The results of the 15th annual Law Firm of the Year competition in the Czech Republic, organised by EPRAVO.CZ, once again confirmed the exceptional position of HAVEL & PARTNERS on the Czech legal market. For the third time in a row, the firm received the top award for local law firm as well as the award for best client service. It also won in two practice area categories – Mergers & Acquisitions, and Development & Real Estate Projects. The gala evening, held under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice and the Czech Bar Association, took place on Monday, 7 November at Žofín in Prague.
The outstanding results of HAVEL & PARTNERS in the domestic Law Firm of the Year competition follow after the award of the most prestigious prize in Chambers Europe Awards, which it also received for the third time in a row in 2022. This year, the firm also achieved excellent results in the Slovak Law Firm of the Year competition, where it won the top prize in the international law firm category and, as in the previous two years, once again became the most popular law firm for clients in Slovakia.
“This year so far has been full of unexpected challenges and events. Therefore, we have tried to be a reliable support for our clients during this time and to help them as much as possible to survive in these challenging conditions. We are thus very pleased that they have once again appreciated our commitment and approach to solving their business and private matters. We highly value this and are thankful for our client’s trust,” says Jaroslav Havel, managing partner, adding: “Thanks also go to all my colleagues at HAVEL & PARTNERS. Once again, we have proven together that we prioritise professional background as well as perfect service for our clients. In addition to the top expertise and superior work commitment of all colleagues, I especially appreciate their teamwork, thanks to which we continue to push the boundaries of our potential further.”
In addition to the domestic law firm award and the client service award, the firm won the M&A category for the fourth consecutive year. “The area of M&A, corporate restructurings and, in recent years, private equity and venture capital investments is key to our service portfolio,” says partner Jan Koval. The team of 80 lawyers has completed more than 800 transactions worth CZK 800 billion over the past 16 years. “Thanks to long-term partnerships and cooperation with our clients, we have the opportunity to participate as M&A lawyers in the development of their business. We perceive the award as a further impetus to innovate and improve our services, as we want to continue to be a top strategic partner for our clients in fulfilling their business ambitions,”he adds.
The Development & Real Estate Projects category, inwhichHAVEL & PARTNERS also won, is one of the firm's core legal specialisations. HAVEL & PARTNERS has been focusing on real estate law since its formation in 2001; today, more than 30 lawyers including 8 partners are involved in this practice area, and the firm is involved in 20 to 30 large real estate transactions per year. “The further development and strengthening of our market position in this area is crucial for us and we are devoting our maximum efforts to it. We assist our clients in all phases of real estate projects and will continue to strategically expand our team in the coming years to meet the growing demand for services in this area,” suggests partner Václav Audes.
In 17 professional categories, the firm was ranked among highly recommended firms (top tier). In terms of the results of this year’s and all previous years of the Law Firm of the Year competition, HAVEL & PARTNERS remains the most successful and most comprehensive domestic law firm in terms of total nominations and awards.