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Sanja Savič, Head of Legal Department

Sanja Savič, Head of Legal Department at Deloitte svetovanje d.o.o discusses how the firm is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Deloitte Legal from your competitors?

We have a presence globally, where our clients need us, with over 1,750 legal professionals in more than 75 countries. We care as much about our clients’ long term success as we do for the short term outcome of a project. We speak the language of the boardroom, business language, not just legalese. What matters to us is to win great clients and to make an impact on their businesses. Our services are interdisciplinary, covering all business issues. We have wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets. We possess collective specialisation among our network.

Which practices in your member firm do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The most prosperous practice is M&A advisory and related areas of law, due to envisaged privatisation of some major companies in Slovenia. Moreover, Slovenia is slowly becoming interesting for foreign investors, which will also impact the M&A legal services market. Increased entrepreneurship (especially in information technology and telecommunications) will offer new opportunities for legal advisors, especially in the field of intellectual property and data privacy.

What is the main change you have made in your firm that will benefit clients?

Planinc&Potočar joined the Deloitte Legal network in 2015. Through this co-operation, Deloitte Legal Slovenia now offers all legal services, including representation, the same as any other law firm in Slovenia.

How is technology changing the way you interact with your clients and the services you can provide them?

Digital natives are used to obtain the information they need online – this is increasingly true in our area of business as well. In addition to the substantial amount of information presented on our website – such as the International Dismissal Survey or the legal topics in the successful tax@hand app – we are now moving towards an interactive presentation of information about legal topics

Increasingly, our clients want to understand and harness the power of state-of-the-art document analysis and document automation tools. We recognise that significant efficiencies can be achieved by carefully selecting appropriate tools that can address the specific challenges a client is facing.

Can you give us a practical example of how you helped a client add value to their business?

We advised a foreign client during its process of restructuring, i.e. liquidation of its member company and takeover of the business by the mother company. We advised the client on the legal aspects of the proposed transaction and assessed the tax and financial implications of same. The tax implications, legal complexity of the procedure and financial structure were determining factors for the client when choosing the most efficient restructure.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year's time?

In our experience, clients are looking for concrete and effective legal advice, professionalism, and a one-stop-shop service delivery capability. Deloitte Legal’s global reach is an immense advantage for our clients. We have no doubt that due to our local and network capabilities and interdisciplinary approach, Deloitte Legal in Slovenia will become one of the most well-regarded legal advisory practices in Slovenia.

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