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Kocián Šolc Balaštík
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Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Boasting a comprehensive banking, finance and capital markets practice, the team at Kocián Šolc Balaštík handles the full spectrum of domestic and international transactional work, which includes debt issuances, regulatory capital raisings, and special lending products. Additionally, the firm has demonstrable experience in advising financial institutions and non-banking corporations on financial regulation concerns, as well as digital financial services products. The department also covers project finance and real estate finance. The firm is regularly engaged to advise the Czech National Bank on various matters. On the capital markets front, the group counts investment fund services, securities issuances, and the regulation of investment and compliance services within its core workload. Martin Krejčí, an expert in cross-border financial work, leads the team alongside Vlastimil Pihera, a specialist in financial services and private equity matters, and Petr Kasík, who primarily handles corporate law and restructuring cases.

Practice head(s):

Martin Krejčí; Vlastimil Pihera; Petr Kasík


‘Vlastimil Pihera is a truly exceptional figure in the Czech Republic’s capital markets space. He enjoys respect among professionals while remaining approachable to his clients. His active involvement in shaping legal frameworks, coupled with his international perspective, sets him apart. We are delighted to have the privilege of benefiting from his services.’

‘A top-notch team in the Czech Republic. I worked with several firms in the Czech Republic on such matters and no other firm came even close to them. They are outstanding and amazingly skilled not only in “basic” LMA financing but especially with issues concerning the finance regulatory framework.’

‘Vlastimil Pihera is a top-notch banking and finance lawyer, he understands the complexity of the regulatory framework and the connections between different areas.’

‘Great attitude, great experience, great value for money.’

‘Vlastimil Pihera is always there, he offers a unique client experience. We can fully rely on him. His advice and guidance is always excellent.’

‘KSB provided excellent legal services, taking into account the specificities of the financial sector. Their advice was very complete and at the same time pragmatic.’

Key clients



Avant Financial Group

Česká spořitelna


Czech Association of Financial Advisory and Intermediation Companies

General Electric

Gorejnska banka

J&T Banka

J&T IB and Capital Markets


J&T Real Estate (and its subsidiary JTZE)

Mattoni 1873

Nation1 GP

National Development Bank of the Czech Republic

National Development and Investment Company

Lázeňský fond SICAV

Pražská plynárenská (Prague gas supplier)

Redside Investment Company


Trinity Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised J&T Real Estate and its subsidiary JTZE on the financing of the acquisition of Spearhead’s Czech and Slovak subsidiaries, bolstered by a consortium of major Czech banks, including Komerční banka, Raiffeisenbank, and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advised Trinity Bank on the refinancing of Julius Meinl Group’s company, which owns Julius Prague, a collection of 168 residences.
  • Advised J&T ARCH INVESTMENTS fund on the acquisition of the final 10.37% stake in the registered capital and voting rights of MONETA Money Bank.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Noted for its regular involvement in landmark cases, Kocián Šolc Balaštík’s dispute resolution offering specialises in the telecoms, pharmaceutical, chemistry, and media industries. Recognised for its strengths in international arbitration and EU law, the firm regularly appears before not only domestic courts of all levels, but also the European Court of Human Rights. The team operates under the joint leadership of Pavel Dejl, who specialises in insolvency and competition disputes, and Sylvie Sobolová, who handles claims relating to public procurement issues, administrative proceedings, and state aid cases.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Dejl; Sylvie Sobolová


‘Exceptional ability to approach the dispute, identify key points, come up with relevant arguments and explain very complex topics to the court.’

‘Pavel Dejl has a very strong personality and excellent legal knowledge and communication skills. He is able to deliver a case-specific approach.’

‘Great communication, partners are well qualified and easy to reach.’

‘Sylvie Sobolová is professional and an expert.’

Key clients

O2 Czech Republic

AGROFERT and group companies (Primagra, Mlékárna Hlinsko, Schrom Farms)

Český rozhlas (Czech Broadcasting radio)

Česká televize (Czech Television)


Mattoni 1873

PPF Group

Asiana Transport

United Bakeries


Tapas Borek

REMA PV Systém

Czech Republic > Tax Tier 1

Kocián Šolc Balaštík is recognised for handling a wide range of matters, including the taxation of intangibles and the personal income tax of residents and foreign nationals. With expertise in advising on cross-border tax elements of business restructurings and international holding structures, the firm also assists clients with private equity and pension fund investments. Elsewhere, the group advises on tax-related litigation and VAT claims in relation to TV and radio fees. The practice is co-led by Jan Černohouz, who specialises in corporate tax, and Helena Navrátilová, who is often instructed by international tax proceedings to cover tax administration and proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Jan Černohouz; Helena Navrátilová


‘The team is knowledgeable and adopts a pro-client approach when it comes to availability.’

