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Competition/Antitrust — Slovakia


Čechová & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading competition team with long-standing experience representing clients before the Slovak competition authority. Also has impressive strength in merger clearance and compliance mandates, as well as vertical distribution agreements. Acts for both domestic and international clients from the pharmaceutical, telecommunication and consumer goods sectors. Utilises its extensive network of international collaboration partners to advise on cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients praise this "excellent" team for the great level of services provided.

Work highlights Represented Skanska in antitrust proceedings before the Slovak Supreme Court related to an antitrust investigation and penalty decision by the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (AMO SR).

Assisted Unilabs Diagnostics with merger clearance related to its acquisition of diagnostic laboratories of AeskuLab Holding, Alpha Medical and their Czech and Slovak subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Tomáš Maretta advises on all areas of competition law, including cartels and bid rigging in public procurement procedures as well as on vertical agreements. He recently assisted Le Cheque Dejeuner with a competition investigation and penalty decision by the AMO SR. Clients describe him as "experienced, knowledgeable, co-operative and proactive."

About the Team (content provided by Čechová & Partners)

Čechová & Partners is a leading competition practice in the country. Its team acts on a broad range of competition matters including compliance issues, representing the clients vis-à-vis the Slovak competition authority on antitrust investigations, and assisting clients with merger clearances. 

The firm’s lawyers have been involved, inter alia, in local clearances for numerous worldwide transactions of multinationals, particularly in the construction, energy and chemical industries.

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PRK Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding team with a wide range of household-name clients in areas such as the automotive, finance and retail industries. Has noteworthy expertise across the field of competition law, ranging from vertical agreements to merger control and market dominance. Particular strength in cartel-related work such as leniency applications.

Strengths Clients appreciate PRK Partners for their timely and accurate advice. One states: "We really like working with them, the advice is always precise and delivered on time. They never forget anything."

Notable practitioners

Peter Oravec is a market-leading competition lawyer who is capable of handling a range of issues including those relating to cartels and merger control. He is described as "very knowledgeable" and "a very visible lawyer who has been doing this for a long time."

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Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well regarded practice, best known for its considerable expertise in dawn raid investigations. Also knowledgeable in merger clearance, state aid and public procurement matters. Advises local and international clients from highly regulated sectors such as retail and energy as well as pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Has recently been active in state aid arbitration.

Strengths Clients appreciate the pragmatic and to-the-point advice offered by the firm: "They really understand their clients, they are very practical and they take responsibility for what they say. They provide concrete answers with concrete analyses. I have never got a 50-page memo that was about nothing, they are always concise and commercially oriented."

Clients also value the team's work, saying that they "combine excellent knowledge and friendly approach to customers."

Work highlights Advised Sanofi on pharmaceutical regulation and competition aspects of a new distribution model.

Represented Slovenské elektrárne in an international arbitration regarding the termination of a long-term management agreement where one of the contentious questions related to state aid law.

Notable practitioners

Juraj Gyarfas strongly focuses his practice on the life sciences industry where he assists companies with dawn raids, merger clearance and state aid matters. One client states: "He is an experienced professional, who delivers first-class services and is a pleasure to work with." Another interviewee adds: "He is easy to work with, personable and a tough negotiator, which makes him good at drafting contracts with counterparties."

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Barger Prekop Attorneys - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent competition department with notable expertise in matters involving the energy and automotive sectors. Highly active in proceedings relating to dawn raids, cartel investigations and state aid issues. Assists with public procurement matters and has experience acting for both domestic and international clients. Also advises on matters related to abuse of a dominant position, as well as merger filings and compliance.

Strengths Clients value the team's "great business approach," highlighting that the main strength is that "they understand the business needs of the company," and communicate in a "very comprehensive style for non-legal colleagues."

Notable practitioners

Adrian Barger advises local and international companies on all facets of competition law, with particular expertise in state aid as well as regulatory antitrust work. He is mainly active in the automotive and energy sectors.

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Barger Prekop’s six-attorney competition team is one of the largest in Slovakia. For over 10 years, the competition team has stood by the firm’s clients on an extraordinary variety of competition issues both locally and within the European Union, including; abuse of dominant position cases; competition inspections; horizontal and vertical restrictive agreements; state aid notifications, actions and negotiations; compliance reviews; compliance programs; public procurement issues; and merger control filings.

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Kinstellar, s.r.o. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Growing practice in the Slovak competition market, acting for domestic and international companies across a range of industries, most notably the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. Has a particular focus on merger control matters, as well as handling dawn raid proceedings. Also advises on state aid issues.

Strengths The team is praised for its level of responsiveness and initiative. One client states: "They get back to us quickly and are super-proactive. They sort our problems out before we even know about them."

Another client adds: "I was impressed with their responsiveness and level of work. They are business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Ningbo Joyson Electronic on the merger filing aspects following its EUR920 million acquisition of controlling shares in KSS Holdings.

Assisted CASS with the implementation of a state aid package.

Notable practitioners

Department head Zuzana Hodoňová advises domestic as well as international clients on issues such as abuse of dominance cases, merger control and state aid. She is particularly praised for her work in the pharmaceutical industry. Sources say: "She understands things quickly, is flexible and very easy to work with." Another client describes her as "responsive and helpful."

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Nedelka Kubáč advokáti s.r.o. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected competition law boutique with a strong presence in the Slovak market advising domestic and international clients from a number of industries, including pharmaceutical, technology and banking. Highly regarded for its expertise in a wide range of competition matters including cartels, state aid and public procurement issues.

Strengths Clients highlight the pragmatic approach of the lawyers, stating: "They are proactive about their work and have a deep knowledge and understanding of the client's business."

