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Real Estate — Slovakia


Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier practice in the real estate field with leading expertise in transactions and real estate finance. Particularly active in sale and leasebacks, as well as development projects. Also has experience in litigation and arbitration regarding expropriation of property. Frequently acts for international and domestic banks, complemented by a reputable banking and finance practice. Distinguished for its cross-border capability.

Strengths Clients rely on the firm for "case-sensitive, high-value and complex topics because they provide professionals with excellent references that can be trusted."

One referee praises the firm for its "high-level co-operation, which is very professional and open," adding: "They keep the contact even if there is no opened request with them."

Work highlights Represented Komerční banka in the refinancing of the Business Centre Košice I and II office projects and related due diligence for the lease documentation.

Notable practitioners

Vojtech Pálinkás focuses on transactional real estate matters, often advising international investors, financial institutions and developers on sales and acquisitions. Sources describe him as "a very good real estate lawyer" who is "very experienced."

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Dentons - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent local branch of an international powerhouse, advancing to the top tier. Widely reputed for handling all aspects of real estate law. Particularly noted for construction, development and transactional financing work and agricultural investments for international clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "advice is always specific to our circumstances, provided from a commercial rather than academic perspective, and they don't hesitate to advise against changes or ideas if they think it would be contrary to our interests."

Referees also find the team "easy to work with, as they have the quality."

Work highlights Acted for a group of lenders led by Tatra banka on the EUR45 million refinancing of City Arena in Trnava, which includes a football stadium, shopping centre, office buildings, cinema complex and underground car park.

Advised Komerční banka on the EUR45 million financing of Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets' acquisition of a logistics portfolio in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from HB Reavis.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Peter Kubina is a key contact for clients.

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Barger Prekop Attorneys - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly experienced team, known for advising on construction and development projects. Expertise includes transactions and dispute resolution, with particular activity in lease agreements and litigation concerning restitution claims. Also advises on property management. Clients hail from a wide range of sectors, including energy, retail and hospitality.

Strengths Interviewees highlight its customer service, one noting: "Barger Prekop is always my preferred choice due to their client-oriented approach and the level of services provided."

One client says: "We often discuss not only legal matters but also strategic business matters with them," appreciating the team's "detailed narratives and partner attention to avoid inefficiencies."

Notable practitioners

Adrian Barger is praised for his "deep industry knowledge in real estate" as well as his "valuable commercial insights and pro-client approach." He has significant expertise with real estate M&A and development projects, and often advises on financing and property management mandates.

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Barger Prekop has a profound knowledge of the law and the Slovak real estate industry from over 10 years of dedicated experience. The firm covers the full range of real estate matters, including structuring, acquisitions, project finance, construction, permitting, corporate leasing, securitization, property management, restructuring, insolvency, and dispute resolution. The firm represents major international clients as well as local clients throughout the entire life cycle of their real estate projects mainly in retail, office, and industrial sectors.

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Kinstellar, s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid practice integrated within the firm's wider offering. Offers significant expertise advising international investors, developers and logistics companies on a range of transactional issues including acquisitions, sales and leaseback negotiations, lease agreements and financing matters. Possesses noteworthy expertise in industrial, residential and agricultural matters.

Strengths Impressed clients report: "They are smart and can think of solutions that work and give you good leverage in future negotiations."

Interviewees also appreciate its "highly responsive services" and its "experience and track record."

Work highlights Assisted GIC with its EUR2.4 billion acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks, which involved a portfolio of over 163 sites across Europe.

Represented DSC Deutsche SachCapital and Bioland in acquisitions of agricultural land in Slovakia.

Notable practitioners

Roman Oleksik is reputed for his advice on litigation, financing and transactional matters, with particular experience in the energy and automotive industries. One client notes that he is "a punctual and fast-responding person," while others highlight his "knowledge, experience and calmness." He acted for Prologis Developments on the sale of Prologis Park in Nové Mesto nad Váhom to Arete Invest.

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with a particular focus advising public authorities on PPP infrastructure developments. Frequently acts on construction, leasing and acquisitions as well as real estate disputes. Advises international clients in a range of sectors, such as automotive and energy, advising on environmental, planning, zoning and construction issues. Also acts for financial institutions and investment funds on financings and refinancings.

Strengths Clients highlight its "knowledge, expertise and approach to problems."

Work highlights Advised Prologis on its acquisition of land in Senec for the development of logistical facilities, including advising on the purchase and easement agreements as well as a built-to-suit project and its sale or lease.

Acted for S IMMO AG, KRON Real and SJP Invest regarding the development of the Einsteinova Business Center in Bratislava.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Sylvia Szabó is a key contact for clients.

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White & Case - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with a broad real estate practice. Particularly experienced in PPP matters and in greenfield and brownfield investment projects, and often advises the State on infrastructure mandates. Handles domestic and cross-border acquisitions, lease agreements and financing. Clients include companies in the automotive, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors.

Work highlights Advised NFŠ and Tehelné on the development of the National Football Stadium in Bratislava and its sale to the Slovak Republic.

