GENERAL INFORMATION AND OFFICES

Our team

350 lawyers, tax advisors and patent attorneys
500 employees

Our clients

3,000 clients
150 of the largest Fortune 500 global companies
50 of the Czech Top 100 companies
20 of the Slovak TOP 100 companies

International approach

Legal and tax advice, patent services

  • in 110 countries 
  • in 12 languages
  • up to 70% of cases involve an international element

LEGAL TEAM

HAVEL & PARTNERS, with offices in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Pilsen, Olomouc, and Ostrava, has a team of 350 lawyers, tax advisors and patent attorneys, approx. 200 associates and 500 employees in total, and is the largest independent law firm in Central Europe.

OUR CLIENTS

Our clients include large international companies, leading Czech and Slovak firms, including strategic state-owned companies and public sector authorities, as well as medium-size businesses, individual entrepreneurs, and investors. We advise approximately 150 of the largest Fortune 500 global companies, almost 50 of the Czech Top 100 companies and 20 of the Slovak TOP 100 companies. HAVEL & PARTNERS currently provides its services to more than 3,000 clients.

OUR APPROACH

We are a business-oriented law firm with a pro-active approach. With a team of highly qualified lawyers, our top priorities include client care and time flexibility. We take an individual and personal approach to each client and in finding a proper solution for their needs. We strive to provide services with high added value, to create excellent and lasting business relations with clients, and to provide services in a manner exceeding our clients‘ expectations. Our lawyers are sought by clients for their comprehensive legal and tax advice, strategic thinking, and their desire to succeed, as well as for their ability to complete our clients’ transactions successfully and effectively assert their business interests.

INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

We offer services at the highest international standard of quality for the provision of services, flexibility, and a creative and business-oriented approach to resolving clients‘ legal issues while strictly adhering to the traditional principles and values of the legal profession (i.e. eliminating conflicts of interest, maintaining the highest standards of confidentiality, etc.).

SUPERIOR LANGUAGE SKILLS

We provide legal, tax and patent services in Czech, Slovak, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian.

OFFICES AND BRANCHES

Prague
Bratislava
Frankfurt
Brno
Ostrava
Pilsen
Olomouc

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE

The Prague office of HAVEL & PARTNERS was established in 2001 as Havel & Holásek by experienced lawyers from leading international and Czech law firms, and gradually became the largest law firm in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the fastest-growing law firm in the CEE region. We are constantly strengthening our position on the legal services market in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

OUR LEGAL TEAM

The Prague office is the main contact point for Czech and international clients doing business in the Czech Republic. The office has a team of 220 lawyers and is coordinated by the managing partner, Jaroslav Havel. Most of our partners and senior lawyers have considerable experience in top international law firms, such as Linklaters, Freshfields, Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dentons (Salans), Weil, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Squire Sanders, Gleiss Lutz, Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz, Schoenherr, Wolf Theiss, Gide Loyrette Nouel, or leading Czech and Slovak law firms, and in top public sector positions, such as government ministries, the competition office, and the central bank.

OUR CLIENTS

The Prague office currently has more then 2,000 clients, including international companies, medium-size firms, entrepreneurs, investors, and public sector authorities. The office also has a legal academy which offers each month practical workshops led by top experts and extensive know-how at its exclusive premises in the Florentinum business centre.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE

The Slovak office of HAVEL & PARTNERS has been present in Bratislava for more than ten years. It is now one of six offices of the HAVEL & PARTNERS network and the main contact point for clients from Slovakia as well as Czech and international clients doing business in Slovakia.

OUR LEGAL TEAM

With a team of more than 35 experienced Slovak lawyers, we aim to provide our clients with comprehensive legal advice in all major areas of Slovak law and the highest standard of services provided. The Bratislava office provides its legal services nationwide. The office is managed by the partners Jaroslav Havel, Štěpán Štarha, Václav Audes, and Ondřej Majer. More partners from the Prague office closely cooperate with the Slovak team.

In the field of administration, management and knowhow, the Bratislava office is fully supported by the other HAVEL & PARTNERS offices. To address complex transactions, our specialists from the Czech legal team can be engaged at any time.

OUR CLIENTS

The office provides comprehensive legal advice and related tax advice to important Czech, Slovak, and international clients in all areas of business. Our clients include large international companies, medium-size firms, entrepreneurs, and investors. The office provides services to approximately 300 permanent clients, most of the major Slovak financial groups and about a quarter of the 100 largest Slovak companies.

