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Corporate/M&A — Slovakia


Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Martin Magal
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding corporate practice recognised for its high-quality activity in big-ticket M&A. Works closely with other departments to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of a transaction. Primarily active in regulated sectors such as finance, energy and telecommunications. The firm has recently advised on several high-profile real estate transactions.

Strengths The team is praised for its negotiating skills: "They are exceptional. We were in a difficult negotiation and came out with a big win."

One client adds: "They are known for their high-quality approach - they're the best in Slovakia for big-ticket deals."

Work highlights Acted for Asahi on its acquisition of five SABMiller breweries in CEE.

Advised a subsidiary of Enel on the sale of a 66% stake in Slovenske elektrárne to EPH.

Significant Clients Vertiv Slovakia, Bilfinger, Tatra banka, C2i.

Notable practitioners

Martin Magal is a highly prominent figure in the market who is described as an "excellent negotiator" and advises on a wide range of high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions across several industries including energy, real estate and transportation. Clients appreciate his commercial awareness, and one adds: "He's very good in negotiation and has good emotional as well as technical intelligence. He's very commercially focused and engaged, understands the big picture, and is able to go beyond a formal legal point of view."

Vojtech Pálinkás has been recognised by sources as "an excellent lawyer" and has particular experience in M&A within the real estate sector. He is described as "very knowledgeable, good at drafting and nice to work with." He recently advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the consortium acquisition of a 30% stake in EP Infrastructure.

Juraj Gyarfas is a respected name on the Slovakian M&A market and is described as a "clever young lawyer." He is renowned for his expertise in the competition aspect of M&A deals and has recently worked on several real estate transactions. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator" who is "easy to work with and personable."

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White & Case - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marek Staroň and Juraj Fuska
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading corporate practice with considerable strength in M&A, particularly in mandates involving regulated industries such as energy and finance. Provides a comprehensive transactional service, including advice on tax, competition and financing. Frequently acts for prominent foreign investors, major local industrial companies and government entities on transactions and day-to-day corporate issues. Utilises its strong international network.

Strengths One client appreciates the high standard of the firm's service, saying: "We were impressed by the width of their expertise and proactive, customer-focused approach."

Another client adds: "They are very detail-oriented, flexible professionals and always react very quickly."

Work highlights Advised the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and MH Invest on matters relating to Jaguar Land Rover's EUR1.4 billion manufacturing plant investment.

Assisted an investment vehicle led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets with its EUR79 million acquisition of four asset investments in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Significant Clients MetLife, Johnson Controls, Emerson, P3 Logistics Parks, PPF Group.

Notable practitioners

Marek Staroň is widely renowned as one of the best lawyers in the Slovakian corporate/M&A market. He is known for his work on high-profile M&A deals, particularly in the real estate and energy sectors. Sources say that he is "an outstanding lawyer" and "a great negotiator," and one client adds: "He had the ability to blend local law issues with international law precedents and commercial principles. He is good at managing clients and driving a project through to completion."

Juraj Fuska is noted for his work in cross-border M&A and equity investments. Clients praise his responsiveness, with one saying: "He always picked up the phone and was ready to give advice and a detailed analysis very quickly. I also appreciate his professional approach during demanding negotiations." He is active in the automotive, brewing and healthcare industries, and recently advised Unomedical on the EUR20 million expansion of its Slovakian production site.

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Barger Prekop Attorneys - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Adrian Barger, Erik Seman and Peter Šuba
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its M&A experience, as well as its corporate assistance offering. Frequently acts for energy clients and private equity firms on multinational transactions. Regularly co-operates with international firms and public sector clients, providing support on cross-border matters. Recent transactions include several high-profile asset deals.

Strengths Clients value the firm's attention to detail: "We appreciated the focus on detail and very precise approach to problem solving."

Another adds: "I was very happy with their professionalism, speed and availability. Top-quality service!"

Notable practitioners

Adrian Barger is a highly renowned lawyer who is praised for his "devotion, value for clients and quality of work." Known for his knowledge of the full scope of transactional matters, he has particular expertise in the competition aspects of M&A transactions. He works with domestic clients and international companies on their Slovak investments, and is active in the real estate and infrastructure industries.

Roman Prekop is a widely respected lawyer with extensive experience across the corporate/M&A market. Clients praise his "very smart, strategic thinking" and say: "He's very good in negotiations." He is known for his expertise in high-level corporate governance mandates and is active in the energy sector, with a stellar reputation for regulatory issues. One client states that he is "one of the best in the market on regulations."

