Legal Directories

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:

Weinhold Legal is ranked for areas of Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Projects & Energy, Real Estate & Construction, Tax and Technology, Media & Telecoms.

In February 2018, Daniel Weinhold was inducted to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years.

Eva Procházková is ranked as the Rising Star in the area of Employment.

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets: Weinhold Legal advises major Czech banks and financial institutions on all aspects of project finance and acquisition finance. The team also has a particular focus on securitisation. Pavel Jendrulek leads the team, while Daniel Weinhold is another key contact.

Key clients: UniCredit Czech Republic and Slovakia, Raiffeisenbank, Česká spořitelna (Erste Bank Group), ČSOB, Grandi Stazioni, OHL ŽS, Henry Schein

Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Weinhold Legal acts for a mix of international companies and local subsidiaries of global corporates. Daniel Weinhold leads the team; other key name to note include IP expert Martin Lukáš.

Testimonials:Extremely responsive and knowledgeable on corporate law.

Václav Smetana goes above and beyond to ensure client needs are met. He has a strong understanding of local law and regulations, and also understand the complexities involved when working with US-headquartered clients.

I would highlight Martin Lukáš and Anna Bartůňková for their hard work, innovative procedures and professional approach.

Key clients: Henry Schein, Slovenská produkčná (JOJ Group), Renomia, Momentum, LEEL Electricals Limited, PORR, První novinová společnost (PNS), Kyocera, GZ Media.

Work highlights: Advised Henry Schein, a major provider of healthcare solutions for office-based dental and medical professionals, in relation to the spin-off of its animal health business. Assisted JOJ Group with its acquisition of a 100% stake in Československá filmová společnost. Advised Renomia on its acquisition of a majority stake in IMG.

Dispute Resolution: Weinhold Legal maintains its specialism in real estate-related litigation and in representing banking clients. It also handles investment disputes and IP litigation. Led by Milan Polák, the team has dual Czech and Slovak law capabilities. Daniel Weinhold handles commercial litigation and has a strong track record in tax litigation.

Testimonials: The Individuals in the team are very experienced and open minded.

The team is commercially aware and knows the legal market in dispute resolution very well. They are able to handle large and small matters and are sufficiently staffed for these purposes.

Martin Lukáš is a seasoned and excellent litigator, very good technically and aware of the commercial and business considerations important in dealing with dispute resolution matters. He was also able significantly assist with our business development strategy by introducing us to potential clients.

Work highlights: Represented Grandi Stazioni in the enforcement of claims arising from lease agreements concluded with the owner of the stations as part of a PPP project for the revitalisation of railway stations including the Prague main station. Assisted a litigation financing provider in the CEE with the establishment of its business in the Czech Republic.

Employment: Weinhold Legal is a ‘true expert in this area of law’, handling cross-border matters. Led by Milan Polák, the team advises on GDPR and secondment issues, and represents clients in employment litigation related to dismissals. Eva Procházková advises a mix of domestic and international clients and Anna Bartůňková, who is highlighted for her ‘professional approach‘, handles both litigation and arbitration.

Testimonials:Weinhold Legal Employment provides a very direct and responsive service on all employment law matters in the Czech Republic. I take the professionalism as a given. But I am particularly impressed by the responsiveness and the clarity of updates.

Knowledgable, helpful and respond very quickly to queries and questions.

Overall legal expertise. Practical and realistic approach to various legal situations.

Eva Procházková is ranked as the Rising Star.

Projects and Energy: Weinhold Legal focuses on the renewable energy sector and is experienced in financing deals. The past year has seen the group advise long-term clients in the transportation sector on development projects. Daniel Weinhold is the key contact, while the wider team include Martin Lukáš.

Testimonials: “We appreciate the friendly and proactive approach and high level of professionalism of this law firm. In many cases they came with new perspectives on the disputed matters and it worked.”

Key clients: Grandi Stazioni, Porr, OHL/ ŽPSV.

Work highlights: Advised Austrian building contractor Porr on agreements for the transfer of all shares in Alpine Bau CZ from PSJ Holdings. Advised Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) group on the sale of its majority stake in ŽPSV, a Czech supplier of concrete products for the building industry specialising in transport structures. Advised Grandi Stazioni on a PPP project which involves the revitalisation of railway stations including Prague’s main station.

Real Estate & Construction: Weinhold Legal advises clients on a broad range of real estate matters, including development projects. Practice head Pav Younis has a specialism in M&A and acts for many international clients. The team’s practice spans financing, development, transactions and leasing arrangements. Zbyšek Kordač is the name to note for real estate disputes and has appeared in arbitration proceedings.

Testimonials: Pav Younis is commercial, approachable and clearly knew the local market very well.”

Key clients: Grandi Stazioni, Bluehouse Capital, Christian Louboutin, Aures Holding

Work highlights: Advised a Central European used car dealer on the lease of its headquarters. Advising Grandi Stazioni on a PPP project involving the revitalisation of railway stations, including Prague’s main station. Advised leading luxury fashion brand Christian Louboutin on the lease of its first store in Prague.

Tax: Weinhold Legal provides a ‘high-quality service‘, drawing on the expertise of its wider network. Led by Daniel Weinhold, the team is experienced in advising on the tax aspects of transactions, and handling tax litigation, where Martin Lukáš and Anna Bartůňková are the key names.

Testimonials: The level of service is excellent. Everything is always on time; advice is provided with sufficient business understanding and high-level knowledge. We also appreciate the reasonable price of the services.

