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Praised for its ‘excellent employment law knowledge’, Babic & Partners Law Firm provides ‘clear and well-thought-out advice’ to multinational corporates across a range of issues including advice on initial employment contracts, redundancy matters, visa strategies and employee mobility issues. Marija Gregorić and Iva Basarić provide ‘helpful and responsive advice’ and recently acted for multiple blue-chip clients on data privacy compliance projects. Clients include Accenture, DuPont Pioneer and OVS.

Leveraging complementary practice areas including pensions and tax, as well as being able to tap into the firm’s broad global network, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria)’s ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ employment team assists domestic and international clients on day-to-day employment issues, as well as those associated with transactions handled by the firm. Team head Ana-Marija Skoko provides ‘sound and focused advice’ across the spectrum of hot-button employment issues and alongside senior associate Mia Kalajdžić recently advised Adecco on complex interpretations of the temporary nature of outsourced work of their users and clients, including default rights and obligations that may arise from these relations.

Closely integrated with the firm’s corporate offering, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic’s employment team, headed by Saša Divjak, provides a ‘sound and capable service’ to major multinational corporates, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International, on the ongoing daily employment law aspects associated with conducting business in Croatia. Divjak recently worked alongside the corporate team to provide employment support regarding a high-profile M&A mandate in the insurance/financial services sector. The team was bolstered by the arrival in May 2017 of senior associate Jasna Belčić from Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners who brings particular expertise on collective redundancies, restructuring and compliance matters.

Led by Nikola Kokot, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC provides ongoing employment advice (including as it relates to collective bargaining issues) to two major state-owned domestic employers – HEP Group and HŽ Group companies. Kokot is also advising Train Hungary across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including human resources management and collective bargaining related to the execution of collective agreements. Vladimir Mamic is also recommended.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch’s three-strong team provides ‘effective advice’ on domestic employment matters, as well as multi-jurisdictional projects where it is able to work alongside practitioners from across the firm’s wide-ranging CEE/SEE network of offices. Dora Gaži Kovačević represents Boehringer Ingelheim Zagreb on day-to-day employment issues and also recently on the employment issues associated with the transfer of part of its business to another country. Consultant Ira Perić Ostojić is recommended.

Žuric i Partneri provides a ‘reliable and knowledgeable service’ to foreign corporates with Croatia-based subsidiaries across the spectrum of ongoing employment law issues, as well as on specific employment-related projects including drafting redundancy and payroll schemes. Miroslav Plašćar provides expertise across a range of employment matters, including collective bargaining issues, and also adds value to clients by virtue of his general litigation expertise in the event of a contentious scenario.

As well as representing clients across a range of day-to-day employment issues, the team at Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd often provides vital input in the context of M&A transactional work handled by the firm. Team head Beata Glinska recently provided the employment law advice (including issues related to transfer of employees and works council consultation) associated with SPAR Österreichische Warenhadels’ acquisition of Croatian retailer Billa. ‘Very supportive’ senior associate Ivona Anđelović recently joined the team from Porobija & Porobija.

The ‘business-minded and knowledgeable’ team at Kovacevic Prpic Simeunovic provides a ‘strong service’ to clients across the gamut of employment issues and is praised for its efforts to ‘simplify complicated legal matters’ and to ‘focus on key messages and suggestions’. Recent work includes the instruction by Neuroth to draft and implement an employee reward scheme. Martina Prpić and Danijela Simeunović provide a ‘very calm, logical and precise service’. Dinka Kovačević also provides ‘high-quality advice’.

Matekovic Law Firm provides a ‘constructive and business-oriented’ service across the spectrum of employment matters including advice on contracts and terminations. ‘Very knowledgeable and commercial’ managing partner Kresimir Matekovic recently advised on Sanofi-Aventis’ acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim’s consumer healthcare business.

Macesic & Partners LLC handles a range of transactional-related employment advice, for example on issues associated with M&A transactions, as well as disputes and routine advisory matters. The team has recently assisted numerous multinational corporates on stock option plans.

Spearheaded by the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Hrvoje Vidan, Vidan Law Office’s non-contentious employment expertise includes advice on redundancy and dismissal procedures, collective bargaining negotiations, and drafting employment contracts. Clients include Vlahovic Group, Puratos Konding and Rebuy Stars Office.

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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

  • 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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