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GGP Law Firm

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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

Babic & Partners Law Firm receives a wide range of contentious instructions, including as they relate to corporate, employment, product liability and administrative litigation, from the firm’s impressive roster of institutional corporate clients, as well as frequently being instructed on a stand-alone basis. Team head Iva Basarić is well-versed at representing clients engaged in conventional litigation, as well as through ADR procedures.

Practice head(s):

Iva Basarić


Key clients

BNP Paribas Trust Corporation UK Limited


Corteva Agriscience


Dow / DuPont


Magyar Suzuki Corporation


Pet Network International


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

The ‘very responsive and solutions-oriented’ team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides ‘clear and practical’ advice to primarily private sector clients on banking and financing proceedings, product liability, investment, employment and tax disputes and public procurement proceedings. Team head Sandra Lisac provides ‘pragmatic advice’ and is noted for her ‘easygoing and collaborative style’, which is beneficial to clients including in several longrunning mandates, one of which is her continued representation of DePuy in relation to claims from Croatian patients who have suffered loss as a result of a global product recall program of hip implant products. Other key contacts include Ana-Marija Skoko for employment disputes and Tamara Jelić Kazić for tax cases.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Lisac


Other key lawyers:

Ana-Marija Skoko; Tamara Jelić Kazić; Vedrana Vučković


Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and solutions-oriented.’

‘Their advice is clear and practical, and they prioritise the financial and reputational risks of the client.’

They explain the root of the problem, solution, and advice very clearly.’

Sandra Lisac puts a lot of effort into fully understanding the industry’s specific proceedings and details in order to analyse relevant technical documents. She provides pragmatic advice in line with our needs, both legal and financial.’

‘Vedrana Vučković explains the status of our case very clearly. I really appreciate that she takes her time to explain the status.’

Key clients

HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (former Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank International AG)


Johnson & Johnson


Erste Group Bank AG


Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG


Erste Steiermärkische Bank d.d.


PATRIZIA


Ecowind


DePuy International Limited


Work highlights


  • Representing UK company DePuy, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, in the defence of claims by almost 100 Croatian patients in relation to injuries caused by defective hip implants.
  • The team was engaged to render support in a borrower-initiated lawsuit against client Heta Asset Resolution AG, a bank with international presence, claiming the nullity of a loan agreement.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

Led by Emir Bahtijarević, the ‘hardworking, responsive and very professional’ team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka provides ‘solutions-oriented’ advice to domestic and international clients across a wide array of litigation. The team adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to matters, which draws upon relevant substantive law expertise from across the firm’s full-service offering, dependent on the subject matter of the dispute, including IP, corporate, energy and real estate. As well as representing clients in formal litigation, the team is also adept at utilising its litigation expertise in a risk management context, as well as in relation to M&A due diligence. Former team head Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja joined Indotek in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Emir Bahtijarević


Other key lawyers:

Andrej Žmikić; Jasna Belčić; Sandra Budimir


Testimonials

‘They are very quick to solve queries and always available for help.’

The team is hardworking, responsive and very professional.’

The team is solutions-oriented and provides excellent advice on how to resolve legal tangles.’

Andrej Žmikić is responsive and solutions-oriented.

Hanzekovic & Partners

Hanzekovic & Partners has a strong litigation grounding and has the critical mass to handle a broad array of disputes, ranging from the labour-intensive but more commoditised debt enforcement work, through to high-profile civil and administrative disputes for private and public sector clients. Leveraging its knowledge of FIDIC contracts, the firm is particularly accomplished at representing clients in construction disputes. In this regard, both Jasminka Čorda Truhar and Domagoj Truhar are well regarded, with the latter regularly instructed by failed bidders challenging the decision following public procurement processes. Iva Markotic Bagaric co-heads the overarching litigation practice and has ‘extensive experience in labour law matters’. At an associate level, the ‘very focused, detail-oriented and professional’ Vedran Vusić has a growing reputation in the market representing clients in IP and media disputes.

Practice head(s):

Domagoj Truhar; Iva Markotić Bagarić


Other key lawyers:

Jasminka Čorda Truhar; Ana-Marija Bazina; Marija Žaja; Vedran Vusić; Tereza Šarić


Testimonials

The proactive, diligent and responsive team is very results-oriented and has great knowledge across all disputes matters.’

‘Iva Markotić Bagarić is highly prepared and knowledgeable and has extensive experience in labour law matters. She always manages to find solutions in the most complicated legal matters which is very valuable to us.’

‘Vedran Vusić is definitely a rising star. He is our lawyer in all media disputes, and also advising us in all IP legal matters. He is very focused, detail-oriented and professional.’

Key clients

OSIJEK-KOTEKS d.d.


Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o.


General Hospital Šibenik


Town of Klanjec


City of Zagreb


ZAGREB AIRPORT Ltd


ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK d.d.


