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Awards & Deals


  • (IFLR 1000 2019, Slovakia)

    The IFLR1000 guide ranked HKV in the categories Banking and finance, Project development and M&A for the year 2019.

  • (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.


News



Law firm Hamala Kluch Viglasky defends its position as leader in mergers and acquisitions


The weekly magazine TREND in cooperation with EPRAVO.SK announced the winners of the Law Firm of the Year competition for 2019. The aim of the competition was to provide the local market with an overview of law firms engaged in the key areas of law. Hamala Kluch Víglaský was selected as Law Firm of the Year in the Mergers & Acquisitions category, thus defending its excellence in this category from the previous year. The award ceremony took place on 16 April 2019 in Bratislava.

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In 2018, Hamala Kluch Víglaský successfully executed outstanding transactions and confirmed that mergers and acquisitions is a key area for them. In addition, HKV ranked among the top ranked firms in other fields.

It recorded excellent results in the following categories: Corporate Law, Property Development and Real Estate Projects and Banking & Finance, where it was ranked among highly recommended law firms. “2019 is a year of changes for us and we will soon introduce them. We are very pleased with the excellent results of the competition; they are an incentive to work harder. We appreciate it so much,” stated Roman Hamala, one of the founding partners.

The lawyers from Hamala Kluch Víglaský are constantly ranked by international rating agencies as among the best Slovak lawyers in virtually every key area of law, including banking and financial transactions, construction and real estate, energy, purchases and sales, business and corporate law, capital markets and greenfield projects.

Lukáš Michálik, a partner at HKV stated, “We would like to thank our clients for our successful results in the Law Firm of the Year competition.  They entrust us with responsibility for strategic solutions that often go beyond purely legal work. Last but not least, we highly appreciate our reliable team for their dedication and professionalism.”

Peter Víglaský, another Founding Partner of HKV, added, “Winning the award for mergers and acquisitions reflects the appreciation of our experience, innovation and time flexibility by our clients.”

Founding Partner Martin Kluch also summed up the work of the law firm and commented on its success as follows: “Our goal is to offer our clients a business-oriented approach, effective communication and individual attention. We believe that in this way we will continue to build a long-standing relationship of trust with all our clients.”

About the firm:

Hamala Kluch Víglaský is a dynamic independent Slovak law firm. We provide legal and consultancy services to domestic and foreign clients in all important areas of modern business law, both in the Slovak Republic and abroad. HKV’s lawyers are known for their legal skills, friendly approach and excellent knowledge of the Slovak business environment. As experts on the domestic market, they offer comprehensive advice based on international experience.

HKV’s lawyers have exceptional experience from previous positions in leading Slovak and foreign law firms. They have a modern outlook and apply a business-oriented and proactive approach for efficient and successful transaction management. They constantly make every effort to provide the best legal service at a reasonable price.


New rules for public joint-stock companies


Newest amendment of the Commercial Code should bring an extension of shareholder rights in public joint-stock companies.

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The National Council of the Slovak Republic approved the draft amendment to the Commercial Code Amendment in the first reading. The draft, submitted by the Government of the Slovak Republic, transposes an amendment to the European Directive on the incentivizing of long-term shareholder engagement. Although the original Directive eased operations of shareholders, including shareholders, who due to their distance cannot physically attend general meetings, this amendment should grant even more powers to the general meeting.

Shareholders will now have the right to receive information about voting and the counting of the votes on each agenda item of the general meeting from the company. Shareholders who vote electronically will receive a vote confirmation from the company.

Another change relates to the approval of remuneration rules for company organs. According to the current rules, this authority can be transferred from the general meeting to the supervisory board; however, pursuant to the new rules, only the general meeting of a joint-stock company which publicly sells its shares has this authority.

These joint-stock companies will have to draw up these rules according to criteria set by the law; in other words, they will have to be composed of all of the provisions established by the law and they will have to be published on the company’s website. The rules can be in force for up to 4 years, after which the general meeting will have to adopt new remuneration rules. Also, the board of directors will have to submit a remuneration report to the general meeting each year.

In addition, joint-stock companies will be required to have legally defined material commercial transactions approved by the general meeting. Notifications of these transactions will have to be submitted to the Collection of documents.

The amendment should enter into force on June 1, 2019.

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