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Babic & Partners Law Firm provides a ‘responsive’ service to clients across a broad range of litigation matters including product liability, competition law and shareholder disputes. The ‘business-oriented’ Boris Babić is recommended. Clients include Audatex, DuPont Pioneer and Magyar Suzuki Corporation.

Led by Linda Križić, the ‘commercially minded’ team at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic displays a ‘deep and broad knowledge of Croatian and EU legislation’ and provides ‘top level service’ to the firm’s impressive roster of existing corporate clients including Heineken, Dogus and Japan Tobacco International. ‘Accessible and highly skilled’ senior associate Hana Renić Henig is an ‘excellent dispute resolution lawyer’ and represents Scania Credit in numerous debt enforcement actions and litigation against Croatian companies. As part of her wide-ranging array of cases, senior associate Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja regularly handles public procurement disputes. Davor Rukonić left the firm.

Macesic & Partners LLC provides a ‘responsive service’ to clients engaged in complex commercial and IP disputes, and also excels at debt enforcement and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Miroljub Maćešić and Miran Macesic are recommended.

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Madirazza & Partners provides ‘pragmatic’ advice to clients from the energy, financial services, real estate and telecoms sectors across a range of commercial disputes, including contentious insolvency matters where the firm is praised for its ‘intimate knowledge of the new pre-bankruptcy procedures’. Josip Madirazza and Tin Težak are ‘very confident at handling delicate matters of international arbitration’.

Porobija & Porobija continues to represent Zagrebačka banka in all individual litigation arising from the first case of a collective lawsuit for the protection of consumers’ rights in Croatia. Sanja Porobija is leading on the matter and is a key member of the team that also includes Boris Porobija.

Led by Branko Bulat, Šavorić & Partners’ three-partner team has the experience and ‘depth of knowledge’ to handle a wide range of litigation, from corporate disputes and large-scale debt collection cases to IP litigation. The team is defending Air France in a €2m claim brought by relatives of a Croatian national who was a passenger aboard the plane that crashed en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro in 2009. The practice is also engaged in numerous cases for clients in the financial services sector including on behalf of Addiko Bank, as one of numerous defendant Croatian banks, in ongoing litigation regarding the collective protection of consumers’ rights.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch provides ‘practical advice’ to domestic and international clients engaged in commercial disputes. Practice head Dalibor Valinčić is representing ExxonMobil in the recognition and enforcement of a Belgian award in Croatia against its former local distributor. Josip Martinić recently successfully represented Keune Holding in a shareholder dispute with a prominent local businessman who held 50% of shares in its Croatian subsidiary. The team is also recommended for investor-state arbitration work.

Praised for its ‘responsive and value-for-money service’, Žuric i Partneri regularly handles some of the highest-profile disputes in the market. Miroslav Plašćar has significant experience handling financial services-related litigation and is a key member of the team that also includes arbitration expert Edin Karakaš.

At Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria), as well as her ongoing work for Heta Asset Resolution in NPL cases, team head Sandra Lisac also represents DePuy on its negotiations with Croatian patients for compensation following the recall of one of its hip implants. Tamara Jelić Kazić is recommended for tax litigation.

Praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of local regulations’, Law firm Bekina, Škurla, Durmiš and Spajić Ltd regularly represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Hrvoje Spajić is recognised by one client as ‘our go-to-attorney on our most complex cases’ and Željko Bekina displays a practical approach in litigation against public employers and is knowledgeable about the construction and banking sector’. Associate Damir Kevilj provides ‘concrete answers to complex questions’ and is at the forefront of the firm’s efforts on behalf of financial services clients across enforcement proceedings.

Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners is well-versed at handling a broad array of commercial and administrative law disputes for domestic and international clients. Mirko Bogdanović is recommended.

Hanzekovic & Partners’ 13-strong team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume of debt collection matters for clients as well as a significant amount of commercial disputes and administrative law proceedings. Jasminka Čorda Truhar has ‘a superb knowledge of FIDIC construction contracts’ and regularly represent clients in related disputes; she is currently representing the claimant before the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in a €4.5m dispute regarding the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Karlovac. Domagoj Truhar and Diana Vojković are also recommended.

Ostermann & Partners LLP’s managing partner Mojmir Ostermann has an ‘excellent understanding of the telecoms market’ and regularly handles related disputes; he is representing Optima Telekom in an unfair competition claim brought against H1 Telekom. Mila Selak is also recommended.

At Law Firm Ecimovic & Kaleb LLC, the ‘knowledgeable’ Ivan Kaleb regularly represents clients in pre-bankruptcy procedures and debt recovery claims.

Headed by Beata Glinska, Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd’s ‘solutions-oriented’ team displays ‘excellent knowledge on civil law matters’ and is active across a broad range of commercial disputes including shareholder litigation. Glinska is also noted for her investor-state international arbitration expertise and is representing the claimant in an investment arbitration brought against the Republic of Croatia relating to domestic zoning matters.

Ilić, Orehovec & Partners continues to generate a significant amount of ongoing litigation work from the firm’s two biggest clients, INA and Zagrebacki holding, including recently successfully defending the latter at first and second instance in a public procurement-related dispute. The team also regularly handles debt collection procedures and insolvency-related litigation. The ‘brilliant’ Irena Vinter Gregoric is recommended.

The ‘dynamic and innovative’ team at Kallay & Partners Ltd. handles debt collection work on behalf of numerous Austrian clients. The team is also representing a client in a public procurement dispute brought against the government following a public tender proceeding conducted by the Croatian Energy Market Operator. Dina Slunjski and Vedran Plasaj are the primary contacts.

Law Office Lacmanovic represents Heta Asset Resolution in debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its creditors. Natalija Lacmanović is recommended.

At Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC, Natalija Peric has ‘excellent knowledge of Croatian laws and regulation, EU projects, FIDIC, and EU laws and regulations’. Recent highlights include representing the city of Slavonski Brod in a construction arbitration.

Markušic Law Offices’ wide-ranging litigation work has recently included the representation of an international embassy based in Croatia in an attempt to set aside an arbitral award related to a construction dispute with a contractor. Don Markušic is recommended.

At Matekovic Law Firm, as well as continuing to handle a raft of litigation for Heta Asset Resolution, including the collection of €65m of bad debts, Kresimir Matekovic also represents ENERGON Facility Management in litigation against KABRIO for allegedly illegally terminating a facility management service agreement. Marko Cokol is also recommended.

Vidan Law Office provides ‘professional and timely advice’ to domestic and international clients across a broad range of litigation including IP, general commercial and shareholder disputes. The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Hrvoje Vidan is regularly at the forefront of the most important litigation handled by the team including its representation of VipNet in more than 9,000 litigation and enforcement procedures for claim collections.

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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.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

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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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