ERSTE CARD CLUB d.o.o.


Zagrebačka banka d.d.


Hrvatska radiotelevizija


Madirazza & Partners

Drawing upon ‘rich experience, a high degree of professionalism and a high level of knowledge’, Madirazza & Partners is adept at handling conventional litigation and arbitration in relation to a wide range of disputes for a compelling mix of international and domestic clients. Particular areas of strength include energy-related matters, as well as litigation impacting leasing companies, where the firm is noted for its ‘excellent knowledge of the specifics of that market’. Co-heads Ivan Madirazza and Josip Madirazza are at the forefront of this work, with the latter also continuing to oversee the firm’s engagement by the Croatian public broadcaster to enforce payment of unpaid service fees from companies and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Josip Madirazza; Ivan Madirazza


Other key lawyers:

Marinka Kovačić; Dunja Zakošek; Ana Valjalo; Bruno Pelicarić


Testimonials

‘The team has rich experience, a high degree of professionalism and a high level of knowledge.’

The firm has excellent knowledge of leasing and the specifics of that market, which provides the possibility and security of a high level of representation.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG


Hrvatska radiotelevizija


Unicredit Leasing Croatia d.o.o.


Raiffeisen Leasing d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria AG in litigation regarding a troubled PPP aimed at constructing a sports hall and business premises in Split (Spaladium Arena).
  • Engaged by the public broadcaster in Croatia (HRT – Croatian Radio-Television) to enforce payment of unpaid service fees from companies and private individuals in more than 190,000 cases.
  • Represents Unicredit Leasing Croatia d.o.o. in various high-profile disputes.

Ostermann & Partners LLP

The ‘extremely approachable and proactive’ team at Ostermann & Partners LLP has the ‘breadth and depth of skills’ to represent clients across a wide range of disputes, including as they relate to complex shareholder, employment and banking litigation. The ‘truly exceptional’ Vjekoslav Ivančić is a ‘specialist at handling complex cases’, including within the energy sector, where he has been leading the firm’s representation of BLT Enerji in high-profile shareholder dispute cases, including securing successes at the Supreme Court level. Managing partner Mojmir Ostermann heads the team alongside Ivančić and ‘has the ability to approach matters from a strategic and business perspective, pairing it with the legal aspects to find the best possible solution’.

Practice head(s):

Mojmir Ostermann; Vjekoslav Ivančić


Other key lawyers:

Ana Vrsaljko-Metelko; Marijana Soldo Kubat; Janko Havaš; Marta Jelaković


Testimonials

They are very professional, hardworking and are real experts in their branch of law.’

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.’

‘If you have a complicated dispute this office is an exceptional choice, they have an excellent team, willing to look the case from all angles to find the best approach to win the case.’

‘Communicating with the team is very easy; it is extremely approachable and proactive.’

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.’

‘Vjekoslav Ivančic is a specialist at handling difficult cases; he is capable of finding a solution that most others would not think of but is also willing to suggest a settlement if this is in the best interest of clients.’

‘The truly exceptional Vjekoslav Ivančić is a perfectionist who never leaves anything to chance.’

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

Key clients

Telemach


Badel 1862


BLT


Blue Iris Resolution (former HETA Asset Resolution)


IKEA


Meteor Grupa Labud


Osijek-Koteks


Pan-paper factory


RO-RO Projekt (Bankruptcy estate)


Velički Kamen


Work highlights


  • Advised BLT ENERJI in several administrative procedures before the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency and Croatian Operator of Energy Market, and in administrative court procedures.
  • Advising BLT Enerji in an extremely complex shareholder dispute.
  • Representing a Croatian construction company in a complex €20m project development and construction dispute arising from a failed public private partnership project that was to develop a sports hall.

Šavoric & Partners

Šavorić & Partners has a strong reputation on behalf of domestic and international corporates bringing or defending claims arising across a range of disputes, from complex corporate litigation and arbitration proceedings to employment disputes, in addition to the enforcement of foreign judgments. Drawing upon his front-end expertise in the real estate sector, Branko Bulat is a popular choice to represent stakeholders in the space in any subsequent disputes. Bulat heads up the litigation team alongside managing partner Boris Šavorić, who is himself particularly adept at acting for clients engaged in complex financial and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Branko Bulat


Key clients

IKEA


GTC


Addiko Bank


Raiffeisen bank


Roca


Work highlights


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

Wolf Theiss

The ‘exceptional‘ four-strong team at Wolf Theissdisplays a responsive, experienced and professional approach’, primarily on behalf of international corporates engaged in high-profile disputes cutting across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, hospitality and real estate. Appreciated by clients for his understanding ‘of both civil and common law systems’, team head Dalibor Valinčić is particularly effective at representing clients engaged in international arbitration, including Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group in two parallel arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Croatia. Displaying litigation smarts beyond his years, counsel Josip Martinić is able to ‘come up with a solution, even in the most complex and difficult situations’, particularly as they relate to real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dalibor Valinčić


Other key lawyers:

Josip Martinić; Borna Dejanović; Janko Duduković-Petyo


Testimonials

Wolf Theiss experts wield all kinds of complex, specific, and international knowledge, yet they can communicate it in a simple but powerful verbiage understandable to the likes of the municipal procurement office employees.’