‘They understand our business well, respond quickly and communicate well.’

‘KSB has the tradition of being based on conservative values, but yet being able to accommodate towards modern environment and new technology fields.’

‘Jan Černohouz is extremely approachable and has vast experience in tax matters. He is a pleasure to communicate with and he communicates complex matters clearly.’

‘Jan Černohouz is approachable, has attention to detail, and articulates complex matters clearly.’

Key clients

Rockaway Group of companies

Avast Software

Ronaldsay BV

Česká televize (Czech television)

IHI Towers

YIT Stavo

Mattoni 1873




REMA Group

Blue Peak

FCA Bank




Silkes Winekeller

SFG Holding

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate, commercial and M&A team at Kocián Šolc Balaštík advises on a range of matters, including local and foreign acquisitions, shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, and regulatory concerns. The firm counts start-ups, financial institutions, and banks among its key clients. The group regularly carries out due diligence exercises in addition to preparing and negotiating transaction documents. The practice is collectively led by restructuring specialist Dagmar DubeckáMartin Šolc, who is noted for his involvement in milestone M&A transactions; Jan Dědič, whose corporate expertise spans the gamut of relevant issues; and Petr Kasík, who focuses on banking law.

Practice head(s):

Dagmar Dubecká; Martin Šolc; Jan Dědič; Petr Kasík


‘We have had the pleasure of collaborating with KSB on numerous transactions, and we are truly delighted to have such a strong and reliable partner. They demonstrate exceptional proficiency in managing complex transactions from start to finish.’

‘Jan Dědič is a well-known specialist for corporate law among Czech lawyers.’

‘They understand my client’s business, needs and demands very well and therefore, they always provide feasible solutions to us.’

‘Good business acumen.’

Key clients

J&T Group


Sanberg Capital

PasserInvest Group

M&M Reality

Heureka Group


Yeong Chin Machinery


Heineken Česká Republika

PPF Real Estate

Orienta Czech

Very Goodies

Energo Loučovice

RAFA Laboratories

Asental Land

Brentwood Industries

Work highlights

  • Advising J&T Arch Investments on the acquisition of a stake in Moneta Money Bank.
  • Advising J&T Banka on its entry and subsequent acquisition of a majority share in AMISTA investiční společnost from CINEKIN.
  • Advising Seyfor on several acquisitions of IT companies.

Czech Republic > EU and competition Tier 2

Kocián Šolc Balaštík’s extensive EU and competition practice operates across the IT, food and catering, retail, and agricultural sectors. The team routinely advises clients on significant merger proceedings on the Czech market, often in front of the Czech Competition Authority as well as domestic administrative courts. The group also offers guidance on state aid-related competition concerns and cases connected to the abuse of dominant market positions. Elsewhere, the firm is recognised for its experienced compliance training team, which entails coordinating dawn raid work. The department is co-led by Pavel Dejl, who frequently handles merger and antitrust proceedings before the European Commission, and Sylvie Sobolová, who primarily provides competition law advice in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Dejl; Sylvie Sobolová

Other key lawyers:

Martin Vráb


‘Excellent communication. The team operates well and has great success in disputes.’

‘Pavel Dejl has achieved significant victories and is well-regarded for his extensive experience in competition law. In addition to his expertise in high-profile merger proceedings, he is well-recognised for handling matters concerning abuse of dominance investigations and appeals against fines imposed by the Czech Competition Authority.

‘Partners are well qualified, easy to reach and offer great value for money.’

‘Sylvie Sobolová has great experience and know-how in the field, with the ability to assess potential business consequences.’

Key clients

JTZE (J&T Zemědělství a Ekologie)


Sandberg Capital

Asiana Transport


O2 Czech Republic

Skanska Czech Republic



Leo Express Global

Work highlights

  • Representing JTZE in merger control proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority regarding an acquisition of the Czech and Slovak agricultural portfolio of the Spearhead Group.
  • Representing Seyfor in several significant merger control proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority.
  • Representing Asiana in court proceedings against a competitor for damages caused to the client by the competitor’s anticompetitive behaviour on the market of personal bus transport.

