Our team of more then forty Czech, Slovak and foreign lawyers has extensive experience in providing legal services to domestic and international clients in all areas of commercial law.
The following partners are key members of our team, supported by other professional staff.
JUDr. Daniel Weinhold, Ph.D.
Phone: +420 225 385 333
JUDr. DANIEL WEINHOLD, Ph.D.
Daniel is the managing partner of the firm.
Daniel Weinhold is the managing partner of Weinhold Legal. He has experience in both domestic and international commercial law. Apart from his general commercial law practice, he is focused on providing legal services in the area of mergers and acquisitions and banking and financial services. Daniel also has extensive experience with restructurings and transformations and has an impressive litigation and arbitration record, in particular representation related to commercial and investment disputes and tax issues.
He has been involved in work for major international, Czech and Slovak institutions and companies including among others: ENEL, Vivendi/Veolia, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Taisei, Société Générale/KB, ChevronTexaco, General Electric, KBC/ČSOB , Citibank, UniCredit, Hachette, SABMiller/Pilsner Urquell, CME, Vodafone, Skanska, Agip, Mitsui, Vinci/Eurovia, Deutsche Bahn, News Corporation, Erste Bank/ČS, Czech Post, BNP, Czech Coal, Textron and the Ministries of Defence (Czech), Finance (Czech and Slovak), Transportation (Czech), Interior (Czech), Environment (Czech).
Daniel is the author of the book "Statute barring and time limitation in private law” published by C.H.Beck, Prague, 2015, the author of the book "Statute barring and time limitation in commercial legal relationships" published by C.H.Beck, Prague, 2000 (2nd ed. 2002, 3rd ed. 2009), the co-author of the Large Commentary on the New Czech Civil Code published by Leges, Prague, 2014, was the co-author of Czech sections of the International Comparative Legal Guides to Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, chapter Security instruments under Czech law, published by the Financier Worldwide’s Private Equity e-book, overview published under the Country Guide to Slovakia covering Securities & Banking, a publication of Complinet, a Thomson Reuters company.
In addition to lecturing on various topics in commercial law, Daniel has contributed to various legislative initiatives. He is also the chair of the Expert Group of the Public Procurement Platform created in 2010 by the heads of all significant political parties, relevant public institutions and business associations, in an effort to increase the transparency and effectiveness of the public tender process. He is a member of the Advisory Board (Kolegium ministryně) of the Minister for Regional Development and a member of the Expert Group for Public Procurement of the Ministry for Regional Development. Daniel was a member of the former Takeover Panel for the Czech Securities Commission, a member of the Specialised Board of Appeal of the Minister of Finance, a member of the Advisory Board of the Minister of the Interior for combating corruption, a member of the Inter-Agency Coordination Board of the Ministry of the Interior for combating corruption.
Daniel became the first ever holder of the AmCham Wings Award by the American Chamber of Commerce. He is recommended by the publisher Who's Who Legal in the editions of The International Who´s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2013 - 2019), Government Contracts Lawyers (2016-2019), Commercial Litigators (2012-2015), Banking Lawyers (2012 - 2014), Project Finance Lawyers (2012), and Private Funds Lawyers (2010). Daniel was also ranked as an expert lawyer in Banking by The Legal Media Group Guides to the World´s Leading Lawyers (2017). In addition, he is mentioned among leading lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, PLC Which lawyer?, Expert Guides. Daniel was ranked as a runner-up in the categories of Banking and Finance for the Lawyer of the Year 2005 competition, and in the category of Financial and Banking Law and in the category of Commercial Law of the Lawyer of the Year 2007 competition, organized by epravo.cz under the patronage of the Czech Bar Association.
Daniel graduated from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague (JUDr. degree) and after further studies obtained his Ph.D. degree. He is a Czech qualified attorney at law, registered on the List of Attorneys kept by the Czech Bar Association (Česká advokátní komora) and is also a member of the Slovak Bar Association (Slovenská advokátní komora). He holds a security clearance from the National Security Authority which allows access to classified information.
