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German desk

German desk for clients of rutland ježek

 

Germany is the largest business partner of the Czech Republic as well as the largest investor in the Czech Republic with an approx. 36 per cent share of investments. Should the other German-speaking countries be included, i.e. Austria and Switzerland, the share of investments from the German-speaking countries in the Czech Republic is almost at 52 per cent. This region therefore plays a significant role for the Czech Republic, which is why the rutland ježek law firm has decided to set up a special department, a "German desk", for German-speaking clients as well as for Czech clients investing in German-speaking markets and needing legal advice on German law, Austrian law or Swiss law.

 

The "German desk" of the rutland ježek law firm comprising of German speaking Czech lawyers is a perfect choice for German speaking clients from Germany, Austria, Switzerland or any other German-speaking country who also need legal advice on Czech law. All of our lawyers are fluent German speakers and are able to provide advice, including commercial negotiations, drafting of contracts and any other documents, in the German language. Our "German desk" lawyers have gained their expertise at German law firms or studied in German-speaking countries and in addition to their fluency in the German language, they also have knowledge of the system of law and business practice in the German-speaking region. The "German desk" also intends to offer its services to Czech clients solving their legal issues in German-speaking countries and to arrange and co-ordinate legal counselling in accordance with German, Austrian or Swiss law. Through the "German desk", these clients may be provided with the necessary legal support directly from the Czech Republic by German speaking Czech lawyers having perfect knowledge of the language and who had lived and worked in such countries. With its talented and fully German-speaking "German desk", the rutland ježek law firm offers legal counselling in all aspects of law, both for individuals and companies.

 

Meet our "German desk" team

 

Our team consists of German speaking Czech lawyers specialising in various areas of law, in particular in commercial law, corporate law, M&As, judicial and arbitration proceedings, insolvency, immigration law, etc.

 

The "German desk" team:

 

Our "German desk" team comprises four lawyers headed by the partner, JUDr. Mojmír Ježek, Ph.D., who has had many years of experience with rendering legal services in German for international as well as Czech clients. The other members include lawyer Mgr. Eliška Čáslavská, lawyer Mgr. Michal Dobiáš and trainee lawyer Mgr. Lenka Vomlelová.

 

JUDr. Mojmír Ježek, Ph.D.

Mojmír Ježek is the founding partner of the rutland ježek law firm. He specialises in law of business corporations, real property and construction law, judicial and arbitration proceedings, insolvency law and labour law.

Mgr. Eliška Čáslavská

Eliška Čáslavská has been working at the rutland ježek law firm since April 2011. Her practice focuses on private law, in particular on commercial law, business corporations and real property, labour law and on legal relations with an international element.

 

Mgr. Lenka Vomlelová

Lenka Vomlelová practices commercial and family law, immigration law, with a particular focus on asylum and refugee issues.

 

Mgr. Michal Dobiáš

Michal Dobiáš specialises in commercial law, primarily in agendas relating to dispute resolution, real property and business corporations; he also works with healthcare and labour law issues.

 

Service areas

 

rutland ježek, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o. offers Czech law counselling in German language to clients based in German-speaking countries and also renders legal assistance to Czech clients solving their cases in German-speaking countries.

 

Company Law

 

rutland ježek advise many domestic and foreign clients in the area of Czech corporate law. Our team of legal experts is equally able to provide effective assistance to smaller companies or start-ups as well as to large multinational groups. The scope of our advice covers a broad range of services, from straightforward routine tasks (such as the establishment of a new company or day-to-day corporate-governance duties) to sophisticated large-scale projects with an international element or special tax aspects, always with the focus on maintaining maximum efficiency in terms of time and expenditure.

 

From among the scope of advice routinely provided by rutland ježek in this area of law, the following deserve particular mentioning:

- establishment of new Czech companies
- incorporation and procurement of trade and business licenses
- organization of general meetings and meetings of other corporate bodies
- increasing or decreasing the capital stock of Czech companies
- planning and implementing transformations, restructuring projects, or the liquidation of companies
- joint venture issues
- share plans and option plans
- structuring the legal relations between affiliates within holding groups

 

Mergers & Acquisitions

 

M&A is a key area of specialization for rutland ježek. The lawyers at our firm have been involved with a many of major privatizations, mergers, acquisitions, transformations, and restructurings in diverse lines of business and industries in the Czech Republic, including the banking sector, telecommunications, the chemical industry, and the energy sector. Our team of legal experts is able to render efficient assistance both in smaller, straightforward transactions and in complex, large-scale projects with an international element or tax-related issues.

