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Slovakia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

RELEVANS Law Firm is ‘clearly a leader in the dispute resolution arena in Slovakia’, with it handling a broad cross-section of matters for clients, including those related to commercial, competition, banking, finance, IP, IT, tax and administrative law. It is also active in complex matters arising from alleged violations of fundamental rights and freedoms. Experienced litigator Alexander Kadela is ‘one of the most qualified attorneys in the Slovak market’. Tomáš Bardelčík , whose expertise includes contentious matters involving competition, labour, commercial and constitutional law. Slavomír Máčaj is a ‘great professional with outstanding logical and analytical thinking’.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kadela; Tomáš Bardelčík; Slavomír Máčaj

Other key lawyers:

Jaroslav Bratek


‘The whole team works very professionally and systematically. They are able to provide perfect legal services even in an extremely short period of time and, if necessary, deploy a sufficiently large team of lawyers. The services provided by this law firm, as I understood during our cooperation, always go through several levels of control. I can rely on TOP quality. They work with high commitment and their outputs meet the highest quality standards. Given their high expertise and great references, we can rely on the firm even in the most complicated court disputes.’

‘Alexander Kadela is truly an exceptional lawyer. I consider him to be one of the most qualified attorneys in the Slovak market. He not only has extraordinary analytical skills, but also has a very detached and complex view on the whole case. He can think strategically and, in combination with his high professionalism, these capabilities make him very recommended attorney for litigation. Slavomir Macaj is a great professional with outstanding logical and analytical thinking. Tomas Bardelcik is very precise and works systematically. He is 100% reliable. Also, I really appreciate work of Jaroslav Bratek. He is very experienced and qualified.’

‘We certainly do recommend Alexander Kadela and the team of litigation lawyers working at RELEVANS and without doubt we would turn to them in the future.’

‘Alexander Kadela, Tomáš Bardelčík and Slavomír Máčaj are definitely strong and experienced in litigation and has a very good knowledge of business issues and constraints. They are always engaged, combative, available and has a very good communication skill. It was a pleasure working with such a highly professionals. We were more than pleased by their expertise and ability to advise on our legal issues.’

‘Relevans is clearly a leader in the dispute resolution arena in Slovakia. The quality of services rendered by Relevans is highly above standard, even in the most demanding assignments. We use to turn to Relevans in cases where their specific expertise is required. Partners are engaged in our cases and I hear from them often, which makes me feel well-supported and comforted knowing there is a senior set of eyes following progress.’

‘Alexander Kadela is an excellent lawyer. He is not afraid of any challenge. He has our confidence in the most important matters and key disputes. Tomáš Bardelík, is one very knowledgeable and experienced litigator.’

Key clients

Poštová banka, a.s.

Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s.

Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska

Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s.

Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.

J&T BANKA, a.s., pobočka zahraničnej banky

Tatry mountain resorts, a.s.

Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka, a.s.

Carlton Property, s.r.o.


ČEZ Slovensko, s.r.o.


Crown Bewcan

RMS Mezzanine, a.s., organizačná zložka

SK-NIC, a.s.

Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.

Swan a.s.

WOAL s.r.o.

MAC TV s.r.o.

Prvá penzijná správcovská spoločnosť

Danube Facility Services, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Defended Západoslovenská distribučná and Východoslovenská distribučná in a number of disputes initiated by the electric power manufacturers as the applicants requesting refunds of payments for access to distribution infrastructure (G-component).
  • Representing Mr. Rudolf Hrubý, Mr. Maroš Grund, ADS PROPERTY, s.r.o. and Carlton Property, s.r.o. in “Carlton case” (several legal proceedings; the cumulative value of three main disputes is more than €200m).
  • Representing Poštová banka, a.s. (one of the largest banks in Slovakia) for its €166m receivable in an insolvency proceeding.

Slovakia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

RELEVANS Law Firm's real estate and construction practice acts on a multitude of projects, such as those involving local and international residential, retail, logistic, industrial and hotel premises. It covers the entire lifecycle of development projects and transactions, with work ranging from  zoning, planning and construction matters to purchases, leases and sales of real estate. The team also represents clients in proceedings before administrative authorities, courts and public institutions. Marián Masarik is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik

Other key lawyers:

Pavol Solár; Petra Zackova Vojtasova; Martina Vida; Michaela Vojtkova; Adam Pavlik; Juraj Liner; Ivana Gaziova; Eduard Pajdlhauser; Katarina Hrickova


‘I appreciate the team’s practicality (sorting out what issues are important) and its industry knowledge. They perfectly handle all aspects of any project and go above and beyond to ensure all aspects are handled in a timely and professional manner. Within their strengths can be counted very professional approach, wide spectrum of knowledge, quick reactions, and they understand how our business works and tailor specific legal solutions to us.’

