Leading firms in Albania

Boga & Associates

Boga & Associates is a highly-rated full-service firm and a lead operator in the market since 1994. Managing partner Genc Boga is a lead corporate finance lawyer with strong international connections. He is backed by a high-quality team of partners, including corporate and projects experts Sokol Elmazaj and Renata Leka, as well as Alketa Uruci, who handles tax and energy issues, and disputes partner Gerhard Velaj. The firm attracts an impressive mix of international clients, including banks, multilateral lenders, manufacturers, energy companies and retailers. It also has a strong outpost in Kosovo. Experienced senior associates include Valbona Gjoncari .

Practice head(s):

Genc Boga

Other key lawyers:

Sokol Elmazaj; Renata Leka; Alketa Uruçi; Gerhard Velaj; Valbona Gjoncari

Testimonials

‘The team is well prepared in particular for all issue related to tax claims.’

‘The team is solution oriented, providing high quality legal advice and treating all matters thoroughly. They have very good understanding of the client’s business need and situation and they provide applied legal advice for each business case.’

‘This firm is known for its professional team, timing, accurate legal advice oriented towards client and business needs.’

‘The team has the sophistication and legal capacity necessary to properly advise on complicated transactions. The lawyers are always available and have unmatched responsiveness to client demands, no email goes unanswered.’

‘We have been working with this law firm for over 15 years and have never been disappointed.’

‘Alketa Uruci lawyer is for us an important point of reference. ’

‘Alketa Uruci is an outstanding partner, very well prepared on tax and tax litigation matters. Her thorough and timing advice has helped us in a big tax case.’

‘Renata Leka provides very business friendly solutions and is very responsive, quick and reliable.’

‘Renata Leka, Genc Boga and Sokol Elmazaj have unmatched legal structuring and transaction management skills.’

Key clients

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP on behalf of Foshan Midea Carrier Air Conditioning Equipment Co., Ltd (FMCC)

Kuehne + Nagel (Schindler) | Logistics and Supply Chain

HydroEnergy Shpk

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP)

STATKRAFT RENEWABLES ALBANIA SHPK ( a company of Statkraft Group)

Devoll Hydropower Sh.A.

Mercer

EMS Albanian Port Operator

Banka Kombetare Tregtare BKT | National Commercial Bank

Public Power Corporation PPC Albania

FZKM – Foundation Our Lady of Good Counsel (Fondacioni Zonja e Keshillit te Mire)

Coca-Cola Bottling Shqiperia Shpk | CCBS

Sanofi Aventis S.A.

ICC Secretariat

Humelica Consulting International

Procter & Gamble Marketing Romania SRL

Mars Overseas Holding

Google

HUGO BOSS Trade and Management GmbH & Co. KG and CATERPILLAR

Anheuser-Busch LLC

Albania Leasing

Don Café Shpk

VPN France

Weatherford Services Ltd. Branch in Albania

Procredit Bank Sh.A

Raiffeisen Bank Sh.A

Actavis International

Work highlights

  • Advised Sberbank (Switzerland) AG on a Swiss-law governed €12.5m secured bilateral uncommitted facility agreement to an Albanian company.
  • Ongoing legal advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues, including energy competition, procurement, construction and environmental law, concerning the €1.5bn Trans Adriatic Pipeline Project.
  • Assisted Statkraft Renewables Albania on the development of energy-related projects in Albania including a floating PV project in Banja Lake.

Frost & Fire Consulting

Frost & Fire Consulting has a strong international pedigree, thanks in part to the experience of Rezart Spahia, who previously spent many years practising in a major US law firm. Co-managing partner Alfred Rushaj complements this expertise with his strong connections to the local market, having previously been Albania's Deputy Minister of Finance between 2009 and 2013. Reshard Kellici, who is especially strong on the energy and infrastructure front was previously a lawyer at Hogan Lovells International LLP. The firm represents its international clients in a broad mix of corporate finance, banking, energy, infrastructure and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Rezart Spahia; Alfred Rushaj

Other key lawyers:

Reshard Këlliçi

Testimonials

‘They are outstanding. Not a single time we have had any complaint about their services and most importantly not a single agreement that they have drafted or negotiated in our behalf has had any unpleasant surprise. ’

‘Frost & Fire (FF) is a first-class law firm that provides a wide range of legal services to the clients. They are an innovation in the Albanian legal market by adopting the best standards of client care. FF benefits the clients by combining the highest global standards of business with local excellence of legal service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet the client’s needs whenever and wherever they arise. FF stands apart by building and maintaining solid partnerships with the clients and by placing our client relationships first. The team at FF consists of market leading professionals.’

