act legal Czech Republic Best Law Firm for Environmental law

act legal Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal) won this year’s prestigious Law Firm of the Year award, organised by EPRAVO.CZ, in the category Environmental law. As well as wins in the Energy and Energy projects, Employment Law and Telecommunications and Media categories in past years, it now has another top award. In addition to this, act Řanda Havel Legal was successful in another 16 categories.

Mgr. Martin Řanda, LL.M., head of the environmental team, regards the award as a great success: “The environmental law is one of our main specialisations. We are therefore very pleased that we became law firm of the year in this category. Our expertise, built up over almost 17 years, is crucial for our clients, so they entrust their cases to us. It’s an honour for us and a great obligation.” 

In addition to environmental law, act Řanda Havel Legal was successful in other categories. In competition from almost 80 Czech and international law firms it is highly recommended in the fields of energy and energy projects, dispute resolution and arbitration, competition law, development, and real estate projects, restructuring and insolvency, telecommunications and media, information technology law, public procurement, employment law, corporate compliance, medical law, and it is also greatly recommended in the special category Czech Firm on International Markets. It is recommended for mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, commercial law, and intellectual property. 

Continuing success in rankings for the quality of legal services has placed act Řanda Havel Legal among the very best law firms in the Czech Republic over the long term.

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The Legal 500 recommends act Czech Republic and its lawyers

The prestigious rating agency, The Legal 500, once again recommends act Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal) and its lawyers.

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, an independent guide which evaluates law firms and individuals all around the world, recently published their 2022 rankings. act Řanda Havel Legal is among the ranked law offices in seven of monitored areas. Nine of our lawyers are recommended as specialists in these specific areas of law.

The most important for us is the positive evaluation of our clients who appreciate (among others) our professionalism, extensive knowledge and pro-client approach.

act Řanda Havel Legal is recommended in these areas:
– Corporate and M&A
– Intellectual property
– Projects & Energy
– Dispute resolution
– Real estate and construction
– TMT
– Banking and finance

The recommended specialists are:
– Martin Řanda (Dispute resolution, Real estate and construction, Corporate and M&A)
– Jan Havel (Dispute resolution, Projects and Energy, Banking and finance)
– Tomáš Rydvan (TMT, Intellectual property)
– Alois Šatava (Corporate and M&A, Projects and Energy, Intellectual property, Banking and finance)
– Matyáš Kužela (TMT, Banking and finance)
– Tomáš Slabý (Real Estate and Construction, Projects and Energy)
– Ladislav Peterka (Dispute resolution)
– Michal Pálinkás (Corporate and M&A)
– Jan Ožana (Project and Energy)

Lenka Droscová named a Partner of act legal Czech Republic

Lenka Droscová was named a partner of act legal Czech Republic (act ŘANDA HAVEL LEGAL) on 1 January 2022. In addition to being a member of Czech Bar Association, Lenka is a member of the State Bar of California, USA.

Lenka Droscová has extensive experience with preparing and negotiating labour law documentation including in particular individual labour law contracts, termination and remuneration documents as well as internal employer’s regulations and collective bargaining agreements. She provides consultations on all day-to-day labour law matters as well as more on specific issues with special focus on transfer of rights and obligations arising out form labour law relations, agency employment and specific issues connected with employment of managers (such as non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants).

Lenka Droscová also provides legal services in area of immigration law. She focuses on secondment of Czech employees abroad including social security and health insurance issues connected with the secondment. She has also extensive experience with assignment of foreigners (both EU and non EU citizens) into the Czech Republic, when she in particular assists clients with obtaining relevant work and residency permits, preparing assignment documentation and advises on social security and health insurance issues connected with the assignment.

Lenka Droscová has also extensive experience with regulation of occupational health and safety at the workplace with special focus on employer’s obligations in this area including area of employees’ injuries.

