Firm Profile > ROWAN LEGAL > Prague, Czech Republic

NA PANKRÁCI 1683/127
140 00 PRAHA 4
Czech Republic

Intellectual property Tier 1

ROWAN LEGAL is a name to note for intellectual property work, and is singled out for its 'absolute customer orientation and dedication to clients'. The team advises on the full spectrum of IP matters, such as international trade marks, copyright and patent registration, infringement and licensing, and regularly handles domestic and cross-border litigation. Led by IT specialist Josef Donát and Michal Nulíček, the team frequently works alongside the TMT practice. Other team members include senior associate Bohuslav Lichnovský, whose speciality lies in data protection, and of counsel Kristýna Kovaříková, who advises foreign companies on IP and IT law.

Practice head(s):

Josef Donát; Michal Nulíček


This is a great team full of professionals. The IP team has great knowledge and broad experience within IP law, including representing clients before the authorities. They have a business-minded approach, and provide great added value and innovative solutions. The team also co-operates closely with the TMT and dispute resolution teams, which means that there is a single point of contact and nothing needs to be duplicated.’

‘Michal Nulíček and Bohuslav Lichnovský are great professionals with vast knowledge of IP law. They bring innovative ideas and at the same time are very precise with contracts and licensing terms.

Key clients

Hlavní město Praha (The City of Prague)


Deufol SE

T-Mobile Czech Republic

SAP ČR, spol. s r.o.

Škoda Auto DigiLab


Cisco Systems (Czech Republic) s.r.o.

NVision Czech Republic

JetBrains s.r.o.


TMT Tier 1

'One of the best firms in the area of TMT law', ROWAN LEGAL predominantly acts for clients in the IT sector. The firm has a large data protection practice integrated within the TMT team, covering privacy law and audits. Josef Donát and Michal Nulíček, who is recommended for data protection law and noted for his 'business-minded approach', head the practice. The team also handles litigation in the sector. Bohuslav Lichnovský remains a key contact, particularly for his GDPR expertise.

Practice head(s):

Josef Donát; Michal Nulíček


‘Rowan Legal have the largest TMT team on the Czech market. They provide excellent services, clear and comprehensible advice, and are flexible and available even at very short notice. They have deep knowledge of the law and wide-ranging experience and provide advice focused on practical recommendations, combining the legal, technical and business perspectives. They are one step ahead compared to other law firms in terms of identifying new technologies and regulations.’

They have an out-of-the-box way of thinking, deep knowledge of the law and a flexible approach.

Bohuslav Lichnovský is professional, hardworking, knowledgeable, and a good partner.’

Michal Nulíček is one of the biggest experts on TMT and data protection in the Czech market. He is a pleasure to work with, provides clear, concise, practical advice and finds innovative solutions to our problems. He is very flexible and always there for us when needed.’

Key clients

VIG Group – Kooperativa pojišťovna, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna, Pojišťovna České spořitelny


Česká bankovní asociace (Czech Banking Association)

CBCB (Česká spořitelna, ČSOB, Komerční banka, Unicredit, Moneta Banka)


Rockaway Capital SE

MALL Group a.s., a.s.

Heureka Shopping s.r.o.

JetBrains s.r.o.

Cisco Systems (Czech Republic) s.r.o.

SAP ČR, spol. s r.o.

NVision Czech Republic a.s. (MTS Group)

Škoda Auto DigiLab s.r.o.

Česká asociace pojišťoven (Czech Insurance Association)


Deufol SE

Českomoravská záruční a rozvojová banka, a.s.

Equa bank a.s.

Trask Solutions a.s.

S&T s.r.o.

Demokracie 2.1 s.r.o.

Gordic spol. s.r.o.

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s., Severočeské vodovody a kanalizace, a.s. 3

Vema s.r.o.

Čepro, a.s.

Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcí (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)

Hlavní město Praha (The City of Prague)

MyWAC Technologies s.r.o.


Státní ústav pro kontrolu léčiv

Komora daňových poradců (Czech Chamber of Tax Advisors)

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ROWAN LEGAL handles commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution for both local and international clients. Led by Miloš Olík, the team includes Martin Janoušek, who is recommended for his 'strategic brain', practice co-head Lukáš Duffek and Jaroslav Heyduk, who has appeared in the courts at all levels. The team has been strengthened by the addition of Lucie Kačerová, who joined from Kocián Šolc Balaštík.

Practice head(s):

Miloš Olík; Lukáš Duffek


Milos Olik is an experienced litigator with very good reputation among his peers. He is very prompt and responsive.’