HAVEL & PARTNERS in Bratislava, in cooperation with the relevant governmental agencies, administration authorities and business associations, actively supports investments in Slovakia.

Representation in Frankfurt am Main

As of 1 May 2024, HAVEL & PARTNERS has a direct representation in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Close cooperation with foreign partners

The Frankfurt office of HAVEL & PARTNERS focuses on providing support to international clients targeting the CEE region, as well as to clients from the Czech Republic and Slovakia looking to expand further abroad. The Frankfurt team will advise on Czech and Slovak law aspects of international corporate and financial transactions and other matters and provide strategic advice on doing business in Germany and the Central European markets.

Strong team for German speaking clients

HAVEL & PARTNERS has a 25-member team, including 7 partners, specialising in serving German-speaking clients, making it one of the largest teams of this kind in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The firm has around 500 clients from German-speaking countries. Such clients include the largest and most prominent companies from German-speaking countries across all business sectors. Members of the team have many years of work and study experience in Germany or Austria or have worked at leading German or Austrian law firms in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The German office will be managed by Philip Smitka, a partner with more than two decades of experience as a lawyer in the German and Czech legal markets.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE

With a view to delivering its legal services to clients in the Moravia region, HAVEL & PARTNERS, as the first leading Prague-based law firm, established an office in Brno in 2009. The Brno office is the principal point of contact for clients not only from the South Moravia Region, but also from the broader territory of south and central Moravia and the Vysočina Region.

OUR LEGAL TEAM

The legal team of the Brno office currently consists of more than 45 lawyers, coordinated by partners Jaroslav Havel, Robert Neruda and Štěpán Štarha. The legal team includes experts in competition law and public procurement law and more than 70 employees specialising in debt administration and enforcement.

The Brno office provides legal advice in all specialized areas; advice on comprehensive transactions, usually with an international element; advice on complex judicial, arbitration and administrative proceedings; and advice on competition. It represents clients before the Office for the Protection of Competition and the judicial authorities seated in Brno.

The Brno office is fully supported by the Prague office with respect to management and know-how, and during complicated transactions, specialists from the Prague team as well as expert translators and other professionals are always engaged according to need.

OUR CLIENTS

Currently, HAVEL & PARTNERS has approximately 100 clients in south and central Moravia and the Vysočina Region, and according to publicly available information it is thus the largest law firm in Moravia. The office provides services not only to clients from all over Moravia but also from the Moravian-Silesian Region (a total of approx. 150 clients). These clients are active in the region’s traditional industries, e.g. privatised industrial heavy engineering enterprises, major construction companies, public sector institutions, rapidly growing private IT, manufacturing, trade and service companies and foreign investors newly entering the region, especially from the United States, Germany, Austria and Asia.

The Brno office of HAVEL & PARTNERS actively contributes to the development of investment in the South Moravian region in cooperation with state institutions, public authorities, and business associations.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE

In 2006, HAVEL & PARTNERS was one of the first top Prague law firms to establish an office in Ostrava in order to provide legal services to the wider region of Central and North Moravia.

LEGAL SERVICES

The Ostrava office is the main contact point for the clients of HAVEL & PARTNERS from the Moravian-Silesian region as well as the wider Central and North Moravian region.  

OUR CLIENTS

HAVEL & PARTNERS’ office in North and Central Moravia has more than 70 clients. These include clients involved in traditional regional business, such as large industrial enterprises, especially mining and heavy industry, and other branches of the manufacturing industry, large construction companies, as well as rapidly growing private firms relating to manufacturing, trade, and services, public sector institutions, and of course foreign investors from South Korea, Taiwan, the USA, Germany, and elsewhere.

Since August 2019, our new sixth office has been open in Pilsen.

One of the priorities of HAVEL & PARTNERS is to develop services tailored to major clients that maintain business relationships with German-speaking countries, particularly Germany and Austria. These clients include German and Austrian companies and private investors as well as Czech firms exporting to or investing in these countries. We are now available for these clients near their places of operation.

The Pilsen office is focused mainly on clients in western and southern Bohemia. The main contact persons in these regions are primarily the partners who come directly from or are domiciled in the region. These are Marek Lošan and Jaroslav Havel for western Bohemia and Marek Vojáček, František Korbel and Lukáš Syrový for southern Bohemia.

Our office in Olomouc was opened in 2018 as our third office in Moravia.

In cooperation with Cash Collectors, a partner collection agency, it offers in particular financial institution retail claim administration services, i.e. namely conducting trial, insolvency and inheritance proceedings.

The person in change of the office Marek Vojáček.

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