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Dalibor Kovář

I enjoy learning about the still unexplored corners of private law and the commercial aspects of our clients' practices, and I prefer to set up and negotiate any commercial agreements, especially those involving technology or intellectual property. My children still make me approach things practically enough and with an eye for detail, my penchant for playing the ukulele trains my patience and pursuit of precision, and travelling gives me the opportunity to take things easy. I try to make the most of it all when providing legal services, which I do not consider boring in the least, as some might think.

Dita Krumlová

I first encountered competition law in my second year at law school in one of the last lectures on European law. Honestly, there is only one thing I remember from that lecture to this day: "I just hope I will not pull it out in the exam!" I didn't. At that time, I guess it was still fortunate. However, I am a person who really doesn't like not understanding something. So a few months later I had my best idea yet and enrolled in a course on EU competition law. And as the saying goes, who is enthralled by competition law never comes back. So here I am. And if I’m not, you'll probably find me on the dance floor. In my free time I like to dance salsa, bachata and urban kizomba.

Ema Černá

I started studying law because this in fact was what I had left after having eliminated all the fields that I felt would not be right for me. Actually, it was also by coincidence that I became involved in employment law, which is my primary focus. It was when I needed to achieve some additional credits in university and signed up for an optional Friday seminar taught by my current colleagues on the employment law team. Employment law can sometimes be very inflexible, but it also presents challenges for us lawyers to find the simplest possible solution for our clients among strict rules. In my spare time, I like to unwind with a round of golf, by practicing yoga or watching any episode of The Office (the US version!) or Friends for the umpteenth time.

Ivo Šimeček

When I was deciding on law school, I had a feeling I was going to miss something. I also enjoyed science and mathematics, and at grammar school I studied in a class focused on programming. So I added a degree in economics to my law degree. Subjects that repelled others, such as statistics and economic and mathematical methods, I really enjoyed. After school, competition law was a logical choice for me, but during my short stint at the Office for the Protection of Competition, I also “sniffed” at public procurement. Today, with hindsight, I feel that it all came together quite nicely. Competition law itself is halfway between law and economics. My knowledge of public procurement gives me a good understanding of bid-rigging agreements. Well, and programming? That's there too, only instead of using “if then else”, you use the terms hypothesis, disposal, sanction.

Jan Diblík

How did I become a technology lawyer? My grandfather František hated lawyers. He was a mechanical engineer, he designed aircraft, and like my other grandfather and dad, he liked to invent. By way of explanation, my grandfather studied engineering in the 1950s, and law school students at that time were not usually among the nation's ethical leaders, and my grandfather often had clashing opinions with them in the dorm. After the revolution, however, the family needed lawyers because of the restitutions, so after some difficult experiences with lawyers as grandchildren, he called us in. He said: "I hate lawyers, as you know, but some of you should learn the trade. We need a good lawyer in the family." So I hit the road. Even in grammar school I was attracted to intellectual property law; I remember a lengthy paper on franchising and how I, who was not familiar with law at the time, was completely fascinated by it. At the law faculty, I naturally started working as a research assistant at the Institute of Copyright, Industrial Property and Competition Law. My passion for a field that naturally combines law (as a rather human science), business and technology never left me. That's why I'm where I am, doing what I'm doing. And I love this job.

Jan Koval

I specialize in mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital, legal audit and legal due diligence investigations, labour law and employee benefits. I have represented numerous sellers and buyers in mergers, acquisitions and restructurings in the Czech Republic. In the area of labour law and employee benefits, I have been involved in a number of projects, primarily dealing with contractual arrangements between companies and their top managers, restructuring of human resources, and setting complex employee remuneration systems.

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