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GGP regularly represents domestic and foreign clients in their litigation proceedings in front of state courts, mediation forums and/or in domestic and international arbitration tribunals. Legal areas of litigation include, inter alia, employment, damages, shareholders’ disputes, administrative disputes deriving from public procurement, IP infringement, litigation within enforcement proceedings, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings, enforcement of foreign …

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Dispute resolution in Croatia

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Led by Iva BasarićBabic & Partners Law Firm’s litigation team is particularly effective at advising foreign companies on local law risk management and dispute resolution regarding their business in Croatia. Key strengths include advice on corporate disputes (including shareholding matters), employment litigation and product liability.

Practice head(s):

Iva Basarić

Key clients

BNP Paribas Trust Corporation UK Limited

Corteva Agriscience

Dow / DuPont

Glencore

Magyar Suzuki Corporation

Pet Network International

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

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

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides ‘commercially-oriented’ advice to foreign entities in particular, where it not only understands their business needs/expectations but can also effectively advise on the local law specific issues they may face. While the firm is more than capable of taking a case to trial, it is also noted for its willingness and aptitude to look at out-of-court solutions and thereby save the client time and money on what can be often very lengthy proceedings in Croatia. Team head Sandra Lisac has broad litigation expertise across a range of substantive areas of law, and also ‘has good insight into the pharmaceutical industry’, which is particularly useful in relation to product liability matters. Other key practitioners include Tamara Jelić Kazić, for her tax expertise, and Ana-Marija Skoko, who is the go-to-person for all contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Lisac

Testimonials

The dispute resolution team is on the one hand knowledgeable and experienced, and on the other, pragmatic and comprehensive when dealing with and explaining complicated legal issues.’

Being commercially-oriented, they try to find an out-of-court solution, to save their clients’ time and money usually spent on lengthy court proceedings.’

Their experience in representing mainly foreign investors allows them to understand their clients’ expectations and to better present local particularities.’

Aside from her legal knowledge Sandra Lisac has good insight into the pharmaceutical industry and market in Croatia, helping me to come to the best decision taking into consideration the particular legal circumstances of the case and the current situation on the market.’

‘Tamara Jelić Kazić has a deep knowledge of international transactional taxes, especially European VAT legislation.’

Key clients

HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (former Hypo-Alpe-AdriaBank International AG)

Johnson & Johnson

Erste Group Bank AG

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

Erste Steiermärkische Bank d.d.

PATRIZIA

Ecowind

DePuy International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Erste Group Bank AG, Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG, Erste and Steiermärkische Bank d.d. in an investment claim, pursued through international arbitration, against the Republic of Croatia, under the bilateral investment treaty between the Republic of Croatia and Austria.
  • Representing a European real estate investment fund in litigation brought against group members of Agrokor for an outstanding multimillion-Kuna debt.
  • Continuing to represent DePuy International in negotiations concerning the claims of almost 100 Croatian patients following the recall of a hip implant product.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

Benefiting from ‘huge collective knowledge’, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is well-positioned to provide very effective representation of domestic and international corporates across a wide spectrum of litigation, including court proceedings and arbitration relating to corporate, bankruptcy, employment, real estate and IP law. Although it also picks up work in a standalone capacity, the firm continues to receive a considerable flow of litigation-related work in the context of its one-stop-shop service for large international corporates, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International. Team head Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja has niche expertise in relation to public procurement disputes and is also regularly engaged in litigation relating to non-performing loan portfolios. As part of his broader real estate expertise, managing partner Emir Bahtijarević regularly handles disputes for local and foreign developers.

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because of the great individuals and because of these great individuals the collaboration is easy and fluent. Clients can rely on team accountability, task-solving speed, study of practice etc.’

‘The lawyers in the team have huge collective knowledge, and are consequently able to cover a large number of specific legal areas. Also, these individuals are very kind in their communication towards the client and they have a winning mentality which is a huge advantage among other competitors in their business.’

Key clients

SCANIA

Heineken Croatia

EGO Group (Elektro-kontakt)

Dogus Marina Dalmacija

Marbo (PepsiCo)

Japan Tobacco International

Douglas

Hanzekovic & Partners

Hanzekovic & Partners provides ‘knowledgeable and solutions-oriented’ advice to clients engaged in a range of disputes, from relatively commoditised debt enforcement mandates, through to more specialised areas including construction and public procurement litigation. As well as her commercial litigation expertise, team head Domagoj Truhar is also very well-versed at representing clients in administrative law related matters, including in the context of challenging public procurement tendering decisions. Jasminka Čorda Truhar ‘excels in handling complex technical and legal disputes’ and is another key member of the team that also includes ‘very professional and client-oriented’ associate Vedran Vusić, who ‘provides high level support in media law-related cases’.

