Real estate and construction

Service Description
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We provide legal services in all aspects areas of real estate and construction projects with a significant share of the real estate legal advisory services market in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our real estate and construction team consists of more than 30 lawyers, is led by the managing partner Jaroslav Havel with support of another 6 partners, and according to available information represents one of the largest legal team focusing on real estate and construction in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Our comprehensive legal and tax services in the fields of real estate and construction include the following:

Real estate and construction law

  • advising on real estate sales and acquisitions (including legal due diligence, the preparation/review and negotiation of transaction documentation, and transaction structuring proposals including tax structuring)
  • advising in connection with the development of residential projects including the subsequent sale of individual residential units
  • advising on greenfield and brownfield projects including turnkey projects
  • advising on the development and regeneration of industrial real estate (brownfield investments), including a review of ownership relationships, legal aspects of construction, renovation and environmental issues
  • advising on facility management (such as lease agreements and dealing with lessees)
  • representation in administrative proceedings relating to zoning and development, including administrative penalties and administrative justice
  • advising on project financing, structuring and negotiations for agreements with financial institutions
  • seminars and tailored training aimed at the most significant changes in private law related to real estate
  • client representation in judicial proceedings and arbitrations
  • active involvement in professional, real estate related organisations in the Czech Republic, such as the Association for Real Estate Market Development, the Czech Construction Law Society and the Association for Foreign Investments with the government agency CzechInvest


  • advising on the assessment of compliance with environmental laws
  • advising on the solution of environmental pollution
  • representation in disputes relating to the environment and public participation; the elimination of vexatious practices
  • representation in environmental permit procedures, including representation in administrative and judicial proceedings
  • advising on liability for environmental damage
  • advising on regulations governing individual components of environmental law, particularly waste disposal, water management, water and sewer system regulations, mining law and air protection including emissions trading

Public sector

  • client representation in connection with tenders issued by the state or self-governments (including procedures under the rules of international organisations, such as the European Investment Bank)
  • advising in connection with PPP projects, including incorporation of public entities and legal services related to companies, construction firms, manufacturers, consultancies and service providers
  • advising on investment incentives and state aid for greenfield and brownfield projects

Czech Law Firm of the Year in the Development and Real Estate Project category
(2012, 2022 and 2023).
The firm is constantly ranked among the most recommended
(top tier) law firms in the Czech Republic.
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In this year’s competition organised by CIJ (Construction and Investment Journal) Europe, a leading provider of online and print real estate news, HAVEL & PARTNERS was ranked as the best law firm in the Czech Republic in this practice area. This is yet another success for the firm’s dedicated real estate team after HAVEL & […]
In the 16th year of the Law Firm of the Year Awards in Czechia, HAVEL & PARTNERS, the largest Czech-Slovak law firm, has again won the Best Domestic Law Firm award and become the most popular law firm among clients. HAVEL & PARTNERS has received these two awards for the fourth consecutive year. The firm’s […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS advised its client, the Sekyra Group, a property development company, on the acquisition of the remaining land in the vicinity of the Smíchov railway station in Prague from České dráhy, a.s. The large-scale project Smíchov City is already being built on the land, where approximately 12,000 people are expected to live and […]
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 […]
Specialists from HAVEL & PARTNERS, led by partner František Korbel, counsel Jan Fikar, and associate Tomáš Kalenský, represented the City of Prague in the successful negotiation of the first cooperation agreement in accordance with the Prague Methodology of Investor Participation. On the basis of the Methodology, developers financially contribute to the development of the area […]
Source: Building World (september 2022) Authors: Martin Ráž, Jan Šplíchal There are many factors that significantly affect the costs of construction – steadily increasing inflation, shortage of building materials, rising energy prices, shortage of labour in the construction industry, and last but not least the war started by Russian aggression in Ukraine. In order to avoid […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS advised the buyer, the Czech company ZFP Investments, on the acquisition of the Blumental Offices project into its real estate fund. The office building, located in a strategic location on the border of Bratislava's Old Town and offering 21,597 square meters of leasable area, was purchased by ZFP Investments from the Slovak […]
Source: Building World (2/2022) Authors: Ondřej Majer, Oliver Benda The real estate market in Slovakia has seen a constant rise in prices in the past years, recently reaching unprecedented levels. Just to illustrate, the average price of residential property rose by 22.1% year-on-year, while the prices of houses rose by 31.5% year-on-year in the last quarter of 2021. […]
In the TOP 10 largest law firms ranking, which is compiled by the daily SME and The Slovak Spectator according to combined measurable criteria, HAVEL & PARTNERS is the largest Czech law firm, the fourth largest regional law firm and the fifth largest law firm operating on the Slovak market. It also took the top […]
As part of a real estate deal, HAVEL & PARTNERS provided comprehensive legal advice to the investment group Czechoslovak Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition of a rental property at Tusarova 41, Prague 7, Holešovice. The expert team led by Lukáš Syrový (Partner) and Jan Fikar (Managing Associate) provided transactional advice, including due diligence […]
Source: Building World (June 2021) Authors: Jan Topinka, Martin Stančík The coronavirus pandemic has also had an impact on real estate financing and development. Banks have become more cautious about financing certain types of investments or projects and carefully select sectors and areas. On the other hand, interest rates have dropped, which allows investors to […]
Source: Building World (March) Author: Josef Adam A number of people link housing cooperatives with the old days. It was convenient for their members to build new buildings together in order to live in new flats. Simultaneously, housing cooperatives proved to be a reasonable tool for split the risk of the failure to repay the […]
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