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Recent case highlights include advising the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany on the acquisition of Palais Lobkowicz in Prague, an 18th century building with cultural significance for Germany. Other significant clients are Devanlay, Dixons, Grandi Stazioni, IC Company.
Restructuring/Insolvency: Weinhold Legal is known for internationally focused restructuring and insolvency offering, with experience of CEE-wide matters alongside expertise in the domestic distressed market. Well versed in insolvency matters involving global clients with Czech subsidiaries, in sectors such as fashion and aerospace. Sources say: “Weinhold Legal understands how to overcome all the hurdles that might jeopardise a deal. The lawyers are trustworthy people, who add value with their high level of expertise.” and “The firm’s work is of a high quality. The lawyers solve problems by offering a practical point of view on difficult legal issues, and strong industry sector expertise.” Department head Thilo Hoffmann is the lead contact point for clients. Recent case highlights include assisting Levi Strauss with various elements of the Czech aspects of its pan-European corporate restructuring, including employment law issues. Other significant clients are Compagnie Daher, LAMA, MAFRA, and TTS.
Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence Weinhold Legal has been shortlisted for Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 and 2012 for the Czech Republic.
IFLR 1000 / Expert Guides Weinhold Legal is ranked in the areas of Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring and Insolvency. Banking and finance: Weinhold Legal’s finance team receives good reviews. “We are impressed by their expertise, professional approach, care and flexibility,” notes one client. “High quality, timely service,” states another. The broader banking and finance team was active on range of work including bond issues, financings and regulatory advice. One of the firm’s large bond deals saw it represent-
ing GZ Digital Media on its issue. An example of its more general finance work saw the firm assist Ceska sporitelna in connection with a financing for a Czech company active in the renewable energy sector. On the advisory side, the firm offered assistance to Komerční banka on the new Civil Code and its ramifications for the bank.
M&A: The corporate practice is said to be “reliable, efficient, skilled, with a pro-client approach,” according to one client. The firm made a significant hire for its corporate team recruiting former head of Hogan Lovells’ now defunct Prague office, Miroslav Dubovský, in 2014. An experienced M&A and private equity lawyer, Dubovský should strengthen the firm’s transactional offering. Among the firm’s M&A highlights, a standout transaction was its role for SPAR in the sale of its Czech subsidiaries to Dutch Royal Ahold for $266 million.
Restructuring and insolvency: In the restructuring area, the firm concluded some notable work on the company side. It was involved in Levis Strauss’ pan-European restructuring, providing insight on the Czech and Slovak law. In a domestic matter, the firm advised MAFRA on its restructuring, which included the upstream merger of its two subsidiaries. One client was effusive about the firm’s restructuring advice, saying: “Timely delivery – within one week – and excellent quality.”
Energy and infrastructure: Weinhold Legal founder Daniel Weinhold heads the energy and infrastructure team at the firm. One of the firm’s recent energy highlights was advising Polish client Tauron on its joint-venture with ArcelorMittal, Tameh Holding, which will see the two partners cooperate for 15 years on developing and investing in utility projects in Czech Republic and Poland. Weinhold advised the client on all the relevant Czech documentation.
Expert Guides (The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers) - partner Daniel Weinhold ranked as an expert lawyer in Banking.
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers Daniel Weinhold belongs to a handful of lawyers from the Czech Republic ranked among experts across