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White & Case (Europe) LLP

Czech Republic

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP is widely recognised as the leader in the capital markets space, where the team handles complex transactions. Illustrative of this, the team advised Avast Software on financing for the acquisition of AVG Technologies, and, in a separate transaction, handled the $816.6m IPO of Avast Software, the largest ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Other highlights include assisting EP Infrastructure with its successful €750m debut international notes offering and advising PPF Group on its €2.8bn acquisition and related financing of Telenor's telecoms assets. Within its six-partner team, David Plch and Jonathan Weinberg are highly recommended, as are Tomáš Jíně and Jan Linda.

Leading individuals

David Plch - White & Case (Europe) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jan Linda - White & Case (Europe) LLP

Tomáš Jíně  - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP's team, led by Petr Pánek, is singled out for its 'deep understanding and M&A expertise', particularly in the private equity space where it counts Arx Equity Partners, CVC Capital Partners and Mid Europa Partners as major clients. Jan Andruško has 'excellent gravitas at the negotiating table' and is 'a seasoned strategist'. In 2017, Andruško was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that advised PPF Group on its €2.8bn acquisition of Telenor's telecoms assets in the CEE region. Recently promoted partner Jan Stejskal is praised for his 'quick-minded and solution-oriented approach'. Other clients include ČEZ Group and LaSalle Investment Management.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP handles high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration matters; it also has notable expertise in white-collar crime disputes and investigations. Within its two-partner team, Luděk Chvosta is assisting a technology company with an internal investigation and acted for an investment company in a litigation relating to fraudulent transactions made by minority shareholder and executive of its Czech Republic subsidiary. Ivo Janda is representing a pharmaceutical company in a trade mark dispute and is acting for Kofola in a series of unfair competition matters against Poděbradka.

Leading individuals

Luděk Chvosta - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP is particularly strong in handling big-ticket project financing transactions, advising a mix of global energy and natural resources and infrastructure companies as well as financial institutions. In headline work, it advised Elicio NV on the financing for the construction of a wind energy power plant and acted for BNP Paribas Fortis on its provision of buyer credit facility to Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction for the financing of two steam turbines and generators. Vít Stehlík heads the team, which also includes David Plch, who focuses on project finance mandates, and Pavel Čížek, who has expertise in infrastructure, natural resources and gas infrastructure development.

Leading individuals

VĂ­t StehlĂ­k - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP has core specialisms in big-ticket transactions and financing mandates, which is reflected in its recent advice to ECE Real Eatate Partners and Rockspring Property Investment Managers on their €374m sale of Olympia shopping centre to Deutsche EuroShop. Practice head Petr Pánek is advising LaSalle Investment Management on its real estate acquisitions in Central Europe, and recently advised on the client's multimillion-euro acquisition of Palác Anděl from Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland. Other mandates include advising P3 Logistic Parks on its acquisition of a logistics centre, and assisting UniCredit with the financing for the development of Vlněna office centre. Václav Kubr and Ladislav Chundela are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Petr Pánek - White & Case (Europe) LLP

Václav Kubr - White & Case (Europe) LLP

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

White & Case (Europe) LLP

Recommended for big-ticket transactions, White & Case (Europe) LLP advised PPF Group on its €2.8bn acquisition of Telenor's telecoms assets in the CEE region, and assisted Avast with its IPO, making it the largest tech IPO across Europe in 2018 and one of the five largest tech IPOs of all time listed on the London Stock Exchange. Jan Andruško is the name to note.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

White & Case (Europe) LLP

White & Case (Europe) LLP 's team handles corporate tax, individual income tax, and the tax aspects of M&A and restructuring transactions. Jan Pařík is the main contact.

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