‘Reshard Kellici is one of the most outstanding lawyers at FF who has helped us on some large energy and infrastructure related projects.  He has helped us by bringing innovative technologies to markets that were primed for such opportunities. ’

‘The natural coordination and collaboration between the main partners on the main issues has made the team to be very successful in their legal opinions and solutions.’

‘They are top. Utmost respect. Even our business counter-partner that we were negotiating with was highly impressed with their work product quality’

‘ Rezart Spahia is both a businessman and a lawyer, packed into one. He understands immediately the dilemmas of the business and always finds solutions, instead of creating problems. Without him, the negotiations would have broken down several times.’

‘Our experience with Frost & Fire Consulting has been remarkable over the years. Their support for the realization of our projects has been multifaceted. What sets them apart from all the other firms we know, is their ability to focus on essential things that are important from the point of view of business, to bypass with ingenuity and creativity difficulties or conflicts with the parties involved and to complete the transaction in a way that not only protects our interests but creates the foundation for a healthy cooperation with anyone we are negotiating.’

‘Alfred Rushaj is a lawyer with long experience in both public and private sector. He has a deep knowledge of Albanian legislation, having been an active participant in the drafting of many laws on which the market operates today in Albania, as well as the how the public administration works. His deep expertise and insight of the public sector has led us to find excellent solutions that have saved us time, money and hardship not only for us as a client but also for our partners.’

‘This practice is unique, because it is led with very high professionalism and very strong ethical standards. This is a rarity in our region. The international experience of the partners is also an added value.’

‘They are right to the point, excellent professionals and with a very strong ethical attitude.’

‘FFC has unmatched knowledge and skills in contract drafting and negotiations, cross border transactions, PPPs or project financing.’

‘Rezart Spahia has incomparable transactional experience derived from his long experience with the best US Law Firms and very large international clients. He brings standards of excellence and quality control that are comparable with the best western law firms as well as the confidence, ingenuity, and the practicality in achieving the desired business objectives.’

Alfred Rushaj has a thorough knowledge of not only the existing legislation but also of the historical development of the Albania’s legal framework, given that he has been involved in this field both in the drafting of the legislation when he was in the Ministry of Economy, as well as during his private practice. He is capable of transmitting his knowledge in an intelligent, concise and practical manner, always taking into account all aspects for the efficient management of potential risks.

‘The partners in particular, Mr. Rezart Spahia and Mr. Alfred Rushaj, are some of the best professionals in the market. They both share the same detail oriented analytical skills, rational and mature reasoning, are well accomplished and well versed, and they both come from backgrounds that have offered them contacts with a large number of cases and experiences. I value their intelligence and skills, and their readiness to help and put it to good use.’

Key clients

Balfin Group

Gener 2

GSA

Tirana Bank

A2 CNN Albania

Teqja Group

American Bank of Investments

ikubINFO

Albchrome

Soleil

Tirana East Gate

UNIDO

Albgaz

Albanian Telecommunications Union

SPAR Albania

Sport Vision

Work highlights

  • Advised Tirana Bank on a multijurisdictional transaction involving the elevation of €17m in loans under the master funded participation agreement.
  • Hired by a consortium of three banks on the project financing of a €67m highway concession agreement.
  • Advising Blessed Investment on its plan to develop a 100MW photovoltaic project in Albania.

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is a top-rated full-service firm offering a wide range of expertise. The firm's name partners cover all contentious and non-contentious matters, though Shpati Hoxha is noted for his IP expertise, Andi Memi is particularly strong in real estate and tax matters, while public, international and EU law are key areas for Eris Hoxha. Testament to the firm's standing in the market is the fact that it is regularly instructed on the country's largest corporate, infrastructure, financing and insolvency mandates, as well as some of its largest disputes.

Practice head(s):

Shpati Hoxha; Andi Memi; Eris Hoxha

Other key lawyers:

Selena Ymeri

Testimonials

‘Hoxha Memi and Hoxha (HMH) are one of the most reputable law firms in Albania, and for a reason. Their team consists of very experienced, business-oriented lawyers that possess admirable in-depth legal expertise. They are very responsible, highly reliable and always respect the deadlines.’

‘Excellent lawyers.’

‘Good flexibility in adapting the best team for the specific case. Very supportive and business oriented.’

‘Excellent team, broad knowledge, prompt responses, diligent handling. With these lawyers you feel safe and they take with utmost responsibility every case, even minor ones. Excellent written and verbal communication.’

‘Sphati Hoxha is very responsive and provides to the point advice on Albanian competition law. He proactively addresses business needs in his advice and shows alternatives. Great to work with.’