Peter Šuba boasts particular strength in domestic M&A. He is widely recognised in the market for his work on privatisations.

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Senior lawyers at Barger Prekop have over a decade of experience representing buyers and sellers in complex M&A and corporate transactions. The firm’s younger associates are trained to lead both local and international transactions according to western standards. Through a hand-picked network of elite global attorneys, Barger Prekop seamlessly guides private and public clients in achieving their cross-border goals. The firm’s experience spans a diverse array of industries and covers a wide variety of corporate transactions, including; asset and share purchases and sales; mergers; joint ventures; divestments and exits; minority investments; partnerships; strategic alliances; management buy-outs; squeeze outs; and equity, debt, and asset restructurings.

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Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected Slovak firm advising domestic and multinational clients on a range of transactions and corporate issues. Highly experienced in the energy, utilities and automotive sectors and frequently acts for the state. Offers a comprehensive corporate service, drawing on strength in related practice areas such as employment, banking and dispute resolution.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's commercial awareness and its skill in managing cross-border deals: "They understand the practical commercial needs of the client in the context of a larger global project, and are able to help navigate the local environment to get the best and most efficient outcome for the client they are servicing."

One client adds: "The firm has a very strong focus on delivering practical solutions. The lawyers have a thorough understanding of our business, which coupled with their creativity and legal knowledge, makes them valuable support in every deal or situation."

Work highlights Assisted Johnson Controls with various transactional matters related to the spin-off of the Slovakian portion of its automotive business.

Advised Smart Rail on the creation of a joint venture with companies in the transportation and logistics sectors, aiming to set up a railway transport company in Hungary.

Significant Clients Slovenské elektrárne, Budamar Logistics, Moravia Steel, Minerfin, Cresco Group.

Notable practitioners

Roman Hamala is well known for his work in M&A, PPPs and privatisations, acting for clients from the infrastructure, real estate and finance sectors. Interviewees praise his "responsiveness, understanding of the investment process and friendliness." One client adds: "He is an outstanding lawyer with all the qualities we would seek out in a senior partner. I am especially impressed with his ability to approach matters from a very strategic point of view, and his ability to come up with pragmatic, business-oriented solutions to the most challenging issues or situations."

Martin Kluch is a highly respected M&A lawyer who specialises in the energy and real estate industries. Clients praise his commercial awareness and ability to anticipate problems, one stating: "I appreciate his forward thinking - he thinks about the next steps of the transaction to make the process smoother and more efficient. He is also very practically oriented, and has exceptional business sense combined with in-depth legal knowledge."

Peter Víglaský is described by clients as "reliable, precise and commercially driven." With particular expertise in the finance, private equity and real estate sectors, he recently assisted CA Immobilien Anlagen with the sale of two of its Slovakian subsidiaries.

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Hillbridges, s.r.o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Zuzana Bartošovičová and Miroslav Trenčan
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded corporate team with a proven track record in handling cross-border transactions for international clients. Often collaborates with international and regional firms to bring Slovak expertise to a variety of multi-jurisdictional corporate issues. Strong experience of advising clients from both the private and public sectors, most notably in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and transportation industries.

Strengths One client heralds the firm's focused approach: "I appreciate the firm's ability to quickly address the core of a legal problem. Also, the legal memos they prepare are spared of unnecessary information and focus on value-added advice. This enables me to be more productive and effective in my decision making."

Work highlights Advised LG Hausys on its EUR40 million acquisition of a majority stake in C2i.

Assisted Normeston with the purchase of a Danube river transportation company.

Significant Clients Sanofi, Slovenské elektrárne, Grand Circle, Transpetrol, PPA Controll.

Notable practitioners

Miroslav Trenčan remains a highly respected name in the Slovak corporate/M&A market. He is best known for his work in the private equity and real estate sphere, but has also advised on several privatisation and post-privatisation matters in CEE. He is described as "a savvy business lawyer."

Andrej Adamčík enters the rankings this year following extensive praise from clients and peers for his strength in real estate M&A and corporate advice. One client says: "As well as his extremely solid legal expertise, we appreciate his strategic business approach and understanding of market forces, which help us to adjust the structure of the transaction in order to get the best deal."

Zuzana Bartošovičová is described by sources as "a shrewd negotiator who is good on cross-border deals, provides creative solutions and is very technically proficient." She is primarily active in M&A and investments and recently advised the joint venture of Metrostav and InterHealth Canada on the tender for construction and operation of a new university hospital.

