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

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

Slovakia > Projects and energy Tier 1

Energy sector work is a major area of focus at LEGATE, s.r.o, which acts for multinational, pan-European oil and gas companies and public entities. The firm is notably active in both oil and gas and power projects, with a particular focus on downstream matters. The firm advises on greenfield and brownfield projects. The practice also covers FIDIC, EPC, DBOF and BOOT contracts, other construction contracts and related arbitration, as well as advising on complex unbundling in the gas sector in Slovakia under EU gas directive. Managing partner Peter Vrabel co-heads the team with Miroslav Dudlák (who focuses on energy law and regulation, consumer protection, competition and contractual matters) and Alena Pláňavská.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Alena Pláňavská

Other key lawyers:

Lucia Staronova

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, the team has great collaboration techniques and capabilities, which enable efficient and in-depth analysis. Flexibility and adaptation, which is not really standard to legal firms is the strength of this practice. People speaking/working in 3 and more languages make this firm capable of working at international level.’

‘Individuals were very open and clear in their statements. They did not have to look for answers, but were experts in the topic of choice. Both the partner and the associate were forthcoming with ideas. Clarity and expertise were excellent. Willingness to close and complete the task on time was also very good together with schedule keeping.’

‘The Legate team is very proactive and able to promptly identify new challenges and risks deriving from the legal environment. They are focused on various aspects of the energy market, including the European Commission’s policies. Extremely competent and to the point, very experienced and reliable. They have excellent knowledge in public procurement and energy related issues with pan-european structures serving to cross-border transmission of the gas. The Legate attorneys present themselves with great integrity, professionalism. It is a group of stellar lawyers and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Peter Vrábel is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. A dedicated professional with excellent team and project management skills. He impresses through the breadth and depth of expertise on energy matters and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure delivery and client satisfaction. Lucia Staronova is very proactive, responsive with the highest standard of professional services for a reasonable price. The level of communication, strategic thinking, confidence, sophistication and responsiveness of both lawyers have been amazing.’

‘Mr. Peter Vrabel is an outstanding partner with deep knowledge of the energy sector and a very practical approach which is often necessary for a successful completion of a project. He is very open-minded, bringing smart strategic concepts to overcome bottlenecks. Mrs. Alena Pláňavská has a practical approach and her way of working makes the biggest difference compared to competitors. She is well organized and very skilled in energy matters. She often provides advice overnight and serves clients very well. Both yield extra quality to the work, compared to other law firms.’

Slovakia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable dispute resolution team’ at LEGATE, s.r.o handles matters before state authorities at all levels, as well as arbitration proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Court in Prague, the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and the Court of Arbitration of Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Particular specialisms include construction disputes, as well as contentious shareholder, tax, energy and administrative law matters. It is also active in cyber security claims against third parties. Experienced litigator Peter Vrabel co-heads the team with Miroslav Dudlák, who focuses on energy law, regulation, consumer protection and contractual matters, and Michal Mistrík.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák; Michal Mistrík

Other key lawyers:

Norbert Havrila

Testimonials

‘Legate provides us with a unique combination of in-depth knowledge and fast work pace. They are very flexible, focused on pragmatic solutions and do not devote time to the issues which are not so relevant for the client. This excellent team always delivers very practical advice on very efficient terms.’

‘Peter Vrábel significantly benefits from acting as the arbitrator for the most reputable arbitration court in the country and we see how this experience is utilized in our mandates. We were in good hands right from the start and very much appreciate the professional, precise and structured working method.’

‘Peter Vrábel is an exceptional lawyer who has an ability to see the core of the dispute. His arguments are always very well thought through and structured. He is always on time and his advice is always very rational and practical. He knows how to present the case to the tribunal and has great advocacy skills.’

‘Michal Mistrik is very rational attorney, strongly defending the client and contributing with alternative solutions for the matters. He is so dedicated to the case and very responsible for consistency of evidence presented to the court, argumentation line when it is put by him in the written form is really convincing.’

‘They have a unique depth of expertise, and ability to deliver across the entire spectrum of our needs while keeping the quality at the highest level. They understand the business we are in and provide us with effective billing policy.’

