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of their majority stake in the company to private investors ARX Equity Partners and Capital Dynamics. Other WEIL’s major clients also include General Electric or the Czech Railways.
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration WEIL provides legal consultancy and legal representation services in judicial and arbitration proceedings for many major private corporations, both local and foreign, as well as for public authorities. Given their financial scope and legal and factual complexity, these disputes rank among the most important ones in the Czech Republic. Clients represented in this field, historically and/ or currently, include ČEZ (successful representation in the international arbitration resolving on the Bosnian “Gacko” project, arbitral proceedings instituted by ČEZ against the Republic of Albania, ČEZ’s international arbitration against Electrica SA of Romania, and the firm’s disputes involving lignite supplies securing and pricing); the Odra River Basin Management (successful representation in its litigation for damages caused by floods of CZK 16 billion plus late charges; being the largest-ever litigation in Czech history); the Czech Republic (international arbitration proceedings under bilateral treaties on protection of investments, claims for damages or most recently investor–state arbitrations in connection with subsidies for the production of electricity from solar radiation; disputes for damages resulting from alleged failure to ensure appropriate depths of water in the River Labe); Telefónica Czech Republic (various disputes, including disputes related to regulation of competition; action for unlawful interference of the Office, actions for damages suffered by breach of competition law, legal representation in a dispute against Vodafone regarding fees for mobile network interconnection); Telefónica S.A. (Spain) (dispute involving additional payment of the difference between the fair share value and the actual bid price in connection with the mandatory bid for shares in Český Telecom); Česká spořitelna (in proceedings before Czech courts and the Financial Arbitrator of the Czech Republic against actions lodged by its clients claiming reimbursement of
fees paid for the administration of consumer and mortgage loans in the matter of disputes relating to the TEST Civic Association); Road and Motorways Directorate of the Czech Republic (numerous arbitration proceedings involving the the D47, D3 and D1 Motorways; Regional Government of Ústí nad Labem (numerous disputes in connection with its obligations to provide public transportation services); ČEZ Distribution (litigation concerning claims under contract termination, determination of contract invalidity, unfair competition disputes and litigation against land owners); Unipetrol (disputes regarding the validity of resolutions adopted by General Meetings and the minority shareholders squeeze-out); OSINEK and EVRAZ VÍTKOVICE STEEL (dispute with a Czech subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal regarding the price for pig iron), Prague Airport (copyright protection dispute), Czech Railways (litigation involving damages and labor law disputes); or VÍTKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY (international arbitral proceedings for damages due to a breach of a goods supply agreement).
Antitrust/Competition Legal services provided by WEIL in the field of antitrust/competition law, span the whole spectrum of matters pertaining to that field. These include, in particular, general assessment of clients’ conduct in light of competition law requirements, merger filings to relevant competition authorities, state aid matters, or direct representation of clients before the Office for Protection of Competition or the European Commission, especially in the area of restrictive practices, including the respective judicial review procedures. WEIL has represented or is currently representing clients such as Telefónica Czech Republic (proceedings before the Czech Office for Protection of Competition regarding alleged abuse of dominant position, proceedings before administrative courts regarding action for unlawful interference of the Office, disputes for damages allegedly suffered by a breach of competition law), Czech Railways (proceeding regarding alleged dominant position abuse in the freight transport market, including subsequent court proceedings; proceedings regarding alleged dominant position abuse due to