Andreas Ueltzhöffer

Attorney with over 20 years of advising foreign investors in the Czech Republic

Andreas Ueltzhöffer is a founding partner of UEPA. He is a member of the Czech Bar as well as of the German Bar and has been practicing as an attorney in the Czech Republic since 1994. He worked many years of his professional career as partner in international law firms in Prague, such as CMS Cameron McKenna. He advised on many large and medium sized M&A and real estate transactions, advising both foreign investors on their investment projects in the Czech Republic, and Czech investors on investments projects abroad. Besides transactional work, Andreas also puts a strong focus on litigation and alternative dispute resolution and has been involved in a number of high-value proceedings, both as party representative and as arbitrator. Andreas lectures at the University of Economics in Prague (VŠE), being as well a member of the scientific advisory board of its Faculty of Business Administration. Andreas is also the long-time Attorney-of-trust of the Swiss Embassy in Prague.

Languages

Andreas is a German native speaker and fluent in English and Czech

Areas of specialization:

– Complete care of foreign investors in the Czech Republic

– Company law, contract law, property law

– Antitrust law

– Compliance

– Public procurement law

– Mediation, advice on conflicts in the circle of shareholders or in the event of conflicts with executives in the company

– Arbitration proceedings

Jana Fráňová

The Law Office JUDr. Jana Fráňová is a dynamic law firm based on long-term and wide-range experience of law application in national and supranational scale.

Our law office is focused on provision of legal services and legal advising in the field of classical branches of law. Primarily, we provide our clients with legal advising in the commercial law sector, with specific concentration on law of unfair competition, law of business organisations, including mergers, law of obligations etc., and, of course, corporate law, including foundation and management of corporations and – today also very topical – trademarks law. We are prepared to provide Czech and foreign entrepreneurs with a long-term comprehensive legal service, taking care of legal matters of the whole business, including labour-law issues, representation in tackling statutory matters before public authorities etc. Together with the cooperating office of tax advisors, we are able to supplement our legal services also with tax and accounting issues.

In the field of Civil Law, our law office has long-term experience in the law of personality protection and intangible values of corporations, law of contracts and obligations, legal relations to real estates and inheritance. We also provide comprehensive legal service in the sector of family law including the family law with an international element.

Our clients can also draw on our many-year experience in the sector of mass media law, in particular in the law of press media, including vast experience from practice in court in the field of Press Act.

Within the framework of our legal services, our clients are also provided with legal representation before courts of all instances, or arbitration bodies. We speak Czech, English and Italian. We can render legal services through specialised interpreters also in German, Spanish, French and Russian.

The founder and the main representative of the law office, JUDr. Jana Fráňová, is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague and has been working in advocacy uninterruptedly since 1993. She has also gained experience from her short-term study stays at Italian faculties of law in Perugia and in Catania. The topic of her university thesis was “Legal Regulation of Business Companies in Italian Law“. She also studied Italian language at the State Language School in Prague, in 1991 she successfully passed the state exam in Italian language and in 1995 she was appointed by the Regional Court in Prague as a certified sworn interpreter.

JUDr. Jana Fráňová, attorney-at-law, worked for more than ten years as a legal advisor for the supranational holding operating on the mass media market, gaining unique experience in the sector of press law, as well as corporate law, cooperating also with representatives of hotel chains and travel industry.

The attorney JUDr. Jana Fráňová is a renowned expert in the sector of sports law, with focus on utilisation of personality rights of sportsmen, advertising in sports and marketing law, statutory law of civil associations and business companies operating in the sector of sports. Since 1999, she has been closely cooperating with leading representatives of Czech football, with a renowned Czech football club, with a high-profile holding company conducting the activity of managers and agents in the field of sports ( especially football and ice hockey ) and sports marketing, and she has been representing also professional football players. Since 2001, she has been a member of regular advisory boards of the Football Association of the Czech Republic, in 2006 she was appointed to its legislative board. On a long-term basis, she renders legal services to foreign entities, predominantly Italian corporations and individuals, including legal representation before courts, and within the framework of cooperation with several Italian law offices she also provides legal service to Czech individuals or corporations in Italy, including not only the legal representation in civil-law matters, but also foundation and administration of business companies in Italy.

Jaroslav Šich

He graduated with honors from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague in 2006. During his studies, he took annual research fellowship at the University of Limerick, Ireland, focused primarily on financial law and European Union law. From 2002 to 2003, he worked in a branch of a foreign law firm in Prague. Between 2006 and 2011, he was a student at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). Since April 2008, he was employed at the law firm Vejmelka & Wünsch, s.r.o. Between 2010 and 2013, he worked at the office NOCAROVÁ JAŠEK & PARTNERS, v.o.s. and from 2013 to 2015, he cooperated with the significant Prague law firm KŠD LEGAL advokátní kancelář s.r.o. He completed the JUDr. (juris utriusque doctor) degree at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague in 2014.

From 2007 to 2012, he was a partner and managing director of the production company Lovecraft, s.r.o. (now LOVE.FRAME s.r.o.).

