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Autumn Consulegis Conference 2018
24.10.2018
Becker and Poliakoff have been honored to host Consulegis Autumn Conferences, an independent law firm around the world after 11 years. The main topic of the meeting was the issue of artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain. The main speakers of the conference were Professor Erik Vermeulen of Tilbourg University and Mgr. Alžběta Krausová, LLM from the Institute of State and Law at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Expert on How AI Challenges Current Laws on...
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Becker and Poliakoff have been honored to host Consulegis Autumn Conferences, an independent law firm around the world after 11 years.

The main topic of the meeting was the issue of artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain. The main speakers of the conference were Professor Erik Vermeulen of Tilbourg University and Mgr. Alžběta Krausová, LLM from the Institute of State and Law at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Expert on How AI Challenges Current Laws on Liability, Privacy, and Intellectual Property? Mgr. Elizabeth Kraus, LL.M and The Future of the Legal Profession under the Eye of Artificial Intelligence, Professor Eric Vermeulen, were among the more than 80 attorneys in the audience.

Our office will continue to deal with this issue, and with the leadership of Consulegis, it has agreed to place this topic on the upcoming meeting.

For the conference participants, our office has prepared a rich accompanying program, including, among other things, a solemn arrival in the Senate and a tour of the DOX Gallery of Modern Art. The conference ended with a solemn dinner at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle.

The Spring Conference will take place in May 2019 in Madrid!
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​Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Becker & Poliakoff attorney's office in Prague
24.10.2018
"25 years together on one ship" In the unique spaces of the DOX Gallery, our office celebrated our clients together with their clients and supporters of the 25 years of operation on the Czech market. We have also been honored to attend the celebration of the Consulegis conference in Prague, an association of independent law offices around the world, whose members have been our office for 15 years. The production of the celebration took place traditionally by Michal Caban, the...
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"25 years together on one ship"

In the unique spaces of the DOX Gallery, our office celebrated our clients together with their clients and supporters of the 25 years of operation on the Czech market. We have also been honored to attend the celebration of the Consulegis conference in Prague, an association of independent law offices around the world, whose members have been our office for 15 years.

The production of the celebration took place traditionally by Michal Caban, the theme of "25 years together on a ship", as always, originally, creating the amazing and light atmosphere of the evening, which was the duty of all advocates and employees of the chancellery for their work and clients for their trust.

Kalina catering s.r.o., suppliers of wine Klein Constancia CWC, s.r.o. and Nespresso.
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Celebration of 45 years of company establishment
26.9.2018
At the headquarters of parent company Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. a celebration of 45 years of company establishment and a regular meeting of leading lawyers and employees of the company took place. On the occasion of the celebrations, a new image of the company was also introduced. Becker and Poliakoff remained the official name of the company. The company, however, responds to modern trends and, within the strategy, it has shortened the marketing name in the name of Becker according to the...
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At the headquarters of parent company Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. a celebration of 45 years of company establishment and a regular meeting of leading lawyers and employees of the company took place. On the occasion of the celebrations, a new image of the company was also introduced. Becker and Poliakoff remained the official name of the company. The company, however, responds to modern trends and, within the strategy, it has shortened the marketing name in the name of Becker according to the founding partner of Allan Becker. There has also been a change in email addresses, website redesign, corporate color change, and social networking - all for the sole purpose of showing that the company can respond to changing market and social environment for over 45 years, can be modern, progressive and understand responds to new industries, etc. This is all about expanding the private network where Becker and Poliakoff become a law firm with more than 400 lawyers operating on the east coast of the United States. An important boost is the opening of the Washington DC lobbying office. The office in New York was also strengthened. All this strengthens the relationship with the Prague branch, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the Czech Republic this year.
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Opening ceremony of the 25 th Prague Philharmonic
26.9.2018
In the middle of September, the opening ceremony of the 25 th Prague Philharmonic concert took place in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle under the tune-up director Emmanuel Villauma. The chief conductor and music director have come not only with new challenges, but also with new energies that are perceived as essential for further positive development. The Prague Philharmonia enters the jubilee season with an avant-garde and excellent artistic condition. JUDr. Martin Klimpl - Chairman of the...
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In the middle of September, the opening ceremony of the 25 th Prague Philharmonic concert took place in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle under the tune-up director Emmanuel Villauma. The chief conductor and music director have come not only with new challenges, but also with new energies that are perceived as essential for further positive development. The Prague Philharmonia enters the jubilee season with an avant-garde and excellent artistic condition. JUDr. Martin Klimpl - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PKF, did not miss the opening concert.
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Weil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling Stations
3.2.2016
Weil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling Stations Featured Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:48 Written by David Stuckey Weil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling Stations Published in Czech Republic Ticker Print Email Rate this item 1 2 3 4 5 (0 votes) Tagged under Weil, Gotshal &...
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Weil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling Stations Featured

Weil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling StationsWeil, CHSH, and Becker & Poliakoff Advise on Unipetrol Acquisition of 68 OMV Filling Stations

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has advised Unipetrol RPA on its acquisition of 68 filling stations in the Czech Republic from Austria’s OMV. CHSH and the Czech office of Becker & Poliakoff advised OMV on the transaction, which Weil reports "will significantly strengthen Unipetrol's position and expand its Benzina filling station network to over 400 stations.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to the fulfilment of certain pre-conditions, including obtaining the necessary approval by the antitrust authorities. 

