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Havel, Holásek & Partners adopts a business-oriented and pro-active approach. With a highly flexible team of lawyers, our top priorities are customer care and time flexibility. We strive to create excellent and lasting business relations with clients and to provide services in a manner exceeding our clients’ expectations.
In cross-border transactions outside the Czech and Slovak Republics, Havel, Holásek & Partners, as a leading independent law firm, works closely with prominent European and international law firms on a non-exclusive basis. Up to 70% of the transactions we deal with involve an international element. This is why we closely cooperate with top international law firms in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, and Australia. Thus, our clients have within their reach both local and global professional knowledge and expertise of more than 30,000 lawyers in nearly 160 countries.
Our lawyers are sought by our clients for their comprehensive legal advice, strategic thinking, and drive to succeed, as well as for their ability to complete our clients’ transactions successfully and assert their business interests in practice.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES Havel, Holásek & Partners is the most successful and all-encompassing law firm in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to the total number of nominations and awards received in all years of the Law Firm of the Year competition while also winning the the top award in the eighth year of the Law Firm of the Year 2015 competition, being declared the Czech Law Firm of the Year. The long-term success of the law firm has been recognised by numerous global awards. Havel, Holásek & Partners was named the best law firm in the Czech Republic by the prestigious British rating agency Who’s Who Legal for the fourth time in the past five years (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015), and was also the best rated law firm in the Czech Republic by clients for the third time in the past five years (2010, 2013 and 2015) by the International Law Office (ILO). The law firm is also successful in Slovakia, where it was awarded the Law Firm of the Year 2015 award for mergers and acquisitions, and won the prestigious global M&A Today Award for the second year in a row. Since 2008, the firm has regularly been ranked first by prestigious international rating agencies Mergermarket, DealWatch, and Thomson Reuters. This has also been confirmed by the latest Mergermarket ranking for the first half of 2015, in which Havel, Holásek & Partners was ranked first by the number of transactions in the entire CEE region. The firm is also successful in professional competitions, and its lawyers are regularly cited as leading or recommended specialists by renowned international rating publications, such as PLC Cross-border, European Legal 500, Chambers Global Guide, European Legal Experts, Global Law Experts, and IFLR 1000.
OVERVIEW OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS THE FIRM HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS Advising Allergan on the largest transaction in the history of the pharmaceutical sector Havel, Holásek & Partners has provided comprehensive legal advice within the Czech Republic to a global pharmaceutical company Allergan on its merger with the U. S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Havel, Holásek & Partners provided legal counsel during the sale of the insurance part of the Wüstenrot group Havel, Holásek & Partners participated in a major transaction in the insurance market, where in cooperation with Norton Rose Fullbright, one of the leading international law firms, it provided comprehensive legal advice to the Wüstenrot group regarding the sale of their insurance part, forming a long-term strategic cooperation in the mediation of insurance and banking products with the purchaser Allianz pojišťovna, a.s. Legal counsel regarding the sale of Moravia IT The law firm Havel, Holásek & Partners has contributed significantly to a major international transaction the sale of Brno-based Moravia IT, to the US investment group Clarion Capital Partners. Moravia IT is one of most important global companies in the field of localisation and software testing with sales exceeding USD 100 million and has branches in the USA, Japan, China, and Argentina. This extensive international transaction took almost one year and was managed by the London advisory company Little Venice Partners. Besides a British law firm, the shareholders of the company selected Havel, Holásek & Partners to