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  • (Law Firm of the Year 2018, Slovakia)

    HKV became the absolute winner in the category Mergers & Acquisitions of the competition Law Firm of the Year 2018.

  • (Law Firm of the Year 2018, Slovakia)

    HKV was ranked among the „highly recommended“ and „recommended“ law firms in the categories Corporate Law, Developer Projects and Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Completion and Restructuring & Insolvency.

  • Law Firm of the Year 2017, Slovakia

    HKV named as the “highly recommended law firm” in seven categories of the competition Law Firm of the Year 2017: Corporate Law, Competition, Developer Projects and Real Estate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Employement and Public Procurement.

  • Legal 500 2017, Slovakia

    Legal 500 guide for the year 2017 identified HKV in five ranking categories: Banking, Finance & Capital Markets; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Employement; Projects and Energy and Real Estate and Construction.

  • IFLR 1000 2017, Slovakia

    “They have deep knowledge in all areas, provide quick reactions and deliveries and have done a good job recently,” says a client who worked with the firm on project finance.

  • Chambers Europe 2017, Slovakia

    HKV ranked by the Chambers Europe 2017 in the categories Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employment, Energy, Real Estate and Restructuring/Insolvency.

  • Chambers Europe 2017, Slovakia

    Peter Víglaský is admired by clients and highlighted for his "excellent knowledge of the international environment."

  • Chambers Europe 2017, Slovakia

    Well known as a practitioner who "makes deals happen," Roman Hamala is appreciated by his clients, who say: "He can anticipate future problems and avoid them or provide solutions before we ask."

  • Chambers Europe 2017, Slovakia

    Martin Kluch impresses clients with his "pro-deal" attitude. He is described as "technically very good, very pragmatic and personable. We get clear answers from him. He provides business-oriented advice."

  • IFLR 1000 2017, Slovakia

    The IFLR1000 guide ranked HKV in the categories Energy and Infrastructure and Financial and Corporate for the year 2017.

  • IFLR 1000 2017, Slovakia

    „The approach that we have experienced was client friendly, pro-active and practical,” says a client from the energy industry.


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Amended provisions of the Commercial Code from last year will soon come into force


New provisions of the Commercial Code on the establishment of a limited liability company, on the transfer of interest in a limited liability company and on the deletion of a company from the commercial register will become effective on September 1, 2018.

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The amendment to Act No. 513/1991 Coll., the Commercial Code, as amended, adopted in October 2017, brought about a number of changes, the last of which will enter into force on September 1, 2018.

The ownership interest holder of a limited liability company will not be able to transfer interest to another ownership interest holder or another person if the company is in liquidation proceedings, if the company is dissolved by court or by court order or if bankruptcy or a restructuring proceedings against the company are commenced.

In the event of a proposal for the registration of a change in the ownership interest holder of a limited liability company in the relevant commercial register, the company will be required to obtain the consent of the tax administrator only in cases when a majority interest is transferred and either the transferor or the acquirer of the interest is a local person or entity on the list of tax debtors.

The process of setting up a limited liability company will be simplified by not always having to obtain consent in relation to tax arrears vis-à-vis the state, but only in cases in which the company is to be established by persons on the list of tax debtors or the list of debtors of the Social Insurance Company.

As of September 1, 2018, a proposal for the deletion from the commercial register of a company which is not cancelled without liquidation with a legal successor must be accompanied by the consent of the relevant tax administrator and the approval of the Social Insurance Company with the deletion of the company. However, this obligation will only exist if the company is on the list of debtors of the Social Insurance Company.

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Slovak Government approves Amendment to Trademark Act


The Government of the Slovak Republic has approved an amendment to the Trademark Act, which, if approved by the National Council of the Slovak Republic, will introduce several significant changes. The amendment needs to be seen in the global context of the EU trademark system.

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The amendment to Act No. 506/2009 Coll. on Trademarks as amended, approved on May 9, 2018 by the Government of the Slovak Republic, is about to be sent to the National Council of the Slovak Republic for approval. The Amendment aims to transpose into Slovak law Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16, 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trademarks.

One of the fundamental changes introduced by the Amendment concerns the definition of a sign capable of forming a trademark. Currently, a sign must be distinguishable; however, in the event of the approval of the amendment, a sign will also have to be capable of being represented on a register in a clear and precise manner. The introduction of such condition relates to the proposal to abandon the requirement to represent a trademark graphically and to accept a sound trademark.

The Amendment also introduces the requirement of the genuine use of a trademark, which is based on one of the fundamental principles of the Directive, namely the application of protection only to trademarks that are genuinely used. If, within a period of five years following the date of registration of a trademark, the proprietor has not put the trademark into genuine use in connection with the goods or services for which it is registered, or if such use is interrupted during a continuous period of five years, the trademark will be subject to possible revocation.

Last but not least, the amendment introduces the right of the proprietor of a registered trademark to prevent all third parties from bringing goods, in the course of trade, into the Slovak Republic (without being released for free circulation in the Slovak Republic), if such goods, including the packaging from a third country, bear an unauthorized trademark which is identical to the trademark registered in respect of such goods, or which cannot be distinguished in its essential aspects from that trademark.

The proposed date of effectiveness of the amendment is January 14, 2019.

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