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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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08/10/2024
CEE Energy Conference: Unlocking Opportunities in PPAs & Energy Storage
Energy continues to be one of the busiest sectors in Central and Southeastern Europe. The increased focus on energy security has brought many new developments to light in the region. What are the current projects receiving the most investment across CEE? What are the biggest opportunities for investors? What new projects have emerged and which subsectors are the rising stars? And what are the challenges for energy investors today? What regulations should they be aware of?We will be hosting our CEE Energy Conference: Unlocking Opportunities in PPAs & Energy Storage, bringing together speakers from CMS, TSOs and energy investors with experience of investing in and operating projects across Central and Southeastern Europe. Join us for a morning of insightful presentations and roundtable discussions on Tuesday 8 October from 09:00 BST, followed by a networking lunch at the CMS office in Cannon Place, London. Our speakers will take you through some of the latest developments and opportunities in the energy sector in CEE/SEE, and will also discuss the specifics of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and battery storage developments in the region. The event is free of charge and can only be attended in person. Speakers will be announced closer to the event. We look forward to welcoming you to our flagship CEE/SEE energy conference in London this autumn.
23/07/2024
Overcooked, but with a slight bite – CJEU considers relevance of pre-Brexit...
Are UK trade mark rights still relevant for EU trade mark oppositions that were started before – but are appealed after – the end of the Brexit transition period? And, more importantly, should UK...
23/07/2024
CMS International Disputes Digest – 2024 Summer Edition
Welcome to the Summer 2024 edition of the International Disputes Digest, our bi-annual publication exploring the latest trends and solutions to the challenges facing global business. Those challenges include the continuing war against Ukraine and in the Middle East, in addition to others such as climate change and Artificial Intelligence. In this edition, our experts in Brazil explain the impact of AI on resolving disputes and why robots will not replace arbitrators anytime soon. Separately, our colleagues in the Netherlands describe how Dutch litigation is leading the way in making both governments and companies accountable for policies resulting in climate damage, and how this litigious trend is defending biodiversity. The case of the Sultan of Sulu and how the passage of time in arbitration agreements might affect the integrity of an arbitration clause is the topic of analysis by our experts in Paris. We also consider the envisaged changes to the 7th edition of the SIAC Rules, a hot off the press analysis of the recently published 2024 IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest in International Arbitration, and our 2024 UK Banking Disputes Report, amongst other topics. We hope that you will enjoy reading these articles and please do contact the authors if you have queries in relation to them.
22/07/2024
Creditors’ protection enhanced in financing railway rolling stocks following...
The Cape Town Convention on international interests in mobile equipment (the “Con­ven­tion”) was adopted on 16 November 2001 and promotes the financing and acquisition of certain type of assets. It...
22/07/2024
CMS Expert Guide to real estate finance law
A clear understanding of the security available is fundamental for lenders and borrowers. To assist, CMS has launched an interactive International Guide to Real Estate Finance. This provides a clear and...
19/07/2024
The European Commission approves restructuring State aid of €1.3 billion...
In October 2020, the European Commission approved a recapitalisation measure of approximately €833 million, notified by Sweden and Denmark, in favour of SAS. This measure was adopted under the State...
19/07/2024
Commission Delegated Regulation on sustainability disclosures for STS se­cur­it­isa­tions...
IntroductionThe Commission Delegated Regulation, supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 (the “Se­cur­it­isa­tion Reg­u­la­tion”[1]), entered into force on 8 July 2024 (the “Commission Delegated Regulation”...
19/07/2024
A healthy balance between novelty and sufficiency for a claimed therapeutic...
The question of novelty and sufficiency of second medical use claims in light of clinical trial prior art has been addressed by the EPO Boards of Appeal on a number of occasions. In recent decision T...
17/07/2024
Simplified Enforcement of Monetary Claims over EUR 40,000 in the Czech...
Introduction As of 1 July 2024, there has been a small but significant change in the area of expedited civil judicial procedure in the Czech Republic. Act No. 99/1963 Coll., the Civil Procedure Code...
16/07/2024
Amendment to the Czech Transformations Act aims to simplify M&A transactions
Effective from 19 July 2024, the Czech Transformations Act (“CTA”) has been amended to harmonise Czech transformation rules with the EU Directive on cross-border conversions, mergers, and demergers...
15/07/2024
CMS European Private Equity Study 2024
We are pleased to share with you the 2024 edition of the CMS European Private Equity Study, a comprehensive analysis of hundreds of private equity deals CMS advised on across Europe in 2023 and previous...
12/07/2024
Energy and climate change: The most significant (marine) climate change...
Continuing the theme of a number of recent court judgment regarding state and party obligations concerning climate change issues, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) has recently...