Havel & Holásek moves to strengthen Moravia presence

Czech-Slovak firm Havel & Holásek has announced plans to combine its operations in the Moravia region.

Jaroslav Havel, one of the founding partners, said the firm would combine the management and clients of its Brno and Ostrava branches in order to strengthen its presence in Moravia.

A spokesperson from the firm explained that, up until now, the Brno and Ostrava offices have developed relatively independently and have not maximised opportunities from both cross-selling and from the sharing of legal staff, clients, information, marketing opportunities and business data.

The firm will now align the management of these offices, essentially integrating them from a client targeting and services perspective.

In practice, this means there will be more coordination, information sharing, and joint staffing of projects between the offices.

The firm will not operate one profit pool for the two branches.

Robert Neruda has now been promoted to managing associate in the firm’s Brno office following the departure of M&A lawyer Jan Hladký, who left to join PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) new legal arm in the region (6 September 2011).

Intellectual property lawyer Martin Strnad and associate Lukas Petr also left Havel for PwC.

Neruda, who was appointed co-managing associate of the Brno office before Hladký’s departure, has been with Havel for over a year and previously led the firm’s competition and public aid legal team.

Havel was keen to stress that the plan for the pooling of operations in Moravia initially began at the start of 2011 when the firm added two new partners to its Ostrava office and promoted Neruda to co-managing associate of Brno.

The firm has offices in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, and Bratislava.