‘The exceptional team displays a responsive, experienced and professional approach.’

Dalibor Valinčić is incredibly responsive, reliable and a joy to work with.’

Dalibor Valinčić studied in the US and had practical experience there, which distinguishes him from many other lawyers in the region, being that he understands both civil and common law systems.’

‘Josip Martinić has many contacts, he is a problem solver and his knowledge in the litigation sector and real estate are unmatchable on the market.’

Josip Martinić demonstrated impressive knowledge in Croatian, European and US law. He communicated clearly using understandable phrasing and delivered outstanding service.’

Key clients

Breton S.p.A.


Eucon d.o.o.


Mach 4 Metal BV


Zsolt Hernadi


OREX Holding


Termoblok d.o.o.


MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas


One Traveller


TAP Air Portugal


TOP Line


Alucom s.r.o.


Avex TCF Limited


Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.


Boogie Production


CLdN Ro-Ro SA


Commercial Metals Company


Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.


ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical


Formosa International Hotels Corporation


Interseroh


Jan de Nul


Kairos Travel


KIA Motors Corporation


Loxley Public Company Limited


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


Nichel Leghe S.p.A.


ROCA Croatia d.d.


Rütgers Germany GmbH


Shire International


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented MOL Group, the Hungarian oil and gas company, in two parallel arbitration proceedings (investment and commercial) against the Republic of Croatia, related to its shareholding in INA-Industrija nafte d.d.
  • Representing Dredging and Maritime Management S.A. and Jan De Nul Group in litigation before the Croatian courts against Uljanik, one of the largest Croatian shipyards, that ended in bankruptcy.
  • Representing Breton S.p.A., an Italian producer of machines for processing of natural stone and metals and compound stone processing plants, in a dispute over a failed investment into a stone processing plant in Croatia.

Žuric i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar

The ‘very solutions-oriented’ team at Žuric i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous range of disputes and ‘is able to work on the most complex assignments with national and international clients’. The ‘very efficient’ Edin Karakaš is ‘very knowledgeable on arbitration law in Croatia’ and has experience representing clients in the banking, construction, real estate management and oil and gas sectors, including in the context of investor-state disputes. Recognised as a ‘very capable and responsible team leader’, managing partner Miroslav Plašćar has recently been particularly active representing clients within the financial services sector, including his ongoing work for two major regional banks in the high-profile Swiss Franc litigation. Although he is primarily known for his transactional banking and finance expertise, Mihovil Granić also regularly handles disputes in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar


Other key lawyers:

Edin Karakas; Mihovil Granić; Daniela Mayer; Andrijana Kaštelan; Vedran Kopilovic; Maja Skansi; Andrej Skljarov


Testimonials

The team is very solutions-oriented.

The very dedicated team is able to work on the most complex assignments with national and international clients.’

‘They have superior research and analytical skills, and they are able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy for each case that is assigned to their workload.’

We would single out Miroslav Plašćar for praise – as well as being a devoted and straightforward lawyer, he is a very capable and responsible team leader.’

‘Edin Karakaš is very knowledgeable on arbitration law in Croatia, with deep understanding of the current international and domestic practice and needs of the client. He is also very efficient, to the point, precise and concise in providing advice.’

Vedran Kopilovic displays a practical and fast-thinking approach.’

Key clients

OTP BANKA d.d.


NOVA HRVATSKA BANKA d.d. (ex SBERBANK d.d.)


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


PODRAVSKA BANKA d.d.


AMWAY


Municipality Tomislavgrad, Bosnia & Herzegovina


AUTO HRVATSKA d.d.


Saponia d.d.


Kandit d.o.o.


Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine


Cloudsense d.o.o.


Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

Although it handles litigation across a range of sectors, the ‘highly professional’ team at Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners has perhaps gained most acclaim for its work within the financial services sector. In this space, as well as continuing to represent domestic bank Karlovačka banka in numerous matters, it has also represented consumers bringing actions adverse to banks in the high-profile “Swiss Franc” litigation. Managing partner Sinisa Babic has ‘excellent legal knowledge’ and co-heads the team alongside the ‘very capable’ Tamara Brborović.

Practice head(s):

Siniša Babić; Tamara Brborović


Other key lawyers:

Iva Pranjić; Ivo Eškinja; Valentina Plantić; Anamaria Mandlin


Testimonials

The team is highly professional and always acts in a way which benefits their client the most.’

The firm gives their best on each case and every client is important, so that potential clients can be safe if they decide to hire them for their case.’

