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The CEELMDirect Profile Pick: Interview with Roman Pecenka of PRK Partners

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CEELMDirect Profile Pick: A series of interviews with partners and firms with Premium profiles on the CEELMDirect online legal directory. Today’s interview: Roman Pecenka, Partner at PRK Partners in the Czech Republic.

CEELMDirect: Your CEELMDirect profile is packed with articles about deals you’ve worked on, legal analysis and editorials you’ve written, interviews with you, contributions you’ve made to a CEELM Comparative Guide on Real Estate … and even an article about your position as Vice Mayor of the Czech village of Podolanka! When do you find time to sleep?? 

Pecenka: I have heard that you do not get tired of passionate work. I am afraid that this is true – and I am a perfect example. All my jobs fit in what I like: real estate, working with people, and creativity.

CEELMDirect: This is an unusual question, but given your diverse profile and interests, it seems appropriate. What’s your favorite part of being a lawyer?

Pecenka: Freedom, as this is still a very independent profession. The working with clever people, which motivates you to make permanent improvements. And the constant challenges, which offer you a lot of satisfaction once solved.

CEELMDirect: What single element of your profile on the CEELM Direct website are you proudest of?

Pecenka: Being part of PRK Partners.

CEELMDirect: This is an unusual time in CEE, with COVID apparently waning (but certainly not completely gone), the war in Ukraine continuing to rage, and inflation in the Czech Republic reaching 10%. How is this cocktail of potential problems affecting business in the country – both for your clients, and for your firm?

Pecenka: With clients, we have to address new issues, such as the unexpected rise of prices in the construction sector, which overlaps with many other businesses. New clauses are being discussed between parties, existing contracts are being revised, and possibilities for both parties are considered.

Within the firm, the origin of the client’s ultimate beneficial owner became an important element for our consideration. Although we have maintained our pace during the COVID-19 crisis thanks to our preparedness, the astronomic prices of energy and inflation rates above 10% were not expected. They will certainly impact all of us, but if that would be our contribution to the Ukrainian victory in war, personally, I am ready to pay it.

CEELMDirect: Great. Thank you, Roman. Have a great summer!

PRK Partners at a Glance

PRK Partners, one of the leading Central European law firms, has been helping clients achieve their business objectives almost 30 years. Our team of lawyers, based in our Prague, Ostrava, and Bratislava offices, has a unique knowledge of Czech and Slovak law and of the business environment. Our lawyers studied at top law schools in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and elsewhere. They also have experience working for leading international and domestic law firms in a number of jurisdictions. We speak your language, too. Our legal team is fluent in more than 15 languages, including all the key languages of the region.

PRK Partners has one of the most experienced legal teams on the market. We are consistently rated as one of the leading law firms in the region. We have received many significant honours and awards for our work. We represent the interests of international clients operating in the Czech Republic in an efficient way, combining local knowledge with an understanding of their global requirements in a business-friendly approach. We are one of the largest law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our specialised teams of lawyers and tax advisors advise major global corporations as well as local companies. We provide comprehensive legal advice drawing on our profound knowledge of local law and markets.

Our legal advice delivers tangible results – as proven by our strong track record. We are the only Czech member firm of Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms. As one of the leading law firms in the region, we have received many national and international awards, in some cases several years in a row. Honours include the Chambers Europe Award for Excellence, The Lawyer and Czech and Slovak Law Firm of the Year. Thanks to our close cooperation with leading international law firms and strong local players, we can serve clients in multiple jurisdictions around the globe. Our strong network means that we can meet your needs, wherever you do business.

PRK Partners has been repeatedly voted among the most socially responsible firms in the category of small and mid-sized firms and was awarded the bronze certificate at the annual TOP Responsible Firm of the Year Awards.

Our work is not only “business”: we have participated on a longstanding basis in a wide variety of pro bono projects and supported our partners from the non-profit sector (Kaplicky Centre Endowment Fund, Tereza Maxová Foundation, Czech Donors Forum, etc.).

Firm's website: www.prkpartners.com