Eversheds expands in CEE with Czech tie-up

Eversheds has ramped up its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) capabilities by sealing an association with Czech law firm Balcar Polansky & Spol.

Balcar joins Eversheds’ international network today (1 October), adding two more countries, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic, to Eversheds’ existing 32 offices.

The Czech law firm, which has nine partners and 32 fee-earners across its Prague and Bratislava offices, sees the majority of the firm’s turnover generated by M&A transactions and litigation.

The new association will see work on Czech-Slovak transactions and disputes continue, along with other cross-border work.

Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins said CEE is a hot destination for foreign investment, with many of the firm’s clients looking to do business there, making it vital for Eversheds to have a strong presence in the region.

“This type of association means we can give our clients the same style of service they receive in the UK and elsewhere in Europe,” he said.

Jenkins added that Balcar coming on board meant Eversheds’ international network now covered most of the significant areas in CEE.

“If you were to look on a map, the two significant areas where we’re not represented in CEE are now Russia and Romania,” said Jenkins. “Whether we open up elsewhere in Europe will depend on the needs of our clients and looking at the business case for opening in these countries.”