Dr. Vladimíra Glatzová

With 22 years of stable, organic growth driving us, we’ve established ourselves as one of the top independent law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and one of the oldest law firms in the Czech Republic. Our expertise has made us a leader in the legal services market, guaranteeing our clients the reliability and quality they expect.

In recognition of our high standards, we’ve received numerous awards from prestigious international and domestic rating agencies and have been repeatedly named the best law firm in the Czech Republic.

We’re not a legal factory; quantity is never our goal. Rather, we continually strive for quality in all our work and always look for sophisticated solutions specifically tailored to each client and situation. We also don’t produce reams of redundant documents merely copied and pasted from standard templates. Instead, everything we produce is efficiently focused on solving each client’s unique legal challenges.

We don’t measure our success by numbers, but rather by the satisfaction of our clients, who come to us to resolve their most complicated issues, handle their most demanding transactions and bring their most critical disputes to satisfying conclusions.

With our in-depth knowledge of the law, our sensitive approach to our clients’ business matters and our positive attitude to solving their legal challenges, our clients can always expect to get exactly what they need when they need it.

Our strong work ethic is based on respect not only for our clients, but also for everyone on our team. We uncompromisingly search for talented lawyers who are passionate about their work and want to grow professionally with us. We provide them with on-going education in the form of in-house training and secondments abroad. And because of our stringently ethical approach and unrelenting drive for quality, we’ve created an exceptional environment where our people are delighted to work.

Based on these values, we’ve accumulated a long list of satisfied clients with whom we’ve worked for 10 or, in some cases, even 20 years.

Expertise:

– Mergers & Acquisitions
– Competition
– Energy

Education:

– Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague (Prague, graduated 1988)
– University of London – Queen Mary and Westfield College, post-graduate law studies LLM (London, 1992)

Secondments:

– Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London and Paris, 1992 – 1994)
– Hengeler Mueller (Frankfurt , 1992 – 1994)

Experience:

– 1990 – 1992 Independent legal advisor for privatization and joint consultancy with consulting firm EEIP (Prague)

Memberships:

– Czech Bar Association
– Slovak Bar Association
– International Bar Association

Languages:

– Czech
– German
– English
– Russian
– some French

Alexandr César

Alexandr César serves as head of the Competition Practice Group and co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in the Firm’s Prague office. He has been recognized as a leading individual in the field of M&A and competition law by PLC Global Counsel 3000, Chambers Global and GCR Survey.

Practice Focus:

Mr. César has extensive experience handling privatizations and acquisitions in the Czech Republic, particularly in the telecommunications, heavy industry, banking and finance, as well as oil, gas and energy sectors. He regularly counsels clients on legal issues involving takeover regulations, business assets and share transactions. Mr. César is likewise actively engaged in the restructuring of bad asset portfolios of bank loan facilities, acquisition and mezzanine financing, as well as other corporate structures of multinationals. He also counsels on foreign trade-related procedures and international trade agreements, including foreign trade with military materials.

Representative Legal Matters:

Acted for private investors in acquisition of controlling shareholding interest in Tatra, a.s., a major Czech truck manufacturer, from the Terex Corporation and restructuring of Tatra.

– Represented KBC Bank N.V. in the acquisition of the shareholdings of the Czech National Bank and the Czech National Property Fund in Československá obchodní banka a.s. (ČSOB).
– Represented Steyr/General Dynamics in the acquisition of 117 armored vehicles by the Czech Army, one of the largest military acquisitions by the Czech Army.
– Represented ČSOB in the acquisition of Investiční and Postovní banka (IPB) and related negotiations with the Czech Government and the Czech National Bank.
– Represented Český Telecom, a.s. in the divestiture of a real estate portfolio, the largest real estate transaction in terms of number of properties involved.
– Represented KBC Bank & Insurance Group in the acquisition of a 34% interest in Nova Ljubljanska Banka, Slovenia’s largest bank.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

– Czech Bar Association
– Slovak Bar Association

Admissions:

Czech Republic (1995)

Education:

Charles University, Prague (LL.D.) (1988)

Languages:

– Czech
– English
– Russian

Law Firm Overview:

Our Prague office advises clients on some of the most complex transactions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Central European region. Those transactions include representing Czech energy holding company EPH in its purchase of a 49% stake in Slovak gas utility SPP for CZK 66.5 billion (US$2.8 billion). We also advised Czech beverage company Kofola Group on its restructuring, public offering and listings on the Prague and Warsaw Stock Exchanges, which raised CZK 765 million (US$31 million).

