Firm Profile > HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law > Prague, Czech Republic

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law
110 00 PRAGUE 1 - NEW TOWN
Czech Republic

EU and competition Tier 1

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law antitrust practice offers a 'unique combination of top knowledge of law with super-strong competition economics.' Practice head Robert Neruda is noted for his 'extremely valuable insight'. His team assists clients with a wide range of matters, including merger control, alleged abuses of dominant positions and day-to-day compliance issues. Petr Kadlec is recommended for his expertise in commercial contracts in the energy and infrastructure space. Lenka Gachová specialises in state aid work. The group frequently appears before the European Commission in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Neruda

Other key lawyers:

Petr Kadlec; Lenka Gachová


‘Robert Neruda makes Havel & Partners’ competition law practice unique. His previous role in the Czech National Competition Authority gives him extremely valuable insight into the policy, priorities, practices and procedures that enable him to produce highly practical advice and compliance programmes. In particular, he is able to point out where a business is overly restricting itself in the mistaken belief that competition law prohibits certain activities, thereby helping businesses to realise more value. As a result, Robert is the competition lawyer that I find to be the best within our EU-wide panel of law firms, which include Magic Circle firms.’

The team of Havel & Partners is technically very well positioned. It aims to understand every representation of facts and particularities and to implement them for the benefit of the client. The in-house lawyer is seen as an equal partner. Comments, suggestions and ideas are included. The team is easily accessible at any time.’

The team is expert both as to Czech as well as European competition law. The strength is the knowledge of the Czech environment and thanks to the complexity and size of the office also possibility to get inputs from teams in other areas of law.’

Team has a combination of legal wisdom, competition economics and pro-business approach – not only meeting our company/legal needs but coming proactively with broader business consequences/opportunities. Simply a pleasure to work with them.

Key clients

T-Mobile Czech Republic

Albert Česká republika


Komerční banka (Société Générale) / Česká spořitelna (Erste Group) / ČSOB (KBC Group)

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen-Cilag


City of Ostrava

Stock Spirits Group

AV Media

Pro Diagnostic Group

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law's banking practice comprises of 'top experts in the field', according to clients. Strong in the financing space, the team is equally capable acting for borrowers and lenders. Capital markets expert Jan Topinka co-heads the group with Filip Čabart, who leads the firm's debt financing desk. The duo handle complex restructuring mandates and advise international institutions on banking matters. Senior associate Štěpán Černý acts for domestic banks on restructuring mandates. The team is also a panel adviser to some of the leading Czech banks, as well as being the preferred local counsel for international firms.

Practice head(s):

Filip Čabart; Jan Topinka; Dušan Sedláček


‘Havel is by far the most professional law firm to work with in the Czech Republic. It is my first choice when I need a competent law firm in this region.’

‘Throughout my interactions with Havel & Partners I have found their legal and commercial expertise to be of a very high level. Although their focus is the Czech and Slovak market, it is clear that they have an excellent understanding of legal systems around the world and have strong expertise to be able to assist in cross-border deals apart from local deals.’

‘I have had the pleasure to interact with: Filip Cabart – Partner. Outstanding knowledge in his sector, extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘We have been working with Havel Partners, in particular Jan Topinka, on CRR and export credit-related matters. Jan is a very pragmatic and knowledgeable partner, who delivers high-quality work on the spot.’

‘They work on the highest level to be expected from a magic circle global firm and are friendly, pragmatic, and very available. ’

‘From banking and finance I have to stand out Filip Cabart and Jan Topinka. Both of them are not just the partners in the firm but they are top experts in their field. They are always ready to help with the legal matter.’

Key clients

J&T Banka

Česká Spořitelna (member of Erste Group)

Komerční banka (Societe General Group)

Československá obchodní banka (KBC Group)


Czech Development Bank

DURA Automotive



UniCredit Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law handles high-stakes litigation cases for blue-chip clients such as Google and its team is noted for its 'profound expertise.' The group is active in both domestic and international arbitration cases, and is jointly led by Dušan Sedláček (who specialises in insolvency and restructuring work) and Jan Šturm. The practice is strong in complex banking litigation and is able to handle cross-border cases in the CEE region. Robert Neruda handles competition-related work requiring EU law expertise, while František Korbel is the key name for real estate and construction-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jan Šturm; Dušan Sedláček

Other key lawyers:

Robert Neruda; František Korbel


‘I can say their team is experienced and can provide high-quality representation to their clients, knowledgeable, well acquainted with the case and at the same time acting with respect to the counterparty.’