Practice head(s):

Domagoj Truhar

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very well-known disputes team that is experienced, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented.’

‘Jasminka Čorda Truhar excels in handling complex technical and legal disputes.’

‘Vedran Vusić provides a high level of support in media law-related cases. He is very professional and client-oriented.’

Key clients

ZAGREBAČKA BANKA d.d.

ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK d.d.

GIS Aqua Austria GmbH

CITY OF ZAGREB

TOWN OF ZAPREŠIĆ

ZAGREBAČKI HOLDING d.o.o.

HRVATSKE AUTOCESTE d.o.o.

ERSTE CARD CLUB d.o.o.

CROATIA OSIGURANJE d.d.

OSIJEK-KOTEKS d.d.

GENERAL HOSPITAL ŠIBENIK

TOWN OF KLANJEC

GET NEKRETNINE d.o.o.

SOCIETE GENERALE – SPLITSKA BANKA d.d.

ALLIANZ d.d.

PODRAVSKA BANKA d.d.

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES BALTAZAR ZAPREŠIĆ

Hrvatska radiotelevizija

ZRAČNA LUKA ZAGREB, d.o.o.

GRADSKO STAMBENO KOMUNALNO GOSPODARSTVO d.o.o.

Madirazza & Partners

Co-headed by Josip Madirazza and Ivan Madirazza, Madirazza & Partners has a strong reputation in the litigation field and has the strength-in-depth and resources to handle a tremendous range and volume of mandates relating to conventional litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. The team regularly handles energy-related disputes, including work for several wind farms in cases against state-owned entities operating in the energy market.

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Hrvatska radiotelevizija

Ostermann & Partners LLP

Litigation underpins much of the work at Ostermann & Partners LLP and consequently it is extremely well-versed across a raft of domestic and EU-law related disputes impacting corporate clients, including as they relate to complex shareholder disputes. Led by the ‘committed, passionate and hard-working’ Mojmir Ostermann, the team is particularly effective at handling ‘difficult and complex disputes’, including high-level administrative law challenges as well as regulatory proceedings. Co-head Vjekoslav Ivančić is ‘always trying to think one step ahead’ and is particularly effective at representing clients in bankruptcy-related disputes. At an associate level Marijana Soldo Kubat ‘is very calm, diligent and pleasant to work with’.

Testimonials

They display a detailed approach on all matters at hand and leave no stone unturned. They are fast, responsive, detail-oriented, pragmatic and very proactive. They particularly stand out for difficult and complex matter disputes, which require perseverance and focus.’

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

‘It is a very professional and efficient practice. They approach each client with a very high level of individual care and with their expertise provide excellent service and advice in a wide range of legal problems.’

‘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. Ostermann & Partners LLP proved to be very collaborative, always on top of matters, knowledgeable, constructive, creative when needed the most, and pragmatic.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann is one of the best negotiators I have ever met. He is very prepared, persuasive and tough.’

‘Mojmir Osterman 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, passionate and hard-working professional.’

Vjekoslav Ivančić has a very devoted approach, is almost “obsessed” in protecting his clients in court disputes, but also always has a clear strategy of making the dispute end favourable for his client (either by litigating or by settling, depending on the exact circumstances). He is always trying to think one step ahead, and for more than several times, I have seen him make game-changing moves.’

‘Marijana Soldo Kubat is focused, dedicated, goes the extra mile to provide us with answers to a variety of questions.’

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

Key clients

Badel 1862

BLT

HETA Asset Resolution

IKEA

Meteor Grupa Labud

Osijek-Koteks

Pan-paper factory

RO-RO Projekt bankruptcy estate

Velički kamen

Work highlights

  • Representing BLT ENERJİ ELEKTRİK in an unprecedented shareholder dispute in the Croatian market.
  • Representing longstanding client Badel 1862 Jsc., in a procedure initiated by minority shareholders against the shareholders’ resolution on squeeze-out, brought in July 2020.

Šavorić & Partners

Šavorić & Partners displays a ‘high level of expertise’ across a wide range of litigation and arbitration, including those relating to high-stakes corporate and financial disputes. Other strengths include assisting clients on the enforcement of foreign judgments, as well as utilising dispute resolution skills from a risk management perspective. Branko Bulat is ‘very professional’ and is regularly at the forefront of the firm's most complex civil and commercial litigation cases, including in relation to real estate disputes. Boris Šavorić and Lovro Gašparac co-head the team alongside Bulat.

