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CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners
Týn 639/1
110 00 PRAGUE 1
Czech Republic

Czech Republic > TMT Tier 2

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners provides regulatory advice to technology sector clients, as well as those in the solar energy arena. Its expertise covers IP work, including trade mark protection and registration, as well as data protection, contract drafting and litigation. Gaming has been an expanding area of focus for the firm, with it acting for heavyweight publishers and developers. Martin Kartner and David Kučera co-head the team, with respective experience in financing and competition work. Associate Nikol Jeništová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kartner; David Kučera

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive in international matters and the communication is always easy but valuable.’

‘The team continues to keep the high standard of work quality and business orientation, which is not easy or taken for granted on the market. In addition to law, the team members understand the technical and practical side of our business.’

‘We are working mostly with David Kucera. In addition to excellent knowledge of law, David has the ability to effectively and practically handle the case.’

Key clients

Telio Management GmbH

FCC Group

Oracle

MEDIN, a.s.

Masco Corporation

Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s.

Siemens

HEWLETT-PACKARD s.r.o.

Canadian Solar EMEA GmbH

Waygate Technologies

Deichmann

McDonald´s ČR spol. s r.o.

ProSpon, spol. s r.o.

Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.

Next Kraftwerke GmbH

Flughafen Wien AG

ŽĎAS, a.s.

Creamfinance

BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA

OFFICEO s.r.o.

AR Metallizing N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised the client Telio Management GmbH on various regulatory and data protection matters.
  • Advised FCC Group on a number of IP and technology-based matters.
  • Provided Canadian Solar EMEA GmbH with an in-depth analysis of local and EU law regulating the waste from solar panels.

Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners has notable strengths in insolvency-related and distressed financings, with it frequently acting for debtors on negotiations with major banks. In addition, other mandates span areas such as real estate finance, export finance and investment funds. Martin Kartner leads the overall team. Barbora Kábrtová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kartner

Other key lawyers:

Lukáš Srbecký; Barbora Kábrtová

Testimonials

‘The team provides complex services viewed from various angles and points which provides certainty to the business.’

‘Lukas Srbecky – an outstanding lawyer with broad knowledge. Truly dedicated to providing the service to the client.’

‘The CERHA HEMPEL team is very flexible and responsive. They are able to deal with our matters even within very tight deadlines.’

‘Martin Kartner (partner), Barbora Kábrtová (associate) – very experienced and skilled lawyers with extraordinary knowledge of the law.’

‘We are very satisfied with the level of experience and professionalism of the CERHA HEMPEL team. They are very dedicated and always do their best to make the stipulated deadlines and deliver work of the highest quality.’

‘We work with Martin Kartner (partner) and Barbora Kábrtová (associate). They are both very dedicated professionals who always deal with our problems and matters in a very skilled and experienced way.’

Key clients

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

VÍTKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY a.s.

Elysian Capital LLP

BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA

XXX Lutz KG

VEBA, textilní závody a.s.

FCC Česká republika, s.r.o.

MEDIN, a.s.

Gain Capital – Forex.Com UK Limited

Interactive Brokers LLC

CTP Invest, spol. s r.o.

Česká exportní banka, a.s.

SAFINA, a.s.

Mirova Eurofideme IV / BPCE Group

CARCLO PLC

ERSTE GROUP BANK AG

GAZPROMBANK

J&T Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted CARCLO PLC with entering into a new revolving loan agreement.
  • Advised XXX Lutz on the process of the acquisition of an international chain of furniture stores including financing matters.
  • Advised Elysian Capital LLP through cooperation with the client’s coordinating legal counsel on the financial aspects of the process of the acquisition of part of the shares in an international group.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 3

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners is heavily involved in cross-border litigation, with a historic strength in financial services matters and a growing presence in renewable energy disputes. Elsewhere, its team is experienced in arbitrations administered by the ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as those heard in arbitration institutions in the Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Austria. Lukáš Hoder, who leads the team, is particularly strong in investment treaty and sports-related arbitrations. Martin Kartner acts for clients in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Hoder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our litigation cases are complicated with significant technical aspects and the involvement of experts. The lawyers at CERHA HEMPEL are very active in collaboration with experts and provide great assistance to us by focusing on the important aspects of the case.’