 

From among the scope of advice routinely provided by rutland ježek in this area of law, the following deserve particular mentioning:

 

- detailed planning of transactional structures
- acting as legal representatives in connection with regional takeovers
- legal due diligences
- structuring of the transaction with a view to the specific aspects of the given line of business, thanks to our expert
- knowledge regarding various industries
- drafting and negotiation of transaction documents
- monitoring compliance with relevant laws and regulations
- post-closing advice

 

Litigation and Arbitration

 

rutland ježek provides comprehensive legal services in the area of domestic and international arbitration and civil proceedings. Our litigation practice comprises all aspects of Czech commercial law, from the initial stage of disputes, in which we analyze the facts of the matter and basic legal issues, through dispute planning and litigation strategy, to the actual representation in court or before an arbitration tribunal. Our litigation practice also arranges for preliminary injunctions and initiates and implements debt enforcement. Aside from representation in civil and commercial cases, the lawyers at rutland ježek are also involved in numerous proceedings before regulatory authorities in banking and capital markets, competition, and intellectual property.

 

Our experience:

- representing international and Czech clients in all commercial litigation matters (including collection of receivables, liability for damages, etc.) - on liability for damages under Czech law, please see our article HERE
- representing clients in rental disputes (landlords, tenants)
- commercial arbitrations in front of the Czech Arbitration Court
- trademark disputes
- debt enforcement
- enforcement of foreign judgements
- administrative appeals (construction, immigration, environmental matters)
- personal injury litigation
- employment litigation
- tax-related disputes
- insurance litigation

 

Real Estate & Construction Law

 

rutland ježek provide their clients with comprehensive legal services regarding all aspects of real estate transactions. In particular, the lawyers at our firm provide advisory services to investors regarding the construction and lease of shopping centers in the Czech Republic and regarding the acquisition and financing of residential projects.

 

The services of our law firm comprise in particular the following:

- due diligences regarding the legal status of Czech real property
- purchase and sale of real estate and lease and rental of residential, office, wholesale, retail, and industrial premises
- complex sale-and-lease-back transactions
- investment projects and their financing
- advice on planning and building infrastructure for real estate projects
- financing, planning, building, and leasing real estate
- zoning regulations
- resolution of disputes concerning real estate development

 

Technical Advisors

 

rutland ježek law firm is cooperating with highly experienced techincal advisory team of PP Engineering Services s.r.o. that can provide our clients with necessary guidance within the preparation, planning, design, construction and operation of construction assets.

 

As a part of these activities, PP Engineering Services s.r.o. offer their clients in particular the following services:
- Project Management
- Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management
- Construction Technical Supervision
- Safety Labour Coordination on-site
- Facility Management Services
- Due Diligence Services

 

Insolvency & Restructuring

 

rutland ježek have substantial experience in providing comprehensive legal services in the area of restructuring and insolvencies, which also includes acting as legal counsel to insolvency trustees, assisting clients in recovering their claims in insolvency proceedings, or reviewing and assessing the restructuring projects of companies on the brink of bankruptcy. The lawyers of rutland ježek have special expertise in providing the following services:

 

- representation of creditors, debtors, and insolvency trustees
- assistance in acquisitions and takeovers of assets as a part of insolvency proceedings
- assistance in the purchase and sale of receivables vis-à-vis the debtor in insolvency proceedings
- advice regarding the reorganization and restructuring of companies
- advice on out-of-court settlements

 

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

 

The lawyers at rutland ježek have extensive experience in the areas of financial law, banking, the insurance industry, and the capital market, and have advised domestic and foreign banks, securities traders, collective investment funds, pension funds, and other financial institutions in all aspects of their business.

 

From among the scope of advice routinely provided by rutland ježek in this area of law, the following deserve particular mentioning:

- legal assistance in the negotiation of all types of credit, including acquisition, export, or syndicated financing
- drafting and reviewing standard documentation for retail and corporate financial products
- analysis of, and solutions for, regulatory issues concerning the business of domestic or foreign banks, securities traders, and other financial institutions
- legal assistance in connection with initial public offerings, the private placement of stock or other securities in the Czech Republic, and the listings of securities for trading in the public markets in the Czech Republic
- takeover bids and squeeze-outs
- transactional and regulatory advice in connection with derivative trading and structured financial products
- regulation and compliance with EU and Czech law, including representation before, and communication with, regulatory bodies and authorities

 

Intellectual Property & Competition Law

 

rutland ježek provides its clients with legal counseling in the area of intellectual property, with particular focus on copyright law and related rights, internet domain names, privacy and data protection, trademark registration and trademark disputes.

