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In Slovakia we have the resources and expertise to meet your local and cross-border business needs.

As the largest law firm in Slovakia we provide a wide range of legal and tax advice. Our sector-oriented teams are able to handle several assignments simultaneously, including international and large-scale projects and transactions, advising multinational corporations and leading national companies, as well as the public sector.

Our practice focuses on M&A, banking & finance, real estate, PPP, public procurement, telecom, media and technology, energy, competition, litigation and arbitration. We have gained particular experience in restructuring of companies, mergers and acquisitions, as well as other corporate transactions, providing legal advice to banks and other financial institutions. We have helped to shape the PPP sector in Slovakia and we retain a leading position in this field. We have a strong position in the real estate sector providing advice to the top international and local players. Since the automotive industry is a robust and important sector of the Slovak economy, our activities in this area are extensive and still growing. We advise all car manufacturers with operations in Slovakia and many of their suppliers and related businesses.

Based on many years’ supporting the leading companies across all sectors of the economy, we are familiar with their business and the legal and regulatory issues they face, offering relevant and practical solutions.

We are a top tier firm in the Corporate, Banking & Finance as well as Real Estate area in Slovakia and highly regarded by international ranking publications like Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. We have been currently presented with the prestigious national “Law Firm of the Year 2016” award. It was the fourth time such an award has been held in Slovakia and we have won it for the fourth consecutive time.

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29/05/2024
European hydrogen auctions with a focus on Germany, UK, Denmark, and the...
Hydrogen auctions have emerged across the globe in recent years to subsidise and promote the production and use of renewable hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels. The EU, individual member states...
29/05/2024
CMS Expert Guide to Crypto Regulation
This Expert Guide provides an overview of cryptoasset regulation (prior to the introduction of MiCA), both inside and outside the EU. We summarise the regulations applying to the main activities performed...
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27/05/2024
MiFID/MiFIR review: ESMA publishes series of consultation papers on transparency...
On 21 and 23 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published three consultation papers, as part of the ongoing MiFID/MiFIR review.The revised Markets in Financial Instruments...
24/05/2024
Vital Signs Spring 2024
As we push on into 2024 and towards summer, both the weather and some legal areas are hotting up. This edition of Vital Signs looks in detail at recent developments in four diverse legal areas. First...
24/05/2024
EU anti-dumping investigations for Chinese lysine and vanillin imports
On 23 May 2024, the EU opened an anti-dumping in­vest­ig­a­tion con­cern­ing EU imports of lysine originating in the People’s Republic of China, which could lead to substantial anti-dumping duties on future...
24/05/2024
Charging ahead: electricity storage regulation in CEE
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23/05/2024
Looking ahead to the EU AI Act
Introduction On 21 May 2024, the Council of the European Union adopted the Regulation laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence” (the so-called AI Act). As the world's first comprehensive law to regulate artificial intelligence, the AI Act aims to establish uniform requirements for the development and use of artificial intelligence in the European Union. Following the European Parliament's adoption of the draft on 13 March 2024, the AI Act has now been formally adopted . Once signed by the Presidents of the European Parliament and the Council, the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will enter into force twenty days after its publication. With this  adoption of the world’s most significant legislation on Artificial Intelligence, solidifying its position as a pioneer among global legislators. This initiative aims to establish and reinforce the EU’s role as a premier hub for AI while ensuring that AI development remains focused on human-centered and trustworthy principles. After a long and complex journey that began in 2021 with the European Commission’s proposal of a draft AI Act, this new regulation is expected to be passed into law in June  2024. The AI Act aims to ensure that the marketing and use of AI systems and their outputs in the EU are consistent with fundamental rights under EU law, such as privacy, democracy, the rule of law and environmental sustainability. Adopting a dual approach, it outright prohibits AI systems deemed to pose unacceptable risks while imposing regulatory obligations on other AI systems and their outputs. The new regulation, which also aims to strike a fair balance between innovation and the protection of individuals, not only makes Europe a world leader in the regulation of this new technology, but also endeavours to create a legal framework that users of AI technologies will be able to comply with in order to make the most of this significant development opportunity. In this article we provide a first overview of the key points contained in the text of the AI Act that companies should be aware of in order to prepare for the implementing regulation.
21/05/2024
Consultation of the European Commission on Vifor's commitments concerning...
In response to the Preliminary Assessment stating the potential abuse of its dominant position, Vifor proposed several commitments to rectify the potential competition law infringement. The European Commission...
17/05/2024
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act: Faster, Cheaper and Simpler Rollout...
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA), which is set to become law after a political agreement reached in February 2024, responds to the ever-growing need for faster, more reliable, data-intensive connectivity...
17/05/2024
European Sanctions: Mandatory Contract Clauses, New Criminal Penalties
Back­ground­Follow­ing Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014 and invasion of Ukraine in 2022, global allies including the UK, US and EU, Canada and Australia, acted in concert to impose stringent sanctions...
17/05/2024
CMS International Construction Study 2024
In recent years, construction and engineering businesses have faced a whole storm of headwinds. CMS, in partnership with YouGov, asked in-house lawyers about the biggest challenges of managing disputes in this environment - and how those challenges can be met.   Sixty-second summaryThe evolving nature of construction risk will see changes to standard contracts and negotiation positions. It may also bring more disputes, particularly where those changes lag behind project realities. Fewer than half the businesses we surveyed reported that the in-house legal or contract management team is always consulted at the start of a project to identify areas of risk and to establish appropriate risk management strategies. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses could improve the way in which risk is managed during projects - often in a number of important ways. Despite the potential benefits, only 17% of the in-house lawyers we surveyed are using AI in disputes or contract management. Some say they will never use it. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses have a lot of scope to improve the way that project risks are managed. AI has the potential to be a game-changer in this area by optimising processes, planning, scheduling and other elements of case management and by revolutionising the way a business handles its portfolio of contracts. 
17/05/2024
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...