Daniel speaks fluent English as well as his native Czech.
Phone: +420 225 385 591
Pav is a partner and head of the firm’s real estate group.
Pav has worked in Weinhold Legal since 1998. Prior to joining Weinhold Legal, Pav worked in London and Hong Kong and was a senior associate at the English branch of Andersen Legal, Andersen Legal Garretts from 1995-1998, where he specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration, both international and domestic.
In Prague, Pav is head of our Real Estate Group and specialises in real estate and mergers and acquisitions work for inward investing multinational clients from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Western Europe. The types of projects Pav has been involved with include acquisitions and disposals, privatisations, commercial leasing and real estate development and real estate finance for banks and borrowers.
Pav has represented many local and international real estate and corporate clients, including CEFC, CBRE, Discovery Group, Red Group, Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, NAMA, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Limited, Investec, McKechnie Group, Avestus (Quinlan Private Golub), Tyco International, Unilever, Citibank, YIT, Wall Street English, Kartesia Credit Opportunities, ManpowerGroup, Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna, Toni & Guy, Penta Investments and ORCO Group.
Pav Younis has been recommended by Chambers Europe in Banking & Finance and recognized for Real Estate section, and by Chambers Global in their Banking & Finance section and further was listed among the leading lawyers in the PLC Which lawyer? for Real Estate and Corporate/M&A. In addition, Pav has been highly recommended by European Legal Experts in Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution as well as in Real Estate for the Czech Republic. Pav has been mentioned in The Legal 500 as "recommended for Banking, finance and capital markets" and referred to in the sections Corporate and M&A as well as Real Estate and Construction.
Pav obtained his law degree from Bristol University in 1985 and qualified as an English solicitor in 1990. Pav is a member of the Czech Bar Association, to which he won international accreditation in 1998.
Pav is a native English speaker and has a working knowledge of Czech.
Mgr. Milan Polák
Phone: +420 225 385 512
Mgr. Milan Polák
Milan is a partner and head of the firm’s dispute resolution and labour law group.
Milan specialises in corporate law and legal advice in litigation and arbitration. Additionally, he oversees labour law issues at Weinhold Legal. Milan joined Weinhold Legal in 1998.
Milan has been involved in work for major international and Czech companies including among others: Aral, COLAS, UniCredit Bank, Gardena, OMV, Pioneer, Plzeňská energetika, Plzeňský Prazdroj, Shell, Wagon Automotive, Winslow Partners, METROSTAV and Komerční banka.
Milan is mentioned among leading lawyers by Chambers Global a Chambers Europe in Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Further he was recommended by the publisher Who's Who Legal in the editions of The International Who´s Who of Commercial Litigators (2012-2015), as an expert in Dispute Resolution by the European Legal Experts and as a leading lawyer in Labour and Employee Benefits by the PLC Which lawyer?. Milan was also ranked as an expert lawyer in Commercial Arbitration by The Legal Media Group Guides to the World´s Leading Lawyers (2017). He was also recommended by Chambers Europe in the area of Employment and by The Legal 500 in the area of Dispute resolution. Milan was ranked in the prestigious list of “Best Lawyers in the Czech Republic 2009” by the Prague Monitor magazine in the following categories: Labour and Employment, Arbitration and Litigation.
Milan holds a Master's degree from the Law Faculty from Charles University in Prague and is admitted to the Czech Bar Association. Milan is also an arbitrator with the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic where he determines domestic and international arbitrations under both, the procedural rules of the local court as well as the internationally accepted UNCITRAL and ICC arbitration rules. He is a member of the Arbitration Panel in the Český svaz ledního hokeje and the Justice Board of The Champions Hockey League.
Milan is a contributor to the book “Aus- und Absonderungsrechte in der Insolvenz” published by Verlag für Rechts- und Anwaltspraxis, Berlin and publishes regularly in specialist press.