Testimonials

‘The team displays professionalism and a high level of expertise.’

‘Branko Bulat is a very professional lawyer, who has all the skills as a person to deal with all kinds of disputes, and always in a very good manner.’

Key clients

IKEA

GTC

Addiko Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Work highlights

  • Represents IKEA Hrvatska d.o.o. and INGKA Centres Croatia d.o.o. in litigation proceedings concerning further project development of IKEA in Croatia.
  • Representing GTC Seven garden d.o.o. (part of GTC group) in litigation concerning further project development of GTC in Croatia.
  • Represents Addiko bank in over 550 active litigation proceedings concerning a variable interest rate and foreign exchange clause in CHF consumer loan agreements.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch provides ‘thorough and high-quality advice’ to international and domestic clients across a range of commercial disputes, including as they relate to high-profile arbitral proceedings. The ‘extremely bright, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented’ Josip Martinić is a key member of the team and is noted for his ‘amazing courtroom skills’, including on real estate related matters. Team head Dalibor Valinčić takes the lead on the firm's most significant arbitration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Dalibor Valinčić

Testimonials

‘Their service exceeds my expectations. In my business I meet a lot of lawyers, but Wolf Theiss’ office is one of the best in Croatia.’

‘The team is very experienced in any dispute-related issues, which made the collaboration very time and cost efficient. The billing was simple, as the team provides periodical fee updates for reviews and cost control.’

‘Individuals very proactively balance professionalism as well as thorough and high-quality advice, while cultivating open and friendly communication, alongside the anticipation of developments in court proceedings.’

‘Josip Martinić is an all-round player, a real star and go-to adviser for all dispute-related issues. He is highly prepared and meticulous and has extensive experience and anticipation skills. His skills in the courtroom are amazing.’

‘Josip Martinić is extremely bright, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented. He seems to always have a solution to a problem which is set before him. I recommended him to my family members for their private disputes and this proves how much I trust him. He is very easy to work with’

Key clients

Alucom s.r.o.

Avex TCF Limited

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Boogie Production

Breton S.p.A.

CLdN Ro-Ro SA

Commercial Metals Company

Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.

Eucon d.o.o.

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Formosa International Hotels Corporation

Interseroh

Jan de Nul

Kairos Travel

KIA Motors Corporation

Loxley Public Company Limited

Mach 4 Metal BV

Merk & Merk Jahte Servis Tribunj d.o.o.

Naftan OAO

Nichel Leghe S.p.A.

OJSC Naftan

One Traveller

OREX Holding

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Rütgers Germany GmbH

Shire International

TAP Air Portugal

Termoblok d.o.o.

TOP Line

Zedis

Zsolt Hernadi

Work highlights

  • Advising ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical in the recognition and enforcement of a Belgian award in Croatia against its former local distributor.
  • Representing Dredging and Maritime Management and Jan De Nul Group in litigation and bankruptcy proceedings before the Croatian courts against Uljanik, one of the largest Croatian shipyards and which had ended in bankruptcy.
  • Representing Naftan, a Belarus oil refinery plant, in the process of recognition and enforcement of two arbitral awards rendered by the International Arbitration Court at the BelCCI against Monting, a Croatian construction company.

Žuric i Partneri

The ‘highly skilled’ team at Žurić i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar displays ‘comprehensive knowledge of the Croatian judicial system’, which informs its expertise and ability to provide ‘user-friendly’ advice across the gamut of commercial disputes, including a large number within the financial services sector. Praised for his ‘superior research and analytical skills’ and ability to ‘process large volumes of information quickly’, Miroslav Plašćar is pivotal to many of the highest-profile commercial and property related disputes handled by the team. Mihovil Granić ‘is valued for his strategic thinking, business-oriented advice and ability to think outside of the box when it comes to high-profile litigation’. The ‘very hard-working and smart’ Maja Skansi has developed particular expertise in relation to enforcement law and bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings. Edin Karakaš co-heads the team alongside Plašćar.

Other key lawyers:

Mihovil Granić; Maja Skansi

Testimonials

‘Zuric & Partners’ dispute resolution team is highly skilled and has comprehensive knowledge of the Croatian judicial system. In addition, it provides the clients with a simple and clear, “user-friendly” picture on litigation procedures in Croatia along with its outstanding advice on litigation strategy.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge in proceedings for collection of claims and they are always up to date with all recent legislation changes which are of relevance for such job. Moreover, the team is very proactive and always tries to find the best solutions which are time and cost-effective. They are very pleasant in communication and provide timely responses.’

