Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Established in September 2020, although Law firm Orešković is relatively new in the market, its ‘highly professional’ managing partner Jadranka Orešković has an established track record, including her most recent role as senior partner at Deloitte Legal s. r. o.. As well as handling some M&A work, she has expertise assisting foreign companies establishing themselves in Croatia, as well as handling their day-to-day ongoing commercial and employment work.

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Croatia

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Babic & Partners Law Firm provides ‘very commercial and pragmatic’ advice to a strong client base that includes a plethora of international corporates on their investments in Croatia. The ‘exceptional’ Iva Basarić handles a compelling blend of transactional and ongoing commercial advice and ‘excels both when advising on big strategic projects or helping with urgent ad-hoc matters’. Marija Gregorićhas a very good understanding of the local market’, ensuring that clients receive ‘on-point advice’ on big-ticket transactions with a nexus to Croatia, as well as in the context of effectively guiding them through changes to local law, for example, precipitated by EU directives.

Testimonials

‘The team provides very commercial and pragmatic advice.’

The team has strong legal expertise, combined with a great understanding of business and of market standards.’

What makes them really stand out is how they communicate – they truly mastered advising on even the most complex matters in an incredibly concise manner.’

Iva Basarić is an exceptional adviser and excels both when advising on big strategic projects or helping with urgent ad-hoc matters. She always provides us with very practical advice, showing great understanding of business needs and market practice.

‘Marija Gregorić is very responsive, gives concise and on-point advice and has a very good understanding of the local market. She knows how to focus on what’s important to us to take a business decision.’

Key clients

GlobalLogic (Hitachi group company)


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)

The ‘very strong and well-organised’ team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides ‘proactive and solutions-oriented’ advice to domestic and international clients from a range of industry sectors, including technology, automotive and manufacturing. As well as being able to leverage resources across the CEE/SEE region by virtue of the firm’s extensive international network, the team also excels in handing deals requiring a multi-disciplinary approach to include, inter alia, tax input, regulatory and competition law. Under the leadership of the ‘very responsive’ Marija Zrno Prošić, the firm has also been active in the thriving venture capital space, handling work for investees seeking funding, as well as funds investing into tech companies. ‘Proactive, patient and detail-oriented’ associate Karmen Sinožić also continues to impress clients with her multi-faceted expertise across M&A, competition and data privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Marija Zrno Prošić


Other key lawyers:

Tamara Jelić Kazić; Karmen Sinožić


Testimonials

The team is proactive and solutions-oriented.’

Very strong and well-organised team, working collaboratively across multiple areas.’

The very responsive Marija Zrno Prošić displays a very high level of knowledge in the data protection field but at the same time has the sensitivity on the business side of the transaction.’

Karmen Sinožić is very proactive, patient and detail-oriented.’

Key clients

Porsche AG


PATRIZIA


Lone Star


Emovis SAS


Naos International, LLC


REHAU AG


Antenna Group


LOG EXPERT / Invest4SEE RE Investment Holding


Accolade Holding


Nauta Capital


ChainSafe


Sunhill Technologies


One of the five largest technology companies in the world


Work highlights


  • Advising Porsche in its new partnership with Rimac with respect to purchasing a considerable share in luxury automotive brand Bugatti, in the business of high-performance automobiles.
  • Since 2018, the firm has advised Porsche through several transactions on acquiring and increasing its stake in Rimac.
  • Advising Porsche Ventures / Porsche Investments GmbH in acquiring a majority stake in the e-bike manufacturer Greyp Bikes. Following the acquisition of the majority stake, the firm has continued to advise Porsche in further shareholder investments finalised in June 2022.

Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP

Composed of highly competent and resourceful young professionals’, Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP continues to gain market traction among local and international clients in the M&A space, where it is noted for its ‘responsive and efficient’ approach, in part due to its efficient use of technology to streamline processes. ‘Eloquent, thorough, reasonable and very pleasant to work with’, Laurenz Vuchetich is one of the principal contacts for M&A work and has been particularly successful at positioning the firm as a leader for transactions within the IT space – in part due to its continued work for Croatian unicorn Infobip on its acquisitions. ‘Very calm and objective, even in the most stressful situations’, Ivan Dvojković is also a key contact on both the buy and sell-side of M&A transactions. Vladimir Baterelo provides additional value to clients by dint of his tax structuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Dvojković; Laurenz W. Vuchetich


Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Batarelo; Marko Bohaček; Tomislav Sadrić


Testimonials

BDV is a leading law firm which has now grown to one of the largest corporate law firms on the Croatian market.’

It has distinguished itself as a leading corporate firm, specialising in IT-related transactions.’

‘The team is very approachable, precise and analytical.’

Ivan Dvojković’s experience in M&A transactions gives him the edge over any counterpart legal team during negotiations, which is very important to us. He is also quite knowledgeable in the financial aspects of the transactions which helps our communication process.’

Ivan Dvojković is very calm and objective, even in the most stressful situations.’

Vladimir Batarelo demonstrated a high level of professionalism and availability. His timely support has been critical to me during several challenging events when confronting diverse complex legal issues.’

Laurenz Vuchetich is the leading figure, leading the corporate and M&A work at the firm.’ 

‘Laurenz Vuchetich is the leading expert in Croatia in relation to IT-industry transactions.’

Key clients

Fiftyseven hours d.o.o.


Infobip


Provectus Capital Partners, Private Equity


Arago Zrt.


Turisthotel d.d.


Devolli Group, Kosovo


Nutris.tech


Dubrovnik Pearl


Logo Mare Nautika d.o.o.


Kvika Banki hf.


Lelo AB


Zagreb World Center


Pepco Croatia


Calucem d.o.o.


Adria Capital Partners LLC


Novarq BV


TPV Ltd.


Good Game Global


Otago Beteiliungs GmbH


Ferrero


Work highlights


  • Advised PROVECTUS CAPITAL PARTNERS on acquisitions of ten different target entities in the private health and dental sector in Croatia.
  • Advised Infobip Ltd as a lead counsel on the acquisition of the company Netokracija, a leading regional IT industry online magazine and event organiser.
  • Advising international (US and Croatian based) IT company Fiftyseven hours and its founders in relation to seed funding.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

The ‘service-oriented’ team at well-established transactional heavyweight Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka provides a one-stop-shop service to an impressive roster of multinational corporates, including Heineken, Google and Japan Tobacco International, on their M&A and ongoing commercial activity in Croatia. Vastly experienced team head Damir Topić is pivotal to many of the highest-profile M&A mandates handled by the team, both for strategic investors and private equity sponsors, who gain succour by his ability to provide ‘solutions-oriented advice’, garnered over many years at the pinnacle of the market. Marina Kovac Krka has strong commercial and transactional expertise, including on behalf of energy and infrastructure clients; she is also a key resource for German-speaking clients of the firm, as a result of her strong language skills. Ema Menđušić Škugor heads up the commercial and regulated industries sub-group and has gained particular acclaim in the market for her work within the ICT sector, as well as on public procurement matters. Other key practitioners include Mario Krka, for his competition law expertise, and associate Dina Salapić, whose broad-based skill set includes commercial contracts advice as well as M&A mandates (including in an NPL context).

Practice head(s):

Damir Topić


Other key lawyers:

Mario Krka; Marina Krka; Ema Menđušić Škugor; Dina Salapić; Iva Olujić; Dominik Glavina


Testimonials

‘The team is very service-oriented and has a great ability to assist as reliable local counsel.’

The team has deep knowledge in international law practice and ICT technologies in general.’

‘Very good legal practice with coverage of business law. Pragmatic, detailed and fast responses to customer’s questions.’

The very competent and experienced Damir Topić provides solutions-oriented advice.’

‘Ema Mendjusic Skugor is a true professional, I’d say the best legal adviser I had in my 22-year career in ICT business. She has deep understanding of our business and is able to guide her clients in processes they might have. Highly recommended!’

Dominik Glavina provides very clear, precise, proactive and straightforward advice.’

