Leading firms in Slovenia
Jadek & Pensa is highly regarded by key regional private and public sector clients for its ability to handle high-profile, high-value mandates in the fields of M&A, banking and finance (including major restructurings), and dispute resolution. The sizeable team regularly acts on big-ticket matters taking place in the region, including major financings and facility agreements for borrowers and lenders, real estate disposals and share deal acquisitions. Clients benefit from the firm’s unique integrated tax offering, which it advises on structuring, due diligence and advisory matters. The team is jointly led by Srečko Jadek who specialises in insolvency, finance, restructuring and M&A, and Pavle Pensa who focuses on M&A and competition matters. Jure Levovnik leads on disputes, while tech-focussed Ožbej Merc handles transactions. Andraž Jadek, who is experienced in M&A, venture capital and banking and finance is also recommended.
Srečo Jadek; Pavle Pensa; Jure Levovnik; Aleksandra Jemc Merc; Ožbej Merc
‘My opinion is that Jadek & Pensa offers a complete service. They were able to give the perfect answer to solve the case.’
‘Iris Pensa stands out mainly for delving into the case. In particular, she presented both the positive and negative consequences of the decision on the case for the company. She answered all our questions very professionally, supported by case-law, in such a way that the company could make the right decision.’
‘The main strength of Jadek Pensa is that they respond fast and they can address a lot of topics because of their size and diverse know-how.’
‘Strong knowledge and business insight.’
‘Highly ethical and responsible’.
Istrabenz plini d.o.o.
NiceLabel Inc/Euro Plus
Raiffeisen Leasing SI
Triglav skladi, d.o.o.
Seascape d.o.o. (founders)
Fiskars Living Business, STEKLARNA ROGAŠKA d.o.o.
- Advised Mercator in its €80m Super Senior refinancing.
- Advised Abanka on its €440m acquisition by NKBM, Slovenia’s second largest bank.
- Advised Raffeisen in connection with the disposal of the Fenix real estate centre.
The 'knowledgable and responsive' full-service team at Law firm Kavčič, Bračun & Partners, o.p., d.o.o. counts leading national and international financial institutions, corporations and public entities as its key clients; it is well placed to handle cross-border mandates, leveraging the Adriala Alliance, a network of independent law firms across the SEE region which it is one of the founding members. Its expertise spans capital markets, M&A, regulatory and compliance, project development, competition, real estate and dispute resolution. Its pre-eminent banking and finance team regularly advises on high-value NPL portfolios, syndicated loans and regulatory matters. Restructurings and privatisation are also among the team's core strength. Co-founders and managing partners Matej Kavčič and Simon Bračun are both highly recommended, particularly in competition and restructuring matters. Partner Aleksandra Mitić and rising star Špela J. Bračun, LL.M. are key team members.
Matej Kavčič; Simon Bračun
Other key lawyers:
Aleksandra Mitić; Špela J. Bračun
‘The team is excellent. Very thorough, and meet the ultimate needs of the client without fail.’
‘Simon Bračun and his team are all excellent: receptive to comments; knowledgeable; and prompt in delivery of the required product. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Kavčič, Bračun and Partners is a team of talented professionals whose know how goes beyond legal matters. In comparison to other firms, they have significant commercial knowledge as well as insight into legal systems outside Slovenia which makes them a valuable partner in international playing field.’
‘The team is extremely skilled, professional, responsive and the value of the performed work is extremely good. The quality of work is always on point. ’
From my experience, Matej Kavčič is currently the best lawyer in the country. His attitude, professional approach, broad skillset, focus and empathy for the client make him stand out from the rest.’
‘The most experienced and the best law firm in Slovenia in providing services to state-owned entities, fully understanding the legal, business and political environment these companies work in. Always on time, always very responsive, with partners fully involved in their cases. The best advice in restructuring, M&A and corporate law.’
‘Matej Kavčič is by far the best corporate and M&A lawyer and one of the two best competition lawyers in Slovenia. Always fully involved in all of the cases and promptly oversees his junior partners. Keenly understands the needs of state-owned companies.’
‘When they take the case, they are fully invested, dedication to support their client is awesome. Their integrity and competence put them in a class of their own.’
‘Very dedicated. We are always happy to engage Kavčič, Bračun and Partners on the most sensitive cases.’
‘The Law firm Kavčič, Bračun and Partners has proven again during our cooperation over the last six months. They possess a very high level of expertise in different areas of law related to banking operations. In particular, I would emphasise their expertise in sanctions and M&A area. In addition, they are very familiar with the regulator’s processes, which proves their high level of competence in the banking area. Their response time, availability and professionalism are unmatched in my experience.’
‘All individuals that I and my colleagues worked with were highly professional and knowledgeable and responsive at all times.’
‘We have worked with Kavčič, Bračun and Partners for over 10 years. Cooperation takes places mostly in competition law cases, damage actions, antitrust compliance, telecoms regulation, corporate governance, criminal matters. Their advices is always highly professional and business-oriented.’
‘Mr. Matej Kavčič and Mr. Simon Bračun both have an excellent knowledge of all areas of their work, very client- and business-oriented; two of the best litigators, top choice for a business client. Mrs. Aleksandra Mitić is an excellent lawyer with supreme knowledge in competition law cases, antitrust compliance and telecoms regulation.’
‘We have been working with Kavčič, Bračun and Partners since 2017. We think the firm is special because of its professional and pragmatic approach to business issues, highly professional lawyers, and legal solutions tailored to our needs. We were impressed with their proactiveness, diligence and great understanding of the issue at hand.’
‘Matej Kavčič is a brilliant lawyer. Very experienced, result-oriented, very reliable, responsive, and understands the importance of treating clients with the highest level of professionalism and courtesy. Throughout working with him, he has demonstrated problem-solving abilities and immense analytical skills. Simon Bračun is also very professional, very supportive and understands client needs. His knowledge and communication skills are impressive. He is easy to work with and always available to provide feedback.’
POŠTA SLOVENIJE d.o.o.
