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ployment disputes. Other recent clients are Stanley Black & Decker and Fromageries Bel. Sources say: “Reliable, deadline-focused and flexible. This is one of the top firms in the Czech market. When we need something urgently we hear back within a couple of hours.” Milan Polák oversees the labour law department and is involved in litigation and arbitration matters. He also specialises in corporate law. This firm has a core focus on real estate work, with mandates coming in from major foreign and domestic clients alike. It is regularly instructed by developers, banks and investors. A recent highlight was advising Grandi Stazioni on a EUR25 million railway station revitalisation project. The team also assisted ProLogis with a number of real estate disposals and developments of logistical parks. Other notable clients include Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and Pernod Ricard. Sources say: “This firm is experienced in real estate and has done some really good work. It has a deep knowledge of the local market.” “It is very attentive, quick and doesn‘t overcomplicate things, so you know where you stand.” This respected team often advises foreign clients on Czech insolvency proceedings, and recently represented Orient Power Company, Sapphire Electric Company and Albario Engineering in relation to recovery of their claims against PA Export, a Czech subcontractor. Other noteworthy clients include FOJI Capital, Bosch and Ernst & Young. Sources say: “It understands clients‘ needs.” The main contact for the restructuring and insolvency group is Thilo Hoffmann, a German-qualified lawyer who acts for a number of German and Austrian clients. Martin Lukas is praised by clients for his deep knowledge of the telecoms and media sector. He recently advised on a series of IP licence agreements in the Czech Republic.
With offices in Prague and Bratislava, this solid team handles a broad range of corporate matters. Key clients include Enel Ingegneria e Innovazione, Baumatic and My Energy. Despite the recent departure of personnel, the group continues to work on significant corporate restructurings, acquisitions and unfair competition issues. This three-lawyer employment team advises clients on pension planning and remuneration schemes as well as employment secondments and disputes. A recent highlight for the group was advising new client Panasonic/Sanyo on a range of labour law issues, including drafting internal directives concerning bonus schemes and working time for employees in Slovakia. Further key clients for the group include Citibank, Heineken and Lidl. Commentators describe department head Tomáš Čermák as ‘a Czech lawyer possessing profound knowledge of the legal order in the Slovak Republic – his distinctive feature is practicality’. He is adept at advising on distribution agreements and due diligence in the Slovak and Czech markets. This team has had a busy year, recently assisting the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation with the EUR 40 million refinancing of a number of development projects. It also advised Klauke on the expansion of its production facilities in Slovakia. The firm‘s office in the Czech Republic adds an extra dimension to its offering. Sources say: “The firm‘s work was fast and effective – we would hire them again.” Weinhold‘s German desk is led by German-qualified lawyer Thilo Hoffman, who splits his time between Prague and Bratislava. Clients include leading international corporates in Slovakia from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among its blue-chip client names are Siemens, Bosch and Allianz. Dividing his time between Prague and Bratislava, Daniel Weinhold heads the firm‘s M&A group in Bratislava. He handles matters for big-hitting clients such as Goldman Sachs, Mitsui and the Ministry of Defence.