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Kinstellar, s.r.o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Viliam Myšička and Adam Hodoň
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm widely recognised for its transactional experience. Significant involvement in the real estate sector, as well as regular activity for clients in the energy, transport and banking fields. Frequently advises on CEE-wide mandates with significant Slovak elements, acting alongside its network of offices and major global firms on cross-border matters. Also works with domestic private equity and venture capital clients.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its responsiveness, with one saying: "We always get good feedback and opinions, with a quick turnaround. They meet immediate deadlines and are prepared to put in extra hours. We always get a thorough brief from them within a couple of days."

Another client adds: "We are very happy with the services Kinstellar provides. In particular, they are attentive to our every request, and each time we receive a reliable, well-resourced, accurate and prompt reaction."

Work highlights Acted for Sberbank Europe on the sale of its majority stake in its subsidiary Sberbank Slovensko, including advice on issues concerning competition, regulation and due diligence.

Advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on the EUR2.4 billion acquisition of P3 Logistics Parks.

Significant Clients 3i Investments, Lone Star Group, Limerock, Saneca Pharmaceuticals, CTP Invest.

Notable practitioners

Patrik Bolf is a prominent name in the market known for his wealth of experience in M&A, and restructuring of companies in the CEE region. Sources describe him as "responsive and respectful" with an "excellent business sense."

Viliam Myšička is a renowned deal maker, praised by clients as "very responsive and a great negotiator" who "fights for the client." He has a particular focus on mandates in the TMT sector, advising private equity and venture capital clients on start-up investments. One client says: "He can handle tough situations in a very subtle way. I would definitely recommend him and I look forward to working with him again in the future."

Adam Hodoň is specialised in the tax and competition aspects of M&A transactions. He is active in the banking, manufacturing and energy industries. Clients say: "He is truly customer-oriented and always tries to find the best and most efficient solution suitable to our needs." Another client adds: "He has amazing interpersonal skills and is very analytical and very responsive."

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PRK Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Martin Kříž
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well versed in assisting domestic and international clients with Slovak and cross-border M&A transactions. Frequently works with international firms on the Slovak law elements of multi-jurisdictional mandates. Offers transactional experience and general corporate assistance across a range of industries such as media, transportation, manufacturing and energy. The team also advises clients on restructuring and regulatory issues relating to transactions.

Strengths The firm's responsiveness and level of service draw praise from clients, with one saying: "I am happy to work with them. They always react very promptly and they are very flexible."

Work highlights Assisted SABMiller with the EUR7.3 billion sale of its CEE businesses to Asahi, working on the due diligence and other corporate issues of the Slovak elements of the deal.

Advised Ringier Axel Springer on its acquisition of several businesses in Slovakia and provided assistance with its internal restructuring.

Significant Clients Macquarie Group, Legrand, UniCredit, Marks & Spencer, Colas.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Martin Kříž specialises in M&A mandates in the energy, media and finance sectors. Clients describe him as "experienced and creative" and commend his "efficient and quick replies."

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Lucie Schweizer
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely noted for capabilities in cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructuring. Particular focus on deals in the energy, technology and manufacturing industries. Highly visible and active on PPP issues, frequently representing public entities. Also advises international companies on their ventures in the Slovak market.

Strengths The team is appreciated for its responsiveness, with one client noting: "They respond very promptly and provide practical recommendations along with legal advice."

Work highlights Advised Alpiq Energy on its acquisition of an SPV established for the construction of a hydropower plant.

Significant Clients MOL, European American Investment Bank, Arriva, Austrian Airlines, Porsche Group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Jaroslav Ružička is a widely respected figure in the Slovak market. He is best known for advising on transactions in the real estate and construction industries and on privatisations and PPP deals.

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Taylor Wessing - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Radovan Pala and Andrej Leontiev
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded international firm with a strong Slovak and regional presence. Provides day-to-day and transactional support to a diverse local and international client base, often present on large cross-border matters. Also advises Slovak entrepreneurs on establishing their businesses or selling their shareholdings.

Strengths Interviewees commend the firm on its pragmatic approach, with one stating: "It's a pleasure to work with them, they are very reasonable, knowledgeable and business-oriented."

Work highlights Assisted Slovofruit with the sale of its Slovakian assets.

Represented KUAG in the sale by auction of its Slovak subsidiary.

