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As well as handling discrete domestic and cross-border M&A mandates, Babic & Partners Law Firm also has a strong reputation for advising international companies on the the ongoing corporate and commercial issues of establishing and continuing to do business in Croatia.  Iva Basaric has been particularly active of late advising international corporates on the reorganisation of their Croatian business operations. Other clients include Accenture, DuPont and Audatex. The 'responsive and technical' Marija Gregoric is also recommended.

One of the largest and most well-established firms in the market, the 'client-focused and responsive'¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†has the critical mass and expertise to handle a sizeable range and volume of corporate and commercial mandates, primarily for international companies, including Heineken, Shire International and Google. The 'excellent'¬†Mate Lovrińᬆregularly handles corporate mandates within the gaming industry, including his recent work for Sazka Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Croatian sports betting operator SuperSports.¬†Damir Topińᬆand SaŇ°a Divjak¬†¬†are key practitioners at partner level, while senior associates¬†Ema ҆kugor¬†and¬†Daniela Marasovińᬆare also recommended.

Law Firm Glinska & MiŇ°kovińá Ltd¬†provides 'a responsive and knowledgeable service' across the spectrum of corporate and commercial matters impacting domestic and international entities. 'Dedicated, professional and experienced' senior partner¬†Aleksej MiŇ°kovińᬆis handling a range of work for Dechra Pharmaceuticals, including capital markets matters, regulatory issues and corporate governance.¬†Beata Glinska ¬†is particularly skilled at handling corporate real estate instructions, including her work for Tower Property Fund on all its ongoing and proposed operations in Croatia. Associates¬†Anamaria ŇĹuvanińá,¬†Ivan MaleŇ°¬†and the 'supportive, knowledgeable and accessible'¬†Marko Tomińᬆare also noted. Other clients include Spar Croatia, Kaufmann Group and Rixecker Investment.

Headed by the 'excellent'¬†Vladimir Mamic,¬†Mamińá Perińá Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC's two-partner team handles a diverse array of corporate and commercial work, including as it pertains to M&A transactions, recapitalisations/restructurings and corporate governance advice. Mamic provides ongoing advice to¬†member companies of Meritus Plus Group, including on shareholder agreements and regulatory matters. In addition to his M&A expertise,¬†Nikola Kokot¬†also has a particular niche assisting leasing companies with liquidation procedures. Other clients include Deloitte, Pepco, Jadran and Allianz Zagreb.

҆avorińá & Partners¬†has 'a¬†well-established reputation and strong track record' acting for large domestic and international corporates on transactional and commercial matters.¬†Lovro GaŇ°parac¬†has a strong reputation among funds and corporates, and alongside senior partner¬†Boris ҆avorińá, recently advised¬†Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on the sale of its shares in two large Croatian shopping centres - City Centre One East and City Centre One West.¬†Ň†avorińá and¬†Nina Radińá-Kuzik¬†assisted Enterprise Investors with its acquisition of a majority stake in¬†Pan-Pek, a leading Croatian bakery producer and retailer.

The 'very professional and client-friendly' team at¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†advises domestic and international corporates, either on its own or in collaboration with lawyers from across its¬†expansive network of CEE and SEE offices. The team has developed a particularly strong reputation handling financial services M&A; led by¬†Luka Tadińá-ńĆolińá,¬†it advised Advent and Bain Capital on the intra-group transfer of shares in payment solutions provider, Mercury Processing Services.¬†Dora GaŇĺi-Kovańćevińᬆand¬†SaŇ°a Jovińćińᬆare also recommended. Other clients include Stirling Square Capital Partners, Expedia and Steinhoff Group.

