Wolf Theiss > Prague, Czech Republic > Firm Profile

Wolf Theiss
POBREZNI 12
186 00 PRAGUE 8
Czech Republic

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Wolf Theiss acts for both buyers and sellers, providing legal advice across the lifespan of a corporate transaction, with additional expertise in restructurings and joint ventures. Led by Tereza Naučová, it is capable of leading on key domestic transactions and serving as local counsel for international companies in the pharmaceutical, private equity and technology sectors. Other key partners include Jitka LogesováRobert Pelikán and life sciences expert Kamila Seberová.

Practice head(s):

Tereza Naučová

Testimonials

‘Very professional team. Tasks performed in a timely manner with high quality.’

‘High quality of legal advice and legal knowledge. Clear communications. Adapting to client’s needs. Diverse team.’

‘Tereza Naucova: works for the client, focuses on clients’ needs, good at relationship management.’

‘They were responsive even out of working hours and very supportive. I saw that the answers to our questions were managed by a larger team of “behind the scenes” team members, which increased the quality of our interaction.’

‘What stands out is their highly efficient cooperation between their headquarters (Vienna) and local offices. This gives us outstanding local expertise coupled with swift partner availability whenever overarching topics arise.’

‘Our local experts are indeed experts in their field. They were ready to support us from day one and helped us navigate even when the waters got rough (due to circumstances beyond our reach).’

‘We love working with Wolf Theiss. They are very good, very responsive and reliable to work with, even in really complex M&A transactions with tight deadlines.’

‘Jitka Logesova – hands on, smart and practical advice, super quick response time.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

Elanco Animal Health Inc.

TA Associates

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bain Capital & CINVEN with the acquisition of the Specialty Ingredients business of the Lonza Group for over $4.5bn.
  • Advising Elanco Animal Health on its acquisition of Bayer Animal Health in several jurisdictions for circa $7bn.
  • Advised TA Associates on a major transaction with a particularly complex post-closing phase that included licensing procedure with the Czech National Bank and a merger of regulated entities.

Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Wolf Theiss offers an ‘unrivalled combination of Austrian and Czech legal advise’, with particular strength in capital markets matters. For financing matters, the team advises on bilateral, syndicated and corporate financing, and has experience in refinancing and trade receivables matters. Robert David leads the team, which includes compliance expert Filip Michalec and regulatory adviser Kristýna Tupà.

Practice head(s):

Robert David

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled combination of Austrian and Czech legal advice.’

‘Robert David is a top lawyer in banking & finance in the Czech Republic.’

‘Virtual data room for sharing necessary documents – very helpful and effective’

‘Kristiny Tupa – reliable and hard working person.’

Key clients

Česká spořitelna

Liberty Ostrava

Česká spořitelna

Work highlights

  • Advising the biggest Czech bank operating on the market with regard to the establishment of a multi-issuer bond programme under Czech law.
  • Advising Liberty Ostrava in connection with its operational financing from a German bank in the amount of €76m.
  • Advising Česká spořitelna on the establishment of a new covered bonds programme, admitted to the Vienna Stock Exchange in April 2021.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Wolf Theiss‘ practice covers matters such as shareholder disputes and unfair competition cases, as well as employment, banking and product liability litigation. The firm is also noted for its excellent white-collar crime practice, which is led by Jitka Logesová. Robert Pelikán leads the team, which includes associates Lukas Mazura and Kateřina Kulhánková.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pelikán

Testimonials

‘Outstanding knowledge of law, reliability and ability to resolve really complex matters. Excellent case management with attention to detail.’

‘Mr. Robert Pelikán – one of the top commercial lawyers in the Czech Republic, outstandingly deep knowledge of civil (commercial law) mixed with outstanding strategic thinking.’

‘Well connected in the legal market and in the financial services industry. They grasp the fast developments of the Czech law more quickly than their competitors. Still very reasonably priced.’

‘Jitka Logesova (office head), Robert Pelikan (litigation partner) and Lukas Mazura (associate): well-leveraged team. They know the law and develop excellent litigation strategies. Robert Pelikan also has a lot of academic credentials. It is nice to work with the team and they won all cases we instructed them on.’

‘I would describe the team as knowledgeable of the intricacies of the law, whilst making commercially viable suggestions that can yield results. At the same time, they are very responsive using technology, iCloud/secure conference call facilities in addition to mobile phone & email communication.’