Czech Republic > Intellectual property Tier 2

Kocián Šolc Balaštík’s intellectual property offering is reputed for its strengths in the IT and e-commerce sectors, and has demonstrated recent growth in the regulation of web platforms and non-personal data protection. The group guides clients through all IP issues, such as unfair competition, disputes relating to the unauthorised use of protected real estate projects, regulatory concerns, and software licensing agreements. The team is co-led by Sylvie Sobolová, who also covers competition and public procurement work, and Drahomír Tomašuk, who advises on TMT and M&A-related IP cases. Petra Mirovská is a key contact within the department and has extensive experience in litigation relating to trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Sobolová; Drahomír Tomašuk

Other key lawyers:

Petra Mirovská; Milada Kürtösiová


‘Excellent approach, perfect knowledge of the legal procedures and techniques, and delivers excellent results.’

‘Petra Mirovská can deliver long-term, consistent legal solutions. She offers detail-oriented adherence to procedures, which our opponents subsequently have a problem with.’

‘We are always satisfied with KSB’s services. Milada Kürtösiová is always professional, has a good knowledge of the law, and extensive practical experience.’

‘A professional team and it is a pleasure to deal with them.’

Key clients

Bjarke Ingels Group A/S

Sandberg Capital

Seyfor, a.s.


Dobrobot Foundation Fund

Mattoni 1873, a.s.

Pivní lázně Praha, s.r.o.

Bydlení bez kauce s.r.o.

Henning Larsen

Asental Group

REMA Systém

Národní divadlo – Czech National Theatre

Radio Free Europe

Bakala Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bjarke Ingels Group in preparing and negotiating the contractual documentation for the architectural study, project documentation, and related activities for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall project.
  • Advising Sandberg Capital on a major IT and education transaction, specifically on its investment in the Czech kindergarten management application Twigsee.
  • Assisting Seyfor, in a significant IT acquisition focused on expansion in the Slovak market, acquiring vehicle monitoring company Commander Services from PosAm.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 3

The employment practice at Kocián Šolc Balaštík operates across a wide range of industry sectors, most notably IT, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. The firm advises on various employment and labour issues such as terminations, workplace injuries, business immigration and the transfer of employees, and the investigative procedures of employment authorities. Recently, the group has demonstrated activity in handling collective bargaining and trade union-related concerns, as well as assisting clients in navigating their ESG responsibilities. Václav Rovenský  leads the team and also offers know-how in the real estate, energy, construction, and public procurement sectors.

Practice head(s):

Václav Rovenský

Other key lawyers:

Michal Hanuš; Martin Štefko


‘The team works internationally and is well-connected to the international employment market.’

‘Among other things, KSB provides us with advice in more complex cases, through its highly specialized experts. Their approach is complex with an explanation of the options, advantages, and disadvantages. The legal services are provided without delay and with a deep knowledge of the legislation and case law. Their approach is very welcoming, kind and professional in every respect.’

Key clients

Lidl Česká republika

BAKALÁŘI software

Dr. Andre Ridder


URGO Healthcare CZ

Corinthia Panorama

Imperial Brands plc/Addleshaw Goddard



Advant Beiten


National Theatre

National Theatre

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bakaláři Software with their new set up of HR documents and with the revision and audit of existing ones.
  • Assisting Mango with the transition of their employees.
  • Assisted Corinthia with a number of employment law related issues such as the reorganisation of their tax and accounting departments.

Czech Republic > Projects and energy Tier 3

At Kocián Šolc Balaštík, the department’s scope of work includes the planning, development, and implementation of heat and power generation instalments, and the construction of power facilities. Additionally, the team offers advice on the development of renewable energy sources, public contracts, compliance concerns, and energy project financing. Recent highlights include assisting clients with the operation of new power plants, nuclear waste management, and distribution grids. The team is jointly led by Václav Rovenský, who specialises in energy construction projects and related regulatory concerns, and Tomáš Sequens, who handles the environmental elements of commercial transactions. Sylvie Sobolová is a notable member of the group and covers public procurement and state aid work.

Practice head(s):

Václav Rovenský; Tomáš Sequens

Other key lawyers:

Sylvie Sobolová; Petra Mirovská


‘Kocian Šolc Balaštík has a strong team of experts. For us, they communicated perfectly, responded quickly, and understood our deals and priorities.’

‘Tomáš Sequens is a great person.’

‘KSB has a strong team which deals with energy and environmental issues. They fully understand our commercial needs. They are quick and efficient.’

‘We work especially with Tomáš Sequens who is pretty capable of answering all our questions (which are sometimes very complex). We also work with Petra Mirovská, who I respect when it comes to litigation issues.’ 

‘Partners are well qualified, easy to reach and offer great value for money.’

‘The team always tries to provide us with the best possible legal and business advice.’

‘Tomáš Sequens is always helpful and proactive. He is an excellent professional and more than reliable partner. He is a great legal advisor and helps our company to stay updated when it comes to legal changes that affect our daily business.’

‘Tomáš Sequens’ environmental background is very useful for our legal cases.’