The 'very hardworking' team at¬†ŇĹuric i Partneri¬†provides 'concrete suggestions and solutions'¬†and remains 'a very credible' offering in the market by dint of its significant strength-in-depth and established ties with domestic and international corporates.¬†DuŇ°ko ŇĹurińᬆand¬†Edin KarakaŇ°¬†recently advised RWE Hrvatske on its acquisition of a majority stake in Koprivnica Plin and Koprivnica Opskrba from Komunalac Koprivnica. The 'very¬†dedicated'¬†Miroslav PlaŇ°ńáar ¬†has 'superior research and analytical skills'.¬†Daniela Mayer¬†is also recommended.

Aided by its international network of offices on cross-border mandates, as well as often handling standalone corporate and commercial work in Croatia,¬†Bardek, Lisac, MuŇ°ec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanw√§lte GmbH (Austria)¬†provides a 'thorough and reliable service' to an impressive roster of clients including Met Holding, Porsche, ABB and Telekom Slovenije. 'Service-oriented and responsive' team head¬†Hrvoje Bardek¬†provides an 'excellent service', and alongside¬†Marija Zrno¬†recently advised leading¬†transport infrastructure construction company Eurovia on the disposition of its Croatian daughter company to a Slovenian-owned investor.

Benefiting from strong ties with many key local corporates and also leveraging the firm's "best friends" relationship with Hogan Lovells International LLP, Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners handles a considerable amount of high-quality corporate and commercial work. Tin Dolicki is recommended.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC's team was further strengthened by¬†the recent arrival of the 'knowledgeable and¬†experienced'¬†UroŇ° Pavasovińᬆfrom¬†ŇĹuric i Partneri, and has¬†continued to grow and pick up market share since its establishment in 2014. The 'brilliant'¬†Dinka Kovańćevińᬆrecently acted for a Slovenian insurance company on the acquisition of two Croatian insurance companies. The 'innovative and responsive'¬†Danijela Simeunovińᬆregularly handles energy-related projects. Clients include Erste Factoring and RWE Croatia.

Although it has successfully broadened the scope of its corporate work,¬†Law Office Krehińá, Stanińćińá & Grińćar¬†remains particularly active within the IT and telecoms sectors. Tarja Krehic¬†and¬†Nikolina Stanicic¬†previously held prominent in-house roles at Hrvatski Telekom, and now advise it on a range of ongoing regulatory, commercial and corporate work. Other recent highlights include assisting MET Holding and MET Group with a potential acquisition of a large energy portfolio from Hrvatski Telekom.

The 'responsive and professional' team at¬†Madirazza & Partners¬†has recently been particularly active handling M&A matters within the telecoms sector. The 'hugely knowledgeable' managing partner¬†Josip Madirazza¬†has been at the forefront of most of these matters, including his work for Hrvatski Telekom on the divestment of its electricity business to RWE. Madirazza has also been pivotal to the firm's work for numerous major creditors of Agrokor on corporate matters arising from the implementation of the settlement plan.¬†Morana Herak,¬†Tin TeŇĺak¬†and the 'responsive and experienced'¬†Tatjana Radmilovińᬆare also recommended.

Benefiting from 'an in-depth knowledge of the Croatian insolvency code and corporate law', Ostermann & Partners LLP provides 'a responsive and solution-oriented service' to clients on restructuring, M&A and ongoing corporate and commercial matters. Led by the 'very knowledgeable' Mojmir Ostermann, the firm handles a significant amount of buy-side NPL-related M&A for various funds, including APS Holding. Other highlights include advising Agrokor on the management and oversight of shareholders' meetings of listed Agrokor subsidiaries. Mila Selak is also recommended.

Porobija & Porobija¬†¬†is a 'well-respected' firm in the market and consequently picks up some noteable M&A mandates and general commercial matters for domestic and international corporates.¬†Iva Tokińá ńĆuljak¬†is recommended.

Led by the 'immensely helpful' Marko Praljak, Praljak & Svic Law Firm provides 'a proactive and effective service' to domestic and international corporates engaged in business in Croatia. Marin Svic provides 'concise and savvy advice' across a range of matters including as they relate to corporate governance and shareholder matters, as well as M&A transactions. Clients include Inditex, Span and iNovine.

