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Slovakia
Slovakia

Slovakia

About

For almost two decades, we have been advising clients doing business in the rapidly evolving Slovak Republic.

Our team works on a broad range of legal matters, including complex corporate and financial transactions with cross-border aspects. We have been involved in some of the largest and most sophisticated transactions in the Slovak Republic related to acquisitions, financing, securities and capital markets.

We provide legal services to many of the major local and international corporations active in the Slovak Republic. We offer our clients full support in all corporate and commercial issues that arise in the course of their business and/or investment activities in the country. Our extensive on-the-ground resources enable us to provide individual clients with lawyers knowledgeable in relevant areas, ensure delivery of top-notch service that reflects our clients' expectations, interests and needs.

We are one of the few law firms in Slovakia able to simultaneously advise on the legal and tax aspects of transactions, and thus provide a valuable service to clients and investors attracted to the country's favorable investment climate and incentives. Our tax professionals provide the full scope of tax services, from corporate taxation to the highly sophisticated tax structuring of cross-border transactions.

We work with our Brussels team to advise on the full range of EU law issues and on the impact of EU legislation on our clients' businesses. We provide on-the-ground legal advice regarding Slovak and English law. All of the lawyers on the Bratislava team are bilingual in Slovak and English.

In addition, our office enjoys an excellent reputation on the Slovak market, consistently winning praise from leading international legal benchmarking publications.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chambers Europe 2016
Band 1 for Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Energy & Natural resources and Employment
Band 2 for Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency, Competition/Antitrust
"These are experienced lawyers who are communicative, flexible and pleasant. We have always been very satisfied with their level of service." (Banking & Finance)
"We use this major international firm for its cross-border expertise." (Banking & Finance)
"Very high-quality work, quick responses and a professional approach." (Corporate/M&A)
"The whole team here is responsive and available 24/7, with client focus being its main strength. The lawyers enjoy what they do and are passionate about our matters, as well as providing strategic thinking." (Competition/Antitrust)
"This practice has always been very supportive, ready to co-operate and to deal with our requests. The team always takes into consideration our needs and requirements, and provides answers to topics at short notice." (Employment)
"The team delivers on time and knows its stuff, and the firm's global network is an advantage." (Energy)
"A strong team of lawyers - the work was done on a tight schedule, and I would definitely use them again for future work in Slovakia." (Real Estate)
"All members of the team are quick to respond, very knowledgeable, work in a structured manner and always exhibit a highly professional attitude." (Dispute Resolution)

Chambers Global 2016
Band 1 for Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A
Band 2 for Dispute Resolution

IFLR1000 2016
Tier 1 in Banking and finance, M&A and Energy and infrastructure

The Legal 500 2016
Tier 1 in Banking, finance and capital markets; Commercial, corporate and M&A; and Real Estate and construction

Experience

Dual-track privatization of Slovak Telekom
Citi and J.P. Morgan (as financial advisers and joint global coordinators) in the dualtrack sale of a 49% stake in Slovak Telekom by the Slovak Republic. Sale process ran in parallel as an IPO with contemplated dual-listing on the London Stock Exchange and the Bratislava Stock Exchange and a direct sale. Transaction concluded as a direct sale of shares to Deutsche Telekom AG.

PPP construction of Bratislava D4 highway and R7 expressway
The Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development in the procurement and contracting of a PPP project to design, construct, operate and maintain sections of the D4 highway and R7 expressway.

Sale of GGE
The Grafobal Group, a Slovak privately held group, in the sale of GGE, a group of energy companies operating in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Poland and Hungary to Infracapital, an infrastructure fund based in London.

Acquisition of Slovenské elektrárne (member of Enel group)
Energetický a průmyslový holding, a leading Central European energy group, in acquiring 66% of the shares of Slovenské elektrárne. The target company operates two nuclear power plants, and the transaction includes a complex earn-out mechanism for a nuclear power plant under construction.

SPP Infrastructure Financing bond issue
Citibank, ING Bank, Société Générale and UniCredit Bank in SPP Infrastructure Financing BV's issuance of €500 million notes due in 2025, guaranteed by eustream, a.s.

International investment arbitration
The Slovak Republic in international investment arbitration with EuroGas Inc. and Belmont Resources Inc.