Press releases

Weinhold Legal advises on the acquisition of Alpine Bau by PORR

30.8.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the biggest Austrian building contractor PORR in connection with agreements for the transfer of all shares in ALPINE Bau CZ a.s. from PSJ Holding. The Czech-Slovak group Alpine Bau is active in the building and construction sector. Last year's Alpine Bau sales were approximately CZK 2.5 billion. The company employs around 450 employees. This transaction was reported by media as probably the largest acquisition in the Czech construction market over the last ten years.

PORR made its announcement of the transaction in a press release in which the purchase price was reported as amounting to about EUR 12 million, subject to adjustments based on closing accounts.


Weinhold Legal advises on the sale of JANKA Radotín

24.8.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the international group LEEL Electricals headquartered in India in connection with the sale of JANKA ENGINEERING s.r.o. to the Ostrava-based industrial group Multicraft Group.

The market-leading manufacturer and supplier of comfort and industrial ventilation, cooling and air-conditioning systems JANKA ENGINEERING from Radotín in Prague has a history dating back to 1872. The company produces air conditioning units for trains and underground transit systems, equipment for cooling applications in heavy industry, energy industry, engineering industry and nuclear energy industry.


14.8.2018

Michal Kandrac, junior associate, contributed to the content of a book entitled: GDPR 2018: Změny v ochraně osobních údajů v návodech a vzorech, published by Nakladatelství FORUM. 

Publications available here


PUBLICATION „SROVNÁNÍ ČESKÉHO A SLOVENSKÉHO ZÁKONÍKU PRÁCE“

8.8.2018

Weinhold Legal Attorneys Barbora Suchá and Tomáš Čermák, together with attorney-at-law Michal Vrajík, published with the ANAG publishing house a practical labour law publication for all employers, HR managers, employees and others who deal with labour law issues in Czechia and Slovakia.

In the book, each provision of the Czech Labour Code is matched with the corresponding provision of Slovak labour law. The main differences between the Czech and Slovak legislation are described in brief commentaries. At the end of the publication there is a table of reverse comparison where the relevant provisions of the Slovak Labour Code are matched with the corresponding provisions of the Czech Labour Code


Weinhold Legal advises on the sale of VENTOS s.r.o.

20.7.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the shareholders of the engineering company VENTOS s.r.o. in connection with the sale of their majority 60% stake to the investment fund SkyLimit Industry.

Currently, the company employs over 150 people and offers comprehensive services in heating, thermal recovery and air conditioning. Its main products include heat exchangers and industrial driers.

(Detailed information were published for instance by Hospodářské noviny)


Weinhold Legal advises on the sale of ŽPSV a.s.

16.7.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) group in connection with the sale of its majority stake in ŽPSV a.s., the largest Czech supplier of concrete products for the building industry specializing in transport structures (railways, roads) and ground works, to the German group of Leonhard Moll AG. ŽPSV a.s.’s turnover last year was over CZK 1.5 billion, generating a profit of CZK 75 million. In addition to railway sleepers, ŽPSV also produces in its six production plants in the Czech Republic prefabricated halls and bridges and is active in other areas of construction.

The complex legal services related to this transaction included advice on the transactional structure, drafting and negotiating all contractual documentation, arranging for merger control clearance and closing assistance.

The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Ondřej Havránek, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law Jan Turek and attorneys-at-law Michaela Koblasová, Tereza Hošková and Václav Smetana.


Weinhold Legal assisted with successful ICO (initial coin offering) for Cryptelo

24.5.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to Cryptelo s.r.o. in the preparation and successful implementation of the issue of its own cryptographic CRL under the so-called ICO - initial coin offer. Cryptelo s.r.o. deals with the encryption of data for the commercial sphere with the highest level of security. The resources obtained at ICO are used to further develop its products. The public phase of the ICO ended on 30th April, 2018, with the acquisition of digital resources to the satisfaction of the client.


Weinhold Legal provides input to a study for European Commission proposal for new amending directive: cross-border mergers, divisions and moves

11.5.2018

Weinhold Legal has provided input into the Czech Republic chapter of a multi-jurisdictional study, subsequently the basis for the European Commission’s recently published proposal for a directive to ease the merger, division and relocation of companies within the EU.

The proposal includes new rules for simple mergers and new protective measures for shareholders and creditors. The procedure for cross-border mergers is also amended by the proposal - primarily to include additional protections for members and creditors. The proposal also includes new rules on cross-border conversions (from one EU state to another) and new rules are also introduced for divisions (into two or more entities across borders).

The proposal is available here, the European Commission’s press release is available here and the study is available here.


Weinhold Legal assists in the sale of KARA Trutnov a.s.

10.5.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to Mr. Zdeněk Rinth in respect of a sale of shares in KARA Trutnov a.s., the Czech market leader in leather and fur fashion, to C2H group, which belongs to a Czech private investor Michal Mička. KARA Trutnov is a traditional Czech brand with a 70 year history.

The complex legal services related to this transaction included advice on the transactional structure, drafting and negotiating all contractual documentation and closing assistance. 

