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Chambers Europe 2016 – Čechová & Partners Ranked No. 1

Čechová & Partners is pleased to announce that the firm again earned a Tier 1 ranking in Slovakia: Competition/Antitrust in the 2016 edition of Chambers Europe. Čechová & Partners also maintained achieved further high other practice group rankings, including recognition for Corporate/M&A, Employment, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency. Three Čechová & Partners lawyers were listed as leading individuals: Katarína Čechová was top ranked in Corporate/M&A, Tomáš Maretta was also top ranked in Competition/Antitrust, and Tomáš Rybár was ranked in Employment to mention their most significant placements.

Čechová & Partners had multiple rankings and strong showings in this year’s Chambers Europe 2016, namely:

  • Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)
  • Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
  • Employment (Band 2)
  • Real Estate (Band 2)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
  • Banking & Finance (Band 3)
  • Dispute Resolution (Band 3)
  • Intellectual Property (Band 3)

Statements about the firm in Chambers Europe 2016:

  • Competition/Antitrust: “Tomáš Maretta is prominent in Slovak antitrust and competition law, frequently working on cartel cases, vertical and horizontal agreements, and public procurement issues.” Chambers’ sources emphasize, he is “absolutely top in competition law - the best in Slovakia.”
  • Employment: “Practice head Tomáš Rybár is an experienced adviser in the employment sphere, with knowledge of matters such as terminations, management and contracts, as well as compliance issues relating to the new whistleblowing laws.” Chambers’ sources say that “There is no point at which I was not satisfied - the lawyers are clear, I can consult them on any legal issue ...”
  • Corporate/M&A: “Katarína Čechová is a leading figure in the Slovak legal community with extensive experience and in all aspects of corporate law. Clients appreciate her as a fast and clear communicator, who is proactive and leads a team very effectively.”
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: One of the clients noted: “We would absolutely recommend this law firm. We are impressed by its accuracy and responsiveness.”

The Chambers Europe guide provides in-depth analysis of the legal markets in many jurisdictions since 1999; it identifies the leading lawyers and law firms based on research which includes input received from law firms and clients around the world.

For further information please visit: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/europe/firm/2628/cechova-partners

Čechová & Partners is the proud winner of the Law Firm of the Year 2016 Award in Competition Law category

For a second consecutive year, Čechová & Partners has been named the Law Firm of the Year in the Competition Law category at this year's Law Firm of the Year event. The ceremony took place in Bratislava on April 12th, 2016.

In the prestigious competition, Čechová & Partners has been recognized in numerous other categories; it has been highly recommended or recommended in the following areas: 1) Corporate, 2) Labour Law, 3) Dispute Resolution, 4) Restructuring and Insolvency, 5) Intellectual Property, 6) IT and Telecommunications Law, 7) Banking and Finance, 8) M&A, 9) Development Projects and Real Estate.

Mgr. Tomáš Rybár, managing partner, noted: “I would like to express my warmest congratulations in particular to Tomáš Maretta, who leads our competition law practice group. I am also very pleased that we have been highly recommended or recommended in all areas where we were researched, confirming that we are a true full service business law firm providing high quality services in all areas covered.”

The results of the Law Firm of the Year 2016 competition are based on data gathered from an independent community of professionals from various institutions and business sectors. All major players in the Slovak market of legal services regularly participate in the competition organised by epravo.sk in cooperation with the business weekly TREND.

For more information please visit http://www.pravnickafirmaroka.sk/.

Legal 500 EMEA: Čechová & Partners Recognised in 2016 Rankings as the Only National Top-Tier Firm

The newly published Legal500 EMEA 2016 Guide has recognised Čechová & Partners and its attorneys for excellence in a number of practice areas. We are especially proud that our law firm has earned a Tier 1 ranking in Slovakia: Commercial, corporate and M&A, being the only national law firm recommended within Tier 1 by Legal500 EMEA.

Our law firm has also been recommended in all other researched practice areas: Banking, finance and capital markets and Real estate and construction.

Katarína Čechová is included in the elite "Leading lawyers" list both in the area of Commercial, corporate and M&A and Real estate and construction. Four partners were recognised as recommended lawyers by the guide: Tomáš Rybár and Tomáš Maretta are recognised in the area of Commercial, corporate and M&A, and Michaela Jurková and Simona Haláková are included in the category of Banking, finance and capital markets. This makes Čechová & Partners the law firm with highest number of individual recommendations in the Slovak chapter, confirming that its services are based on a wide team of recognised individuals.

