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Paul Q

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Managing Partner: Pavol Blahusiak
Number of partners worldwide: 5
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 15
Languages: English, German, Slovak

Firm Overview:
In the last 27 years, Paul Q has created a highly qualified team of lawyers and thus has secured its position among the market leaders. Paul Q is the choice for clients looking for a young dynamic team with excellent local knowledge and strong international experience. Thanks to its passion and devotion to law, the firm regularly receives awards for its work, whether on a domestic or international level. The team of professionals at Paul Q brings together all the knowledge and skills needed to serve clients in almost all business-related legal practice areas. Paul Q is known as a client-oriented practice with a long-standing commitment to quality, personal approach and innovative solutions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:

■ Company formation, including licensing, tax, employment and property leasing matters
■ Domestic and cross border M&A transactions, including target due diligence, structuring, negotiation, closing and post-closing assistance
■ Mergers, squeeze-outs, spin-offs and other intra-group reorganisations
■ Day-to-day corporate matters
■ Company secretarial and registered office service

Real Estate & Construction:
■ Title due diligence, acquisitions, sales, financing and development of residential, commercial and industrial property
■ Construction and infrastructure projects (including PPP) in particular in the transport, health care and energy sectors
■ Residential and commercial lease transactions
■ Taking and enforcing security over real estate 
■ Real estate and construction-related disputes

Labour Law:
■ Day-to-day human resources and labour relations matters, including drafting of employment contracts and other employment-related documents
■ Employee performance and disciplinary issues
■ Employee transfers, mass redundancy and severance payments schemes
■ Trade union related matters
■ Employment-related disputes
■ Work and residence permits

Competition:
■ Clearances of mergers and joint ventures
■ Review of business practices from the competition law point of view
■ Antitrust investigations relating to abuse of dominance, cartels, competition-restricting agreements and other reviewable matters
■ Representing various clients, both employers and employees, in litigation involving employment termination

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■ All debt collection activities
■ Representation of creditors within bankruptcy and restructuring procedures
■ Restructuring of financially troubled companies

Dispute Resolution:
■ Pre-litigation/arbitration strategies 
■ Settlement through negotiations or mediation
■ Civil and commercial litigation in all forums and across various industries, in particular
■ Representation in international courts in cases of violations of fundamental rights or in connection with the application and interpretation of EU law

Banking & Finance:
■ Acquisitions, real estate and projects financing, including syndicated lending and security transactions
■ Debt restructuring and refinancing
■ Banking and financial industry related regulatory matters
■ Registration and licensing of various financial market participants and their products, assistance in the relationship with the competent local authorities

Media & Entertainment:
■ Rights agreements — authors, screenwriters, actors, musicians, film production
■ Pre-publication/broadcast review
■ Gaming related matters
■ Regulatory issues

Intellectual Property:
■ Registration of trademarks, patents, designs and inventions, licensing
■ Protection of trade names and copyrights
■ Unfair competition and misleading advertising
■ Litigation involving infringement of IP rights

Public Procurement:
■ Structuring of the public procurement process
■ Review and preparation of tender documentation, including bids
■ Support in contractual negotiations
■ Public procurement review and remedies

Projects, Energy & Infrastructure:
■ Development and financing of projects
■ PPP projects
■ Acquisition or disposal of infrastructure or energy assets
■ Regulatory issues
■ Renewables

Commercial & Contracts:
■ Support to day to day and strategic business activities  
■ Advice on all forms of commercial contracts, due diligence, drafting, negotiation and closing assistance
■ Government contracts
■ Critical contracts across all sectors

Clients:
■ ArcelorMittal
■ Beiersdorf
■ BILLA
■ CGI
■ Edenred Slovakia
■ Eissmann Automotive
■ Eni Slovakia
■ FCA Group
■ IT Association Slovakia
■ Markiza - Slovakia (member of CME)
■ Merck
■ Metsa Tissue
■ Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
■ News & Media Holding
■ Rieker
■ Samsung
■ Skanska SK
■ Universal Music Slovakia
■ Volkswagen Slovakia