‘I appreciate that Lukáš Hoder always responds quickly to our requests. Even during the pandemic, we were always very satisfied with the possibility of consulting our case with Lukáš. He always thinks about our cases comprehensively, anticipates possible problems and suggests solutions. He is very active and a real expert in his field.’

‘The team is able to work in various fields of Czech law, such as commercial law, health and safety regulations, civil law and insurance law.’

‘Mr. Lukáš Hoder is able to propose a strategy in civil litigation and liaise with brokers and insurers.’

‘We are very satisfied with the level of experience and professionalism of the CERHA HEMPEL team. They are very dedicated and always do their best to make a stipulated deadline and deliver work of the highest quality.’

‘We work with Martin Kartner (partner) and Lukáš Hoder (senior associate) and they are both very dedicated professionals that are always dealing with our problems and matters in a very skilled and experienced way. Cooperation with them is very prompt as they are always willing to help us with our problems.’

Key clients

AR Metallizing N.V.

Bollwerk Finanzierungs- und Industriemanagement AG

VÍTKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY a.s.

Metrans

RUDOS RUŽOMBEROK

SAFINA, a.s.

GAIN CAPITAL UK LIMITED

VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a. s.

City of Strakonice

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited

SCATEC SOLAR

Work highlights

  • Represented AR Metallizing N.V. as the defendant in a defective product claim against OTK.
  • Representing Bollwerk Finanzierungs in a dispute over unpaid invoices.
  • Representing SAFINA, a.s. in civil litigation cases regarding control of the client´s company, its property, related assets and the issue of damages.

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners's reach spans central, eastern and south eastern Europe, making it well-placed to advise clients on cross-border transactions and other multijurisdictional mandates. The firm is particularly known for strengths advising clients in the heavy/light machinery, automotive and steel industries. Its workload includes M&A, advice on internal structures and day-to-day operational support. Petr Kališ and Lukáš Srbecký co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Petr Kališ; Lukáš Srbecký

Other key lawyers:

Jirí Prouza; Michal Horký

Testimonials

‘The team provides complex services viewed from various angles and points, which provides certainty in the business.’

‘Petr Kališ, Jirí Prouza and Michal Horký. All of them are dedicated professionals with excellent knowledge of the law. We were very satisfied with services delivered to us.’

‘We are very satisfied with the level of experience and professionalism of the CERHA HEMPEL team. They are very dedicated and always do their best to make the stipulated deadline and deliver work of the highest quality.’

Key clients

XXX Lutz KG

Elysian Capital LLP

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

VEBA, textilní závody a.s.

ŽĎAS, a.s.

Mirova Eurofideme IV / BPCE Group

MEDIN, a.s.

HERVIS Sport a móda, s.r.o.

SAFINA, a.s.

Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.

Ciotola S.r.l.

Audemars Piguet (Prague) s.r.o.

Wipac

MS Global AG

FCC Group

Ciotola S.r.l.

EWAP spol. s r.o.

Aon

Work highlights

  • Advised XXX Lutz KG on the process of a spin-off and merger.
  • Providing ŽĎAS, a.s. with legal assistance in the sale of its significant assets and prior transfer of the assets to the client through a merger with its subsidiary.
  • Provided services to Ciotola S.r.l. in connection with the acquisition of a Czech company.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 5

The employment team at CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners provides ‘complex services viewed from various angles and points’. Its advisory work covers remote working, employee terminations and data protection, among various matters. In addition to providing advice on a standalone basis, the group works closely with the firm's M&A, compliance and litigation teams. Martin Kartner and Nikol Jeništová co-head the practice, which generates work from clients in sectors such as retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kartner; Nikol Jeništová

Testimonials

‘The team is run efficiently and seamlessly across its offices in Central Europe, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. They maintain the same quality across all their offices, are responsive and to the point. They keep within budget and deliver efficiently. Providing comprehensive advice’

‘The team provides complex services viewed from various angles and points which provides certainity in the business.’

