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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 where clients benefit from a ‘professional and attentive service’ which is mindful not only of the corporate and financing aspects of transactions but also the tax implications. Recent highlights include assisting Export-Import Bank of India on the financing of a wind farm development in Dalmatia. Associate Marija Zrno acts for MET Holding on its investments in Croatia. Marija Mušec and Hrvoje Bardek co-head the multi-disciplinary team that includes tax expert Tamara Jelić Kazić.

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides an ‘exceptional service’ to many longstanding clients engaged in energy and infrastructure projects which appreciate the firm’s ability to ‘provide advice that is most appropriate for the project from a global perspective’. Mario Krka has ‘excellent energy law knowledge’ and alongside the ‘exceptionally detail-oriented’ Marin Vuković is advising Akuo Energy on its Croatian investments in biomass and wind energy companies. Emir Bahtijarević excels at real estate-related energy matters.

Macesic & Partners LLC provides corporate/commercial, financing and regulatory expertise across both renewables and oil and gas projects. Recent highlights include advising Enbekon on several renewable energy projects. Miran Macesic is recommended.

Madirazza & Partners has a strong reputation among international clients engaged in renewables projects. Morana Herak and associate Tatjana Radmilović are acting for Maltezian on the investment and development of two biomass power plant projects. Josip Madirazza is also recommended.

Co-headed by Natalija Peric and Vladimir Mamic, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC’s projects and energy group provides contractual, regulatory, financing and corporate expertise to a broad array of stakeholders engaged in major energy projects. Recent highlights include advising Splitska banka on the €26m financing provided to Energostatik to facilitate the development, construction and operation of a 5.5MW biomass cogeneration project in Grubišno Polje, Croatia.

Porobija & Porobija represents lenders and sponsors engaged in energy and infrastructure projects. Recent highlights include acting for the lead arrangers and lenders on the financing of Phase 2B1 of the Istrian Y Motorway. Željka Rostaš Blažeković and Boris Porobija are recommended.

Šavorić & Partners recently advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the $75m credit facility provided to members of major domestic oil and gas company MOL Group. Boris Šavorić is recommended.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is regularly engaged in domestic energy projects, particularly those relating to the renewables space where it is able to deploy multi-disciplinary teams across corporate, financing, regulatory and litigation matters. Team head Saša Jovičić continues to represent Vermilion Energy on various issues associated with its Croatian operations. The ‘responsive and professional’ Ira Perić Ostojić is also recommended.

Leveraging its impressive corporate, banking and real estate capabilities, Žuric i Partneri provides a multi-disciplinary approach across energy and PPP, PFI and concession-based projects. Duško Žurić is recommended.

Tapping into its impressive banking credentials, Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners is regularly involved in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Tin Dolicki is recommended.

Hanzekovic & Partners is praised for its ‘exceptional knowledge and unique project financing experience’, particularly in relation to Croatian transport infrastructure projects. Jasminka Čorda Truhar provides ‘practical and efficient solutions’ and is noted for her ‘vast experience across FIDIC contracts’.

Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm provides an ‘outstanding service across renewable energy matters’. Josip Marohnić is an ‘expert in the contractual part of the energy market’ and alongside Tena Tomek, who is ‘an expert in the law and regulation of the domestic energy market’, is assisting one the lenders on the financing to facilitate the development of a biomass power plant in Benkovac, Croatia.

The ‘knowledgeable and hardworking’ team at Ostermann & Partners LLP has regulatory, commercial and financing expertise across a wide array of infrastructure and energy projects. The ‘pragmatic and calm’ Vjekoslav Ivančić provides a ‘combined knowledge’ of the regulatory regime with ‘an all-round knowledge’ of financing and security issues.

Based in Rijeka, Vukic & Partners often represents domestic port authorities on infrastructure and gas projects.

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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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