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PETERKA & PARTNERS Czech Republic assisted V-Sharp Ventures Alpha
13/02/2024 PETERKA & PARTNERS Czech Republic assisted V-Sharp Ventures Alpha
The Prague office of PETERKA & PARTNERS advised V-Sharp Ventures Alpha SE, a venture studio, on its investment in Leya AI, a Lithuanian start up operating an innovative and research-based English learning app featuring an AI-Tutor, fun games, personalized lessons and a guided learning path. More information is available here in English (https://leyaai.com/blog/leya-preseed-round-closed/) and here in Czech (https://cc.cz/umela-inteligence-jako-kouc-ktery-vas-nauci-vse-co-potrebujete-do-litevskeho-startupu-investuji-i-cesi).
PETERKA & PARTNERS among Airlines for Europe members
02/02/2024 PETERKA & PARTNERS among Airlines for Europe members
In January 2024, our law firm became a member of the Airlines for Europe (A4E) association. The main goals of the A4E are to ensure the sustainable growth of aviation and contribute to the socioeconomic development of European nations, and to support, and build up, business relationships among enterprises operating in the aviation sector in Europe.
Martyna Ryś-Wilgus, Senior Associate, and Leader of the Aviation Practice, has been handling cases for clients from the aviation sector for several years, and since January 2024, she has also been the coordinator of the firm's cooperation with Airlines for Europe.
PETERKA & PARTNERS has significant experience with the aviation industry and offers comprehensive legal advisory to entities in this field throughout the entire CEE region. For several years now, our Aviation Team have been representing a large air carrier in litigations initiated by passengers (or large companies buying passenger claims) for compensation for delayed flights. Our Litigation Department provides comprehensive legal analysis regarding our clients’ operations on the CEE market, including compliance with the obligatory requirements under applicable law (including advisory on general PNR and API data transmission obligations). The advisory covers also full legal assistance in disputes with passengers related to delayed or cancelled flights and other consumer disputes.
Polish directors for PETERKA & PARTNERS share their insights in leading their office
11/01/2024 Polish directors for PETERKA & PARTNERS share their insights in leading their office
Our Partners, Directors for Poland Agnieszka Siwińska and Dorota Ploskowicz share interesting insights into leading the Polish branch of PETERKA & PARTNERS. They both also specialize in M&A projects and as they say, managing such projects is an excellent preparation for running a law firm. Read more about it HERE.
PETERKA PARTNERS in Euro magazine
27/11/2023 PETERKA PARTNERS in Euro magazine
PETERKA PARTNERS achieved recognition as a standout player in the legal field, securing a coveted position in EURO’s top-tier. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for this acknowledgment and extend our hearty congratulations to our fellow distinguished law firms.

Alongside this recognition, Euro magazine featured a compelling interview with our partners, Zdenek Beranek and Hynek Peroutka, who shed light on the legal services landscape in the CEE region and the various challenges confronting legal professionals (and not only them).

Hynek also shared his thoughts on handling large amounts of data by law firms nowadays and contemplated the dilemma of representing clients who may be deemed not “Green” enough.

The issue also includes insights into AI by our colleagues Agnieszka Siwinska, Director of our Polish office. The quoting of this wonderful “woman in law” further underlines the success of our colleagues Adela Krbcova and Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova in the overview of the Top 100 Women in the Czech Legal Business.
TOP 100 women in the legal business
16/11/2023 TOP 100 women in the legal business
Naše Právničky v Žebříčku TOP 100 Žen v Právním Byznysu S obrovskou radostí a hrdostí oznamujeme, že dvě naše vynikající právničky, Adéla Krbcová a Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková, se staly součástí prestižního žebříčku TOP 100 žen v právním byznysu. Adéla byla oceněna v kategorii TOP partnerky, zatímco Pavla vyniká v oblasti M&A, Korporátní právo a Private Equity. Adéla Krbcová - TOP Partnerka Adéla není pouze právničkou; je symbolem excelence, odhodlání a lidskosti v právu. Její brilantní právnické dovednosti a schopnost nalézt optimální řešení pro naše klienty ji řadí mezi nejlepší v oboru. Umístění v kategorii TOP partnerky je výsledkem její tvrdé práce, oddanosti a vize pro spravedlnost. Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková - M&A, Korporátní Právo a Private Equity Pavla se v oblasti M&A, Korporátního práva a Private Equity stala uznávanou autoritou. Její expertíza a schopnost navigovat v komplexních transakcích ji řadí mezi špičkové profesionálky v oboru. Toto ocenění v žebříčku TOP 100 žen je zaslouženým uznáním jejího výjimečného přínosu v oblasti korporátního práva. Oceňujeme Jejich Úspěchy Tato umístění nejsou jen úspěchem pro naše právničky, ale i pro celý náš tým. Jsme hrdí, že můžeme mít takové výjimečné profesionálky ve svých řadách. Jejich práce, oddanost a profesionalita posilují naši firmu a posouvají naše právní služby na novou úroveň. Gratulace od Nás Všech Srdečně gratulujeme Adéle Krbcové a Pavle Přikrylové Kopečkové k těmto prestižním oceněním. Jsou to zářné příklady výjimečnosti a inspirace pro nás všechny. Těšíme se na další společné úspěchy a neuvěřitelný přínos do budoucnosti.