‘Know-how, experience, out-of-the-box thinking, openness, flexibility, team player, dare to do things differently, face challenges, very open-minded with an attitude that nothing is impossible.’

‘Miroslav Plascar has superior research and analytical skills, and is able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy for each case that is assigned to his workload.’

‘Mihovil Granić is a well-known name in litigation in Croatia and is valued for his strategic thinking, business-oriented advice and ability to think outside of the box when it comes to high-profile litigation.’

‘Mihovil Granić is an excellent lawyer who is very studious in his work.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar – apart from being a great lawyer his personality and way of behaving makes him an unique partner.’

‘Maja Skansi is a young, hard-working and very smart lawyer who has been delivering outstanding work and results together with Mr. Plašćar.’

‘Maja Skansi is an excellent, analytical and skilled attorney particularly in  enforcement law, banking litigation and bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings. She is a smart, intelligent young lawyer who is always at your disposal.’

Key clients

OTP BANKA d.d.

SBERBANK d.d.

GEOPROJEKT d.o.o.

P.P.K. NEKRETNINE d.o.o.

PODRAVSKA BANKA d.d.

AMWAY

Municipality Tomislavgrad, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Saponia d.d.

Kandit d.o.o.

ADRIATIC BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION – ABA LEAGUE

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented OTP BANKA d.d., one of the largest Croatian banks, in multiple materially interconnected and long-lasting litigation cases of high value which were initiated by certain public water companies seeking the annulment of various contracts including monetary claims arising thereof.
  • Represented AMWAY, an Asia-based direct selling company, in a dispute initiated against the Croatian travel agency for the return of an advance payment arising from termination of agreement on organisation of an event due to force majeure, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Municipality Tomislavgrad from Bosnia and Herzegovina in three pieces of litigation against a company from the Croatian national energy group for increase of fee for usage of artificial accumulation lake Buško jezero located in Municipality Tomislavgrad.

Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

In its relatively short time in the market, Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners has quickly gained a strong reputation, in part due to its ‘energetic, motivated and well co-ordinated’ approach as well as its ‘innovative way of resolving cases in the best interest of its clients’. Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborovićare extremely professional and very intelligent collaborators’, with the latter particularly effective at handling contentious employment matters.

Other key lawyers:

Iva Pranjić; Valentina Plantić

Testimonials

‘The law firm is characterised by a high level of commitment to the client, precision and compliance with deadlines. In a very short time, they are able to adapt to the request and specific inquiries of the client and propose a constructive solution to the problem.’

‘They always inform their clients in a timely manner about their cases, new legal regulations and the actions that should be taken in cases. What makes them a good choice is an innovative way of resolving cases in the best interests of their clients.’

‘The respective team is completely focused on each dispute and provides a solutions-oriented approach.’

‘The team 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 they always try to observe every inquiry from different perspectives so that they can offer a best possible solution.’

‘Siniša Babić stands out for his leadership, calmness and simplicity of solving problems.’

Siniša Babić is a true example of a professional, he always cares about the interests of his clients and is truly dedicated to his work. His legal knowledge is at an enviable level and he is always working to improve it. What makes him an exceptional lawyer is the innovative way of resolving cases and finding the best solution for the clients.’

‘Tamara Brborović stands out for her innovation and the possibility of resolving the unpleasant situations of opposing parties.’

‘Tamara Brborović is very professional and hardworking, and is persistent in finding a solution that is in the best interest of the clients.’

‘Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović are extremely professional and very intelligent collaborators who take their careers very seriously.’

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

  • Represents the Croatian Institute for Standards in two court proceedings initiated by workers for alleged violation of the provisions of a collective agreement and non-payment of a salary increase.
  • Acting for Slatinska bank j.s.c., especially in resolving legal issues and relations, representing the client in court and arbitration proceedings, and providing legal services from other related branches of law.
  • Successfully represented Siemens healthcare in a public procurement procedure before the second-instance body – The State Commission for Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures.

Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec

The ‘very professional, committed, efficient and highly responsive’ team at Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec has expertise across a range of litigation, including as it relates to competition law, labour law and FIDIC-governed construction disputes. Within this context, the team has ‘deep knowledge of both Croatian and European legislation and are always on top of the latest case law’. Mislav Bradvica is ‘an extremely competent professional, who is responsive and able to suggest practical advice and feasible solutions’.

Other key lawyers:

Edi Suljić

Testimonials

They are responsive and provide high-quality advice.

