Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss > Bratislava, Slovakia

Wolf Theiss
AUPARK TOWER, EINSTEINOVA 24
851 01 BRATISLAVA
Slovakia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Wolf Theiss regularly acts for regional and international clients on a variety of refinancings, acquisition financings, and complex debt capital market matters. The team is particularly noted for its cross-border regulatory capabilities, often working in collaboration with colleagues from the firm’s offices in Prague and Vienna. Capital markets specialist Robert David leads the team from Prague, while recently hired counsel Bruno Štefánik strengthens the team’s regulatory practice. Katarína Bieliková left in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Robert David

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Štefánik

Key clients

Munich RE Group

Erste Group Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Wolf Theiss’ close ties with its Prague office makes it a popular choice for cross-border commercial disputes and employment litigation. The team is also experienced in civil and criminal proceedings, compliance matters and corporate fraud investigations and anti-corruption matters. Clients benefit from the recent firm-wide implementation of Wolf Theiss Space, a collaborative platform that simplifies communication and provides transparency on the progression of legal proceedings. Senior associate Marko Ernek, who recently joined from Kinstellar, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marko Ernek

Employment Tier 3

Wolf Theiss solid regional presence allows it to advise a broad spectrum of clients on various aspects of cross-border labour matters. The team works in collaboration with its Prague and Vienna offices on complex litigation, terminations and employment concerns both pre and post-acquisition.  Restructurings and liquidations are also a key focus. The team is led by counsel Zuzana Hodonova who joined from Kinstellar.

Practice head(s):

Zuzana Hodoňová

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Wolf Theiss handles cross-border real estate transactions for investors and developers; it also advises commercial tenants and landlords on leasing matters. The team is supported by the firm's corporate, M&A, banking and competition teams.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Leveraging its regional network, the team at Wolf Theiss is well positioned to act on multi-jurisdictional deals for a range of major international companies and investors. It also excels in restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Clients benefit from the firm-wide implementation of Wolf Theiss Space which is a client collaboration platform that provides greater transparency and simplicity during the lifecycle of projects. Corporate law and financing specialist Bruno Štefánik leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Štefánik

Key clients

ALSO Holding AG & Roseville Investments sp. z o.o. & ALSO Polska sp. z o.o.

The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

ALSO Holding AG

Olympus Partners

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

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: The Wolf Theiss Bratislava office was established in 2002. The team has local and international legal expertise as well as in-depth industry knowledge to support our clients doing business in the Slovak Republic and CEE/SEE region. We regularly advise local and international companies and clients from a wide range of industries. Wolf Theiss Bratislava has strong expertise in banking and finance, capital markets and financial regulation, corporate/M&A, real estate pharmaceutical law, competition law and employment matters. Our full integration with all other Wolf Theiss offices in the region and coordination of multi-jurisdictional deals are a strong asset and important factor for clients retaining us with respect to large cross-border transactions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Bruno Štefánik bruno.stefanik@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 30
Competition/antitrust Zuzana Hodoňová zuzana.hodonova@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 36
Compliance Jitka Logesová jitka.logesova@wolftheiss.com +420 234 765 223
Corporate/M&A Bruno Štefánik bruno.stefanik@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 30
Corporate Investigations Jitka Logesová jitka.logesova@wolftheiss.com +420 234 765 223
Dispute resolution Marko Ernek marko.ernek@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 38
Employment Zuzana Hodoňová zuzana.hodonova@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 36
Energy and infrastructure Marko Ernek marko.ernek@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 38
Intellectual property Zuzana Hodoňová zuzana.hodonova@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 36
Life Science Zuzana Hodoňová zuzana.hodonova@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 36
Real estate Bruno Štefánik bruno.stefanik@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 30
Regulatory and procurement Marko Ernek marko.ernek@wolftheiss.com +421 2 591 012 38
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Bruno Štefánik  photo Mr Bruno Štefánik Counsel
Mr Marko Ernek  photo Mr Marko Ernek Senior Associate
Ms Zuzana Hodonova photo Ms Zuzana Hodonova Counsel.
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 9
Czech
English
German
Slovak
French
Slovak-Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Slovak-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Contact : Jitka Logesová (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 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. In 2020, we won in the categories “Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm” and “Best national firm mentorship programme” at the European Women in Business Law Awards.

 

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.