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Led by Ana-Marija Skoko, the team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) represents developers, investors and banks on real estate work within the retail, tourism and energy sectors. Recent highlights include Skoko’s work for retail client Bauhaus on the purchase of land and expansions of its Split-based retail premises. Splitting his time between the firm’s Vienna and Zagreb offices, Gregor Famira is regularly engaged in cross-border CEE-related real estate matters where he benefits from the ability to work alongside colleagues across the firm’s vast regional network.

The ‘commercially minded’ three-partner team at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is particularly accomplished at handling the real estate elements of renewable energy projects. Led by Emir Bahtijarević, the group recently completed its advice to Acciona on its involvement in the Jelinak windfarm, and is now advising the Spanish renewable energy company on the real estate elements related to several ongoing wind and solar projects in Croatia. The ‘detail-oriented’ Marin Vuković and ‘responsive and solutions-orientedMario Krka are recommended at a partner level, while at associate level, Igor Mirošević has a flourishing reputation in the sector.

Headed by Jurica Reberski, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC acts for private and public sector clients on land acquisition, zoning issues and land expropriation matters. Recent highlights include advising MEŠIĆ COM on the development of a substantial residential development in Zagreb and acting for Slavonski Brod city on a €10m PPP development of the City Pool Complex building.

Porobija & Porobija’s four-strong team, led by Sanja Porobija, has been particularly active in the tourism sector and, as well as recently assisting an international lender on the provision of financing for the development of a tourist resort on Hvar Island, is also acting for the purchaser on the development of the first phase of the new luxury boutique hotel in the coastal town of Trogir.

The team at Šavorić & Partners acts for real estate and private equity funds on their investments in major Croatian real estate targets including representing Lone Star Real Estate Fund on the €200m acquisition of a portfolio of office and retail properties from Heta Asset Resolution. Boris Šavorić and Branko Bulat are recommended.

Žuric i Partneri advises developers, investors and financiers on tourism and renewables real estate-related work. The team is also well-versed at handling PPP, PFI and concession-based infrastructure projects. Miroslav Plašćar is recommended.

Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners has a longstanding presence in the real estate market where its broad scope of work includes advice on lease, project development and financing, zoning, and construction projects. Mirko Bogdanović is recommended.

Led by the ‘solutions-oriented’ Beata Glinska, the group at Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd has developed a particularly strong reputation in the retail space, as well as on the development of commercial property. Glinska is representing the Croatian subsidiary of Austrian retailer Spar on the real estate aspects of its continued expansion in the Croatian market. Senior associate Anamaria Žuvanić is recommended for real estate finance work.

Macesic & Partners LLC regularly handles work for international clients within the tourism sector. Ivana Manovelo recently advised Istrabenz Turizem on the sale of the Grand Hotel Adriatic.

Madirazza & PartnersIvan Madirazza recently acted for Centar Bundek on the construction of a major new residential and commercial complex in Zagreb.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers’ head of real estate Jana Cvirn Adamcic is advising LIDL on its acquisition and construction of stores in Croatia. Adamcic also assists numerous banks on the local law aspects of real estate securitisations.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch advises banks, corporates and high-net-worth individuals across the spectrum of real estate matters. Team head Josip Martinić is advising DEGI, the owner of the King Cross shopping centre in Zagreb; recent work has included amending existing contracts with tenants in consideration of the centre’s regeneration plans. Other clients include Morgan Stanley, VB Real Estate and MOF Immobilien.

At Babic & Partners Law Firm, Marija Gregorić provides ‘clear and focused advice’ and is a key member of the team that also includes Boris Babić.

At Law Firm Ecimovic & Kaleb LLC, Josip Ećimović represents SG Kristalli 1978 on its development of a €40m mixed-use skyscraper in Zagreb.

At Hanzekovic & Partners, Jasminka Čorda Truhar has ‘extensive experience in the field of FIDIC form contracts’. Truhar is assisting state-owned company Hrvatske ceste on the EU-funded construction of the Pelješac Bridge with access roads. Andrea Domac Ričković regularly acts for investors and developers on greenfield development projects.

Ilić, Orehovec & Partners provides ‘practical and knowledgeable advice’ to private and public sector clients engaged in a wide spectrum of transactional work as well as real estate disputes. Tomislav Orehovec and Kresimir Kis are advising a joint venture between longstanding client Zagrebacki holding and the City of Zagreb on a high-profile residential development project that involves the construction of 1,800 apartments. On the litigation front, Ksenija Grejic is representing a leading regional oil pipeline company in a dispute with the contractor over a bank guarantee and contractual penalties.

Law Office Lacmanovic is advising Heta Asset Resolution on the real estate elements associated with its NPLs.

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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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