act legal recommended by The Legal 500 in 2021

Recommended act legal lawyers

act legal Czech Republic

Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Alois Šatava, Martin Řanda

Projects and Energy – Jan Havel, Alois Šatava

TMT – Tomáš Rydvan, Matyáš Kužela, Martin Řanda

Dispute Resolution – Martin Řanda, Jan Havel, Ladislav Peterka

Real Estate and Construction – Martin Řanda, Tomáš Slabý, Jan Havel

act legal Germany

Insolvency & Restructuring – Dr. Sven Tischendorf, MBA; Dr. Matthias Müller, MBA; Dr. Alexander Höpfner

Employment – Dr. Sven Tischendorf, MBA; Dr. Stephan Schwilden, MBA; Dr. Thomas Block, MBA

act legal Poland

Construction – Marek Wojnar, Michał Wielhorski, Mateusz Prokopiuk

Real Estate – Michał Wielhorski, Marek Wojnar, Alicja Sołtyszewska, Mateusz Prokopiuk, Marta Kosiedowska

White-Collar Crime – Piotr Wojnar, Piotr Pośnik, Łukasz Piekarski

Capital Markets – Piotr Smołuch, Piotr Wojnar, Janusz Szeliński, Łukasz Piekarski, Łukasz Polak

Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Jacek Bieniak, Piotr Wojnar, Marek Wojnar, Marta Kosiedowska, Janusz Szeliński

Banking and Finance – Michał Wielhorski, Mateusz Prokopiuk

Dispute Resolution – Jacek Bieniak, Giuseppe La Rosa, Marek Miszkiel

act legal Spain

Employment – Victoria Caldevilla

Intellectual Property: Trade Marks – José Garrido

Real Estate and Construction – Cesar Morales Romero-Requejo, Eduardo González Yebra, Javier Cortés, Juan Luis Vives, María Chaves

act legal The Netherlands

Retail – Leading Individual: Katinka Verdurmen; Recommended lawyers: Dirk van den Berg, Jodit de Bruin

Real Estate – Recommended lawyer: Berth Brouwer

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

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)

act legal Germany – The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

act legal Germany is ranked again as “Leading Firm“ in the categories “Insolvency/Restructuring“ and “Employment“ in the current The Legal 500 EMEA 2021.

Congratulations to Dr. Sven Tischendorf, MBA, Dr. Stephan Schwilden, MBA, Dr. Thomas Block, MBA, Dr. Matthias Müller, MBA and Dr. Alexander Höpfner as “Recommended Lawyer”.

act legal ranked in Chambers Europe 2021

Chambers and Partners is one of the world’s largest legal referral guides.

We are delighted to announce that we have received recognition from Chambers Europe for our practices and individual recommendations for our practitioners.

Recommended act legal law firms

  • act legal Czech Republic: Employment
  • act legal Spain: Employment
  • act legal Czech Republic: Dispute Resolution
  • act legal Poland: Real Estate

Recommended lawyers

  • act legal Romania: Ștefan Botezatu (Energy & Natural Resources)
  • act legal Spain: Victoria Caldevilla (Employment)
  • act legal Poland: Piotr Smołuch (Capital Markets: Debt)
  • act legal Poland: Michał Wielhorski (Real Estate)

CEE Legal Matters Interview

In this legal world dominated by large international groups or long-standing local firms, we choose to be both by combining effective local law firm structures and international standards of legal services. Check out the interview with Martin Randa, Marek Wojnar, Stefan Botezatu and Dr. Roman Hager to find out what has driven us to act together.

act legal Czech Republic succeeded in Chambers Europe 2021

Chambers & Partners, the prestigious rating agency that maps out the quality of legal services in Europe, named act legal Czech Republic (act Řanda Havel Legal) as a “Recommended firm” in the Dispute Resolution and Employment categories in its 2020 ratings.

