automaker Volvo.
  • Advising the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic on the construction of an approximately €300m new university hospital in Bratislava.
  • Advising Kooperatíva poisťovňa on setting up a public scheme of support for the development of affordable rental apartments.

Cechová & Partners

The team at Cechová & Partners adeptly handles real estate development projects and transactions, as well as related litigation concerning ownership titles, construction and contractual issues, and environmental concerns. The group also advises clients on project financing transactions regarding the disposal of energy construction plants, as well as zoning law and construction matters. Its offering also consists of assisting with leasing in the office, retail, and residential spaces. Lenka Šubeníková leads the team and specialises in project developments, real estate transactions, tenancy relations, leasing, and construction law matters. Katarína Čechová is a notable name in the greenfield projects arena.


Practice head(s):

Lenka Šubeníková


Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Rybár; Katarína Čechová


Key clients

Axxence Slovakia


LR COMFORT


ams OSRAM


Lenovo


Amgen


Hengstler


Inalfa Roof Systems


YIT


Astellas


CROWN Bevcan Slovakia


SMRC Automotive Solutions Slovakia


Work highlights


  • Advising a major pharmaceutical company on its commercial lease for an office building.
  • Assisting a client with negotiations regarding the changes of current lease contracts concluded with approximately 57 individuals on a lease of flats owned by the client, and with a negotiation relating to the potential transfer of ownership rights for such flats to lessees.
  • Advised ams OSRAM on a real estate transaction.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o.

HKV Law Firm s.r.o. combines its real estate advice with its strong corporate, financing, and commercial law capabilities to provide its clients with a comprehensive offering which encompasses both transactional work and development projects. It supports clients throughout the entire lifecycle of a project, from due diligence and zoning regulation matters, to financing, contractual matters, and final use permits. Founding partner Roman Hamala is the department head and advises clients in the energy, infrastructure, telecoms, real estate, and financial institutions sectors. Hamala is supported by Martin Kluch, who is also a founding partner. Lukáš Michálik left to establish a new firm.

Practice head(s):

Roman Hamala


Other key lawyers:

Martin Kluch; Peter Víglaský; Martin Hricko; Peter Makýš


Testimonials

‘The HKV team not only knows the law, but they also understand the commercial drivers behind each legal issue and approach it in a very commercial and practical way. They are very dynamic and proactive, and they are always available and responsive.’

‘They are truly strategic advisors and clients appreciate their ability to tackle sophisticated legal issues and identify new challenges and risks while keeping an eye on the big picture and the commercial needs of the clients.’

‘HKV has got a hands-on approach and also understands commercial circumstances beyond the projects.’

Key clients

CRESCO GROUP a.s.


LINDEX


ING Bank


South City Development s.r.o.


SANAGRO a.s.


Palace Office, a.s.


ESET, spol. s r.o.


CONTERA Management SK s. r. o.


IMMOFINANZ


Letisko M.R.Štefánika


Work highlights


  • Advised ESET on the development and construction of its new campus, which will cover approximately 60,000 square metres.
  • Advised CONTERA on the acquisition of a large integrated industrial and warehouse area in Bratislava city.
  • Advised CRESCO GROUP on the acquisition of 50% of the shares in the third phase of a large and well-established residential project in Bratislava, called LAKESIDE 3.

RELEVANS Law Firm

Real estate is one of three core areas of focus for RELEVANS Law Firm, and the team is praised for its ‘robust know-how’. It supports clients with multifunctional, administrative, residential, retail, logistics, industrial, and hotel projects and transactions on a domestic and international level. With advisory services encompassing the entire process of a project, it advises clients on due diligence and zoning matters, right through to development, financing, and leasing. Additionally, the team represents clients before administrative authorities, courts, and public institutions. Marián Masarik leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik


Other key lawyers:

Pavol Solár; Martina Krupcová; Petra Začková Vojtášová; Eduard Pajdlhauser; Adam Pavlik; Katarina Hricková


Testimonials

‘RELEVANS Law Firm has showed considerable experience in advising on various legal matters. They are super responsive to any and all questions and their legal advice is based on an abundance of experience and intelligence. Besides the precise work and high-quality standards, the team also delivers proactive and flexible solutions that are tailored to the client’s needs.’