Significant Clients Arkon, SlovZink, GA Drilling, Gima family, Kováč family.

Notable practitioners

Andrej Leontiev is a very well-established name in the market and is widely praised for his work with start-ups, advising founders as well as venture capital investors.

Radovan Pala advises on corporate matters primarily related to IT and IP issues. He is also active in M&A and employment matters.

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Beatow Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Michal Delinčák and Branislav Brocko
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable experience of assisting multinational clients with corporate restructuring and domestic and cross-border acquisitions. Works alongside a network of foreign independent law firms to provide a multi-jurisdictional service to global clients. Often instructed on mandates in the manufacturing, finance and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's prompt service, with one saying: "They are very responsive and efficient."

Another interviewee highlights the lawyers' collaborative nature, stating: "They are easy to work with, and very effective in addressing the main points in negotiations."

Notable practitioners

Michal Delinčak is a highly experienced lawyer specialised in the restructuring and cross-border aspects of M&A. Sources say that he is "down-to-earth and practical, and tries to close deals as efficiently as possible." He is particularly active in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

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Čechová & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Katarína Čechová
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong local firm with a long-standing presence in the market, offering a range of corporate advisory and transactional services. Works alongside major international firms on multi-jurisdictional instructions, notably in the energy, construction and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers, saying: "They are very well connected and are always able to provide us with good, robust advice. We are always satisfied."

Work highlights Advised Supernova Privatstiftung on the EUR82.1 million sale of three retail warehouse properties.

Significant Clients Merck Sharp & Dohme, Travel Service, Crown Group, Paccar Financial, Karlovarské minerální vody.

Notable practitioners

Katarína Čechová is a highly prominent figure in the market. Known for her work on a wide range of transactional matters, she is particularly knowledgeable on matters involving insolvency and restructuring. One interviewee states: "She is one of the most seasoned lawyers in the market, she has seen everything."

Tomáš Maretta works on a variety of M&A deals and specialises in the competition aspects of transactions. One interviewee describes him as "one of the top merger clearance lawyers in the market." He also provides general corporate assistance to clients.

Tomáš Rybár is known for his work with clients on corporate governance and compliance mandates, as well as offering advice on a range of corporate and transactional matters. He is best known for his work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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M&A advice forms the core of the firm’s practice. Čechová & Partners regularly advises foreign investors, multinationals and local clients on a variety of M&A and restructuring matters. It has acted in various transactions involving acquisitions of shares, direct sales of local enterprises, mergers of multinationals’ subsidiaries, international acquisitions and implementation of joint ventures. 

Čechová & Partners has advised its clients on acquisitions of major Slovak companies, including international airports, electricity production and distribution companies, telecommunications operators and the largest Slovak banks, major Slovak construction companies, or the national provider of terrestrial and satellite television and radio broadcasting services. 

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CHSH Šiška & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Well regarded for combining knowledge of the local market with international experience, aided by the cross-border expertise available throughout the wider regional network. Provides general corporate support to local and international clients with operations in Slovakia, as well as advising foreign companies looking to enter the Slovak market. Particularly acclaimed among German and Austrian clients.

Strengths One client praises the team's high level of service, stating: "We are very satisfied with the level of quality delivered by the firm."

Another client adds: "They are very good in negotiations."

Notable practitioners

Jozef Bannert is best known for his work on cross-border M&A and renewable energy deals. He is valued by clients for his commercial awareness: "He is a very client-oriented lawyer who understands our business and provides straightforward advice, optimal from a commercial as well as a legal perspective, which is very important for us."

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LEGATE, s.r.o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Peter Vrábel and Dušan Bartek
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm working on a wide range of corporate assistance and transactional matters, offering specialised services on issues relating to tax and accounting. Appreciated for providing expertise in the energy and natural resources, pharmaceutical and infrastructure sectors. Often works with Slovak companies on their international investments.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' teamwork ability, one stating: "The strength of the lawyers stems from their expert detail-oriented advice in various fields of law. They work as a team and can effectively support and complement each other."

Another client recognises the team's attentiveness: "They really try to understand what the client needs, then they provide it. They have a real client focus and always try to find a way to reach our goals."

Notable practitioners

Peter Vrábel is an experienced M&A lawyer known for his expertise in the competition aspects of transactions. He is cherished by his clients, who say: "He introduced very smart concepts, brilliant ideas and workable solutions. His outstanding negotiation skills, knowledge of the latest trends and specific industry knowledge make him a must-have person on your team."

