References

Here are some of our selected credentials. For more details contact the relevant Weinhold Legal expert or send us your request at: wl@weinholdlegal.com  

 

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    První novinová společnost
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice to První novinová společnost (PNS), the largest domestic press distributor, in connection with the acquisition of the alternative postal operator Mediaservis. The main shareholders of PNS are VLTAVA LABE MEDIA, a.s., CZECH NEWS CENTER a.s., MAFRA, a.s. and Bauer Media v.o.s.

    PORR / Alpine Bau
     

    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 building and construction sector. Annual Alpine Bau sales were approximately CZK 2.5 billion. The company employed around 450 employees. This transaction was reported by media as probably the largest acquisition in the Czech construction market over the last ten years.

    Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) / ŽS
     

    Weinhold Legal represented Obrascón Huarte Lain, S.A. (OHL) in its acquisition of two publicly listed Czech companies, ŽS Brno, a.s., a leading construction firm specializing in railway corridors and transportation infrastructure, and Železniční průmyslová stavební výroba Uherský Ostroh a.s. (ŽPSV), the dominant producer of concrete sleepers. Our engagement consisted of drafting and negotiating the pre-acquisition contractual documentation, legal due diligence on the group, including its subsidiaries in Slovakia, negotiating, drafting and finalizing the acquisition documents, including shareholder agreement and option contracts, filing for and obtaining anti-trust approval in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, corporate and structuring support, and advising on the settlement of the transaction and following compulsory take-over bids. Weinhold Legal obtained merger clearance from the Czech Antimonopoly Office for OHL in its acquisition of control of companies from the ŽPSV group, including ŽS Brno, and in its disposal of ŽPSV, the leading producer of concrete sleepers.

    Sarantis/Astrid, Indulona 
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal advice to SARANTIS, one of the European leaders in the field of cosmetics and household products, concerning the acquisition of the famous Czech cosmetic brand ASTRID. ASTRID has a rich tradition with a history dating back to 1847. Our legal services in relation to a company acquisition, manufacturing facility and related trademarks, included advice on transactional structure, legal due diligence and negotiating contractual documentation governed by Czech law. Weinhold Legal also provided comprehensive legal advice in respect of the 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.

    KARA Trutnov
     

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

    Bohemia Sekt
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Bohemia Sekt, one of the largest producers of wines in central and Eastern Europe, in connection with the of sale of parts of its business  to Stock Plzeň company. Legal services included advice on structuring of transaction and negotiating of documentation to Czech law.

    ČEDOK
     

    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 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. Further, Weinhold Legal has been representing the client in the process of obtaining the antimonopoly clearance.

    SPAR Group Austria
     

    Weinhold Legal advised Austrian SPAR group, one of the leading retail chains, in the sale of two of its subsidiaries in the Czech Republic to Dutch Royal Ahold group, making Ahold the largest retailer in the Czech Republic. The purchase price for the business which comprises 36 INTERSPAR hypermarkets and 14 SPAR supermarkets with an annual turnover of about 540 million EUR and almost 4 700 employees amounted to 192 million EUR. The transaction was reported in media in March 2014 as the largest ever retail chain acquisition in the Czech market. Our advice included legal assistance in structuring the transaction; a seller’s due diligence of selected matters; participation in negotiations; preparation of the contractual documentation under Czech law; and a review of the contractual documentation under Austrian law. Our activities further comprised representation of SPAR in the proceedings before the Czech Antimonopoly Office regarding approval of concentration of undertakings.

    Lloyd Electric&Engineering Limited (LEEL) / Janka Radotín
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal advice to Lloyd Electric&Engineering, one of the largest worldwide coil producers, in the acquisition of the world's oldest heating & air conditioning producer (est.1872) Janka Radotín, from the US based HVAC giant producer LENNOX. Weinhold Legal also assisted with a subsequent sale of Janka Engineering to the Multicraft group of Ostrava.

