Commercial, corporate and M&A in Croatia

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Comprised of ‘technically strong’ lawyers, Babic & Partners Law Firm provides  ‘responsive, pragmatic and solutions-driven’ advice to international clients across a range of corporate and commercial activities associated with their investments in Croatia. Marija Gregorić is ‘highly responsive and creates sound solutions in sometimes tricky situations’, in the context of transactional work as well as commercial matters, particularly those relating to data privacy. The ‘exceptional’ Iva Basarić co-heads the team alongside Gregorić and is noted for her ability to ‘explain and summarise even the most complex legal issue in a clear and concise manner’. 

Practice head(s):

Marija Gregorić; Iva Basarić

Other key lawyers:

Boris Babic

Testimonials

‘The team comprises technically strong partners who are responsive, pragmatic and problem solvers. They are solutions driven and it is refreshing to work with lawyers in this jurisdiction that come with these rare abilities.’

‘It is a team with strong legal expertise, combined with a great understanding of our business and market standards. The lawyers have an exceptional ability to communicate legal advice in a clear concise manner. They are also super responsive, diligent and really a pleasure to work with.’

‘Dedicated, responsive and supportive individuals with an innate talent to clearly explain pros and cons of prepared solutions. Very good knowledge and understanding of international law. Perfectly handled cross-jurisdiction transactions.’

‘Marija Gregorić is highly responsive, helpful and creates sound solutions in sometimes tricky situations. She is highly hands on and is always on top of the detail. It has been a pleasure working with her.’

‘Iva Basarić is an exceptional adviser and a pleasure to work with. She always provides us with very practical advice and she is incredibly responsive. Her communication skills are top class – she can explain and summarise even the most complex legal issue in a clear and concise manner.’

‘Iva Basarić displays a very systematic approach, doing an excellent job in the most effective manner, keeping deadlines, providing us with comprehensive advice, great legal knowledge and a strong understanding of our business since the first day of our collaboration! Very dedicated and focused on problem solving.’

Key clients

Accenture

Audatex

Beiersdorf

GlobalLogic (Hitachi group company)

Kimberly-Clark

Magyar Suzuki Corporation

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Optimapharm

Pet Network International

Selvita S.A.

The Rohatyn Group

Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria)

Benefiting from ‘good coverage of corporate law, contractual relations and tax’, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) advises on complex transactional work for both domestic and international clients, which are also appreciative of its ‘ability to find creative solutions for very atypical business transactions’. Now headed in Croatia by the ‘responsive, creative and tenacious’ Marija Zrno Prošić following Hrvoje Bardek’s move to a counsel role, the firm is particularly well-positioned to advise on multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates by virtue of its ability to leverage the firm’s broader network of CEE offices. This capability recently manifested itself prominently as a result of the office’s involvement (advising on the Croatian law aspects) on behalf of Lone Star private equity fund in its multi-jurisdictional €3.17bn acquisition of BASF's construction chemicals business.

Practice head(s):

Marija Zrno Prošić

Testimonials

The team demonstrated good coverage of various areas such as corporate law, contractual relations and tax aspects with the ability to find creative solutions for very atypical business transactions.’

The very dedicated Marija Zrno Prošić is responsive and creative and fights for her client.’

Key clients

Porsche AG

Porsche Digital

Lone Star

Alef Nula

Naos International, LLC

DIV

CA IMMO

LOG EXPERT

ORPEA

NEOEN

VSB Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Porsche on its joint venture entered into with Croatian electric vehicle maker Rimac.
  • Advising Porsche on its €70m investment in Croatia’s Rimac Automobili.
  • Advising Lone Star on its €3.17bn acquisition of BASF Construction Chemicals.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

The ‘commercially very strong’ four-partner team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has an excellent reputation among international and domestic corporates, including many within highly regulated industries, as a result of its ability to provide a one-stop-shop service across the spectrum of day-to-day commercial/operational requirements, as well as on discrete standalone projects. The firm also has ‘an excellent understanding of the M&A process’ –  including numerous recent high-profile mandates in the IT sector – and adds value by virtue of its ability to provide competition law advice if necessary, an area for which name partner Mario Krka is particularly well regarded. Team head Damir Topić is appreciated for his ‘problem-solving approach’, a quality that he implements to good effect on behalf of clients in many complex cross-border M&A mandates. The ‘very able and smart’ Ema Menđušić Škugor handles the day-to-day operational needs of many of the firm’s key clients, including those within the insurance and telecoms sectors. As well as being a key support to German clients, as result of German language fluency, Marina Kovač Krka also excels at providing corporate and M&A support to energy sector clients. At an associate level, the ‘solutions-oriented’ Dina Salapićis very responsive and has great technical knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Damir Topić

Testimonials

‘This team is very diligent, quick to react and flexible to client needs.’

‘The knowledge that the firm has of the relevant market, and in general of the Croatian market, as well as its capability of operating with foreign clients (also thanks to the knowledge of foreign languages) definitely place it among the best assets that you could employ in M&A operations and, in general, in corporate or commercial matters.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of the M&A process and significant experience in this area. The same goes for commercial and corporate.’

‘Damir Topić has a problem-solving approach, provides value for money services and is efficient in delivery.’

‘Ema Menđušić Škugor is a very able and smart lawyer. Working with Ema is always a delight, as Ema is extremely sharp and can provide apt advice on the spot.’

‘Dina Salapić is smart, capable and has excellent organisation of her tasks, even during times when the job is overwhelming.’

‘Dina Salapić is very responsive, has great technical knowledge and is solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

Interxion

Playrix

United Group

Google

Japan Tobacco International

Heineken Croatia

Telemach (former Tele2)

Devolver Digital

Nomad Foods

Energia Naturalis

World Rally Championship

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Benefiting from strong ties with a number of funds and corporates, and also leveraging excellent relationships with numerous major international law firms, including a “best friends” collaboration with DLA Piper, Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd is a popular choice among international clients on general corporate/commercial matters relating to their domestic activity, as well as in relation to cross-border transactions. Led by Aleksej Mišković, the 11-strong team ‘has strong experience in M&A matters’ for both funds and corporates; recent highlights include representing a Greek oil company on its acquisition of Croatian company APIOS by way of a share deal. ‘Strategic thinker’ Beata Glinska is the other partner within the team and is appreciated by clients as a result of her ‘responsiveness and solutions-oriented no-nonsense approach’.

Practice head(s):

Aleksej Mišković

Testimonials

‘I was impressed by the responsiveness of the team, and its ability to digest complicated inputs and process them within a short period of time to produce a viable solution.’

The firm has strong experience in M&A matters.’

Beata Glinska is a strategic thinker and her experience and knowledge are very obvious and reassuring. Besides being a strong lawyer, the things that most stood out are the extreme responsiveness and solution-oriented no-nonsense approach.’

Key clients

Springwater Capital LLC Investment Management Europa S.A.

Coral A.E.

Stillfront Group AB

Belchim Crop Protection NV/SA

Spar Croatia

Tower Property Fund Limited

Sanofi Pasteur S.A.

Ritzio International Limited

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

IR REAL ESTATE LEASING d.o.o. u likvidaciji

Beckman Coulter

Verizon Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Inspire Investments d.o.o.

Edison International S.p.A,

IRON MOUNTAIN

Tetra Tech International Development Projects Limited

Merkury Market SA

Fortress Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Investment Management Europa, a private investment firm,  on its acquisition of one of Croatia’s largest tourist agency companies – Kompas d.o.o. – by way of a share deal.
  • Advised Ritzio International as seller during a sale process of a Croatian gaming and gambling business.
  • Advised Coral A.E., a leading Greek oil company, in relation to its acquisition of Croatian company APIOS by way of a share deal.

Madirazza & Partners

The ‘professional and knowledgeable’ ten-strong team at Madirazza & Partners provides ‘client-oriented and responsive’ advice to corporates, SMEs, financial institutions and start-ups across a range of ongoing corporate/commercial matters, as well as in an M&A context. Josip Madirazza displays ‘impressive knowledge and sound judgement’ to companies from a wide range of industries, including those in the energy sector, where he has developed a particular degree of expertise. The ‘intelligent, professional and diligent’ Tatjana Radmilović is ‘highly skilled in M&A transactions’ and is another key member of the team. Former partner Tin Težak joined Hanzekovic & Partners in early 2022, while Morana Herak moved to a role in the IT sector.

Other key lawyers:

Marinka Kovačić

Testimonials

‘They are proactive, have a great understanding of the issues at hand, are diligent and responsive. They are very client-oriented and we enjoy working with the team of Madirazza & Partners also because of their attention to detail and a wide scope of knowledge.’

‘Professional and knowledgeable team.’

