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Dispute Resolution — Slovakia


Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Dispute Resolution 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
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly praised team handling the full gamut of dispute resolution matters. Exceptional arbitration offering, acting for clients on both domestic and international proceedings. Represents clients in employment and IP-related disputes and damage claims. Impressive roster of clients hailing from regulated sectors, including energy, telecommunications and banking.

Strengths Clients emphasise the team's strength in both internal and external communication: "The communication within the team and towards us, as a client, is clear, comprehensive and precise, which allows us to take speedy decisions in our individual matters."

Sources further appreciate that the lawyers' "analytical skills are transformed into clear arguments" and are "always trying to know the full picture, in terms of both business and the technicalities."

Work highlights Represented Exploration & Production India (BG) and Reliance Industries (RIL) in the USD5 billion dispute concerning profit share between the parties and the amounts of royalty and service tax payable to the government of India.

Represented Horphag Research Management in trade mark infringement and unfair competition disputes regarding the company's flagship product.

Significant Clients Tesco Stores, Nadácia zastavme korupciu, UniCredit Bank Austria and Zagrebačka Banka, Slovenské elektrárne, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Notable practitioners

Department head Martin Magal handles a variety of disputes, including employment and pharmaceutical-related litigation. Also advising on arbitration proceedings, he acted for shareholders of Moneta S on a series of disputes before the Slovak courts and the ICC International Court of Arbitration concerning the sale of Moneta S to Austrian packaging producer Schur Flexibles. Sources describe him as "pleasant to work with and efficient," adding that he is "very responsive in getting what we needed."

Clients praise Juraj Gyarfas for having "a real ability to communicate complex matters in plain language." He is active in arbitration and litigation matters, advising clients from a range of industries, including energy, finance and telecoms.

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Černejová and Hrbek - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong domestic firm with an exceptional reputation for dispute resolution. Best known for its significant expertise in local litigation, representing both individuals and companies. Capabilities include administrative disputes and enforcement proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Milan Hrbek is a widely respected practitioner in the Slovak dispute resolution market. Sources describe him as "open-minded," noting that he "introduced concepts no one would think of to win the case."

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Barger Prekop Attorneys - Dispute Resolution 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: Roman Prekop and Monika Simorova
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team increasingly visible in dispute resolution cases, with a growing reputation for international arbitration. Offers strong expertise in competition and tax-related disputes as well as regulatory disputes. Often acts for clients in the energy sector.

Strengths Commenting on the firm's key assets, a client notes: "I like their personal approach, especially their attitude of winning and offering very innovative solutions, not only purely legal products, but something more."

Sources further appreciate the "top-quality service," particularly noting the team's "speed and availability."

Notable practitioners

Roman Prekop is a known name in the dispute resolution market and wins praise for being "smart, strategic and very good at negotiations." He has notable expertise in commercial arbitration, often representing clients in ICC proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Barger Prekop Attorneys)

Barger Prekop covers both local litigation and major international arbitrations involving a wide variety of issues and industries, spanning energy, natural resources, real estate, construction, M&A, and competition. The firm has represented clients at all levels of the Slovak court system, and also before the Slovak Head Tax Office, the Slovak Consumer Protection Office, and a variety of other governmental and municipal authorities. The firm has also represented clients in international arbitration proceedings under the rules of several premier arbitral centers such as the ICC, Vienna International Arbitral Centre, and the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce’s Permanent Court. The Barger Prekop team includes seasoned U.S. qualified lawyers who use their training and experience to lead the clients in a pragmatic approach to solving problems and enforcing their rights.

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Havlát & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent disputes team with a long-standing presence in the Slovak market. Represents a predominantly domestic client base in a wide range of litigation, from civil lawsuits to criminal prosecutions. Offers English, German and French language capabilities.

Notable practitioners

Ján Havlát of Havlát & Partners is an experienced practitioner with a long-standing reputation in the Slovak dispute resolution market. He is well reputed for his litigation expertise and is deemed a "big name" in the field.

Marek Benedik of Havlát & Partners is "a well-known name" in the market and is particularly well reputed for his skills as a litigator.

