Firms To Watch: Leading firms

The versatile team at Attorney office Kosmac LLC has Marko Kosmač at the helm. Its key area of expertise is in corporate law and it frequently advises on issues as diverse as company formations to share transfers.
Uroš Roži and Ana Kastelec head an experienced corporate and finance team at Deloitte svetovanje d.o.o. that advises many international and local companies on a wide range of transactional banking and restructuring matters.
Jerovšek Malis Odvetniška Pisarna was founded in December 2020 by Peter Malis and Rok Jerovšek who are ‘are great attorneys with a long and successful career. They are both good strategic and analytical thinkers, with an ability to see the bigger picture, and find the best solution for the problem’
Zivko Mijatovic & Partners d.o.o. advises on the full array of IP matters. Under the leadership of Metka Malis Furlan the agile team frequently advises domestic and international clients on a whole host of patent and trademark issues.

Leading firms in Slovenia

Jadek & Pensa

Jadek & Pensa fields a ‘personable and user-friendly’ team that advises on the full spectrum of issues from tax advisory and labour law to dispute resolution, M&A, restructuring and more general corporate and commercial matters. It is regularly involved in the most significant deals in Slovenia and handles a broad range of direct and indirect tax matters from tax structuring and due diligence work to representing clients before the Slovenian tax authority. Its dispute resolution practice frequently handles the most complex domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration cases in the country. The team receives plaudits for being ‘very professional and efficient’. Among the names to note in this ‘well organised and responsive’ team are Srečo Jadek and Pavle Pensa. In other highlights Borut Leskovec, Domen Romih  and Iris Pensa were all promoted to the partnership. The team is ‘composed of experts with different expertise, all have a professional attitude’ – Aleksandra Jemc Merc, Jure Levovnik and Ožbej Merc are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘From the Jadek & Pensa Law Firm I have worked with Mr. Borut Leskovec and Mr. Jure Levovnik.  Most of the time I have worked with Mr. Borut Leskovec but I can say that they are both very professional, efficient, reliable, polite, they always stick to the agreement and deliver on time’.

‘Jadek & Pensa team is very knowledgeable, and always on the ball; experience for a client is seamless. Years of experience and insight behind every decision, confidence inspiring’.

‘Lead Partner was Mr. Ožbej Merc. He played his part perfectly and he has a very good ability to explain difficult legal things (for non-lawyers) to clients and others. So, we were not bogged down in legal minutia or technicalities (although there were a lot of those to deal with) but focused on the substance. He has a very good grasp of business risk and the allocation of it, in the context of finding a solution that will work for all parties. Highly recommended! Also very involved was Mrs. Nastja Merlak. She handled a great many different workstreams seamlessly. Her ability to remember back the genesis of issues and solutions was very helpful when trying to understand the structure of the deal and how to move forward. Highly recommended as well!’.

‘We cooperated in the area of competition law, namely with the attorney Janja Zaplotnik. The service is highly professional and they understand the retail business.  Janja Zaplotnik, she is highly professional, works under pressure and under tight deadlines’.

The team is very professional and they have wide knowledge, esp. with tax law and corporate law. With respect to tax law, they are far more experienced than the other firms. We intensively work with Domen Romih who is an expert in tax law. He has outstanding knowledge, is very innovative and proposes various solutions to certain problems/challenges. He is responsive (returns calls) and very reliable’.

‘This law firm is distinguished by the fact that it has specialised experts in virtually all areas of law. It is further recommended by its attitude towards its clients; they listen, understand the problem, analyse possible solutions and make feasible suggestions, all in the shortest possible time. Lawyers strive for excellence, best knowledge and the highest level of professionalism. The firm uses various IT solutions to enable unhindered personal and confidential communication in all circumstances. Fair and transparent billing’.

‘Srečo Jadek (Senior partner) – A noble lawyer in the best sense of the word, a man of broad horizons, well connected, with an exceptional knowledge of many areas of law, legal history (very important in a country in transition), and with excellent sense of law and justice. Janja Zaplotnik (Partner) – Outstanding lawyer with excellent knowledge of competition law (including state aids) and commercial law. Bright, confident, reliable adviser, very efficient, integrates many areas of law and controls even the smallest details in large complex cases. Our first choice for any issues in (or connected to) the field of competition law and state aids. Iris Pensa (Partner) – The best choice in Slovenia for all employment law issues, including intervention legislation related to the new coronavirus epidemic. Insightful, precise, with excellent knowledge of the field, understanding of the circumstances in which employers operate, extremely fast, responsive, yet reliable and professional’.

‘I mostly work with Borut Leskovec in the field of public procurement. Mr. Leskovec is a public procurement expert, highly professional, quickly understands the problem, he thinks broadly, processes all possible aspects and he is pleasant to work with’.

Key clients

Slovenske železnice

Lek

Nicelabel

Consortium of shareholders in H&R – Hidria parent company

TAB

Mercator

ING

Innova Capital, Trimo, PLIC

Meta Ingenium, Meta Ventures

Interenergo

ABB

Seascape

2TDK d.o.o.

DARS d.d. (Slovenian Motorway Company)

Trimo d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Mercator on the refinancing of Mercator’s senior debt, in conjunction with the transfer of Mercator from Agrokor to Fortenova.
  • Advising and representing Lek d.d. on patent matters.
  • Represented the sellers (the management of Nicelabel and founder of Nicelabel) in the disposal of Nicelabel to Loftware, following last year’s Nicelabel MBO.

Law firm Kavcic, Bracun & Partners, o.p., d.o.o.

Law firm Kavčič, Bračun & Partners, o.p., d.o.o. is praised for its ‘exceptional professionalism’  under the leadership of Matej Kavčič and Simon Bračun. The team advises both national and international financial institutions and companies on the full range of issues and also represents these clients before the courts, administrative bodies and regulators. It is frequently instructed in the largest corporate and M&A deals in the Slovenian market. The group has a strong track record of advising banks, creditors and debtors in many financings and restructuring matters. In addition the excellent team is adept at advising on competition and antitrust law and is also skilled at advising new start-up companies (particularly those in the blockchain sector). Other strengths lie in advising on real estate projects, intellectual property rights and in employment law as well as on a broad range of commercial and civil disputes. The team garners praise for its ‘pragmatic advice’.

Practice head(s):

Matej Kavčič; Simon Bračun

Testimonials

‘We work with Matej Kavčič; and occasionally with Simon Bračun, partners at KBP. Matej is always 100% ready, professional, with the right suggestions and answers to the problem. Exact. Timely. Dynamic, but extremely respectful in communicating to the customer. Ready to help deep outside of business hours. An excellent trusted lawyer. Simon is excellent. He delivers what I want: competence, availability and results – cost effectively’.

‘Law firm KBP  is very approachable, fast in replies and with excellent knowledge in the field of competition law. Aleksandra Mitić is very knowledgeable and experienced in competition. Matej is also a great expert in commercial and competition law’.

‘KBP delivers services accurately, promptly, in observance of budget. We appreciate their local knowledge and their familiarity with the needs of multinational companies operating in their jurisdiction either directly or through local subsidiaries. We worked with Simon Bracun and Neza Grasselli –  their support was much appreciated. Questions were answered promptly and to the point. Correspondence and calls were not excessive. In our view, both Simon and Neza are worthy of recognition as capable professionals in their field due to their in-depth knowledge of law and best practice and their fine delivery of service’.

‘Swift, complete and pro-business advices. Matej, Simon, and Aleksandra are always available to answer our questions via any channel we are using for communication. In Covid times we were provided with valuable summaries of the mandatory legislation. Matej , Simon and Aleksandra have full  knowledge and experience of pro-business advices. What I really admire is that no matter what the issue is,  I can be provided with the advice in a language (non-lawyer language) that I can understand. Regardless of the complexity the advice is understandable. Besides that deadlines are always respected and usually we get the comprehensive advices before the agreed deadlines’.

‘I would like to mention the following experts: Matej – his knowledge, professionalism and communication skills are impressive. He is very focused and precise with impeccable management skills. Špela – she is very professional and organised with strong interpersonal and communication skills’.

‘The team always works on the task from different aspects and guides the client to the solution. Even if the solution is something the client did not have in mind in the beginning. All the lawyers are very well equipped and follow new technological trends in providing the service to the clients. They put a lot of effort into understanding the problem and the landscape of the legal challenges. Billing is very transparent. The team is young. The partners put a lot of effort into shaping the young lawyers and having the service on the highest quality standards. The atmosphere in the team is relaxed but the workflows is still very consistent’.

‘The most work we do I cooperate with partner Matej (trustworthy, exact, structured and systematic, honest and to the point), partner Simon  (honest, nice, structured, following the trends) and lawyer Katja Černivec (efficient, fast, systematic, knowledgeable). All the lawyers have very strong values and integrity, so the client knows that their challenge are in safe hands and will be handled with the highest degree of confidentiality’.

