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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.


Amendment to the Cadastral Act

An amendment to the Cadastral Act which, based on our experience, will accelerate and improve the functioning of the Cadastral Register, will come into effect on October 1, 2018.

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On June 19, 2018, the National Council of the Slovak Republic approved an amendment to Act No. 162/1995 Coll. on the Cadastral Register and on the Registration of Ownership and Other Real Estate Rights (the Cadastral Act), as amended (hereinafter referred to as the Amendment), which aims to respond to the demand for accelerating and improving the functioning of the Cadastral Register by eliminating the deficiencies resulting from the previous practice or through the gradual computerization of processes related to the operation of the Cadastral Register.

In addition to changes such as the change in the decision-making power of property registration in the Cadastral Register, which passes from the district office – cadastral department directly to the central level, i.e., the Office of Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastral Register of the Slovak Republic, the Amendment brings a number of fundamental changes that will have an impact on the daily operations related to the Cadastral Register.

The amendment brings the following major changes:

1. A proposal for the commencement of a cadastral proceeding must include, among other things:

  1. an indication of the nationality of the person who submits the proposal;
  2. the subject of the proposal;
  3. an indication of the legal act by which the real estate right is to be incurred, removed or changed;
  4. the designation of the property to which the proposal relates;
  5. a verified geometric plan number – as of the effectiveness of the Amendment, it will not be necessary to attach a geometric plan; the reference to its identification number assigned after its verification will be sufficient; and
  6. an indication of the attachments.

2. The proposal for a cadastral deposit must contain, inter alia, the following annexes which were not required under the previous legislation:

  1. a power of attorney if the party to the proceedings is represented by a representative; the signature of the person who grants the power of attorney must be certified if the granter of the power of attorney is a transferor obliged by a pre-emptive right, obliged in the event of the establishment of an easement or entitled in the event of the extinction of an easement, co-owners in a contract for the cancellation or settlement of joint ownership or in the settlement of marital property;
  2. an affidavit of the fulfilment of the conditions pursuant to Section 59a of the Commercial Code (i.e., in cases where a joint stock company acquires assets under a contract concluded with its founder or a shareholder in the amount of at least 10% of the value of the share capital, the value of the subject of the contract must be determined by an expert assessment) or an affidavit that these terms do not apply to that company;
  3. a legal person’s authorization granted to its employee, if the legal person who is a party to the application for a cadastral deposit instructs its employee in writing to submit a cadastral deposit application within the scope of its business.

3. The price of the property will be registered in the Cadastral Register. According to the current legislation, only the price of agricultural and forest land was registered in the Cadastral Register. The price of the property will be registered in the Cadastral Register as of the date of effectiveness of the Amendment; the price will not be ascertained or registered retroactively.

4. Only those structures and small buildings that have a perimeter wall and that are enclosed by a roof structure will be registered in the Cadastral

5. For the purposes of the Amendment, all legal acts contained in a contract and all properties related to the legal acts involved in the contract will be subject to a cadastral deposit proceeding. In the future, it will not be possible to delete some of the property that was listed in the legal act (contract) on the basis of which the deposit proceeding was filed in the cadastral deposit proposal.

6. Buildings, and residential and non-residential premises shall be subject to registration in the Cadastral Register even during their construction phases.

7. The adjustment of conditions for the cancellation of a building that has ceased to exist.

The amended provisions will come into effect on October 1, 2018.

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New Government Regulation on the Conditions for Granting Regional Investment Aid

The recently adopted Government Regulation specifies new conditions for granting regional investment aid and establishes the maximum intensity and amount of investment aid in the regions of the Slovak Republic.

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The Government of the Slovak Republic has approved a regulation which, with effect from July 1, 2018, determines the details of the conditions for granting regional investment aid under new Act No. 57/2018 Coll. on Regional Investment Aid and on the Amendment and Supplementation of Certain Laws, as amended (hereinafter the Act), effective from April 1, 2018. Investment aid within the meaning of the Act means aid to support the implementation of an investment project in industrial production, a technology center or a business services center.

For the purposes of setting the minimum conditions for granting regional investment aid in the form of a contribution to newly created jobs and industrial production, the Regulation introduces the classification of the districts of the regions of the Slovak Republic into four zones A through D. The districts are divided into zones according to the comparison of the unemployment rate in the district of the principal place of realization of the investment project for a specified period with the weighted average of the  unemployment rate in the district of the principal place of realization of the investment project for a specified period and the unemployment rates in the neighboring districts for the same period. Each district is ranked in zones A through D according to the higher of the values compared.

The regulation further defines the priority areas of supported investment projects. For example, investment projects implemented in priority areas of enterprise service centers include investment projects that are exclusively and directly aimed at providing centralized corporate, finance and IT support services and creating knowledgeable job positions with higher added value and for which there is a low risk of automation. Some forms of investment aid are provided only for investment projects in priority areas.

Pursuant to the Act, one of the conditions for granting regional investment aid is the realization of the investment plan in the principal place of implementation of the investment project, i.e., the place where the establishment of the recipient of investment aid is situated. However, the regulation permits exemptions from the above-mentioned condition in the case of an investment project carried out in industrial production where the recipient of investment aid is entitled to locate part of the procured machinery, devices and equipment in a supplementary site of realization of an investment project, which is specified in the Act.

Last but not least, the Regulation specifies the maximum intensity and amount of investment aid for a given investment project, depending on the amount of eligible costs.

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