‘Their main strength is persistence; they won’t stop working until they find the right solution for their clients.’

‘Siniša Babić is a true leader and a real example. His legal knowledge is excellent, and he also constantly works to improve it. He really takes care of every client so they get the service they need.’

‘Tamara Brborović is a very capable lawyer, who is knowledgeable and very motivated. She knows how to handle every situation and clients feel that they are in good hands with her on their side.’

Valentina Plantić is very capable, keen on learning every day and very motivated to resolve every problem for 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 corporate dispute before the commercial court in Zagreb.
  • Represents Siemens Healthcare Ltd in a €500,000 dispute before the commercial court in Zagreb against Neomedic Ltd.
  • Represents Karlovačka banka jsc in several court proceedings.

Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec

Bradvica Maric Wahl Cesarec provides ‘commercially sound, always reliable, highly responsive and cost-effective’ advice to clients that is highly attuned to strategic litigation processes, as well as being highly knowledgeable across a broad array of underlying substantive law. Mislav Bradvica has ‘a great work ethic and is solutions-oriented’ and is the principal contact for the highest-profile disputes handled by the firm, including as they relate to competition and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mislav Bradvica; Neven Marić; Branko Skerlev


Other key lawyers:

Edi Suljić; Jan Gebauer


Testimonials

Young but still with more than enough experience in the team to handle tasks in a very professional and constructive way.’ 

Commercially sound, always reliable, highly responsive and cost-effective.’

‘Mislav Bradvica has a great work ethic and is solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

Totalna televizija (Evo Tv)


Tisak 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 voće


Agro Gold


TVS S.p.A. Italy


Bambi Koncern Serbia


Telemach Hrvatska


Avant Car


Mai Dalmacija d.o.o.


Mliječna industrija d.o.o.


Pitter putnička agencija d.o.o. i Marine Mechanic


tpR Reiseservice GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advising minority shareholders and other investment funds in the squeeze-out case in Dukat d.d.
  • Advising many of its corporate clients on civil, regulatory and employment litigation.
  • Representing a telecoms client in a large number of possession litigation cases and administrative procedures against A1 Hrvatska d.o.o.

BUTERIN&PARTNERS

Praised for its ‘high level of legal strategic thinking and close monitoring on applicable case law’, BUTERIN&PARTNERS provides ‘customised and tailor-made support and solutions’ to clients engaged in commercial litigation and enforcement or bankruptcy proceedings. Lada Ćustić has ‘great experience and legal knowledge’ and co-heads a team alongside Zvonimir Buterin that has forged a particularly strong reputation representing financial institutions in high-profile litigation.

Practice head(s):

Zvonimir Buterin; Lada Ćustić


Other key lawyers:

Marko Paulinović; Tomislav Petrov; Dino Vukoša


Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient, has excellent business acumen and displays a no-nonsense pragmatic approach.’

‘High level of legal strategic thinking and close monitoring on applicable case law.’

‘They are very efficient in providing legal solutions and dispute management. They take into account potential risks and benefits and transparently communicate before taking any decision.’

The firm provides customised and tailor-made support and solutions.’

‘Zvonimir Buterin: deal-making oriented, strong adaptability and assertiveness, well networked, great availability.’

‘Lada Ćustić is highly organised, pragmatic, objective and has great experience and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

ERSTE & STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK d.d.


ZAGREBAČKA BANKA d.d.


RAIFFEISENLANDESBANK KÄRNTEN reg.Gen.m.H.


B2 KAPITAL d.o.o.


TESLA HRVATSKA d.o.o.


ALLIANZ HRVATSKA d.d.


HŽ INFRASTRUKTURA d.o.o.


NOVA TV d.d.


KAUFLAND HRVATSKA k.d.


HRVATSKE AUTOCESTE d.o.o.


GAVRILOVIĆ d.o.o.


ERSTE CARD CLUB d.o.o.


GLOBALNA HRANA d.o.o. (McDonald’s Franchise)


NESTLE ADRIATIC d.o.o.


GRANOLIO d.d.


CROATIA BANKA d.d.


DINOVA-DIONA d.o.o.


GENERALI OSIGURANJE d.d.


HRVATSKA POŠTANSKA BANKA d.d.


IMPORTANNE CENTAR d.o.o.


MONTING d.o.o.


NATURALIS d.o.o.


UNICREDIT LEASING CROATIA d.o.o.


JYSK d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented Erste&Steiermärkische Bank in a €23m claim regarding a challenge of guarantees which has an impact on the complete banking industry and position of banks in bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Successfully resolved a long-running €1.5m dispute on behalf of Zagrebačka banka (UniCredit Group).
  • Representing Zagrebačka banka (UniCredit Group) in a €5m case regarding the impermissibility of enforcement.

