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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

Šavoric & Partners

Šavoric & Partners handles a wide range of disputes for domestic and international clients, from complex corporate litigation and arbitration proceedings, through to contentious employment matters, as well as the enforcement of foreign judgments. The team is also well regarded by financial services clients and continues to represent several banks, including Addiko Bank, in relation to ongoing disputes concerning variable interest rate and foreign exchange clause in Swiss Franc consumer loan agreements. Co-head Branko Bulat is recommended for real estate-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Branko Bulat; Lovro Gašparac

Other key lawyers:

Krešimir Galeković

Key clients

IKEA

GTC

Addiko Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Work highlights

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

Žuric i Partneri

The 'highly professional' team at Žurić i Partneri 'has an in-depth knowledge of the market and Croatian procedural rules' and is regularly instructed by international and domestic clients across a range of commercial disputes, including a large number within the financial services sector. Litigation knowledge is instilled into all lawyers during their training, and therefore the firm as a whole is not only reactive in its advice but also adept at providing proactive risk management to clients to avoid potential litigation. Appreciated for his 'superior research, analytical skills and ability to quickly process large volumes of information'Miroslav Plašćar  regularly takes the lead on the highest-profile cases handled by the firm, including his successful representation of two Croatian respondent banks, in what was the first "model dispute" brought before the Supreme Court regarding the Swiss Franc consumer loan litigation. Edin Karakaš co-heads the team alongside Plašćar and is particularly adept at handling domestic and international alternative dispute resolution and investment law. The 'exceptional' Mihovil Granić has deep knowledge of banking law and is consequently well-suited to handling disputes arising in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar; Edin Karakaš

Other key lawyers:

Ana Vrsaljko Metelko; Mihovil Granić; Maja Skansi; Andrijana Kaštelan; Vedran Kopilović

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in disputes before the courts. Very focused and aware of all details regarding the case, in court and out of the court.’

‘The firm regularly handles complicated disputes relating to the banking business.’

‘With their assistance many big cases were settled in our favor and we got great results in some cases where we had a very little chance of success.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar 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 an exceptional lawyer with significant dispute resolution knowledge.’

‘The excellent Andrijana Kaštelan and Mihovil Granić are very calm and solutions-focused in stressful situations.’

‘The highly analytical Maja Skansi is particularly skilled in relation to enforcement law, banking law, litigation, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.’

Key clients

OTP banka

SberBank

Geoprojekt d.o.o.

Podravska banka

P.P.K. Nekretnine

Three MD’s from Hospital Srebrnjak, Zagreb

Adriatic Basketball Association – ABA League

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented two Croatian banks (in litigation brought the consumers’ association in relation to alleged unfair conditions contained within loans provided by banks granted in Swiss Francs),  in the first-ever “model dispute” initiated before the Supreme Court of Croatia. “Model dispute” is a new introduction (from 2019) to Croatian Civil Procedure Act and has gained wide media attention.
  • Advised and represented a regional basketball league in a dispute initiated by its shareholder (basketball club) for annulment of the assembly’s decisions.
  • Represented an international investor in a dispute initiated against a local authority with respect to the purchase agreement in value of approximately €2m.

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Benefiting from a 'superb understanding of all kinds of issues', ranging from corporate litigation and shareholder disputes, through to product liability and contentious employment mandates, Babic & Partners Law Firm displays 'high levels of professionalism' on behalf of the firm's stellar roster of longstanding clients, as well as those requiring ad-hoc standalone representation. Team head Iva Basaric is well-versed across a range of corporate and finance-related mandates, affording her a strong understanding of the underlying subject matter and contractual mechanics underpinning any subsequent business-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Iva Basaric

Other key lawyers:

Marija Gregoric

Testimonials

‘The very attentive team has a superb understanding of all kinds of issues. In my case, I was surprised by their excellent understanding of technical issues.’

The firm displays high levels of professionalism.

