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Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Deloitte Albania & Kosovo has an active presence in Kosovo and the team, which includes legal manager Ardian Rexha, works in close coordination with the firm's Albania office.

Leading firms in Kosovo

Pallaska & Associates

Pallaska & Associates is a top-end commercial firm offering the full suite of contentious and non-contentious services. The firm has been a mainstay of the Kosovan market for several years, and its managing partners Gazmend Pallaska and Dastid Pallaska respectively bring strong credentials from their time as  general counsel at multinational companies and from practising at major international law firms. The firm’s domestic and international clients come from across a range of sectors and industries, attracted by the team’s strong track record in corporate, banking, energy, TMT, infrastructure, real estate and IP law. Other key partners include Adelina Sokoli, who is experienced in copyright and media law.

Practice head(s):

Gazmend Pallaska; Dastid Pallaska

Other key lawyers:

Adelina Sokoli; Afrore Shaipi; Edita Ismaili

Testimonials

‘Pallaska & Associates L.L.C. is a very professional law firm. The team is knowledgeable, punctual and collaborative in every moment.’

‘The team is quite different from competitors because they are very serious at their activity. They handle any case with maximum seriousness and dedication. They work very hard on every case, so you don’t have to worry if you might be missing something out.’

‘Dastid Pallaska and his team are in my view the best team in Kosovo for complex debt financings. They work very well with English counsel and the client and recommend good solutions to tricky issues.’

‘Dastid Pallaska is excellent. He is technically very good and works well with his clients and their counterparties. Afrore Shaipi, his associate, is also very good.’

‘In relation to the other law firms in that country that we worked with, this law firm is definitely the best. They know their law well, provide you with good advice and do their work properly, on time and without mistakes. They were highly responsive, did not miss any steps in their work and even went out of their way to speed up the process.’

‘Both Afrore Shaipi and Edita Ismaili are highly talented associates, that delivered good and quality products on time. They were very impressive with their responsiveness. Dastid Pallaska was always present in the process, had good overview of the work of his team and provided us with his best estimations and expert opinion when needed.’

‘Our initial selection to work with Pallaska & Associates  has been justified and proved successful many times. The work done so far has been rather complex and demanding, having also the opportunity to experience their active involvement even in certain legal cases and proceedings outside Kosovo. Overall, our opinion about this firm is more than positive, based on the responsiveness and the quality of the legal support we have been receiving, whilst we consider valuable that they are always accessible, even outside working days and hours, not only responding timely and to the point but also acting in a very comprehensive professional manner.’

‘We are mainly addressing the Dastid Pallaska for our matters, whose level of knowledge and expertise is generally recognized and highly appreciated among the legal community in Kosovo and elsewhere.’

Key clients

SharrCem L.L.C., a Titan Group Company

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Vakif Bank

EGAP

Agence Française de Développement

Google, Inc.

Oracle Corporation

Facebook Inc.

Facebook Pay

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

United Green Technology

Soyak Group

United Technologies Corporation

Rio Tinto

Sava Pharma Limited (H1)

Prishtina Mall Sh.A.

The Coca Cola Company

Técnicas Reunidas, S.A.

European Union

International Monetary Fund

United States Embassy in Prishtina, United States Department of State

Embassy of Japan in Prishtina

Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom in Prishtina

WizzAir

Boga & Associates

Highly rated Albanian firm Boga & Associates has a decent office in Pristina. The multidisciplinary practice represents an impressive stable of domestic and international clients from across a wide range of industries. Cross-border project financings,  energy and infrastructure deals, and broader corporate, IP, tax, banking and employment law all feature heavily on the agenda. Partner and country manager Sokol Elmazaj  has a strong standing in the market, and in addition to transactional matters, he also has a good track record for international arbitration. Associate Delvina Nallbani also has an active practice, with a strong focus on commercial, regulatory and project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Sokol Elmazaj

Other key lawyers:

Delvina Nallbani

Key clients

International Finance Corporation “IFC” | World Bank Group

Kosovo Company for Supply of Energy (KEDS)

Limak Kosovo International Airport JSC | Pristina International Airport Kosovo

TEB Holding | BNP Paribas Joint Venture

Banka Kombetare Tregtare – National Commercial Bank Kosovo

Sanofi Aventis Groupe S.A.

Teknoxgroup Kosovo LLC

Unifree Kosovo

JT International Luxembourg S.A. Branch in Kosovo

The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria

Google

International Maarif Schools of Kosova Shpk

New Yorker Kosovo Shpk

World Vision International

Danish Refugee Council Kosovo

Work highlights

  • Assisted International Finance Corporation  with respect to a €5 million senior loan to  “VIVA FRESH” a trade company in Kosovo.
  • Ongoing legal assistance to Kosovo Electricity Distribution and Supply Company J.S.C. including advice on the implications of the regulatory framework during the planning, development and operational stages of its energy projects and activities.
  • Legal and tax assistance to Limak Kosovo International Airport JSC with regard to its activities in Kosovo.

Kerveshi & Partners Law Firm

Formed in 2019, Kerveshi & Partners Law Firm has a strong pedigree for high-end commercial legal advice having emerged from a previous market leader. Kujtim Kerveshi  is a prominent figure in the market and especially strong on the dispute resolution front, both in cross-border commercial claims and criminal matters. The ‘very professional and efficient‘ firm is also popular with major international investors, representing several major banks, financial institutions, multilateral lenders and companies. Other key figures within the team include up-and-coming younger partners such as Gent Spahija. The experienced Kadri Mjekiqi adds weight on the litigation side.

