Transport (including shipping) in Croatia

KOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC

Under the guidance of the 'knowledgeable, versatile and responsiveDanijela SimeunovićKOVACEVIC PRPIC SIMEUNOVIC LLC has developed a market-leading reputation within the aviation field, primarily as a result of her 'excellent understanding of the key legal issues that a lessor looking to lease aircraft into the country needs to know'. Outside the aviation sector, co-head Martina Prpić regularly advises lenders on the financing of transportation-related projects.    

Practice head(s):

Danijela Simeunović; Martina Prpić

Other key lawyers:

Ana Novaković

Testimonials

‘The team is well-organised, responsive and business-oriented. It provides legal advice across borders, which is to the point and fully comprehensive to a non-Croatian lawyer.’

‘Danijela Simeunović is knowledgeable, versatile, responsive and to the point, combining legal knowledge and commercial understanding.’

‘We regard Danijela Simeunović and her team as the best aviation lawyers in Croatia. They have an excellent understanding of the key legal issues in Croatia that a lessor looking to lease aircraft into the country needs to know and they are extremely helpful in guiding us through this.’

Key clients

Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development

OTP banka d.d.

PRIVREDNA BANKA ZAGREB – DIONIČKO DRUŠTVO

Zagrebačka banka d.d.

World Star Aviation

Chorus Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

National Westminster Bank PLC

AEROCENTURY CORP.

MUFG UNION BANK, N.A.

UBER B.V.

GoOpti d.o.o.

Rail Cargo Carrier-Croatia d.o.o.

Rail Cargo Austria AG XL CATLIN INSURANCE COMPANY UK LIMITED

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited Various financing parties

Autotechnica Fleet Services d.o.o.

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Girozentrale Chorus

Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

Aviation Capital Group LLC

EBRD

PRIVREDNA BANKA ZAGREB d.d.

BANCA IMI S.p.A., LONDON BRANCH,

CRÉDIT INDUSTRIEL ET COMMERCIAL, LONDON BRANCH,

SIEMENS BANK GMBH, LONDON BRANCH,

GOAL German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH & Co. KG (existing lessor)

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of major Croatian banks in a financing of up to €72m for the construction of a Zagreb-Sljeme cable car with car park.
  • Acted as Croatian counsel to aircraft lessor and financing party relating to one Airbus A319-112 aircraft to be delivered and let to the Croatian national air carrier.
  • Advised a group of lenders with respect to refinancing of the Zagreb airport concession project operated by MEDUNARODNA ZRAČNA LUKA ZAGREB d.d. as the concessionaire.

Macesic & Partners LLC

Headquartered in the Croatian port city of Rijeka, Macesic & Partners LLC has a longstanding track record advising P&I clubs, shipowners and shipyards across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious maritime matters. 'Very approachable and responsive' team head Miran Maćešić takes the lead on the most significant mandates handled by the firm, including on wet, dry and finance matters. Anita Krizmanić co-heads the team alongside Macesic.

Testimonials

‘They are clearly very knowledgeable on the law and procedure but also provide their advice and comments in a sensible commercial way, which is appreciated by us and clients.’

Key clients

Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori S.p.A.

Maersk Line A/S

Zagrebačka banka d.d.

Wellard Group

Siem Group

Nexans Group

Seven Seas Maritime Ltd.

Intersee Schiffahrts und Chartering GmbH

TORM A/S

ASSURANCEFORENNGEN SKULD

MS Amlin

Moj lipi Karigador association

The Standard P&I Club

Trans Integral Ltd. Croatia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Seven Seas Maritime Ltd. on the arrest of a ship in the Croatian port of Trogir, thereby hastening the outstanding payment for delivery of goods transported by a ship owned by Seven Seas Maritime.
  • Represented Trans Integral Ltd. Croatia on a cargo claim in relation to alleged counterfeited and smuggled goods and cigarettes carried by direct ship lines from China to Croatia.
  • Engaged by Manisa Bulk’s commercial manager, Intersee Germany, regarding an old claim arising from three consecutive time charters.

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Led from the firm's Rijeka office by consultant Ira Perić-OstojićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch represents a diverse array of stakeholders on transport-related financing and corporate transactions (where it is able to leverage its substantive law expertise in these areas), in addition to operational, regulatory and litigation matters. Perić-Ostojić continues to provide day-to-day counselling to the Port of Rijeka on its ongoing operations, work which regularly includes maritime-related advice.

Practice head(s):

Ira Perić-Ostojić

Other key lawyers:

Saša Jovičić

Key clients

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal / International Container Terminal Service

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.

Global Ports Holding A.S.

Merk&Merk Yacht Service Tribunj

Sandy Blue

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Ports Holding in the proceedings for the award of the concession of the cruise port passenger terminal Zadar.
  • Advising Adriatic Gate with respect to all ongoing shipping and maritime-related matters.
  • Advising a number of interested parties in the complex restructuring process of Croatian shipyards.

Law Office Žarkovic

The arrival in October 2019 of Marko Milošević  from Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC has heightened Law Office Žarkovic's visibility in the transport sector, in light of his corporate and employment expertise within the rail and aviation space.

Practice head(s):

Branimir Žarković; Matea Mimica Žarković; Marko Milošević

Other key lawyers:

Matea Lacko; Kapelina Toni

Key clients

TransAssist LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising a Croatia-based subsidiary of US transportation company TransAssist LLC across a range of matters, including general corporate governance and regulatory issues.

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Under the guidance of Vladimir MamićMamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC regularly handles maritime-related work, including on high-profile concessions and port regulation. Leveraging the firm's broader corporate and finance competences, the firm is also active across a range of new money and restructuring work for transport clients as borrowers/operators, as well as for banks providing loans in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Mamić

Other key lawyers:

Luka Rimac; Nikola Kokot; Martina Strukić Šarić; Frano Belohradsky; Nina Ovčar

Key clients

JADROLINIJA

AUTOTRANS jsc.

EBRD

CIAK Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Croatian state-owned sea shipping company  JADROLINIJA on a major restructuring of the company.
  • Advising AUTOTRANS jsc in preparation of annexes to share purchase agreement and the accompanied documentation.
  • Advising EBRD on granting high-value loans to several state-owned transport companies.