Employment in Croatia

Žuric i Partneri

Benefiting from core employment law expertise and also able to leverage the firm's transactional and litigation strengths, Žurić i Partneri provides 'dynamic, proactive and solutions-oriented' advice to employers across the waterfront of standalone employment law issues (including from a contentious perspective), as well as in the context of labour issues associated with M&A and restructuring handled by the firm. The 'outstanding' Miroslav Plašćar heads a team that houses a number of well-regarded associates, including Luka Vukelić and the 'highly committedMaja Skansi. Former co-head Ana Vrsaljko Metelko joined Ostermann & Partners LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar

Other key lawyers:

Maja Skansi; Vedran Kopilović; Luka Vukelić

Testimonials

‘Commitment to the case. Strong engagement when it comes to identifying key assets or issues. The team renders a feeling of confidence.’

‘Their expertise and ability to give me the best advice, that is in my best interest, while clearly stating all possible risks and their probabilities is what makes Zuric i Partneri our first choice. Every person in the team is an expert in a certain field with vast experience in legal matters and therefore can help us make a compelling case or avoid any legal problems.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar and Maja Skansi are leading lawyers in the employment area. Both of them are outstanding professionals, who are very flexible and pleasant to work with.’

‘Maja Skansi is highly committed in the representation of her clients. Rarely is one able to find such a good listener, with a strong professional approach and patience at the same time.’

Key clients

OTP banka

INNOVATION NORWAY

KANDIT d.o.o.

Hansgrohe SE

MEDIA OGLED d.o.o.

AUTOHRVATSKA AUTOMOBILI d.o.o.

Prof. dr.sc. Hrvoje Vrčić YesMs. Annemarie Vučetić

TBG BETON d.o.o

Work highlights

  • Represented OTP Banka in negotiations with the works council regarding new collective agreement.
  • Represented three doctors of medicine in several court disputes with their employer, Childrens Hospital Srebrnjak.
  • Represented Innovation Norway on various issues related to employment and social security.

Babic & Partners Law Firm

Benefiting from 'profound subject matter knowledge' and able to deliver 'clear answers and solutions', Babic & Partners Law Firm is a popular choice among international corporates across a range of employment matters, including as it relates to data protection, employee mobility, and employment contract drafting/implementation of HR policies. Headed by the 'exceptionalMarija Gregoric, the team, which also includes the highly regarded Iva Basaric, has also been particularly active of late advising clients on the myriad employment issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, including work safety and downsizing measures.

Practice head(s):

Marija Gregoric

Other key lawyers:

Iva Basaric

Testimonials

‘Profound subject matter knowledge and delivering clear answers and solutions without a mistake.’

What stands out is their detailed-oriented approach, coupled with a capacity to communicate the most complex subjects efficiently and succinctly.’

Excellent communication and availability, including on urgent matters.’

‘ Marija Gregoric and Iva Basaric are both exceptional professionals.’

Key clients

Accenture

CBRE, Inc. (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis)

Celgene

Forever Living Products International

GlobalLogic

Hospira Zagreb (Pfizer)

Magyar Suzuki Corporation

Pet Network International

Prinzhorn Group

SAP SE

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Toyota Motor Company

TRG Management LP

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

The 'very responsive' team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) provides 'high-quality advice' across the gamut of day-to-day employment issues for international corporates, as well as regularly providing the Croatia employment law advice associated with M&A handled by the firm. The team is  also 'very well-versed in navigating the complexities of Croatian immigration bureaucracy, where it works well with their colleagues on the tax side to provide a one-stop-shop solution to expatriates'. Team head Ana-Marija Skoko is undoubtedly the driving force behind its success and as well as being 'very good at explaining to non-lawyers the various legal options available for employment under Croatian law,' also has a 'great understanding of her clients' needs and priorities, and of coming up with innovative ways of accommodating them'. Associate Mia Kalajdžić provides 'comprehensive and responsive advice' to foreign investors on employment law issues.

