Kinstellar > Prague, Czech Republic > Firm Profile

Kinstellar
PALÁC MYSLBEK
NA PRIKOPE 19
117 19 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Kinstellar acts for blue-chip corporates and financial investors on a wide variety of mandates, including M&A, private equity investments, reorganisations and joint ventures. Noted for its broad industry expertise, the firm has a growing footprint in the healthcare, technology and manufacturing sectors. Energy is another key area of expertise, with much work led by Kamil Blažek. The firm’s cross-border capacity is also notable. Jan Juroška has ‘a good understanding of the Czech business and legal environment.’ Other key names include managing partner Lukáš Ševčík, counsel Karla Rundtová and associate Michal Kníž.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Ševčík; Jan Juroška

Testimonials

‘Kinstellar’s highly professional Prague team deserves praise, not only for its excellent legal competence, but also for its practical and commercial approach. Their lawyers are efficient, the quality of their output high, and they understand our needs as a client.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with Jan Juroška. He has a strong understanding of commercial objectives and gets straight to the heart of the matter. He has a good understanding of the Czech business and legal environment that makes him helpful in finding concrete solutions in complex situations.’

‘Michal Kníž is a competent, a reliable lawyer with good technical skills, and his efficient and pragmatic approach is a good fit with our own modus operandi.’

‘Time flexibility, understanding clients needs and economic background of deals, good and efficient communication and collaborative attitude, proposing solutions actively. Excellent knowledge of M&As and negotiation skills. Capable of handling complex cases.’

‘Kamil Blažek provides great service and is personally active in providing legal services. The team led by Kamil Blažek provides efficient and professional legal services.’

‘The people I worked with were very responsive and communicated in a straightforward way. They had a very pragmatic approach to the work on the project.’

‘We worked primarily with Jan Juroska. He was very responsive and fully understood what they were doing and managed the matter in a very effective way. They also proactively worked on issues and anticipated problems. The cooperation was seamless.’

Key clients

Veolia

Infosys

Kemp Technologies

Novavax

Eight Roads

Carlyle Group

EAG

Genesis Capital

GLP

STADA Arzneimittel

Mineral Ventures Invest (MVI) Group

3 Pillar Global

Acquinex

Portiva

Work highlights

  • Advised Veolia on the acquisition of one of the largest district heating companies in the Czech Republic.
  • Advised Infosys on the acquisition of GuideVision, a leading ServiceNow Elite Partner in Europe.
  • Advised Carlyle Group on the sale of its stake in Logoplaste.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kinstellar‘s practice is characterised by its breadth, with the team representing clients in a myriad of contentious matters, such as software development disputes, white-collar crime cases and major arbitration cases. The firm is well-known for its IP and IT litigation offering (led by Petra Ledvinková), which covers broad competition and trade mark matters, as well as industry-specific matters such as database law disputes. The team also has experience of shareholder and M&A-related disputes. Tomáš Čihula is regarded for competition and life sciences work, while Michal Kníž acts for clients in white-collar crime cases. Former team head Zdeněk Kučera moved to Dentons.

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field. High quality work, on-time delivery. Bright, reliable and dedicated.’

‘Zdenek was very responsive and good at concentrating the team to do the work in tight terms. We also liked that every advice we got was very practical.’

Key clients

Česká republika – Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs

Slevhry

Ingersoll Rand

Geocaching

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

Ackee, s.r.o.

PKP CARGO S.A.

ADM Hamburg GmbH

Kiwi.com

Eurostazioni S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Czech government on pending civil and criminal proceedings in Lichtenstein relating to stolen emissions allowances.
  • Advising an Italian trade company on various issues of Czech law in relation to arbitration proceedings covering share sale claims.
  • Assisted a foreign client with an internal fraud investigation.

Czech Republic > Projects and energy Tier 1

Kinstellar's team has ‘good insight into local energy-related legal and regulatory matters’, and it attracts a strong flow of international referrals in relation to energy projects in the Czech Republic. Led by Kamil Blažek, the team acts for leading Czech clients on the acquisition of energy projects. It also assists with legislative matters; associate Michal Forýtek is a name to note in this space. The team also offers cross-border expertise, leveraging its CEE office network, as well as support on contentious matters. Associate Jan Lehký advises on arbitrations and real estate transactions. Karla Rundtová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kamil Blažek

Testimonials

‘Experienced team from the energy sector, M&A and competition law. Good insight into local energy-related legal and regulatory matters.’

‘Kamil Blazek from the Prague office brought thorough knowledge and help in constructing complex M&A projects in energy field, incl. commercial and market practice insights.’

Key clients

Veolia

NET4GAS

ČEPS

EnBW

ČEZ

Ezpada

Goldman Sachs International

Allianz Infrastructure

DXT Commodities

Nexen Tire Corporation

OMERS Infrastructure

innogy

Charge4Europe GmbH

Liberty Steel

Kommunalkredit Austria

Kepler Trading

Citi

Work highlights

  • Advising Veolia on its acquisition of one of the largest district heating companies in the Czech Republic.
  • Advising on PPP project for design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the D4 highway.
  • Advising Net4Gas on the construction of the Capacity4Gas gas interconnector.

