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Managing Partner: Petr Kasík
Other Partners: Jan Dědič, Pavel Dejl, Dagmar Dubecká, Jiří Horník, Jan Lasák, Martin Krejčí, Vlastimil Pihera, Václav Rovenský, Sylvie Sobolová, Martin Šolc, Drahomír Tomašuk, Jiří Balaštík (Emeritus Partner), Helena Navrátilová (Tax Partner)
Number of lawyers: 59
Number of tax advisers: 6
Languages: Czech, English, German, Italian, French, Slovak

Firm Overview:
For over 3 decades, KŠB, a four-time recipient of the prestigious Chambers Europe Award for Excellence, has been an acclaimed market leader, creating innovative and groundbreaking legal solutions for its clients involving new legislation and legal and business concepts. A proudly independent Czech law firm, KŠB is globally interconnected through long-term relationships with other leading independent law firms, with whom it frequently works on cross-border transactions. Its mission is to strategically guide its global and domestic clients in attaining and exceeding their business objectives in the Czech Republic. Delivering commercially driven and sector specific advice, the firm is not just ready for the future, but actively facilitating it in the evolving 21st century business world for the benefit of its clients, whose success is the firm’s greatest satisfaction.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A:

A market leader in M&A and a recognised pioneer in using new legal concepts and transaction structures, KŠB advises on legal and tax structuring, asset and share deals, and corporate restructuring. It also provides highly focused and experienced legal and tax due diligence. Recently, KŠB advised Inner Mongolia Mengtai on its acquisition of European aluminum producer apt Group, and the transaction was acclaimed by China Business Law Journal’s Deals of the Year 2020. Other recent M&A transactions include work for Mattoni 1873, Deutsche Private Equity, MSX International, DIC Corporation and Menghem Equity.

Corporate:
KŠB advises on establishing all types of companies, including Societas Europaea. Its services include companies’ incorporation, facilitating board and general meetings as well as relationships between management bodies, making changes to companies’ financial structures, arranging financial assistance and implementing mergers, divisions, and transformations of various company and partnership structures (including cross-border). One of the most high-profile cases was advising O2 Czech Republic on a globally exceptional voluntary unbundling and CETIN on a whitewash procedure for the largest financial assistance ever granted in the Czech Republic. Recently, the firm advised Solitea Group on one of the biggest intragroup mergers in the CEE region.

Banking & Finance:
KŠB advises on financial transactions as well as on banking and finance regulations. It provides legal services to lenders, arrangers, security agents and borrowers on senior, subordinated as well as mezzanine and bridge financing. KŠB is highly rated for its regulatory expertise (it has been advising the Czech National Bank for more than 20 years), and also covers new ground in FinTech. Its clients include members of Erste, Raiffeisenbank, Commerzbank, ING Bank, J&T Bank and UniCredit Bank groups. KŠB’s corporate clients in finance include members of the most important entrepreneurs’ group in the CEE region, such as O2 Czech Republic, Mattoni 1873 and Boels.

Securities & Capital Markets: 
KŠB advises issuers, shareholders and leading domestic as well as foreign investment banks and funds in the entire spectrum of securities and capital market deals, mainly on various types of bond financing. KŠB also focuses on pioneering the innovative solutions, such as the crowdfunding platform Fundlift or additional Tier 1 instrument for J&T group. KŠB is also well known for its extensive capital market regulatory experience. On the corporate side of transactions, KŠB designed a variety of securitisation instruments as well as other complex debt securities. The most notable clients here are O2 Czech Republic, J&T Bank group, and Czech National Bank.