‘KBP team is highly professional, dedicated, focused and understands the needs of the client. Compared to other firms, KBP team stands out with their broad view of matters and possibility to look at issues in different ways. Matej is an outstanding lawyer who understands business and client’s goals and then offers practical advice. Aleksandra is extremely professional, responsive and technically excellent’.

ODI Law Firm

ODI Law Firm fields a ‘highly motivated and proactive’ team that has offices in four jurisdictions (Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia) and as a consequence is particularly adept at handling complex cross-border matters. It excels in four core practice areas of corporate/M&A; restructuring and insolvency; banking and finance as well as dispute resolution. The practice also specialises in corporate governance advice and compliance reviews and regularly advises banks and debtors on various significant restructuring matters. Uroš Ilić heads the team that is praised for its ‘willingness to go the extra mile’. Clients include listed and private companies, hedge and PE funds, banks and international institutions as well as public authorities. Other key senior members of the team are Matjaž Jan and Branko Ilić. The group has ‘excellent legal skills and a very good understanding of  the business background – this makes it very easy to work with them’.

Practice head(s):

Uroš Ilić

Testimonials

‘Dedicated team, strong expertise, locally well-connected. Effective, quick, very reasonable cost. They are very reliable and I have been able to work seamlessly with them to deliver client advice which is consistent, clear, on time and on budget’.

‘Tine Mišic is a pleasure to deal with. The team is particularly strong in corporate and insolvency law. If a restructuring is needed we would definitely recommend them to everyone. They also have a very strong litigation department, especially for commercial related matters’.

‘Top Slovenian law firm for business law, recommended for complex projects.’

‘They are very professional. Primož Mikolič has assisted us on many occasions, knowledgeable and very efficient lawyer. Team is always available and very efficient in handling the requests we raise, always with a practical view considering not just the legal but also business environment. Tine Misic and  Primoz Mikolic are the key contacts we have at ODI. Especially Primoz Mikolic excels by closely following-up the matters with a practical view’.

‘ODI team has great depth. The team has a great combination of older and younger generations of best lawyers and can consequently provide you with great advice that includes different perspectives, including modern technology. Matjaž Jan has deep experiences and knowledge of corporate law’.

‘ODI law firm is ‘solution-oriented’ team, very experienced in corporate governance, real estate, banking & finance matters. The ODI law firm team is very responsive, dedicated and professional. Branko Ilić, partner in ODI law firm, is able to provide quick and professional advice, has innovative solutions and is very customer orientated’.

‘We have worked with ODI for several years now. ODI is a large law firm with a deep team, making them a perfect single point of contact for all our legal needs. Despite having our legal department, we entrust them with all our complex legal matters. They are particularly strong in corporate litigation, general corporate matters and complex transactions requiring financial skills. I have worked with partner Matjaž Jan, who I work with for many years now. He has deep experience and knowledge of commercial, corporate and financial law. He is very creative with his ideas on how to solve difficult situations and is proving year by year that he is just a fantastic attorney generally. I have worked also with Suzana Bončina Jamšek, who showed a deep understanding of our needs and came up with unconventional solutions that proved to be a successful strategy.’

‘Primoz Mikolic has helped us structure and close several investments in Slovenia. He is super responsive and proactive and has great negotiation skills. Highly recommended’.

Key clients

Tokić Ltd

MHP SE

FedEx Corporation

Petrol

Vita, Life Insurance Company, d.d.

nChain Holdings Ltd.

HIT d.d.

HIDRIA d.o.o.

Hranilnica LON d.d.

SKB banka d.d. (OTP group)

TUŠ Group

Villager d.o.o.

Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Commodity Reserves

Pan Cee Holding

MSIN Group

Knapp AG

Nexi SpA

Pannonia Bio / ClonBio

BELEKTRON d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Slovenian private equity group MSIN on the acquisition of Neograf, the leading Croatian cardboard packaging company.
  • Advising the Italian payment processor Nexi SpA as local counsel on two landmark mergers. The merger of Nexi SpA and Nets A/S creates Europe’s biggest payments firm by volume.
  • Advising a syndicate of bank on a multimillion cross -border financing to DON DON’s Slovenian and Serbian subsidiary, one of the leading pastries and bread producers in the region.

Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.

Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o. is a large firm that specialises in diverse areas such as corporate and commercial law (including antitrust matters), banking and finance work as well as real estate matters. It is highly recommended too for its expertise in all forms of dispute resolution. In addition the firm has close links with a number of leading international law firm. Clients include several foreign and domestic leasing companies, industrial corporations and pharmaceutical companies. It is also known for its work with several foreign media companies and numerous foreign investment and commercial banks, trade associations as well as state and privately owned funds. The heads of the firm are Ales Rojs, Robert Prelesnik and Grega Peljhan all of whom are well-regarded. Recent work highlights have included acting for the purchasers and sellers of NPLs as well as advising on all aspects of structured financings. The practice has also been busy advising on several major M&A transactions in Slovenia.

Testimonials

‘The firm has depth in overall team, so is able to produce legal work in exceptional time and with legal knowledge. Bojan Šporar – great knowledge of corporate law, available’.

‘The team is composed of individuals who cover specialised fields of legal counselling so as a whole they are able to cover wide areas of legal counselling with very precise knowledge. Because of the quite large team they are able to immediately backup and support each other so you know they are reliable, flexible and fast in response. When technical issues are involved they are able to understand also the technical part not only the legal part (Mr. Hrastnik and Mr. Prelesnik)’.

‘The team consists of exceptional lawyers with a very broad spectrum of experiences, whereas they can provide appropriate advice to various issues their clients face on complex matters. They have in-depth understanding of business reality and, besides providing the specialist legal advice, they always take into account the whole commercial framework of a case and consider all the needs of the client. As a corporate client we particularly value them being goal-focused and capable of providing creative solutions to tackle the issues at hand. They are unconditionally reliable and always available to provide their assistance. RPPP is considered the leading Slovenian law firm in the field of commercial law. Through our years of cooperation they have many times proven this indeed to be the case’.

‘We are particularly impressed with work of Mr David Premelč. He always provides excellent service, even under tight deadlines. He has no difficulty to take into account a huge volume of facts and make legal sense of them. His written work is outstanding and his production of arguments, even in complex cases, logical and concise. On top of this he also provides strategical input to the case with out-of-the box solutions. As such he is invaluable as a lawyer who handles the case as a whole and, taking every step, considers the complex consequences of various possible actions’.

Key clients

Generali CEE Holding B.V. (Generali Group)

United Group

Magna Steyr

Intersocks

VR Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International

Sparkasse d.d.

SID – Slovenska izvozna in razvojna banka d.d.

Lone Star / Centrice

Marand d.o.o., SRC d.o.o. and other shareholders of DISS d.o.o.

Allianz SE

EKO SUROVINA d.o.o. (part of RASTODER Group)

Antenna Group

Salviol Group

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and PharmaSwiss d.o.o.

LafargeHolcim Group

Styria Media Group

AnaCap

LCN Capital Partners

ADACTA HOLDING d.o.o.

Agrokor d.d. / Fortenova Grupa d.d.

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Goodyear

Sparkasse d.d.

Intersport ISI d.o.o.

Heta Asset Resolution d.o.o.

Aviva Italia Holding

Erste Group Bank AG

Krka

Supernova

HOLDING OF SLOVENIAN POWER PLANTS (HSE) and EGS (ELEKTROGOSPODARSTVO SLOVENIJE)

Ernst&Young

KPL d.d.

Samsic d.o.o

Porsche Slovenija (subsidiary of Volkswagen Group) and Porsche Slovenija’s dealers

Huawei

DARS (Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia)

Teva

Selectium

GEN-I d.o.o.

Magna Steyr

Corwin A.S. Slovakia

HETA Asset Resolution d.o.o.

City Municipality of Ljubljana

Intersocks

Raiffeisen Leasing d.o.o.

AV NALOŽBE d. o. o.

 

Work highlights

  • Advised Sartorius on their 360m EUR acquisition of purification specialist BIA Separations and the merger of it into its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech.
  • Advised MOL Group on their 301m EUR acquisition of OMV’s gas station business in Slovenia following their planned exit from the market.

ŠELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm

The lawyers at ŠELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm ‘stand out for their professionalism, efficiency and speed in doing their work’. Under the joint leadership of Nina Selih and Nataša Pipan Nahtigal the team has particular strength in M&A work, general corporate and commercial law as well as banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring matters. It also excels in antitrust and competition law in addition to litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The vast majority of its clients are multinational companies as well as their Slovenian business operations. The group has considerable cross-border expertise too. It has a strong real estate practice that regularly advises investors and developers and it also garners praise for its work on patent infringement cases. In addition the firm regularly works with some large international law firms. Špela Remec and Miha Štravs were promoted to the partnership. ‘The lawyers work really well as a team and always want to achieve the best for their clients’.

