Tatiana Prokopová is the managing partner of the Bratislava office and has oversight responsibility for the firm’s Bratislava practice. Tatiana has many years of experience in numerous aspects of Slovak law, particularly general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate, construction, litigation and data protection.

    Her corporate practice involves representing foreign investors and domestic corporations in acquisitions, investments and divestments in Central and Eastern Europe. Her data protection practice involves advising on cross-border transfers of data and data protection compliance advisory.

    Tatiana joined the Bratislava office in 1999 as an associate after graduating from Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. As an associate at the firm, she assisted clients from the Cleveland, Prague and Bratislava offices. Prior to re-joining the Bratislava office as a partner, Tatiana served five years as the chief legal officer of the Slovak branch of an Israeli real estate developer. She was responsible for all its legal matters in the development of its residential projects in Slovak Republic.

    Tatiana is a member of the Slovak Bar Association. She is also a member of the Institute for Urban Development (IUR) and Central European Corporate Governance Association. She is a member of the Real Estate and Digital Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce.

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    Corporate and Corporate Finance/M&A

    • Advising a Slovak oil refinery operation and its shareholders in preparing the documentation concerning an acquisition of the majority of its shares by a strategic investor, Hungary's largest producer of gasoline.
    • Advising a major steel mill company in the Slovak Republic on restructuring and its sale to a US strategic investor including advising on contribution of assets to a joint venture company and preparation of share transfer agreements.
    • Advising a private equity fund:
    • Advising the first Central European discount airline in equity financing from an Austrian bank and European pension plans.
    • Advising an international automotive parts manufacturer on the liquidation of its Slovak subsidiary.
    • Advising a leading global automotive supplier on the worldwide sale of its global interior systems business to its joint venture partner. 
    • Advising a multijurisdictional consortium of private investors in connection with the tender for acquisition of a 66% equity stake in a wholly owned subsidiary of a Slovak railway company.
    • Advising a club of Slovak banks coordinated by a major Slovak bank a subsidiary of a Belgian universal bank in connection with a €200 million multi-currency club revolving credit facility. Legal services further involved assistance during the negotiations and signing of the multi-currency club revolving credit facility.
    • Representing a German branch of a major Japanese bank regarding enforceability of trade receivables purchase and onward sale agreement and related receivables against a Slovak manufacturer of automobiles in the Slovak Republic. 
    • Advising a PE/VC house in its €76 million cross-border exit sale from the number one e-travel group in Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary and working with 350 tour operators, to the investor.
    • Advising a Slovak branch of the international investment and development company in connection with the sale of shares in a residential complex SPV by existing shareholders and entry of a new international investor to the company and related M&A documentation.
    • Advising a US university association in its €5 million sale of Slovak operations to a local university, which included corporate and corporate governance, employment, data protection, intellectual property (trademark transfers and licensing) and M& – sale of shares and related corporate documentation.
    • Advised one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of cement and aggregates with respect to potential acquisition of subsidiaries of the group, one of the world's leading building materials companies, including the Slovak subsidiary.

    Real Estate

    • Advising US Embassy in the Slovak Republic in relation to its new compound in Bratislava.
    • Advising a British insurance company, on title due diligence and title insurance matters relating to an acquisition by major US real estate investor of two prime real estate projects – an office building and a greenfield site covering approx. 500,000 sqm for future multi-purpose development. This was part of the acquisition of a few CEE projects with the total CEE transaction volume estimated by the press at a level of €8 billion.
    • Advising a nonprofit organization associating all professions acting in the area of urban development and landscaping on various legislation issues, methodology for municipalities to adopt local development fee decrees and methodology for issuance of binding positions in construction proceedings to speed up the municipal approval process for construction.
    • Advising a US multinational conglomerate on the sell-off of the Czech and Slovak assets of the client's real estate division to one of the world's leading investment firms. The transaction was part of the global deal whereby the client agreed to divest most of its assets (entire real estate division) to the investment company and a financial services company for more than US$26 billion. The Czech and Slovak transaction comprised the sale of five real estate assets that were divided into two separate share deals as well as intragroup financing repayment and assignment.
    • Advising a natural person with respect to cross-border financial matters in connection with its acquisition of a prime-location multi-purpose real estate development project called Eurovea in Bratislava.
    • Advising one of the world's largest retailers on greenfield and brownfield freehold and leasehold acquisitions in various Slovak cities for retail and warehousing purposes including advising on a broad range of real estate issues including representing in litigation proceedings at all instances.
    • Advising a US multinational conglomerate in connection with revitalization of its shopping malls in the Slovak Republic including review of compliance of the contractual documentation (contract for work, project management agreement) with Slovak law.
    • Advising a leading European manufacturer of knitted and woven geosynthetics for the construction market based in Slovakia on real estate and other issues on an ongoing basis. We prepared a contract for work regarding demolition of buildings relating to removal of asbestos from the site which also involved advise on environmental aspects.
    • Advising a private not-for-profit institution of higher learning on property title due diligence.
    • Representing a Slovak branch of an international investment and development group in connection with a high-quality residential project located in Bratislava including obtaining planning and building permits, preparing contracts on transfer of legal title to apartments and land designated for construction of family dwellings as well as complex legal advisory services regarding all corporate, construction, design, permitting, facility management and project financing matters of the client.
    • Advising a manufacturer of parts and accessories for motor vehicles and their engines with respect to construction of the client's new production hall, preparation of related contractual documentation and negotiations with the client's constructor, as well as in any other related matters.