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Our lawyers in the TOP 100 women in the legal business We are very proud and pleased to announce that two of our outstanding female lawyers, Adéla Krbcová and Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková, have been included in the prestigious TOP 100 Women in Legal Business. Adéla has been recognized in the TOP Women Partners category, while Pavla excels in M&A, corporate and private equity. Adéla Krbcová - TOP female partner Adéla is not just a lawyer, she is a symbol of excellence, commitment and humanity in law. Her brilliant legal knowledge and ability to find optimal solutions for our clients make her one of the best in the field. Being ranked among the top partners is the result of her hard work, dedication and vision for justice. Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková - M&A, corporate and private equity Pavla has become a recognized authority on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and private equity. Her expertise and ability to navigate complex transactions make her one of the top professionals in the field. This Top 100 Women award is a well-deserved recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of corporate law. Recognition of her achievements This ranking is not just an achievement of our female lawyers, but of our entire team. We are proud to have such exceptional female professionals in our ranks. Their work, dedication and professionalism strengthen our firm and take our legal services to the next level. Congratulations to all of you We sincerely congratulate Adela Krbcova and Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková on these prestigious awards. They are a shining example of excellence and an inspiration to us all. We look forward to more successes and incredible contributions together in the future.
IBA - Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Lawyers
06/11/2023 IBA - Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Lawyers
Diversity has a positive effect on productivity and competitiveness and brings with it the opportunity for expansion on both domestic and international markets. At PETERKA & PARTNERS, we are fully aware of how diversity is important for our progress and we have made great effort in this area for many years. Today, we are honored and proud to share that our Partner Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova together with Antonia Verna of Portolano Cavallo led the initiative and launched a “truly transformational instrument” – a Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for law firms. The project started at European level and with the support of the IBA special projects fund and was extended to become a global IBA initiative at the start of 2023. The D&I Toolkit is available in its interactive form on the IBA website: https://lnkd.in/dTMt6PPP
Successful end of a 13-year-long litigation
02/11/2023 Successful end of a 13-year-long litigation
PETERKA & PARTNERS’s Prague office led to a successful end a nearly 13-year-long litigation on behalf of our client, a Czech subsidiary of TOUAX, a prominent French-origin global group and a family-run business, which later became a subsidiary of Modulaire Group, Europe, and Asia Pacific's leading specialist in modular services and infrastructure. The case centred on an alleged breach of a subcontracting agreement and the associated contractual penalty and the value of the case exceeded 2 million EUR. Our team defended the nullity of the agreement by arguing and evidencing a conflict of interest involving the signatory. The case was tried three times before the court of first instance, two times before the appellate court, and twice before the Supreme Court. It ended with a final win for our client at the Supreme Court followed by a settlement agreement concluded by the parties in order to solve a few remaining auxiliary claims.
PETERKA&PARTNERS Newsletter
10/10/2023 PETERKA&PARTNERS Newsletter
Dear Clients, Business Partners and Colleagues, it is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter prepared by our colleagues.
You may read it here.
As per usual, we bring you the summary of practical legal and tax news from our jurisdictions as well as latest news from PETERKA & PARTNERS. We hope you will enjoy the reading!
Global Advocaten Annual Meeting - Bratislava
10/10/2023 Global Advocaten Annual Meeting - Bratislava
PETERKA & PARTNERS had the privilege to host this year's Global Advocaten annual meeting in the charming city of Bratislava. We really enjoyed welcoming all colleagues and friends from different countries and continents. While we did some serious work, we also appreciated the great time we spent together enjoying the gorgeous city of Slovakia in the lovely autumn and making our relationships stronger in the network. We would like to thank all members who attended the meeting and we are looking forward to next year's meeting!
ILN 2023 European Regional Conference
10/10/2023 ILN 2023 European Regional Conference
We are proud that we hosted another International Lawyers Network conference in Prague, the heart of Europe. It has been 15 years since we had the opportunity to welcome our international colleagues and friends in Prague, where our firm's headquarters is located. Along with Lindsay Griffiths, Pavla Kopečková Přikrylová, the Chair of the Board and the team of the event planners from Dynamic Events, we sincerely hope all the guest enjoyed our wonderful city and the conference.
Terralex launches cross-border guide to ESG & Sustainable Finance
01/08/2023 Terralex launches cross-border guide to ESG & Sustainable Finance
Our Colleagues from Czech and Slovak office have collaborated to create the newest cross-border guide on the topic of ESG and Sustainable Finance by TerraLex.

Thank you Adéla Krbcová, Barbora Urbancová, Johannes Röll and Kristina Nankova for your contributions on this increasingly important topic. You may access it here.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Teambuilding in Sopot, Poland (14-18 June 2023)
01/08/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Teambuilding in Sopot, Poland (14-18 June 2023)
After a couple of years, we could finally all meet in person, and spend some quality time together in the beautiful surroundings of Hotel Haffner in Sopot City, Poland. These numbers would best show the enormous scope of the project: 5 days
8 offices representing 8 countries
122 participants
5* Hotel in Sopot
3 workshops
2 contests
3 special awards from Ondřej Peterka
18 contests winners
a myriad of inspirations and networking
Great thanks to Magdalena C. Oleszycka and Anna Kalbarczyk (Dzienio), MBA for truly exceptional performance in coordinating the entire event, and their huge efforts to provide probably the best team building in the entire history of our company.
Recent years were very important for the PETERKA & PARTNERS as we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Group back in 2020 and “round” anniversaries of six offices.
Our team building was a great opportunity to see our colleagues on childhood photos. Jan Liška and Radka Čejkova organized the “Guessing game”, where chosen representatives from each office had to guess who was presented in a photo. Adéla Krbcová and Barbora Urbancová moderated very important session on our ESG policy. We were inspired by everyone with the new ideas on our ESG&CSR programs, so thank you, girls for organizing this important session. During Q&A session, Ondřej Peterka and Jan Liška with full transparency tackled the hardest topics that were brought up by their coworkers. As PETERKA & PARTNERS values open communication, it goes both ways, each voice is heard and matters. During the Gala Dinner, Dorota Ploskowicz and Agnieszka Siwińska who manage our Warsaw office, talked of times filled with challenges and its recent growth. Sławomir Patkowski, Partner and Deputy Director for Poland helps them with such great development of our Polish office. Management prizes were handed out as well to: Petr Hradil for long-term exceptional performance
Beata Składanek-Wikieł was awarded for the successful development of the Polish litigation practice, which is the largest in the entire firm
The main prize went to the entire PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukrainian Team, led by Taras Utiralov and Halyna Melnyk, for maintaining and developing the Ukrainian office despite the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine. We would also like to give special thanks to the Hotel Haffner management. Tymoteusz Skuza, Adrian Chyliński, MBA and Magdalena Dunowska who coordinated the entire event with us – from the beginning to the final hour of our presence there. We appreciate your professional and friendly attitude, highest level of services and perfect organizational skills. Hotel Haffner will be our first choice when organizing any global event in Poland. Thanks to all of our PETERKA & PARTNERS colleagues for such a great time spent together in Sopot, Poland. See you soon!
ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2023
24/07/2023 ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2023
PETERKA & PARTNERS is honoured to be shortlisted for ITR EMEA Tax Awards 2023 in the following categories: - CEE Tax Firm of the Year
- CEE Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year Winners will be announced at a live ceremony in London on the 27th of September 2023.

ITR EMEA Tax Awards have taken place annually since its inception in 2005 and recognise the remarkable achievements and developments by tax professionals from throughout the EMEA region over a 12-month period. The awards recognize achievements in tax technology, innovation, policy, compliance, and reporting, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. PETERKA & PARTNERS provides a one-stop shop for legal and tax services for the entire CEE region. We provide tax advisory services, whether on a stand-alone basis or as an integral part of full legal services. The Tax Desk is led by Rostislav Frelich and Lenka Paluchova. We extend warm congratulations to the PETERKA & PARTNERS Tax Desk for receiving this well-deserved recognition!
Interview with Managing Partner Ondrej Peterka in Lawyers and Business
09/06/2023 Interview with Managing Partner Ondrej Peterka in Lawyers and Business
The latest issue of Lawyers and Business features an interview with our Managing Partner, Ondrej Peterka, who had a pleasure to discuss recent developments and the future plans at P&P group with Jan Janus. You can read the article in Czech under this link or in English here.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter
25/04/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter
We are excited to announce the release of our latest newsletter, which contains all the latest legal and tax news from our jurisdiction, as well as exciting news from our firm.
Keep up to date with all the latest news in the legal world and find out what's new at PETERKA & PARTNERS!
Check out our newsletter on the link.
PETERKA & PARTNERS recommended in 14 practice areas in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition
19/04/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS recommended in 14 practice areas in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition
We are thrilled to announce that PETERKA & PARTNERS has been recommended in 14 practice areas in The Legal 500 (Legalease) EMEA 2023 edition!
Our firm was ranked as a leading firm in three countries - the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Moreover, we are proud to share that Adela Krbcova, Director for the Czech office and Leader of Labour Law, was ranked as a leading individual in Employment Law.
The Legal 500 is one of the most respected legal directories in the world, and we are honored to have received such recognition. We would like to thank our clients for their trust and loyalty, as well as our team for their hard work and dedication.
We remain committed to delivering the highest quality legal services to our clients, and we look forward to continuing to grow and strengthen our practice.
CEE Litigation Newsletter
04/04/2023 CEE Litigation Newsletter
It is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of the CEE Litigation Newsletter powered by PETERKA & PARTNERS. We bring you a summary of practical litigation legal news from jurisdictions of Slovakia, Hungary, Czech republic and Romania. Enjoy the reading!
PETERKA & PARTNERS Expands to Croatia
20/03/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Expands to Croatia
Peterka & Partners, a leading Central and Eastern European law firm, has announced the opening of a new office in Croatia. The new office, located in Zagreb, became operational on 1 March 2023. This marks an important milestone for the firm, which has been working towards expanding its presence to Croatia for the past seven years. The new office will provide comprehensive legal services for both international and domestic clients in Croatia.
"Our expansion into Croatia is an important step for us as we continue to grow and enhance our presence in the CEE region. We are committed to providing our clients with high-quality legal services across the entire CEE region and we believe that our new office in Zagreb will help us achieve this goal," said Ondřej Peterka, Managing Partner of Peterka & Partners.
The main contact in the Zagreb office will be Anja Haramija, who has extensive experience in the legal industry in Croatia. "I am thrilled to be part of the Peterka & Partners new office in Zagreb. We are excited to be able to increase the regional synergies within the Peterka & Partners group and to provide our clients with the best possible legal advice and solutions," said Ms. Anja Haramija.
Within the Peterka & Partners organization, the Zagreb office will become a single point of contact for the coordination of legal services for the former Yugoslavia, and the ninth Peterka & Partners office in the CEE region. ----------------------------------
The press release published on PETERKA & PARTNERS web page under title PETERKA & PARTNERS Expands to Croatia was corrected on 20.4.2023 regarding the use of the title „Partner“ and „Director for Croatia“, all based on the instructions of the Croatian Bar Association. Based on the above-mentioned press release published on the PETERKA & PARTNERS web page https://www.peterkapartners.com/, the below-mentioned media have published a press release on the opening of PETERKA & PARTNERS office in Croatia:
1. https://www.fsok.sk/spanctualites/n/news/la-firme-davocats-de-leco-peterka-partners-arrive-en-croatie.html
2. https://www.fsok.sk/sk/spanktuality/n/news/spandvokatska-kancelaria-peterka-partners-expanduje-do-chorvatska.html
3. https://rynekprawniczy.pl/2023/04/11/peterka-partners-otwiera-biuro-w-chorwacji/
4. https://pravo.ua/iurydychna-firma-peterka-partners-rozpochynaie-robotu-v-khorvatii/
Given that the above-mentioned media have published a press release about the opening of PETERKA & PARTNERS in Croatia before the Croatian Bar Association has informed PETERKA&PARTNERS odvjetničko društvo d.o.o. on its opinion regarding the use of the title „Partner“ and „Director for Croatia“ for Ms. Anja Haramija, PETERKA&PARTNERS odvjetničko društvo d.o.o. hereby publicly distances itself from such reporting regarding the used title „Partner“ and „Director for Croatia“ for Ms. Anja Haramija.
