Allen & Overy has announced today that distinguished expert Petr Sprinz has joined its team as counsel. Petr will lead the Czech restructuring and insolvency practice of Allen & Overy. The Prague office of Allen & Overy now has two partners, three counsel and 35 lawyers.
Petr not only specialises in restructuring and insolvency, but also represents clients in judicial and arbitration proceedings and complex cross-border transactions. He is also a registered arbitrator at Czech and foreign arbitration institutions. Chambers client commentators describe Petr as “an experienced and business-oriented insolvency lawyer with a very proactive approach towards the client”, adding, “He is always well prepared for every meeting and able to fight for us with all the necessary legal ammunition.”
During his career, Petr has represented international and local financial institutions and other clients in insolvency proceedings, incidental disputes and asset acquisitions, including portfolios of receivables. He is the leader of a team authors providing prodigious commentary on the Insolvency Act. He has also written articles and given lectures on insolvency in the Czech Republic and abroad. As a member of the working groups of the Ministry of Justice, Petr participates in the implementation of the Restructuring and Insolvency Directive and has also prepared a part of Czech insolvency legislation responding to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. He has also assisted in the preparation of a number comparative publications for INSOL Europe and the World Bank. Before joining Allen & Overy, Petr was a partner at Havel & Partners.
Petr Vybíral, partner and head of the banking and finance practice of Allen & Overy in Prague, said: “I am thrilled that Petr has become head of our restructuring and insolvency practice. Petr’s arrival is a part of our strategic decision to invest in the development of our restructuring practice, which reflects the needs of our clients for us to offer any important very highly specialised advice. Petr’s addition to the team will excellently expand our finance practice in the Czech Republic and CEE, which is already the leader in the market.”
In the last 12 months, the Allen & Overy team has worked on a number of exceptional and innovative transactions. In April, the Prague office of Allen & Overy, for the fourth time in the last seven years, was named the most innovative law firm in the Czech Republic (“Czech Law Firm of the Year”, IFLR Europe Awards 2020).