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Wolf Theiss
AUPARK TOWER, EINSTEINOVA 24
851 01 BRATISLAVA
Slovakia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Wolf Theiss is regularly engaged by international banks on their transactions in Slovakia, In addition, the firm is often engaged in complex, cross-border matters where cross-office support is required. Regulatory advice is another key workstream of the practice. Team head Katarína Bieliková, who recently made partner, often takes the lead on complex transactions.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Bieliková

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Wolf Theiss, which has a focus on cross-border disputes, is particularly active in IP and employment cases. Led by Katarína Bieliková, the team acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, health, technology and IT sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Bieliková

Key clients

Polish State Treasury

Employment Tier 3

Wolf Theiss, whose footprint spans the CEE/SEE region, undertakes the employment aspects of corporate transactions and also provides general advice on rewards, benefits and contractual agreements. In addition, the team acts for individual employees in workplace rights claims, and also advises on employment contracts and severance agreements. Katarína Bieliková is the head of the team.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Bieliková

Key clients

Münchener Rückversicherungs – Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Wolf Theiss, which is noted for its international reach, handles cross-border real estate transactions and projects for investors and developers. It also advises commercial tenants and landlords on leasing issues. The team, which is led by Katarína Bieliková, is supported by the firm's corporate, M&A, banking and competition experts.

Practice head(s):

Katarína Bieliková

Key clients

Nidec Corporation

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Wolf Theiss works closely with its regional network of offices to advise on cross-border transactions. The team has recently been involved in several distressed M&A and insolvency mandates, and is also active in corporate restructurings. The insurance and financial services sectors are key areas of focus for the practice. Team head Katarina Bielikova recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Katarina Bielikova

Key clients

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Lagardère SCA

Hemisphere International properties, B.V.

Steinhoff Europe

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.

*As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant 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.

Slovakia: Wolf Theiss Slovakia routinely advises local and multinational companies and governmental organizations in all areas of commercial law, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking, finance and insurance, real estate, competition law, public procurement, pharmaceutical law, labour law, concessions and litigation. Our deep integration with all other Wolf Theiss offices in the region and coordination of multi-jurisdictional deals remain a strong asset and important factor for clients retaining us with respect to large cross-border transactions. Our experienced team is regularly involved in various significant and high-profile transactions on the Slovak market. Wolf Theiss’ Bratislava practice is led by partner Katarína Bieliková and comprises six lawyers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Katarína Bieliková
Competition/antitrust Zuzana Hodoňová
Corporate/M&A Katarína Bieliková
Dispute resolution Katarína Bieliková
Employment Katarína Bieliková
Energy and infrastructure Katarína Bieliková
Intellectual property Zuzana Hodoňová
Real estate Katarína Bieliková
Regulatory and procurement Katarína Bieliková
Photo Name Position Profile
Judr Zuzana Hodonova  photo Judr Zuzana Hodonova
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 6
Czech
English
German
Slovak
British Chambers of Commerce
American Chamber of Commerce
Slovak-Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Slovak-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Contact : Katarína Bieliková (Office managing partner)
Contact : Claus Schneider (Regional managing partner)
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
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 in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice 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 and 60% of our senior associates 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.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 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. We are proud that Euromoney Legal Media Group honoured us with the ‘2014 Best National Firm for Pro Bono Work’.


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 in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice 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 25% 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 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.