Czech Republic > Projects and PPP Tier 1

Kinstellar, which is highlighted for its strength in infrastructure and energy matters, advises clients investing in the growing Czech PPP sector.  Its team has been involved in a number of major projects, having advised the lenders to the winning consortium on the D4 Highway programme, as well as acting for shareholders on a major gas interconnector. Kamil Blažek, who leads the team, has experience of advising major players in the nuclear energy industry on Czech and European regulatory issues. Karla Rundtová specialises in transactional matters and Jan Lehký advises on disputes, while Michal Forýtek has expertise in both public procurement and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Kamil Blažek

Key clients

Lenders to the Vinci Concessions and Meridiam consortium

NET4GAS

ČEPS

EnBW

Nexen Tire Corporation

CANPACK

ČEZ

Allianz Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

SPORTISIMO

Faurecia Plzeň

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on the D4 highway PPP project.
  • Advised Net4Gas on the development and construction of the Capacity4Gas interconnector.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Kinstellar‘s team has ‘an abundance of experience’ in the real estate arena. Although it mainly acts for clients on real estate transactions, other drivers of work include restructurings, financings, developments, litigation, leasing mandates and planning and environment issues. It generates mandates from major domestic and international companies on matters connected with hospitality, office, residential and logistics assets. Klára Štepánková leads the team, with clients noting that she brings ‘professionalism, charm, sensitivity to what is required and expertise in staffing exactly the right team for the task.’ Also key are Jan JuroškaMartin Holub and construction specialist Jan Lehký.

Practice head(s):

Klára Štěpánková

Testimonials

‘There is not a legal firm in the Czech Republic that I would consider apart from Kinstellar. Their legal advice is based on an abundance of experience, but also an intelligence that helps focus that experience into specific, pragmatic advice, as well as all-round assistance in actual implementation. They are also a pleasure to deal with at every level, and in 8 years we have never once felt that any person of any level at Kinstellar was a “weak link”, no matter how junior.’

‘Every person at Kinstellar that we have interacted with has been exceptional. We have however been fortunate to have been always looked after by Klara Stepankova as a partner in charge. She has consistently demonstrated professionalism, charm, sensitivity to what is required, and expertise in staffing exactly the right team for the task. Throughout any transaction or engagement, Klara has always been available for any enquiry and has overseen her team with utmost skill and attention, whilst maintaining exactly the right strategic overview to allow the right direction.’

‘We would like to mention Jan Juroska and Martin Holub. Jan for staying completely on top of a huge array of moving parts with a complex acquisition, to the point where it sometimes felt that Jan was leading the transaction for us as a client, but with full confidence from us that all was in perfect control – this feeling was always justified. Martin for also managing and maintaining an extremely impressive control over many moving parts of another transaction always knowing when to bring us in, perfectly translating both the content and the bigger picture.’

Key clients

GLP

Accolade Holding

Českomoravská nemovitostní, a.s.

First Retail Funds managed by Mitiska

AMUNDI Asset Management

PORTIVA and Micronix

7R

BMO Real Estate

Warburg HIH Invest

KKCG

Star Capital Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising GLP on its European expansion with €1bn Goodman CEE portfolio deal.
  • Advising Vinci and Meridiam on the D4 highway PPP project.
  • Advising Accolade Holding on their expansion in the Netherlands and Spain as well as on several Czech projects.

Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The team at Kinstellar advises on a broad range of banking and financial transactions, with a particular emphasis on acquisition finance matters. While its core client base is made of domestic banks, the firm's strong connections to international firms enables it to perform the Czech aspects of multijurisdictional financings. It also has a strong compliance and regulatory practice. ‘Excellent professional’ Martina Březinová and English law expert Květoslav Krejčí jointly lead the team. Managing associate Leo Javorek is noted for his work on structured finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martina Březinová; Květoslav Krejčí

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kinstellar’s highly professional team in Prague has rightly attracted praise for its international perspective. Its lawyers are efficient, the quality of their output is always very high and they understand what we are looking for as a client.’

‘Martina Brezinová is an accomplished and highly respected lawyer in the Czech market.’

‘Leo Javorek combines an excellent understanding of financing with an expert knowledge of banking client needs.’

‘Experienced team, which is reliable, deal-oriented and always available.’

‘Martina Brezinova – excellent professional’

‘Ability to listen to the requests of the customer and solve them, deliver the legal product on time and with the required quality.’

Key clients

GLP (operating in Europe as Gazeley)

European Investment Bank

Česká spořitelna, a.s. (Erste Group)

Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA

MILETA

UniCredit Bank Hungary Zrt.

Erste Bank Hungary Zrt.

Credit Suisse International

Raiffeisenbank a.s.

EXPOBANK CZ

Lordship a.s.

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

GOLDMAN SACHS, JP MORGAN And MORGAN STANLEY

Swiss National Bank

Liberty Steel

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Komerční banka, a.s.

