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Debarliev, Dameski & Kelesoska Attorneys at Law is a full-service law firm that routinely handles antitrust and competition law, banking and finance, taxation, IT matters, and energy law. Other areas of note include infrastructure and projects, corporate and M&A, real estate and construction, employment law, and litigation and arbitration. Ivan Debarliev leads the large clients (outsourcing) department and is highly rated for corporate law litigation, arbitration, electronic communications and M&A; Dragan Dameski heads up the foreign investments group and is experienced in energy matters, capital markets and real estate deals; and Emilija Kelesoska Sholjakovska leads the domestic clients department. Also recommended are Ljupco Cvetkovski, a corporate law and M&A specialist, and Jasmina Ilieva Jovanovik, who is noted for capital market transactions, competition compliance, public procurement and regulatory matters.

Polenak Law Firm's scope of practice includes high-profile M&A, establishing insurance and leasing companies, commercial, civil and criminal litigation, and financial transactions. Other areas of strength are employment law, real estate deals, share transfers, competition issues and telecoms. Kristijan Polenak is managing partner and Tatjana Popovski-Buloski advises on corporate law and M&A, industrial property, labour law and commercial litigation. Tatjana Shishkovska, Aleksandar Dimic and Metodija Velkov are experienced junior partners.

Lawyers Antevski also has representative offices in Liechtenstein and Vienna. The practice is particularly focused on the establishment of businesses, contract negotiations, finance transactions and dispute resolution. Zlatko Antevski, Vlado Ilievski, Roksanda Paskoska and Aleksandra Arsoska are the key contacts.

Cakmakova Advocates is highly regarded for its assistance to companies as well as SMEs and individuals. Managing partner Biljana Cakmakova is an energy and finance specialist; she also advises on IP matters, labour law and dispute resolution. Other highly regarded practitioners are Olivera Grozdanovska, Vesna Gavriloska and Elena Dimova-Ivanoska.

Georgi Dimitrov Attorneys is well experienced in dispute resolution, foreign direct investment, banking and finance, energy law, administrative law and employment matters. Georgi Dimitrov's practice includes taxation, labour law, finance, commercial property developments and corporate governance issues; attorney at law Katarina Ginoska is a specialist in energy and international commercial contracts. Other experienced attorneys at law are Nadica Dimovska and Meri Ristancevska Pavlovska.

Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers¬†advises on general business law, large-scale project financing, energy and infrastructure matters, banking and finance, corporate and commercial law, real estate, and telecoms; the team also assists with data protection compliance issues. Attorney at law and Macedonian practice head¬†Veton Qoku led advice to UK-based Central Asia Metals, a copper production and mineral exploration company, on the ‚ā¨340m acquisition of Lynx Resources, which operates the Sasa zinc-lead mine in Macedonia;¬†Ljupka Noveska Andonova¬†is a highly regarded corporate and commercial attorney at law.

Associated with global professional services network PwC LLP, Papazoski and Mishev Law Firm is experienced in advising on venture capital (VC) investments, corporate restructuring and complex corporate issues, financing, and compliance issues. The team advised SCV Partners, a VC fund that is focused on investing in technology start-ups in the Balkans, on its investments in two Macedonian IT start-ups, Cognism and InPlayer. Managing partner Kiril Papazoski  leads the business law department and Ivan Mishev is focused on financial and corporate law and capital markets. Jovan Vrtov was promoted to manager.

Apostolska & Partners is a full service commercial law firm that is particularly noted for its expertise in corporate and commercial law, M&A, banking and finance and real estate, alongside dispute resolution and employment and immigration law. Igor Aleksandrovski is a corporate law and IT specialist; Emilija Apostolska Temov advises multinational and domestic companies on corporate matters.

CMS was opened at the end of 2017. Marija Filipovska, who is 'an experienced lawyer whose engagement during projects is excellent', specialises in M&A, corporate, banking and finance, and commercial law matters. The practice, which 'provides expertise at a high international standard', advises clients operating in the energy, technology, IT, life sciences, consumer products and telecoms sectors.

Mens Legis Law Firm's recent experience includes the team advising DMM Draxlmaier Manufacturing Macedonia on corporate and contractual matters, finance and complex employment matters. Founding partner Ljubica Ruben, managing partner Jana Nikodinovska and senior partner Sanja Veljanovska are the key contacts.

Law Office Pepeljugoski is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in a range of commercial matters and dispute resolution; areas of strength include contractual law, finance, tax and corporate governance, as well as IP, unfair competition, telecoms, media and advertising. Senior partners Valentin Pepeljugoski and Aleksandar Trajkovski are highly regarded.

Trpenoski Law Firm is a full-service law firm with a significant track record in advising on corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance and competition law.  Natasha Trpenoska Trenchevska is particularly focused on commercial and banking law, telecoms and trade law, and Dejvi Davidovski is noted for civil and commercial law, and labour law issues.

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