Firm Profile > Kocián Šolc Balaštík > Prague, Czech Republic

Kocián Šolc Balaštík
PRAGUE 1
JUNGMANNOVA 745/24
110 00
Czech Republic

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Kocián Šolc Balaštík's team is co-led by Dagmar Dubecká and Petr Kasík and is singled out for its experience in significant transactions in the corporate market and activity in the M&A space. The firm was the first to engage in corporate privatisation in the domestic market, and continues to handle complex deals in the banking and finance, real estate and telecoms. Standout team member Martin Šolc and Martin Krejčí, who is noted for his M&A-related financing expertise, are also recommended.

Key clients

Karlovarské minerální vody/ KMV BEV s.r.o.

Škoda Auto DigiLab s.r.o.

Beire Acquisition, s.r.o.

J&T Wine Holding

Solitea a.s.

YIT Stavo

Energo Holding, a.s. (from the Slot Group)

Mesit Holding

Economia, a.s.

WWVV Beheer B.V.

Bakaláři software s.r.o.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kocián Šolc Balaštík has particular skill in banking disputes, acting for leading Czech financial institutions and international clients. The team also has experience in a range of other sectors, with strengths in energy, construction and investment, handling both litigation and arbitration. Pavel Dejl leads the team, which includes Sylvie Sobolová and Hana Dejlová, who are widely recommended for high-profile investment and contractual disputes, and associate Miloslav Petrů, who specialises in international and EU law.

Key clients

Czech Television

LEO Express, a.s.

Agrofert a.s.

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

Deza, a.s.

Česká spořitelna, a.s.

Heineken Česká republika, a.s.

Energo – Pro a.s.

Slot Group, a.s.

Czech Radio Broadcaster

Sberbank CZ, a.s.

Lovochemie, a.s.

UniCredit Bank Czech

Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

PPF Group N.V.

National Theatre

RSJ a.s.

Tax Tier 1

Kocián Šolc Balaštík is praised as being 'very reputable, professional and dedicated' and is experienced in handling heavyweight tax instructions for a multitude of banking clients. Led by the highly-rated Helena Navrátilová and Jan Černohouz, the practice is noted for its experience in international tax planning and restructuring.

Testimonials

Helena Navratilova stands out for her profound expertise in the tax area and extremely dedicated client handling.

Martin Solc is a heavyweight. He brings authority to the table and is focused on getting results.

Key clients

Rockaway Capital SE a.s.

Český rozhlas (Czech Radio)

Ball Aerosol Packaging CZ

Česká televize (Czech television)

IHI Towers s.r.o.

YIT Stavo s.r.o.

Karlovarské minerální vody, a.s.

O2 Czech Republic, a.s.

Quanta Human Resources CZ s.r.o.

Rockaway e-commerce, a.s.

Česká spořitelna

Bonaloka

Škoda Auto

EU and competition Tier 2

Kocián Šolc Balaštík has a strong track record of acting for local and multinational clients in mid-to-high-value competition-related litigation before the courts. The team also handles state aid, merger clearance and other competition law matters. Led by Pavel Dejl, whose focus is on dispute resolution, the team also includes Sylvie Sobolová and associate Martin Vráb, and has strength in the automotive and financial sectors.

Key clients

Asiana, spol. s r.o.

Karlovarské minerální vody, a.s.

Agrofert a.s.

Skanska, a.s.

Siad Czech spol. s r.o.

Ferrero Česká s.r.o.

Leo Express, a.s.

Česká národní banka (Czech National Bank)

RWE Supply & Trading CZ a.s.

Deza, a.s.

O2 Czech Republic, a.s.

Advanced World Transport, a.s.

Slot Group a.s.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Kocián Šolc Balaštík is the name to note for large-scale power and construction projects in the domestic energy market, led by the standout Václav Rovenský. The team advises on a wide range of matters, including project financing. Tomáš Sequens specialises in energy law and is recommended for his expertise in commercial transactions with an energy focus.

Key clients

Alpiq Generation (CZ)

Lovochemie

REMA AOS

Teplárna Loučovice

Tapas Borek

Carthamus

Green Gas DPB

Alpiq AG

Union of Chemical Industries

Českomoravský štěrk

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Kocián Šolc Balaštík is noted for its 'superior regulatory knowledge' and its strength in project finance, acquisition finance and leveraged finance deals. Jointly led by banking experts Petr Kasík and Martin Krejčí, the team has expertise in regulatory work and financial litigation, and advises leading banks.