The lawyers are highly experienced professionals with strong legal backgrounds and good communication skills.

The team have an exceptional track record both locally and internationally.

The team have in-depth knowledge of law combined with the ability to convey legal arguments convincingly, supported by logic and the facts of the case, as well as very good perception of the case and tactics and strategy.

Key clients

O2 Czech Republic

Hlavní město Praha (The City of Prague)

Area TZB a.s.

Česká exportní banka (Czech Export Bank)

Algon Plus – Auto a.s.

Aures Holdings a.s. (AAA Auto International)

Insolvency administrator of Vítkovice Power Engineering a.s.

Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)

Invia Group SE, member of Rockaway Group

Řízení letového provozu ČR s.p. (Air Navigation Services Czech Republic)

ŘSD (Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic)

Česká Televize (Czech public TV broadcaster)

Projects and PPP Tier 2

At ROWAN LEGAL, the PPP team led by Vilém Podešva specialises in government investments and is particularly strong in the construction and transportation sectors. Martin Janoušek has experience in real estate projects, where he focuses on the operation and securement of public buildings. Other team members include Jiří Votrubec, who has public procurement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Vilém Podešva


The team is strong because of its professional knowledge and experience. They are also outstanding in PPP projects.

Key clients

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s. (North Bohemia water supply company Ltd.)

Hlavní město Praha (City of Prague)

Ředitelství silnic a dálnic (Directorate of Roads and Motorways)

Dopravní podnik Praha (The Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.)

Město Františkovy Lázně (City of Františkovy Lázně)

Město Hostinné (City of Hostinné)

EU and competition Tier 3

ROWAN LEGAL is described as 'always one step ahead' and is experienced in representing telecoms and technology sector clients in competition-related litigation before the local and European courts. Led by Michal Nulíček and Jan Měkota, the team handles investigations and merger control proceedings. Vilém Podešva is a key contact in the group due to his multi-practice expertise, which covers public procurement and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Michal Nulíček; Jan Měkota


Vilém Podešva combines deep domain expertise with a business-minded, problem-solving approach.

The lawyers are very resourceful, have a deep understanding of legal and factual matters, and work very efficiently and flexibly as a team.’

Key clients

O2 Czech Republic

AŽD Praha


UP Česká republika


Profi EMG

Česká republika – Ministerstvo půmyslu a obchodu


EC Financial Services

Elektrizace železnic

Projects and energy Tier 3

ROWAN LEGAL's 'competent, engaged and fast-acting' energy practice handles a range of mid-to-high value matters across the sector, with a particular focus on the water supply industry. Headed by Vilém Podešva, the team is skilled in public procurement matters. The 'professional and intelligentLukáš Sommer is recommended for PPP projects and for advising investors.

Practice head(s):

Vilém Podešva


This practice is unique because of the team’s professional knowledge and experience. They are outstanding in energy projects.’

Lukas Sommer is very professional, intelligent and fast and brings results.

Key clients

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s. (North Bohemia water supply company)

Statutární město Olomouc (City of Olomouc)

E.ON Česká republika, a.s.

Dopravní podnik Praha (Prague public transit company)

Severočeská vodárenská společnost, a.s. (North Bohemia water supply company)

Vodohospodářské sdružení Turnov (Turnov water supply company)

Vodárna Plzeň (Pilsen water supply company)

Pražská vodohospodářská společnost a.s. (Prague water supply company)

Ministry of Industry and Trade

Tax Tier 3

ROWAN LEGAL is experienced in comprehensive advisory work on post-acquisition and restructuring matters for a variety of clients, primarily in the banking and energy sectors. Led by corporate expert Ondřej Křížek, Martin Šubrt is the key name in the practice for post-M&A related tax matters, leading high-value advisory work with support from associate Simona Mlýnek Štursová who provides her corporate tax law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ondřej Křížek

Key clients

Central Europe Industry Partners

AVE CZ odpadové hospodářství, s.r.o.

Severočeská vodárenská společnost

Škoda Auto DigiLab s.r.o.

EP Industries, a.s.

EDUA Group, s.r.o.

Jihlavan, a.s.

Dastit management, spol.s.r.o

Roka Industry, spol. s r.o.

BMH spol. s r.o.

Elcom, a.s.

Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.

AURES Holdings a.s.

