Slovak Republic

IFLR1000 Reviews

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CERHA HEMPEL Šiška & Partners

CERHA HEMPEL Šiška & Partners is the Slovak presence of the law firm Cerha Hempel. In the Slovak Republic the firm is led by managing partner Karol Šiška and the firm is based in Bratislava.

CERHA HEMPEL is a corporate law firm established in 1921. The firm is active in Central and Eastern Europe and is headquarters in Vienna. Across its network of offices, the firm has a team of over 200 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include GE, TCHIBO, P&G, INDITEX, INDRA, PORR, CSL Behring and Tally Weijl.

Go2 Law

Go2Law was established in 2017 as an M&A boutique by Hugh Owen. He was previously a partner at Allen & Overy, working in the Hungarian, Slovakian and Czech branches.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm focuses on complex, cross border M&A transactions in the CEE region. It often works alongside the founder's previous firm, Allen & Overy.

 

Key clients

The firm advised key insurance clients across the region, including Uniqa and Aegon. The firm also works with broadcasting agency, Nova Broadcasting.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Over the research period, the corporate and M&A team advised on complex cross border transactions, for buyers and sellers. In addition, the team assisted in institutional investments involving English law.

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Integral Venture Partners investment in Bulsatcom

The Rohatyn Group acquisition of controlling stake in Optimapharm Group

Uniqa €1 billion acquisition of AXA Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia

Aldertree legal

White & Case is the Slovak presence of the international law firm of the same name. The firm in Slovakia is led by Juraj Fuska and is based in Bratislava.

White & Case is an international law firm established in 1901. The firm has over 2,200 lawyers in 44 offices located in 30 countries and is chaired by Hugh Verrier.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice across all IFLR1000 ranked areas in the Slovak Republic achieving top tier status in all of them.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, HSBC, Barclays Bank, Citigroup, HB Reavis Slovakia, eustream and Západoslovenská energetika.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is the Slovak presence of the international law firm Allen & Overy. The firm established its Slovakian office in Bratislava in 1999. The Bratislava office employs 24 lawyers, two of whom are partners.

Traditionally lender focused, A&O remains focused on working with banks in all manner of transactions. A member of the UK ‘magic circle’ the firm has 44 offices in 31 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice across banking and finance, debt and equity capital markets, M&A and project development achieving top tier status for all these areas in the Slovak Republic.

 

Key clients

In banking and finance key clients of the firm include Erste bank, UniCredit (Vienna), ING Group, Citigroup, VTB bank, Kommunalkredit Austria and Raiffeisen Bank.

In capital markets key clients of the firm include Intesa Sanpaolo,J&T IB and Capital Markets, Tatra banka (Raiffeisen CEE Region Holding), Erste Group (Slovenská sporiteľňa) and Tatry mountain resorts.

In financial services regulatory key clients of the firm include IPM Group Holdings, BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE, SIA, NatWest Markets, Citigroup and MUFG Bank.

In investment funds key clients of the firm include Sumitomo Corporation Europe, AXON COVIDAX, Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Bencis Capital Partners and European Investment Bank.

In M&A key clients of the firm include IONITY, Tesco, Envien International, European Investment Bank, Sumitomo Corporation, Tatra-Leasing, TAURIS, Cisco Systems, Inc., Epic Games and US Steel Košice.

In project development key clients of the firm include Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť, Krátky Global group, Premiere Energy group, Vaillant, Alberta Investement Management and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe).

In restructuring and insolvency key clients of the firm include Virgin Group Holdings, Citibank Europe, Gemcorp, J&T BANKA, Poštová banka, UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia and DECODOM.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Banking and finance

"Very efficient, skilled about structuring finance, punctual and cooperative with the various parties involved, including the regulator (National Bank of Slovakia)."  

M&A

"Professional approach - business-oriented - team consisting of highly skilled professionals - great knowledge base - timely and proper communication."

Bartošík Šváby

Established in 2005, Bartosik Svaby is a full-service firm based in Bratislava. The firm employs 16 lawyers, three of whom are partners, and is part of the legal network Marcalliance.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Immocap Group, WOOD & Company, IMMOFINANZ, Tatra Residence, Galaxy Optical, Black Swan, Renault Retail Group, SKARTEK, Kim Johansen Group, SABA, RG SAFETY and LiV Elektra.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"Highly professional. Proactive and reactive."