PETERKA&PARTNERS odvjetničko društvo d.o.o. hereby confirms that Ms. Anja Haramija is a Senior Associate and the main contact in the Zagreb office.
#PRVNÍCH100LET: Cosmina Aron, Agnieszka Siwińska and Galyna Melnyk in live stream
14/03/2023 #PRVNÍCH100LET: Cosmina Aron, Agnieszka Siwińska and Galyna Melnyk in live stream
We are proud to be a main partner of the extraordinary project „#PRVNÍCH100LET (žen v právu)“ (Women in Law). The unique “Women in Law” project brings together the inspiring women of today's legal world and public life. This topic is especially important to us, because at PETERKA & PARTNERS women make up more than half of our colleagues, including the highest management positions. We are very pleased to be able to introduce some of them to you as part of this project.
Our partners, directors - Cosmina Aron, Agnieszka Siwińska and Galyna Melnyk participated in other live stream Právničky LIVE!
They gathered together as a unique international ensemble and enjoyed the live stream immensely.
You can see the live-streamed talk here: Právničky LIVE
INTERVIEW WITH ONDŘEJ PETERKA IN RYNEK PRAWNICZY
21/12/2022 INTERVIEW WITH ONDŘEJ PETERKA IN RYNEK PRAWNICZY
An interview with Ondrej Peterka – Founder and Managing Partner of PETERKA&PARTNERS group – has been published in the Polish legal magazine, Rynek Prawniczy. The interview describes the path of creating a regional law firm in Eastern Europe originating from this region, further plans for development, the significant role of women at the firm, and developments of the historical premises of Braun Palace in Prague.
The interview originally appeared in the magazine Týdeník Euro - TOP LEGAL BUSINESS (TOP PRÁVNÍ BYZNYS). Its Polish version is available at this link.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukraine in Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients / PETERKA & PARTNERS Україна в Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
07/12/2022 PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukraine in Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients / PETERKA & PARTNERS Україна в Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
Last week the Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients was released. “Everyone in our country has faced reality beyond any ordinary experience. For ethical and moral reasons, as many people have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and/or found themselves in difficult life situations, we have taken the decision to focus our attention on describing work projects for clients for the research period – 2021, but without the usual ranking tables”, - Olga Usenko, the editor says. PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukraine was acknowledged in the following practices: intellectual property, tax and transfer pricing, labor & employment, corporate and M&A, and litigation. *Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients – the project of YURIDICHESKAYA PRACTIKA Publishing, showcasing law firms and providing deep analyses of the Ukrainian legal market.
Минулого тижня було опубліковано Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients. «Кожен у нашій країні стикнувся з реальністю, що виходить за межі будь-якого звичайного досвіду. З етичних та моральних міркувань, оскільки багато людей поповнили лави Збройних Сил України та/або опинилися у складних життєвих ситуаціях, ми прийняли рішення зосередити свою увагу на описі робочих проектів для клієнтів в межах досліджуваного періоду, а саме за 2021 рік, але за виключенням рейтингових таблиць», - розповідає редактор проєкту Ольга Усенко. Український офіс PETERKA & PARTNERS було відзначено в практиках інтелектуальної власності, оподаткування та трансфертного ціноутворення, трудового права, корпоративного право та M&A, судових спорів. * Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients – проєкт видавництва «ЮРИДИЧНА ПРАКТИКА», що проводить глибокий аналіз українського юридичного ринку.
Taras Utiralov - judge for the ELSA IP Moot Court / Тарас Утіралов - суддя конкурсу з права інтелектуальної власності ELSA
02/12/2022 Taras Utiralov - judge for the ELSA IP Moot Court / Тарас Утіралов - суддя конкурсу з права інтелектуальної власності ELSA
At the end of November, Taras Utiralov, Partner and Director for Ukraine at PETERKA & PARTNERS, had the honour to be a judge at the IIІ National Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition, both in the written and oral competitions. Big thanks to the organiser ELSA Kyiv for the opportunity to meet the rising stars in the field of intellectual property. Despite these challenging weeks in Ukraine, young lawyers do not give up and show their professionality, knowledge and confidence. "I was delighted to mark the high level of legal knowledge and analytical and presentation skills of moot court participants. Despite challenges of the war, including power outages, they were able to prepare their written materials and deliver bright speeches," - Taras Utiralov said. *ELSA Kyiv is a part of ELSA, the leading force in providing countless opportunities for academic and professional development for law students in 44 countries of Europe.
Наприкінці листопада Тарас Утіралов, партнер та директор українського офісу PETERKA & PARTNERS, мав честь бути суддею ІІІ Національного конкурсу з права інтелектуальної власності, як у письмовому, так і усному етапах. Велика подяка організатору ELSA Київ за можливість зустрітися з висхідними зірками у сфері інтелектуальної власності. Незважаючи на ці непрості тижні в Україні, молоді юристи не опускають рук і демонструють свій професіоналізм, знання та впевненість. «Мені було приємно відзначити високий рівень юридичних знань та аналітичних і ораторських умінь у учасників змагань. Незважаючи на виклики війни, зокрема вимкнення електроенергії, вони зуміли підготувати свої письмові матеріали та виступити з чудовими промовами» - коментує Тарас Утіралов. *ELSA Київ є частиною ELSA, провідної організації в наданні незліченних можливостей для академічного та професійного розвитку для студентів-юристів у 44 країнах Європи.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter
30/11/2022 PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter
Dear Clients, Business Partners, and Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of the PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter.
As usual, we bring you a summary of practical legal and tax news from the many jurisdictions in which we have our offices as well as the latest news from PETERKA & PARTNERS itself.
Enjoy the reading!