Key clients

Nomad Foods


United Group – Telemach


Google


Heineken Croatia


World Endurance B.V. (Ironman)


World Rally Championship (WRC)


Merkur Versicherung/Merkur osiguranje


Douglas


Japan Tobacco International (JTI)


Unconditional


Havas Ground Handling Services


Interxion


Looping Group


KJK III Participations


Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

The ‘responsive, capable and deal-driven’ team at Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd has a particularly strong reputation advising foreign corporates entering into the Croatian market, often through an M&A process. As well as the firm’s own relationships it has developed over the years with clients from a range of industry sectors, including energy and retail, the firm’s “best friends” co-operation with DLA Piper is also a notable source of work, as is referral work from other high-profile international law firms. Aleksej Miškovićdelivers advice that is framed in a very business sensitive manner’ and co-heads the team alongside Beata Glinska. At an associate level, Katarina Šarić is gaining plaudits from clients for her willingness ‘to think outside-the-box’.

Practice head(s):

Aleksej Mišković; Beata Glinska


Other key lawyers:

Katarina Šarić


Testimonials

The lawyers are very responsive, capable and deal driven. They are very pleasant to work with.’

In terms of commercial and corporate matters they excel in their quality of service, interpersonal relationship, reliability and cost efficiency.’

Aleksej Mišković has deep knowledge and delivers advice that is framed in a very business sensitive manner.’

‘Katarina Šarić is a reliable legal adviser and is ready to think-outside-the-box where needed.’

‘Aleksej Miškovic and Ms. Katarina Šaric are very diligent and committed.’

Key clients

Merkury Market SA and Merkury Market sp. z o.o. Land S.K.A.


Kuwait Petroleum Europe B.V.


Coral S.A. and Coral Croatia d.o.o.


KOMPAS Turistično podjetje d.o.o.


KOMPAS d.o.o.


Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC


Genera d.d.


The Boston Consulting Group Servicing Ltd.


AVAG Holding SE


Verizon Inc.


Work highlights


  • Advised Merkury Market SA, a Polish retail merchandiser of interior furnishing and construction materials present throughout Eastern Europe, on its entry on the Croatian market through two associated acquisitions.
  • Advised Kuwait Petroleum Europe, a Netherlands-based company in the field of refining and marketing fuel and other petroleum derivatives, on its entry into the Croatian market.
  • Continued advising Coral A.E. following its acquisition of a majority stake in Coral Croatia d.o.o. on corporate matters and day-to-day business (regulatory, IP).

Madirazza & Partners

The ‘responsive, professional and efficient’ team at Madirazza & Partners provides ‘very client-oriented and cost-effective’ advice to domestic and foreign corporates on their M&A activity, as well as on day-to-day corporate and commercial housekeeping. In spite of his role as managing partner, Josip Madirazza maintains a strong fee-earning presence and is frequently at the “coal face”, particularly in relation to energy transactions, where his broader regulatory knowledge of the sector is a strong selling point to clients. Tatjana Radmilović co-heads the team alongside Madirazza and is appreciated for her ‘concise yet detail-oriented approach‘ in relation to corporate and securities work.

Practice head(s):

Josip Madirazza; Tatjana Radmilović


Other key lawyers:

Marinka Kovačić; Tamara Jakšić


Testimonials

The team is responsive, professional and efficient.’ 

‘The team is very client-oriented and cost effective.’

Tatjana Radmilović stands out as a result of her concise yet detail-oriented approach.’

Key clients

HRVATSKI TELEKOM d.d. and ZAGREBAČKA BANKA d.d.


PETROL d.d.


FCMRS MEDICAL INVEST S.R.O.


Bridgewest Tranquility Holdings LLC|Bridgewest Tranquility Adriatic LLC


DTEK RENEWABLES LLC


Media sector company


Nano Energies a.s.


wpd windmanager d.o.o./VJETROELEKTRANA TRTAR-KRTOLIN d.o.o.


wpd windmanager d.o.o., wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG, wpd windmanager international GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advised Hrvatski Telekom and Zagrebačka banka on the sale of the shares of the company OT-OPTIMA TELEKOM to TELEMACH HRVATSKA.
  • Croatian legal adviser to PETROL d.d. in an acquisition of CRODUX DERIVATI DVA.
  • Advised DTEK RENEWABLES LLC in contemplated acquisitions of several renewable energy projects located in Croatia.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC has excellent credibility in the market as a result of its ability to provide ‘thoughtful, commercial and pragmatic’ advice to corporates from a broad swathe of industries, including tourism and energy. Although it does handle some ad-hoc mandates, many of the mandates are derived from longstanding relationships where the firm is valued for its ability to provide a one-stop-shop service to clients conducting business in Croatia, from their M&A activity through to advice on operational concerns and corporate governance mandates. Vladimir Mamić takes stewardship of many of the firm’s most significant mandates, including its ongoing representation of Fortenova Group (the successor company to Agrokor), work which continues to generate some M&A mandates as it continues to sell off some non-core assets within the business. Natalija Perić co-heads the team alongside Mamić and is noted for her M&A as well as corporate restructuring and refinancing expertise. Nikola Kokot has niche expertise assisting leasing companies with liquidation procedures.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Mamić; Natalija Perić


Other key lawyers:

Nikola Kokot; Frano Belohradsky; Nina Ovčar; Ivana Marić; Stela Siladi


Testimonials

The firm provides thoughtful, commercial and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Lürssen Design Center Kvarner llc


GITONE Kvarner d.o.o.


M+ Group


LIBURNIA RIVIERA HOTELI d.d.


Fortenova Grupa d.d.


Prosperus Invest d.o.o.


Uni Viridas d.o.o.


BDO Grupa d.o.o.


CompING d.o.o.


KONČAR ELEKTROINDUSTRIJA d.d.


Summit Leasing, Slovenija d.o.o.


Adriatic Pearl


ČETIRI LISTA d.o.o.


McKinsey & Company, Inc. Adriatic Branch Office


Work highlights


  • Providing overall legal services to M+ Group in various highly complex statutory, regulatory, corporate and commercial issues, including but not limited to assistance in complex commercial relations with business partners, shareholder agreements, corporate governance matters, in-depth legal analyses of applicable regulatory framework and Croatian issues.
  • Providing overall legal services to GITONE Kvarner which includes full day-to-day legal support in various highly complex M&A transactions, corporate and commercial issues, consolidation of assets including but not limited to assistance in complex commercial relations with business partners, shareholder agreements, corporate governance matters and in-depth legal due diligence reports.
  • Advising Prosperus Invest, including full day-to-day legal support in various M&A transactions mostly regarding the sale of shares in companies and corporate and commercial issues.

Šavoric & Partners

A longstanding and well-established presence in the Croatian legal market, Šavorić & Partners is a popular choice among domestic and international entities to advise on big-ticket transactions, as well as on corporate governance matters and commercial contract drafting (including as it relates to shareholders’ agreements). Much of the firm’s success can be attributed to ‘powerhouse’ name partner Boris Šavorić, who regularly takes the lead on high-value M&A for corporates and private equity sponsors; he recently advised A&M Capital Europe on its €240m acquisition of Pet Network Group from The Rohatyn Group. Nina Radić-Kuzik is also a key contact within the team and is well-versed at handling substantial in-bound M&A work for strategic investors and funds, including her recent representation of Softbank on its €500m investment in Rimac Group.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Ruba; Nives Kolonić


Testimonials

Boris Šavorić is a powerhouse.’ 

Key clients

SoftBank


Goldman Sachs


Alvarez & Marsal Capital


ALLEGRO.PL


DoorDash


Enterprise Investors through Studenac


Deltron


Blue Sea Capital


Borealis


Work highlights


  • Advised SoftBank and Goldman Sachs regarding an investment in Rimac Group.
  • Advised DoorDash on its €7bn acquisition of Wolt in an all-stock transaction.
  • Advised A&M Capital Europe, a dedicated European middle-market investment fund, on its €240m acquisition of shares in Pet Network Group.

