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Cechová & Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Čechová & Partners assisted Karlovarské minerální vody on its acquisition of several of Pepsico’s franchises. Katarína Čechová and Lenka Šubeníková lead the team. Tomáš Maretta and Tomáš Rybár are other names to note.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Čechová & Partners acts for banks and other financial institutions on loan transactions, and is experienced in restructuring mandates. The team is also noted for its regulatory expertise ,where Simona Halakova, who heads the team with Michaela Jurková, is noted. Katarína Čechová is also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Čechová & Partners handles litigation and arbitration cases and has experience across a range of commercial and real estate disputes as well as damages claims. Katarína Čechová, who is particularly experienced in arbitration, heads the team.

Employment Tier 2

Čechová & Partners is ‘quick to respond’ and regularly advises clients such as Lenovo, Ledvance and Valeant Slovakia. Managing partner Tomáš Rybár leads the team and Lenka Šubeníková is also recommended. Jana Černáková left the firm.

Leading individuals

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Čechová & Partners advised Sconto Developments on a real estate acquisition in northern Slovakia. Practice head Lenka Šubeníková, Tomáš Rybár, who is active in leasing work, and Katarína Čechová, who handles disputes as well as greenfield investment projects, are key names.


The firm

Cechova & Partners, established in 1990, is one of the leading Slovak full-service commercial law firms. The firm has been actively involved in the local market since the introduction of free market reforms in the 1990s, focusing mainly on international transactions.

The six-partner firm is committed to being a truly independent local law firm, offering in-depth knowledge of Slovak law and business and years of experience in the local market, while providing a high standard of legal assistance and client service.

Cechova & Partners represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries. The firm has been involved in advising local and foreign clients on a number of commercial transactions varying from standard deals and general business consulting to complicated transactional structures.

In addition to its standard commercial practice, the firm’s lawyers have gained experience as a result of their involvement in various mergers and acquisitions, privatisations and other commercial transactions, and advised banking clients, broker houses, and other financial institutions on debt or equity linked projects, corporate and project finance, securities deals and other financial and capital markets work.

While remaining independent, the law firm continues in building excellent relations with co-operating law firms and major law firm associations around the world and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

The firm is consistently top ranked for key areas researched in leading directories, including Legal 500, Chambers, IFLR 1000 and GCR 100.

Areas of practice

M&A transactions: M&A advice forms the core of the firm’s practice. Cechova & Partners regularly advises foreign investors, multinationals and local clients on a variety of M&A and restructuring matters.

Competition and antitrust: the team acts on a broad range of competition matters including compliance issues, representing clients vis-à-vis the Slovak competition authority in antitrust investigations.

Corporate and commercial: Cechová & Partners is regularly involved in a large number of corporate matters, as well as contract drafting and reviews, including the areas of commercial, financial and civil contracts.

Labour and employment: the practice is one of the largest in Slovakia and provides full employment and labour law assistance including employment contracts, employment termination, damage actions, works councils, collective bargaining, anti-discrimination, employee data protection, health and safety at work, employee pensions, share plans and benefits.

Banking and finance: The firm’s clients include banks, facility arrangers, foreign investors, security houses, financial institutions and insurance companies.

Data protection and privacy: Cechova & Partners advises on standard data protection duties of controllers and processors, notifications and registrations, communication with the local authority, internal documentation, security of personal data, monitoring, cross-border transfers, binding corporate rules, privacy shield, and further aspects of the new GDPR.

Real estate and construction: Cechova & Partners gained respectable experience in the field of real estate development, advising in significant real estate deals to major international clients, investors, private equity funds, developers, banks, other providers of financing, property managers and other clients, dealing with all aspects of real estate transactions.

Regulatory and compliance: regulatory assistance is a key area, in particular in the fields of pharmaceuticals, food, IT, privacy, consumer protection, product safety, energy, transportation, postal services and public procurement. The law firm is a leading team in life sciences matters, including promotion, reimbursement and clinical trials. Compliance reviews and forensic assistance are also of prominence.

Dispute resolution: Cechova & Partners’ litigation team represents clients in various types of disputes at courts, arbitration tribunals and in administrative proceedings.