Testimonials

Martin Krejci is an experienced and likeable lawyer who gives everything for the client in leveraged finance and debt capital markets work.’

‘Counsel Vlastimil Pihera is one of the leading lights on bonds (and has a niche trusts practice).’

‘The team has good experience and capabilities in the areas of leveraged finance (lender and borrower side), asset finance, debt capital markets and more specialised spaces like fintech and mini-bonds.

An extremely close-knit team that will never let you down.

Key clients

Czech National Bank

O2 Czech Republic a.s.

mBank S.A.

Česká spořitelna

Raiffeisenbank a.s. 1

J&T Banka a.s.

Karlovarské minerální vody a.s.

Energo-Pro a.s.

UniCredit Bank

Banka Creditas

Intellectual property Tier 3

Kocián Šolc Balaštík is described as 'flexible and competent' and advises on the full spectrum of IP matters, with a particular focus on the IT sector, acting for both local and international clients. Practice head Hana Heroldová is noted for her strength in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. She is supported by Drahomír Tomašuk and Petra Mirovská.

Key clients

Škoda Auto DigiLab

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Astellas Pharma

Národní divadlo (the Czech National Theatre)

Megiedon (now Profimedia.CZ)

Ekobus

REMA

School My Project

Ostravské vodárny a kanalizace

Carthamus

Pivní lázně Praha

TMT Tier 3

At Kocián Šolc Balaštík, the team is led by Drahomír Tomašuk and has experience handling regulatory work for a broad spectrum of local and international companies in the telecoms and media industries. The team also advises international companies on market entry and offers a data protection service, for which Jaroslav Zahradníček is the key contact.

Key clients

Daimler AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

Škoda Auto a.s.

European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

Czech Television

Employment Tier 4

Kocián Šolc Balaštík advises both domestic and international clients and has some cross-border employment capabilities. Led by Václav Rovenský, the team works in co-operation with the firm's tax practice to advise on employee costs and reimbursement. Michal Hanuš is a key name to note; he has expertise in advising on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and assisting leading clients in the automotive and sports sectors with employment matters.

Testimonials

The team has broad professional knowledge and experience, and is highly intellectual with a moral and proactive approach.’

Key clients

Quanta Human Resources s.r.o.

North Carolina University

Gonvarri Czech

AGC Automotive Czech a.s.

Corinthia Panorama, s.r.o.

Sdružení pro rozvoj Moravskoslezského kraje, z.s.

Deza, a.s. (member of the Agrofert Group)

DAF Trucks Praha, s.r.o.

Lidl Česká republika v.o.s.

Ferratum Czech s.r.o.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Kocián Šolc Balaštík advises on the full spectrum of real estate matters, with a particular focus on complex regulatory matters, permit issues and leases. Jiří Horník leads the team, which includes hotel sector specialist Václav Rovenský and Martin Krejčí.

Key clients

J&T Banka

European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

BM Management s.r.o.

YIT Stavo s.r.o.

Moravská stavební

VGP Group

Passerinvest Group

Letiště Praha

Interesseforeningen

Phase Slovakia

Firm Overview:

Celebrating its 30th year of being at the forefront of the market, KŠB is an independent Czech law firm. KŠB advises on Czech and European law, and also has a German law and English law capacity. Since many of the firm’s professionals are qualified in several fields, KŠB’s advice is enhanced by specialist academic and sector knowledge. KŠB combines in-depth local knowledge and quick decision-making, and its network of long-term international relationships with other leading independent law firms around the globe enables it to advise on cross-border transactions to the highest possible standards. KŠB is actively involved in the legislative process and in professional bar associations, as well. KŠB senior partner Martin Šolc was the President of the International Bar Association in 2017 and 2018.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A: A market leader in M&A and a recognized 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. KŠB’s clients include ČEZ, Heineken Group, Karlovarské minerální vody (KMV), Solitea, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, and YIT Stavo. Recently KŠB advised KMV on the acquisition of Knjaz Milos – the largest Serbian mineral water and non-alcoholic beverage producer, and Solitea on several acquisitions in the IT business.

Corporate: KŠB advises on establishing all types of companies, including Societas Europaea. Its services include preparing and revising company incorporation documents, facilitating board and general meetings, making changes to registered capital, and mergers, divisions, and transformations of various company and partnership structures. 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.