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm has developed a particularly strong reputation representing clients in the financial services sector, as well as in relation to enforcement and bankruptcy-related issues, particularly those arising in the context of acquired NPL portfolios. Lovro Kovačić has an ‘exceptional understanding of the insurance market’ and provides ‘creative solutions that are both legally possible and business oriented’. As well as handling conventional litigation, Kovacic is also very well-versed at representing financial services entities in investigations before the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency. Trpimir Gugić co-heads the team, alongside Kovačić and Damjan Krivic, and is noted for his ‘outstanding practical experience in litigation combined with factual and legal analysis, as well as his strategic sense’.

Practice head(s):

Damjan Krivić; Lovro Kovačić; Trpimir Gugić


Testimonials

They are very organised, they pay attention to the reputation of the office and their relationship with clients, and they regularly follow the legislative regulations.’

The team works together to provide the best possible legal advice and solutions always within the agreed time frame, even for very complicated legal matters.’

‘Lovro Kovačić is an outstanding expert. His understanding of the insurance market is exceptional, which is rare given that the insurance market is one of the most regulated markets in Croatia.’

Lovro Kovačić combines in-depth knowledge of the regulations with exceptional legal reasoning and business wisdom, providing creative solutions that are both legally possible and business oriented.’

‘Trpimir Gugić’s outstanding practical experience in litigation combined with factual and legal analysis, as well as strong strategic sense, ensures that he provides an unbeatable service.’

Key clients

DDM INVEST III AG,


Lynxcapgroup AG


ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK


Nova hrvatska banka d.d


Erste Group Bank AG


Allianz ZB d.o.o.


TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE


Allianz Hrvatska


Samsung Electronics Austria Gmbh


Alca Zagreb d.o.o.


IKOM d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Represents ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK d.d in various high-value cases before the courts in Croatia.
  • Represents TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE d. d. (TRIGLAV INSURANCE Company Ltd) in various high-value damages cases and labour disputes (more than 50 cases) before the courts in Croatia.
  • Representing Nova hrvatska banka d.d. (formerly, Sberbank d.d.) in around 50 proceedings against two legal entities and one natural person to secure the repayment of a loan of approximately HRK 15m.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

Although it is perhaps better-known for its transactional capabilities, as part of its full-service business law capabilities KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC frequently handles court and administrative proceedings for corporate clients – where it is able to provide a business-savvy approach by virtue of its deep knowledge of underlying business processes. Martina Prpić is one of the key contacts for litigation, including in the context of public procurement proceedings and in relation to the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. Danijela Simeunovic often takes on aviation/transport-related litigation, while Dinka Kovačević is adept at handling banking and corporate litigation, including shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dinka Kovačević; Martina Prpić


Other key lawyers:

Danijela Simeunović; Ana Novaković Stipaničev; Martina Višnjić; Tin Aničić


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.


Nova hrvatska banka d.d. (former Sberbank d.d.)


Work highlights


  • Advising minority shareholders in a dispute related to fair value for shares in a delisting process.
  • Representing ZAGORSKI VODOVOD d.o.o. in a number of complex litigation and administrative proceedings for determination of the water price and termination of agreement on joint investment in water source and water system infrastructure, concluded with another public water supply company.
  • Representing BUTAN PLIN d.o.o., a local LPG distribution company, in proceedings for establishing a construction right and payment of damages.

Macesic & Partners LLC

Although it has successfully broadened the scope of its disputes offering, to include, inter alia, real estate and energy-related litigation, Rijeka-based firm Macesic & Partners LLC remains best-known for its work in the maritime sector for a strong client base that includes P&I clubs and hull and cargo underwriters. Team head Anita Krizmanic is ‘a devoted and skilled attorney’. 

Practice head(s):

Anita Krizmanić


Other key lawyers:

Miroljub Maćešić; Toni Štifanić


Testimonials

Anita Krizmanić is a devoted and skilled attorney.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Consulting


Erste & Steiermarkische Bank


TORM A/S


K/S TORM EASTERN


TRANS INTEGRAL Ltd


Raiffeisenbank Austria


County Port Authority Rab


The Shipowners’ Club


ASSURANCEOFRENINGEN SKULD No


AIG EUROPE S.A.


Work highlights


  • Represents the County Port Authority Rab in out-of-court negotiations and court proceedings against shipowners in matters relating to default in payment of berthing fees and unauthorised sale of berths.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Combining broad-ranging substantive law knowledge and transactional expertise, with strong practical experience at handling conventional and ADR-related litigation, Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC is a popular choice among both private and public sector clients across a range of civil/commercial disputes. Natalija Perić has a particularly eclectic offering, including investor-state arbitration work, administrative and construction litigation, and co-heads the team alongside Vladimir Mamić, who is best-known for his employment and arbitration prowess.

