Despite the loss of a key senior associate, this Czech outfit continues to thrive on a strong reputation among clients in the energy, utilities and heavy industry sectors
The arbitration group dates back to the firm’s founding in 1994 and has developed a strong reputation in the Czech Republic in the last decade. It’s often picked – usually alongside the local offices of Baker & McKenzie and Weil Gotshal & Manges – as one of the stronger boutiques for dispute resolution. Practice head Vít Horác?ek is usually singled out as the big draw.
The five-lawyer team handles both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration under all major institutional and UNCITRAL rules, and to date its important cases have all arisen from the privatisation of state assets.
In November 2010, the practice said farewell to Lukáš Nývlt, its head of litigation and arbitration. Nývlt, who was a senior associate, left Glatzova & Co after 13 years to set up his own firm, NH Partners advokátní kancelár?.
Meanwhile, Horác?ek’s reputation as an arbitrator continues to grow with regular appointments to ICC and UNCITRAL tribunals. He also teaches an arbitration and mediation course at Charles University in Prague.
In 2008 the firm opened offices in Slovakia.
The firm’s client base consists largely of utilities companies and heavy-industry manufacturers. It has represented Czech oil tycoon Karel Komárek and his company KKCG Industry in several shareholder disputes under ICC rules. E.ON, MVV Energie CZ, Eurogas and Jaguar Land Rover Austria have also used it in recent years.
Partner Martin Danc?iš in was also appointed to the arbitrators’ list of the arbitral court attached to the Economic Chamber and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic in 2010.