‘Their team is stable and strong, they are always up-to-date, and they have an excellent overview of new legislation and trends. Their services are strongly recommended.’

‘They have robust know-how in real estate and clients appreciate the diversity of people in their team. A highly recommended firm for any type of real estate project or transaction.’

‘This is a full-service team that provides excellent services and deep knowledge. They are highly responsive and proactive and their legal advisory is helpful and practical.’

‘Marián Masarik, Pavol Solár, and Martina Krupcová are commendable. The level of their professionalism, their systematic approach to any topic that might arise, and their dedication to all projects is something unique.’

‘Marián Masarik, Pavol Solár, Petra Začková Vojtášová, Eduard Pajdlhauser and Adam Pavlik are all brilliant lawyers you can definitely rely on!’

‘Petra Začková Vojtášová and Katarina Hricková are very co-operative, easy to approach, and have good project management skills.’

‘Eduard Pajdlhauser stands out with his broad experience in real estate and construction issues. His pragmatic approach, outstanding problem-solving skills, and excellent availability makes him an extraordinary legal adviser in real estate-related issues.’

Key clients

J & T REAL ESTATE


Eurovea


PRVÁ PENZIJNÁ SPRÁVCOVSKÁ SPOLOČNOSŤ POŠTOVEJ BANKY


Danube Facility Services


Terno Slovensko


Zuckermandel Byty


VSV Consulting


Work highlights


  • Advised J&T Real Estate on the creation of a new city district in Bratislava.
  • Advised J&T Real Estate on the creation of the EUROVEA CITY urban project.
  • Advised the sellers on the sale of two poly-functional business centres in Bratislava.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

The real estate department at Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. is chaired by Tatiana Prokopová, who has 'above-and-beyond local knowledge', and experience in planning, development, and regeneration projects, a key area of strength for the team. The group supports both private and state entities on a broad range of matters, including leasing mandates, property acquisitions, construction and permitting, asset management, and related disputes. Advice on direct and indirect real estate investment into Slovakia is another part of the practice’s offering. Katarína Ottová and Lenka Vagundov are also notable team members.


Practice head(s):

Tatiana Prokopová


Other key lawyers:

Katarína Ottová; Lenka Vagundov


Testimonials

‘The job isn’t done until it’s done with the Squire Patton Boggs Bratislava team, who will follow up to ensure clients remember to deal with matters triggered by contracts, even after the contract is completed.’

‘The team at SPB Bratislava is highly competent and professional, and most importantly, they deliver on their promises and always set proper expectations.’

‘The team are extremely proactive and knowledgable in this field and beyond.’

‘They work extremely well with technical expertise and incorporate this into the contract negotiations. Highly recommendable.’

‘Tatiana Prokopová and her team have infinite patience and excellent English language skills.’

‘Great, professional work and above-and-beyond local knowledge from Tatiana Prokopová.’

‘Excellent research and case prep done by Katarína Ottová.’

Key clients

United States of America


TESCO STORES SR, a.s.


The Timken Company


EMINOX Ltd.


First European Title Insurance Company Ltd.


Kongsberg Automotive Group


LafargeHolcim European Business Services


Lordship a.s.


Decathlon SK s.r.o.


McCarter a.s.


Romanian Embassy


SPV Development


Benuga Group


ČSOB


STERIS Corporation


GlaxoSmithKline


WORTHINGTON EUROPE, LLC


Work highlights


  • Advised the Timken Company on the acquisition of Spinea, including advising on the real estate due diligence and acquisition of two production facilities, including one newly developed state-of the-art plant in Prešov, Slovakia.
  • Advised the United States of America on its acquisition of a prime-location real estate property in Bratislava for the construction of the new US Embassy compound.
  • Advised Eminox Slovakia on a build-to-lease deal for a new manufacturing plant in the City of Svit in Slovakia.

Bartošík Šváby s.r.o. (former BS Legal s.r.o.)

