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June 25, 2008

Four partners for E&Y

The consulting firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) Czech Republic has appointed four new partners. Milan Kočka, 35, and Běla Kroupová, 40, have become partners in the assurance division. Markus Lohmeier, 40, has been appointed a partner in the advisory division and Peter Wells, 38, has become a partner in the transaction advisory services division.

Kočka’s main focus is on the automotive clients of large German corporations operating in the Czech Republic. He joined E&Y in 2002. Kočka graduated from the Czech Technical University in 1997 and completed his ACCA studies in 2001. Between 1998 and 2002, he worked at E&Y’s offices in Zurich and Munich.

Kroupová has experience in consolidations and business mergers, specializing in clients in the chemical and industrial sectors. She recently joined E&Y but has been in advisory services since 1993. Kroupová graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in 1991 and completed her ACCA studies in 2002. She is a member of the Council of the Chamber of Auditors in the Czech Republic.

Lohmeier joined E&Y in 2002 and in 2005 moved to Prague from Frankfurt. As regional leader of E&Y’s fraud investigation and dispute services group, he has experience investigating corruption and money laundering and has implemented fraud prevention programs at multinational companies in diverse industries. Lohmeier has a legal background and is a graduate of Konstanz University.

Wells leads E&Y’s transaction support practice in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He specializes in buy-side and sell-side due diligence assignments for corporate and private equity investors and has advised many of the largest transactions here. Wells has been based in the Prague office for 11 years and previously worked at E&Y’s assurance division in the UK. He studied business at Leicester University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

The international law firm Lovells has added Howard Chapman, 34, to the management of its Prague office. His major areas of practice include corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and dispute resolution, including international commercial arbitration. Chapman will serve as the firm’s counsel in Prague. He has spent his entire career with Lovells, first serving in London and then in Frankfurt.

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