The Weil, Gotshal & Manges team was led by Partner Vladimir Kykal and Associate Tomas Bayer.

The CHSH team advising OMV Aktiengesellschaft was led by Vienna-based Partner Clemens Hasenauer, and included Vienna-based Partner Harald Stingl and Prague-based Partner Pavel Siroky

The Becker & Poliakoff team advising on Czech law aspects of the deal consisted of Senior Partner Jan Kotik and Associates Marek Novotny and Jan Vanicek.

Image Source: tishomir / Shutterstock.com

 

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Becker & Poliakoff and Enterprise Florida
24.11.2015
Becker & Poliakoff, advokátní kancelář has been honored by the visit of Mr. Alan S. Becker, founding partner of the Law Firm Becker & Poliakoff in Florida and Vice-Chairman of the Enterprise Florida, and Mr. Bill Johnson, Secretary of Commerce of the State of Florida and President & CEO of the Enterprise Florida – an entity established to promote business development and new job creation in the State of Florida, whose...
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Becker & Poliakoff, advokátní kancelář  has been honored by the visit of Mr. Alan S. Becker, founding partner of the Law Firm Becker & Poliakoff in Florida and Vice-Chairman of the Enterprise Florida, and Mr. Bill Johnson, Secretary of Commerce  of the State of Florida and President & CEO of the  Enterprise Florida  – an entity established to promote business development and new job creation  in the  State of Florida, whose interests in the  Czech Republic our office represents.
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Daniel Wallach Delivers Opening Remarks at ABA Annual Meeting Program on Sports Betting
www.bplegal.com, 22.5.2015
Becker & Poliakoff shareholder, Daniel Wallach, who has been one of the nation's leading voices on the emerging issue of state-regulated sports betting, recently gave the opening remarks at one of the most popular programs at this year's American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The 90-minute program, entitled "Game-Changer: The States' Big Gamble on Legalized Sports Betting," was held on...
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Becker & Poliakoff shareholder, Daniel Wallach, who has been one of the nation's leading voices on the emerging issue of state-regulated sports betting, recently gave the opening remarks at one of the most popular programs at this year's American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 90-minute program, entitled "Game-Changer: The States' Big Gamble on Legalized Sports Betting," was held on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Dan also introduced the all-star panel, which included former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, Supreme Court litigator Erin Murphy, Tulane Law School Professor Gabe Feldman, and West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin. The program was moderated by Michael McCann, the award-winning Legal Analyst and Writer for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. This program was one of the showcase events at this year's ABA Annual Meeting, and received extensive media coverage. 

Mr. Wallach, who conceived the program and prepared the written program materials, is Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The American Bar Association is one of the world's largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members. The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section is one of the largest ABA entities, with over 26,000 members.

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The New Gaming Law in the Czech Republic
ConsulegisNews, 7.5.2015
Legislation governing gaming, gambling and lotteries in the Czech Republic is currently concentrated in the Act No. 202/1990 Coll., on lotteries and other similar games.Despite several significant amendments thereof, the 25 years old law has been no longer able to respond adequately to the rapid developments of said subject area of business triggered by the proliferation of the ubiquitously accessible Internet services and powerful web-oriented...
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Legislation governing gaming, gambling and lotteries in the Czech Republic is currently concentrated in the Act No. 202/1990 Coll., on
lotteries and other similar games.Despite several significant amendments thereof, the 25 years old law has been no longer able to respond
adequately to the rapid developments of said subject area of business triggered by the proliferation of the ubiquitously accessible Internet
services and powerful web-oriented technologies. The Ministry of Finance therefore decided to prepare a conceptually new regulation of this
legal area of entertainment. New legislation consists of three separate laws, namely the Gaming Act, Gaming Tax Act and the so - called
Amendment Act, which promotes the newly adopted regulation into other related prescriptions. The whole body of laws has been recently delivered to the Legislative Council of the Government to assess and issue their opinion, thereafter it shall be discussed by the Government and afterwards discussed in the Czech Parliament. Besides the above mentioned response to the modern ways and channels of gaming, the proposed regulation aims to improve the protection of individuals against the negative phenomena associated with gaming and gambling and to reduce the socalled collateral social costs. Last but not least the intention of the state is to increase the collections from said businesses for public budgets.

The proposed regulation contains a number of measures protecting gamers and gamblers from the harmful effects of gaming. These measures include the obligation of the gaming operator to allow each gamer to set a maximum betting limits and losses. When these limits are met, the operator is obliged to prohibit the gamer from further participation in the game. New regulation also restricts the advertising on gaming. A key innovation of the proposed regulation is to control gaming over the Internet, which is currently yet not addressed. However, the regulation tries to reach this goal by not only legally, but also technically controversial measure of enforced blocking of the illegal online gaming websites. Proposed Gaming Tax Act establishes a completely new business area specific tax. So far gaming operators pay only common taxes. Under new legislation, the rates of gaming tax are set accordingly to the type of the game and should be very high. If the proposed tax rates are approved, the taxation of gaming in the Czech Republic will be one of the highest in whole Europe.

Since the Czech Republic certainly needs a modern regulation of respective business area, the principles of the proposed gaming regulation may be welcomed in general. However, the proposed regulation contains numerous problematic provisions, which definitely need to be further elaborated. After the body of acts is finely adjusted and approved, the Czech Republic should rank among the countries with high quality and contemporarily adequate regulation of gaming.
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Online gambling regulation in Spain
7.5.2015
Online gambling regulation in Spain
 
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