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LEGATE is a full-service law firm offering a wide range of corporate assistance, including M&A transactions, regulatory and competition issues. LEGATE is particularly well known in Slovakia for M&A activity in a number of industry sectors, such as energy and natural resources (our partner is dedicated to oil and gas work), transport and infrastructure and construction. Moreover, LEGATE's membership of the Globalaw network (ranked by Chambers Global) gives an access to an extensive network of law firms across the world. 

As a matter of course, the legal as well as accounting and tax aspects are secured by LEGATE's cooperating tax and accounting international culture and practices. 

Furthermore, LEGATE currently provides their clients with an intuitive and unique web application consistently ensuring prompt LLC corporate changes registration within the Slovak commercial register.

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Paul Q Law Firm - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Pavol Blahušiak
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified partners

What the team is known for Reputed for providing corporate advice to established local clients and new market entrants, including assistance with a variety of M&A transactions. Services offered include corporate restructuring, due diligence and day-to-day corporate assistance. Advises clients from a range of industries, such as manufacturing, utilities and automotive.

Strengths Clients note the team's responsiveness: "We are very satisfied with the services they provide to us. We are impressed with how quick they react, and that we can always reach them easily."

A client also says of the firm: "I appreciate that their opinions are focused and to the point, highlighting key risks and recommendations. They provide good value and take client satisfaction personally."

Work highlights Worked with a consortium of international private investors on the sale of Benestra to Sandberg Capital.

Assisted Universal Music with the purchase of Opus.

Significant Clients ArcelorMittal, ASBIS, Atrium European Real Estate, Bratislavská vodárenská spoločnosť, Energy Group.

Notable practitioners

Pavol Blahušiak is a highly experienced M&A lawyer and has worked on a number of privatisations. Clients say that he is "a great communicator and negotiator, and business-oriented."

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Our Corporate/M&A department consists of a highly qualified team of lawyers with the knowledge of the local environment as well as experience from important international transactions. We provide legal advice and daily assistance to Slovak as well as international clients, and are consistently recognized by renowned world-wide and local ranking organisations for the quality of our work. 

We have received our most recent international recommendations in Commercial, corporate and M&A category as a leading law firm from Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Chambers and Partners in 2017. Individuals recommended as leading lawyers are our Managing partner, Pavol Blahušiak, and partners of the firm Boris Brhlovič and Eduard Winkler. We also won the "Law Firm of the Year" 2017 Award in the Company Law category in Slovakia (“Law Firm of the Year” is the most prestigious national independent ranking of Slovak law firms).

The department is the best known for:

- company formation, including licensing, tax, employment and property leasing matters;

- domestic and cross border M&A transactions, including target due diligence, structuring, negotiation, closing and post-closing assistance;

- mergers, squeeze-outs, spin-offs and other intra-group reorganizations;

- day-to-day corporate matters;

- company secretarial and registered office service.

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Černejová and Hrbek - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Long-standing local presence acting on transactional and general corporate matters, especially praised for its strength in competition law. Assists clients with M&A and corporate restructuring mandates, alongside notable activity on market entry instructions. Works with international investors on local acquisitions.

Strengths Sources say the firm is "a great local outfit with particular strength in competition law."

Notable practitioners

Alena Černejová of Černejová and Hrbek remains a prominent figure in the Slovak market for her work in M&A and competition matters. Clients say she is "very clever and professional. We have a very co-operative relationship and she works well with her team."

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Michaela Stessl
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on the full range of corporate and M&A mandates, notably advising on cross-border transactions with Slovak elements. Works closely with its offices across the world, particularly those in Europe and the USA. Acts on transactional and general corporate matters for a variety of clients active in areas such as manufacturing and technology.

Strengths Clients recognise the level of service that the firm provides: "The advice we received was always very useful, professional and swift. We are happy with the service we received."

Work highlights Assisted NTT Data with the Slovak elements of its acquisition of Dell Technology Services.

Significant Clients Amerigas, Arcadis, CIT Aerospace International, RPC Group, UGI Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Michaela Stessl offers expertise in a range on corporate matters and M&A transactions. Sources say she is "a good negotiator" and she is particularly knowledgeable about banking and real estate M&A.

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Majernik & Mihalikova, s. r. o. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Katarína Miháliková
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly renowned for its high involvement in the Slovak start-up community, often working with venture capital investors. Also advises new businesses on their corporate structure, transactions and investments. Widely recognised for its expertise in the technology industry, the team is also active in the energy and mining sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's responsiveness: "We were all impressed by their speed of reaction, and also by the agility they showed when tackling new issues for us."

