Czech Republic: Lovells Expands Its Corporate Practice In Prague, With The Lateral Hire Of Miroslav Dubovsky
Last Updated: 20 August 2001

Miroslav Dubovsky, formerly with Clifford Chance in Prague, has joined Lovells as a partner based in the firm's Prague office. Miroslav’s arrival, on 6 August, marks the continuing expansion of Lovells' corporate practice and will further strengthen the firm's Central & Eastern Europe practice.

Miroslav (30), who was the head of corporate and corporate finance for Clifford Chance in Prague, is a Czech national and is qualified as an advocate in the Czech Republic. He has specialised in M&A, corporate finance and restructuring work, but also has extensive dispute resolution expertise.

Lovells, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Prague office last month, has seen the market for Czech legal services develop considerably in recent years. Although the firm continues to advise on inward investment and on privatisations, increasingly it has also been involved in domestically-generated work for 'blue chip' Czech companies and Czech subsidiaries of multi-nationals. In both areas, excellence in Czech law – which has been developing rapidly - is essential. Miroslav's expertise will complement that of the two other partners in the Prague office, while bringing the total number of fee earners to 23 (including three specialist tax advisers).

Commenting on Miroslav Dubovsky’s election, Hugh Nineham, head of Lovells' corporate practice, said:

"Miroslav has been involved in some of the biggest transactions in Prague in recent years. As a Czech qualified lawyer with tremendous experience, he will strengthen considerably our corporate and corporate finance practice. His combination of expertise will be much valued by our international as well as our Czech clients."

Miroslav Dubovsky added:

"What has drawn me to Lovells is the combination of an international full-service capability and a commitment to further expansion in Prague as part of an integrated Central & Eastern European practice. I look forward to developing a successful domestic and international corporate and financial practice with my new colleagues."

Miroslav Dubovsky (30) qualified in 1993 after studying law at Charles University in Prague and in 1996 became a member of the Czech Bar. He was the head of the corporate and corporate finance practice for Clifford Chance in Prague; previously he was a partner in the Prague office of Alliance of European Lawyers (now Linklaters & Alliance). Miroslav is fluent in Czech, English, Spanish and Russian.

Lovells Prague office, established in 1991, focuses on M&A, corporate and commercial, capital markets, property, tax, intellectual property, competition and dispute resolution work. Notable deals include:

  • Advising Bass PLC over three years in connection with their Czech brewing interests and subsequently the sale of their Czech brewing interests to Interbrew in 2000.

  • Advising Konsolidaèní banka, Praha in connection with the sale of the first tranche of its non-performing loan portfolio in 2001.

  • Advising National Power plc (now International Power PLC) on the acquisition of Elektrárny Opatovice a.s.

  • Acting for Anglian Water PLC in connection with the ongoing water privatisation process in the Czech Republic.

  • Acted for the owners of Toma a.s. on the sale of the drinks business to Whitmans Corporation, the bottling subsidiary of Pepsi.

  • Advising Tesco PLC on its property development work in the Czech Republic.

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