Practice head(s):

Natalija Perić; Vladimir Mamić


Other key lawyers:

Jurica Reberski; Luka Rimac; Nikola Kokot; Frano Belohradsky; Marko Martinkovic; Nina Ovčar; Ivana Marić


Key clients

SUEZ International SAS


ZAGREBGRADNJA d.o.o.


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.


Hotel Split d.d.


TOP RADIO d.o.o.


McKinsey & Company, Inc.


MFI International Real Estate Adriatic d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Advising SUEZ International SAS in negotiations with ODVODNJA POREČ d.o.o., as well as providing overall legal support.
  • Representing ZAGREBRADNJA d.o.o. in arbitration proceedings with the value of dispute exceeding €4.2m.
  • Representing DALEKOVOD as one of the defendants in the arbitration procedure initiated by DIV GRUPA d.o.o.

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

Very well-versed across a large number of disputes’ in courts throughout the country, Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic provides ‘highly responsive and exceptionally pragmatic’ advice to clients on ad-hoc stand-alone mandates, as well as to longstanding clients including INA and Zagrebački holding. ‘An excellent litigator with exceptional knowledge of labour and commercial law’, Irena Vinter Gregorić co-heads the team alongside Krešimir Kiš, ‘who is always well prepared and detail-oriented’. 

Practice head(s):

Irena Vinter Gregorić; Krešimir Kiš


Other key lawyers:

Martina Šimunović Lepoša


Testimonials

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

‘Flexibility, knowledge of the latest practice in the field, agility, and quality of service makes this team outstanding.’

The team is very experienced at litigation in courts throughout the country and is very well-versed across a large number of disputes ranging from daily disputes related to the company’s core business to complex shareholder disputes.’

Irena Vinter Gregorić is an excellent litigator with exceptional knowledge of labour and commercial law.’

‘Krešimir Kiš is an excellent negotiator, who is always well prepared and detail-oriented.’

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.


PEVEX d.d.


STANIĆ d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Representing INA – Industrija nafte d.d., a Croatian multinational oil company (together with its subsidiaries), in several hundred ongoing commercial and labour litigation procedures, of which a significant number are highly complex and of great importance (high-value commercial litigation, high-profile disputes with union representatives, works council etc).
  • Acting for NLB InterFinanz, a Swiss-based financial company (subsidiary of NLB d.d.), in a dozen debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its debtors, including complex litigation related to the Act on Nullity of Loan Agreements with international elements.
  • Representing VODOOPSKRBA I ODVODNJA d.o.o., a water supply and sewage company in the City of Zagreb, in over 10,000 debt collection enforcement and litigation proceedings for payment of unpaid service fees by companies and private persons.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

Although it has a relatively compact stand-alone litigation function, Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers regularly teams up with other practice groups, as well as offices across its CEE/SEE network, enabling it to represent clients in some fairly sizeable mandates, including as they relate to shareholder, labour law and insolvency-related disputes. ‘Very capable’ team head Vice Mandarić is particularly adept at handling litigation in the financial services sector, including his recently concluded work (alongside practitioners from the firm’s Austria office) for Raiffeisen Bank on its €83m claim against the Republic of Croatia.

Practice head(s):

Vice Mandarić


Testimonials

They have a strong team of lawyers with very high law skills, reliable, high integrity and knowledge.’

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


  • Representing B.S.A. INTERNATIONAL (Lactalis group) in a dispute with former minority shareholders following a squeeze-out procedure.
  • Represented Raiffeisen Bank International and Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Zagreb in an €83m damages claim against the Republic of Croatia.
  • Represented Privredna banka Zagreb in multiple litigation cases in which consumers are claiming breach of their consumer rights in relation to CHF-denominated loans.

Vukmir & Associates

Leveraging its position as ‘the best IP law firm in Croatia’, unsurprisingly Vukmir & Associates continues to mine a fertile seam of disputes work in the space, including on trade mark, copyright and patent disputes, as well as domain name and geographical indication litigation. Mladen Vukmir has been a pioneer in relation to the use of ADR techniques in Croatia, and as well as his fee-earning work in the field, his expertise is also acknowledged by his frequent appointment as an arbitrator. The firm has also effectively broadened the scope of its litigation capability and is regularly engaged in banking, corporate and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mirjana Jurišić


Other key lawyers:

Mladen Vukmir; Ivan Cuk; Lidija Gepert;


Testimonials

Throughout the engagement (and even afterwards) I feel I have full confidence in my team at Vukmir and Associates. We collaborated and brainstormed together on the various angles of arguments. At the end, I relied upon them to articulate it in a concise and persuasive manner before the arbitrator.’

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


  • Representing a major Hungarian food manufacturer in a dispute involving cancellation and invalidation procedures before the Croatian IP Office and the EUIPO against the Dutch food conglomerate.
  • Successfully represented a German client in a cross-border case of enforcement of a decision of the German court on arrest of a yacht located in a Croatian marina and collection of a claim through sale of the yacht.
  • Successfully represented one of the leading Croatian yacht charter companies in an UDRP arbitration before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre regarding the right to use a .com domain name.

Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP

The ‘experienced and knowledgeable team’ at Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP is ‘excellent at handling complex and sophisticated matters’, particularly as they relate to corporate disputes, including shareholder litigation. Vladimir Batarelo is one of the key contacts and is able to deliver ‘great strategic advice’ including in contentious insolvency matters and tax controversies. Tomislav Sadrić, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, is noted for ‘his efficient and goal-oriented approach’ to clients engaged in real estate and state aid disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Dvojković (litigation, arbitration); Vladimir A. Batarelo (arbitration, tax controversy); Laurenz W. Vuchetich


Other key lawyers:

Marko Bohaček; Tomislav Sadrić


Testimonials

‘Everyone in the team holds a deep understanding of not only legal matters, but also the understanding of modern business needs and can provide their clients with the perfect advice and other services if needed.’

‘The experienced and knowledgeable team is excellent at handling complex and sophisticated matters.’

‘The talented Vladimir Batarelo has extensive experience in, among other fields, dispute resolution related matters and is able to deliver great strategic advice.’

‘Vladimir Batarelo is an excellent and trustworthy lawyer.’

‘Tomislav Sadrić has the necessary calmness, is confident in his knowledge, strategically plans the legal case, but is always open to alternative ways of resolving disputes.’

‘Tomislav Sadrić stands out for his thorough expertise in legal matters, his devotion to providing the best service possible and his efficient and goal- oriented approach.’

Key clients

BLT


Ivan Paladina


Sartura


Galić d.o.o.


Križ Municipality


Monel


European Coastal Airlines LTD


Invest Sedlić d.o.o.


Chain Swap (Harney Westwood & Riegels LP)


Merit Media Int. d.o.o.


Diocese of Šibenik


MB Geothermal d.o.o.


Podravka d.d.


Mirna d.d.


INTERCAPITAL SECURITIES


Work highlights


  • Represents BLT, the operator of the largest ORC geothermal powerplant in the EU which is located in Croatia, in a major dispute that has evolved into more than 30 litigation proceedings which are pending before various courts, including the Supreme Court of Croatia, Constitutional Court, and European Court of Human Rights.
  • Represented Croatian IT company Sartura Ltd in a shareholder dispute between the majority and minority shareholder, resulting in more than ten proceedings before domestic courts aimed at the protection of Sartura’s trade secrets, intellectual property, and management board statutory duties towards both the majority and minority shareholder.
  • Advised Podravka and Mirna in more than 30 litigation proceedings against Podravka or/and Mirna, initiated mostly by the former management board and shareholders who lost their control over the acquired company.

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Much of Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd's litigation work is derived from transactional areas of strength for the firm as a whole, including banking, corporate and real estate. Consequently, the firm is able to provide a very holistic offering which is highly conversant with the underlying substantive areas of law. Team head Beata Glinska is best-known for her real estate and infrastructure-related litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Beata Glinska


Other key lawyers:

Aleksej Mišković


Key clients

EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT


SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.


KAUFMANN & HOMANN d.o.o.


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


Niker d.o.o.


Inspire Investments d.o.o.


ADAC Service Adria d.o.o.


Beckman Coulter Ltd


Tower Europe Retail Ltd


WYG Savjetovanje d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Representing KAUFMANN & HOFMANN in numerous disputes, the most notable of which is related to preparation and delivery of project documentation related to the construction of City Center One Split.

Ilej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners

Led by ‘responsive and very goal oriented’ senior associate Dora HorvatIlej & Partners, in cooperation with Karanovic & Partners displays ‘a high level of expertise’ for clients engaged in domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation, including for banks in enforcement proceedings. Horvat has also been increasingly active in relation to arbitration matters, including for a US-based private equity firm relating to a potential acquisition in the hospitality sector.


Practice head(s):

Dora Horvat


Other key lawyers:

Petar Grubišić-Čabo; Lucijan Loje


Testimonials

‘The team displays a high level of expertise and can leverage an excellent international platform.’

‘Dora Horvat is an excellent lawyer who is responsive and very goal oriented.’

Key clients

AXA XL


Wolt


ECCO Europe AG (previously KRM AG)


SGS Adriatica


Mecklenburgische Versicherung


Henkel Croatia d.o.o.


DKT POLSKA SP Z O.O. SP.K.


Senior d.o.o.


Multivac


Nova KBM d.d.


Addiko Bank d.d.


Şınlak Enerji Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış A.Ş.


Work highlights


  • Advising a foreign-based private equity fund in a series of disputes following an acquisition of a company in Croatia.
  • Advising a US-based private equity fund in an arbitration procedure relating to a potential acquisition in the hospitality sector.
     
  • Advising an international insurance company in a dispute regarding damages during construction of a wind farm.