For more information visit http://www.legal500.com/firms/13419/14064


Čechová & Partners celebrated its 25th anniversary

Čechová & Partners celebrated its 25th anniversary on the Slovak market for legal services with its esteemed clients and friends, who accepted the invitation to a party at a restaurant at Bratislava castle. The guests were charmingly accompanied through the summer evening by Jozef Vajda, the actor of the Slovak National Theatre. The excellent Pavol Hammel accompanied by the guitarist Juraj Burian and the singer Andrea Zimányiová joined the congratulators and his concert was the high point of the evening followed by a space for friendly conversations, memories or desires and visions for the coming years. Thanks to all for your support and unforgettable moments!


Law Firm of the Year 2015 Award for Čechová & Partners’ competition team and top rankings in Chambers Europe 2015

Čechová & Partners has been named law firm of the year in the Competition Law category at this year's prestigious  Law Firm of the Year 2015 survey organized by epravo.sk in cooperation with the business weekly TREND.

In the same survey Čechová & Partners was highly recommended in the categories of Corporate, Restructuring and Insolvency, Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property and Labour Law. Our law firm was also recommended in the categories of M&A and Development Projects and Real Estate.

Concurrently the new Chambers Europe 2015 Guide has been published and Čechová & Partners has maintained its top-ranked position for Slovakia. Highlights from the rankings include the following areas:

  • Competition/Antitrust: Tier 1
  • Corporate/M&A: Tier 2
  • Employment: Tier 2
  • Real Estate: Tier 2
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Tier 2
  • Intellectual Property: Tier 3
  • Banking & Finance: Tier 3
  • Dispute Resolution: Tier 3

The Chambers Europe commentary says:

  • Department head Tomáš Maretta is "a formidable competition lawyer," according to impressed sources, who describe him as "one of the top practitioners in Slovakia. He gives practical advice." He has notable strength in transactional competition matters.
  • Katarína Čechová receives strong praise for her business-savvy approach. "She knows not only the law but also its practical application, which comes from an understanding of the business and what it wants to achieve," commends one source.
  • Department head Tomáš Rybár draws praise as a "reliable and helpful" employment lawyer, with recent experience of matters such as disciplinary cases, terminations and data protection.

For further information please visit http://www.chambersandpartners.com/europe/firm/2628/cechova-partners


Čechová & Partners once again the only national Top-Tier firm according to Legal 500

Similarly as in previous years our law firm is the only national law firm to be recommended as a TOP-TIER FIRM by Legal500, namely in Commercial, Corporate and M&A for 2015. Our law firm has also been recommended in other researched practice areas: Banking, finance and capital markets and Real estate and construction. Katarína Čechová is listed in elite "Leading lawyers" list both in the area of Commercial, Corporate and M&A and Real estate and construction. Tomáš Rybár is recommended in the area of Commercial, Corporate and M&A and Michaela Jurková in the area of Banking, finance and capital markets.

For more information visit http://www.legal500.com/firms/13419-cechova-partners/14064-bratislava


Čechová & Partners the only national law firm to receive top ranking from Legal500 in Commercial, Corporate and M&A for 2014

Čechová & Partners’ Commercial, corporate and M&A Practice was given top recognition in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 noting “Čechová & Partners houses ‘talented and motivated lawyers with a high level of professionalism’. The practice, which is strong in competition, employment, restructuring, regulatory and M&A matters, has recently represented numerous clients in the life sciences industry.”. Čechová & Partners’ team is especially proud of this accomplishment since it is the Slovak national law firm having been recommended as a TOP-TIER FIRM. Katarína Čechová was named a leading individual and Tomáš Rybár a recommended lawyer for this practice area.

The firm have been recognized and recommended also in other practice areas assessed in the Slovak legal market: in Banking, finance and capital markets (Michaela Jurková and Katarína Čechová named recommended lawyers); and in Real estate and construction (Katarína Čechová named a leading individual).