‘Josip Madirazza – his knowledge is impressive. He is easy to work with and always available to provide feedback. He has demonstrated sound judgement and the ability to problem solve when issues arise.’

‘Tatjana Radmilović is intelligent, professional and diligent. She has extensive knowledge and practical experience handling most complex cases.’

‘Tatjana Radmilović is highly skilled in M&A transactions and has a proven track record in the field.’

Key clients

HRVATSKI TELEKOM d.d.

Zagrebačka banka d.d.

PETROL d.d.

KAPPA STAR LIMITED

POLIKLINIKA IVF

Wpd europe GmbH

PTR PRIME TOURIST RESORTS (CYPRUS) LIMITED

METAMORFOZA d.o.o.

KUFNER SPV (member of KUFNER GRUPA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hrvatski Telekom and Zagrebačka banka on the sale of the shares of the company OT-Optima Telekom to Telemach Hrvatska.
  • Acted as Croatian legal adviser to Petrol d.d. in an acquisition of Crodux Derivati DVA.
  • Advised the founding shareholders of Metamorfoza d.o.o. in the sale of 65% of shares in the business to Invera private equity fund.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

The ‘dedicated, responsive and insightful’ team at Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC has an excellent reputation in the market across an array of ongoing operational work, including corporate governance and advice on shareholders’ agreements, and is also ‘well-equipped to provide legal support in the most complex, sensitive and sophisticated local and/or cross-border transactions’. The ‘responsive’ Vladimir Mamić remains a popular choice among regional corporate heavyweights by dint of his versatile offering and ability to provide a one-stop-shop service across their operational requirements. Natalija Perić co-heads the team alongside Mamic and is noted for her ‘diligent, reliable and trustworthy’ approach across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including her representation of Bluehouse on the sale of the Point Shopping Center in Zagreb to a Slovenian investor. Nikola Kokot is also recommended, in particular for his work on behalf of leasing companies.

Testimonials

‘Always dedicated, responsive and insightful.’

‘All the team members I worked with have presented in-depth expertise, never hesitate to take responsibility, always work diligently and are dependable, as well as autonomous. All of them (including the partners, associates and junior lawyers) are able to deliver excellent results even when provided with only basic instructions, due to the limited deadlines, and have demonstrated they possess multiple skills, take initiative and never fail to achieve the right outcome.’

‘It is one of the most experienced, professional and sought-after Croatian teams managing high-profile issues for major domestic and foreign clients.’

It is well-equipped to provide legal support in the most complex, sensitive and sophisticated local and/or cross-border transactions’.

‘Natalija Peric is diligent, reliable and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Lürssen Design Center Kvarner llc

GITONE Kvarner d.o.o.

Bluehouse – VRBANI PROJEKT d.o.o.

M+ Group

LIBURNIA RIVIERA HOTELI d.d.

Fortenova Grupa d.d.

Prosperus Invest d.o.o.

Uni Viridas d.o.o.

POWERGLOBE d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising a shareholder of Lürssen Design Center Kvarner llc on the process of establishing a yacht and naval design centre in Croatia.
  • Advising GITONE Kvarner across an array of corporate and commercial matters.  
  • Advising Bluehouse on the process of selling the entirety of its shares of the company Vrbani Projekt d.o.o. – Point Shopping Center.

Šavorić & Partners

The ‘very professional and business-oriented’ team at Šavorić & Partners is well-positioned to advise domestic and international corporates across a broad swathe of corporate and commercial requirements, both from a transactional perspective as well as in the context of ongoing operational concerns in the country. Although the firm is industry agnostic, it has developed a strong reputation within the IT sector, particularly as a result of its involvement in work connected to Infobip – the team represented One Equity Partners in its $200m strategic investment in the company, making it the first Croatian unicorn. Benefiting from ‘wide industry knowledge’, managing partner Boris Šavorić is particularly well-positioned to represent multinational corporates and private equity funds on big-ticket mandates. Nina Radić Kuzik combines a ‘detailed knowledge of Croatian laws’ with a ‘practical and commercially oriented approach’, enabling her to effectively handle transactional, commercial and regulatory issues, including as they relate to the real estate and energy sectors. Lovro Gašparac rounds out the team at a partner level.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Ruba; Marin Herenda

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and business-oriented.’

‘Very flexible client approach with a strong and knowledgeable team especially in the M&A area.’

Boris Šavorić has excellent and deep technical knowledge and is client oriented. He has an excellent reputation in the market and wide industry knowledge. His advice on structuring of acquisitions and help in negotiations are essential.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik has a practical and commercially oriented approach and an  ability to understand clients’ needs.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik provides strong support in negotiations and has extensive knowledge on transaction documentation and legal due diligence. She is responsive, determined and hard-working.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik and Marin Herenda were very hands-on, proactive, knowledgeable and fast in preparing the agreed deliverables. What we really appreciated was the “it is not a problem” attitude and ongoing availability of all of the team members.’

Key clients

NANOBIT

Eagle Hills (Mr. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar)

MICROBLINK

One Equity Partners

FIVE – Pet Minuta

Agrofert

South Central Ventures (SCV)

CVC Capital Partners

Blue Sea Capital

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Nanobit on its $148m acquisition by Stillfront Group.  
  • Advised One Equity Partners in relation to its strategic $200m investment into Croatian IT unicorn Infobip.  
  • Advised Eagle Hills on its acquisition of 70% of stocks of Sunce hoteli, which manages 11 hotels along the Adriatic coast.  

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

The ‘very efficient and highly skilled’ team at Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch is ‘experienced at M&A’ and is able to ‘deliver high-level answers and solutions within tight timelines’. Benefiting from an excellent regional outreach, the firm is particularly well-suited to advising on cross-border mandates cutting across jurisdictions throughout CEE/SEE, including its recent work for Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses (which are spread throughout the Balkans). Team head Luka Tadić-Čolić displays ‘a sophisticated approach in order to find the best solution for the client’ and is consequently a popular choice among both domestic and international clients on many of their most challenging and important mandates. Benefiting from strong language skills in German and English, the ‘very experienced and professional’ Dora Gaži-Kovačević  is another key member of the team and is regularly involved in many of the most significant M&A mandates it handles.

Practice head(s):

Luka Tadić-Čolić

Testimonials

‘The team is attentive, available and addresses any request rapidly and professionally.’

‘The team is very efficient and highly skilled. They are ready to deliver high-level answers and solutions within tight timelines.’

Very good regional outreach.

Experienced at M&A. Practical approach, straightforward advice and suggestions. The advice and work was definitely worth the money.

‘Dora Gaži Kovačević is an outstanding professional, who facilitated our cross- border transaction despite local obstacles.’

‘The very experienced and professional Dora Gaži Kovačević is very friendly and always at eye level with the people involved.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić: very well prepared and with a sophisticated approach in order to find the best solution for the client.’

Key clients

Acciaierie Bertoli Safau Sisak d.o.o. (ABS Sisak d.o.o.)

A.F.L. Capital Limited

Autodesk, Inc.

B2 Holding ASA

Bookaway Ltd.

Booster Fuels, Inc.

Constantia Beteiligungs AG

Croatian Central Depository and Clearing Company

Expedia Inc.

Global Ports Holding

Glovoapp23, S.L.

Grand Circle LLC

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Isoclima S.p.A. / Lipik Glas d.o.o.

Ista Holding Europe GmbH

Kali Tuna d.o.o.

Keune Holding BV

Lexmark International Technology Sarl

Liqui-Box Corporation

Menlo Ventures Corporation

NTT Data

Piaggio Hrvatska d.o.o.

Progressio SGR S.p.A.

Quanta Services

Rhenus Assets & Services GmbH & Co KG

ROCA Croatia d.o.o.

Teleperformance

Vermilion Zagreb Exploration d.o.o.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia.
  • Advised Bookaway, an online ground travel booking provider, on its acquisition of the platform GetByBus, a well-established Croatian start-up for the online sale of bus tickets, with its corporate presence in Croatia and Denmark.

Žuric i Partneri

At the pinnacle of the Croatian legal market for many years, domestic heavyweight Žurić i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar has developed longstanding and deeply-rooted ties with many leading domestic and international corporate clients, which are appreciative of the firm’s ‘great understanding of different business cultures’ and ‘excellent command of English’. In addition to providing day-to-day corporate/commercial advice and M&A-related matters, it is also a go-to firm for advice on important governance projects, including its work for the EBRD in relation to improving the disclosure practices of Zagreb Stock Exchange-listed companies. Edin Karakaš took the lead on the aforementioned mandate and is appreciated for his versatility, which also encompasses competition law expertise. Duško Žurić has ‘excellent legal knowledge’ and co-heads the team alongside Daniela Mayer.

