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Slovenia’s efforts to stabilise its banking sector and boost finances via the sale of state assets is pumping life into the country’s small legal market. Debt restructuring, particularly the transfer by banks of non-performing loans (NPLs), and the government’s 2014 decision to privatise 15 state-owned companies, currently dominate legal work in a market where just a handful of firms have the resources to undertake large-scale due diligence.

At the time of writing, four state-owned companies – Helios Group, laser manufacturer Fotona, Aerodrom Ljubljana and automotive parts manufacturer Letrika – have been sold successfully and the largest of the privatisation processes, that of Telekom Slovenija, is at the bidding stage. Arguably, however, 2014’s headline deal was the €1bn debt restructuring and subsequent €324m sale of Slovenia’s largest retailer, Mercator, to Croatian group, Agrokor, which remains the country’s largest transaction. Another landmark matter was Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ (KKR) acquisition of the region’s largest pay-TV/broadband provider, SBB/Telemach, which was one of very few investments by a US fund in the Balkans and has awakened hopes that more will follow.

CMS is the only global firm present, but others lead on top-drawer transactions from their offices in cities such as Prague or Warsaw, assisted by local counsel. Austria-based regional firms have successfully penetrated the jurisdiction, typically advising international investors that view the Balkan countries as one market.

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  • Slovenia: New Employment Relationship Act

    On 12 April 2013, Slovenia's new Employment Relationship Act ( Zakon o delovnih razmerjih ; " ERA-1 ") and the Act on the Amendments to the Labour Market Regulation Act ( Zakon o spremembah in dopolnitvah Zakona o urejanju trga dela ; " ZUTD-A ") entered into force, introducing labour market reforms as a result of long-lasting negotiations among the country's social partners. The reforms aim to establish (maintain) adequate protection of workers and their employment relationships by simultaneously implementing more effective and flexible means of adapting to current market conditions (thus reducing labour market segmentation and increasing the flexibility of employment relationships). 
  • New Competition Protection Agency sets out enforcement priorities

    The start of 2013 was marked by the long-awaited introduction of a new antitrust authority - the Competition Protection Agency - which will be led by Andrej Krašek. The internal organisation of the agency differs from the structure of the Competition Protection Office (for further information please see "Competition authority reorganised: finally, again and forthe last time?"). The senate and the president of the senate will be responsible for adopting decisions in individual cases and the agency will be run by the director and the council. The agency has been reinforced with 13 employees from other ministries and public bodies, which should enable quicker resolution of proceedings.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 2013. Chapter 39: Slovenia.

    This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of mergers and acquisitions. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. www.iclg.co.uk.
  • Real Estate 2013. Chapter 35: Slovenia

    This guide provides the international practitioner and in-house counsel with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of real estate. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. 
  • Cross-Border Mergers in Slovenia

    Implementation of the Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers has for the first time enabled Slovenian companies to merge with companies from other member states. But Slovenian courts have little practical experience with cross-border mergers.
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    Implementation of the Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers has for the first time enabled Slovenian companies to merge with companies from other mem-ber states. But Slovenian courts have little practical experience with cross-border mergers. And the complex interaction of the relatively newly harmonised EC legisla-tion and the older local rules requires a sound knowledge of both regimes. It is particularly important to know how the local rules are applied in practice.
  • Corporate Recovery and Insolvency 2012 - Slovenia

    The Slovenian legislation includes the following types of in rem securities relating to: (i) real properties – mortgage (hipoteka), land debt (zemljiški dolg), real encumbrance (stvarno breme); and (ii) movables and property rights, respectively – pledge (zastavna pravica), retention of title (pridržek lastninske pravice), transfers by way of security (prenos v zavarovanje), and assignment by way of security (odstop v zavarovanje).
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    The Competition Protection Office recently initiated ex officio merger control pro-ceedings against the Federation of Slovenian Retired Persons' Societies. According to the office, the federation had acquired control over Vzajemna Zdravstvena zava-rovalnica dvz, a Slovenian mutual health insurance company, but failed to notify the concentration within the statutory 30-day time limit.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 2009 - Slovenia

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