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Paul Q Law Firm - Dispute Resolution 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: Tomáš Kamenec
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced litigation team with a notable focus on media disputes concerning freedom of speech and libel. Regularly acts on cases with public elements, particularly regarding unfair competition and public procurement issues. Represents clients in contractual penalty and damage claims.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "a really reliable partner and one of the best legal teams for dealing with copyright and protection of personality issues," adding that the team takes a "client-oriented and flexible approach."

Work highlights Represented Markíza in a number of libel and defamation disputes before the Council for Broadcasting & Retransmission and the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic.

Represented News & Media Holding in several disputes involving issues of copyright, unfair competition and compensation for damages.

Significant Clients Československá obchodní banka, Petit Press, FCA Group, Universal Media Corporation, Slovak Independent TV & Radio Broadcasters Association.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked Tomáš Kamenec is praised for his "brilliant assessment" and "productive and pragmatic" approach to advising clients. He is reputed for his "excellent knowledge of media law" and represents broadcasters in defamation and libel, damage claims and copyright disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Paul Q Law Firm)

Paul Q is one of the most renowned litigation law firms in Slovakia. We are especially well-known for high-profile litigations before general courts, the Constitutional Court, Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. We are consistently recognized by renowned world-wide and local ranking organisations for the quality of our work. 

Our most recent recommendations in the Dispute resolution category as a leading law firm are by Europe Chambers 2017 and Legal 500, who named us the top tier firm with "a superlative reputation acting for media sector clients in disputes at domestic and European level". We are also highly recommended by the most prestigious Slovak independent ranking the “Law Firm of the Year”. Tomáš Kamenec was recommended as a leading individual and one of Slovakia's most skilled litigators, and selected by his peers for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Slovakia for his work in Litigation.

The department is the best known for:

  • pre-litigation/arbitration strategies;
  • settlement through negotiations or mediation;
  • civil and commercial litigation in all forums and across various industries, 
  • representation in international courts in cases of violations of fundamental rights or in connection with the application and interpretation of EU law. 

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Dispute Resolution 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: Katarína Kováčová and Šarlota Štosová
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known dispute resolution team, representing clients in local and cross-border litigation, as well as a wide range of arbitration matters. Notable experience in property and construction cases as well as energy and financial-related disputes, representing construction companies, banks and energy providers.

Strengths Clients note the team's extensive resources, highlighting that "they have a full range of lawyers which you can use in many areas of law. They have a broad portfolio."

Work highlights Represented OTP Banka Slovensko in a series of court proceedings regarding the client's banking activities.

Represented BAWAG Leasing & Fleet in the court proceeding on a variety of proprietary rights and contractual issues.

Significant Clients Slovak Telekom, Slovnaft, Alfa Power, Siemens, MetLife Europe.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise Šarlota Štosová for her presence in court, one noting: "She knows how to negotiate with the court. She can be representing a claimant or defendant; she is one of the best I have ever seen." She represents a range of clients, including banks and construction companies, in disputes concerning damage claims and contractual disputes. Commentators describe her as a "deep-thinking lawyer producing high-quality results."

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Čechová & Partners - Dispute Resolution 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
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in commercial litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Particular experience in disputes concerning real estate, as well as those in the banking and finance, food and drink, and pharmaceutical industries. Active in enforcement claims and trade mark disputes of late.

Strengths Interviewees stress that the team is "very focused on the client's interests and tries to do the best possible to satisfy the client's needs."

Sources further praise the quality of advice received: "The lawyers always provide prompt and comprehensive advice and the co-operation with them is very pleasant and fruitful."

Significant Clients FKP Sojuzplodoimport.

Notable practitioners

The primary contact for this practice is head of department Katarína Čechová.

About the Team (content provided by Čechová & Partners)

Čechová & Partners’ rapidly expanding litigation team represents clients in various types of disputes at courts, arbitration tribunals and in administrative proceedings. The firm’s lawyers also regularly participate in arbitration proceedings held by foreign and domestic arbitration tribunals and also serve as arbitrators. 

Particular strength of the team lies in real estate disputes, employment and commercial litigation, damage, transportation and insolvency litigation. Our team has strong experience in settling disputes out of court.