Wolf Theiss

Although it does handle some purely domestic work, particularly from its smaller offices in Split and Rijeka, Wolf Theiss is best-known for its advice to foreign investors in Croatia, which are appreciative of its ‘very practical and business-oriented approach’. Zagreb-based team head Luka Tadić-Čolić is key to this success and is noted as ‘a very good go-between for a foreign company doing business in Croatia’. Although the team is active across a range of industry sectors, it has been particularly active of late on the buy-side in the tech sector, with its representation of Investindustrial on its €120m investment into Rimac Automobili being one of the highest-profile examples of this work. Zagreb-based Dora Gaži Kovačević is ‘smart, commercial, and focused on getting the deal done’, and is also a key contact for cross-border M&A in particular.

Practice head(s):

Luka Tadić-Čolić


Other key lawyers:

Dora Gaži Kovačević; Saša Jovičić; Luka Čolić; Marija Lalin; Berislav Drašković; Mateja Jelačić


Testimonials

The team provides an excellent service, is always pleasant to deal with, is smart, commercial, and focused on getting the deal done.’

The team displays a very practical and business-oriented approach. Very good working experience and tailor-made advice for international clients.’

‘The solutions-oriented Luka Tadić-Čolić is a very good go-between for a foreign company doing business in Croatia. He really goes the extra mile and is always trying to push things forward.’

Luka Tadić-Čolić is fantastic – incredibly responsive and commercial.’

‘Dora Gaži Kovačević is always pleasant to deal with, smart, commercial, and focused on getting the deal done.’

Key clients

Glovoapp23, S.L.


Investindustrial


RTL Group


Merzedes-Benz Mobility AG (previously Daimler-Benz)


TaskUs, Inc.


DW Reusables NV


WhiteSource, Ltd


Rhenus Beteiligungs GmbH


Bookaway Ltd.


Glooko, Inc.


Mondelez Europe GmbH


Kongsberg Maritime AS


KIRKBI A/S


Teleperformance Germany S.à r.l. & Co. KG


Cogent Communications, Inc.


Mosaic Group Holdings


Work highlights


  • Advised private equity firm Investindustrial on a minority investment in the Croatian company Rimac Automobili.
  • Advised RTL Group, a Luxembourg-based international media conglomerate, on the auction sale process of 100% of its shares in RTL Croatia to Central European Media Enterprises (PPF Group).
  • Advised Daimler AG (now Merzedes-Benz Mobility AG) on the sale of its Croatian company Mercedes-Benz Leasing Hrvatska d.o.o., a provider of leasing services, to Summit Leasing Slovenia.

Žuric i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar

A stalwart of the Croatian legal market and now benefiting from extra resources throughout Emerging Europe since it merged with Kinstellar, Žuric i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar provides a ‘very responsive’ service and one that is ‘very focused on achieving goals’ for domestic and foreign entities across the gamut of company and commercial matters. As one of the larger law firms in the country, the firm has the critical mass to handle a significant volume of M&A mandates, including in the context of foreign corporates and funds acquiring domestic targets. As well as transactional prowess, including in the energy, IT and real estate sectors, senior partner Duško Žurić is also very accomplished at advising on commercial contracts matters, including as they relate to software and licensing contracts. Edin Karakaš handles corporate finance and capital markets matters with additional competition law expertise, enabling him to provide merger clearance expertise if necessary on M&A mandates. Daniela Mayer also has substantial competition law expertise which she implements to good effect on M&A mandates. In addition, Mayer heads up the Italian desk.

Practice head(s):

Duško Žurić; Daniela Mayer


Other key lawyers:

Edin Karakaš; Mihovil Granić; Marija Vuchetich; Andrijana Kastelan; Vedran Kopilovic; Andrej Skljarov; Tena Pajalic; Zrinka Ivankovic


Testimonials

It is a very competent and well-prepared team, that provides timely feedback and accurate advice.’

‘The team is very responsive, has extensive experience and is very focused on achieving goals.’

Mihovil Granic is experienced and knows the legal market.’

Daniela Mayer works very well with complex matters.’

Key clients

Agri Europe Cyprus Limited


ButterflyMX Inc.


Robin Powered, Inc.


Adriatic Basketball Association – ABA LEAGUE


OTP banka d.d.


ĐURO ĐAKOVIĆ GROUP Plc


Findos Investor GmbH


NEOS Ltd.


MMK SYSTEMS d.o.o.


SVAS Biosana S.p.A.


Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd


Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec

Drawing upon ‘excellent local and regional connections’, Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec has a strong reputation for handling domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. The ‘very well-connected’ Neven Marićhas a good understanding of legal as well as financial and business matters’ and is well-versed at handing M&A mandates in the IT, e-commerce, energy and construction sectors. Matthias Wahlis very diligent and reliable’, particularly in the context of transactional work with a German nexus, including for German-speaking clients on their Croatian real estate transactions. Formerly in-house counsel at a Croatia-based alternative investment fund, Branko Skerlev is particularly well-suited to handling private equity-led M&A.

Practice head(s):

Neven Marić; Dr. Matthias Wahl; Branko Skerlev


Other key lawyers:

Ivan Luetić; Andrea Smolić; Matea Miljuš Beranek


Testimonials

The firm has excellent local and regional connections. They are very efficient, experienced and pragmatic and willing to go the extra mile for their client.’

‘The firm has a very professional, highly motivated, reliable, responsive and diverse team.’

Neven Marić is very well connected and has a good understanding of legal as well as financial and business matters. He is always looking for pragmatic/economically reasonable solutions but is also very thorough when it comes to the assessment of legal risks.’

Key clients

Securitas Hrvatska


Valamar Riviera


C&A Croatia


Iskraemeco


Förch Croatia


Five Agency


Muraplast


Avant Car


Drvna industrija Spačva


Quaestus Private Equity


Ericsson Nikola Tesla (Group)


Transcom Holding


Bazzar.hr


PIK (Croatia)


TPA Croatia


Metro Croatia


Fortis Projekt


Adria Luxury Rent


Mondo INC


Adria Media Zagreb


Tripadvisor


3E Turizam


VIRO Group


Electronic Events d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advised ISKRAEMECO on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Croatian company Holosys, a provider of IoT and ICT solutions for electricity, water and gas applications.
  • Advised the vendor on the sale of his business share in the company ADRIA LUXURY RENT d.o.o.
  • Advising Croatian private equity fund Quaestus on the sale of the investment portfolio of the fund QUAESTUS PRIVATE EQUITY KAPITAL II.

Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners

The ‘experienced, motivated and responsive’ team at Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners provides ‘practical, problem-solving’ advice on domestic matters as well as in the context of regional matters, where its network of offices ensures that it is able to provide a one-stop-shop service on deals involving former Yugoslavian countries. The team, which is headed by Goran Ilej, regularly advises foreign investors in Croatian renewable projects and is also adept at advising venture capital funds investing into the booming IT sector in the country. Nika Jurković was recently promoted to senior associate and provides ‘very responsive and hands-on’ advice to clients, including those in the media and technology sector, on M&A work as well as commercial and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Goran Ilej


Other key lawyers:

Iva Tokić Čuljak; Franka Baica; Boris Dvoršćak; Nika Jurković; Antun Skansi


Testimonials

The team is experienced, motivated, responsive and accountable.’  

Nika Jurković is very responsive and hands-on. Her responses to our questions were always clear and provided in the shortest time possible and covered all aspects of the question from a legal and business standpoint.’

Goran Ilej and Nika Jurković are responsive, professional, knowledgeable and business oriented.’

‘Nika Jurković is very responsive and hands-on, covering all aspects of the question from a legal and business standpoint.’

Key clients

PEARL Infrastructure Capital


CEE Equity Partners


Swarco AG


HPL Hotels & Resorts


Novasol A/S


Generali Investments d.o.o.


Beijer Ref AB


Valcon Holding B.V.


Pfizer


BayWa / ECOwind


Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd.


Elixirr plc.