They are great experts in the field of dispute resolution – very professional, committed, efficient and highly responsive.’

They are dedicated to their clients and their collaboration with clients is at a very high level.’

Mislav Bradvica is always looking two steps ahead and he is always trying to find the best solution for his clients (in terms of law and economically).’

Mislav Bradvica is an excellent lawyer with a strong business background. He is sharp and determined to organise and close the transaction. He is also very friendly and knowledgeable regarding current trends and business practices.’

I would particularly single out Mislav Bradvica with his full dedication to clients and creative legal solutions.’

Mislav Bradvica is an extremely competent professional, prompt in response and able to suggest practical advice and feasible solutions. Courtesy, openness and sharp insight are some of his best qualities.’

Key clients

televizija

Tisak Totalna plus

Ledo plus

BAT / TDR

Securitas Croatia

Kolektor Koling Slovenia

Förch Croatia

Fortis Projekt and Elektro Imber

Minority shareholders – Dukat d.d. (Lactalis Group)

Alternative Invest (Fund)

Setovia

Agro Gold

Sales Peritias

TVS S.p.A. Italy

Work highlights

  • Representing BAT/TDR in appeal proceedings against the settlement rendered within the extraordinary administration procedure over the former Agrokor Group.
  • Acting for Kolektor Koling in multiple disputes with the municipality of Petrinja town and Varaždin town regarding the construction of the municipal sewage, drainage and water purification system.
  • Representing Securitas Croatia in their proceedings before Croatian courts and other stated bodies, including misdemeanours, litigation and prescription proceedings.

Macesic & Partners LLC

Led from Rijeka by Anita Krizmanić, Macesic & Partners LLC has a market-leading reputation for handling maritime-related mandates for P&I clubs, hull/cargo underwriters and shipowners. Although shipping work remains the lifeblood of the practice, it is by no means limited to work in the sector and also regularly handles banking and real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Anita Krizmanić

Testimonials

‘Key strengths of the team include high expertise, great and wide knowledge,  commitment to the client, efficiency, organisation, accessibility and excellent communication with the client.’

‘The vastly experienced Miroljub Macesic is an eminent dispute resolution practitioner.’

‘Anita Krizmanic is devoted to her work and accurate in her professional performance.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Consulting

Erste & Steiermarkische Bank

TORM A/S

“MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR” ASSOCIATION

K/S TORM EASTERN

TRANS INTEGRAL

Raiffeisenbank Austria

Work highlights

  • Represents MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR ASSOCIATION in multiple proceedings for declaration of a granted concession on maritime demesne as null and void.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Co-headed by Natalija Perić and Vladimir Mamic, Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC provides a ‘high level of legal services’ for international and domestic entities across a broad range of litigation, including a growing number of administrative proceedings. Other strengths include representing clients in relation to enforcement matters and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

Testimonials

‘The team provides very high level legal services and is a trusted firm for international investors.’

‘The team has a broad finance and dispute resolution practice and is widely recognised in Croatia for its expertise. The team is strong at all levels from partners to junior associates and there is a high level of partner engagement.’

Key clients

SUEZ International SAS

ZAGREBGRADNJA d.o.o.

DALEKOVOD d.d.

ZAGREB CITY HOLDING Ltd.

City of Slavonski Brod

HRVATSKE ŠUME d.o.o.

TRAIN HUNGARY MAGÁNVASÚT KFT – Zagreb subsidiary

SCRAP d.o.o.

NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR d.d.

CIAK Group

EBRD

Work highlights

  • The firm is advising SUEZ International SAS in negotiations with ODVODNJA POREČ d.o.o., as well as providing overall legal support.
  • The firm is representing ZAGREBRADNJA d.o.o. in €4.2m arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing DALEKOVOD d.d. as one of the defendants in an arbitration procedure initiated by DIV GRUPA d.o.o.

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

Drawing upon ‘a team of versatile legal experts with excellent expertise and practical knowledge’, Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic provides a ‘detailed and proactive approach in solving complex problems’ across a range of disputes, including as they relate to contentious insolvency, debt collection and employment matters. Irena Vinter Gregorić and Krešimir Kiš co-head the team and are appreciated by clients for their ‘timely responses and good understanding of case law’.

Other key lawyers:

Martina Šimunović Lepoša

Testimonials

‘The experienced and knowledgeable team displays a detailed and proactive approach in solving complex problems.’

‘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.’

‘I can point out several attorneys at law that we have been working with: Irena Vinter Gregorić, Krešimir Kiš, Martina Šimunovic Lepoša. In comparison with their competitors, they all stand out due to the following: tailored service according to customer needs, timely responses, availability, clear and concise legal opinions, vast experience in complex legal matters, a good understanding of case law.’

