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HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law
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Czech Republic

Czech Republic > EU and competition Tier 1

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law's team has ‘long and wide experience with competition topics’ and it acts for clients across a broad range of key industries. The group advises on merger control, abuse of dominance cases and day-to-day matters. The team also has a strong state aid offering, which is led by ‘stand-out partner’ Petr Kadlec and Lenka Gachová. Robert Neruda, who is the overall head of the team, is described by one client as ‘simply the best competition lawyer in the country’.

Practice head(s):

Robert Neruda

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is strongly dedicated to its clients. We appreciate their flexibility as well as high level of expertise.’

‘The stand-out partner is defintely Mr. Petr Kadlec. We appreciate his experience, knowledge and deep insight. He understands specifics of our particular business and is able to tailor solution to our needs taking into account our regulatory and business environment. We also highly appreciate his creativity and ability to think out of box.’

‘Very practical, to the point, understanding of business, proactive, so strong in the legal market that everybody respect their opinion.’

‘Robert Neruda – simply the best competition lawyer in the country with incredible understanding of broader legal and business context’

‘The team has long and wide experience of competition topics, and is one of the best in the country.’

‘Robert Neruda is a very experienced competition lawyer with past experience in the Czech Competition Office. I value his enthusiasm with which he approaches now tasks, his work with clients, where he communicates openly and in a friendly way to make sure there is a common understanding of situation and tasks. I value his personal engagement in the tasks and meetings.’

‘Great knowledge and experience in EU and competition law. Ability to advise on high profile and high risk cases. Business acumen.’

‘Excellent expertise in competition law matters.’

Key clients

T-Mobile Czech Republic

Albert Česká republika

ORLEN Unipetrol

Ministry of Industry and Trade

Komerční banka

Česká spořitelna

ČSOB

Bankovní identita

Johnson & Johnson

Nestlé

Českomoravská záruční a rozvojová banka

City of Liberec

City of Ostrava

Stock Spirits Group

Raiffeisenbank

City of Prague

Work highlights

  • Represented T-Mobile Czech Republic in proceedings before the European Commission concerning a network sharing agreement.
  • Providing almost day-to-day advice on all aspects of Albert’s activities in the Czech Republic.
  • Providing ongoing advisory services relating to the planned activities of ORLEN Unipetrol in terms of compliance with competition law.

Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law's team is among the most active in the Czech market for banking and finance transactions, with it acting for domestic and international banks and borrowers on a wide ambit of matters; areas of expertise include event-driven, leveraged and real estate finance transactions, among others. Elsewhere, capital markets transactions are also a driver of mandates. The firm's work covers a number of sectors, such as automotive, energy, pharmaceuticals, media and insurance. Filip Čabart and Jan Topinka co-head the team. Dusan Sedlacek is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Filip Čabart; Jan Topinka

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well established practice capable of using the resources of the largest law firm in the country (very good knowledge management, very easy use of other practices’ experts within the firm).’

‘Jan Topinka – besides excellent technical skills, he is always determined to support his client in negotiations and to close the deal’

‘This is a local law firm, which knows the Czech environment very well. In general the firm acts very proactively and thus the cooperation is not only in terms of the usual mandates for financing, but we are frequently communicating also on a number of other issues which forms the Czech legal environment, namely in the infrastructure development.’

‘Again active approach, with the main aim being “to deliver”.’

‘As the largest firm on the Czech market HAVEL team is quite exceptional in their ability to provide lawyers with in-depth legal knowledge even of very specific business issues/market sectors. I would also highlight their ability to concentrate on relevant business matters instead of getting bogged down in insignificant details and thus actively push each transaction forward.’

‘Filip Cabart – partner – key person in financing to have on your side. Effectively identifies relevant commercial points and is able to negotiate the maximum value out of them. His team provides excellent support.’

‘They know all current trends and actual benchmarks in financial transactions and may help to negotiate good terms. They are brilliant lawyers able to find come up with creative solutions. They are also capable of managing international financial transactions involving 2-3 jurisdictions.’