‘Comparing to other law firms, Havel & Partners (H&P) are not only hard working experienced professionals but also very committed, amiable, always ready to understand client’

‘Their litigation department is the largest in the Czech Republic, so they have sufficient capacity even for large disputes and high-profile litigation. It also brings quite good availability when you need them.’

‘Dusan Sedlacek (senior partner) – he is a legal genius, reading most of the law journals every month and having over 20 years of experience with huge and important disputes. He also works 14 hours a day and is usually very responsive.

‘Very smart complex view of client issues (eg not focused only on the specific litigation but reflecting impacts and interlinks to other matters) Profound expertise.’

Key clients




GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

BNP Paribas


Merck & Co.

UniCredit Bank


M7 Group

Football Association of the Czech Republic

Metrostav (the largest construction company in the CEE)


Intellectual property Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is a key destination for technology clients, for which it handles a wide spectrum of intellectual property matters. The highly regarded Robert Nešpůrek jointly leads the team alongside Ivan Rámeš, who advises international corporations on trade marks and copyrights, as well as on litigation matters; Štěpán Štarha, who splits his time between Prague and Bratislava and is the key contact for cross-border mandates across the CEE region; Jan Diblik, who has experience acting for internet technologies and telecoms clients.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nešpůrek; Ivan Rámeš; Jan Diblík; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Havelka


‘Havel & Partners is a good partner for us; they offer many services for reasonable prices and there is always someone specialized in a particular problem.’

‘Ivan Rames, Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabakova who are ready to deal with our daily agenda as well as with specialized IP matters. What we always appreciate most is fast reaction/responses, practical approach, and comprehensible answer which was always professional, complex, and clear to us.

‘I was closely working with associate Mgr. Tomas Havelka and I’ve found his competence, openness, and honest client-focused approach impressive.’

‘Exceptionally oriented in the Czech law and practice.’

‘It is the expertise and the size of the team. This allows them to achieve profound specialisation and deeper knowledge of the respective field so they are ready to provide highly qualified advice any time it is necessary without any additional research of the case law. This also allows the HAVEL team to get more into the business side of the matter so their advice is practical and directly applicable. ’

‘The size and expertise of the team enables the members of HAVEL & PARTNERS to specialise in more detail in various topics and provide accurate, up to date and business-oriented matter. Many members of the team have also studied and worked abroad which helps to bring a different perspective to Czech legal approaches. (Foreign) Language skills are also at very high level. ’

Key clients

Agentura CzechInvest

Arbol Capital


Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Caesars Licensing Corporation

Český olympijský výbor (Czech Olympic Committee)


Czech Ministry of Justice

Czech National Library of Technology

Czech Football Association

De’Longhi Praga

Dassault Systemes


Fiskars Corporation

Hard Rock Café


Mary Kay








Parfumes Christian Dior


Pivovary Staropramen


VITRA Concept



TMT Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law has a strong TMT practice that advises an impressive roster of international clients on matters pertaining to data protection and corporate transactions. The group is jointly led by Robert NešpůrekJan Diblik and Štěpán Štarha (who splits his time between Brno and Bratislava) and has considerable litigation expertise. The team combines IP/IT knowledge in its service offering.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law focuses on all aspects of corporate work, particularly handling cross-border transactional work with its team in Slovakia. The group is jointly led by a trio of key partners, including Jaroslav Havel, Jan Koval (who handles corporate restructuring matters) and Václav Audes (who advises international investors). On the IT and technology side, Jan Diblik is described by clients as a 'true star'. The group also handles insolvency proceedings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Havel; Jan Koval; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Jan Diblik


‘Havel & Partners are like the Slaughter & May of the Czech Republic: they field partners who have a broad enough knowledge of all potentially relevant legal areas that they can act as a single consistent contact point with the client, while also being able to identify when they need specialist input from elsewhere in their firm.’