The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Ondřej Havránek, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law Dalibor Šimeček and with attorney-at-law Vladimír Petráček.


WEINHOLD LEGAL ATTORNEY-AT-LAW ZBYŠEK KORDAČ PROVIDED EXPERT REVIEW OF THE CZECH TRANSLATION OF THE VIENNA CONVENTION CASE LAW DIGEST

12.2.2018

Zbyšek Kordač participated in an expert review of the Wolters Kluwer Czech translation of the “UNCITRAL Digest of Case Law on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods with commentary” published in 2012“.

The Czech translation of the Digest was prepared under the supervision of Zbyšek Kordač, who also acts as an arbitrator of the Arbitration Court attached to Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). Zbyšek Kordač says „I believe this publication will become a welcomed help to many Czech entrepreneurs when dealing with foreign partners“.


NEW PRESTIGIOUS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS OF WEINHOLD LEGAL´S LAWYERS

9.2.2018

Senior lawyers at Weinhold Legal have received several new prestigious individual accolades awarded by leading international legal directories.

Partner Pav Younis has been recognised as the winner of the Client Choice Awards 2018 (International Law Office, Lexology) 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.

Head of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice Pavel Jendrulek has been identified by Who´s Who Legal  independent research with clients and peers as being among the world´s leading Banking & Finance lawyers. Pavel is added to Weinhold Legal´s partners who have been ranked by Who´s Who Legal in other categories, namely Daniel Weinhold and Milan Polák.

Partner Daniel Weinhold has been 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.  


WEINHOLD LEGAL ADVISES SARANTIS GROUP (ASTRID) ON ACQUISITION INVOLVING COSMETIC BRAND INDULONA

12.1.2018

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the group SARANTIS, one of the European leaders in the field of cosmetics and household products (in Czechia e.g. cosmetic brand ASTRID which has a history dating back to 1847), in respect of acquisition of Slovak and Czech companies through which SARANTIS added, amongst others, the famous Slovak and Czech cosmetic brand INDULONA to its portfolio of brands. INDULONA is a brand with one of the richest traditions - it is a well-known, award-winning cosmetics brand boasting a 70-year history of successful presence in the Czech/Slovak market. It is the most popular and No. 1 selling product within the hand care category in both Czechia and Slovakia.

SARANTIS, as a listed company, made its announcement of the transaction for investors which is available here: https://ir.sarantis.gr/en/news/investors-press?item=1787

Our complex legal services in relation to the acquisition of the Slovak and Czech companies SANECA TRADE (including related intellectual property rights) included advice on transactional structure, legal due diligence and negotiating contractual documentation governed by Slovak law.

Weinhold Legal team has been led by partner Daniel Weinhold, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law/of counsel Dušan Kmoch, managing attorney-at-law Tomáš Čermák and other Slovak and Czech lawyers of Weinhold Legal. Daniel Weinhold commented on the transaction: "We are very pleased to have assisted in the transaction involving one of the famous Czech and Slovak cosmetic brands. Comprehensive way of structuring the transaction was an extraordinary challenge for us".    


Kateřina Popelková is a new attorney-at-law at Weinhold Legal

4.1.2018

Weinhold Legal has a new attorney-at-law in its team, Mgr. Kateřina Popelková.

Kateřina Popelková is a new attorney-at-law at Weinhold Legal, she comes from a leading Prague-based law firm, where she worked as the Deputy Head of the Receivables, Distraint Procedures and Insolvency Team.

Kateřina Popelková graduated from Masaryk University, the Faculty of Law, in 2011.

Besides her native Czech, she speaks English. Kateřina is a fully qualified attorney-at-law and has been registered in the Register of Attorneys-at-law of the Czech Bar Association since 2015.


WEINHOLD LEGAL – CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR 2017

7.11.2017

Weinhold Legal has been selected as the winner in the  Corporate Law category  in the  LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR 2017 awards, held under the auspices of the Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic and the Czech Bar Association.

This accolade represents a great assessment of work of the whole Weinhold Legal team. Practically all law firms deal with corporate law – this makes us very pleased to be successful in such a highly competitive field.

Apart from winning in the Corporate Law category, Weinhold Legal was ranked in 9 other categories - which makes us one of the most successful law firms. Weinhold Legal was selected as a "Highly recommended law firm" in the categories of

Mergers and Acquisitions,

Capital Markets,

Telecommunication and Media,

Intellectual Property,

and as a "Recommended law firm" in the categories of

Real Estate,

Restructuring and Insolvency,

Banking and Finance,

Public Procurement,

Labour Law,

Tax Law.

Thus, we have continued in the splendid ranking achieved in previous years´ Law Firm of the Year awards.


Adéla Šípová brings new strength to the Weinhold Legal team

24.10.2017

Weinhold Legal has bolstered its public procurement and litigation team with the addition of Adéla Šípová, Attorney-at-Law.

Adéla Šípová comes to Weinhold Legal from a leading Prague-based law firm.

