Wolf Theiss > Prague, Czech Republic > Firm Profile
Wolf Theiss Offices
186 00 PRAGUE 8
Wolf Theiss > The Legal 500 Rankings
Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3
The banking and finance team at Wolf Theiss deals with a wide range of project, acquisition, real estate and corporate financing, as well as advising on financial regulatory mandates and establishment of investment funds. Banks, non-banking financial institutions, and insurance companies are all regularly advised by the team. Robert David heads the team, specialising in acquisition finance, export finance, refinancing, and general lending. David is supported by associates Filip Michalec, Kristýna Tupà and Tomáš Kren, who joined the team in May 2022 from Českomoravská nemovitostní.
Other key lawyers:
Filip Michalec; Kristýna Tupá; Tomáš Kren
DAKO – CZ, a.s.
LAMA ENERGY GROUP a.s.
IdInvest Debt S.à r.l.
UniCredit Bank AG
Česká spořitelna (Erste Group Bank)
- Advised DAKO-CZ, a major Czech manufacturer of braking systems, on its complete refinancing amounting to €72.59m.
- Advised UniCredit Bank, as the lender, on increasing the financing of Medi-Globe Group and DS Rose Investment Holding, worth €98m.
- Advised Erste Group Bank on a €500m green bond issue which was listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.
Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3
Clients for the team at Wolf Theiss range from major multinational corporations to household domestic names. The team handles a diverse portfolio of corporate and M&A work, advising buyers and sellers on all stages of M&A transactions – including due diligence, transaction documentation, negotiations, closing, and post-closing issues – as well as advising on joint ventures and restructurings. Tereza Naučová leads the practice, with vast experience in the private equity and funds industry. Senior associate Kateřina Kulhánková is adept at handling technology and life sciences-related projects, and also has financing and corporate restructuring expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Kateřina Kulhánková; Michal Matouš; Barbora Malimánková
‘The team is incredible – their work ethic, clear communication and proactive nature to go above and beyond just identifying risks for us made them great advisors to work with. Would highly recommend Kateřina Kulhánková and Tereza Naučová.’
‘The Wolf Theiss Prague team provides excellent legal services, the lawyers are very knowledgeable and practical with great client skills. Definitely above-average delivery of high quality legal advice and super-quick responses.’
‘We worked mostly with Tereza Naučová and Michal Matouš. Both are very pleasant to work with, always responsive, adhering to tight deadlines. Tereza stands out for her excellent technical expertise in corporate and commercial advisory, very comprehensive skill set and practical business mindset.’
‘The Wolf Theiss team we worked with on our acquisition was tremendous. Since we are a non-Czech acquirer, there were numerous steps we would have to go through from a corporate records/governance perspective and the team assisted us in making sure all obligations were fulfilled.’
Bain Capital Tech Opportunities Fund
The Baupost Group
Baring Private Equity Asia Limited
Intuitive Surgical Operations
Waterland Private Equity
PIP Global Holding
- Advised Bain Capital Tech Opportunities, a business unit of Bain Capital, on its $150m minority investment in Ataccama Group, a unified data management platform provider for global enterprises.
- Advised Intuitive Surgical, a US-based corporation that develops and manufactures robotic products for use in the healthcare industry, on the process of selling its distribution business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Synektik, a Polish distributor.
- Advised the AGROFERT group on the acquisition of Borealis.
Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 4The dispute resolution team at Wolf Theiss is actice across a range of industries. The team has six core focuses, namely commercial litigation, arbitration, white-collar crime, investigations, construction disputes, and contentious insolvencies. Robert Pelikán leads the department.
Other key lawyers:
Jitka Logesová; Michal Matouš
‘The Wolf Theiss team we worked with was tremendous – they provided thorough and diligent support.’
‘The team was incredible – their work ethic, clear communication and proactive nature to go above and beyond just identifying risks for us made them great advisors to work with. Would highly recommend.’
‘Wolf Theiss provides excellent legal services, the lawyers are very knowledgeable and practical with great client skills. Definitely above-average delivery of high quality legal advice and super-quick responses.’
‘Michal Matouš – very pleasant to work with, always responsive, adhering to tight deadlines.’
‘We have worked with Michal Matouš who is an outstanding practitioner and will surely make a name for himself. He is easy to work with, responsive, available and pragmatic. He is providing really useful advice.’
‘We have worked with a young team, diverse and dynamic and very pleasant to work with. The advice was very pragmatic.’
RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi
Delta Projektconsult s. r. o.
- Representing LOGSTOR, a Danish energy-efficient products manufacturer, in the bankruptcy of its exclusive distributor in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- Representing Delta Projektconsult in arbitration proceedings against an international company active in the machinery industry.