The team's commercial awareness is also highlighted: "They did well managing the commercial aspects of the negotiation while setting up complex legal structures, including the tax aspects. We were very satisfied."

Work highlights Advised Green Horizon Renewables on its acquisition of several entities operating solar PV plants.

Acted for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies on matters relating to their entry into the Slovak market.

Significant Clients Alpine Oil and Gas, Ortac Resources, Axpo Trading, Sygic, Vysoká škola manažmentu v Trenčíne.

Notable practitioners

Katarina Mihalikova is head of department and a widely respected name on the market. Clients say: "She is responsive and very pleasant to work with. She takes the initiative where appropriate and looks at the wider commercial implications." With particular experience in the technology, real estate and energy industries, she is praised for her "quick thinking, precise drafting, outstanding negotiation skills and very good judgement of character."

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PETERKA & PARTNERS advokatska kancelaria s.r.o. organizacna zlozka - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andrea Butasova and Jan Makara
- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Covers the full range of day-to-day corporate matters for domestic and regional clients, alongside regular activity on significant M&A mandates. Popular choice for French-speaking clients with investments and activity in Slovakia. Clients benefit from its extensive network of offices in the CEE region for cross-border mandates. Also assists with company formation and restructuring.

Strengths The firm draws praise from clients for its management of a transaction: "They always provided good questions and warnings about the proposals we received. They managed the process really well from start to finish. They are more proactive than other firms we have used and I was impressed with their ability to anticipate potential bottlenecks."

Work highlights Assisted Banque PSA Finance with the sale of its Slovak subsidiaries to ESSOX.

Advised Falck on the internal corporate restructuring of its CEE organisation.

Significant Clients Swiss Re, Hanes Brands, Nissens, W. R. Grace & Co, Atlas Copco.

Notable practitioners

Andrea Butasova and Jan Makara are the key contacts at this firm.

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Weinhold Legal, v.o.s. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers a wide range of general corporate advisory expertise, as well as strong transactional capabilities. Frequently acts for domestic and regional clients on their Slovak concerns, including notable experience in cross-border mergers, corporate restructuring and regulatory issues.

Strengths The firm is appreciated by clients, who say: "The work is of high quality. The firm is responsive and proactive in solving problems, with a practical view and industry sector expertise. They understand our business."

Notable practitioners

The key contact for this practice is Daniel Weinhold.

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Wolf Theiss - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Erik Steger
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a range of primarily international clients on their Slovak business operations, offering transactional, corporate restructuring and general commercial support. Strong in cross-border mandates across CEE, working closely with the firm's regional office network. Offers related experience in employment and dispute resolution to give full coverage of corporate issues. The firm is particularly active in the finance and energy sectors.

Strengths One client commends the firm on its efficient approach: "We are quite impressed by their speed, accuracy and reliability. A very good firm, with a fast, reliable, no-nonsense, client-friendly approach."

Another adds: "We're happy with the firm's thoroughness, timeliness and accuracy."

Work highlights Advised Osram on the carve-out of part of the Slovak portion of its operations.

Acted for Amundi Group on the acquisition of Pioneer Investments, providing due diligence and regulatory advice on the Slovak side of the deal.

Significant Clients Total, Rockaway Capital.

Notable practitioners

The key contact for the department is Erik Steger.

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Clients appreciate our sector and industry experience, high level of technical expertise, understanding of the local market, solution-driven approach as well as our specialised lawyers. Our integration with the other 12 Wolf Theiss offices in the CEE/SEE region and coordination of multi-jurisdictional deals also remains a strong asset of the team. 

Our dedicated practice and sector groups offer legal and commercial experience and expertise coupled with innovative and progressive thinking. In addition, our corporate team works closely together with our other practice groups, acting as a "one-stop-shop", covering other legal areas such as banking and finance, dispute resolution or labour law issues.  

We regularly advise local and international companies, investment banks and brokers or public authorities on various aspects of M&A transactions, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory issues. Due to the developments on this challenging market, we increasingly advise on corporate restructuring, distressed M&A and insolvency matters. 

With particular experience in the corporate and financial sectors, we recently advised on several significant cross-border transactions in Slovakia, including Amundi on the acquisition of Pioneer Investments. This was a landmark European transaction for the financial services sector in 2016, which positioned the client as a leader in European and CEE asset management.









