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The Czech Republic remains one of the most economically and politically stable markets in Central and Eastern Europe. A well-educated workforce and strong tradition in engineering make the country a breeding ground for innovative start-ups and have created a stimulating environment for foreign investment.

CMS has been present in Prague since 1991, and our team – made up of more than 30 lawyers – has extensive experience and knowledge of the local legal and business landscape. We also have English law qualified resources available ‘on the ground’ to work in the Czech Republic, and for the most part staff our deals locally.

Whether you are planning an acquisition with a complex finance structure, an investment in a highly regulated sector or facing a dispute in a local or international court, our lawyers have the experience to take you through all the relevant steps and procedures to bring your endeavour to a successful end.

By actively participating in the market liberalisation, our lawyers have helped shape the regulated industries and particularly the financial, telecoms and energy sectors. Our commercial, regulatory and disputes team advises clients on matters of strategic importance to their business, such as litigation, regulatory investigations and preparing and negotiating commercial agreements. We remain one of the leading legal advisors on headline mergers and acquisitions, real estate and financing transactions.

If your business operates outside of the Czech Republic, your legal issues will also cross the border. CMS offers a unique coverage of Europe and beyond. With our geographical coverage we can provide you with a seamless service and a single point of contact.

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23/11/2022
State aid: ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy...
Many busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als have been im­pacted dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly by the crisis res­ult­ing from Rus­si­a's in­va­sion of Ukraine, as well as the re­per­cus­sions of all the eco­nom­ic sanc­tions ad­op­ted...
22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
21/11/2022
State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU an­nuls the Com­mis­sion’s de­cision...
On 8 Novem­ber 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) an­nulled the judg­ment of the Gen­er­al Court held on 24 Septem­ber 2019, which re­jec­ted the ac­tion brought by the Grand Duchy of Lux­em­bourg and Fi­at...
15/11/2022
CMS ad­vises joint ven­ture on the phased sale of Os­trava Air­port mul­timod­al...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the Czech joint ven­ture of J&T and Con­cens In­vest­ments (Con­cens) on the phased sale of the newly built class A, mul­timod­al in­dus­tri­al park at Os­trava Air­port, loc­ated...
15/11/2022
Déjà vu for Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern?
In­tro­duc­tion It could be ar­gued that the ma­jor­ity of con­sumers would re­cog­nise the in­fam­ous Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern be­long­ing to French lux­ury fash­ion house, Louis Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (Louis Vuit­ton). Pre­vi­ous...
10/11/2022
CMS ad­vises Marsh on sale of share­hold­ing in IN­SIA
CMS has ad­vised Marsh, the world’s lead­ing in­sur­ance broker and risk ad­visor, on the sale of 80% of its share­hold­ing in IN­SIA a.s., in­clud­ing its Slov­ak sub­si­di­ary and Ro­mani­an branch, to UnilinkS.A. IN­SIA...
10/11/2022
US ad­opts Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der to im­ple­ment EU-US Data Pri­vacy Frame­work
After an­noun­cing a polit­ic­al agree­ment on 25 March 2022, the US gov­ern­ment has now an­nounced more de­tails on how it in­tends to put mass sur­veil­lance by in­tel­li­gence agen­cies on a rule-of-law foot­ing...
10/11/2022
EU ex­tends tem­por­ary pro­tec­tion for Ukrain­i­an refugees, Czech law pending
In re­ac­tion to the mis­sile at­tacks on Ukraine by Rus­si­an troops in Oc­to­ber 2022, there has been a dy­nam­ic change in im­mig­ra­tion laws gov­ern­ing the ar­rival and stay of Ukrain­i­an and Rus­si­an cit­izens in...
09/11/2022
The ESG chal­lenge is a drive to­wards in­nov­a­tion
This in­ter­view with Ag­nieszka Skoru­p­in­ska first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022.  A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here. The ESG chal­lenge is a drive to­wards in­nov­a­tion Due to a vari­ety of his­tor­ic­al factors, sus­tain­ab­il­ity is­sues have con­sti­tuted a sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenge for the emer­ging Europe re­gion. After the fall of the Ber­lin wall, the situ­ation with re­spect to fore­most en­vir­on­ment­al and so­cial is­sues was dif­fi­cult. The fore­go­ing was es­pe­cially ap­par­ent with re­spect to en­vir­on­ment­al mat­ters as the pre­ser­va­tion of the en­vir­on­ment and its pos­sible im­pact on hu­man health was not a pri­or­ity for the rel­ev­ant au­thor­it­ies and busi­ness dur­ing the com­mun­ist peri­od. While there were many in­dus­tri­al plants in CEE at that time, their equip­ment was out­dated and they were nev­er ser­i­ously re­quired to cut down their en­vir­on­ment­al im­pact. 
09/11/2022
ESG and the en­ergy sec­tor
This art­icle first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022.  A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here.De­vel­op­ments in ESG is­sues in emer­ging Europe’s en­ergy sec­tor con­tin­ue apace. En­ergy gen­er­a­tion com­pan­ies, gov­ern­ments, loc­al au­thor­it­ies and con­sumers are all af­fected by the drive to­wards a fu­ture that is less re­li­ant on fossil fuels.
09/11/2022
ESG and the fu­ture of work
This art­icle first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022. A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here.ESG is­sues are hav­ing a grow­ing im­pact on how we all work. But what de­vel­op­ments are com­pan­ies im­ple­ment­ing in re­ac­tion to this dy­nam­ic en­vir­on­ment, and what changes might em­ploy­ees have to face in the fu­ture?
09/11/2022
ESG in emer­ging Europe hub
The fo­cus on ESG (en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance) in emer­ging Europe has in­creased not­ably fol­low­ing the EU tax­onomy com­ing in­to force at the be­gin­ning of 2022. EU-driv­en ini­ti­at­ives, in­clud­ing policies com­ing out of the European Green Deal (EGD) to fight cli­mate change have star­ted af­fect­ing the in­dustry, and with tight­en­ing reg­u­la­tion as well as re­port­ing and com­pli­ance ob­lig­a­tions, there is cer­tainly more to come.