- Represented RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi, a paper manufacturing company, in a dispute with its Czech supplier and in subsequent insolvency proceedings.
Czech Republic > Employment Tier 5The employment department at Wolf Theiss advises on complex workforce restructurings, collective dismissals, employment agreements, severance packages, and Covid-19 related matters. The team primarily acts for large and medium-sized corporations active in the IT, pharmaceutical, and automotive fields. Kamila Seberová heads up the team, and advises both local and international clients.
Other key lawyers:
- Advising Sandoz, a division of the Novartis Group, on various day-to-day employment issues, including employment agreements, management contracts, internal policies and bonus schemes, home working rules, and data privacy.
- Advising Perforce Software, an American software developer, on its employee dismissals process and providing further advice on various internal policies.
- Advising Bain Capital Tech Opportunities fund on its $150m minority investment in Ataccama Group.
Slovakia > Dispute resolutionThe offering at Wolf Theiss is broad ranging and encompasses commercial, employment, regulatory, IP, and IT disputes; litigation concerning the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors; contentious mandates in the banking industry; and white-collar criminal cases. It also undertakes cross-border mandates with the assistance of the firm’s international network. Robert Pelikán is head of the practice with expertise in litigation and arbitration proceedings. At senior associate level, Marko Ernek is a key team member.
Other key lawyers:
Marko Ernek; Zuzana Hodoňová
Wiener Privatbank SE
- Advising LOGSTOR on the bankruptcy of its exclusive distributor in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- Representing GoEastFashion in litigation relating to significant damage caused by a transportation company while transporting the client’s goods in the UK.
Wolf Theiss > Firm Profile
The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 360 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.
This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.
Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
*The firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, we mean a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.
Areas of practice: Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.
Czech Republic: The Wolf Theiss Prague office opened in 1998 and is now viewed as one of the key international law offices in the Czech Republic. The team advises a mix of international, regional and local clients on a broad range of areas. In addition to providing client-focused and industry-driven advice in all core areas of commercial law, our expertise ranges from competition to compliance and white-collar crime matters, to IP & IT and pharmaceutical law. Wolf Theiss Prague serves as the firm’s Corporate Investigations hub and has unique expertise in dispute resolution.
|Banking & Finance||Robert Davidfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 214|
|Competition/Antitrust||Robert Pelikánemail@example.com||+420 234 765 238|
|Construction||Barbora Malimánkováfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 237|
|Compliance||Jitka Logesováemail@example.com||+420 234 765 223|
|Corporate/M&A||Tereza Naučováfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 257|
|Corporate Investigations||Jitka Logesováemail@example.com||+420 234 765 223|
|Dispute Resolution||Robert Pelikánfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 238|
|Employment||Sabina Krajíčkováemail@example.com||+420 234 765 228|
|IP/IT||Kateřina Kulhánkováfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 252|
|Life Sciences||Kamila Seberováemail@example.com||+420 234 765 251|
|Real Estate||Tomáš Krenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 236|
|Regulatory||Filip Michalecemail@example.com||+420 234 765 261|
|White Collar Crime||Ondřej Ambrožfirstname.lastname@example.org||+420 234 765 221|
|Mr Ondřej Ambrož||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Robert David||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Sabina Krajíčková||Senior Associate.||View Profile|
|Mr Tomáš Kren||Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Kateřina Kulhánková||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Jitka Logesová||Partner, co-head of Wolf Theiss’ firm-wide Disputes practice, and the head of…||View Profile|
|Ms Barbora Malimánková||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Michal Matous||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Filip Michalec||Senior Associate.||View Profile|
|Ms Tereza Naučová||Counsel.||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Pelikán||Partner.||View Profile|
|Mr Jaromír Pumr||Associate.||View Profile|
|Ms Kamila Seberová||Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Dita Šulcová||Consultant.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 360 at this office : 20
LanguagesCzech English German French Spanish Russian
MembershipsInternational Bar Association
OtherContacts : Jitka Logesová (local managing partner) Other offices : Belgrade Other offices : Bratislava Other offices : Bucharest Other offices : Budapest Other offices : Kyiv Other offices : Ljubljana Other offices : Sarajevo Other offices : Sofia Other offices : Tirana Other offices : Vienna Other offices : Warsaw Other offices : Zagreb
At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.
For us, uniting people and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.
Our leadership team is comprised of 22% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% of our senior lawyers are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives.
Wolf Theiss is proud to have been awarded Best National Firm – Work-Life Balance, 2021, Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm, 2020 and Best national firm mentorship programme, 2020 and to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.
One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole.
Sustainable construction and ESG reporting in the commercial real estate sector in PolandAccording to the World Economic Forum, buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption and almost 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the European Commission (EC) proposes that from 2030 all new buildings should be zero-emission.
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