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Eminent Practitioner

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrik Bolf  is a prominent name in the market known for his wealth of experience in M&A, and restructuring of companies in the CEE region. Sources describe him as "responsive and respectful" with an "excellent business sense."

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Eminent Practitioner

Katarína Čechová

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katarína Čechová is a highly prominent figure in the market. Known for her work on a wide range of transactional matters, she is particularly knowledgeable on matters involving insolvency and restructuring. One interviewee states: "She is one of the most seasoned lawyers in the market, she has seen everything."

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Eminent Practitioner

Jaroslav Ružička

Ružička Csekes s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Jaroslav Ružička is a widely respected figure in the Slovak market. He is best known for advising on transactions in the real estate and construction industries and on privatisations and PPP deals.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Magal is a highly prominent figure in the market who is described as an "excellent negotiator" and advises on a wide range of high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions across several industries including energy, real estate and transportation. Clients appreciate his commercial awareness, and one adds: "He's very good in negotiation and has good emotional as well as technical intelligence. He's very commercially focused and engaged, understands the big picture, and is able to go beyond a formal legal point of view."

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Band 1

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Staroň is widely renowned as one of the best lawyers in the Slovakian corporate/M&A market. He is known for his work on high-profile M&A deals, particularly in the real estate and energy sectors. Sources say that he is "an outstanding lawyer" and "a great negotiator," and one client adds: "He had the ability to blend local law issues with international law precedents and commercial principles. He is good at managing clients and driving a project through to completion."

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Band 2

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Barger is a highly renowned lawyer who is praised for his "devotion, value for clients and quality of work." Known for his knowledge of the full scope of transactional matters, he has particular expertise in the competition aspects of M&A transactions. He works with domestic clients and international companies on their Slovak investments, and is active in the real estate and infrastructure industries.

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Band 2

Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Hamala is well known for his work in M&A, PPPs and privatisations, acting for clients from the infrastructure, real estate and finance sectors. Interviewees praise his "responsiveness, understanding of the investment process and friendliness." One client adds: "He is an outstanding lawyer with all the qualities we would seek out in a senior partner. I am especially impressed with his ability to approach matters from a very strategic point of view, and his ability to come up with pragmatic, business-oriented solutions to the most challenging issues or situations."

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Band 2

Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Kluch is a highly respected M&A lawyer who specialises in the energy and real estate industries. Clients praise his commercial awareness and ability to anticipate problems, one stating: "I appreciate his forward thinking - he thinks about the next steps of the transaction to make the process smoother and more efficient. He is also very practically oriented, and has exceptional business sense combined with in-depth legal knowledge."

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Band 2

Vojtech Pálinkás

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vojtech Pálinkás has been recognised by sources as "an excellent lawyer" and has particular experience in M&A within the real estate sector. He is described as "very knowledgeable, good at drafting and nice to work with." He recently advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the consortium acquisition of a 30% stake in EP Infrastructure.

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Band 2

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Prekop is a widely respected lawyer with extensive experience across the corporate/M&A market. Clients praise his "very smart, strategic thinking" and say: "He's very good in negotiations." He is known for his expertise in high-level corporate governance mandates and is active in the energy sector, with a stellar reputation for regulatory issues. One client states that he is "one of the best in the market on regulations."

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Band 2

Miroslav Trenčan

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miroslav Trenčan remains a highly respected name in the Slovak corporate/M&A market. He is best known for his work in the private equity and real estate sphere, but has also advised on several privatisation and post-privatisation matters in CEE. He is described as "a savvy business lawyer."

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Band 3

Alena Černejová

Černejová and Hrbek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alena Černejová of Černejová and Hrbek remains a prominent figure in the Slovak market for her work in M&A and competition matters. Clients say she is "very clever and professional. We have a very co-operative relationship and she works well with her team."

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Band 3

PRK Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Martin Kříž specialises in M&A mandates in the energy, media and finance sectors. Clients describe him as "experienced and creative" and commend his "efficient and quick replies."

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Band 3

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrej Leontiev is a very well-established name in the market and is widely praised for his work with start-ups, advising founders as well as venture capital investors.

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Band 3

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viliam Myšička is a renowned deal maker, praised by clients as "very responsive and a great negotiator" who "fights for the client."  He has a particular focus on mandates in the TMT sector, advising private equity and venture capital clients on start-up investments. One client says: "He can handle tough situations in a very subtle way. I would definitely recommend him and I look forward to working with him again in the future."