Practice head(s):

Kujtim Kerveshi

Other key lawyers:

Gent Spahij; Kadri Mjekiqi; Armend Lokaj

Testimonials

‘I have excellent experience in cooperating with Kerveshi & Partners Law Firm. Their team is very professional and efficient. Kujtim Kerveshi always makes sure to give an update, which I really appreciate.’

‘Very professional and good collaborators. They treat all  legal issues in detail.’

The team consists of professionals with excellent skills.

This is a team of experienced, exceptionally capable individuals, imaginative, tough when the situation calls for it, and easy to work with.

Excellent in identifying problems.

Key clients

ProCredit Bank JSC

Bahçeci Health Group

Bottomline Technologies

RiGO Trading S.A

ACHRO AG switzerland

USHAŞ International Health Services

Viva Fresh Store shpk

Albi Mall

Ecolog

APFELBÖCK INGENIEURBÜRO GmbH

Kraš

Solution25

National Democratic Institute

Cardno-USAID Kosovo Compete Activity

KEP Trust

Asseco South Eastern Europe

Silk trade d.o.o.

HARIBO Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Solaborate

SIGMA Interalbanian Vienna Insurance Group

Baki Automobile-Skoda and Volkswagen official representative

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swiss investor in Kosovo’s mining sector, in an €8 million dispute involving regulatory issues, licenses, and loans and debt between shareholders.
  • Litigating on behalf of the claimant Albi Commerce/Albi Mall in several areas of law, including contract law, enforcement, tax and administrative issues.
  • Representing Kadri Veseli, alongside international counsel,  in Kosovo dealing with the analysis and examination of the evidence against the client who is presently awaiting trial in The Hague for war crimes.

Vokshi & Lata Law Firm

Vokshi & Lata Law Firm comes highly recommended by clients who appreciate the firm’s ‘attention to detail and openness‘, and for operating ‘within very tight deadlines‘. Its name partners Adem Vokshi  and Florin Lata  both enjoy good reputations within the market, respectively for their expertise in high-end litigation and IP matters. Other key individuals include the ‘skilful‘  Urim Vokshi who is especially active in energy law and broader commercial issues. The firm represents an impressive roster of international household name clients including Apple, Volkswagen and Samsung, and is regularly referred work by international firms.

Practice head(s):

Adem Vokshi; Florin Lata

Other key lawyers:

Urim Vokshi

Testimonials

‘First and foremost they are knowledgeable about the issues at hand and what is more important they can express it in the documents they create.’

‘Most of my work is with Florin Lata. He is constantly available and ready to explain and help. If he is busy or in a session he will find time to inform you about the time you can expect to hear from him. His knowledge about the law and the way the system works is excellent. He is honest and straight forward. Almost too good to be true.’

‘The team is very pleasant, always attentive to listen the problem you are addressing in order to make proper evaluation and hence provide sincere and best ways to solutions.’

‘They are always in a position to answer and reply without delays and reply in timely manner.’

‘The team is very well organized as well as they have specialists to address any particular issue. ‘

‘The partners of the firm Mr. Urim Vokshi and Mr. Florin Lata are very capable and efficient in providing us with legal assistance for all areas of civil law in the Republic of Kosovo. They have been always available in any time of the day or night, even during weekends, which is very rare.’

‘Florin Lata, one of the managing partners, is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property rights protection, with a big positive experience with Customs enforcement and civil litigation. ‘

‘Urim Vokshi is a skilful lawyer with a great sense for details.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Polo St. Laurent

Diesel

Adidas AG

Samsung

Apple

Versace

Opel

Peugeot

VAPIK (Visual Authors, Producers and Interpreters of Kosovo)

ProCredit Bank

KEP Trust

IQ to Link (part of Webhelp)

American School of Kosova

Chipita

Solen Cikolata

Albina Dyla

Maxx Group

école Française Internationale de Prishtina

Work highlights

  • Advised Intrade on all aspects of its $26.5 million acquisition of 10 million 3M 1860 masks.
  • Provided several legal opinions to Kep Trust on loan agreements to different international finance institutions financing local microfinances.
  • Advising Pfizer, Apple, Samsung, and Versace among others on their IP issues and strategy in Kosovo.

RPHS Law

RPHS Law is a relatively new full-service firm that has made strong inroads into the market. The firm covers the full range of commercial, corporate, finance, tax and regulatory issues and has strong connections to key centres in the US and the EU. Among the partners Visar Ramaj has strong contentious and non-contentious expertise and has served as the Secretary-General of Kosovo’s American Chamber of Commerce. Managing partner Fisnik Salihu  has a good track record in banking and corporate matters and is also experienced in international arbitrations. Mentor Hajdaraj  and Kushtrim Palushi  also have active commercial practices.

Practice head(s):

Fisnik Salihu

Other key lawyers:

Visar Ramaj; Kushtrim Palushi; Mentor Hajdaraj

Key clients

CELONIS

Alipay

Henkel

Bayer

Spotify

Daimler

Philip Morris

Herbalife

SICPA

Paysera

Fresenius

FINSER

Messer

Crimson Finance Corp.

Raiffeisen Leasing

Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund

Grant Thornton

Chemonics International

OTP

DiaHem

VAMED

Moxico

VELANIS

Hib Petrol

Swiss Mobiliar Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted the consortium Moxico Luma Kosova Mining from the UK and Poland, in obtaining the strategic investor status based on the Law on Strategic Investments in the Republic of Kosovo.
  • Advised Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund during the application process to the Central Bank of Kosovo in approving a new product by KCGF.
  • Advised Besimi Commerce & KPV SOLAR on the application process to obtain the strategic investor status in Kosovo.