‘Filip Cabart is very dedicated with a great understanding of business needs and project management skills. His hard skills are also great.’

Key clients

Czech Development Bank

J&T Bank

Czech Postal Service

Ceska sporitelna

UniCredit Bank

Komercni Banka

CSOB

Stock Spirits

Sellier Bellot

Metalimex

Work highlights

  • Advised the Czech state on the COVID 3 investment loan guarantee scheme.
  • Structured, arranged and negotiated the complex financing structure of the Czech Postal Service.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank and Ceska Sporitelna as arrangers on the refinancing of existing indebtedness and establishing investment lines for two separate acquisitions for TEKRO.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is experienced in advising on a number of landmark disputes, acting for international blue-chip companies in major litigations and arbitrations. Financial services is a key area of expertise for the team, with it advising many of the largest Czech banks. It also frequently serves as Czech counsel in large, multijurisdictional cases. Practice co-heads Dušan Sedláček and Jan Šturm offer respective expertise in insolvency and IP litigations. Robert Neruda provides EU competition advice, and Ludvík Juřička advises on price control matters.

Practice head(s):

Dušan Sedláček; Jan Šturm

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Large team that can manage complex litigations in various areas of law.’

‘The team is well-organized and can handle complex litigation that involves reviewing and understanding large amounts of documentation. Dušan Sedláček is an experienced litigator who has profound knowledge of law, jurisprudence and can promptly react on the spot.’

‘Compared to other law firms, HAVEL & PARTNERS are not only hard working experienced professionals but also very committed, amiable, always ready to understand clients’ needs/demands/objectives and to meet them. They present relevant information/advice in a professional – yet in a tailor-made – manner. Besides that, I appreciate that communication is always flexible and brief, but still accurate and factual. I also appreciate that H&P- depending on the nature of a case, they are always able to provide a team of experts with corresponding experience.’

‘Their biggest strength is the size of the team, which is probably the largest in the Czech Republic. Being part of the largest Czech law firm they are getting also very strong support from other practice desks that are usually also bigger than in any other Czech law firm. And they have also unique individuals like Dušan Sedláček or Jan Šturm.’

‘Dušan Sedláček is one of the most ingenious lawyers I have ever met. He is incredibly smart and well-oriented in many fields of law.’

‘Jan Šturm has excellent pro-client approach and a lot of experience gathered also in his past involvement with Weil & Gotshal.’

‘Wide range of expertise. One client-facing partner summons the team on an as-needed basis, for specific areas of law and/or industry specialists. This makes the communication smooth as there is only one key contact, who coordinates all efforts by Havel&Partners which makes cooperation efficient. Individual team members take any engagement seriously, with appropriate thoroughness to prepare as robust argumentation as possible.’

Key clients

Apple

Alphabet

ArcelorMittal

GlaxoSmithKline

BNP Paribas

ŠKODA AUTO

VOLVO

VISA

Canal+

T-Mobile

Allianz

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in a landmark follow-on competition lawsuit brought by Heureka relating to EU Commission decisions.
  • Represented a joint-venture established by ArcelorMittal in a €220m dispute against the largest steel mill operating in the Czech Republic.
  • Represented T-Mobile in court proceedings in connection with a repeated auction for 5G network in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic > Intellectual property Tier 2

The sizeable group at HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law provides a full suite of IP services, which ranges from the registration and enforcement of IP rights to complex litigation. Its work covers trade marks, patents, copyright, database rights and industrial designs, among others. Clients regard the team’s ‘modern IT and IP tools with respect to TM portfolio management and enforcement’, as a key differentiator. In a similar vein, it has experience of novel areas, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. The practice is co-led by four partners: Robert Nešpůrek, Ivan Rámeš, Jan Diblik and Štěpán Štarha. Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabáková are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nešpůrek; Ivan Rámeš; Jan Diblík; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We are working with Havel and Partners for many years and we appreciate unique knowledge about the intellectual property, understanding our way of working and providing us with accurate information tailored to us. We are always getting the best recommendations and options for our cases, information about changes in law and applications.’