‘RELEVANS Law Firm employs and works with many outstanding and knowledgeable lawyers. I would like to mention Petra Zackova Vojtasova, Katarina Hrickova and Eduard Pajdlhauser for real estate agenda. All of them are exceptional lawyers – experts in his/her legal area. All of them think logically and have a very business-oriented approach.’

‘Over the years Relevans´ lawyers have shown that they have a very solid understanding of business and the surrounding legal framework. This has been a great asset to us. I can strongly recommend the services of Relevans Law firm.’

‘Among others, outstanding members of Relevans include Marián Masarik and Pavol Solár, who have a talent for searching and finding the best possible solutions that suit our business needs.’

‘What I appreciate with respect to legal services provided by Relevans, is their strong technical abilities and know-how, as well as their experience with very complex matters and cases.’

‘Pavol Solar, Petra Zackova Vojtasova, Martina Vida, Michaela Vojtkova, Adam Pavlik, Juraj Liner, Ivana Gaziova and Eduard Pajdlhauser are the lawyers to be mentioned and recommended in real estate agenda. They are very effective, with strong technical knowledge. I consider these lawyers as really skilled, very professional and reliable.’

Key clients




Danube Facility Services

Terno Slovensko


Zuckermandel Byty

VSV Consulting

City Arena, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising J&T REAL ESTATE on the creation of new city district in Bratislava – Nove Lido.
  • Advising J&T REAL ESTATE on the creation of unique EUROVEA CITY urban project.
  • Providing a real estate fund with legal services for the Westend Business Park administrative business zone.

Slovakia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Complementing its strength in drafting and negotiating contracts related to loans, mortgages, leasing and financing, RELEVANS Law Firm is strong in providing regulatory and operational advice to local and international banks in the Slovak Republic. The practice also handles the preparation and issuing of securities on capital markets, the admission of securities to trading on public markets and a range of transaction financing. Marián Masarik leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik

Other key lawyers:

Martina Vida; Michal Marhefka; Miroslava Zelenáková


‘Over the years, RELEVANS’ lawyers have shown that they have a very solid understanding of business and the surrounding legal framework. This has been a great asset to us. I can strongly recommend its services. They have an excellent overview of new legislation and trends.’

‘Marian Masarik, Martina Vida and Miroslava Zelenakova are valued partners in any legal matter and excellent lawyers at the same time. Marian Masarik is a clear professional, smart and strategic at the same time. Martina Vida and Miroslava Zelenakova are able to understand what is needed on both sides, their level of personalisation is above average and they can respond to any changeable matter quickly and effectively.’

‘We‘ve been working with Relevans lawyers for many years and have never been disappointed with their services. Their competence and experience have built lasting partnership. They have been continuously advising us in wide range of transactions. Namely, we can appreciate their high work pace and professional standards. Eventually we always receive professional, quick and complex advice.’

‘Relevans Law firm will be our first choice and we will continue to work with them any time in the future as their hard working team provides efficient legal services -they are consistently knowledgeable, very responding and open minded.’

‘The main strength of the team is their perfect capability to cover any transaction from its very beginning until its successful finalisation. They know our company, are aware of its goals and policy and understand it properly. They are very easy to communicate with.’

‘Fast reactions, flexible approach. They always find the right solution, but they are not too pushy. They always let me to think the case through.’

‘What is so special for me is that I can speak directly to the partners of Relevans. They are always reachable and ready to help.’

Key clients

J & T BANKA, a.s., pobočka zahraničnej banky

Poštová banka, a.s.

365. bank

Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka




SWAN a.s.

Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.



Carlton Property, s. r. o.

RMS Mezzanine, a.s.

Westend Crossing, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to debtor on the syndicated financing of the construction of the second phase of EUROVEA II shopping centre and administrative premises – one of the largest real estate loans in Slovakia in recent years.
  • Complex legal advice to debtor on syndicated bank financing of construction of the 1st residential skyscraper in Slovakia.
  • Comprehensive legal services to one of the largest banks in the Slovak Republic, in connection with the sale of a shareholding in an insurance company.

Slovakia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

RELEVANS Law Firm provides a ‘360 degrees overview on every case’, with clients turning to the firm for advice on business formations, M&A and transfers of business ownership interests, as well as ancillary finance and competition-related issues. Practice head Marián Masarik is highlighted for his ‘rich experiences and skills’. Under his leadership, the firm acts for a mix of clients, including banks, funds, individual investors and development companies.

