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Ludek Chvosta Sr.
Ludek Chvosta Sr.

Luděk Chvosta Sr.

Partner, Prague

T +420 255 771 111

E lchvostasr@whitecase.com

Luděk Chvosta Sr. is a partner in the Prague office of White & Case and is the head of the Disputes practice in the Czech Republic. He concentrates on corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, M&A transactions, insolvency and restructuring.

Overview

Luděk's practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, M&A transactions, insolvency and restructuring. He advises major companies from a broad spectrum of business sectors, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Luděk offers clients the benefit of his wide-ranging knowledge, accumulated over the course of almost twenty years working as a boardroom advisor to leading international companies. This wealth of experience is supplemented by Luděk's further 30 years of legal and business practice working as an in-house counsel, as a top executive at a trading company based in Toronto, and as a partner at a leading Czech law firm.

Luděk's international experience, working in varied commercial and legal settings, enables him to offer authoritative advice on complex domestic and cross-border transactions. He has a record of advising clients on intricately structured, multijurisdictional projects, which he helps to develop and then supports through the implementation and follow-up stages.

Another area of particular strength for Luděk is defending clients before court and arbitration panels, and assisting clients in their dealings with state and municipal authorities and government agencies.

Bars and Courts

  • Czech Bar Association

Education

  • Postgraduate Studies, International Trade Law, Charles University
  • JUDr, Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague
  • Mgr, Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague

Languages

  • Czech
  • English
  • Slovak

Experience

ArcelorMittal Holdings AG, 2002–ongoing

Luděk provides regular advice to the senior management of ArcelorMittal, the global steel manufacturer, on corporate governance matters, commercial contracts and financial arrangements. He also represented the client as the claimant in arbitration proceedings under a BIT with the Czech Republic, helping the client to successfully negotiate a settlement agreement.

Mars, 1992–2013

For more than 20 years Luděk has provided legal advisory services to Mars, one of world's leading food manufacturers, regarding its operations in the CEE region. Among others matters, Luděk advised Mars in its strategic takeover of Wrigley business in Europe.

Česká spořitelna, 2011–2013

Luděk represented Česká spořitelna, the largest bank in the Czech Republic, in the first insolvency proceeding of a publicly traded, Luxembourg-based company before the Czech insolvency court, and also acted as a chairman of the Creditors Committee.

K-Mart/Tesco, 1992–2012

Luděk represented K-Mart, the American chain of discount department stores, in its acquisition of Czech and Slovak department stores. Luděk also advised K-Mart on the sale of its operations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Tesco, and subsequently provided Tesco with long-term follow-up corporate advice.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014

Dispute Resolution – Czech Republic