Key clients


Smart Energies Group

Asental Group

Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority

Green Gas DPB

Rema System, Rema Battery

Tapas Borek

Teplárna Kladno

Energy Ústí nad Labem


Benthem Crowel Architects

William Matthews Associates

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Work highlights

  • Advised SE PPS Alfa regarding a new a diesel power plant project, which would supply ancillary support services to CEPS, the operator of the Czech transmission grid.
  • Advised Smart Energies Distribution, the member of the Smart Energies Group in connection with the operation of distribution grids.
  • Advised Asental Land in relation to the construction of new solar parks in Ostrava region.

Czech Republic > TMT Tier 3

Kocián Šolc Balaštík’s TMT offering is broad ranging and assists clients from a broad range of sectors, including IT, satellite telecoms, finance, media, energy, and automotive. The firm handles software development work, cybersecurity and regulation matters, compliance concerns, and IT outsourcing. Additionally, the team has demonstrable experience in the set-up of e-commerce platforms, data protection matters, and transactional advice. The group is co-led by Drahomír Tomašuk and Sylvie Sobolová, who share a wealth of experience between them, particularly in IP, competition, and IT cases. Associate Jaroslav Zahradníček focuses on e-commerce and consumer protection law.

Practice head(s):

Drahomír Tomašuk; Sylvie Sobolová

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Sandberg Capital

Heureka Group

European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

Intefi Capital



NTT Cloud Communications

IPC Systems

Deutsche Telekom

Mercedes Benz / Daimler Truck


Dahua Technology

O2 Czech Republic

Work highlights

  • Leading a consortium which provides advice to the European Union Space Programme Agency (EUSPA), which manages various observation and communication programmes.
  • Assisting new start-up Flatform with the set-up of their platform.
  • Assisting in the founding of Dobrobot, which aims to connect non-profit organisations, companies, and donors through digital technologies and online auctions.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Kocián Šolc Balaštík’s real estate practice has recently been active handling a range of development projects, the construction of solar parks, and the sale and acquisition of multiple administrative buildings in Prague. Regularly engaged by hotel developers and logistics and warehouse companies, the team has strength in advising architectural studios on contract negotiation and project documentation. The group is co-led by Jiří Horník, who primarily advises real estate investment companies, and Václav Rovenský, who focuses on highway construction mandates and the management of hotels.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Horník; Václav Rovenský

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Porod; Zuzana Slabá


‘Deep knowledge of local legislation, able to find all relevant details, and proposes client-oriented recommendations.’

‘Jiří Horník has a strong knowledge of relevant legislation and case law.’

‘This firm provides a wide range of legal services, from checking everything carefully to preparing the necessary documents and completing the deal. Their detailed approach makes business negotiations easier and helps us successfully complete our transactions. They explain legal risks in a way that’s easy to understand and always support us.’

Key clients

JTZE (J&T Zemědělství a Ekologie)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Passerinvest Group


Ronaldsay B.V.

National Theatre

Asental Group

VGP Group

Trammel Crow

B&K nemovitostní

Benthem Crowel Architects

William Matthews Associates

WIC Prague

Benthem Crowel Architects

Work highlights

  • Advising JTZE (J&T Zemědělství a Ekologie) on the acquisition from Accession Capital Partners of a total of 11 companies across different regions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and belonging to the Spearhead Group.
  • Representing Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in the preparation and negotiation of a contract for an architectural study, project documentation and related activities for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall project.
  • Advising VGP in negotiating lease agreements for commercial premises in several European countries.

Firm overview: For over three decades, KŠB, a four-time recipient of the prestigious Chambers Europe Award for Excellence, has been an acclaimed market leader, creating innovative and groundbreaking legal solutions for its clients involving new legislation and legal and business concepts. A proudly independent Czech law firm, KŠB is globally interconnected through long-term relationships with other leading independent law firms, with whom it frequently works on cross-border transactions. Its mission is to strategically guide its global and domestic clients in attaining and exceeding their business objectives in the Czech Republic. Delivering commercially driven and sector specific advice, the firm is not just ready for the future, but actively facilitating it in the evolving 21st century business world for the benefit of its clients, whose success is the firm’s greatest satisfaction.