 

Our fields of expertise are:

- Copyright and related rights: protection of collective works such as films, licensing, distribution, agency, contract manufacturer, endorsement and sponsorship, sale and other forms of disposal of IP rights, employee works issues, parallel imports, architectonic litigations
- Software and computer programs: development and protection, licensing agreements, mobile application and technology licensing agreement, software litigations
- Internet: copyright infringement, domain name disputes, website Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies, e-commerce law, Internet defamation, privacy and cloud computing matters, false advertising, spam law compliance, communication with webmasters
- Trademarks: registration of Czech and EU trademarks, their renewal, representing before Czech Industrial Property Office and OHIM, trademark disputes
- Unfair competition: misleading advertising, misleading marking goods and services, conduct contributing to mistaken identity, parasitic use of the reputation of competitor's enterprise, product or services, bribery, disparagement, comparative advertising, violation of trade secrets and endangering the health of consumers and the environment in the Czech Republic
- Franchising: franchise agreement and negotiation of franchise agreements on behalf of the franchisor and franchisee
- Protection of trade names and know - how, confidentiality agreements

In addition to the above-mentioned services, lawyers at rutland ježek provide the clients with corporate and commercial legal support, in particular, with respect to Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and representation of clients within the course of various contact negotiations. We also specialize in Czech competition law and advise our clients on how to apply competition law to protect themselves against unfair competition on the part of their competitors.

 

Hospitality Industry

 

Rutland ježek law firm has a long term experience with all aspects of a hospitality and leisure industry in the Czech Republic.

 

As hospitality attorneys specializing in hotel industry in the Czech Republic, we are fully familiar with all issues of Czech law connected to acquisitions of hotels and hotel operations, especially in the field of:
- Hotel acquisition - acquisition of SPV companies owning hotels in Prague including legal due diligence (corporate due diligence, real estate due diligence, management contracts due diligence, employment contracts due diligence);
- Management Agreements - substantial experience with drafting, negotiations and assignment of international hotel management agreements (Prague Marriott hotels, Sheraton Prague Hotel);
- Hotel Lease Agreements - experience with drafting, negotiation and termination of hotel agreements (Hotel Rocco Forte Prague);
- Employment matters - experience with drafting employment agreements for hospitality industry employees, termination of employees, employment litigation;
- Subleasing of hotel premises - rutland ježek also has extensive experience in subleasing of hotel premises to shops, restaurants and spa or gym operators.

 

Labor Law

 

rutland ježek provides its clients, both employers and individual employees, with comprehensive legal advice in all areas of Czech labor law and social security law, in particular as regards the following:

 

General Labor Law Advice

- manager agreements and employment agreements and other labor-law documentation governing the relations between employer and employee in the Czech Republic
- termination of employment, dismissal of employees, advice with respect to shut-downs and mass layoffs
- employment-related disputes with employees or managers
- company work rules, codes of practice, and other internal policies of the employer
- occupational safety and health
- the entire area of staff compensation and benefits
- legal audits and due diligences in the area of Czech labor law
- hiring temp workers, including also the procurement of licenses for employment agencies and the legal assessment of various employment schemes using agency workers
- liability in employment relations
- collective agreements, negotiations with trade union organizations

Employment of Foreigners in the Czech Republic

- Czech work permits for foreigners
- Employee Card permits
- Blue Card permits
- Work permit extentions
- Nostrification of foreign diplomas in the Czech Republic
- Czech employment agreements for foreigners

 

The lawyers of rutland ježek have extensive experience and expertise in labor-law relations between foreign employees and domestic employers and vice versa, including the choice of governing law of employment agreements and related issues of tax optimization for either individual foreign employees or employers.

 

Life Sciences

 

rutland ježek also provides full spectrum of legal support in the most dynamic and innovative sectors of the global economy, such as Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry, incl. healthcare welfare and Medical Technology. We assist our clients, both corporations and start-ups, in the field of biotechnology, pharmaceutical law, medical devices and medicinal products, cosmetics and natural health products. Within the course of our practice, we deal with Corporate, Commercial, Regulatory and IP law issues.