    Auto Kelly / ELIT
     

    Weinhold Legal provided full legal services to the vendors on the sale of 100% of the shares in the largest automotive spare parts and accessories supplier in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, AUTO KELLY, to the leading European automotive spare parts and accessories supplier RHIAG, backed by ALPHA Private Equity. Weinhold Legal also 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. The announced deal value was EUR 1.04 billion. Weinhold Legal provided legal services in two jurisdictions: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

    Further, Weinhold Legal assisted LKQ group in relation to the issue of senior notes in the aggregate principal amount of EUR 500 million due 2024 and white wash procedure.
    Aelia (Lagardére)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided complex support to Aelia (Lagardére group) in connection with the acquisition of 15 duty free shops at the Prague Airport in Ruzyně from the Unimex Group. This followed our complex assistance to Aelia in its successful 764 million CZK (nearly 30 million EUR) bid for acquiring from Czech Airlines the on-board sale and duty free business.

    Enel / Slovenské elektrárne, Enel, Iberdrola / ČEZ
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal services to the winning bidder in one of the Slovak Republic's largest privatisation projects (the offered price exceeded 840 million EUR) with respect to Slovenské elektrárne (the Slovak dominant electricity producer), including due diligence and assistance in negotiations with the Slovak government. Weinhold Legal also provided comprehensive legal services to Enel and Iberdrola, an international consortium, one of three short-listed bidders, in the Czech Republic's most ambitious privatisation project (the offered price exceeded 4 billion EUR) with respect to the Czech electricity sector, including due diligence on the dominant producer of electricity, operator of the transmission grid and 6 regional distribution companies.

    Tauron Group / ArcelorMittal
     

    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.    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.

    Drinks Union
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to the vendor, including assistance in organisation of bidding procedure, negotiation assistance, drafting and commenting on the Czech and English law governed transaction documentation and related advice, on the sale to Heineken of Drinks Union, one of the largest Czech brewery groups including four breweries located in North and East Bohemia (two in Ústí nad Labem, and one in Louny and Kutná Hora), with a total beer production capacity of nearly 1 million hectolitres, more than 500 employees, turnover exceeding a billion CZK and the brand portfolio consisting of the national brand Zlatopramen and the regional brands Březňák, Louny, Lorec, Jarošov, Pivrnec and Dačický brands. Our services also included a split-off of the third largest Czech liquor production business from the beer business into a newly created subsidiary Granette.

    Agrofert
     

    Weinhold Legal provided in 2002 full legal services to the winning bidder in the privatisation of Unipetrol - a holding company controlling the major Czech refineries, petrol stations networks and chemical companies - including legal due diligence, structuring, consortium negotiations (the offered price exceeded 360 million EUR); the purchase contract was later terminated due to a change in circumstances.

    Vivendi Water (Veolia) / PVK
     

    Weinhold Legal together with French colleagues advised Vivendi Water (now Veolia ) and subsequently the consortium of Vivendi Water and Anglian Water in its successful bid for the privatisation of Prague Water and Sewerage. Our assistance covered all legal aspects of the project including: planning, structuring/strategy, due diligence, negotiations, bid preparation and submission (the offered price exceeded 6 billion CZK). Weinhold Legal assisted Vivendi Water in its outsourcing projects with Slovak Industrial Companies.

    Sokolovská těžební
     

    Weinhold Legal rendered legal services to a management buy-out team as a winning bidder in the privatisation of Sokolovská uhelná, one of the three largest brown coal mining companies. The purchase price exceeded 2.6 billion CZK. Our work included legal due diligence, negotiations with the National Property Fund regarding the wording of the share purchase agreement submitted with the bid, assistance with the bid submission, etc.

    Ashok Leyland
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal services to the Ashok Leyland, the second largest Indian truck producer, in respect of its acquisition of the entire truck production business of AVIA, a traditional (est.1919) Czech truck producer. The legal services included initial advice on structuring of the transaction, due diligence, extensive negotiation and finalisation of the transaction documentation, advice on various corporate law, labour law, and intellectual property etc. issues.

