Combining ‘strong legal expertise with a great understanding of business and market standards’, Babic & Partners Law Firm is a popular choice for advice on purely domestic mandates, as well as work in a multi-jurisdictional context. The scope of the work is broad and includes advice on settlement agreements, terminations and severance pay. The ‘exceptional’ Marija Gregorić provides ‘clear and concise advice across a range of employment law questions’ and takes the lead on most of the major mandates handled by the team. Iva Basarić is also recommended and has recently assisted several large corporations on the implementation of their respective employee share offering programmes.
Employment in Croatia
Other key lawyers:
‘The employment team at Babic & Partners is really great! I have worked with them on many multi-jurisdictional projects over the past year. The team is very responsive and does not need to be chased for advice. They always come back to us within the deadlines provided.’
‘The team has an exceptional ability to communicate legal advice in a clear and concise manner – we operate globally, work both with local and big international law firms, and Babic & Partners lawyers really stand out. They are also super responsive, diligent and really a pleasure to work with.’
‘Marija Gregorić provides clear and concise advice across a broad range of employment law questions. I have worked with Marija on many multi-jurisdictional projects. We often have tight deadlines which she meets without having to follow up. She is always polite and friendly.’
‘Marija Gregorić is an exceptional adviser. She always provides us with very practical advice, communicated in a clear and concise manner. She goes above and beyond to make sure we are provided with the best support possible. On top of that she is incredibly responsive and really a pleasure to work with.’
GlobalLogic (Hitachi Group company)
H&M Hennes & Mauritz
Hospira Zagreb (a Pfizer Group company)
Pet Network International
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
TRG Management LP
Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria)
Acting on its own, as well as often in a co-ordinated fashion with colleagues throughout its international network on multi-jurisdictional mandates, the ‘very professional, practical and results-oriented’ team at Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Austria) is a popular choice among domestic and international corporates for ad-hoc employment queries and as an adjunct to M&A handled by the firm. The firm is also appreciated for its dedication ‘to being up-to-date with trends and developments in the employment sector’ and regularly provides well-received articles and webinars on trending and interesting topics. Ana-Marija Skoko and newly promoted Mia Kalajdžić are the main contacts and are praised for their ‘willingness to listen and tailor their advice to the needs of the client, and, most importantly, to go the extra mile in getting things done’.
‘The team is very dedicated to being up-to-date with trends and developments in the employment sector. They have the ability to recognise the needs of the market, as well as the trending and interesting topics.’
‘The team is very professional and practical in its approach, and is very result-oriented. Instead of just saying “this is what the law states” they always provide you with information on how a parcticular paragraph or regulation is usually interpreted by the officials or the court, and what could be done to influence such interpretation.’
‘The whole employment team is knowledgeable, has expertise and is able to apply it in the practice.’
‘I highly recommend Ana-Marija Skoko and Mia Kalajdžić because of their great engagement with clients, their willingness to listen and tailor their advice to the needs of the client, and, most importantly, to go the extra mile in getting things done.’
‘Tamara Jelić Kazić has been assisting us with legal issues for many years and if the issue is not her speciality, she always makes sure that the colleague which takes over the project is up to date with the big picture.’
ERA Holdings B.V.
Österreichische Post AG
Canon Croatia d.o.o.
Becton Dickinson Croatia d.o.o.
WABCO Austria GesmbH.
- Represented LEISTRITZ Turbinentechnik in an elaborate employment restructuring in Croatia.
- Providing employment law advice to Porsche pursuant to its investment in Rimac.
- Providing employment law advice to Österreichische Post.
‘Very knowledgeable but business-oriented and commercial’, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has ‘extraordinary knowledge’ across the gamut of employment matters and is particularly effective at applying local advice in a multinational context. Managing partner Emir Bahtijarević heads a five-strong team that includes the ‘very knowledgeable, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ senior associate Andrej Žmikić, who has particular strength in advising on collective bargaining matters.
‘The team is highly knowledgeable on the topics at hand.’
‘The firm is agile and knowledgeable.’
‘They are very knowledgeable but business oriented and commercial.’
‘They know the up-to-date local legal practice in a multinational context.’
‘Andrej Žmikić is the reference person in employment law in Croatia. He is very knowledgeable but also pragmatic and solutions-oriented. He is also very reliable so very nice to work with.’
Globe Trade Centre
Japan Tobacco International
The ‘responsive, dedicated and knowledgeable’ team at Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC provides ‘professional and accurate legal assistance’ to domestic and international corporates on ad-hoc day-to-day advisory matters, as well as bespoke employment projects, including redundancy exercises. Vladimir Mamić and Nikola Kokot ‘are very agile, always available and possess wide overall legal and business knowledge’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is responsive, dedicated and knowledgeable.’