Testimonials

‘Their advice is business oriented and straight to the point. Their availability and capability to find creative legal solutions are remarkable. In addition communication with them is easy and friendly. The team is very smart, always readily available and understands the client needs more than most other firms we cooperated with. Jera Majzelj is the person I worked with the most. She is one of the most capable, smart people I met while working in this industry. She is detail oriented and has excellent knowledge of law’.

‘ŠELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm did an excellent job for us, delivered all relevant documentation in the required time and quality, they were very flexible at every time and point of the transaction, we appreciate their support. Blaz Ogorevc – the excellent and experienced professional with high performance during the whole transaction’.

‘Highly professional approach, outstanding technical skills, time flexibility, politeness. Spela Remec was the main contact person who provided excellent legal advice in various areas of law. We especially appreciated her organisational skills and client-friendly approach’.

‘Key- always approachable even if on vacation, able to support anytime under tight deadlines. Excellent legal advice and reliable. High professionalism. Able to provide a single point of contact.’

‘We have worked with this firm for a long time, they are the best. They understand our business logic and try to provide advice which is not only legally correct, but also makes commercial sense. I also like their accessibility. If I have an urgent situation, I can rely that they will do their best to provide advice even during the weekend or over night’.

‘We have been super satisfied with this firm for many years now. They are always our first choice. They have commercial vision, excellent knowledge, broad experience in handling complex transactions, and are very responsive, pragmatic, reliable and nice to work with’.

‘The main strengths and advantages of Šelih & partners compared to other local firms are good knowledge and understanding of the business side of the deal, professional approach, broad skillset and dedication to achieving the best result for their client. Miha Štravs is highly skilled in real estate transactions, has good legal knowledge and is able to come up with intelligent solutions. Blaž Ogorevc is one of the best real estate lawyers in the country, very result oriented’.

‘One of the few law firms in the country with significant cross-border experience. Thoughtful and sensible, very knowledgeable of their own market (which is not the easiest legal system to navigate). Very entrepreneurial mindset. Nina Selih – head of the firm, an authority’.

Key clients

OTP Bank

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

MARS Inc.

Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM)

Styria Digital Marketplaces

Adient plc

Inditex

BASF

Lindab AB

Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SDH)

Decathlon

Futures Industry Association Europe (FIA Europe)

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Zurich Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised OTP Bank (one of the largest financial and banking service providers in the CEE region), in relation to the acquisition of a Slovenian Nova KBM d.d.
  • Assisted Adient (a global leader in automotive seating production) on the competition law aspects connected to its strategic transformation and change of control (merger control clearance).
  • Advised Nomad Foods Limited (a world-leading frozen foods company) on its acquisition of Fortenova Group’s frozen food business group holding CEE market leading anchor brands Ledo and Frikom.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is a strong regional firm which has 13 offices across the CEE/SEE region. The excellent team specialises in all areas of commercial law, banking and finance as well corporate/M&A deals. Other primary focus areas include real estate, employment, competition and IP/IT in addition to all regulatory matters and dispute resolution. The nimble team is also regularly retained and recommended by various international law firms. Markus Bruckmüller, Klemen Radosavljević and Klara Miletič lead the group that advises banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions as well as their borrowers and customers. Recently too the practice has been busy advising on some major refinancing and restructuring matters and other banking issues that have had a significant cross-border dimension. It is also well-regarded for its work on debt capital market transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Petra Jermol

Testimonials

‘Aiming to meet customer needs. High professionalism’.

‘Commercial and client focused. Markus Bruckmueller, partner, commercial, capable and very involved’.

‘Strong corporate focus and high flexibility. Markus Bruckmüller is absolutely one of the go-to-lawyers in Slovenia; very responsive and with high quality (in particular under time pressure)’.

 

Key clients

Kingspan Group

Apollo Global Management

VWR International Management Services GmbH & Co. KG

Hisense Group Co., Ltd

Landis+Gyr AG

Glovo

SeneCura Kliniken- und Heimebetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. and its parent company Orpea S.A.

Thyssenkrupp Austria Beteiligungs GmbH

Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor NKBM d.d.

ABANKA D.D.

BARCLAYS BANK PLC

BNP PARIBAS

COMMERZBANK

CRÉDIT AGRICOLE AND INVESTMENT BANK

J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES PLC

GOLDMAN SACHS

INTERNATIONAL BANK DEUTSCHE BANK

HSBC CONTINENTAL EUROPE

BARCLAYS BANK IRELAND PLC

GOLDMAN SACHS BANK EUROPE SE

NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR D.D.

UNICREDIT BANKA SLOVENIJA D.D. (in various combination as per the issuance)

SID – Slovenska izvozna in razvojna banka, d.d. Slovenija / Export and Development Bank

Deutsche Bank AG London

JP Morgan Securities plc

ECM Partners, Inc.

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo on the sale of NKBM, Slovenia’s second largest bank, to OTP, plc of Hungary. The transaction marks one of the largest M&A transactions in relation to financial institutions in Central Europe in 2021.
  • Advised Kingspan on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Slovenian company Trimo, one of Europe’s leading companies offering complete building envelope solutions in the area of fireproof roofs and facades. Closing of the transaction is subject to antitrust approvals.
  • Advised the listed Swiss company Landis+Gyr in its acquisition of the Slovenian company Etrel, which is active in the EV charging stations markets (hardware and software). Its work included legal due diligence, drafting and negotiation of transaction documentation and obtaining of all regulatory approvals (including FDI clearance).

CMS

CMS is recommended for its work on a range of corporate/M&A transactions in addition to banking and finance, real estate, employment law and dispute resolution. It is well-equipped to advise clients on all commercial and tax matters, IP and data protection issues as well as insurance and competition law. ‘What is unique about this team is its genuine and friendly client approach. They put a lot of effort into understanding the internal specifics of the client, which enables them to tailor the advice to the clients’ needs’. Aleš Lunder, Dunja Jandl, Maja Erker Žgajnar and Amela Žrt head the team that has considerable sector expertise in diverse areas such as automotive, banking, life sciences, telecoms and media.

Other key lawyers:

Amela Žrt; Irena Šik Bukovnik

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, highly skilled, having a deep insight and good overview over the Western Balkan region. Extremely good network. I personally work with Mr. Lunder who is open-minded, skilled with a lot of experiences (especially international ones)’.

‘All of the lawyers and partners in the firm, that I had the opportunity to work with, are great. They have in depth knowledge of the matter, they are kind and willing to help, they are innovative and they are results driven. I would very much recommend working with them.’

‘Despite being a larger company their approach is individual and this gives us trust. Punctuality , good organisation and professionalism. In the past I have been working with Ms. Amela Žrt. Her professional approach, knowledge, flexibility and availability is something we value most. I trust in her knowledge, she always delivered everything on time and these are 2 very important things’.

‘CMS Slovenia assisted on a cross-border acquisition financing transaction, and they were beyond proficient with the cross-border aspects of the deal. They did not just explain how things had to be done in Slovenia but also sought ways to bridge Slovenian requirements with those from other jurisdictions and worked with third-parties in Slovenia to find middle ground that worked for all jurisdictions. Their ability to integrate US and UK requirements into Slovenian practice was tremendous, and their grasp of foreign concepts quickly was extremely impressive. Maja Zgajnar was the partner in charge. She fully understood all aspects of the transaction and was responsive, thoughtful and creative at finding solutions to difficult problems.  Irena Sik Bukovnik also did an excellent job‘.

‘CMS impresses with its professional attitude, knowledge and service. The exciting thing is that they always look outside the box and offer some other solution that we, as a company, did not even think about’.

‘With Mrs. Maja Žgajnar and Mrs. Irena Buk Šikovnik. They were highly professional and prompt (they gave answers the same day or the next day)’.

‘We use the CMS Slovenia service in the field of insurance law, especially when there are difficulties in interpreting insurance coverage on foreign insurance bases in the Slovenian legal environment. In this area of law CMS team offers the top quality comprehensive legal solutions through efficient and practical advice.  I would especially like to commend Dunja Jandl, who is highly professional and diligent in resolving our issues’.

‘I valued the professionalism of our collaboration. I believe the team is well staffed so they can cover all manner of legal fields, so their service is comprehensive. I had contact with Amela Žrt, who proved to be exceedingly professional and diligent. Communication with her was prompt, clear, and well-researched. She provided innovative solutions’.

Key clients

AIPA k.o.

ALARABY TELEVISION NETWORK LIMITED

Amgen

Axor holding

Barings LLC Barings Finance LLC

BeeIN, telekomunikacije, d.o.o.

