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JUDr. Marcela Káňová, Ph.D.
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JUDr. Marcela Káňová, Ph.D.

Partner

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Marcela Káňová is one of the leading experts in the field of public procurement

and competition in the Czech Republic. Her main area of expertise is representing clients in administrative proceedings before the Office for the Protection of Competition, administrative courts and the European Commission, as well as in objections in tendering procedures. She also specializes in IT law, where she benefits from practical experience in the IT sector, which she gained as a partner at IBM.

She advised clients on cartels, abuse of dominance and competition law assessments of mergers and acquisitions,

significant market power, public support and public procurement until September 2021 as a partner at Císař, Češka, Smutný, where she was from the inception of the legal team specializing in these areas, which she also led for several years. She has been involved in a number of key projects in the ICT, railway infrastructure, energy and petrochemical sectors. Before joining the Bar in 2015, she headed the Public Procurement Monitoring and Bid Rigging Department at the Office for the Protection of Competition, which, in addition to supervising the conduct of contracting authorities, was involved in investigating complaints and conducting administrative proceedings to detect instances of illegal cartel agreements between suppliers bidding for public contracts.

Marcela is a member of the Disputes Committee

of the Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition for public procurement and the Disputes Committee of the Director of the National Office for Cyber and Information Security. She is also a member of the Control Board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the Expert Team for the Digital Economy at the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic and a member of the editorial board of the Public Procurement journal. She is also involved in publishing and lecturing activities.



Experiences

2023 - present

Professional experience

Company: ROWAN LEGAL, law firm

Position: Attorney-at-law and Partner

2021 - 2023

Professional experience

Company: IBM Czech Republic s.r.o., IBM Consulting

Position: Business Sales & Delivery Executive

2019 - 2021

Professional experience

Company: Císař, Češka, Smutný law firm

Position: Lawyer and Partner

2018 - 2019

Professional experience

Company: Císař, Češka, Smutný law firm

Position: Associate and Legal Team Leader

2017 - 2018

Professional experience

Company: Císař, Češka, Smutný law firm

Position: Junior Lawyer and Legal Team Leader

2015 - 2017

Professional experience

Company: Císař, Češka, Smutný law firm

Position: Junior Lawyer

2013 - 2015

Professional experience

Company: Office for the Protection of Competition

Position: Director of Public Procurement and Bid Rigging

2013 - 2014

Professional experience

Company: Office for the Protection of Competition

Position: Principal Expert in the Awareness and Transparency of Public Procurement project

2012 - 2013

Professional experience

Company: Office for the Protection of Competition

Position: Officer

2011 - 2012

Professional experience

Company: Mgr. Viktora Klímy, law firm

Position: Junior lawyer

Education

School: Charles University, Faculty of Law

Field of study: Commercial Law

Education

School: Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Law

Field of study: Law and Legal Studies

Education

School: Leopold – Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Rechtwissenschaften, Insbruck, Austria

Field of study: Public international law and European law

Specialization

References

Represented a major railway carrier

Represented a major railway carrier in proceedings before the Office for the Protection of Competition regarding a cartel agreement on the rail freight transport market in the form of market sharing. The administrative proceedings included a successful leniency application and a settlement procedure. The originally threatened fine of hundreds of millions was minimized and the negative impact on the specific persons involved in the formation and execution of the cartel agreement were averted.

Advising a client

Assisted in advising a client operating in the passenger rail transport market in the context of an investigation by the European Commission into possible abuse of a dominant position in the form of alleged underpricing on a specific route after competitors began operating on the same route. The Commission’s investigation was eventually dropped after several years.

Representation

Represented a group of companies involved in the mining and processing of non-metallic minerals in cartel proceedings before the Office for the Protection of Competition. Despite the fact that the cartel agreement was curiously concluded in the form of a notarial deed, the resulting fine was minimal due to the procedural strategy and settlement procedure.

Representation

Represented a major bank in an OCC investigation into possible abuse of dominant position by card companies (Visa and Mastercard) in setting fees for withdrawals from foreign ATMs. The result was an adjustment of these conditions in favor of the client.

Legal advice

Provided legal advice to a state-owned company dealing with the mitigation of the consequences of mining activities in the design and implementation of a comprehensive solution that enabled the continuation and completion of the liquidation of one of the largest environmental burdens in the Czech Republic – the Ostrava oil lagoons. This solution, which was limited in particular with regard to the Public Procurement Act, included the termination of the original implementation contract, the conclusion of a settlement agreement between the contracting authority and the original contractor, and the implementation of a mini-tender for the conclusion of a new contract worth CZK 400 million.

Provided contract management

Provided contract management support throughout for a contracting authority managing an information system that is part of the critical information infrastructure of the state, in order to ensure its support, maintenance and development. She proposed a plan, which she also participated in the implementation of, and thanks to which a new supplier was selected in an open tender, despite a decade-long vendor lock-in. Her legal advice also included negotiating with the existing supplier, which resulted in its commitment to assign the exercise of copyright ownership rights to the contracting authority upon termination of the tendered contract, thus finally freeing itself from the proprietary lock-in.

Representation

Represented one of the most important Czech cultural institutions in numerous disputes related to tenders for the implementation of new permanent exhibitions, which represent the largest exhibition project in Czech history and which uses the most modern forms of presentation, audiovisual and accompanying interactivity. In addition to administrative proceedings before the Office for the Protection of Competition, the work also included representation in court in actions for damages against the contracting authority in the relatively untested area of damages in public procurement.

Legal advice

Provided comprehensive legal advice to a railway infrastructure manager in the preparation of a transaction in the form of a transfer of part of a plant to this manager, with an emphasis on merger, public aid and public procurement aspects, but including the preparation of transaction documentation.