Practice head(s):

Duško Žurić; Daniela Mayer

Testimonials

‘The team is proactive, efficient, precise and well organised.’

‘I really appreciated the efficiency of Zuric i Partneri. They summarised the legal situations, provided alternative solutions and recommended the best way forward. I never got the impression that they are trying to sell a solution that has limited success chances.’ 

‘They have a great understanding of different business cultures, an excellent command of English, very thorough and detailed in all aspects. Very flexible to work with customers in all different areas/matters.’

‘Duško Žurić has good managing skills and excellent legal knowledge.’

Key clients

FORESIGHT Energy Infrastructure Partners 1 S.À.R.L.

Phoenix farmacija d.o.o. (Phoenix International Beteiligungs GmbH group)

Dviation Training Services (DVIATION GROUP GmbH)

ButterflyMX Inc.

Biogen International GmbH

Adriatic Basketball Association – ABA LEAGUE

OTP banka d.d.

ĐURO ĐAKOVIĆ GROUP Plc

EBRD

Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd.

British Petroleum

Findos Investor GmbH

Siemens Mobility Austria GmbH

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Hungarian Gas Trade, a leading Hungarian gas supplier and distributor, in relation to activities regarding the LNG terminal on the Krk island in Croatia.
  • Advising leading basketball association ABA League in relation to various corporate and commercial matters.
  • Advised the EBRD on two significant corporate governance projects: i) revision of the Zagreb Stock Exchange and Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency’s corporate governance code; and ii) analysis of the corporate governance framework of state-owned enterprises in nine countries of Southeast Europe.

Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP

‘Composed of highly competent and resourceful young professionals’, Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP has made a huge impact in the market since the firm’s foundation in 2017, and regularly advises international clients on big-ticket transactions. The ‘client-oriented and hardworking’ team has been particularly active handling corporate work in the IT sector, with its advice to Infobip (Croatia’s first unicorn valued company) on its acquisition of a minority stake in domestic ed-tech company STEMI a notable highlight. ‘A firmly established corporate law star on the market’, Laurenz Vuchetich has been pivotal to the firm’s success in the IT sector and co-heads the team alongside the ‘thorough and persistent’ Ivan Dvojković.

Testimonials

‘Resourceful, diligent, responsive and smart.’

‘They are a great, client-oriented and hardworking team.’

‘They were technically very good and thorough. Very detail orientated, commercial and strong.’

‘I believe that their core strength lies in having strong experience in the IT industry, which people on the market recognised. To my knowledge, no other firm in Croatia has such reputation and experience in the IT industry.’

‘The team is full of very ambitious and intelligent individuals.’

‘The team is agile, responsible, versatile, highly motivated and easy to communicate with.’

‘Ivan Dvojković is thorough and persistent.’

‘Laurenz Vuchetich is now a firmly established corporate law star on the market. Very few colleagues can be compared to his sharpness, intelligence and great personality.’

‘Laurenz Vuchetich and Ivan Dvojković are exceptional for their M&A work and support. They both bring responsiveness and commercial understanding into deals. Great to work with and certainly one of the best for M&A on the market.

Vladimir Batarelo is the point of contact when it comes to daily and strategical commercial and corporate law support, combining legal expertise with the deep understanding of the tax regime and implications.’

Key clients

Prevent Group

European Coastal Airlines

Metro Cash and Carry

Dubrovnik Pearl Ltd.

Franck d.d

Ferrero d.o.o.

Gaming Innovation Group

Government of the Republic of Croatia

Adria Capital Partners

Provectus Capital

BLT ENERJI

Nova Ljubljanska Banka – Macedonia

OPTIMAPHARM d.d

European SeaPlane Service GmbH

Otago Beteiliungs GmbH

INFOBIP

Tower Property Fund – South Africa

TPV Ltd.

Monting d.o.o.

Calucem d.o.o.

Sartura d.o.o.

Nutris d.o.o.

Pepco Croatia

Good Game Global

N14 Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Infobip Ltd on the acquisition of a minority share interest in the company STEMI, a Croatian ed-tech company.
  • Advised Metro CC on corporate matters related to the restructuring of its supply chain.
  • Advised the private equity fund ASEF on three acquisitions of private health companies in Croatia.

Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec

The ‘professional and attentive’ team at Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec provides ‘business-friendly advice’ to corporates and funds engaged in domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. The ‘responsive and sharp’ Neven Marić has built up a significant amount of deal experience during his many years in practice, including on mandates within the IT, energy and construction sectors, and is consequently able to ‘handle complex legal matters with aplomb’. Branko Skerlev is ‘very knowledgeable about the funds industry’, gleaned from his years in private practice and in-house at an alternative investment fund, and is therefore well-positioned to provide ‘very practical’ advice on downstream investment work. Recognised as an ‘out-of-the-box thinker’, Matthias Wahl co-heads the team alongside Marić and is particularly well-versed at advising on corporate mandates with a German nexus.

Practice head(s):

Neven Marić; Matthias Wahl

Testimonials

The team is professional, attentive, and very well structured. Their ability to present legal framework in a very business-friendly way is a strength.’

Excellent team that is always practical and responsive and has very good industry knowledge. They are always looking at a bigger picture and clients see them also as a trusted adviser and not only a legal counsel.’

Neven Marić has extensive knowledge, has worked on a lot of big transactions and therefore having him on board is always a great advantage. He is able to work on both English and German language and this is sometimes crucial for German-speaking clients.’

‘Neven Marić is responsive, sharp and handles complex legal matters with aplomb.’

Matthias Wahl is a very responsive and out-of-the-box thinker.’

Edi Suljić and Jan Gebauer are really good and provide high-quality advice and are always responsive.’

Branko Skerlev’s technical knowledge is excellent and most important he is very practical and has very good knowledge of market standards. He is definitely the person to go see to get the deal done, with minimal risk for everyone.’

Branko Skerlev has the ability to give short and smooth advice and is very knowledgeable about the funds industry.’

Key clients

SECURITAS CROATIA

VALAMAR RIVIERA

C&A CROATIA

FÖRCH CROATIA

FIVE AGENCY

KASPAR PAPIR (CROATIA/SINGAPORE)

MURAPLAST

AVANT CAR

SPAČVA

QUAESTUS PRIVATE EQUITY

ERICSSON NIKOLA TESLA

MOSLAVINA VOĆE

TRANSCOM HOLDING

BAZZAR.HR

PIK (CROATIA)

TPA CROATIA

METRO CROATIA

FORTIS PROJEKT

Work highlights

  • Advising Transcom on the acquisition of City Connect Group, a multi-jurisdictional transaction involving Croatia, Ireland, North Macedonia and Slovenia.
  • Advising the owners of bazzar.hr on the sale of a minority shareholding to EMMA Capital Group.
  • Advising the owners of Svam Plus on the sale of 100% of its shares to Canadian Juniper Group.

Hanzekovic & Partners

‘Technically excellent and easy to work with’, Hanzekovic & Partners provides ‘commercial and practical advice’ to domestic and international clients across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A/demerger transactions and joint venture structuring. ‘Tactically astute’ team head Irina Jelčić displays ‘excellent technical knowledge’, which she deploys to good effect on corporate mandates within the real estate, tourism and energy sectors. Tin Težak joined the team from Madirazza & Partners in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Irina Jelčić

Other key lawyers:

Paula Jagar; Tin Težak

Testimonials

The team is technically excellent and easy to work with. They take a commercial and practical view to problems and drive the deal through.’

‘The firm’s lawyers are experts at commercial and corporate law and are very dedicated to their clients.’

Irina Jelčić has excellent technical knowledge and is tactically astute.’

‘Irina Jelčić is fast thinking, knowledgeable and provided a superb service.’

Paula Jagar displays great legal skills and dedication to the client.’

Key clients

Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o.

Data-Link Unija Smart Accounting d.o.o.

Mr Mato Škojo

Work highlights

  • Advised Hrvatske autoceste on its merger with fellow Croatian state-owned motorway operator AUTOCESTA RIJEKA-ZAGREB.  

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

The ‘very well-organised and helpful’ team at KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC has a strong market reputation on behalf of domestic and international companies across a range of corporate and commercial work, including in the context of the day-to-day corporate housekeeping associated with their Croatian business operations, as well as transactional matters. Dinka Kovačević is well-versed at handling M&A work for financial services and TMT clients among others, and co-heads the team alongside Danijela Simeunović, who has a particular strength in advising clients from German-speaking countries.

Testimonials

‘Very well organised.’

‘Very helpful.’

Key clients

AXILIS d.o.o.

