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Babic & Partners Law Firm provides 'a responsive and business-friendly service' across a wide array of commercial disputes impacting international corporates on their business operations in Croatia. 'Very helpful' managing partner Boris Babic is defending DuPont Pioneer against a claim brought by the Croatian government concerning the placement of genetically modified organism products on the Croatian market. Iva Basaric is defending Magyar Suzuki in a product liability claim brought against it by one of its Croatian customers.

Temporarily headed by senior associate Ana-Marija Čabraja while Linda Križić is on maternity leave, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides 'responsive and commercial' advice to the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, including on construction, employment, tax, IP and insolvency disputes. The 'client-friendly' Saša Divjak regularly handles litigation as part of his broader corporate practice; he is representing the organiser of a music festival in a trade mark infringement dispute. Senior associate Hana Renić Henig has a very strong reputation for handling arbitration and litigation; she has been representing Scania Credit in numerous debt collection matters against outstanding debtors of the company.

Madirazza & Partners has a strong reputation representing corporates from a range of industry sectors, including telecoms, construction and transport, in high-profile arbitrations and disputes before the commercial courts. The firm has had a pivotal role acting for leading creditors in the Agrokor restructuring, work which has also included representing VTB Bank in high-value litigation to determine their claims challenged by dissenting creditors. Managing partner Josip Madirazza led on the aforementioned mandate and is a key member of the team that also includes Tin Težak, who specialises in international commercial arbitration, and Ivan Madirazza, who handles a slew of ongoing litigation for domestic insurance company, Croatia osiguranje.

At Porobija & Porobija, name partner Boris Porobija regularly acts for domestic banks and international corporates in arbitrations and litigation. He recently represented Zagrebačka banka in a series of disputes concerning the application of variable interest rates in consumer loans.

Šavorić & Partners handles a significant amount of litigation for its extensive roster of domestic and international corporate clients across the gamut of disputes, including as it relates to shareholder cases, employment controversy and the enforcement of foreign judgments. As well as defending Air France in a €2m damages case initiated by the family of a Croatian national, Boris Šavorić is also representing the largest Slovenian bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka, as one of the defendants in a high-value case brought by four claimants. Branko Bulat and Lovro Gašparac are also recommended. Other clients include Tele2, Suez International and Generali osiguranje.

Headed by the 'experienced and responsive' Dalibor Valinčić, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has excellent credentials across a range of commercial disputes and international arbitrations for an impressive roster of multinational corporates, including Shire International, ExxonMobil and KIA Motors. Praised for his 'clear and responsive advice', Valinčić is representing Formosa International Hotels in the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award against the owner of the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb, a procedure which has increased in complexity by virtue of the defendant initiating pre-bankruptcy proceedings in order to write off the majority of Formosa's claim.

'One of the go-to-firms in the market for dispute resolution', Žuric i Partneri provides 'a practical and responsive service' to international and domestic corporates across a wide range of litigation. The 'strategically astute' Miroslav Plašćar has a strong reputation representing financial institutions in big-ticket litigation, and is a pivotal member of the team that also includes the 'experienced, approachable and thoughtful' Edin Karakaš, and recently promoted partner Ana Vrsaljko Metelko, who excels in administrative law disputes.

Headed by the 'very knowledgeable' Sanrda Lisac, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) has expertise across a wide range of disputes, including as it relates to public law, product liability and general commercial litigation. Lisac is representing DePuy in its negotiations with Croatian patients for compensation following the recall of one of its hip implants. Tamara Jelić Kazić is a key name for tax litigation.

Law firm Bekina, Škurla, Durmiš and Spajić Ltd, which acts for a number of international corporates, has 'a forward-thinking and modern approach' and handles a wide array of commercial and administrative law disputes. The 'extremely skilled' Hrvoje Spajic provides 'sophisticated and comprehensive advice' to clients facing arbitrations and court litigation.

Leveraging its excellent roster of domestic and multinational corporate clients and also receiving standalone instructions, Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners has a strong reputation across a range of commercial and public law litigation. Mirko Bogdanović  has a strong track record in relation to banking and finance disputes.

As well as its 'excellent reputation' acting for corporate clients in debt recovery matters, Hanzekovic & Partners is also well versed in handling commercial litigation and administrative law disputes. The 'excellent' Jasminka Čorda Truhar has a particular strength in representing clients in FIDIC construction contract disputes; she is representing the claimant in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce concerning claims arising from the construction contract relating to the Sarajevo Bypass. Domagoj Truhar regularly handles public law-related disputes, including his recent success at first instance for the town of Klanjec, which was sued for damages pertaining to the alleged illegal exploitation of mineral resources owned by the Republic of Croatia.

Active across a range of commercial disputes, including debt enforcement and the recognition of foreign judgments, Macesic & Partners LLC also has a strong reputation for handling contentious shipping matters. Miroljub Macesic and Miran Macesic are recommended.

As well as regularly handling civil litigation for a range of companies from a wide spectrum of industry sectors, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC is also regularly instructed by public sector entities in high-profile litigation. For example, Natalija Perić is defending the City of Zagreb against a high-value claim brought by a Croatian company related to the construction of roads. Luka Rimac is handling debt collection actions for numerous financial institutions including Raiffeisen Bank Hungary.

Led by Mojmir Ostermann, the 'proactive and solution-oriented ' team at Ostermann & Partners LLP regularly handles litigation within the telecoms and construction industries in particular. Ostermann is defending fixed-network carrier Metronet against litigation brought by Deutsche Telekom seeking €20m in damages and compensation pertaining to the electronic communication infrastructure. Ostermann and Vjekoslav Ivančić are also representing Heta Asset Resolution in claims brought against numerous commercial debtors.

