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Legal market overview

Croatia was granted full membership to the European Union in June 2013, but the anticipated bounce from EU funding and private sector investment failed to materialise in its first year following accession. Instead, Croatia’s persistent recession continued and foreign direct investment slowed again in most sectors. Debt recovery and restructuring now constitute a staple of practice for many law firms. However, there are a number of positives to be taken: law firms report investment in tourism, the revival of activity in renewable energy, and the increased prospect of Adriatic oil and gas exploration as a result of the new Act on Exploration and Exploitation of Hydrocarbons and subsequent licensing round. Additionally, there remain various ongoing large-scale privatisations and renovations, such as the rehabilitation of Zagreb International Airport.

The legal market is populated by modest-sized law firms, and the past several years has seen a number of new law firms being founded by younger lawyers splitting off from former employers. Several newer firms provide high-quality service on a small scale at attractive fees.

Among the larger local firms are Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners; Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic; Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac; Porobija & Porobija; Šavoric & Partners; Vukic & Partners; and Žuric i Partneri.

Notable changes include the September 2014 launch of Kovacevic Prpic Simeunovic, whose three name partners were formerly at Žuric i Partneri. Former Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac attorney Ivan Krnic joined forces with Praljak & Svic Law Firm, whose partners formerly worked at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic, creating a proposition that is ‘young, driven, ambitious and very serious’.

Several international law firms operate in the market through associations with locally qualified lawyers. Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch maintains a significant presence, as does Karanovic & Nikolic, which has a network of offices across the Balkan region. Also present are CMS, Schoenherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH in co-operation with Croatian Lawyers and intellectual property specialist Petoševic.

Local firm Law Firm Glinska & Miskovic Ltd is an associated member of the DLA Piper Group. Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners has an association with Hogan Lovells International LLP.

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  • Real Estate 2013. Chapter 11: Croatia

    This guide provides the international practitioner and in-house counsel with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of real estate. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. www.iclg.co.uk ´.
  • Restitution of Property to non-Croatian Citizens – Possible at Last?

    After 14 years from the adoption of the Croatian Restitution Act, restitution to non- Croatian citizens of their nationalised property has become possible after the issuance of a Croatian Supreme Court ruling. Will the remaining restitution proceedings be finalised at last?
  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. However, following the coming into force of the new Act the Public Procurement Office, a regulatory body authorized to develop and coordinate the public procurement system in Croatia reported that in the practice the new Act is actually suspended until the regulations necessary for its implementation are adopted.
  • Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

    On 28 March 2008 Croatian Parliament enacted Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act ("Amendments").
  • Amendments to Civil Obligations Act

    The currently applicable Croatian Civil Obligations Act was enacted in 2005 ("2005 Act") with a goal of harmonizing Croatian legislation with a number of EU Directives relating to combat against late payment in commercial transactions, self-employed commercial agents, sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees, liability for defective products, as well as package travel.
  • Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act

    On 17 June 2008 the Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act ("Amendments") came into force. These amendments are aimed at fully harmonizing Croatian electronic commerce regulations with the relevant EU laws.
  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

    On 3 October 2007 Croatian Parliament enacted the Amendments to the Companies Act which should enter into force on 1 April 2008 ("Amendments", "Act"). These Amendments represent the first substantial change to the Act since 2003.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

    Background
  • New Public Procurement Act

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
  • Resignation of a Member of the Management Board

    In a recently published decision, the Croatian High Commercial Court held that in corporations having two-tier corporate structure, the Supervisory board (as a body resolving on appointment and revocation of members of the Management Board) is not authorised or required to resolve on resignation of the Management Board's member. The court was on the standpoint that the resignation has legal effects as of the moment of its delivery to the Supervisory board. As a result, once the Supervisory board receives a resignation of a member of Management Board, it is not to discuss such resignation, but only undertake necessary steps to appoint new member of the Management Board and register the changes with the competent registry court.

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    Leon Kopecký has joined Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as Counsel in March 2015. Mr Kopecký focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation, and compliance matters. His clients are international firms in the construction, raw materials, infrastructure, finance, fashion and health care industries. He regularly advises clients on complex investment matters. read more...
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