SYNLAB HRVATSKA

BUTAN PLIN d.o.o.

SIGNIFY INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Norinco International Cooperation Ltd. and Energija projekt d.d.

Legrand SNC, Legrand d.o.o.

Ivicom Consulting d.o.o.

Brombul d.o.o., Easy Digital d.o.o., IDDI d.o.o.

Amplexor Adriatic d.o.o.

KJK Balkan Holding S.a.r.l.

Infosit d.o.o.

NEUROTH slušna pomagala d.o.o. and other group companies

OptimizeRx® Corporation

dormakaba Hrvatska d.o.o.

PROFESSIO ENERGIA d.d

Work highlights

  • Provides regular corporate housekeeping services to Butan Plin, including advice on commercial issues, regulatory compliance, debt enforcement and a range of employment related issues.
  • Advises shareholders of Croatian company AGRONOM d.o.o., namely KJK Balkan Holding S.a.r.l and Darko Aračić, on the sale of a majority shareholding to the Czech investor AGROFERT.
  • Advising Infosit on the development of an option scheme for the employees.

Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal

Able to offer a comparative advantage to international clients, in particular by virtue of its ability to leverage the tax and financial advisory teams within the Deloitte network, Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal effectively applies a ‘multi-disciplinary approach in offering solutions’. Consequently, the team, which is led by Tarja Krehić, who combines ‘the highest international legal standards with superior local knowledge’, has picked up a significant proportion of major multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates, including high-profile work for state-owned oil and gas company INA on its acquisition of a shareholding in OMV Slovenia from MOL Hungary. Another primary strength of the firm is its aptitude at handling corporate and commercial work within the ICT sector, in part due to Krehić’s former role as in-house counsel at Croatian Telekom.

Other key lawyers:

Valerija Cerovski

Testimonials

The recent co-operation with Deloitte and its tax and financial experts brings a comparative advantage to the team, as global clients often require lawyers who have a deep understanding of legal, financial and tax aspects of the business projects and transactions, and who apply a multi-disciplinary approach in offering solutions.’

Due to Tarja Krehić’s telco background, and her long-term specialisation as the leading M&A lawyer on the Croatian market, she has been a good choice as our corporate-law adviser.’

Tarja Krehić serves her clients by combining the highest international legal standards with superior local knowledge, expertise and insight. She provides a distinctive global approach together with fluency in local market issues and opportunities. She is devoted to a comprehensive understanding of unique aspects and needs of her clients’ businesses. She resonates with individual approach, relationship building, dedication, availability, efficiency and high-quality communication.’

‘Tarja Krehić stands out as a result of having a great combination of an international background and a deep understanding of the local situation. She was extremely reactive, efficiently managed her team and provided valuable advice.’

Matea Gospić Plazina worked really well with financial consultants (Deloitte), easy to talk to, quick to answer, very responsive on the phone and email, no problem with doing online calls.’

Key clients

SKRA

NIPRO PHARMAPACKAGING EUROPE

NIPRO PHARMAPACKAGING CROATIA

OMV INDOIL

ISTRALANDIA

INA

BRATI RITOSA

CRO TEAM

GZECHIM

M Nekrenine Ltd

INTER CARS

ICroatian Telekom Inc,

Business Intelligence Ltd

INFOBIP

Deloitte

Azalea Maritime

Habduco d.o.o.

Cementos Molins

Work highlights

  • Advised ISKRA, a Slovenian manufacturing group, on its acquisition of Croatia’s Elka Cables from Cotrad.o.o and Miljenko Hacek.
  • Advised Nipro PharmaPackaging, a Japanese-listed supplier of glass primary packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, on its acquisition of the Croatian glass pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer Piramida from Blue Sea Capital.
  • Advised INA, a Croatian state-owned listed national oil and gas company, on its acquisition of a shareholding in OMV Slovenia from MOL Hungary.

Ostermann & Partners LLP

Combining ‘high-level legal knowledge with a business-oriented mindset’, Ostermann & Partners LLP is a popular choice among domestic and international financial services, construction and TMT clients across a range of corporate and commercial mandates. ‘Outstanding’ team head Mojmir Ostermannis reliable and calm even in highly charged situations’, which ensures that he is regularly at the forefront of the firm’s most significant M&A and non-performing loan transactions. Barbara Vričko Hrabar is an ‘extremely talented, hard-working and smart lawyer’, whose expertise includes day-to-day commercial law advice, M&A due diligence and competition law prowess.

Practice head(s):

Mojmir Ostermann

Testimonials

‘The team has unique experience in providing legal advice which is aligned with your business strategy. They have the capacity to approach the legal issue from both a legal and business perspective.’

‘The team has the breadth and depth of skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to be able to deliver the best possible advice to the client. They proved to be very collaborative, always on top of matters, knowledgeable, constructive, creative when needed the most, and pragmatic.’

‘They are a group of highly experienced professionals. I appreciated their pragmatic approach and breadth of knowledge they have showed. Very proactive and pleasant to work with.’

‘Vjekoslav Ivančić provided us with excellent legal advice which supported our business case. Since the contracts we were creating differed a lot from legal defaults in our country, his previous experience has given us confidence moving forward in the project.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann is very hands-on, always fully involved in all the work the group is doing with the practice. Mojmir provides not only exceptional legal support, but also has the ability to approach matters from a strategic and business perspective, pairing it with the legal aspects to find the best possible solution. On many occasions he has demonstrated an open-minded approach and out-of-the-box thinking, solving some of the most complex situations we faced. He is a committed and passionate hard-working professional.’

‘Barbara Vričko Hrabar is an extremely talented, hard-working and smart lawyer.’

‘Marijana Soldo Kubat is very calm, diligent and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

APS Investments

Badel 1862

Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF)

Heta Asset Resolution Hrvatska

Intesa Sanpaolo IVS

Osijek-Koteks

Privinvest

RUNE Crow

State Agency for Deposit Insurance and Bank Resolution

TÜV NORD International

Work highlights

  • Advising TÜV NORD International throughout the acquisition process of INGATEST, a local leader in health and safety and environment protection services in Croatia.
  • Advised Osijek-Koteks in negotiating the terms of purchase of shares of Projektgradnja, one of the largest construction companies in Croatia, from Fortenova Group.
  • Advised APS Investments on the purchase of a real estate portfolio from a leading regional bank.  

Porobija & Porobija

Porobija & Porobija has a longstanding presence in the market and, with a four-partner team composed of ‘incredibly hardworking and pragmatic business lawyers’, is well-positioned to pick up a range of significant transactional and day-to-day corporate work directly on behalf of clients, as well as in the context of referrals from international law firms. Headed by Boris Porobija, the team provides ‘an exceptional service and very business-friendly advice’ to clients from a range of industry sectors, including hospitality, telecoms and energy.

Practice head(s):

Boris Porobija

Testimonials

The firm provides an exceptional service and very business-friendly advice.’

They are all incredibly hard-working and pragmatic business lawyers.’

Key clients

International Zagreb Airport

Euronet

Teknox

Mars Inc.

Alumina I S.R.L.

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Mars Inc. group subsidiaries on a corporate reorganisation with respect to parts of the business related to Croatia.
  • Advising Alumina I S.R.L, as majority shareholder of Calucem Group, on the sale of its shareholding.
  • Advising CEBF S.a.r.l./ RUNE Group S.A. on various commercial and corporate issues related to its business activities in Croatia.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

Benefiting from an ‘in-depth knowledge of Croatian corporate law and practice’ and also able to draw upon resources and to share knowledge with lawyers from across the firm’s wider CEE network of offices, Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers provides an ‘outstanding service’ to domestic and international clients on Croatian and regional transactions and on work associated with the day-to-day operational concerns of conducting business in the country. Team head Ivan Einwalter is ‘very responsive, experienced and constructive’ and has strong credentials on the buy and sell side of M&A transactions across a range of industry sectors, including banking, tourism and TMT. Dina Vlahov Buhin is ‘very analytical and solutions-oriented’ and has recently handled several TMT-related M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Einwalter

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, always available and knowledgeable.’

‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of Croatian corporate law and practice, and are well informed of the latest trends in local M&A in the banking sector, all of which was very useful for our company.’

‘Ivan Einwalter is an excellent lawyer, very responsive, experienced and constructive. He creates value for his clients.’

‘I would like to mention Ivan Einwalter as stand-out figure in the Zagreb office. His devotion to the client’s issues, thoroughness, yet with a pragmatic approach give the client a comfort that it is in safe hands.’

‘Both Ivan Einwalter and Dina Vlahov Buhin are excellent partners handling their job in a very professional matter. They communicate exactly, on time with a lot of additional advice for any legal matter I needed. They deliver the job on time and within the expected budget.’