‘Jan Diblik is an excellent lead partner for all our work. We have deep trust and confidence in him, which has been built up from many years of excellent advice and service. I feel like he cares as much about our business as I, and the rest of my colleagues, do. He is incredibly pro-active and acts more like an in-house lawyer embedded within our business, rather than an arms-length external adviser. I don’t recall ever having to chase him or his team up and I don’t recall ever having received advice that I consider to be sub-standard. Jan is a true star and there are several other stars in his team.’

Key clients

Wüstenrot & Württenbergische AG

Oriens Im Hungarz Kft.

Innogy SE


Vexve Oy (DevCo Partners Group)


Gunnebo Holding AB

Pivovary Staropramen

Genesis Private Equity Fund III

Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko, s.r.o.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law has experience advising on real estate-related transactions, project financing matters, and construction developments. Lukáš Syrový leads the practice alongside Martin Fučík, and handles advisory work for investors, and has a specialism in greenfield and brownfield projects. Josef Hlavička focuses on large real estate development including shopping centres and motorways and František Korbel handles environmental law issues.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Syrový; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Josef Hlavička; František Korbel

Key clients



Accolade s.r.o.

Star Capital Finance


Penta Investments

RSJ Private Equity




Coast Capital Partners



IAD Investments

Metrostav Development



HAVEL & PARTNERS, attorneys-at-law, with offices in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Pilsen, Olomouc, and Ostrava, has a team of 250 lawyers, tax advisors and 500 employees in total, is the largest independent law firm in Central Europe.

Our clients include large international companies, leading Czech and Slovak firms, including strategic state-owned companies and public sector authorities, as well as medium-size businesses, individual entrepreneurs, and investors. We advise approximately 150 of the Fortune 500 companies, almost 50 of the Czech Top 100 companies and 20 of the TOP 100 Slovak companies. HAVEL & PARTNERS currently provides its services to a total of 2,500 clients. We have the most comprehensive international support available to both Czech and Slovak law firms. We provide legal and tax advice in 12 languages in more than 110 countries around the globe. Up to 70 % of the transactions we deal with involve an international aspect.

HAVEL & PARTNERS was named the best law firm operating in the Czech Republic by the prestigious global rating agencies Chambers and Partners (2020, 2021) and Who’s Who Legal (2018, 2019). It is also the most successful law firm, providing the most comprehensive legal services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, based on the total number of all nominations and awards in all years of the Law Firm of the Year awards. The firm became the absolute winner of this competition four times in the last six years, receiving the main award Domestic Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic (2015, 2017, 2018, 2020) and ranking as one of the most recommended law firms in all categories of law. Our company is also a four -time winner of the Law Firm of the Year award for Best Client Services (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020). In the field of M&A, HAVEL & PARTNERS is the best law firm in the Czech Republic based on the annual International Advisory Experts awards (2018, 2019). Prestigious international rating agencies EMIS DealWatch and Mergermarket have ranked HAVEL & PARTNERS among the leading law firms by the number of transactions completed in the Czech Republic since 2010. Based on annual awards of the Acquisition International magazine, HAVEL & PARTNERS has become the Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the M&A category in the CEE region.

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Department Name Email Telephone
BD Manager Monika Talašová
Managing Partner Jaroslav Havel
Co-head of M&A, Head of Pharma, Head of Italian and French desks Václav Audes
Co-founding partner, Head of Commercial, IP & TMT Robert Nešpůrek
Co-founding partner, Head of Litigation Marek Vojáček
Co-head of M&A, Head of Employment, Head of Polish and Nordic desks Jan Koval
Head of German desk Marek Lošan
Head of Competition Robert Neruda
Head of Real Estate Lukáš Syrový
Head of Tax David Krch
Head of Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Jan Topinka
Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Filip Čabart
Co-head of Slovakia Štěpán Štarha
Co-head of Slovakia Ondřej Majer
Intellectual Property Ivan Rámeš
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 Václav Audes  photo Václav Audes Partner, Co-head of M&A, Head of Pharmaceuticals, Head of Italian, Spanish and…
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Lawyers (including partners) : 250
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