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Babic & Partners Law Firm has 'excellent strength-in-depth in employment matters', and provides 'practical advice' across a wide range of employment issues for clients including Accenture, Lesaffre and Sanofi.  Iva Basaric recently helped a global corporate with the implementation of its first employee share offering in Croatia. 'Very responsive and technically excellent' team head Marija Gregoric is also recommended.

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides 'a high level of service' for contentious and non-contentious matters to corporates from a range of industries, particularly within highly regulated sectors including energy, telecoms and pharmaceutical. Described by one client as 'an excellent legal partner for international companies looking for local knowledge and a great understanding of international companies' working methods and requirements', the team's client roster includes multinationals such as Siemens and Becton Dickinson. Team head Ana-Marija Skoko is advising the European arm of Wabco on a range of employment matters, including on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

Headed by Saša Divjak, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides 'a responsive and knowledgeable service' across a variety of issues including employment and management contracts, stock option plans, restructuring, and employment litigation. Senior associate Jasna Belčić is recommended for her advice to employers on collective redundancies, restructuring and compliance matters.

At Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC, team head Nikola Kokot has a particularly strong reputation advising on collective bargaining matters. Kokot's client base includes numerous substantial employers, including Croatian Railways, which he represents in ongoing employment matters, including in relation to advice on health and safety regulations, and labour union collective law suits. Other clients include Train Hungary, Robert Bosch and Adria Media Zagreb.

The 'well-organised, helpful and flexible' team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch handles a range of standalone domestic work, in addition to cross-border matters, where it is able to leverage its CEE/SEE network of offices. Counsel Dora Gaži-Kovačević recently advised Munich Re on the employment issues related to the sale of its Ergo life and Ergo non-life insurance business. Consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić and 'approachable and detail-oriented' associate Ivan Zornada  are also recommended. Other clients include Adriatic Gate, Addiko Bank and Vermilion Energy.

Žuric i Partneri handles a significant amount of employment work for its impressive roster of international and domestic corporates, including on the labour law issues associated with M&A mandates, ongoing human resources (HR) support, employment handbook drafting and revisions, and GDPR compliance. Miroslav Plašćar  and Ana Vrsaljko Metelko are recommended.

As well as regularly providing day-to-day employment advice for international corporates on their business operations in Croatia, Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd often provides the employment support related to major transactions; including for Spar Hrvatska in relation to its growth strategy in the Croatian market. Senior partner Beata Glinska  and Aleksej Mišković are recommended. Other clients include Uber, Shire and Beckman Coulter.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for SMEs and multinational corporates, running the gamut from ongoing HR advice to the employment issues related to corporate restructurings and M&A activity. The firm has also been particularly active on data protection compliance issues as it relates to the newly enacted GDPR law. Martina Prpić is recommended.

Led by the 'solution-oriented and knowledgeable' Krešimir Matekovic, Matekovic Law Firm regularly handles employment matters for clients in the pharmaceutical industry, including Novo Nordisk, which the team recently advised on employment termination matters linked to its restructuring in the Adriatic region.

At Oreskovic, Vrtaric and Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal, the 'reliable and responsive' Zrinka Vrtaric provides 'detail-oriented advice' to corporates across the spectrum of employment issues, including on collective bargaining processes. Clients include Nike, Robert Bosch and Peek & Cloppenburg.

The 'young and very well-educated team' at Ostermann & Partners LLP has 'comprehensive knowledge of the local legal systems and best practices', and is therefore well placed to advise corporates and executives on contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Mila Selak excels at defending corporates against cases brought by former employees, and is representing construction company, Osijek-Koteks, against claims, inter alia, relating to alleged unlawful redundancy lay-offs.

At Vidan Law Office, the 'client-oriented and responsive' Hrvoje Vidan has a strong reputation in the market across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including on collective labour law issues.

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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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