Solenis


LKQ Corporation


Work highlights


  • Advised NOVASOL A/S, member of Awaze Group and one of Europe’s largest companies for holiday rentals, on three separate acquisitions of Croatian travel agencies managing luxury villas on the Croatian Adriatic coast.
  • Advised Pearl Infrastructure Capital, a French investment fund specialised in investments in the renewable energy sector, in the successful closing of three acquisitions in Croatia.​
  • Advising Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd on the acquisition and joint development of a 525MW portfolio of renewable energy projects in Croatia, across various stages of development, comprised of five projects.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

Drawing upon a ‘deep knowledge of the market’, the ‘very co-operative’ four-partner team at KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC is well-positioned to advise domestic and international clients on day-to-day corporate housekeeping matters, as well as on ad-hoc transactional mandates, including multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Dinka Kovacevic regularly takes the lead on the highest-profile M&A mandates handled by the firm, including in the financial services, energy and TMT sectors. The ‘very pleasant and solutions-oriented’ Danijela Simeunovic is particularly adept at advising IT/tech start-ups, aiding them with commercial contracts matters, shareholding structures and the formulation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Practice head(s):

Martina Prpić; Danijela Simeunović; Dinka Kovačević; Ana Novaković Stipaničev


Other key lawyers:

Ignacija Glavina


Testimonials

‘It is a very co-operative team, with a deep knowledge of the market.’

Danijela Simeunović is very pleasant, and solutions oriented.’

Key clients

SYNLAB HRVATSKA – Polyclinic, member of SYNLAB GROUP


BUTAN PLIN d.o.o.


SIGNIFY INTERNATIONAL B.V., Branch office Zagreb


Aircastle Limited (a Marubeni and Mizuho leasing company)


MP-FILMSKA PRODUKCIJA d.o.o.


World Star Aviation


Ivicom Consulting d.o.o.


Cantab PI Adria d.o.o.


Amplexor Adriatic d.o.o., branch office in Croatia


AXILIS d.o.o.


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


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.


Holcim (Hrvatska) d.o.o.


GLATZOVA & Co, s.r.o.|Leblone Litigation Group Ltd


COBE d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising PROFESSIO ENERGIA d.d., the first Croatian publicly listed renewables company developing wind power projects in Croatia, in the process of the acquisition of 100% of shares in two Croatian companies holding wind power plants with a capacity of 77MW.
  • Advising Holcim (Hrvatska) d.o.o., the Croatian subsidiary of a leading global group for providing sustainable building solutions, in the process of acquiring all share interests in the Croatian company Betaplast d.o.o.
  • Advising GLATZOVA & Co, s.r.o., Leblone Litigation Group Ltd, a Cyprus-based company, on the process of acquiring share interests in Croatian company Sunny Island d.o.o., founded for the purposes of construction of apartments near Split.

Krehic & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal

Krehic & Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal has a strong and growing reputation advising on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional mandates where it is able to, not only providing legal advice but also leveraging the advisory and tax services across the Deloitte international network of offices. Ivan Zornada excels at advising clients within regulated sectors (including pharmaceutical and ICT companies) as well as providing transactional expertise – notably he recently led the firm’s representation of Croatian company HELOO in the sale to TaskUS, Blackstone’s US subsidiary – and handling GDPR mandates. Tarja Krehić left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Zornada


Other key lawyers:

Valerija Cerovski


Key clients

HELOO


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISE


DIRECT BOOKER


ISTRALANDIA


TELEFONICA


OMV INDOIL


NIPRO PHARMAPACKAGING


INA


BRATI RITOSA


ECO LAB


INTER CARS


CROATIAN TELEKOM INC


BUSINESS INTELIGENCE


Work highlights


  • Advised the sellers of the Croatian company HELOO in the sale to TaskUS, Blackstone’s US subsidiary.
  • Advised CME in the competitive-bidding process of the purchase of RTL Croatia, involving successful merger and media clearances from the Croatian and Slovenian competition and media authorities.
  • Advised ISKRA Slovenia on the acquisition of ELKA Cables, representing one of the largest deals in the region within the production industry and also involving successful merger clearance by the Croatian and Slovenian Competition Agency.

Ostermann & Partners LLP

The ‘exceptional’ team at Ostermann & Partners LLP provides ‘detail-oriented and diligent’ advice to domestic and international corporates from a variety of industries, including TMT, real estate and retail, across a wide range of transactional and day-to-day corporate matters, running the gamut from new money to distressed M&A mandates, as well as advice on share increases and delisting of shares. ‘Very knowledgeable and business-oriented’ managing partner Mojmir Ostermann takes the lead on the most significant matters and is appreciated for his ‘ability to approach matters from a strategic and business perspective’.

Practice head(s):

Mojmir Ostermann


Other key lawyers:

Vjekoslav Ivančić; Ana Vrsaljko Metelko; Barbara Vričko Hrabar; Marijana Soldo Kubat; Marta Jelaković; Marija Elena Prskalo; Mateo Vlačić


Testimonials

They are top notch in all matters legal, business and organisation.’

‘The exceptional 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 are detail-oriented and diligent while working with our inquiries.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann 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.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann is very knowledgeable and business oriented. He is always focused on finding the most practical workaround solution using a comprehensive high-level legal knowledge. Having him on your side is a win-win situation for each project.’

Marija Elena Prskalo is very calm, diligent and pleasant to work with.’

‘Barbara Vricko Hrabar is very talented and above all a very hardworking lawyer. She has a great eye for details but also is very efficient and business-solution oriented.’

‘Ana Vrsaljko Metelko is very knowledgeable, reliable, and highly proactive.

Key clients

IKEA


Badel 1862


RuNE Crow (Connecting Europe Broadband Fund )


Osijek-Koteks


Intesa Sanpaolo International Value Services d.o.o.


Aether-Signum


Tribute Brand


ZORLU Enerji


B:Hip Europe ApS


Work highlights


  • Continuing to advise RuNe Crow on various Croatian matters associated with a project developed with the aim of ensuring broadband optical infrastructure in the rural areas of Slovenia and Croatia.
  • Advised Badel 1862 on a complex procedure of squeeze out of minority shareholders which took place in three phases and lasted for two years; this included the delisting of shares from the Zagreb Stock Exchange, withdrawal of own shares and execution of squeeze out.
  • Advised a leading Croatian company on carrying out legal due diligence of RTL.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

Well-versed in the cultural and business idiosyncrasies of the Croatian business market and with strong EU law knowledge (as well as being able to draw upon the resources of practitioners based across the CEE region), Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers provides ‘exceptional advice’ to corporates on M&A mandates, as well as day-to-day corporate matters. Ivan Einwalterknows local requirements very well’, ensuring that he is a popular choice among international clients doing business in Croatia; he recently advised Italian payments group Nexi on its €180m acquisition of PBZ Card’s merchant acquiring business. Vice Mandarić co-heads the team alongside Einwalter.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Einwalter; Vice Mandaric


Other key lawyers:

Dina Vlahov Buhin; Kresimira Kruslin


Testimonials

‘Schoenherr Croatia provided exceptional advice and assistance in a complex M&A transaction with a lot of local obstacles and cultural challenges. They offered solutions-oriented ways forward to speed up the processes and lifted roadblocks on the way until the finish line. I would recommend them any time again.’

‘Ivan Einwalter knows local requirements very well and can bring them into the right explanation for a concern like ours with our procedures and requirements.’

Key clients

Nexi S.p.A


Mirova


RP Global


Wienerberger


Cementos Molins


Fressnapf


Greiner Packaging


CRH


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 Mirova and RP Global on (i) the sale of two of the largest onshore wind farms in Croatia, Danilo (44MW) and Rudine (34MW), to Professio Energia and (ii) the refinancing of operating companies’ existing debt.
  • Advised as co-counsel to NEXI S.p.A. on reaching an agreement with Privredna banka Zagreb d.d. and PBZ Card d.o.o. to purchase PBZ Card’s merchant acquiring business in the Croatian market, for €180m.
  • Advised HOF Capital on its investment in a €500m Series D capital raise of Rimac.

Vukmir & Associates

The ‘knowledgeable and dedicated’ team at Vukmir & Associates provides ‘solutions-oriented advice’ across a range of corporate, commercial and M&A mandates, particularly for clients in regulated industries, as well as IP-rich entities (where it is able to leverage its market-leading IP practice). In addition, the firm provides a compelling and cost-effective service to start-ups and has helped many to successfully scale up their business operations. The team has ‘vast experience in international transactions’, an area in which the ‘exceptional’ team head Sanja Tkalec Kovac and Tomislav Pedišić are particularly accomplished.

