Václav Audes

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Václav Audes specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, joint ventures, pharmaceutical and healthcare law, and transport (particularly aviation) law.

In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has advised both sellers and buyers, strategic and financial investors, and has also advised clients on the formation of joint ventures and restructurings of groups of companies (including transformations), primarily in the sectors pharmaceutical and healthcare, transport (mainly aviation), media and telecommunications, clean tech, internet trading, and FMCG.

In the area of pharmaceutical law, Václav specialises in comprehensive market access issues relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, reimbursement schemes, relations between pharmaceutical companies and HCPs/HCOs, regulation of advertising for medicinal products and medical devices, and representation of clients before the National Drug Control Authority and the Ministry of Healthcare. In the area of healthcare law he focuses mainly on representing providers in reimbursement issues vis-à-vis healthcare insurance companies, restructuring of healthcare facilities, and healthcare compliance.

Before joining our law firm, Václav worked at the then-largest French law firm, Gide.

Membership in professional associations

Czech Bar Association
Slovak Bar Association

Czech, English, German, French, Spanish
  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2005), Mgr. (Master of Laws)
  • Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse I, Program Erasmus/Socrates: Diploma in European Studies
  • advising a major Spanish healthcare provider on the acquisition of a group of Slovak providers of health diagnostic services
  • advising a Czech-Slovak financial group on the acquisition of a pharmacy network and one of the largest wholesale pharmaceutical distributors in the Czech Republic
  • advising the leading German railway and bus transport operator on the acquisition of several major Czech bus operators
  • assisting a leading Czech developer in negotiations concerning contractual documentation for the construction of the headquarters of a major central European bank
  • advising a multinational operator of a network of hypermarkets and supermarkets on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio from one of its lessors
  • advising the selling shareholders in a leading Czech media agency on its sale to the largest French media group
  • advising multinational airlines on the contemplated acquisition of Czech Airlines via privatisation
  • advising a multinational operator of a network of hypermarkets and supermarkets on the acquisition of one of its Czech competitors
  • advising a leading Czech distributor of dental materials and equipment on its dispute with the Czech State Institute for Drug Control
  • advising a group of renowned Czech doctors on the contemplated establishment of a private plastic surgery clinic in Prague
  • advising a multinational manufacturer of electronic components for the automotive industry in connection with the acquisition of a Czech subsidiary of a major international manufacturer of automotive parts
  • advising the largest Slovak manufacturer of metal tubes on the acquisition of a Spanish group of manufacturers of metal tubes and pipes
  • advising a group of Slovak entrepreneurs on the sale of a Slovak power plant to a French energy group
HAVEL & PARTNERS, the largest Czech-Slovak law firm, won the main award in the International Law Firm category and also won the Competition and Health Law categories in the 11th annual Law Firm of the Year 2023 competition in Slovakia. In 11 other categories, it ranked among the top-ranked law firms. The official announcement of […]
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 […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS’ team of experts participated as a legal advisor to venture capital funds Atmos Ventures, Lighthouse Ventures, and Tera Ventures in an investment round in which the Czech logistics fintech company 4Trans raised EUR 18 million from investors. In this round, 4Trans also attracted private investors from Silicon Valley, and is thus aiming […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS’ venture capital specialists provided comprehensive legal services to Credo Ventures in its investment in the start-up EquiLibre Technologies. Legal advice was provided by partner Václav Audes and senior associate Tomáš Navrátil, tax aspects were handled by partner Josef Žaloudek, and corporate, contractual and employment law services were provided by senior associate Irena […]
In its international Chambers Europe Awards ranking, Chambers and Partners, a British ranking agency, awarded HAVEL & PARTNERS the best law firm in the Czech Republic in 2022. Our law firm received this most prestigious foreign award in the legal industry for the third time in a row. “HAVEL & PARTNERS’ streak of winning Czech […]
The M&A team of HAVEL & PARTNERS led by Václav Audes (Partner) and Juraj Petro (Senior Associate) assisted the investment fund Lighthouse Ventures in the sale of PEKAT VISION. The buyer was the Italian company Datalogic. The value of the transaction reached CZK 400 million. The sale of the company brought significant appreciation of the […]
The HAVEL & PARTNERS team acted as legal counsel to investors in a Series A investment round in which the Czech travel start-up Daytrip raised new capital totalling EUR 6.14 million. Daytrip is a global platform that offers tourists in 85 countries worldwide private transport with local drivers directly in the places people visit. The […]
Authors: David Krch, Václav Audes, Vlaďka Laštůvková We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about conclusions made by the Coordination Committee[1] regarding tax implications of paybacks provided to health insurance companies based on risk sharing. At the end of last year, the Coordination Committee addressed adjustments of the VAT assessment base (and […]


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