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Ivana Dominković Cecelja,Managing partner

Ivana Dominković Cecelja, Managing partner of Law firm Dominković and Partners Ltd discusses how the firm is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Dominkovic & Partners Ltd from your competitors?

We always put ourselves into the client’s shoes and consider their perspective. Being (legally) right is not enough – practicality is a must. We want clients to understand and recognise the benefits of our advice, which has to be clear, whether given to in-house counsel or a member of the C-suite. Being part of the Deloitte Legal network, we work closely with Deloitte member firm's tax and accounting teams to deliver integrated solutions to our clients’ challenges.

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

More and more, companies are growing through acquisitions. We expect that the M&A market will continue to expand. Also, the number of Croatian IT firms exporting to the EU and US markets is growing quickly. We expect that IT-related work will also increase considerably.

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

We are steadily growing our talent, adding individuals that bring something new to our existing mix of skills. We believe our diverse teams are more attentive to clients, who benefit from their offer of deep market and industry specialism.

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

Digital natives are used to obtaining the information they need online – we see this increasingly also in our field of business. In addition to the substantial amount of information presented on our website 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?

Our corporate restructuring team have helped clients implement more efficient business operations with lower costs. As a result, clients saw benefits quickly.

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

In three years’ time, we aim to continue to grow our market share, demonstrate our eminence and continue to build our reputation. How do we plan to get there? By continuing to do what we do today – being dedicated to our clients and our profession, and taking time to attract and retain the best talent.

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    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.
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    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.
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  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

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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.
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    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.