    Eurovia (Vinci)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to EUROVIA on the purchase of Tarmac's aggregates businesses in the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Poland, the part of which was the purchase of 100% shares in Tarmac CZ one of the biggest producers and suppliers of aggregates in the Czech Republic. The role of Weinhold Legal in this significant transaction included organisation of due diligence, review of the Share Purchase Agreement relating to the sale of the Tarmac European Aggregate Business, drafting and negotiating transactional documentation concerning the local Share Purchase Agreement concerning the shares of Tarmac CZ.

    NedRailways / Abellio
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to NedRailways (Dutch railways group, now Abellio) with regards to the acquisition of a leading public transport provider. The legal services rendered included a due diligence exercise on four companies, assistance with negotiations and closing transaction documentation.

     Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Czech target entities (public transport companies) belonging to the Abellio Group during the acquisition process and in negotiations with Arriva (Deutsche Bahn Group). Our legal services included assistance with the due diligence process and drafting and revising selected transfer documentation. 

    Siemens
     

    We assisted the Siemens group in a prominent outsourcing project in the telecoms business, including, among others, the transfer of several thousand employees. We were, among others, involved in complex questions of corporate and collective labour law and assisted in negotiations. Moreover, we assisted Siemens in a considerable number of acquisition projects (share deals and asset deals). 

    Slovak Telecom
     

    Weinhold Legal provided full disposal services on the sale of a radio communication business in Slovakia, including transaction documentation and negotiation support. Due diligence and negotiation support on a second deal. 

    FKI
     

    Weinhold Legal assisted FKI plc in a complex acquisition of specified assets of Škoda Plzeň, a major Czech industrial conglomerate. We advised on all aspects of the acquisition, including due diligence and negotiations with a number of parties, including banks and the National Property Fund of the Czech Republic together with corporate restructuring issues.

    CGEA / Connex
     

    Weinhold Legal advised CGEA/Connex, part of Vivendi Environmental on a number of acquisitions and privatisations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the public transport sector relating to regional and municipal transport companies. We assisted with all legal aspects of the transactions including: corporate structuring, due diligence, negotiations, closing, post-closing restructuring and ongoing assistance in monitoring the investments.  

  • Banking & Finance
    UniCredit Bank
     

    Weinhold Legal provided complex advice on numerous transactions related to structured financing, acquisition financing, refinancing, project financing and operating loans. The services included complex transaction advisory including assistance with termsheets, transaction structuring, pre-transaction due diligence, drafting and finalisation of loan and security documentation, perfection of security, assistance with review and fulfilment of conditions precedent and conditions subsequent. In addition to transaction advisory we provided our client with number of legal analyses and memorandums on specific legal areas and assisted the client in negotiation of contracts between the client and other domestic and foreign financial institutions.

    Komerční banka (Société Générale group)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided full services on various projects, including derivative transactions documentation preparation, advice in numerous transactions, elaboration of legal opinions, advice on insolvency and execution legislation and dispute resolution, social security matters, labour law matters, applicability of Czech-French international treaties and corporate advice.

    Česká spořitelna / Erste Bank
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive advisory services in many projects in acquisition finance, project finance and financial restructuring, including drafting loan documentation and security documentation according to the English, US and Czech law, transaction structuring and negotiations. Advisory to the client in various legal areas including regulatory.

    Weinhold Legal provided Česká spořitelna with legal services related to more than 20 corporate bond issues (including structured bonds and mortgage bonds) issued both, as stand-alone issues and under debt issuance programmes of the company, including the 10-Year Bond Issue Programme in the maximum amount of CZK 10 mld. in outstanding bonds and maturity of any single issue of up to 10 years - Weinhold Legal provided Česká spořitelna legal services in connection with its establishment. Further we assisted Česká spořitelna as the arranger of CZK 500,000,000 4.50% Subordinated Bond issue due in 2015 by Wüstenrot – stavební spořitelna (the first Prague Stock Exchange listed subordinated bond issue) and its Tranche No. 2 and 10-Year Bond Issuance Programme of the Fond (pojištění vkladů) up to a maximum of CZK 10 billion in outstanding bonds and maturity of any single issue of up to 10 years; etc. Further advice on numerous transactions.