PETERKA & PARTNERS in unique Czech project: TOP LEGAL BUSINESS.
28/11/2022 PETERKA & PARTNERS in unique Czech project: TOP LEGAL BUSINESS.
We participated in a unique project “TOP LEGAL BUSINESS”, in which you can take a look under the bonnet of the whole PETERKA & PARTNERS group.
What are our future plans? What is the future of the business? How is the group developing, and how important a role do women play in it?
You can read more in the article here.
PETERKA & PARTNERS becomes member of European Business Aviation Association
29/09/2022 PETERKA & PARTNERS becomes member of European Business Aviation Association
We are pleased to announce that due to the activities of the PETERKA & PARTNERS Aviation Practice Group, two of our offices, Warsaw and Prague, have become members of the European Business Aviation Association EBAA. The EBAA’s main goal is to support, and build up business relations among, enterprises operating in the aviation sector in Europe. Adrianna Szczecińska, based in Warsaw, the Leader of our Aviation Practice, and Zdeněk Beránek, Partner from our Czech Republic office, are both responsible for coordination of and developing relations in the association.
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PETERKA & PARTNERS Czech Republic assisted V-Sharp Ventures Alpha
13/02/2024 PETERKA & PARTNERS Czech Republic assisted V-Sharp Ventures Alpha
The Prague office of PETERKA & PARTNERS advised V-Sharp Ventures Alpha SE, a venture studio, on its investment in Leya AI, a Lithuanian start up operating an innovative and research-based English learning app featuring an AI-Tutor, fun games, personalized lessons and a guided learning path. More information is available here in English (https://leyaai.com/blog/leya-preseed-round-closed/) and here in Czech (https://cc.cz/umela-inteligence-jako-kouc-ktery-vas-nauci-vse-co-potrebujete-do-litevskeho-startupu-investuji-i-cesi).
Transactional Advice in Bulgaria
08/02/2024 Transactional Advice in Bulgaria
The Bulgarian team of PETERKA&PARTNERS advised one of the subsidiaries of a US based Nasdaq and Fortune 1000 tech group on corporate, IP and employment aspects related to an asset transaction in Bulgaria.
PETERKA & PARTNERS among Airlines for Europe members
02/02/2024 PETERKA & PARTNERS among Airlines for Europe members
In January 2024, our law firm became a member of the Airlines for Europe (A4E) association. The main goals of the A4E are to ensure the sustainable growth of aviation and contribute to the socioeconomic development of European nations, and to support, and build up, business relationships among enterprises operating in the aviation sector in Europe.
Martyna Ryś-Wilgus, Senior Associate, and Leader of the Aviation Practice, has been handling cases for clients from the aviation sector for several years, and since January 2024, she has also been the coordinator of the firm's cooperation with Airlines for Europe.
PETERKA & PARTNERS has significant experience with the aviation industry and offers comprehensive legal advisory to entities in this field throughout the entire CEE region. For several years now, our Aviation Team have been representing a large air carrier in litigations initiated by passengers (or large companies buying passenger claims) for compensation for delayed flights. Our Litigation Department provides comprehensive legal analysis regarding our clients’ operations on the CEE market, including compliance with the obligatory requirements under applicable law (including advisory on general PNR and API data transmission obligations). The advisory covers also full legal assistance in disputes with passengers related to delayed or cancelled flights and other consumer disputes.
Succesful asisstance regarding a recent market entry in Romania, provided by our Bucharest office
01/02/2024 Succesful asisstance regarding a recent market entry in Romania, provided by our Bucharest office
PETERKA & PARTNERS Romania provided legal assistance to a consultancy and advisory group focused primarily on legal requirements on EU market in case of products (articles), mixtures and chemical substances, hazard and risk assessment in connection with its entry onto the Romanian market by means of incorporation of a limited liability company. Our assistance consisted in providing advice on the relevant applicable corporate legislation to preparing all relevant corporate documents and carrying out the registration formalities with the Romanian authorities.
Updates on computation of fines and leniency and immunity from fines introduced by recent amendments to Romanian Competition Law
25/01/2024 Updates on computation of fines and leniency and immunity from fines introduced by recent amendments to Romanian Competition Law
Government Emergency Ordinance no. 108/2023 amending and supplementing Competition Law no. 21/1996 (“Competition Law”), as well as other normative acts (“GEO 108/2023”), was published in the Official Gazette on December 6, 2023 with certain provisions entering into force within 30 days after the publication.
It is an important legislative change, through which Romania has completed the transposition process of the European Directive 2019/1 and aligns with the policy of empowering its competition authority to be a more effective enforcer and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market.
The main amendments brought to the Romanian Competition Law, together with valuable insights envisaging the business climate onto this market are briefly summarized on our blog, by following this link .
An article by Markéta Hanzlíková on the proposed amendment of the Czech Civil Code in matters of family law.
17/01/2024 An article by Markéta Hanzlíková on the proposed amendment of the Czech Civil Code in matters of family law.
More simple and faster divorce proceedings in the Czech Republic? The amendment of Czech Civil Code currently under debates and if approved, shall be efficient as of January 1, 2025. The main objectives of the proposed amendment include simplifying divorce proceedings, promoting amicable divorces, removing unnecessary sources of escalating conflicts between divorcing spouses that burden both family relations and the courts, and eliminating some already overdone formalities. Only partial changes are thus proposed, with the existing concept of divorce based on the principle of matrimonial breakdown remaining. However, the proposal does introduce certain restrictions on divorce formalities and, in particular, the possibility of combining divorce proceedings with proceedings for the custody of minors if the spouses have agreed on all aspects of the divorce. This would remove the current need for two court hearings even in the case of an agreed divorce. This should also result in a speeding up of divorce proceedings. There have been a number of comments on the proposed amendments and more changes can be expected, but if it is adopted in its current form, it will not mean a revolution in divorce proceedings; for example, it will not be possible to divorce in Czech Republic before a notary in the case of fully agreed divorce. Read the full article regarding the above and further changes in family law that may be adopted in Czech here.