Practice head(s):

Sanja Tkalec Kovač


Other key lawyers:

Ivan Ćuk; Tomislav Pedišić; Tea Cerinski; Andrea Pedisic; Karlo Brekalo


Testimonials

The experienced team is knowledgeable and dedicated, providing solutions-oriented advice.’

‘They have a great understanding of US and Croatian laws and vast experience in international transactions.’

‘Sanja Tkalec Kovač is dynamic and reactive, solutions-oriented and pragmatic, and always keeps her calm and kind composure.’

The exceptional Sanja Tkalec Kovač has vast knowledge of handling M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Deimos, Srl


ENGIE


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


Phillips


Microsoft


Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit Group)


OYO Rooms


Trelleborg


Royal Canin


Microblink / Photomath


Procter & Gamble


PAYBACK Austria GmbH (American Express Group)


Mitel


Hewlett-Packard Enterprise operated by SELECTIUM


Profil Klett


Erste & Steiermarkische banka d.d.


Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG


Warner Media


Groupama Osiguranje d.d.


Galderma


Work highlights


  • Provided Croatian law advice to the French energy giant ENGIE in relation to the demerger of ENGIE’s construction and services business in the CEE region and subsequent sale of the same to French conglomerate Bouygues in a €7.1bn deal.
  • Acting in co-operation with one of the “Big Four”, the firm advised a major banking group from Italy in relation to the demerger and sale of part of their payment services business in Croatia to an Italian PayTech company.
  • Advised Indian multinational OYO Rooms on a €5.5m acquisition of the Croatian vacation rental platform DIRECT BOOKER.

Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

The ‘reliable, professional and trustworthy’ team at Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners continues to perform well in the market following its formation in 2018 and handles transactional, advisory and litigation advice on behalf of clients from a range of industries, including the financial services sector. Co-heads Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović ‘have many years of experience which is seen in the way of solving the problems of their clients’.

Practice head(s):

Siniša Babić; Tamara Brborović


Other key lawyers:

Iva Pranjić; Ivo Eškinja; Valentina Plantić; Anamaria Mandlin


Testimonials

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.’

The firm consists of several people who are very young and full of enthusiasm and ambition led by experienced and professional mentors. Therefore, we consider the law firm to be reliable, professional and trustworthy.’

Siniša Babić is very trustworthy, ensures confidence and applies a detailed approach to every case.’

‘Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović have many years of experience which is seen in the way of solving the problems of their clients.’

Key clients

Hrvatska poštanska banka p.l.c.


Karlovačka banka jsc.


Slatinska banka jsc.


City of Lipik


City of Sisak


Siemens Healthcare Ltd.


Bonum Grupa Ltd.


PIK VRBOVEC plus Ltd.


TISSA Ltd.


FESTO Ltd.


MBT SVET Ltd.


Faculty of transport and traffic sciences


Croatian standard institute


Callidus – adult education institute


ZVIJEZDA plus Ltd.


OSSARD Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Represented Bevanda Projekt Ltd in a number of legal matters, including leading the negotiations and drawing up all the necessary contracts and documents by which the client transferred the business shares of a company that was 100% owned by it to another company.
  • Advised Slovenian company MBT SVET Ltd in relation to various corporate governance matters, as well as in relation to the revocation of the branch director and the appointment of a new director.
  • Representing Zepter Zest Ltd with a thorough legal opinion related to the responsibility of the company’s board member for damage caused to the company in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act and relevant case law

Hanzekovic & Partners

Led by Irina Jelčić, Hanzekovic & Partners advises domestic and international corporates across a range of transactional and corporate work, including on M&A and JV mandates, as well as taking on corporate governance, incorporation and demergers. The arrival in January 2022 of Tin Težak from Madirazza & Partners bolstered the firm’s capabilities particularly in relation to IT and tech-related corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Irina Jelčić


Other key lawyers:

Tin Težak; Melani Polinčić Baković


Key clients

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


SD Works


Work highlights


  • Advised the leading European payroll and HR provider SD Works on the acquisition of Croatian company HR pro d.o.o.
  • Advising Data-Link Unija Smart Accounting d.o.o. on post-closing actions.

Lovric Novokmet & Partners

Corporate/M&A work is a core area of focus for mid-sized domestic firm Lovrić Novokmet & Partners and since it was established in 2017 it has built up an impressive track record on domestic and cross-border mandates for corporates and funds from a range of sectors. ‘Hardworking, efficient and extremely dedicated’ team head Mate Lovrić has ‘deep experience in M&A transactions’, including within highly regulated sectors such as gaming and investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Mate Lovrić


Other key lawyers:

Pavo Novokmet; Tomislav Tot; Katarina Šimac; Petar Alilović; Manuel Kralj


Testimonials

‘It is a dedicated team that understands the needs of its client.’

‘They are very knowledgeable on private equity and M&A transactions in their jurisdiction.’

‘Very smart, knowledgeable and practical.’

‘The firm displays high-level negotiation skills and commitment to the client alongside an extremally professional service in complicated M&A transactions, with high understanding of international practices.

‘We have been working with Lovrić Novokmet & Partners Law Firm on a cross-border M&A transaction and found their team to be outstanding professionals who were very efficient and with high business skills despite the complexity of the transaction and the various challenges along the way.’

‘Mate Lovrić is hardworking, efficient and an extremely dedicated lawyer. He has deep experience in M&A transactions as well as in the regulated industries.’

‘Mate Lovrić’s strategic approach to M&A transactions is creative, smart and highly professional.’

Key clients

Conforama Developpement 18


EMMA CAPITAL Limited


DefenseCode d.o.o.


Klimaoprema d.d.


Diverto d.o.o.


SITIM tehnička rješenja i servisi d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Assisted Conforama, one of the largest European home furnishing retailers, as the lead lawyers in the landmark sale of Croatian and Serbian operations under the EMMEZETA brand, representing one of the largest SEE home furnishing retail players, to Poland-based Merkury Market.
  • Supported Klimaoprema d.d., as a top technology company, on its cross-border acquisition of German company MCRT Micro CleanRoom Technology GmbH.
  • Successfully led the exit process of shareholders in DefenseCode d.o.o. (a Croatian-based cyber security company with entities in Ireland and the US and a worldwide network of customers), through a multijurisdictional sale transaction to one of the global leaders in application security, WhiteSource Ltd, based in Israel.

Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm

At Marohnic, Tomek & Gjoic, Law Firm, team head Josip Marohnic is particularly adept at handling real estate/logistics corporate real estate matters, as well as work in the energy sector. Tena Tomek has a focus on funds-related work, including fund formation, ongoing compliance matters and subsequent downstream investments.

Practice head(s):

Josip Marohnić


Other key lawyers:

Tonka Gjoić Tomić; Tena Tomek


Testimonials

It is a very responsive team that truly cares for the needs of the client.’

Key clients

Poslovni Park Zagreb d.o.o.


Balkan Properties Limited UK


GEANT


LCN Capital Partners


Feelsgood Capital Partners


Immofinanz AG


MPPD d.o.o.


AllergoSan d.o.o.


SETCOR


S.Fresh


Heritage Boutique Hotel Villa Giardino


Knapp Croatia


TASKFORCE BPO d.o.o.


MS ORG d.o.o.


Tech Data Europe GmbH


Work highlights


  • Following on from advice on their establishment, the firm has advised Feelsgood Capital Partners, the first Croatian social impact investment fund, on their investments made up to date.
  • Advised Immofinanz AG on the expansion of its retail park portfolio with an additional 23 locations, containing an overall plot size of around 685,395 sq m.
  • Advised long-term client Balkan Properties Ltd on the sale of the largest Croatian logistics park POSLOVNI PARK ZAGREB to a consortium of three major Croatian pension funds, structured as a share deal.