    ČSOB (KBC group)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided transaction advisory in connection with acquisition financing, refinancing, project financing, operating loans, financing in the form of bank guarantees and letters of credit. . The services included complex transaction advisory including drafting and finalisation of loan and security documentation, perfection of security, assistance with review and fulfilment of conditions precedent and conditions subsequent.

    Raiffeisenbank
     

    Weinhold Legal provided complex legal services on various projects, including acquisition and project financing. The services included complex transaction advisory including drafting and finalisation of loan and security documentation, perfection of security, assistance with review and fulfilment of conditions precedent and conditions subsequent.

    ING
     

    Weinhold Legal provided advice on several projects, including secured loan transfer transaction, derivatives transactions, representation before the SEC, group structuring advice, labour law advice and other advice, including assistance in notification of a public offering of foreign securities, regulatory and assistance with corporate issues and dealings with the Czech National Bank.

    BNP Paribas
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services on various projects, including securitisation transactions, asset management matters, successful representation before the Supreme Administrative Court, real estate matters, corporate restructuring matters.

    Commerzbank
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal advice on numerous transactions, including revolving loan agreements, syndicated securitization and significant club deal project.

    Allied Irish Banks
     

    Weinhold Legal provided full legal services on various real estate lending, including transaction analysis and structuring and advising on and implementing lending security; including loans to Red Group for a hotel, an investment acquisition in Brno and acquisition financing of a major Prague development by Realtia, a new Czech retail real estate fund.

  • Real Estate
    Palais Lobkowicz (Federal Republic of Germany)
     

    Weinhold Legal advised Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany on legal matters connected with acquisition of Palais Lobkowicz in Malá Strana, Prague, a historic building built in the 18th century with special importance for Germany, which is used by the Embassy as its main premises. Following negotiations the parties agreed instead of a transfer on a long-term lease of the building by Germany.

    CEFC China Energy Company Limited
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to CEFC China Energy Company Limited in connection with the acquisition of a company owning the Florentinum office and retail development building, the biggest business hub in central Prague, opened in January 2014, from Penta Group. Weinhold Legal's services included due diligence and advice on all contractual documentation. The purchase price was not disclosed by the parties, however, the media reported the deal value exceeded EUR 283 million and represented the largest real estate transaction in the Czech Republic by value in 2016.

    A large US bank
     

    Weinhold Legal provided full legal services to one of the largest US banks in its lease of new Czech headquarters in Prague 5 from the developer Avestus (formerly Quinlan Private Golub), including office retail and storage premises and ongoing support. Our advice included negotiating on behalf of the Bank three separate lease and future lease agreements and support on technical construction and fit out issues. We have also been instructed in respect of a lease of the bank’s new branch on Brno, again providing full legal support in negotiating and completing the lease.

    Penta Investments
     

    Weinhold Legal advised Penta Investments on leasing matters connected with its ground-breaking Florentinum project in Prague 1, a large city centre office and retail development.

    CBRE Group
     

    Weinhold Legal advised CBRE Group, a leading global commercial real estate services firm, in its acquisition of 100% of IMPACT-CORTI, a firm specialising in property management in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Weinhold Legal provided the full range of acquisition services to CBRE including legal due diligence and negotiating and completing all acquisition and related contracts.

    Weinhold Legal assisted the CBRE Group with regard to a merger with  the acquired company and IMPACT-CORTI’s  four subsidiaries. The merger of all companies was registered in a one-step process. Our legal services included, inter alia, preparation of comprehensive legal documentation and representation of the participating companies in the registration proceedings, as well as representation of the companies at the General Meeting.

    Weinhold Legal assisted CBRE with the Czech and Slovak aspects of a worldwide acquisition of a division of Johnson Controls.

    MAN Truck & Bus
     

    Weinhold Legal advised MAN Truck & Bus, a top-ranking international supplier of commercial vehicles, on legal matters connected with the acquisition of a site for construction of a new service facility. Our work included due diligence, preparation of the contractual documentation with the seller, review of the contract with the agent and representation in negotiations. In addition, we advised MAN Truck & Bus on matters connected with contracts with authorised service partners and dealers, in negotiations with them and in contractual matters with the parties of leasing agreements.

