HAVEL & PARTNERS has become the absolute winner of the Law Firm of the Year 2021 competition with the best results ever

In the 14th year of the Czech Law Firm of the Year competition HAVEL & PARTNERS won five times. As in 2020, it won the main award for Domestic Law Firm and the award for Best Client Services, and also triumphed in three industry categories. With these all-time best results, the firm confirmed its long-standing position as the market leader in the Czech Republic.

This is the fifth time in the last seven years that the firm has won the main award for Domestic Law Firm and the award for Best Client Services. HAVEL & PARTNERS is also the best Czech law firm in the Mergers & Acquisitions category for the third time in a row and has won the Telecommunications & Media category for the seventh time. One of the novelties in 2021 was the Health Law category, another key specialisation of the firm, which was won for the first time by HAVEL & PARTNERS.

In 15 specialisation categories, the firm was ranked among the highly recommended law firms (top tier). According to the results of all previous years of the competition, HAVEL & PARTNERS remains the most successful and most comprehensive law firm in the Czech Republic and Slovakia according to the sum of all nominations and awards.

“This is our biggest success ever and the best result in the history of this competition – no other law firm has ever won so many awards in one year, including the main award and the client award. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their dedication, loyalty and teamwork, as well as our clients for their trust, which motivates us to continuously work on ourselves, improve our services and bring them added value,” said Jaroslav Havel, the firm’s managing partner.

The award ceremony of the Law Firm of the Year competition, organised by EPRAVO.CZ under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, took place on 1 November 2021 at Žofín Palace in Prague.

HAVEL & PARTNERS strengthens its team across all key specialisations

As the Czech-Slovak market leader, we realise that the best law firms are made by top professionals, so we don’t hesitate to invest in the best people on the market. Since the beginning of 2021, a total of forty lawyers have joined the firm’s team. HAVEL & PARTNERS is thus strengthening its staff capacity across all key specialisations in which it has a significant market share in order to maximally meet the high demands and expectations of its clients.  

Martin Peckl and Petr Dohnal became the firms’ partners

Martin Peckl joined HAVEL & PARTNERS as a partner in November 2021. As an expert in mergers and acquisitions, real estate, commercial and corporate law and a native Czech and German speaker, Martin is now a key member of the firm’s dedicated team providing comprehensive legal services to German-speaking clients.

Petr Dohnal has been promoted to partner internally and is a member of the firm’s M&A, private equity/venture capital and insolvency and corporate restructuring advisory teams. In his new role, Petr will focus on building and managing the cross-disciplinary legal M&A team specialising in distressed assets to enable clients to take the maximum advantage of potential opportunities in the post-covid market situation.

Martin Vlk and Ivan Houfek as counsels in the real estate and litigation teams

HAVEL & PARTNERS’ real estate and construction team has been expanded to include Martin Vlk, who has many years of experience in real estate transactions and builds on his international M&A experience. Martin advises on sales and acquisitions of companies and real estate, formations of joint ventures and on contractual relations concerning the management, operation and lease of residential and commercial real estate.

Ivan Houfek, an attorney with more than ten years of experience in litigation and M&A and real estate law, has joined the litigation and arbitration advisory group. Ivan specialises in dispute resolution, civil litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in complex litigation and commercial disputes.

Three senior female associates have joined the family law, commercial law and public sector law advisory groups

Senior associate Veronika Bočanová has joined the specialised family and employment law team. As a specialist with many years of experience, Veronika offers comprehensive services in these areas in connection with marriage and parenthood matters as well as arranging employment relations.

Senior associate Irena Munzarová has joined the commercial law team. Irena specialises in corporate law, especially all types of corporate transformations. She also focuses extensively on acquisitions and divestitures of companies and real estate law.

The public sector law group has grown to include senior associate Dana Prudíková, who has many years of experience in public law, legislation, education, sports, and administrative law. Previously, Dana worked as Director of the Legislative Department at the Ministry of Justice and as Deputy for Legislation and International Relations at the Ministry of Education.

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