Leading firms in Slovenia
Jadek & Pensa
Jadek & Pensa provides 'the highest quality legal advice in Slovenia', according to one client, with its key areas of focus including corporate and M&A, restructuring and capital markets. In 2018, senior partner Pavle Pensa, Andraž Jadek and recently-promoted partner Janja Zaplotnik were among the advisers to a major Slovenian manufacturer in its multimillion-euro privatisation. Also notable is that Pensa and others are advising Slovenian Railways on the €300m Ljubljana railway station development project. Ožbej Merc and senior associate Nastja Merlak assisted one of the bidders with its €20m bid for Abanka's non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio. Senior partner Srečko Jadek is another key contact. Simon Gabrijelčič and Jasna Car Kranjc departed to become sole practitioners. Anja Strojin Štampar joined the team in April 2018 from the Slovenian Sovereign Holding. Senior associate Gregor Golob was hired from Bank Asset Management Company. Jure Levovnik and Aleksandra Jemc Merc are also names to note.
The 'goal-oriented, dedicated and highly motivated' team at Law Firm Kavčič, Bračun & Partners, o.p, d.o.o. excels in 'complex challenges'. The firm is active in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, competition, real estate and dispute resolution. Matej Kavčič, LL.M., Aleksandra Mitić, LL.M. and others are assisting Geoplin with implementing competition commitments that were imposed on it by the Slovenian Competition Protection Agency (SCPA) in November 2017 over the client's alleged abuse of a dominant position in the natural gas market. Elsewhere, Kavčič and Mitić acted for certain shareholders of Protej on the multimillion-euro sale of Protej to Trigano. Simon Bračun, LL.M. and Kavčič are 'reliable, responsive and highly professional'. Špela Juratovec, LL.M. made senior associate in October 2018.
ODI Law Firm's 'open-minded and professional' team are 'proactive' and 'always think outside the box'. Areas of expertise include corporate and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, banking and finance and dispute resolution. Managing partner Uroš Ilić led the team that advised SKB Bank on the court-sanctioned preventative restructuring procedure of the €200m debt of companies belonging to DZS Group. The team also successfully represented the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Imola in a dispute over the write-off of shares and subordinated debt for certain Slovenian banks before the Slovenian Constitutional Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Senior associate Lea Peček is recommended for her experience of corporate and M&A, and also banking and finance matters. Other notable individuals are Matjaž Jan and Branko Ilić, as well as senior associates Tine Mišic, Suzana Bončina Jamšek and Lea Vatovec.
Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.
Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.'s professionals are 'technically competent' and 'able to handle heavy workloads'. Areas of expertise include corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate and competition. A group led by Grega Peljhan and Bojan Šporar is assisting Agrokor and its administrator with the recognition of extraordinary administration proceedings in Slovenia, the protection of Croatian companies’ assets in Slovenia and an arbitration pending at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). In addition, Peljhan, Šporar and senior associate Rok Kokalj are advising Generali CEE Holding on its €245m acquisition of Adriatic Slovenica. The 'thoughtful, calm and knowledgeable' Šporar is 'always two steps ahead'. Also recommended are Sergej Omladic, who has 'excellent negotiation skills', and Aleš Rojs.
The 'capable and responsible' group at Odvetniki Selih & partnerji is active across corporate and M&A, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, competition, litigation and dispute resolution. Mia Kalaš led a team that advised a major Slovenian bank as lender, arranger and agent on a €100m multi-purpose syndicated secured loan facility to the Interblock group. Another highlight has involved assisting Coface with its acquisition of a Slovenian insurance company, a deal that involves complex state aid and reinsurance considerations. Nataša Pipan Nahtigal has 'seamless communication skills'. Another highly rated practitioner is Jera Majzelj, who produces 'excellent work'. Senior associate Špela Remec is 'very well prepared', while Blaž Ogorevc is 'reliable during stressful situations'. Tilen Terlep departed in August 2018 to open his own practice. Majzelj made partner in May 2018.
Wolf Theiss' team focuses on corporate and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, real estate, competition, regulatory and litigation matters. In a notable highlight, a cross-office group including Markus Bruckmüller, Klemen Radosavljević and counsel Teja Balažic Jerovšek is acting for Hisense on its €293m takeover of Gorenje. Also notable is that Bruckmüller and others provide ongoing assistance to Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor with various banking, corporate and regulatory matters. Laura Štruc has extensive experience of cross-border transactions. Klara Miletič is also recommended. Žiga Dolhar made senior associate in July 2018.
The 'experienced, knowledgeable and client-focused' team at CMS is 'incredibly responsive'. It is strong in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, employment and competition. In 2018, a group led by Aleš Lunder assisted Hefei Meiling with its multimillion-euro bid for Gorenje while, in a separate matter, Maja Žgajnar and others advised a major European electronic retailer as borrower on a multimillion-euro debt refinancing provided by an international bank. Žgajnar's 'experience with loans transactions and sharp focus on delivery' places her 'above the local competition'. Dunja Jandl is another name to note. The firm also fields a number of first-rate senior associates, including Saša Sodja, Irena Šik Bukovnik, Ivan Kranjec and Vesna Tišler.
Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers 'reacts swiftly to client needs, offering a customised service and practical solutions'. Key areas of expertise include corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution and employment. Senior partner Marko Ketler and Jaka Simončič were among the advisers to Pine River Capital Management on its purchase of a multimillion-euro NPL portfolio. Another mandate involved assisting Lagardère Group with negotiating the renewal and termination of business premises lease agreements, and also negotiate a catering agreement. 'Hard-working and reliable' senior associate Ermina Kamenčić 'guides clients to success in complex transactions'. Alexander Poels is another notable individual. Igor Angelovski joined the team from Law Firm Kavcic, Bracun & Partners, o.p, d.o.o. in January 2019.
Schoenherr Slovenia's team provides 'pragmatic advice' and 'remains calm under pressure'. Its wide-ranging practice spans areas such as corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment and real estate. It successfully acted for Sberbank of Russia in two court proceedings against Agrokor, which concerned the recognition of the latter company's extraordinary administration proceedings. In addition, a group led by managing partner Bojan Brežan assisted United Group with its €230m acquisition of Pro Plus and Nova TV. Eva Možina is noted for her 'concise and efficient' communication skills. Vid Kobe is another name to note. Head of corporate and M&A Marko Prušnik departed in September 2018 to become an independent legal counsel. Eva Škufca heads up the EU and competition department, and she also leads the intellectual property practice.
Fabiani, Petrovic, Jeraj, Rejc attorneys-at-law's 'strong team' is 'diverse enough to cover all necessary practice areas'. It demonstrates strong capabilities in corporate and M&A, commercial law, insolvency and labour matters. It also handles a number of mandates in the energy and real estate sectors. The group is assisting Moja elektrarna with its acquisition of an operator of solar power plants. Elsewhere, the implementation of the GDPR directive has been a notable driver of data protection mandates. The 'competent and timely' Jernej Jeraj is a key contact. Tomaž Petrovič is 'reliable and experienced in M&A'. Boštjan Rejc and Luka Fabiani are also key figures.
Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys, Ltd.
Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys, Ltd. is a 'one-stop shop', fielding professionals who 'always try to find the best commercial solution'. Miro Senica is currently leading a team, which is representing T2 in groundbreaking litigation against state-owned company Telekom Slovenije over the latter's alleged abuse of a dominant position in the Slovenian telecoms sector. Ljuba Zupančič Čokert 'always evaluates the problem from a business point of view'. Uroš Čop is 'outstanding'. Katarina Kresal is also a notable individual. Katja Šumah made partner in June 2018. Counsel Anastasiia Poels joined from PETERKA & PARTNERS in January 2018. Mojca Muha departed to become a high court judge in March 2018.
The 'great team of experts' at Law firm Sibincic Križanec is 'practical and proactive'. A notable highlight involved assisting shareholders of a cross-channel advertising network with the cross-jurisdictional multimillion-euro sale of a majority shareholding. Jan Sibinčič 'solves the most complex problems with ease' and Uroš Križanec 'negotiates even the most improbable deals'. The firm has seen a number of arrivals at senior associate level from Ulčar & partnerji LLC.
A significant restructuring of the team at Ulčar & partnerji LLC has seen the firm develop a strong focus on corporate and M&A and banking and finance. Managing partner Matjaž Ulčar and Barbara Ulčar (who focuses on corporate and commercial law) are names to note, as is banking and finance head Brigita Kraljič. Senior associates Blaž Prinčič and Polona Božičko are also recommended. Professionals who departed in late 2017 include Klemen Tičar, who left to become a sole practitioner, and Benjamin Zagorc, who left to open his own firm.
Kirm Perpar focuses on corporate (including M&A) and commercial work. Recent highlights include assisting RSBC group with its €5m acquisition of a tourism facility, and advising Adidas on various commercial agreements, compliance issues and internal policies. Andrej Kirm and Matej Perpar are key contacts. Jan Gorjup made partner in August 2018.
Law firm Zaman and partners Ltd. has an 'extremely high level of expertise' in insolvency law matters. Its team also advises clients on construction, banking and finance, M&A and financial restructuring. The 'innovative and dedicated' Marko Zaman is noted for his 'personal approach'. Gregor Verbajs has 'excellent negotiation skills'.
The team at Zdolsek Attorneys at law is active in corporate and commercial, litigation, competition and state aid and white-collar crime. Its notable highlights include assisting Abanka with selling a €246m NPL portfolio to DDM Group, and acting for Terme Čatež on a financial restructuring. Stojan Zdolšek is a key contact.