Bartošík Šváby s.r.o. (former BS Legal s.r.o.)‘s real estate and construction group handles related transactions, projects, and lease agreement negotiations. It also supports its clients with the ongoing management and operation of existing assets. Industries of focus for the team include the retail, administrative, and logistics sectors. Peter Bartošík, Boris Svaby and Igor Šváby jointly lead the team, with the support of Stanislav Behil and Tomas Strapec.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bartosik; Igor Svaby; Boris Svaby


Other key lawyers:

Stanislav Behil; Tomas Strapec


Key clients

Immocap Group


Wood & Company


Tatra Residence


Dextram


SABA Group


Hamilton Group


Unibail Rodamco Westfield


Work highlights


  • Assisting Immocapon with its real estate projects.
  • Advising WOOD & Co on a range of real estate matters.
  • Assisting Unibail Rodamco Westfield with a range of real estate matters.

Beatow Partners s.r.o

Beatow Partners s.r.o‘s core areas of work include advice to operators of filling stations and distributors of petrol and diesel products on construction mandates, purchases and sales, and lease agreements. Oliver Weber sits at the helm of the practice, and advises both local and international clients. Peter Mikletič is also a notable name.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Weber


Other key lawyers:

Peter Mikletič


Work highlights


  • Advised a client on leases with tenants, including drafting, negotiating, and termination.
  • Advised a client on the construction of a chain of gas stations.

bnt attorneys in CEE

The real estate team at bnt attorneys in CEE benefits from the firm’s strong presence across the CEE region, enabling it to service clients on local and cross-border mandates. This offering is also aided by a large proportion of its team members being fluent in German and English. A core part of the team’s offering is its work on real estate projects and related issues, such as acquisitions and developments. Key names to note include Zuzana Chudáčková and managing partner Margareta Sovova.


Practice head(s):

Zuzana Chudáčková


Other key lawyers:

Dávid Oršula; Ivana Kováčová; Margareta Sovova; Roman Gašparík; Iva Hulmanová


Testimonials

‘Great experts in their field with professional communication and quick problem-solving skills. They provide expert opinions, client support, and a very friendly approach.’

‘The provided service is of a very high standard, performed by professionals who have a very good general overview and expertise in law. The whole team has a very friendly approach, they are responsible, always available, and willing to come up with practical solutions.’

‘The lawyers at bnt look for the best solution amongst themselves.’

Key clients

Hainbuch GmbH Spannende Technik


SH DEVELOPMENT s.r.o.


Hartenberg Capital, s.r.o.


Raiffeisenbank Region Amstteten eGen mbH


Webasto Thermo & Comfort Slovakia s.r.o.


LKW Komponenten s.r.o.


Scheuch Real Estate GmbH


Webasto Convertibles Slovakia s.r.o.


EUROTALC s.r.o.


Nákupné centrum, s.r.o.


Alkyon Partners GmbH


HITACHI Energy


Work highlights


  • Advised Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien and Stiftung Liebenau on three large development projects in Slovakia, including on the drafting and negotiating of future purchase agreements, a future lease agreement, escrow agreements, easement agreements regarding the use of utilities and access to real estate, and other agreements regarding technical issues related to the transaction.
  • Advising Webasto on the preparation and negotiation of a lease agreement for a new premise within the Volkswagen park in Lozorno, as well as on the sale of real estate in Košice.
  • Advising Hartenberg Capital on the establishment of a strategic partnership with a developer group on the Slovak market.

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

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., o.z. has an integrated real estate team split across Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and its client roster covers local and international clients located in various CEE jurisdictions. Alongside real estate law, the core areas of strength for the team are development, construction, and investment. It frequently supports clients with multipurpose administrative, retail, and building projects, as well as development or reconstruction mandates; this offering encompasses financing, loan structuring, and leasing. Jiří Bárta leads the department in the Czech Republic, while Igor Augustinič leads the Slovak team.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Bárta; Igor Augustinič


Other key lawyers:

Juray Gazda


Testimonials

‘The firm is adept at handling domestic and cross-border transactions.’

‘It is a team with a hands-on-approach; they are perfect for the needs of smaller enterprises and they always react quickly and smoothly.’

‘Igor Augustinič reacts quickly.’

‘Igor Augustinič truly defends the client’s interests.’

Key clients

XXXLutz


WM Group


Hornbach Baumarkt Group


Hypo-Bank Burgenland


BAWAG P.S.K. Leasing


MVGM


Containex


FIMA


Erste Group Bank


DL Properties


Deloitte Legal s. r. o.

