The BDO network of independent tax, audit, accounting, and other professional services firms has launched a law firm in the Czech Republic, with offices in Prague and Brno.
The opening of the legal practice in the Czech Republic follows the July 1, 2020 merger of BDO Slovakia with Slovakian law firm Nexus. The Prague office will be headed by Partner Jiri Smatlak, and the Brno office will be led by Partner Lukas Regec.
BDO has been serving clients in the Czech Republic since 1991. According to a firm press release, the new legal arm in the country will focus mainly on "Corporate law for medium-sized companies," along with representing clients in court proceedings and in insolvency and restructuring matters.
Smatlak joins BDO after a year as the head of the eponymous Smatlak Legal firm. Previously he spent a year as a solo practitioner, eight and a half years with Dvorak Hager & Partners (now the Prague office of Eversheds Sutherland), and two and a half years with PRK Partners.
Regec worked with Smatlak Legal for the past year, after spending the previous three as a solo practitioner in Brno.
Trond-Morten Lindberg, BDO International CEO for EMEA, commented on the new offering in the Czech Republic. “We were all very excited about this new service offering. I appreciate the way our Czech partners keep investing in our clients’ needs, aiming to provide them the best possible service. It’s also great news for our international clients operating in the Czech Republic as they now get instant access to a well-established and skilled legal team. I would like to wish the entire team a lot of success in their new partnership.”