Boris Šváby

Boris Šváby has been practicing law since 2001. He provides legal services to Slovak, English and French speaking clients in corporate and commercial matters, taking full account of the European Union law.

Boris has extensive experience with corporate law, mainly with mergers and acquisitions (in particular with so-called middle-market transactions), usually representing the buyers. He has so far been involved in more than 20 transactions, where clients have acquired or sold shares or assets in various Slovak companies.

Boris’s corporate experience includes establishing joint ventures and negotiating shareholders agreements.

Boris is also experienced in real property transactions. He advised in several greenfield and brownfield projects, including lease agreements negotiations and setting up of usufruct rights over land and structures.

Boris has extensive expertise in litigation and in debt collection. Recently he represented foreign banks and insurance companies (as defendants) in proceedings before the Slovak courts. Boris also specializes on questions related to the jurisdiction of the Slovak courts with respect to the European Union law.

Boris is also focused on labour law, where he advises many temporary employment agencies. Further, while advising various international groups, Boris has acquired experience in matters concerning cross-border employees secondment in the European Union and in matters concerning mass dismissals. Boris also advises clients on legal aspects of relations between companies and managers, including the termination of such relations.

Boris is fluent in English and French.

Experience:

  • legal assistance to a French first tier automotive parts supplier with respect to a green field investment project for the construction of a production facility in Slovakia, including drafting of the project’s engineering and construction contracts
  • complete legal assistance to a French company with respect to the acquisition of a majority stake of shares in a Slovak manufacturer of metal products
  • legal assistance to a French operator of car parks with respect to a PPP project of construction of an underground car park (the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family being the public partner in the project)
  • complete legal assistance to the pipe division of a major French group with respect to the acquisition of the business activity of its former Slovak distributor of water pipes
  • legal due diligence of a Slovak producer of automotive products for a major American producer of automotive components
  • legal due diligence of an industrial complex and transactional work with respect to the acquisition of an industrial complex in Trnava by a French producer of automotive components
  • legal assistance to a leading French operator of car parks in its acquisition of a public car park in the center of Bratislava
  • legal assistance to a Swiss producer of digital mediums in its EUR 100 million green-field investment in Western Slovakia, including its representation at Slovak state authorities in the procedure of granting of state incentives
  • legal assistance to a French company with respect to the acquisition of a Slovak producer of textile goods
  • legal assistance to a French car producer in the procedure of notification to the Slovak Antitrust Office of an agreement restraining competition
  • legal assistance to a foreign developer company concerning the construction of a commercial center in Eastern Slovakia
  • legal assistance to a number of foreign investors in their green-field and brown-field investments in Slovakia, including establishment of companies, entering into lease agreements, acquisition of land and industrial premises and setting up of contractual relations with suppliers and clients
  • representation of clients with respect to in-court and out-of-court collection of receivables, representation in civil litigation and arbitration

Education & Honors:

  • Comenius University in Bratislava, 2001
  • European Integration and Internationalisation Studies (specialisation EU law issues) – joint European Program organized by 12 Universities throughout EU (1998 – 1999)
  • Universidad Complutense (Madrid, 1998)
  • Shearman & Sterling (Paris, 2000) – three months traineeship at this global law firm, International Arbitration Department
  • Court Admissions and Affiliations
  • Slovak Bar Association (2005)

Articles & Speeches:

  • Contribution to the legal section of the information guide “How to enter the Slovak market” issued by Mazars Slovakia, s.r.o. (2004)
  • Article “Avocat en direct de Bratislava” published in the legal magazine CultureDroit, N° 9, September – October 2006
  • Article “Mezzanine loans in leveraged buy – outs “ published in the Investment Guide 2006, The Slovak Spectator

Andrea Butašová

Andrea mainly focuses on issues concerning commercial law, real estate, construction and development, contractual law, public procurement, state aid and litigation. More particularly, she focuses on a variety of commercial law issues, among others on acquisition and property management, greenfield projects, customer-supplier relationships and related disputes in court proceedings. Andrea is also an expert on problematic contracts for work and the subsequent litigation.

