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

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Led by the 'top-class'¬†Damir Topińá,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†provides 'a very responsive and flexible service' to an impressive roster of banking clients including J&T Bank,¬†KfW Ipex Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Topińá has broad-ranging expertise across the gamut of new financing and refinancings and, aided by 'extremely helpful and practical' senior associate¬†Martina Kalamiza, recently advised ING Bank on the amendment and restatement of the existing loan agreement for Aminolabs Group to facilitate its acquisition of Atlantic Multipower Germany.¬†Kalamiza also assisted Sazka Group with the transactional and regulatory financing aspects of its acquisition of a controlling stake in Croatian sports betting company SuperSport.

Leading individuals

Damir Topińá - 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

One of the largest and most well-established firms in the market, the 'client-focused and responsive'¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†has the critical mass and expertise to handle a sizeable range and volume of corporate and commercial mandates, primarily for international companies, including Heineken, Shire International and Google. The 'excellent'¬†Mate Lovrińᬆregularly handles corporate mandates within the gaming industry, including his recent work for Sazka Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Croatian sports betting operator SuperSports.¬†Damir Topińᬆand SaŇ°a Divjak¬†¬†are key practitioners at partner level, while senior associates¬†Ema ҆kugor¬†and¬†Daniela Marasovińᬆare also recommended.

Leading individuals

¬†SaŇ°a Divjak - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Next generation lawyers

Ema ҆kugor - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Temporarily headed by senior associate¬†Ana-Marija ńĆabraja¬†while¬†Linda KriŇĺińᬆis on maternity leave,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†provides 'responsive and commercial' advice to the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, including on construction, employment, tax, IP and insolvency disputes. The 'client-friendly'¬†SaŇ°a Divjak¬†regularly handles litigation as part of his broader corporate practice; he is representing the organiser of a music festival in a trade mark infringement dispute. Senior associate¬†Hana Renińá Henig¬†has a very strong reputation for handling arbitration and litigation; she has been representing Scania Credit in numerous debt collection matters against outstanding debtors of the company.

Next generation lawyers

Ana-Marija ńĆabraja¬† - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

¬†Hana Renińá Henig¬† - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Led by the 'excellent'¬†Mario Krka,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic's competition team has broad-ranging non-contentious and contentious expertise, including representing clients before the Competition Agency and providing general compliance advice to major corporates on horizontal and vertical commercial agreements. Recent highlights include successfully securing merger clearance¬†for Hystead, a subsidiary of South Africa-based REIT Hyprop Investments, on its acquisition of a majority stake in two leading shopping malls in Zagreb.¬†Senior associate¬†Ana Tudorińá MejovŇ°ek¬†is also recommended. Clients include Heineken, Japan Tobacco International and Reckitt Benckiser.

Leading individuals

Mario Krka - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Headed by¬†SaŇ°a Divjak,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†provides 'a responsive and knowledgeable service' across a variety of issues including employment and management contracts, stock option plans, restructuring, and employment litigation. Senior associate¬†Jasna Belńćińᬆis recommended for her advice to employers on collective redundancies, restructuring and compliance matters.

Leading individuals

SaŇ°a Divjak - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Benefiting from 'a deep knowledge of the market and able to lead assignments involving multiple jurisdictions',¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†is well placed to represent multinational corporates, including Google, Heineken and Fox TV, across a broad-range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The 'very approachable'¬†Olena Manuilenko¬†has 'an in-depth knowledge of IP law and data protection', and alongside senior partner¬†SaŇ°a Divjak,¬†has been particularly active of late advising on GDPR matters.

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

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Implementing a multi-disciplinary approach which draws on the expertise of corporate, real estate, finance and regulatory lawyers,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic¬†provides 'a consistently high level of service and knowledge' across energy projects in particular.¬†Emir Bahtijarevińᬆand¬†Marin Vukovińᬆregularly act for Spanish infrastructure and energy group, Acciona, on its Croatian projects, including on the development of two wind farms.¬†Mario Krka¬†has 'an exceptional¬†understanding¬†that law is an extension of real life situations', and puts this to good use in his advice for energy clients including Akuo Energy.

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

Led by the 'well-connected and commercial'¬†Emir Bahtijarevińá,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic's 'client-focused and knowledgeable' two-partner team provides contentious and non-contentious expertise to stakeholders engaged in the infrastructure, leisure, tourism and energy sectors. As well as continuing to provide day-to-day support to Globe Trade Center on the management of its Croatian shopping centers, alongside Bahtijarevińá, the 'very competent'¬†Marin Vukovińᬆrecently advised it on the development and construction of two new business buildings in Zagreb. Senior associate¬†Igor MiroŇ°evińᬆhandles a range of work relating to property sales and purchases, developments, lettings and management, and construction. Other clients include Hyprop Investments, Helios Properties and¬†W.P. Carey.

Leading individuals

Emir Bahtijarevińá - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Next generation lawyers

Igor MiroŇ°evińᬆ - Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

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    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.