"Very thorough due diligence. Extremely willing to assist in any way possible in every situation, looking well beyond their official scope. Ownership of transaction documentation negotiation (both SPA and bank financing documentation) with tireless ambition to achieve the best possible position for our side."

BBH

Established in 2000 as the result of a merger, BBH has offices in Bratislava and Prague.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A. The firm is also very active in banking and finance.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include PPF banka, UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, Global Payments, Euroclear, Arval Slovakia, ČEZ ESCO, YIT Slovakia, Erste Group Immorent Slovensko and ESCO Slovensko.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"Positive approach, professionalism. "

 

Banking and finance

"Communicative, proactive, reasonable fees, good time management."

 

M&A

"All members of the BBH legal team were helpful, flexible and ready to deal with any unpredictable complications or changes which arose within the transaction. Their focus on both legal and business part of this transaction is very much appreciated."

"Professionalism, dedication, eye for detail, attitude and long hours."

Beatow Partners

Beatow Partners is a Slovak law firm based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on banking and finance and M&A work.

   

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Banking

"Flexibility, professionalism, personal approach."

 

Financial services regulatory

"Advisers have a very good knowledge of Slovak law, they are experienced, oriented in the issues, they keep agreed deadlines."

 

M&A

"Very quick reaction on posed questions, proposal of solutions. "

 

Project development

"Beatow Partners has been responsive, efficient and thorough in their services. They have provided clear guidance and helped us make informed decisions."

 
bpv Braun Partners

Established in 2006, bpv Braun & Partners is a full-service firm with offices in the Czech Republic and the Slovak republic. In the firm’s Bratislava office there are six lawyers, two of whom are partners. The firm is part of the bpv alliance, an alliance of independent firms across Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on banking and finance. The firm is also very active in M&A.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Hypo-Bank Burgenland and Raiffeisen Niederösterreich-Wien and Deutsche Balaton.

CLS Čavojský & Partners

CLS Čavojský & Partners is a Slovak law firm established in 2006. The firm is led by managing partner Peter Cavojsky and is based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include TIPOS, ESA LOGISTIKA, Johns Manville, UNIQA Group, NN Group, BK group, Axepto, sli.do, JESSENIUS Group, TITANS freelancers, Alfa Life and Finportal.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Financial services regulatory

"Professionalism and flexibility."

"The company works for various financial market entities, including banks, insurance companies and financial intermediaries. The company has extensive experience in representation in proceedings before the regulator, which is the National Bank of Slovakia. It is necessary to emphasise the high level of professionalism, expert level and reliability."

"They are very professional in insurance and financial services. Very detailed in taxation, accruality and accounting areas."  

 

Project development

"The law firm provides a highly reliable service for a reasonable price; we appreciate dynamic business approach in providing tailor-made services to client's needs with highest professional and ethical standards."

"It is mainly about professional solutions of various assignments, commercial ('keep it simple') approach."

"Responsibility, precision, quality of work, approach to the client."

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz / CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is an international full-service firm with over 70 offices worldwide. The firm established an office in Bratislava in the 1990s, which now employs 14 lawyers, three of whom are partners.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s Bratislava branch focuses predominately on cross border transactions in banking and finance and M&A

 

Key clients

The firm advised key banks, such as Council of Europe Development Bank and Commerzbank

 

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)

The firm predominantly focused on banking and finance work during the research period. It advised borrowers and lenders of financing and refinancing, including advising a borrower on a revolving loan agreement. It also assisted borrowers in cross border financing, as well as providing banks with Slovakian financial regulatory advice.

Recent staffing changes include the hire of Elena Jarolímková, as a senior associate to the firm.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Bratislava Water Company €50m financing

Hypo NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien €9.5 refinancing

Nemak $125 million financing

Dentons

Dentons’ Slovakian office is based in Bratislava and employs 24 lawyers, including four partners. Dentons is a multinational law firm with more than 180 offices worldwide.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in banking and finance achieving top tier status for the Slovak Republic in this area. The firm is also very active in debt capital markets and M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Erste Bank, Komerční banka, Česká spořitelna, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Raiffeisenbank and Tarta Asset Management.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"Available with a wide team of experts and an international network."

