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White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář
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Czech Republic

Czech Republic > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Known to some as ‘the best law firm in the CEE region’, White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář handles all aspects of high-value banking and finance mandates. In addition to acting on a number of high-value financings, the team also recently served as counsel to the Czech Banking association on the implementation of its Covid-19 protection programs. Elsewhere, the firm has a top tier capital markets offering, which is jointly led by dual Czech and New York-qualified partner Petr Hudec and Eva SvobodováJonathan Weinberg and Tomáš Jíně are highlighted for their strong capabilities in English law financings. Jan Linda leads the Prague office, offering cross border expertise. David Plch departed in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jan Linda; Jonathan Weinberg; Tomáš Jíně; Petr Hudec; Eva Svobodová

Other key lawyers:

James Greene

Testimonials

‘Peter Hudec is a skilled, experienced counsel who makes sure the product that shall be delivered is of top quality.’

‘The best law firm in the CEE region. Experienced and excellent track record.’

‘Tomáš Jíne – excellent lawyer, keeps exceptional relationship with his clients, always accessible’

‘Experienced team, which is reliable, deal-oriented and always available.’

‘I definitely appreciated the complexity of the solution. Responses not only to the questions and proposals we submited, but the completion of all points, from all points of wiev, to the all possible final stages. Proactive involvement and suggestions for possible solutions in the given situation were also very beneficial.’

‘Jonathan Weinberg – knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, always available for discussion, able to translate commercial/corp. finance language into legal very efficiently. James Greene – great ability to explain different bond terms and their implications, creative in terms of structuring. Petr Hudec – diligent, takes care of clients’ interests and has ability to give “early warnings”.’

Key clients

CTP

PPF Group

Rohlik.cz (Velká pecka)

Net4Gas

Czech Banking Association

Komerční banka, a.s.

PPF Group N.V.

Erste Group Bank AG

Czech Export Bank – Česká exportní banka, a.s.

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

J&T Banka, a.s.

Societe Generale

Aareal Bank AG

Citibank

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Raiffeisenbank AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Czech Banking Association on all aspects of the preparation and implementation of the state-backed “COVID III” portfolio guarantee programme.
  • Advised Komerční banka and Citibank on the first-ever club deal within the Covid Plus programme.
  • Advising CTP B.V. as issuer on its initial public offering and listing of its shares on Euronext Amsterdam.

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář has an excellent record in high-profile M&A in the Czech Republic, and with it being able to deliver English law advice on the ground in Prague, it also has strong credentials in cross-border (particularly wider CEE) deals. Also notable is that the practice is led by Petr Pánek, who is dual Czech and US-qualified. The firm’s recent work included advising Avast on its merger with NortonLifeLock (which is being structured as a takeover of NortonLifeLock), and also acting for PPF on the $2.1bn acquisition of Central European Enterprises Limited. Elsewhere, the firm frequently works on startup financing matters across a broad range of industries. Jan Andruško and Jan Stejskal are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Petr Pánek

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Key clients

Allianz

Avast

CTP

The Carlyle Group

Generali Group

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Mid Europa Partners

MVM Group

PPF Group

Velka pecka s.r.o./Rohlik Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for PPF Group on an agreement to acquire Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.
  • Advised Czech-based Rohlik Group on its Series C funding, during which Rohlik Group raised €100m, with a valuation of €1bn.
  • Advised Avast on its merger with NortonLifeLock Inc, which is being structured as a takeover of Avast by NortonLifeLock.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1

With a team capable of handling a wide range of sophisticated, market-leading matters, White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář acts on civil and criminal disputes across a full range of sectors. Its white-collar crime team, which is led by Martin Froněk, is particularly well regarded, advising investors and shareholders on anti-corruption, internal investigations and money laundering cases. The team also has EU regulatory experience. Team head Ivo Janda is known for his antitrust and arbitration expertise. Samuel Schreiber is recommended for insolvency work. Luděk Chvosta retired in March 2021.

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Key clients

ArcelorMittal Holdings AG

Galileo Real, k.s.

HSBC Bank plc

Kofola ČeskoSlovensko a.s.

Komerční banka, a.s.

TAMEH Holding sp. z.o.o.

Zentiva N.V.

Citibank Europe plc, organizační složka

Sev.en EC

Work highlights

  • Advising Galileo Real on the very public, so-called ‘Case of the Stolen CZK Half Billion.’
  • Representing Sev.en EC, a.s. in connection with a dispute arisen under a contract for work related to the refurbishment of the Chvaletice Power Plant.

Czech Republic > EU and competition Tier 1

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's team is highlighted for its ‘sound advice and personal style relationship’ to clients. Its broad workload covers a mix of merger control, state aid and antitrust litigation, and it frequently represents clients in proceedings before both state and European authorities. Ivo Janda, who heads up the team, has significant expertise in state aid cases and cartel proceedings in front of the European Commission. Magda Olyšarová is active in merger control and GDPR-related work.

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Testimonials

‘What we value greatly is our ability to quickly tap into this expert resource who has taken the time to properly understand our structures and approach to various matters.’