Practice head(s):

Ana-Marija Skoko

Other key lawyers:

Tamara Jelić Kazić; Mia Kalajdžić

Testimonials

The team is very well-versed in navigating the complexities of Croatian immigration bureaucracy, where it works well with their colleagues on the tax side to provide a one-stop-shop solution to expatriates.’

The proactive team provides high level support.’

The very responsive team provides high-quality advice.’

Ana-Marija Skoko is great at understanding her clients’ needs and priorities, and coming up with innovative ways of accommodating them. She is very good at explaining to non-lawyers the various legal options available for employment under Croatian law.’

The responsive Mia Kalajdžić provides comprehensive advice.’

Key clients

VSB Holding GmbH

Tech Data GmbH & Co.

HG Novoestalpine

Amicus Therapeutics UK Limited

Bauhaus

Aspect Energy

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria Aktiengesellschaft

Coffey

Wabco

Österreichische Post

Work highlights

  • Providing employment support for the market entrance of renewable energy company VSB, including work on employment templates and general overview.
  • Advising a C-level employee of one of the largest regional retail groups on the employment of the manager-level staff, including the analysis and development of optimal employment relationship framework, including corporate, posting, tax and other relevant matters.
  • Providing the full scope of employment support to RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria Aktiengesellschaft in relation to board change – termination, new employment and appointment.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

The 'hands-on and practical' team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka handles a range of standalone non-contentious and contentious employment work, and because of its 'effective interaction with other complementary competencies', is also well-suited to providing the concomitant employment advice pursuant to transactional work handled by other practice groups at the firm. 'Very responsive, practical and business-oriented' associate Andrej Žmikić handles a lot of the day-to-day employment work, including negotiations with unions and TUPE-related advice, as well as on contentious. Emir Bahtijarević now supervises the employment practice, following the sad and untimely death of Saša Divjak.

Practice head(s):

Emir Bahtijarević

Other key lawyers:

Andrej Žmikić; Jasna Belčić; Emil Cetina

Testimonials

‘The team is hands-on and practical.’

Not only do they provide legal advice but they also try to understand the company’s business and come up with practical solutions.

‘The team displays effective interaction with other complementary competencies at the firm.’

Andrej Žmikić is very responsive, practical and business-orientated.’

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

  • Providing regular employment law advice to Heineken as part of the firm’s one-stop-shop legal service to the client on its Croatia operations.
  • Providing a range of employment law advice to real estate development company Global Trade Centre, including as it relates to data protection matters and planning and restructuring of current employees within the company.
  • Regularly engaged by Douglas Holdings to provide day-to-day employment advice, including as it relates to the drafting of termination letters, templates of employment and similar agreements, internal employment policies, severance payments, bonuses, planning and restructuring of current employees within the company.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC provides 'responsive and high-quality' advice to an impressive roster of major domestic and international corporates, both in the context of ad-hoc day-to-day advisory work, as well as on bespoke employment projects, including redundancy exercises. Team head Nikola Kokot's broad expertise includes advice on collective bargaining issues.

Practice head(s):

Nikola Kokot

Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Mamić; Marin Curić; Ivana Marić

Testimonials

The team provides responsive and high-quality advice.’

Key clients

Styria

Exclusive representatives of L’Oreal and Aveda in Croatia

Dalekovod jsc

JADROLINIJA, MARITIME LINER COMPANY for the Carriage of Passengers and Goods, Rijeka

M+ Group

Pepco Croatia d.o.o.

TRAIN HUNGARY MAGÁNVASÚT KFT-Zagreb subsidiary

TUI Group

McKinsey & Company, Inc. Adriatic Branch Office

CIAK Group

Work highlights

  • Providing employment-related advice to a considerable number of member companies of the M+ Group, including in-depth legal analyses of applicable regulatory framework and HR issues.      
  • Advising the local subsidiary of McKinsey & Company, Inc. Adriatic on numerous issues relating to labour law, including on employment contracts, offers, internal rule books and decisions etc.
  • Advising the CIAK Group on numerous issues relating to labour law, especially employment contracts, offers, internal rule books and decisions etc.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Led by Dora Gaži-Kovačević, who was made partner in July 2020, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch handles a range of ongoing day-to-day employment issues for domestic and international companies with substantial operations in the country. In addition, the team also regularly forms part of a cross-office offering (including lawyers on the ground in key jurisdictions throughout CEE and SEE), providing the local law employment input associated with cross-border M&A handled by the firm. Consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić is a key member of the team and is praised for her 'excellent judgement and clear communication' across both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Dora Gaži-Kovačević

