Mr Petr Zákoucký > Dentons > Prague, Czech Republic > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Energy, Corporate, M&A

Position

Petr Zákoucký is the Czech Republic Managing Partner. He is the Head of the Energy practice and Co-Head of the Corporate/M&A practice in Dentons’ Prague office. He has 15 years’ experience advising on M&A transactions, regulatory and litigation matters, primarily in the energy, chemicals and infrastructure sectors.

Petr has been involved in several top global M&A and regulatory cases. His experience encompasses advising on regulatory issues and representing before national and EU regulators; drafting and negotiating commercial arrangements, including SPAs and JV agreements, long-term supply agreements or auction documentation; drafting merger filings and submissions in antitrust investigations before Czech, Slovak and EU competition authorities; representing in state aid proceedings and complaints before the EU Commission; advising on environmental matters and public procurement; and representing in litigation before Czech and EU courts; and advising on investment protection (BITs) structuring. Petr´s work involves also a number of jurisdictions outside Europe, including Africa, Australia/Asia and the US.

Career

Prior to joining Dentons in 2017 Petr spent 12 years with Clifford Chance in Prague and Brussels and two years with White & Case.

Languages

Czech, English, French and German

Memberships

Czech Bar Association

Education

University of Amsterdam, 2005, LL.M., European Business Law
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 2004, LL.M., German Law
Charles University in Prague, 2002, Master of Laws

Lawyer Rankings

Czech Republic > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Petr ZákouckýDentons

Dentons is known for its advice on a wide range of energy projects, with experience in the renewable, oil and gas sectors.  Clients particularly praise the team’s ‘extensive international experience that can be used to deal effectively with foreign matters.’ Its top-flight transactional offering, led by team head Petr Zákoucký, advises on M&A, capital markets and other property deals. The team also gives regulatory advice, covering environmental assessments and commodities trading. Petr Slach focuses on regulated energy industries in this context. It also offers contentious advice with associate Barbora Obračajová a key name here.

Czech Republic > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Petr ZákouckýDentons

The competition team at Dentons is known for its merger control expertise, advising clients in the energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors. It also represents companies in investigations by Czech competition authorities, as well as handling EU state aid cases. Petr Zákoucký leads the team and is a ‘seasoned expert in negotiations with Czech Competition Office.’ Associate Adam Přerovský, who leads the life sciences team, is known for his advice on major transactions and his competition litigation support.

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.

Czech Republic > Dispute resolution

Dentons has an excellent record for in complex and high-stakes cases, including those heard in arbitration proceedings, as well as litigated matters involving commercial, construction, competition, intellectual property and insolvency issues. The firm is able to leverage its global reach in cross-border disputes. Ladislav Smejkal, who leads the criminal law practice, advises on investigations and extensively represents clients as damaged parties in white-collar crime proceedings. The wider dispute resolution practice is led by Ladislav Štorek. Petr Zákoucký and Jiří Tomola are also recommended. Zdeněk Kučera joined from Kinstellar.