Polish directors for PETERKA & PARTNERS share their insights in leading their office
11/01/2024 Polish directors for PETERKA & PARTNERS share their insights in leading their office
Our Partners, Directors for Poland Agnieszka Siwińska and Dorota Ploskowicz share interesting insights into leading the Polish branch of PETERKA & PARTNERS. They both also specialize in M&A projects and as they say, managing such projects is an excellent preparation for running a law firm. Read more about it HERE.
PETERKA&PARTNERS Bulgaria successful with objections in insolvency proceedings
11/01/2024 PETERKA&PARTNERS Bulgaria successful with objections in insolvency proceedings
Bulgarian office successfully represented the local subsidiary of a major European logistics group in insolvency related proceedings of a client’s debtor, in particular with objections against a refusal of the insolvency trustee to accept some of the client’s claims.
The matter required complex argumentation associated, among others, with the justification of the secured/privileged status of the claims in circumstances where no earlier case law could be put forward in support.
Fast-track liquidation procedure suggested by Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria
09/01/2024 Fast-track liquidation procedure suggested by Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria
New fast-track liquidation procedure has been suggested by the Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria. Read about it HERE.
Another Sucessful Family Law case
03/01/2024 Another Sucessful Family Law case
Our law firm sucessfully represented a client, U.S. citizen in a court dispute with his ex-wife over the maintenance and contact with their young son. We are very happy that the client, Mr. Hedstrom wrote us the following kind reference: "Markéta Hanzlíková from PETERKA & PARTNERS was my attorney through a very difficult international custody and visitation case for my young son. Markéta handled his case with a steady hand, giving sound advice to me, negotiating with the opposing side's attorney, communicating very well, and representing us in court exceptionally. I give my highest recommendation to PETERKA & PARTNERS.

Thomas Alexander Hedstrom, U. S. Citizen."

TAX-FREE ACQUISITION OF START-UP SHARES IN HUNGARY
20/12/2023 TAX-FREE ACQUISITION OF START-UP SHARES IN HUNGARY
On 1 January 2024, a new era will begin for start-ups in Hungary, as they will be able to offer tax-free shares to their employees and executive officers, provided that they do not divest their shares for at least 3 years after acquisition. Read about it here.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria successfully represented EU air carrier in a tort claim filed before Bulgarian court
13/12/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria successfully represented EU air carrier in a tort claim filed before Bulgarian court
PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria successfully represented one of the largest European air carriers before a Bulgarian court with respect to a tort claim submitted by a deported passenger against the client. The case involved unconventional legal issues in the areas of citizenship and the status of stateless persons, transportation of deported passengers, air security, border controls, etc. The claim required in-depth analysis of international regulations in the field of air transportation, as well as deep understanding of the local regulation of seafarer competencies.
Czech Business Mission to Romania
04/12/2023 Czech Business Mission to Romania
We are honoured that our law firm attended the latest Czech business mission to Romania, which took place in Bucharest, at the end of November. The delegation which accompanied the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic on his trip to Romania, gathered Czech companies from the fields of military, energy, IT, and automotive. Cosmina Aron, Partner and Director of PETERKA & PARTNERS Romania, attended the event in Bucharest and gained valuable insights about the economic and political relationships between Czech Republic and Romania, as well as about the active business exchange between these two CEE jurisdictions. We are excited to see that the business between the Czech Republic and Romania is active and constantly developing in both directions, offering us the opportunity to be a reliable partner for our clients in these markets and beyond.
Article by Markéta Hanzlíková on the proposed regulation of the unacceptability of physical punishment of children in the Czech Republic
29/11/2023 Article by Markéta Hanzlíková on the proposed regulation of the unacceptability of physical punishment of children in the Czech Republic
The end of "cooker education" in Bohemia? An article by Markéta Hanzlíková on the proposed amendment of the Czech Civil Code on the unacceptability of physical punishment of children. Current legislation in the Czech Republic prohibits corporal punishment in education, prisons and employment. Violence is prosecuted between adults, including domestic violence in partner relationships. However, when it comes to children, the most vulnerable members of our society, physical punishment is still tolerated by law and society. Consequently, we welcome the forthcoming amendment to the Civil Code, which proposes changing the above and fix the duties and rights of parents to care for the child, including in particular care for the child's health, physical, emotional, intellectual and moral development': "without corporal punishment, mental hardship or other degrading measures". Although the proposal as currently drafted does not contain a stronger formulation in the form of an explicit prohibition of physical punishment of children, nor any specific sanction in the event of a violation, it would certainly be a shift for the better if the legislator were to adopt the proposal, and at the very least an unequivocal declaration that the use of physical punishment against children would not be considered "normal" in Czech society. Read the full article regarding the above in Czech here: https://blog.peterkapartners.com/?p=421
Minimum wage increase in Hungary
28/11/2023 Minimum wage increase in Hungary
The Hungarian Government has decided to increase the minimum wage and guaranteed minimum wage for the second time this year. Read about it HERE.
PETERKA PARTNERS in Euro magazine
27/11/2023 PETERKA PARTNERS in Euro magazine
PETERKA PARTNERS achieved recognition as a standout player in the legal field, securing a coveted position in EURO’s top-tier. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for this acknowledgment and extend our hearty congratulations to our fellow distinguished law firms.

Alongside this recognition, Euro magazine featured a compelling interview with our partners, Zdenek Beranek and Hynek Peroutka, who shed light on the legal services landscape in the CEE region and the various challenges confronting legal professionals (and not only them).

Hynek also shared his thoughts on handling large amounts of data by law firms nowadays and contemplated the dilemma of representing clients who may be deemed not “Green” enough.