‘HMH is a highly reliable partner to collaborate with or give mandate on M&A projects that involve international elements or corporate and commercial issues. The team is highly versed, intelligent and experienced.’

‘The team is very responsive and stands-out in Albanian market also with their expertise. All name partners Shpati Hoxha, Andi Memi and Eris Hoxha have great overview of the Albanian market. If one seeks a reliable partner with extensive expertise and knowledge, they are definitely the right address.’

‘Shpati Hoxha is a very experienced, dedicated and highly skilled expert. Cooperating with him is easy, he has an entrepreneurial approach to legal matters and always provides valuable advice. Same can be said for Andi Memi and Eris Hoxha, both of them being outstanding lawyers and authorities in their respective field.’

Key clients

Credins Bank Sh.a

Energji Ashta Shpk.

Vienna Insurance Group AG

VERBUND Hydro Power AG

Hilton Worldwide

Sigma Sh.a

Morfo (Safrane Group)

American Albanian Enterprise Fund (AAEF)

Budějovický Budvar

Omnix International

Cielo Consultancy

Tirana Bank

Boiken Shpk

Starwood (now Marriott)

Pireus Group

Adidas

Philips

Hilti

Austrian Airlines

Lufthansa

Volkswagen

BMW

Samsung

Mogo Finance

Eni Spa

Statkraft

Devoll Hydropower Sh.a.

IuteCredit Albania

Pangea Resourcing Ltd

Promostar Srl

Austrian Airlines AG

Verbund

Energji Ashta

Turk Telecom International

Aleat Shpk.

Banka OTP Albania sh.a. (former SocGen)

Ayen Enerji

Devoll Hydropower

Albstar

Budějovický Budvar n.p

Hilton

Škoda Electric

Škoda Transportation a.s

Škoda Investments a.s

Laboratorios Basi

OVS SPA

North Aegean Sea Canaries S.A

De’ Longhi

COIN

Work highlights

  • Assisted Statkfraft with a tender for the construction of 140MW photovoltaic generation plant in the southern part of Albania.
  • Advised ENI on negotiating a production-sharing agreement with the Albanian government for the exploration, development and production of petroleum in onshore Albania.
  • Advising Samsung on the regulatory requirements for the sale and marketing of consumer electronic products in the Albanian and Kosovo markets.

KALO & ASSOCIATES

KALO & ASSOCIATES is a top choice among multinational companies and multilateral agencies accessing the Albanian market. Clients include companies from a range of sectors, who benefit from the firm's expertise in corporate, infrastructure, banking, real estate, litigation and day-to-day matters. The firm is also noted for its cutting-edge regulatory expertise. Managing partner Përparim Kalo  is a leading figure in the market, with good expertise in major privatisations and infrastructure concessions. Eni Kalo is the main contact for corporate and IP matters, while Aigest Milo is especially strong in tax and finance.

Practice head(s):

Përparim Kalo

Other key lawyers:

Aigest Milo; Eni Kalo

Testimonials

‘The team are excellent. I have worked with them in Albania and Kosovo. They are thorough and I have no doubt that the end result will meet the needs of the ultimate client without fail.’

‘What is noticed and is valuable in the collaboration with Kalo & Associates is the professionalism of the lawyers, communication, collaboration and being open to discuss all details making them simply understandable for all the colleagues of the bank involved in these collaborations.’

‘The firm successfully accomplished all the goals set by the client, proposed practical solutions to the different issues which emerged in the transaction we were working on and worked efficiently. ’

‘We mainly worked with Aigest Milo, an executive partner of the firm. He was effective and remained at all times available to respond to any of our clients.’

‘Ahmet Hassoli, Aigest Milo and Perparim Kalo are all excellent: receptive to comments; and prompt in delivery of the required product. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

OTP Bank

Knauf International

Dompe Farmaceutici

Inditex

Samsung

Turkish Airlines

Shell

IFC

Societe Generale

EBRD

Black Sea Trade And Development Bank

Microsoft Corporation

Gunvor

Philip Morris

Amazon

INA Naftaplin

Work highlights

  • Drafted several sublegal acts and regulations for the implementation of new bankruptcy legislation, done under the framework of the World Bank Group, Debt Resolution and Business Exit Project. Also drafted two manuals for Creditors and Debtors in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Drafting the Regulatory Impact Assessment regarding the new Albanian Law on the water sector. The Regulatory Impact Assessment was accepted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy and sent for approval to the Council of Ministers.
  • Contracted by the EBRD to support the Albanian authorities in amending the primary Law on Energy Efficiency to ensure harmonization and compliance with European Union (EU) Directive 2012/27/EU.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss's highly rated Albania office is a leading market player across numerous sectors. The firm is regularly instructed on major cross-border buyouts, financings and infrastructure projects, as well as international disputes and tax issues. Clients include major multilateral lenders, banks, telecoms, energy and manufacturing companies. The well-respected team is led by managing partner Sokol Nako, a former minister of justice with a diverse practice. Other key lawyers include experienced associate Denis Selimi.