Practice head(s):

Marián Masarik

Other key lawyers:

Martina Krupcova; Michal Marhefka; Miroslava Zelenakova; Alex Kadela


‘They serve us with 360 degrees overview on every case – strategy, consequences, costs, potential risks, arguments of the defendants – those are the strong sites they can offer anytime. All of the lawyers could be considered as highly recommended.’

‘The team is led by Marián Masarik, who is an extremely well-respected lawyer.’

Long story short: connection of maximum professionalism, great approach, visible results = our maximum satisfaction.’

‘My key contact and best lawyer for M&A and corporate agenda is partner of the law firm – Marian Masarik. Other great lawyers for this agenda are Martina Krupcova, Michal Marhefka and Miroslava Zelenakova. All of them are flexible and have a very business-oriented approach.’

‘Fast reactions, flexible approach. They always find the right solution, but are not too pushy. They always let me to think the case through.’

‘What so special for me I can speak directly to the partners of Relevans (Alex Kadela and Marian Masarik namely). They are always reachable and ready to help. Alex is strong in structured and strategic thinking. Marian is a great diplomat and he knows how to react in any situation.’

‘Complex legal services, very business oriented, provided by highly professional and experienced team. the legal analysis goes really deep into relevant details, with clear recommendation/legal advice.’

‘Marian Masarik – very professional and business oriented advocate, with rich experiences and skills, expert in communication with counterpart. Very effective in conflict/problems solutions.’

Key clients

Sandberg Capital, správ. spol., a.s.

Zuckermandel Byty, s.r.o.

Sanagro a.s.


Poštová banka, a.s.

City Arena, a.s.



ADROC Tech, s.r.o.

SWAN a.s.

J & T BANKA, a.s.

RMS Mezzanine, a.s.

Slovenská plavba a prístavy – lodná osobná doprava, a.s.

365. bank

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the largest banks in Slovakia on the sale of its majority shareholding in an insurance company.
  • Acting for a client on the sale of its 100% share in a company owning office and retail premises in a mixed-use development at the Danube riverfront.
  • Advising a client on the sale of its share in an important electronic communications service provider.

RELEVANS Law Firm is one of the leading law firms in Slovakia established in 2011. RELEVANS provides clients with comprehensive legal services in every field of their professional and private lives. The firm represents top clients in various industries and business sectors — private clients as well as corporations. For instance, three Slovak mayor banks, TV broadcasters, energy companies, railway companies, finance groups, IT companies and many more. RELEVANS is a reliable and well-known business partner, to whom clients can turn in confidence at any time, because they know the firm will help them solve everyday issues, as well as the most difficult legal problems.

In 2020 RELEVANS was named the second largest law firm in Slovakia based on the annual Slovak Spectator Report. The legal team is comprised of outstanding professionals in all areas of the firm’s expertise, with long lasting experience gained through solving the most diverse legal cases. Thanks to its experienced legal professionals, the firm has become one of leading law firms in litigation, real estate and the development industry, as well as in M&A and corporate law.

Based in Bratislava, the firm has the advantage of a uniquely strategic accessibility to provide its legal services not only to Slovak clients, but also to entrepreneurs and international companies seeking to protect their rights and interests within the whole CEE region.

RELEVANS offers:

  • excellent knowledge of the Slovak legal system and business environment,
  • strategic thinking and innovative solutions,
  • high workload,
  • dynamic and pro-client business approach,
  • deep engagement and effective communication with both, client and counterparty,
  • compliance with the highest standards of professionalism and ethical standards.

Main areas of practice
Dispute resolution: The litigation agenda is one of the key practice areas of RELEVANS, with a strong team of experienced procedural lawyers. The specialized team represents both domestic and foreign clients before general courts, the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic, the European Court of Human Rights, and in arbitration proceedings as well.

The disputes in which RELEVANS represents its clients cover many areas of law. However, the law firm has gained most of its experience mainly in the areas of ​​damages litigation, litigation relating to the protection of competition, the protection of intellectual property, banking law, tax law, financial law, the protection of personality rights and the reputation of legal entities, constitutional law and administrative law.