‘Mr. Jan Diblik knows our business best and oversees all our cases, information flow etc. We are in regular contact to talk through the business and possible topics. Mr. Radek Riedl – solving our topics and helping us to keep all up to date, organizing steps within the Havel & Partners.’

‘As we have seen over time, Havel & Partners and IP team is a perfect partner for us. There is always someone specialized in a particular area. What suits us perfectly is the interest of the IP team in the functioning of our company, and development of products in order to find an appropriate way to protect our rights, as well as bringing constructive solutions in a reasonable time and within pre-agreed costs.’

‘Our key contact is Ivan Rámeš (one of the partners of the IP team). He is a highly-skilled and cooperative expert in IP with very well knowledge of our business needs and internal procedures – we believe there is a true partnership. The cooperation with Ivan and his team members is very pleasant, we are glad to have him as a part of “our team.” What we appreciate most is fast reaction/response, practical approach and comprehensible answers which were always professional, complex and clear to us. However, similar qualities have also other members of his IP team, for example, Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabáková that are managing our wide IP portfolio and address our daily IP requirements.’

‘Very professional and client oriented. Very flexible.’

Key clients

Benteler

Czech Library of Technology

Securitas

Czech Football Association

CN Group

MoroSystems

ŠkoFIN

KUBERG

Apple Inc.

Pivovary Staropramen s.r.o. and Pardubický Pivovar a.s.

České radiokomunikace a.s.

Albert Česká republika s.r.o.

Ahold Delhaize Licensing Sàrl

Crocs, Inc.

CzechInvest

ŠMT a.s.

FISKARS

OKAY Group

OMV

INTREA – PIKO, spol. s r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Benteler ČR s.r.o. on global and complex patent litigation concerning the leading producer of advanced and high-quality components for the automotive industry.
  • Advised Czech National Library of Technology on arranging access to science and education electronical databases of many leading academic publishers.
  • Representing Atelier SAD in court proceedings concerning architectural plagiarism.

Czech Republic > TMT Tier 2

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law generates work from a sizeable client base, which comprises of companies in the telecoms, technology, IT and finance industries, as well as public authorities. In addition to being active in transactional work, the team also advises on data protection issues, with a particular emphasis on matters relating to GDPR implementation. Robert Nešpůrek, Jan Diblik and Štěpán Štarha co-head the group; the trio have expertise in transactions, regulatory and competition issues respectively.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nespurek; Jan Diblik; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

David Nevesely

Testimonials

‘Creativity with attention to details. In comparison to other legal teams in the market, in my current (as well as past) experience, H&P’s solutions are frequently out-of-the-box but still very to the point, with high integrity.’

‘David Nevesely – excellent thinker, extremely creative with deep knowledge and unparalleled abilities to bring the right solutions to the clients. Jan Diblik – customer needs and goals are the central point of his efforts. He is able to organize a perfectly fitting support team for every need.’

‘The team is very able to find unique solutions and to solve different types of tasks.’

‘The team at Havel & Partners, under the leadership of Mr. Diblik, has a high added value for us for their competitiveness, orientation in the given issue and for their focus on finding solutions in the required time, especially with a focus on IT law and solutions in this area.’

Key clients

Albert

China Telecom Limited

Capgemini

Principal Engineering

Czech Football Association

KBC Group

Czech Post

Ferrero

Hyundai

IBM

Intel Corporation

Kapsch

LG Electronics

Miele

Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic

M7 Group

Prague

Raiffeisenbank

Stock Spirits Group

ŠkoFIN

Unicorn Systems

eMan

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on drafting agreements for the supply and support of a solution of public administration information systems.
  • Advised the Ministry of Justice on the digitization of the public prosecutor’s office system.
  • Advised the GuideVision shareholders in relation to its acquisition by INFOSYS group.

