PRACTICE AREA

Capital Markets

Securities offerings 

PRK enjoys a leading position in the area of capital markets and securities. We regularly act as advisor to issuers, underwriters and placement agents in both private and public securities offerings. Our legal team has many years of experience in domestic and international offerings involving equity, fixed income, convertible and hybrid securities. Particularly in the area of domestic bond issues, no other firm in the Czech Republic can match our experience and capital markets and securities.

Compliance

PRK enjoys a close relationship with the capital markets and securities authorities, including the Prague Stock Exchange and the Czech National Bank – the principal securities regulator. Our lawyers regularly work with these institutions on various policy, regulatory and compliance matters.

We also work with various types of regulated financial entities, including banks, securities broker/dealers, issuers and investment funds. We advise them on regulatory and compliance matters, including novel issues arising from the increasingly complex regulation of this area, in areas ranging from disclosures, confidentiality, capital adequacy, internal rules and client/market professional relationships to fintech, sales techniques and marketing. In addition, we provide model contractual documentation and dispute resolution services for regulated entities and their customers or supervisory bodies.

A strong legal team on your side

Martin Aschenbrenner

Partner


Martin Aschenbrenner

Jan  Ditrych

Attorney


Jan Ditrych

Vaclav Sara

Attorney


Vaclav Sara

Tomas Vlasak

Attorney


Tomas Vlasak

Martin Frolik

Senior Compliance Counsel


Martin Frolik

References

We advised EuroManganese Inc. in connection with the initial public offering and listing of its shares in Canada and Australia. EuroManganese Inc. is the Canadian parent of MANGAN Chvaletice, s.r.o., which holds exploration rights to manganese tailings in North-east Bohemia and which is developing a manganese extraction project. The IPO raised more than CZK 150 million (EUR 5.8 million) and was successfully completed in October 2018.

We represented Komerční banka, a.s. as the arranger of a CZK 150 billion bond programme and as the issuer of around 30 bond issues under this bond programme.

We assisted New World Resources N.V. to achieve the first ever triple listing on the London, Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges. This was the largest European IPO in 2008 and the largest ever IPO in the Czech Republic. The total value of the offering was GBP 1.1 billion and the final market capitalisation GBP 3 billion.

We provided the Prague Stock Exchange with legal advice on setting up the new START market designed to attract startups and small to medium-sized issuers. Building on this experience, we successfully represented a number of issuers in IPOs utilising the START market, including FILLAMENTUM a.s., Prabos plus a.s. and UDI CEE a.s.

We represented ČSOB, a member of KBC Group, as the arranger of the third bond program of Hypoteční banka a.s. with a total value of CZK 200 billion.