 

Corporate And Commercial Matters:

 

Ms. Monika Rutland heads the legal team which specializes on the negotiation of medical and pharmaceutical Joint Ventures and arrangement of Corporate and Commercial matters related to the Health care and Life Sciences:

- Merger and acquisitions, Joint Ventures, spin-offs, commercial agreements, investment arrangements and strategic alliances primarily regarding medical devices of pharmaceutical, life science and medical technology companies
- Licensing and License Agreements, Distribution Arrangements and technology transfers
- Due Diligence of pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, healthcare providers and biotech start-ups
- Litigation: product liability, medical malpractice

Our malpractice legal team further provides legal services to private foreign clients with respect to medical and surgical procedures conducted in the Czech Republic, in particular, plastic surgery, planned orthopaedic and eye surgery. At rutland ježek, we also counsel foreign clients in connection with seeking damages for injuries caused in the Czech Republic.

Regulatory matters

 

Mr. Mojmír Ježek heads the legal team specializing in the Regulatory and IP law issues with respect to pharmaceutical and medical technology companies:

- IP protection and enforcement: trademark registration and trademark disputes, parallel imports, unfair competition and unfair competition litigation, notably misleading marking and misrepresentation of medical devices and medicinal products
- Regulatory and compliance issues: R&D, drug registration process and marketing authorization, clinical trials, anti-trust law, pricing and reimbursements of medical preparations from public health insurance
- Representation before governmental and public authorities: Czech Ministry of Health, Czech Industrial Property Office, Czech Office for the Protection of Competition, State Institute for Drug Control (SÚKL)
- Labor-law relations between pharmaceutical companies/healthcare providers and employees
- Data protection of medical records, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers
- Packaging and Labeling, advertising and marketing practices
- IP disputes: trademark litigation, passing off and unfair competition

 

The lawyers at rutland ježek have significant and extensive experience in advising on medical and related regulatory matters and ensure that clients are presented with the solutions they need - quickly, efficiently, and with a perspective of their business and industry in which they operate.

 

White-collar crime

 

rutland ježek offers clients legal assistance in dealing with government investigations, including investigations of possible tax offences, criminal litigations and others enforcement matters. The white-collar practice is led by our senior associate Mr. Richard Turoň who has substantial experience in defending clients, both natural and legal persons, through all phases of criminal investigations as well as criminal proceedings.

 

Our fields of expertise include:

- Defense and representation in relation to financial, computer and internet fraud, public and private corruption, money-laundering, securities fraud, antitrust and market abuses cases;
- Advice on internal investigations with particular respect to business fraud, business opportunity fraud and due diligence projects;
- Preventive and compliance measures in order to avoid dangerous and expensive exposure to criminal charges and civil liability, including drafting internal anti-corruption and anti-money laundering rules, internal strategic plans demanded by multinational enforcement authorities and implementation of compliance system;
- Legal counseling and representation of corporate clients as regards corporate liability and corporate crime, including real estate holding companies in environmental matters;
- Assistance with parallel proceedings, such as shareholder suits, trade secret enforcement and other private civil actions;
- Representation of clients charged with tax evasion or tax fraud.

The primary objective of our practice is to resolve potential criminal liability of the client before charges are brought by state. The lawyers of rutland ježek are strongly endorsed for its corporate compliance advice as well as its criminal defense work. Due to their deep understanding of the white-collar crime in the Czech Republic and its prevention, lawyers at rutland ježek are natural choice above all for foreign corporate clients.

 

Immigration

 

rutland ježek provides for its clients legal advice on all aspects of Czech immigration law, in particular as regards the following:

- Czech business 6 months long term visas
- Extention of 6 months visas
- Czech long term residency permits (dlouhodobý pobyt) (work, business)
- Employee Cards
- Blue Cards
- Czech permanent residency permits (trvalý pobyt)
- Czech citizenship
- Family reunification
- Business immigration to the Czech Republic
- Schengen record inquiries
- Specialists in appeals of Czech visa rejection
- Deportation and extradition specialists
- Asylum denial appeals

rutland ježek is one of the leading Czech immigration law firms with extensive experience in all matters of Czech immigration law. We also provide legal advice for Americans, Australians and Canadians.

