Following our article from yesterday announcing Jiri Tomola's move from White & Case, Dentons confirmed two partners have in fact joined the firm from the same office.
The second Partner is Ladislav Smejkal. Tomola and Smejkal will join Dentons in Prague together with a team of four: Senior Associate Tomas Osicka, Associate Beata Sabolova who were previously at Svehlik & Mikulas advokati, Associate Martin Fronek, from the Prague office of White & Case, and Associate Andrea Hamorska from Hogan Lovells (which exited the Czech market in May this year). The additions to the firm brings the total number of lawyers in the Dentons Prague office, who now claims to have the third largest team in the country, to 41.
Tomola advised mainly financial institutions on various types of financings including acquisition finance, structured finance, project finance transactions, insolvencies and financial restructurings and related litigations. Smejkal has particular expertise in criminal law with an emphasis on white collar crime, injured party defence, corporate criminal liability, litigation, and labor law. At White & Case where he was the head of the Employment practice, coordinating employment and labor law advice across the CEE region.
Europe CEO, Tomasz Dabrowski commented: “The team’s arrival marks yet another step in our strategic goal to be a top leading pan-European practice and in our continuing commitment to the Central Eastern European region. Their expertise reflects our focus on the financial services sector and we are confident that they will help us build on our existing offering in the Czech Republic and beyond."
Prague Office Managing Partner, Ladislav Storek added: “We are delighted to be joined by Jiri and Ladislav and the team of associates. The new team further supports our goal of further strengthening our practice and confirming our position as one of the very top players in the Czech Republic and the broader region."
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