‘Tomislav Orehovec is a great lawyer and partner.’

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.

GSKG d.o.o.

Fleksbit d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing multinational oil company INA in several hundred ongoing commercial and labour litigation procedures.
  • Representing NLB InterFinanz in a dozen debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its debtors, including complex litigation related to the Act on Nullity of the Loan Agreements with international elements.
  • Representing VODOOPSKRBA I ODVODNJA d.o.o., a water supply and sewage company in Zagreb, in over 10,000 debt collection enforcement and litigation proceedings for payment of unpaid service fees from companies and private persons.

Porobija & Porobija

The ‘very skilled, knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Porobija & Porobija provides a ‘results-oriented’ service to domestic and international clients across a range of complex and high-value disputes, including the continued representation of Zagrebačka banka as a defendant in Croatia’s first class action and follow-on individual claims and misdemeanour proceedings relating to protection of consumers’ rights. Boris Porobija is ‘very smart, experienced and results-driven’ and co-heads the team alongside the ‘indefatigable’ Sanja Porobija; both are also experienced arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Sanja Porobija; Boris Porobija

Other key lawyers:

Margita Kiš Kapetanović

Testimonials

‘They are very skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. Creative. Not formalistic. Results-oriented.’

‘Boris Porobija – the one and only! Very smart, experienced and results driven!’

‘Sanja Porobija – will not take just any task, but if she takes it, she is like a pitbull – does not rest until the opponent is “dead”.’

Key clients

Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit)

Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb d.d.

A1 Hrvatska (mobile operator)

Work highlights

  • Represented Zagrebačka banka in litigation initiated by borrowers (exceeding several thousands) and related misdemeanour proceedings, involving a challenge of an allegedly illegal application of a variable interest rate and/or currency clause in consumer loans and payment of monetary compensation based on the nullity of such clauses.
  • Representing A1 Hrvatska as a defendant in disputes over the  payment of fees to Croatian attorneys at law following termination of service agreements.
  • Acting for the International Zagreb Airport operator in various complex labour law court proceedings, as well as in complex legal proceedings initiated by the client as plaintiff for breach of confidentiality rules, business secret, privacy, company name and reputation, and payment of compensation for damage as a result of breach of personality rights.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

While it is active across a range of commercial disputes, Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers is particularly well regarded for its representation of financial institutions in high-value mandates. The ‘exceptional’ Vice Mandarić heads the team and is ‘capable of finding out-of-the-box, innovative but straightforward solutions to the most complex legal issues’.

Practice head(s):

Vice Mandarić

Testimonials

‘Vice Mandarić is an exceptional lawyer who is capable of finding out-of-the-box, innovative but straightforward solutions to the most complex legal issues. With a great understanding of how the legal system in Croatia works, and a commercial way of thinking, he is certainly MVP and man of the hour in Schoenherr’s dispute resolution team.’

‘Vice Mandarić is recommended.’

‘Vice Mandarić is highly skilled in commercial and public procurement law, as well as in dispute resolution. He has been acting as a transactional lawyer as well, which is of additional benefit in understanding and solving commercial disputes.’

Key clients

PHILIP MORRIS

B.S.A. International S.A

JOHNSON & JOHNSON S.E.

DS SMITH UNIJAPAPIR CROATIA

ALCA ZAGREB

Daimler AG

Sberbank of Russia

Sberbank EUROPE AG

Sberbank d.d. Croatia

Sberbank banka d.d. Slovenia

Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.

RE Finanzierungs, Raiffeisen Evolution

Bramac, Monier Group

AGRAGOLD Brcko, Pig Improvement Company (UK), AGRAGOLD d.o.o. Zagreb, Instan-tina Nahrungsmittel Entwicklungs- und Produktions-Ges.m.b.H.

TUI Travel House, Sunsail Adriatic, TUI

Team System Infocom

PRINTEC

GASFIN S.A.

VELIT INSTALACIJA d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising BSA International in a dispute with a former shareholder regarding squeeze-out compensation.
  • Defended Daimler AG, which had been sued by a former high-level employee for damages over the employee’s alleged unlawful dismissal.