 

As the Czech immigration policy became recently very restrictive, it is necessary to prepare all documents for any type of Czech visa application professionally and pay close attention to any required documents. In addition, in case of rejection of an application either for initial entry visa or prolongation of long-term residency permit, the participation of well qualified and experienced Czech immigration lawyer in the appeal procedure is absolutely necessary.

 

Please note that there are many visa agencies on the Czech market that sell companies and promise to obtain visa for their clients just on the basis of the ownership of the company. However, it is almost impossible to succeed and obtain visa this way. Since the satisfaction of our clients is at the first place for us, we will never promise to any of our clients anything that cannot be fulfilled.


Legal Support for Czech Exporters

 

rutland ježek, law firm also provides advice to Czech companies which conclude contracts with foreign entities, including mainly following legal advice:
- Contracts concerning cross-border supply of investment units (turnkey projects)
- Preparation of export financing documentation
- Contracts for the supply of products of heavy and light industry (lorries, iron and steel products, food products)
- International transport contracts
- Trademark registrations abroad
- Protection of intellectual property rights, licenses
- Cross-border arbitrations
- Cross-border debt recovery

rutland ježek, law office provides legal services to Czech companies and exporters in cooperation with leading law-offices, particularly from Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Turkey, India and China.

 

Support for companies in cross-border transactions

 

rutland Ježek, law office has a long-term expertize in providing legal advice to Czech companies doing business in Russia, Turkey, UAE, India and China.

 

Establishment of companies abroad

 

Our legal advice concerns both the establishment of joint ventures with partners in Russia, Turkey, India, China and on other eastern markets (UAE), and the establishment of solely owned subsidiaries, including the establishment of branches. rutland Ježek, law office also provides structuring of corporate holdings, including related tax advice.


The most requested legal and tax services:
- the establishment of solely owned branches and companies
- the establishment and negotiation for cross-border joint ventures
- tax advise related to joint ventures owned by entities from different countries, including tax optimization

 

Support for Czech companies in cross-border transactions

 

rutland ježek, law office has a long-term expertize in providing legal advice to Czech companies doing business in Russia, Turkey, UAE, India and China.

 

Establishment of companies abroad

 

Our legal advice concerns both the establishment of joint ventures with partners in Russia, Turkey, India, China and on other eastern markets (UAE), and the establishment of solely owned subsidiaries, including the establishment of branches.

 

rutland ježek, law office also provides structuring of corporate holdings, including related tax advice.

 

The most requested legal and tax services:
- the establishment of solely owned branches and companies
- the establishment and negotiation for cross-border joint ventures
- tax advise related to joint ventures owned by entities from different countries, including tax optimization

 

Support for companies in cross-border transactions

 

rutland Ježek, law office has a long-term expertize in providing legal advice to Czech companies doing business in Russia, Turkey, UAE, India and China.

 

Establishment of companies abroad

 

Our legal advice concerns both the establishment of joint ventures with partners in Russia, Turkey, India, China and on other eastern markets (UAE), and the establishment of solely owned subsidiaries, including the establishment of branches. rutland Ježek, law office also provides structuring of corporate holdings, including related tax advice.


The most requested legal and tax services:
- the establishment of solely owned branches and companies
- the establishment and negotiation for cross-border joint ventures
- tax advise related to joint ventures owned by entities from different countries, including tax optimization

 

Czech Citizenship

 

rutland ježek helps its clients who are entitled to acquire the Czech citizenship to obtain Czech passports. There are two types of clients to whom we can offer full-package services:

 

1. foreign nationals, who have been holders of permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic for at least 5 years and wish to acquire the Czech citizenship in a standard procedure, and

 

2. descendants of former Czech or Czechoslovakian citizens, who emigrated to foreign countries all over the world in the past; the Czech laws offer a possibility of re-acquisition of citizenship to such persons, moreover, in some cases the descendants of Czechoslovakian citizens born in foreign countries might have transferred the Czech citizenship to younger generations without even knowing it and so the family heritage can continue. We always start with a preliminary investigation to make sure our potential clients are eligible to acquire the Czech citizenship.

 

rutland ježek is the top firm for gaining Czech citizenship and has 100 % success rate in the citizenship cases (subject to the positive outcome of our preliminary investigation) and provides its clients with guidance throughout the whole citizenship process.