‘Ivan Einwalter and Dina Vlahov Buhin were always available and in a complicated deal, they were always able to propose very efficient solutions in order for the deal to go ahead.’

Dina Vlahov Buhin is an excellent lawyer, very analytical and solution oriented. Her creative problem-solving approach never disappoints.’

‘Vice Mandarić is a point of contact for any complex matter. With his excellent understanding of commercial issues, he is able to solve any legal issue in an understandable way.’

‘Krešimira Krušlin is a great lawyer. She is very reliable, collaborative and responsive.’

Key clients

TUI Group

Phillip Morris

ANDRITZ AG

TELIA COMPANY AB

S IMMO

Johnson & Johnson S.A.

NETS CEE d.o.o.

Weinhandl & Co

Runs Like Butter

ALCA ZAGREB d.o.o.

OTP Group

B.S.A. International (Lactalis group holding company)

AVS GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised TUI and its subsidiary TUI Travel Overseas Holdings Ltd on a complex transaction of (i) the acquisition of a group of companies in Croatia from its joint venture partners, Fortenova Group (ex Agrokor) and Karisma Resorts International S.A., and (ii) TUI’s simultaneous disposal of 50% of shares in a Panamanian group of companies held by Karisma Hotels Caribbean S.A. to Karisma Resorts International S.A
  • Advised Weinhandl & Co and its related parties on the acquisition of (i) 100% of shares in HETA Asset Resolution Croatia d.o.o., a regulated leasing company, and (ii) indirect acquisition of 100% of shares in Alpe Adria Poslovodstvo d.o.o. and EPSILON GRAĐENJE d.o.o. from HAR GmbH, an affiliate of HETA Asset Resolution AG, as well as (iii) a cross-border performing/non-performing loan portfolio booked in HETA Asset Resolution AG.
  • Advising B.S.A. International as a majority shareholder of listed company Dukat d.d., in respect of relations with minority shareholders and contemplated ‘squeeze-out’ as well as subsequent delisting from the Zagreb stock exchange.

Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

In the relatively short time since its establishment in 2018, Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners has developed some strong client relationships, attracted not only by the lawyers’ ability to solve problems ‘very quickly, efficiently and effectively’, but also its willingness to be flexible on fees and to represent many through a monthly retainer fee. Lauded for their ‘professionalism and creativity’, co-heads Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović are at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the firm, including recent work for the majority shareholders of Karlovačka bank on its takeover procedure and subsequent delisting from the Zagreb Stock Exchange.

Other key lawyers:

Iva Pranjić; Valentina Plantić

Testimonials

‘The firm is highly professional and always acts in a way which benefits their client the most. They have a unique approach to every legal matter and always try to observe every inquiry from different perspectives so that they can offer the best possible solution.’

‘They are a great law firm. Very committed to each matter brought to them. The great advantage of this law firm is that they solve all problems very quickly, efficiently and effectively, but at the same time with a high quality.’

‘It is an energised, well-coordinated and motivated team.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, very open and sincere regarding all the possible legal options, personal and human relationship with clients.’

‘Siniša Babić is a very trustworthy and reliable lawyer.’

‘Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović are professional and very creative.’

Key clients

Slatinska bank jsc.

Karlovačka bank jsc.

Siemens Healthcare Ltd.

Bevanda project Ltd.

Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology

Croatian standard institute

Faculty of transport and traffic sciences

City of Sisak

Callidus – adult education institute

Bonum grupa Ltd.

Ivan Žabčić and Marko Vuković

HOO TV Ltd.

TISSA Ltd.

OSSARD Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Ivan Žabčić and Marko Vuković as majority shareholders of Karlovačka bank on the complex takeover procedure of the bank.
  • Following the takeover of Karlovačka bank, the firm advised on the subsequent delisting from the Zagreb Stock Exchange.
  • Advised the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of the University of Zagreb on the establishment of its scientific foundation and on subsequent operational matters.

Gajski, Grlic, Prka & Partners

Co-headed by Mladen Prka and Martina Gajski, the ‘solutions-oriented’ team at Gajski, Grlic, Prka & Partners provides a one-stop-shop service to domestic and international clients across the full array of the transactional and ongoing corporate requirements related to their business operations in Croatia. The team gained most visibility of late for its high-profile engagement on the Agrokor restructuring, and the firm continues to handle some legacy work for the successor entity, Fortenova.

Practice head(s):

Mladen Prka; Martina Gajski

Other key lawyers:

Elias Ernst; Ivan Šimonović

Testimonials

They were very competent and agile at handling an M&A process.’

They are solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

Agrokor JSC

Fortenova Group JSC

S&T AG (Austria) / S&T Croatia LLC

Elektronički računi LLC

Bilić-Erić Security LLC

Importanne d.o.o.

KDV Group JSC

MiniPolis LLC

MEDI-GLOBE GROUP GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders on the sale process of the majority share in Elektronički računi.
  • Advised Fortenova Group in two  interconnected transactions which included the sale of Fortenova Group’s share in Konsolidator LLC and the acquisition of shares in ANP Energija LLC.
  • Advised the sole shareholder on the sale of shares in a market-leading EU funds advisory service GEORG LLC.

Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners

Led by Goran Ilej, Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners provides a ‘very practical and hands-on’ service to domestic and international clients across a range of transactional and day-to-day corporate housekeeping. As well as advice to corporates on their transactions, the firm also regularly picks up M&A work for international funds on their Croatian investment activity. Although it is active across a range of sectors, the firm has a particularly strong pedigree handling transactional work associated with renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Goran Ilej

Testimonials

‘Very practical and hands-on, fast responses tailored to the demand. Cost conscious.’

‘Ivana Sverak and Iva Tokić Čuljak are very precise in drafting contracts, they are very quick and have always a total overview in M&A transactions.’

Key clients

KSL Capital Partners

Endava plc.

Robotic Process Automation d.o.o.

PEARL Infrastructure Capital (in Project Evergreen and Project Rio)

Dept Holding B.V.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Eurofins Pharma Services LUX Holding SARL

Adut M-5 d.o.o.

BayWa AG / ECOwind GmbH

CEE Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Endava plc on a $40m acquisition of shares in Croatian IT company Five (Pet Minuta d.o.o.), a leading digital product company in Croatia.
  • Advised KSL Capital Partners in relation to the potential acquisition of a majority share in one of the biggest hospitality groups in Croatia.
  • Advised Pearl Infrastructure Capital on the acquisition of Energy 9, Sušara Slatina and Toplota Slatina, a Croatian group of companies owning a biomass co-generation plant and wood drying facility in Slatina, as well as on the acquisition of a biomass electricity production facility located in Babina Greda, Croatia, the largest biomass electricity production facility in Croatia with 9.99 MW grid power.

Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm

Praised for its ‘solutions-based’ approach, Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm has developed a particularly strong reputation among investment funds and their managers, both in relation to regulatory and structuring work as well as in the pursuant investment activity – often within the real estate sector. Team head Josip Marohnic is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Josip Marohnic

Testimonials

‘We have received legal guidance like never before in their completely solution-based, tailored to our needs approach. They raise the bar in politeness and above all professionalism. They answer every e-mail withing the working day and are very quick about answering messages and phone calls.’

‘The team provides a solutions-based approach.’

Key clients

LCN Capital Partners

Balkan Properties Limited UK

Feelsgood Capital Partners

Day One Capital/Orqa Holding Limited

SETCOR

Split Peninsula Properties

S.Fresh

Inspire Investments d.o.o.

Heritage Boutique Hotel Villa Giardino

Demateh d.o.o. a member of KNAPP Group

AllergoSan Croatia

Baumit Croatia

Essity Croatia

IMBEA Immoeast Beteiligungsverwaltung GmbH Vienna

Work highlights

  • Advised LCN Capital Partners on the acquisition of the entire retail portfolio of Emmezeta in Croatia.
  • Acted as joint counsel to Orqa Holding Ltd and Day One Capital in a €1.3m investment in Orqa Holding Ltd by Day One Capital.
  • Advised Balkan Properties Ltd UK on its €85.1m sale of the largest Croatian logistics park Poslovni Park Zagreb to a consortium of three major Croatian pension funds.

Matekovic Law Firm

Able to ‘understand the broader picture and assess risks’, Matekovic Law Firm is particularly effective in helping foreign companies enter the Croatian market and advising on their ongoing operational requirements. Managing partner Krešimir Matekovichas extremely wide knowledge in both the legal and business fields’, which he implements to good effect for clients from a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Matekovic

Testimonials

‘The team is always helpful, fast, responsive, professional and with a high level of knowledge in different legal fields. We always have their response and a great solution in just a few hours, they are easy to work with because they understand any problem perfectly and always have the solution.’