  • Corporate
    Flow East
     

    Weinhold Legal assisted Flow East in connection with spin-off of operational part of Hotel Jalta into new company as well as spin-off of real estate of Hotel Jalta with merger into an existing company. Legal services included preparation and finalization of complex spin-off documentation, including representation of companies involved in subsequent administrative proceedings.

    Coca-Cola
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko in connection with crossborder merger with Slovak subsidiary.

    HDS Retail Czech Republic and Aelia Czech Republic (Lagardère group)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to HDS Retail Czech Republic and Aelia Czech Republic (both Lagardère group) in connection with corporate matters, franchising, leases, mergers and acquisitions and competition law. Weinhold Legal’s services also included drafting and review of contractual documentation, assistance in negotiating and various legal analyses. Weinhold Legal assisted in establishment of a subsidiary of Aelia, a member of the Lagardère group, for its successful bid to acquire Czech Airlines’s on-board sale and duty free business for CZK 764 million (nearly EUR 30 million), and provided various related corporate law services.

    Further Weinhold Legal assisted Lagardère group with a merger of three companies.

    European Commission
     

    Weinhold Legal, along with its reputable international partner firms and respected academic corporate law specialists, performed a Study on the operation and impact of the Statute for a European Company (“Societas Europaea” - SE) for the European Commission. We were in charge of providing a technical analysis of the implementation and functionality of the legislation in the Czech and Slovak Republics, performing a survey and analysis among the active SEs in the region with regard to the choice of the SE as a legal form and for providing guidance and suggestions to the European Commission regarding any required legislative amendments. Further, we co-ordinated the contributions made by countries in the Central and Eastern European region. The Final Study Report, which was submitted to the European Commission, will provide an analysis for the reasons of the disparity in the success of the SE statute throughout the EU and EEA Member-States and the contribution of any legislative improvements to be initiated by the European Commission.

    Eurovia (Vinci group)
     

    Weinhold Legal advised Eurovia (Vinci Group) on the mandatory take-over bid procedure of its Czech subsidiary Stavby silnic a železnic (now Eurovia CS) and two other listed subsidiaries. Weinhold Legal also advised CESTNÉ STAVBY KOŠICE on the delisting of shares from the Stock Exchange of one of its Slovak subsidiaries.
    Weinhold Legal also assisted in the squeeze-out of minority shareholders and provided various legal services to Stavby silnic a železnic.

    Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal advice to Obrascón Huarte Lain, S.A. (OHL), one of the biggest construction companies in Europe, in connection with restructuring of its subsidiary companies in the Czech Republic which were taken-over by OHL in the past. Our legal services included legal advice on the share transfers of OHL ŽS and ŽPSV and on the subsequent implementation of a merger into the successor company OHL Central Europe.

    Weinhold Legal advised OHL ŽS in connection with two subsequent increases in registered capital by subscription of newly issued shares.

    LAMA
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to LAMA, a Czech-based group of companies active in the energy production and distribution business, consisting of a transformation of the group and establishment of an efficient holding structure. The services included, in particular, an increase in the registered capital in kind in the holding company exceeding CZK 1.5 billion, several de-mergers combined with mergers and representation in administrative proceedings held by the Ministry of Environment and Czech Mining Authority regarding the transfer of an exploratory licence.

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal services to LAMA related to the integration of the company Teplárna Otrokovice and Teplárna Kyjov to their group structure involving, inter alia, a subsequent merger with the parent company as well as representation in the proceedings before the Energy Regulatory Office and the Railway Authority concerning the necessary licenses.

    Olympus
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal assistance to Olympus in connection with a cross-border merger.

    LG
     

    Weinhold Legal assisted LG in connection with a cross border merger. This covered three jurisdictions.