Iva Basaric provides consistently excellent and timely advice.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Trust Corporation UK Limited

DowDuPont

Glencore

Krüger

Magyar Suzuki Corporation

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

Praised for its 'strategic thinking and understanding of complex issues', Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has the strength-in-depth to resource an eclectic range of disputes, including contentious banking and corporate mandates, as well as construction and pre-bankruptcy matters. 'Valued for her strategic thinking and analytical skills', team head Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja exhibits a 'great understanding of complex legal issues', including on public procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja

Other key lawyers:

Emir Bahtijarević; Marina Kovač Krka; Ema Menđušić Škugor

Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge of the regulatory context and understanding of the complex legal issues that arose in this particular case. Also, they have shown excellent strategic thinking when defining the best route and tactics for the relevant dispute.’

‘Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja is valued for her strategic thinking, analytical skills and great understanding of complex legal issues.’

Key clients

SCANIA

Heineken Croatia

Deutsche Bahn (APP – Auto Prijevozno Poduzeće)

EGO Group (Elektro-kontakt)

Dogus Marina Dalmacija

Marbo (PepsiCo)

Various clients in extraordinary management procedure (several banks, multinational companies)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a Croatian subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn group, an international provider of mobility and logistics services, in a high-value enforcement case brought against it.
  • Continuing to represent Heineken Croatia in any litigation that should occur in the context of its business in the country.
  • Representing a large Zagreb-based shopping and entertainment centre in a construction defects dispute.

Hanzekovic & Partners

Although Hanzekovic & Partners remains perhaps best-known for its debt enforcement capability, under the leadership of Domagoj Truhar, the team has also forged a strong reputation across broader commercial disputes, with construction and public procurement litigation particular areas of strength. Jasminka Čorda Truhar is pivotal to the firm's success in this area and has a high success rate on behalf of claimants challenging tendering decisions. As well as regularly being involved in court hearings, the firm is also noted for its 'excellent skills in mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution'.

Practice head(s):

Domagoj Truhar

Other key lawyers:

Jasminka Čorda Truhar; Dora Hanžeković Žuža; Iva Burić; Marija Žaja; Josipa Mrklić; Vedran Vusić; Tereza Šarić; Dora Domac Hrvatin

Testimonials

‘The firm has in-depth knowledge of the Croatian market and is dedicated to implementing a commercial approach to our business issues and needs. As the biggest law firm in Croatia, they have successfully supported our business with responsive legal teams in both commercial and debt recovery matters for more than six years. They manage more than 300,000 active debt recovery cases with excellent percentage of success and have impressed us with their proactive approach.’

The firm has shown excellent skills in mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution.’

Dora Hanžeković Žuža delivers excellent legal advice and guidance, successfully anticipating our needs and changes in the market, particularly this year with all the changes and difficulties due to the Covid-19 situation.’

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.

Work highlights

  • Representing Alpine Bau GmbH, GIS Aqua Austria GmbH and Machowetz & Partner Consulting Ziviltechniker, as claimants in arbitration proceedings before the Permanent Arbitration Court of the Croatian Chamber of Economy for the claims arising from the construction contract concluded between the claimants and the respondent regarding the project of construction of Wastewater Treatment Plant in Karlovac.
  • Represented the claimant in arbitration proceedings before the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce for the claims arising from the construction contract concluded between the claimant and the respondent in respect of the construction of Sarajevo Bypass.
  • Represented the town of Klanjec as respondent which has been sued for the compensation of damages in relation to the alleged illegal exploitation of mineral resources owned by the Republic of Croatia.

Madirazza & Partners

Co-headed by Josip Madirazza and Ivan MadirazzaMadirazza & Partners' four-partner team has an excellent track record representing major private and state-owned entities in their highest-profile disputes before the courts, as well as in arbitral proceedings. In addition to having a sizeable debt collection operation (which generates a substantial amount of instructions from HRT - the Croatian public broadcasting company), the team is also well-versed in energy-related disputes and is noted for its representation of banking institutions across a range of commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Josip Madirazza; Ivan Madirazza

Other key lawyers:

Tin Težak; Morana Herak; Marinka Kovačić; Luka Dorotić; Ana Valjalo

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Croatia osiguranje d.d.