Other key lawyers:

Ira Perić-Ostojić; Berislav Drašković; Ana Slovenec

Testimonials

Ira Perić-Ostojić displays excellent judgement and clear communication.’

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.

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

Peek & Cloppenburg

Piaggio Hrvatska

Optima (previously Redknee)

Stirling Capital

The Walt Disney Company

Unilever

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Energy

Visa Europe Services

Liqui-Box Corporation

Jane Street Europe Limited

Lexmark International Technology Sarl

Work highlights

  • Advising Adriatic Gate on a wide range of employment law matters.
  • Providing Peek & Cloppenburg with full-scope employment advice. Apart from daily employment matters, the firm has also advised the client on cross-border posting issues and immigration law.
  • Advising Lexmark International Technology on its complete workforce and corporate restructuring in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd

Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd regularly advises domestic and international corporates on ongoing employment matters associated with conducting business in the country, as well as on standalone projects, including TUPE-related issues associated with business consolidation/restructuring and the adoption of employee share plans. Overseen by the 'outstandingBeata Glinska, the team has been particularly active of late advising on Covid-19-related employment issues, including the reduction of working hours and guidance on receiving state subsidies from Croatian Employment Service.

Practice head(s):

Beata Glinska

Other key lawyers:

Aleksej Mišković; Tena Jurišić; Katarina Šarić

Testimonials

Beata Glinska is outstanding.’

Key clients

SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.

Orexigen Therapeutics

Uber International Holding B.V.

Astra Zeneca d.o.o.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Cognex Corporation

Tate & Lyle

Synergy Sports Technology

Mondelez International, Inc.

PVH Group

Polish Embassy in Zagreb

Shire Pharmaceuticals Group

Beckman Coulter d.o.o.

SGS ADRIATICA d.o.o.

ADAC

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

Tesla kabeli d.o.o.

Iron Mountain

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

Softline d.o.o.

Mavenir Systems Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provided comprehensive legal advice to Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and its Croatian subsidiary in relation to all applicable employment and regulatory aspects of the intended approval of an employee share plan.
  • Assisting PVH Group in relation to Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein retail stores in Croatia, related to employment issues and the government measures introduced due to Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Regularly advises Uber across all aspects of employment-related matters, including on the preparation of various rule books, guidance, contracts, as well as in relation to regulatory-related questions. In 2020 the advice was focused on specific employment law matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC regularly advises private and public sector clients across a range of employment matters, including on ongoing HR counselling, collective employment law matters and employment law issues associated with M&A handled by the firm. Name partner Danijela Simeunović takes the lead on much of the employment work, and has also developed a strong reputation advising on GDPR compliance.  

Practice head(s):

Danijela Simeunović; Martina Prpić; Dinka Kovačević

Other key lawyers:

Ana Novaković

Key clients

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

Amplexor Adriatic d.o.o., branch office in Croatia

Zavarovalnica Sava, SAVA Re

Složna braća j.d.o.o.

RWE Croatia d.o.o.

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

Xella Porobeton HR d.o.o. in liquidation and Ytong Porobeton d.o.o. members of XELLA Group

Central Registry of Affiliates (REGOS), AGROKOR d.d., FORTENOVA GRUPA d.d., GENERAL HOSPITAL ZABOK, GENERAL HOSPITAL VARAŽDIN, GENERAL HOSPITAL ŠIBENIK, HOSPITAL STUBIČKE TOPLICE, CLINICAL HOSPITAL MERKUR, SYNLAB POLICLINIC, POLICLINIC BREYER, POLICLINIC AVIVA, YTONG POROBETON d.o.o., BUTAN PLIN d.o.o., NEUROTH SLUŠNA POMAGALA d.o.o., ORADIAN d.o.o. etc.

