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White & Case Appoints New Prague Executive Partner and New SEE Country Practice Head

White & Case Appoints New Prague Executive Partner and New SEE Country Practice Head

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Partner and Head of the Energy and Infrastructure practice Vit Stehlik has been promoted to Executive Partner at White & Case in Prague, as of January 1, 2021, replacing Partner and Head of the firm's CEE Real Estate practice Petr Panek. Panek will be in charge of developing White & Case’s operations in eleven SEE countries as the firm's new SEE Country Practice Head.

Stehlik specializes in the areas of energy law, construction, M&A, PPP projects, and disputes. Stehlik joined White & Case in 1999, as a Legal Intern, and was promoted to Attorney in 2000 and Partner in 2009.

Panek’s areas of practice include Real Estate, Financial Restructurings, Fund Formation, M&A, Dispute Resolution, and Regulatory Matters. Panek has been leading Prague Office as Executive Partner since 2018. He has been with the firm since 2003, having first joined as an Associate, and later promoted to Partner in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Associate at Glatzova & Co for five years.

"I feel honored at the opportunity to lead our successful Prague office, and am very much looking forward to this new role," Stehlik commented. "I would like to thank Petr for the work he has accomplished in this position ... As we enter a new era, we are facing a number of challenges. One of them surely is the unprecedented transformation of the energy sector, with its fundamental consequences for all segments of society. Giving good counsel to our clients as they tackle the impact of this reform will be among my main priorities."

"Leading the Prague office, with its fantastic team, hugely successful clientele, and excellent results was my great pleasure and honor," Panek added. "I am confident that we will continue to go from strength to strength with Vit at the helm ... I hope to be able to contribute, in my new managerial role, to growing our business in the SEE region, and to strengthening the position of the Prague office as a hub for this region."

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