REITENBURG, razvoj nepremičninskih projektov, d.o.o.
Slovenske železnice, d.o.o.
Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d.
TELEKOM SLOVENIJE, d.d.
Win Systems d.o.o.
HOLDING SLOVENSKE ELEKTRARNE d.o.o.
ODI Law Firm’s unique SEE presence and dedicated multilingual capabilities make it a strong choice for leading regional clients and multinational corporations. Demonstrating this, the team recently collaborated with its offices in Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia on a number of transactions and syndicated financings, acting for both for lenders and borrowers. The 'solution-oriented' team focuses on M&A, banking and finance, restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution, and is experienced in corporate governance and compliance review matters. Recent highlights also include advising on the purchase of sub-prime receivables. Within the team, managing partner Uroš Ilić specialises in corporate and insolvency matters; regulatory specialist Tine Mišic runs the Italian desk; the Slovenian and Croatian-qualified Branko Ilić handles real estate matters; IP specialist Matjaž Jan covers a range of corporate and dispute resolution matters; and German desk head Suzana Bončina Jamšek heads the banking and finance team. Head of M&A Primož Mikolič is also noted for his insolvency expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Tine Mišic; Branko Ilić; Matjaž Jan; Suzana Bončina Jamšek; Primož Mikolič
‘Well established regional law practice with strong staff, experienced in international transactions. The team is very responsive, capable of working on multiple fronts in parallel. Expert level knowledge of local legislation and legal practice.’
‘Solution-oriented, practical approach. Very responsive.’
‘Very professional, focus on the goals and interests of the client to which they subordinate their work.’
‘I appreciate their in-depth preparatory research work, and keen attention to client interests.’
‘Unique approach to resolving problems, based on people contact and innovate solutions. They have a very balanced team, covering all legal fields, which make them suitable for resolving any legal problem.’
‘Recommended for their professionalism, accuracy, responsiveness and readiness.’
‘Very dedicated and knowledgeable.’
‘Very available, proactive and supportive.’
‘The firm is very skilled and professional. They are very connected team, so when there is a problem they react very quickly.’
‘Great knowledge and flexibility.’
‘A very professional practice. Throughout our longstanding relationship, ODI has proven a great partner with a broad array of solutions whenever my company needed legal representation.’
‘ODI can provide quick and very accurate advice in any Balkan jurisdiction.’
‘Tine Mišic has been a great point of contact for managing employment matters under Slovenian and Serbian laws. Business-oriented and straight to the point, he helped us finding a solution that covered all our client needs in a short time. Excellent language capabilities in Italian were a plus.’
‘Experienced and flexible, hard-working, while staying humble ’
‘Excellent in all regards.’
‘The team is highly skilled and attentive to client needs. They have outstanding performance and will deliver in the shortest amount of time possible.’
‘ODI is very well equipped for complex corporate disputes with their strategic approach and deep understanding of material and procedural issues.’
‘Very customer-oriented and professional team. The team has helped us to go through very challenging period due to Covid-19 legislative changes in Slovenia. Very persistent detail-oriented. Excellent networking.’
‘Very experienced and intelligent team.’
Vita, Life Insurance Company, d.d.
nChain Holdings Ltd.
Hranilnica LON d.d.
SKB banka d.d. (OTP group)
Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Commodity Reserves
Pan Cee Holding
- Advised Hranilnica LON d.d. on a precedential share capital increase transaction, following newly adopted exemptions under the Prospectus Regulation and Slovenian Market in Financial Instruments Act.
- Acted for Tokić, the biggest selling chain of car parts in Croatia, in acquisition of Bartog, one of the leading Slovenian companies for the distribution of tires and car parts.
- Acted for nChain, global leader in blockchain technologies, in the acquisition of Slovenian software developer CREA d.o.o.
Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.
Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o.’s sizeable practice routinely acts on many of the most significant deals taking place in the market; it handles a variety of commercial and corporate matters including cross-border M&A, antitrust, banking and finance, real estate, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. As a long-term referral partner for some of the foremost transatlantic law firms, the team advises a formidable array of domestic clients and blue-chip multinationals, including investment banks, state-owned project developers, major corporations, leasing companies and municipalities. Recent highlights include precedent-setting NPL transfers, large regional transactions and cases before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. The large team is jointly led by founding partners Aleš Rojs and Grega Peljhan, recognised for their distinguished reputations in M&A and banking and finance, respectively. Co-founding partner Robert Prelesnik focuses on construction, PPP and real estate matters, and Bojan Šporar is noted for his experience in M&A and capital markets. Jakob Ivančič and Aljoša Krdžić are also noted.
Aleš Rojs; Grega Peljhan
Other key lawyers:
Robert Prelesnik; Bojan Šporar; Jakob Ivančič; Aljoša Krdžić
‘I think that this firm has a great team in terms of its depth. It has a solid cross-section of senior and experienced partners across a range of products and sectors. Its associates are very capable too. I have worked with them on deals and I have always found them to be solid, dependable, responsive and good quality.’
‘David Premelč is a friendly, charismatic and clever lawyer.’
‘RPPP is known in the commercial community to provide excellent level of services and have extensive experience in various fields of law. They are specialised in commercial law, where they are considered the leading Slovenian law firm. Through our cooperation they have many times proven this indeed being the case.’
‘The firm has many exceptional lawyers with a very broad spectrum of experiences and specialisations, whereas they can provide appropriate advice to various issues their clients face on complex matters. They also have extensive international experiences and excellently cooperate with foreign partners, too.’
‘RPPP is a one-stop shop, providing broad expertise and specialist experience without compromises in the widest filed of commercial law.’
‘David Premelč is invaluable as a lawyer who handles the case as a whole and, taking every step, considers the complex consequences of various possible actions.’
‘Extremely professional, capable, always available and prompt.’
‘It is an agile office, which is able to go in-depth to support our needs.’
‘We appreciate the commitment and professionalism in resolving legal issues when facing the most difficult cases, above all in commercial, contract and labor law.’
