UEPA advokáti s.r.o. > Prague, Czech Republic > Firm Profile

UEPA advokáti s.r.o.
180 00 PRAHA 8
Czech Republic

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The team at UEPA advokáti s.r.o. represents clients in court proceedings, mediates cross-border disputes, and uses arbitration methods for disputes arising from commercial contracts. The team is noted for operating across the wider CEE region, as well as its proficiency with domestic disputes. Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Lucie Hladěnová are the joint heads of the team; the former is dual-qualified in the Czech Republic and Germany.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lucie Hladěnová

Other key lawyers:

Lars Magnus Klett; Tomáš Můdra


“Tomáš Můdra is a great lawyer with deep knowledge of the Czech legal environment and its variables.’

‘Andreas Ueltzhöffer is a great practitioner, with good flexibility and a great network that contributes positively to a very good development of the cases.’

Key clients

HDI Global

Lindner Hotels Group

KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH

BMK Group

Kayser Berndorf

Work highlights

  • Represented StalWerk in an ownership dispute conerning a large industrial estate in South Moravia.

Czech Republic > Employment Tier 4

The employment law team at UEPA advokáti s.r.o. advises on day-to-day employment issues, drafts employment contracts and work rules, and assists with employee terminations. The team regularly advises on cross-border and high-value matters. Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Lars Magnus Klett, and Lucie Hladěnová comprise the experienced leadership trio.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová

Other key lawyers:

Aleš Richtr


‘Highly skilled, fast, and great quality of work.’

‘Lars Magnus Klett is perfect for cross-border activities.’

‘The team consists of various experts who cover a span of legal fields.’

‘The key capability I like most is that the firm gives a distinct a clear recommendation.’

‘Each member of the team gives you the secure feeling (proved by my experience) that they analyse every case thoroughly and build their recommendation upon it.’

Key clients


KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH

BMK Group

pentahotel Prague

Lindner Hotels Group

NH Hotel Prague City and NH Collection Prague

Neways Electronics

Swiss Embassy


Plaschka (member of Poppe + Potthoff group)

Motel One


Michael Riedel Transformatoren

BayWa r.e. AG

Segafredo Zanetti

Swiss Grana Group AG

Work highlights

  • Advising mdexx on cross-border posting of expert employees and trade union negotiations.
  • Advised KiK on its obligations and claims as an employer under the special measures and legislation passed by the Czech and Slovak governments in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised BMK on potential measures to cope with the economic effects of Covid-19 on employers, including the complexities of short-term work and mass dismissals under Czech law.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 5

The real estate and construction team at UEPA advokáti s.r.o. acts for local companies, multinationals, financial institutions, investment funds, and real estate developers, with extensive local and cross-border knowledge. The team has specific expertise in the hotel, retail, and construction sectors. Founding partners Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Lars Magnus Klett lead the team, alongside Lucie Hladěnová.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová


‘The team has expert knowledge, gives very good advice, and is very friendly.’

Key clients




KiK textil a Non Food spol. s r.o.

NH Hotel Prague City and NH Hotel Collection Prague (former Prague Mövenpick Hotel)

Lindner Hotel Group


Soprema S.p.A. (member of Soprema Group)

Neways Electronics

StalWerk (Surplex group)


Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented StalWerk in a disputed over the ownership of a large industrial estate in South Moravia.
  • Represented the owners of a family-held real estate portfolio against a commercial tenant in two separate premises in an industrial complex in Prague.
  • Advising CUBESPACE on several real estate projects in different parts of Germany.

The firm: UEPA is an independent full-service law firm based in Prague, founded in 2006 by two partners who had previously worked in large international law firms. UEPA has since grown from three to 25 lawyers and since 2018 has three partners.

UEPA has the largest German-speaking team on the Czech legal market and provides legal services in Czech, Slovak, English, German, Polish and French.

The firm’s main practice areas have always been corporate and M&A, real estate and construction, commercial, employment and litigation/arbitration. Over the years, UEPA has added compliance, insolvency, IP, public procurement, renewable energies, finance and data protection capabilities to its repertoire. UEPA also advises on Czech trusts, which are basically an asset protection vehicle.

UEPA’s partners have been active on the Czech market for the past 24 years, working on high-profile corporate and real estate transactions. Many of UEPA’s clients have been benefiting from the services of the firm’s employees since the 1990s.

Areas of practice: UEPA’s main practice areas include: corporate and M&A, commercial, employment, real estate and construction, litigation and arbitration, compliance, banking and finance, renewable energies, IP and data protection (GDPR) and public procurement law.

UEPA advises its clients through all fields of their business, supports them in domestic and international transactions, as well as in day-to-day work. The firm’s clients range from multinationals to large SMEs and stem from a wide range of sectors such as banking and finance, automotive and machinery, real estate and development, the energy sector, IT, services, retail and wholesale, as well as the hotel and leisure industry.