‘What we appreciate about CERHA HEMPEL team is its flexibility and ability to deal with our matters in a complex way. We also appreciate that each member of the team is very easy to reach and answers every question raised by our company very promptly. We communicate very often through video conference, which is efficient especially during the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.’

‘As the CERHA HEMPEL team provides our company with complex legal advice, we communicate with various lawyers from the office. However, in the employment matter, the contact persons are Martin Kartner and Nikol Jeništová. Both of them are very skilled professionals who perfectly address our needs.’

Key clients

TCHIBO Praha spol. s r.o.

Kia Czech s.r.o.

Sibur International GmbH

HERVIS Sport a móda s.r.o.

ŽĎAS, a.s.

BUGABOO International BV

McDonald’s

Audemars Piguet SA

FCC Česká republika s.r.o.

Elysian Capital LLP

Aon Corporation

XXX Lutz KG

DHL Information Services

MEDIN, a.s.

Asociace výrobců a dodavatelů zdravotnických prostředků

Mikrobiologický ústav

OFFICEO s.r.o.

Sociální služby města Pardubic

THQ Nordic GmbH

ProSpon, spol. s r.o.

Soggiorno s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o. on a wide and diverse range of HR legal issues
  • Providing SAFINA, a.s. with complex legal advice, including, inter alia, HR and employment issues.
  • Provided HERVIS Sport a móda, s.r.o. with legal assistance related to effective reduction of staff costs.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 5

CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners' real estate work is handled by the M&A and restructuring team, which is jointly led by Petr Kališ and Lukáš Srbecký. The group's workload includes real estate acquisitions, development projects and real estate financing. It acts for clients such as developers, investors, agents and other significant tenants.

Practice head(s):

Petr Kališ; Lukáš Srbecký

Testimonials

‘We appreciate their knowledge of various types of real estate and cooperation with real estate experts. They have a broad team with a great combination of senior experienced lawyers and very competent paralegals. They are very focused on detail, which is essential in distressed deals we dealt with them.’

‘We are especially satisfied with the work of Mr Lukáš Srbecký, who helps us both in due diligence and deal negotiations (legal set-up) and he is very valuable in both fields. We appreciate also the availability of partners, especially Mr Kališ, who steps in the process, whenever it is needed. He always provides insight based on his vast experience.’

‘Lawyers at CERHA HEMPEL are very active in collaboration with experts and provide great assistance to us in focusing on the important aspects of the case. The ability of lawyers at CERHA HEMPEL to collaborate with experts and understand the technical specifics of cases in detail are exceptional.’

Key clients

XXX Lutz KG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

Vienna House Diplomat Prague RE s.r.o.

Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.

SALINI IMPREGILO SPA

Carclo Technical Plastics – Brno, s.r.o.

Audemars Piguet

FCC Česká republika s.r.o.

SAFINA, a.s.

ŽĎAS, a.s.

EWAP spol. s r.o.

SBS Ecoclean GmbH

MEDIN, a.s.

TOS Hostivař s.r.o.

THQ Nordic GmbH

STATICAL s.r.o.

WESTCASTLE BIDCO LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Advised XXX Lutz KG on the process of its spin-off and merger.
  • Provided Vienna House Diplomat Prague RE s.r.o. with broad advisory services regarding the strategic use of the hotel premises.
  • Provided legal advice to EWAP spol. s r.o. as a recipient of financial leasing of industrial real estate related to a capital markets option.