Vukmir & Associates

Benefiting from a ‘deep knowledge of law and business acumen’, Vukmir & Associates provides a ‘very cost-efficient’ service to international and domestic clients across a range of complex business and commercial disputes. Leveraging the firm’s strong IP heritage, the team is also well-placed to advise clients across a range of contentious matters in this space, including on trade mark infringement matters. Ivan Ćuk is a key member of the team, with core commercial litigation prowess. Ćuk also has expertise in novel mandates, including his recent successful representation of the Croatian government as an intervening party in a case initiated by the Republic of Slovenia, against the delegated act of the European Commission to allow the use of the name of grape variety “teran” by the Croatian wine industry.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Ćuk; Mirjana Jurišić

Testimonials

‘The firm provides anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement support to us in Croatia. They are knowledgeable and experienced and provide prompt responses.’

‘The lawyers are open to new ideas and are ready to accept possible dispute resolution activities that are best for clients. I particularly value their open- minded approach to conflict resolution.’

‘Strong team with deep knowledge of law and business acumen.’

‘Vukmir and Associates has an excellent team, a group of unique individuals that work together in perfect harmony, they are all highly capable lawyers, concentrated to understand the true needs of the clients based on case specifics.’

‘Successful, adaptable and efficient in very difficult, international mandates. It is a pleasure to work with this office. Very cost-efficient.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

IFC (International Finance Corporation)

Trelleborg Slovenia

Trelelborg Croatia

Podravka

HUZIP (Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society)

OTP Osiguranje

GE Power (Switzerland)

The Republic of Croatia

Doosan Skoda Power

B2 Kapital

Adidas

Renault s.a.s. / Dacia s.a.

Museum of Illusions

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Croatia as an intervening party before the General Court of the European Union in a dispute involving legal action of the Republic of Slovenia against the European Commission, in relation to the designation of origin of the wine variety “teran”.
  • Successfully represented Metamorfoza – Museum of Illusions in challenging a decision by the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office at the General Court of the European Union.
  • Successfully represented Croatia’s leading classifieds site in an UDRP arbitration before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre in relation to the right to use the domain name njuskalo.me.

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Led by Beata Glinska, Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd has expertise across a range of disputes for domestic and international entities and is praised for its ability to ‘explain issues to non-Croatian lawyers’. The ‘outstandingAleksej Mišković is ‘a pleasure to work with’, including for matters relating to complex shareholder litigation.

Practice head(s):

Beata Glinska

Other key lawyers:

Aleksej Mišković

Testimonials

‘Outstanding quality of legal advice given and taking time to explain issues for non-Croatian lawyers.’

‘Aleksej Mišković is an outstanding lawyer. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.

KAUFMANN & HOMANN d.o.o.

RIXECKER INVESTMENT KG

WYG Savjetovanje d.o.o.

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

Niker d.o.o.

Inspire Investments d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing KAUFMANN & HOFMANN in numerous disputes, including litigation related to the preparation and delivery of project documentation regarding the construction of City Center One Split.

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm

The ‘dedicated and professional’ team at Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm is particularly effective acting for financial services clients across a myriad of litigation, including as it pertains to employment, bankruptcy proceedings and enforcement actions. Name partners Damjan Krivić, Lovro Kovačić and Trpimir Gugić are the main contacts.

Testimonials

‘The team displays a dedicated and professional service.’

Key clients

ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK

DDM INVEST III AG

Hrvatski ured za osiguranje (Croatian Insurance Bureau)

TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE d. d.

Samsung Electronics Austria Gmbh

ROCHE d.o.o.

ALLIANZ ZAGREB

ALCA ZAGREB

Raiffeisen društvo za upravljanje obveznim i dobrovoljnim mirovinskim fondovima dioničko društvo (Raiffeisen Mandatory and Voluntary Pension Funds Management Company Public Limited Company)

Work highlights

  • Representing ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK in various disputes arising from secured non-performing loans, enforcement, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics Austria in various labour disputes.
  • Representing DDM INVEST III AG, in various litigation and enforcement proceedings for collection of claims arising from non-performing loan portfolios.

Kallay & Partners Ltd.

The ‘professional and helpful’ team at Kallay & Partners Ltd. is ‘very dedicated to its clients’ and displays ‘great experience in dispute resolution, debt collection, conciliation, and arbitration’. Ivna Medić, who is herself a certified mediator, and the ‘competent and committed’ Ivan Matic co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Matic; Ivna Medić

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are all very dedicated to their clients and always look for the best possible solution.’

‘The team has great experience in dispute resolution – litigation, debt collection, conciliation, and arbitration. They are always focused on out-of-court settlements and even after the court proceedings started they maintained looking for a peaceful solution.’

‘Lawyers from this law firm provide us with legal help in various matters in different languages – Croatian, German and English. This is very important to us since most of our business and internal communication is in the German language, so being able to discuss all matters directly in German saves valuable time and makes decision making easier. Also, the lawyers are professional and helpful.’

