Tomáš Novák

Tomáš Novák

Tomáš is the founding partner at NOVÁK & Co. Tomáš is the former Head of Bird & Bird's office in the Czech Republic and he had worked at Clifford Chance in Prague before joining Bird & Bird. Tomáš also worked at Bird & Bird London.

Tomáš is recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He has provided high-profile advice in a range of industries, including: media, food processing, mechanical engineering, transport and logistics, telecommunications, construction, utilities, real estate, and holding companies.


Tomáš was a member of a working group at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, involved in the preparations for the implementation of cross-border merger regulations.

Tomáš studied at the School of Law, University of West Bohemia, Plzeň. He speaks fluent Czech and English.


m: +420 739 334 230

linkedin: Tomáš Novák

Jaroslav Klapal

Jaroslav Klapal

Jaroslav is a partner at NOVÁK & Co. Jaroslav started his professional career in the Czech National Bank and subsequently joined J&T Bank. During his career as an attorney, Jaroslav worked in the project & finance practice group of global law firm DLA Piper Prague.

Jaroslav is an attorney-at-law specialising in banking and project finance, capital markets, commercial law as well as civil law. Within his professional practice, Jaroslav has been involved in a broad spectrum of financing for projects and private equity transactions.


Jaroslav has extensive experience in bank lending, the preparation of model contractual documentation, as well as experience in advising domestic and international bidders on various public procurement issues. Jaroslav has also advised on insolvency law and the enforcement of receivables, including representing clients in judicial proceedings, negotiations and/or disputes.

Jaroslav speaks fluent Czech and English.


m: +420 602 466 732

linkedin: Jaroslav Klapal

Jan Slabihoudek

Jan Slabihoudek

In 2001–2013, Jan was working for the advisory firm Deloitte, initially under the M&A Team of the Tax & Legal Department, and later as a member of the separate legal team. He has been focused primarily on corporate law and in particular, on the aspects of various company transformations.

During his professional career Jan has been involved in planning, management and mainly implementation of many dozens of various company transformations, including several cross-border mergers, as well as in other restructuring projects for leading Czech and foreign companies operating mainly in the areas of real estate business and development, automotive industry, machinery, and food and beverage industry.


In addition to the knowledge of the pure legal matters, he also has a basic overview of the tax and accounting aspects of these transactions.

Jan graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague (1998) and from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague (2001).

Jan speaks fluent Czech and English. He is able to communicate in Russian and partly in German too.


m: +420 603 445 719

linkedin: Jan Slabihoudek