‘The team’s organisational skills, professionalism, eye for detail, meticulousness and dedication to work have made a great contribution to the successful co-operation between us and them.’
‘The firm’s employment team consists of lawyers who dispose of extraordinary experience, expertise and qualification in their respective field of law.’
‘Vladimir Mamić and Nikola Kokot are very agile, always available and possess wide overall legal and business knowledge.’
Exclusive representatives of L’Oreal and Aveda in Croatia
JADROLINIJA, MARITIME LINER COMPANY for the Carriage of Passengers and Goods, Rijeka
Pepco Croatia d.o.o.
TRAIN HUNGARY MAGÁNVASÚT KFT-Zagreb subsidiary
McKinsey & Company, Inc. Adriatic Branch Office
GITONE Kvarner d.o.o.
- Providing overall legal assistance to numerous member companies of M+ Group, including, inter alia, advice on corporate governance matters, in-depth legal analysis of the applicable regulatory framework and HR issues.
- Continued to provide legal support to US global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Inc’s Adriatic branch office in numerous issues relating to labour law, especially employment (employment contracts, offers, internal rulebooks and decisions etc).
- Advising the CIAK Group on numerous labour law issues including advice on employment contracts, offers, internal rulebooks and decisions etc.
The ‘professional, knowledgeable and efficient’ team at Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch is recognised for its versatility across the spectrum of employment advice, including in the context of helpful client alerts regarding employment matters. As well as advising on purely Croatian law matters, the team, which is headed by Dora Gaži Kovačević, is also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers based out of offices throughout CEE/SEE. ‘Professional and knowledgeable’ consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić provides ‘clear, understandable and business-oriented advice’ to clients across a range of employment matters, including data privacy, immigration and drafting/updating employment handbooks.
‘The team is professional, knowledgeable and efficient.’
‘The team is excellent: professional, efficient and diligent. They are quick to respond to any queries. They will always inform you of the options and any associated risks.’
‘Ira Perić Ostojić has been advising us on a wide range of HR and employment day-to-day labour law matters such as on general labour law compliance, immigration matters, employment and termination of employees and managers, workforce restructuring strategies and their implementation, posting and transfer of employees, representation in disputes and in various labour inspections, assisting us in negotiations with employee representatives, etc.’
‘Ira Perić Ostojić is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, easy to communicate with, always available and reliable – a true market leader. She understands our business, has extensive experience in advising international clients in Croatia in various legal fields and always provides clear, understandable and business-oriented advice. She is very pleasant to work with and is good in negotiations and in dealings with the public authorities.’
‘Ira Perić Ostojić is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She’s also an excellent communicator.’
‘Ira Perić Ostojić has extremely deep knowledge of labour law. It is a very good feeling when you can rely totally on your lawyer and be calm that all possible issues will be taken into account.’
Addiko Bank (formerly Hypo Alpe Adria Bank)
Adriatic Gate (International Container Terminal Services)
Also International Services
Arrow ECS Central
BU Power Sistemi
Digea – Digital Services Provider
DMG Mori Austria International
Eli Lilly (Suisse)
Global Ports Holding
Granite Services International
Jane Street Europe Limited
Lexmark International Technology
MediaCom Central Europe Zagreb
Monster Energy Europe Limited
Visa Europe Services
- Advised Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses in several jurisdictions including Croatia, including on issues relating to automatic transfer of employees and workforce restructuring under Croatian law.
- Advising Adriatic Gate Container Terminal on a wide range of employment law matters.
- Advised Abbott, a US multinational medical devices and healthcare company, on its workforce restructuring in Croatia, including drafting the entire set of restructuring documentation.
Led by Miroslav Plašćar, the ‘experienced and professional’ team at Žurić i Partneri in cooperation with Kinstellar provides ‘commercially savvy’ advice to foreign companies, in particular on domestic employment matters pursuant to running businesses in the country. The scope of the firm's work includes litigation, HR advisory matters and work in the context of large restructuring exercises. Senior associate Maja Skansi ‘is highly technically competent, precise and proactive’ and is particularly effective at handling employment disputes.
‘The team is very experienced and professional. From our experience we have always received very commercially savvy responses, delivered on time and with clarity.’
‘They are extremely capable and give first-class opinions and advocacy work.’
‘When working with them, you always feel confident that the key issues will be addressed in the shortest possible time. Every lawyer from their team responds in a timely manner, is pleasant to work with and their advice is always on point.’
