Firm Profile > Dentons > Prague, Czech Republic

V CELNICI 1034/6
110 00 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Singled out for its solid real estate finance expertise, Dentons' broad practice also advises on major acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, and export finance transactions, as well as regulatory matters. Clients praise its 'thorough understanding of the needs of both creditors and debtors and the ability to draft solutions that can be used to get the deal done quickly to the satisfaction of both parties'. The team is jointly led by Daniel Hurych and Jiří Tomola, and saw the promotion of Tomáš Osička to the partnership and the hire of associate Jarmila Hager. John Stansfield is another name to note and focuses on emerging markets, and structured trade and export financings and restructurings. The team advised Residomo on the Czech aspects of the issuance of senior secured bonds, and assisted PF Nonwovens with the financing of its acquisition of First Quality Nonwovens and First Quality Nonwovens. It also advised Česká spořitelna and Československá obchodní banka on the syndicated financing of the acquisition of a 70% stake in AutoCont group by KKCG and acted for UniCredit Bank on the refinancing of a number of real estate portfolios of CTP, a leading commercial real estate developer and manager operating in Central Europe.

Projects and energy Tier 1

Dentons handles a broad range of energy and infrastructure matters, and particularly excels in financing, M&A and restructuring matters. The team advised Československá obchodní banka on a series of financing mandates, including the refinancing of a photovoltaic power plant, biogas station and on the financing of the purchase of land, and represented Sev.en EC in a reimbursement of gift tax dispute with the tax authority; the tax was imposed on free carbon dioxide emission allowances in breach of EU law. Practice head Petr Zákoucký heads the team and has notable expertise advising on environmental regulatory challenges faced by conventional power plants. Petr Slach and Jan Procházka are also recommended.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dentons is singled out for its 'excellent sector knowledge, highly professional team, and high-quality services provided at agreed time schedules'. Managing partner Michal Hink  jointly leads the real estate practice with Evan Lazar and Jiří Stržínek. The group has a wealth of experience advising on major real estate acquisitions, disposals and developments in the CEE region. Among its recent transactions, Stržínek advised Stage Capital on the sale of a portfolio of Czech logistics/light industrial assets to CBRE Global Investors; Hink acted for HB Reavis on the sale of the Metronom Business Centre to the ČS nemovitostní fund, which is managed by Reico investiční společnost České spořitelny; and Lazar and Markéta Tvrdá, who was recently made up to partner, advised Residomo on the Czech aspects of the issuance of senior secured bonds. Stewart Middleman and counsel Jana Matisková are also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons' five-partner team, jointly led by Tomáš Bílek and counsel Jan Procházka, regularly handles cross-border mandates in the private equity, life sciences, TMT, e-commerce and automotive sectors; it further boosted its expertise in the energy sector by hiring Petr Zákoucký and two associates from Clifford Chance in 2017. Procházka and Chris Watkinson assisted Rockaway Capital with establishing a joint venture with Energetický a průmyslový holding and PPF Group, and the related transfer of the relevant e-commerce businesses operated by Rockaway Group via share deals to the future joint venture company Sully System. Other highlights include advising Argus Capital on the sale of Czech cable TV operator Rio Media to Kaprain Industrial and acting for Indoverse (Czech) Coal Investments on an auction process concerning the potential acquisition of three lignite power plants.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Dentons' recent caseload saw Ladislav Štorek successfully representing Bainbridge Czech Republic Ústí nad Labem in arbitration proceedings against Tesco concerning a lease agreement; Petr Zákoucký acting for Sev.en in litigation relating to the reimbursement of gift tax from the Czech state that was imposed on free carbon dioxide emission allowances in breach of EU law; and criminal law specialist Ladislav Smejkal handling construction and employment disputes. Jiří Tomola is recommended for banking and finance disputes and insolvency matters.

Employment Tier 2

Dentons' team is singled out for its 'high level of knowledge and experience, strong personality, and excellent communication skills'. The group leverages the firm's global network of offices to assist with cross-border transactions and day-to-day employment advisory work including data protection matters; it also has experience of handling employment litigation and criminal investigations. The team works very closely with its Bratislava office and recently advised Sanofi on the transfer of employees following the divestment of its European generics division. Other recent work includes representing Valeo Výměníky Tepla in an alleged unfair dismissal claim and advising various clients on data protection and GDPR matters. Ladislav Smejkal and Tomáš Bílek jointly lead the team.

Tax Tier 3

Dentons handles the tax aspects of finance, M&A and corporate matters. It recently acted for a client in tax proceedings regarding an alleged VAT fraud. Petr Kotáb is recommended.

The firm: Dentons’ legal team has been active in the Czech market since 1991.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Banking and finance: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centres. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Employment and labour: apart from the transactional support the team provides day-to-day full service advisory on both non- contentious and contentious employment, social security and trade union-related issues.

Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old..

Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.

Real estate: Dentons’ real estate practice is the largest in the world. It advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.

Tax: with experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate Jiri Strzinek +420 236 082 207
Real estate Michal Hink +420 236 082 217
Banking and finance, capital markets Jiri Tomola +420 236 082 239
Banking and finance, capital markets Daniel Hurych +420 236 082 206
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Jiri Tomola +420 236 082 239
Corporate and M&A, private equity Tomas Bilek +420 236 082 226
Corporate and M&A, private equity Jan Prochazka +420 236 082 220
Competition and antitrust Petr Zakoucky +420 236 082 280
Energy Petr Zakoucky +420 236 082 280
Employment and labour Tomas Bilek +420 236 082 226
Employment and labour Ladislav Smejkal +420 236 082 242
Litigation and arbitration Ladislav Storek +420 236 082 218
Litigation and arbitration Ladislav Smejkal +420 236 082 242
Tax Petr Kotab +420 236 082 111
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ladislav Štorek  photo Mr Ladislav Štorek
Mr Tomáš Bílek  photo Mr Tomáš Bílek
Mr Michal Hink  photo Mr Michal Hink
Mr Daniel Hurych  photo Mr Daniel Hurych
Ms Eleanor Johnson  photo Ms Eleanor Johnson
Mr Evan Lazar  photo Mr Evan Lazar
Mr Stewart M. Middleman  photo Mr Stewart M. Middleman
Mr Tomáš Osička  photo Mr Tomáš Osička
Mr Jan Procházka  photo Mr Jan Procházka
Mr Ladislav Smejkal  photo Mr Ladislav Smejkal
Mr John Stansfield  photo Mr John Stansfield
Mr Jiří Stržínek  photo Mr Jiří Stržínek
Mr Jiří Tomola  photo Mr Jiří Tomola
Ms Markéta Tvrdá  photo Ms Markéta Tvrdá
Mr Chris Watkinson  photo Mr Chris Watkinson
Mr Petr Zákoucký  photo Mr Petr Zákoucký
Number of lawyers : 9,800+
at this office : 65+
Other offices : Dentons now has 170+ offices in over 70 countries