Andrea has been cooperating with the firm since 2003. In 2014, she became an active member of the Local Management Board, she is Partner and Director for Slovakia.

Andrea has vast experience in the regional coordination of legal services and frequently cooperates with foreign law offices. During her career, she has represented numerous well-known national and international clients, for example, Slovenské elektrárne, Group Vinci, City-Arena, Skanska, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Veolia, Škoda Transportation, Continental Matador, etc.

From 2005 through 2006, she worked as a lawyer/linguist for the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Andrea regularly publishes professional articles on current legal and legislative issues in Slovak and international periodicals and is a member of the Administration Council of the Franco-Slovak Chamber of Commerce.

Languages:

Slovak, English, French

Education:

Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, France

Bar Membership:

Slovak Bar Association

Lukáš Michálik

Lukáš joined the firm Hamala Kluch Víglaský in 2006. After significant legal practice at the firm he obtained an LL.M. degree and Business Law Certificate at the top ranked University of California, Berkeley Law. Following his foreign academic experience, for a period of 6 months he has acted as a state advisor on European Union law to the Government Office of the Slovak Republic where he gained significant experience in the public sector and subsequently returned to Hamala Kluch Víglaský.

He specializes in corporate law, M&A, banking & finance and real estate law. Throughout his practice, he has been involved in many complex cross-border transactions including some high-profile and largest deals being handled in the Slovak Republic. He is regularly involved in legal and business structuring of clients’ deals during their origination as well as during their execution and implementation.

Lukas has 8 years of experience in corporate law, mergers & acquisition, banking & finance and real estate practice.

Recent transactions & assignments include representation of the following clients:

– EUR 196,000,000 syndicated acquisition financing arranged by ING Bank N.V., HSBC Bank plc and Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s. to finance acquisition of large railcars fleet by a major Swiss railcars operating company;
– National Property Fund of the Slovak Republic in connection with termination of its activities, including preparation of legislation amendments to the Slovak Privatization Act, cooperation of the process with the Slovak Government and preparation of various complex legal analysis and recommendations regarding further disposal or transfer of its assets before termination of its activities;
– Johnson Controls on a lease restructuring project which consisted of termination of several leases for various buildings in Bratislava and negotiation of a completely new build-to-suit lease of new HQ Building in the prominent part of Bratislava (left bank of Danube river);
– CRESCO GROUP, a major Slovak real estate developer, in connection with real estate project Slnecnice in Bratislava consisting of area of more than 38,000 sqm, more than 200 apartments and 70 family houses;
– Large private equity group in Slovakia on acquisition of approx. 500,000 sqm of land in the vicinity of Bratislava for a future project development;
– Various local and foreign strategic investors on acquisition, development, supply, operation and exit from 50 MW solar power plants;
– Executive director of Medina Tours, s.r.o. (one of the largest Slovak travel agencies) on controlled bankruptcy initiated by the debtor;
– Luxembourg investment company on EUR 24,500,000 acquisition of 100% shareholding in entities owning and operating major hotel in Bratislava;
– Slovak private equity investment growth fund active in SME sector on its incorporation, execution of its investments and administration of the existing portfolio.

Alexandra Letko Adamíková

After two academic researches Alexandra decided to change her direction and focus on marketing in an international company. After her work for an advertising agency she started to utilize experiences and that’s on the floor of Steiniger | law firm as office manager, where among other things, she oversees the smooth functioning of the office.

Education:

Constantine the Philosopher University, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Theory of Teaching Physics (PhD.)

Languages:

Slovakian, English, Spanish

Specialization:

– Marketing & PR
– Social media
– Communication

Lenka Abelovská

Lenka Abelovská’s primary practice focus is international and domestic dispute resolution, including investment arbitration and litigation. She advises clients in proceedings before arbitral tribunals in investment arbitration cases under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules as well as before local courts. Her experience also includes counseling clients in proceedings before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union.Lenka further specializes in corporate law. Her corporate experience includes representing clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and advising them on all aspects of general corporate matters on a daily basis.

Firm Overview:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth
Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus
Clients expect knowledge of their business as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders
With offices in 21 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value
We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.