Notable practitioners

Marek Staroň has extensive experience advising on real estate transactions and property financing within the energy, banking and technology sectors. He advised the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic on the procurement process for a PPP concerning the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the D4 highway and the R7 expressway.

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Čechová & Partners - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic team advising on greenfield investments and PPP construction projects. Assists with project financing, sales and closures and disputes related to acquisitions. Handles lease agreements and development projects for multifunctional buildings and shopping centres. Acts for both international and domestic clients from a range of sectors, including technology, retail and automotives.

Strengths One client says: "Concerning dates, deadlines and so on, the firm has always been punctual. The impression I have is of a very organised and efficient firm."

Another finds that "all lawyers I ever dealt with were of high quality," adding: "They definitely understand the corporate world."

Work highlights Advised Supernova Privatstiftung on the sale of three retail warehouse properties, tenanted by subsidiaries of OBI, to JSE-listed joint venture Accelerate Property Fund. The aggregate acquisition value was EUR82.1 million.

Acted for Sconto Development on the acquisition of real estate and the construction proceedings and contracts for a store and warehouse on the site.

Notable practitioners

Tomáš Rybár has "excellent knowledge, character and personality." He specialises in leasing mandates, including drafting, negotiations and due diligence. He advised Lenovo on the negotiation of a new lease agreement and the expansion of its premises in the Digital Park building for the Lenovo EMEA shared services centre. Clients say: "He is an absolute pleasure to work with. His knowledge is well known in the real estate industry."

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Čechová & Partners gained respectable experience in the field of real estate development, advising in significant real estate deals to major international clients, investors, private equity funds, developers, banks, other providers of financing, property managers and other clients, dealing with all aspects of real estate transactions. Among others, the firm has advised a leading foreign construction company on the construction of a motorway as a part of the first such PPP project in Slovakia.

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Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed Slovakian practice focusing on financing schemes and sales and acquisitions including joint ventures, investments and asset restructuring. Also noted for its advice on property developments and lease agreements. Clients include international and domestic banks and energy and construction companies.

Strengths Interviewees highlight its client-oriented approach, one observing that "on a corporate level, the culture of the firm is impressive: they take the time to understand the business and the culture of the business and advise from that perspective."

Referees are impressed by "the speed with which they operate and the fact that they are willing to help, regardless what time of the day is."

Work highlights Acted for Wood & Company on its acquisition of Westend tower in Bratislava from CTP, including due diligence and post-closing obligations.

Advised Lindex on its leasing arrangements across Slovakia and the Czech Republic, including renewals, renegotiations of terms, terminations and the negotiation of new leases.

Notable practitioners

Lukáš Michálik is a key contact at the firm.

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Hillbridges, s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises domestic, regional and international players on cross-border investments and financing structures. Handles construction and infrastructure development projects as well as disputes, leasing and property management matters.

Work highlights Advised consortium consisting of Metrostav and InterHealth Canada on the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a new hospital in Bratislava via a PPP. The matter is valued at approximately EUR6.4 billion.

Represented Goodman International in the leasing and property management issues concerning its logistic centres, including amending existing leases, claims against tenants and agreements with utility suppliers and operators.

Notable practitioners

Andrej Adamčík focuses on commercial real estate matters, particularly M&A and joint ventures, in addition to development and project management mandates. He advised Goodman International on the expansion of its existing logistic capacities, including adjustments to the corporate holding structure, negotiations with tenants and constructors as well as the possible acquisition of additional land.

Zuzana Bartošovičová acts for international and domestic investors and developers on project financing and infrastructure matters and is noted for her M&A expertise. She acted as a co-lead partner for the Metrostav and InterHealth Canada led consortium on its tender for the operation and maintenance of a new university hospital in Bratislava.

Miroslav Trenčan advises on transactional and cross-border investments into Slovakia as well as PPP projects and energy mandates.

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Beatow Partners - Real Estate Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Extensive experience advising on the negotiation of commercial lease agreements, including on relocations for clients in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Also acts on transactions and development projects, and frequently advises investors entering the Slovakian market.

Strengths One referee notes: "Apart from real estate skills and knowledge, I highly appreciate their reaction time. They react really very quickly and are prepared to work under pressure and within very challenging timeframes."

Work highlights Negotiated Madness Advertising's lease agreement and terms of lease for its office, storage and manufacturing premises in an industrial campus.

Advised IS properties on the development of a retail shopping centre, including obtaining the right to use the lands for the construction of the centre, construction contracts and the negotiation of future lease agreements.

Notable practitioners

Michal Delinčak is "always pleasant to work with, a very skilled lawyer with very good expertise and technical knowledge." He advises on complex development and on financing transactions with collateral property, and is praised by sources for his knowledge of leasing issues.

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Konecna & Zacha, s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Versatile team handles a range of domestic and cross-border real estate matters, including sales, lease agreements, project implementation and financing issues. Represents investors into the logistics and energy sectors, advising on development projects.

Strengths One client states that "Konečná & Zacha is our preferred option for more complicated cases and bigger transactions. It has real estate experts and excellent mediators."

Notable practitioners

Radka Konečná is a key contact.