Work highlights

  • Represented three VTB Bank entities in the €300m litigation arising from the AGROKOR restructuring, which was successfully completed confirming the validity of corporate guarantees.
  • Representing UniCredit Bank Austria, as part of the banking syndicate which provided the original financing, in arbitration regarding a troubled Public-Private Partnership aimed at constructing a sports hall and business premises in Split (Spaladium Arena).
  • Representing the public broadcaster in Croatia (HRT – Croatian Radio-Television) on enforcement  actions in relation to the payment of unpaid service fees from companies and private individuals in more than 130,000 cases.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch provides 'strategic and practical advice' to international clients, which are appreciative of the firm's ability to 'keep matters progressing speedily', in spite of the notoriously slow nature of the Croatian court system. 'Extremely diligent and down-to-earth' team head Dalibor Valinčić is noted for his arbitration expertise for oil and gas clients, in particular. The 'creative and hardworkingJosip Martinić has a 'perfect knowledge of local laws' and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dalibor Valinčić

Other key lawyers:

Josip Martinić; Borna Dejanović

Testimonials

‘The team that takes care of our file has always been following up on the latest developments, has always been on time and done its best to keep matters going on speedily, even though the courts are slow in Croatia.’

The team has been creative and feedback has always been on time. They really perform their work according to the highest international standards.

‘The team provides strategic and practical advice.’

‘The creative and hardworking Josip Martinić has perfect knowledge of local laws and is very well-connected to the different actors involved.’

‘Dalibor Valincic and Borna Dejanović provide very succinct feedback.’

‘Dalibor Valincic was extremely diligent, a delight to work with and very down- to-earth.’

Dalibor Valincic takes a measured approach that is very client-focused.’

Key clients

Alucom s.r.o.

Bavaria NV

Boogie Production

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Faunus GmbH and Faunus Selva k.d.

Formosa International Hotels Corporation

Kairos Travel

KIA Motors Corporation

One Traveller

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Rudopolje Moje

Shire International

TAP Air Portugal

TOP Line

Avex TCF Limited

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

Loxley Public Company Limited

Nichel e Leghe S.p.A.

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Interseroh

MediaCom

Commercial Metals Company

Termoblok d.o.o.

Rütgers Germany GmbH

Jan de Nul

OJSC Naftan

Zedis

Zsolt Hernadi

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas

Work highlights

  • Representing MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas in two parallel arbitration proceedings (investment and commercial) against the Republic of Croatia. Claims have been filed under both the UNCITRAL rules and the ICSID Convention.
  • Representing Dredging and Maritime Management and Jan De Nul Group in litigation proceedings before Croatian courts against Uljanik, one of the largest Croatian shipyards, that ended in bankruptcy.
  • Advising the ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical in the recognition and enforcement of a Belgian award in Croatia against its former local distributor.

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

Benefiting from a 'deep knowledge of Croatian law' and able to apply that in a business setting, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) is particularly well-suited to advising international entities across a myriad litigation, including on employment and public procurement disputes. Under the guidance of Sandra Lisac, the team remains very active in the the financial services sector and continues to represent Austria-based Erste Group Bank in an international arbitration claim brought against the Croatian government relating to a series of adverse legislative measures adopted with retroactive effect. Tamara Jelić Kazić has niche expertise on tax controversy matters.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Lisac

Other key lawyers:

Ana-Marija Skoko; Tamara Jelić Kazić

Testimonials

The level of engagement and effort invested into providing a tailor-made solution, a proactive approach and in-depth understanding of our needs as a client, make for a superb and rounded attorney service.’

The firm has a deep knowledge of Croatian law and the application of that in business.’

Key clients

AIG

Gradski Centar d.o.o.

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

Johnson & Johnson

Erste Group Bank AG

Steiermärkische Bank undSparkassen AG

Erste Steiermärkische Bankd.d.

PATRIZIA

Ecowind

DePuy International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising an Austria-based bank on the Act on Nullity of Loan Agreements with International Elements.
  • Advising Erste Group Bank in a dispute arising from a series of adverse legislative measures (in the form of amendments to the Consumer Credit Act and the Credit Institutions Act) adopted with retroactive effect.
  • Defending an American multinational company medical device/pharmaceutical company against several out-of-court product liability claims and against claims filed before the state courts.

