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Banking & Finance — Slovakia


Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Banking & Finance 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: Renátus Kollár
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading banking and finance practice advising major domestic and international banks on the full range of loan transactions, bond products and restructuring mandates. Also assists with regulatory issues. Top choice for cross-border and English law-governed financings, aided by the outstanding international expertise and resources of the firm's global network. Frequently active in the energy, real estate and construction sectors.

Strengths Sources praise the team for its creativity and flexibility, adding that “their knowledge in the subject means that they are capable of exploring new things, structures or programmes.”

Clients also highlight the team's "drive" and "practical solutions."

Work highlights Assisted Všeobecná úverová banka with financing the acquisition of Carlton Property by ADS Property.

Advised the Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank on a multimillion-dollar financing for Fidelity Bank Ghana.

Significant Clients ING Bank, UniCredit, Gemcorp Capital, Deutsche Bank, Komerční banka.

Notable practitioners

Renátus Kollár remains a leader in the Slovak market and is particularly active in acquisition and project finance. He also frequently handles restructuring and insolvency matters. He is praised for his technical and personal skills: “Renátus has very strong negotiating skills and is very good in leading tough meetings with several counterparties involved.”

Matúš Kudlák frequently assists with acquisition and project finance matters, advising both domestic and international lenders. He assisted UniCredit with the financing of a real estate development project.

Peter Jedinak advances in the rankings following excellent feedback, with clients praising his ability to "make a document which is easy to understand and read." His expertise includes regulatory issues and capital markets matters. Clients also highlight his creativity and client skills: “He is innovative in the legal field and the co-operation was really smooth.”

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Dentons - Banking & Finance 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: Peter Kubina
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive banking and finance practice, acting for many major domestic and international banks and borrowers. Offers wide-ranging experience covering acquisition and leveraged finance, restructuring and insolvency, export finance and bond issues. Frequently acts on cross-border financing matters in the region alongside other offices from the Dentons network. Particularly notable expertise in real estate finance, handling commercial and industrial properties. Increasingly active in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the firm's service, describing their impression as "very positive," noting the "very helpful people" who are "friendly, with great knowledge and experience."

Sources also highlight the team's "flexibility and timeliness," appreciating that "they really worked on time pressure, worked long hours and every time they were on deadlines. If they promised to deliver, they met the deadline."

Work highlights Acted for Komerční banka on the EUR45 million financing of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets' acqusition of a logistics portfolio in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Represented Slovenská sporiteľna in the EUR40 million financing of two wind projects in Finland.

Significant Clients Penta Investments, Sberbank Slovensko, HB Reavis, Všeobecná úverová banka, Privatbanka.

Notable practitioners

Peter Kubina maintains his stellar reputation in the market, with clients particularly praising his “extraordinary expertise, excellent knowledge of both the legal and business environments and proactive approach.” He frequently assists domestic and international banks with property acquisition and energy project financing.

Clients praise Stanislava Valientová for her "good negotiation skills" and for being "business-oriented." She is reputed for her extensive experience in finance matters, often acting for banks on commercial real estate and project finance.

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Kinstellar, s.r.o. - Banking & Finance 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: Patrik Bolf
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong banking and finance team experienced in a broad range of banking, capital markets and regulatory matters, acting for domestic and multinational clients. Highly regarded for its regional coverage and frequently instructed on multi-jurisdictional finance mandates. Well versed in infrastructure and project finance, particularly PPP structures, as well as acquisition and real estate financings. Attracted a number of new clients this year in the banking and telecommunications sectors, including Credium, Liberty Global and European Investment Fund.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its service, stating: "Working with them was a very positive experience. Their advice was delivered in a clear manner and they were very responsive."

A client singles the firm out for its proactive and practical approach: "They warn us of any issues and also provide solutions. They make us feel safe, that we're in good hands."

Work highlights Advised Sberbank Europe on the sale of its majority stake in its Slovak subsidiary to Penta Investments.

Assisted Global Garden productions with the EUR224 million refinancing of its debt via a UK scheme of arrangement.

Significant Clients Business Lease Group, Mastercard, Bank of China, W.P. Carey, Citibank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Patrik Bolf remains a leading figure in the Slovak banking and finance market. He regularly advises multinational companies and foreign banks on their operations in the CEE region.

Tomáš Melišek assists with a range of matters in the banking and finance space, including real estate and project finance and capital markets. A client notes his “very broad legal knowledge," enthusing that he "is quick to understand a case and see the big picture.”