We are pleased to be awarded by the renowned Chambers & Partners agency. Receiving this prestigious recommendation is an important award for our law firm and emphasises the quality and professionalism of our work – especially the deserved respect and strong reputation of our legal team,” said Martin Řanda, Managing Partner, about the success of act Řanda Havel Legal. He adds, “Huge thanks to all our colleagues, as well as to all our clients, without whose confidence we wouldn’t have won this award.”

act legal Germany – China Business

As one of the very few European law firms, Dr. Stephan Schwilden, MBA is registered with the Chongqing Judicial Bureau as “Foreign Legal Counsel” of ZHH | Zhonghao Law Firm, one of the leading business law firms in China with offices in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guiyang and Hong Kong. Thus, we ensure our European clients in China the same high standard as in our home market, both in terms of advisory style and professional expertise. In addition, we have many years of know-how in advising Chinese companies, investors and law firms in Europe.

Distressed M&A Deal: Traditional foundry Walter Hundhausen successfully saved from insolvency

As of March 1, 2021, Beinbauer Group has acquired the traditional foundry company Walter Hundhausen GmbH from insolvency, supported by a senior team of the law firms act AC Tischendorf (Frankfurt), FINKENHOF (Frankfurt), WENDELSTEIN (Frankfurt), as well as held jaguttis (Cologne).

Walter Hundhausen, over whose assets insolvency proceedings were initiated on August 1, 2020, was previously part of the GMH Group from Georgsmarienhütte.

The transaction has now secured the jobs of a total of around 380 employees in Schwerte, among others.

The Beinbauer Group is one of the leading suppliers of castings for the commercial vehicle industry in Europe. The portfolio company owned by the market-renowned PE investor H.I.G , which has grown immensely over the years, combines three companies of the supplier industry under one roof and employs over 1,000 people at five locations in Germany and the Czech Republic. 

Background: act legal Germany has been acting as trusted advisor to H.I.G. for many years, also for its portfolio companies – especially in cases when a clear and strategic “problem solver” is required in special situations, beyond the purely legal aspects.

Seller: Dr. Dirk Andres (AndresPartner, Düsseldorf) as liquidator

act legal Germany advised HQIB on the acquisition of Ergosign-Group

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH („HQIB“), the principal investment firm of the family Harald Quandt, acquired a majority stake in Ergosign-Group, the market leading digital agency with focus on user experience design in the German-speaking region.

The two founders, Dr. Marcus Plach and Prof. Dr. Dieter Wallach, remain co-shareholders and managing directors of the company. Together with HQIB, which has a long-term and sustainable investment approach, they aim to foster internationalization of Ergosign-Group and expand its service portfolio. 

Both parties have agreed not to disclose further details of the transaction.


HQIB invests in small and medium sized companies in the German speaking region that are leading in established and technologically sophisticated market niches with attractive growth potential.

act legal – with more than 390 corporate and commercial lawyers across central Europe – offers demanding corporate clientele high-level, cross-border, or regional legal advice being the attractive alternative to major international law firms.

act legal Germany advised HQIB comprehensively in all matters of this complex transaction.

Advisors HQIB:

act legal Germany: Dr. Fabian Brocke, LL.M. (Corporate/M&A, lead partner), Dr. Nina Bogenschütz (Employment); Dr. Nina Honstetter (Corporate, Employment); Sarah Landsberg (Corporate/M&A).

Pioneering real estate deal: Captiva acquires two new construction quarters in Bavaria from KRE Group

The Hamburg-based investment and asset manager Captiva has acquired two inner-city quarters with around 20,000 m² of rental space from the KRE Group in Bamberg, which are currently under construction. These large-scale projects consist of the “Lessing Quarter”, centrally located in Bamberg, and a quarter on the former site of a large brewery in Lohr in northern Bavaria. 

The majority of the rental space at both locations will be used for “assisted living”, complemented by additional medical services. In addition, the rental space of to be used for local supply, offices and boarding houses, emphasizing the urban character.

The properties will be part of the initial portfolio of the special AIF “Captiva Gesundheitsimmobilien Deutschland 2”. The fund is managed by IntReal as a service KVG.

The transaction volume amounts to approximately 75 million euros. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, was brokered by Cushman & Wakefield.

Background: act legal Germany has already advised KRE Group concerning acquisitions and sales on several occasions.

In this transaction, act legal Germany benefited from working in small teams with high “partner retention” ,thus navigating this complex deal to success in a short time.