Firm overview: CERHA HEMPEL is one of the leading corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe with its headquarters in Vienna. With a team of over 200 lawyers, the firm guarantees its clients experience and expertise in all areas of corporate and commercial law, both in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe.

CERHA HEMPEL is proud to be able to look back on a very successful history. Over the past 25 years, CERHA HEMPEL has been involved in a large number of the most significant transactions in Austria. The fact that the firm understands its clients’ businesses has helped CERHA HEMPEL achieve a high rate of success. It is no coincidence that CERHA HEMPEL is the first port of call for a number of long-term clients whom the firm advises comprehensively on all of their day-to-day legal matters. This expertise – combined with the firm’s years of experience in Central and Eastern Europe and its Lex Mundi network – ensures that its clients receive high-quality and sound advice, across disciplines and across borders.

Czech Republic: CERHA HEMPEL is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing legal advice in all areas of commercial law and first-class legal solutions tailored to the needs of its clients. It achieves this by finding the most efficient solution from both a legal and economic perspective. The firm is committed to achieving and maintaining the very highest levels of professional excellence.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner, Head of Mergers & Acquistions and Restructuring Department, Insolvency & Restructuring, Capital Markets, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate Petr Kališpetr.kalis@cerhahempel.cz+420 221 111 711
Head of Compliance Department, Dispute Resolution and Employment Law, Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring, Real Estate & Construction, Compliance & Investigations, IP & Unfair Competition, IT & Privacy Martin Kartnermartin.kartner@cerhahempel.cz+420 221 111 711
Head of the Compliance Department, Antitrust & Competition, Compliance & Investigations, IP & Unfair Competition, IT & Privacy, Private Equity & Venture Capital David Kučeradavid.kucera@cerhahempel.cz+420 221 111 711
Head of Corporate/Investigation Department, Banking & Finance, Corporate, Insolvency & Restructuring, Mergers & Acquistions, Public Law & European Law, Real Estate & Construction, White Collar Crime Lukáš Srbeckýlukas.srbecky@cerhahempel.cz+420 221 111 711
Contact person in Vienna, Partner Clemens Hasenauerclemens.hasenauer@cerhahempel.com+43 1 514 35 321
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Petr Kališ photoJUDr Petr KališManaging PartnerHead of M&A and Restructuring DepartmentAreas of practice: Mergers & Acquistions…
Martin Kartner photoJUDr Martin KartnerPartner Head of Compliance, Banking & FinanceAreas of practice:  Employment Law Banking…
David Kučera photoMgr David KučeraPartnerHead of Competition, Public Procurement, ITAreas of practice: Antitrust & Competition Compliance…
Lukáš Srbecký photoMgr Lukáš SrbeckýPartner Head of Corporate/Investigation DepartmentAreas of practice: Banking & Finance Corporate Insolvency…
Number of staff at CERHA HEMPEL : 260
Number of lawyers at the Prague office : 21
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CLIENT: Vienna House Capital GmbH
COMPANY/FIRM: Vienna House Capital GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář provides our company with sensible and business oriented legal advice, while respecting and knowing the specificities of the hotel industry. Lawyers of C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář have outstanding knowledge of mainly international restructuring processes and general corporate agenda. LukᚠSrbecký and Jirí Prouza are our contact persons in C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář and they provide us with high-standard legal services and respond quickly to any questions raised, which we consider as very valuable.


CLIENT: VEBA, textilní závody a.s.
COMPANY/FIRM: VEBA, textilní závody a.s.
TESTIMONIAL: Over recent years, Mr. Kališ and his team has been advising our company with respect to restructuring of banking financing. We really appreciate the ability of Mr. Kališ to lead strong negotiation with bank and finance partners on our behalf. We mainly appreciate strong determination, business oriented approach and great knowledge of financing and restructuring processes of Mr. Kališ and Jirí Prouza that were very beneficial in ensuring of financial stability of our company.