Banking & Finance: KŠB provides comprehensive legal services to financial sector clients, including transaction and regulatory work, and advises on project and acquisition finance, real estate finance, aircraft finance and export finance in each case in bilateral, syndicated and mezzanine structures, retail finance and insurance, and cross-border transactions. KŠB is highly rated for its regulatory expertise, and is also covering new ground in the area of FinTech. KŠB has been assisting the Czech National Bank for more than 20 years. Other clients include Banka CREDITAS, Erste Group, J&T Banka, Raiffeisen Bank, Commerzbank AG, Citibank, Ferratum Bank, USF, ING Bank, mBank and UniCredit Bank. KŠB’s non-institutional clients include members of the most important entrepreneurs’ group in the Czech Republic and also CEE region.

Securities & Capital Markets: KŠB advises issuers, shareholders and leading domestic as well as foreign investment banks in the entire spectrum of securities and capital market deals. In addition to advising on general securities issues, KŠB structures securities which are innovative and the first of their kind in the Czech Republic, such as the issuing of perpetual bonds by a Czech bank and the issuing of convertible bonds. Moreover, KŠB has extensive capital market regulatory experience.

Competition: KŠB’s advice on competition law includes alleged abuse of dominance, dawn raids, and merger clearance procedures. KŠB was awarded the European Competition Case of the Year award in The Lawyer European Awards 2015 for its victory at the European Court of Human Rights in which it represented DELTA PEKARNY against the Czech Republic regarding the legality of dawn raids. KŠB has recently been representing Asiana, KMV, Agrofert, Leo Express, Czech National Bank, and Skanska.

Litigation & Arbitration: KŠB’s dispute resolution practice has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best in the Czech Republic. KŠB represents its clients in court, arbitration and before public law bodies, in particular relating to contracts, damages compensation, corporate matters, invalidity of general meeting resolutions, employment law, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights. Recently, KŠB has been representing Heineken Czech Republic, PPF Group, the Czech National Theatre, Lovochemie, Leo Express, Agrofert, Czech television and radio broadcasters, Slot Group, KMV, and O2 Czech Republic.

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 Alpiq, Lovochemie, REMA AOS, Carthamus, Green Gas DPB, RWE and ČEZ. Recently, KŠB has been advising Lovochemie on finalizing its UGL project (development of a brand-new unit for producing UGL fertilizers).

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 represented J&T Banka as regards financing for building a hotel complex in Croatia and advised the seller in the disposal of multipurpose venue Forum Karlin. KŠB’s clients also include European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, YIT Stavo, Moravská stavební Group, VGP Group, Passerinvest Group and many others.

Aviation: KŠB is prized for its unique expertise in aviation, including aircraft financing, regulatory issues and claims handling. Its clients include Air Canada, Allianz, easyJet, Macquarie Aviation, and Prague Airport. KŠB also advises the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency on issues linked with the deployment of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which provides augmentation to the standard GPS and Galileo signals.

TMT/IP/IT: KŠB provides advice and assistance in connection with telecommunications law, including privatization of telecommunications companies, and advice on tenders 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 also provides advice and assistance on many regulatory issues, including advertising and personal data protection.

Employment: KŠB provides legal advice on a wide variety of employment law issues, from the conclusion and termination of standard employment agreements, agreements for managers and top management, including service agreements, work assignments (secondments) and agency employment, to the relations with trade union organizations/employee councils and workplace injury-related matters.

Tax: Recognized 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, bonds, qualified investor funds, tax compliance and VAT claims. Having a tax team at a law firm, which is still quite unique on the Czech market, means that KŠB’s lawyers and tax advisors can take advantage of mutual synergies, thus bringing undeniable benefits to clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A, Corporate Restructuring Dagmar Dubecká, Managing 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, 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
Company Law Jan Dědič, Partner jdedic@ksb.cz +420 224 103 316
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Martin Šolc  photo Mr Martin Šolc
Mr Jan Dědič  photo Mr Jan Dědič
 Pavel Dejl photo Pavel Dejl
Ms Dagmar Dubecká  photo Ms Dagmar Dubecká
Mr Jiří Horník  photo Mr Jiří Horník
Mr Petr Kasík  photo Mr Petr Kasík
Mr Martin Krejčí  photo Mr Martin Krejčí
Mr Jan Lasák  photo Mr Jan Lasák
Ms Helena Navrátilová  photo Ms Helena Navrátilová
Mr Vlastimil Pihera  photo Mr Vlastimil Pihera
Mr Václav Rovenský  photo Mr Václav Rovenský
Ms Sylvie Sobolová  photo Ms Sylvie Sobolová
Mr Drahomír Tomašuk  photo Mr Drahomír Tomašuk
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Tax advisors : 6
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