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Soňa Hanková

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CMS Bratislava

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CMS Bratislava
Staromestská 3
811 03 Bratislava
Slovakia
Languages Slovak, English, Czech, German
Corporate/M&A

Soňa Hanková joined CMS in 2020. She is a transaction lawyer with over 19 years of experience covering almost all aspects of transactions. 
Soňa is particularly effective at advising institutional investors across the spectrum of commercial transactions, including M&A, IPOs, business transformations and carve-outs, divestments, structuring, negotiations, and executing acquisitions and related competition matters (merger clearance proceedings) as well as offering buy- & sell-side legal due diligence and post-transaction assistance with general corporate matters and business operational matters. 
Locally she advises on regulatory matters, compliance issues, litigation, out of court settlements, and protection of clients’ rights in administrative proceedings.

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"I would recommend Soňa Hanková to every tenant who is looking for a senior representative who is familiar with commercial real estate complexities."

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

'Natália Jánošková and Soňa Hanková certainly stand out; they are always available and find good solutions. I appreciate the hands-on approach.’

The Legal500, 2021

Relevant experience

  • Advising a global packaging specialist in the process of an acquisition of a strategic stake in a Slovak company focusing on the development of fully organic and biodegradable plastics and its commercialisation.
  • Advising an investor in alternative energy projects in CEE on the sale of its Slovak subsidiary active in the energy sector (solar power plants).
  • Leading a Slovak team as part of a multi-jurisdictional CMS project advising a media tech company in a cross-border transaction involving a share deal in Slovakia.
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Memberships & Roles

Soňa Hanková has been a member of the Slovak Bar Association since 2005.

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Lectures list

  • CMS Webinar in February 2022: Planned changes of the Slovak Labour Code in 2022
  • Realitne Forum, Real Estate Conference in November 2021: ESG in Real Estate projects
  • CMS Webinar in November 2021: Vaccination, testing and teamwork
  • CMS/Verlag Dashofer Webinar in May 2021: Home office and data protection
  • CMS/BritCham Webinar in March 2021: Home office and data protection 
  • CMS Webinar in March 2021: Home office and conditions of work outside the workplace after the amendment to the Labour Code
  • CMS/LeitnerLeitner Webinar in December 2020: When will the government return tax from unpaid invoices?
  • CMS Webinar in December 2020: The Future is Now: The New World of Work in Slovakia
  • CMS Webinar in November 2020: Restructuring and redundancies
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Education

  • 2001 – Mgr., Law, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
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Real Estate

Soňa Hanková joined CMS in 2020. She is a transaction lawyer with over 19 years of experience covering almost all aspects of real estate deals. She advises on real estate transactions encompassing single property acquisitions as well as real estate portfolios, financing, development, construction law and real estate regulatory matters, FIDIC contracts, asset management and leasing. 
Soňa Hanková is experienced at handling cross-border projects that involve multiple legal disciplines. She is particularly experienced at advising clients from various real estate sectors, including warehouse and distribution facilities, offices, hotels, and residential development
 

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"I would recommend Soňa Hanková to every tenant who is looking for a senior representative who is familiar with commercial real estate complexities."

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

'Natália Jánošková and Soňa Hanková certainly stand out; they are always available and find good solutions. I appreciate the hands-on approach.’

The Legal500, 2021

Relevant experience

  • Advising an Austrian private building society on the sale of a real estate portfolio of 5 buildings for over EUR 16 m.
  • Assisting a leader in spectrometry software and innovative data processing technologies on negotiations of lease for new premises of more than 1,000 sqm in the tallest office building in Bratislava.
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Employment & Pensions

Soňa Hanková joined CMS in 2020. In addition to being a transaction lawyer with over 19 years of experience, she has broad experience in employment law, assisting with cross-border posting, intragroup management assignments, management remuneration schemes, TUPE employee transfers, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and designing internal policies. 

Soňa Hanková acquired her experience in employment law whilst working in Dentons and for a Big4 law firm where she participated in numerous projects working together with tax advisors and HR consultants. 
She advised CMS clients on specifics of remote working arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic, handled several high-level dismissals and led negotiations on an out-of-court settlement in a complex employment litigation.

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"I would recommend Soňa Hanková to every tenant who is looking for a senior representative who is familiar with commercial real estate complexities."

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

Relevant experience

  • Advising a global animal health company specialized in pharmaceutical products and vaccines, with out-of-court settlement negotiations in a high-profile dispute related to employment law matters.
  • Assisting a leader in spectrometry software and innovative data processing technologies to update their contractual arrangements for remote working models within the company.
  • Advising a German developer of project lifecycle management software on changes in its management team including the termination of the employment of a director, changing the structure of existing contractual arrangements in the company and negotiating a management contract with a new Executive Director.
  • Advising a client active in software engineering on changes in his management team.
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12/05/2022
10 key aspects of the revised EU competition law in the field of distribution...
The new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and the new accompanying Vertical Guidelines (VGL) were published on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter into force on 1 June 2022 and apply for the next twelve years. The new VBER/VGL introduce sev