Regularly working alongside colleagues from across the firm's CEE and SEE network of offices,¬†Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers¬†has 'a practical approach and knowledge of local experience while applying high international standards'. The 'practical and business-oriented'¬†Ivan Einwalter¬†recently advised KKR-backed company United Group on its ‚ā¨230m acquisition of Nova TV. As part of his high-profile work for Sberbank as the primary creditor in the Agrokor restructuring,¬†Vice Mandarińᬆhas¬†handled a significant amount of corporate work, including assisting with the structuring of the potential new Agrokor group and frequent advice on management and shareholders‚Äô liability.¬†Dina Vlahov Buhin¬†is also recommended. Other clients include¬†Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale and¬†XAL Holding.

Under the guidance of the 'experienced and knowledgeable'¬†Irina Jelńćińá,¬†Hanzekovic & Partners¬†provides 'practical and business-oriented advice' on ongoing corporate and commercial matters, as well as transactional work, including M&A mandates in the tourism sector. Clients include Hanza Media, Sportske Novosti and Croatia Osiguranje.

At Law Office Lacmanovic, as well as handling a considerable amount of ongoing corporate and commercial work for clients, Natalija Lacmanovic is particularly well known for her restructuring and distressed M&A expertise. She acts for Heta Asset Resolution on the unwinding of its pool of bad loans and assets.

Supported by 'a young and motivated team',¬†Matekovic Law Firm's managing partner¬†KreŇ°imir Matekovic¬†provides 'business-oriented advice' to a raft of foreign companies, particularly those within the pharmaceutical industry, across a range of corporate and commercial work. Matekovic recently advised the Croatian subsidiaries of Sanofi Aventis and Novo Nordisk on the drafting of a raft of commercial agreements, including as they relate to data protection and clinical trials. Other clients include Luxottica Group,¬†Raiffeisen ‚Äď Leasing and Shire.

Vidan Law Office handles a range of work for domestic and international clients, including on day-to-day corporate support and M&A and joint venture advice. Managing partner Hrvoje Vidan and associate Mihaela Malenica  are the key contacts.

The 'client-focused' team at¬†Vukmir & Associates¬†provides 'practical and legally robust advice' across the gamut of corporate and commercial advice to an impressive roster of clients including Microsoft¬†and Procter & Gamble. Drawing on the firm's market-leading IP prowess, the group is a key name for corporates within IP-rich industries including the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.¬†Sanja Tkalec Kovac¬†recently advised Payback Austria on¬†the implementation of a loyalty programme in Croatia in partnership with a leading Croatian chain of retail stores. 'Technically strong' senior associate¬†Tomislav PediŇ°ińᬆis also recommended.

Founded in 2017 by three former senior lawyers at¬†Ň†avorińá & Partners, the 'dynamic and energetic' team at¬†Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich LLP¬†has 'fairly quickly built up a good client base and a decent set of credentials', and is particularly accomplished at handling work within the food and beverage, and hospitality and tourism sectors.¬†Ivan Dvojkovińᬆhas 'particular expertise in hostile takeovers of listed companies', and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'intelligent and client-focused'¬†Laurenz Vuchetich. Clients include Prevent Group, European Coastal Airlines¬†and Ferrero.

Law firm Bekina, ҆kurla, DurmiŇ° and Spajińá Ltd¬†advises on domestic and international corporate and commercial matters, ranging from company formation and ongoing commercial law advice through to M&A activity.¬†Branimir ҆kurla¬†is recommended.

Formed in January 2017 by former practitioners at¬†Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers, Bradvica Marińá Wahl Cesarec¬†provides 'a solution-oriented and value-for-money service' to domestic and international corporates. The 'proactive and skilled'¬†Neven Maric¬†and the 'knowledgeable and responsive'¬†Matthias Wahl¬†are recommended. Clients include Securitas,¬†F√∂rch and¬†OT Industries Hungary.