MATEKOVIĆ & Partners Law Firm LLC

The ‘diligent and dependable’ team at MATEKOVIĆ & Partners Law Firm LLC provides ‘proactive legal solutions’ to domestic and international corporates throughout the life cycle of their business activity in the country, from the incorporation of the business through to ongoing compliance matters and subsequent transactions. Drawing on corporate/commercial law and IP expertise, managing partner Krešimir Matekovic is particularly effective at advising pharmaceuticals and medical devices companies on their commercial contracts and transactional activity. Ivan Sabljić has ‘great legal and business knowledge regarding commercial and corporate legal issues’.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mateković; Ivan Sabljić; Dora Adžić; Laura Mateković


Testimonials

The team is always ready to provide proactive legal solutions, providing legally relevant advice on how to approach in relation to commercial challenges.’

The team is diligent and dependable.’

‘Ivan Sabljić has great legal and business knowledge regarding commercial and corporate legal issues. He is professional, constructive, to the point and client/business oriented. He is very agile, always available and possesses wide overall legal and business knowledge.’

Key clients

Andjela Constructions d.o.o.


Cenakul d.o.o.


Družba za upravljanje terjatev bank d.d.


Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited


FMS KVART DOO


GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o.


Luxottica South Eastern Europe Ltd.


Luxottica Group S.P.A.


MAMUT FORTIS d.o.o.


MCF d.o.o.


MODULOR d.o.o. BEOGRAD


MODULOR d.o.o.


NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska d.o.o.


Sanofi Aventis Groupe


SANOFI – AVENTIS CROATIA d.o.o.


SIOIL d.o.o.


Spean Team Ltd.


STOCK SPIRITS (UK) LIMITED


Stock d.o.o.


SUPER IGRA d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advised Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Ltd on the sale of 5.67% of shares in the company Greyp Bikes d.o.o.
  • Advised Stock Spirits (UK) Ltd in the revocation of the management board and appointment of the new management board, the establishment of the supervisory board in the company Stock d.o.o., and the sale of 100% of shares in the company Stock d.o.o.
  • Advised FMS KVART d.o.o. Petrovac (Serbia) on the incorporation of its Croatian subsidiary and entry into the Croatian construction market.

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

As well as providing a one-stop-shop service to several large Croatian corporates, including INA Group and Zagrebački holding, the ‘very professional’ team at Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic regularly provides ad-hoc transactional work, including spin-offs and M&A advice. ‘Exceptional’ team head Tomislav Orehovec provides ‘extremely practical and solutions-oriented’ advice to clients across a wide range of commercial matters, including on restructuring and cross-border M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tomislav Orehovec


Other key lawyers:

Irena Vinter Gregorić; Krešimir Kiš


Testimonials

The team is very professional, highly responsive and exceptionally pragmatic.’

The team stands out with their broad view of matters and possibility to look at issues in different ways. All the lawyers are extremely professional and responsive and provide excellent service.’

Tomislav Orehovec is an exceptional lawyer with wide legal knowledge and great experience. He is extremely practical and solutions-oriented.’

Tomislav Orehovec has an excellent reputation in the market and is experienced in a wide range of commercial matters.’

‘The diligent and responsive Irena Vinter Gregorić is proactive and has a great understanding of the issues at hand.’

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.


CHINA ENERGY ENGINEERING GROUP JIANGSU POWER DESIGN INSTITUTE CO., LTD (JSPDI)


JANAF d.d.


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.


PEVEX d.d.


MRC Rock & Sand LLC


Grand Automotive LP


Work highlights


  • Advising Grand Automotive LP, as a member of Taavura Holdings Ltd, a leading mobility, transportation and logistics holding group in Israel, on its acquisition of one of the largest regional importers and distributors of motor vehicles.
  • Advising China Energy Engineering Group Jiangsu Power Design Institute CO., LTD (JSPDI) on the incorporation of its Croatian subsidiary and entry into the Croatian market for the construction of €70m wastewater treatment plant Rijeka.
  • Advising INA – Industrija nafte d.d., a Croatian multinational oil company, in relation to various corporate and commercial matters.

Vidan Law Office

The ‘practical and highly experienced’ team at Vidan Law Office provides ‘high-level and creative solutions’ to a primarily SME-focused client base on their day-to-day corporate and commercial activity, as well as in the context of transactional work. Very ‘professional and experienced’ team head Hrvoje Vidan has ‘a very entrepreneurial approach’, which he displays to good effect on behalf of foreign investors targeting Croatian companies.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan


Other key lawyers:

Petra Luštica; Ivona Stričak


Testimonials

They have a great knowledge about regulations applicable to our business and a real passion for dealing with sensitive and complex matters. They are responsive and always find ways to properly manage deadlines, which I consider highly important.’

‘They are very practical and highly experienced.’

The team is able to provide high-level and creative solutions under tight deadlines.’

The very experienced Hrvoje Vidan has great negotiations skills, and always provides excellent and usable advice in the corporate and commercial area of business.’

Hrvoje Vidan is one of the best commercial lawyers on the market and is always very pleasant to work with! Very professional and experienced.’

Hrvoje Vidan is outstanding in many ways: practical, intelligent and has a very entrepreneurial approach and mindset, as well as deep knowledge.’

The exceptional Petra Lustica is prompt, experienced and trustworthy, which makes her great to co-operate with.’

Law Office Žarkovic

Law Office Žarkovic provides a ‘very responsive and cost-effective’ service to clients on their day-to-day corporate/commercial advice, as well as on transactional work, including M&A activity. The firm has been particularly active of late within the construction and IT sectors, including handling work for new client Infobip. The ‘exceptionally responsive’ Branimir Žarković and Marko Milošević co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Branimir Žarković; Marko Milošević


Other key lawyers:

Matea Mimica Žarković; Matea Lacko


Testimonials

‘Very responsive and cost-effective.’

Branimir Žarković is exceptionally responsive. We are continuously happy with his in-depth approach in regard to specifics about the commercial sector and our business in particular.’

Key clients

INFOBIP Limited


Yurrita Group


Luminor Hotel Collection d.o.o.


KOIOS Group


Alkyon Partners Gmbh


Skinest Group


Petruzalek d.o.o.


Bluebonnet Kft


Deel


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


Feller family office


Telia Carrier


Magnum Global d.o.o.


TRADE ONLINE LLC


TransAssist LLC


Karl Blaha (Blaha Family Office)


Begin Capital Markets


Geomin


Work highlights


  • Assisting a major construction company in various corporate matters including on the implementation of an OpCo/PropCo structure with special SPVs per each individual project, daily assistance in corporate changes and acquisitions of both companies as well as real estate.
  • Assisting one of the largest global manufacturers of canned fish on various matters, including a recent acquisition in Croatia and various complex corporate matters, including a major capital increase of its Croatian subsidiary.
  • Advising a US-based start-up founded in 2018 in all legal matters related to corporate governance and compliance in Croatia.

Law Firm Andelovic, Siketic & Tomic

Although it is still relatively new on the market, having only been established since the Spring of 2020, Law Firm Andelovic, Siketic & Tomic has gained market share, in part by dint of its very personal and dedicated approach to serving clients, ensuring that ‘no stone is unturned’. Team head Marko Tomić has been pivotal to the firm’s success in traditional sectors including energy and tourism, as well as gaming, an area in which he has developed particular regulatory and transactional expertise.

Practice head(s):

Marko Tomić


Other key lawyers:

Ivona Anđelović Jurić


Testimonials

‘When they work for you, they work for you! You feel it, and I love the feeling – that someone really cares and fights for our interests! No stone is left unturned.’

‘Amazing team, amazing people and amazing law firm.’

Key clients

INTRALOT S.A.


H.M.Z. Privatstiftung


ENS DEVELOPMENT d.o.o.


ENS d.o.o.


TEKSTILPROMET d.d.


Betway Group Limited


WYG SAVJETOVANJE d.o.o.


Cash Expert S.L.


Oryx razvojne storitve d.o.o.


SNOWFALL Limited


MARLI d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Provided day-to-day advice to H.M.Z. Privatstiftung on all matters related to acquisition and operation, including advice on commercial and corporate issues.
     