 Bradvica Marić Wahl Cesarec provides 'proactive, skilled and responsive service' to domestic and international corporates across a wide array of litigation, including on shareholder, construction and employment disputes. Team head Mislav Bradvica has 'strong practical and theoretical knowledge' of the competition law framework; he recently successfully defended Webasto Thermo & Comfort in a vertical restraint case brought by the Croatian Competition Agency.

Law Firm Ecimovic & Kaleb LLC provides 'a creative and business-oriented service' and has in mind 'its clients' end-goals' to ensure very effective and commercial outcomes. The 'exceptional' Ivan Kaleb is 'very knowledgeable' about litigation strategies available to corporates, particularly as they relate to pre-bankruptcy matters and enforcement procedures. Kaleb is representing Plastifikacija Metala in a litigation aimed at enforcing a €135,000 claim against the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Croatia. The 'knowledgeable, intelligent and business-focused' Josip Ećimović is also recommended.

Led by Beata Glinska , Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd is well versed in handling corporate and commercial disputes before the courts and in arbitration. Aleksej Mišković is defending WYG Savjetovanje in litigation brought by an engineering company for lost profits arising from the failure to secure a contract following a public procurement process.

At Kallay & Partners Ltd., the 'responsive and proactive' Ivna Medic has a focus on handling enforcement proceedings for clients seeking the payment of outstanding debts, including for Posojilnica Bank eGen and Austrian consumer services company, Hypo Steiermark Kraftfahrzeug-Und Maschinenleasing. Dina Slunjski is also recommended.

Praised for its 'business-minded approach and great knowledge of the local market', KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC handles a range of commercial disputes, including shareholder litigation and enforcement actions for financial institutions. As well as her representation of Erste Factoring, Raiffeisen Factoring and HPB in their claims against Agrokor,  Dinka Kovačević also handled a range of litigation for major Croatian bank, Splitska banka. The 'calm and logical' Martina Prpić has particular arbitration expertise.

Law Office Lacmanovic acts for Heta Asset Resolution in debt collection, insolvency and enforcement actions against its creditors. Natalija Lacmanovic is recommended.

Led by the 'knowledgeable and proactive' Krešimir Matekovic, Matekovic Law Firm provides 'a very commercial service' to clients from a range of industry sectors, including in relation to debt collection and employment matters. Recent highlights include the firm's ongoing work for Heta Asset Resolution pertaining to debt collection matters. Matekovic is also noted for his 'excellent knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry', and this often also manifests itself in contentious work.

 Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunović handles a raft of commercial litigation and insolvency-related contentious matters for a varied array of clients, including Megrad Nekretnine (in bankruptcy) in its breach of contract claim brought against Erste & Steiermärkische Bank. Tomislav Orehovec and Krešimir Kiš are recommended. The team also handles ongoing litigation work from the firm’s two biggest clients, INA and Zagrebacki holding.

Vidan Law Office has broad-ranging litigation experience, including on corporate disputes (including takeover and shareholder disputes), employment litigation and IP infringement matters. Hrvoje Vidan and associate Mihaela Malenica  are the principal contacts.

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  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. However, following the coming into force of the new Act the Public Procurement Office, a regulatory body authorized to develop and coordinate the public procurement system in Croatia reported that in the practice the new Act is actually suspended until the regulations necessary for its implementation are adopted.
  • Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

    On 28 March 2008 Croatian Parliament enacted Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act ("Amendments").
  • Amendments to Civil Obligations Act

    The currently applicable Croatian Civil Obligations Act was enacted in 2005 ("2005 Act") with a goal of harmonizing Croatian legislation with a number of EU Directives relating to combat against late payment in commercial transactions, self-employed commercial agents, sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees, liability for defective products, as well as package travel.
  • Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act

    On 17 June 2008 the Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act ("Amendments") came into force. These amendments are aimed at fully harmonizing Croatian electronic commerce regulations with the relevant EU laws.
  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

    On 3 October 2007 Croatian Parliament enacted the Amendments to the Companies Act which should enter into force on 1 April 2008 ("Amendments", "Act"). These Amendments represent the first substantial change to the Act since 2003.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

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  • New Public Procurement Act

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
  • Resignation of a Member of the Management Board

    In a recently published decision, the Croatian High Commercial Court held that in corporations having two-tier corporate structure, the Supervisory board (as a body resolving on appointment and revocation of members of the Management Board) is not authorised or required to resolve on resignation of the Management Board's member. The court was on the standpoint that the resignation has legal effects as of the moment of its delivery to the Supervisory board. As a result, once the Supervisory board receives a resignation of a member of Management Board, it is not to discuss such resignation, but only undertake necessary steps to appoint new member of the Management Board and register the changes with the competent registry court.
  • Constitutional Court Rules on Squeeze Out

    According to recent press release, in February 2007 the Croatian Constitutional Court overruled the claim filed by minority shareholders of Siemens affiliate in Croatia. The minority shareholders requested the Constitutional Court to declare that rules on squeeze-out introduced into Croatian legal system under the 2003 Amendments to Companies Act are in violation of the Croatian Constitution. Under the disputed rules, shareholders' meeting may, at the request of the majority shareholder holding at least 95% of the shares, decide to transfer to such majority shareholder the shares held by minority shareholders, provided that the squeezed-out shareholders are paid appropriate compensation.
  • Regulation on Investment Fund Mergers

    Based on the authority granted under the 2005 Investment Funds Act, on 14 December 2006, the Croatian Agency for Supervision of Financial Services ("Agency") adopted the Regulation on Open Investment Fund Merger. The Regulation sets out a number of rules related to procedure, conditions and methods for merger of open investment funds in Croatia. The Regulation will come into effect on 30 December 2006.

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