    GRANETTE/ Palírna u Zeleného stromu - Starorežná Prostějov
     

    Weinhold legal provided legal advice to GRANETTE, one of the biggest liquor producers in the Czech Republic, on restructuring of Palírna u Zeleného stromu - Starorežná Prostějov which was taken-over by GRANETTE in the past. In respect of restructuring of its business, including various corporate changes, we implemented a spin-off of Starorežná’s business into GRANETTE.

    Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided the majority shareholder of Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) as well as the target company with comprehensive legal assistance relating to the squeeze-out of minority shareholders, including the preparation of the required legal documentation, organisation of the general meeting and assistance with registration proceedings and the transfer of shares to the majority shareholder.

    Wienerberger
     

    Weinhold Legal provided Wienerberger, the majority shareholder as well as the target company, with comprehensive legal assistance relating to the squeeze-out of minority shareholders, including the preparation of the required legal documentation, organisation of the general meeting and assistance with the registration proceedings and transfer of shares to the majority shareholder.

  • Labour Law
    Weinhold Legal has extensive experience in advising on labour law in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where we are working for leading local and international companies.

    Our work in this area has included:

    General labour law advice – drafting and reviewing employment documentation for ordinary employees as well as top management (e.g. employment contracts, appointments, remuneration agreements, non-competition agreements, internal regulations, collective bargaining agreements), providing labour law due diligence, advising on employment rules applicable in the Czech and Slovak Republics, employee transfers, relocation, discrimination, harassment, disability issues, organisational changes and restructuring, non-competition issues, confidentiality, liability issues, health and safety regulations.

    Remuneration policies & Share Plans – drafting and reviewing share and stock option plans and other remuneration schemes and internal policies (pensions, bonuses (target-driven), profit sharing plans etc.).

    International matters – advising on choice of law issues, advising on foreign labour laws (e.g. German, English) as appropriate in cooperation with our authorised foreign lawyers, secondments to and from the Czech and Slovak Republics, management services and hiring out of labour structuring, immigration issues (advice related to work permits, visas, permanent residency, family relocations), potential E.U. law aspects.

    Trade unions and work councils – negotiation with trade unions and work councils, representation of employers, structuring and reviewing collective bargaining agreements, dispute resolutions.

    Dismissals – drafting dismissal documentation (e.g. notices, termination agreements, recalls, immediate cancellations of employment relationship), full or limited assistance in the dismissal process including collective dismissals, related negotiation with affected employees, trade unions and labour authorities, structuring the termination packages (severance payments, leave payments).

    Litigation – if court action is unavoidable, we represent our clients in litigation, including dismissal claims etc.

    Advice on legal issues connected with the introduction of the new Labour Code. 

  • IT, Media, Telecommunications
    Cryptelo
     

    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.

    Ministry of Interior Czech Republic
     

    Weinhold Legal was chosen to provide complex legal services to the Czech Ministry of Interior in relation to the basic public administration registers which are in the competence of the Ministry, and the information system of the basic public administration registers (following the newly adopted Act on Basic Registers). The work included numerous public tenders, contracts between the state and selected ICT firms, etc.

    Central European Media Enterprises (ČNTS)
     

    In relation to TV Nova's operations, Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice and opinions on various aspects of the television broadcasting business in the Czech Republic, including a detailed review of contractual arrangements and proposed restructuring of operations. Subsequent work included negotiations, litigation and litigation support regarding various claims by our client. We also handled over 360 trademark files and represented the client in a large number of related disputes.

    Siemens
     

    Weinhold Legal assisted the Siemens group in a prominent outsourcing project in the telecoms business, including, among others, the transfer of several thousand employees. We were, among others, involved in complex questions of corporate and collective labour law and assisted in negotiations. Moreover, we assisted Siemens in a considerable number of acquisition projects (share deals and asset deals).

    Hachette Distribution Services (skupina Lagardére)
     

    Weinhold Leal adviced on several Czech acquisitions and joint venture agreements, including due diligence and negotiations with a large number of parties.

    Operation systems provider
     

    Weinhold Legal provided various services for leading worldwide provider of operation systems and office software, including comprehensive data protection compliance reviews, preparation and review of service and customer contracts and labour issues. 