‘Primoz Fegus stands out due to his exceptional general and legal knowledge, sincerity, professionalism, kindness, concern for justice and approach to problems.’
Generali CEE Holding B.V. (Generali Group)
VR Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International
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.
EKO SUROVINA d.o.o. (part of RASTODER Group)
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and PharmaSwiss d.o.o.
Styria Media Group
LCN Capital Partners
ADACTA HOLDING d.o.o.
Agrokor d.d. / Fortenova Grupa d.d.
Bausch Health Companies Inc.
Intersport ISI d.o.o.
Heta Asset Resolution d.o.o.
Aviva Italia Holding
Erste Group Bank AG
HOLDING OF SLOVENIAN POWER PLANTS (HSE) and EGS (ELEKTROGOSPODARSTVO SLOVENIJE)
Porsche Slovenija (subsidiary of Volkswagen Group) and Porsche Slovenija’s dealers
DARS (Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia)
- Advised Generali CEE Holding on its €245m acquisition of Adriatic Slovenica and subsequent consolidation of the Slovenian insurance market.
- Representing the first Slovenian client in arbitration under the auspices of ICSID.
- Advising Agrokor on its one-of-a-kind restructuring and insolvency procedure.
The multidisciplinary team at ŠELIH & PARTNERJI Law Firm 'understands client's business logic and provides advice which is not only legally correct but also makes commercial sense'. It brings a wealth of experience and expertise to a number of fields, including M&A, corporate and commercial, banking, finance, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution and real estate. The firm is also well regarded for its capabilities in antitrust and competition, as well as financial regulatory matters. Continuously acting for a roster of leading multinational corporations, investors and developers, recent highlights include a number of high-value retail acquisitions and a major cross-border infrastructure development in the public transport sector. High-profile commercial expert Nina Šelih and M&A, competition and IP specialist Nataša Pipan Nahtigal are key names. Jera Majzelj is recommended for her experience in cross-border corporate and M&A matters, and Špela Remec is noted for antitrust matters.
Nina Šelih; Nataša Pipan Nahtigal
Other key lawyers:
Jera Majzelj; Špela Remec
‘Great expert knowledge and experience, this is the best law firm I have ever worked with in Slovenia. They understand our business logic and try to provide advice which is not only legally correct, but also makes commercial sense.’
‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable about the local laws and practices – extremely useful and helpful.’
‘Helpful, constructive, responsive, and a pleasure to work with.’
‘The company has a long tradition and a good reputation in Slovenia. They acted very professionally in all stages; information flow, accuracy and consistency were outstanding.’
‘Selih & Partnerj has a very pragmatic and extremely commercial approach. They are very accessible and responsive and they do an incredibly good job at making legal advises and concepts very understandable for non-lawyers.’
‘I was very happy with their support during COVID-19 lock-down when many legislative changes occurred and they were in close contact with us and offered support / assistance.’
‘Excellent knowledge of local law, legal market and Slovenian business environment. Business-like focus on the objectives of the client.’
‘Nina Šelih is very proactive and professional and readily available to provide practical advice on Slovenian matters.’
China Railway Group Limited
MARS Group (including Wrigley and Royal Canin)
Van Leeuwen Buizen Groep
Zurich Insurance Group
- Advised Supernova on its €220m acquisition of various shopping centres.
- Advised the lenders and the security agent in respect of Slovenian law aspects of global secured refinancing and multipurpose facility provided to a world-class gaming equipment provider.
- Assisting one of the world’s largest construction and engineering contractors as a bidder in the public tender for construction of the Second Railway Track from Divača to Koper, the largest infrastructural project in Slovenia in the last 10 years.
Wolf Theiss’ strong regional standing makes its Ljubljana office well positioned to handle a range of market-leading matters for a mix of local and foreign corporates. It advises on a full spectrum of commercial matters including banking and finance, corporate, M&A, employment, competition, IP, regulatory and dispute resolution; and has notable strength in the IT, healthcare and real estate sectors. Complex financing transactions and debt capital markets are also a particular practice strength which the team excels in handling multijurisdictional loans for debtors and creditors, sovereign bond issuance and debt instruments for leading regional investment banks. The 'highly experienced' team is jointly managed by regulatory specialist Klemen Radosavljević, IP and life sciences-focused Klara Miletič, and cross-border specialist Markus Bruckmüller who splits his time between Ljubljana and Vienna. Petra Jermol is recommended for real estate mandates.
Markus Bruckmüller; Klemen Radosavljević; Klara Miletič
Other key lawyers:
‘Personal and friendly support, accessible 24/7. Wolf Theiss recommends considered, comprehensive solutions to legal problems.’
‘Solution-oriented, excellent consideration and assessment of legal issues.’
‘Well aligned, responsive, and highly experienced team.’
Thyssenkrupp Austria Beteiligungs GmbH
SeneCura Kliniken- und HeimbetriebsgmbH, Orpea d.o.o.
Connecting Europe Broadband Fund
Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG
Elements Capital Management Inc
Sava RE, d.d.
UBS Europe SE
VTB Bank (Europe) SE
FinTel Holding d.o.o. & co k.d., holdinška družba
SID – Slovenska izvozna in razvojna banka, d.d. Slovenija / Export and Development Bank
CMS is praised for its 'unparalleled speed, total devotion to the client, proactive approach and practicality'. Its client roster features a mix of domestic and international companies operating in Slovenia and the CEE and SEE regions. It regularly advises on financings and refinancings for borrowers and lenders, restructurings, cross-border transactions, arbitrations at the Vienna IAC, real estate disposals and acquisitions, and has significant growth in employment-related mandates in the wake of Covid-19. Its recent mandates also include a steady stream of sales and acquisitions of NPLs. The team is jointly led by Aleš Lunder, Dunja Jandl, Maja Erker Žgajnar and Amela Žrt.
Aleš Lunder; Dunja Jandl; Maja Erker Žgajnar; Amela Žrt
‘Good experience in complex disputes with an international element. They understand the international market’s needs and match this with domestic expertise.’