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Real estate finance law in Slovakia
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Green/sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims and advertising and consumer greenwashing
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02/10/2023
Expert Guide on ESG in Real Estate in Slovakia
De­veloper­In­vestorOwn­er  De­veloper/Con­struct­or 1. What are the currently applicable emission reduction goals and relevant  provisions for green real estate developments? Currently, there is a bill...
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CMS European Real Estate Deal Point Study 2023
The state of the real estate transaction market in Europe The new CMS European Real Estate Deal Point Study 2023 now includes more than 2,500 transactions. Compiling the study involved comparing all the transactions on which we advised in the period 2010 to 2022, enabling us to highlight developments and trends in the real estate market. The market response to our study indicates that over the years it has repeatedly proved to be a valuable tool when preparing for contract negotiations. CMS’ analysis of the real estate market in 2022 revealed the following key trends
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Whistleblower protection and reporting channels in Slovakia
1. Is there a law on whistleblowing in your country? Yes, the area of whistleblower protection is currently regulated by Act no. 54/2019 Coll. on the protection of whistleblowers and amendment of certain...
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Real estate transaction costs and taxes in Slovakia
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ESG compliant changes to the Labour Code introduced on 1 November 2022
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Energy Savings Guide
This CMS Guide is designed to shine a light on the wide variety of energy saving laws in selected CEE countries by explaining the most important legal measures and helping you to discover where your opportunities might lie. Political and legal framework Energy transformation requires building up new energy sources and that takes time. Saving energy, however, is the quickest and cheapest way to address the current energy crisis, which is mainly caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Reducing energy consumption cuts households’ and companies’ high energy bills. Building on the “Fit for 55” package of proposals and completing the actions on energy security of supply and storage, the European Commission’s REPowerEU plan put forward a set of five actions, the first of which is energy saving. Union law sets forth mandatory saving goals for Member States but leaves them plenty of leeway to choose between a variety of measures. Applicant countries and many others have passed energy savings laws and targets too – offering additional flexibility. As a framework, the Fit for 55 package and the European Climate Law (REG 2021/1119) sets out a binding, irreversible reduction of anthropogenic emissions. By 2030, 55% of the net GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions compared to 1990 must be saved. By 2050, the mandatory net zero emission goal must be achieved. Regulation 2022/1032 requires that member states fill their gas storage facilities to at least 80-90% or that they store at least 35% of their average annual consumption in European storage facilities. Reducing consumption over the years reduces the filling obligation. Since August 2022, obligatory reductions in gas consumption apply to EU member states (Regulation 2022/1032). The core innovation of this regime is the Union alarm that can be triggered by the European Council if there is a material risk of grave gas supply shortages, extraordinary gas demand or a national alarm pursuant to Directive 2017/1938 in at least five Member States. Once a Union alarm has been triggered and for as long as it remains in force, member states must reduce their gas consumption by 15%. There is a partial exception if this would otherwise cause an electricity crisis in the respective member state. However, the steering measures to be taken and whether certain groups of gas consumers are granted more favourable conditions remain at the member state’s dis­cre­tion. Re­gard­ing electricity, Regulation 2022/1854 on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices aims to reduce electricity consumption by 10% and ease the pressure on electricity prices through revenue caps. Again, Member States are free to choose the appropriate measures to reduce gross electricity consumption and meet the 10% target. Additional rules apply to the fuel consumption of trucks or the energy consumption of district heating/cooling. The CMS Guide The result of these regulations concerning energy saving has been the in­tro­duc­tion of a wide variety of energy saving laws in individual states; and many more measures are still to come. This CMS Guide is designed to shine a light on these regulations by explaining the most important legal measures and helping you to discover where your opportunities might lie. For each jurisdiction, the guide is structured into: (1) a country overview,  (2) national relief measures for high energy prices,  (3) na­tion­al/re­gion­al/com­mun­al energy savings measures, and  (4) energy storage status and incentives. The following measures have been chosen by the states represented in this  guide:  sub­sidies to end-consumers (Austria in general for energy prices; Croatia for gas con­sump­tion), price caps: electricity (Croatia for households, undertakings and certainpublic consumers; Ukraine for house­holds),re­duced VAT rate (Croatia, North Macedonia), tax incentives to privately store gas (Ukraine); exemption from steering measures for privately storing gas (Aus­tria),sub­sidies to compensate for high energy prices (Bulgaria and Slovakia, in Slovenia for enterprises, in Türkiye for agriculture) and energy saving measures: (Croatia for SMEs); the reallocation of EU funds to support energy consumers (Slov­akia); sub­sidies for energy storage solutions (Austria, Bulgaria and Ukraine) or for heat producers (Ukraine),energy efficiency measures incl. digitalisation (Bul­garia),re­duced hours of electricity or heating supply (North Macedonia) or of gas supply (Slov­akia),re­duc­tion of energy consumption by the public administration (Austria, North Macedonia, Slovenia), andobligations on gas storage operators to feed gas into the grid (Austria, Slovakia) or to supply heat producers at preferential prices (Ukraine). rewards for voluntary reduction of gas and/or electric en­ergy con­sump­tion (Slovenia)educed permitting requirements for PV and wind plants (Türkiye).
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