Languages: Czech, English

Specialization: intellectual property rights, especially copyright, media and telecommunication law, administrative law, labor law, commercial law and corporate law

Ladislav Smejkal

Ladislav Smejkal is Partner and Head of Criminal law practice in Dentons’ Prague office. Ladislav has almost 15 years’ experience in the legal business. He specializes in criminal law and employment law, as well as in litigation and dispute resolution.

Ladislav focuses on criminal law, with an emphasis on white collar crime.  He provides legal advice to private individuals as well as corporate clients. Ladislav represents and defends clients as suspects or as those accused of criminal offenses.  Also, he provides his clients as injured parties and victims with a complete service, including assistance in the quantification of the damage incurred, and he represents them in proceedings on compensation for damage caused by criminal activity.  He often represents and advises corporate clients as injured parties in connection with credit fraud, insurance fraud, crimes associated with insolvency, export financing, relative financing, and misuse of IT systems. Ladislav also regularly assesses the criminal law accountability of senior employees.

Ladislav provides both complex contentious and non-contentious employment law advice to numerous leading local, regional, and international corporations.  Within employment law, Ladislav focuses on employment litigation and unfair dismissal cases, data protection issues, employee dismissals, non-competition clauses, collective bargaining and relationships with trade unions, discrimination in the workplace, safety at work, damage claims and employees’ benefits.

Within his litigation and dispute resolution practice, Ladislav successfully represents his clients before Czech courts in a broad range of business matters, including commercial disputes, employment disputes, construction-related disputes, on all levels of judicial proceedings; and in administrative and tax proceedings.

Experience

In criminal law and white collar crime, Ladislav advises or represents, among others, the following clients: Česká spořitelna, Česká exportní banka, Equa banka, NN Group, Oberbank, Sanofi or STRABAG.

In his employment practice, Ladislav advises, among others, the following clients from different industries: ČSOB, Hilton Hotels, Johnson Controls, Panasonic, SAZKA, Zebra or Zentiva.

Recognition

– Chambers Europe has ranked Ladislav Smejkal in Band 1 for Employment practice in the Czech Republic since 2012.

– According to Chambers Europe 2015, he offers clients a combination of employment experience and white-collar crime knowledge, as well as extensive experience in the transfer of enterprise. “He is business-oriented,” say clients, adding: “He knows what the client wants and isn’t just academic in his legal opinions. You can have a quick conversation with him on any issue.”

– Ladislav was named as one of the world’s leading Management Labor & Employment lawyers in the 2015 version of Who’s Who Legal.

– Ladislav has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers.

– Ladislav was named as ICFM – LEADING LAWYER 500 AWARD WINNER 2013.

– Ladislav was named as Recommended lawyer for employment law and employee benefits by PLC Which lawyer? 2012.

– Ladislav was rated among the top 6 labor and employment law experts in the Czech Republic by Expert Guides, Labor and Employment Lawyers 2011.

Insights

– Co-author of “Commentary on the law of criminal liability of legal persons” (in Czech “Zákon o trestní odpovědnosti právnických osob”), Wolters Kluwer, 2012

Memberships

– Czech Bar Association since 2006

– Chairman of a Labor Code & Social Affairs Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

– European Employment Lawyers Association

– Czech Employment Lawyers Association

 

Aleš Eppinger

Aleš Eppinger graduated from the Faculty of Law at Palacký University in Olomouc in 2001.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law, Aleš initially worked for JUDr. Jan Veselý PhD. as a trainee distrainer at the Distrainers’ Office in Prague 1, where in addition to ensuring the performance of the routine work of the distrainers’ office, he directly participated in the preparation of legislation in the field of judicial execution.

Since 2002 Aleš has been involved in advocacy. From 2003 to 2008, Aleš worked for the leading international law firm in the Czech Republic – Weinhold Legal, v.o.s., firstly as junior lawyer and later as senior lawyer, specializing in the provision of legal services to German clients. During his time at Weinhold Legal, v.o.s., Aleš attended a series of specialized seminars/workshops (e.g. Corporate M&A II Law School in Warsaw etc.).

Aleš Eppinger is primarily focused in rendering legal services in area of business law, in particular in mergers and acquisitions, furthermore in civil law, property law, insolvency law and judicial and arbitration proceedings.During his professional career, Aleš has been involved in many international transactions, including important cross-border acquisitions by multinationals, the complex restructuring of important holdings and also in international arbitration. Furthermore, Aleš provided important banks, engineering and energy companies with legal services in particular in business law matters.

Aleš is founding partner of the international law office Schaffer & Partner Legal, s.r.o. and manages the permanently growing team of young flexible attorneys. He is registered at the Czech Bar Association since 2005.

Aleš speaks fluent Czech, German and English.

Firm description

Schaffer & Partner is an international group of tax advisors, auditors and lawyers with offices in Prague and Nuremberg. The head office, located in Nuremberg, was established in 1987. Today, Schaffer & Partner is an international team of over 100 experts.