Mr Chris Watkinson > Dentons > Prague, Czech Republic > Lawyer Profile

Dentons
V CELNICI 1034/6
110 00 PRAHA 1
Czech Republic

Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Private Equity

Position

Chris Watkinson is an English law qualified partner based in Prague, Czech Republic, where he co-heads the Corporate group. Chris focuses on cross-border M&A, complex joint venture, private equity and venture capital transactions. He brings a wealth of experience in CEE/CIS, advising on major cross-border deals and providing English Law advice to clients based in the region. He represents clients across a diverse range of industry sectors, including TMT, e-commerce, FinTech, hospitality and leisure, financial services as well as energy and renewables sector.

Career

Before joining Dentons in 2016, Chris Watkinson cooperated with the Czech law firm BBH heading the firm’s English law desk (2014 – 2016). He started his legal career with Squire Patton Boggs as a trainee (2001 -2003) and Associate/Senior Associate (2003 – 2014).

Languages

English

Memberships

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Established European Lawyer, Czech Bar Association

Education

Nottingham Trent University, 2001, Legal Practice Course
University of East Anglia, 1999, LLB (Hons), Law with North American Legal Systems

Lawyer Rankings

Czech Republic > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dentons is a strong choice for cross-border corporate transactions, with it having an English law capacity in its Prague office, and strong connections to its Chinese and Japanese desks. With significant activity in the chemicals, life sciences, technology and energy sectors, the group has ‘strong experience in PE transactions.’ It is also involved in a number of restructuring mandates. Jan Procházka is a key name, bringing over 20 years of corporate expertise to the practice. Petr Zákoucký and Chris Watkinson jointly lead the team.