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White & Case has announced that Nikolay Feoktistov in Moscow and Tomas Jine in Prague will be made Partner as part of the firm's global promotion round, which includes a total of 41 lawyers around the world. The promotions will become effective on January 1, 2019.

Read more: Nikolay Feoktistov and Tomas Jine Promoted to Partner at White & Case in Moscow and Prague

Ondrej Plesmid is the Chief Legal Officer at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. His career as a lawyer started in a small law office, and he subsequently worked for over three years in the Czech Ministry of Finance and then the Ministry of Regional Development. In 2017 he moved to the private sector and started to work at King’s Casino.

Read more: Inside Insight: Ondrej Plesmid, Chief Legal Officer at King’s Casino

Former Kinstellar Partner Jitka Logesova has joined Wolf Theiss as Partner to head the firm’s newly established Corporate Investigations Practice in Prague, which will serve as a hub for the entire CEE/SEE region.

Read more: Jitka Logesova to Head Wolf Theiss's New Corporate Investigation Practice in Prague

CMS, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, and Kirkland & Ellis have advised Advent International on the acquisition of Zentiva, Sanofi’s European generics business, for EUR 1.9 billion. Weil Gotshal & Manges and Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii advised Sanofi on the sale.

Read more: CMS, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Tuca, and Weil Advise on Advent International's Acquisition of...

Clifford Chance lawyers from Prague and Warsaw were on the multi-jurisdictional team advising FlaktGroup, a portfolio company of Triton, on the sale of DELBAG, a specialist for air filtration, to Hengst SE. The contract was signed on August 22, 2018, and the purchase price was not disclosed.

Read more: Warsaw and Prague Lawyers on Clifford Chance Team Advising FlaktGroup on Sale of DELBAG to Hengst SE

The Deal: On April 25, 2018, CEE Legal Matters reported that Clifford Chance had advised Czech Media Invest on its acquisition of Lagardere’s sale of its radio businesses in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Romania. Herbert Smith Freehills and Wolf Theiss advised Lagardere on the deal.

Read more: Inside Out: Czech Media Invest’s Acquisition of CEE Radio Businesses from Lagardere

Internet traders, who have not yet managed to recover fully from the effects of the GPDR on their activities, are already facing another regulation likely to have a significant impact on technical solutions used in the operation of Internet businesses. In March 2018, Regulation (EU) 2018/302 (the “Regulation”) was adopted, the purpose of which is to solve so-called “unjustified geo-blocking” by removing certain obstacles to the operation of the internal market and by preventing discrimination based on nationality, place of residence, or place of establishment in cross-border online transactions.

Read more: Regulation on Addressing Unjustified Geo-blocking and Other Forms of Discrimination

When acquiring a company owning real estate or an independent property, a check of the seller’s title to the real estate is an integral part of the due diligence process. The scope of the due diligence that is necessary is about to be narrowed.

Read more: Changes in Real Estate Due Diligence on the Horizon?

Start-Ups represent a unique subset of clients for major law firms, as they are often unable to pay the fees those firms generally require, but – particularly in the tech sector – hold out the potential of significant profitability down the road. Intrigued by the unique challenges and opportunities for law firms offering their services to these cash-poor but potential-high clients, we invited partners from four prominent law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to share their strategies and experiences with Start-ups with us in the offices of Kocian Solc Balastik in Prague. KSB Partner Christian Blatchford moderated the conversation. 

Read more: Serving the Start-Ups: A Czech and Slovak Round Table

I started my legal career back in 1993 as a student clerk, and over the past 25 years I have literally grown up with the firm. I’ve had the pleasure of advising clients during some of the most exciting periods in Czech history – from the “Wild Wild East” of the nineties, to EU accession, through the global financial crisis and recovery.

Read more: Guest Editorial: A Quarter Century in the Czech Legal Market

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JŠK, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. (JŠK) is a medium-sized law firm based in Prague providing a comprehensive range of commercial legal advisory services in the Czech Republic. Our team consists of almost 30 lawyers, five of whom are partners with many years of experience from leading international law firms. We advise local and international clients from banking, insurance and various industry sectors, boast a respected projects practice, and work for the public sector at the federal and municipal level.

Ever since it was founded in 2004, JŠK has striven for the epitome of professionalism, expertise and ethical integrity. We continuously seek to surpass what large global law firms can offer and to give our clients a personal approach. All mandates are equally important to us regardless of size as we guide clients through both complex and seemingly routine matters.

Our clients turn to us for advice when implementing their business plans across all areas of commercial law. We are proud members of PONTES: the CEE lawyers, a unique network of law firms through which we provide services not only in the Czech Republic but also in Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Firm's website: http://www.jsk.cz

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