Canon Adria d.o.o.

CBE

Clever Fit

CooperVision Ltd.

CTP Ljubljana

DRAGON MARITIME pomorske storitve in špedicija d.o.o.

Eisenwerk Sulzau-Werfen R.&E. Weinberger AG, Valji d.o.o.

EOS Holding

Erste Group Bank AG

Groupe B&B Hôtels

JMS Adriatic d.o.o., Jacquet Metal Service Cité Internationale

Kubota Corporation

NLB d.d.

Nova KBM d.d.

OJETS Ltd.

Pirnar d.o.o.

Raiffeisen Bank International

Repligen Corp

Sensilab SA

Sportina Group

Sportsdirect.com SLVN d.o.o., Sportsdirect.com Retail Ltd

STRABAG AG

Unicredit Bank Austria AG

wdc Beteiligungen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Barings LLC, Barings Finance LLC (a global investment management firm) on the financing for an acquisition of a Slovenian company which is a leading developer of label management systems.
  • Advised Axor holding on a first of a kind transaction in a hotel industry on the Slovenian market where the owner of a hotel chain decided to demerge the company’s operations into two separate businesses, one exclusively dealing with hospitality services and the other owning and leasing real estate.
  • Supporting Sensilab S.A. in the process of the disposal of 100% share capital in Sensilab farmacevtska družba d.o.o., successful Slovenian food supplements online store, as the lead counsel on the transaction where the Slovenian target is being acquired by a Belgian entity acting for a US fund.

Ketler & Partners member of Karanovic

Ketler & Partners member of Karanovic advises on many issues from corporate mergers and acquisitions to banking and finance matters. In addition it is skilled at handling large real estate and infrastructure projects. The team is led by Marko Ketler who is adept at advising clients on key corporate deals and restructurings and is actively involved in various significant deals in the country and in the SEE region. The firm regularly works with global international law firms. Minu Anamaria Gvardjančič is a leading member of the employment and dispute resolution department. Senior counsel, Saša Oražem, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marko Ketler

Testimonials

‘Excellent. Hardworking, emotionally invested in client’s success, solutions-oriented. The seniors stay involved throughout, rather than delegating most work to juniors as happens with the big firms’.

‘Ketler & Partners, member of Karanovic has a very varied and complete skillset on board. They are very business oriented and help me a lot to simplify issues and come up with straightforward solutions. Being a foreign general manager, they help me to navigate the landscape in a very easy way. Always giving pro’s and con’s in human language and with a good risk assessment’.

‘Throughout the establishment of my company I have collaborated mostly with Sasa Orazem and Ermina Delic Kamencic. Both are very hands on, solution oriented and very fast in responses. Always available and very human in their approach. I am not helped with long texts and transcripts of legislation. I present an issue or a challenge and they are always there with a few solutions’.

‘People, availability and expertise. Great availability and experts in the field’.

‘The main advantage of this law firm compared to others is availability and actual engagement of senior team members. Compared to other firms, less work is delegated to junior team members. This enables the client to proceed with the project/work faster and with less engagement of own (legal) resources’.

Excellent M&A team. Marko Ketler – very good business understanding. Listening to clients’ specific needs and implementing them into practice. Good negotiator. Minu Anamaria Gvardjančič- excellent litigator. Good tactician. Quick and accurate responses’.

Key clients

PPF Group N.V. (via White & Case LLP)

NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR d.d.

IKEA Slovenija

Arx Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the fully owned subsidiaries of PPF Group N.V. in an agreement with Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ/Prague Stock Exchange: CETV) (“CME”) to acquire CME.
  • Advised NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR d.d. as the owner in the sale process of a 100 % business share in the company Anepremičnine d.o.o. holding a portfolio of real estate assets and leasing exposures.
  • Advised Arx Equity Partners in relation to the acquisition of Instrumentation Technologies d.o.o., a global leader in advanced instrumentation for the particle accelerator and proton therapy markets. Its services included the complete lead on the legal advisory aspects of the deal, including legal due diligence, negotiating SPA and a lot of ancillary documents.

Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys, Ltd.

Law Firm Senica & Partners, Ltd. is a full-service law firm that advises on a diverse range of corporate and commercial matters as well as civil, administrative, constitutional and employment matters. Other core areas of expertise include advising on immigration matters, criminal and tax law. The ‘proactive team’ advises large enterprises, multinational companies in addition to emerging start-up companies and private investors. Clients stem from a broad range of industries including energy, retail and automotive as well as manufacturing, telecommunications and insurance. The group also has particular expertise in the fintech, cybersecurity and data protection space. Miro Senica and Katarina Kresal are the firm’s managing partners. Katja Šumah heads the corporate and commercial offering. Uroš Cop leads on constitutional, public and regulatory matters. Petra Plevnik, Janja Ovsenik, Žiga Sternad, Maja Šubic and Katarina Mervič are all recommended. 

Testimonials

‘Mr Miro Senica is one of the most respected and best lawyers in Slovenia, who is completely dedicated to the engagement and gets things done on time and on agreed budget; – Mrs.Katarina Kresal who is also a very well known and respected lawyer and personality in Slovenia with expertise in corporate, teleco and dispute resolution also through the European Center for dispute resolution which she founded and presides; – Mr Matija Urankar who is a very dedicated lawyer in administrative and corporate M&A law’.

‘The team is very professional, flexible and with high EQ. It has been a great collaboration so far. We are mostly working with Ziga. Our team is very happy with Žiga, then have had some experience with Maša, also great feedback. In general, people in our company see the Senica team as people who actually try to help them’.

I am working still mostly with Mr. Uros Cop, nothing has changed in the last year. Relationship got even better, and we are planning to support Senica and Uros’s team even more in the future with our own growing business. I do not want to sound “cheesy” but Uroš is really a person everyone would want in their lives, an extraordinary lawyer. We are really happy to know that someone so nice, who can be so fierce, has our back. There was not an hour or day, when Uros would not show us support, and I think we all agree, that some strange stuff happened in 2020, so we needed them on more than one occasion‘.

‘We decided to work with Law firm Senica due to the fact that they are probably the only Slovenian “all in one” law firm. I wish to point out their distinguished client service. In my opinion it is unparalleled and thought through to the last detail. No matter the complexity of the matter, they always make an effort and they strive for the client’s best interests. I believe this is the first thing any client whether it be new or a long-lasting partner will always notice and be impressed by. Their confidence, knowledge, and business savvy (and personal) approach are the qualities which make you as their client feel very comfortable and at ease when facing a complex issue at hand. The experts at Law firm Senica always seem to impress me with the combination of their expert knowledge, personal approach, tactics and the ability to deliver everything requested in a tight timescale’.

‘Mr Miro Senica’s work ethic and understanding of clients and the law is what gets the job done. His understanding of the legal issues and their business implications as well as dedication to his profession are outstanding. He really knows how to close any deal efficiently so that the business is sustainable. One of his qualities that I especially respect is that he is always personally committed to the client. His personal approach and negotiating skills are much appreciated‘.

‘Ms Katarina Kresal is extremely well aware of the complexity of a problem. Due to her high level of emotional intelligence and excellent knowledge of the business world, Katarina is able to get the counterparty to agree to conditions that at first seem completely inaccessible. Her way of presenting arguments and her feeling of seizing the right moment to achieve only what is best for her client is just great. I like to work with her, because she understands the business and brings everything successfully to an end. She is precise, assertive, vigorous and generally a people’s person, which makes her very pleasant to work with‘.

‘The invaluable strength of Miro Senica, the founding and managing partner of the Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys, lies in his ability to act as a strategic leader having a broad perspective on issues concerning law and the economy. With his visionary thinking, Mr Senica has often proven instrumental in anticipating several steps ahead in some of our projects. Ms Katarina Kresal is a specialised corporate – commercial attorney and also an international alternative dispute resolution expert which is why we have asked for her advice on most of our projects. She is highly skilled and precise and as she is also a collaborative attorney, she is the best in leading difficult negotiations’.

‘Mr Uroš Čop; is a specialist in commercial and criminal law and has also been a valuable asset to us with his exceptional ability to correlate the two areas of expertise. This has proven very useful for us, since our activities often require a detailed knowledge of the interplay between commercial and criminal law, particularly in drafting expert opinions and early neutral evaluations. Ms Petra Plevnik is an expert on property rights as well as on civil dispute resolution. It has been my experience that she is an excellent lawyer, very well organised and a strong negotiator. Petra is very diligent, hardworking and up to the task at hand without fail’.

Key clients

Mercator d.d.

DLA Piper (for the client Graphic Packaging International LLC (GPI))

Ascent Resources PLC

GO ASSET Development GmbH

Spektra Invest d.o.o.

University Medical Centre Ljubljana

KEMIS d.o.o.