‘Dunja Jandl is very calm under pressure and has an ability to balance solving legal issues with addressing commercial realities. Diplomatic in arduous disputes.’
‘Aleš Lunder has a fantastic temperament and deals with all challenges pragmatically. Strategically speaking, very skilful and. Understands how to handle competing interests on a piece of work.’
‘The unparalleled speed, reliability, trust, and practicality are the reasons why we would always go back to CMS Slovenia and why we would recommend it anyone interested in legal advisory in Slovenia. Total devotion to the client and a proactive approach, combined with the willingness to find the ideal solution, helped us find the best result.’
‘Willingness to go the extra mile.’
‘Dunja Jandl is a very skilled negotiator, very professional, dedicated, highly responsive, detail-oriented.’
Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG
Groupe B&B Hôtels
King Street (Europe) LLP
Petergalovše turizem d.o.o.
- Advising on acquisition of 100% share of Filc d.o.o. by Freudenberg Performance Materials.
As a member of the Karanovic Verein alliance, the Ljubljana office of Ketler & Partners member of Karanovic is well placed to advise SEE regional clients on a broad range of mandates, including corporate and commercial, cross-border M&A, banking and finance, real estate developments and infrastructure projects. The team regularly handles joint ventures, management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, privatisations, restructurings, takeover bids, auctions and share sales for key Slovak entities and international clients. On the finance side, the firm excels in refinancings, acquisition financings, NPL disposals and regulatory matters. The team is strengthened by the arrival of Igor Angelovski who is noted for his experience in banking and finance, and insolvency matters. Managing partner Marko Ketler specialises in M&A and restructuring, and Ermina Kamenčić is recommended for project financing and infrastructure matters.
Other key lawyers:
Igor Angelovski; Ermina Kamenčić
‘Very responsive. Business oriented. Reliable. ’
‘Marko Ketler and Kevin Rihtar deliver a superb work.’
APS Investment S.A.R.L.
NIBE Industrier AB
Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, via law firm Weber &Co
Arx Equity Partners
- Advising six local subsidiary bank members of Addiko Group on due diligence, prospectus review and other transactional matters.
- Advising Panorganix simultaneously on the complex business and tax restructuring process and obtaining Series-A and bank financing.
- Advised Arx Equity Partners, one of the most prominent private equity firms in CEE region, on divestment of its stake in Diagnostični Center Bled d.o.o. to Zavarovalnica Sava d.d. and Zavarovalnica Triglav d.d., two of the largest insurance companies in Slovenia.
Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys, Ltd.’s exhaustive practice handles corporate and commercial, antitrust and competition, banking and finance, real estate and project development matters for multiple regional clients in sectors as wide-ranging and far-reaching as energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, automotive, logistics, media, consumer goods, heavy industry and infrastructure. Cross-border real estate acquisitions and disposals are a key practice focus, and the firm is active on a number of complex restructuring mandates for leading players in the market. Within the team, founding partner Miro Senica specialises in high-value transactions and litigation, often with a distinctive competition element; Katarina Kresal is a specialised corporate attorney and an international ADR expert; Katja Šumah handles commercial law matters; Uroš Cop is noted for his regulatory, IP and fintech expertise; Petra Plevnik is recommended for her civil and property law capabilities; and Janja Ovsenik, who joined from PwC, runs the tax department.
Miro Senica; Katarina Kresal; Uroš Čop; Katja Šumah; Petra Plevnik; Janja Ovsenik
‘Well educated specialists with specific know-how of official and informal structures in Slovenia.’
‘Distinguished, detail-oriented client service. Their confidence, knowledge and business savvy approach is noteworthy. As a client, I always feel at ease when facing complex legal issues.’
‘Impressive international reach.’
‘Miro Senica is a visionary thinker.’
‘Katarina Kresal is a specialised corporate and commercial attorney and an international alternative dispute resolution expert. Her broad knowledge of these fields, and of corporate structures and procedures, brings much needed economic and business oversight to the table. She is highly skilled and precise and as she is also a collaborative attorney, she is the best in leading difficult negotiations.’
‘We are always amazed by the work ethic and commitment to deliver results, no matter the legal challenge we put forth. They have been demonstrating their effectiveness, precision and superior knowledge for as long as we have worked together. Their ability to deliver results in difficult litigation procedures is astonishing.’
‘Miro Senica law firm is unique in solution and problem solving, the capability to look at the topic from all various angles. They are highly professional and responsive. ’
‘The firm was always quick to respond, they proposed several practical solutions, offered full support throughout the entire legal procedures, even in the pre-litigation stage, offered advice in terms of outward communication.’
‘I consider the firm to be one of a kind in the Slovenian legal field Interdisciplinary teams of highly skilled specialists provide clients with focused answers. I admire their expertise and their inventive thinking.’
‘All the lawyers we work with are reliable, always prepared with appropriate legal advice. They are quick to respond and their advice is always highly professional.’
DM DROGERIE MARKT d.o.o.
GO ASSET Development GmbH
SANOFI PASTEUR SA
ASTELLAS PHARMA EUROPE Ltd., and ASTELLAS PHARMA d.o.o.
KOMPAS NOVO MESTO turistično podjetje d.o.o.
STUDIO MODERNA d.o.o.
- Advised GO ASSET Development GmbH in a €48m real estate development project for the construction and sale of the single largest logistics centre in Slovenia.
- Advised Gorenje d.o.o. on the €35m sale of its 100% business share in Gorenje Surovina d.o.o. and in its daughter companies in Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
- Advising Kemis d.o.o. in administrative proceedings against the Environmental Agency and Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning.
