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Babic & Partners Law Firm provides ‘structured and knowledgeable advice’ to international clients on their M&A activity in Croatia, as well as on their day-to-day corporate and commercial matters. Boris Babić and Iva Basarić acted for GlobalLogic on its acquisition of Polish software company REC Global. The ‘responsive’ Marija Gregorić is also recommended.

Able to provide added value – particularly on the larger M&A deals – by virtue of the firm’s antitrust expertise, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides ‘clear and concise advice’ to clients in regulated industry sectors including renewables (Akuo), tobacco (Japan Tobacco International) and alcohol (Heineken). Mate Lovrić recently advised Hattrick Sports Group on the €85m sale of its betting business to Fortuna Entertainment Group. ‘Extremely resourceful’ head of corporate and commercial Saša Divjak and ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ M&A head Damir Topić spearhead the team that also includes ‘excellent’ competition partner Mario Krka. The ‘proactive and hardworking’ Daniela Marasović and ‘responsive’ senior associate Ema Menđušić Škugor are also recommended.

Headed by Aleksej Mišković, Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd’s three-partner team provides ‘clear advice’ to domestic and international corporates on M&A transactions, the establishment of business operations in the country, and ongoing commercial work. Mišković advised Dechra Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of a majority stake in Genera. Other highlights included Beata Glinska’s representation of SPAR Österreichische Warenhadels on its acquisition of Croatian retailer Billa. Petra Siketić, who has a ‘very bright legal mind’; the ‘hardworking and eager’ Ivan Maleš; and Tena Jurišić, who provides ‘clear and concise answers’, are recommended at associate level.

Jointly headed by Vladimir Mamic and Natalija Peric, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC provides a ‘customer-oriented’ service to domestic and international clients across routine corporate and commercial matters, as well as M&A transactions. Highlights included assisting Agrokor on issues before the formal initialisation of the restructuring procedure and acting for EBRD on numerous corporate and commercial projects. Nikola Kokot was recently promoted to junior partner in recognition of her involvement in many of the most significant corporate restructurings and M&A projects handled by the team.

At Porobija & Porobija, senior associate Iva Tokić Čuljak is noted for her transactional and competition law expertise and recently advised VIPnet on its €75m acquisition of a majority stake in Croatian telecom provider Metronet Telekomunjkacije. Boris Porobija is also recommended.

The ‘insightful’ team at Šavorić & Partners is regularly instructed by international funds on their investments in Croatia; the ‘commercial and technical’ Boris Šavorić acted for one of Lone Star’s real estate funds on the €200m acquisition of a Croatian portfolio of office and retail properties from Heta Asset Resolution. Alongside Branko Bulat and Lana Štojs, Šavorić is also advising IKEA on the €33m formation of a joint venture with Mutschler Group.

The ‘cooperative and well-organised’ team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has ‘significant experience’ handling international M&A transactions as well as Croatian corporate matters. Aided by the firm’s expansive network of offices, the Croatian team regularly works as part of a cross-office practice on mandates involving a domestic and wider CEE and SEE complexion; Luka Tadić-Čolić worked alongside the firm’s Austrian office on behalf of REWE International on the sale of the retailer’s Croatian Billa operations to SPAR Osterreichische Warenhandels. The team also has a sweet-spot advising on financial services M&A matters and recently acted for a consortium of investors on the €1bn acquisition of Setefi Group’s card processing business from Intesa Sanpaolo.

Despite a number of recent high-profile departures, Žuric i Partneri remains well regarded in the market for the ‘professional and reliable service’ it provides across the gamut of corporate and commercial work including inbound and outbound M&A mandates. As well as its regular involvement in NPL-related M&A work, the firm often handles transactional work within the energy sector. Miroslav Plašćar and Duško Žurić are recommended.

Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides a ‘responsive and value-for-money service’ to clients engaged in domestic transactions, as well as multi-jurisdictional deals in the CEE region. Aided on the tax front by Tamara Jelić Kazić, the ‘service-orientedHrvoje Bardek recently advised OTP Group on the acquisition of Splitska Bank from Société Générale.

Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners regularly assists foreign corporates on their Croatian investments and also receives a pipeline of referral work through its close ties to Hogan Lovells International LLP. Tin Dolicki is recommended.

Law Office Krehić, Staničić & Gričar provides a ‘business-oriented service’ to a growing roster of corporate clients across the gamut of commercial (including advice on shareholder agreements and commercial contracts) and transactional work (including M&A mandates and joint venture structuring). The ‘excellentTarja Krehić and Nikolina Staničić formerly held prominent roles in-house at Croatian Telekom Group and provide ‘nuanced expertise’ within the ICT and telecoms sector.

Madirazza & Partners provides a ‘timely and accurate service’ encompassing M&A, corporate governance advice and pre-bankruptcy counselling. Josip Madirazza and the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘analyticalMorana Herak recently advised OT-Optima Telekom on its merger with H1 Telekom. The ‘responsive and helpfulTin Težak is also recommended.

Ostermann & Partners LLP has a ‘strong understanding and experience of handling complex transactions’ particularly within the telecoms sector where managing partner Mojmir Ostermann is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’. Ostermann and Mila Selak are acting for international carrier Voxbone across a range of regulatory, commercial and corporate matters.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers regularly co-operates with practitioners across its CEE/SEE network of offices, enabling it to seamlessly handle multi-jurisdictional matters. Ivan Einwalter was recently instructed by Société Générale on the €480m sale of Splitska banka to OTP Group. Partner Vice Mandarić, along with attorneys Arijana Petres and Dina Vlahov Buhin, are also recommended.

Kovacevic Prpic Simeunovic provides a ‘responsive and solutions-oriented service’ to domestic and international corporates across a range of corporate and commercial work including governance advice and commercial contract drafting. Dinka Kovačević provides ‘proactive and direct advice on M&A transactions’ and is regularly assisted by the ‘knowledgeable and creative’ Martina Prpić and Danijela Simeunović, who has an ‘impressive depth of knowledge within the energy sector’. Clients include BTA Croatia, Ernst & Young and Erste Factoring.

At Law Office Lacmanovic, the ‘outstanding’ Natalija Lacmanović has an excellent reputation for handling restructuring mandates and distressed M&A transactions. As well as her continued high-profile work for Heta Asset Resolution on the unwinding of its pool of bad loans and assets, she is also advising RUAG Schweiz in the pre-bankruptcy proceedings against European Coastal Airlines.

Particularly strong within the energy sector, Macesic & Partners LLC is assisting VR Enbekon with ongoing corporate issues associated with renewable energy projects. Miran Macesic is recommended.

At Matekovic Law Firm, Krešimir Mateković has particular expertise within the pharmaceuticals sector and recently provided local law input to Sanofi on its acquisition of the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim International.

Praljak & Svic Law Firm provides a ‘prompt and professional service’ to clients including Adris Group, iNovine and Sandoz. Marin Svic recently advised Croatia Osiguranje on its acquisition of BNP Paribas Cardif Insurance in Croatia. The ‘knowledgeable and reliable’ Marko Praljak is also recommended.

Vidan Law Office provides ‘flexible and client-oriented’ advice to domestic and international entities on day-to-day corporate and commercial work, as well as M&A mandates and spin-offs. Recent highlights include acting for Kludi Szerelvények KFT on an internal management restructuring project. The ‘commercial and proactive’ Hrvoje Vidan is recommended.

Law firm Bekina, Škurla, Durmiš and Spajić Ltd is appreciated by an impressive and growing roster of multinational corporates, including Siemens and British American Tobacco, for its ability to provide ‘reliable and efficient advice’ which is attuned to the standards expected of international law firms. Branimir Škurla is a key member of the team that also includes Hrvoje Spajić and the ‘responsive and efficient’ Goran Durmiš.

Čipčić-Bragadin and Associates has a strong reputation for advising international entities from a range of sectors including financial services, TMT, healthcare and tourism on their investment into Croatia and ongoing corporate and commercial work. Silvije Čipčić-Bragadin has a particular niche handling private equity and venture capital deals.

