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Petr Zakoucky Becomes Managing Partner of Dentons in Czech Republic

Petr Zakoucky Becomes Managing Partner of Dentons in Czech Republic

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Dentons has appointed Petr Zakoucky as Czech Republic Managing Partner, replacing outgoing MP Michal Hink, who is leaving Dentons to become Investment General Counsel at the Heimstaden real estate company.

Zakoucky, who has been a partner at Dentons since 2017, will continue to lead the firm's Prague Energy and Corporate and M&A practices. According to the firm, he has 15 years of experience advising on M&A transactions, competition, regulatory, and litigation matters, primarily in the energy, oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure sectors. He is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague and has LL.M.s from the Eberhar-Karls-Universitat, in Tubingen and Pallas, in Amsterdam. Prior to joining Dentons, he spent over a year with White & Case and over 11 years with Clifford Chance.

“I am excited to take the helm and help Dentons solidify its position as a top law firm on the Czech market,” Zakoucky said. “Our priority will be to maintain and build quality client relationships in our established practice areas, while also investing in expanding our capabilities in capital markets, litigation and technology, media and telecommunications. Given Dentons’ unmatched global coverage, we are well prepared to help our booming Prague-based clientele with their global expansion, as well as international companies with their cross-border transactions and operations.”

“Our Prague office, which is among the leading international law firms in the Czech market, is a source of pride to us at Dentons,” said Tomasz Dabrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe. “I am confident that under Petr’s very capable leadership, the office will continue to grow and thrive. I would also like to thank Michal Hink for his immense contribution to our Firm and our clients over the last 17 years. We wish him all the best, and hope to continue working with him as a valued client.”

Czech Republic Knowledge Partner

HAVEL & PARTNERS, attorneys-at-law, with offices in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Pilsen, Olomouc, and Ostrava, has a team of 220 lawyers, tax advisors and 500 employees in total, is the largest independent law firm in Central Europe.

Our clients include large international companies, leading Czech and Slovak firms, including strategic state-owned companies and public sector authorities, as well as medium-size businesses, individual entrepreneurs, and investors. We advise approximately 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, and almost 50 of the Czech Top 100 companies. HAVEL & PARTNERS currently provides its services to a total of 2,000 clients. We have the most comprehensive international support available to both Czech and Slovak law firms. We provide legal and tax advice in 12 world languages in more than 90 countries around the globe. Up to 70 % of the transactions we deal with involve an international aspect.

HAVEL & PARTNERS was named the best law firm operating in the Czech Republic by the prestigious British rating agencies Chambers and Partners (2020) and Who’s Who Legal (2018, 2019). It is also the most successful law firm, providing the most comprehensive legal services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, based on the total number of all nominations and awards in all years of the Law Firm of the Year awards. The firm became the absolute winner of this competition four times in the last six years, receiving the main award Domestic Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic (2015, 2017, 2018, 2020) and ranking as one of the most recommended law firms in all categories of law. Our company is also a three-time winner of the Law Firm of the Year award for Best Client Services (2015, 2016, 2019). In the field of M&A, HAVEL & PARTNERS is the best law firm in the Czech Republic based on the annual International Advisory Experts awards (2018, 2019). In Slovakia, it also won the prestigious global M&A Today Awards (2013–2018) for Mergers & Acquisitions six times in a row, and repeatedly won first place in the ranking by Lawyer International Legal 100 (2017, 2018). Prestigious international rating agencies EMIS DealWatch and Mergermarket have ranked HAVEL & PARTNERS among the leading law firms by the number of transactions completed in the entire CEE region since 2009. Based on annual awards of the Acquisition International magazine, HAVEL & PARTNERS has become the Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the M&A category in the CEE region.

Firm's website: https://www.havelpartners.cz/en/

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