Katarína Čechová has served as an arbitrator for international disputes of the Court of Arbitration of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry for more than 19 years and also as an ad hoc arbitrator in international disputes held under ICC and UNCITRAL rules of arbitration. She is listed as a permanent arbitrator of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and also of the Arbitration Court of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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LEGATE, s.r.o. - Dispute Resolution 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: Peter Vrábel and Dušan Bartek
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressively broad experience across local litigation, international arbitration and other ADR proceedings. Increasingly recognised for involvement in disputes relating to the energy sector, in both domestic and cross-border settings. Frequently advises clients on financial and shareholder disputes, as well as construction matters.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its combination of "unpredictable and efficient tactics whilst keeping a pragmatic approach."

One client singles out the team for being "very precise in its analysis of the case," adding that it is "very open, client-orientated" and "follows a high standard of performance, with quick response times and commercial acumen."

Notable practitioners

The primary contacts for the practice are Peter Vrábel and Dušan Bartek.

About the Team (content provided by LEGATE, s.r.o.)

LEGATE's litigation track record includes achieving successes in some of the largest cases in recent Slovakian history, such as successfully defending our client, the second largest company in Slovakia, against a EUR 66 million claim raised by a private equity house. The claim concerned the price of gas supplied to a million households, and therefore attracted significant media attention. 

We have acted as counsel in arbitral proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Court in Prague, the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and the Court of Arbitration if Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Among others, LEGATE mainly deal with civil litigation, arbitration, mediation and administrative court proceedings. The arbitration and dispute resolution work covers the major share of firm's total revenues.

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White & Case - Dispute Resolution 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: Marek Staroň
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its cross-border capabilities and activity on international arbitration and commercial litigation cases. Regularly represents local and multinational corporate clients in regulatory and competition disputes, as well as public law matters. Clients include prominent media, telecoms providers and energy companies.

Strengths Clients praise the department for "excellent legal services from a team with a great client-oriented approach," adding: "The main advance is the quick response time and ability to find new or alternative solutions for the client."

Work highlights Represented NACCO in a dispute around the lease of railway cars and claim for damages.

Advised the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and MH Invest on several proceedings concerning the expropriation of land in an industrial park.

Significant Clients Facebook Ireland, Hlboká 7, Toshiba, Slovak Republic.

Notable practitioners

The primary contact for the team is Marek Staroň.

About the Team (content provided by White & Case)

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Eminent Practitioner

Havlát & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ján Havlát of Havlát & Partners is an experienced practitioner with a long-standing reputation in the Slovak dispute resolution market. He is well reputed for his litigation expertise and is deemed a "big name" in the field.

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Band 1

Černejová and Hrbek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Milan Hrbek is a widely respected practitioner in the Slovak dispute resolution market. Sources describe him as "open-minded," noting that he "introduced concepts no one would think of to win the case."

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Band 1

Paul Q Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Tomáš Kamenec is praised for his "brilliant assessment" and "productive and pragmatic" approach to advising clients. He is reputed for his "excellent knowledge of media law" and represents broadcasters in defamation and libel, damage claims and copyright disputes.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Martin Magal handles a variety of disputes, including employment and pharmaceutical-related litigation. Also advising on arbitration proceedings, he acted for shareholders of Moneta S on a series of disputes before the Slovak courts and the ICC International Court of Arbitration concerning the sale of Moneta S to Austrian packaging producer Schur Flexibles. Sources describe him as "pleasant to work with and efficient," adding that he is "very responsive in getting what we needed."

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Band 2

Havlát & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Benedik of Havlát & Partners is "a well-known name" in the market and is particularly well reputed for his skills as a litigator.

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Band 2

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Prekop is a known name in the dispute resolution market and wins praise for being "smart, strategic and very good at negotiations." He has notable expertise in commercial arbitration, often representing clients in ICC proceedings.

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Band 3

Miriam Galandová

PRK Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miriam Galandová of PRK Partners is reputed for her work in arbitration proceedings, representing clients at the ICC. She handles trade mark, employment and insurance-related disputes for both domestic and international clients from a range of industries.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Juraj Gyarfas for having "a real ability to communicate complex matters in plain language." He is active in arbitration and litigation matters, advising clients from a range of industries, including energy, finance and telecoms.

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Band 3

Šarlota Štosová

Ružička Csekes s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources praise Šarlota Štosová for her presence in court, one noting: "She knows how to negotiate with the court. She can be representing a claimant or defendant; she is one of the best I have ever seen." She represents a range of clients, including banks and construction companies, in disputes concerning damage claims and contractual disputes. Commentators describe her as a "deep-thinking lawyer producing high-quality results."

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