Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

Several new partial categories were added.

The Slovak Spectator, in cooperation with the Finstat company, has been bringing the professional and general public a more comprehensive picture of law services in Slovakia for more than 10 years.

“This year we prepared rankings for 13 categories based on areas of law or based on number of countries in which the evaluated firms are located,”said Ján Pallo, publisher of The Slovak Spectator, who is in charge of the methodology of the rankings.

In this article, we are bringing the results in the main categories, while the articles with the results for partial categories are the following: M&A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate & Development, Intellectual property, Litigation & Arbitration, Labour law, Restructuring & Insolvency, Regulation, Competition law and Commercial law. Reporter Adam Valček has summed up the most significant deals in 2020-2021. Find more details about the ranking methodology here.

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The law firm SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA placed first in the general ranking with the highest number of lawyers working for the company. The most important deals with which this law firm dealt with in 2020/2021 include:

  • Ministry of Transport and Construction: Co-representing a client in international arbitration under ICC rules related to the largest PPP project in Slovakia (€1.9 bn).
  • National Highway Company: Co-represented a client in international arbitration under ICC rules related to the construction of a highway tunnel (€245 mil.).
  • Construction projects (HAUSBERG and Milton House II): Providing complex legal services related to the construction of luxury apartments and office premises in Bratislava‘s centre (€45 mil.).
  • Private sector (energy, agriculture, development): The client's structure included companies with a total gross asset value of €212.5 mil. The client sold the entire structure to the investor (€212.5 mil.).
  • Private sector - public bus transport services: Providing legal advice to a client in the public procurement process (urban public transport, or suburban bus transport) (€33.1 mil.).

LARGEST LAW FIRMS IN SLOVAKIA 2021

  1. SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA
  2. Allen & Overy
  3. Advokátska kancelária RELEVANS
  4. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS
  5. HAVEL & PARTNERS
  6. TaylorWessing e/n/w/c
  7. Dentons Europe CS LLP
  8. Kinstellar
  9. White & Case
  10. PETERKA & PARTNERS

Law firm RELEVANS had the highest growth in sales and RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS in profit. In 2020, the 10 largest law firms saw a 3.8-percent increase year-on-year in revenues. The aggregate net profit of the first 10 law firms rose 8.3 percent compared to profits in 2019.

Largest law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide) Largest law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide)

The annual Investment Advisory Guide 2021/22 published by the English language newspaper The Slovak Spectator provides more detailed data with published results of the analysis as well as complex ratings.

When looking at partial criteria used for setting up the general ranking, Allen & Overy Bratislava once again achieved the highest sales revenues in 2020 out of all assessed law offices, while SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA dominated in the number of law graduates (54) as well as attorneys (25) and RELEVANS had the highest profit in 2020.

The position of law firms in the ranking of local and international attorneys is interesting when considering whether they have most of their lawyers in the Czech and Slovak republics or not.

LARGEST LOCAL LAW FIRMS 2021

  1. SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA
  2. Advokátska kancelária RELEVANS
  3. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS
  4. HAVEL & PARTNERS
  5. Barger Prekop
  6. Škubla & Partneri
  7. HKV Law Firm
  8. Bartošík Šváby
  9. PRK Partners
  10. Hillbridges
Largest local law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide) Largest local law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide)

Allen & Overy Bratislava placed first among international law firms operating in Slovakia. The most significant cases in which the law firm provided legal services in 2020-2021 were:

  • Representing of Zero Bypass Limited (D4R7 project) in arbitration, arising out the delay of the project and related time extension and cost increase (€1.9 bn).
  • Represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in the acquisition of Sli.do, s.r.o. from the founders and private investors of Slido.
  • Assisting Epic Games, Inc. in the acquisition of Capturing Reality, s.r.o. (CR) from the individual founders of CR.
  • Advising Tatra banka on its €3 mld. Debt Securities Issuance Programme update and the first syndicated issue of €300 mil. Green MREL Notes in CEE (€3.3 bn).
  • Assisted club of lenders on refinancing of Aupark Bratislava. This record acquisition on the Slovak real estate market was a landmark transaction (€229.5 mil.).

LARGEST INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRMS IN SLOVAKIA 2021

  1. Allen & Overy
  2. TaylorWessing e/n/w/c
  3. Dentons Europe CS LLP
  4. PETERKA & PARTNERS
  5. Kinstellar
  6. White & Case
  7. bnt attorneys-at-law
  8. CMS Slovakia
  9. BDO Legal
  10. Noerr
Largest international law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide) Largest international law firms in Slovakia (Source: Investment Advisory Guide)

More complex information was published in the yearbook about the investment environment Investment Advisory Guide 2021/22.

Financial data on profits and revenue has been provided by the company FinStat.sk, which is published along with other details concerning Slovak companies. This data helps companies analyse business partners, competitors, and the whole general market. It also leads to potential new deals and the development of new business.

A few law firms decided not to provide information and were not analysed in this ranking. Based on the calculations of The Slovak Spectator, their potential involvement this year would have had a minimum impact on the ranking of the top positions.

Investment Advisory Guide
The yearbook on the business environment, published yearly since 2000 by The Slovak Spectator, gives an overview of investors either from Slovakia or abroad. This year’s edition was published thanks to the cooperation of the Investment Support Association (ISA). The general partner of the guide is the law firm SOUKENÍK – ŠTRPKA. The content provides well-arranged information on the economy, labour market, investor support, legislation, and real estate, as well as investment opportunities in Slovakia. This guide also contains a large analysis of the law firm market, providing more detailed information on the most important ones. Within this section, rankings of the largest law firms in Slovakia are also published. The yearbook traditionally contains a wealth of statistics, including the regional comparison of wages, unemployment rates, industrial structure and an overview of the largest companies in individual regions.

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