Forbes magazine included Luděk Sekyra to the list of billionaires, which makes him one of the richest Czechs (Forbes 2014, 2015)
Born in Český Krumlov, after graduation from a secondary school in Kaplice he was admitted to Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague. He became an official of Socialist Youth Union and a member of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. On 13 November 1989 communits daily Rudé právo printed on its front page a group photo of Socialist Youth Union officials including Sekyra. After the Velvet Revolution he became a partner in the law office of professor Milan Bakeš, where he focused on restitutions of real estate seized by the communists after coup d'état in 1948. In July 1992 Sekyra co-founded a real estate agency and gradually became involved as developer and investor in several real estate projects, including refurbishments of pre-fabricated paneláks. In April 1999 he named his real-estate development company SEKYRA Group.
In 2000 Sekyra's SPV company "Středoevropská stavební" (StS) acquired major Czech construction company IPS. Sekyra secretly joined forces with infamous entrepreneur and lobbyist František Mrázek, who was at the time wiretapped by the police. The police also got court-approval to wiretap Sekyra and found out that Ivan Langer, a vice-chairman of the parliament and vice-chairman of ODS, is secretly lobbying on StS' behalf. StS made the highest bid for IPS and on 29 February 2000 got a CZK 2 bn loan from Investiční a poštovní banka (IPB). However, the loan was just for one month, not the nine years originally discussed. On 28 March IPB decided not to prolong the loan, however it did not immediately seize the IPS shares pledged as collateral and on 13 April 2000 Luděk Sekyra became chairman of the board of directors of IPS. On 16 June 2000 IPB went into forced administration and StS was forced to transfer the shares to its rival Skanska. On 20 July 2000 Skanska replaced statutory bodies of IPS.
In 2007 Sekyra transferred his share in Sekyra Group a.s. to Netherlands-based company SEKYRA GROUP REAL ESTATE N.V. (SGRE). At the end of December 2007 Luděk Sekyra controlled Curaçao-based company CEE Holdings N.V., which had a 95% stake in SGRE. Sekyra’s companies have contracts to develop major real-estate projects in the country’s capital, Prague. These include Rohan Island, Smíchov Railway Station, Žižkov Railway Station, Victory Square in Dejvice and Litochleby Square in Opatov.
Charity and political philosophy
Luděk Sekyra cooperates with Oxford University on a long-term basis. In 2011, Sekyra became one of the 36 members of Harris Manchester College's board. He also became a member of its academic community (Foundation Fellow) the following year and a member of the Vice Chancellor Circle of the Oxford University.
On November 6, 2014, University of Oxford hosted a series of events called Velvet Day as a commemoration of 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic and its former president, Václav Havel. Among the main events were Havel's Place instalment and its revelation in the University park, and also the inauguration of the student centre Sekyra House, sponsored by Luděk Sekyra. One of its lecture halls was named after the Czech theologian and priest Tomáš Halík.
Through his holding, Sekyra is also one of the main sponsors of the Czech Christian Academy.
In 2005, Luděk Sekyra was named Personality of the Year in the Best of Realty competition and received an award from the Association for Real Estate Market Development.
For the National Library of Technology building in Prague, his company received several major awards in 2009, including an award from the Mayor of Prague “The Building of the Year”, an award from the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic for infrastructure, and other awards for the graphic design as well as the architectural and technical solution.
- Consolidated accounting statements of SEKYRA GROUP REAL ESTATE N.V. for 2010, published at justice.cz
- Annual report of DEJVICE-CENTER, a.s. for 2013
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- Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 60466481, EPISTEME, s.r.o.
- Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 25687590, ČM PROJEKT s.r.o.
- Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 63998611, Sekyra Group, a.s.
- Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 25059688, České nemovitosti a.s.
- Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 25794213, S.P.I. Holdings, a.s.
- Jana Klímová, Krystyna Wanatowiczová, Podnikatel Sekyra: Role Mrázka v privatizaci IPS byla okrajová, iDNES 9 October 2008 (interview with Luďek Sekyra)
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- ČTK, Skanska ovládla dozorčí radu IPS, Mladá fronta DNES, 21 July 2000, page 12
- Annual reports of Sekyra Group a.s. 2006-2007 (auditor Valda Audit, s.r.o., published at justice.cz)
- Annual report of SEKYRA GROUP REAL ESTATE N.V. for 2007 (auditor KPMG, Qualified Opinion, published at justice.cz)
- Annual report of Rezidence Korunní, s.r.o. for 2009, auditor Danuše Peková
- Haris Manchester College, Foundation Fellows, 2015-01-29
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