Kallay & Partners Ltd.

Co-headed by Ivna Medić and Ivan Matic (both certified mediators), Kallay & Partners Ltd.‘s ‘highly professional team provides timely and solutions-oriented advice’ to clients from a range of industry sectors but is perhaps best-known for its debt collection/enforcement work on behalf of banks and leasing companies. Mara Terihaj Macura is also a key contact within the team and ‘is always fully prepared for hearings’.

Practice head(s):

Ivna Medić; Ivan Matić


Other key lawyers:

Mara Terihaj Macura


Testimonials

‘The major strengths of the firm are its responsiveness and acting with high levels of trust and accuracy.’

The highly professional team provides timely and solutions-oriented advice.’

‘They regularly send us reports on the handling/status of each dispute (what has happened so far and what awaits us). The accounts are transparent and precise, and for each new activity we receive a calculation of possible costs, in advance.’

Mara Terihaj Macura is always fully prepared for hearings, always legally competes with the opposing party, always finds solutions that meet the highest demands of the dispute, and possesses an exceptional advisory dimension.’

Lovric Novokmet & Partners

At Lovrić Novokmet & Partners, ‘very creative’ team head Pavo Novokmet excels in handling litigation and enforcement proceedings, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pavo Novokmet


Other key lawyers:

Tomislav Tot; Katarina Šimac; Petar Alilović; Marijan Živković


Testimonials

‘Very professional, responsible and ready for most difficult problems. The proactive team is always a step ahead, ensuring that any unwanted situations are avoided.’

‘Pavo Novokmet requires a very short period of time for the insight into the case and has broad experience which he easily transforms into solving our case.’

‘Pavo Novokmet is always available, approachable and willing to take most difficult tasks in order to get a win-win situation. Ready to explore new options and is very creative when tackling a new challenge.’

MATEKOVIĆ & Partners Law Firm LLC

MATEKOVIĆ & Partners Law Firm LLC provides ‘proactive legal solutions’ to clients engaged in disputes from a range of industry sectors, including gaming, energy, real estate, pharmaceuticals and media. Krešimir Matekovic and Ivan Sabljić are ‘extraordinary professionals who are very precise and responsive in their advice’.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mateković; Ivan Sabljić; Dora Adžić; Laura Mateković


Testimonials

The firm always handles our situations with the utmost care, providing innovative ideas and feasible solutions.’

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

‘Krešimir Mateković has great legal and business knowledge.’

Key clients

ASURA MULTISERVIS d.o.o.


Cenakul d.o.o.


Geothermal Solutions Ltd.


In the Name of the Family


Luxottica South Eastern Europe Ltd.


MAMUT FORTIS d.o.o.


Novo Nordisk d.o.o.


PROARH tri d.o.o.


Planinić, Šoljić & partners d.o.o.


Quada – project


Mr. Robert Kolarec


SUPER IGRA d.o.o.


Work highlights


  • Represented Cenakul d.o.o., as a plaintiff, in litigation against Yach Center Baotić d.o.o.
  • Continuing to represent GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS, a company incorporated in Zagreb with its core business in the production of electricity, in a dispute against GEOEN d.o.o., as a plaintiff.
  • Continuing to represent GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS, a Croatian company incorporated in Zagreb with its core business in the production of electricity, in a challenge of the decisions at the shareholders’ meeting of GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS.

Nogolica Law Offices

Litigation is a core area of focus for Nogolica Law Offices and the firm has built up a strong track record over the years for private and public sector clients, relating to a range of commercial disputes and enforcement proceedings arising in the real estate, energy and banking sectors, among others. Toni Nogolica has developed a particularly strong reputation in relation to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), representing a growing number of clients in international investment and commercial arbitration proceedings. Ljiljana Nogolica co-heads the team alongside Toni.


Practice head(s):

Toni Nogolica; Ljiljana Nogolica


Other key lawyers:

Andro Nogolica; Dominik Balić


Key clients

Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Croatian Deposit Insurance Agency / SPV za sanaciju d.o.o.


DK Company Vejle


Glovoapp Technology (Glovo)


ALPRO-ATT d.o.o.


Deutsche Factoring Bank GmbH & CO.KG


Nelf Marine Paints B.V.


MACO-TEC Rental Solutions GmbH


Prljavo Kazalište (Houra grupa d.o.o.)


City of Zagreb


Novi Zagreb Rugby Club


Work highlights


  • Advised Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as local counsel in a claim at ICSID worth several hundred million euros.
  • Advised Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a high-value arbitration matter.
  • Advised Glovo in numerous litigation proceedings relating to operations in the on-demand courier service industry.

Vidan Law Office

Under the guidance of name partner Hrvoje Vidan, Vidan Law Office has developed a particularly strong reputation advising minority shareholders in relation to takeover law disputes, as well as clients engaged in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan


Other key lawyers:

Petra Luštica