At Law Firm Dominković & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal S.p.O., the ‘responsive and solutions-orientedMatija Osrecak has a niche advising on IT-related transactions and recently acted on the sale of a local IT company. Ivana Dominkovic Cecelja regularly handles energy-related corporate work where her ‘experience, commercial approach and industry knowledge give her an edge’.

At Hanzekovic & Partners, the ‘outstanding’ Irina Jelčić provides ‘invaluable corporate advice’ across M&A mandates, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy procedures. Jelčić is representing several suppliers affected by the bankruptcy of Agrokor.

As well as continuing to provide ongoing corporate and commercial support to leading domestic companies INA and Zagrebacki holding, Ilić, Orehovec & Partners also regularly handles M&A work including on behalf of a Croatian investor on the €12m acquisition of Garaža Dubrovnik. Tomislav Orehovec is recommended for his ‘comprehensive business law experience’.

Ivekovic Law Offices provides a ‘modern and proactive service’ across the gamut of corporate and commercial issues including ongoing corporate governance advice and assistance on M&A matters. Branimir Ivekovic is recommended.

Kunstek, Halle & Simac handles M&A work for domestic and international corporates. Ivan Šimac and Gordon Kunstek are the main contacts.

Benefiting from strong governmental links, M&S Partners is particularly accomplished at handling deals requiring governmental input. Andrej Šooš Maceljski represents the Croatian Chamber of Economy on privatisation matters and also regularly handles corporate and commercial work for PwC and KPMG.

At Markušic Law Offices, Don Markušic has excellent credibility acting on behalf of international corporates on their investments in the country.

Since its establishment in December 2016, Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm has already gained a reputation for providing ‘straightforward and deal-oriented advice’ to clients including Ista, LCN Capital Partners and TMF Croatia. Praised for his ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and ‘impeccable insight’, Josip Marohnić is ‘particularly good at handling M&A transactions’. Tonka Gjoić provides ‘solution-oriented, innovative and proactive advice’.

At Law Office Mucalo, the ‘pragmatic and professional’ Igor Mucalo provides ‘business-oriented advice’ across both corporate and competition law matters. Mucalo is advising Energocontrol Zagreb across a range of corporate and commercial issues including structuring of consortia agreements for tender procedures. Praised for its ‘commercial pragmatism and responsiveness’, the team is particularly noted for its expertise within the telecoms sector.

Planinić, Šoljić & partners Ltd regularly acts for foreign corporates on their investments in the country and also handles day-to-day corporate and commercial matters for domestic companies.

At Law Office Skerlev, Branko Skerlev provides corporate governance and general corporate and commercial contract advice to clients including Metronet telekomunikacije, Hospitalija trgovina and Amus.

The team at Rijeka-based Vukic & Partners often handles corporate matters for the firm’s shipping clients.

Vukmir & Associates provides a ‘customer-focused and effective service’ to a predominantly international-based client roster. Leveraging the firm’s rich IP heritage, it is perhaps unsurprising that many of the firm’s main corporate clients include entities from the technology and pharmaceuticals space including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon and Procter & Gamble. Sanja Tkalec Kovač heads the team that also includes ‘outstanding’ senior associate Tomislav Pedišić.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Constitutional Court Rules on Squeeze Out

    According to recent press release, in February 2007 the Croatian Constitutional Court overruled the claim filed by minority shareholders of Siemens affiliate in Croatia. The minority shareholders requested the Constitutional Court to declare that rules on squeeze-out introduced into Croatian legal system under the 2003 Amendments to Companies Act are in violation of the Croatian Constitution. Under the disputed rules, shareholders' meeting may, at the request of the majority shareholder holding at least 95% of the shares, decide to transfer to such majority shareholder the shares held by minority shareholders, provided that the squeezed-out shareholders are paid appropriate compensation.
  • Regulation on Investment Fund Mergers

    Based on the authority granted under the 2005 Investment Funds Act, on 14 December 2006, the Croatian Agency for Supervision of Financial Services ("Agency") adopted the Regulation on Open Investment Fund Merger. The Regulation sets out a number of rules related to procedure, conditions and methods for merger of open investment funds in Croatia. The Regulation will come into effect on 30 December 2006.

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