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White & Case - Banking & Finance 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: Marek Staroň and Juraj Fuska
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong banking and finance and capital markets practice acting for both domestic and international banks and financial institutions. Boasts extensive global expertise thanks to the firm's large network of offices around the world. Acts on a range of matters, including acquisition finance, both locally and with cross-border aspects, as well as DCM. Highly active in real estate finance and PPP structures.

Strengths Clients praise the team's service, describing it as “helpful, experienced and reliable."

Work highlights Advised Pointpark on a cross-border EUR1.4 billion refinancing of the company's logistics portfolio.

Represented Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Estate (MIRA) in a EUR45 million acquisition and refinancing transaction in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the EUR79 million acquisition of a portfolio of assets.

Significant Clients Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Export-Import Bank of the Slovak Republic, Slovenská sporiteľňa, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Head of the banking and finance department, Marek Staroň handles a range of matters for high-profile international clients. He advises on real estate and acquisition finance and restructuring. He assisted Československá obchodní banka with the refinancing of the VGP Parks portfolio in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

According to clients, Juraj Fuska has "very good experience in Slovak financial law," and "he is able to identify the crucial points and to give advice even in fields which are not really clear." He leads the firm's capital markets practice, frequently advising on sovereign bonds.

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Banking & Finance 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: Lucie Schweizer
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong practice boasting expertise in financing and refinancing, often related to real estate transactions. Also assists with project and acquisition finance as well as regulatory issues. Advises domestic and international clients on both the lender and borrower side. Complemented by a notable restructuring and insolvency team.

Work highlights Acted for Raiffeisen - Leasinggesellschaft on a EUR10 million leasing project for the construction of a shopping centre in Bratislava.

Assisted UniCredit Bank Austria with the restructuring of its debtor Dúbravka Centrum.

Significant Clients Commerzbank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, OTP Banka, Česká spořitelna, HYPO NOE.

Notable practitioners

Lucie Schweizer heads the department and is the key point of contact.

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Barger Prekop Attorneys - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Erik Seman, Adrian Barger and Roman Prekop
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises borrowers on project finance and refinancing matters and loan portfolios. Also assists clients with regulatory issues. Particularly active in the real estate, energy and aviation sectors.

Strengths Clients value the firm's expertise and technical skills, praising the firm's regulatory knowledge and quality of advice.

Significant Clients National Bank of Slovakia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Adrian Barger handles corporate financings and refinancings. Clients praise his responsiveness and availability: "I was absolutely impressed: he replied to all our e-mails, was always available and everything was done on time."

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Barger Prekop serves clients in the most complex capital market transactions having a direct impact on Slovak monetary policies. Its attorneys advise the Slovak regulators on highly complex problems related with the charging of negative interest rates in OTC transactions. In addition, they successfully led an international team of lawyers in the process of admitting the Slovak finical regulator to the Chinese bonds and foreign exchange capital markets. Barger Prekop has also advised on regulatory issues in connection with the acquisition of complex governmental bonds and foreign exchange transactions on China’s capital markets. Barger Prekop’s attorneys also regularly represent corporate clients in complicated projects involving the implementation of comprehensive EU regulations, including EMIR, REMIT, MiFID II, MiFIR, MAR, or CSMAD.

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Beatow Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Solid practice acting on cross-border financing projects and advising foreign companies on Slovak law aspects. Also assists with transactions for financial institutions, leasing operations and regulatory issues. Acts for clients hailing from a range of sectors, including automotive, manufacturing and real estate.

Strengths The team is described as "very efficient and practical" as well as "very responsive and diligent."

Value for Money Client consensus is that the firm is good value for money. One source notes that the firm "offers very competitive fees."

Notable practitioners

Michal Delinčák and Branislav Brocko are the main contacts for this department.

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Čechová & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Simona Haláková and Michaela Jurková
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable practice assisting international firms with local aspects of cross-border matters. Broad knowledge across financial regulatory, restructuring and loan issues. Boasts a strong roster of public and private clients consisting of domestic and international banks, foreign investors and investment management companies. Also acts for clients in the insurance and automotive sectors.

Strengths The team is noted for its advice on cross-border matters.

Notable practitioners

Simona Haláková and Michaela Jurková head the department and are key points of contact.

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Čechová & Partners has established its reputation throughout the banking and financial sector. The firm’s clients include foreign and Slovak banks, facility arrangers, foreign investors, security houses, collective investment companies, e-money and payment services institutions, financial institutions and insurance companies, either private companies or partially or fully state-owned companies.

The firm’s extensive expertise covers loan transactions and other financial product transactions, while the firm has built strong reputation especially in financial restructuring and reorganisation and while assisting in complex project financing matters.