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Band 3

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Radovan Pala advises on corporate matters primarily related to IT and IP issues. He is also active in M&A and employment matters.

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Band 3

Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Víglaský is described by clients as "reliable, precise and commercially driven." With particular expertise in the finance, private equity and real estate sectors, he recently assisted CA Immobilien Anlagen with the sale of two of its Slovakian subsidiaries.

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Band 4

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrej Adamčík enters the rankings this year following extensive praise from clients and peers for his strength in real estate M&A and corporate advice. One client says: "As well as his extremely solid legal expertise, we appreciate his strategic business approach and understanding of market forces, which help us to adjust the structure of the transaction in order to get the best deal."

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Band 4

CHSH Šiška & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jozef Bannert is best known for his work on cross-border M&A and renewable energy deals. He is valued by clients for his commercial awareness: "He is a very client-oriented lawyer who understands our business and provides straightforward advice, optimal from a commercial as well as a legal perspective, which is very important for us."

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Band 4

Zuzana Bartošovičová

Hillbridges, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zuzana Bartošovičová is described by sources as "a shrewd negotiator who is good on cross-border deals, provides creative solutions and is very technically proficient." She is primarily active in M&A and investments and recently advised the joint venture of Metrostav and InterHealth Canada on the tender for construction and operation of a new university hospital.

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Band 4

Paul Q Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavol Blahušiak is a highly experienced M&A lawyer and has worked on a number of privatisations. Clients say that he is "a great communicator and negotiator, and business-oriented."

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Band 4

Beatow Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michal Delinčak is a highly experienced lawyer specialised in the restructuring and cross-border aspects of M&A. Sources say that he is "down-to-earth and practical, and tries to close deals as efficiently as possible." He is particularly active in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

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Band 4

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juraj Fuska is noted for his work in cross-border M&A and equity investments. Clients praise his responsiveness, with one saying: "He always picked up the phone and was ready to give advice and a detailed analysis very quickly. I also appreciate his professional approach during demanding negotiations." He is active in the automotive, brewing and healthcare industries, and recently advised Unomedical on the EUR20 million expansion of its Slovakian production site.

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Band 4

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juraj Gyarfas is a respected name on the Slovakian M&A market and is described as a "clever young lawyer." He is renowned for his expertise in the competition aspect of M&A deals and has recently worked on several real estate transactions. Clients describe him as a "tough negotiator" who is "easy to work with and personable."

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Band 4

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adam Hodoň is specialised in the tax and competition aspects of M&A transactions. He is active in the banking, manufacturing and energy industries. Clients say: "He is truly customer-oriented and always tries to find the best and most efficient solution suitable to our needs." Another client adds: "He has amazing interpersonal skills and is very analytical and very responsive."

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Band 4

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomáš Maretta works on a variety of M&A deals and specialises in the competition aspects of transactions. One interviewee describes him as "one of the top merger clearance lawyers in the market." He also provides general corporate assistance to clients.

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Band 4

Katarina Mihalikova

Majernik & Mihalikova, s. r. o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katarina Mihalikova is head of department and a widely respected name on the market. Clients say: "She is responsive and very pleasant to work with. She takes the initiative where appropriate and looks at the wider commercial implications." With particular experience in the technology, real estate and energy industries, she is praised for her "quick thinking, precise drafting, outstanding negotiation skills and very good judgement of character." 

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Band 4

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jana Pagáčová of Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o. advises national and international clients on a range of corporate issues including M&A, and is very active in the energy sector. She also frequently assists state-owned companies with privatisations. Clients describe her as "responsive and efficient."

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Band 4

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomáš Rybár is known for his work with clients on corporate governance and compliance mandates, as well as offering advice on a range of corporate and transactional matters. He is best known for his work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Band 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michaela Stessl offers expertise in a range on corporate matters and M&A transactions. Sources say she is "a good negotiator" and she is particularly knowledgeable about banking and real estate M&A.

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Band 4

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Šuba boasts particular strength in domestic M&A. He is widely recognised in the market for his work on privatisations.

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Band 4

LEGATE, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Vrábel is an experienced M&A lawyer known for his expertise in the competition aspects of transactions. He is cherished by his clients, who say: "He introduced very smart concepts, brilliant ideas and workable solutions. His outstanding negotiation skills, knowledge of the latest trends and specific industry knowledge make him a must-have person on your team."

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