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is able to leverage the expertise of its sizeable team in major M&A, private equity/venture capital transactions, restructurings and general corporate law matters. Clients note the group’s broad skillset, praising its ‘high-quality know-how in all key areas of legal advice.’ The practice is jointly led by Jaroslav Havel, Jan Koval and Václav Audes. Havel advises on cross-border matters involving a Slovak law component, while Koval is noted for his experience of acting for clients on matters connected with the engineering and TMT sectors. Aude has a strong profile among private equity firms.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Havel; Jan Koval; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Silvie Kiraly; Josef Bouchal

Testimonials

‘HAVEL & PARTNERS was always responsive, dedicated to the deal and delivered comprehensive legal advice. The main asset of the firm is undoubtedly its lawyers. We very much appreciate that the firm’s lawyers do not only think about matters from a legal perspective, but also from a business perspective, where they are able to assess the risks and impacts of potential decisions on our area of business.’

‘Our company uses the services of HAVEL & PARTNERS repeatedly and each time we are very satisfied with the work done. We particularly appreciate the high level of professionalism and inventiveness in dealing with situations and the excellent communication and quick response from the firm.’

Key clients

Raiffeisenbank a.s.

Selling shareholders of KOMIX s.r.o

Premium Design Group a.s.

B+N Referencia Kft

SEBRE, a.s.

Wüstenrot & Württenbergische AG

Oriens Im Hungarz Kft.

Work highlights

  • Advised Raiffeisenbank on acquisition of Equa bank.
  • Advised the owners of KOMIX on the sale of 100% shares in the company.
  • Advice to Hungarian holding B+N Referencia Kft regarding acquisition of central european actives of danish holding ISS Facility.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 3

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law's diverse real estate practice covers a mix of investment transactions, development projects, asset management work, planning and zoning and finance transactions. The team has notable expertise in environmental regulations, advising on compliance, as well as representing clients in environmental disputes and permit procedures. Lukáš Syrový and Václav Audes co-head the group, which includes Josef Hlavička.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Syrový; Václav Audes

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Panattoni

SEKYRA Group

Accolade s.r.o.

Pražská teplárenská / EP Energy

PUMA

Penta Investments

RSJ Private Equity

AEW

KKCG Real Estate

Coast Capital Partners

D+D Real

FREEPORT / IMPERIAL Holding

Arete

Work highlights

  • Advised Panattoni on the development of a distribution centre for an e-commerce operator in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised Pražská teplárenská a.s. on a spin-off of its assets into five succeeding companies.
  • Provided Sekyra Group advice on the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of joint ventures for the development of real estate projects.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 5

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law provides comprehensive labour law support to its clients. Day-to-day employment advice makes up the majority of the team's work, but it also leverages its advocacy experience in proceedings before courts and administrative authorities. Jan Koval leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Petra Sochorovà

Key clients

Roche

Volvo Group Czech Republic, s.r.o.

Bell Helicopter

DuPont

Intel Corporation

MAN Truck & Bus Czech Republic s.r.o.

Aero Vodochody

OKI Europe

Skanska Property Czech Republic, s.r.o.

ManpowerGroup

Work highlights

  • Provided day to day employment advice to Roche, including regulation drafting and digitalisation advice.
  • Analysed possibilities and variants of transfer of employees for Intel Corporation following a key transaction.
  • Advised Action on its entry in the Czech market, including drafting many key contracts.

Slovakia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o. combines M&A and corporate expertise with strengths in related areas, including banking and finance, capital markets, restructuring and insolvency, competition, real estate, construction and labour law. The firm has particular experience of M&A in the Czech market, as well as the wider CEE region. Managing partner Jaroslav Havel co-heads the team with Václav Audes, Ondrej Majer and Stepan Starha.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Havel; Václav Audes; Ondřej Majer; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Navratil; Veronica Filipová

Testimonials

‘Significant experience across multiple funding rounds at different stages of growth.’

‘We have always worked with Tomas Navratil which assisted us in closing multiple funding rounds for different companies. He understands the issues which are relevant to international investors and is able to implement them under Czech/Slovak regulations.’

‘Good knowledge of their core markets (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and the issues facing foregin investors (especially in our sector). Excellent level of English. Regional focus has added significant value to their work for us.’