CORUM ORIGIN

F.G.T. d.o.o.

CPK d.d.

RECO POWR LAND LTD

Indotek Zrt.

Raiffeisen Landesbank Kärnten

Quehenberger Logistics

Work highlights

  • Representing GO ASSET Development GmbH in all current and future phases of construction of a logistics centre located in Sežana (near the border between Italy and Slovenia).
  • Advises and represents KEMIS d.o.o., which is one of the biggest CEE providers for hazardous waste management, in several related procedures concerning its hazardous waste business operations.
  • Advised and helped University Medical Centre Ljubljana on a daily basis regarding public procurement for the purchase of ventilators, protective masks, and other essential equipment against the COVID-19.

Schoenherr Slovenia

Schoenherr Slovenia fields a ‘remarkable’ team of ‘highly qualified lawyers with significant experience in various areas’. Bojan Brežan heads the dispute resolution and real estate departments; Vid Kobe is particularly skilled in banking and finance and corporate/M&A work; Eva Škufca leads the EU & Competition and IP departments while Marko Frantar  is recommended for his work on regulatory matters; real estate and corporate law. Other key names to note include Matej Črnilec who specialises in banking, finance and dispute resolution and Urša Ušeničnik who is recommended for her work on labour and employment law. The team is praised for its ‘international experience and know-how’ and for being ‘really business orientated’.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Primožič; Peter Gorše

Testimonials

‘We work mostly with Matej Crnilec. He understands our business and delivers superb products. Lately we have been working on banking regulatory with him and his knowledge of the field really stands out from other lawyers. He also seems to be on good terms with the regulators as he tends to get valuable responses from them on specific issues (eg on licensing, consumer credit, and AML, and other regulatory stuff). All in all, we would be happy to recommend Matej’.

‘The Schönherr Slovenia team is composed of highly qualified professionals, who are distinguished experts, each in his/her own field of expertise. Vid Kobe is a reputable name in the market because of his profound knowledge and excellent experience’.

‘Bojan Brežan is an incredible lawyer – he is extremely knowledgeable in his fields (transactions and dispute resolution), he is always thinking several steps ahead and has a very strategic mindset. On top of that he is very sociable and friendly and we have the utmost trust in him. We also work a lot with Marko Frantar (mostly on regulatory matters). Marko is also an excellent lawyer, with perfect command of his field, excellent at understanding our needs and finding quick and workable solutions. Also to mention is Jan Primožič. He is in Bojan’s team. A very smart and capable young attorney, surely on the partner track with Schoenherr‘.

‘Schoenherr is the best firm in the market. Their partners and attorneys are all very well educated and knowledgeable lawyers, responsive, organised, diligent, with a very good understanding of our underlying interests. They are transparent with fees and always very fair. I can only highly recommend. Bojan Brežan -we are really very happy with him and we rely on him on all matters’.

‘Strong understanding of the client’s needs; problem oriented; quick response times; excellent work products; high quality of problem analysis and proposed solutions. Marko Frantar’.

‘Ideal for handling complex cases, with a number of highly skilled professionals that cooperate on the case. Matej Črnilec stood out as highly skilled and versatile, with a high level of communication skills. From the correspondence it was clearly visible that he was very efficient in leading the team of co-workers that was involved in our cases’.

‘The team at Schönherr is very good. One stop shop basically. They are responsive and helpful. Would highly recommend. People are friendly, technology-wise they seem up to date, billing is fine. Compared to competitors they are a larger office and we work on complex issues with them. As mentioned, they usually respond faster then others. We work with the banking team (Matej Črnilec; Vid Kobe and Peter Gorše ). All are very nice guys. Most of our matters are handled by Matej Črnilec, and he is the best. Quick, smart and thorough! Also very skilful in litigation. We also do some with Urša Ušenični. She really knows her way around employment stuff. She is clear and concise, and always friendly’.

‘What makes the Schoenherr team unique is their responsiveness and to the point, practical approach. They obviously provide flawless legal advice, but the added value and what sets them apart is their impeccable understanding of the practical side of the business – we can always count on Schoenherr to offer us legal solutions that also make practical sense, which is not something you get often from law firms. We mostly work with Urša Ušenični-on employment matters. She provides straightforward no-nonsense advice, is very responsive and also very kind. ‘.

Key clients

Erste Group Bank AG, NLB d.d. Ljubljana, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, SKB banka d.d. Ljubljana, Unicredit Banka Slovenija d.d. and VTB Bank (Europe) SE (Mercator core lenders)

Bank Association of Slovenia (Združenje bank Slovenije)

KBC Insurance NV

NLB d.d.

Addiko Bank Slovenia

OMV AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

LynxCap Group AG

DDM Group AG

EOS Holding GmbH

ALFI, upravljanje alternativnih investicijskih skladov, d.o.o.

BIA Separations

Endava PLC

S&T AG

DZS d.d.

Terme Čatež d.d.

Beneteau/Seascape

Slovenian Sovereign Holding

Groupe Salins

Corteva Agriscience

Blanc und Fischer

IVM Chemicals S.r.l.

Rarec IN d.o.o.

Getinge South East Europe

FGI d.o.o.

CBRE GmbH

Tesla Group

AT&T, WarnerMedia

EP Logistics International, a.s. part of Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH)

PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH

HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG

Immofinanz AG

Mercator

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholders of purification specialist BIA Separations on the sale of a 100% stake in BIA Separations to the German life science group Sartorius.
  • Advised OMV on the sale of OMV Slovenia to Hungarian MOL Group.
  • Advised EPH on its joint venture with Slovenian Railways with respect to rail freight services.

Sibincic Križanec

Sibincic Križanec is a corporate law firm that is known for representing foreign clients, especially in M&A transactions, capital markets matters, restructurings and cross-border deals. It is a ‘highly professional’ and ‘hands on’ team that is praised for its ‘real business orientated approach’. It is also well-regarded for its work on corporate taxation matters and in dispute resolution. Jan Sibinčič and Uroš Križanec co-head the department that was pleased to add Matic Novak to its ranks from Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.

Testimonials

‘A one-stop shop for our company’s outsourced legal matters with a main focus on corporate and tax areas. They have always provided a senior lawyer to work on our cases ensuring high quality of service. All covered cases so far have resulted in the planned outcome for our company. Very prompt and swift process, cooperative, structured, keeping the client well informed’.

‘Jan Sibincic – highly experienced and professional senior partner of the firm who has been operationally involved in all of our cases so far. Nina Cuden – skilled, proactive, efficient, taking care of the client’s interest. Uros Krizanec -we rate as an experienced legal expert. Martin Carni – excellent knowledge of the specific legal area (intellectual property, IT, data protection field)’.

‘The team was extremely responsive and understood not only the legal issues but also the business side of the matter. They were offering creative solutions and showed an in-depth understanding of all relevant issues, resulting in the optimal solution’.

‘Jan Sibinčič  has shown an in-depth understanding of our business and legal issues we were dealing with. He was really responsive and highly efficient. We very much appreciate also the tax optimisation and detailed tax advices – the firm was “a one stop shop”‘.

‘Uroš Križanec is incredibly client-oriented and maintains a strategic perspective while keeping an overview of all matters in a complex legal structure. He’s responsive, reliable and very good at keeping the clients’ interests as a top priority’.

‘Jan Sibinčič has been with us since the beginning of our cooperation. Has great people skills and gets along with all of our key employees. Nina Čuden is always thorough and gets things done before expected. Uroš Križanec has amazing negotiation skills and is able to resolve any complex matter‘.

‘I appreciate that Jan always looks at the matter and resolves it from a legal and tax point of view – that makes SK a full-service law firm. He is full of realistic ideas and always finds the most optimal solution’.

Our company started working with Law firm Sibincic Krizanec mainly because of the senior counsel Matic Novak. We had worked with him in the past and we were very happy with his performance. He has a very proactive approach to solving legal issues, understands the company’s industry and the main stakeholders exceptionally well, is always available for us and consistently delivers great results’.

Key clients

GABRIJEL HOLDING

DATALAB Tehnologije

MEDEX

MA-YDI

BELEKTRON

BOVING

ERUDIO

SPRINGWATER CAPITAL

INTERSPORT ISI

Planet TV

Nektar Natura

TRGOGRAD

VLS

UNILINK CONSULTING

TERMO SHOP

SWEDISH MATCH

VERA HOLDING

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholder of two major operational companies: Gabrijel Aluminium and Grosbasket, in corporate restructuring and ownership consolidation, which included a merger, division and a capital swap. Deal value was app. EUR 12m.
  • Advised Springwater Capital (a Spanish Private Equity specialised in hospitality) in the acquisition of Kompas, which is the biggest and oldest Slovenia based regional tourist agency.
  • Advised a high-net-worth individual in a tax matter – tax administration rendered a decision on an EUR 13.5m in relation to an IP transfer, which the firm successfully defended, saving the client almost the full amount of tax.