For more information visit http://www.legal500.com/firms/13419/14064


Čechová&Partners has gone social

We understand the business owners, entrepreneurs and managers have busy schedules and rely on up-to-date relevant information throughout the day. In order to help you make important decisions, get the latest news, tips and other resources, or simply share your questions and thoughts with us you can now follow us on the following social media outlets:

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Top rankings for Čechová&Partners in Chambers Europe 2013

In the latest rankings released by Chambers & Partners, Čechová&Partners received significant praise and #1 ranking for Slovakia in three practice areas: Competition/Antitrust, Employment and Restructuring/Insolvency.

Čechová&Partners had multiple rankings and strong showings in this year’s Chambers Europe 2013, namely:

  • Competition/Antitrust: Tier 1
  • Employment: Tier 1
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Tier 1
  • Corporate/M&A: Tier 2
  • Real Estate: Tier 2
  • Intellectual Property: Tier 2
  • Banking & Finance: Tier 3
  • Dispute Resolution: Tier 3

Statements about the firm in Chambers Europe 2013:

  • Competition/Antitrust: “This independent firm continues to dominate the Slovak competition and antitrust sector.” Tomáš Maretta “earns glowing praise from clients for his responsive style, understanding of clients' businesses”. Chambers’s sources say: “The longest standing name in Slovakia.” and highlight the “ability to communicate complex information in clear, bite-sized chunks”.
  • Employment: “This leading domestic firm enjoys an impressive reputation and is widely regarded as one of the strongest players in Slovakia’s labour law market.” “Department head Tomáš Rybár enjoys an enviable reputation in the Slovak market for his prowess in labour law.” Chambers’s sources emphasize: “a strong team with employment expertise.” and “professional and flexible approach, with broad knowledge of the local law”.
  • Corporate/M&A: “Its value-for-money service, solid advice and in-depth understanding of the M&A world make this our go-to team.” “Name partner Katarína Čechová attracts praise for her availability and first-class negotiation skills.” Chambers’s sources say that she is “not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved in all aspects of the deal”.
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: “Sources confirm this local team’s top-tier status in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency, pointing to its unparalleled performance on the bankruptcy scene...”

The Chambers Europe guide provides in-depth analysis of the legal markets in 51 jurisdictions since 1999; it identifies the leading lawyers and law firms based on research which includes input received from law firms and clients around the world.

For further information please visit:
http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Firms/2628-73700.


Law Firm of the Year 2013 in the Corporate Law category according to TREND/EPRAVO.SK

Čechová & Partners was awarded the first place in the Corporate Law category in the first year of the Law Firm of the Year 2013 survey.

Our law firm scored prominently also in other categories. Čechová & Partners was highly recommended in the categories M&A, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and IT Law and Labour Law. We were also recommended for Development Projects and Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Public Procurement and Dispute Resolution.

The competition was organized by epravo.sk in cooperation with the business weekly TREND. A panel of 150 persons evaluated the law firms in individual areas of law. The awards ceremony was held on 16 April 2013.

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For more information please visit the website: http://firmy.etrend.sk/firmy-nefinancny-sektor/pravnicka-firma-roka-2013-pravo-obchodnych-spolocnosti.html and http://www.epravo.sk/top/efocus/pravnicka-firma-roka-2013-vysledkova-listina-125.html


Čechová & Partners Earns Top Ranking in The Legal 500 2013

Čechová & Partners, similarly as in previous years, has been recommended as a TOP TIER FIRM in Corporate and commercial, including M&A, in the latest The Legal 500 rankings.

The Legal 500 commentary says:
Čechová & Partners’ ‘top-class’ practice handles high-profile M&A and restructuring across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, transport and IT. Katarína Čechová is expert in insolvency and restructuring, and Tomáš Maretta is the key contact for competition law. Tomáš Rybár is well versed in the regulatory aspects of life sciences, postal services and data protection.

The firm and individual attorneys have been recognized and recommended in all practice areas assessed in the Slovak legal market. The firm’s tiered placements are as follows:

  • recommended as a TOP TIER FIRM in Corporate and commercial, including M&A (the practice head Katarína Čechová has been named a leading individual; Tomáš Rybár and Tomáš Maretta named recommended lawyers); 
  • recommended as a second tier firm in Banking, finance and capital markets (Michaela Jurková, Simona Haláková, and Katarína Čechová named recommended lawyers); and
  • recommended as a second tier firm in Real estate and construction (Katarína Čechová and Peter Bollardt named recommended lawyers).

For more information visit http://www.legal500.com/firms/13419/14064.


