Legal Market Overview
North Macedonia has faced a number of challenges recently following local elections which saw the resignation of prime minister Zoran Zaev in October 2021 and the country’s delayed EU accession progress. Despite this, the country continues to see progression in the production, agriculture, IT, and construction and real estate sectors in particular.
North Macedonia recently implemented its Law on Data Protection (LDP), which has essentially brought its data protection legislation in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Elsewhere, there has been an increase in work related to the construction of photovoltaic power plants following the government’s focus on investing in renewable energy.
Leading domestic law firms include Polenak Law Firm, Papazoski and Mishev Law Firm and Apostolska, Aleksandrovski & Partners, all of which demonstrate full-service capabilities and act for international clients on high-end mandates. Foreign firms, including CMS and Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers, are present in the market and equally well-placed to handle diverse, cross-border matters. Local firms noted for specific areas of expertise include Georgi Dimitrov Attorneys, which stands out in litigation, and IP-focused Law Office Pepeljugoski.