Main areas of practice
M&A: A market leader in M&A and a recognised pioneer in using new legal concepts and transaction structures, KŠB advises on legal and tax structuring, asset and share deals, and corporate restructuring. It also provides highly focused and experienced legal and tax due diligence. Recently, KŠB advised JTZE (J&T Zemědělství a Ekologie) on the acquisition of a total of 11 companies under Spearhead Czech and Spearhead Slovakia and JTZE (J&T Zemědělství a Ekologie) on the acquisition of a total of 11 companies under Spearhead Czech and Spearhead Slovakia. Other recent M&A transactions include work for Seyfor (formerly Solitea), Sandberg Capital, Yeong Chin Machinery, J&T Banka, Mattoni 1873 and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Corporate: KŠB advises on establishing all types of companies, including Societas Europaea. Its services include company incorporation, facilitating board and general meetings as well as relationships between management bodies, making changes to companies’ financial structures, arranging financial assistance and implementing mergers, divisions, and transformations of various company and partnership structures (including cross-border). One of KŠB’s most high-profile cases was advising O2 Czech Republic on a globally exceptional voluntary unbundling and CETIN on a whitewash procedure for the largest financial assistance ever granted in the Czech Republic. Recently, the firm advised Solitea Group on one of the biggest intragroup mergers in the CEE region.

Banking and finance: KŠB advises on financial transactions as well as on banking and finance regulations and financial services disputes. It provides legal services to lenders, arrangers, security agents and borrowers on senior, subordinated as well as mezzanine and bridge financing. KŠB is highly rated for its regulatory expertise (it has been advising the Czech National Bank for almost 30 years), and is also covering new ground in FinTech. Its clients include Česká spořitelna (Erste group), Raiffeisenbank, CSOB (KBC group), National Development Bank of the Czech Republic, ING Bank, Unicreditbank, mBank, Generali, and J&T Banka. KŠB’s corporate clients in finance include members of the important entrepreneurs’ group in the CEE region, such as O2 Czech Republic, Mattoni 1873, Solitea, and Arete Group.

Securities and capital markets: KŠB advises issuers, shareholders and leading domestic as well as foreign investment banks and funds in the entire spectrum of securities and capital market deals. The focus of KŠB’s practice is mainly in the area of public and private issues of debt securities and investment fund structures. The most notable clients here are O2 Czech Republic, J&T Group, Arete Investment Group, Rockaway Group, and Ontex. KŠB also focuses on pioneering innovative solutions, such as the crowdfunding platform Fundlift, issuance of additional Tier 1 instruments for J&T Group, transformation of 3M FUND MSI to SICAV, and a side-pocket structure for Redside investment Group.

Competition: KŠB assesses potential anticompetitive agreements and alleged abuse of dominance. It also represents clients before the Czech and European Competition Authorities and the courts in all competition matters, including merger clearance procedures and leniency or settlement procedures. It was awarded the European Competition Case of the Year 2015 for its victory at the ECHR in which it represented DELTA PEKARNY regarding unlawful dawn raids in the Czech Republic. KŠB has recently been representing clients (such as Asiana and Leo Express Global) in private competition enforcement matters. Other competition clients include Mattoni 1873, Agrofert, the Czech National Bank, and Skanska.

Litigation and arbitration:  Repeatedly recognised as one of the best practices in the Czech Republic, KŠB represents clients in civil and administrative courts and arbitration panels in all kinds of legal disputes, in particular relating to contracts, damages compensation, corporate matters, including invalidity of general meeting resolutions, employment law, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights. Recently, KŠB has been representing O2 Czech Republic, Skanska, Leo Express Global, PPF Group, Czech National Theatre, Czech Television and Czech Radio, among others.

Energy (including mining): KŠB is best known in the energy sector for its expertise and success in the planning, development, implementation and operation of large-scale power and heat generation developments. KŠB represents clients in negotiations with administrative offices and advises on energy regulation. Its clients include Teplárna Kladno, Carthamus, Green Gas DPB, Asental Land, Lovochemie, ENERGY Ústí nad Labem, and ČEZ.

Real estate: KŠB advises leading CEE developers in logistics, retail and residential sectors, fast-growing investment funds focusing on industrial properties, and real estate project financiers. Recently KŠB has been advising a number of prestigious architectural studios, such as Bjarke Ingels Group, in the preparation and negotiating the architectural study contract, project documentation and other activities related to the Vltava Philharmonic project, William Matthews Associates, which won the international competition to design the building of the new headquarters of the Railway Administration in Prague or Benthem Crouwel Architects, winners of the international competition for the design of the new main station in Brno.

Aviation: KŠB is prized for its unique expertise in aviation, including aircraft financing, regulatory issues and claims handling. Its clients include ABS Jets, BBAM Aircraft Leasing, Cirrus Aircraft, easyJet, Macquarie Aviation, Prague Airport, and XL Insurance. KŠB also advises the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) on issues linked with the deployment of the EGNOS, which provides augmentation to the standard GPS and Galileo signal.