Schoenherr Slovenia is singled out for ' its careful consideration of client needs, and its ability to strategically and creatively deal with challenges'. It advises on banking and finance, restructurings and insolvency, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, EU and competition law, employment, IP, real estate and regulatory matters. The firm’s established presence in the CEE and SEE region makes it well placed to act on a number of cross-border matters, most notably on multijurisdictional financings, disposals, NPL portfolio deals, and complex acquisitions, often requiring antimonopoly approval. The team recently advised a number of high-profile corporations and domestic entities on their Covid-19 response support and regulatory analysis. Bojan Brežan handles dispute resolution and real estate matters, and jointly runs the M&A team with Vid Kobe who also serves as the head of banking and finance. Eva Škufca manages EU, competition and IP matters while Marko Frantar heads up the regulatory team. Matej Črnilec and Eva Možina lead the corporate investigations and employment departments, respectively.
Bojan Brežan; Vid Kobe; Eva Škufca; Marko Frantar; Matej Črnilec; Eva Možina
‘Good corporate practice, effective and pragmatic.’
‘All competent corporate attorneys, good turn-around times, excellent English.’
‘We like best to work with attorney Matej Črnilec. He is very responsive and insightful. He also knows our business very well so the communication with him is easy. Matej always thinks one step ahead and presents issues in the broader perspective. Very good in managing crisis situations. We would be happy to recommend him!’
‘Schoenherr Slovenia is the best law firm we ever worked with. The quality of their service is really something we have never experienced on the Slovenian market before.’
‘They quickly understand exactly what we need. They don’t get lost in over-explaining, rather they provide you with to-the-point answers, but they never miss a relevant angle.’
‘Recommended for technical excellence. They are impressively knowledgeable and very good at coming up with legal strategies.’
‘Vid Kobe is an extraordinary and very charismatic lawyer that is capable to deal with a highly charging situations in so “elegant” manner. Knowledgeable, very educated, hardworking, trustworthy, very business-oriented and practical, with great negotiation skills. A strong eye for details but always sees a big picture ahead. A great mix of brightness but also an exceptional technical and writing skills. A real pleasure to work with! ’
‘Very hands-on approach with strong commitment by senior team.’
‘As a part of the international law firm they are able to provide support in complex international transactions with overlap to different jurisdictions. Among many firms in the area of Central Europe, we chose Schoenherr based on the good previous experience, fair practice and reasonable price for excellent services.’
‘My experience from the transaction, on which we worked with Mr Jurij Lampic is that of a professional, proactive, kind and friendly approach. Very effective and pro-business approach supporting a win-win solution.’
‘Schoenherr Slovenia comprises of extremely knowledgable, professional and reliable individuals. I’ve had the chance to work with them in complex transactions, financing agreements, real estate transactions, MRAs and various other fields, including complex bankruptcy procedures, compliance and data protection. Expert advice and generous options – invaluable service.’
‘Matej is vastly knowledgeable, very professional and always delivers high-level results.’
‘Vid Kobe has true passion for law and his brilliant mind makes him an extraordinary counsel.’
‘One of the best law firms that we work with. They are very dependable and always on hand to offer the best legal advice possible.’
‘The team is effective, very courteous, very knowledgeable, timely and precise.’
‘What makes Schoenherr unique goes beyond their legal expertise. It is their careful consideration of client needs, strategy and creativity in dealing with challenges. This clearly sets them apart from other Slovenian law firms I came across.’
Société Générale, SKB Banka
KBC Insurance NV
Heta Asset Resolution
UniCredit Banka Slovenija
Hamburg Commercial Bank
Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.
Banka Intesa Sanpaolo
Deutsche Bank AG
Erste Group Bank AG
Raiffeisen Bank International
IVM Chemicals S.r.l.
Salus, Ljubljana, d.d.
Parkirna hiša Meksiko d.o.o.
Parkirna hiša Kapitelj d.o.o.
BOE GEBÄUDEMANAGEMENT GMBH
- Advised Société Générale on the sale of SKB banka, Société Générale’s Slovenian subsidiary, to OTP Bank, the largest bank in Hungary.
- Advised KBC Insurance VN and NLB d.d. on the sale of its life insurance joint venture NLB Vita, d.d., to Sava Re d.d.
- Advised a consortium of six Slovenian credit institutions (stated above) on the disposal of an approx. 72% stake in Intereuropa, d.d., one of the largest companies listed on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, to Pošta Slovenije, the national postal company.
Fabiani, Petrovic, Jeraj, Rejc attorneys -at-law Ltd. maintains a strong international focus which is evident from its membership of Cathay Associates (an alliance of independent Chinese-focused practices) and the German-speaking law firm focused network DIRO. The team regularly handles corporate transactions, NPL portfolio acquisitions, distressed assets, shareholder disputes, joint ventures, real estate acquisitions and developments, restructurings and insolvency matters. Cross-border energy sector transactions and liquidations are also key competencies. Tomaž Petrovič handles M&A work; Jernej Jeraj is noted for his focus on distressed transactions and restructurings. Boštjan Rejc leads the energy, real estate and construction group, while Luka Fabiani is the main contact for disputes.
Tomaž Petrovič; Jernej Jeraj; Boštjan Rejc; Luka Fabiani
‘Personal approach, fast and professional, business-oriented services’.
‘The team is responsive, professional, always learning’.
‘Intelligent solutions – good due diligence of companies – short response time ’.
‘Concise team with great experience in international transactions. The firm combines the experience working in international firms with the benefits of a smaller operation’.
‘Jernej Jeraj is calm, professional and hard-working. Always tries to find a solution in accordance with the clients’ business needs’.
‘A high level of availability, engagement and experience.’
‘Personal approach, high level of responsiveness, and reliability.’
Alpe – Panon, McDonald’s DL
Best in Parking GmbH (Austria)
Cubo Group (Hotel Cubo d.o.o., Cubo Golf d.o.o.
Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires
Huter invest and its local subsidiary HG INVEST
Kerbl Austria GmbH
Q-Free Traffic Design
RGI Group (and its local subsidiary Novum skupina d.o.o.)
Skupina prva, zavarovalniški holding
Slovenian – German Chamber of Commerce
Veolia Industries GSL
- Acting for Municipality Vrhnika to determine if the construction of a waste processing plant, on the site of an original plant that was destroyed by fire, is in accordance with construction and environmental law.