Deloitte Legal s. r. o.‘s real estate and construction practice sits within the firm’s global network and consequently advises both local and international clients with an interdisciplinary approach, utilising the strength’s of the firm’s financial and tax departments. The team is also increasingly advising on transactions with significant ESG elements. Dagmar Yoder is the practice head and has substantial experience advising clients on the gamut of real estate-related transactions on both the buy and sell side.

Practice head(s):

Dagmar Yoder


Other key lawyers:

Veronika Rošková; Róbert Minachin; Andrea Makarová


Testimonials

‘The experience of the Deloitte team is very good and commendable.’

‘Dagmar Yoder and Veronika Rošková present professionalism and a willingness to solve a problem.’

Key clients

Industrie Holding


Hodler Asset Management


NE PROPERTY COOPERATIEF U.A.


HOLSTER Privatstiftung


GIMAX Group


Zaman Hospitality Investment LLC


Koramic Group


HEMO MEDIKA


Bizlink Group


KIA Motors Slovakia s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Advised Industrie Holding on an infrastructure development project in its Bratislava land portfolio, the sale of the existing land portfolio, and the acquisition of additional land.
  • Assisted Koramic Group with the acquisition of a target company leasing a warehouse and adjacent plot located in Slovakia.
  • Advised Bizlink Group on the intended acquisition of real estate located in Slovakia for the purpose of a production plant development for its manufacturing activities.

Hillbridges

The real estate and construction offering at Hillbridges covers the entire lifecycle of commercial projects, from investment and acquisition, to development, leasing, and asset management. Greenfield projects and their related issues are also increasingly a part of the practice, and its client roster includes international players as well as local private investors. Andrej Adamcik and Martin Cabak jointly lead the team, which underwent significant expansion with the addition of Zoran DraškovičPeter Hodál, and managing associate Barbora Malík from Aldertree legal s.r.o. at the end of 2022.


Practice head(s):

Andrej Adamcik; Martin Cabak


Other key lawyers:

Zoran Draškovič; Peter Hodál; Barbora Malík


Testimonials

‘The team provides a professional service, high-quality advice, and a sense of urgency.’

‘They are pure professionals who are highly educated.’

Key clients

GLP


Queensway restaurants


Mlyn Pohronský Ruskov


National Highway Company


Transpetrol


J&T Bank


Work highlights


  • Advising GLP on its development project in a prominent logistics area near Bratislava’s international airport.
  • Advising J&T on the refinancing of numerous real estate development projects in the centre of Bratislava, including preparation of complete security documentation.
  • Advising Queensway Restaurants Slovakia on the expansion of the portfolio of its KFC units in various prime locations in Bratislava, Kosice, and other large cities across Slovakia.

LEGATE, s.r.o

LEGATE, s.r.o’s real estate team has a broad-ranging practice which spans advice on amendments, residential zoning plans, pre-acquisition due diligence assessments, financing, and permits. It is active in supporting international clients with inbound investments. Brownfield industrial projects are also a strong part of the practice’s offering - especially in the energy and natural resources sectors - as well as greenfield residential project development matters and agricultural projects. The ‘outstanding’ managing partner Peter Vrábel jointly chairs the department alongside Alena Pláňavská and Lucia Staroňová.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Alena Pláňavská; Lucia Staroňová


Other key lawyers:

Norbert Havrila; Ivana Šaková


Testimonials

‘LEGATE provides a unique combination of in-depth knowledge and a fast work pace. They are very flexible, focused on pragmatic solutions, and do not devote time to issues which are not so relevant for the client. This excellent team always delivers very practical advice on very efficient terms.’

‘Team stability, culture of fairness, professional excellence, and they are very good for cross-border transactions.’

‘They are excellent real estate finance lawyers, very responsive, and always up to date on any amendments to law, tax ordinances, and property matters.’

‘They always give practical and timely advice, even if the deal is very complex with multi-parties and inter-disciplinary issues.’

‘Peter Vrábel is the one you want to have at your side when it gets critical. He knows the market in detail and he is an outstanding attorney. He provides first-class service to the clients and is always on top of the case. He is an author of strategy.’