Čechová & Partners law firm is recommended by IFLR 1000 2013

Čechová & Partners law firm has been again recognized in the 23rd edition of IFLR 1000 for year 2013. Čechová & Partners consolidated its position in both practice areas assessed. In Banking & Finance the commentary says that “the firm is one of the strongest domestic firms in the market” and recommends our colleagues Katarína Čechová and Michaela Jurková. At the same Katarína Čechová was named as a leading lawyer in M&A while our law firm is described as “a favourite as local counsel and has developed a wealth of experience in privatisations and M&A work”.

IFLR 1000 is a publication with a focus on the leading law firms for corporate finance worldwide covering more than 120 jurisdictions. For further information please visit:
http://www.iflr1000.com/Jurisdiction/105/Slovak-Republic.html.


Čechová & Partners Receives Top-Tier Ranking from Chambers Europe

Chambers & Partners has released the Chambers Europe 2012 guide and Čechová & Partners has been once again top-ranked for Slovakia. Highlights from the rankings include the following areas:

  • Competition/Antitrust: Tier 1
  • Employment: Tier 1
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Tier 1
  • Corporate/M&A: Tier 2
  • Real Estate: Tier 2
  • Intellectual Property: Tier 2
  • Banking & Finance: Tier 3
  • Dispute Resolution: Tier 3

For further information please visit:
 http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Firms/2628-47710.


Čechová & Partners top-tier law firm according to The Legal 500 2012

Čechová & Partners recently received significant praise for its legal practice and individual attorneys in the latest edition of The Legal 500 2012. In the guide which assesses both international and individual local law firms, Čechová & Partners’ team is recommended in all practice areas assessed. Čechová & Partners consolidated its position in the first tier in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law, including M&A, and researchers highlight provided ‘top level, comprehensive’ advice and the ability of the team to ‘think outside the box’. The Managing Partner Tomáš Rybár and the practice head Katarína Čechová are recommended. The law firm has been also recognized in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets. Individually, Katarína Čechová is singled out as a key contact for this area.


Čechová & Partners held an M&A workshop for law students

On 8 December 2011, Čechová & Partners in cooperation with the law students’ organization ELSA Bratislava organized a Legal Workshop for law students. The topic of the practical event, attended by 16 students, was mergers and acquisitions.

At the beginning, partners of the firm introduced the topic of mergers and acquisitions and the role of attorneys, typical provisions in the transaction documents, course of legal due diligence and merger control to the students. In the second part of the event, the students have analyzed model legal documents during a simulated due diligence, identified problematic issues of corporate, contract, labor and competition law and suggested solutions for clients. The workshop was met with very positive response from the students, as well as from the firm, and both sides expressed their wish to continue organizing such events.


Čechová & Partners named the best Slovak law firm in Women in Business Law Awards

Čechová & Partners announced that it was awarded the „Best Firm in the Slovak Republic“ at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural gala of Women in Business Law. The Awards granted by the prestigious international publishing house recognise leading female business practitioners in the legal sector across 21 jurisdictions and 26 practice areas as well as international, national and regional firms dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession which set the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices.

For further information please visit: http://www.iflr.com/Article/2857171/Inaugural-Women-in-Business-Law-Awards-Winners-announced.html


Čechová & Partners – signatory to the initiative Pro Bono Advocacy

Čechová & Partners continues in its long tradition of providing free legal advice as well as in further cooperation with third sector organizations. On 27 May 2011, by signing Pro Bono Declaration, it joined the initiative Pro Bono Advocacy coordinated in Slovakia by Pontis Foundation.

The attorneys of the Law Firm Čechová & Partners believe that they have social obligation resulting from their status of legal professionals to help through their activity and effort individuals in bad economic situation with real access to legal advice both in private and public interest by providing pro bono legal services to organizations providing pro bono services. Thus involvement of the attorneys in the initiative Pro Bono Advocacy deepens their presence in the field of providing free legal advice.


Čechová & Partners Receives Top-Tier Ranking from Chambers Europe

Chambers & Partners which have been researching the legal profession in Europe since 1999 has released the Chambers Europe 2011 guide and we proudly announce that Čechová & Partners has been ranked in the top tiers for Slovakia.

