On 15 May 2017, the prestigious corporate law firms AC Tischendorf (Germany), BSWW (Poland), MPH (Slovakia), ŘANDA HAVEL LEGAL (Czech Republic), Vivien & Associés (France) and WMWP (Austria) will be joining forces under the name act legal.
With around 250 first-class corporate lawyers, tax consultants and business experts, act legal will be the very first choice for top-quality legal advice in Europe.
act legal plans to provide global support to clients through its existing network memberships, linking it to more than 57 law firms and approximately 1,350 lawyers in all major business centres of the world.
The main aim of act legal is to offer clients who need high-level, cross-border or regional legal advice an attractive alternative to major international law firms. The aim is not just to offer reasonable prices, but to provide higher quality services through greater partner involvement. act legal’s enviable partner-lawyer ratio, combined with its members’ established records of accomplishment in their jurisdictions, excellent relationships and deep local understanding, means act legal will be able to provide clients with efficient and cost-effective top calibre efficient legal services.
In addition, foreign law firms and their clients – especially those from the USA and Asia – will have a convenient one-stop shop for assistance with legal affairs in Europe.
act legal’s activities will be coordinated by a team consisting of Sven Tischendorf (AC Tischendorf), Nicolas Vivien (Vivien & Associés) and Martin Řanda (ŘANDA HAVEL LEGAL) who together have many years of professional collaboration between them.
Martin Řanda, managing partner of ŘANDA HAVEL LEGAL and a member of act legal’s senior management, explains: “Changes in the way of our clients work, in particular by increasing international trade interdependence and consolidating of originally local businesses into larger units, have been the main impulse for the formation of act legal. With act legal our aim is quite plainly to offer the market the best of all legal consultancy worlds, by combining top partner-led, local law firms with international professionalism. In addition, act legal will offer talented, entrepreneurial-minded, internationally-oriented lawyers an attractive platform for their professional careers.”
Over the next few years, act legal aims to have its own offices in all major countries of Europe. Initial talks are already underway with high-performing law firms in Scandinavia and Southern Europe focused on Corporate, M&A and General Commercial law.