Global law firm Dentons has appointed Managing Counsel Martin Mendel as the new Co-Head of the Real Estate practice in Bratislava with effect from October 1, 2021. He will lead the Real Estate team in collaboration with partner Jiří Stržínek, who will continue as the other co-head.

Martin Mendel
has extensive experience in real estate transactions, mainly assisting clients in the negotiation of transaction documents, preparation of legal due diligence, and completion of post-closing matters. He has served as lead counsel on several real estate deals in the Slovak Republic, including Tatra Asset Management’s acquisition of nine retail parks from KLM Real Estate, CNIC Corporation Limited’s purchase of Prologis Park Galanta-Gáň, and YIT Slovakia’s joint ventures with Czech financial group RSJ. He also advises companies in connection with the protection of their rights in administrative and court proceedings, as well as in arbitrations in the Slovak Republic.

He is recognized by international directories such as Chambers Europe and IFLR1000 as one of the Slovak Republic’s leading real estate lawyers.

Martin Mendel commented on his appointment: “I feel grateful for the trust and opportunity to co-lead our Real Estate group in Bratislava alongside Jiří. For more than two decades, Dentons has been the leading Real Estate practice in Slovakia. We have a very talented team and I am looking forward to working with them to strengthen our offering and help our clients make the most of the opportunities offered by the Slovak market.”

Jiří Stržínek is a partner and Co-head of Dentons’ Real Estate practice in Prague and Bratislava. He has almost 25 years of transactional experience and is recognized as one of the top M&A real estate lawyers in the Czech Republic. He focuses on real estate acquisitions and disposals as well as real estate financing. He has led numerous transactions in Central and Eastern Europe. Jiří is recognized by Chambers Europe and Legal500 among the leading real estate lawyers in the Czech Republic.

Jiří Stržínek commented on the appointment: “I am very pleased to welcome Martin as the new co-head of our Bratislava practice. A consummate professional and natural leader, I have no doubt that with Martin as part of the leadership team, we will continue to build on the team’s significant success and deliver top-notch legal services to our clients.”

Pascal Schmitz, Head of the Europe Real Estate group, added, “On behalf of the Europe Real Estate group, I would like to congratulate Martin on this well-deserved appointment. Martin is a very talented lawyer, and I am delighted that he will help lead and develop the Real Estate practice in Slovakia.”