As one of the leading international law firms in the country, we work closely with our colleagues around the world to offer first-class advice to domestic and foreign multinationals and financial institutions. The quality of our work is reflected in the recognition we receive from leading legal directories. Our Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, and Tax practices are ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 EMEA.

Complementing our work on major transactions, we are also market leaders in Intellectual Property and Technology, Media & Telecommunications, both of which are ranked Tier 1 by Chambers Europe. Our Czech lawyers have broad experience advising clients in rapidly-evolving areas of law and leverage their local knowledge and global perspective to help clients achieve their business objectives.

JUDr. Monika Rutland

Ms. Monika Rutland founded rutland ježek in January 2010, after almost 19 years of practice in White & Case Prague office. Ms. Rutland has been providing legal services since 1991 especially in the field of commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and litigation and arbitration. During her long practice Ms. Rutland was heading the White & Cases Prague office’s Litigation and Arbitration Group and Real Estate Practice Group.

Real Estate, Construction Law

Ms. Rutland has extensive experience with legal and financial aspects of development, financing and operation of all kinds of commercial real estates (shopping malls, office blocks, logistic centers) and development of residential projects in all stages of the projects (preparatory phase, including due diligence, construction phase, operation phase and sale of the project).

Within the standard operation of the projects Ms. Rutland provides legal counseling to the owners of the projects, in particular the real estate funds, including the issues regarding the project management, lease of office buildings and shopping malls. She is also involved in hospitality and leisure industry legal matters in the Czech Republic.

Significant part of Ms. Rutland’s work in the field of real estate law has been devoted to legal counseling in the phase of purchase/sale of real estate projects, including leading of the team carrying out due diligence of the project and preparation of the transaction documents.

Mergers, Acquisitions, Privatization

During the 90’s Ms. Rutland has been involved in many prestigious privatization projects carried out in the Czech Republic. Ms. Rutland has also been during her practice involved in a number of influential acquisitions and sales of companies in the Czech Republic. Her clients comprise particularly of international group of investors in the field of business, car industry, telecommunications and real estate. Currently, Ms. Rutland provides legal services to numerous Private Equity funds regarding their transactions in the Czech Republic.

Financing

The clients of Ms. Rutland comprise of both Czech and foreign financial institutions, to whom Ms. Rutland provided legal counseling in connection with financing and refinancing of various real estate projects in the Czech Republic, including legal services regarding the export of financing of the development projects.

Litigation

Monika Rutland has been providing legal services to numerous prestigious clients in proceedings before courts and arbitrations, including ICSID and ICC arbitrations. Her clients comprise mostly of prominent Czech banks and investment funds.

Professional Experience:

rutland ježek, attorneys at law
January 2010

White & Case, Prague
1991 – December 2009

Recommendations:

In 2007, Ms. Rutland was named by the independent publication Chambers Global as one of the leading lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of real estate and dispute resolutions.

Ms. Rutland was named among the highly recommended lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of corporate real estate by the publication PLC Which Lawyer (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), Chambers Global (2007), Chambers Europe (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) or IFLR1000 (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 Ms. Rutland was also named by the publication The Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of real estate and construction law.

Bars and Courts:

  • Czech Bar Association
  • Bar of the State of Connecticut

Education:

M.C.J., University of Texas School of Law, USA, 1987J.D. Charles University Faculty of Law, Czech Republic, 1982

Language Skills:

English, Czech, Russian