After more than two decades of providing clients in Slovakia with legal advice through associations with local law firms, from June 1, CMS will provide Slovak law advice through what it calls "a fully-integrated Slovak team ... co-headed by Peter Simo and Petra Corba Stark, [which] consists of 10 experienced lawyers who cover all the main areas of business law."
The news of CMS's new entity in Slovakia follows the announcement, made in January of this year, that it and former associated firm Ruzicka Csekes would be terminating that arrangement as of May 31, 2017 (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on January 19, 2017).
In a new statement distributed by CMS, co-head Petra Corba Stark commented: “The responses to our announcement that we received from our clients have been overwhelmingly positive and the team has hit the ground running in terms of client instructions. We believe there is a place for a firm like ours in the current market and are ready to further develop our business locally.”
Peter Simo added: “Our many years spent providing legal advice in Slovakia mean our clients can rely on our extensive local knowledge and experience. But what is unique about us is that, thanks to our 4,500 CMS colleagues worldwide, we can also support our clients with the legal expertise of the biggest law firm in Europe. This is a competitive advantage that not many law firms on the Slovak market can offer to their clients."