‘Vedran Kopilovic is an excellent attorney, with great legal knowledge and natural confidence.’
‘They are a brilliant group of experts in this field. I really appreciate their passion, dedication and professionalism. They always try to match the service to the proposed budget.’
‘Maja Skansi is highly technically competent, precise, proactive, and gives her best for every case she is working on. She always has a client-oriented mindset and goes beyond their expectations.’
‘Maja Skansi is extremely accommodating of clients’ expectations, has a genuine enthusiasm for working in a wide range of areas, and is very skillful.’
OTP BANKA d.d.
TBG BETON d.o.o.
Rockwool Adriatic d.o.o.
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES d.o.o.
Three Doctors of Medicine
- Advising KRAFTMONTASJE on the collective redundancy of numerous Croatian employees, due to restructuring of the Croatian-based subsidiary.
- Provided extensive legal opinion to a Croatian automobile distribution company regarding the sensitive issue of a severance payment to a former board member.
- Provided answers to a legal questionnaire regarding the applicability of the Whistleblowers Directive in Croatia.
Led by Beata Glinska, Law Firm Glinska & Miškovic Ltd’s two-partner team has a particularly strong reputation for its aptitude at providing day-to-day employment law advice to large international companies with offices in Croatia. In addition, the team also regularly provides important advice associated with transactional work handled by the firm, including as it relates to transfer of undertakings.
SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o.
PERI Group (in relation to Peri oplate i skele d.o.o.)
Tukazza Adriatic d.o.o.
Uber International Holding B.V.
Astra Zeneca d.o.o.
Shire Pharmaceuticals Group
Beckman Coulter d.o.o.
Tesla kabeli d.o.o.
P.S.C. Zagreb d.o.o.
Mavenir Systems Inc.
Fortress Investment Group
- Provides regular employment law advice to ADAC Service Adria d.o.o., including as it relates to the negotiation, termination and enforcement of employment contracts, HR strategies and organisational structures as well as employment matters concerning key personnel.
- Advising PVH Group on various day-to-day employment issues, including on the termination of employment agreements and execution of various employment documentation.
- Regularly advising Uber on employment law matters, including as they relate to the preparation of various rulebooks, guidance and contracts, and also on regulatory matters.
KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC provides a ‘high level of expertise’ to public and private sector clients across a range of ongoing employment matters, including on collective bargaining, data protection, work permit concerns and employee stock ownership plans. Led by Dinka Kovačević, the team also often provides the concomitant employment law advice associated with transactions handled by the firm.
‘The lawyers demonstrated expertise, willingness to explore additional options, availability and responsiveness.’
‘The team provides a high level of expertise, not only focusing on the matter but exploring it a bit further and offering additional potential solutions.’
‘Danijela Simeunović and Ana Novaković Stipaničev are really good at explaining legal principles/procedures and cases to people who don’t have a legal background.’
Legrand SNC, Legrand d.o.o.
Viva Payment Services S.A.
FERO Retail Marketing Ltd
Amplexor Adriatic d.o.o., branch office in Croatia
Synlab HRVATSKA-polyclinic, member of the SYNLAB GROUP (Synlab Holding GmbH)
ConTec CRO d.o.o.
NEUROTH slušna pomagala d.o.o. and other group companies
dormakaba Hrvatska d.o.o.
British Council in Croatia
British Embassy in Croatia
BUTAN PLIN d.o.o.
- Representing Infosit in developing a partner and option scheme for employees.
- Acting for Thyssenkrupp in (1) an employment restructuring taking place in the context of a cross-border corporate and tax restructuring of the client in Croatia and (2) issues related to Croatian employees.
- Providing regular corporate housekeeping services to BUTAN PLIN d.o.o., including advice on commercial issues, regulatory compliance, debt enforcement and a range of employment-related issues, including providing a new draft of a standard employment contract and employment by-laws.
Matekovic Law Firm
The ‘responsive, professional and knowledgeable’ team at Matekovic Law Firm is appreciated for its ‘innovative way of thinking’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Managing partner Krešimir Mateković exemplifies this approach and regularly provides strategic employment advice to the Croatian subsidiaries of global pharmaceutical entities, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis. Ivan Sabljić is also recommended and has a ‘high level of legal knowledge’.
‘The team is helpful, responsive, professional and knowledgeable.’
‘The firm always handles our situations with the utmost care, providing innovative ideas and feasible solutions. Every team member has an excellent level of knowledge and is highly responsive and up to date. What I like the most about them and how they differ from other legal firms, in my opinion, is definitely their innovative way of thinking.’