Čechová & Partners is also strongly recognised and acknowledged by its international financial institutional clients for its complex regulatory advisory in innovative projects introducing new banking and financial services product structures into Slovak market including pro-active approach to the local regulator and efficient localisation of financial products for Slovak market.

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Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Peter Víglaský
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced in advising clients in the environment, energy and real estate sectors on project and acquisition finance. Typically assists local borrowers with their domestic and cross-border finance issues, including cross-border financing and financial restructuring. Also active in corporate financing and in PPP projects on the lender side.

Strengths The team garners praise for its client service: "We appreciate their legal expertise and exactness, their client-focused approach, flexibility and swift response time."

The team is further praised for its dedication, with one source noting: "They make themselves available even during busy seasons to take care of our ad hoc requests."

Work highlights Acted for a syndicate of banks lead by UniCredit on the EUR800 million D4/R7 highway PPP project.

Advised Slovenské elektrárne, an electricity producer, on a EUR70 million financing deal.

Significant Clients Československá obchodná banka, Credit Agricole, MEDICOPHARM, Erste Bank, Cresco Group.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Peter Víglaský is "very experienced in cross-border transactions." He is particularly active in real estate finance and acquisition finance, often advising clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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SEMANČÍN & PARTNERS - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Jozef Semančín
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Newly ranked practice well versed in cross-border transactions, often acting for borrowers on acquisition financing mandates. Also handles debt refinancing. Particularly active in the real estate, pharmaceutical and insurance sectors.

Strengths The team garners praise for its dedicated service: "It has offered us a very responsive and personalised service. They are always available and willing to help, explaining whatever is needed for us to understand the logic of the country."

Work highlights Advised Falcon Real Estate Investments on a EUR15 million debt refinancing transaction.

Acted for Československá obchodná banka on the financing for a land acquisition valued at EUR15 million in order to build a logistics park.


Significant Clients Nordea, Prima Banka, Privatbanka, Point Park Properties, Tatra banka.

Notable practitioners

Jozef Semančín advises clients on derivatives and project and acquisition financing. Clients comment that he is "very helpful" and "a very good negotiator."

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Eminent Practitioner

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Patrik Bolf remains a leading figure in the Slovak banking and finance market. He regularly advises multinational companies and foreign banks on their operations in the CEE region.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renátus Kollár remains a leader in the Slovak market and is particularly active in acquisition and project finance. He also frequently handles restructuring and insolvency matters. He is praised for his technical and personal skills: “Renátus has very strong negotiating skills and is very good in leading tough meetings with several counterparties involved.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Kubina maintains his stellar reputation in the market, with clients particularly praising his “extraordinary expertise, excellent knowledge of both the legal and business environments and proactive approach.” He frequently assists domestic and international banks with property acquisition and energy project financing.

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Band 1

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the banking and finance department, Marek Staroň handles a range of matters for high-profile international clients. He advises on real estate and acquisition finance and restructuring. He assisted Československá obchodní banka with the refinancing of the VGP Parks portfolio in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Band 2

SEMANČÍN & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jozef Semančín advises clients on derivatives and project and acquisition financing. Clients comment that he is "very helpful" and "a very good negotiator."

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Band 2

Stanislava Valientová

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Stanislava Valientová for her "good negotiation skills" and for being "business-oriented." She is reputed for her extensive experience in finance matters, often acting for banks on commercial real estate and project finance.

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Band 2

Hamala Kluch Víglaský sro

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Peter Víglaský is "very experienced in cross-border transactions." He is particularly active in real estate finance and acquisition finance, often advising clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matúš Kudlák frequently assists with acquisition and project finance matters, advising both domestic and international lenders. He assisted UniCredit with the financing of a real estate development project.

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Band 4

Barger Prekop Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Adrian Barger handles corporate financings and refinancings. Clients praise his responsiveness and availability: "I was absolutely impressed: he replied to all our e-mails, was always available and everything was done on time."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Juraj Fuska has "very good experience in Slovak financial law," and "he is able to identify the crucial points and to give advice even in fields which are not really clear." He leads the firm's capital markets practice, frequently advising on sovereign bonds.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Jedinak advances in the rankings following excellent feedback, with clients praising his ability to "make a document which is easy to understand and read." His expertise includes regulatory issues and capital markets matters. Clients also highlight his creativity and client skills: “He is innovative in the legal field and the co-operation was really smooth.”

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Kinstellar, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomáš Melišek assists with a range of matters in the banking and finance space, including real estate and project finance and capital markets. A client notes his “very broad legal knowledge," enthusing that he "is quick to understand a case and see the big picture.”

^ See whole ranking table