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Samuel Schreiber, a member of the White & Case Disputes and Regulatory Practice Group since 2006, advises clients on litigation, arbitration, insolvency proceedings and public contracts, as well as on administrative and criminal law matters, including white collar crime.
In his practice, Mr. Schreiber has represented clients before courts and administrative bodies, as well as arbitration institutions, often in complex cases with significant financial exposure, combining both legal and economic aspects.
This also applies to the representation of bank clients in proceedings before the Financial Arbitrator and in related court proceedings, as well as to compensation claims against the state or disputes over insurance payments under export finance insurance.
Mr. Schreiber has also gained broad experience in the area of insolvency law, where he represented, for example, lenders in insolvency proceedings regarding Czech glass and porcelain companies and the textile producer Oděvní podnik, a.s., and borrowers in the insolvency proceedings of the LESS group.
In the field of criminal law, Mr. Schreiber focuses on representing parties damaged by economic and white collar crime. For instance, he defended the damaged party in criminal proceedings regarding an illegal transfer of several hundred million Czech crowns.
Mr. Schreiber has also advised public contract-awarding entities and bidders, mainly in disputes related to the tender process and in reviews before the Office for the Protection of Economic Competition and courts regarding the conduct of contract-awarding entities.
Mr. Schreiber participated in the successful representation of Česká exportní banka a.s. before the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic in proceedings against its foreign borrowers, with total principal amounting to CZK 1.2 billion. The challenging disputes involved international aspects and required the analysis and application of not only Czech, but also foreign, European and international legal regulations, as well as coping with obstruction efforts by the defendants. All of the proceedings were adjudged in favor of our client on all counts.
Mr. Schreiber has broad experience in representing clients in disputes against the state related to damages and other compensation. He represented a major shipping company in a dispute related to CZK 2 billion in damage caused by the state's failure to meet its obligation to maintain the navigability of the Elbe River. Mr. Schreiber also defended our client's interests against the intervention of state agencies and in connection with financial compensation claims worth tens of millions of Czech crowns resulting from rescue and liquidation works carried out under the Integrated Rescue System Act.
Mr. Schreiber regularly represents clients in commercial disputes. Among others, he defended a Swedish health technology company against an alleged unfair competition claim worth CZK 75 million by its Czech competitor. He has also been involved in a long-lasting dispute of a major pharmaceutical company with some of its former shareholders in relation to the fair consideration for their squeeze-out.
Mr. Schreiber advises major financial institutions on their defense against alleged claims of their clients under the Consumer Credit Act and under the Construction Savings Act. The legal services provided include advice and representation in a broad range of legal areas, including administrative proceedings and follow-up administrative justice, proceedings before the Financial Arbitrator, representing clients before general courts and in insolvency proceedings, as well as in EU and constitutional law matters.
Mr. Schreiber has represented a number of bank and non-bank clients, both creditors and borrowers, in several major insolvency proceedings in recent years. Among others, he represented secured creditors in the complex insolvency proceedings of a conglomerate of Czech glass and porcelain companies, Oděvní podnik a.s., and of PILSEN STEEL s.r.o. On the borrower side, Mr. Schreiber represented the debtors in insolvency proceedings of the LESS group; besides drafting a reorganization plan, he represented one of the debtors in disputes with its supplier for the nullification of supply agreements and for the surrender of performance provided under such agreements, exceeding CZK 6 billion in value.
In the field of criminal law, Mr. Schreiber primarily acts as legal counsel to damaged parties, with a special focus on white collar crime. Among others, he represented a client in connection with the recovery of stolen funds amounting to several hundred million Czech crowns, the majority of which has successfully been recovered after many years of efforts. It is a multijurisdictional case involving cooperation with foreign law enforcement authorities, as well as the enforcement of claims in civil law proceedings. Mr. Schreiber also represented a French company as the damaged party in connection with the release and return of unlawfully transferred funds from a bank account in the Czech Republic.
Mr. Schreiber advises both contract-awarding entities and bidders. Among others, he represented a state university in a tender for a construction contractor, and a construction contractor unlawfully excluded from a tender in the water sector. He advised Italian Autostrade Spa in connection with its bid in a tender for the selection of a toll system supplier. Moreover, Mr. Schreiber performed a legal audit of certain public contracts for the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic.