Employment in Croatia

Žurić i Partneri

Praised for its 'strong team ethic, professionalism and approachability', Žurić i Partneri provides a 'very responsive service' to domestic and international corporates on the employment law issues associated with M&A mandates, ongoing human resources support, employment handbook drafting and revisions, and GDPR compliance. Senior associate Luka Vukelić provides 'high-quality' advice to foreign clients on the employment law issues of conducting business in Croatia.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar; Ana Vrsaljko Metelko

Testimonials

The firm’s responsiveness makes it a very good collaborator, as you can rely on them at any moment.

Luka Vukelić is well prepared and easy to work with. He provides good quality professional support in various legal matters.

Luka Vukelić provides high-quality advice.’

Strong team ethic, professionalism and approachability.

Very responsive service.

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Babic & Partners Law Firm provides 'timely and clear advice' to domestic and multinational corporates across a range of matters, including on GDPR compliance, employee share offerings and whistleblower issues. Team head Marija Gregoric provides 'high-quality advice' and has been particularly active of late advising on post-integration employment issues associated with several large-scale M&A mandates in the pharmaceutical space.

Practice head(s):

Marija Gregoric

Testimonials

The firm provides timely and clear advice, and meet budgetary constraints when applicable.

Marija Gregoric’s responsiveness is great, and there is never a debate about contacting another firm for advice in Croatia.

Marija Gregoric provides high-quality advice.

Key clients

Accenture

Celgene

DuPont Pioneer

GlobalLogic

Valvoline

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

Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) regularly handles the associated domestic employment issues relating to major cross-border transactions handled by the firm. In addition, the team handles standalone non-contentious and contentious employment work for international clients from the retail, technology, energy and pharmaceutical sectors, including advice relating to GDPR compliance, severance packages and collective bargaining agreements. Team head Ana-Marija Skoko is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ana-Marija Skoko

Key clients

VSB Holding GmbH

innogy SE

Becton Dickinson

Hotel Miramar

ORPEA

Bdar Center Inc.

Otis Dizala

WABCO Austria

Österreichische Post AG

Bauhaus

Connecto

Siemens AG Oesterreich

Work highlights

  • Advising the SEE arm of Wabco on a range of employment matters, including drafting employment contract templates, developing guidelines for compliant track records, including working hours and annual leave, employment termination support, and other commercial and employment-specific support.
  • Assisting luxury, app-based transfer services provider, Connecto, with the full set of services across several European jurisdictions, including coordinated employment and tax matters.
  • Advising the Croatian arm of Becton Dickinson on the full range of employment matters, including complex termination strategies.

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides a 'very responsive and client-oriented' service across the spectrum of day-to-day employment matters (including drafting of internal employment policies and GDPR compliance) for multinational corporates with operations in Croatia, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International. 'Accessible and supportive' senior associate Andrej Žmikić has a 'wide spectrum of knowledge and practical experience', including in relation to TUPE, collective bargaining, and contentious work.

Testimonials

The firm displays high levels of professionalism and customer care.

Very responsive and client-oriented.

Outstanding support and collegial manner.

Andrej Žmikić is an excellent employment lawyer.

‘Andrej Žmikić: wide spectrum of knowledge and practical experience.

Key clients

Heineken Croatia Ltd.

Globe Trade Centre

E.G.O. group

Douglas Holding

A.T. Kearney

Japan Tobacco International

Essilor

AL-KO Geräte GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising real estate development company, Globe Trade Centre, on the drafting of termination letters, employment and similar agreements, severance payments, bonuses, planning and restructuring of current employees within the company, among other matters.
  • Acting for German perfume and cosmetics retailer, Douglas Holding, on day-to-day employment matters, including the  drafting of termination letters, templates of employment and similar agreements, internal employment policies, and on GDPR compliance.
  • Assisted German DIY and garden equipment provider AL-KO Geräte with the employment aspects of its acquisition of a Croatian entity.

Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

As well as handling employment law matters in the context of a standalone event (including in relation to the employment law issues surrounding M&A, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC also regularly provides ongoing employment advice to large domestic and international corporates on their day-to-day business operations in the country. Nikola Kokot is at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the team, including in relation to collective bargaining issues and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikola Kokot

Key clients

TRAIN HUNGARY-Zagreb subsidiary

Styria

Exclusive representatives of L’Oreal and Aveda in Croatia

McKinsey Croatian Branch

DALEKOVOD d.d.

JADROLINIJA

M+ Group

Pepco Croatia d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Train Hungary on the employment aspects of its Croatian operations; including representing it in over ten ongoing high-profile labour law-related disputes.
  • Advising European media group Styria on employment issues, including recently advising on its GDPR requirements.
  • Advising the local subsidiary of global management consultancy firm, McKinsey, on labour and employment law issues.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Headed by Dora Gaži-KovačevićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch's employment team provides 'responsive and efficient' advice to clients on purely domestic matters, as well as in the context of strategic regional mandates throughout  CEE and SEE,  where it benefits from lawyers on the ground in key jurisdictions, including Serbia and Poland. Kovačević is particularly accomplished at providing the employment-related advice pursuant to M&A and strategic restructuring, including on transfer of employee issues. 'Very knowledgeable' consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić has 'extensive experience advising international clients in Croatia'.

Practice head(s):

Dora Gaži Kovačević

Testimonials

The firm offers an excellent service, they are prompt, business-oriented and provide high quality legal advice on both a local and cross-border basis.

‘Ira Perić-Ostojić is very knowledgeable, responsive and professional.

Ira Perić-Ostojić has extensive experience advising international clients in Croatia.

Key clients

Addiko Bank (formerly Hypo Alpe Adria Bank)

Adriatic Gate (International Container Terminal Services)

Align Technology BV

Also International Services GmbH

Arrow ECS Central

Arthrex GmbH

Avaya

Boehringer Ingelheim

BU Power Sistemi d.o.o.

C&A Mode

Damco

Digea – Digital Services Provider

DMG Mori Austria International GmbH

DS Smith

Eli Lilly (Suisse) S.A.

Expedia Inc.

Fruhwald

GitHub B.V.

Grand Circle

Granite Services International

Hulla & Co Human Dinamics

MediaCom Central Europe Zagreb

Microsoft

Monster Energy Europe Limited

Munich Reinsurance

Novartis

ÖBB Postbus

Osram GmbH

Parexel International

Piaggio Hrvatska

Optima (previously Redknee)

Stirling Capital

The Walt Disney Company

Unilever

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Energy

Visa Europe Services

Western Union

Yazaki Corporation

Liqui-Box Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Adriatic Gate on a range of employment matters, including on GDPR compliance, representation in litigation cases and dealings with the labour inspectorate.
  • Assisting Vacansoleil with various employment law matters in Croatia, including on the preparation of employment contracts and internal bylaws, occupational health and safety issues, and representing the client in dealings with the labour inspection.
  • Advising The Walt Disney Company on Croatian employment law aspects related to its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd provides ongoing employment law advice (including on employment handbook drafting, the termination and enforcement of employment contracts) to an impressive roster of domestic and international companies. Associate Ivona Anđelović has a good reputation for employment-related work, both in relation to the accompanying labour law advice pursuant to M&A and restructuring work, as well as for employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Beata Glinska

Key clients

H.M.Z. Beteiligungs-, Finanzierungs- und Management GmbH

SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.

Polish Embassy in Zagreb

SNOWFALL AB

WYG Savjetovanje d.o.o.

Beckman Coulter d.o.o.

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

SGS ADRIATICA d.o.o.

ADAC

P.S.C. Zagreb d.o.o.

Uber International Holding B.V.

Shire Pharmaceuticals Group

Mavenir Systems Inc.

Softline d.o.o.

Iron Mountain

Work highlights

  • Acting for Adac Service Adria on a range of employment issues, including on the negotiation, termination and enforcement of employment contracts, HR strategies and organisational structures.
  • Advising SGS Adriatic on a range of employment law issues, including advice on HR policies and drafting and implementing employment rule books; advice relating to organisational change;  assistance with negotiating departures and settlement agreements; as well as data protection and privacy matters.
  • Assisting Uber with a range of employment-related matters, including preparation of various rule books, guidance, contracts and also advice on various regulatory questions.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC provides 'precise and responsive advice' across the gamut of employment matters for the firm's growing roster of multinational and SME corporate clients. The 'exceptionalDanijela Simeunović has recently been particularly active in relation to GDPR compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Martina Prpić; Danijela Simeunović; Dinka Kovačević

Testimonials

They really operate as team, when a leading attorney for some reason is not able to attend or act there is always some other member who can jump in and that person is always up to the date with current topic.

The team provides precise and responsive advice.

The team has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the banking and finance sector as well as GDPR matters.

Danijela Simeunović is an exceptional lawyer who is knowledgeable and practical.

The highly regarded Dinka Kovačević constantly strives for the highest quality of work and thinks ahead, so she can pre-warn clients on a possible problem.

Key clients

BUTAN PLIN d.o.o. member of LIQUIGAS S.P.A.

RWE Croatia d.o.o.

NEUROTH SLUŠNA POMAGALA d.o.o., member of Neuroth group

Ytong Porobeton d.o.o. member of XELLA Group

GENERAL ELECTRIC HRVATSKA d.o.o.

PELIKAN KLADIONICE d.o.o.

SYNLAB HRVATSKA – Polyclinic

PLANETARIS d.o.o

SWEDISH EMBASSY in Croatia

FERRATUM GROUP and Ferratum Bank plc

THEMELIA d.o.o.

IVICOM CONSULTING

ORADIAN d.o.o.

OTP Banka d.d. (formerly Splitska banka d.d.)

Work highlights

  • Advising Austrian family company, Neuroth, across a wide range of services, including preparing distribution contracts and drafting and implementing employee reward schemes.
  • Representing Pelikan Kladionice in a number of its employment and damages-related litigation cases.
  • Advising Planetaris on a range of matters, including on the drafting of employment by-laws, as well as advising on employment termination and drafting relevant documentation

Matekovic Law Firm

Matekovic Law Firm provides an 'excellent legal service in the field of employment' and is noted for its 'robust protection' of employers. 'Proactive, solutions- and detail-oriented' team head Krešimir Mateković regularly handles employment work for the local subsidiaries of major multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi Aventis. Associate Ivan Sabljić  is 'constructive and detail oriented'.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mateković

Testimonials

It provides an excellent legal service in the field of employment.’

Krešimir Mateković is proactive, solutions and detailed-oriented.

Ivan Sabljić is reliable and deeply involved in employment matters.

Ivan Sabljić is constructive and detail oriented.

Dora Adzic is very hardworking and dedicated to employment issues.’

Dora Adzic is a smart thinker, reliable and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Adriatic Luxury Development

Asura Multiservis

Aquanautica

Banca Farmafactoring

China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited

Heta Asset Resolution

Luxottica South Eastern Europe

Luxottica Group

NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska

Omya S.p.A.

Proarh tri

Raiffeisen – Leasing

Renesola

RL – ETA

RL GAMMA

RL BETA

RL Jankomir

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Sioil

Shire

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Acted for Novo Nordisk on several employment law matters, including in relation to termination agreements for employees based in Croatia as a result of a reorganisation in the company.
  • Negotiated the termination of two executive positions within the Croatian Sanofi subsidiary and subsequently drafted the relevant termination agreements.
  • Drafting employment agreements and amendments to agreements for architectural design company Proarh.

