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Boga & Associates¬†has established itself as one of the top firms in the country. Its full-service contentious and non-contentious offering spans the legal and accounting sphere, where it represents domestic and international clients from a wide range of industries. Managing partner¬†Genc Boga¬†has a leading reputation in the market, while his team includes several high-profile individuals, including¬†Sokol Elmazaj¬†for projects and privatisation work;¬†Renata Leka¬†for her IP and commercial expertise;¬†Jonida Skendaj¬†for corporate and commercial matters;¬†Alketa Uruci¬†for energy, tax and regulatory advice; and¬†Gerhard Velaj¬†for dispute resolution. Major mandates include advising TAP on the implementation of the Trans Adriatic Natural Gas Pipeline. The firm also assisted Devoll Hydropower with VAT issues linked to its ‚ā¨600m power project. Other clients include Piraeus Bank, the EBRD, Sony and Procter & Gamble.

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha has established a first-class reputation for its full-service advice to international clients and law firms. The firm 'consists of highly capable individuals with excellent English skills and very diverse coverage of all areas of law' and its advice is 'prompt, to the point and very easy to understand'. The 'excellent team' is led by Shpati Hoxha and Andi Memi, who are both 'top-notch professionals'. Other key individuals include fellow founding partner Eris Hoxha, who is noted for his expertise in public, international and EU law. The firm also has several experienced junior lawyers coming through, including Selena Ymeri and Ilir Johollari. Recently the group advised Adidas on its local distribution agreements. On the energy side, it assisted Ayen with the negotiation of a concession agreement for the construction and operation of a 101MW hydro-electric power plant. Other major clients include Philips, Strabag, and China Export-Import Bank.

KALO & ASSOCIATES has a strong team of lawyers who 'stand out for their professionalism and effectiveness', while clients also value 'their integrity and sincere desire to help'. The firm is also praised for its 'true team spirit' and ability to 'combine experts in different fields to achieve the optimum result for the client'. Managing partner Perparim Kalo has an excellent reputation, and his five-partner team includes litigation head Aigest Milo, corporate head Enkelejd Seitllari, IP head Eni Kalo, and energy and projects head Jola Gjuzi. Recent highlights include advising Intesa Sanpaolo on the liquidation of Veneto Banca, in which the client acquired certain assets and liabilities. Other clients include Samsung, Turkish Airlines, Shell and Vodafone.

Wolf Theiss¬†is a popular choice for major international transactions and infrastructure projects. The Tirana office forms an important part of the firm's well-regarded network throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The highly experienced¬†Sokol Nako¬†leads a strong eight-lawyer team, which covers most sectors, including banking, energy, real estate and telecoms. Recently it advised Amryta Capital and DFE Partners on its acquisition of the Dutch company BFSE Holding, which owns the Albanian bank Banka Credins. Another highlight was assisting the EBRD and the state-owned power generation company, KESH sha, with the debt structuring of a ‚ā¨20m loan to the Albanian Power Distribution Company. Other key clients include Arrow Global, Siemens, Nestl√© and Telekom Albania.

Greek law firm Drakopoulos Law Firm has embedded itself in the Albanian market with a strong local team led by partner Besnik Duraj. Lawyers work closely with colleagues in Athens across a range of areas, including corporate, real estate, employment, tax, IP, disputes and project finance. The construction group Intrakat is a major client, which the firm advised on the Vlora Waterfront Project. Other major clients include Ficosota Bulgaria, Reckitt Benckiser and Chipita.

Frost & Fire Consulting¬†is 'a very professional' firm with 'a sound understanding of the client's needs and requirements towards the legal system in Albania'. The 'very accurate and helpful' lawyers have a strong background in major international firms, including managing partner¬†Rezart Spahia, who was previously at¬†Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.¬† Co-founder,¬†Alfred Rushaj¬†was previously Albania's Deputy Minister of Finance. Recent highlights include advising Gener 2 on the design, finance and construction of a ‚ā¨250m highway project. The firm also handled Soleil's ‚ā¨10m project financing for the development of the Folie Marine coastal resort in southern Albania, and acted for Albanian Chromium Corporation on a $34.8m concession agreement with the Albanian government.

Established in 2013, Gjika & Associates is a versatile firm with experience in a mix of domestic and cross-border corporate, real estate and banking deals. The firm has recently advised on the development and acquisition of several significant infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors. Gjergji Gjika leads the practice with support from fellow partner Evis Jani.

Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law has a strong presence in the market and is noted for its expertise in regulatory, contentious and corporate matters. The firm's partners are leading figures within the local legal market: Maksim Haxhia was previously Albania's General Prosecutor and is Chairman of the Albanian Bar Association, while Artan Hajdari is a former deputy minister in the Ministry of Justice. Eris Hysi is also noted for her corporate work.

Optima Legal & Financial has established a strong track record for its advice in the energy and natural resources sector. Recently highlights include advising European Electric Metal Corporation on a mining licence and project development in southern Albania. The firm also advised the government of Albania and Albpetrol on the establishment of a new gas transmission system operator, TSO Albgaz. Key contacts include managing partner Ilir Daci who has solid expertise in contentious and non-contentious issues.

Tashko Pustina has a broad commercial practice and a domestic and international client base. It is strong on the transactional front and is especially noted for its good experience in litigation and international arbitration. The firm also has a Kosovo office, which it opened in 2012. The three-partner firm includes managing partner Flonia Tashko, fellow name partner Floran Pustina and Florian Hasko .

The Italian firm Tonucci & Partners has an active presence in the Albanian market through its four-partner office. The firm handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, including joint ventures and M&A in the financial services and telecoms sectors. The group is also strong in real estate and IP. Key contacts include Neritan Kallfa, Artur Asllani, Enkelejda Muçaj and Enklid Milaj.

Bozo & Associates has strong expertise across the full range of commercial, contentious and regulatory issues. Managing partner Artan Bozo has a good reputation, while Enida Zeneli is noted for environmental issues.

CMS has an active Albanian practice that works closely with its Rome office. The team is no stranger to major international transactions and represents several major Italian clients. Mirko Daidone heads the local team.

IKRP Rokas & Partners Albania forms part of a broader network of Balkan offices for Greek firm Rokas Law Firm, which also has offices in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. Eduard Halimi, who was Minister of Justice between 2011 and 2013, heads the practice.

Loloçi & Associates handles a mix of tax, employment, litigation, finance and corporate advice, and is particularly known for its strong IP practice. Name partner Krenar Loloçi  is a highly experienced lawyer.

ShukeLaw has solid expertise across contentious and non-contentious corporate, banking, employment, tax and real estate law. Name partner Enyal Shuke leads the firm.

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