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Counting energy, IT, pharmaceutical and the financial services as key sector strengths, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz D.O.O. in cooperation with local lawyers¬†is a popular choice for high-profile and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Jointly led by NedŇĺida Salihovińá-Whalen¬†and Andrea Zubovińá-DevedŇĺińá, the practice advised the EBRD and the Enterprise Expansion Fund on establishing the European Pension Fund in Republika Srpska via an equity investment. Wizzair is another client. Sanja Voloder¬†is also recommended.

Dimitrijevic & Partners¬†covers the gamut of commercial, corporate and private M&A matters for local as well as international clients across all industries. Davorin Marinkovińᬆadvised the Pension Reserve Fund on negotiations with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) concerning a shareholders‚Äô agreement relating to the incorporation of the first private pension plan fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina.¬†Stevan Dimitrijevic¬†represented KfW in a bankruptcy procedure against a local micro-credit institution. In an M&A-related matter, the team advised Medico-S on selling parts of the business. Nina VjeŇ°tica¬†is another key name.

The 'dedicated'¬†team at Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers¬†is noted for its 'prompt' response times¬†and its 'knowledge of the complexity of the legal market in Bosnia and Herzegovina'. 'Excellent'¬†practice co-head Nihad Sijerńćińᬆis renowned for his 'analytical and practical nature'¬†and his 'outstanding knowledge'. Co-head Goran Babińᬆis also recommended. The group is advising Telemach on the acquisition of a local telecoms operator and is assisting the EBRD and the authorities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina with revising the current power purchase agreement framework. Senior associate Lana Sarajlińᬆleft to join Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers¬†in 2017.

Clients praise the team at Marińá & Co Law Firm¬†for its ability to 'communicate clearly'¬†and for its M&A expertise. Practice head¬†Dijana Ivanovińᬆand the 'very professional'¬†Bojana Bosnjak-London¬†recently represented Agrokor in a procedure of extraordinary administration and assisted the same client with the restructuring of its local subsidiaries. The group also advised Oqema on the acquisition of Interact, including conducting the due diligence, negotiating the agreement and closing and implementing the transaction.

Managing partner Sead Miljkovińᬆand Amar Bajramovińᬆare the key names at Law Office Miljkovińá & Partners. Recent highlights include assisting the APS Group with setting up corporate structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, acting for Slovenian company Montecristo on its restructuring of business operations and advising INA on a capital increase through a public offer of shares. The team is also handling a corporate restructuring for MOL‚Äô s local subsidiary.

Moravcevic Vojnovic and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr¬†is ‚Äėhighly experienced in both high-profile transactions, which involve major global and regional players, and daily corporate advisory‚Äô. Head of team Matija Vojnovic¬†and 'brilliant lawyer‚Äô Luka Lopińćińᬆare highly regarded. Praised for its ‚Äėdeep understanding of the banking industry‚Äô, the Serbia-based team is particularly strong in handling multi-jurisdictional matters. Recent work includes advising the Greiner Group on the acquisition of shares and assets of CartrimAircraft Bosnia, as part of wider acquisition of CartrimAircraft. Other clients include Airbnb and PepsiCo.

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers' team, which is led by¬†Naida ńĆustovińᬆand¬†Nikolaus Paul, was¬†strengthened by¬†the arrival of counsel Lana Sarajlińᬆfrom Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers¬†in November 2017. The practice regularly advises local and international clients on market entry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the restructuring of business operations and on the acquisition of shares. Recent highlights include assisting an IT company with the acquisition of a data service and identity management system operator, including handling post-closing activities.

At BB Legal, Pedrag BaroŇ°¬†in Banja Luka is particularly focused on M&A transactions, while Sarajevo-based Nenad BaroŇ°¬†is known for his expertise in banking and finance, tax and capital market matters.

BDK Advokati‚Äôs recent highlights include handling a mass redundancy procedure for Bulgartabac and advising Mahler Projekt on possible investment methods regarding the development of a ski resort and hotels in Klekovańća.¬†Vladimir DaŇ°ińᬆand¬†Tijana Kojovińá, who¬†are based in Serbia, lead the practice.¬†Attorney-at-law¬†Dijana Pejińᬆis the key name in Banja Luka.

Led by¬†Jasmina Suljovic¬†and¬†the 'responsive, proactive and business savvy' Mirna Milanovic-Lalic,¬†the team at Law Office Mirna Milanovińá-Lalińᬆis¬†'practical, reliable and easy to work with'. The group is advising CEFTA Secretariat on implementing a project that aims to establish a regulatory¬†database in the services sector.

Lawyers' Office Olodar Prebanińá & Arela JusufbaŇ°ińá-Goloman provides ‚Äėaccurate, quick and commercially oriented legal advice‚Äô on restructurings, acquisitions and share transfers, among other areas. Olodar Prebanic and Arela Jusufbasic-Goloman¬†are the key names. Adela Rizvic joined EY Law in January 2018.

At Law firm SAJIC, the team often handles corporate disputes: managing partner Aleksandar Sajic¬†is representing Elektroprenos in a dispute regarding the co-ownership of the company and is acting for Krajina Osiguranje in several proceedings against minority shareholders. Sanja ńźukińᬆhandled the due diligence of Meridian Banja Luka in order to enable the acquisition by Ciambella. Tax and labour law advice are other strengths of the practice, which is led by NataŇ°a Krejińá.

Managing partner Mehmed Spaho at Attorney at Law Office Spaho advised the Vienna Insurance Group on the acquisition of Merkur BH and assisted the Polyclinic Al-Tawil and Altamedica with the opening of new health care centers across Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the purchasing of medical equipment. Emir Spaho is another name to note.

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