Macesic & Partners LLC

Headquartered out of the shipping port of Rijeka, Macesic & Partners LLC has a very strong pedigree for maritime-related work, and Miran Macesic regularly handles disputes on behalf of P&I clubs, as well as Hull and Cargo underwriters. Outside of the shipping realm, under the guidance of Anita Krizmanić, the team is also well-versed in representing clients from the banking, energy and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Anita Krizmanic

Other key lawyers:

Miran Macesic; Ivana Manovelo

Testimonials

‘The firm is knowledgeable, efficient, accessible and displays excellent communication with the client.’

‘The excellent Ivana Manovelo has great knowledge, is organised, very approachable and has excellent problem-solving skills.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Consulting

Erste & Steiermarkische Bank

MS Amlin

Intersee Schiffahrts und Chartering GmbH

The Standard P&I Club

Nuova Petroli

Work highlights

  • Representing a Citizens Association in its legal challenge to the granting of a concession to build a marina in Karigador, a small tourist and fishing town on the Croatian coast.
  • Advising and representing around 900 Croatian car owners in the so-called Model Declaratory Proceedings against the car producer Volkswagen AG in Germany because of its illegal practice of installing defect devices in diesel motor vehicles.
  • Engaged by Manisa Bulk’s commercial manager, Intersee Germany, regarding an old claim arising from three consecutive time charters.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Co-headed by Natalija Perić and Vladimir MamicMamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC handles a diverse array of litigation (including arbitration proceedings) for private and public sector entities. Particular areas of strength include debt enforcement work for financial services clients, contentious employment work and administrative law-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Natalija Perić; Vladimir Mamić

Other key lawyers:

Nikola Kokot; Frano Belohradsky; Nina Ovčar; Marin Curić; Ivana Marić

Key clients

City of Zagreb

ZAGREB CITY HOLDING Ltd.

City of Slavonski Brod

NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR d.d. and NOVA KBM GROUP members

TRAIN HUNGARY MAGÁNVASÚT KFT – Zagreb subsidiary

SCRAP Leasing d.o.o. u likvidaciji

CIAK Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Zagreb in a number of diverse litigation procedures, including a highly complex and high-value litigation procedure.
  • Continuing to represent the City of Slavonski Brod, in a number of diverse and high-profile cases, as well as in various arbitration procedures.
  • Continued to represent NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR, one of the leading regional banks and second largest Slovenian bank, in various judicial proceedings, including debt disputes, regulatory, debt recovery, as well as complex commercial issues.

Ostermann & Partners LLP

Led by Mojmir Ostermann, the 'top-notch' team at Ostermann & Partners LLP provides 'detailed and precise advice' to private sector clients on domestic law and EU-related disputes across a range of sectors, including banking, retail and real estate. Ostermann himself is particularly well-versed in handling telecoms-related litigation and regulatory proceedings, and is also adept in administrative law matters.

Practice head(s):

Mojmir Ostermann

Other key lawyers:

Vjekoslav Ivančić; Mia Mijatović

Testimonials

‘This is a top-notch team that is capable of providing outside-of-the-box solutions for complex legal problems. Our opinion is that Ostermann and Partners is at the apex of the Croatian legal profession.’

‘The well-organised team provides detailed and precise advice.’

‘I find that the individuals stand out and shine in being able to instill confidence in us as a client.’

‘We are particularly impressed with their construction and employment litigation skills. Ostermann & Partners have been our leading representatives before different courts for many years now and have had great success with redundancy lay-off cases. They are very hardworking, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann is always on top of every matter and is the one to provide solutions for the most problematic situations. He was always able to consider a problem from every angle in order to identify the best solution.’

‘Mojmir Ostermann and Vjekoslav Ivančić are of the utmost moral and ethical calibre.’

‘Mia Mijatović is very responsive and dedicated, and demonstrated great knowledge of mining and employment law.’