  • Advised WYG SAVJETOVANJE on the management buyout in the company WYG Savjetovanje d.o.o. and the acquisition of Dutch NSEP Consultancy Holding B.V. and NSEP Consultancy B.V.
  • Provided advice to ENS DEVELOPMENT in relation to shareholders’ arrangements in the company which develops in total 25 stop-shops all over the country, and a business building in Zagreb.

BUTERIN&PARTNERS

As well as providing ongoing corporate and commercial work for clients from a range of industries, the ‘proactive and results-focused’ team at BUTERIN&PARTNERS has ‘outstanding knowledge and experience in the field of M&A’ for both buyers and sellers. Key to the firm’s success in the area is ‘outstanding’ team head Valentina Kučić, who provides ‘excellent support and remarkable negotiation skills’, including for clients within the media sector.

Practice head(s):

Valentina Kučić


Other key lawyers:

Ana Crnković; Joško Perica; Matea Tkalčić; Anja Haramija


Testimonials

‘The team provides a quality service, efficient solutions in the shortest possible time, with an affirmative approach based on knowledge, experience, and reasoned deliberations.’

‘It is a very experienced, proactive and results-focused team.’

‘Top team of lawyers with outstanding knowledge and experience in the field of M&A. Uncomplicated approach, open communication and support in a broader legal sense.’

‘They offer additional value through regulation tracking and tailor-made trainings at request. Collaboration with them is very easy, they are fast-responsive, reliable, agile, on top of issues in public focus and well connected.’

‘Valentina Kučić has outstanding competence, knowledge and skills in conducting major M&A projects. Always available, excellent support and remarkable negotiation skills.’

‘Valentina Kučić has a great feel for what is important and what not as much. She has great management skills for cross-border matters and is overall a great lawyer.’

‘Valentina Kučić is an excellent corporate and competition law adviser, she is responsive, reliable and has excellent communication skills. Her expertise and ability to look at the broader picture is highly appreciated. She is willing to test new interpretations and solutions and is able to translate complex context into simple advice.’ 

Key clients

MAVERICK WEALTH MANAGEMENT d.o.o.


GIDEON BROTHERS d.o.o.


HSTEC d.d.


MONTING d.o.o.


ERSTE CARD CLUB d.o.o.


GRANOLIO d.d.


ČAKOVEČKI MLINOVI d.o.o.


NESTLE ADRIATIC d.o.o.


JYSK d.o.o.


IGEPA PLANA d.o.o.


KAUFLAND HRVATSKA k.d.


VINDIJA d.d.


GAVRILOVIĆ d.o.o.


NOVA TV d.d.


Work highlights


  • Advising Maverick Wealth Management on the acquisition of ELGRAD.
  • Advising on the sale of the PEMO retail chain to STUDENAC.
  • Sale-side advising on the acquisition of HSTEC by a foreign investor.

Cipcic-Bragadin Mesic & Associates

At Cipcic-Bragadin Mesic & Associates, team head Silvije Čipčić-Bragadin has a good reputation advising domestic and international clients across a range of commercial, regulatory and transactional matters. As well as his expertise within the funds space (he currently serves as vice president of the Croatian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association), he has also gained traction within the pharmaceutical/life sciences space, including handling regional work for Unilever.

Practice head(s):

Silvije Čipčić-Bragadin


Key clients

Smart Automation


RED WHITE BLUE Ltd


UPFIELD EUROPE


A-ELEKTRONIC


LIDL


Naftna industrija Srbije


Pinecone


Unilever (Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary)


Lenovo


Pfizer Inc.


Avanir Pharmaceuticals


Seatle Genetics


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


European Molecular Biology Laboratory


Mastercard


Novamex


Battersea Project Phase 3B Development Company


Work highlights


  • Advised Pfizer on various Croatian aspects of the merger 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 all kinds of other commercial and corporate matters relevant to the FMCG sector.
  • Advised Slovakian oil and gas exploration and production company Nafta a.s. on various issues associated with its entry into the Croatian oil and gas market.
     
     

GOSPIC PLAZINA STOJS LAW FIRM LTD

Established in March 2022, business law-focused boutique GOSPIC PLAZINA STOJS LAW FIRM LTD has quickly gained traction in the market for domestic and international corporates as a result of its ‘solutions-oriented’ approach to transactional work. Both founding members have significant expertise in the M&A field with Matea Gospić Plazina appreciated for her ‘responsive, thorough and committed’ approach, and Lana Stojs noted for her ‘results-driven’ service and ‘pragmatic approach built from her longstanding experience in law in Croatia at the highest levels’.


Practice head(s):

Lana Štojs; Matea Gospić Plazina


 


Testimonials

‘They take effort to study the case and propose an out-of-box solution in the best interest of their clients. To be able to do so, the firm’s lawyers take their time to study comparative practice.’

‘The very professional team is extremely experienced, supportive, responsive and solutions oriented. It is one of the most business-oriented law firms I have ever worked with. It is a real pleasure to work with them.’

Matea Gospić Plazina provides first-class advice and is also extremely responsive, thorough and committed.’

Key clients

HEP (Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d.)


Grubišić & Partners corporate finance


Međimurjeplet d.o.o.


Poliklinika Arista d.o.o.


M Nekretnine d.o.o.


Positive Equity d.o.o.


Bright Entertainment Kft.


NON MARKETING COMMUNICATION d.o.o.


TBG BETON d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advised shareholders of Međimurjeplet Group on the sale of the controlling stake in the group company Pontes d.o.o. to Weitzer Parkett, one of Europe’s leading parquet manufacturers.
  • Advised the founders of the health institution Poliklinika Arista on disposal of 100% of their shares.
  • Advised TBG BETON d.o.o., member of the HeidelbergCement Group, one of the largest producers of construction materials in the world, in the sale of 50% of its shares in the company TBG-STRABAG d.o.o. to Bau Holding Beteiligungs GmbH (STRABAG Group) and exit from the joint venture.

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm

The ‘resourceful, responsive and solutions-oriented’ team at Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm has developed a particularly strong reputation advising clients on complex transactions connected to restructuring, distressed loans and acquisitions. In this context, Damjan Krivić provides ‘tailor-made, creative, and business-oriented solutions’ to funds acquiring NPL portfolios. The ‘outstanding’ Lovro Kovačić co-heads the team alongside Krivić.

Practice head(s):

Damjan Krivić; Lovro Kovačić


Other key lawyers:

Katarina Gillich; Inga Paripović


Testimonials

‘The team has vast experience and is a market leader in NPL transactions. It understands the specifics of the transaction, its unique terminology, economic and legal concerns, and possible regulatory issues, and can predict the pitfalls in the transactions and secure the best legal service.’

‘The team is resourceful and responsive in finding solutions, they investigate problems from all angles and assess risks, the expertise of the team and their solutions are of great asset to us as a client.’

‘Damjan Krivić is an outstanding expert in transactional law, combining knowledge and experience gained by working for more than 15 years on transactions in various markets. He has outstanding legal reasoning and business acumen that enables him to provide tailor-made, creative, and business-oriented solutions to the client’s needs.’ 

‘Lovro Kovacic is outstanding.’

Key clients

MONTMONTAŽA d.d.


Vela Software Spain SL


China Aoyuan Property Group Limited


DDM INVEST III AG


Allianz Hrvatska d.d.


Samsung Electronics Austria


ROCHE d.o.o.


IN2 d.o.o.


AZ Pension Fund


MM FARAMACHEM


Lynxcapgroup AG


Sara Centar Zadar d.o.o.


Omnipharma d.o.o.


TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE d. d.


Allianz ZB d.o.o.


VESTIGO Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Advised IN2 d.o.o. on the acquisition of MCS Grupa d.o.o., providing full legal support related to the Croatian legal system: revision of STA and SPA clauses, advice related to antitrust concerns, drafting of documentation necessary for the registration into the company register of the Zagreb Commercial Court, and closing documentation as well.
  • Advised Omnipharma d.o.o. on the sale of a business share that was held by a natural person, a company’s member, to another company’s member, as well as drafting SPA, STA and other needed documents.
  • Provided full legal support and advice in the process of increasing the PRIMO REAL ESTATE d.d. capital from HRK 161.277,00 for HRK 180.143,00 to HRK 341.420,00.