‘They have exceptional and sensible senior partners who are looking at the case very pragmatically. The team is very engaging and reliable, accommodating to our needs. Highly competent and most importantly, they deliver the results. They know how to establish the defending strategy and to open so many front lines to distract the attention of the counterpart.’

‘Peter Vrábel has high analytical skills, delivers quality on time, exceeding expectations. He is a top-class lawyer with vast experience in complicated litigation cases. Mr. Michal Mistrik is always prompt with time limits, always responsive and provides accurate advice. Both have exceptional high integrity, and always introduce plan B solutions to have broader view and opportunities to choose.’

Slovakia > Real estate and construction Tier 3

LEGATE, s.r.o’s experience covers all aspects of investment transactions (including inbound, outbound domestic investments), as well as counselling on permits and restrictions. The practice also acts for clients on brownfield projects, in particular within the energy and natural resources industry, and it is also active in greenfield residential project developments, agriculture projects, commercial properties and leisure properties. The team is co-led by Peter Vrábel, who has ‘deep expertise in transactional matters’, Alena Pláňavská and Lucia Staroňová.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Alena Pláňavská; Lucia Staroňová

Testimonials

‘They are a good bunch and enjoyable to work with. They are very pragmatically minded and solution oriented. They have invaluable expertise, and so we get great value in their services.’

‘Lucia Staroňová has significant experience of real estate and litigation matters. We appreciate her commercial awareness, decent style of communication and professional attitude. She is very punctual, always keeping to deadlines and thinking of the broader picture. Peter Vrábel has longstanding experience of high-profile transactions and has deep expertise in transactional matters. He has great command of the law and has a very nice, diplomatic style with opposing parties.’

Slovakia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

LEGATE, s.r.o’s ‘attorneys are very strong on cross-border issues as they closely cooperate with other member firms in global law network’. Noted for its strong profile among Slovak and international clients, the firm provides extensive support on a wide ambit of commercial, corporate and M&A mandates. It has notable strengths in matters related to the energy and natural resources, real estate, transport, infrastructure, ICT and agriculture sectors. ‘Top-notch lawyerPeter Vrabel co-heads the team with Miroslav Dudlák.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vrábel; Miroslav Dudlák

Other key lawyers:

Ivana Šaková; Norbert Havrila

Testimonials

‘Legate attorneys are very strong on cross-border issues as they closely cooperate with other member firms in a global law network.’

‘Peter Vrábel is a top-notch lawyer, very dedicated to the issue, always proactive and reliable. Ivana Šaková is highly competent, considering the issue from the client’s perspective and she communicates to the client in a very open way.’

‘Great firm. Always delivers on time and with high quality. Best in Slovakia.’

‘Peter Vrabel (Partner), Norbert Havrila (Senior Associate). Both are great lawyers with business sense.’

‘They are very business-oriented and have lots of experience. At the same time, they know the business standards, don’t push too much and propose business solutions which are usually acceptable for both sides of the deal. Mr. Vrabel organises the work internally very well.’

‘They have deep energy knowledge, that means they consider this aspect in any mandate we give to them and the quality of there work is high.’