Key clients

A1 Hrvatska (formerly: VIPnet)

HETA Asset Resolution

Ikea

Jamnica

Ledo

Osijek-Koteks

Pan-tvornica papira Zagreb LLP in bankruptcy

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading mobile operator A1 Hrvatska, as the defendant, in three high-profile  proceedings, amounting to in aggregate over €30m,  brought by incumbent CROATIAN TELECOM INC. (Deutsche Telekom subsidiary) for liquidated damages and delivery of documentation in respect of the electronic communication infrastructure.
  • Representing Heta Asset Resolution in debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its debtors.

Porobija & Porobija

Porobija & Porobija frequently represents international and domestic private sector clients in high-profile employment disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and consumer protection matters. Co-heads Sanja Porobija and Boris Porobija take the lead on the most significant litigation handled by the firm, including its ongoing work for Zagrebačka banka in individual claims and misdemeanour proceedings, following on from the consumer class action brought against numerous banks challenging the allegedly illegal application of variable interest rate and/or currency clause in consumer loans. Both are also regularly engaged to act as arbitrators in cases.

Practice head(s):

Sanja Porobija; Boris Porobija

Other key lawyers:

Margita Kiš Kapetanović

Key clients

Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit)

Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb d.d.

A1 Hrvatska (mobile operator)

Work highlights

  • Representing Zagrebačka banka d.d. in litigation and related misdemeanour proceedings, brought by borrowers, challenging the allegedly illegal application of variable interest rate and/or currency clause in consumer loans and payment of monetary compensation based on nullity of such clauses.
  • Representing A1 Hrvatska as a defendant in disputes for payment of fees to Croatian attorneys at law following termination of the service agreements.
  • Representing International Zagreb Airport operator in various complex labour law court proceedings.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers has 'excellent knowledge of banking and financial regulations', enabling it to effectively provide 'pragmatic, clear and straightforward advice' to banks across a range of matters. 'Extremely well-educated' team head Vice Mandarić is regularly at the forefront of this work, including his ongoing representation, alongside the firm's Vienna office, of Sberbank in high-profile litigation associated with its position as the principal creditor of Agrokor.

Practice head(s):

Vice Mandarić

Other key lawyers:

Gina Grancarić

Testimonials

‘The team is approachable and efficient in the representation of its clients.’

‘The key strength of the Schoenherr team lies in their understanding of the complex legal issues, and in their ability to explain them to us as non-lawyers.’

‘The firm has excellent knowledge of banking and financial regulations.’

‘It is a very professional, flexible, solutions-oriented team which brings extra value.’

‘We were very happy with the service based on: outstanding competence, fast reactions, and a strong understanding of our priorities.’

‘The lawyers are very professional, they respect set deadlines, understand our business well and are delivering pragmatic, clear and straightforward advice.’

‘Vice Mandarić is a true encyclopedia of legal knowledge, and we are happy to work with him. It is difficult to find a legal matter which Vice does not cover, or rather which Vice could not cover.’

‘Vice Mandarić is always straight to the point and perfectly focused to our objectives.’

‘Vice Mandarić is an amazing business lawyer and provides very useful and timely advice whenever we need it. He is very experienced and pragmatic, always sees the big picture, distinguishes well between important and less important items.’

Key clients

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.

Bobar banka a.d. Bijeljina

TUI Travel House, Sunsail Adriatic, TUI

Team System Infocom

PRINTEC

GASFIN S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Sberbank of Russia and several of its local subsidiaries across the ex-Yugoslavia region in a multifaceted mandate regarding its over €1bn exposure to the Croatian food and retail giant Agrokor and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • Successfully represented Printec Croatia in litigation brought against the largest Croatian insurance company, CROATIA OSIGURANJE.
  • Defended Daimler AG in litigation brought by a former high-level employee for alleged unlawful dismissal.

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

Irena Vinter Gregorić and Krešimir Kiš lead the team at Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunović, which has notable expertise handling insolvency, debt collection and employment disputes. Team members are frequently called on to act as bankruptcy trustees in insolvency cases.

Practice head(s):

Irena Vinter Gregorić; Krešimir Kiš

Testimonials

Very capable and very good personal relationships with the team backed by solid work. Resources available to handle large amount of cases.

