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Dentons

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Czech Republic

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

Dentons

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.

Leading individuals

Daniel Hurych  - Dentons

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

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.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

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.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

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.

Leading individuals

Ladislav Smejkal - Dentons

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

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.

Leading individuals

Petr Slach - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Jan Procházka - Dentons

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

Dentons

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.

Leading individuals

Evan Lazar - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Jana Matisková - Dentons

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

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.

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