- Assisting Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires in its efforts to expand its operations in Slovenia.
- Assisting and advising Lindab AB in the process of regular liquidation of its subsidiary in Slovenia and the liquidation of its subsidiaries in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Novak Law 'quickly understands how a certain legal issue impacts the business'. Its recent expansion in Croatia through incorporation with a local firm strengthens its regional offering. It counts clients in the digital, banking and finance, venture capital and automotive sectors as main clients which it advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. Managing partner Nejc Novak leads on a number of M&A deals and regularly advises foreign venture capital funds and startups. Corporate head Ambrož Arko is also noted for his niche venture capital expertise.
Other key lawyers:
‘Novak’s team is very unique in how they approach a certain legal issue – while always operating within the ethical and professional boundaries, they are very resourceful and business-oriented. They quickly understand how a certain legal issue impacts the business and get the bigger picture, which is not often the case with other law firms.’
‘Great team that is regularly available and very responsive. They follow the partner’s example to provide high quality services with the right business acumen.’
‘Recommended for responsiveness, attention to detail, and sector knowledge.’
‘Clear communication, responsiveness, sector knowledge, IP and Ts&Cs awareness.’
‘Their services are top-class. They are experts in their field, they are responsive, proactive and very diligent. Even the looks and design of their documents is polished. And they are also great people to work with.’
‘A very well managed law firm and a team. It’s obvious they are very experienced in the field and are always happy to discuss commercial aspects also with ability to give very useful input. I think they stand out for their approach to cases. They really get involved and they care about overall success.’
‘It’s not just that they’re lawyers, but have savvy business understanding.’
‘The team has a structured multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. They focus on providing robust legal solutions, which stand the test of time.’
‘The team is very hands-on, resourceful when searching for solutions and understand the business side of legal problems.’
‘The team is young and practical, which I believe differentiates them from the majority of their competitors. They seek (and provide) solutions that can be implemented.’
‘Individual approach, client-focused, very efficient, experienced with startups and technology-driven companies.’
ACH 2 d.o.o.
Adria Mobil d.o.o.
Akademija INT d.o.o.
AV Progress d.o.o.
Avant Car d.o.o.
Avtotransporti Lado Kastelec
BLACK DOTS MARKETING SDN BHD
Blub Blub Inc.
Cana Water d.o.o.
D’ AGENCIJA, d.o.o
DBC Medikal d.o.o.
Ernst & Young Slovenia
Fill Rouge Capital II
Fishing Points d.o.o.
Business Angels Slovenia
Liquid Metal Sound j.d.o.o.
Mare Santo d.o.o.
Marmor Hotavlje d.o.o.
Nai Significa d.o.o.
Origin Trail d.o.o.
Pivovarna Pelicon d.o.o.
Sans Decorum d.o.o.
Securities Grid Ltd.
Silicon Gardens Fund
UVC Solutions d.o.o.
As a founding member of LEXcellence which is a network of independent firms active in the CEE and SEE regions, the team at Sibinčič Križanec is well placed to advise domestic and foreign clients on M&A transactions and contentious matters. Clients benefit from the introduction of an integrated corporate taxation department which regularly assists with various cross-border transactions, debt acquisitions and restructurings the firm handles. The team is jointly led by managing partners Jan Sibinčič who specialises in corporate and M&A matters, and Uroš Križanec who leads the corporate litigations and restructurings group.
Jan Sibinčič; Uroš Križanec
- Advised Adacta Holding on ownership consolidation and cross-border group restructuring.
- Advised Gabrijel Holding on group restructuring, including capital swaps.
- Advised Pharmahemp on the entry of two strategic investors.
Zdolsek Attorneys at law regularly acts for regional clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, restructuring and insolvency, white-collar litigation, corporate governance and regulatory reviews. The practice is strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Barbara Kozlevčar Kuhar from Law firm Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners o.p., d.o.o. Managing partner Stojan Zdolšek is an experienced commercial litigation and M&A practitioner, and Katja Zdolsek is recommended for cross-border deals and antitrust proceedings before the EU commission.
Other key lawyers:
Katja Zdolšek; Barbara Kozlevčar Kuhar
‘Extremely deal-oriented, offering full support to the sell-side to push the deal through in the most effective, non-complicated way. Real problem solvers. Extremely result-driven, and fast. Providing comfort when needed, and coming up with real solutions that create value for everyone involved in the deal. A real (and rare) pleasure to work with. ’
‘Katja Zdolšek always creates a positive atmosphere at the table. Katja delivers straightforward solutions and discusses them in the inclusive, supportive manner to create value for everyone involved. A true deal maker and lawyer in one. A rare combination.’
‘Excellent at all levels, from associate to partner.’
‘Intelligence, integrity, focus, dedication, sincerity. Always solution-oriented.’
Hisense Gorenje d.o.o.
ARRIVA DB Company (subsidiaries: ALPETOUR, Potovalna agencija d.o.o. and KAM-BUS, d.o.o.)
Telekom Slovenije, d.d.
- Advised Gorenje d.o.o. on the sale of their Serbian subsidiary Gorenje TIKI, a leading regional water heater producer, to a Swedish NIBE Group.
- Advised Sava Turizem, the largest Slovenian tourism company, on the merger with Hoteli Bernardin.
- Advised Triglav Skladi on the creation of a new market leader, via an acquisition of Alta Skladi.
Kirm Perpar is singled out for its 'in-depth legal knowledge of the local market, easy communication, and entrepreneurial approach'. As a member of the South East Legal Alliance and a frequent local partner for major transatlantic law firms, the team is well-positioned to advise a number of blue-chip companies operating in Slovenia. It also has notable strength in advising on M&A transactions, particularly when there is an antitrust and competition element. The team is jointly led by Andrej Kirm who is experienced in transactions and financing mandates, and Matej Perpar who is recommended for arbitration and insolvency matters. Jan Gorjup is a further name to note.