 

Banking and finance

"Extremely experienced professionals with a very strong focus on delivering practical solutions."

"Professional, competent, creative, following deadlines."

"They go out of their way to understand the specifics of our business model and provide professional, timely and actionable output."

 "Top level of providing legal services, flexible and always finding quick solutions, strong and skilled negotiators."

 

M&A

"Perfect support, kind and professional attitude and work."

"Very comprehensive knowledge of the financial services sector in Slovakia - very good financial due diligence work -attentive to the client relationship: direct management of the project by partner."

"Very practical and effective approach. Always hands-on. Very sharp and experienced lawyers. Rob Irving is just a master of his art."  

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is the Slovak presence of the international law firm of the same name. The firm in Slovakia is based in Bratislava and employs 13 lawyers including two partners.

Eversheds Sutherland is an international law firm with over 200 relationship firms worldwide and 74 offices in 35 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on project development work. The firm is also very active in banking and finance and M&A.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include X-Trade Brokers, the Max Aicher Group, McDonalds, and ReCobal.

EY Law

EY is one of the largest professional services networks in the world, offering legal and tax advice. The firm’s Slovakian legal arm is based in Bratislava, Kosice and Zilina.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm focuses on corporate M&A transactions, often with a cross border element.

 

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)

The firm was active in M&A transactions, advising buyers, sellers, and investors. The firm advised shareholders and investors on share transfers, advising in both purchasing and selling capacity. The firm advised buyers in cross border asset acquisitions. The firm worked closely with large international corporations on intragroup mergers, cross border mergers including corporate reorganisations, and joint venture agreements involving complex IP rights.

Recent staffing changes for the firm saw the departure of Adam Pichler and partner Sona Hankova, from the corporate department, who has joined CMS.

Giese & Partner

Giese & Partner is a law firm established in 1997. The firm has offices in Praha in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in Slovakia.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on banking and finance and M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Helaba, DPBB, Baland, Commerzbank, PPC Insulators, Seves Triton Managers, Infiana Group, Techna International and Gilde Buy Out Partners.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"They are polite, good to work with."

 

Banking and finance

"Very well prepared, precise and clear. Perfect in respecting deadlines and very useful in solving problems."

 

M&A

"Service-oriented."

 

Restructuring

"Flexible. Reliable, highly professional competence and speed in elaboration. We were always in the centre. Very friendly."

Glatzova & Co

Established in 1994, Glatzová & Co is a Czech firm with a Slovakian office, based in Bratislava. The firm has one partner based full time in Bratislava and four partners sharing time between the Prague and Bratislava offices.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work. The firm is also very active in banking and finance.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Komerční banka a.s., Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s., Diners Club CS, IAC Group, Dentsu Aegis, B.Braun group, itelligence Slovakia, Mazda, Mikona, Volvo group, ISUZU, Trustworthy, Addinol, Bauern Technics and Fuji.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"Local knowledge, availability, price."

 

Banking and finance

"Responsiveness. Quick. Deep knowledge of business subjects."

 

M&A

"Precise, happy to help, legal knowledge, on time"

"Professionalism, deep proficiency, quick reaction, willingness."  

Havel & Partners

Havel & Partners is a Czech-Slovak law firm. The firm is led by managing partner Jaroslav Havel and has offices in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Pilsen, Olomouc and Ostrava. 

  

Focusses / specialisms  

The firm has a focus on M&A work 

   

Key clients  

Key clients of the firm include Slovintegra Energy, Innogy, Ikea, Matador, Citibank, Wustenrot, Ahold, Czech Airlines, Generali and Axel Springer.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar is the Slovak presence of the international law firm of the same name. The firm was established in Slovakia in 1993.

Kinstellar is an international law firm focused on emerging Europe and Central Asia.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in banking and finance, M&A and project development achieving top tier status in Slovakia in all these areas. The firm is also very active in equity capital markets.

 

Key clients

In banking, finance and capital markets key clients of the firm include OTP Bank, UniCredit Bank, Citibank, JP Morgan, BEMER Finance, BlackRock, Intermediate Capital Group, ICG-Longbow Real Estate Debt Investments, Payvision and Santander Bank Polska.