‘Norbert Havrila has a great understanding of the business and provides very fast and watertight solutions.’

‘Lucia Staroňová always defends the clients’ interests, is open minded, and bears a very friendly attitude with professional expertise.’

‘Ivana Šaková is confident, detail oriented, and demonstrates a consistent focus on achieving outcomes that are well tailored to a particular client’s business objectives.’

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o.

SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA, s. r. o. has five offices situated across Slovakia, and it is therefore well placed to advise a wide range of domestic clients on their real estate and construction mandates, covering the financing, management, and transfer of assets; key clients of the firm include developers of residential buildings, polyfunctional buildings, industrial parks, and tourist attractions. It also has a contentious offering, representing clients in international construction arbitrations. The department is jointly led by founding partner David Soukeník, and associates Jozef Nádaský and Lukáš Štefánik.

Practice head(s):

David Soukeník; Jozef Nádaský; Lukáš Štefánik


Other key lawyers:

Igor Vranka; Galina Vlčková


Testimonials

‘High-quality services, fast familiarisation with any legal issue and effectiveness when dealing with these legal issues, good manner of communication, ability to also consider tax and accounting impacts.’

‘The team works very collaboratively and is very client-focused.’

‘Very accessible and easy to work alongside to receive the best solutions for the client.’

‘The law firm takes a very responsible approach to solving cases and provides high-quality professional outputs. One also appreciates the communication skills of team members and the operative solution of the client’s requirements, while always trying to find legally correct solutions that are most suitable for the client.’

‘Responsible team that acts with precision and with a personal approach and, of course, professional competence, which they continuously develop.’

‘Igor Vranka is a highly-skilled attorney with wide experience across several fields of law and a goal-oriented approach.’

‘Galina Vlčková is a very talented attorney with knowledge both in law and accounting issues, which allows her to consider legal issues from several points of view and thus thoroughly identify potential risks. She has a pro-client approach, availability at all times, practical experience, and the ability to explain legal issues to people who are not attorneys.’

Key clients

Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic


National Motorway Company


VODOHOSPODÁRSKA VÝSTAVBA, ŠTÁTNY PODNIK


TRANSPETROL, a.s.


HAUSBERG, s. r. o.


BL Development, s. r. o.


DELTA Trade ZH s.r.o.


Projekt T s. r. o.


consult s. r. o.


PROJEKT INVESTMENT s. r.o.


D.A.W., s. r. o.


HIGH TATRAS TOWER s.r.o.


HIGH TATRAS CHALET s.r.o.


AGRO PARK VAŽEC, s.r.o.


Royal Brabest Capital, a.s.


BILLA s.r.o.


BL Kechnecpark, a.s.


CEHIP s.r.o.


BESICO HOLDING, s.r.o.


Arcona Capital RE Slovakia s.r.o.


Booster Precision Components s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic against the concessionaire, Zero Bypass, and EPC contractor in international arbitration pursuant to the ICC Rules.
  • Advising HAUSBERG on an ongoing basis on negotiations with potential buyers and assisting with preparations of purchase agreements in relation to flats, apartments, and other premises within a residential project located in the city centre of Bratislava.
  • Advising Projekt T on the development of a polyfunctional building on Tomášikova street in Bratislava.

Stentors

Stentors handles the purchase, sale, development, and expansion of real estate assets, as well as leasing matters and financing mandates. It also represents its clients in court for recovery of claims, as well as in real estate-related public procurement proceedings. ‘All-rounder‘ Vladimír Kordoš and ‘market-oriented lawyer‘ Michal Hulena co-chair the department with the support of associate Erik Schváb, who is noted as ‘a very energetic young lawyer with a good understanding of the local energy business and regulatory framework.’

Practice head(s):

Vladimír Kordoš; Michal Hulena


Other key lawyers:

Erik Schváb; Andrea Obuchová


Testimonials

‘The real estate team at Stentors is very pro-business with a focus on legal detail. This is very beneficial, as they are often able to assess from their own experiences the potential business risks caused by a different legal approach.’

‘All the partners are professionals with excellent knowledge and skills; what is highly appreciated is the way the people speak with normal language and how they quickly get to the point.’

‘Stentors has high levels of expertise, knowledge, and strategic approaches to cases.’

Key clients

CBC Group


Invest4SEE RE Investment Holding GmbH


STOREX AGRO, s.r.o.


FIDUROCK CAPITAL


UniCredit Bank


UniCredit Leasing


Community of heirs Bingold


Daimler Truck & Bus Slovakia s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising Invest4SEE RE Investment Holding on the development of logistic parks and built-to-suit buildings.
  • Advising Daimler Truck & Bus Slovakia on the acquisition of greenfield land to construct a retail workshop.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o.

BBH advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. adeptly handles real estate transactions, post-transactional matters, and related financing mandates. Its client roster includes developers, purchasers, sellers, financing banks, and creditors. Olga Beláňová leads the team, supported by Matej Blahút, who has significant experience in financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Olga Beláňová


Other key lawyers:

Matej Blahút; Roman Vydra


Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge of the Slovak real estate market in both a legal and a commercial way.’

‘Matej Blahút has brilliant ideas, a perfect approach, and amazing writing and communication skills.’

Key clients

Erste Group Immorent


YIT Slovakia, a.s.


Generali Group


ARVAL SLOVAKIA


Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG


Nové Vajnory, s.r.o.


Nordic Real Estate Holding


GTB a.s.


Kaprain Group


První Investiční Group


Arete Group


Nagel Slovensko


Work highlights


  • Advised C.E.N. on the negotiation of a future lease agreement in relation to its new office premises in Tower 5 office centre in Bratislava.
  • Advised Nagel Slovensko, as the tenant, on the negotiation and conclusion of a lease agreement in relation to an additional warehouse in industrial park P3 Senec.
  • Advising Erste Group Immorent Slovensko on the development of an industrial park near Košice, Slovakia.

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. supports both local and international clients, including high-net-worth-individuals, with their real estate transactions. Its offering also includes advice on retail and industry leases. Environmental law specialist Annamária Tóthová and Austrian attorney Bernhard Hager, who is authorised to practice in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Hager; Annamária Tóthová


Other key lawyers:

Mária Sadloňová; Ján Macej


Testimonials

‘Good availability, openness to new ideas, patience, creativity, and a professional attitude.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Slovakia s.r.o.


Johnson Controls International


RecycleMe s.r.o.


Signode Slovakia s.r.o.


Gutsverwaltung Illmau GmbH & Co KG


TSR Slovakia, s.r.o.


Sisban Holding Company


Signum Ltd


SIGNUM


SIHOTPARK


SIGNUM Ltd


Sisban Group


Sihotpark s.r.o.


Rabensteiner GmbH


MPH Advocates

The real estate and construction practice at MPH Advocates advises developers, banks, real estate funds, private investors, and construction companies throughout the entirety of their projects, from due diligence, site preparation, and compliance matters, to lease agreements and sale of properties. A particular area of strength for the group is the construction of highways and motorways. The team is led by a trio comprising founding partner Milan Malata, Jana Alušíková, and Vincent Hegedüš.


Practice head(s):

Milan Malata; Jana Alušíková; Vincent Hegedüš


Other key lawyers:

Katarína Kasalová


Testimonials

‘MPH’s relevant and exact responses are helpful, and an ad hoc approach is MPH’s advantage.’

‘Jana Alušíková and Katarína Kasalová are two of the most reliable and trustworthy lawyers with common sense and an authentic approach.’

PETERKA & PARTNERS

The real estate offering at PETERKA & PARTNERS extends across the CEE region, with cross-border transactions for international clients and advice to local developers on the Slovak real estate market being core focuses of the practice. It assists clients with a wide range of matters, including acquisitions, financing and refinancing mandates, development projects, leases, permitting issues, and related litigation in the office, retail, leisure, hotel, industrial, logistics, residential, and infrastructure spaces. Andrea Butasova leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Butasova


Key clients

Aldesa


ATALIAN SK


BWG


Marine Mat


Smith Micro Software SK


Tatra Asset Management Group


Work highlights


  • Advised real estate companies belonging to Tatra Asset Management Group on contractual relationships with their tenants.
  • Advising Aldesa on several real estate development projects in Slovakia, including on the redevelopment and reconstruction of a prominent shopping mall in the Slovak capital and on the construction of a major public infrastructure project in Bratislava.
  • Advising ATALIAN on several leases, including for administrative premises, warehouses, and workshops.