TMT/IP/IT: KŠB advises and assists in connection with telecommunications law (regulatory matters), including advice on tenders and licensing for operators of electronic communications networks and electronic telecommunications service providers. KŠB also has a full-service intellectual property practice, with experienced lawyers in all areas of intellectual property law, including IT, e-commerce and unfair competition. KŠB advises on compliance matters, including advertising and personal data protection. KŠB’s clients include O2 Czech Republic, CETIN, NTT Czech Republic, Dahua Technology, Daktela, Solitea Group, Deutsche Telekom, and Daimler.

Employment: KŠB advises on standard employment agreements, agreements for managers and top management, including service agreements, work assignments (secondments) and agency employment, as well as on relations with trade union organisations/employee councils and workplace injury-related matters. KŠB’s clients include ČEZ, AGC Automotive Czech, Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority, Lidl Česká republika, Mirantis, Akron Brass Holding, and the Czech National Theatre.

Tax: Recognised repeatedly by international and domestic ratings agencies, KŠB’s tax team has enhanced its reputation in the specific areas of taxation of international mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, corporate income tax, VAT and tax proceedings and disputes. KŠB is able to take advantage of mutual synergies, thus bringing undeniable benefits to clients (eg Czech Television, Rockaway, and Mattoni 1873).

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A, Corporate Restructuring Dagmar Dubecká, Partner ddubecka@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
M&A, Corporate Restructuring Martin Šolc, Partner msolc@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Competition Law, Litigation & Arbitration Pavel Dejl, Managing Partner pdejl@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Real Estate, Aviation Jiří Horník, Partner jhornik@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Company Law, Insurance Law Petr Kasík, Partner pkasik@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Banking, Project Finance including PPP Martin Krejčí, Partner mkrejci@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Company Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Jan Lasák, Partner jlasak@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Tax Helena Navrátilová, Tax Partner hnavratilova@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Securities and Capital Markets, Investment Funds Vlastimil Pihera, Partner vpihera@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Energy and Mining Law, Utilites Law, Construction Law Václav Rovenský, Partner vrovensky@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Public Procurement and State Aid, Intellectual And Industrial Property Law Sylvie Sobolová, Partner ssobolova@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
TMT, Data Protection Drahomír Tomašuk, Partner dtomasuk@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Projects & Energy, Environment Tomáš Sequens, Partner tsequens@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Company Law Jan Dědič, Partner jdedic@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Lawyers : 63
Tax advisors : 6
IBA (International Bar Association)
World Services Group (WSG)
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
L2B Aviation
Corporate Tax Alliance
Czech-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Czech Capital Market Association

  • Assistance with establishing the Vlček Family Foundation, whose primary aim is to support palliative care for children. The founders are investing CZK 1.5 billion in the foundation, which makes it one of the largest philanthropic projects of its kind in the Czech Republic.
  • Since 2018, KSB and three other European partners have been providing legal advice to the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), formerly the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, on the implementation of the GALILEO and EGNOS satellite programmes. GALILEO is a satellite navigation system designed to provide and deliver more accurate positioning information, which has significant benefits for a range of European services and users. EGNOS is a European regional augmentation satellite system (SBAS) used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS and Galileo.
  • Assistance to J&T Bank in financing the development of Twisto. In addition to J&T Bank, which provided a loan of CZK 450 million, the financing was also provided by venture debt fund Orbit Capital and its subfund Conseq Venture Debt, which is jointly operated by investment platform Enern and investment company Conseq.
  • Advising US software company Jamf, which developed Jamf Pro, an application used to configure and automate IT management tasks for macOS, iOS, iPadOS and tvOS devices. KSB advised Jamf on its acquisition of Wandera, a software developer that provides protection against security threats on mobile devices to businesses all around the globe.
  • Advising Solitea on the acquisitions of several IT companies, including D3Soft, AspectWorks, Mainstream, PRYTANIS and Techniserv IT, as well as advising Solitea on obtaining financing totalling approximately EUR 70 million.
  • Assistance in the sale of Profimedia.CZ group, which offers images from all over the world. The acquisition includes the parent company Profimedia based in the Czech Republic and its subsidiaries in Hungary, Croatia and Romania.
  • Advising ARETE investment and real estate group on securing EUR 30 million in financing from Raiffeisenbank.
  • Advice on the issue of senior bonds by 3M Fund MSI, with the issue value reaching one billion Czech crowns (with the possibility of an additional increase to two billion Czech crowns). The bonds were successfully admitted for trading on the Prague Stock Exchange. Furthermore advising on the transformation of 3M Fund MSI into a SICAV investment fund – a fairly rare transaction in the Czech Republic.
  • Advising AI Startup Incubator (a fund focused on AI start-ups) on investing in OpenRefactory and in AssetFloow.
  • Advising on a major acquisition in the catering services sector. The client, Aramark, acquired the catering division of the Czech branch of French company Sodexo, which is engaged in providing services in the areas of canteens, catering, full-service building management, and the operation of food and beverage vending machines. As a result, Aramark has consolidated its leading position on the catering market in the Czech Republic.
  • Assisting the Focus Estate Fund in the sale of the Centro Ostrava Retail Park in Ostrava and Most Retail Park in Most to the Czech investment group DRFG.
  • Advising Titans Freelancers, a Slovak company engaged in outsourcing IT specialists, on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Czech-based Bridgewater.
  • Advising J&T Agriculture and Ecology, a J&T Real Estate group company in acquiring shares in several companies that are engaged in primary agricultural production.
  • Providing Mattoni 1873 with comprehensive legal advice during negotiations with Budějovický Budvar regarding a unique project for the production of flavoured non-alcoholic beer.
  • Assisting VGP Group, a leading developer and owner of logistics centres, on a long-term basis, primarily on acquiring, selling, operating and leasing warehouses, manufacturing premises and office buildings. In 2021, KSB VGP in negotiating lease agreements for almost 180,000 sqm in the Czech Republic and over 141,000 sqm abroad (Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia).
  • Advising on a record-breaking charity project: the founders of Walmark – brothers Adam, Mariusz and Valdemar Wałach – founded the 3WFoundation, in which they invested CZK 1.8 billion.

