PRK Partners TOP TIER law firm: our rankings from THE LEGAL 500

The new edition of The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 directory providing ratings of law firms in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), published by the British rating company The Legal 500 (Legalease Ltd.), once again ranks PRK Partners among the Top Tier law firms. Faced with the extraordinary circumstances and professional and personal challenges of the past year, we not only managed to overcome them, but to use them to seek new approaches and methods of carrying on our professional work. We are pleased that, according to opinions of independent rating agencies, we have maintained a top position in the legal industry.

We were rated in 9 out of 11 categories, specifically: banking, finance and capital markets; commercial, corporate and mergers and acquisitions; conflict resolution; employment; real estate and construction; projects and energy; intellectual property; TMT; and tax.

Some of our colleagues were also ranked individually as the most recognized experts in their specified practice areas: Martin Aschenbrenner, Jan Ditrych and Tomáš Bureš in banking, finance and capital markets, Jaroslav Škubal in employment, and Michal Matějka in intellectual property.

How do our lawyers perceive their individual rankings?

Martin Aschenbrenner sees his “Leading Individual” rating as an appreciation and the outcome of his more than 30-year-long experience in the legal market as a lawyer and also as a member of bodies crucial to market operation, such as the CNB Appeals Committee, the Supervisory Board and the Quotation Committee of the Prague Stock Exchange, and the Board of the Arbitration Court associated with the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Czech Agrarian Chamber. Commenting on this year’s rankings of himself and his colleagues, Martin Aschenbrenner says, “Honza Ditrych and I have been a long-lasting and well-coordinated team and together we have successfully worked out a number of complicated and previously unresolved legal challenges, in particular concerning structuring of transactions and their execution. I am honoured that our work in and contribution to this area is recognized in acclaimed international publications such as The Legal 500.”

Jaroslav Škubal’s ranking as a “Leading Individual” in the area of employment highlights his significant position in the labour law segment where he is a generally recognized expert. Jaroslav Škubal acknowledges that the past year and the COVID 19 pandemic brought a slew of new issues in the area of employment law that had not been addressed before, saying, “Those were mainly issues related to employee quarantine and later to testing and vaccination of employees where we had to guide our clients through completely unfamiliar processes. In any case, many thanks to all my colleagues, who had to make a great effort to be able to provide maximum support to our clients in a confusing and constantly changing situation.”

Michal Matějka considers the rankings awarded in the area of intellectual property and information technology, both at the team and individual levels, evidence that the focus on innovative projects and new legal challenges in this field is the right direction nowadays and for the future. Even in the difficult past year, the firm managed to maintain its position and, in addition, advanced these new practice areas. Naturally, all this would not be possible without the hard work of the entire IP and ICT team, to whom we owe a big thank you. We are pleased that our work is valued by satisfied clients, as well as by the Legal 500 and other domestic and international legal publications.

What clients told The Legal 500 about us

‘Well informed, efficient and practical. In my experience, very pleasant to work with. What can I say, I won’t be looking for another legal tax office.’
‘The team combined legal expertise with technology competence, i.e. being able to deliver legal knowledge within our IT solution, so enabling us to automate specific processes. They quickly adopted our technology which was crucial for the implementation of the project.’
‘We just like working with them, knowledgeable legal opinions, reasonable/balanced council, very professional attitude, which give us the impression that “PRK thinks with us”. They do not try to upsell other services while addressing specific legal issues.’
‘Dedication to the matter, personal involvement of the partner.’

For 33 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions.

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