Competition:
KŠB assesses potential anticompetitive agreements and alleged abuse of dominance. It also represents clients before the Czech and European Competition Authorities and the courts, in all competition matters, including merger clearance procedures and leniency or settlement procedures. It was awarded the European Competition Case of the Year 2015 for its victory at the ECHR in which it represented DELTA PEKARNY regarding unlawful dawn raids in the Czech Republic. KŠB has recently been representing clients (such as Asiana and LEO Express) in private competition enforcement matters. Other competition clients include Mattoni 1873, Agrofert, the Czech National Bank, and Skanska.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Repeatedly recognised as one of the best practices in the Czech Republic, KŠB represents clients in civil and administrative courts and arbitration panels in all kinds of legal disputes in particular relating to contracts, damages compensation, corporate matters, including invalidity of general meeting resolutions, employment law, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights. Recently, KŠB has been representing many clients in disputes, such as Heineken Czech Republic, PPF Group, the Czech National Theatre, Czech Television, O2 Czech Republic, and Czech Radio.

Energy (Including Mining):
KŠB is best known in the energy sector for its expertise and success in the planning, development, implementation and operation of large-scale power and heat generation developments. KŠB represents clients in negotiations with administrative offices and advises on energy regulation. Its clients include Alpiq, REMA AOS, Carthamus, Green Gas DPB, RWE and ČEZ. Recently, KŠB has been advising Lovochemie on developing a brand-new unit for producing UGL fertilisers.

Real Estate:
KŠB advises leading CEE developers in logistics, retail and residential sectors, fast-growing investment funds focusing on industrial properties, and real estate project financiers. Recently, KŠB represented J&T Banka in the acquisition of its new headquarters in Prague and ARETE Invest on the disposal of its logistics park portfolio to Cromwell. Its clients also include ČEZ, J&T Real Estate, Moravská stavební Group, Passerinvest Group, VGP Group, and YIT Stavo.

Aviation:
KŠB is prized for its unique expertise in aviation, including aircraft financing, regulatory issues and claims handling. Its clients include ABS Jets, BBAM Aircraft Leasing, Cirrus Aircraft, easyJet, Macquarie Aviation, Prague Airport and XL Insurance. KŠB also advises the European GNSS Agency on issues linked with the deployment of the EGNOS, which provides augmentation to the standard GPS and Galileo signal.

TMT/IP/IT:
KŠB advises and assists in connection with telecommunications law, including privatisation of telecommunications companies, and advice on tenders for operators of electronic communications networks and electronic telecommunications service providers. KŠB also has a full-service intellectual property practice, with experienced lawyers in all areas of intellectual property law, including IT, e-commerce and unfair competition. KŠB advises on regulatory issues, including advertising and personal data protection. KŠB’s clients include O2 Czech Republic, Deutsche Telekom and Daimler.

Employment:
KŠB advises on standard employment agreements, agreements for managers and top management, including service agreements, work assignments (secondments) and agency employment, to the relations with trade union organisations/employee councils and workplace injury-related matters. KŠB’s clients include Quanta Human Resources, North Carolina University, DAF Trucks, Corinthia Hotels and the Czech National Theatre.

Tax:
Recognised repeatedly by international and domestic ratings agencies, KŠB’s tax team has enhanced its reputation in the specific areas of taxation of international mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, corporate income tax, VAT and tax proceedings and disputes. KŠB is able to take advantage of mutual synergies, thus bringing undeniable benefits to clients (e.g. Czech Television, Czech Radio and Mattoni 1876).

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Czech Republic

Banking & Finance
Band 3
Capital Markets
Band 3
Competition/Antitrust
Band 2
Compliance
Band 3
Corporate/M&A
Band 2
Dispute Resolution
Band 1

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Czech Republic

Banking & Finance


Martin Krejci
Band 4

Capital Markets


Vlastimil Pihera
Band 3

Competition/Antitrust


Corporate/M&A


Dagmar Dubecká
Band 3
Martin Šolc
Eminent Practitioners

Dispute Resolution


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Eminent Practitioners
Martin ŠolcCorporate/M&A
Band 1
Pavel DejlCompetition/Antitrust
Pavel DejlDispute Resolution
Helena NavrátilováTax: Consultants
Band 2
Václav RovenskýProjects & Energy
Band 3
Vlastimil PiheraCapital Markets
Dagmar DubeckáCorporate/M&A
Tomáš SequensProjects & Energy
Band 4
Martin KrejciBanking & Finance

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