‘The entire team goes way above and beyond of what we, as a client, would expect in terms of how they approach every topic/issue we need to solve, the way they provide us with constant legal support and lastly, the success that they solve legal disputes with. The entire team is at the client’s disposal even after working hours, if any immediate circumstances arise.’
‘Krešimir Mateković has an extremely wide knowledge across both the legal and business fields. He is one of the most innovative people I know with respect to law.’
‘Ivan Sabljić is dedicated to find a solution to any problem, day or night. With his high level of legal knowledge, he makes an excellent lawyer.’
‘Dora Adžić is highly innovative and always finds the best solutions to our problems.’
‘Laura Mateković is very personable and approachable, always delivers on time and up to standards.’
Adriatic Luxury Development Ltd.
ASURA MULTISERVIS d.o.o.
B 4 B d.o.o.
China Dynamics (Holdings) Ltd
DTX Handels GmbH
EVEREST SOLUTIONS d.o.o.
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (Croatian radiotelevision)
GEOTHERMAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o.
Luxottica South Eastern Europe Ltd.
Luxottica Group S.P.A.
MAMUT FORTIS d.o.o.
MODULOR d.o.o. BEOGRAD
NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska d.o.o.
PROARH tri d.o.o.
Quada – projekt k.d.
Raiffeisen Leasing d.o.o.
Renesola Zagreb d.o.o.
RL – ETA d.o.o.
RL GAMMA d.o.o.
RL BETA d.o.o.
RL Jankomir d.o.o.
Sanofi Aventis Groupe
SANOFI – AVENTIS CROATIA d.o.o.
SUPER IGRA d.o.o.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals L.t.d.
- Continuing to advise NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska d.o.o. on various employment matters, including on employee terminations.
- Continuing to advise domestic architectural company PROARH d.o.o., across a range of employment matters, including advice on termination agreements.
- Continued to advise MAMUT FORTIS d.o.o. on various employment agreements and termination agreements.
Headed by the ‘diligent and customer-oriented’ Marijana Soldo Kubat and Mojmir Ostermann, Ostermann & Partners LLP provides ‘fast and effective’ advice to domestic and international corporates from the construction, consumer, retail and TMT sectors. The firm's scope of employment law advice is broad and covers employment contract drafting, collective redundancies and collective bargaining as well as restructuring plans and employment litigation.
‘The team is very responsive. They are modern, approachable and in line with modern technologies. They are able to explain topics in a fully understandable way.’
‘The most important strength of Ostermann is their employees which are always on disposition to their clients and will always give straightforward answers regarding legal matters and disputes.’
‘They are very professional, fast and effective.’
‘Marijana Soldo Kubat is very reliable, diligent and customer-oriented.’
- Reviewing the agreement concluded between Deutsche Post and the European Works Council formed by its employees regarding election procedures and voting options.
- Advising IKEA across a range of general labour law matters and employment agreements.
- Defending OSIJEK-KOTEKS, a construction company, in numerous cases brought by its employees.
Vidan Law Office provides ‘very professional, creative and high-quality advice’ to domestic and international corporates across a range of employment issues associated with their business operations in Croatia, to include, inter alia, advice on redundancy procedures, drafting employment handbooks, collective bargaining and dismissal procedures. Managing partner Hrvoje Vidan is noted for the ‘practical advice’ he provides to clients from a range of sectors, including those in the IT space.
‘The team provided us with very professional, creative and high-quality advice, which resulted in successful solutions being reached.’
‘The team at Vidan Law Office is comprised of established individuals with great knowledge and experience in the field of employment law, as well as a great understanding of their clients’ needs and business activities, making them a great partner to collaborate with.’
‘When it comes to issues regarding employment and labour, Vidan Law Office should be your first call. We had an excellent experience with employment advisory work including redundancy procedures, workforce optimization, and downsizing. We appreciated the firm’s honest and direct approach.’
‘The team is dedicated and provides creative and quick solutions to our queries.’
‘Hrvoje Vidan is a great professional who is always supportive and has great knowledge across all our needs.’
‘Hrvoje Vidan was great fun to work with and easy to reach, his advice was practical, fast, easy to understand and implement.’
‘I appreciated Petra Lustica’s willingness to dive into the core of the legal matter without unnecessary legal lingo. I can also praise her responsiveness.’
The ‘energised, well co-ordinated and motivated’ team at Law Firm Babic, Brborovic & Partners handles a considerable volume and range of employment work for clients, many of which utilise the firm’s monthly retainer fee. The ‘very professional, reliable and self-confident’ Tamara Brborović is the main contact for employment matters and provides ‘solutions-oriented’ advice to clients in both collective and individual employment law.