Excellent team of experts which have a lot of experience and know-how of the local market. Very professional and cooperative.

They are well organized, efficient, friendly and prompt.

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 INA – Industrija nafte d.d. (together with its subsidiaries) in several hundred ongoing commercial and labour litigation procedures.
  • Acting for NLB InterFinanz, a Swiss-based financial company (subsidiary of NLB d.d.) in debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its debtors, including complex litigations 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 the City of Zagreb, in debt collection enforcement and litigation proceedings for payment of unpaid service fees from companies and private persons.

Law firm Bekina, Škurla, Durmiš and Spajic Ltd

At Law firm Bekina, Škurla, Durmiš and Spajic LtdHrvoje Spajic is the principal litigation practitioner and has significant experience representing clients in formal court and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Spajic

Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec

Despite having only being in existence since 2017, Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec has already begun to establish a significant foothold in the market for domestic and international corporates across a range of litigation, including on labour law matters and FIDIC-governed construction disputes. Mislav Bradvica is the main contact for litigation, and has a particular niche representing clients in competition disputes, including cartel cases and abuse of dominant position matters.

Practice head(s):

Mislav Bradvica; Neven Marić; Branko Skerlev

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Luetić; Edi Suljić

Testimonials

‘The team displays a very proactive and problem-solving approach. It feels as though they are an in-house legal service and not an outside legal practice.’

The main individuals have a long term (international) experience in dispute resolution matters, thus, if necessary, they can handle also complex cases.’

Mislav Bradvica is the key person since it all comes from his enthusiasm to be better and desire to satisfy the needs of the customer.’  

Neven Marić is very proactive and solutions-oriented.’

Neven Marić and Edi Suljić are exceptional lawyers.’

Key clients

Totalna televizija (TOTAL TV)

Tisak plus

Ledo plus

BAT/TDR

HT Produkcija (EVO TV)

Securitas Croatia

Kolektor Koling Slovenia

Förch Croatia

Sales Peritias

Fortis Projekt and Elektro Imber

Brita GmbH

Alta Skladi Slovenia

Aleja Finance Slovenia

Work highlights

  • Representing BAT/TDR in highly delicate appeal proceedings against the Settlement rendered within the Extraordinary Administration Procedure over former Agrokor Group.
  • Advising Kolektor Koling in multiple disputes with municipality of town Petrinja and town Varaždin regarding the construction of the municipal sewage, drainage and water purification system.
  • Represented Kolektor Koling in different disputes concerning public tender, FIDIC agreements and construction in general.

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Led by Beata Glinska Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd displays a 'professional approach' for real estate and financial services-related clients, in particular, across a range of litigation and arbitration. Aleksej Mišković is able to leverage his broader banking and capital markets knowledge, which is appreciated by clients in litigation involving often complex underlying subject matter, including as it relates to derivatives products.

Practice head(s):

Beata Glinska

Other key lawyers:

Aleksej Mišković

Testimonials

‘The team displays a very professional approach.’

Key clients

EBRD

SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.

KAUFMANN & HOFMANN d.o.o.

HERVIS 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

  • Represent KAUFMANN & HOFMANN in numerous disputes, most notable of which relates to the preparation and delivery of project documentation regarding the construction of City Center One Split.
  • Provide legal support to SGS Adriatica across a wide range of litigation and general dispute resolution issues.

Gugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm

Led by name partners Damjan KrivićLovro Kovačić and Tripmir GugicGugic, Kovacic & Krivic law firm has developed a particularly strong reputation representing financial services clients (including banks and insurance companies) across a wide range litigation, including as it relates to employment, bankruptcy proceedings and enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Damjan Krivić; Lovro Kovačić; Trpimir Gugić

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are extremely professional and provide a high standard of service to their clients.’

Key clients

ERSTE & STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK

Sberbank

Hrvatski ured za osiguranje (Croatian Insurance Bureau)

TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE d. d. (TRIGLAV INSURANCE Company Ltd.)

