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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides an ‘excellent service’ on complex banking, finance and capital markets projects. The ‘top class’ Damir Topić and ‘practical’ senior associate Martina Kalamiza advised Croatian packaging producer AFP on the €20m loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support the expansion of its product range. Mate Lovrić is also recommended, while at associate level Daniela Marasović is appreciated for her ‘responsive and solutions-oriented approach’.

Leading individuals

Damir Topić - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Next generation lawyers

Martina Kalamiza - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Able to provide added value – particularly on the larger M&A deals – by virtue of the firm’s antitrust expertise, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides ‘clear and concise advice’ to clients in regulated industry sectors including renewables (Akuo), tobacco (Japan Tobacco International) and alcohol (Heineken). Mate Lovrić recently advised Hattrick Sports Group on the €85m sale of its betting business to Fortuna Entertainment Group. ‘Extremely resourceful’ head of corporate and commercial Saša Divjak and ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ M&A head Damir Topić spearhead the team that also includes ‘excellent’ competition partner Mario Krka. The ‘proactive and hardworking’ Daniela Marasović and ‘responsive’ senior associate Ema Menđušić Škugor are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Saša Divjak - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Next generation lawyers

Ema Menđušić Škugor - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Led by Linda Križić, the ‘commercially minded’ team at Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic displays a ‘deep and broad knowledge of Croatian and EU legislation’ and provides ‘top level service’ to the firm’s impressive roster of existing corporate clients including Heineken, Dogus and Japan Tobacco International. ‘Accessible and highly skilled’ senior associate Hana Renić Henig is an ‘excellent dispute resolution lawyer’ and represents Scania Credit in numerous debt enforcement actions and litigation against Croatian companies. As part of her wide-ranging array of cases, senior associate Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja regularly handles public procurement disputes. Davor Rukonić left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Hana Renić Henig - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Closely integrated with the firm’s corporate offering, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic’s employment team, headed by Saša Divjak, provides a ‘sound and capable service’ to major multinational corporates, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International, on the ongoing daily employment law aspects associated with conducting business in Croatia. Divjak recently worked alongside the corporate team to provide employment support regarding a high-profile M&A mandate in the insurance/financial services sector. The team was bolstered by the arrival in May 2017 of senior associate Jasna Belčić from Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners who brings particular expertise on collective redundancies, restructuring and compliance matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

As one of the largest and most experienced firms in the market, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is well versed at handling IP matters, both in the context of transactional work (including IP-related M&A due diligence), discrete advisory mandates (including an increased level of instructions on data protection matters) and litigation (particularly in relation to trade marks and copyright). Team head Olena Manuilenko is recommended. ‘Very responsive’ senior associate Ema Menđušić Škugor has a particular niche handling regulatory matters in the telecoms sector.

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Privatisation, projects and energy
Privatisation, projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides an ‘exceptional service’ to many longstanding clients engaged in energy and infrastructure projects which appreciate the firm’s ability to ‘provide advice that is most appropriate for the project from a global perspective’. Mario Krka has ‘excellent energy law knowledge’ and alongside the ‘exceptionally detail-oriented’ Marin Vuković is advising Akuo Energy on its Croatian investments in biomass and wind energy companies. Emir Bahtijarević excels at real estate-related energy matters.

Leading individuals

Mario Krka - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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.

Leading individuals

Emir Bahtijarević - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Next generation lawyers

Igor Mirošević - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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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

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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.