In M&A key clients of the firm include Veolia, CANAL+, STADA, AIP Asset management, The Valesco Group, the Jimon group, European City Estates (ECE), Lucron Group, Union Poisťovňa and Wood & Company.

In project development key clients of the firm include ENEL, E.ON, Veolia, RWE, Metrostav, Západoslovenská distribučná, Východoslovenská energetika, MET, ČEZ, Vinci Concessions and Assuta Medical Centers.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"Innovation, availability, high expertise."

"Negotiation skills, real estate and banking topics well covered, prompt delivery."

 

Banking and finance

"Very experienced professionals, hard-working and very flexible in terms of timing."

 

M&A

"The firm is always effective, available and fast in the advice request."

 "We appreciate the firm's: problem-solving attitude - client-focused approach and understanding of practical commercial needs."

"Active approach in finding solutions - availability. "

"Active approach in finding solutions - we can rely on them."

 

Project development

"Professional attitude, timing."

 

Project development: Energy

"Proactive support to meet due dates and quality."

MCL

MCL is a Slovak law firm established in 2016. The firm is based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Middlecap Group, Extensa Group, Sonnenschein & partners, Railtrans International, Metalimex Group, Reinoo and GGT.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"We appreciated the firm's: professional and yet informal approach - availability - client-focused approach and understanding of practical commercial needs."

Peterka & Partners

Peterka & Partners is an international law firm operating in nine Eastern European countries. The firm is led by the Slovakia director Lubomir Lesko.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A. The firm is also very active in banking and finance work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Cresto Group, Descours & Cabaud Group, ECE European City Estates, ERIKS Group, Bibby Financial Services, ECE European City Estates, Flawless Money, Swiss Re and W.A.G. payment solutions.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Financial services regulatory

"Flexible, open-minded lawyers who understand the business and can tailor the advice according to our needs."

 

Investment funds: Registered funds

"We highlight professional and customer-oriented approach of gentleman from Peterka & Partners. Reports were delivered on time and in a structured way, identifying potential risks, their severity and recommendations for further actions. "

 

M&A

"Excellent advisory quality - extraordinary responsiveness."

 "Reactive and efficient."

 

Restructuring: Corporate

"Diligent advice. Excellent documents (always the professional English/Slovakian two column style)."

 "First-tier legal advice, excellent documents and commercial understandings. "  

Poláček & Partners

Poláček & Partners is a Slovak law firm established in 2016 and based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on project development work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include the Slovak Republic Ministry of Health, Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry and Renewable Energy, EP Group, Podtatranská Vodárenská A Prevádzková Spoločnosť (Veolia Group) Interenergo, Biomasa, ENERGIEPARK Bruck/Leitha, GreenWay Infrastructure, Slovak Biogas Association and Voltalia Central & Eastern Europe.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"Great responding time, willingness to look for creative solutions, perfect knowledge of laws, foreseeing the future legal questions and recommending different type of solutions."

 

Project development

"Reliability, speed, overview in laws."

 

Project development: Energy

"Diversity of practices, expertise and clients in the energy business, past experience in regulatory disputes, industry expertise."

"Highly competent and knowledgeable personnel with strong devotion to the right cause, capable of handling even the most complicated legal issues."  

PRK Partners

PRK Partners is a Central European law firm established in 1993 with offices in Bratislava, Prague and Ostrava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on debt capital markets and M&A work.

Ružička and Partners

Ružička and Partners is a Slovak law firm established in 2009. The firm is led by managing partner Jaroslav Ružička and is based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in project development achieving top tier status for the Slovak Republic in this area.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include KBC Bank, OTP Bank Hungary, OTP Banka Slovensko, National Development Fund II, UniCredit Bank, MOL Group, SLOVNAFT, U.S. Steel, Siemens and GlaxSmithKline.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Project development

"During long-term cooperation, Ruzicka and Partners has been continuously providing complex legal support, with proactive and business-oriented attitude. High-level technical expertise and very good orientation in industry makes their contribution valuable for our business."  

Schoenherr Slovakia

Austrian firm Schoenherr established a Slovakian in Bratislava in 2009. The office employs seven lawyers, including one partner.