Martin Lukáš and Anna Bartůňková are highlighted for their hard work, innovative procedures and professional approach.

Daniel Weinhold is ranked as the Leading Individual.

Technology, Media & Telecoms: Weinhold Legal’s TMT practice is ‘on the highest level‘, and handles a variety of matters for media sector clients. Led by Martin Lukáš, who brings his IP expertise to the practice, the team advises on contentious and transactional matters in the sector. It also has data protection capabilities.

Martin Lukáš is a top legal professional, able to offer not only the legal perspective but also economic and financial insight, and perfect communication.

Key clients: SZIF (State Agricultural Intervention Fund)

Work highlights: Acting for SZIF (State Agricultural Intervention Fund) in a public procurement tender in respect of the delivery of a new IT system for agricultural subventions.

Chambers Global / Chambers Europe

Weinhold Legal is ranked for areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate / M&A (including Foreign Desk for Germany), Dispute Resolution  and Employment.

Banking & Finance: Frequently instructed by major banks and financial institutions on a range of cross-border mandates, particularly those relating to construction and real estate project financing. Also active in banking and investment regulatory matters, advising banks as well as payment platforms.

Strengths:The approachability of the team is appreciated by clients, one recalling how “it was very pleasant dealing with the firm,” before calling it “patient and courteous.”

Sources also underline the scope of the practice, one stating: “We have a very positive experience working with lawyers covering different practice areas. I can definitely recommend them.”  

Notable practitioners: Pavel Jendrulek assists borrowers as well as lenders with syndicated financings. He also furnishes payment institutions with regulatory advice. Interviewees deem him “very skilled on transactions.”

Corporate/ M&A: Acts for clients from various industries such as consumer electronics, manufacturing, automotive and insurance on a range of matters including due diligence mandates, restructurings, cross-border transactions and general commercial issues. Increasingly active in  the media sector.

Strengths: “They work hard and give quick responses,” one client observes.

The team is also deemed to be “experienced, business-oriented and very flexible in its attitude.”

Work highlights: Advised JOJ Group on its acquisition of all shares in Československá filmová společnost.

Notable practitioners: Daniel Weinhold is the department head and a key contact for this practice.

Dispute resolution: Recognised team offering experience in a variety of arbitrations and commercial and corporate litigation procedures including unfair competition claims, shareholder disputes and employment law matters. Active for a range of clients in industries such as insurance and manufacturing, as well as particular experience representing construction companies.

Strengths:  Clients describe the team as “very diligent, responsive, client-focused and service-oriented.”

Another interviewee notes: “Everything is always on time, the advice is provided with sufficient business understanding and high-level knowledge.”

Work highlights: Represented Grandi Stazioni in a lease agreement claim.

Notable practitioners: Milan Polák receives recognition from clients for being a “kind and forthcoming lawyer.” Polák demonstrates specialist expertise in construction disputes and acts as arbitration counsel in high-profile domestic arbitrations. Market commentators acknowledge that he is “very good at representing parties as counsel.”

Employment: Advises on the full spectrum of employment law matters, with an international reach. Assists with day-to-day labour law issues, collective dismissals, transfer of employees and employment of foreigners. Also represents clients in employment litigation and authority inspections, and liaises with trade unions on collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths:  One client emphasises: “They are very practical, they give you advice that is applicable and are good at adapting legislation to fit the company’s reality.”

Another client praises the international capacity of the firm, stating: “They are part of a large international network and have great connections to foreign law firms.”

Notable practitioners: Eva Procházková  advises on complex labour law matters, employment terminations and GDPR issues. Interviewees describe her as “a very good lawyer.” Eva is ranked by the Chambers Europe 2020 as a leading lawyer in the area of Employment.

IFLR 1000

Weinhold Legal is ranked for the areas of Banking and FinanceCapital MarketsCorporate, M&A and Project Development and noted for the area of Restructuring and Insolvency .

Pavel Jendrulek won “Rising Star” award in Czech Republic for Banking area. Tomáš Čermák is “Highly regarded” for the Czech and Slovak Republic for M&A area. 

Who’s Who Legal

Daniel Weinhold, Pavel Jendrulek 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 Goverment Contracts Lawyers 2016-2020

 Who’s Who of M&A and Governance Lawyers 2010-2011, 2013-2019

– Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators 2012-2015

– Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2012-2014

– Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2012

– Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2010

 Pavel Jendrulek

– Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2018-2020

Milan Polák

– Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators 2012-2015

Tax Directors Handbook


Weinhold Legal v.o.s. is recommended in the Tax Directors Handbook 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’.”

European Legal Experts

Weinhold Legal is recommended in Banking and FinanceCapital MarketsInsolvencyCorporate/M&ADispute ResolutionReal EstateIPIT and Telecoms.

Partners Daniel Weinhold, Pav Younis 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, partner Daniel Weinhold and senior attorney 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.”

Expert Guides

The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers

– partner Daniel Weinhold ranked as an expert lawyer in Banking

– partner Milan Polák ranked as an expert lawyer in Commercial Arbitration

Client Choice Awards (International Law Office, Lexology)

Pav Younis has been recognised as the winner of the Client Choice Awards 2018 in Real Estate in the Czech Republic – as one of only two lawyers in Prague among 384 winners across 66 jurisdictions worldwide, based on a survey of senior corporate counsel from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments.

PLC Which lawyer?

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 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 Labour and Employee Benefits (MP).

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

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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