ABOUT US

A MOVE

In May 2018, we made a career jump. We resigned from a large-size Czech law firm and set up our own company. Located in the City of Prague, we provide complex legal services to domestic and international entities in the area of finance in order to help them to develop their activities in the Czech Republic and to maintain legal and regulatory risk they are facing.

AN APPROACH

We know that the modern era of financial services is overly regulated and technologically disrupted. We built our firm to deliver the highest quality legal work and services in a modern, responsive and practical way in order to meet the clients’ business objectives.

Our aim is to provide our clients with the possibility to maintain legal and regulatory risk in the most efficient way as possible. We are able to provide certain outsourced compliance and regulatory services according to the client’s needs when this is needed. We always take into account our insight into business matters of our client based on our long-term experience with the financial services industry. Our pricing is transparent, and we use the fixed-fee project-based billing whenever feasible.

THE TEAM

JAN ŠOVAR
Partner

Jan Šovar is an attorney-at-law and the co-founder of FINREG PARTNERS law firm. He focuses on the regulation of the financial sector, securities, FinTech, blockchain and STO, payment and banking services, investment services, investment funds and asset management.

Before FINREG PARTNERS he worked for one of the biggest Czech law firms Kocián Šolc Balaštík (KSB) and also for the predecessor of ESMA in Paris and for Deutsche Bank in London. For many years he also led the Czech capital markets legislation at the Ministry of Finance where he supervised the preparation of key legislative proposals in the area of capital markets (particularly the Czech Management Companies and Investment Funds Act and the legislation on bonds issuance).

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Jan is a well-known author of many important legal publications, including the only up-to-date commentary on Czech Management Companies and Investment Funds Act, commentary on the Capital Market Undertakings Act or the best-selling commentary on the Civil Code. Apart from other lectures and presentations in the Czech Republic and abroad, he also runs seminars and other lectures at Czech law schools with respect to blockchain, cryptocurrencies, FinTech and other related matters.

EDUCATION

  • Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague
  • Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague
  • City of London Programme, London

LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English, French

KEY PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIP

  • Czech Bar Association

ONDŘEJ MIKULA
Partner

Ondřej Mikula is an attorney-at-law and the co-founder of FINREG PARTNERS law firm. He is specialized in the regulation of financial and investment services, FinTech, AML/CFT, blockchain and STO, banking and finance, capital markets, including issues of notes and other securities, corporate law and M&A.

Before founding FINREG PARTNERS he worked in one of the biggest Czech law firms Kocián Šolc Balaštík (KSB), where he advised Czech and international clients in respect of domestic or cross-border issues of bonds and other (hybrid) financial instruments as well as large loan transactions and M&A. He also participated on the implementation of key pieces of financial regulation (particularly MiFID II or MCD) at Czech banks and other financial markets participants.

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Ondřej is an author or co-author of many important legal publications, including the only up-to-date commentary on Czech Management Companies and Investment Funds Act or the best-selling commentary on the Civil Code. He also runs seminars and lectures at Czech law schools focusing on the legal aspects of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, FinTech and other related matters.

EDUCATION

  • Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno
  • Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen

LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English, French

KEY PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIP

  • Czech Bar Association

KATARINA KOLBENHAYEROVÁ
Junior Lawyer

Katarina Kolbenhayerová has been working in FINREG PARTNERS law firm since the beginning of 2019. She studied at the Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University in Brno and she also studied law at the University of Göttingen. Katarina is predominantly focused on fintech and related legal matters. Her domain is the regulation of payment services and AML/CFT. She has experience with the compliance function at one of the leading Czech fintech companies. Before joining FINREG PARTNERS she also worked as a president of AIESEC in Brno and as an intern at the defender of public rights of the Czech Republic. Currently, she also studies Ph.D. at the Masaryk University law school.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, Slovak, English, German

DAVID MERENDA
Junior Lawyer

David Merenda is a lawyer at FINREG PARTNERS law firm. He focuses on investment services, protection of consumers on the capital market, investment funds and asset management.

David has an extensive experience and expert knowledge of the private-law aspects of the provision of investment services. For many years, he has worked at the Czech Office of the Financial Arbitrator where he managed the department of investment services. He dealt with dispute agenda and other issues included in the powers of the Financial Arbitrator in the field of capital markets.

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David successfully completed his Ph.D. studies at the Charles University in Prague. During these studies he analysed theoretical and practical aspects of distribution of the complex financial products and, as one of the first lawyers in the Czech Republic, he dealt with impact of behavioural disciplines on the financial law. David is currently still engaged in scientific activities at the Institute of State and Law where he participates on the project which aims to revise the models of consumer protection on the financial market.

LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English

LUKÁŠ WEISS
Legal assistant

Lukáš Weiss is a student at the Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University in Brno. He also studied law at the Aberystwyth University in Wales. He has been working in FINREG PARTNERS law firm as a legal assistant since the beginning of 2019.  Lukáš focuses on legal aspects of investment and other financial services, MiFID II/MiFIR and IDD. He is interested in blockchain and smart contracts matters and legal aspects of the same.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English 

LUKÁŠ ŠIKEL
Legal assistant

Lukáš Šikel is a student at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague since 2015. He has been working in FINREG PARTNERS law firm as a legal assistant since 2018. Lukáš has a deep interest in FinTech and in the law firm he helps with research, the preparation of documents and with other activities in respect of the financial services regulation, FinTech and other matters of financial and commercial law. In addition to working in the law firm, Lukáš also works as an editor of legal content of Economia Publishing House, one of the most important Czech publishing houses.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English, German

ANEŽKA KARPJÁKOVÁ

Anežka Karpjáková joined FINREG PARTNERS law firm in 2019. Anežka studied at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University and she currently still studies law at the Masaryk University in Brno. She has experienced a number of internships abroad, such as internship at the Czech Embassy in Ottawa or at MEP office in Brussels. Anežka focuses primarily on fintech matters and the regulation of the payment services, including private-law and public-law aspects of the same.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English 

JIŘÍ KARPJÁK

Jiří Karpják started working in FINREG PARTNERS law firm in 2019. He is currently finishing his studies at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague. He is deeply interested in the capital markets matters and the new technologies on the financial market, including cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Before joining our law firm, he worked as the analyst in the cryptoccurency fund.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English, Russian

KATEŘINA BURIANOVÁ

Kateřina Burianová joined FINREG PARTNERS law firm in 2019. Kateřina has extensive experience with functioning of legal services providers since she has spent many years working in one of the leading Czech law firms.  Kateřina supports whole team of our law firm.

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LANGUAGES

  • Czech, English 

MEMBERSHIP AND ASSOCIATION

Finreg Partners is a proud member of the following associations of chambers:

  • Czech Bar Association (ČAK)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Czech republic (AmCham)
  • Czech Israeli Mutual Chamber of Commerce (ČISOK)