DLA Piper has announced its merger with leading Czech law firm, Haskovcova&Co., as of 1 September 2014.
The merger will result in a total of two partners and seven lawyers joining the Prague office. Haskovcova&Co.'s, former managing partner, Thu Nga Haškovcová, who has extensive experience in M&A, real estate, project financing and general corporate and commercial law, will become Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Prague and experienced litigator, Petra Šabatka, will head the Litigation & Regulatory group, thus expanding the capabilities and expertise of the existing team.
Krzysztof Wiater, DLA Piper's CEE Regional Managing Partner stated: "This merger is a strategic move for both firms. The overarching goal is to channel the strengths of both previously existing firms into a newly established partnership, offering a full range of first class services to our clients in the Czech Republic and throughout the CEE region."
DLA Piper in Prague is a key part of the firm's presence in the CEE region, delivering quality legal services to both local and international clients in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, real estate, general corporate law, finance, labour law, intellectual property and technology, and competition law. Following the merger, the firm will also offer tax advisory services in addition to the enhanced Litigation & Regulatory group.
Thu Nga Haškovcová, former Managing Partner and founder of Haskovcova&Co, added: "This is a monumental step for us. We are delighted at the prospect of this new venture, and I am confident that DLA Piper Prague will become a more competitive player in the CEE legal market."