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One of the few firms in the country 'with a real specialism in competition law', Babic & Partners Law Firm's two-partner team covers a range of issues, including dawn raid training and commercial contract reviews through to merger control matters. Iva Basaric has significant experience handling cases before the Croatian competition authorities, as well as on compliance matters; including for Merck Sharp & Dohme, which she recently advised on the potential competition law implications on pricing policies for different products. The 'excellent' Boris Babic is also recommended.

Led by the 'excellent' Mario Krka, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic's competition team has broad-ranging non-contentious and contentious expertise, including representing clients before the Competition Agency and providing general compliance advice to major corporates on horizontal and vertical commercial agreements. Recent highlights include successfully securing merger clearance for Hystead, a subsidiary of South Africa-based REIT Hyprop Investments, on its acquisition of a majority stake in two leading shopping malls in Zagreb. Senior associate Ana Tudorić Mejovšek is also recommended. Clients include Heineken, Japan Tobacco International and Reckitt Benckiser.

Led on the transactional front by Hrvoje Bardek,  Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) generates a significant amount of merger clearance work by dint of its 'high-quality M&A offering'. Bardek recently led on the corporate and competition aspects relating to OTP Group's acquisition of Splitska banka. As well as providing competition law input on M&A matters handled by the firm, Marija Zrno also regularly handles standalone competition law matters and leads the firm's work for clients on dawn raid training, as well as on compliance related to distribution agreements.

Headed by Mislav Bradvica, Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec has excellent credentials across a range of contentious and non-contentious EU and competition matters, including on merger control, cartel cases and state aid matters. Bradvica recently successfully defended Webasto Thermo & Comfort in a vertical restraint case brought by the Croatian Competition Agency.  Other clients include Konzum, Ledo and Budo Sport.

Leveraging the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, and its visibility on high-profile M&A matters, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC is involved in a significant amount of competition law-related matters. Natalija Perić is a key contact, and as well as handling a considerable amount of competition law-related work for Oktal Pharma, also recently advised Robert Bosch on the potential abuse of the dominant position on the Croatian market. Luka Rimac is also recommended.

At Porobija & Porobija, Boris Porobija provides 'high-quality advice' to financial services and telecoms clients, among others, on proceedings before the Competition Agency and on merger filings.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has a strong reputation for competition/EU law matters, including across risk management (through training sessions, on for example, dawn raid procedures), Agency hearings and merger control matters. Under the guidance of senior associate Luka Čolić, the team has also effectively garnered expertise in niche areas, including the new legislation regulating unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. Counsel Dora Gaži-Kovačević excels in advising multinational corporates on competition and EU law matters; she recently advised Starbucks on a franchising agreement with a business partner in Croatia, work which included significant competition law considerations. Other clients include Shire International, Avaya and Celgene.

At Žuric i Partneri, Edin Karakaš is the key contact for clients on the competition law aspects of their transactional work. He recently successfully secured merger clearance for RWE Hrvatska on its acquisition of a majority stake in Koprivnica Plin and Koprivnica Opskrba from Komunalac d.o.o. Koprivnica. As part of her wide-ranging commercial contracts expertise, Daniela Mayer regularly advises on competition law aspects, including on vertical and horizontal restraints and potential abuses of a dominant position.

At Matekovic Law Firm, the 'business-oriented, proactive and hardworking' Krešimir Matekovic handles a significant amount of competition work for Luxottica, including advising it on the competition law aspects of selective distribution agreements for the sale of its sunglasses. Matekovic also regularly handles competition law matters on behalf of pharmaceutical clients, including Novo Nordisk.

At Law Office Mucalo, name partner Igor Mucalo has 'substantial knowledge and experience' of competition law matters, particularly as it intersects with telecoms law. Mucalo has handled a raft of work for Hrvastki Telecom including defending it in several abuse of dominant position allegations brought before the Croatian Competition Agency.

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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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