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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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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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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (the General Data Protection Regulation) which aims to set a unified and directly applicable system of rules for personal data protection within the European Union, will enter into force on May 25, 2018.

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Under the new harmonized European legislation, the obligation requiring the preparation of a security project is eliminated, however controllers will be obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure and to be able to demonstrate that processing is performed in accordance with the Regulation.

The Regulation also introduces the obligation to carry out an assessment of the impact of the envisaged processing operations if the type of personal data processing is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, as well as the obligation to contact the supervisory authority with a request for a consultation if such data protection impact assessment indicates that the personal data processing would result in a high risk.

One of the essential changes concerns the request for valid consent to the processing of personal data, which according to the Regulation, must be presented in a manner which is clearly distinguishable from other matters, in an intelligible and easily accessible form. As a result, the consent to the processing of personal data may not be incorporated into another, un-related declaration.

Moreover, the Regulation introduces a new obligation to report any security incidents related to any event of personal data breach, including but not limited to any loss, theft or abuse of personal data.

Last but not least, the right of the data subject to be forgotten is to be strengthened in cases where the processed personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which they were collected and the data subject requests their permanent deletion. Unless there are statutory reasons for the further processing of such data, the controller will be obligated to permanently erase such personal data without undue delay.

 Once the Regulation comes into force, the system of fines for infringement of personal data protection rules will also change. Under the Regulation, a fine of up to € 20 million or 4% of a company’s worldwide turnover (whichever is higher), may be imposed.

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