Robert Neruda is the head of the Firm’s
team of lawyers and economists specialising in competition law. He
focuses on advising clients relating to cartels, abuse of dominance,
assessment of mergers and acquisitions from a competition perspective,
significant market power, state aid, and public procurement. He
typically represents clients in proceedings related to the concentration
of undertakings and advises them on related issues, represents
businesses suspected of anti-competitive conduct, and advises clients
on the competition aspects of their contemplated projects. He also
specialises in the compensation of damage caused by anti-competitive
conduct. In addition, Robert is active in the area of competition
and internal investigations, advises, for example, companies operating
in the energy sector, telecommunications, the automotive industry, or
fast-moving consumer goods. Robert is co-responsible for managing the
Brno branch of the law firm.
Before joining our law firm, Robert worked eight years at the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition, from 2000 to 2003 at the International Department, later as Director of the Analytical Department and Deputy Chief Director. He then served as an assistant to the judge at the Czech Supreme Administrative Court in 2004 and 2005. After his return to the Office for the Protection of Competition, he worked as the chairman of the appellate committee for antitrust and mergers and as a member of the appellate committee on public procurement. Beginning in 2007, he served as the head of the Competition Section; in 2008 as Vice-Chairman of the Office; and in 2009 as the Office’s acting chairman.
Robert carries out his legal practice both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia where he practices as Registered European Lawyer. He is a co-author of important commentaries to the Competition Act (2004 and 2006) and the Public Procurement Act (2005 and 2007) and author of several dozen professional articles. He lectures at Masaryk University in Brno and also at international conferences.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
As an expert in competition law, he has been recommended by the international publications Chambers, The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, and ILO Client Choice. Under his management, the office was also successful in other prestigious legal rankings relating to competition law, in particular, Law Firm of the Year (winner in the Competition Law category in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017), Chambers, and Global Competition Review. In 2017, he was one of the six award winners in the Innovative Lawyer of the Year competition, while Global Competition Review names him as a Thought Leader, and Who is Who Legal as a Competition Future Leader.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Czech Bar Association
Slovak Bar Association
Languages Czech, English
Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Brno (2008), Ph.D.
Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Brno (2001), JUDr. (Doctor of Laws)
Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Brno (2000), Mgr. (Master of Laws)
advising important telecommunications operators in connection with alleged restrictive practices in the area of dominance, state aid, and merger control
advising producers and importers of automobiles in connection with alleged restrictive practices and related representation before the competition offices
advising an important retail chain store with respect to the concentration of undertakings, significant market power, compliance, and restrictive practice
advising an important energy company with respect to dominance, representation before the competition offices, and in relation to international arbitration
advising an important construction company in relation to proceedings before the competition offices concerning alleged restrictive practices
advising an Internet company on issues of unilateral conduct and successful claims by a competitor relating to the abuse of dominance
advising a company operating in the petrochemical industry in connection with the control of concentrations, dominance, and restrictive practices
advising a food business relating to competition compliance and internal investigations
advice to a major telecommunications operator in proceedings before the European Commission concerning network sharing
successful representation of a Slovak railway cargo shipper in proceedings before the European Commission concerning an alleged breach of obligations during an unannounced inspection
HAVEL & PARTNERS to receive the top competition law rating from the prestigious UK agency Global Competition Review for the third year in a row
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