‘I work mostly with Ivna Medić who is a certified mediator and always managed to resolve the most complicated and stressful situations.’

‘Ivan Matić is very competent and committed.’

‘Mara Terihaj Macura is professional, always there when we need help and easy to work with.’

‘Outstanding performance, excellent knowledge of the matter and superb negotiation skills.’

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

Co-headed by Dinka Kovačević and Martina Prpić, KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC has a solid reputation in the market across a range of commercial disputes for clients in the financial services and transportation sectors, in particular. The team regularly handles shareholder disputes, including its recent representation of the minority shareholders of Elektroprojekt in their case seeking a determination of fair value for their shares following the delisting of the company.

Key clients

OTP banka d.d.

ZAGORSKI VODOVOD d.o.o.

BUTAN PLIN d.o.o.

Rail Cargo Carrier-Croatia d.o.o.

Rail Cargo Austria Aktiengesellschaft XL CATLIN INSURANCE COMPANY UK LIMITED

Autotechnica Fleet Services d.o.o.

Local partners of UBER B.V.

GoOpti d.o.o.

Minority shareholders of ELEKTROPROJEKT d.d.

SÜZER HOLDİNG ANONİM ŞİRKETİ

MP Filmska produkcija d.o.o.

Norinco International Cooperation Ltd.

ENERGIJA PROJEKT d.d.

Work highlights

  • Representing the minority shareholders of ELEKTROPROJEKT in a dispute over the value of shares following the de-listing of the company.  
  • Representing ZAGORSKI VODOVOD in a claim for the termination of an agreement on joint investment between ZAPREŠIĆ d.o.o. and VODOOPSKRBA I ODVODNJA ZAPREŠIĆ d.o.o., c/a ZAGORSKI VODOVOD d.o.o.
  • Representing BUTAN PLIN in a claim for establishing construction rights and a counterclaim for payment of damages.

Matekovic Law Firm

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Matekovic Law Firm provides ‘innovative ideas and feasible solutions’ to clients across a range of litigation, including debt enforcement, contractual and IP-related disputes. Managing partner Krešimir Mateković has ‘great legal and business knowledge’, which he implements to good effect for clients from a range of industry sectors, including those in the pharmaceutical space.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Matekovic

Testimonials

‘The firm has provided an excellent legal service for our company for many years now. Matekovic Law Firm always handles our situations with the utmost care, providing innovative ideas and feasible solutions. Every team member has an excellent level of knowledge and is highly responsive and up-to-date.’ 

‘Krešimir Mateković has great legal and business knowledge regarding all these legal fields and is professional, constructive to the point and client/business-oriented with a commercial approach in solving legal problems; always protecting our best interests.’

‘Ivan Sabljić has an extremely high level of legal knowledge of corporate law and always finds a solution to our problems. Ivan is direct and bullet points driven and with him it is easy to solve legal issues.’

‘Dora Adžić is a fast thinker and extremely skilled focusing on important issues.’

‘Laura Mateković is highly responsive, client-oriented, extremely dedicated to provide the best legal services and very keen at her work.’

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

  • Acting for TA-GRAD d.o.o. in debt enforcement proceedings brought against HORTUS SOLID d.o.o. after it refused to pay a debt.
  • Representing GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o. in a dispute against GEOEN d.o.o., as a plaintiff, regarding a loan return.
  • Continued to represent Croatian Radiotelevision, the national broadcasting company, in pending and new disputes regarding the reimbursement of damages based on copyrights against the three publishers of Croatian web portals Istra Internet Ltd., INDEX PROMOCIJA Ltd. and ADRIATIC MEDIA Ltd.

Vidan Law Office

The ‘reliable, committed and efficient’ team at Vidan Law Office is ‘responsive and very approachable’ and has a strong reputation in advising minority shareholders in relation to takeover law disputes, as well as clients engaged in IP litigation. Hrvoje Vidan is ‘an incredibly intelligent lawyer and finds the right solution in every given context’.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Other key lawyers:

Petra Luštica

Testimonials

‘Boutique law firm with passion for the job.’

‘The firm is reliable, committed and efficient. It gives you full comfort that you are in the place.’

‘The lawyers are very polite, responsive and prepared.’

‘Responsive, accurate and very approachable.’

‘Hrvoje Vidan is a great professional and easy to work with.’

‘Hrvoje Vidan – an incredibly intelligent lawyer – finds the right solution in every given context. An outstanding professional. ’