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Languages:
Czech, English
Education:
University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom (2001) Diploma in Legal Studies (Distinction)
Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2004), Mgr. (summa cum laude)
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (2009), M.Jur. (Distinction)


Martin Ráž

Counsel

Martin Ráž has participated in several hundred major business projects, transactions, disputes and mergers and acquisitions, often involving cross-border or EU-level issues. He specialises in legal services for export and cross-border trade and investment, complex litigation and administrative proceedings, public sector, regulatory matters, and commercial contracts.

In the field of judicial, arbitral and administrative proceedings, Martin focuses on cases in administrative judiciary, as well as standard commercial and civil litigation and cases involving European and foreign aspects. This agenda involves problematic business cases, such as failed contracts, negotiations and other troubleshooting, often with litigation, enforcement, insolvency and international elements.

In the field of public sector and regulatory matters, Martin mainly focuses on the EU Internal Market, public procurement and public contracts, state aid, and environmental law.

Prior to joining our law firm, Martin worked for more than nine years in the Czech office of a major international law firm.

Transactions

  • representing clients in litigations involving international aspects, including the recognition and enforcement of judgments issued outside the EU or providing evidence under a foreign substantive law
  • representing clients in complex disputes involving, as a rule, multiple judicial as well as administrative proceedings, and proceedings at the EU level; advising clients on related issues of substantive law, drafting overall strategy documents for clients including major Czech public or semi-public corporations
  • advising on tenders for major public contracts for construction work (including infrastructure projects), acquisitions of machinery and commodities, and purchase of comprehensive services; legal advice was provided mainly to contracting entities – major Czech public or quasi-public corporations
  • construction contracts for manufacturing plants of various industries
  • advice in settlement negotiations regarding major construction projects over time and budget (e.g., offices/residential)
  • advice regarding protection of CZK 350 mil. assest from hostile takeover through litigation
  • representing clients in disputes relating to public procurement, particularly in connection with procedures before the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition; legal advice was provided mainly to contracting entities – major Czech public or quasi-public corporations
  • advising on asset transfers under commercial contracts with the involvement of public or quasi-public corporations
  • advising several major Czech public corporations, as contracting entities, on PPP projects; lately also PPP projects in Slovakia
  • involvement in projects in the area of mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, corporate governance and corporate finance, entailing advisory to the company concerned or to its majority shareholder

Membership in professional associations

  • Czech Bar Association
  • Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Society Czech Republic
  • Common Law Society
  • Czech Society for European and Comparative Law
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