DLA Piper Announces New Office Managing Partner For Prague

Prague – LAWFUEL – DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach today announced that Peter Valert has been appointed Office Managing Partner for the Prague office, with effect from 1 April 2008. Peter currently heads the Technology, Media and Commercial (“TMC”) practice in Central Eastern Europe (“CEE”).
The Prague office has a full service team with 22 lawyers, including two partners and ten senior associates, who advise on all aspects of business law including M&A, general corporate law, finance, employment, IP, real estate and competition. The team acts for businesses in the Czech Republic and across CEE. The team will now be led by Peter who will continue to also lead DLA Piper’s Sofia office, which has 12 lawyers.

Andrew Darwin, Managing Director for Europe at DLA Piper, said: “We have a great team of lawyers in Prague and under Peter’s leadership we will continue the development of our business in the Czech Republic.”
“The Prague office is very important to DLA Piper’s business in the CEE. We aim to expand our business in the Czech Republic as well as across the region, reflecting the region’s consistent strong economic growth,” Ivo Deskovic, DLA Piper’s Regional Managing Partner in CEE, added.
Prior to the announcement, the Prague office was managed by Jörg Nürnberger who will now focus on the development of the corporate practice.

Commenting on his appointment Peter said: “I welcome the opportunity lead the further development of the Prague office and intend to strengthen our capabilities in the Czech market and raise our profile in order to establish the office as one of the top law firms in the Czech Republic. DLA Piper has a strong presence in the world as well as across CEE and the Prague office should be an essential part of it.”
Peter has over 13 years experience in Central and Eastern Europe, mainly advising on commercial contracts with an emphasis on IP, IT and telecommunications related contracts. Peter has also acted on significant M&A transactions in the region and has expertise in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and dispute resolution. Peter began practising as a private lawyer in the Czech Republic in 1995, prior to that he was a Legal Advisor to the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as at the Czechoslovak Federal Supreme Court. His clients include Czech and international businesses as well as government entities, including various Czech Ministries.

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