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In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. Our question this time: “What mistake do young associates commonly make that is most frustrating for you?”

Read more: The Corner Office: Associate Mistakes

KSB has advised Skoda Auto DigiLab on its HoppyGo project, a car-sharing application developed by CreativeDock, which brings car owners together with drivers who want to rent a vehicle. The seller was advised by Novalia.

Read more: KSB and Novalia Advise on Skoda Car-Sharing App Investment

Kocian Solc Balastik has advised Czech game development studio Warhorse on the initial crowdfunding for the launch of its "Kingdom Come: Deliverance" video game and on legal aspects of the game’s development, including licensing arrangements with external software developers.

Read more: KSB Advises Warhorse on Major Video Game Launch

Wolf Theiss has advised Munich RE Group on the sale by its ERGO Group AG subsidiary of its legal protection subsidiary DAS Switzerland and the legal protection insurance portfolios of DAS Luxembourg and DAS Slovakia to the Allianz Group. Switzerland's Homburger AG and Luxembourg's Arendt & Medernach SA law firms worked alongside Wolf Theiss. White & Case and Binder Groesswang advised the Allianz Group.

Read more: Wolf Theiss Advises Munich RE Group on ERGO Group Sale of Subsidiaries to Allianz Group

The JSK law firm has advised Czech engineering company Toshulin on its acquisition of TOS Kurim and CKD Blansko from ALTA a.s. Havel & Partners advised ALTA in the sale.

Read more: JSK and Havel & Partners Assist with Toshulin Acquisition of TOS Kurim and CKD Blansko

In cooperation with international law firm Eversheds Sutherland, Dvorak Hager & Partners has represented Raisio, a Finnish food company, on the EUR 100 million sale of its confectionary division to Valeo Foods.

Read more: Dvorak Hager & Partners and Eversheds Sutherland Advise Raisio on Sale of Division to Valeo Foods

Lawyers from DLA Piper's offices in Germany, Italy, the United States, and the Czech Republic have advised Luxembourg-based private equity firm ASC Investment on its acquisition of Vitrablok, the Czech-based glass block division of the Seves Group, and on obtaining financing from RiverRock for the transaction. The sellers were advised by Giese & Partners in the Czech Republic and by LMS Studio Legale in Italy, and RiverRock was advised by TaylorWessing.

Read more: DLA Piper and Taylor Wessing Advise on Financing for and Acquisition of Vitrablok

Dvorak Hager & Partners has taken part in the creation of a General Data Protection Regulation calculator web project by Secure Data, which provides a basic risk assessment and recommendations for audits and measures to be taken in individual areas. 

Read more: Dvorak Hager & Partners Participates in GDPR Calculator Project

Local Partners from White & Case's Warsaw and Prague offices have joined the firm's multi-jurisdictional team advising WernerCo on its acquisition of the ZARGES Group from a consortium consisting of funds managed by Baird Capital and Granville, VR Equitypartner, and the management team of ZARGES. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Read more: Polish and Czech Lawyers on White & Case Team Advising WernerCo on Acquisition

“First of all, I have to say that the legal market and most of the firms are doing quite well right now in the Czech Republic,” says Martin Hrodek, Managing Partner at Baker McKenzie in the Czech Republic, “as the sector did some visible recovering during the past two years.”

Read more: The Buzz in the Czech Republic: Interview with Martin Hrodek of Baker & McKenzie

CMS Prague has advised Czech metal processing conglomerate Metal Trade Comax Group on its acquisition of the German Oetinger Aluminium Group from Orlando Management AG. Orlando was represented by Noerr's Munich office. Financial details were not provided.

Read more: CMS Advises Metal Trade Comax Group on Acquisition of Oetinger Aluminium Group

Clifford Chance Prague has advised the European Investment Bank on its up to EUR 50 million equity investment into Inven Capital, a Czech SICAV fund that is fully-owned by the regional energy group CEZ. Inven Capital reportedly was counseled by DBK Partners.

Read more: Clifford Chance Advises EIB on Initial Equity Investment in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic Knowledge Partner

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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