‘It is a group of highly skilled lawyers, with immediate business understanding and an understanding of business needs. Able to understand the broader picture and assess risks very quickly and also provide solutions in an efficient and “to the point” manner.’

‘Krešimir Matekovic has extremely wide knowledge in both the legal and business field. He is one of the most innovative people I know with respect to law. Also, he is an extremely cost-effective and fast thinker.’

‘Krešimir Matekovic’s long experience, responsiveness and swift feedback makes him very easy to co-operate with, but also more importantly, we feel very safeguarded in the challenging environment.’

Ivan Sabljić is dedicated to finding a solution to any problem, day or night. With his high level of legal knowledge, he makes an excellent lawyer.’

‘Dora Adžić is highly innovative and always finds the best solutions to our problems.’ 

‘Laura Matekovic is very personable and approachable, always delivers on time and up to standards.’

Key clients

Adriatic Luxury Development Ltd.

ASURA MULTISERVIS d.o.o.

AQUANAUTICA d.o.o.

B 4 B d.o.o.

China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited

DTX Handels GmbH

EVEREST SOLUTIONS d.o.o.

Hrvatska radiotelevizija (Croatian radiotelevision)

GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o.

INDIUM d.o.o.

LEANPAY Ltd.

LEANPAY d.o.o.

Luxottica South Eastern Europe Ltd.

Luxottica Group S.P.A.

MAMUT FORTIS d.o.o.

METEOSENSE s.r.o.

MODULOR d.o.o. BEOGRAD

MODULOR d.o.o.

NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska d.o.o.

Omya S.p.A.

PROARH tri d.o.o.

Quada – projekt k.d.

Raiffeisen Leasing d.o.o.

Renesola Zagreb d.o.o.

RL – ETA d.o.o.

RL GAMMA d.o.o.

RL BETA d.o.o.

RL Jankomir d.o.o.

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

SANOFI – AVENTIS CROATIA d.o.o.

SIOIL d.o.o.

Shire d.o.o.

SUPER IGRA d.o.o.

TA-GRAD d.o.o.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals L.t.d.

Work highlights

  • Advised Mr. Milan Račić in the sale of 14.07% of shares in the company Gideon Brothers.
  • Advised Leanpay Ltd (UK) on the incorporation of its Croatian subsidiary and entering into the Croatian financial market.
  • Advised Modulor d.o.o. Beograd (Serbia) on the incorporation of its Croatian subsidiary and entering into the Croatian construction market.

Praljak & Svic Law Firm

The partner-led team at Praljak & Svic Law Firm  is ‘good at finding simple but constructive solutions in complex matters’, including as they relate to niche insurance/IT-related work, M&A and non-performing loan transactions. Marin Svićis very experienced in corporate law and M&A’ and co-heads the team alongside ‘reliable and quick thinker’ Marko Praljak.

Practice head(s):

Marko Praljak; Marin Svic

Testimonials

‘They are solutions-oriented and pragmatic. I highly value their commercial and business rationale when delivering proposals and presenting various legal solutions – they are committed to finding a solution that makes business sense and not only a legal one.’

‘The team supported us through M&A procedures in a very comprehensive and detailed manner. The approach was always professional, structured and prompt.’

‘It is a very well co-ordinated team, they are good at finding a simple but constructive solution in complex matters, while preserving the perception of their professionalism and expertise.’

‘Marin Svić informs clients properly on potential risk, while keeping proactive and commercial thinking.’

‘Marin Svić is very experienced in corporate law and M&A, offering full legal services and comprehensive solutions during projects. He is committed to understanding clients’ business needs.’

The very reliable Marko Praljak is a quick thinker.’

Key clients

Croatia Insurance Company

Coface Adriatic

SPAN

TDR

Sandoz

NTL

Adris Group

Cromaris

Plava laguna

Work highlights

  • Advising Adris Group and its several companies across a range of M&A and general day-to-day commercial matters.
  • Advised Croatia Insurance Company on the procurement of new core software for advanced digitalization of its entire non-life and health insurance policies portfolio.
  • Advising Sandoz on corporate governance issues, as well as some niche regulatory issues.

Vidan Law Office

The ‘highly qualified’ team at Vidan Law Office has ‘great knowledge of the corporate world’, and is well-versed across a range of matters, from day-to-day legal support (incorporations, management and supervisory board matters, corporate governance) to highly complex transactions, including M&A mandates, spin-offs and squeeze-outs. Team head Hrvoje Vidanis an experienced lawyer with an exceptional knowledge of the local Croatian market’.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Other key lawyers:

Petra Luštica; Ivona Stričak

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified team has great knowledge of the corporate world, and an objective approach. The team is always available and easy to work with.’

‘Vidan Law Office is our first point of contact whenever we would need any assistance concerning Croatian law – that is their main asset in our eyes, that they are well-rounded and are able to cover basically any area of law one may need assistance with.’

‘The individuals at Vidan Law Office show great work ethic, punctuality, and a high degree of knowledge.’

‘Hrvoje Vidan is an experienced lawyer with exceptional knowledge of the local Croatian market. He clearly stands out from the market. His qualities are responsiveness, experience, and willingness to assist always whenever his service is required.’

‘We found Hrvoje Vidan to be extremely pleasant to work with. He is always available, shares relevant information. His work ethics are also commendable, as he completes his tasks within deadlines, and is available even outside normal working hours.’

I appreciated Petra Luštica’s willingness to dive into the core of the legal matter without unnecessary legal lingo. I can also praise her responsiveness.’

Vukmir & Associates

The ‘responsive, solutions-oriented and knowledgeable’ team at Vukmir & Associates provides ‘sophisticated and comprehensive legal support’ to a range of domestic and international corporates across a myriad of transactional and commercial contracts work. Leveraging the firm’s market-leading IP credentials, as well as expertise on digital law matters, the firm is a particularly compelling proposition for tech-focused companies. Team head Sanja Tkalec Kovac has a ‘high level of understanding of her clients’ business needs and constraints’ and is regularly at the forefront of the most significant M&A mandates handled by the team. As well as his general corporate and M&A expertise, the ‘very knowledgeable and extremely responsive’ Tomislav Pedišić excels at advising clients in the regulated industries sector across a range of commercial matters, including data privacy, operation of e-communications and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sanja Tkalec Kovac

Testimonials

‘Responsive, solutions-oriented, deep legal knowledge and always available.’

‘Commercially minded yet very precise and direct in their advice.’

‘The firm’s experts are appreciated for their know-how and experience, providing sophisticated and comprehensive legal support in a most efficient manner.’

‘Generally, Vukmir & Associates is a go-to firm in Croatia when it comes to e-trade/communications, online contracting, digital law, advertising law, and data privacy with a strong practice in this field. They provide consistently excellent service, including direct and timely advice. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Sanja Tkalec Kovač has shown an impressive degree of responsiveness, dedication and efficiency and has a very high level of understanding of her clients’ business, needs and constraints.’

‘Tomislav Pedišic is very knowledgeable, extremely responsive and a true team leader. Tomislav will provide expert advice in all matters concerning digital law (online trade/contracting, e-communications, consumer protection, cybersecurity, and data privacy). Furthermore, he is very experienced in the corporate and M&A field, as well as in the regulated industries sector (such as medical regulatory or banking and finance).’

‘Attorneys Tea Cerinski and Andrea Kožul Pedišic are very knowledgeable and professional. Andrea Kožul Pedišic is very knowledgeable on all data privacy/cybersecurity issues as well as consumer protection and advertising law and has been practising in this field for over 15 years. Tea Cerinski is very responsive and stands out in matters concerning online trade, consumer protection, digital law, medical and banking/finance regulatory, as well as corporate law.

‘Tomislav Pedišic has clear communication and delivers top-notch advice which is what we needed.’

Key clients

AVK Holding A/S

LOREA AG (Swarovski Group)

Verizon Media

Merck & Co, Inc. / Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

Phillips

Generali Global Assistance

PAYBACK Austria GmbH (American Express Group)

B2 Kapital

Microsoft

ENGIE

Microblink / Photomath

Galderma

Karhoo

Profil Klett

DeFacto

Procter & Gamble

Trelleborg

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise operated by SELECTIUM

Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit Group)

Royal Canin

Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck & Co., Inc/Merck Sharpe & Dohme in a complex and high-profile cross-border restructuring project – a spin-off of women’s health, trusted legacy brands and biosimilars businesses.
  • Advised Phillips in the high-profile process of demerger and sale of Phillips’ small household appliances business on a global level.
  • Advised Danish AVK Group in acquiring the majority shareholding in OMV-INDOIL, the Croatian-based valve company with operations in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Law Office Žarkovic

Composed of ‘very capable and educated individuals who are always ready to help’, Law Office Žarkovic continues to impress clients with its ‘flexible’ and modern approach to handling corporate and commercial work. Consequently, the team under the guidance of Branimir Žarković and Marko Milošević, who ‘stand out for their responsiveness’, is picking up a growing market share, including clients within the IT and transport sectors.