CLIENT: Bohuslav Matuška
COMPANY/FIRM: FCC Group
TESTIMONIAL: For more than two years now, our company can rely on legal advices provided to us by the team of C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář with respect to our daily business. LukᚠSrbecký is our main contact in the firm and he always deals in timely manner and with professional care with any of inquiries we have. He has outstanding depth of knowledge of public procurement process and environmental law in the Czech Republic and he also regularly advices us on employment law issues. Lukᚠalways shows great understanding of our needs and that is definitely one of the benefits we really appreciate.


CLIENT: Roman Ischenko
COMPANY/FIRM: TOS Hostivar
TESTIMONIAL: After years of providing of legal services to our group companies, I can call C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář ads its team of lawyers as our business partner. We rely on legal services of C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář in most matters arising out of our business activities, ranging from assistance with acquisitions of target companies or real estate, employment law matters, to assistance with drawing public grants for research projects. Mr. Kališ, LukᚠSrbecký and his colleagues are always there with suitable solutions when we need it.


CLIENT: Igor Vazhenin
COMPANY/FIRM: POLDI Group
TESTIMONIAL: Petr Kališ, Martin Kartner and Marek Šmula assisted our group companies in the process of resolving its unfavourable financial situation. They all shoved notable experience in the process of debt restructuring and in insolvency proceedings within the Czech Republic and extraordinary negotiating skill during representation of POLDI group companies in dealings with creditor and during representation before the court. They always show great attention to detail while they oversee each issue in overall perspective, which is necessary in such a complex issue.


COMPANY/FIRM: VÍTKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY
TESTIMONIAL: CHSH has been assisting our company in the process of maintaining its business activities and operation. Since the beginning of their mandate, team consisting of Petr Kališ, Martin Kartner and Marek Šmula showed great determination and commitment together with not only great knowledge of restructuring and insolvency proceedings but also extraordinary negotiation skills necessary to bring interests of all involved parties together in order to reach common goal. Therefore, work of the C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář team consisted also of arranging numerous deals and transactions while always striving to ensure most suitable conditions and defend position of our company against the opponents´ aggressive approach.



 

Diversity

Diversity and equal opportunities are one of the most important values for C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář. We strive to create our team of lawyers and other specialists without prejudice and based on unique qualities and talent of each individual.

By building a diverse business, we are willing to ensure our team members to provide legal services to our clients in friendly, welcoming environment, in which we are aiming on prevention of any trace of discrimination or harassment on any grounds. We are also proud to claim that 40% of our team members are women, what does not stop us with our intentions to equalize the number of women and men in our team in the future.

In C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář we believe that only diverse workforce and transparent processes will create a unique workplace that enriches our company and is key area for our business.

Corporate Responsibility

C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is also willing to be recognized as a law firm famous for its positive contribution to society. Our main visions are to encourage our staff to use their efforts in order to make positive effects in our community and to establish the highest standards of environmental responsibility of our company with respect to our activities and thus minimize impacts associated with our activities and services to the environment.

Pro Bono Activities

Our specialized legal practice is enhances by our pro bono activities.

In 2017, C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář builts on the existing cooperation with Czech branch of international student organization ELSA and hosted the first Negotiation competition which was inspired by a real case. The aim of the competition was to introduce the students with real case which required negotiating of the most convenient conditions for their clients under assignments and instructions.

Furthermore, C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář cooperates with local community children’s home. Such cooperation consists mainly of provision of legal trainings prepared specially for older children raised in this children’s home on topics relating to employment law and obligatory insurance law in the Czech Republic and financial support of the children’s home.

C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář also regularly participates on Prague Relay, running competition of teams made of companies’ members, organized by Run Czech. C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář set up teams that have always finished on decent positions in first half of the table. On top of that, by paying a starting fee C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář contributes to various charity organizations that are mainly helping children and young people from children’s homes on their way to independence.

C.H. Kališ & Partners s.r.o., advokátní kancelář also provides legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services.