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Prokop Verner

Partner

Prague

Verner Prokop
Prokop Verner

Partner

Prague

Prokop is head of the corporate practice in the Prague office. He focuses on corporate law, contract law and on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In the past, Prokop advised on a number of M&A transactions, representing sellers and buyers, and acted as a legal advisor on a number of landmark international transactions in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also an acknowledged specialist in regulated sectors such as energy, telecommunications, media and technologies.

Prokop has significant experience in domestic as well as international M&A transactions and is particularly active in the technology industry. Sources consider him to be a "technically skilled and experienced" lawyer.” CHAMBERS 2020 

Clients further extol: "Prokop understands our culture and commercial objectives. Therefore he can quickly see the implications and leads the project in an efficient and goal-oriented way." CHAMBERS 2018 

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:
  • Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resource and finance, on its acquisition of a Czech analytics start up Stories.
  • Allianz on the negotiation of a bankassurance agreement with UniCredit for the distribution of life and non-life insurance products for individuals and small-businesses in a number of Eastern European countries.
  • A consortium comprising Macquarie Infrastructure Funds and other global investors on the acquisition of a 31% interest in EP Infrastructure from Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.
  • MIH Allegro, a subsidiary of Naspers, on its sale of Netretail Holding, a leading CEE online retailer Mall Group, and Heureka, the Czech online search comparison engine to Rockaway Capital.
  • J&T Private Equity Group on the GBP70m acquisition of a 79.4 % stake in the publicly listed Pivovary Lobkowicz Group, a Czech brewing group, through a joint venture.
  • SC Johnson on its acquisition of shares in HomeBrands, a company owning household brands including pest control, home cleaning and air care brands, such as Biolit insecticides, Diffusil repellents, Lynn Household Cleaners and Citresin air fresheners, and on the transfer of the HomeBrands business from UNILEVER in the Czech Republic.
  • Colfax Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products, on its acquisition of ČKD Kompresory, from ČKD Group.
  • UniCredit Bank in respect of the cross-border merger of UniCredit Bank Slovakia into UniCredit Bank Czech Republic.
  • České Radiokomunikace, leading Czech broadcast and telco services provider, on its acquisition of Czech Digital Group, the digital terrestrial television multiplex operator. 
  • EnBW on the swap of its shareholding in Pražská teplárenská for 41% of the shares in Pražská energetika owned by Energetický a průmyslový. As a result EnBW became the controlling shareholder in PRE, the third largest electricity supplier in the Czech Republic.

Experience highlights

Office

Prague

Allen & Overy (Czech Republic) LLP, organizační složka
V Celnici 4
Prague
11000

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to the Czech bar association, 2007

Academic

EMBA, Finance, ESCEM France/UNYP, 2004

Mgr., Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, 2002

Recognition

News & insights

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: emerging data protection and cybersecurity guidance (Updated 28 May 2020)

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Conducting Covid-19 coronavirus risk assessments – Ten key issues for UK employers to consider

As UK organisations begin to think about returning to the workplace, here are ten key issues for in-house counsel and HR teams to consider when conducting risk assessments. 

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus – State aid Temporary Framework extended to recapitalisations and subordinated loans

As we have previously reported, the European Commission (Commission) has adopted a Temporary State aid Framework (the Temporary Framework) to support the economy in the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak -…

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Publications: 06 APRIL 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: introduction of flexible measures for Czech corporations

The Czech government has submitted to the Parliament a proposal introducing certain measures aiming to mitigate the impact of the Covid–19 coronavirus epidemic on, among others, corporate affairs (the…

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