Firm Profile > LEGATE, s.r.o > Bratislava, Slovakia

LEGATE, s.r.o
DVORÁKOVO NÁBREŽIE 8A
811 02  BRATISLAVA
Slovakia

Projects and energy Tier 1

LEGATE, s.r.o is singled out for its solid track record in energy regulatory matters. It advises domestic energy players, multinational and pan-European oil and gas suppliers, and has a particular focus on downstream matters. It is also experienced in wholesale energy supply, waste management and power plant construction, and is advising on a number of Covid-19 related safeguarding mandates. The practice is led by managing partner Peter Vrábel, in conjunction with Alena Pláňavská and Miroslav Dudlák who recently joined from a senior in-house role at an energy company.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Alena Pláňavská

Testimonials

‘Legate is experienced in negotiations with foreign partners, very good English proficiency, always do their best to accommodate to our requirements.’

‘I have worked with Alena Pláňavská and Peter Vrábel. Alena is empathetic, she understands the key points and focuses accordingly. She is independent, hardworking and reliable, and has very good English. The same can be said about Peter: he can be a tough negotiator if needed. I liked working with Dušan Bartek as well.’ 

‘This practice offers a full service with a human touch. The team is equipped with excellent client support during all project phases and are skilled at delivering a truly beneficial service.’

‘Alena Pláňavská and Peter Vrábel are very skilled with decades of experience. They are client-centric, offering strong support during negotiations with challenging clients.’

Dispute resolution Tier 2

LEGATE, s.r.o is particularly strong acting for regional clients in the energy, infrastructure and TMT sectors. It utilises its integrated tax advisory capabilities to handle tax allowance disputes and damages settlements, representing domestic energy providers and municipal authorities. The practice is jointly led by Peter Vrábel, Miroslav Dudlák and Michal Mistrík. Vrábel, an appointed arbitrator and mediator, is recognised for his experience acting at various courts in London, Prague, Paris and Vienna. Dudlák specialises in energy-related matters, and Mistrik is well-versed in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Michal Mistrík

Testimonials

‘Incredible long-term experience and market exposure. They are user-friendly, dedicated and deeply knowledgeable. The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry together with commercial pragmatism. Excellent at formulating a strategy for success based on sound legal principles and communicating that to the commercial team. They know how to formulate a strategy for success based on sound legal principles.’

‘Well organised and experienced team.’

‘Strong manner of communication. Always professional, always up-to-date.’

‘The firm provides for extremely dedicated and resourceful team which is pleasure to work with. A professional attitude is in their DNA. Very thorough, concise and hardworking team, while also very friendly and open-minded.’

‘It is a top-quality team, from partners down to junior associates, who are capable of grappling with the most complex cases. We are giving them mandates for the most complex commercial disputes as they have gathered so talented lawyers and open their eyes to have them become commercially minded.’

‘Fast, uncomplicated advice’

‘Consultants showed a good understanding of our business and achieved a balance of interests with the other side.’

Real estate and construction Tier 3

LEGATE, s.r.o regularly handles regulatory matters, mixed-use acquisitions, real estate financing, brownfield projects for energy and natural resources developments and greenfield site acquisitions for new residential complexes. Its integrated tax offering and cross-border capabilities sees it acting for a range of clients in the energy, infrastructure, logistics and agriculture sectors. The team is jointly led by Peter Vrábel, Alena Pláňavská and Miroslav Dudlák.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Alena Pláňavská; Miroslav Dudlák

Testimonials

‘Incredible long-term experience and market exposure. They are user-friendly, dedicated and deeply knowledgeable. The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry together with commercial pragmatism. Excellent at formulating a strategy for success based on sound legal principles and communicating that to the commercial team. They know how to formulate a strategy for success.’

‘The real estate lawyers are tackling complex issues and show unrivalled attitude to support their clients. They have great expertise in urban regeneration and development schemes. Highly knowledgeable and specialised in their field. Very accessible and consistently provide high service and results.’