Oreskovic, Vrtaric and Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal

Jointly headed by Jadranka Oreskovic and Zrinka VrtaricOreskovic, Vrtaric and Partners in cooperation with Deloitte Legal regularly provides day-to-day employment support (including most recently a considerable amount of GDPR compliance advice) to domestic and international corporates from across the the retail, manufacturing, life sciences and financial services sectors. Leveraging the firm's cooperation with Deloitte, the team is also well placed to advise on major group restructurings, where in addition to employment considerations it is also well positioned from a corporate and tax perspective.

Practice head(s):

Jadranka Oreskovic; Zrinka Vrtaric

Testimonials

Jadranka Oreskovic provides easy to understand advice.

Key clients

Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure

DOK-ING Ltd.

NIKE Ltd.

SAIPEM Ltd.

VIBROFLOORS Ltd.

DRVONA Ltd.

MAERSK CROATIA Ltd.

ĐURO ĐAKOVIĆ HOLDING

VIRO TVORNICA ŠEĆERA

Peek & Cloppenburg Ltd

Medis Adria Ltd

SDA Croatia Ltd (Aelia group)

Hagleitner Hygiene International GmbH

FUNDERMAX GmbH

Johnson & Johnson Ltd.

Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature (CAEN)

City of Zagreb – Zagrebački holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Peek & Cloppenburg on drafting employment contacts and other internal HR-related documents; representation before state authorities – courts in case of individual disputes and state inspectorate.
  • Assisting SDA Croatia with day-to-day employment matters, including drafting employment contacts and other internal HR-related documents; representation before state authorities – courts in case of individual disputes and state inspectorate, communication with the client and the works council, interpretation of applicable collective agreement rules.
  • Advising Medis Adria on all employment and commercial-related issues (includes drafting various employment related documents, commercial contracts etc.)

Ostermann & Partners LLP

Praised for its 'creative and out-of-the-box thinking', Ostermann & Partners LLP provides 'logical and practical advice' to corporates across a range of employment issues, including the drafting of employment and executive contracts, collective bargaining and restructuring plans. Team head Mila Selak has a particularly strong reputation on the contentious front, and has successfully fended off many unlawful redundancy claims brought against a  major domestic construction company.

Practice head(s):

Mila Selak

Testimonials

The team has strong analytical skills, and is capable of analysing a lot of information in a short period of time.

Creative and out-of-the-box thinking.

Provides logical and practical advice.

The lawyers understood the specificity of the issues, complexity and broader context of the problem.

Mila Selak is meticulous and responsible, and takes good care of the client’s position.

Key clients

Agrokor

Tisak

IKEA

Osijek-Koteks

Total Television for telecommunications

Velički kamen

Work highlights

  • Advising Ikea on various employment matters, including different types of work space conflicts, unions, working-time matters and internal by-laws.
  • Defending construction company Osijek-Koteks in several hundred cases brought by employees against claims for unlawful redundancy lay-offs, field allowances and holiday remunerations.
  • Representing construction and mining company, Velički kamen, in several hundred cases brought by employees in defence against claims for salary difference according to the branch collective agreement, field allowances and holiday remunerations.

Vidan Law Office

Headed by Hrvoje Vidan - who 'has extensive knowledge of local laws' - Vidan Law Office provides 'strategic and comprehensive advice' to domestic and international corporates across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including in relation to collective bargaining and trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Testimonials

The professional and friendly team provides responsive and accurate advice.

The advice was always provided swiftly and of a quality that allowed us to send the result to our clients without having to raise any additional questions or asking for amendments.

Strategic and comprehensive advice.

Hrvoje Vidan is very responsive and always delivers the expected quality.

Hrvoje Vidan has extensive knowledge of local laws.

Key clients

ENEA Software

Work highlights

  • Advising ENEA Software (in liaison with Squire Patton Boggs) on a cross-border acquisition across five jurisdictions, including handling transfer of undertakings, involving all the assets and employees of the target business.