Another interviewee praises the team's ability to co-ordinate their work: "They are highly specialised professionals with detailed knowledge of all relevant processes. They can provide depth of resources, practical recommendations and cross-border capabilities."

Work highlights Represented Slovenská banková asociácia in an investigation by the AMO SR of alleged facilitation of illegal information exchange between Slovak banks.

Represented DWC Slovakia in a bid rigging investigation conducted by the AMO SR.

Notable practitioners

Andrea Oršulová is very well known for her work on all areas of competition law, frequently in relation to regulatory matters and public procurements. One client praises her "in-depth knowledge of anti-monopoly regulatory frameworks," whilst another describes her as an "experienced professional with technical knowledge, commercial awareness and efficiency who is great at anticipating third-party responses."

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Černejová and Hrbek - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with a well-established presence in the Slovak competition market. Possesses a strong reputation for handling disputes and contentious matters, with particular capabilities in cartel and abuse of dominance cases. Also experienced in merger filings and notifications. Clients further benefit from the team's strength in compliance advisory work.

Strengths One interviewee praises the team's diligent working style, saying: "They have a deep knowledge of legislation and amendment of it. They work hard and have the ability to handle even very sudden increases in workload."

Clients also appreciate the swift working style of the team, stating: "They are very good at reacting promptly, whatever the client needs."

Notable practitioners

"Seasoned practitioner" Alena Černejová has long-standing experience in competition law, and is best known for her strength in merger control and notifications of concentration, drawing on her extensive knowledge of M&A law.

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Dentons - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Joins the ranking following its increased visibility in the market. Assists international and domestic clients with merger control, regulatory and state aid matters. Represents clients in dawn raids and investigations by authorities and is adept at litigation before the domestic as well as the European courts.

Strengths Clients appreciate the personable and targeted advice the firm offers. One states: "They are flexible and easy to talk to. We have a close relationship and they understand our business needs, we get tailor-made support."

Work highlights Advised FMC Chemicals Netherlands on the competition aspects of the termination of its joint venture with Nufarm and the acquisition of the outgoing partners in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Represented Waberer Group in pre-notification proceedings before the Antimonopoly Office.

Notable practitioners

Zuzana Šimeková advises on all types of competition issues including abuse of dominant position, cartels and leniency applications as well as market concentration. She is particularly active in the telecommunications and life sciences industries. One client states: "She is business and client-oriented, solution-driven and always has a helicopter view."

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Represents major international companies from a variety of industries, with a particular focus on the transport, telecoms and energy sectors. Experienced in merger clearance and distribution agreements as well as related contentious matters. Substantial strength in dominant position abuse cases.

Work highlights Advised Slovnaft on various issues including a discount policy relating to pricing of its polymer product range.

Assisted Západoslovenská energetika with competition compliance matters related to electricity and gas distribution.

Notable practitioners

Michal Kohn is a key contact for any queries.

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White & Case - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global group, well known for its experience in international merger clearance as well as other transaction-related aspects of competition law. Also renowned for its prowess in state aid issues. Advises clients from regulated industries such as the telecoms and energy sectors.

Work highlights Represented Fortischem in proceedings before the General Court in Luxembourg regarding the granting of state aid.

Notable practitioners

Marek Staroň is the key contact for this department.

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Band 1

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomáš Maretta advises on all areas of competition law, including cartels and bid rigging in public procurement procedures as well as on vertical agreements. He recently assisted Le Cheque Dejeuner with a competition investigation and penalty decision by the AMO SR. Clients describe him as "experienced, knowledgeable, co-operative and proactive."

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PRK Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Oravec is a market-leading competition lawyer who is capable of handling a range of issues including those relating to cartels and merger control. He is described as "very knowledgeable" and "a very visible lawyer who has been doing this for a long time."

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Band 2

Alena Černejová

Černejová and Hrbek

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Seasoned practitioner" Alena Černejová has long-standing experience in competition law, and is best known for her strength in merger control and notifications of concentration, drawing on her extensive knowledge of M&A law.

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Band 3

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Barger advises local and international companies on all facets of competition law, with particular expertise in state aid as well as regulatory antitrust work. He is mainly active in the automotive and energy sectors.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juraj Gyarfas strongly focuses his practice on the life sciences industry where he assists companies with dawn raids, merger clearance and state aid matters. One client states: "He is an experienced professional, who delivers first-class services and is a pleasure to work with." Another interviewee adds: "He is easy to work with, personable and a tough negotiator, which makes him good at drafting contracts with counterparties."

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Band 3

Zuzana Hodoňová

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Zuzana Hodoňová advises domestic as well as international clients on issues such as abuse of dominance cases, merger control and state aid. She is particularly praised for her work in the pharmaceutical industry. Sources say: "She understands things quickly, is flexible and very easy to work with." Another client describes her as "responsive and helpful."

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Band 3

Andrea Oršulová

Nedelka Kubáč advokáti s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Oršulová is very well known for her work on all areas of competition law, frequently in relation to regulatory matters and public procurements. One client praises her "in-depth knowledge of anti-monopoly regulatory frameworks," whilst another describes her as an "experienced professional with technical knowledge, commercial awareness and efficiency who is great at anticipating third-party responses."

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Band 3

Zuzana Šimeková

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zuzana Šimeková advises on all types of competition issues including abuse of dominant position, cartels and leniency applications as well as market concentration. She is particularly active in the telecommunications and life sciences industries. One client states: "She is business and client-oriented, solution-driven and always has a helicopter view."

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Up and Coming

HAVEL & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juraj Steinecker of Havel, Holásek & Partners assists with competition law compliance, but also represents clients before authorities and in court regarding approvals of concentration and prohibited agreements. One interviewee attests: "He has outstanding knowledge in substantive law as well as in procedures in the Slovak jurisdiction."

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