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising GLP on the acquisition financing for Goodman Group’s Central and Eastern Europe logistics portfolio.
  • Advised the European Investment Bank on the issuance of a memorandum on Czech statutory requirements for publishing contracts in the Czech Register of Contracts.
  • Advising MILETA a.s. on its debt restructuring and new international financing.

Czech Republic > TMT Tier 2

Kinstellar, which has a wide network of offices across Central Europe, acts for domestic tech and telecoms firms, as well as large multinational companies. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, the firm assists a number of leading US and UK firms with the Czech law aspects of major transactions. Elsewhere, the practice covers technology litigation and regulatory issues over privacy, consumer law and IP law. Since publication, former team head Zdeněk Kučera and associate Štěpánka Havlíková moved to Dentons.

Testimonials

‘Great communication, reliability, good value for money.’

‘The firm succeeded in finding the right resources for varying requirements.’

Key clients

Czech Banking Credit Bureau

Thermo Fisher

Zalando

EU Agency for the Space Programme

Porsche

Kiwi.com

Vodafone

Infosys

Genesis Growth Equity Fund I

Carvago

Work highlights

  • Advised the Czech Banking Credit Bureau as part of an audit of its activities relating to personal data processing.
  • Advising Thermo Fisher’s global data privacy office on various data protection matters.
  • Advising Zalando on the consumer law and regulatory aspects of its market entry.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 3

Kinstellar's presence across the CEE region gives it the platform to handle cross-border employment matters, such as restructurings and transfers. In addition, other areas of expertise include collective dismissals, collective bargaining, special remuneration schemes and employment litigation. Kamil Blažek leads the team, which acts for domestic and international clients in areas such as real estate, automotive, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Karla Rundtová and Ladislava Jasanská are other practitioners of note.

Practice head(s):

Kamil Blažek

Key clients

Kemp Technologies Inc.

Vista Equity Partners

7R

Inter Cars

VEOLIA ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA, a.s.

WALMARK, a.s./Stada Group

CAN-PACK S.A.

Mineral Ventures Invest spol. s.r.o.

Neuraxpharm Group

Nexen Tire Corporation

Faurecia group

Porsche Central and Eastern Europe

Klockner Pentaplast

Delphi/Aptiv

ABL Technic Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Kemp Technologies on the acquisition of Flowmon Networks, including employment law matters.
  • Advised Vista Equity Partners in connection with its majority investment into Pipedrive.
  • Advised 7R on the hiring of a top managerial employee and in negotiating and drafting both managerial and remuneration agreements.

Czech Republic > EU and competition Tier 3

Kinstellar‘s competition and state aid team focuses on acting for clients in the energy, finance, life sciences, automotive, IT and retail sectors. The Prague office is seen as a hub of the firm's work in the wider CEE region. Its work spans merger control, state aid, public procurement and European law advice. Tomáš Čihula leads the team, which regularly generates referral work from international law firms, in addition to winning mandates on a standalone basis. Adam Němec is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Čihula

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good industry understanding, excellent language capabilities across CEE, responsive.’

 

Key clients

Veolia

Eight Roads

Genesis Private Equity

GLP

STADA ARZNEIMITTEL

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

NET4GAS

Mastercard

Porsche Central and Eastern Europe

POC Sweden

Work highlights

  • Advised Veolia on the antitrust and merger control issues of a major acquisition, including a merger notification with the Czech Competition Authority.
  • Advised Eight Roads on merger control assessments of the sale of Optegra to H2 Equity Partners.
  • Advised Genesis Private Equity Fund on its acquisition of Conectart, including a merger clearance procedure.
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The firm: Kinstellar is a leading independent law firm in emerging Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, with 11 offices in Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan), Belgrade (Serbia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Istanbul (Turkey), Kyiv (Ukraine), Prague (the Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Prague office: Kinstellar’s Prague office is one of the leading law firms in the Czech Republic. The senior team of international and Czech lawyers has been involved in many of the most significant transactions in the country since 1992. With consistent strength across Kinstellar’s regional practices, the Prague office stands out in several areas, including banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, private equity, telecommunications, media and technology, life sciences and real estate. The firm show expertise at implementing complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

The firm’s diverse client list includes international banks and financial institutions, financial investors, multinational corporations and leading local and regional companies.

As one of the largest law firms on the Czech market, the firm provides comprehensive client service with a balanced mix of lawyers at different levels of seniority who are highly regarded by the local business and legal communities as well as by international investors with Czech interests.

The business sector expertise

  • Automotive and industrials
  • Aviation
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Chemicals
  • Energy and utilities
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Machinery
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Private equity
  • Transport and logistics
  • Technology, media and telecommunication
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
M&A and corporate Lukáš Ševčík+420 221 622 258
Private Equity Jan Juroška+420 221 622 162
Energy and infrastructure Kamil Blažek+420 221 622 160
Real estate and construction Klára Štěpánková+420 221 622 116
Banking and finance Květoslav T. Krejčí+420 221 622 140
Prague office : 40 lawyers
Firmwide total : 250 lawyers
Czech
Chinese
English
French
German
Hungarian
Japanese
Russian
Slovak
Spanish
Other offices : Almaty
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tashkent