‘It is an energised, well-coordinated and motivated team.’
‘This team is highly trained and has excellent knowledge in employment and labour law. They provide really good service in this field to both employers and employees.’
‘Tamara Brborović is proficient in the field of employment and labour law. She is the person to contact and get advice and representation before the court of law.’
‘Tamara Brborović is very professional, reliable and self-confident and can always find the best solution for the company’s problem.’
Slatinska bank jsc.
Karlovačka bank jsc.
Siemens Healthcare Ltd.
Bevanda project Ltd.
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
Croatian standard institute
Faculty of transport and traffic sciences
City of Sisak
Callidus – adult education institute
Bonum grupa Ltd.
Ivan Žabčić and Marko Vuković
HOO TV Ltd.
- Prepared a number of policies and internal documents and fully regulated the rights of workers within adult education institute Callidus.
- Advised the Trade Union of the Zagreb student centre on a collective matter.
- Representing the Croatian Institute for Standards in two court proceedings initiated by the workers for alleged violation of the provisions of a collective agreement and non-payment of a salary increase.
Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal
Krehic & Partners Law Firm in cooperation with Deloitte Legal has recently handled a number of employment mandates associated with M&A transactions. Other work includes collective bargaining (negotiations with unions), employment contract drafting and advice on GDPR-related matters. Managing partner Tarja Krehic handles employment work as part of her broad-ranging oeuvre of commercial law expertise and has a particularly strong reputation in the ICT sector.
Other key lawyers:
NIPRO PHARMAPACKAGING INTERNATIONAL,EUROPE
Cro Team (ABEST)
NIRPO PHARMAPACKAGING CROATIA
- Advising ISKRA on a number of employment law related post-closing restructurings.
- After the acquisition of Nipro Croatia by Nipro Pharmapackaging International, advising both the shareholder and the target on employment-related post-closing issues.
- Advised INTER CARS CROATIA and INTER CARS POLAND on employment law restructuring matters, including employment law disputes before the Croatian municipal courts.
Praised for its ability to provide ‘a tailored service according to customer needs’, Orehovec, Vinter, Kiš, Šimunovic picks up a significant amount of ongoing employment advice as a result of its longstanding representation of several large Croatian businesses, including INA and Zagrebački Holding. Irena Vinter Gregorić heads the team and is conversant across the full spectrum of non-contentious and contentious employment matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice has a team of versatile legal experts with excellent expertise and practical knowledge. Their deep understanding of the legal system and how institutions operate and function is beneficial in providing timely and efficient legal service.’
‘The lawyers provide a tailored service according to customer needs, timely responses, availability, clear and concise legal opinions, vast experience in complex legal matters and a good understanding of case law.’
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.
Grand auto d.o.o.
Hyundai Croatia d.o.o.
Lola RIBAR d.d.
Odašiljači i veze d.o.o.
KNAUF Insulation d.o.o.
- Advising INA on a range of day-to-day employment matters, including employment termination support and representation in several hundred ongoing litigation cases.
- Advising Zagrebački holding across the full range of employment matters.
- Advising JANAF d.d. across a range of employment matters, including on the preparation of contracts and internal by-laws.
Law firm Orešković
Law firm Orešković provides ‘quick and agile responses’ to a growing roster of employers, primarily on non-contentious matters, including advice on restructuring exercises and collective employment issues. Managing partner Jadranka Orešković ‘is determined and dedicated to the core and gives the best of herself in building trust through credibility and solving complex tasks’.
Other key lawyers:
‘As an accomplished adviser with a practical focus, Law firm Orešković provides legal advisory focused to meet all challenges in an ever-changing environment which helps the client stand the test of time, facing complex legal regulations and challenges with a dedicated approach to understand the concrete business operations and need of the client as an individual.’
‘The firm provides a quick and agile response to the issues at hand with all the expertise and experience one could hope for.’
‘Jadranka Orešković is very devoted and professional, always ready to offer the best legal solution, thinking outside the box.’
‘Jadranka Orešković is best described as a significant asset to any business and its people. She is determined and dedicated to the core and gives the best of herself in building trust through credibility and solving complex tasks.’
SDA Croatia Ltd (Aelia group)
LOVATO KONČAR Ltd.
Adriatic pipeline Jsc.
- Day-to-day advice to SDA Croatia Ltd on all employment matters.
- Day-to-day advice to LOVATO KONČAR Ltd. on all employment matters.
- Day-to-day advice to MICROBLINK Ltd on all employment matters.