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WEINHOLD LEGAL ADVISED GERMAN EMBASSY ON PALAIS LOBKOWICZ

15.10.2014

Weinhold Legal advised the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Embassy in Prague on the contemplated acquisition of the Prague-based Palais Lobkowicz, the seat of the German Embassy, from the Czech state. Following negotiations the parties agreed instead of a transfer on a long-term lease of the building by Germany.

Since 1974 Palais Lobkowicz is the seat of the German Embassy in Czech Republic. In 1989 the building was an important scene of European history. Thousands of East Germans fled to West Germany via Prague and, thus, paved the way for German reunification. This event marks its 25th anniversary these days.

"Especially due to the historical significance of this building, we were very proud to support the Embassy on this transaction" said Thilo Hoffmann, the responsible partner at Weinhold Legal. Weinhold Legal had been the winner in the German Embassy´s tender for legal advice.

The events at the Palais Lobkowicz are considered the most important precursors to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher announced on September 30, 1989 on the balcony of Palais Lobkowicz the exit opportunity for almost 4,000 East German refugees. The communist system in East Germany and Czechoslovakia collapsed shortly afterwards and paved the way for free elections and a democratic society.

The baroque palace, which was built in 1702, was owned by the Bohemian noble family Lobkowicz since 1753. Ludwig van Beethoven and Carl Maria von Weber gave concerts in the domed hall of the Palais. In 1927 the Lobkowicz family sold the building to the Czechoslovak state.

WEINHOLD LEGAL ADVISES SELLER ON GOALKEEPER PETR ČECH’S ENTRY INTO SOCIETY MTB CS SRO

13.10.2014

Weinhold Legal advised the shareholders of CS MTB s.r.o., the organisers of successful sports projects Kolo pro život, Stopa pro život, Enduro Serie and Pražské schody, in connection with the sale of an interest in the Company to Czech Republic and Chelsea soccer goalkeeper Petr Čech and the owners of SPORT INVEST.

Weinhold Legal’s advice consisted mainly of representation in negotiating the share transfer agreement, the shareholders’ agreements and other related contracts.

The Weinhold Legal team included partner Ondřej Havránek, senior lawyer David Emr and concipient Václav Smetana. Ondřej Havranek commented on transaction: "We have a few active cyclists in our office and Kolo pro život project is close to us - we have therefore contributed to the entry of new partners in this successful project."

Weinhold Legal advises Tauron on the creation of a joint-venture with ArcelorMittal

12.08.2014

Weinhold Legal advised Tauron, one of the major Central European energy companies, on the creation of a joint-venture with ArcelorMittal. Both companies will hold 50% stakes in Tameh Holding, the newly created joint-venture vehicle.

Weinhold Legal´s legal services in relation to the creation of the joint-venture included due diligence and assistance related to the contractual documentation governed by Czech law.

The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Daniel Weinhold, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law Lukáš Zahrádka and others. Daniel Weinhold commented on the transaction: "We are very pleased to have assisted in another significant transaction in the energy sector. The scope of our engagement and the ambitious time schedule required considerable effort by our experienced team."

HOGAN LOVELLS PRAGUE MANAGING PARTNER MIROSLAV DUBOVSKÝ JOINS WEINHOLD LEGAL

05.08.2014

Weinhold Legal has strengthened its team with the arrival of new partner, Miroslav Dubovský, who joins Weinhold Legal as the former managing partner of Hogan Lovells Prague, following Hogan Lovells departure from Prague. The combination of Miroslav Dubovský´s excellent skills and experience with Weinhold Legal’s strong team will ensure the continuation of top quality legal services to the numerous clients serviced by Miroslav and Hogan Lovells in Prague.

Miroslav spent more than 20 years of his professional career working with international law firms in Prague. He focuses his practice mainly on mergers and acquisitions including private equity and property law. He is also a highly-regarded international commercial arbitration lawyer.

As an extensively experienced transactional lawyer, handling complex national and cross-border deals, Miroslav has acted in numerous corporate, finance, corporate real estate and innovative transactions, including project finance and public-private partnership projects.

Miroslav's excellent knowledge of Czech law is an invaluable asset in his capacity as an international commercial arbitration lawyer having represented clients in number of disputes including disputes under bilateral investment treaties. He also regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Commenting on his move to Weinhold Legal, Miroslav stated: "I am thrilled by the prospect of joining a market leading Czech law firm where I believe I can contribute to its further growth."

Weinhold Legal Managing Partner Daniel Weinhold said: "We are delighted to have Miroslav join our team. His excellent skills, experience and market reputation further enhance our credentials as one of the leading law firms in the Czech market."

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