Hotel „Paříž“ Praha a.s.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The corporate team at ROWAN LEGAL is described as 'very commercially oriented and working like a well-oiled machine' under the leadership of Martin Janoušek and Ondřej Křížek. The team's traditional strength is in local transactions, but it has also expanded its practice to handle large international deals for corporations and start-ups across various sectors. Martin Šubrt is recommended for acquisition financing and Vladimír Hejduk is the key name for the tax aspects of corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Janoušek; Ondřej Křížek


The lawyers are very resourceful, with a deep understanding of legal and factual matters, and they work very efficiently and flexibly as a team. The lawyers are very accomplished. We appreciate the fast pace with which they follow new technologies and regulations. Rowan is always one step ahead.

Rowan Legal has been able to create a compact team consisting of high-level professionals armed with excellent technical competencies, who support each other and pull together for the clients. I do not know a better team for acquisitions.’

Rowan has a strong corporate team from associates to partner level. They are dedicated to solving clients’ problems rather than creating issues.’

‘Martin Šubrt is smart, analytical, excellent.’

Vladimí­r Hejduk is the absolute best choice for negotiations.’

Martin Janoušek has excellent business acumen.’

‘Ondřej Křížek is responsive, communicative and listens to clients – he is very good in every area.’

Jan Novotny is a rising star who is very good in negotiation.’

Key clients

AVE CZ odpadové hospodářství s.r.o.

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s.

Rockaway Capital SE

Solar Turbines EAME s.r.o.


Central Europe Industry Partners, a.s. (CEIP)

Snoeks Automotive B.V.

Elcom, a.s.

Hogan Lovells US

Aures Holdings a.s.

CGI IT Czech Republic s.r.o.

Brandeis Clinci, s.r.o.

Paramount Building

Ericsson spol. s r.o.


Škoda Auto DigiLab s.r.o.

datasapiens a.s.

Oriens Czech Republic, s.r.o.

The firm: ROWAN LEGAL belongs to the leading Czech and Slovak law firms, was founded in 1990 and now can provide the clients with almost 30 years of experience. The clients include the largest national and international corporations and public institutions, to which the firm provides comprehensive legal support in key projects.

The firm provides its clients with full legal support; however it is particularly recognised and regularly highly ranked for its expertise in IPMT/IT, public regulation (including public procurement and competition), dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate law and commercial law. It also has an extremely strong tax law department.

ROWAN LEGAL is particularly recognised and regularly highly ranked for expertise in IT and media, telecommunications, privacy and data protection, corporate law and commercial law, dispute resolution and arbitration, intellectual property and competition (including public procurement).

The members of the team include lecturers at law faculties and authors of expert articles in the various areas the firm covers. They try to be the ones forming, rather than following, legal opinions.

Thanks to the firm’s long-term presence in the international market of legal services, it has become an exclusive member of MULTILAW for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Areas of practice: IT/media/communications: the firm’s lawyers are leading experts in information systems delivery and implementation, outsourcing, software development, e-commerce, cloud computing and cyber security.

Dispute resolution and arbitration: ROWAN LEGAL is a leading choice for dispute resolution and arbitration in the Czech and Slovak markets. For over 20 years, the firm’s lawyers have been selected for advocacy in the most complex cases worth billions of euros.

Public procurement: public procurement is one of the firm’s traditional areas of expertise and it has a very long track record of advising the contracting authorities, the candidates and tenderers.

Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions: ROWAN LEGAL provides comprehensive legal counselling to both national companies and national branches of global companies in full range of this field of law – from long-term management of corporate matters, drafting of corporate structures, modifications of corporate and group structures, company transformations and group restructuring.

Privacy and data protection: ROWAN LEGAL is the right partner for issues related to privacy and data protection especially with regards to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and provides strategic advice to associations and individual clients. ROWAN LEGAL has the largest team of privacy protection and cyber-security specialists in the Czech Republic.

Tax: ROWAN LEGAL is convinced that lawyers should work in the closest co-operation with tax experts and that every transaction, including in particular cross-border transactions, should be structured in such a way as to reflect at the same time both legal and tax considerations.

The firm also provides full legal support in the following areas: commercial law; intellectual and industrial property; competition and antitrust; labour law; regulatory and compliance; product recalls; and real estate and construction.

Department Name Email Telephone
IT, TMT, IP, Josef Donát +420224216212
M&A Martin Janoušek +420224216212
GDPR, IT, Compliance, Banking&Finance Michal Nulíček +420224216212
Dispute Resolution Miloš Olík +420224216212
Public Procurement, Energy Vilém Podešva +420224216212
Number of lawyers : 50
at this office : 35
Other offices : Brno
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