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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, Martin Krejčí, Václav Rovenský, Sylvie Sobolová, Martin Šolc, Drahomír Tomašuk, Jiří Balaštík (Emeritus Partner), Helena Navrátilová (Tax Partner)
Number of lawyers: 66
Number of tax advisers: 6
Languages: Czech, English, German, Italian, French, Slovak

Firm Overview:
An independent Czech law firm with almost 30 years on the market, KSB is a market leader and is proud to be a four-time recipient of the prestigious Chambers Europe ‘Award for Excellence’. KSB’s lawyers advise on Czech and European law, and it also has a German law capacity. Since many of the firm’s professionals are qualified in several fields, KSB’s legal and tax advice is enhanced by specialist academic and sector knowledge. KSB efficiently combines in-depth local knowledge and quick decision-making, all without international conflicts of interest. KSB’s network of long-term international relationships also enables it to advise on cross-border transactions to the highest possible standards. KSB is actively involved in the legislative process and in professional bar associations. KSB senior partner Martin Šolc was the President of the International Bar Association in 2017 and 2018.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A:

KSB is a market leader in M&A and restructuring. A recognised pioneer in using new legal concepts and transaction structures, advising on legal and tax structuring, asset and share deals, and corporate restructuring. It also provides highly focused and experienced legal and tax due diligence. KSB’s clients include ČEZ, Heineken Group, Karlovarské minerální vody (KMV), O2 Czech Republic, NIBE, ENERGO PRO, Agrofert and YIT Stavo. Recent transactions include advising KMV on the acquisition of PepsiCo Group’s activities in Central Europe, DEZA (Agrofert Group) on the acquisition of a chemical company in Poland, and Mesit holding on the sale of its shares to Omnipol.

Securities & Capital Markets:
KSB 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, KSB 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, KSB has extensive capital market regulatory experience. KSB’s clients include J&T Banka, O2 Czech Republic, Rockaway Capital, Energo-Pro, Moravská Stavební - INVEST, Sandberg Capital, Roklen, Banka Creditas, NWD Private Asset Management, Amundi Asset Management, Immorent, Arete Invest, Swiss Life Select and Czech National Bank.

Banking & Finance:
KSB provides comprehensive legal services to financial sector clients, including transaction and regulatory work. KSB’s transaction work includes advising 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. KSB is highly rated for its regulatory expertise, including licensing, implementation of EU directives, capital requirement issues and personal data protection issues. KSB is also covering new ground in the area of FinTech. KSB’s clients include the Czech National Bank, Česká spořitelna, J&T Banka, Raiffeisen Bank, O2 Czech Republic, KMV, Zaplo Finance, Ferratum Bank, USF, ING Bank, mBank and UniCredit Bank.

Corporate:
KSB 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. KSB recently advised a future energy producer on the construction of biomass power plants in Croatia, which included a number of corporate aspects under both Czech and Croatian law. KSB also advised 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, including a squeeze-out of minority shareholders. Other clients include ČEZ, KMV, Česká spořitelna/ERSTE Group, O-I Manufacturing, ŠKODA AUTO, Komerční banka, Skanska, Pinkerton, Rockaway Capital, Heineken, Agrofert, and O2 Czech Republic.

Competition:
KSB advice on competition law includes, inter alia, alleged abuse of dominance, dawn raids, merger clearance procedures. KSB’s clients include Leo Express, Czech National Bank, Agrofert, Skanska, O2 Czech Republic and Karlovarské minerální vody. KSB 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. KSB recently represented KMV in PepsiCo’s asset acquisition clearance proceedings with the Czech Competition Authority.

Energy (Including Mining):
KSB 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 over the past 20 years in the Czech Republic. KSB represents clients in negotiations with administrative offices and advises on energy regulation, and its clients include Alpiq, Lovochemie, Energo-Pro, Green Gas DPB, RWE or CEZ. Recently KSB has been advising Lovochemie on finalizing its UGL project (development of a brand-new unit for producing UGL fertilisers).

Real Estate:
KSB advises leading CEE developers in logistics, retail and residential sectors, fast-growing investment funds focusing on industrial properties, and real estate project financiers. In the recent disposal of multi-purpose hall Forum Karlin, KSB advised the seller. Other clients in this area include Arete Invest, Asental Land, JTH Group, Moravská stavební Group, VGP Group and YIT Group.

Aviation:
KSB 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, Prague Airport. KSB 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.

Litigation & Arbitration:
KSB represents 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. Its clients include Leo Express, Agrofert, Czech television and radio broadcasters, Slot Group, KMV, and O2 Czech Republic.

IP/IT:
KSB provides comprehensive advice on public law and assistance on many regulatory issues, including advertising and personal data protection, representation at public law registration proceedings and strategic advice to internet startups and significant domestic web portals. KSB recently advised ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab on several projects, including a car-sharing platform.

Tax:
Recognised repeatedly by international and domestic ratings agencies, KSB’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 unusual on the Czech market, means that KSB’s lawyers and tax advisors can take advantage of mutual synergies, thus bringing clients undeniable benefits.