Is the law dealing with corporate criminal liability only for "criminals" from among legal entities?
Impact of Act No. 91/2016 Coll. concerning criminal liability of legal entities on business environment is being underestimated. If the topic is interesting at all, most people accept the prevailing opinion that this is just another bureaucratic law that will hardly have any effect, not to say real impact (such as the law on reporting criminal activities, i.e. whistleblowing) and that it will affect only those companies that are involved in criminal activities. This, however, must not be accepted. Namely, the law extends the established procedures and interpretations of terms, such as liability of executive and representative bodies (in Slovak: štatutárne orgány) and other persons, confidentiality obligation, business secret, compensation for damages, etc. Finding a link between criminal activities and consequences affecting commercial law or civil law relationships has been accomplished in the sense of this regulation, at least at the theoretical level (even if not quite consistently). Practical side of the application of this new law is yet to be seen, the scope of its applicability being immense.
Ružička Csekes has been named Law Firm of the Year 2016
For the fourth year in a row, we have succeeded in winning the prestige main award “Law Firm of the Year” awarded to the best national law firm. The competition was organised by the weekly TREND and EPRAVO GROUP. Furthermore, we have been ranked as the winner in the Public Procurement practice area, where we have retained the title since 2013.
In eight other areas we have been ranked as “Highly recommended” – Corporate Law, Competition, Banking & Finance, M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Insolvency & Restructuring, Development & Real Estate.
The participants were judged by an independent panel consisting of representatives of buyers of legal services other than law firms and members of the business community. Over a hundred evaluators from the business community were involved in the judging process.
JUDr. Jaroslav Ružička, PhD., Managing Partner: “It is quite complicated to measure the quality and level of production by conventional methods in our profession. The real mirror of our parameters is the level on which we are perceived by the surrounding community. In other words, this award is an exceptionally valuable proof of the finding that we are perceived as a prominent, reliable and trustworthy partner for our clients.”