Poláček & Partners

Poláček & Partners adeptly handles real estate transactions, covering the purchase and sale of assets and related legal due diligence. On the construction side, the practice advises clients on development agreements, loan agreements, and agreements with architects and other suppliers, as well as offering support with permits. Leasing issues concerning industrial areas, retail premises, offices, and residential spaces are also a core part of the group’s offering. Pavol Polácek heads the team, supported by Jakub Žák and Šimon Hudák.

Practice head(s):

Pavol Poláček


Other key lawyers:

Jakub Žák; Šimon Hudák


Testimonials

‘A young and dedicated team led by an experienced partner.’

‘They are interested in sustainable topics and they are also interested in topics that would change standards; they look to the future, don’t just take the law as it is now, and they are helpful in making change.’

‘The team has a wide-ranging practice and is especially skilled in the building sector and energy and climate crisis topics, which is quite unique.’

Key clients

Dolné Vestenice


Roffis


Slovak Green Building Council


4Home


Yit


Enprotech


Ministry Of Health Of The Slovak Republic


Voltalia Central & Eastern Europe


Foxconn Slovakia


Institute For Passive Houses


Buildings For Future


Slovenske Kovy


Doprastav


Work highlights


  • Represented the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, University Hospital Bratislava, and Hospital Rázsochy in a dispute with SKELET BRATISLAVA regarding the construction of a major hospital.
  • Advising ENPROTECH on the preparation of several contracts for the construction of photovoltaic power plants in Slovakia.
  • Advising YIT on the possibility of constructing an 8-storey residential building with a predominantly wooden structure.

Taylor Wessing Slovakia

Taylor Wessing Slovakia‘s real estate and construction group has a strong focus on the retail sector on both the lessor and lessee side. It also supports owners and operators of real estate with asset management and transactional mandates. Construction projects, and agricultural land and forestry transactions, are also a core part of the team’s offering. Vladimír Polička helms the group. Andrej Leontiev , who co-heads the office, is also a key member of the team, as is Silvia Hlavačková.

Practice head(s):

Vladimír Polička


Other key lawyers:

Andrej Leontiev; Silvia Hlavačková


Testimonials

‘Fast feedback and sound knowledge of real estate law combined with excellent market knowledge.’

‘The team provide precise opinions and practical proposals for solutions.’

Key clients

Tatra Asset Management


CPI Property Group


C&A Mode


Bratislava


dm drogerie markt


ARKON, a.s.


Brantner


Danfoss


MANGO SLOVENSKO s.r.o.


UBM Development AG


M-MARKET, a.s.


LTG


PORFIX


GA Drilling, a. s


Univolt


InterMedical Plus, s.r.o.


Mercurtrade Holding k. s.


Work highlights


  • Advised Tatra Asset Management on its joint acquisition of Aupark Shopping Centre Bratislava together with WOOD & Company.
  • Advised CPI Property Group on the acquisition of a four-star hotel located in Bratislava city centre.
  • Advised M-MARKET on the joint acquisition of the Shopping Mall Optima.

Wolf Theiss

The real estate team at Wolf Theiss utilises the firm’s international network to advise clients on both local and cross-border transactions. It advises landlords and tenants on commercial leases, as well as investors in the retail market. Counsel Bruno Štefánik is head of the practice and specialises in real estate development projects, acquisitions, financing, and leasing agreements.


Practice head(s):

Bruno Štefánik


Other key lawyers:

Vladimír Šimkovic; Dalibor Palatický


Key clients

Canonical Group Limited


H&M Hennes & Mauritz SK s.r.o.


Kommunalkredit Austria AG


Work highlights


  • Advising the Canonical Group on the long-term rent of office premises in Bratislava, and on a separate agreement regarding the construction of fit-outs.
  • Advising H&M on various lease agreements related to the expansion of its retail network in Slovakia.
  • Advising Kommunalkredit Austria on the project financing of a 65MW solar portfolio of five ready-to-build solar photovoltaic plants.