Samsung Electronics Austria Gmbh

ROCHE d.o.o. (Roche Ltd)

ALLIANZ ZAGREB d.d.

ALCA ZAGREB d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK on various disputes arising from secured NPLs, and arising from enforcement, bankruptcy proceeding and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics Austria in various labor disputes.
  • Representing Sberbank as creditor, in various disputes against its debtors.

Kallay & Partners Ltd.

Appreciated by clients for its 'responsive and detailed' approach, Kallay & Partners Ltd. has wide-ranging litigation and arbitration expertise, including as it relates to public procurement disputes, and for financial institutions in debt recovery matters. Ivna MedicMara Terihaj and Ivan Matic are the main contacts, with the 'experienced and resourceful' Medic herself a certified mediator.

Practice head(s):

Ivna Medić; Mara Terihaj; Ivan Matić

Other key lawyers:

Maxim Lach

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and detailed in its approach.’

‘The lawyers are responsive, detailed and always try to find best possible solution for every problem.’

Ivna Medić is experienced and resourceful.’

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

Co-headed by Martina Prpić and Dinka KovačevićKOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC regularly represents energy, transport and financial services clients in labour, competition and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Martina Prpić; Dinka Kovačević

Other key lawyers:

Danijela Simeunović; Uroš Pavasović; Dino Simonoski Bukovski

Key clients

Energija projekt d.d.

Norinco International Cooperation Ltd

Rail Cargo Austria Aktiengesellschaft XL CATLIN INSURANCE COMPANY UK Limited

Autotechnica Fleet Services d.o.o.

Stomatološka poliklinika Dr. Radionov (Dental Polyclinic Dr. Radionov)

Sberbank d.d.

Rail Cargo Carrier Croatia d.o.o.

GoOpti d.o.o.

RWE/innogy group companies in Croatia

SÜZER HOLDİNG ANONİM ŞİRKETİ

BUTAN PLIN d.o.o.

UBER B.V.

ZAGORSKI VODOVOD d.o.o.

Shareholders of ELEKTROPROJEKT d.d.

OTP Banka d.d.

PLANETARIS d.o.o.

PELIKAN KLADIONICE d.o.o.

VEKA-ING d.o.o. and its shareholders

Sindikat djelatnika u državnoj upravi (Trade union in the public sector)

Work highlights

  • Represents local public water supply company, ZAGORSKI VODOVOD, in a number of complex litigation proceedings for determination of the water price and termination of cooperation agreement with another public water supply company.
  • Assisting UBER B.V., member of Uber Group, by providing legal support and representation to dozens of its local partners (independent contractors) in misdemeanour and administrative proceedings, as well as in administrative litigation proceedings.
  • Represents clients in a shareholders dispute for the value of shares of a de-listed company.

Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

Litigation is a core area of focus for Law Firm Babić, Brborović & partners , and since the firm's foundation in 2018 it has already gained a strong reputation among clients for the 'ease, devotion, and precision with which they handle even the toughest of cases'. Pivotal to the firm's success in the field is managing partner Siniša Babić, who is appreciated for his 'ingenious ideas that resulted in quicker and more cost-effective outcomes', including in relation to numerous disputes for domestic bank Karlovačka banka.

Practice head(s):

Siniša Babić; Tamara Brborović

Other key lawyers:

Matija Magerl; Petra Svete

Testimonials

They are very strategic, systematic, and thorough in their legal approach and execute their actions precisely and in a timely fashion.’

The team is co-ordinated, extremely professional and helpful.’

What I value the most about the law firm is their approach to resolving cases. As I do not understand the legal issues, the law firm explained the entire case to me before initiating the proceedings, the possible positive and negative outcomes of the proceedings and all the actions that will be taken in the proceedings.’

The Law Firm Babić, Brborović and partners work on our most complex, high-value cases and handle them with due care and utmost level of proficiency. They are a true legal powerhouse that produces top-quality products and always keeps our interests in mind. It is astonishing to witness the ease, devotion, and precision with which they handle even the toughest of cases.’

Siniša Babić leads this practice as an excellent organiser, great strategist, and with an incredible problem-solving way of thinking. The energy and devotion he puts in each individual case, as well as his orientation to details are really appreciated.’

