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Some comments that have been made on Weinhold Legal in the specialised legal press and respected legal guides to law firms in Europe and worldwide:


The European Legal 500

Within M&A and Dispute resolution Weinhold Legal is a first tier firm, ranked further in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Real Estate & Construction and Tax.

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets: Weinhold Legal is frequently instructed by leading financial institutions and borrowers on the financing of acquisitions, projects and more. It also provides capital markets, investment funds and investor advice, including in relation to collective investments, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), private equity finance and bond issuances. The firm assisted UniCredit Bank with several financing and refinancing transactions. Daniel Weinhold remains the key figure.

Corporate and M&A: Weinhold Legal advised Greece-based Sarantis Group on the acquisition of Czech cosmetic brand Astrid. It also assisted Spar Austria with the sale of two of its Czech subsidiaries to Ahold; the deal included 36 Interspar hypermarkets and 14 Spar supermarkets.

Dispute Resolution: Weinhold Legal recently successfully represented a large French construction company against a minority shareholder regarding a mandatory buyout offer, involving all stages of the Czech courts including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. The firm continues to act as local counsel to the Czech state and the Ministry of Finance.

Real Estate & Construction: Weinhold Legal provides ‘a very good level of service’. Highlights included advising CBRE on the acquisition of a real estate management company and assisting prestigious clients with significant leases, as well as advising Investment Development Management LLC on a sale and purchase agreement for three hotel buildings and five land plots. Thilo Hoffmann is ‘competent and trustworthy’ and Pav Younis is ‘proactive’ and ‘professional’.

Tax: Weinhold Legal ‘s managing partner Daniel Weinhold has advised foreign investment and oil companies on tax-related matters and represented clients in tax reimbursement claims in the Supreme and Administrative Courts. Clients include BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Technology, Media & Telecoms: Martin Lukáš, who heads the IP/IT team at Weinhold Legal, is ‘quick’, ‘efficient’ and has ‘a sense for business’. The group recently advised a distributor in the cosmetics industry on a potential trade mark infringement and has assisted clients with trade mark portfolio acquisitions.




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Ranked for the areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Restructuring & Insolvency and, Real Estate and recognised in the areas of Intellectual Property and Private Equity.

Banking & Finance: Weinhold Legal is well regarded for acquisition finance strength, expertise on banking regulations relating to the recent Czech Civil Code, and a growing banking litigation practice. Strong track record in mandates for clients in the renewable energy and IT sectors.

Sources say: “This team provides a reliable, flexible and friendly service to the client."

Clients praise Pavel Jendrulek for his "ability to advise on a broad range of legal issues, and to co-ordinate a team efficiently. He is also a strong negotiator."

Recent case highlights include assisting UniCredit with project financing provided to a renewable energy company. Weinhold Legal further provided advice concerning the new Czech Civil Code to Komerční banka. Other significant clients are Anglo Irish Bank, Česká spořitelna, National Asset Management Agency.

Corporate and M&A: Weinhold Legal acts extensively on mandates in the energy and retail sectors particularly, often with cross-border elements. Weinhold Legal provides advice on a range of Czech corporate issues, including the implementation of the recent Czech Civil Code.

Sources say: "Always focuses on quality, and close co-operation with the client."

Managing partner Daniel Weinhold is a well-known figure in the Czech transactional market. Lately, he has advised on several deals in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Recent case highlights include assisting SPAR with the sale of its Czech subsidiaries to the Dutch retail company Royal Ahold. Other significant clients are CBRE Group, Abellio Group, Sensient, Wiener Privatklinik Holding, and Lama Energy.

Dispute resolution: Weinhold Legal is experienced in investment arbitration cases and domestic litigation matters. Weinhold Legal is active lately on banking and finance disputes, and complex cases regarding the squeeze-out of minority shareholders; knowledgeable of IT and IP-related litigation.

Department head Milan Polák is well known in the Czech market for activity on banking, real estate and construction disputes, including arbitration matters. Recent highlights include acting for a major banking client on multiple disputes concerning allegedly unfair banking charges.

Employment: Weinhold Legal advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of employment matters. Weinhold Legal is a popular choice for restructurings and employment litigation, with additional expertise in remuneration policies, immigration issues and negotiations with trade unions.

Sources say: "I would highlight the team's willingness to help, rapid response and prompt document creation.”

Eva Prochazkova brings extensive academic expertise to a range of employment cases, with particular experience of social security issues. Clients note her practical advice, saying: "She is helpful, responds quickly and always makes the effort to find the best solution."

Real Estate: Weinhold Legal is well known for broad real estate offering with notable expertise in acquisitions, contracts and lease agreements. Weinhold Legal offers additional knowledge in real estate financings and infrastructure-related developments.

Sources say: "The lawyers are efficient and hard-working - if the client needs something the next day, it gets done." and "This team responds promptly and pays great attention to detail."

Recent case highlights include advising the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany on the acquisition of Palais Lobkowicz in Prague, an 18th century building with cultural significance for Germany. Other significant clients are Devanlay, Dixons, Grandi Stazioni, IC Company.

Restructuring/Insolvency: Weinhold Legal is known for internationally focused restructuring and insolvency offering, with experience of CEE-wide matters alongside expertise in the domestic distressed market. Well versed in insolvency matters involving global clients with Czech subsidiaries, in sectors such as fashion and aerospace.

Sources say: "Weinhold Legal understands how to overcome all the hurdles that might jeopardise a deal. The lawyers are trustworthy people, who add value with their high level of expertise." and "The firm's work is of a high quality. The lawyers solve problems by offering a practical point of view on difficult legal issues, and strong industry sector expertise."

