Ivan Barabáš is the founding partner of FORLEX with more than fifteen-year experience with providing legal services to clients including leading international and Czech corporations, investors and private businesspersons. Ivan Barabáš specializes in mergers & acquisitions, corporate insolvency & restructurings, and further in specific issues within the area of banking & finance. In his long-term legal career, Ivan Barabáš also advised clients on wealth management, director’s liability, forensic and legal due diligence, and professional services matters.

In M&A, Ivan Barabáš has participated in many important transactions on the Czech market, particularly in financial services, energy, manufacturing, automotive, IT and professional services sectors. In corporate insolvency & restructuring, Ivan Barabáš focuses on out-of-court restructuring programs and reorganizations. In banking & finance, Ivan Barabáš has extensive experience with block sale of claims, factoring and other forms of receivable-based financing, financial restructurings and acquisition financing.

Before establishing FORLEX, Ivan Barabáš worked for more than ten years at Havel, Holásek & Partners. Since 2011, he worked for Havel, Holásek & Partners in the position of a co-managing partner responsible for its branch in Ostrava. In 2010, Ivan Barabáš was seconded to a leading Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Havel, Holásek & Partners, Ivan Barabáš also worked for the Prague branch of an Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss and further for the ČSOB financial group.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate law
  • Banking & finance
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Commercial law
  • Private clients


  • Representing a Czech company on acquisition of an engineering company providing supplies in energy sector, including advising on post-acquisition cooperation for on-going projects
  • Advising a Slovenian group on acquisition of a Czech company focused on the development, design, manufacture and sale of electromechanical components for the automotive, electronics and electric industries
  • Advising owners of an IVF clinic on sale of the company to a strategical investor, including all regulatory aspects in the healthcare sector
  • Advising leading Austrian financial group on a number of acquisitions in the Czech Republic, including comprehensive legal advice regarding acquisition of a part of a bank’s retail business and acquisition of a home building savings bank operating in the Czech market
  • Advising major international FMCG producer on several trademark and asset-based acquisitions and divestitures in the Czech Republic
  • Advising leading international provider of security services on a number of acquisitions in the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic
  • Advising Polish private equity fund on several acquisitions and sales in the IT/TMT and e-commerce area
  • Advising a Czech based advanced solutions supplier in the field of glass melting, conditioning and forming on acquisition of targets abroad, including legal support to the client’s foreign operations following the acquisition
  • Advising foreign investors on purchase of non-performing loans portfolios from Czech Consolidation Agency and Czech banks, including advice on financing aspects and subsequent NPL servicing of the portfolios
  • Advising a leading Czech finance lease company on several sales of consumer loan and finance lease portfolios, including legal support in the tender process and portfolio hand-over
  • Advising German member of an international chemical group on enforcement of its rights in insolvency proceedings open in the Czech Republic against its EPC contractor, including representing the client in the insolvency related court proceedings
  • Advising the bankruptcy administrator of a major Czech bank on specific issues of the administration and disposition of bankruptcy assets
  • Advising top executives of leading Czech banks on director’s liability and corporate governance matters
  • Advising major Czech energy company on claim for damages against the former board members of its subsidiary
  • Advising leading consultancy firms on contract matters, including drafting template contracts and advising on professional negligence issues


  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2002), Mgr. (Master of Laws)
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Faculty of Law, Utrecht (2002)
  • Charles University, Faculty of Law, Prague (2004), JUDr. (Doctor of Laws)
  • University of Economics, Faculty of International Affairs, Prague (2005), Ing. (Master of Economics)


Czech, English


  • Czech Bar Association
  • INSOL Europe






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