Pavel Dejl managing partner, shareholder (s.r.o.)
Pavel Dejl is a managing partner of KŠB. He represents important Czech and foreign clients in competition proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority and the European Commission, as before Czech or EU courts, including the Supreme Administrative Court and the Court of Justice of the EU. In the area of litigation and arbitration, he achieved many significant victories for the benefit of his clients, which had a societal impact both within the Czech Republic and within Europe.
His most significant case is the successful representation of Delta Pekárny before the European Court of Human Rights Rights which was awarded European Competition Case of the Year award in The Lawyer European Awards 2015.
Pavel Dejl has standout experience of litigating in corporate disputes including claims relating to shareholder liability and competition issues. Clients also benefit from his prowess in handling cross-border mandates as well as domestic ones.
Pavel Dejl is well regarded for his extensive experience in competition law. In addition to his expertise in high-profile merger proceedings, he is well recognised for handling matters concerning abuse of dominance investigations and appeals against fines imposed by the Czech Competition Authority.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2023
Pavel Dejl has excellent knowledge and experience in court proceedings.
LEGAL 500 2023
Representing Leo Express in filing a complaint with the European Commission regarding the abuse of a dominant position by ČD against Leo Express in the area of passenger train transport and in related civil court proceedings regarding compensation for damages resulting from the abuse.
Representing Asiana in filing a complaint with the Czech Competition Authority regarding the abuse of a dominant position by STUDENT AGENCY and in related civil court proceedings regarding compensation for damages resulting from the abuse.
Representing RWE Transgas in proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority in connection with alleged abuse of a dominant position in the distribution of gas to eligible customers. The CZK 370 million fine that was imposed in the appeal proceedings was first reduced to CZK 240 million after Pavel assumed the legal representation. Subsequently, the Regional Court in Brno, by judgment No. 62 Af 56/2011-647 of 19 January 2012, annulled the Czech Competition Authority’s decision on the CZK 240 million fine.
Representing Eurotel Praha (Telefonica O2 Czech Republic) in proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority regarding the abuse of a dominant position due to dual pricing. A CZK 48 million fine was imposed in the proceedings. The Czech Constitutional Court annulled the Czech Competition Authority’s decision, the decision by the Czech Competition Authority’s Chairman and the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision.
Representing Koninklijke Philips Electronics Group in proceedings before the Czech Supreme Administrative Court, in which the court upheld Phillips as the sole complainant and annulled the decision by the Czech Competition Authority’s Chairman against Phillips.
Representing Schneider Electric in proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority regarding illegal agreements. Schneider Electric was the only party to the proceedings which did not receive a fine.
Representing Reckitt Benckiser Czech Republic in administrative proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority in connection with an alleged breach of competition law in the area of horizontal cartels. The proceedings were – for the first time ever in the area of horizontal cartels in the Czech Republic – terminated by settlement.
Representing Agrofert in merger clearance proceedings with United Bakeries before the Czech Competition Authority in the area of bakery products.
Representing Mattoni 1873 in merger clearance proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority regarding the acquisition of assets and the takeover of PepsiCo’s operations on the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian markets.
Representing car-sharing companies Smile Car/Mobility Lab/Hoppy Go in merger clearance proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority.
Representing Rockaway Capital SE in merger clearance proceedings before the Czech Competition Authority regarding the acquisition of EUROMEDIA GROUP and Knižní Klub Management.
Representing Czech Media Invest and Rockaway Capital SE in merger clearance proceedings before the European Commission (M.9601 - Czech Media Invest / Rockaway / Brasinex Bohemia).
Representing RWE Supply & Trading CZ (former RWE Transgas) in court proceedings in which the opposing party sought compensation for damages in the amount of approximately CZK 4.8 billion. This included proceedings on the opposing party’s appeal, which the Czech Supreme Court dismissed for inadmissibility and, as a result, upheld the lower courts’ decisions in favour of RWE.
Representing Credendo – Short-Term EU Risks credit insurance company (formerly KUPEG credit insurance company) in a dispute over an insurance claim of approx. CZK 105 million. The Czech Supreme Court dismissed as inadmissible the opposing party’s appeal against the lower courts’ decisions which fully rejected the opposing party’s claim for the insurance proceeds in question.
Representing Sberbank CZ in proceedings on a constitutional complaint before the Czech Constitutional Court, by means of which the client, after its legal representation was assumed by KSB, challenged the Supreme Court’s procedure consisting, inter alia, in the failure to consider the request for a stay of execution of the judgment of the Court of Appeal within a reasonable time. In this respect, the Czech Constitutional Court upheld the client’s constitutional complaint by holding that Sberbank’s right to judicial protection was violated by the Czech Supreme Court. As a result, it changed the Supreme Court’s decision-making practice in the matter of deciding on the suspensive effect of an appeal.
Representing Heineken Czech Republic in an ad hoc review arbitration in a dispute resulting from a share purchase agreement, in which the arbitral award issued in favour of Heineken in the original ad hoc arbitration was confirmed in full. Heineken was also successful in subsequent court proceedings in which the opposing party sought to set aside the arbitration awards, including proceedings before the Czech Supreme Court and the Czech Constitutional Court, which rejected the opposing party’s appeal and constitutional complaint, respectively, due to a manifest lack of merit.
Representing Lovochemie in a damages lawsuit against the government. Lovochemie won its complaint proceedings before the Constitutional Court, which consequently changed the decision-making practice of the general courts involving the assessment of appeal fees on the amount of damages sought.
Representing Skanska in proceedings for performance under a work contract, where the claim was granted in full by courts of all instances, including the Czech Supreme Court, Case No. 32 Cdo 874/2020.
Advocate since 1998.
- International rating agencies (Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal500) have repeatedly recommended Pavel Dejl as a leading expert in the Czech Republic in the field of competition law and litigation and arbitration.
- Faculty of Law, Charles University Prague (Mgr. - 1994, JUDr. – 2002, Ph.D. - 2002)
- University of Amsterdam (LL.M - 1996)
- Czech Bar Association
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DĚDIČ, J., DEJL, P., KASÍK, P., KAŠPÁREK, M. On some problems of stock law. Právní rozhledy (Legal Insights): journal for all branches of law. 2002, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 55.