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  • (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



Functionality of the Constitutional Court in limited mode


On February 13, 2019, at a non-public session, the Constitutional Court adopted Amendment No. 1 to the Work Schedule of the Constitutional Court, which regulates the manner of its operation during the period in which there is a limited number of its judges.

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On February 14, 2019, the National Council of the Slovak Republic failed for the second time to elect the constitutional judge candidates to be submitted to the President for assessment and appointment. The Constitutional Court has reacted to such development by adopting Amendment No. 1 to the Work Schedule of the Constitutional Court, which regulates the operation of the Constitutional Court after February 16, 2019, when the term of office of nine of the thirteen constitutional judges ended.

The Constitutional Court had assigned 685 submissions to the abovementioned nine judges before their term of office ended; 257 of these submissions were subsequently assigned to the judges whose terms of office continue. At the same time, 27 petitions of the total number are to be decided by the plenum of the Constitutional Court.

During the period from February 17, 2019 until the time when new judges are elected, the Constitutional Court will only be allowed to decide on senate submissions, while it will have only one senate composed by Jana Baricová – chairman of the senate, Miroslav Duriš, Jana Laššáková and Mojmír Mamojka. Until the adoption of a new work schedule, one thirteenth of the new submissions shall be randomly assigned to each of the abovementioned four judges.

Beyond the abovementioned scope, urgent submissions that cannot be postponed (e.g., decisions on complaints of juveniles and persons in custody) will be assigned to the judges. A judge of the Constitutional Court, which under the law is entitled to represent the chairman and vice-chairman of the Constitutional Court, shall decide on such assignment. According to article 4(3) of Act No. 314/2018 Coll. on the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic as amended, which entered into effect on March 1, 2019, if the chairman or vice-chairman of the Constitutional Court is not present or is not elected, the urgent tasks of the chairman of the Constitutional Court shall be performed by the oldest judge of the Constitutional Court.

Until the appointment of at least three judges, the Constitutional Court shall not be entitled to decide on matters that must be decided by the plenum; these include matters on the compliance of acts with the constitution, the constitutionality and legality of the election of the President of Slovak Republic and the interpretation of the constitution or constitutional acts.

The next round of submissions of applications for judges of the Constitutional Court is planned for March 5, 2019 with the subsequent hearings to take place on March 21-23, 2019. According to the Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, the election of the candidates by the National Council of the Slovak Republic is scheduled for March 26, 2019.

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Amendment to the Act on the use of electronic cash registers


The National Council of the Slovak Republic approved an amendment to the Act on the use of electronic cash registers, the e-kasa system.

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On December 4, 2018, the National Council of the Slovak Republic approved the amendment to Act No. 289/2008 Coll. on the use of electronic cash registers, which brings several changes that will have a significant impact on entrepreneurs. The Government of the Slovak Republic, as the proposer, promises to reduce the administrative burden and expenses for entrepreneurs. At the same time, the supervision of the financial authority should be simplified and more efficient, thereby eliminating the unlawful reduction of revenues.

The e-kasa system will connect cash registers with the financial authority’s system, allowing the real-time tracking of sales and bills, as the financial authority will be immediately informed of each purchase / transaction.

The entrepreneurs will have to convert their current cash registers to online cash registers between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019; however, they will be able to use a computer or a tablet instead of a cash register.

A zone for entrepreneurs will be created on the financial authority’s official web site. After logging in, an entrepreneur will, among other things, gain an overview of his cash register and be able to create reports on all of its revenues registered in the e-kasa system. An e-kasa zone for buyers is also planned.

During trouble-free service, the e-kasa system will send real time data from the cash register to the financial authority’s system. However, if communication between the cash register and the financial authority system is not possible, the e-kasa system also allows an offline service during which all data will be stored in the cash register; the entrepreneur will then be obliged to send the data to the financial authority within 48 hours.

Exemptions to the above-mentioned obligation will be possible for cash registers used in areas without an Internet connection. In such cases, upon the Internet provider’s certification, an entrepreneur will be granted an exemption based on which it will be able to use the cash register in an offline mode. However, the entrepreneur will be obliged to connect the cash register to the Internet at least once every 30 days and send the collected financial data from it via the e-kasa system to the financial authority.

The amendment will come into force on January 1, 2019, April 1, 2019 and finally on October 1, 2019.

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