    American animation studio
     

    Weinhold Legal provided assistence for the world-famous American animation studio in connection with review of licence agreements under the applicable Czech and Slovak laws.

    Film studio
     

    Weinhold Legal adviced one of the six major American studios on shooting of a pilot project Masterwork, review of licence agreements and dubbing agreements. 

  • Public Procurement / Public Sector
    Ministry of Transportation / Roads Administration (ŘSD)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advisory services to Ministry of Transportation and the Roads Administration (ŘSD) in relation to multiple multi-billion public tenders on winter and current maintenance of the roads.

    Pražská vodohospodářská společnost (Prague Water Company)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal services to Pražská vodohospodářská společnost (Prague Water Company) in connection with more than 10 public tender procedures of various types, including organization of the public tenders.

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Pražská vodohospodářská společnost in connection with public tender procurement regarding construction of reservoirs in Uhříněves.

    VOP CZ
     

    Weinhold Legal has provided comprehensive legal services to VOP CZ, the biggest military enterprise in the Czech Republic, in connection with sale of movable and immovable assets comprising the Šternberk production plant.

    Ministry of Interior Czech Republic
     

    Weinhold Legal was chosen to provide legal services to the Czech Ministry of Interior in relation to the basic public administration registers which are in the competence of the Ministry, and the information system of the basic public administration registers (following the newly adopted Act on Basic Registers). The work included numerous public tenders, contracts between the state and selected ICT firms, etc. 

    Vodárenská společnost Táborsko (Water Company of the Táborsko Region)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Vodárenská společnost Táborsko, (Water Company of the Táborsko Region) in connection with the organisation of a tender for selecting a utility operator in the Táborsko region for a 10-year period. The expected value of the bid is CZK 3.2 billion. Our services included organisation of the tender, preparation of the bid contract, dealings concerning technical assistance of the European Commission, etc.

    Ministry of Defence Czech Republic
     

    Weinhold Legal was selected in 2004 to advise the Ministry of Defence on the lease of 14 Gripen supersonic fighters including offset programs. Our teams drafted and negotiated two significant contracts - a lease agreement with the Swedish state (value nearly 20 billion CZK/750 mil. USD) and an offset agreement with Gripen International (value nearly 25 billion CZK/960 mil. USD). This project followed the previous selection of Weinhold Legal by the Czech government to advise on the planned purchase of 24 Gripen supersonic fighters in 2002. The planned deal involved the purchase, from the British-Swedish consortium of BAE Systems/SAAB, of JAS-39 Gripen fighters, with the first anticipated delivery by 2004. The nominal purchase price was estimated at 52.5 billion Czech Crowns approximately USD 1.54 billion), and the value of offset programs should have reached 78 billion Czech crowns (approximately USD 2.3 billion). We were also engaged by the Ministry of Defence in other projects, such as modernisation of tanks T72, refinancing of L195 combat fighters, personnel carriers tender, legal services in connection with the Follow-On Support Service Agreement concluded prior to privatisation of Aero Vodochody.

    Česká pošta (Czech Post)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to Česká pošta (Czech Post) in negotiations with the ČSOB bank (KBC group) relating to a contractual arrangement which should form basis for operations of the largest retail banking network (over 1.3 million customers) in the years 2006-2017 – Poštovní spořitelna (Post Savings Bank); the exclusive negotiations have been based on special government decrees. The contract with ČSOB could be worth up to 17 billion CZK (580 million EUR) to Česká pošta. We also advised on a long term contract with Česká pojišťovna.

    Siemens
     

    Weinhold Legal advised Siemens on several significant public tenders in the transport sector. 

  • Competition
    První novinová společnost
     

    Weinhold Legal obtained merger clearance from the Czech Antimonopoly Office for První novinová společnost (PNS), the largest domestic press distributor, in connection with the acquisition of the alternative postal operator Mediaservis.

    Obrascón Huarte Lain
     

    Weinhold Legal obtained merger clearance from the Czech Antimonopoly Office for OBRASCÓN HUARTE LAIN S.A. (OHL) in its acquisition of control of companies from the ŽPSV group, including ŽS Brno, one of the most prominent construction companies in the Czech Republic.