‘I believe Robert Pelikan and Lukas Mazura have been a stand out partner and associate team. They were capable of suggesting additional lawsuits which had not been identified or highlighted to me by other firms in order to achieve my goals. They were also able to be pragmatic in sometimes not recommended to pursue a route they felt would cost considerable sums and result in a minimal gain. They had the respect of the legal community given their track record.’

Key clients

RUE Zavod Gazetnoi Bumagi

Delta Projektconsult s.r.o.

Österreichische Post AG

ELTODO a.s.

Teren Operations Czech

The Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic

Renault Ceska Republika a.s.

Logstor A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing the Czech Arbitration Court in its key disputes.
  • Representing Renault in several disputes with its former dealers.
  • Representing Logstor in several civil proceedings in connection with the bankruptcy of its distributor in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 5

Wolf Theiss covers a wide range of employment issues for clients, with its team being praised for being ‘very quick, always reachable and business-oriented’. Led by counsel Kamila Seberová, its experience spans workforce restructurings, collective dismissals, TUPE-related issues, the drafting (and revision) of employment contracts, bonus schemes and severance packages, among other matters. Senior associate Sabina Krajíčková is active in handling the employment aspects of cross-border mergers and she is also noted for her data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kamila Seberová

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very quick, always reachable, business-oriented, clear and simple solutions’

‘Thoughtful guidance and fast response time.’

‘Kamila Seberova – super quick, business approach, offers easy-to-implement solutions, great litigator, very experienced lawyer and super nice personality.’

‘Sabina Krajickova – always reachable, interested in the topic, flexible.’

‘Kamila and Sabina are great.’

Key clients

Sandoz

Dura-Line

ZeroTurnaround

Work highlights

  • Advising Sandoz on regular day-to-day employment issues.
  • Assisting ZeroTurnaround with the process of employees’ dismissals and COVID-19-related matters.
  • Providing strategic advice to Dura-Line on various employment issues.

Slovakia > Banking, finance and capital markets

Wolf Theiss' team is active in sectors such real estate, energy, IT and manufacturing. Its banking work covers a range of transactions, such as those involving project finance, acquisition finance and securitisations. Elsewhere, the firm is instructed in debt capital markets transactions, such as notes issues and private placements. Robert David heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert David

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, seamless advice across jurisdictions and departments of banking and tax, very knowledgeable with practical advice for client on how to navigate risks and pitfalls. Very approachable and commercially-minded team.’

Key clients

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Erste Group Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Kommunalkredit Austria on the project financing of 65 MW solar portfolio of five ready-to-build solar PV plants.
  • Advising Erste Group Erste Group Bank, Erste Bank Croatia and Ceska Sporitelna and Slovenska Sporitelna on the establishment of a multi-issuer programme for the issuance of notes for MREL and own funds purposes.

Slovakia > Dispute resolution

Wolf Theiss attracts a wide variety of litigation and arbitration mandates from clients, such as commercial claims, IP/IT disputes and employment litigation. It also acts for clients in contentious matters connected with sectors such as banking, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Elsewhere, the firm is increasingly prominent in white-collar crime cases and cybercrime matters. Robert Pelikán leads the team, which also includes senior associate Marko Ernek .

Practice head(s):

Robert Pelikán

Other key lawyers:

Marko Ernek

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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 340 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & Finance Robert Davidrobert.david@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 214
Competition/Antitrust Robert Pelikánrobert.pelikan@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 238
Construction Barbora Malimánkovábarbora.malimankova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 237
Compliance Jitka Logesovájitka.logesova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 223
Corporate/M&A Tereza Naučovátereza.naucova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 257
Corporate Investigations Jitka Logesovájitka.logesova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 223
Dispute Resolution Robert Pelikánrobert.pelikan@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 238
Employment Sabina Krajíčkovásabina.krajickova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 228
IP/IT Kamila Seberovákamila.seberova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 251
Life Sciences Kamila Seberovákamila.seberova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 251
Real Estate Radka Neničkováradka.nenickova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 229
Regulatory Filip Michalecfilip.michalec@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 261
TMT Kateřina Kulhánkovákaterina.kulhankova@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 252
White Collar Crime Ondřej Ambrožondrej.ambroz@wolftheiss.com+420 234 765 221
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 17
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Contacts : Jitka Logesová (local managing partner)
Other offices : Belgrade
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Other offices : Vienna
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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.