UEPA advokáti s.r.o. > Prague, Czech Republic > Firm Profile
UEPA advokáti s.r.o. Offices
180 00 PRAHA 8
UEPA advokáti s.r.o. > The Legal 500 RankingsUEPA advokáti s.r.o. offers advocacy support in arbitration, mediation and litigation alike. It has a strong international practice, with the team including attorneys who are members of foreign bars; in particular, a number are dual-German qualified. It advises banks, major corporations and other financial institutions. Key names include founder Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Lars Magnus Klett and Lucie Hladěnová.
‘We are extremely happy with UEPA and their diversity of provided services.’
‘The whole team led by Mrs. Lucie Hladenova is absolutely unique in the comprehensiveness of their support.’
‘The fees are absolutely adequate to the service we get. Very good value for money.’
Lindner Hotels Group
KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH
BMK Group (one of the top 20 European EMS providers)
Czech Republic > Employment Tier 4UEPA advokáti s.r.o. provides ‘extremely dedicated and smooth support’ to clients on day-to-day employment matters. Its work covers contract drafting, the drafting of work rules and management agreements, employee terminations and foreign law (particularly German and Austrian law) matters. Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Lars Klett and Lucie Hladěnová co-head the team, which also provides key advice on digitalisation and M&A.
Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová
‘Competence, fast replying speed!’
‘Extremely dedicated and smooth support. Pragmatic and open approach.’
‘Lars Klett: Very highly skilled and experienced in cross border work.’
KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH
Lindner Hotels Group
NH Hotel Prague City and NH Collection Prague
- Advised mdexx on cases of cross-border posting of expert employees and on tough negotiations with the trade union.
- Advised KiK on its obligations and claims as an employer under the Covid-19 special measures.
- Advised BMK on potential measures to cope with the economic effects of Covid-19.
Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová
‘The team has a German background and knowledge of German law. With its headquarters in Prague and many years of practice and experience in Czech law, UEPA is a valuable partner for international business in the Czech Republic.’
‘Very reliable partner with short availability and very deep specialist knowledge.’
KiK textil a Non Food spol. s r.o.
Engel & Völkers Commercial
NH Hotel Prague City and NH Hotel Collection Prague
Lindner Hotel Group
- Advised CRESTYL on drafting and negotiating the general contractor contract for a future office building.
- Advised CUBESPACE on several real estate projects in different parts of Germany.
- Advised on 15 different transactions regarding real estate brokered by Engel & Völkers.
UEPA advokáti s.r.o. > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Renewable energy||Lars Klett|
|Renewable energy||Tomas Mudra|
|IP, data protection||Lucie Hladenova|
|IP, data protection||Tomas Mudra|
|Public procurement||Andreas Ueltzhöffer|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 25
LanguagesCzech English French German Polish Slovak
MembershipsUEPA 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, AdvocateAndreas 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.