‘LEGATE had a team of professionals with great experiences, especially in the O&E sector. LEGATE understands the needs of the clients and provides them with excellent solutions in a very flexible way. ’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

LEGATE, s.r.o advises on a number of buyer and seller-side transactions and advisory mandates for a mix of local and international clients in the real estate, TMT, pharmaceuticals and IT industries. It also advises on the tax aspects of the transaction leveraging its cooperation with Avenias. The firm recently strengthened its offering in the energy and natural resources space with the hire of Miroslav Dudlák, who joined from an in-house role. Managing partner Peter Vrábel leads the practice and is recommended for anti-monopoly and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák

Testimonials

‘The attorneys at Legate are exceptional in corporate and M&A advice. They think outside the box, possess great cross-border experience, and their quality and consistency is admiring. They find solutions to any problem which must be overcome and look at issue from both the commercial and legal perspective.’

‘Peter Vrábel listens carefully before proposing the solution. He is very pragmatic and perfectly balances business sense and legal risk. He is uniquely coordinating his people in the office to get the job done in a timely and constructive manner. His advice is reliable and always to the point.’

‘I can confirm, like every year, that Legate is a very professional and responsive company. Whatever our issue is, they have quick advice which helps to overcome the actual issue and validate our approach.’

‘Both Peter Vrábel and Lucia Staronová are responsive, detail-oriented and very helpful. It’s almost a pity we don’t have more problems to contact them over.’

‘The team is helpful in imparting knowledge and skills in the best way to serve the customer.’

‘We appreciate a personal approach in order to better understand our needs.’

The firm: LEGATE has been operating in Slovakia since 2004. The firm was formed by Peter Vrábel, an experienced attorney registered within the Slovak Bar Association in 2000, who gained experience as an attorney and benefits from experience at a premium US law firm.

Since its formation, LEGATE has extended into a wide team of lawyers with complex and detailed knowledge of local distinctions applicable to the Slovak market. At the present time, LEGATE comprises seven attorneys, three junior lawyers, one paralegal and two assistants which ranks LEGATE as a medium-sized law firm within Slovak market.

The firm aims to keep clients satisfied and focuses on cost-effective services and tailor-made solutions with a flexible approach. The firm considers the client’s requirements and projects on an individual basis, first to understand the client’s model of operation (modus operandi) and afterwards to prepare alternative solutions in close co-operation with the client’s representatives. No single project is the same; the draft solutions are supervised by the managing partner or created in brainstorming meetings within the team of dedicated lawyers. This individual attitude attracts clients to form long-term professional relationships.

The firm provides its clients with a wide scope of legal support depending on specified requirements and demands of its clients. The legal practice areas of LEGATE comprise corporate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, industry and energy, antitrust and competition, banking and finance, construction, employment, public procurement, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxes and transport regulation, data protection and intellectual property law.

Areas of practice: LEGATE’s main legal practice areas are: mergers and acquisitions, energy, employment, litigation and arbitration, insolvency and restructuring , public procurement, projects and taxes.

LEGATE primarily renders its legal activities in the following industrial sectors: engineering and energy projects; transport, civil aviation and logistics; construction projects.

Practice head and managing partner Peter Vrabel is the counsel in charge. His previous experience in Slovakia’s anti-monopoly offices means that he has extensive contacts with regulatory bodies, which prove especially helpful in merger filings. Peter offers extensive experience in securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He is a licensed trustee, securities broker, mediator and listed arbitrator of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Energy work is a key area of focus for the firm. The firm advises four of the 20 largest non-financial enterprises in Slovakia, all of which are major energy players. The firm’s practice extends to assisting multinational, pan-European oil and gas companies and public entities. The firm handles ‘pure’ energy work, meaning the practice covers EPC contracts, construction contracts, and related arbitration. The practice does not rely on transactional work that happens to take place in the energy sector. The firm’s familiarity with EU energy regulations is crucial to its practice: the firm advises new plants on compliance, and ensures that new projects match EU specifications.

