Jan Sovar

Jan is a lawyer and an academic writer, currently based in Prague. He specialises in  national, international and EU financial market law, specifically in the asset management area.

He was at the Finance Ministry of the Czech Republic for over six years and was  responsible for legislative proposals concerning the provision of investment services, collective investments, venture capital and private equity, prospectus, market abuse, financial collateral arrangements and securities, with regards to both private and public law.  In 2012-2013 he drafted a range of principal law reforms in collective investments and in bonds in the Czech Republic.

Jan was a participant of the City of London Programme in 2012.  He completed his placement at Deutsche Bank, in the Government and Regulatory Affairs department, where worked on collective and individual asset management and  the issues concerning harmonised UCITS and ETFs.

Prior to joining the Czech Ministry of Finance, he worked for the Committee of European Securities Regulators in Paris (now known as ESMA) where he cooperated on the preparation of implementing measures (Level 2) for the regulation of markets in financial instruments and preparing documents, reports, and advice to the EU Commission.

Currently, Jan works for the law firm, Kocian Solc Balastik. Here his main areas of expertise are banking, capital markets, investment fund industry and other financial services.

Jan completed his graduate studies in law at Charles University and also studied law, economics and international trade at the University of Economics in Prague. He has written doctorates on the conflicts of law issues in financial collateral arrangements and on the topic of corporate bonds.

He has written extensively on CZ and EU financial regulation, investment management and investment services. His papers often appear in Czech legal academic journals. He also contributes to the legal website – patriaonline.cz – with his comments or features on practical issues of capital market regulation. His last publication contains extensive commentary on the Management Companies and Investment Funds Act which is considered to be a milestone in Czech fund regulatory landscape.

Jan enjoys travelling and frequently visits London. He is interested in astrophysics and history of 19th century Europe.