Our legal services include

  • a thorough analysis of facts and evidence
  • assessment of risks of the client’s legal status
  • procedural strategy development
  • consultations during the preparatory phase of the dispute resolution as well as during the ongoing proceedings
  • negotiation and representation of the client in out-of-court dispute resolution
  • drafting of all types of filings, including pre-trial notices, actions, proposals, statements, and ordinary as well as extraordinary remedies
  • representation in proceedings before general courts, the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in arbitration proceedings
  • assistance in enforcement of decisions

Selected reference cases:

  • Defendant representation in a dispute on invalidity of legal acts exceeding the value of 584m EUR
  • Representation of Mr MGrund, Mr R Hrubý, companies ADS Property and Carlton Property in numerous disputes publicly known as the Carlton Case (together more than 30 civil, administrative and criminal proceedings with the approximate value of the major ones approx 200m EUR)
  • Representation of Poštová banka in a dispute on identification of claim authenticity exceeding the value of 166m EUR
  • Defendant representation of Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia and Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko in a dispute on payment of damages including appurtenances exceeding the value of 90m EUR
  • Representing MEDICAL CARE HOLDING LIMITED in a dispute over damages of more than 50m EUR due to profit payment restrictions to shareholders of private health insurance company

Key clients: ZSSK Cargo, Poštová banka, Carlton Property
Contact: Alexander Kadela
Tel: +421 323 54 610

Real estate: RELEVANS has a leading position in the Slovak legal services market in real estate, development, and construction. Comprehensive professional advice is delivered to our clients through extensive team of lawyers with years of experience with all kinds of transactions and development, construction, and retail projects.

The renowned quality of our services is guaranteed by the involvement of our lawyers starting from the transaction structuring, corporate setup of project companies, project financing and securing, and down to the permitting and approval phases, sales, leases and management of individual real properties or contractual relationships with suppliers.

Our legal services include

  • legal due diligence of real estate and projects
  • legal advice on zoning, building and final inspection permit procedures
  • legal support and advice in development, planning, and construction of real estate properties
  • advice in purchase / sale and lease of real estate, mostly residential, non-residential, wholesale and retail premises, office, and industrial premises
  • advice on and drafting of contractual documentation in accordance with the FIDIC international standards
  • drafting of all associated contractual documentation according to the client’s needs and project (acquisition contracts, lease and sub-lease relations, pledge contracts and in-rem property rights contracts, drafts of documentation required for the execution of decisions on registration and many others

Selected reference projects:

  • Legal advisory to buyer in relation to the purchase of three shopping centers in Spain (approx 500m EUR)
  • Legal advisory to a Slovak real estate developer in relation to creation of Eurovea City in Bratislava (new city district)
  • Legal advisory to a buyer on the acquisition of a premium parcel in London South in cooperation with British law firm (approx 450m  EUR)
  • City Center Nové Lido in Bratislava – legal advice on approval process and preparation for construction of city centre on Petržalka side of Danube and related infrastructure, including drafting of all contractual documentation and representation before third parties
  • Sale of Logistic Parks – legal services provided to a number of sellers on sale of logistic parks portfolio in Devínska Nová Ves in Bratislava, Nitra and Trnava to a significant foreign investor – CTP group

Key clients: J&T REAL ESTATE, Eurovea
Contact: Alexander Kadela
Tel: +421 323 54 610

Corporate and M&A: RELEVANS provides legal advice on the implementation of investment projects of domestic and foreign investors in the most diverse market segments, whether in share deals, asset deals, transfers of undertakings or any part thereof, implementation of mergers, joint ventures or other forms of M&A setups. Among its clients are strategic investors, banks, financial groups, domestic and foreign trading companies, as well as private individuals.

Regarding corporate law, we take care of all areas of corporate law for a company, as well as its corporate governance (over 250 active companies).

Regarding competition law, we cover not only legal disputes in this field, but also the competition law from the business and corporate perspective.

The issues covered by this practice area arise not only in connection with the intended or implemented transactions, representation of clients before the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic and in related court proceedings, but also when providing legal support to clients in relation to the correct set-up of internal relations and their business activities.

Selected reference projects:

  • Legal advisory in creation of joint enterprise of shareholders of Benestra and SWAN, which created the fourth biggest operator in Slovakia
  • Legal advisory to seller related to the sale of majority package of shares in EPH (approx 3bn EUR)
  • Legal advice provided to a potential buyer on acquisition of 100% share in a Slovak bank
  • Representation of buyer in acquisition of ownership interests in leading webhosting companies WY Group and Webglobe – Yegon
  • Legal advice provided toan important holding company operating in agricultural manufacturing sector on acquisition of entrepreneur of agricultural products and plant commodities.

Key clients: SWAN, Sandberg Capital, J&T FINANCE GROUP SE
Contact: Marián Masarik
Tel: +421 323 54 620

Banking and finance: Regarding our services, we represent banks, financial institutions as well as private individuals. We provide advice to debtors in project´ financing, to issuers of bonds with the respective procedure of bonds issuance, to owners (subscribers) of the issued bonds with their rights and obligations fulfilment. We also provide complex legal advice to a branch of a foreign bank from the perspective of its day-to-day agenda, ie advice for performance of the bank´s business activities.