Fabiani, Petrovic, Jeraj, Rejc attorneys -at-law Ltd.

Fabiani, Petrovic, Jeraj, Rejc attorneys -at-law Ltd. has a ‘flexible’ and ‘highly professional team’. It provides the full range of legal services including tax advice to many domestic and foreign clients. Jernej Jeraj is recommended for his work on M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Tomaž Petrovič has a primary focus on corporate takeovers and mergers and acquisitions. Boštjan Rejc heads the energy, real estate and construction law department. Luka Fabiani is also recommended. The firm continues to have a strong international focus through its exclusive membership of Cathay Associates (an alliance of independent Chinese-focused practices) and the German speaking law firm focused network DIRO.

Testimonials

‘Best firm in Slovenia. Great full service firm with strong team in Corporate M&A and Disputes. Jernej Jeraj is extremely efficient, responsive and a great strategist. He is very supportive and excellent in building a trust relationship with clients and peers. It is a great help and pleasure to work with him’.

‘This law firm has a great team of experts, as well as young lawyers. The partners are skilled professionals who are highly regarded in the Slovenian market. Jernej Jeraj is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. Highly professional, always available and prepared for any kind of corporate mandates’.

‘Great team, approachable people, friendly attitude. Jernej Jeraj – wide variety of knowledge, excellent project management. Luka Fabiani – good negotiation skills, ability to explain issues in understandable manner’.

‘Over the years, on many occasions I cooperated with FPJR Law firm and I experienced that they are highly motivated and well trained team that has a great ability to adapt to every situation and challenge. Jernej Jeraj is very experienced attorney at law with a ‘hands on’ leadership style that makes you feel safe and confident during the whole project’.

‘The team strives to provide innovative solutions and to-the-point advice. Jernej Jeraj is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer, who develops a thorough understanding of the client’s business and needs, and provides very useful and to-the-point advice. He finds solutions which mostly meet the client’s needs.’

‘Tomaž Petrovič is very intelligent, helps to find creative solutions for both parties, fast responding, special knowledge in M&A. Boštjan Rejc: knowledge in energy sector, talent for details’.

‘Very hands-on team with a good mix of individual strengths. I work with all of their partners – Jernej Jeraj, Tomaž Petrovič; Luka Fabiani and Boštjan Rejc. All of them are exceptional lawyers with a lot of know-how in their respective fields’.

‘Large yet very diverse team, very responsive, and covering all areas where we needed legal assistance/advice. Jernej Jeraj: universal, covering several areas of expertise in an excellent way, good with advice, very good in a mediator role. Luka Fabiani: expert in his field, highly responsive, straight to the point, very good in finding details yet at the same time providing an “executive summary” type of feedback’.

Key clients

4-N Tech

Alpe – Panon, McDonald’s DL

Ancora

Avant Car

Best in Parking GmbH (Austria)

BIA Separations

Carl Zeiss

Cubo Group (Hotel Cubo d.o.o., Cubo Golf d.o.o. and others

Förch

ECP Tac Op

Goodyear Slovenia

Heureka Group a.s. and its local subsidiary Ceneje

Hofer trgovina

Huter invest and its local subsidiary HG INVEST

HSE

Ideo plus

Informatika

Izoteh

Karcher

Kerbl Austria GmbH

Lekarne Maribor

Limitlex

Lindab

Municipality Vrhnika

Publicus

Q-Free Traffic Design

Panta Rhei GmbH

Regal GH

RGI Group (and its local subsidiary Novum skupina d.o.o.)

SG Automotive

Skupina prva, zavarovalniški holding

Securitas

Slovenian – German Chamber of Commerce

Valiant

Veolia Industries GSL

Work highlights

  • Advised Lindab AB, the seller, on its exit from Slovenia and the ex-Yu region, initially in a winding-down proceeding and then, after a buyer was found, in a sale of its 100% stake to Orange Climate.
  • Advised Alpe-Panon d.o.o. (McDonald’s DL) on the development and/or lease of several new locations in Slovenia.
  • Advising ECP Tac Op in a compulsory settlement (restructuring) process of SG Automotive d.o.o. in which the client converted its claims into a 100% share of the debtor.

Nlaw

At Nlaw Nejc Novak heads a ‘very energetic and knowledgeable team with a high level of motivation to assist clients’. It is a team that receives many plaudits for being ‘highly engaged in the business environment’ with particular strength in venture capital and technology matters. It is adept at advising on issues related to blockchain and has increasingly been advising on alternative investment funds that are being set up in Slovenia and Croatia.

Practice head(s):

Nejc Novak

Other key lawyers:

Ambrož Arko; Nejc Setnikar

Testimonials

‘NLaw team combines top notch expertise with an individual and human approach. They approach problems in an open minded way and communicate clearly. Moreover, collaboration with them is enjoyable while deliverables are always on time. Working with NLaw feels and is a true partnership!‘.

‘Nejc Novak is our long-term lawyer, always calm and capable of deep analysis. He is a true leader of the team. He takes special care of customers. Ambrož Arko is a great expert on corporate law, we have had great experience working with him‘.

‘The team is really strong in the area of start-ups and advising both funds/investors as well as start up companies in complex transaction structures. They are also developing their own digital solutions which is a unique feature for a law firm in Slovenia. The team is generally very capable and what we really treasure – they stick to agreed deadlines and deliver a high quality product/advice on time‘.

‘They are very responsive and professional and are able to take on the more demanding projects. They do their best to provide the service that is tailor-made for the client and they dedicate sufficient efforts and resources to do the work’.

Very strong emphasis on digitalisation. They understand the world of finance much better than is usual for a law company‘.

‘They are the young generation of lawyers – relaxed, friendly, geeky and full of legal knowledge. To me, coming from the culture business, it is important that their services are great value for money. They are very hands on and get actively engaged in the matter to improve client’s position. I would especially point out Nejc Setnikar as he can always be reached and works around the clock‘.

‘Nlaw is a vibrant team of individuals. They are young, but they have a lot of experience and they go the extra mile to help commercially and not only in terms of the law. They are always interested in the commercial aspects of the business and try to assist the client to achieve its commercial goals. That helps us get business done faster and better with more added value. They are tirelessly searching for new solutions to the problems we encounter‘.

‘Novak law is a great team due to their entrepreneurial knowledge and that distinguishes them from classical law firms. Great effort to understand the client, be there for them, non-stop availability and they are hard workers‘.

Key clients

Mare Santo d.o.o.

Adria Mobil d.o.o.

Ernst & Young Slovenia

Transcend Fund

Adria Dom d.o.o.

Contrade d.o.o.

Sava d.d.

Visionect

Rodenstock

OriginTrail

Prospeh d.o.o.

Palo Alto d.o.o.

ACH Invest d.o.o.

Cvinger Film

Bragg Gaming Group

Kalmia d.o.o.

Securities Grid

Versum d.o.o.

Fishing Points d.o.o.

Dami Navigo d.o.o.

Blub Blub

d.labs

Bioplinarna Antares d.o.o.-in bankruptcy

Gamanza Group

Sava Re d.d.

Eligma d.o.o.

Hooray Studios d.o.o.

AP Kapital 5 d.o.o.

Smart Naris d.o.o.

DS Meritve d.o.o.

Iconomi

AlpVent AG

STH Management d.d.

Avtotransporti Lado Kastelec

Konverzija d.o.o.

ProfitLevel d.o.o.

Smart Optometry d.o.o.

Fil Rouge Capital

UVC Solutions d.o.o.

Zabec.net d.o.o.

Slovenian Business Angels Club

D’ Agencija d.o.o.

Avant Car d.o.o.

Silicon Gardens Fund

Adria Plus d.o.o.

Borza Terjatev d.d.

Mediately

Reveris

Beeping

Bitstamp

Bbox Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Juicy Marbles on their corporate restructuring, and establishment of USA parent company, followed by increase of share capital by numerous investors and Y Combinator.
  • Advised Palo Alto on the acquisition of a larger area of land in Central Ljubljana, for development of residential real estate project.
  • Advised Business Angels Slovenia on the set up of their first alternative investment VC fund, and supported them through the fundraising process.

Zdolsek Attorneys at law

Zdolsek Attorneys at law frequently handles a range of high profile corporate and commercial matters such as M&A deals, restructuring and insolvency cases. It also boasts extensive experience in commercial litigation and is skilled at advising on cases involving white-collar crime. Managing partner Stojan Zdolšek oversees all major transactions that are handled by the firm. Katja Zdolsek handles an array of M&A work, antitrust cases and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Stojan Zdolšek

Other key lawyers:

Katja Zdolsek

Key clients

Hisense Gorenje d.o.o.1

ARRIVA DB Company (subsidiaries: ALPETOUR, Potovalna agencija d.o.o. and KAM-BUS, d.o.o.)