Publications

Mlsna P. a kol.

2022

Competition and public procurement. Synergies and intersections

Káňová M.

2023

Selected aspects and institutes

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Jitka Drážková, DiS., MBA, MSc.

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Tereza Dvořáčková

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Anežka Eliášová

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Mgr. Jana Elznicová

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Aleš Fajstaver

Paralegal

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Martina Farská, BA, MSc.

Associate

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Mgr. Andrea Fátorová

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Mgr. Ing. Ivan Fencl

Associate

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Veronika Fialová

Assistant

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Mgr. Martin Fišer

Associate

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JUDr. Martin Flaškár

Managing Associate

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IT and TelcoTransportation and Logistics

Mgr. Jan Frey

Partner

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M&A and Corporate Law

Vojtěch Maxmilián Frýželka

Paralegal

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Mgr. Marie Gavendová

Junior Lawyer

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Mgr. Adriana Gomolová

Head of assistants

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Mgr. Kateřina Gubeková

Of Counsel

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ContractsIntellectual PropertyIT and Telco

Mgr. Jiří Halaburt, LL.M.

Senior Associate

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Mgr. Martin Halašta

Associate

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JUDr. Jakub Hálek

Associate

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Mgr. Julie Haluzová

Associate

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Mgr. Jiří Harnach

Of Counsel

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Jan Hartman

Paralegal

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Ing. Vladimír Hejduk

Tax Advisor / Partner

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Tax Law and Tax Disputes

Mgr. Ing. Pavel Hejl

Counsel

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IT and TelcoIntellectual Property

Mgr. Jaroslav Heyduk

Counsel

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Insolvency and RestructuringIntellectual PropertyIT and Telco

Mgr. Michaela Holíková

Associate

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Tereza Homoláčová

Front office asistentka

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Mgr. Martin Horák

Junior Lawyer

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Dominika Horká

Public Procurement Manager

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Šárka Hospodářská

Assistant

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Kristýna Hrozová

Paralegal

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Barbora Hubáčková

HR specialist

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Mgr. Vojtěch Hudec

Junior Lawyer

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Vojtěch Hunák

Paralegal

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Mgr. Michal Hybrant

Junior Lawyer

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Mgr. Denisa Janatová

Junior Lawyer

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JUDr. Martin Janoušek

Partner

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Transportation and LogisticsEnergy and Environmental ProtectionM&A and Corporate LawDispute Resolution

Ondřej Jílek

Paralegal

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Mgr. Tereza Jirásková

Junior Lawyer

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Mgr. Michaela Jiříková

Senior Associate

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M&A and Corporate LawBanking and Finance

Mgr. Jakub Jirovský

Senior Associate

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Mgr. Šimon Kania

Junior Lawyer

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Mgr. Petra Kaňoková

HR Specialist & Back office assistant

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JUDr. Marcela Káňová, Ph.D.

Partner

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Public ProcurementCompetition LawRegulatory and ComplianceIT and TelcoTransportation and Logistics

JUDr. Margarita Karešová Kucharčuk

Senior Associate

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Mgr. Michala Kędzior

Associate

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Tomáš Knap

Paralegal

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Mgr. Bc. Václav Kočařík

Junior Lawyer

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ContractsDispute ResolutionArbitrationSports Law

Bc. Rozalie Kolářová

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Václav König

Paralegal

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Bc. Tomáš Kopp

Paralegal

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Mgr. Marie Koštělová

Senior Associate

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Mgr. Kristýna Kovaříková

Of Counsel

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Ing. Filip Kraic

Online marketing specialist

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Bc. Adam Krajíček

Paralegal

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Hana Drápelová

Associate

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Energy and Environmental Protection

JUDr. Samuel Král

Advokát / Senior Associate

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Public ProcurementIT and TelcoIntellectual Property

Ondřej Králík

Paralegal

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Diana Kulková

Assistant

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Jan Kurník

Paralegal

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Mgr. Adéla Lindnerová

Junior Lawyer

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Eliška Ludvová

Paralegal

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Martina Lukšíková

Paralegal

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Dispute ResolutionCriminal Law

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Associate

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Marcela Macháčková

Back Office Assistant

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Associate

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Associate

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Paralegal

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Paralegal

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Junior Lawyer

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Tax advisor

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Senior Associate

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Lea Molnárová

Paralegal

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Paralegal

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Senior Associate

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Partner

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Associate

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Associate

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Partner

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Of Counsel

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Petr Podzimek

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Paralegal

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Compliance Specialist

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Junior Lawyer

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Associate

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Paralegal

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Paralegal

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Assistant

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Paralegal

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Junior Lawyer

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Operations Manager

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Associate

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Junior Lawyer

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Of Counsel

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Partner

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Associate

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Paralegal

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Partner

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Junior Lawyer

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Junior Lawyer

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Junior Lawyer

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Counsel

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Associate

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Partner

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Of Counsel

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Of Counsel

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Front office Assistant

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Junior Lawyer

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Tax advisor

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Paralegal

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Paralegal

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Business Development Specialist

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Junior Lawyer

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M&A and Corporate Law

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Paralegal

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Václava Vojtková

Paralegal

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Adam Vondra

Paralegal

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Mgr. Anna Vondřejcová

Junior Lawyer

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JUDr. Jiří Votrubec

Partner

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Public ProcurementReal EstateIT and TelcoTransportation and Logistics

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Paralegal

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Associate

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Leonard Yu

Paralegal

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Senior Associate

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Monika Zahrádková

Of Counsel

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Monika Zahrádková

Of Counsel

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Senior Associate

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