In addition to the renowned transaction lawyers, there is also a highly specialized group of lawyers engaged in banking and finance, who have acquired their experience during their previous jobs in banks and financial groups, as well as studying banking and financial law. They use their knowledge and experience to advice banks, financial institutions, companies regulated on financial markets as well as other entities when financing various projects and transactions.

Selected legal advisory:

  • Representation of debtor in syndicated bank financing of construction of the 1st residential skyscraper in Slovakia, forming part of Eurovea II Complex
  • Legal advisory to sole subscriber in relation to issuance of bonds with a transaction volume of 120,5m EUR
  • Legal advisory to debtor in relation to the financing of construction of the Zuckermandel project by Československá obchodná banka and a syndicate of banks led by Poštová banka
  • Legal advice provided to an owner of bonds of value of 135m EUR in connection with claiming its rights under the terms of their issue, representation in negotiations and before representatives of the issuer, as well as in analyzing of the issuer’s requests
  • Performance of a legal audit of a bank, including the assessment of providing loans and consumer credits, deposits and other banking transactions, and issues associated with the supervision of the National Bank of Slovakia

Key clients: Poštová banka, J&T BANKA
Contact: Marián Masarik
Tel: +421 323 54 620

Managing partner: Alexander Kadela
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 38
Languages: Slovak, English, German, French

Litigation and arbitration Alexander 2 323 54 610
Real estate / development / construction industry Alexander 2 323 54 610
Mergers and acquisitions Marián 2 323 54 620
Banking / securities / finance Marián 2 323 54 620
PR, HR, Marketing, Corporate Culture Lucia Baranová 2 323 54 608
Office management 2 323 54 602
Lucia Baranová :
Slovak Bar Association

CLIENT: Martin Bahurinský, General Director at Legal Section

COMPANY/FIRM: Železnicná spolocnost Slovensko

TESTIMONIAL: Undoubtedly, RELEVANS is one of the great counsels in litigation matters.

I especially appreciate the professional approach of its lawyers to the conduct of proceedings, their superior commitment and soundness. By the quality of their legal services, they far exceed the quality of what, in Slovak law firms, is considered to be normal and customary. I know that I can rely on their excellent performance

CLIENT: Igor Nagy, Ex – CEO


TESTIMONIAL: Alexander Kadela is an outstanding litigator with extraordinary strategic thinking, who is capable of anticipating every move of the opposing party and is always one step ahead. He has an eye for detail and an unbelievably great working attitude

CLIENT: Michal Rybovic, Executive


TESTIMONIAL: We appreciate the RELEVANS Law Firm M&A team mainly because of their high professionalism, reliability, flexibility and ability to comprehensively address even the most demanding transactions and cases

CLIENT: Radoslav Mokrý, Member of the Board


TESTIMONIAL: When the need to address transaction advising occurs, with confidence I always turn to Marián Masarik. I especially appreciate his negotiation skills, his high quality, highly efficient work and, last but not least, his client and human approach. Thanks to his wide transactional experience and understanding of our business, he always helps find the most appropriate setting and structure of the transaction. During our several years of collaboration, Marian has never failed to comply with any agreed date

CLIENT: Lea Bezáková, Director of Legal Services

COMPANY/FIRM: Poštová banka

TESTIMONIAL: RELEVANS Law Firm provides its clients with legal services at a high professional level and with a massive degree of humanity and loyalty. The combination of these attributes makes RELEVANS Law Firm a unique and reliable partner.

CLIENT: Peter Remenár, CFO


TESTIMONIAL: Precise in details, efficient with work. It is clearly a team to work with.

CLIENT: Alena Meszárošová, Director of Legal & Claims Recovery

COMPANY/FIRM: Slovenská zárucná a rozvojová banka

TESTIMONIAL: RELEVANS Law Firm is professionally ready to respond to the needs of legal support in a timely manner and to provide legal advice to the bank in the whole range of banking and related activities, including representation in dispute proceedings. We use the services of this law firm when we need to resolve issues that are of key importance for us.

CLIENT: Pavel Pelikán, CEO


TESTIMONIAL: RELEVANS is clearly No. 1 in provision of legal advising for real estate, construction and development. J & T REAL ESTATE have used the legal services of RELEVANS many times, and every time we experienced maximum quality and satisfaction with their legal services, their approach to their work, efficiency, flexibility and the speed of the delivered services.