Andrej Kirm; Matej Perpar
Other key lawyers:
‘Kirm Perpar is reliable and possesses admirable in-depth legal knowledge of the local market. Communication with them is always easy. One of the things that stood out from the first moment was their entrepreneurial approach.’
‘Kirm Perpar is definitely our first choice in Slovenia. The team is very competent and responsive, which is quite important for this jurisdiction given the market standards.’
‘Matej Perpar is very capable and professional. It is indeed a pleasure working with such an outstanding individual.’
‘Focused team, partner attention given to all mandates, appropriate seniority of personnel.’
‘Matej Perpar is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and responsive.’
‘Kirm Perpar is my preferred legal partner for Slovenia. The team has unrivalled expertise in corporate & commercial law which is extremely valued for any project. They are involved in many international deals and have experience with handling complex matters. I feel very comfortable every time I work with them.’
‘Matej Perpar and Andrej Kirm are distinguished lawyers you can count on in difficult moments. They always answer fast and the advice is practical and focused. Matej is an extremely positive and talented leader who provides real solutions. His expertise, confidence and calmness even under pressure are important qualities for every trusted advisor.’
‘The team is very responsive and provides comprehensive and practical advice which is expressed in a cogent fashion. The team is well educated and experienced, and up-to-date with all relevant legal developments.’
Starkom d.o.o. (Daimler AG local company)
- Advising StarKom, a company wholly owned by Daimler, in the process of a planned acquisition of additional industrial premises for the purposes of the expansion of the production process.
- Advising Gambit Trade, a 50% shareholder, in connection with its exit from ENAA.com – one of the leading Slovenian web retailers.
- Advising Avtoservis, a leading domestic vehicle repair service, in connection with the purchase of Avto Velenje d.o.o.
Law firm Avbreht, Zajc & Partners Ltd.
Law firm Avbreht, Zajc & Partners Ltd.’s full-service practice is especially strong acting for high-profile domestic clients, including energy distributors, government departments and municipalities, on significant public procurement mandates in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. The team is also recommended for advising major multinational corporations on liquidations, employment issues and corporate governance matters. Managing partner Aleš Avbreht is recommended.
Aleš Avbreht; Borut Zajc; Marjeta Erjavec Avbreht; Klavdija Erjavec; Ajda Arnol; Ana Lešnik Sitar
Luka Koper d.d.
SKB BANKA d.d. LJUBLJANA
GEN GROUP – GEN ENERGIJA
- Providing Luka Koper d.d. with services in the field of public procurement, administrative and public law and corporate law.
- Providing SKB BANKA with ongoing advisory and dispute assistance.
- Advising GEN GROUP in public procurement matters, corporate and commercial aspects, and handling litigation.
The emerging boutique MP Law handles corporate and M&A matters for a steadily growing roster of domestic and foreign clients active in the real estate, banking, insurance, telecoms, media, software, gaming and retail sectors. The team regularly advises on disposals and acquisitions, often with a cross-border element. Restructurings also feature in its recent mandates. Slovenian and Austrian-qualified Marko Prušnik leads the firm, which is bolstered by the recent arrival of Gaber Kontelj who was previously an in-house counsel at Telekom Slovenije.
Other key lawyers:
‘The most outstanding characteristic of MP Law is their perfect customer relation.’
‘Outstanding legal project management and communication/negotiation support – quick reaction and completion times of tasks – excellent value – outside-the-box thinking and creative solutions to complex legal problems.’
BKS Bank AG
GRAWE zavarovalnica d.d.
Novo Investicije d.o.o.
the Admiral / Gryphon Group)
Novomatic Lottery Solutions GmbH
POSLOVNI SISTEM MERCATOR d.d.
Regal GH d.o.o. (part of Heinemann Group)
Russmedia Equity Partners Establishment
Valamar d.d. (incl. their Austrian subsidiaries)
- Advising Russmedia on the acquisition of shares in Slovenian in a personalised children’s books producer.
- Assisting Novo Investicije (the Slovenian holding company of the Admiral / Gryphon Group) on the acquisition of Casino Riviera in Portorož.
- Advising GRAWE zavarovalnica d.d. on the acquisition of commercial and administrative buildings in Ljubljana and Koper.
Law Firm Neffat’s environmental law and waste management focus makes it a popular choice for a number of leading manufacturers, mining companies, power plants, recycling centres, municipalities and railroad infrastructure developers. The firm also regularly advises on a range of matters relating to public procurement, PPP projects, major constructions, and real estate acquisitions. Founder and managing partner Domen Neffat is experienced in all aspects of environmental matters, as well as corporate and restructuring transactions.
‘Highly agile, responsive and reactive team. Wide legal knowledge with principles accustomed to ever changing political and economic climate.’
‘High professionalism, empathy, hard work.’
‘The team has a unique combination of legal representing, legal advice and legal education, which makes them especially helpful.’
‘Domen Neffat is a responsible, reliable, kind-hearted, committed, dedicated, professional.’
‘They are very professional, kind, and keep to deadlines. They are very good at environmental law.’
‘Domen Neffat is a very passionate lawyer. He is committed to the work. He always explains the matter to the client in an understandable way.’
‘The team is very quick in response, with a high-quality of expertise. The main capabilities of the team are its knowledge and experience in environmental law and public procurement, and this makes the team special compared to other firms.’
‘The wide knowledge of Domen Neffat and his calm determination in decision making makes him invaluable. ’
‘The law firm is very detailed in its practice. Full dedication. When we work with them they allocate the best resources you can find on the market and they are very professional.’
‘Total competence, dedication and professionalism. Always on time, deeply involved with the case, highly motivated for every case. Strong arguments and diligent prep work.’
‘The individuals we worked with are distinguished by high professionalism, knowledge of various fields and, above all, quick response.’
‘We are working with Law Firm Neffat exclusively in field of Data Protection (GDPR). Their in-depth knowledge, experience and advice in these matters is invaluable. Always on-point and always focused on the details. Great to work with, always there and always positive. When the case requires a fast response, they are there, and always high quality.’
