Martin Šolc is President of the International Bar Association (IBA). His tenure is for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018.
Mr Šolc has been a member of the IBA for more than 25 years, and began representing the Czech Bar on the IBA Council in 1990. He held the presidency of the Czech Bar Association in 1994 and was a member of its Management Board from 1990 – 2002. After his term in office concluded, Mr Šolc took on an active leadership role in the IBA. In addition to being a member of the IBA Management Board since 2003, posts have included: IBA Secretary General (2013–2014); Co-Chair, Human Rights Institute (2009–2010); Chair, Public & Professional Interest Division (PPID) (2007–2008); Vice Chair, PPID (2005–2006); Chair of the Interim Bar Issues Commission (2004); Member of the Council of the Section on Business Law (now Legal Practice Division) (2001–2002); Co-Chair Eastern European Forum (1998–2000); and Member of the IBA Council (since 1990).
He is a founding partner of Kocián Šolc Touška, an independent Czech law firm, which was renamed Kocián Šolc Balaštík (KSB) in 1990. KSB is repeatedly recognised as a leading law firm in the Czech Republic by independent rating agencies. In April 2015, KSB was named Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic for a third time in the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence.
Many accolades have been bestowed on Mr Šolc which include being:
elected Lawyer of the Year in Commercial Law in 2007 and 2011 by the Lawyer of the Year competition organised by the Czech Bar Association and epravo.cz under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Justice and other legal professional bodies of the Czech Republic;
voted ‘Most Respected Lawyer’ in the Czech Republic in an opinion poll conducted by the prominent Czech legal commentary website, Motejlek.com (January 2015);
listed as one of the leading M&A lawyers in the Czech Republic in international rating directory Chambers Europe; and
listed as a leading Czech expert in corporate law, M&A and restructuring in the Legal 500 list.
Mr Šolc graduated from the Law School of Charles University, Prague, CZ (MA, 1976; Dr Iur, 1982) and has been a fully qualified ‘advokát’ since 1983 focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Company Law, Privatisation, Securities and Capital Markets. He has written numerous articles on these topics and is the co-author of several publications, primarily on Mergers & Acquisitions and corporate law in the Czech Republic.
In addition to his native language of Czech, Mr Šolc is fluent in English and has partial knowledge of German, Polish and Slovak.