Established in 1950, Schoenherr is a leading Austrian firm with a European network that includes offices in 15 jurisdictions. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

In banking and finance the firm's work is generally evenly split between advising lenders and borrowers. It has acted for global and large international banks on cross border financing, refinancing and debt restructuring transactions.

In M&A the firm is largely active in cross border transactions working in conjunction with its network offices.

 

Key clients

The firm works with well-known clients across a number of industries. It works with financial services providers Uniqa and KBC group and private equity funds Marando Capital and GIMV. It advises clients in the food and beverages industries Sodexo and Jägermeister. 

 

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020) 

During the research period the firm was active in cross border M&A work. It advised strategic buyers in deals in the beverages, banking, insurance, and software sectors and advised private equity investors in acquisitions in manufacturing. It worked with sellers in the electricity, property management, and food catering services sectors.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

GIMV NV acquisition of Alro Group

Jägermeister acquisition of Remy Cointreau Slovakia

KBC Group acquisition OTP Banka Slovensko

Marondo Capital investment in Datavard 

MVGM acquisition of Jones Lang LaSalle European property management 

NESS acquisition of Cassacloud. 

RWE acquisition of Východoslovenská energetika Holding

UNIQA €1 billion acquisition of AXA Czech republic, AXA Slovakia and AXA Poland. 

 

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

M&A

“They provide us with reliability, professionalism, expertise, precision, and an eager attitude. They have shown us their client-oriented approach with a great work ethic, which makes them very compatible with our needs.”

SCHWARZ advokáti

SCHWARZ advokáti is a Slovak law firm established in 2008. The firm is led by its founder Andrej Schwarz and is based in Bratislava.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on project development work. The firm is also very active in M&A.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include News and Media Holding, Penta Investment Group, ASRA, AGROLOGISTIC PARK, DIAKONIA, NIKÉ, The Hannover Trust, Group M, Audicentrum Bratislava and Edymax Europe.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Project development

"Moral values, credibility, work effort, loyalty, punctuality, precision, anticipation and prevention of risks are the reasons for our long-term cooperation. "

 "Professional - flexible - efficiency."

 "They provide advice based on very detailed analysis. Reliable and punctual. They outline possible solutions and their respective consequences."  

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is the Slovak presence of the international law firm of the same name. The firm is based in Bratislava.

Full-service firm Squire Patton Boggs was founded in the UK in 1886. Over 135 years later, the firm has expanded to 44 offices in four continents.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on banking & finance and M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Banco Santander, Československá obchodní banka, Lordship, Hanon Systems Slovakia, Low & Bonar, Minerals Technologies Inc., Glas Troesch, Schoeller Allibert Services, McCarter and GlaxoSmithKline.

Stentors

Stentors is a Slovak law firm established in 2018. The firm has offices in Bratislava and Prague.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on equity capital markets work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Advena Group, SEE RE Three, Alpiq Energy and CREATON SEE.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Banking and finance

"Stentors advokatska kancelaria sro is a model of integrity, professionalism and class. The team consists of top-notch attorneys who understand the complex demands of our industry world - and our goals within it."

 

M&A

"High level of professionality of the team members; very good response time; friendly but very decent approach to clients."

"A dedicated, highly experienced team drawing upon strengths in various related disciplines and able to respond quickly and provide focused advice and representation."

 "Flexibility, professionalism."

 

Project development

"Professional and individual approach - friendly and fast communication - we had no problems whatsoever when working with this firm and are extremely satisfied with the work they have done."

"A dedicated, highly experienced team drawing upon strengths in various related disciplines and able to respond quickly and provide focused advice and representation."

 

Project development: Energy

"This law firm is very business-focused and responsive. I would like to praise their strong client commitment and flexibility in designing tailor-made solutions in complex energy projects."  

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is the Slovak presence of the international law firm of the same name.  The firm in the Slovak Republic is based in Bratislava.

Wolf Thiess is an international law firm established in Austria in 1957. The firm has 340 lawyers operating in 13 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A and project development work. The firm is also very active in banking and finance.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include the European Federation of Energy Traders, Gunvor International, ALSO Holding, Roseville Investments, Olympus Partners, Jacobs Engineering Group, Kommunalkredit Austria, Erste Group Bank and Aurelius Investments.