Milan was also a member of the expert committee established by the Czech Ministry of Justice in relation to re-codification of civil law.
Milan speaks German and English as well as his native Czech.
JUDr. Ing. Ondřej Havránek
Phone: +420 225 385 258
JUDr. Ing. Ondřej Havránek
Ondřej is a partner at Weinhold Legal.
Ondřej specialises primarily in the area of mergers & acquisitions and restructurings of business activities in the Czech Republic. He heads Weinhold Legal's German Desk.
Since joining Weinhold Legal in 1999, Ondřej has been working on various legal engagements involving mergers and acquisitions (Unipetrol, OMV, ProLogis, Shell, Gardena) and general corporate and commercial advice (Plzeňský Prazdroj, Bohemia Sekt, Aral ČR, Colas, CMG, GZ Digital Media, Wagon Automotive, Select Appointments, Siemens). He has handled issues related to the new Civil Code for Hypoteční Banka, Komerční Banka, Arcadis, Gepard and Wienerberger.
Furthermore, Ondřej is specialising in litigation/arbitration (representation of the Czech Republic in international investment arbitrations, representation of a number of significant Czech companies in court disputes with minority shareholders). Ondřej is an arbitrator with the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic. He is also advising clients on real estate acquisitions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Foreign Investment.
The Legal 500 referred to Ondřej in the sections Dispute resolution and Tax.
Ondřej graduated from Prague's University of Economics in 1997 (obtained his degree Ing.) and from the Law Faculty of Prague's Charles University in 1999, where he subsequently passed rigorous state exams in 2002 and obtained his doctoral degree (JUDr.). He is an attorney at law registered in the List of Attorneys of the Czech Bar Association.
Ondřej is fluent in English and German as well as his native Czech
Mgr. Ing. Martin Lukáš
Phone: +420 225 385 578
Mgr. Ing. Martin Lukáš
Martin is a partner at Weinhold Legal and head of the firm’s IT and IP group (TMT).
Martin began to work at Weinhold Legal in 1998 and since that time has participated in a number of major projects in the areas of corporate law, M&A, litigation and arbitration, IP/IT law, competition law and public procurement.
Martin has participated in several legislative initiatives, inter alia, co-operated on a project that produced a study for the European Commission, which examined the implementation and functioning of European companies („Societas Europaea“ – SE) in Member States of the EU/EEA, and was also a member of the expert working groups for local development in preparing amendments to the Public Procurement Act.
Martin has provided advisory for a number of major Czech and multinational companies and state authorities and provided them legal services in particular in the areas of M&A (Chropyňská Group, GRANETTE & STAROREŽNÁ Distilleries, LAMA ENERGY GROUP, MITON GROUP), corporate law (Eberspächer, Svoboda Press, Steelcase), IP/IT (Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Národní organizace pro ověřování pravosti léčiv, GZ Media, CZ.NIC, Česká asociace satelitních operátorů), real estate (Česká pošta, Lagardere Travel Retail Czech Republic), financial services (Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Renomia), competition law (Orkla) and public procurement (SZIF, FCC Česká republika).
Martin has been named in leading international legal referral lists and yearbooks such as Legal 500 (in the area of telecommunications, media & technology), European Legal Experts (in the areas of IP, IT, telecommunications and publications), Media Law International (in the area of media law) and PLC Which lawyer? (as a leading lawyer in the area of media & telecommunications and environmental law with regard to renewable energy sources). Martin is ranked by Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, the leading specialist guide to IP firms and practitioners worldwide as the Global IP Star (2018/2019) for the Czech Republic.
Martin graduated from Prague's University of Economics in 1998 and from the Law Faculty of Prague's Charles University in 2000. He is an attorney at law registered in the List of Attorneys of the Czech Bar Association.
In addition to his native Czech, Martin speaks English.