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KŠB’s lawyers and tax advisers are acknowledged leaders in their areas of expertise. Many of them have been ranked as leading lawyers in renowned foreign ratings, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer?, Legal500, and Who’s Who Legal. For instance, the latest issue of Chambers Global 2014 lists KŠB managing partner Dagmar Dubecká (“fast and efficient, whilst giving you the attention you need”) and partners Jiří Balaštík (“praised for his committed and experienced presence on mandates”) and Martin Šolc (“cuts an impressive figure”) as leading experts for corporate law and M&A, and KŠB partner Pavel Dejl for dispute resolution (“He is a leading expert in the field with excellent practical knowledge of the area”), and, once again, Dagmar Dubecká and Martin Šolc for restructuring. In addition to recognizing KŠB managing partner Dagmar Dubecká (an M&A expert) and partner Martin Šolc (an M&A expert), Who’s Who Legal lists KŠB partner Jiří Horník as an aviation law expert, KŠB partner Pavel Dejl as a competition law expert and KŠB tax partner Helena Navrátilová as a corporate tax expert. Moreover, World Tax 2014 (published by International Tax Review 2014) lists KŠB (namely, KŠB’s tax department led by Helena Navrátilová) as a leading Czech tax firm. Three KŠB partners (Jiří Balaštík – real estate; Professor Jan Dědič – corporate law; and Martin Šolc (two awards) were named Lawyer of the Year in the annual Lawyer of the Year awards held by the Czech Bar Association and EPRAVO.cz. KŠB managing partner Dagmar Dubecká ranked as one of the 25 most important women of Czech business in an opinion poll held by Hospodářské noviny and IHNED.cz in 2012. In 2013, she ranked even higher and finished 13 overall, and also won the legal services, consulting and audit category.
Lawmaking and Publishing Work KŠB’s lawyers played a significant role in the preparatory work for the re-enactment of Czech private law, which took force and effect on 1 January 2014. The Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic assigned a team of KŠB lawyers led by Professor Dědič (including partners Petr Kasík, Mar-
tin Krejčí, and lawyers Jan Lasák, Vladimír Trop and Vlastimil Pihera) to draft comments on particular sections of the new Civil Code. In addition, Professor Dědič and KŠB lawyer Vlastimil Pihera were members of the Committee for the Application of the New Civil Legislation established by the Czech Ministry of Justice. Professor Dědič is also a member of the Czech Government’s Legislative Council and a member of the Czech National Bank Appellate Board. Another KŠB partner, Petr Kasík, is the Chairman of the Third Senate of the Czech National Bank Appellate Board and a member of the Committee for Private Law of the Czech Government’s Legislative Council. Currently, KŠB’s lawyers are involved in post re-enactment matters, mostly by writing and publishing professional texts and lecturing on re-enactment issues. KŠB lawyer Jan Lasák led a team of authors (which included KŠB lawyer Martin Kubík and legal assistant Josef Kříž) who wrote a brand new Commentary on the Corporations Act. The Commentary was published by Wolters Kluwer in September 2014. Moreover, Jan Lasák and Vlastimil Pihera contributed to the Commentary on the New Civil Code published by C.H. Beck. KŠB Institut, s.r.o., a KŠB subsidiary and new learning platform, was established in 2012 and focuses on, among other things, issues associated with the new Civil Code and the Corporations Act. The workshops are tailor-made for directors, managers and lawyers but are also available to those in the general public who may be interested in particular legal or tax matters. Professor Dědič, who also authored or co-authored many acts, including ones concerning recodification, leads the team of lecturers, all of whom are acknowledged leaders in their particular areas of expertise.
Selected References 2013 – 2014: Below is a summary of just some of the advice KŠB has provided to its clients in the last twelve months: Corporate
law: advice on issues related to the re-enactment (amending corporate documents, contracts (including directors’ service contracts) to comply with the new rules, advice on how