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Cechova & Partners

Simona Halakova

Simona Halakova

Partner

Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

Banking & Finance Group
Member
Employment and Labor Group
Member
Women's Professional Forum Group
Member
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Member
Profile
Simona is a partner at Cechova & Partners as of 2008. She is a member of the Slovak Bar Association since 1998, has joined the firm in 2000 and passed the Bar exams in 2001. During her nineteen-years practice Simona gained significant experience and expertise in the area of banking and finance regulatory law and successfully assisted to a number of domestic and foreign financial services clients, including international banks and multinational financial institutions active in the fields such as banking, finance, trading with derivatives and securities, payment services, collective investment, insurance & reinsurance, financial intermediation, etc. Simona has been also instrumental in advising various clients from energy and network industries sector on specific aspects of Slovak and EU regulatory framework, including areas of nuclear power sector and renewables, and has also actively participated in several transactions and projects in the area of exploration and production of oil and gas. Simona has also gained significant experience in the area of M&A and privatisation transactions, while serving to various international and domestic undertakings being active mainly in banking, telecommunications, construction and automotive industries, engineering, gambling and private equity sectors. Simona has successfully acted as a project leader in a number of asset and business transfer projects and transactions, including corporate reorganizations, transfers of employees and outsourcing projects. Her expertise also covers areas of electronic communications. Simona regularly advises clients on the various aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Bar Admissions

Slovak Bar Association

Education

Law Faculty of Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (Graduated, M.A. 1998)
Law Faculty of Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (Graduated, Dr. Jur., 2001)
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law | Banking & Finance | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Employment and Labor | Energy | Mergers & Acquisitions | Privatization

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Active participation on advising three major investment funds in the dispute arisen in the process of the second wave of coupon privatisation, including practical litigation experience from numerous court hearings;

Participation on a number of mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence examinations in target companies dealing with analysis of regulatory compliance, banking regulation, contracts and real estates;

Participation on advising an Austrian bank in the acquisition of shares in a first private bank in the Slovak republic;

Participation on advising a leading European bank in bidding for the acquisition of a majority stake of shares in the privatisation of the largest Slovak savings bank;

Participation on advising an Italian bank in the successful tender for the acquisition of a majority stake of shares in the privatisation of the largest commercial bank in Slovakia;

Participation and assistance on advising the largest steel producer in Slovakia in a process of financial restructuring and reorganisation, where the team of Slovak lawyers has been lead by Katarina Cechova, who served as the leading Slovak counsel to a bank consortium consisting of more than 40 international and domestic banks;

Participation and assistance on advising a private equity fund in the process of restructuring of group of companies, including a major producer of synthetic fibres in Slovakia;

Provision of legal advisory in corporate matters, commercial contracts, advertising of tobacco products and consumer protection for a major tobacco producer and distributor in Slovakia.


Professional Activities and Experience

Law Office Aliancia Advokatov, Bratislava, 1998-2000; the Firm since 2000
Articles

Deferrals of Repayments of Loans and other Credit Instruments
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

COVID-19 Although the first big wave of requests for repayment deferrals of banking and non-banking loans may seem to be over, a further one is likely just to come once some debtors realise the actual effects of COVID-19 crisis on their economic situation and the pandemic time frame for filing the requests for repayment deferrals will start approaching its end...

A New Big Guarantee Scheme for SMEs and Large Enterprises
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

A new BIG GUARANTEE SCHEME was introduced in Slovakia in a form of (i) guarantees for bank loansand (ii) remissions of guarantee premiums as per new Temporary Framework for State aid recently adopted by the European Commission to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak and via adoption of an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Act No. 67/2020 Coll...

SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

Slovak Investment Holding, a.s. (“SIH”) has launched the SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee as a new financial instrument employing European Structural and Investment Funds to help small and medium-sized enterprises (the “SMEs“) in Slovakia to overcome the financial difficulties and liquidity problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis and to help preserve employment and retain jobs...

Additional Articles

Amendment to the Commercial Code in the Slovak Republic. In: International Business Lawyer (issued by International Bar Association), May 2002, p. 233-235.


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