Within the employment practice area, the firm handles a wide range of matters including designing comprehensive and appropriate employment models for the largest companies in Slovakia, as well as for organisational units and subsidiaries of multinational companies established in Slovakia, general employment counselling and pre-litigation employment strategies.

The firm’s litigation track record includes achieving successes in some of the largest cases in recent Slovakian history, such as successfully defending its client, the second largest company in Slovakia, against a €66m claim raised by a private equity house. The claim concerned the price of gas supplied to a million households, and therefore attracted significant media attention. The firm has acted as counsel in arbitral proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Arbitration Court in Prague, the International Court of Arbitration in Paris and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre. It possesses a thorough acquaintance with the local legal and judicial environments, resulting in a swiftness of the decision-making process incomparable to that offered by international law firms.

As a member of GLOBALAW, international law group and network of independent law firms, LEGATE is in permanent connection with legal professionals from more than 108 different jurisdictions, making the law firm more accessible to eminent international clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation & ADR Peter Vrábel peter.vrabel@legate.sk +421262527561
Energy & Projects Alena Plánavská alena.planavska@legate.sk +421262527561
Mergers & Acquisitions Miroslav Dudlák miroslav.dudlak@legate.sk +421262527561
Real estate & Construction Lucia Staronová lucia.staronova@legate.sk +421262527561
Antitrust & Competition Viktória Draškaba viktoria.draskaba@legate.sk +421262527561
Employment & Labour law Michal Mistrík michal.mistrik@legate.sk +421262527561
Commercial law Norbert Havrila norbert.havrila@legate.sk +421262527561
Corporate agenda Michaela Bašistová michaela.basistova@legate.sk +421262527561
Public Procurement Viktória Draškaba viktoria.draskaba@legate.sk +421262527561
Insolvecny & Restructuring Michaela Bašistová michaela.basistova@legate.sk +421262527561
Tax law Peter Vrábel peter.vrabel@legate.sk +421262527561
Transport, Cargo & Infrastructure Michal Mistrík michal.mistrik@legate.sk +421262527561
Photo Name Position Profile
Judr Ing Ivana Šaková photo Judr Ing Ivana Šaková Senior Associate: Since joining the LEGATE team, Ivana mainly focuses on corporate…
Mgr Michaela Bašistová photo Mgr Michaela Bašistová Junior Associate: Michaela has joined LEGATE team in January 2016 and since…
 Viktória Draškaba, MEconSC  photo Viktória Draškaba, MEconSC Junior Partner: Viktoria joined the LEGATE team in 2008 and specializes for…
 Miroslav Dudlák, MBA  photo Miroslav Dudlák, MBA Of counsel: Miroslav became part of the LEGATE team in October 2019…
 Norbert Havrila photo Norbert Havrila Senior Associate: Norbert has joined LEGATE team in August 2017, while previously…
 Michal Mistrík  photo Michal Mistrík Junior Partner: Michal joined the team in 2006 and is mainly responsible…
 Alena Pláňavská  photo Alena Pláňavská Senior Partner: Since joining the team in 2001 Alena secured a long…
 Lucia Staroňová  photo Lucia Staroňová Senior Associate: Since joining the LEGATE team, Lucia mainly focuses on real…
 Peter Vrábel  photo Peter Vrábel Managing Partner: Practice head and firm managing partner Peter Vrábel is a…
Number of lawyers : 11
English
French
German
Russian
Slovak
Czech
IBA (International Bar Association)
EALA - European Aviation Law Association
Globalaw

LEGATE is fully aware of its social responsibility, necessity to involve in community activities and being instrumental in positive social contribution.

Therefore, we actively support educational activities and programmes within multiple schools via the 2% annual income tax contribution.

