Petr Kadlec

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Petr Kadlec specializes in contract law, public procurement law, competition law, including state aid and EU grants, information technology and cybersecurity law, energy law, and internal fraud investigations. Petr has extensive experience with significant public sector projects and frequently represents in procedures before administrative bodies and administrative courts in the Czech Republic as well as before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the EU.

Petr is a member of the board of appeals of the Czech Energy Regulatory Office and a member of the board of appeals of the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency.

Petr initially joined HAVEL & PARTNERS in 2003 and rejoined the firm as a partner in January 2011, after he had served as an EU official investigating anticompetitive practices at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission (DG COMP) in Brussels between 2007 and 2010.

In 2001, Petr was a member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) diplomatic mission in Kosovo participating in the post-war reconstruction of public administration. Petr gained his first experience in the legal business as a paralegal in the Prague office of Hogan & Hartson (Hogan Lovells) in 1999.

Recommendations of international publications
Petr Kadlec is recommended by the international publication Who's Who Legal as a Global Leader for Government Contracts and as a Global Leader for Competition - State Aid. Petr Kadlec is recommended by international publications The Legal 500 and Chambers as an expert in Competition Law and Technology Law.

Membership in professional associations
Czech Bar Association (Petr Kadlec is involved in the Czech Bar Association as a member of its Legal Profession Section)

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  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2004), JUDr. (Doctor of Laws)
  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2003), Mgr. (Master of Laws)
  • Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prague (1998), Bc. (Bachelor’s degree) in Political Science
  • Scholarship semester stays at universities in Germany - Humboldt University of Berlin (2000/2001), University of Bayreuth, Germany (1998), in Denmark - University of Copenhagen (1996), and the USA - Georgetown University, Washington, DC (1995)
  • comprehensive advice to public and sector contracting authorities on the preparation and organization of open, restricted and negotiated procedures with and without notification, as well as competition dialogue
  • advising on major projects of IT system implementation and system integration in the public administration and in state-controlled businesses, including contractual relationship settlement and changes
  • advising a state-controlled company in connection with a complaint to the European Commission regarding unlawful state aid
  • advising beneficiaries of EU funds subsidies in connection with levies for a breach of budgetary discipline
  • representing in administrative and related judicial proceedings in connection with EIA, decisions on the location and permits of constructions and on exceptions from the Environmental and Landscape Protection Act in respect of major transport infrastructure projects in public interest
  • representing contractors in proceedings before the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition in respect of objections to the elimination from a tender by the contracting entity and in litigation on the review of the relevant administrative decision
  • advising the public sector on acquisitions of freight aircraft and military technology
  • advising a consortium of tenderers on their participation in an award procedure for deliveries and services in connection with the operation of toll collection systems on selected roads in the Czech Republic
  • comprehensive legal advice on a pilot PPP project in healthcare
  • advising a major insurer on the competition aspects of a joint venture subject to clearance by the European Commission
  • advising in connection with several proceedings before the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition concerning concentrations of undertakings
  • advising companies with a dominant market position on antitrust compliance
  • advising a distributor of computer technology on competition aspects of distribution agreements
  • advising a company building gas pipelines in connection with disputes related to contracts for the construction of gas pipelines in Russia
  • advising an Israeli investor on the environmental aspects of the use of existing industrial premises for other industrial purposes, including EIA and an integrated permit for commencement of production and disposal of hazardous waste
  • performing a legal analysis and drafting a methodology for the implementation of the “polluter pays” principle in brownfield revitalization projects financed with EU funds
  • advising on matters of copyright, databases and competition in connection the processing of news and media monitoring
  • advising on matters of industrial designs and unfair competition in connection with the installation and management of advertising devices
  • advising on license agreements and agreements on research and development in the energy sector
  • advising a client on litigation and a complaint filed with the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition concerning a major project of the implementation of an ERP information system
  • advising a financial institution in connection with the outsourcing of a full range of IT services
  • advising a major telecommunication company in connection with a pre-IPO due diligence investigation
  • advising on the application of the Free Access to Information Act
  • advising in connection with cross-border transfers of sensitive personal data
HAVEL & PARTNERS’ professional team provided long-term legal advice to the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic in connection with the preparation and negotiation of an inter-governmental contract for the purchase of the SPYDER Israeli air defence system from the state-owned company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. for the Army of the Czech Republic […]
Authors: Petr Kadlec, Jakub Kocmánek On 13 October 2020, the European Commission published the fourth amendment to its communication of 19 March 2020 “Temporary framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak” (the “Temporary Framework”).[1] The Temporary Framework allows aid in the form of (i) direct grants of up to EUR 800,000, […]
Authors: Petr Kadlec, Jakub Kocmánek On 3 April 2020, the European Commission amended its Communication of 19 March 2020 called the Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Temporary Framework”).[1] We provided you with our roundup of the previous wording of the Temporary Framework earlier.[2] Precision […]
Authors: Petr Kadlec, Štěpán Štarha The coronavirus pandemic has led to a steep increase in demand for certain commodities and consequently to their general shortage. Apart from a solidarity wave we can unfortunately also witness excessive prices charged in an attempt to take advantage of the current situation to one’s own economic benefit. The Office […]
Authors: Petr Kadlec, Jakub Kocmánek On 19 March 2020, the EU Commission published the communication “Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak” (the “Temporary Framework”).[1] The Commission acknowledged that the current situation in the EU Member States constituted a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member […]
Authors: Josef Hlavička, Petr Kadlec, František Korbel The Czech cabinet has declared a state of emergency throughout the entire territory for 30 days in connection with the health threats due to the proven occurrence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pursuant to Constitutional Act No. 110/1998 Sb., effective as of 2:00 pm, 12 March 2020. In connection […]


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