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recommended law firm in the categories of Corporate law, Litigation and Arbitration, Public Procurement and Labour law; and as a Recommended law firm in the categories of Competition law, Real Estate/Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency, Banking & Finance, Media and Telecoms, IP/IT and Tax law in 2013; Highly recommended law firm in the categories of Real Estate/Development, Litigation and Arbitration, Labour law, Tax law; and as a Recommended law firm in the categories of Corporate law, Competition law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency, Banking & Finance, IP/IT and Public procurement in 2012; Among recommended law firms in the categories of Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance and among highly recommended in the categories of Restructuring and Insolvency, Labour Law and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in 2011; The shortlisted firm in the categories of Labour Law, Public Procurement and Tax Law in 2010; The shortlisted firm in the categories of Restructuring and Insolvency, Real Estate/Development and Labour Law in 2009; The Law Firm of the Year 2008 in the Competition Law category in the first year of the competition, and short-listed in majority of the categories, being a runner up also in Corporate Law, Real Estate/Development, Mergers & Acquisition and Labour Law.
Acquisition International Awards Weinhold Legal has won the Acquisition International Awards: Best Law Firm for Offshore M&A of the Year in the Czech Republic 2015, Czech ReDomestic Disputes Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic 2014, Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year - the Czech Republic 2013, Czech Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2012, Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic 2011, Environmental Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic 2011.
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Capital Markets, Corporate, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Real Estate & Construction and Tax. Banking,
Finance & Capital Markets: Weinhold Legal is frequently instructed by leading financial institutions and borrowers on the financing of acquisitions, projects and more. It also provides capital markets, investment funds and investor advice, including in relation to collective investments, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), private equity finance and bond issuances. The firm assisted UniCredit Bank with several financing and refinancing transactions. Daniel Weinhold remains the key figure. Corporate and M&A: Weinhold Legal advised Greecebased Sarantis Group on the acquisition of Czech cosmetic brand Astrid. It also assisted Spar Austria with the sale of two of its Czech subsidiaries to Ahold; the deal included 36 Interspar hypermarkets and 14 Spar supermarkets. Dispute Resolution: Weinhold Legal recently successfully represented a large French construction company against a minority shareholder regarding a mandatory buyout offer, involving all stages of the Czech courts including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. The firm continues to act as local counsel to the Czech state and the Ministry of Finance. Real Estate & Construction: Weinhold Legal provides ‘a very good level of service’. Highlights included advising CBRE on the acquisition of a real estate management company and assisting prestigious clients with significant leases, as well as advising Investment Development Management LLC on a sale and purchase agreement for three hotel buildings and five land plots. Thilo Hoffmann is ‘competent and trustworthy’ and Pav Younis is ‘proactive’ and ‘professional’. Tax: Weinhold Legal ‘s managing partner Daniel Weinhold has advised foreign investment and oil companies on tax-related matters and represented clients in tax reimbursement claims in the Supreme and Administrative Courts. Clients include BNP Paribas Real Estate. Technology, Media & Telecoms: Martin Lukáš, who heads the IP/IT team at Weinhold Legal, is ‘quick’, ‘efficient’ and has ‘a sense for businesses. The group recently advised a distributor in the cosmetics industry on a potential trade mark infringement and has assisted clients with trade mark portfolio acquisitions.
Within M&A and Dispute resolution Weinhold Legal is a first tier firm, ranked further in Banking, Finance and