Fairness, respect, equal access and opportunity are fundamental pillars of principle in the legal profession. Accordingly, KSB’s diversity and inclusion policy reflects such core values of our profession and we are fully committed to the goal of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Everyone at KSB has a duty to act in accordance with the principles of the diversity and inclusion policy and must treat colleagues and third parties in a respectful, inclusive and non-discriminatory way.

Our firm aims to be a natural choice for talent, a true meritocracy where all can achieve their full potential, in an inclusive work culture that promotes equality and mutual respect, and embraces diversity. We understand and value that “talent” comes in many forms. We aim to be a supportive and inclusive employer.

We are committed to preventing any form of discrimination and encouraging diversity and providing equal opportunities for all. We recognize that diversity and inclusion make for a broader, richer environment which produces more creative thinking and reflects the world around us, including our many diverse clients.

Since our founding, we have prided ourselves on building a collegial atmosphere rather than an institutional corporate model. Mutual trust and understanding enables us to provide all of our associates with a level of flexibility that suits their particular needs. This enables us to attract the best talent and provide equal opportunities for all. We proactively support projects recognizing women in the Czech legal environment, such as Významné právničky (Outstanding Women Lawyers), which is announced annually by legal magazine Právní rádce. We also took part in 2021’s unique #PRVNICH100LET project, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first woman to graduate from law school and helped to bring together contemporary women of the legal world and public life. Our lawyers are also active in the Czech Bar Association’s Lawyers to Schools program (“Advokáti do škol”), which provides schools with inspirational materials and stories about the role of law and lawyers in everyday life. As part of the programme, our lawyers also reach out directly to children in primary and secondary schools, showing how a career in law is open to all and how knowledge of basic legal principles strengthens the rights of all citizens.

Chambers and Partners has nominated KSB for 2022’s Chambers D&I Awards in the Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Firm category. We see it as recognition of our long-standing natural approach to diversity in the legal profession.

Václav Rovenský, Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate KŠB from your competitors?

Our firm prides itself on being a fully independent Czech national firm, with a long tradition of the highest standards of professional ethics and promoting the rule of law in the community, whilst simultaneously competing on the same level as the many leading international law firms in the Czech Republic. In 2017 and 2018, Martin Šolc, one of our founding partners, served as the President of the International Bar Association, the only lawyer to date from Central/Eastern Europe to have achieved this highest office in the IBA, which is also a testament to the respect granted to our law firm.

Despite, or perhaps because we are, strongly independent, KŠB has forged a valuable network of long term relationships with law firms around the world, including as a founder member of the World Services Group and also as a long term member of a number of other leading specialty law firm alliances. In this way we can provide seamless and verified truly global service to our local clients and vice versa.

When it comes to client work, our law firm is one of only a few to provide truly integrated tax and legal services which is of great benefit to clients but the many years of expertise of our lawyers and tax advisors means that we have been involved in creating legal solutions on numerous occasions, which can be described as ground-breaking or innovative, and we aim to put these solutions into practice as either the very first law firm or as one of the first. Our client mission is to proactively help a client bring a business vision into clear tangible focus, with the necessary safeguards to make it a working commercial reality.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We are focusing strongly on the official rollout and strengthening of our ESG practice this year. ESG matters are becoming increasingly important for business worldwide for several reasons.