Sava d.d.1

BTC, d.d.1

DM Drogerie Markt

Telekom Slovenije, d.d.1

Fortenova Group

Istrabenz, d.d.1

Zavarovalnica Triglav1

Krka, d.d.1

DARS d.d.1

Geoplin, d.o.o.1

Farmadent d.o.o1

RIKO

Work highlights

  • Acted as Slovenian counsel for Fortenova on one of the largest deals in the region this year, the EUR 615m sale of Ledo Group by Fortenova Group to Nomad Foods.
  • Represented a private pharmacy in the appeal before the General Court of the European Union against a State Aid decision of the European Commission. The case was covered by Lexxicon and LexisNexis.

Kirm Perpar

Kirm Perpar is an independent and full-service law firm that advises on a whole host of corporate and commercial matters from advising on compliance and regulatory matters to joint ventures, restructuring and corporate takeovers. It has also advised on several antitrust and competition matters recently. The firm is a member of the South East Legal Alliance (a regional network of independent law firms that advises clients on their operations across South East Europe) and also works closely with several international law firms. Andrej Kirm and Matej Perpar co-head the practice that advises several of the leading companies that are doing business in Slovenia.

Practice head(s):

Andrej Kirm; Matej Perpar

Other key lawyers:

Jan Gorjup

Testimonials

‘Recently, we have been working with the firm on several projects. The team led the process smoothly, providing all information, explanation, and guidance needed. Professionalism and experience were visible’.

‘Kirm Perpar is one of the leading law firms in Slovenia. What makes a law firm successful is not only the experience of its individuals but also the teamwork, dedication and leadership of the entire team. The team at KP has all of those traits and many more. They are always on top of the task, they are extremely professional, and always provide excellent, timely advice, no matter what’.

‘Every individual attorney at KP has an excellent understanding of the Slovenian legal market. Andrej Kirm is a natural leader, always available and possesses a huge professional knowledge. He always pushes his team to do more. Matej Perpar is another excellent attorney. He offers high-quality advice, is always proactive and looks for ways to exceed client’s expectations’.

‘Great team, medium sized, but focused enough and versatile. Andrej Kirm, Matej Perpar’.

‘Medium sized law firm (for Slovenian – local -standards) with diversity of legal experts which is very business oriented. Quick responses and in-depth knowledge of the legal areas they cover. Our company is working mostly with Mr. Andrej Kirm and Mr. Jan Gorjup. They are both very knowledgeable with a good understanding of business needs and challenges’.

‘K&P is unique in customer service. They have dedicated people with enough experience in different law fields. They always take care of your problem or matter until it is completely solved. For me the most important thing is the dedication to the problem solving and their availability’.

‘Highly professional, experienced practice. Efficient and transparent work, good consulting. Good overview on legal and business risks’.

‘The team is very successful in solving complex problems and they have excellent coordination with other foreign legal advisors. Their advice is always on time. Matej Perpar and Jan Gorjup-highly skilled professionals with a practical approach. They are very solution oriented, organised and reliable in providing exceptional legal advice’.

Key clients

Adidas

GlaxoSmithKline

Samsung

Colgate-Palmolive

Dun & Bradstreet Holding Inc

Starkom (Daimler AG)

Hidria Group

April International EMEA

Servier Pharma

KKCG Group and Liberty Two Methanol

Gaddoel Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised StarKom, a company 100 % owned by Daimler and a major Slovenian supplier to the automotive industry (Mercedes-Benz), in the process of the acquisition of additional industrial premises for the purposes of expansion of the production process.
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline in designing and in seeing through the reorganisation of its local business operations in Slovenia.
  • Advised Dun & Bradstree on an international cross-border acquisition of Bisnode entities, whereby the client Dun & Bradstreet Holding, Inc. acted as buyer of shares in Bisnode Business Information Group AB.

Law Firm Fatur Menard

Law Firm Fatur Menard is recommended for its work on all aspects of corporate and M&A matters. It has considerable expertise in capital markets regulations, alternative investments funds and litigation. The agile team provides comprehensive advice to a range of international, regional and local companies and investors as well as to public law institutions. Founding partner Andrej Fatur has a wealth of experience in information and communication technology, pharmaceuticals and the automotive industry, as well as corporate restructuring, energy, pharmaceutical and banking regulations. 

Testimonials

‘Fatur Menard Law Firm has a strong and diverse corporate team that has vast experience of handling all corporate matters. They are really committed to excellence, easy to reach when needed, very flexible and provide the very highest level of legal services at a reasonable value for money ratio. They strive for simple and efficient solutions for us. We are very impressed with their in-depth business understanding‘.

Throughout our work with Fatur Menard Law Firm we have had the pleasure to work with Andrej Fatur and Lovro Jurgec. Andrej Fatur is a brilliant lawyer with exceptional business understanding and in-depth theoretical knowledge with an equally outstanding level of legal expertise. Very client-minded and friendly in conversations‘.

‘The team is very professional, well co-ordinated and always available for any additional information you may need. They listen to the customer and find the right solution to match your individual needs. Mr. Fatur has a broad knowledge of law practices and he evaluates the legal advice from different angles, while Mr. Jurgec is a specialist in alternative investment funds and has hands on experience with such matters‘.

The team is very collaborative, helpful and trustworthy. They are highly responsive which is important to a client in a demanding legal procedure. I have only worked with lawyer Ms. Helena Belina Djalil within the Fatur Menard Law Firm. She is highly experienced in the field of competition law and therefore makes the difficulty of the legal procedures easier on the client‘.

Flexible and very good value for money law firm. We used them for drafting the full set of policies for our brokerage license application with the full support during the process including the communication with the regulators. Lovro is always available to us via phone and is super-quick to act‘.

Maja Menard and Andrej Fatur. They are true powerhouses in their individual areas, professional, responsive and reliable‘.

This is one of the top Slovenian law practices in the field of competition law. In reality, I would say in our experience, it is one of top 2 firms in the country in this field. They were resourceful, they cared about the process and were supportive of our quest for a quick and satisfactory resolution of our application‘.

The expertise of the team, proactive thinking, competence and innovative thinking. Andrej Fatur is extremely competent, attentive and very proactive lawyer‘.

Key clients

TRIGAL, d.o.o.

TRIGAL ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDSICAV-RAIF S-C-A

Salinera d.o.o. NoECP Tac Op d.o.o.

Kemofarmacija d.d.

Astellas Pharma d.o.o.

Styria Media si d.o.o.

RPN d.o.o.

SOP

Work highlights

  • Advised Trigal Fund in the acquisition of 100% business share in SPV owning and managing a major shopping centre in Zagreb Croatia, advising on all aspects of the deal, including due diligence, transactional documentation, ancillary contracts and financing.
  • Advised Salinera in the acquisition of a leading hotel resort on the Slovenian coast, advising on all aspects of the deal, including due diligence, transactional documentation, administrative proceedings and financing.
  • Advised Trigal in the acquisition of a 49% share in an SPV constructing, operating and managing a wind park project in Northern Macedonia, advising on all aspects of the transaction.

MP Law

With offices in Slovenia and Austria MP Law has considerable cross-border expertise in all areas of business law. Marko Prušnik heads the practice that is adept at advising on a myriad of corporate and commercial matters in addition to capital markets work. The group also has considerable expertise in advising on compliance issues and on financing/restructuring work. Other core areas of focus include succession planning and real estate. Recent highlights included Gaber Kontelj's addition to the team; Kontelj joined the firm from an inhouse position.

Practice head(s):

Marko Prušnik

Other key lawyers:

Gaber Kontelj

Testimonials

The reaction times and the quality from “MP Laws” are very good. Very fast and competent answers in the daily business. As an internationally active company, we deal with different jurisdictions on a daily basis. We always rely on MP Law for advice and we have high-quality answers promptly, even in time-sensitive issues‘.

Language skills, quick response times, pragmatic approach to legal issues. Our main point of contact is Dr. Marko Prušnik. On an operational level, we also work with Gaber Kontelj (especially as to AML matters)‘.

They are professional, reliable, down to earth and client oriented. Their approach is professional but also pragmatic and bears the client’s commercial interests in mind. Marko Prusnik can also advise firms on Austrian law and is a German native speaker, which is a huge added value given that the Slovenian market sees most cross-border investments from Austria and Germany. Gaber is very experienced in compliance and corporate governance matters, as well as in regulatory issues’.

‘The major strength of MP Law seems to be the strong focus of the individuals to go the extra mile to accommodate the clients’ needs. Their international experience is obvious. Marko Prušnik stands out for his responsible and economic (rather than only legal) oriented counsel. His knowledge of the industries that he is advising is outstanding‘.