At Cipcic-Bragadin and Associates, name partner Silvije Cipcic-Bragadin is praised for his 'pragmatic approach' for international corporates and private equity sponsors on their investment activity in Croatia.

Headed by Andrej ҆ooŇ° Maceljski,¬†M&S Partners¬†handles a mix of corporate and commercial for companies and individuals. On the transactional front, the firm is particularly accomplished at handling corporate real estate matters, including advising the seller on the¬†privatisation of the biggest hotel company still owned by the state (work which included drafting the prospectus for the IPO and the listing to the Zagreb Stock Exchange).

Macesic & Partners LLC is particularly noted for its corporate and commercial expertise within the shipping, and oil and gas sectors. Miran Macesic and Ivana Manovelo are recommended.

At¬†MarkuŇ°ic Law Offices, name partner¬†Don MarkuŇ°ic¬†has a strong reputation among foreign investors looking to do business in Croatia.

Boutique commercial firm¬†Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm¬†is 'highly regarded¬†for M&A in the Croatian market', and is appreciated by clients from a range of industries for its willingness 'to go above and beyond what is expected in order to achieve a favourable outcome for the client'. Praised for his 'deep knowledge and service-minded approach',¬†name partner¬†Josip Marohnińᬆhas 'excellent negotiating skills and an excellent understanding of the sales process from an economic and legal perspective'.¬†Tena Tomek¬†is also recommended. Clients include LCN Capital Partners,¬†PCC Biomasa Karlovac and IT Soft. ¬†

Praised for its 'very high level of service' and ability to provide 'business-oriented solutions', Law Office Mucalo provides 'a flexible and dynamic service' to clients including INA, Hrvatska Posta and Alas Group. Team head Igor Mucalo is praised for his 'social intelligence', which ensures he is a very 'effective negotiator' across a range of corporate and commercial matters including on M&A transactions. Mucalo is also noted for his 'profound industry knowledge' of matters within the telecoms industry.

The 'professional, focused and supportive' team at¬†Orehovec, Vinter, KiŇ°, ҆imunovińᬆ¬†has a strong reputation in the market and provides ongoing corporate and commercial support to INA and¬†Zagrebańćki Holding.¬†Tomislav Orehovec¬†and¬†Irena Vinter Gregorińᬆare appreciated by clients for their 'dedicated and results-oriented approach'. Team head¬†Martina ҆imunovińá LepoŇ°a¬†is also recommended.

Oreskovic,Vrtaric & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal provides 'a professional and responsive service' to standalone clients as well as those within the broader Deloitte network, where it is able to bring a particularly commercial approach by virtue of the firm's impressive tax and corporate credentials. As well as providing ongoing commercial support to domestic and foreign corporates on all aspects of their businesses in Croatia, Jadranka Oreskovic also regularly handles M&A work, including recently acting on the buy-side for an international gaming operator and on the sell-side for a local IT company. Katarina Gilich is also a key practitioner within the team, particularly for restructuring matters. Clients include Mobilisis, INA and SDA Retail.

Law Office Skerlev is appreciated by clients for its 'business-oriented advice and ability to provide creative legal solutions'. 'Responsive and easy to work with', founding partner Branko Skerlev has a particularly strong reputation within the private equity sector, and is appreciated by clients for his background as in-house counsel at a Croatian alternative investment group, enabling him to 'quickly adapt to any corporate environment'.

Founded in late 2017 by¬†Branimir Zarkovic¬†following his departure from¬†Ň†avorińá & Partners,¬†Law Office ŇĹarkovińᬆhas already picked up some significant corporate and commercial mandates. Zarkovic recently advised Austrian investment firm,¬†Alkyon Partners, on the acquisition and refinancing of Croatian company Magnum Global. Other clients include Skinest Group, Telia Carrier and Karl Blaha.

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  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

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  • 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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