Firstly, there is a growing recognition that businesses have a responsibility to consider their impact on society and the environment, beyond simply maximizing shareholder value. As a result, investors, employees, customers, business partners and other stakeholders are increasingly demanding that companies demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical governance.

Secondly, there is a growing regulatory focus on ESG matters, especially within the EU, with many countries and regions introducing new laws and regulations aimed at promoting sustainability, reducing carbon emissions, protecting human rights, and ensuring good corporate governance. This is leading to increased compliance costs and risks for businesses that fail to meet ESG standards. Within the EU there is now a complex body of ESG focused regulations being implemented, including the EU Taxonomy, the CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) and the SFRD (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation), all of which present new challenges for clients.

Thirdly, ESG matters are increasingly seen as key drivers of long-term business success. Companies that effectively manage ESG risks and opportunities are more likely to build resilient, sustainable business models, attract and retain talent, and maintain the trust of their stakeholders.

Overall, these factors are driving a growing awareness of ESG matters and the need for businesses to take them seriously. As a result, ESG is rapidly becoming a mainstream legal as well as business issue, with significant implications for companies, investors, and society as a whole and our clients are seeking our legal guidance in how to find their ESG pathway.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

It’s not only about excellent knowledge and understanding of the law, but staying abreast of new technology and business environment changes is crucial to being the proactive and reliable business minded lawyers that our clients are looking for. High quality in house training on business and technology issues for our lawyers, as well as regular international knowledge updates and best practices exchange by means of KŠB’s close knit global legal networks and specialty seminar attendances are the ways we keep up to date to best advise our clients in a rapidly changing world.

From time to time we introduce new practice areas in response to business environment changes, that will benefit our clients. In recent years this has included the establishment of KŠB accounting s.r.o., our client bookkeeping and payroll service, that complements our dual legal and tax service offerings. This year, as well as developing our ESG practice (as outlined above), we are also making a distinction in our M&A practice group to create a stand alone Private Equity section, which reflects the dynamic growth of venture capital and PE deals on the Czech market.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Ever since the introduction of e.g. email, technological advances have moulded and refined the scope of law firm-client interactions. The Covid era brought a quasi-revolution in terms of online video meetings that continue to be embraced today not just for convenience but also in terms of reducing carbon footprint and enhancing face to face time and live document sharing with clients and colleagues around the world. The trends in application of AI technology to the legal environment are enabling us to explore many possibilities of use to benefit our clients, including AI assisted document review for due diligence, contract management systems and specific transaction and regulatory compliance tools, just to give a few examples. Technology and AI seem to expand at an exponential pace, and lawyers should not fear the uncharted future, but proactively embrace it as the only meaningful distinction in the future will be lawyers who know how to harness the benefits of technology and will be able to balance these benefits with legal thinking and experience, and those who can’t and will, most likely, lose out. That being said, I should note that this is increasingly difficult to do for lawyers who have been practicing for over thirty years like myself.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Last year we represented one of the world’s leading architectural studios, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) from Denmark, in the preparation and negotiation of the contract for the architectural study, project documentation and related activities for the outstanding Vltava Philharmonic Hall project.

The new Vltava Philharmonic Hall will become an architectural, cultural and community landmark for downtown Prague and become a focal point for visitors from all around the world. Our multidisciplinary legal team was able to provide the client with, in particular, advice on planning and construction law issues, drawing on our experience from our prior work for foreign architectural studiosand also assisting in communication with local government, in a very tight timeframe across the requirements of the international tender competition in order to conclude the contract with due process to lay the framework to implement BIG’s vision. We continue to assist BIG in the Czech Republic, and we believe that in particular advice on sustainable construction, environmental and administrative law issues will be of utmost importance.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

More than ever before, clients are seeking law firms that truly understand the nature of their business, to give the most pragmatic commercially driven advice. This understanding, along with stability and trust comes, in many cases, from the long-term relationships we have built with key clients. With new clients, trust and understanding are quickly developed, also due to the fact that many of our lawyers have particular industry specializations and are thus fluent in the topical issues of a client’s business.

In my view, clients seek both this stability and trust but also, dynamic strategic guidance, particularly in respect of new business concepts or newly enacted laws that affect them. Finding this duality in their legal advisers gives a client the confidence to move forward in its commercial objectives. Our aim, whether in 3 years or more, is to stay at the forefront of the technology changes impacting the world in order to keep providing our clients with the most relevant legal advice for their business in this rapidly changing world.