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Leveraging the firm's excellent corporate, finance and tax credentials, in particular, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) has a strong track record advising stakeholders involved in high-profile infrastructure and energy engagements. Working alongside lawyers from numerous CEE offices, including Vienna and Belgrade, Marija Mušec recently advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a comparative assessment of the public-private partnerships and concession laws across all the relevant EBRD regions. Corporate head Hrvoje Bardek regularly handles M&A in the energy sector and, alongside associate Marija Zrno, is advising MET Holdings on its energy investments in Croatia.

Implementing a multi-disciplinary approach which draws on the expertise of corporate, real estate, finance and regulatory lawyers, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides 'a consistently high level of service and knowledge' across energy projects in particular. Emir Bahtijarević and Marin Vuković regularly act for Spanish infrastructure and energy group, Acciona, on its Croatian projects, including on the development of two wind farms. Mario Krka has 'an exceptional understanding that law is an extension of real life situations', and puts this to good use in his advice for energy clients including Akuo Energy.

Led by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Jasminka Čorda Truhar, Hanzekovic & Partners is 'one of the best legal advisers for project financing', particularly as it relates to transportation infrastructure projects. Praised for her 'vast knowledge of FIDIC contracts' and expertise at drafting concession agreements, Corda Truhar provides 'hands-on advice' on many major projects; she recently advised LNG Croatia on the contracts relating to the development of the LNG import terminal project on the Island of Krk.

Madirazza & Partners has a particularly strong reputation for borrowers and lenders on energy and infrastructure-related project financing matters. Managing partner Josip Madirazza recently acted for MET Croatia Energy Trade on its €560m cross-border financing provided by a syndicate of lenders, including Credit Suisse and ING. Associate Marinka Kovačić has a strong reputation for financing and M&A work within the renewables sector.

Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC advises investors and financiers on a range of energy and infrastructure-related projects. Natalija Perić has a particularly strong track record in relation to renewable energy projects, including her work for Splitska banka on the €26m facility provided to Energostatik to facilitate the development, construction and operation of a 5.5MW biomass cogeneration project and the associated wood drying facility in Grubišno Polje, Croatia. Head of corporate Vladimir Mamic is acting for Technital on ongoing issues related to the reconstruction and development of the Port of Split.

Led by the 'solution-oriented and proactive' Josip Marohnić, Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm has an excellent reputation for energy regulatory matters. 'Constantly involved in the ever-changing Croatian energy sector', Marohnić recently helped draft Energy Efficiency Law Amendments for the government, in order to effectively implement the Energy Efficiency Directive and to better meet the goals set within the directive to ensure greater energy efficient usage. Tena Tomek recently advised Rigi Real Estate on the refinancing of UniCredit's €3m debt repayment and replacement with Intesa Sanpaolo for the development of a biogas energy facility.

At Porobija & Porobija, the 'excellent' Boris Porobija is recommended for financing work for banks to fund substantial infrastructure projects, including toll motorways and public utilities. Zeljka Rostas Blazekovic is well versed in handling renewable energy financing.

Šavorić & Partners' Mia Lazić advised RP Global Austria as a project developer on the potential sale of two completed Croatia-based wind power plants. On the privatisation front, the vastly experienced Boris Šavorić recently handled work for investors into various state-owned entities.

Able to tap into the expertise of lawyers across the firm's corporate, banking and litigation practices, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has the strength-in-depth to handle a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects for various stakeholders. In addition to his transactional expertise on transportation infrastructure projects, Saša Jovičić has significant public procurement expertise; he is acting for the Turkish-Italian consortium of bidders in the appeal proceedings against the tender award decision for the construction of the Pelješac bridge. Splitting her time between the firm's Zagreb and Rijeka offices, consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić is advising Adriatic Gate, as concessionaire of the Rijeka Port container terminal, on all ongoing shipping and maritime-related matters.

A stalwart of the Croatian legal market, Žuric i Partneri has strong visibility from both a corporate and financing perspective across a range of energy and infrastructure projects. Duško Žurić and Edin Karakaš recently advised RWE Hrvatska on its acquisition of a majority stake in gas distribution and supply companies, Koprivnica Plin and Koprivnica Opskrba, from the municipal government of Koprivnica.

At Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners, Tin Dolicki is a key name for the financing of energy and infrastructure projects.

Macesic & Partners LLC provides corporate/commercial, financing and regulatory expertise across renewables, oil and gas, and infrastructure  projects. Miran Macesic is recommended.

The 'knowledgeable, accessible and experienced' team at Ostermann & Partners LLP provides 'solution-oriented advice' to a wide array of stakeholders, including lenders, sponsors and contractors, engaged in energy and infrastructure projects. On the privatisation front, Mojmir Ostermann and Vjekoslav Ivančić recently advised Meteor Group on its debt for equity investment in majority state-owned beverages producer, Badel 1862, following its pre-bankruptcy.

At Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers, the 'responsive and proactive' Petra Šantić has developed a significant level of expertise handling energy and environmental law matters in Croatia. Šantić also 'has an excellent understanding of the procurement processes for international corporates'; she recently advised Austrian construction company, Porr Group, as one of the bidders in a procurement process run by the Croatian state-owned railway company for the provision of the supply of construction works on sections of the railway.

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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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