Practice head(s):

Sokol Nako

Other key lawyers:

Denis Selimi

Testimonials

‘The ability to understand our problems correctly, to address them and to propose the most efficient solution. The communication and professionalism of the top management stays far above the market competition. Sokol Nako is admired for his professionalism and excellent know how of the local market, even in a difficult sector as ours, the construction industry. ’

‘Good knowledge of the company and day to day legal needs.’

Key clients

Voltalia SA

Banka IMI, J.P. Morgan, CitiBank, Raiffeisen Bank International

EBRD

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

Cosmote Mobile Communications

Airbus Helicopters

Union Bank

Calibra

Edenred

Amryta Capital LLP (part of the Parker Lloyd Group)

Law Firm Hogan Lovells International LLP and Apple Inc

SUMITOMO Corporation Europe Limited

Credit Suisse Securities USA

Tirana Bank sh.a

SNAM S.p.A

European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxemburg

Balfin Group and Komercijalna Banka

Union Financiar Tirane sh.a and Union Bank sh.a

Diaverium

Fital Shpk, Skender Pashaj and Ardjan Pashaj

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

IFC and Albanian Government

Corporacion America Airports S.A., Investment Cooperation of Dubai, Toscana Aeroporti and Aeroporti di Puglia

Albania Highway Shpk

Eurocol

Sigma Interalbanian VIG SHA (Sigma) a subsidiary of Vienna Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Voltalia SA on the negotiations, drafting and conclusion of a project development agreement and power purchase agreement for a 140MW solar power-generating facility.
  • Advising Banka IMI, J.P. Morgan, CitiBank, Raiffeisen Bank International, as lead managers, on the Albanian law aspects of the Albanian government’s €650m eurobond 2020 issue.
  • Advising EBRD on a €50m facility to Raiffeisen Bank International for its subsidiary in Albania.

CMS

CMS has a long-established presence in the Albanian market, where it represents a wide range of major international corporates, banks and investors. Managing partner Mirko Daidone is noted for his expertise advising business start-ups, and is experienced in day-to-day matters, employment law and litigation. Local partner and litigation head Besnik Duraj also has a strong focus on infrastructure projects and public procurement. Competition law is an increasingly active area of work for the firm, particularly Evis Zaja, where the team represents a number of major international clients. Other key areas include tax, IP, privatisation and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Mirko Daidone

Other key lawyers:

Besnik Duraj; Evis Zaja

Key clients

OTP Bank

Renco

Covisian Fund

Jakala

EBRD

Duferco

Colgate-Palmolive Adria

Balkan Master

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

Selecta

SJLab

Raiffeisen Bank

WIZZ Air

IVICOM Holding Gmbh

A.N.K

BIC Albania

Baker Tilly Albania

Barilla

Christofi Group

Glob 3X

European Investment Bank

Clyde & Co

Fiber Group

Alvogen

Hilton

Straight4ward Sports

Renault

Clean Earth Capital

SNB-React

IT Compliance Association

WEIGMANN Studio Legale

ABB

Atairos Management L.P

Work highlights

  • Advising Wizz Air on local aviation legislation and setting up its new operation in Albania.
  • Advising ANK on the concessionary/PPP construction and operation of the €260m Milot-Balldren highway project.
  • Advising the main subcontractor on the construction of the €25m East Gate Mall Skopje.

Gjika & Associates

Gjika & Associates represents domestic and international clients from across a broad range of industries, including finance, healthcare, energy and natural resources, tourism, real estate, technology and transport. The firm has a strong track record for corporate advice and was recently involved in several significant insolvency and construction mandates. Founding partner Gjergji Gjika and Evis Jani are both very active in the market.

Practice head(s):

Gjergji Gjika; Evis Jani

Key clients

Turkey Garanti Bankasi

Work highlights

  • Representing Turkey Garanti Bankasias as the creditor of Kurum International Sh.A. during the latter’s court bankruptcy reorganisation.

Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law

Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law has a solid reputation for its contentious and non-contentious legal support. Artan Hajdari and Eris Hysi are the main contacts for civil and commercial law advice, including finance, corporate and privatisation matters. Maksim Haxhia, who is also the current chair of the Albanian Bar Association, is strong on the contentious side, and handles criminal, real estate and administrative law issues.