‘Vesna Lozak Polanec is a specialist in the field of Data Protection. Her knowledge, experience, consultation and the effort she puts in every matter is outstanding. She is always there when we need her and gives us great legal solution for every situation. The managing partner Domen Neffat has also done some specific work for us and he was perfect.’
‘The team is active all the time working with us. Even if we do not have open matters, Domen Neffat is interested in the status of our company. He keeps us informed about everything new in the team and the legal field more generally.’
‘On a very positive note, partners and co-workers have a more informal approach to us and thus evoke a sense of greater trust.’
‘Great for international clients. Special knowledge and experiences for public tenders and procedures connected to public tenders in Slovenia. In-depth knowledge on corporate governance in Slovenia.’
‘Domen Neffat as leading partner has valuable local network of connections. He is also very constructive and efficient at problem solving and seeking resolutions at complex situations. He is always calm and helpful.’
‘Njives Prelog has provided strong quality information regarding to public procurement law and procedures, while Domen Neffat was with us throughout proceedings. Both members made remarkable contributions to helping us understand a very unfamiliar country and its related markets.’
‘Domen Neffat is a quick responder and proactive problem solver.’
‘I am not a lawyer so for me was very important to understand legal procedures. Team was always ready to provide explanations. In addition to that, the biggest advantage of them is that they were always ready to talk and to meet.’
‘All individuals I worked with at Law Firm Neffat were very responsive and always available. They all possess strong knowledge of Slovenian and EU legislation.’
‘For every case, question, situation and matter this team is highly responsive and gives invaluable support for further decision making. In-depth knowledge, experience and understanding of our position and needs, above all in environmental matters, without a doubt makes this firm unique. Very diligent, precise, persistent and thorough. ’
‘Domen Neffat’s willingness to go the extra mile for the client, without exception, makes him outstanding. ’
Salonit Anhovo d.d.
Hidroelektrarne na spodnji Savi d.o.o. (Hydro Power Plant on the Low Sava River, HESS d.o.o.)
Komunalno podjetje Ptuj d.d. (Communal Company Ptuj)
Premogovnik Velenje d.o.o. (Velenje Coal Mine)
MAPA construction company (MNG Group of Companies, Turkey)
KORN FERRY Hay Group SA (Greece)
Ecosynergy system d.o.o.
Plama Pur d.o.o.
GOZD Ljubljana d.o.o.
ANIS Trend d.o.o.
Odvetniška družba Lukman o.p., d.o.o.'s clients include companies in the conventional and renewable energy, real estate, construction, retail, logistics, IT, media, and cryptocurrency and blockchain sectors. The firm is particularly active in advising regional players in Germany, Austria and Croatia, working on a number of cross-border financings, M&A deals, and construction projects. Employment litigation, corporate governance and regulatory advice also feature in its recent highlights. The team is jointly led by Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik.
Tomaž Lukman; Sanda Južnik
‘It’s the responsiveness and thoroughness that makes this practice unique. Their high-quality and up-to-date legal solutions also ensure the client’s success.’
‘Full-time professionals, critical approach, stick to deadlines. They always explain all relevant circumstances, and always ask for permission before making any move.’
Odvetniška pisarna Zaman in partnerji d.o.o. (Law firm Zaman and partners Ltd)’s growing reputation sees it regularly advising clients on a range of matters, most notably in relation to insolvency proceedings. M&A, banking and finance, construction and restructuring are emerging practice strengths, and the team regularly cooperates with SEE and CEE regional firms on cross-border transactions. Marko Zaman and Peter Lipoglavšek are joint managing partners.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is highly professional and very responsive.’
‘Very proactive firm.’
‘Their extensive experience representing banks and other financial institutions in complex restructuring transactions, defaulting loans, bankruptcies is invaluable. Team is diligent, extremely responsive, flexible and has deep technical knowledge. They keep everyone on task and cut through the issues in an organised manner.’
‘Individuals are proactive in finding solutions, quick to respond and adapt to our business needs, willing to assist in different matters.’
‘The firm has wide knowledge and experience in all practice areas. Their lawyers are very solution oriented and understand the needs of our company. As a start-up company on a fast developing market of hospitality services we seek quick and practical legal advice, which OPZ is more than capable to provide.’
‘24/7 services with a super talented team.’
‘Outstanding knowledge and provide direct contact with clients at any time.’
‘ Delivering a service which goes above and beyond.’
‘Very innovative, practical and professional with excellent legal and business knowledge and expertise – available 24/7.’
‘Passionate about what they do.’
‘Excellent and experienced team, profound knowledge, availability of staff.’
‘Marko Zaman is very innovative, experienced and excellent at negotiations.’
‘Very good cooperation, always reactive, smooth communication. ’
‘Always quick and smooth communication, always eager to help.’
‘Very good case research and explanation. Very good responsiveness.’
‘Trust, professionalism and timeliness’.
‘Key value of the firm lies in its carefully selected experts, their knowledge, extensive experience and a big picture approach. The team is attuned to the needs of us as a client and focused on seeing things from our perspective.’
‘The firm is clearly founded on professional know-how, firm-wide dedication, responsiveness and hard work. A specific stand-out acknowledgement goes to partner Peter Lipoglavšek.’
‘Advice is always highly professional and business-oriented. They respond promptly and the client receives great value service.’
Telekom Slovenije d.d.
MAN TRUCK&BUS SLOVENIJA d.o.o.
Montecristo SL d.o.o.
PRIMORJE d.d. družba za gradbeništvo, inženiring in druge poslovne storitve – v stečaju
- Advised Telekom Slovenije d.d. in the sale process of its TV division, the affiliate Planet TV televizijska dejavnost, d.o.o.
- Advised BRE d.o.o. (a subsidiary of BKS BANK AG) on the acquisition of several shopping malls from TUŠ Nepremičnine d.o.o.
- Advising Montecristo SL d.o.o. in the process of financial restructuring and divesting.