Department head Thilo Hoffmann is the lead contact point for clients.

Recent case highlights include assisting Levi Strauss with various elements of the Czech aspects of its pan-European corporate restructuring, including employment law issues. Other significant clients are Compagnie Daher, LAMA, MAFRA, and TTS.





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Weinhold Legal is highly recommended in Banking and Finance, and recommended in Capital Markets, Corporate Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employee Benefits, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity/Venture Capital, Restructuring and Insolvency, Outsourcing and IT, Environment, Competition/anti-trust, Directors duties and liabilities, Tax, Media and Telecoms.

Partners Daniel Weinhold, Pav Younis, Thilo Hoffmann and Milan Polák are highly recommended in Banking and Finance, Private Equity/Venture Capital, recommended in Corporate/M&A, recognised in Directors duties and liabilities, Tax litigation matters (DW), highly recommended in Real Estate and recommended in Corporate/M&A (PY), highly recommended in Outsourcing, recognised in Restructuring & Insolvency (TH), highly recommended in Labour and Employee Benefits (MP).

Highly recommended lawyers are: Věra Tovey in Capital Markets, specifically in debt and equity, Dušan Kmoch in Environment, Martin Lukáš in Media and Telecom, David Emr in Competition/anti-trust, Tomáš Čermák in Competition/anti-trust.




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Weinhold Legal is ranked in the areas of Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring and Insolvency.

Banking and finance: Weinhold Legal’s finance team receives good reviews. “We are impressed by their expertise, professional approach, care and flexibility,” notes one client. “High quality, timely service,” states another.

The broader banking and finance team was active on range of work including bond issues, financings and regulatory advice. One of the firm’s large bond deals saw it representing GZ Digital Media on its issue. An example of its more general finance work saw the firm assist Ceska sporitelna in connection with a financing for a Czech company active in the renewable energy sector. On the advisory side, the firm offered assistance to Komerční banka on the new Civil Code and its ramifications for the bank.

M&A: The corporate practice is said to be “reliable, efficient, skilled, with a pro-client approach,” according to one client.

Among the firm’s M&A highlights, a standout transaction was its role for SPAR in the sale of its Czech subsidiaries to Dutch Royal Ahold for $266 million.

Restructuring and insolvency: In the restructuring area, the firm concluded some notable work on the company side. It was involved in Levis Strauss’ pan-European restructuring, providing insight on the Czech and Slovak law. In a domestic matter, the firm advised MAFRA on its restructuring, which included the upstream merger of its two subsidiaries. One client was effusive about the firm’s restructuring advice, saying: “Timely delivery – within one week – and excellent quality.”

Energy and infrastructure: Weinhold Legal founder Daniel Weinhold heads the energy and infrastructure team at the firm.

One of the firm’s recent energy highlights was advising Polish client Tauron on its joint-venture with ArcelorMittal, Tameh Holding, which will see the two partners cooperate for 15 years on developing and investing in utility projects in Czech Republic and Poland. Weinhold advised the client on all the relevant Czech documentation.




legexp_180European Legal Experts

Weinhold Legal is recommended in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, IP, IT and Telecoms.

Partners Daniel Weinhold, Pav Younis, Thilo Hoffmann and Milan Polák and senior attorney Věra Tovey, Dušan Kmoch and Martin Lukáš ranked in the areas of Banking & Finance (DW, PY, VF), Corporate and M&A (DW, PY, TH, DK) and Dispute Resolution (MP, DW, PY), Real Estate (PY), IP, IT and Telecoms (ML) In Slovakia, partners Daniel Weinhold, Thilo Hoffmann and senior attorneys Rastislav Kuklis and Tomáš Čermák ranked in the area of Corporate and Finance.

"Weinhold Legal has a sizeable M&A team that provides good service and experience. Clients comment that the department's lawyers are very professional, and know international legislation."

"One of the largest law firms in the Slovak Republic, it has some excellent banking clients."



wwl_logo_2014_250Who's Who Legal

Daniel Weinhold and Milan Polák belong to a handful of lawyers from the Czech Republic ranked among experts as leaders in the following categories:

Daniel Weinhold

- Who´s Who of Government Contracts Lawyers 2016

- Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers 2010-2011, 2013-2016

- Who's Who of Commercial Litigators 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

- Who's Who of Banking Lawyers 2012, 2013 and 2014

- Who's Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2012

- Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2010

Milan Polák

- Who's Who of Commercial Litigators 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015



Tax Directors Handbook 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Weinhold Legal v.o.s. is recommended in the Tax Directors Handbook 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013 and 2014 as one of the few leading law firms in the Czech Republic dealing with tax-related matters:

"Weinhold Legal v.o.s. is frequently engaged to advise clients on significant tax litigation matters. Recent work includes advice on a significant VAT litigation case relating to treasury operations of energy companies, and work on a tax withholding case relating to the applicability of withholding tax duties in the telecoms industry."

"Clients praise the team's 'timely work and friendly attitude', with one describing the practice as 'thorough, quick and efficient'."



Expert Guides

(The Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers)

- partner Daniel Weinhold ranked as an expert lawyer in Banking


European Counsel Magazine

"… one of the fastest growing law firms in the country"


Global Counsel 3000

"… highly regarded local firms include Weinhold Legal, which has a growing profile." (Hieros Gamos) is one of the very first on-line law and government sites founded in 1995.

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