Havel,Holásek & Partners promotes eight senior lawyers, two to the position of partner

Havel, Holásek & Partners, the largest law firm in the Czech-Slovak legal market, has appointed eight of its senior lawyers to senior management positions. With effect from 1 July 2017, Jan Frey (35) and Petr Sprinz (31) became the firm’s newest partners. Richard Otevřel (40) shifts to the position of counsel, Jiří Buryan (37) and Ondřej Florián (31) have been appointed managing associates, and Dalibor Kovář (32), Albert Tatra (37) and Miroslav Vozáb (31) have become senior associates.              


“Our goal is to cooperate with the most talented lawyers on the market and also to retain them in the long term, and as a result, we put a great emphasis on their further development and professional direction. Anybody who works hard and gets good results can grow in their career much faster than at our competitors. Current career shifts are again evidence of the fact that the vast majority of our existing partners, counsels and managing associates came from within our office, while many of them started at our firm as students or junior associates,” says managing partner Jaroslav Havel. 

altJan Frey, a new partner, started at Havel, Holásek & Partners in 2010 as a junior associate. Jan specialises in mergers and acquisitions, legal audits and legal due diligence. In the field of acquisitions and divestitures, Jan has participated in a number of transactions worth billions on both the part of the seller and the purchaser in recent years, mainly in the automotive, engineering and food industries. In 2015, the firm sent him for an internship to renowned law firm Slaughter & May in London. 

altPetr Sprinz, the second of the firm’s newly-appointed partners, joined Havel, Holásek & Partners in 2014 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Petr specialises primarily in restructuring and insolvency, litigation, contract and energy law. Petr has advised clients in complicated insolvency proceedings on both the part of creditors and debtors, as well as third parties, within asset acquisitions, and represented clients in disputes and transactions worth over tens of billions Czech crowns. Petr also gives lectures on insolvency law in the Czech Republic and abroad.

As at 1 July 2017, Havel, Holásek & Partners had a total of 51 lawyers in senior lawyer positions, of which 26 were in partner positions and 4 in counsel positions. Across four offices of Havel, Holásek & Partners in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Bratislava, there are approximately 180 lawyers. 

“We have already reached a certain maximum size with regard to market capacity and we do not plan any further significant personnel growth. Nevertheless, we are continuously hiring - we are interested in both experienced senior lawyers, to whom we offer appropriate career positions, including a sophisticated management education system, and, of course, the incoming generation”,says Jaroslav Havel. The firm’s priority is also to give employees as many opportunities as possible to balance work and private life and to create a certain harmony between these changing needs.

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