The issue also includes insights into AI by our colleagues Agnieszka Siwinska, Director of our Polish office. The quoting of this wonderful “woman in law” further underlines the success of our colleagues Adela Krbcova and Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova in the overview of the Top 100 Women in the Czech Legal Business.
Article by Dan Loukota from PP CZ
20/11/2023 Article by Dan Loukota from PP CZ
On 6/11/2023 an article regarding unsufifciently identified owners of real estate in Czech Republic was published by Dan Loukota from PP CZ. With the New Year, the properties of insufficiently identified owners in Czech Republic will pass to the state.

In this article, Dan explores the historical roots of this issue and provide crucial steps to safeguard the property rights. Learn how to check the list maintained by the Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs, initiate inheritance proceedings, and protect the family's legacy.


Read the full article here.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria advised a leading global generic pharmaceuticals group on a special distribution agreement
16/11/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria advised a leading global generic pharmaceuticals group on a special distribution agreement
PETERKA & PARTNERS Bulgaria advised a leading global generic pharmaceuticals group on a special distribution agreement related to delivery of flu vaccines to health care professionals within the 2023 – 2024 flu vaccination campaign. The agreement covered various unconventional elements and arrangements related among others to the requirements under the framework of the national vaccination program.
TOP 100 women in the legal business
16/11/2023 TOP 100 women in the legal business
Naše Právničky v Žebříčku TOP 100 Žen v Právním Byznysu S obrovskou radostí a hrdostí oznamujeme, že dvě naše vynikající právničky, Adéla Krbcová a Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková, se staly součástí prestižního žebříčku TOP 100 žen v právním byznysu. Adéla byla oceněna v kategorii TOP partnerky, zatímco Pavla vyniká v oblasti M&A, Korporátní právo a Private Equity. Adéla Krbcová - TOP Partnerka Adéla není pouze právničkou; je symbolem excelence, odhodlání a lidskosti v právu. Její brilantní právnické dovednosti a schopnost nalézt optimální řešení pro naše klienty ji řadí mezi nejlepší v oboru. Umístění v kategorii TOP partnerky je výsledkem její tvrdé práce, oddanosti a vize pro spravedlnost. Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková - M&A, Korporátní Právo a Private Equity Pavla se v oblasti M&A, Korporátního práva a Private Equity stala uznávanou autoritou. Její expertíza a schopnost navigovat v komplexních transakcích ji řadí mezi špičkové profesionálky v oboru. Toto ocenění v žebříčku TOP 100 žen je zaslouženým uznáním jejího výjimečného přínosu v oblasti korporátního práva. Oceňujeme Jejich Úspěchy Tato umístění nejsou jen úspěchem pro naše právničky, ale i pro celý náš tým. Jsme hrdí, že můžeme mít takové výjimečné profesionálky ve svých řadách. Jejich práce, oddanost a profesionalita posilují naši firmu a posouvají naše právní služby na novou úroveň. Gratulace od Nás Všech Srdečně gratulujeme Adéle Krbcové a Pavle Přikrylové Kopečkové k těmto prestižním oceněním. Jsou to zářné příklady výjimečnosti a inspirace pro nás všechny. Těšíme se na další společné úspěchy a neuvěřitelný přínos do budoucnosti.
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Our lawyers in the TOP 100 women in the legal business We are very proud and pleased to announce that two of our outstanding female lawyers, Adéla Krbcová and Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková, have been included in the prestigious TOP 100 Women in Legal Business. Adéla has been recognized in the TOP Women Partners category, while Pavla excels in M&A, corporate and private equity. Adéla Krbcová - TOP female partner Adéla is not just a lawyer, she is a symbol of excellence, commitment and humanity in law. Her brilliant legal knowledge and ability to find optimal solutions for our clients make her one of the best in the field. Being ranked among the top partners is the result of her hard work, dedication and vision for justice. Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková - M&A, corporate and private equity Pavla has become a recognized authority on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and private equity. Her expertise and ability to navigate complex transactions make her one of the top professionals in the field. This Top 100 Women award is a well-deserved recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of corporate law. Recognition of her achievements This ranking is not just an achievement of our female lawyers, but of our entire team. We are proud to have such exceptional female professionals in our ranks. Their work, dedication and professionalism strengthen our firm and take our legal services to the next level. Congratulations to all of you We sincerely congratulate Adela Krbcova and Pavla Přikrylová Kopečková on these prestigious awards. They are a shining example of excellence and an inspiration to us all. We look forward to more successes and incredible contributions together in the future.
IBA - Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Lawyers
06/11/2023 IBA - Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Lawyers
Diversity has a positive effect on productivity and competitiveness and brings with it the opportunity for expansion on both domestic and international markets. At PETERKA & PARTNERS, we are fully aware of how diversity is important for our progress and we have made great effort in this area for many years. Today, we are honored and proud to share that our Partner Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova together with Antonia Verna of Portolano Cavallo led the initiative and launched a “truly transformational instrument” – a Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for law firms. The project started at European level and with the support of the IBA special projects fund and was extended to become a global IBA initiative at the start of 2023. The D&I Toolkit is available in its interactive form on the IBA website: https://lnkd.in/dTMt6PPP
Successful end of a 13-year-long litigation
02/11/2023 Successful end of a 13-year-long litigation
PETERKA & PARTNERS’s Prague office led to a successful end a nearly 13-year-long litigation on behalf of our client, a Czech subsidiary of TOUAX, a prominent French-origin global group and a family-run business, which later became a subsidiary of Modulaire Group, Europe, and Asia Pacific's leading specialist in modular services and infrastructure. The case centred on an alleged breach of a subcontracting agreement and the associated contractual penalty and the value of the case exceeded 2 million EUR. Our team defended the nullity of the agreement by arguing and evidencing a conflict of interest involving the signatory. The case was tried three times before the court of first instance, two times before the appellate court, and twice before the Supreme Court. It ended with a final win for our client at the Supreme Court followed by a settlement agreement concluded by the parties in order to solve a few remaining auxiliary claims.