‘High level of commitment, excellent client skills, very resourceful and flexible‘.

‘Despite his young age, Marko has extensive experience, he has knowledge of the local market, an international background and smart ideas. Marko is a lawyer of international standing and definitely stands out in the Slovenian market‘.

‘It is a small boutique firm positioned well to connect Austrian and Slovenian markets. The key person is Marko Prušnik; he is very experienced in corporate matters, detail-oriented and has a unique trait of understanding both the Austrian and Slovenian legal system. His approach is different from the Austrian law firms in the Slovenian market as he offers more personal and reachable service‘.

‘Great team, great expertise. Very fast response times. Efficient. I work with Dr. Marko Prušnik. I appreciate his expertise in his legal field, as well as his great response times, deep understanding of our objective and an all around pragmatic and efficient approach‘.

Key clients

Admiral Group

Apex Group

BKS Bank AG

GRAWE zavarovalnica d.d.

Hainzl Industriesysteme GmbH

POSLOVNI SISTEM MERCATOR d.d.

Regal GH d.o.o. / Heinemann

Russmedia Equity Partners Establishment

Smartseller GmbH & Co. KG

Valamar Riviera d.d.

Work highlights

  • Advised Regal GH, Casualfood and Smartseller on the transfer of Regal GH’s duty/free shop business and Casualfood’s restaurant business (both operated at the central Slovenian airport in Ljubljana) to a newly established 50:50 joint venture Smartseller.
  • Advised Russmedia on the acquisition of an additional 2% (2020) and 5% (2021) of shares in the personalised children books producer HOORAY STUDIOS, založništvo, d.o.o.
  • Advised Hainzl on the acquisition of a 60% stake in TOK d.o.o., Ljubljana.

Law Firm Neffat

Law Firm Neffat fields a ‘professional and knowledgeable‘ team that advises on a wide range of matters. However, its primary areas of focus are on environmental law and waste management law, corporate and public procurement matters as well as real estate transactions, data protection law, employment and construction issues. Under the leadership of Domen Neffat the ‘responsive’ group is also skilled at handling contentious matters. 

Practice head(s):

Domen Neffat

Testimonials

‘Commitment to the client, work and successful implementation of the work.  Mr. Domen Neffat and Ms. Njives Neffat are professional and dedicated to each client. They are very reliable; each case is well studied; customer friendly; they stick to deadlines’.

‘We work with Domen Neffat on corporate ownership issues exclusively. We recommend his expertise! Reliable, responsive, precise law services!’.

‘This office is special because the staff has a personal relationship for every case we encounter and engage. The staff of the law firm is very professional, full of knowledge, ideas and a large number of cases from which they can draw solutions for our cases. The staff we work with is extremely professional and technically savvy. They have a breadth of knowledge and always delve deeper into our case. They can advise us in advance if we have the possibility of success or failure’.

Dedicated, open, competent, willing to search out of the box- fast and competent and practical‘.

‘The company specialises in individual areas, which makes confidence in their professionalism stronger. They adapt to customer needs and guide them through all the necessary processes. The individual lawyer handling the case is fully committed to the needs of the client as an individual. The approach to handling cases and communicating with the client is very professional and expert. The advantage of the team is in quick responses and professionalism’. 

‘We work very well with the law firm NEFFAT. We are satisfied with all their colleagues. We would especially like to highlight the cooperation with Mr. Domen Neffat, in all areas of law. We also highlight Mrs. Njives Prelog Neffat, with whom we cooperate in public procurement, as well as Mrs. Mojca Marovt, with whom we also cooperate’.

‘This practice has a very competent team of individuals. What stands out to other firms is the enthusiasm and goal-driven mind set they bring to the table. I also appreciate their flexibility with billing options.’

‘They are available and reliable‘.

 

Key clients

Termit d.d.

Salonit Anhovo d.d.

Hidroelektrarne na spodnji Savi d.o.o. (Hydro Power Plant on the Low Sava River, HESS d.o.o.)

Reitenburg d.o.o.

Tivoli d.o.o.

2TDK d.o.o.

Komunalno podjetje Ptuj d.d. (Communal Company Ptuj)

Saubermacher Slovenija d.o.o.

Premogovnik Velenje d.o.o. (Velenje Coal Mine)

Neuhaus Nepremičnine d.o.o. (Neuhaus Real Estate)

ISKRA d.o.o. NoIBE d.d.

Družba za upravljanje terjatev bank d.d. (DUTB, The Bank Assets Management Company (BAMC),

ECE d.o.o.

Pošta Slovenije d.o.o. (The Post of Slovenia)

MELLOW d.o.o.

HTTPOOL d.o.o.

PAYWISER d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented and advised TERMIT in an environmental liability (damage) procedure.
  • Advised and supported 2TDK as contracting authority in the public procurement of works – contract worth approximately EUR 1bn
  • Advised and represented Hidroelektrarne na spodnji Savi (HESS, Hydro Power Plants on Low Sava River) in the court procedure, following the issue of a permit regarding the overriding public interest under Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive.

Odvetniška družba Lukman o.p., d.o.o.

Odvetniška družba Lukman o.p., d.o.o. has a ‘simply tremendously responsive and knowledgeable’ team under the joint leadership of Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik. It has a solid reputation for its work with an array of domestic and foreign clients on a diverse range of M&A and banking and finance mandates in addition to construction, restructuring and insolvency work. Other strengths lie in private equity work and the energy and healthcare sectors as well as in block chain and cryptocurrency. There is frequently an international dimension to its work, and overall it is a team that receives plaudits for ‘being on the ball’.

Practice head(s):

Tomaž Lukman; Sanda Južnik

Testimonials

‘Odvetniška družba Lukman advised our company in numerous complex court cases and commercial matters. Tomaž Lukman and the team are well known for providing prompt advice, attention to detail and clear solutions. Their lawyers have extraordinary amount of direct experience and knowledge of the factoring and financial market’.

‘We value Tomaž Lukman for custom-made legal advice and excellent problem-solving skills. He is knowledgeable in transactions as well as in the commercial deals and legal disputes. His hardworking attitude helped us in the sale of the company. Sanda Južnik knows what really matters, steers the client through issues and goes the extra mile. She is a brilliant negotiator, strong adviser and an extremely dedicated lawyer’.

‘Since its establishment Odvetniška družba Lukman has become a well-known firm. They have the structure and capacity to engage in all of the central legal areas, with an excellent competency in M&A, corporate and competition legal assistance. The firm strives to work in innovative ways, constantly among the first to adopt to new ideas and provide fresh thinking and new perspectives. We will gladly continue to use their excellent legal services. The entire team is committed to delivering excellent legal advice. They are highly competent and very responsive with good connections’.

‘Tomaž Lukman has a strong business understanding and I can recommend him for a wide range of legal support. He is very good at monitoring processes and guiding clients through transactions. He has vast experience and broad know-how of private equity and M&A. Sanda Južnik delivers clear advice with a quick judgement of the essence of the matter and with attention to detail. Sanda Južnik regularly helps us in due diligence processes and competition fillings with an unparalleled strategic approach and efficiency’.

‘Very reliable and experienced team that always gets the job done on time’.

‘Odvetniška družba Lukman has been providing services for the entire group for 9 years with outstanding competence and insight. They offer competitive prices and excellent customer-focused service that is pragmatic, practical, as well as quick responses and easy telephone access for smaller questions. They are very responsive. The outstanding team always provides an excellent, strategic view and has great knowledge of our businesses’.

‘Tomaž Lukam is a key practitioner in the firm and the person who I would always want to have on my side in any battle. He is precise, attentive, and up to speed’.

‘Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik are outstanding’.

Key clients

ALFI PE d.o.o., Specialized Investment Fund, k.d. of private equity

ALFI PD, Specialized Investment Fund of private debt

BTC d.d.

PET NETWORK SI d.o.o.

ELES d.o.o.

KOLEKTOR KOLING d.o.o.

NOVO NORDISK d.o.o.

MEDILAB d.o.o.

DIAGNOSTIČNI CENTER VILA BOGATIN d.o.o.

ALEJA FINANCE d.o.o.

AKIDS d.o.o.

BEKRA NEPREMIČNINE d.o.o.

INTRA LIGHTING d.o.o.

BISNODE d.o.o.

PRESKOK d.o.o.

CELTRA d.o.o.

WIENERBERGER d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented the founders and management team in the process of incorporation of ALFI PD – the leading specialised investment fund of private debt in the region, with European Investment Fund as one of the investors.
  • Advised specialised investment fund ALFI PE in its acquisition of MEDILAB d.o.o., the largest Slovenian imaging diagnostics clinic.
  • Advised the management in the sale of 100 % of the shares in PET NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, the leading omni channel pet care platform in southeast Europe.