M&S Partners

Led by Andrej Šooš Maceljski, the ‘very flexible’ team at M&S Partners provides ‘a tailor-made and responsive service’ to corporates and funds on M&A-related work within the real estate and IT sectors, among others. The firm also has expertise at advising on white-collar crime matters, both in a risk management and litigation context.

Practice head(s):

Andrej Šooš Maceljski


Other key lawyers:

Ivana Miloš; Nikola Berović; Potjeh Kurtović; Kristina Banić


Testimonials

‘The team is very flexible and provides a tailor-made and responsive service.’

Key clients

MANTRA 2 REAL ESTATE, INC., Canada


MANTRA PHARMA INC., Canada


BOMARK d.o.o., Croatia


SITNO HOLDING Real Estate a.s.


Megalant d.o.o.


Rapid Health Ltd.


MANDIS-PHARM Pharmacies


PBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE Joint Stock Company for Compulsory Pension Funds Management


PBZ Card d.o.o.


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 d.o.o.


EQTEC


Hornet Medical d.o.o.


CityX Apps d.o.o.


CROATIAN FORESTS d.o.o.


International Engineering Company of China First Metallurgical Group CO., LTD


Macesic & Partners LLC

Macesic & Partners LLC provides ‘very responsive and commercial’ advice to clients across a range of matters, including JV structuring, M&A transactions and shareholders' agreements. As part of her wide-ranging practice, ‘calm and very eloquent’ team head Ivana Manovelo is adept at advising tech/IT start-ups on their fundraising activity. With its head office in the port city of Rijeka, the firm also has a strong grounding at handling shipping-related corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Ivana Manovelo


Other key lawyers:

Miran Macesic; Miroljub Maćešić; Zrinka Buzatović


Testimonials

They are very responsive and commercial with an excellent grasp on the law.’

They were extremely flexible and responsive and provided a well-reasoned and clear view in a short time frame.’

‘Ivana Manovelo is always calm and very eloquent.’

The excellent Miran Macesic is very approachable.’

‘The responsive Miran Macesic provides clear and commercial advice. He also has an excellent command of cross-border law and procedures.’

Key clients

Bellabeat Inc.


STEMI d.o.o.


Bureau Veritas Croatia d.o.o.


MAERSK – APM Terminals


AbbVie Inc.


Baker & McKenzie


Addiko bank d.d.


Raiffeisen Pension Insurance Company, PLC


Work highlights


  • Advised Raiffeisen Pension Insurance Company, plc in a real estate acquisition project located in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Assisted Bellabeat Inc in several fundraising and financing rounds by new and existing investors, including secondary sales.
  • Assisted APM Terminals in a major joint venture project, a 50-year concession for development of the Zagreb Deep Sea Container Terminal in the Port of Rijeka.

Law Office Mucalo

Law Office Mucalo provides ‘responsive and solutions-oriented’ advice to clients on their day-to-day corporate and commercial activity, as well as in the context of transactional work. Team head Igor Mucalo is ‘approachable, kind, and truly professional’ and takes the lead on much of the work (including for investors in renewable energy projects), adding considerable value to clients by virtue of his market-leading competition law credentials.

Practice head(s):

Igor Mucalo


Other key lawyers:

Kruno Kolak; Bruno Mudronja


Testimonials

Law Office Mucalo is one of the best-known law offices in Croatia dedicated to competition and commercial law. The entire team is fully dedicated to clients, answering very fast and providing the best possible legal advice.’

‘The firm is responsive and solutions-oriented.’ 

Igor Mucalo is a friendly and simple lawyer with great social skills. He understands clients’ needs and is always straight to the point with his advice.’

Key clients

Croatian Telecom


HEP


HP – HRVATSKA POŠTA


INA


Profil Group


Ezpada


Genesis Pharma


Azelis


Coca-Cola


Alas Group


Bavaria N. V.


Porsche


Protea


Pan-Pek


Pet Network


Nlaw

Under the leadership of the ‘excellent’ Frano Barovic, Nlaw has developed a strong reputation for an investor-focused client base engaged in venture capital transactions within the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Frano Barović


Testimonials

‘Frano Barović is an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Fil Rouge Capital


J&T Ventures


Miret d.o.o.


Granular Grupa d.o.o.


Porobija & Spoljaric

Porobija & Spoljaric has in recent years developed a deep understanding of the ICT sector which manifests itself not only in its ability to provide a very strong service to clients in the space, but also in the firm’s own use of legal tech to streamline the user experience. Displaying ‘outstanding ability and knowledge of the law’, team head Marko Porobija takes the lead on M&A in the sector, while Luka Porobija excels in advising on data protection matters and commercial contracts work in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):

Marko Porobija


Other key lawyers:

Luka Porobija; Suzana Cesarec Nöthig; Marko Đurić; Dora Stazić


Testimonials

‘The combination of extensive legal and technological knowledge, creativity, flexibility, human skills, and individualised approach is something they both have as individuals and that makes them unique.’

‘Terrific, young and very knowledgeable team and firm! They understand and have introduced and use various legal techs in their daily practice.’

‘They have very good IT knowledge and connections. They invest into technology knowledge and follow the latest IT trends which is important for good co-operation with IT firms.’

Vukelić Law Office

Since it was established in February 2021, Vukelić Law Office has quickly established itself as a popular choice, particularly among foreign entities establishing offices in the country, as well as for ongoing operational matters. Founding partner Luka Vukelić is ‘responsive, flexible, well-organised and professional’.

Practice head(s):

Luka Vukelić


Testimonials

‘The team provides a results-oriented service.’

The team stands out for its efficiency, integrity, practical approach and creative solutions of practical problems.’

‘Luka Vukelić is responsive, flexible, well-organised and professional.’

Key clients

Computershare


Goldcar Spain S.L.


IFCO Systems GmbH


Iskra Slovenia


Educati Grupa


European Business School Zagreb – EBUS


Sokol Security


BSH Events


Bonus nekretnine d.o.o.


Kotti-tt d.o.o.


Adriatic Islands Group JSC in bankruptcy


Školska Knjiga d.d.


Hidroprojekt-Consult d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising Goldcar Spain in the liquidation process of their Croatian entity and Luka Vukelić being appointed as the liquidator.
  • Partnered with Computershare for the purpose of providing corporate and commercial legal services in Croatia to Computershare’s (multinational) clients.
  • Legal adviser of the Adriatic Islands Group JSC in bankruptcy, providing legal assistance to the bankruptcy administrator in various commercial, insolvency and litigation matters.

Law firm Vukina & Partners Ltd.

Although it is perhaps less active in the M&A field than some of its higher-ranked peers, the small team at Law firm Vukina & Partners Ltd. is capable of providing ‘top-tier-level law service’ to clients from a range of sectors, including IT and energy, on their contractual and ongoing operational matters. Team head Fran Vukina and Mislav Vukina are 'very well educated, competent and business-oriented lawyers who are strongly dedicated to their clients’. 

Practice head(s):

Fran Vukina


Other key lawyers:

Mislav Vukina; Martin Labaš


Testimonials

‘Even though their team is quite small, they are capable of providing top-tier-level law services especially in the areas of finance, energy, commercial and corporate law.’

‘The firm exhibits the utmost professionalism and clarity for layman and seasoned executives alike. They come highly recommended as the best in the country for matters regarding the technology sector and beyond.’

‘Having worked with Fran and Mislav Vukina first-hand, I have never met such thorough, caring, and concise lawyers, who always seem to drop everything they are doing to answer my inquiries of various magnitudes.’ 

Key clients

Glovoapp Technology d.o.o.


Supernova Group (Supernova Projekti d.o.o.)


GEEN Holding a.s.


KONZUM plus d.o.o.


Metamorfoza d.o.o.


PICO FLOW CONTROLS d.o.o.


Chips Way d.o.o.


Akashic Record Crate d.o.o.