Our law firm has been once again recognized for its outstanding practices and partners in an array of practice areas in the Slovak legal market. Highlights from the rankings include the following areas:

  • Corporate/M&A: Tier 1
  • Competition/Antitrust: Tier 1
  • Employment: Tier 1
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Tier 1
  • Real Estate: Tier 2
  • Intellectual Property: Tier 2
  • Banking & Finance: Tier 3
  • Dispute Resolution: Tier 3

The Chambers Europe commentary says the team of „smart and brilliant lawyers“ continues to be a dominant force in the competition/antitrust market. Much of the firm’s praise is elicited by department head Tomas Maretta. The guide has recognized our Corporate/M&A practice describing Katarina Cechova as a respected practitioner in this field, while Tomas Rybar is singled out as a “highly knowledgeable professional”. The labour department of our firm is praised as highly specialised, winning plaudits for its ability to marry international standards with local know-how. Tomas Rybar is again highly regarded for his work in the labour law department and admired for his knowledge of corporate affairs. The Chambers Europe noted also Čechová & Partners’ growing IP practice which complements the firm’s strong corporate, competition and employment departments. Michaela Jurkova who handles a large share of the firm’s IP work wins praise for her communication skills and efficiency. Katarina Cechova is mentioned for representation of domestic and international clients in insolvency matters both in and out of court and her experience in debt restructuring.

For further information please visit: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Firms/2628-39878


Top ranking in Legal 500 2011

Similarly as in previous years, Čechová & Partners law firm and individual attorneys have been again recognized in the latest edition of The Legal 500 2011: Europe, Middle East & Africa. In the guide which assesses both international and individual local law firms, Čechová & Partners’ ‘highly professional team’ is recommended in all practice areas assessed. The guide has ranked our law firm as the top firm in Corporate and commercial, including M&A, being ‘well reputed for its representation of Slovak and international corporate clients on domestic transactions’. The practice head Katarína Čechová, ‘whose experience and knowledge is excellent’, has been highly recommended as a leading individual, while Tomáš Maretta has been recommended for competition law advice, Tomáš Rybár and Simona Haláková for restructuring and divestments. Our law firm has been top-ranked also in Banking, finance and capital markets. Katarína Čechová (recognized as a leading individual in the practice area) and Michaela Jurková lead on banking and finance transactions, and Simona Haláková has been also recommended for her previous regulatory advice.


Chambers Global 2011

Čechová & Partners law firm proved once again that it belongs to the top-ranked law firms in the Slovak Republic. In the newest edition of Chambers Global publication for 2011, which identifies the leading lawyers and law firms in more than 180 jurisdictions, our law firm was again highly ranked in the area of Corporate & M&A, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking & Finance and Dispute Resolution, which means we were recommended in all areas researched. The recommended individuals mentioned in the publication include Katarína Čechová and Tomáš Rybár.


Čechová & Partners advised Skanska on one of the largest M&A deals in Slovakia in 2010

Čechová & Partners advised Skanska SK a.s. on acquisition of 100 % stake in SkyBau, s.r.o., one of the leading Slovak companies specialized in reinforced concrete constructions, building of residential, engineering, industrial buildings and transportation constructions, purchase and sale of real estate, trade intermediary services and trade in alloyed steel, hard metal materials and waste from these materials. Currently SkyBau is engaged in complex construction activity in the field of building construction that involves the complete supply of key construction works for gross structures.

Skanska SK belongs Skanska Group, which ultimate parent company is the Swedish company Skanska AB. 
The Firm participated on all stages of the transaction, starting from the due diligence of the target company, drafting and negotiating of the complex acquisition documentation and merger clearance with the Slovak Antimonopoly Office.

"With participation on this transaction, our firm lives up to its reputation of one of the leading M&A practices in country” said Katarína Čechová, M&A partner who led the deal. The Firm´s team encompassed also Tomáš Maretta, partner, who dealt with the antimonopoly clearance of the transaction.


Chambers Global 2010

After a year, Čechová & Partners law firm proved once again that it belongs to the top-ranked law firms in the Slovak Republic. In the newest edition of Chambers Global publication for 2010, which assesses individual law firms, our law firm was again top-ranked in the area of “Corporate & M&A” and “Insolvency & Restructuring”. We were recommended also in the area of Banking & Finance, meaning that our firm is recommended in all areas researched. The recommended individuals mentioned in the publication include Katarína Čechová (Insolvency & Restructuring, Corporate & M&A), Tomáš Rybár (Corporate & M&A) and Michaela Jurková (Banking & Finance).