Testimonials

Working with Law Office Žarković was a great experience. It is a team of very capable, educated individuals who are always ready to help.’

To me, this practice absolutely stood out with performance in speed and turnaround.’

They are young and driven. Other firms I have worked with in my companies are rigid and more formalistic compared to this team. They are flexible and adjustable which I think is one of the key qualities when we work 24/7 nowadays.’

Branimir Žarković and Marko Milošević stood out the most with their responsiveness, turnaround times, and ability to understand our business and our specific situation.’

Key clients

INFOBIP Ltd

Petruzalek d.o.o.

Luminor Hotel Collection d.o.o.

KOIOS Group

Alkyon Partners Gmbh

Skinest Group

Projekt Biro Marciuš d.o.o.

Bluebonnet Kft

Liburnia Riviera Hoteli d.d.

Holster Privatstiftung

Gitone Bet. GmbH

Telia Carrier

Magnum Global d.o.o.

SALLINA Bet. GMBh (Arbiana d.o.o.)

TransAssist LLC

Karl Blaha (Blaha Family Office)

Begin Capital Markets

Gollner GmbH

TRADE ONLINE LLC

Finax, o.c.p.a.s.

Feller family office

Work highlights

  • Assisted SALLINA Bet., an Austria-based investment company, on the acquisition of Croatian hospitality company Arbiana d.o.o.
  • Assisted Gitone Adriatic d.o.o. on the acquisition of Croatian hospitality company POL-MOT d.o.o. (which owns hotel Lovran in Lovran (near Opatija)).
  • Represented Gollner GmbH on its acquisition of Croatian construction company SA Bišćan, Karlovac, as well as various related corporate activities in relation to the respective company, including division with incorporation of a new company.

Cipcic-Bragadin Mesic & Associates

The ‘extremely resourceful and professional’ team at Cipcic-Bragadin Mesic & Associates has expertise across a range of corporate and commercial mandates for clients in core sectors of expertise including energy and the environment. The team, which is headed by Silvije Čipčić-Bragadin, is also increasingly active in the life sciences sector and has picked up some notable mandates for leading entities in the space, including Unilever, across a range of commercial contractual work throughout the Balkan region.

Practice head(s):

Silvije Cipcic-Bragadin

Testimonials

They are extremely resourceful and professional, and they put equal effort to result as to the satisfaction of the client.’

Key clients

Unilever (Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Unilever Bosnia & Herzegovina

Lenovo

Pfizer Inc.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Seatle Genetics

Flixbus Mobility GmbH & Flixbus CEE South d.o.o.

Nafta a.s., and Nafta International BV

Valgo SA and Valgo Montenegro

Vifor Pharma

Central Government Office for the Development of the Digital Society

Ministry of Administration of the Republic of Croatia

Canvas Holidays / Vacalianselect

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Eurofins

Mastercard

Novamex

Battersea Project Phase 3B Development Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer on the Croatian aspects relevant to the spin-off of its UpJohn business with Mylan.
  • Advising Unilever companies in the region (Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina) in relation to business reorganisation, agreements with distributors and a range of other commercial and corporate matters relevant to the FMCG sector.
  • Advised Canvas Holidays (a member of the Vacalians group) and Vacalians group on a merger of Canvas Holidays with a local company.

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm

Co-headed by Damjan Krivić and Lovro Kovačić, the ‘well-educated, knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm excels at helping entities looking to incorporate their businesses, as well as providing advice on ongoing operational and transactional matters. Sector strengths include TMT and financial services.

Testimonials

The team is well educated, knowledgeable and responsive.’

Lovro Kovačić is nice and emphatic in direct communication, makes you believe you are a unique client.’

Key clients

MONTMONTAŽA d.d.

Vela Software Spain SL

China Aoyuan Property Group Limited of Aoyuan Mansion

DDM INVEST III AG

Allianz Hrvatska d.d

Samsung Electronics Austria Gmbh

ROCHE d.o.o. (Roche Ltd) Zagreb (Grad Zagreb)

IN2 d.o.o.,

AZ Pension Fund

MM FARAMACHEM d.o.o.

Lynxcapgroup AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Primo Real Estate in the process of incorporation of the company in Croatia as well as ongoing mandates, including its listing on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Vela Software Spain S.L. and IN2 d.o.o. (part of the Constellation Software Group) on the acquisition of software company SVAM PLUS.
  • Advised China Aoyuan Property Group Ltd across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including on an increase in share capital.

KRAJINOVIC I PARTNERI d.o.o.

Appreciated for its ability to ‘find a creative solution’, KRAJINOVIC I PARTNERI d.o.o provides a ‘highly professional service’ to corporates from a range of sectors in litigation, day-to-day commercial work and transactional matters. ‘Extremely dependable and solutions-oriented’ managing partner Zoran Krajinović is at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the firm, including its continued representation of Fortenova Group in the aftermath of the high-profile extraordinary administration procedure concerning its predecessor Agrokor.

Testimonials

The firm is highly professional and fully committed to the client. They strive to maintain the relationship with their clients and are well practiced in supporting them throughout their various fields of activities.’

They always find a creative solution to every task given to them.’

I consider Zoran Krajinović to be an ethical trustworthy person who invariably will wholeheartedly protect his clients, who is aware of his capabilities and reach, and will always refer his clients to external experts and colleagues if it is in the client’s best interest.’

Zoran Krajinović always finds the optimal solution for each situation that a client faces and thus stands out from the others.’

Zoran Krajinović represents the client with full heart, passion and energy.’

‘Zoran Krajinović is an extremely dependable and solutions-oriented professional.’

Key clients

FORTENOVA GRUPA d.d.

AGROKOR d.d.

KONZUM plus d.o.o.

Belje plus d.o.o.

M START plus d.o.o.

Pluma Studios d.o.o.

Adscanner d.o.o.

Inkop International d.o.o.

OT LOGISTICS S.A.

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Agrokor and Fortenova grupa (legal successor of Agrokor d.d.) in relation to the extraordinary administration procedure over the debtor Agrokor d.d. as a strategically important economic entity of Croatia, in respect of which a special Act (Lex Agrokor) was adopted.
  • Advising Pluma studios d.o.o. on a daily basis regarding their overall business in the field of creative creation and publishing.
  • Advising INCOP INTERNATIONAL on legal issues related to public procurement procedures.

Law Firm Andelovic, Siketic & Tomic

Law Firm Andelovic, Siketic & Tomic has made a strong impact in the market since its foundation in the Spring of 2020, and is recommended for its ability to ‘provide solutions-oriented advice’, having successfully ‘took the best from “old school” law firms, by further adapting the principles of work to modern society and ever-changing economy’. Praised for his ‘pragmatic approach’, Marko Tomić heads up the team and has a wealth of expertise in advising across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including GDPR issues.

Practice head(s):

Marko Tomić

Other key lawyers:

Ivona Anđelović Jurić

Testimonials

The team is excellent in understanding industry-specific problems and knows how to advise the client in order to mitigate the shallow waters of uncertainty.’

The firm is comprised of young professionals, and it seems that their competitive advantage is that they took the best from “old school” law firms, by further adapting the principles of work to modern society and ever-changing economy.’

The team provides a solutions-oriented approach.’

Young but experienced team with deep insight in different industries with resourceful solutions. Able, quick and within short deadlines. Capable of providing cross-border solutions and partnering contacts in order to support clients.’

Marko Tomić’s pragmatic approach, whilst keeping a close eye on every single legal detail, makes him the perfect fit for us. Besides his impeccable legal skills, evidently built through a lot of experience and hard work, Marko is also a great negotiator and has a great sense for people, which simplifies many steps on our way.’

‘Marko Tomić is very dedicated and always at our disposal, and provides spot-on solutions and has an excellent understanding of day-to-day business as well as strategic directions of different industries our company is involved in.’

Key clients

H.M.Z. Privatstiftung

H.M.Z. Villa d.o.o.

H.M.Z. Luxury Villas Istria d.o.o.

ENS d.o.o.

ENS DEVELOPMENT d.o.o.

INTRALOT Adriatic d.o.o.

WYG Savjetovanje d.o.o.

TEKSTILPROMET d.d.

MARLI d.o.o.

PORTER L.D. d.o.o.

Oryx razvojne storitve d.o.o.