PELIKAN KLADIONICE d.o.o.

SYNLAB HRVATSKA – Polyclinic

PLANETARIS d.o.o

SWEDISH EMBASSY in Croatia

BRITISH EMBASSY in Croatia

FERRATUM GROUP and Ferratum Bank plc

IVICOM CONSULTING d.o.o.

ORADIAN d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Regularly advises Butan Plin across a range of employment-related issues, including on GDPR compliance.
  • Advising numerous private and public sector clients on GDPR-related implementation.
  • Provides a broad range of daily advisory and representation services to Oradian, mainly in the area of employment law, including ongoing advice on HR issues, employment restructuring, terminations of employments, obtaining of work permits for foreign employees, etc.

Matekovic Law Firm

Matekovic Law Firm handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment work, including providing a raft of recent guidance to employers relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Managing partner Krešimir Mateković regularly provides employment advice to the Croatian subsidiaries of global pharmaceutical entities, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis. Ivan Sabljić  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mareković; 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

  • Represented NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska across a range of employment issues, including on termination  matters and issues relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Continuing to advise Proarh Ltd. on a range of employment issues, including drafting and amending employment contracts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing casino owner Mamut fortis Ltd. in a dispute with an employee who has been pretending to be on sick leave for more than five years.

Ostermann & Partners LLP

Now led by counsel Marijana Kubat , following Mila Selak's departure in October 2020, Ostermann & Partners LLP provides 'very high-level support' to domestic and international corporates from the construction, consumer, retail and TMT sectors. Much of the work in the space is of a contentious nature, including the representation of Croatian company Osijek-Koteks in the defence of claims brought by employees for unlawful redundancy. Ana Vrsaljko Metelko joined as of counsel from Žuric i Partneri in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marijana Kubat; Mojmir Ostermann

Other key lawyers:

Mia Mijatović; Ana Vrsaljko Metelko

Testimonials

‘The team showed a great level of professionalism and courtesy in all situations.’

Key clients

 

Ikea

Ledo

Osijek-Koteks

Roca Croatia

Velički kamen

Work highlights

  • Advising Ledo, one of the largest Croatian companies in the food industry, on the process of collective redundancies.
  • Advising Ikea on various employment matters, including different types of workspace conflicts, unions, working-time matters, internal by-laws, etc.
  • Defending construction company Osijek-Koteks in several hundred cases brought by employees relating to alleged unlawful redundancy lay-offs (ca. 30 cases), field allowances and holiday remunerations.

Vidan Law Office

At Vidan Law Office, managing partner Hrvoje Vidan regularly counsels international corporates on employment issues affecting their businesses in Croatia. He has recently handled a significant amount of employment advisory work related to Covid-19, including advice on redundancy procedures and downsizing.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Other key lawyers:

Petra Lustica; Ina Dermisek

Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic

Employment litigation is a key strength of the team at Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunović , which has experience representing employers in disputes with senior executives, board members and union representatives. In addition to litigation, practice head Irena Vinter Gregorić also has experience advising on executive contracts, severance packages and collective bargaining agreements, among other work.

Practice head(s):

Irena Vinter Gregorić

Testimonials

Irena is impeccable in providing day-to-day legal assistance in labour law, as well as in handling labour disputes. She gives very reliable and accurate legal advice.

They are highly skilled and competent in labour law and employment practice, and have an extensive experience in resolving complex cases and disputes in this field.

Quick response, flexibility, broad knowledge, availability.

Key clients

NA 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.

Grand auto d.o.o.

Hyundai Croatia d.o.o.

Lola RIBAR d.d.

STRABAG d.o.o.

Odašiljači i veze d.o.o.

Fleksbit d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising INA – Industrija nafte d.d. (together with its subsidiaries) on a range of day-to-day employment matters, including employment termination support and representation in several hundred ongoing litigation cases.
  • Advising Zagrebački holding d.o.o., a major utility and transport services company in the City of Zagreb on the full range of employment matters.
  • Advising Janaf d.d. on labour and employment law issues, including preparation of contracts and internal bylaws.

Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal

Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal is able to find  'creative ways to resolve complex challenges', on day-to-day advisory matters, as well as in the context of larger-scale projects including downsizings, restructurings and negotiations with unions. Tarja Krehic and Perica Miović Petronio are now the principal contacts following Jadranka Orešković's departure in September 2020 to establish her own firm, Law firm Orešković.

Practice head(s):

Tarja Krehić; Perica Miović Petronio

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Zornada; Matea Gospić Plazina

Testimonials

‘They are able to find creative ways to resolve complex challenges in a way that is good both for the client and employee.’

Key clients

Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure

Croatia Control

Daimler Group

MLINAR

POSLOVNA INTELIGENCIJA

SAP

MAERSK CROATIA Ltd.

RBA

Thermo Fischer

Peek & Cloppenburg Ltd

Medis Adria Ltd

SDA Croatia Ltd (Aelia group)

CADENAS SERVICES

FUNDERMAX GmbH

Johnson&Johnson Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Croatian Air Control in a complex project involving an employment rationalisation project, implementing new employment systems, and negotiating a new set of employment rules with unions and employment counsels.
  • Advising the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure on significant governmental restructuring projects (road sector) in Croatia (project MARS) financed by the World Bank along with restructuring and HR experts.
  • Advising Daimler Group on all employment law-related work with respect to the legal status of group members’ employees (mostly test drivers) when they provide their professional activities in Croatia.

Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners

Since its formation in 2018, Law Firm Babić, Brborović & Partners has quickly gained a strong reputation among public and private sector clients as a result of its ability to provide a 'diligent, expedient and proficient' service across a full range of contentious and non-contentious collective and individual employment law. A 'remarkable problem-solver and an intuitive thinker', Tamara Brborović has been pivotal the firm's success in the area and shows 'great in-depth knowledge of legislation and court practice'.

Practice head(s):

Siniša Babić; Tamara Brborović

Other key lawyers:

Matija Magerl; Petra Svete

Testimonials

The team is reliable, hardworking and really proficient.’

One of their stronger points is definitely great in-depth knowledge of the labour law and practices.’

Tamara Brborović is a remarkable problem-solver, an intuitive thinker and a great negotiator.’

Tamara Brborović’s understanding and knowledge of employment law is unprecedented. She provides us with excellent, creative and reliable legal advice in this area. She stands out as outspoken, confident and intelligent.’

Tamara Brborović is a top expert in this field, showing great in-depth knowledge of legislation and court practice. She is a remarkable problem solver, intuitive thinker and a great negotiator.’

Siniša Babić and Tamara Brborović are extremely professional and creative in resolving high-profile cases.’

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 Jahte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Engaged in the preparation of the Rules of Procedure of the Ethics Committee and the Code of Ethics for the whole Fortenova group.
  • Representing utilities company Sisački vodovod Ltd in employment disputes and matters relating to internal regulations.
  • Provided a range of employment advice to the City of Sisak’s subsidiaries providing public services, including on the preparation of collective agreements, employment disputes and issues relating to the migration of employees to the Shared Services Centre.

Law firm Orešković

Established in September 2020 by Jadranka Orešković, following her departure from Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal, newly established firm Law firm Orešković has already begun to pick up a considerable amount of employment advisory work for numerous state-owned domestic and international companies.

Practice head(s):

Jadranka Orešković

Other key lawyers:

Stipe Orešković

Key clients

Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure

Croatian Motorways Ltd.

Croatia Control

MAERSK CROATIA Ltd.

Medis Adria Ltd

SDA Croatia Ltd (Aelia group)

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day employment advisory work to SDA Croatia Ltd.
  • Providing legal advisory support acting as the employment law expert in one of the biggest governmental restructuring projects (road sector) in Croatia (project MARS) financed by the World Bank along with restructuring and HR experts.
  • Day-to-day advisory work on all employment matters in Croatia for Maersk.