“I am delighted that Lenka has decided to continue with his professional career in our firm. She is an excellent lawyer and thanks to her experience and working enthusiasm Lenka is a great asset to the firm and its clients,” says Martin Řanda, Managing Partner of act Řanda Havel Legal.

Jan Havel from act legal Czech Republic spoke at the All for Power conference

Jan Havel, partner of act Řanda Havel Legal, took part in 15th international expert conference and exhibition focused on power investment units all for power 2021. Jan gave a paper on BAT and BREF for large combustion plants (LCP) in a part dedicated to the investment plans  on upgrade of existing conventional  power plants  and district heating  plants. Further, he spoke about reviewing of integrated permits based on the Commission Decision on BAT Conclusions for LCP and also about legal conditions for granting an exception from BAT.

The conference took place on 15th and 16th November 2021 in hotel Clarion Congress Hotel Prague where more than 40 lecturing experts spoke about topics connected with power investment units. Speakers  focused especially on nuclear and conventional power plants, district heating plants, development of Czech and Slovak power sector in the worldwide context and export of the investment units.

act legal Czech Republic Again Best Law Firm for Energy Law

act Řanda Havel Legal won this year’s prestigious Law Firm of the Year award, organised by EPRAVO.CZ, in the category Energy and Energy Projects. It first stood on the top step for the Energy in 2018, when the category was introduced. As well as wins in the Employment Law and Telecommunications and Media categories in past years, it now has another top award. In addition to this, act Řanda Havel Legal was successful in another 16 categories.

Mgr. Ing. Jan Havel, head of the power industry team, regards the award as a great success: “The power industry and energy projects are one of our main specialisations. We are therefore very pleased that, for the second time, we became law firm of the year in this category. Our expertise, built up over almost 16 years, is crucial for our clients, so they entrust their cases to us. It’s an honour for us and also a great obligation.” And he added: “Great thanks go out to all my colleagues from act Řanda Havel Legal, as well as to all our clients; without their trust we would never have won the award.” 

In addition to energy law, act Řanda Havel Legal was successful in other categories. In competition from almost 80 Czech and international law firms it is highly recommended in the fields of competition law, development and real estate projects, restructuring and insolvency, telecommunications and media, intellectual property, information technology law, public procurement, employment law, corporate compliance, medical law and environmental law and it is also greatly recommended in the special category Czech Firm on International Markets. It is recommended for mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, commercial law, dispute resolution and arbitration. 

Continuing success in rankings for the quality of legal services has placed act Řanda Havel Legal among the very best law firms in the Czech Republic over the long term. 

Martin Řanda, Jan Havel and Tomáš Rydvan from act legal Czech Republic were elected to Czech Bar Association bodies

Partners of act Řanda Havel Legal and representatives of the Moderní advokacie platform, Martin Řanda, Jan Havel and Tomáš Rydvan, were successful in elections to association bodies that were held at the 8th congress of the CBA on 22 October 2021 at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague.

In the elections, which a total of 2,397 attorneys took part in, Martin Řanda and Jan Havel were elected members of the disciplinary commission, Tomáš Rydvan a member of the supervisory commission. Martin Řanda and Tomáš Rydvan are therefore extending their time in association bodies for another four years, Jan Havel was elected a member of the disciplinary commission for the first time.

What is the aim of the Moderní advokacie platform? Through its representatives in elected Czech Bar Association bodies, Moderní advokacie pushes for public administration in the legal profession to be performed by the Czech Bar Association, as an apolitical, independent and self-governing professional organisation that ensures a modern regulatory framework for the performance of legal work, defends the independent position of attorneys and supports the right to legal aid. It wants the Czech Bar Association to exercise supervisory and disciplinary powers independently of the government, to arrange education for articled clerks and attorneys, to actively contribute to the legislative process and to support the good reputation of the legal profession.

Jan Havel spoke at DISTRICT HEATING AND ENERGY DAYS 2021

Mgr. Ing. Jan Havel, an expert in Energy law and a Senior Partner at act legal Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal), spoke at the 27th edition of the conference with accompanying exhibition The District Heating and Energy Days that was hold in Olomouc on September 14th – 15th 2021.