2.ADVICE d.o.o

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day advice to the owner and operator of 18 villas in the Istria peninsula, in relation to all matters related to acquisitions and operations, including advice for commercial and corporate issues.
  • Advised WYG Savjetovanje on numerous matters, including on the acquisition of Dutch NSEP Consultancy Holding B.V. and NSEP Consultancy B.V.
  • Advised ENS Development on a shareholder’s arrangement, in relation to the development of 25 stop-shops across the country and a business building in Zagreb.

M&S Partners

Led by Andrej Šooš Maceljski, the ‘very responsive, friendly and well-organised’ team at M&S Partners has particular strength advising on corporate-related issues associated with energy, real estate and hospitality projects. The firm also has niche specialism in white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Andrej Šooš Maceljski

Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive, friendly and well-organised.’

Key clients

MANTRA 2 REAL ESTATE, INC., Canada

MANTRA PHARMA INC., Canada

Megalant d.o.o.

Rapid Health Ltd.

MANDIS-PHARM Pharmacies

PBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE Joint Stock Company for Compulsory Pension Funds Management

West Gate Shopping City

Colliers Southeast Europe EOOD and Colliers Advisory d.o.o.

Select Group UAE

J&T Capital Markets

Terrma Capital Corp.

Germania Sport ltd.

PWC – PricewaterhouseCoopers Savjetovanje d.o.o.

OTTO BOCK ADRIA d.o.o.

Swisslog Italia S.r.l.

AGROCHEM-MAKS d.o.o.

Horwath HTL

Intereuropa

Adriatic tourist resorts

Franchise Cannabis Corp. – Standard Processing d.o.o.

EQTEC

Hornet Medical d.o.o.

CityX Apps d.o.o.

Macesic & Partners LLC

As well as advising on corporate matters arising in the context of work in the shipping sector, one of the core strengths of the firm, Macesic & Partners LLC has been increasingly active of late handling work in other sectors, including technology, where its work for Croatian/US tech start-up Bellabeat is a notable mandate. Rijeka-based Ivana Manovelo heads the team and regularly advises international companies on establishing business operations in Croatia.

Practice head(s):

Ivana Manovelo

Other key lawyers:

Zrinka Buzatović

Key clients

Maersk – APM Terminals

Bellabeat Inc.

STEMI d.o.o.

Bureau Veritas Croatia d.o.o.

Mariazellerhof, Matthias und Waltraud Pirker GmbH

Baker & McKenzie

Work highlights

  • Advised Bellabeat in several fundraising and financing rounds by new and existing investors.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its holding company structure for its commercial affiliates.

Law Office Mucalo

Appreciated for its ‘professionalism, persistence and dedication to each challenge’, Law Office Mucalo has a strong following among TMT, energy and pharmaceutical clients across a range of transactional and ongoing operational corporate/commercial work. The team is headed by the ‘approachable and easy-going’ Igor Mucalo, whose competition law expertise is a significant value-add to clients.

Practice head(s):

Igor Mucalo

Other key lawyers:

Kruno Kolak; Bruno Mudranja

Testimonials

‘Mucalo Law Office consists of several excellent young lawyers who think out of the box. They are fast, modern and they support their client in every possible way.’

‘Law Office Mucalo stands out for its professionalism, persistence and dedication to each challenge. We highly recommend their services!’

‘Igor Mucalo is one of the best, if not the best competition law expert in Croatia. He is very approachable, responsive and easy-going.’

‘Igor Mucalo is very strong in developing personal relationships with clients. I am very grateful for his diligent work.’

Key clients

Croatian Telecom

HEP

HP – HRVATSKA POŠTA

INA

Profil Group

Ezpada

Genesis Pharma

Azelis

Bavaria N. V.

Facebook

Pan-Pek

Coca-Cola Adria

Nlaw

Nlaw has ‘excellent know-how in the ecosystem and entrepreneurial world’, ensuring that it is well-positioned to benefit from a significant flow of work from both investors and founders in the burgeoning domestic venture capital market. Frano Barovic is the main contact and is ‘good at finding new solutions’.

Practice head(s):

Frano Barovic

Testimonials

The practice is the leader in introducing venture capital and convertible loan practices in Croatia.’

The firm has excellent know-how in the ecosystem and entrepreneurial world.’

The team was responsive and flexible and always with a positive attitude towards the client.’

Frano Barović is great at his work. Good at finding new solutions. Punctual and reliable.’

Key clients

Fil Rouge Capital

J&T Ventures

ACH 2 d.o.o.

Granular Grupa d.o.o.

Genesis Inženiring d.o.o.

Timebit j.d.o.o.

TestDome d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised for Fil Rouge Capital as investor in a venture capital equity investment into OMOLAB.
  • Advised J&T Ventures as investor, providing legal due diligence and legal support for a venture capital equity investment into AdScanner d.o.o.
  • Advised TestDome on a corporate governance restructuring and drafting of new internal documents.

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

The ‘professional and client-oriented’ team at Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic provides a strong full-service offering and is consequently a popular choice to provide ongoing corporate and commercial advice to some major domestic clients, including INA and Zagrebački holding. Team head Tomislav Orehovec is ‘brilliant in finding quick and practical solutions’ and as well as his core corporate and commercial expertise is also noted for his work on restructuring and bankruptcy issues.

Practice head(s):

Tomislav Orehovec

Other key lawyers:

Martina Šimunović Lepoša

Testimonials

‘Very competent, always available and fast.’

‘Very professional, responsive and co-operative team, excellent service for the value.’

‘This practice has a team of versatile legal experts with excellent expertise and practical knowledge. Their deep understanding of the legal system and how institutions operate and function is beneficial in providing timely and efficient legal service.’

‘This practice looks at problem solving from a commercial point of view. They are very professional and client oriented.’

‘Tomislav Orehovec: leader, open and direct and unique negotiator.’

‘Tomislav Orehovec is a a great team leader, always well prepared and with wide knowledge. He is brilliant in finding quick and practical solutions.’

Key clients

INA Group (INA- industrija nafte d.d., INA maziva d.o.o., INA maloprodajni servisi d.o.o., STSI d.o.o., Crosco d.o.o. etc.)

Zagrebački holding d.o.o.

Vodoopskrba i odvodnja d.o.o.

JANAF d.d.

NLB InterFinanz AG

Grand auto d.o.o.

Hyundai Croatia d.o.o.

Lola RIBAR d.d.

STRABAG d.o.o.

KNAUF Insulation d.o.o.

Fleksbit d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising multinational oil company INA on the full range of commercial and corporate matters, including the provision of complex legal opinions, and representation in judicial proceedings arising from commercial issues.
  • Advised Fleksbit d.o.o. on its joint venture with Unifiedpost solutions d.o.o., Serbia, as a member of Unified post Group, one of the leading cloud-based platforms for SME business services, regarding its entry into the Croatian market.
  • Assisting Zagrebački holding d.o.o., a major utility and transport services company in Zagreb, with a range of ongoing corporate and commercial matters relating to its operations.

Vukelić Law Office

Established in February 2021 following the departure of the ‘detail-oriented and knowledgeable’ Luka Vukelić from Žuric i Partneri, Vukelić Law office has made an immediate impression on the market, particularly in the context of corporate/commercial advisory work, including companies’ incorporation, registration and related procedures.

Practice head(s):

Luka Vukelić

Testimonials

Extremely committed, always available and fully hands-on.’

They are always at your disposal when you need it, providing legal support in different fields of law, from corporate to commercial, through assistance in the liquidation of companies.’

The team has a proactive approach, an efficient way of communication, and provides a solutions-oriented approach.’

Luka Vukelić is an esteemed lawyer who provides commercially-focused advice and goes above and beyond to assist his client.’

‘Luka Vukelić is detail-oriented and knowledgeable, particularly in the context of companies’ incorporation, registration and related procedures.’

Key clients

Computershare

Goldcar Spain S.L.

IFCO Systems GmbH

Iskra Slovenia

Educati Grupa

European Business School Zagreb – EBUS

Sokol Security

Amerigo s.r.o.

BSH Events

Bonus nekretnine d.o.o.

Kotti-tt d.o.o.

Prof. Kevin Morley

Work highlights

  • Advising Goldcar Spain in the liquidation process of their Croatian entity, with Luka Vukelić appointed as the liquidator.
  • Partnered with Computershare for the purpose of providing corporate and commercial legal services in Croatia to Computershare’s (multinational) clients.
  • Advised Kotti-tt d.o.o. during the negotiations of an exclusive distribution agreement with Strauss Naturals (a Canadian health supplement products company), based on which Kotti-tt d.o.o. became the exclusive distributor for Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.