Michal Pališin

Local Partner, Bratislava



Mr. Pališin joined White & Case in 2006, after graduating from Ghent University Law School's LLM Program in European and Comparative Law. During his studies, Mr. Pališin focused on internal market law, European competition law, European and comparative company law and judicial protection in the European Union. Since joining White & Case, Mr. Pališin has advised clients on a wide range of matters in the fields of corporate law, contractual law, labor law and administrative law, including their related EU law aspects. Mr. Pališin regularly provides comprehensive advice on the establishment and operation of corporate entities in the Slovak Republic, which includes inter alia the drafting of corporate documents, the drafting and review of various commercial contracts, representing clients in relations with public authorities and advice on related regulatory and labor law issues. In this field, Mr. Pališin has participated in the implementation of a number of corporate changes of various Slovak entities, including mergers, changes in legal form as well as various other day-to-day corporate changes. Mr. Pališin has also been involved in several merger and acquisition projects where he participated in the performance of due diligence of Czech and Slovak companies, including large production companies and an insurance company. In this regard, he has also provided legal advice on various related legal issues, including competition and pre-closing matters. In his practice, Mr. Pališin also focuses on Slovak and EC competition law and was a member of the team that advised a major Slovak construction company and a major Japanese producer of electrical equipment in their defense against charges brought against them by the Slovak Antimonopoly Office, both in the course of the proceedings before the Office and the respective Slovak courts. In addition, Mr. Pališin provided advice to a major Slovak bank in its defense against damage claims arising in connection with alleged uncompetitive behavior. He has also advised on various matters in connection with the mergers of companies under Slovak law. In addition, Mr. Pališin has provided advice on various regulatory matters in the field of the provision of financial services, primarily insurance and financial services brokerage, including advice on various data protection issues. He has also provided day-to-day legal assistance to clients in connection with their participation in high-profile public procurement and private tenders in the Slovak Republic, including legal advice to a member of a consortium of companies participating in the tender for the provision of electronic toll collection services and to a major producer of helicopters in a tender for the supply of helicopters. Mr. Palisin also has experience with sensitive internal investigations in multiple sectors and is a regular member of external investigation teams dealing with reports submitted via whistleblowing programs.
Bars and Courts
Slovak Bar Association
Ghent University Law School
Master's degree, Faculty of Law
Comenius University
Bratislava, Slovak Republic


Advising the Slovak subsidiary of a US-based engineered products producer on the set-up of its whistleblowing program. Mr. Pališin also serves as a member of the external investigation team dealing with reports submitted via the whistleblowing scheme and has been actively involved in internal investigations of reported matters and in advising on the next steps following from investigations, including criminal law implications. Mr. Pališin has also advised many other clients on the legal implications of setting up and operating whistleblowing programs under Slovak law.

Advising a major Slovak manufacturing company regarding the assessment of the results of a forensic audit carried out in connection with the potentially problematic conduct of its suppliers within internal tender processes, including advice on related criminal law implications.

Representation of a leading chemical company in State aid and cartel proceedings before the European Commission.

Advising a French multinational pharmaceutical company in connection with data protection issues related to the set-up of its internal anti-bribery compliance tool.

Regularly advising clients from a wide range of industries regarding the antitrust implications of their activities, including advice on their contemplated cooperation and distribution projects, while also representing clients in merger clearance and cartel proceedings before the Slovak Antimonopoly Office.

Representation of a major player on the Central European market in one of the most complex Phase 2 merger clearance proceedings in Slovakia regarding its acquisition of a stake in a competitor.

Regular advice to a leading mobile operator on broad range of competition related issues.

Advising a major Slovak bank in its defense against damage claims arising in connection with alleged uncompetitive behavior.

Mr. Pališin also regularly represents clients regarding a wide variety of matters and proceedings before various Slovak administrative bodies, including the Slovak Antimonopoly Office, the National Bank of Slovakia and the Slovak Personal Data Protection Office.