Optima Legal & Financial

Optima Legal & Financial is a strong choice for corporate finance, projects, infrastructure, dispute resolution and real estate advice, where it represents an impressive range of international clients. Recently the firm was involved in several significant developments in the hydrocarbons and renewables sector. Key partners include Dael Dervishi and Ilir Daci, who are active on the transactional and projects side, real estate expert Anjola Aliaj, and disputes head Fatos Lazimi.

Practice head(s):

Ilir Daci; Dael Dervishi

Other key lawyers:

Anjola Aliaj; Fatos Lazimi

Testimonials

‘Optima Legal & Financial is among the leading commercial law firms in Albania, providing a broad range of legal services with a distinct focus on business law and energy. The partners are very good and hard working.’

‘They are well organised and each of them knows well what to do. The lawyers are very precise and prepared and well connected.’

Key clients

Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy

Sara International

ELLAKTOR S.A.

EFA Solution

Lengarica Albania /Enso Hydropower Gmbh Austria

IMS Group

Soravia Vlora

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of Indian and European power companies on the process of developing a large-scale project for solar power generation.
  • Represented Aktor (the joint venture company involved in the construction of Tirana – Elbasan Highway in Albania) as the claimant in an arbitration dispute with the Albanian state. The case relates to the implementation of works based on a FIDIC construction contract.
  • Represented EFA Solution, a major clothing manufacturer, in several proceedings against customs authorities regarding irregularities on customs duties values.

Tonucci & Partners

Italian firm Tonucci & Partners has had a well regarded office in Tirana since 1995, offering a strong mix of local and international expertise. The full-service practice has good experience advising on strategic sectors such as energy and telecoms. Artur Asllani heads the team.

Deloitte Legal shpk

Deloitte Legal shpk has an increasingly strong presence in the local market, thanks in part to the expertise of lead partner Sabina Lalaj, who has over 18 years' experience. The firm represents a strong roster of multinational banks and is regularly involved in major cross-border projects. Clients also benefit from the firm's impressive international network.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Lalaj

Testimonials

‘The team is composed of professionals with extensive knowledge of the Albanian legislation and with consolidated experience. The entire team acts as one. They are swift and accurate in their advisory services and they are easy to reach. Our in-house lawyers worked with them for several years and have always positive feedback on the advice and support received. Our in-house team considers Deloitte Legal as a trustworthy partner that is always ready to extend a helping hand. ’

‘Sabina Lalaj is a tough negotiator, sharp and efficient. She sees the issue to the point and works smartly to address it an provide efficient solutions. She has created a great team of lawyers, and most of them have grown professionally under her supervision and mentoring.’

‘Deloitte’s Albanian team has provided huge expertise and accurate advice in a difficult legal and fiscal environment. They reply timely to any queries and act with a one-team mindset.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

World Bank

RISI Albania

Albanian Association of Banks

Raiffeisen Bank

Turgut Ozal Education

Infosoft Group

Sews Cabind Albania

Credit Bank of Albania

M.I.A International

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Credit Bank of Albania with its liquidation procedures, including the sale of its main headquarters.
  • Advised the World Bank on the project “Assessment of the Regulatory Framework Governing Land Disposition and Development by Municipalities of Almaty (Kazakhstan), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Tirana (Albania)”.

IKRP Rokas & Partners Albania

IKRP Rokas & Partners Albania is the Albanian arm of the Greek firm Rokas Law Firm. The office regularly advises on joint venture and real estate agreements, and works closely with counterparts in the firm's wider regional network, which includes sites in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Romania.  Eduard Halimi, a former deputy minister of justice, heads the office.

Loloçi & Associates

Loloçi & Associates has a broad offering, which includes an especially strong focus on contentious and non-contentious IP work. Other areas of expertise include commercial advice to foreign and domestic clients, EU and competition law, and litigation. Krenar Loloçi   is the key partner.

ShukeLaw

ShukeLaw is a strong multidisciplinary firm offering a broad range of expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, including administrative and regulatory procedures. Founding partner Enyal Shuke is particularly well regarded by her peers, and acts for a strong mix of domestic and international clients. Real estate and finance are two particularly strong areas of focus.

Tashko Pustina

Tashko Pustina is known for its strong dispute resolution expertise, but is also active on the advisory side, including tax,  banking, corporate, employment and competition law issues. Clients also benefit from the firm's Kosovo office. Managing partner Flonia TashkoFloran Pustina, and Florian Hasko are the main partners.