Changes in Bulgarian whistleblowing legislation
25/10/2023 Changes in Bulgarian whistleblowing legislation
While the time limit for the majority of businesses for introduction of internal reporting channel and related compliance measures approaches (December 2023), the Bulgarian whistleblowing legislation have undergone amendments in the beginning of October 2023. Please refer to our article on the matter for further details.
Renewable energy in Bulgaria – new rules in force since October 2023
19/10/2023 Renewable energy in Bulgaria – new rules in force since October 2023
Important amendments of the rules on renewable energy have been passed by Bulgarian Parliament recently. Among other things those include:
• Expansion of the framework for encouragement of RE projects; • Various changes to the rules on connection of RE installations to the grids; • Rules aimed at increased transparency and improvement of procedures and administrative service related to construction and commissioning of RE projects; • Introduction in local law of renewable self-consumers and renewable energy communities.
Further details available in our article HERE.
PETERKA&PARTNERS Newsletter
10/10/2023 PETERKA&PARTNERS Newsletter
Dear Clients, Business Partners and Colleagues, it is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of PETERKA & PARTNERS Newsletter prepared by our colleagues.
You may read it here.
As per usual, we bring you the summary of practical legal and tax news from our jurisdictions as well as latest news from PETERKA & PARTNERS. We hope you will enjoy the reading!
Global Advocaten Annual Meeting - Bratislava
10/10/2023 Global Advocaten Annual Meeting - Bratislava
PETERKA & PARTNERS had the privilege to host this year's Global Advocaten annual meeting in the charming city of Bratislava. We really enjoyed welcoming all colleagues and friends from different countries and continents. While we did some serious work, we also appreciated the great time we spent together enjoying the gorgeous city of Slovakia in the lovely autumn and making our relationships stronger in the network. We would like to thank all members who attended the meeting and we are looking forward to next year's meeting!
ILN 2023 European Regional Conference
10/10/2023 ILN 2023 European Regional Conference
We are proud that we hosted another International Lawyers Network conference in Prague, the heart of Europe. It has been 15 years since we had the opportunity to welcome our international colleagues and friends in Prague, where our firm's headquarters is located. Along with Lindsay Griffiths, Pavla Kopečková Přikrylová, the Chair of the Board and the team of the event planners from Dynamic Events, we sincerely hope all the guest enjoyed our wonderful city and the conference.
PETERKA & PARTNERS Romania attended the first IBA CEE conference hosted in Bucharest
03/10/2023 PETERKA & PARTNERS Romania attended the first IBA CEE conference hosted in Bucharest
We are delighted that our law firm took part in another interesting IBA (International Bar Association) conference.
“The Future of Law Firm Management” - the first IBA CEE Conference hosted in Bucharest at the end of September was definitely a hotspot event for legal industry leaders aiming to find out what will tomorrow's law firm look like.
Our Romanian management represented by Cosmina Aron and Ioana Sebestin, were amongst the privileged attendants of the event and had the occasion to dive into captivating topics like:
- Law Firm Future Readiness - Navigating Converging Crises
- Law Firm Spending Decisions - Smart and Otherwise
- Are Law Firms Sustainable? Does It Matter?
- Will AI Eat the Law?
- Where are your clients looking to spend their budgets?
- Fostering a Healthy Team in a Remote Working Environment
- Legal M&A - Can Small Still Be Beautiful
- What Do the Clients Think?
We are eagerly waiting for the next insightful IBA conferences. By opening this link, you will see few pictures from the event.
Wines of Ukraine
21/09/2023 Wines of Ukraine
On September 14, we had the pleasure to be an exclusive Partner of the event Wines of Ukraine organized by the Ukrainian Embassy in the Czech Republic. The event brought together representatives of the Association of Ukrainian Wine Producers, potential Czech partners along with the Czech government officials; ambassadors accredited in the Czech Republic and representatives of Czech business circles and trade networks.
At the opening, Mr. Vitaliy Usaty, Chargé d'affaires a.i. greeted the guests and thanked Czech partners for their consistent and extensive support of Ukraine and Mr. Ondrej Peterka stressed out the importance of supporting Ukrainian exporters in promoting their domestic products to foreign markets, aimed at contributing to their integration into the European business community. We are glad that our continuous support to Ukrainian companies helps establishing mutually beneficial partnerships between the business circles of Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
To see pictures taken at this event, please click here.
Europe New (Green) Deal - The Net Zero Industry Act
14/09/2023 Europe New (Green) Deal - The Net Zero Industry Act
The Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA) in the spotlight - a crucial topic on the European Commission’s table.
Brief overview of The Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA)
In March 2023, the European Commission published a legislative proposal which followed as an EU response to the US Inflation Reduction Act: The Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA). The NZIA proposal, part of the massive EU Green Deal Industrial Plan, did not pass through the usual ex-ante exercise done by European Commission services to assess the likely impact of the proposal compared to alternatives. It was only followed-up by a working document discussing NZIA investment needs and funding options.
The NZIA aims at promoting investment in the manufacturing of products that are key in meeting the EU’s climate neutrality goals.
By accelerating the development and production of net-zero technologies, the NZIA also aims to reduce the risk of replacing EU reliance on Russian fossil fuels with other strategic dependencies on key technologies and components for the green transition.
Overall, this initiative should contribute to strengthening European self-sufficiency and the resilience of net zero manufacturing technologies in the EU, in order to meet REPowerEU objectives, which will make up the backbone of an affordable, reliable, and sustainable clean energy system.
Does NZIA foresees a reshaping?
The European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) will vote its opinion on the file in September 2023, followed by the Industry Committee’s (ITRE) deliberation on its position in October. The Council is due to agree on its negotiating position (general approach) by early December 2023.
Read the full material powered by our dedicated Energy Practice by opening this link.
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