Moreover, we pursue distinctive programme covering and resolving the private legal matters of our clients and private legal matters of their family members. The track record of LEGATE also involves the cooperation with NGO supporting the high standards of ethics and social equality in Slovak Republic.

Nevertheless, LEGATE supports gender diversity within the structures more than half of our legal team is comprising of women.

 


As a medium-sized law firm in Bratislava, Slovakia, LEGATE has a great amount of flexibility at its disposal.  

The local presence of this law firm in Slovakia guarantees swiftness of decision-making, which can hardly be matched by large international law firms.  

The high degree of flexibility is also confirmed by the very open approach to any price model cooperation. 

LEGATE professionally renders the legal services for four companies rated among the top 20 non-financial enterprises in the Slovak Republic with strong international expertise.  

The clientele of LEGATE ranges from subsidiaries of strong energy market players through to transnational industrial players and also includes the public sector. 

The cross-border matters are in particular ensured via LEGATE’s steady position within Globalaw network having more than 89 independent partner law firms at its disposal located in 76 jurisdictions around the world in three Globalaw regions which cover the globe (America (including Canada. USA, Central America and South America); Asia, Pacific and Oceania and EMEA (Europe, Africa and Middle East). 

All LEGATE legal counsels speak fluent English. Other lingual abilities of counsels are comprised of the German, Russian and French languages. 

Peter Vrábel, Manging Partner

The Slovak legal market is really saturated with so many law firms where consolidation continues dramatically. The size of law firms is still prerequisite for traditional law firms while adoption of new technologies allows streamline of legal services provided by boutique law firms through other sales channels. COVID however resulted in decrease of demand for legal needs at its beginning, however then it even accelerated the changes for provision of the legal services and offered new opportunities to be taken from legal market.

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

Legate acts as solution provider for its clients and not just legal operator. We offer frontier attitude keeping hands-on approach for the projects we were mandated for. We also focus on certain sector industries to get deep insight into modus operandi of our clients to monitor the trends and advise them from broad perspective. The clients often engage us as one-stop shop provider to also cover tax and accounting issues. The flexibility, outcome-driven approach and tailored made solutions form corner stones of our values.

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

Cyber-security law, data protection law and all-in services should not be overlooked. Development of blockchain technologies and 4.0 internet of smart things shall be followed by significant requirements for legal support to these sectors. The clients would prefer to have solution from one provider to track clear responsibility line and therefore call for all-in or package services should be rolled out.

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

The radical move was to offer majority of clients predictability in their budgets by offering cap fees for the projects. The remarkable benefits for the clients might be drawn from automation of documents and contracts by launch of online application for corporate matters and implementation of files sharing service, which provides mirroring litigation files for the clients with those as recorded with the court and with us.

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

Web application (automation tool) for corporate matters saves time for us and money for our clients. The shared files offer high comfort with respect to upload of the documents by the client and download of certain deeds if updated by us as representative at the court case. Moreover, we were registered for several international platforms in Italy, USA which operate as law firms panel for specific practice areas for registered clients. Webex, Teams and Zoom platforms are used on daily basis for communication with the clients due to COVID.

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

We have convinced our long-term client to commence the sale process of his company for finding the investor and we set up a consortium with financial advisor and succeeded to find strategic investor for our client. We have introduced some of our clients to the other clients and they became business partners in agriculture and commodities business. We co-operate with the banks and are registered for their business platforms where we can offer to our clients the investments targets generated by the banks.

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

The clients listen to us when they lack family successor for their firms as we my provide for them solution, however the clients would be surprised if we as lawyers recommend business strategy to them. On the other side we are involved in strategic decision-making when the clients face to big issues as they accept our role of problem solver. We plan to be high-end provider of legal services for energy, disputes, real estates, and M&A (to enhance ranking from tier 2 into tier 1) and one-stop shop operator for all-in advisory services within three years´ time. We will focus on development of unique value proposals in niche segments for our clients and extend number of our branches.