    Regulatory/Dispute Resolution

    • Representing a major former producer and current distributer of spirits in the proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding its application for annulment of the European Commission's decision on state aid provided to it by the Slovak Republic including advising on legal issues related to the national enforcement proceedings.
    • Representing the Slovak Republic in a pending ICSID investment arbitration against a US and a Canadian company regarding cancellation of mining rights (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/14). The claim generally alleges a breach of the US-Slovak and Canadian-Slovak BITs.
    • Representing the Slovak Republic in a UNCITRAL investment arbitration against the Dutch health insurance company Achmea. The arbitral tribunal dismissed all claims at the jurisdictional stage and awarded the Slovak Republic most of its legal costs (PCA Case No. 2013-12).
    • Representing the Slovak Republic in preparation of statement of intervenient in the proceedings No. T-216/15 Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, a. s. v. the European Commission regarding the annulment of the Commission Decision (EU) 2015/248 of 15 October 2014 (Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, a. s. v. the European Commission). This case is related to a claim of health insurance company Dôvera regarding alleged unlawful state aid provided to state owned health insurance companies.
    • Representing one of the world's largest retailers in civil litigation cases regarding real estate title with respect to freehold acquisitions of land in the Slovak Republic, in courts of all instances including the Constitutional Court. Also representing the client as a creditor in restructuring as well as in bankruptcy proceedings.
    • Advising Slovak investment company in connection with its representation in appellate proceeding before the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding a €19.6 million penalty for breach of competition rules (a cartel of calcium carbide and magnesium for the steel and gas industry) by its former subsidiary, and representing the client before the European Commission regarding enforcement of the imposed penalty.
    • Advising a local financial intermediation provider on settlement of court proceedings with its former supplier
    • Advising a major telecommunications provider on an appeal decision of regulatory and administrative authorities.

    Employment

    • Advising a worldwide provider of contract logistics and freight management on employment law matters with regard to organizational changes in its Slovak subsidiary as a result of changes in the leadership structures within its subsidiaries in Central Europe including preparation of necessary documentation for termination of employment relationships and advising on the possibilities of garden leave under Slovak law.
    • Advising a Slovak pharmaceutical company, a member of multinational pharmaceutical company, on employment law matters including termination of employment relationships and representing the client in employment-related litigation.
    • Representing a Slovak subsidiary of a global garden and forestry equipment manufacturer, in a dispute with a former executive claiming remuneration both under an employment contract and for performing the function of a statutory body; and preparation of the settlement agreement.
    • Advising a local financial intermediation provider on regulatory and contractual issues arising from providing personal data to affiliates including various issues with respect to regulation of financial intermediation and regulatory corporate documents.
    • Advising an international automotive parts manufacturer on the liquidation of its Slovak subsidiary on employment related matters relating to the post-liquidation termination of the contractual relationships with its employees.
    • Advising a leading non-profit provider of specialized services for individuals with brain disabilities in its acquisition of healthcare centers in the Slovak Republic. Representation included due diligence on real estate matters, general corporate matters and acquisition financing, and also employment matters including due diligence review of target's compliance with national statutory obligations with respect to data protection of both employees and target's clients and contractual partners.
    • Advising a leading global healthcare company on performance of non-intervention clinical trials in the Slovak Republic and in the area of labor and employment and data protection.
    • Advising a UK provider of global network implementation and support solutions to world-class organizations on employment and corporate matters.

    Education

    • Comenius University in Bratislava, JUDr., 2003
    • Comenius University in Bratislava, Mgr., 1999

    Admissions

    • Slovak Republic, 2003

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Slovak Bar Association
    • Member, Institute for Urban Development (IUR), Central European Corporate Governance Association
    • Board member, American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic, a chair of its Real Estate Committee and a member of the Digital Committee
    • Data Protection Officer (DPO) officially entrusted by the Office for Personal Data Protection of the Slovak Republic

    Languages

    • Slovak
    • Czech
    • English
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 for real estate and construction 

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    • Co-author, “Triáda realitných zákonov alebo čo nás čaká a (asi) neminie v roku 2015 (Triad of New Real Estate Law Which Awaits Us and Which We (Probably) Cannot Avoid Facing in 2015)”, Trend, November 2014.
    • Co-author, “Resurrection of Arbitration Proceedings in the Slovak Republic?”, CEE Legal Matters online, October 2014.
    • Co-author, “Nástrahy spojené s rozhodnutiami Európskej komisie (Pitfalls Associated with Decisions of the European Commission)”, Trend, September 2014.
    • Co-author, “European Commission: Immediate effects of its decisions”, AmCham Connection, July/August 2014.
    • Co-author, “International Secured Transactions: Slovak section”, Thomson Reuters, February 2014.
    • Co-author, “Real Estate Investment in Central and Eastern Europe: Slovak Republic”, Practical Law, October 2013.

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