All of the firm’s partners and a number of its lawyers have significant working experience in international law firms. UEPA also assists its clients in neighbouring Slovakia and has an excellent network of professional contacts in other Central and Eastern European countries that the firm can rely on, if the need arises. The firm increasingly also advises Czech and Slovak companies with their business activities abroad in co-operation with local lawyers with the necessary expertise.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Lars Klett
Corporate Ales Richtr
M&A Andreas Ueltzhöffer
M&A Lars Klett
Commercial Petr Jakubec
Commercial Lucie Lipkovska
Employment Lucie Hladenova
Employment Petra Kutkova
Real estate and construction Andreas Ueltzhöffer
Real estate and construction Lars Klett
Litigation and arbitration Andreas Ueltzhöffer
Litigation and arbitration Philipp Chizzola
Compliance Dr Martina Jankovska
Compliance Lucie Hladenova
Finance Petra Kutkova
Finance Lucie Hladenova
Renewable energy Lars Klett
Renewable energy Tomas Mudra
IP, data protection Lucie Hladenova
IP, data protection Tomas Mudra
Public procurement Andreas Ueltzhöffer
Photo Name Position Profile
Lucie Hladěnová photo Lucie Hladěnová Partner, Advocate
Lars Klett photo Lars Klett Partner, Rechtsanwalt, Advocate
Andreas Ueltzhöffer photo Andreas Ueltzhöffer Partner, Rechtsanwalt, Advocate
Number of lawyers : 25
UEPA partner Andreas Ueltzh?ffer is a member of The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
UEPA partner Andreas Ueltzhöffer is a member of The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Partner, Advocate

Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Partner, Advocate Andreas Ueltzhöffer, partner of UEPA advokáti s.r.o., explains how the firm is adapting to the changing needs of clients.

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

First of all, we have been active on the Czech legal market for over 20 years. Thus we have team members who have worked with us for many years and that creates stability. As a result of this, most of our clients have worked with us for a very long time, some since the beginnings of the firm.

We operate one office in Prague, although we are considering opening a branch in Bratislava. Having only one office has the advantage that we work with many international law firms and receive a lot of work from abroad, referred to us by colleagues who do not see us as competition. Such long-term relationships are no one-way street. Our clients benefit from our excellent network in the entire CEE region.

All of our partners and many senior lawyers have a big firm background, and therefore are able to meet the expectations of demanding international clients. I believe we do have an outstanding reputation on the market. The economic aspects of our work is also always at the centre of our focus.

Besides, myself also other lawyers of the UEPA team not only went to law school, but also have an economic education. Our clients appreciate that we discuss strategies with them and also have a transparent fee structure. We fulfil high ethical standards and stay far away from all kinds of shady business practices.

We are very responsive and react fast to our client’s needs, even if this can be very demanding at times for our team.

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

Since last year we have been working on preparing our clients to implement the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect on 25th May 2018. Our partner Lucie Hladenova is in charge of our GDPR Team and is very busy in implementing GDPR solutions at client’s companies together with our IT partner Simac Technic CR a.s.

We have also recently expanded our real estate team again, because this sector is still booming. In addition to this, we have an increasing demand of advising Czech clients abroad, mainly in German-speaking countries. Another growing part of our business is the hotel and leisure industry. We are very active in specialised hotel M&A.

Arbitration and ADR form another growing practice area of UEPA. I am listed at several foreign courts of arbitration and I am constantly involved in cases, as arbitrator, mediator or as client representative.

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

With the accession of our new partner Lucie Hladenova in January this year, we made a big step forward. Lucie has an excellent network and is well known among Czech entrepreneurs. As a consequence the number of Czech clients is significantly rising.

Another new team member is senior attorney Martin Murad, who mainly takes care of international projects involving more than two jurisdictions. Such multinational transactions require strict management. Martin is coordinating lawyers in different countries working on deals with us.

UEPA always has been good in seeing trends on the market. We usually respond quickly to new and upcoming trends and legal developments. As we were one of the first and therefore strongest law firms on the market during the renewable energy boom in the country, we again managed to be among the first firms offering GDPR trainings and seminars, which we started in January 2017.

That caused a big boom of GDPR business. The advantage of being a smaller firm is that we can take all strategic decisions fast and in a small management team.

Many of our clients are active in the Slovakian market as well. As a consequence of this we will soon be opening a second office in Bratislava.

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

Our technological resources are up-to-date and include virtual data room management as well as electronic invoicing or modern video, as well as conference communication systems.

We are currently building a sophisticated online training system for clients and their staff with our IT partner, which not only covers GDPR topics, but also other legal matters. The system will go on air later this year.

We invest a lot in our website (www.uepa.cz) and update it at least once a week. Our webpage and also our excellent office facilities helped us in gaining new clients.

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

I believe UEPA’s economically focused approach to its work helped many clients to improve their own businesses. We have several social events every year and also organise many legal seminars, in-house or at clients’ seats, alone or together with partners covering non-legal sectors.

At these occasions we carefully study the lists of registered participants and offer personal introductions. Many clients acquired business with our help, be it developers meeting production companies with expansion plans or funds talking to real estate developers selling their properties.

Another new product, also coming to the market in 2018, is our so called HR-core project. We offer together with an accounting partner a complete outsourcing of payroll accounting and labour law housekeeping. All that for a competitive flat rate, helping our clients to save money and focus on their core businesses.

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

I am optimistic to achieve a further growth, but more importantly UEPA will maintain its high-quality practice and builds upon its excellent reputation. We are open also for external growth, e.g. by cooperating closely with other law firms.