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Paul Q Law Firm - Real Estate Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected real estate team with a strong focus on residential development projects as well as residential and commercial leasing matters. Represents clients in related disputes, complemented by a reputable dispute resolution practice. Wide-ranging client roster includes companies from the agriculture and building restoration sectors, as well as developers and private equity investors.

Strengths Referees observe that "they are always thoroughly prepared, result-orientated and fast to respond, even in critical situations when there is a lack of time to act."

Another client appreciates "the most excellent communication, their pro-client orientation and particularly their ability to analyse, anticipate and understand the background of a request."

Work highlights Represented Dan Agrar Slovakia in litigation concerning the ownership of immovable property and real estate use rights.

Advised Bencik Culinary Group on the rental and fitting out of properties.

Notable practitioners

Eduard Winkler and Boris Brhlovič are key contacts for clients.

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Our clients choose our law firm for its renowned technical expertise, market knowledge and precise advice in real estate. We represent clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs and local investors to major developers and have expertise in a number of major sectors including retail, office and restaurant. 

We are consistently recognized by renowned world-wide and local ranking organisations for the quality of our work. Our most recent recommendations in the Real estate category as a highly recommended firm are by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 in 2017. We are one of the leading real estate law firms in Slovakia, as proven by our steady success in the most prestigious national ranking of law firms in Slovakia, the “Law Firm of the Year”, which has recommended us in the Real Estate and Development category each year since 2013. 

The department is the best known for:

- title due diligence, acquisitions, sales, financing and development of residential, commercial and industrial property;

- construction and infrastructure projects (including PPP) in particular in the transport, health care and energy sectors;

- residential and commercial lease transactions;

- taking and enforcing security over real estate;

- real estate and construction-related disputes.

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Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for acting on acquisitions and sales for investors into development projects alongside advising on lease agreements and financing issues. Also known for its work in real estate litigation as well as on permits for construction and transactional matters. Represents clients from the construction, retail and agriculture industries.

Strengths A source identifies its "very strong and deep knowledge of our business, great customer focus and experienced team of real estate lawyers."

Another interviewee describes "a very well-organised firm from every perspective that, even from the start, was co-operative and proactive."

Work highlights Acted for Low & Bonar on construction and permitting matters relating to the extension of an existing manufacturing plant.

Advised the US Embassy on the acquisition and permitting procedures for the construction of a new embassy compound in Bratislava.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Tatiana Prokopová is a key contact for clients.

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Band 1

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Barger is praised for his "deep industry knowledge in real estate" as well as his "valuable commercial insights and pro-client approach." He has significant expertise with real estate M&A and development projects, and often advises on financing and property management mandates.

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Vojtech Pálinkás

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vojtech Pálinkás focuses on transactional real estate matters, often advising international investors, financial institutions and developers on sales and acquisitions.  Sources describe him as "a very good real estate lawyer" who is "very experienced."

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Band 2

Beatow Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michal Delinčak is "always pleasant to work with, a very skilled lawyer with very good expertise and technical knowledge." He advises on complex development and on financing transactions with collateral property, and is praised by sources for his knowledge of leasing issues.

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Band 2

Deloitte Legal s. r. o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dagmar Yoder of Deloitte Legal handles commercial leasing matters and build-to-suit projects in addition to financing and transactional issues. Clients highlight her "precision and punctuality, perfect preparation and communication."

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Band 3

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrej Adamčík focuses on commercial real estate matters, particularly M&A and joint ventures, in addition to development and project management mandates. He advised Goodman International on the expansion of its existing logistic capacities, including adjustments to the corporate holding structure, negotiations with tenants and constructors as well as the possible acquisition of additional land.

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Zuzana Bartošovičová

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zuzana Bartošovičová acts for international and domestic investors and developers on project financing and infrastructure matters and is noted for her M&A expertise. She acted as a co-lead partner for the Metrostav and InterHealth Canada led consortium on its tender for the operation and maintenance of a new university hospital in Bratislava.

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Band 3

Wilsons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Robert Danis of Wilsons is highly regarded by clients and peers for his expertise advising foreign investors and developers on large projects and real estate M&A matters. One source comments: "He's very good in real estate and has significant exposure."

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Band 3

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Oleksik is reputed for his advice on litigation, financing and transactional matters, with particular experience in the energy and automotive industries. One client notes that he is "a punctual and fast-responding person," while others highlight his "knowledge, experience and calmness." He acted for Prologis Developments on the sale of Prologis Park in Nové Mesto nad Váhom to Arete Invest.

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Band 3

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomáš Rybár has "excellent knowledge, character and personality." He specialises in leasing mandates, including drafting, negotiations and due diligence. He advised Lenovo on the negotiation of a new lease agreement and the expansion of its premises in the Digital Park building for the Lenovo EMEA shared services centre. Clients say: "He is an absolute pleasure to work with. His knowledge is well known in the real estate industry."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Staroň has extensive experience advising on real estate transactions and property financing within the energy, banking and technology sectors. He advised the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic on the procurement process for a PPP concerning the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the D4 highway and the R7 expressway.

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Band 3

Miroslav Trenčan

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miroslav Trenčan advises on transactional and cross-border investments into Slovakia as well as PPP projects and energy mandates.

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