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Although it is active across the full range of real estate and construction matters,¬†Bardek, Lisac, MuŇ°ec, Skoko in association with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanw√§lte GmbH (Austria)¬†has been particularly busy of late advising banks on the financing of domestic shopping centre projects. Led on the financing side by¬†Jelena Nushol, and on the real estate front by the 'dedicated and proactive'¬†Ana-Marija Skoko, the team recently advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on¬†a secured loan to enable the financing of refurbishment and operational improvements to a shopping centre in Croatia. Other highlights include the team's work for Commerzbank on the sale process of a first-generation shopping centre in Zagreb.

Led by the 'well-connected and commercial'¬†Emir Bahtijarevińá,¬†Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic's 'client-focused and knowledgeable' two-partner team provides contentious and non-contentious expertise to stakeholders engaged in the infrastructure, leisure, tourism and energy sectors. As well as continuing to provide day-to-day support to Globe Trade Center on the management of its Croatian shopping centers, alongside Bahtijarevińá, the 'very competent'¬†Marin Vukovińᬆrecently advised it on the development and construction of two new business buildings in Zagreb. Senior associate¬†Igor MiroŇ°evińᬆhandles a range of work relating to property sales and purchases, developments, lettings and management, and construction. Other clients include Hyprop Investments, Helios Properties and¬†W.P. Carey.

Led by¬†Jurica Reberski,¬†Mamińá Perińá Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC¬†has successfully forged strong relationships with numerous private and public sector clients (including Ikea, City of Zagreb and Spar) across the spectrum of real estate matters, including land acquisition, zoning and expropriation. Recent highlights include advising Croatian electric car manufacturer, Rimac Automobili, on the real estate aspects of a new industrial facility.

Although it handles work for a wide variety of stakeholders across the gamut of real estate matters,¬†Ň†avorińá & Partners¬†has a particularly strong reputation acting for funds investing in the tourism and retail sector. Recent highlights include¬†Branko Bulat's advice to Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund on the intended acquisition of¬†six Croatian hotel companies located in the coastal city of Umag, and for FCC Real Estate on the development of a luxury hotel resort in the central Dalmatian city of ҆ibenik.

ŇĹuric i Partneri¬†continues to be extremely busy advising investors and developers on numerous greenfield tourist resort developments throughout the country. In addition, the team handles a steady stream of municipal development work and energy-related real estate projects.¬†Miroslav PlaŇ°ńáar ¬†and¬†Ana Vrsaljko Metelko¬†are recommended.

Led by¬†Mirko Bogdanovińá ,¬†Bogdanovic, Dolicki & Partners¬†has strong ties with numerous domestic and international end-users, developers, banks and investors. The group is active across a range of real estate projects, including those relating to the leisure and tourism sector.

Headed by¬†Beata Glinska ,¬†Law Firm Glinska & MiŇ°kovińá Ltd¬†is particularly active for investors and developers engaged in retail real estate projects. As well as continuing to act for the Kaufmann Group on the real estate matters associated with the ongoing maintenance and management of their Croatian shopping centres, the firm acts for Tower Property Fund on its real estate investments in Croatia. Other clients include¬†Spar Hrvatsk, Regus and Fortress Investment Group.

Hanzekovic & Partners¬†has an excellent reputation for handling construction and real estate matters related to infrastructure projects, as well as waste and water treatment facilities. Noted for her 'experience and knowledge the in field of FDIC contracts and national laws',¬†Jasminka ńĆorda Truhar¬†is a pivotal member of the team; she is advising Hrvatske ceste as the lead partner in the high-profile mainland PeljeŇ°ac Bridge with access roads project.¬†Andrea Domac Rińćkovińᬆis recommended for her work for investors and developers on greenfield development projects.

As well as regularly advising¬†Zagrebańćka banka on real estate-secured financing matters,¬†Madirazza & Partners¬†also handles a wide range of work for investors and developers.¬†Ivan Madirazza¬†is at the forefront of the highest-profile mandates handled by the team, including advice on the construction and development of a commercial and residential complex in downtown Zagreb.¬†Luka Dorotińᬆis also recommended.

Porobija & Porobija is particularly active in the tourism sector and has recently handled numerous matters relating to hotel development projects. Team head Sanja Porobija is particularly well versed in real estate financing matters.

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers¬†handles domestic real estate matters, particularly within the financial services, TMT and retail sectors, in addition to cross-border mandates, where it is able to call upon the expertise of practitioners from across the firm's CEE/SEE network. The team advises German retailer Lidl on specific real estate projects related to its growing presence in Croatia, as well as on the day-to-day aspects of maintaining its existing portfolio of shops. Team head¬†Ksenija ҆ourek¬†is recommended. Other clients include¬†Peek & Cloppenburg,¬†Strabag Real Estate and TUI.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†advises banks, corporates and high-net-worth individuals across the spectrum of real estate matters. The team assists Signa Property Funds, as the owner of the iconic Hoto tower building in Zagreb, with day-to-day real estate matters related to the management of the building.¬† Other highlights include the Croatian office's advice, as part of a multi-office/disciplinary team, to Steinhoff Group on the sale of a substantial real estate portfolio of Kika/Leiner in Austria and a number of countries in CEE to Signa Group. Senior associate¬†Josip Martinińᬆis the key contact.

At¬†Law Firm Ecimovic & Kaleb LLC, managing partner¬†Josip Eńáimovińᬆhas 'significant real estate experience' and provides 'reliable and responsive advice' to a range of clients, including SG Kristali 1978, which he advised on its ‚ā¨40m Crystal Centre construction project, involving the construction of a hotel and two combined (residential and business) 19-storey skyscrapers in downtown Zagreb.

As well as handling a continued flow of real estate-related NPL work for Heta Asset Resolution, Law Office Lacmanovic also assists Immofinanz with a range of corporate and real estate issues relating to an A-class business building in Zagreb (including drafting complex lease agreements with tenants of the building). Natalija Lacmanovic has a strong reputation among a range of stakeholders including developers, investors and banks.

Macesic & Partners LLC is particularly active in real estate work in the tourism sector, including in relation to new hotel developments.

The 'solution-oriented' team at¬†Orehovec, Vinter, KiŇ°, ҆imunovińá ¬†provides 'outstanding advice' to a varied mix of stakeholders across contentious and non-contentious matters.¬†Tomislav Orehovec¬†and¬†Kresimir Kis¬†provide 'timely, professional and accurate advice', and are acting for cornerstone client Zagrebacki holding in its role as an investor (through a joint venture with¬†the City of Zagreb), on a major¬†residential development project involving the construction of 11 residential buildings with 1,800 apartments in Zagreb.

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