Managing Partners: Radek Pokorný, Richard Wagner and Andrea Cejnarová
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages:Czech, English, French, German, Slovak
Pokorný, Wagner & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law was founded in 1996, with the aim of providing legal services based on highly professional international standards with respect to the particularities which exist in the Czech Republic. Since its inception, the law firm has focused on providing complex legal services and advice to local and foreign clientele, dealing with their entrepreneurial activities combined with specialisation in various areas of offered legal services.
Pokorný, Wagner & Partners now ranks among the most renowned and largest law firms operating in the Czech Republic.
Since the accession of the Czech Republic into the European Union, Pokorný, Wagner & Partners has provided its clients with complete advice with regard to EU laws and regulations (acquis communautaire), including legal representation in procedures before the Commission and the Court of Justice. In cooperation with foreign law firms, Pokorný, Wagner & Partners provides advice in matters where legal services are to be provided abroad, or pursuant to foreign laws, as well.
Direct collaboration with foreign partner law firms enables Pokorný, Wagner & Partners to supply its clients with prompt and effective professional assistance in relevant countries and jurisdictions, in accordance with their interests and needs.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
Pokorný, Wagner & Partners is an experienced and recommended firm in this area. The firm represents leading banks operating in the Czech Republic offering them complete services, ranging from providing legal expertise on particular issues, drafting expert memoranda and contracts to securing the operation of financial institutions, etc. Capital markets team also provides legal services for leading investment firms on the Czech market. The firm has vast experience in the securities, especially in regulatory issues and administrative and court proceedings.
Competition & EU:
Competition is a key area of practice at Pokorný, Wagner & Partners, encompassing all issues of competition practice: mergers, abuse of dominant position, State aid and public procurement, both on the national and EU levels. The firm provides its clients legal consultancy and represents them both before the Czech office for the Protection of Competition (i.e. an antitrust authority in the CR) and EU authorities (the Commission).The firm is predominantly active in the energy (coal, gas, electricity) sector, the firm’s portfolio also includes other commercial areas as well (e.g. the food and forestry industries, telecommunications, publishing, banks, insurance).
Commercial & Corporate/M&A:
Pokorný, Wagner & Partners provides quality corporate and commercial advice in many areas, but has particular experience in the food and tobacco industries, health care, media, finance, IT, and energy. The firm represents significant international and local firms. The firm offers standard commercial legal services to its corporate clientele, including the drafting of general and customised commercial contracts assisting in negotiations, carrying out legal audits, and performing due diligence reviews. The firm handles a large number of corporate matters, including the setting up of corporate entities, takeover bids, mergers and acquisitions, divisions, transformations and liquidations of companies, squeeze-outs, spin-offs, restructuring and transfers of assets. The firm is also a good choice for public procurement matters and has a strong reputation in regulatory matters.
Intellectual Property Rights:
The firm has a long-established and well-deserved reputation in intellectual property rights. It deals with contentious and non-contentious work, especially copyrights and trademarks. A team of specialised attorneys deals with unfair competition, licensing and franchising, advertising, data protection, internet and domain names and other related matters. The firm is involved in trademark and unfair competition litigations before the Czech Industrial Property Office and courts, for both local and international clients.
The firm acts as counsel for Czech and international corporations before Czech courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. The firm offers a wide variety of assistance, including the drafting, drawing up, and filing of actions and other documents, attending court hearings and arbitration, etc. It provides advice in many kinds of commercial and IP disputes. Its record in arbitration proceedings continues to strengthen and is highly reputable.
Pokorný, Wagner & Partners has gained valuable experience in providing legal services to companies in the energy sector, relating mainly to extensive mergers or divestitures carried out by clients operating in this field, the transformation of companies, projects of consolidation for energy companies’ holdings, and also include, inter alia, complete legal advice concerning the organisation and execution of tenders.
The firm’s client base includes major local, foreign and multinational corporations (and their Czech subsidiaries). Major clients include companies in the fields of energy (electricity production, gas, coal mining, chemicals), health care (pharmaceuticals and medical devices), banking and insurance, home credit, stock exchange, investment funds, telecommunications, the computer industry, the forestry industry, the food industry, tobacco, the media, airlines, etc.