‘Vaclav Audes (Partner) – young, very knowledgeable, flexible, able to provide legal and commercial solutions to issues that arise. Veronica Filipová (Senior Associate) – excellent technical knowledge, always available.’

Key clients

Parfums Christian Dior / EPCD CZ&SK s.r.o., organizačná zložka

ALDI Reality s.r.o. / HOFER Group

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Slovakia s.r.o. / GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia s.r.o.

PANARA

Saidler & Co. Capital AG / VYDAVATEĽSTVO ŠTANDARD, a.s.

Deutsche Invest Mittelstand GmbH / Bilfinger Group

SaltPay / MerchantPas Group

Pro Diagnostic Group, a.s. / Ribera Salud Grupo

Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť

LG Electronics / LG Electronics Polska Sp. z o.o., organizačná zložka

Parfums Christian Dior / EPCD CZ&SK s.r.o., organizačná zložka

ALDI Reality s.r.o. / HOFER Group

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Slovakia s.r.o. / GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia s.r.o.

PANARA

Saidler & Co. Capital AG / VYDAVATEĽSTVO ŠTANDARD, a.s.

Deutsche Invest Mittelstand GmbH / Bilfinger Group

SaltPay / MerchantPas Group

Pro Diagnostic Group, a.s. / Ribera Salud Grupo

Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť

LG Electronics / LG Electronics Polska Sp. z o.o., organizačná zložka

Work highlights

  • Advised a company operating within the French company Parfums Christian Dior, a member of the international LVMH Group, importing and distributing luxury Christian Dior cosmetics, on a wide range of the corporate law matters.
  • Advised the Austrian HOFER Group operating in the food trade (retail trade) on the group corporate consolidation concerning the Slovak company ALDI Reality s.r.o., a change of the company’s shareholder made in the form of a non-monetary contribution, including representation before the Slovak Commercial Register.
  • Advised a major group of pharmaceutical companies that are part of the international group Johnson & Johnson (Fortune 500), on corporate law matters and liquidation of the company in Slovakia as part of a cross-border project closing the division.

Slovakia > Real estate and construction

Havel & Partners handles a range of real estate, contruction and environmental law matters, covering greenfield and brownfield projects from acquisition to sale. The team is co-led by Prague-based Lukáš Syrový and Ondrej Majer, whose specialisms include commercial, contractual, M&A and real estate law, as well as litigation in the area.

HAVEL & PARTNERS, attorneys-at-law, with offices in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Pilsen, Olomouc, and Ostrava, has a team of 300 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 (2020-2022) and Who’s Who Legal (2018-2022). 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.

Firm’s website: https://www.havelpartners.cz/en/

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
BD Manager Monika Talašovámonika.talasova@havelpartners.cz
Managing Partner Jaroslav Haveljaroslav.havel@havelpartners.cz
Co-head of M&A, Head of Pharma, Head of Italian and French desks Václav Audesvaclav.audes@havelpartners.cz
Co-founding partner, Head of Commercial, IP & TMT Robert Nešpůrekrobert.nespurek@havelpartners.cz
Co-founding partner, Head of Litigation Marek Vojáčekmarek.vojacek@havelpartners.cz
Co-head of M&A, Head of Employment, Head of Polish and Nordic desks Jan Kovaljan.koval@havelpartners.cz
Head of German desk Marek Lošanmarek.losan@havelpartners.cz
Head of Competition Robert Nerudarobert.neruda@havelpartners.cz
Head of Real Estate Lukáš Syrovýlukas.syrovy@havelpartners.cz
Head of Tax David Krchdavid.krch@havelpartners.cz
Head of Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Jan Topinkajan.topinka@havelpartners.cz
Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Filip Čabartfilip.cabart@havelpartners.cz
Co-head of Slovakia Štěpán Štarhastepan.starha@havelpartners.sk
Co-head of Slovakia Ondřej Majerondrej.majer@havelpartners.cz
Intellectual Property Ivan Rámešivan.rames@havelpartners.cz
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