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Kocián Šolc Balaštík

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Managing Partner: Dagmar Dubecká
Other Partners: Jan Dědič, Pavel Dejl, Jiří Horník, Petr Kasík, 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: 62
Number of tax advisers: 6
Languages: Czech, English, German, Italian, French, Slovak

Firm Overview:
Celebrating its 30th year of being at the forefront of the market, KŠB is an independent Czech law firm that is also a proud four-time recipient of the prestigious Chambers Europe Award for Excellence. KŠB advises on Czech and European law, and also has a German law and English law capacity. Since many of the firm’s professionals are qualified in several fields, KŠB’s advice is enhanced by specialist academic and sector knowledge. KŠB combines in-depth local knowledge and quick decision-making, and its network of long-term international relationships with other leading independent law firms around the globe enables it to advise on cross-border transactions to the highest possible standards. KŠB is actively involved in the legislative process and in professional bar associations, as well. KŠB senior partner Martin Šolc was the President of the International Bar Association in 2017 and 2018.

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. KŠB’s clients include ČEZ, Heineken Group, Karlovarské minerální vody (KMV), Solitea, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, and YIT Stavo. Recently KŠB advised KMV on the acquisition of Knjaz Milos — the largest Serbian mineral water and non-alcoholic beverage producer, and Solitea on several acquisitions in the IT business.

Corporate:
KŠB advises on establishing all types of companies, including Societas Europaea. Its services include preparing and revising company incorporation documents, facilitating board and general meetings, making changes to registered capital, and mergers, divisions, and transformations of various company and partnership structures. One of KŠB’s 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.

Banking & Finance:
KŠB provides comprehensive legal services to financial sector clients, including transaction and regulatory work, and advises on project and acquisition finance, real estate finance, aircraft finance and export finance in each case in bilateral, syndicated and mezzanine structures, retail finance and insurance, and cross-border transactions. KŠB is highly rated for its regulatory expertise, and is also covering new ground in the area of FinTech. KŠB has been assisting the Czech National Bank for more than 20 years. Other clients include Banka CREDITAS, Erste Group, J&T Banka, Raiffeisen Bank, Commerzbank AG, Citibank, Ferratum Bank, USF, ING Bank, mBank and UniCredit Bank. KŠB’s non-institutional clients include members of the most important entrepreneurs’ group in the Czech Republic and also CEE region.

Securities & Capital Markets: 
KŠB advises issuers, shareholders and leading domestic as well as foreign investment banks in the entire spectrum of securities and capital market deals. In addition to advising on general securities issues, KŠB structures securities which are innovative and the first of their kind in the Czech Republic, such as the issuing of perpetual bonds by a Czech bank and the issuing of convertible bonds. Moreover, KŠB has extensive capital market regulatory experience.

Competition:
KŠB’s advice on competition law includes alleged abuse of dominance, dawn raids, and merger clearance procedures. KŠB was awarded the European Competition Case of the Year award in The Lawyer European Awards 2015 for its victory at the European Court of Human Rights in which it represented DELTA PEKARNY against the Czech Republic regarding the legality of dawn raids. KŠB has recently been representing Asiana, KMV, Agrofert, Leo Express, Czech National Bank, and Skanska.

Litigation & Arbitration:
KŠB’s dispute resolution practice has been repeatedly recognised as one of the best in the Czech Republic. KŠB represents its clients in court, arbitration and before public law bodies, in particular relating to contracts, damages compensation, corporate matters, invalidity of general meeting resolutions, employment law, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights. Recently, KŠB has been representing Heineken Czech Republic, PPF Group, the Czech National Theatre, Lovochemie, Leo Express, Agrofert, Czech television and radio broadcasters, Slot Group, KMV, and O2 Czech Republic.

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, Lovochemie, REMA AOS, Carthamus, Green Gas DPB, RWE and ČEZ. Recently, KŠB has been advising Lovochemie on finalizing its UGL project (development of a brandnew unit for producing UGL fertilizers).

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 as regards financing for building a hotel complex in Croatia and advised the seller in the disposal of multipurpose venue Forum Karlin. KŠB’s clients also include European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, YIT Stavo, Moravská stavební Group, VGP Group, Passerinvest Group and many others.

Aviation:
KŠB is prized for its unique expertise in aviation, including aircraft financing, regulatory issues and claims handling. Its clients include Air Canada, Allianz, easyJet, Macquarie Aviation, and Prague Airport. KŠB also advises the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency on issues linked with the deployment of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which provides augmentation to the standard GPS and Galileo signals.

TMT/IP/IT:
KŠB provides advice and assistance in connection with telecommunications law, including privatization 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 also provides advice and assistance on many regulatory issues, including advertising and personal data protection.

Employment:
KŠB provides legal advice on a wide variety of employment law issues, from the conclusion and termination of standard employment agreements, agreements for managers and top management, including service agreements, work assignments (secondments) and agency employment, to the relations with trade union organizations/employee councils and workplace injury-related matters.

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, bonds, qualified investor funds, tax compliance and VAT claims. Having a tax team at a law firm, which is still quite unique on the Czech market, means that KŠB’s lawyers and tax advisors can take advantage of mutual synergies, thus bringing undeniable benefits to clients.