In 2016, the leading independent directories once again ranked Pierstone amongst Europe’s top law firms for its leading reputation in the technology, media and telecommunications sector as well as its strenght in corporate and M&A transactions:
Legal 500 – Czech Republic – TMT – Tier 1
Pierstone has a longstanding reputation in the TMT sector, which attracts blue-chip clients such as Microsoft, Skype, NBCUniversal and AVG. Tomas Schollaert heads the practice along with Jana Pattynová, who is ‘a legal visionary with an impressive knowledge of the ICT sector and great understanding of customer needs’.
Legal 500 – Czech Republic – Corporate/M&A – Tier 3
Pierstone is notable for its strengths in the technology, media and telecoms sector, attracting clients ranging from start-ups to established global names. As an example of the former, the team recently advised Socialbakers on investment into the company by a number of venture funds – one of the largest venture capital investments in a Czech technology start-up; Microsoft is one of its big-name clients. Iva Zothová and Tomas Schollaert lead the ‘excellent, proactive and client-friendly’ practice.
Chambers Europe 2016 – TMT – Band 1
- What the team is known for
Exceptional TMT boutique operating on top-level transactions in the Czech market. Has leading experience of matters across all three areas of the sector, such as mobile network sharing, film production and telecoms litigation. Acts for an impressive domestic and international client list, which includes mobile content providers, software companies and governmental bodies.
- Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The quality of this firm’s work is the best in the market. The lawyers are not just legal advisers but are also visible within the industry and active on discussion panels, where they are recognised as leaders on the topic.”
“The firm provides a high level of service and scrutiny, and the lawyers are commercially minded and practical in advising us. It is a well-oiled machine and very easy to work with.”
- What’s new?
Recently added Akamai Technologies, Sprint Nextel and Corsan Films as clients.
- Work highlights
Advised the Czech National Regulatory Authority on a EUR 312 million mobile auction, one of the most significant telecoms projects of the year.
Acted as Microsoft’s CEE-wide counsel, advising on several strategic projects and legal issues throughout the region and globally.
- Notable practitioners
Sources describe Tomas Schollaert as “the go-to lawyer for telecoms regulatory work,” adding that he “drives results in the decision-making process of acquisitions, which is a remarkable talent.” Schollaert has wide-ranging experience of Czech, European and global TMT matters, such as representing AVG Technologies in mandates involving jurisdictions as broad as Australia, Germany, Brazil and Israel. He has notable expertise in competition and litigation cases relating to the sector.
Jana Pattynová receives high praise from clients, with one saying: “She is one of the most capable lawyers I know on the Czech market. She is practical, succinct and timely in her advice.” Pattynová’s broad, international caseload includes a range of telecoms regulatory, IT litigation and cloud computing implementation matters.
- Significant clients Czech government, NBC Universal, Tesco Mobile, Futurelytics.