"Public procurement is an ever-evolving legal sector, especially in light of the recent newly enacted European and national legislation. Given that our law firm is currently addressing not only so-called large-scale public procurement, but also public contracts that have been awarded by means of various selection procedures conducted outside a specific statutory regime, we are pleased that our team, particularly with regard to our public procurement team, has been fortified by bringing Adéla Šípová on board. We are convinced that our clients - not only in the field of public procurement - will benefit from her joining the firm" said Daniel Weinhold, head of the Weinhold Legal public procurement team.

Adéla Šípová graduated from Charles University in Prague.  Besides her native Czech, she speaks English. Adéla is a fully qualified attorney-at-law and is registered in the Register of Attorneys of the Czech Bar Association.


Milan Polák and Zbyšek Kordač elected to the Czech Bar Association’s bodies

25.09.2017

At the General Assembly of the Czech Bar Association held on 22 September 2017, two senior attorneys-at-law of Weinhold Legal were elected to the Czech Bar Association’s bodies. Zbyšek Kordač has been elected as a new member of the Supervisory Council of the Czech Bar Association, and Milan Polák has been re-elected as a member of the Disciplinary Commission of the Czech Bar Association.

This selection brings a significant potential for both colleagues to contribute to future developments of legal profession in Czechia. Weinhold Legal´s team is very proud to be represented by these outstanding lawyers at the supreme bodies of the Czech Bar Association. 


American Chamber of Commerce for Czech Republic held a panel discussion hosted by Daniel Weinhold on topic regarding Public procurement: from the cost to the value

31.03.2017

On March 30, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce for Czech Republic held a panel discussion on topic regarding Public procurement: from the cost to the value

Panel discussion was hosted by Daniel Weinhold from the law firm Weinhold Legal.


Weinhold Legal advised the sellers on sale of Princip a.s. to Eurowag

20.02.2017

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the sellers in respect of disposal of shares in the company Princip a.s., the Czech market leader in telematics and a prominent producer of GPS/GPRS fleet management units, to W.A.G payment solutions (Eurowag) – one of the largest European providers of payment solutions for road mobility.

Complex legal services in relation to the transaction included among others advice on transactional structure, corporate restructuring, drafting and negotiating contractual documentation, and closing assistance.

The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Daniel Weinhold, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law Dalibor Šimeček and with attorney-at-law Václav Štraser.


Weinhold Legal advises Bohemia Sekt on sale of its liquor business to Stock Plzeň

13.10.2016

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal assistance to Bohemia Sekt, one of the leading producers of sparkling wines and still wines in Central and Eastern Europe, in connection with the sale of its liquor business to Stock Plzeň, the market leader in the Czech Republic producing the finest traditional spirits and bitters.

Our complex legal services included among others advice on transactional structure and negotiating contractual documentation governed by Czech law.
The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Ondřej Havránek, in cooperation with Dalibor Šimeček and Václav Smetana, attorneys-at-law, and others.
Ondřej Havránek commented on the transaction: "We are pleased to assist in such a prestigious transaction where both parties are market leaders with high reputations."


Weinhold Legal celebrates 20th anniversary

15.09.2016

Weinhold Legal (WL) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with its clients and business partners at a Garden Party in the magical garden of Velkopřevorský Palace in Malá Strana.

The participants were inspired by the garden wall, which in recent decades has become the Lennon Wall. They left messages and wishes to WL and its lawyers on the LEGAL wall which had been installed in the garden especially for the party.

Daniel Weinhold reminded our guests that the WL team was among the first pioneers of multidisciplinary advisory services provided together with tax, transaction and other EY advisory groups and this concept is still very successful.


Weinhold Legal advises ITAKA group on acquisition of the oldest Czech travel agency ČEDOK

10.08.2016

Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to the Polish group ITAKA, the biggest travel agency active on the Polish market, in respect of the acquisition of the oldest and the most famous Czech travel agency ČEDOK. ČEDOK has been on the market continuously since 1920.

Our complex legal services in relation to the acquisition of ČEDOK included among others advice on transactional structure, legal due diligence and negotiating contractual documentation governed by Czech law.

The Weinhold Legal team was led by partner Ondřej Havránek, in cooperation with managing attorney-at-law Ondřej Havlíček and others. Ondřej Havránek commented on the transaction: "We are very pleased to have assisted in the transaction involving one of the famous Czech travel agencies. The structuring of the transaction to ensure the further development of the travel agency was a valuable experience for us."


WEINHOLD LEGAL ASSISTED IN AN EURO BILLION TRANSACTION INVOLVING ELIT AND AUTO KELLY

06.01.2016

Weinhold Legal provided legal services to LKQ Corporation - a leading US distributor of auto parts and accessories - in connection with the acquisition of Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts group from the private equity group Apax Partners. Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts group includes the leading distributors of auto parts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia - ELIT Group and Auto Kelly.

The announced deal value was 1.04 billion euros. Weinhold Legal´s team led by Daniel Weinhold and Dušan Kmoch provided legal services that included Czech and Slovak legal aspects of the transaction, including extensive legal due diligence. K&L Gates advised LKQ Corp. on other aspects of the transaction.