Jan Havel presented his contribution „New Legislation of Disconnection from the District Heating Supplies System: Can district heating plants still (manage to)defend themselves against disconnection? “. He followed up on his last year’s contribution about the study on Building Authorities Practice in Decisions on Applications of Disconnection from the District Heating Supplies System. Jan Havel focused on new legal rules for disconnection from the district heating supplies system which become effective in part from January 1, 2022 and in part from July 1, 2023. 

Further, the conference participants met the hottest novelties, innovations and other attractive topics induced by the turbulent development in the Czech and European energetics. This important event welcomed representatives of district heating plants, technological companies, municipalities, housing co-operatives or association of owners.

act legal Czech Republic advised Sokolov Chemical Company Synthomer a.s.

act legal Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal) provided legal advice to the Sokolov chemical company, which is part of the global chemical group Synthomer, in connection with the planned transition to a new source, which should be more environmentally friendly.

Sokolov chemical company Synthomer a.s. will build a new energy source for almost 140 million crowns. The original coal source will replace the gas source, which is to contribute to improving the environment and reducing coal mining. On 15 June, the representatives of Synthomer, the Senate of the Czech Republic, the Karlovy Vary Region, the municipal authority of Sokolov and the supplier company took part in the ceremonial signing of the contract with the supplier CHP Trading on the construction of a new source.

This is one of the largest investment events of the company in its history. Thanks to the new source, CO2 emissions will be reduced by a third, emissions of other pollutants and water abstraction from the Ohře River will significantly fall. This is another major contribution of Synthomer to improving the environment in Sokolov. The original coal source was built in the Sokolov chemical plant in 1917, when the plant itself was established. The new source of steam production in Synthomer will include three high-pressure steam boilers that will burn natural gas.

BNP Paribas Real Estate report in cooperation with act legal

How did the first months of the pandemic affect developers’ timelines, investment plans and tenants’ expectations in four largest CEE countries? Were the investors operating in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania rattled or shattered by the first two waves of the medical crisis? To what extent could the pandemic disrupt business strategies? Which sectors turned out to be most immune to COVID-19 and how did labor markets react to all of that?

These questions are addressed in BNP Paribas Real Estate’s report, “How R U CEE?” developed in cooperation with act legal, Hays, the French-Polish Chamber of Commerce, the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce and the Belgian Business Chamber.

The report provides an overview of the commercial real estate market, broken down into specific segments, from the perspective of developers and investors in the Central and Eastern Europe.

act legal professionals from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania share their views on current trends in the CEE commercial property market and legal aspects of COVID-19’s impact, while also commenting on recent amendments to legal and tax regulations, which are relevant for investors.

The Legal 500 recommends act legal Czech Republic and its lawyers

The prestigious rating agency, The Legal 500, once again recommends act legal Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal) and its lawyers.

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, an independent guide which evaluates law firms and individuals all around the world, recently published their 2021 rankings. act Řanda Havel Legal is once again among the ranked law offices in five of monitored areas. Seven of our lawyers are recommended as specialists in these specific areas of law.

The most important for us is the positive evaluation of our clients who appreciate (among others) our professionalism, extensive knowledge and pro-client approach.

act Řanda Havel Legal is recommended in these areas:

– Corporate and M&A
– Projects & Energy
– Dispute resolution
– Real estate and construction
– TMT

The recommended specialists are:

– Martin Řanda (Dispute resolution, Real Estate and Construction, TMT, Corporate and M&A)
– Jan Havel (Dispute resolution, Projects and Energy, Real Estate and Construction)
– Tomáš Rydvan (TMT, Dispute resolution)
– Alois Šatava (Corporate and M&A, Projects and Energy)
– Matyáš Kužela (TMT)
– Tomáš Slabý (Real Estate and Construction)
– Ladislav Peterka (Dispute resolution)