    Aelia (Lagardére group)
     

    Weinhold Legal represented Aelia, a member of the Lagardére group, in the anti-monopoly clearance proceedings in respect of its successful bid to acquire from Czech Airlines the on-board sale and duty free business for 764 million CZK (nearly 30 million EUR).

    Vivendi Water (Veolia) / PVK
     

    Weinhold Legal obtained concentration approval from the Antimonopoly Office for a company which is part of the Vivendi Water group (now Veolia). The approval was on the CZK 6 billion acquisition of Prague Water and Sewerage.

    Česká pošta (Czech Post)
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services, including advice in respect of competition matters, to Česká pošta, s.p. on the prolongation of an agreement with ČSOB (KBC group) in respect of banking services provided through the postal network of Česká pošta, s.p.

    ITAKA / ČEDOK
     

    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 (est. 1920).  Weinhold Legal has been representing the client in the process of obtaining antimonopoly clearance.

    LAMA
     

    Weinhold Legal provided legal services to LAMA, a Czech-based group of companies active in energy production and distribution business, related to the integration of the company Teplárna Otrokovice and Teplárna Kyjov to their group structure involving, inter alia, legal advice on the transfer of shares, including representation in the proceedings for merge clearance of enterprises held by the Office for the Protection of Competition.

    Petrol station chain
     

    We advised a significant petrol station chain in its successful competition proceedings on alleged petrol price fixing in collusion with its competitors, being one of the most complex in the history of the Competition Office, was commenced in August 2001.

  • Dispute Resolution
    One of the three largest banks
     

    Weinhold Legal successfully represented one of the Czech Republic’s three largest banks in relation to multiple legal disputes launched by organised group of customers in relation to the allegedly illegal nature of certain bank charges. Several hundred thousand customers of Czech banks were incited by collection agencies to request a back-payment of bank charges which they voluntarily paid in several preceding years. The banks’ success in these proceedings was approved by Supreme Court and Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic.

    One of the five largest banks
     

    Weinhold Legal successfully represented one of the Czech Republic’s five largest banks in relation to multiple legal disputes launched by organised group of customers in relation to alleged illegal nature of certain bank charges. Several hundred thousand customers of Czech banks were incited by collection agencies to request a back-payment of bank charges which they voluntarily paid in several preceding years. The success of the bank has been approved by Supreme Court and Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic.

    Grandi Stazioni
     

    Weinhold Legal represented a subsidiary of an Italian investor in court proceedings regarding contractual claims arising from the termination of a major lease contract. The client successfully claimed over a half of billion CZK.

    Ministry of Finance Czech Republic
     

    Weinhold Legal was chosen in tender processes launched by the Ministry of Finance to defend the Czech state against four separate claims amounting in a total of billions of Czech crowns. These demanding and prestigious assignments have arisen due to arbitrations initiated by claimants on the basis of bilateral international treaties on the protection of investments. We successfully represented the Czech Republic in international arbitration proceedings initiated based on the Czech-German bilateral investment treaty, based on the Czech-Cypriot treaty on investment protection and based on the Czech-Dutch treaty on investment protection.

    Ministry of Finance Slovak Republic
     

    We represented the Slovak state on its victory in its defence of a bilateral international treaty arbitration brought by Austrian Airlines. We acted as the local counsel, alongside the lead counsel David A.Pawlak LLC.

    Central European Media Enterprises (ČNTS)
     

    In relation to TV Nova's operations, Weinhold Legal provided comprehensive legal advice and opinions on various aspects of the television broadcasting business in the Czech Republic, including a detailed review of contractual arrangements and proposed restructuring of operations. Subsequent work included negotiations, litigation and litigation support regarding various claims by our client. We also handled over 360 trademark files and represented the client in a large number of related disputes. 

  • Pro bono
    Veselá věda

      Weinhold Legal provided a pro bono legal assistance to Veselá věda in connection with personal data processing pursuant GDPR.