Insolvency and restructurings: Cechova & Partners regularly advises its clients on insolvency and restructuring matters while Katarina Cechova, partner, is licensed as a bankruptcy and restructuring trustee.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial Katarina Cechova
Corporate and Commercial Tomas Maretta
Competition and Antitrust Tomas Maretta
Competition and Antitrust Marek Holka
M&A Katarina Cechova
M&A Lenka Subenikova
Real Estate and Construction Lenka Subenikova
Real Estate and Construction Katarina Cechova
Labour and Employment Tomas Rybar
Litigation and Arbitraton Katarina Cechova
Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Simona Halakova
Banking, Finance, Capital Markets Michaela Jurkova
Telecommunications, IT, Media Simona Halakova
Telecommunications, IT, Media Tomas Rybar
Regulated Industries, Public Law Simona Halakova
Regulated Industries, Public Law Tomas Rybar
Compliance and Investigations Tomas Rybar
Intellectual Property Michaela Jurkova
Life Sciences and Pharma Tomas Rybar
Life Sciences and Pharma Marek Holka
Data Protection and Privacy Tomas Rybar
Insolvency and Restructuring Katarina Cechova
Insolvency and Restructuring Michaela Jurkova
Company and Commercial Katarina Cechova
Company and Commercial Tomas Maretta
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Katarina Cechova  photo Mrs Katarina Cechova
Mrs Simona Halakova  photo Mrs Simona Halakova
Mr Marek Holka  photo Mr Marek Holka
Ms Michaela Jurkova  photo Ms Michaela Jurkova
Mr Tomas Maretta  photo Mr Tomas Maretta
Mr Tomas Rybar  photo Mr Tomas Rybar
Mr Michal Simunic  photo Mr Michal Simunic
Ms Lenka Subenikova  photo Ms Lenka Subenikova
Mrs Juliana Turcekova  photo Mrs Juliana Turcekova
Number of lawyers : 18
Lex Mundi
World Services Group
Slovak Bar Association

Cechova & Partners has a long tradition of community involvement, cooperation with third sector organizations and pro bono activities. We are, inter alia, supporting projects and foundations focused on providing help to children with severe diseases, as well as projects fighting corruption and supporting an increased level of compliance and ethics in Slovakia. Attorneys of Cechova & Partners believe that they have a social obligation resulting from their status as legal professionals to provide such assistance and share their skills for the common good. To support those goals, a number of our attorneys serve on supervisory and advisory bodies of entities administering certain projects.

When it comes to gender diversity, Cechova & Partners stands at the forefront in Slovakia. Unusually for the Slovak business environment, the majority of partners and managers in Cechova & Partners are women. In 2018, Katarina Cechova won the title “Top Businesswoman of the Year”. The competition was organized by Slovakia’s business daily Hospodárske noviny (HN) []. First, she was shortlisted as one of the top ten most recognized Slovak businesswomen and finally won both categories: the main award and also the “public votes” award.

We have been organizing charitable events – in recent years, proceeds from those events were used, among other things, to support projects of the League Against Cancer, to revitalize Malá scéna theatre in Bratislava and to support Anton Srholec’s resocialization community.

Our law firm has been supporting the Bator Tabor Foundation established in 2001. The main goal of this foundation is to provide life-changing experience, strength and tools to live and recover for seriously ill children (children with cancer, diabetes, chronic joint inflammation and haemophilia) and their families. The foundation returns these children to their carefree childhood, which they lost during the struggle with severe illness. Thanks to positive feelings and experience, it gives them feelings of success, boosts their self-confidence, helps them gain the power to fight the illness and increases their belief in recovery. Mrs. Katarina Cechova is a member of the board of Bator Tabor Slovakia Foundation. You can learn more about the foundation and its project here:

The law firm Cechova & Partners gives professional support to the Stop Corruption Foundation, which is focused on eliminating corruption and its aftermath with respect to the quality of life and business environment and protecting whistleblowers. You can learn more about this organization here:

In 2018, five of our lawyers spent almost 200 working hours working pro bono.