‘Highly pragmatic, provide sound advice and a personal style relationship. Availability when needed and willingness to go the extra mile.’

 

Key clients

PPF Group

Allianz Capital Partners

MVM Group

České Radiokomunikace a.s.

Česká bankovní asociace

Post Bellum

Lumos Foundation

Work highlights

  • Represented PPF Group in merger control proceedings relating to its acquisition of Central European Media Enterprises.
  • Advised MVM Group on merger control aspects of its acquisition of innogy Česká republika, a.s.
  • Representing České Radiokomunikace a.s in state aid proceedings related to the release of the 700 MHz broadcast frequency band.

Czech Republic > Projects and energy Tier 1

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is a strong choice for advice on the development of key power infrastructure projects in the Czech Republic and further afield internationally. The Prague office notably excels in providing procurement, finance and M&A advice on projects involving multiple jurisdictions, including traditional oil and gas projects, as well as renewables matters. ‘Top of the class lawyer’ Vít Stehlík leads the team, advising on development projects with a growing emphasis on PPP projects. Jan Linda and associate David Wilhelm are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘We can always rely on W&C with complicated matters. We intentionally choose them to work for us on complex projects and transactions since they are capable of getting into our shoes and roles almost instantly like they have been doing the business themselves for decades. They are always available and flexible to help with urgent matters instantly. Their experience originates in the biggest projects and transactions ever done in the Czech Republic, so one can say that they have seen and done everything, which is very relieving and give us huge comfort.’

‘Vit Stehlik – top of the class lawyer, absolutely aligned with all client’s needs, stunning knowledge of business and law and unique ability to combine both to achieve client’s goals; last but not least, very honest, fair and positive personality David Wilhelm – talented do-er with clear and sharp thinking through complex matters.’

Key clients

Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

ČEZ Group

NET4GAS, s.r.o.

ŠKODA JS a.s.

Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.

Bonatrans Group a.s.

MVM Group

Work highlights

  • Provided the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic with legal advisory services in relation to the first-ever Czech PPP infrastructure/road project.
  • Advised MVM on the acquisition of the entire share capital in innogy Česká republika.
  • Advised NET4GAS, s.r.o on a CZK-denominated dual-tranche bond offering of CZK 11bn.

Czech Republic > Real estate and construction Tier 1

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is a strong choice for real estate advice, with its work covering investments, developments and finance transactions. It advised Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale on the acquisition financing of Prague’s Churchill Square office complex; this was the largest office real estate transaction in the Czech investment market in 2020. Elsewhere, the firm also acts for clients on capital markets deals. Petr Pánek, who is dual US and Czech law-qualified, leads the team. He advises on real estate transactions, as well as fund formation mandates. Václav Kubr is known for real estate acquisitions. Associate Marianna Galusová is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Petr Pánek

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Testimonials

‘Professional and agile approach.’

‘Proactive, dedicated, helpful.’

 

Key clients

Crestyl

Cromwell

CTP

ECE Projektmanagement

Generali Group

HB Reavis

Helaba

LaSalle

P3 Logistic Parks

Trigea

UniCredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised CTP B.V. as issuer on its initial public offering and listing of its shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Advised HB Reavis on the sale of a unique development site for CZK 870m.
  • Advised Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale on the acquisition financing of Churchill Square office complex.

Czech Republic > TMT Tier 1

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář‘s multidisciplinary TMT practice is drawn from the firm’s strengths in areas such as corporate, finance, competition, procurement, insolvency and litigation, among others. In addition to advising clients on issues impacting their business activities, the team is active in big-ticket TMT-related M&A and private equity transactions in the CEE region. On the regulatory side, it is advising clients on the EU-wide release of the 700MHz frequency band and related transition from DVB-T to DVB-T2 (the most advanced digital terrestrial television broadcasting standard). Elsewhere, cybersecurity matters are another driver of work. Team head Jan Andruško is experienced in advising leading media, broadcasting and digital content companies. Also recommended are Jan StejskalJan Jakoubek and Tomáš Ščerba.

Practice head(s):

Jan Andruško

Key clients

PPF

Avast

The Carlyle Group

Rohlik Group

Velká Pecka s.r.o.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

České Radiokomunikace

Asahi

Work highlights

  • Advised PPF Group on an agreement with Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.
  • Advised Czech-based Rohlik Group on its Series C funding of €100m.
  • Advised Avast on its merger with NortonLifeLock Inc.

Czech Republic > Projects and PPP Tier 2

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář‘s team acts for governments, investors and other key stakeholders on major projects. In addition to advising the Czech government on major road infrastructure matters, it also has expertise in energy developments and other matters involving public procurement issues. Vít Stehlík, who leads the team, is active in infrastructure and other major project developments. Václav Žaloudek has expertise in Czech and EU energy regulation. David Wilhelm is known for his advice to the Ministry of Transport.

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Key clients

Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

NET4GAS, s.r.o.

ŠKODA JS a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic on the first-ever PPP infrastructure/road project in the Czech Republic.
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