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Litigation & ADR Peter Vrábelpeter.vrabel@legate.sk+421262527561
Energy & Projects Alena Plánavskáalena.planavska@legate.sk+421262527561
Mergers & Acquisitions Miroslav Dudlákmiroslav.dudlak@legate.sk+421262527561
Real estate & Construction Lucia Staronoválucia.staronova@legate.sk+421262527561
Antitrust & Competition Viktória Draškabaviktoria.draskaba@legate.sk+421262527561
Employment & Labour law Michal Mistríkmichal.mistrik@legate.sk+421262527561
Commercial law Norbert Havrilanorbert.havrila@legate.sk+421262527561
Corporate agenda Michaela Bašistovámichaela.basistova@legate.sk+421262527561
Public Procurement Viktória Draškabaviktoria.draskaba@legate.sk+421262527561
Insolvecny & Restructuring Michaela Bašistovámichaela.basistova@legate.sk+421262527561
Tax law Peter Vrábelpeter.vrabel@legate.sk+421262527561
Transport, Cargo & Infrastructure Michal Mistríkmichal.mistrik@legate.sk+421262527561
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Michaela Bašistová photoMgr Michaela BašistováJunior Associate: Michaela has joined LEGATE team in January 2016 and since…
Silvia Beňová, PhD. photoMgr Silvia Beňová, PhD.Junior Associate: Silvia joined LEGATE in 2021 from top international law firm…
Viktória Draškaba, MEconSC photoJUDr Viktória Draškaba, MEconSCSenior Associate: Viktoria joined the LEGATE team in 2008 and specializes for…
Miroslav Dudlák, MBA photoMgr Miroslav Dudlák, MBAOf counsel: Miroslav became part of the LEGATE team in October 2019…
Soňa Fusková photoMgr Soňa FuskováJunior Associate: Soňa has joined LEGATE team in 2021 after graduating the…
Norbert Havrila photoJUDr Norbert HavrilaSenior Associate: Norbert has joined LEGATE team in August 2017, while previously…
Michal Mistrík photoJUDr Michal MistríkSenior Associate: Michal joined the team in 2006 and is mainly responsible…
Alena Pláňavská photoJUDr Alena PláňavskáSenior Partner: Since joining the team in 2001 Alena secured a long…
Lucia Staroňová photoJUDr Lucia StaroňováSenior Associate: Since joining the LEGATE team, Lucia mainly focuses on real…
Peter Vrábel photoJUDr Peter VrábelManaging Partner: Practice head and firm managing partner Peter Vrábel is a…
Ivana Šaková photoJudr Ing Ivana ŠakováSenior Associate: Since joining the LEGATE team, Ivana mainly focuses on corporate…
Number of lawyers : 11
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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. 


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

LEGATE’s presence in the Slovak Republic guarantees swiftness of decision-making on local level, which can hardly be matched by large international law firms.

LEGATE professionally renders the legal services in long term 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 powerful 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, LEGATE, attorneys at law

The saturated Slovak legal market for legal services faces to trends of specialization of the firms for the selected practice areas and implementation of the sophisticated technologies resulting in the documents automation.

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

Legate acts as solution provider for its clients and not just legal operator. We offer tailor made solutions for the areas we are specialized for and serve as one-stop shop for the areas we co-operate with other law firms, tax, and accounting firms. Focusing on selected areas allow us to have a deep understanding of modus operandi for our clients and consider business insight when providing legal advice. The pragmatism, outcome-driven approach and real help to the client form our corner values.

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

Cyber-security law, software law and all-in services should not be overlooked. Development of blockchain technologies and payment service providers require compliance services and in-depth knowledge of the financial law. We see still the large room for legal designing to set up, introduce and fine tune the combined tax and legal solution which our clients appreciate as we may offer clear responsibility for the package solution.

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

We have not only implemented automation of documents in our IT systems; however, we have even offered and introduced these AI products to our clients. The clients appraised the files sharing service, which provides mirroring litigation files for the clients with those as recorded with the court.

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

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. We have implemented the automatic notification systems for reminding us and clients of coming deadlines for the litigation matters.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their 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. We also offer the mezzanine loan opportunities to our clients providing these facilities to those clients who need short-term financing; thus we helped many clients to receive the bridge loans. The AI products and contract automation systems have been introduced by us to our clients to get the time saving for in-house counsels of the client and make their work more efficient.

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

We are involved in strategic decision-making when the clients face to big issues as they accept our role of problem solver. We have been engaged by the gas and oil clients to analyse the roadmap with respect to permitting for the conversion from the traditional business into green deal industry. We plan to be high-end provider of legal services for energy, disputes, real estates, and M&A 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.

SLOVAKIA

LEGATE 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.

LEGATE’s presence in the Slovak Republic guarantees swiftness of decision-making on local level, which can hardly be matched by large international law firms. Therefore the firm has a great amount of flexibility at its disposal.

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 nine attorney lawyers, two 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.