Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has moved to a new office building in Prague, located at V Celnici 6, Prague 1.
The iconic building complex, Palác Špork, is located in the center of Prague, in between Hybernská and V Celnici streets. Its history dates back to the 17th century, when the original baroque palace was built. In 1783, Antonín Haffenecker, architect of the famous Estates Theatre, rebuilt the Sweerts-Palác Špork in the classical style, and a few years later Ignac Jan Nepomuk Palliardi added a one-storey building next door. In the 1920s, Bohumír Kozák and Karl Jaray constructed two new buildings in the courtyard behind the palace in the direction of V Celnici street. In 1926, the palace facing onto Hybernská street was demolished, and renowned architect Josef Gočár designed a new building in its place, retaining only the original facade. In the decades following nationalization in 1948, the building gradually fell into disrepair.
The property was recently redeveloped by real estate investor SEBRE and architect Stanislav Fiala to modernize the complex and add more natural light and transparency, while retaining elements of Gočár’s original high quality design. As part of the project, the architect added two additional floors to the courtyard buildings, which are now home to Dentons - and connected them to Gočár's building.
“The new office will provide a more comfortable and contemporary space to meet with our clients, and the modern space is more aligned with our culture of innovation and transparency,” said Ladislav Štorek, Czech Republic Managing Partner at Dentons. “Our new, larger premises will also better accommodate the growing needs of our Firm. In the last year alone, our fee earner headcount has grown by almost one third.”
Dentons currently employs 75 fee earners, including 13 partners, and has been present in the Czech market for more than 25 years through its legacy firms.