‘Siniša Babić is a very energetic, charismatic and diligent lawyer. He shows great business acumen, and is very organised. He offers sound and clear advice even in the most complex issues.’

Key clients

Siemens Healthcare Ltd.

KARISMA HOTELS ADRIATIC Ltd

Karlovačka banka jsc.

Zepter Zest Ltd.

City of Sisak

Croatian standards institute

TISSA Ltd.

Callidus – adult education institute

HOO TV Ltd.

OSSARD Ltd.

University of Zagreb Faculty of transport and traffic sciences

IbDesign Ltd.

Philip Zepter yachts Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Terra Trade Ltd. as a claimant in litigation proceedings worth €2m against City of Zagreb based on the responsibility of the City of Zagreb due to communal impossibility of construction of buildings whose investor was Terra Trade.
  • Represented Karlovačka banka jsc. in numerous disputes, including as a respondent in the litigation proceedings worth €1.6m based on the payment of a bank guarantee payable at the first written demand of the claimant, unconditionally and without objections.
  • Represents OSSARD Ltd. in a €2m property dispute.

Matekovic Law Firm

Led by Krešimir MatekovićMatekovic Law Firm has expertise handling debt enforcement, contractual and IP-related disputes for clients within the pharmaceuticals, construction, media and finance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mareković

Other key lawyers:

Dora Adžić; Laura Mateković; Ivan Sabljić

Key clients

Adriatic Luxury Development

Asura Multiservis

Aquanautica

China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited

Luxottica South Eastern Europe

Luxottica Group

Mamut fortis d.o.o.

NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska

Omya S.p.A.

Proarh tri

Raiffeisen – Leasing

Renesola

RL – ETA

RL GAMMA

RL BETA

RL Jankomir

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Sanofi – Aventis Croatia

Sioil

Shire

Super igra d.o.o.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Quada in a contractual dispute with former strategic partner, Imosgrad Ltd, regarding the project of building of the hotel resort and apartments on the island of Krk.
  • Continued to represent national broadcasting company, Croatian Radiotelevision, in pending and new disputes regarding reimbursement of damages based on copyrights against the three publishers of Croatian web portals, Istra Internet Ltd., INDEX PROMOCIJA Ltd., ADRIATIC MEDIA Ltd.
  • Successfully resolved a dispute that architectural design company, Proarh Ltd, had with Rimac Automobiles regarding the payment due relating to the design of a technological centre for Rimac.

Vidan Law Office

Led by managing partner Hrvoje VidanVidan Law Office has established a strong reputation advising minority shareholders in relation to takeover law disputes, as well as clients in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Other key lawyers:

Ina Dermisek; Romi Bulat

Vukmir & Associates

Benefiting from 'immaculate legal knowledge and skills', Vukmir & Associates has a strong reputation for litigation, both in the context of IP-related matters, as well as complex business and commercial disputes - where the firm is noted for its eagerness to deploy ADR methods 'and committing to mutually advantageous solutions'. Ivan Ćuk is a key member of the team and is currently representing the Croatian government as an intervening party in a case brought by the Republic of Slovenia against the European Commission relating to the designation of origin of the wine variety “teran”.

Practice head(s):

Mladen Vukmir; Sanja Tkalec Kovač; Mirjana Jurišić; Aleksandar Bijelić

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Ćuk

Testimonials

‘They know about IP law in Croatia.’

The team displays immaculate legal knowledge and skills.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

Trelleborg Slovenia

Trelelborg Croatia

Podravka

HUZIP (Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society)

OTP Osiguranje

GE Power (Switzerland)

The Republic of Croatia

Doosan Skoda Power

CLB Holding ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing 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”.
  • Representing the International Finance Corporation in relation to a “piercing of corporate veil” lawsuit against shareholders and former management of a credit institution in Croatia.
  • Representing HUZIP (Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society) in the copyright infringement case against Hrvatski Telekom (largest Croatian telecom company and part of Deutsche Telekom Group) and DEEZER (French Internet-based music streaming service).