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Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Effectively able to leverage the resources and knowledgebase established across the firm's CEE offices, Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers is a popular choice among international and regional banks and borrowers, in part due to its 'ability to understand local circumstances and combine it with the demands and expectations of foreign clients'. Team head Ozren Kobsa has a strong reputation across a range of regulatory and transactional matters, and recently advised a regional bank on a regulatory driven capital raising via the bond markets.

Practice head(s):

Ozren Kobsa

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Einwalter


‘The lawyers are able to understand local needs and circumstances, and combine it with with the demands of foreign clients.’

‘The team exhibits reliability, professionalism and positive relationships based on a mutual understanding that extends beyond our regular business driven contacts.’

‘The firm has broad knowledge of different legislation.’

‘Individuals are open, constructive and available.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

UniCredit Group

Raiffeisenbank Group

Sberbank of Russia


EOS Group



Volkswagen AG

Monier Group

Intesa Group

LynxCap Group AG

Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers provides 'very professional and client-oriented' advice to domestic and international entities from a range of industry sectors, including retail, tourism and real estate, on the day-to-day issues associated with running their businesses in the country, as well as on M&A matters. 'Easy to deal with and with an eye-for-detail like no other', team head Ivan Einwalter is frequently engaged in the highest-profile M&A mandates handled by the team, including its recent work, alongside the firm's Vienna office, for Tele2 on the  €220m sale of its Croatian business to United Group. The 'solutions-oriented and efficient'  Dina Vlahov Buhin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Einwalter

Other key lawyers:

Dina Vlahov Buhin; Vice Mandarić; Kresimira Kruslin


‘The team is made up of highly-skilled lawyers with great knowledge of our industry.’

‘The team is reactive and pragmatic and has good technical skills.’

‘Schoenherr’s team in Croatia is highly skilled, covering practically all relevant legal areas in which a company operates. They combine business orientation with expert in-depth knowledge. ’

‘The team is very professional, client-oriented and experienced. We have very good communication with them, they are very responsive and they act proactively.’

‘Ivan Einwalter and Vice Mandaric are outstanding attorneys. Ivan has impressive drafting skills and an eye-for-details like no other. Vice is able to provide full advice covering legal, financial and tax implications and he is a true one-stop-shop for corporate and M&A transactions. ’

‘Vice Mandaric is a million-dollar ideas man and finds a solution that no one else in the room considered, yet once he explains it, everyone wanders why it did not cross their mind first.’

‘I worked with Ivan Einwalter and Dina Vlahov Bluhin. I found them reactive, easy to deal with and pragmatic, with good knowledge of the local market.’

‘Dina Vlahov Buhin is a very competent, solutions-oriented and efficient lawyer. She is always reachable, responsive and very pleasant to work with. She has good drafting skills and her services are always of highest quality. She understands our needs and our business environment, for which reason we fully trust Dina and the advice she provides us with.’

Key clients

KKR/United Group

TUI Group

Phillip Morris





Jonhson & Johnson S.A.

Mercury Processing Services International d.o.o.

RAUCH Fruchtsäfte GmbH

Runs Like Butter


OTP Group

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers has 'excellent knowledge of banking and financial regulations', enabling it to effectively provide 'pragmatic, clear and straightforward advice' to banks across a range of matters. 'Extremely well-educated' team head Vice Mandarić is regularly at the forefront of this work, including his ongoing representation, alongside the firm's Vienna office, of Sberbank in high-profile litigation associated with its position as the principal creditor of Agrokor.

Practice head(s):

Vice Mandarić

Other key lawyers:

Gina Grancarić


‘The team is approachable and efficient in the representation of its clients.’

‘The key strength of the Schoenherr team lies in their understanding of the complex legal issues, and in their ability to explain them to us as non-lawyers.’

‘The firm has excellent knowledge of banking and financial regulations.’

‘It is a very professional, flexible, solutions-oriented team which brings extra value.’

‘We were very happy with the service based on: outstanding competence, fast reactions, and a strong understanding of our priorities.’

‘The lawyers are very professional, they respect set deadlines, understand our business well and are delivering pragmatic, clear and straightforward advice.’

‘Vice Mandarić is a true encyclopedia of legal knowledge, and we are happy to work with him. It is difficult to find a legal matter which Vice does not cover, or rather which Vice could not cover.’

‘Vice Mandarić is always straight to the point and perfectly focused to our objectives.’

‘Vice Mandarić is an amazing business lawyer and provides very useful and timely advice whenever we need it. He is very experienced and pragmatic, always sees the big picture, distinguishes well between important and less important items.’

Key clients




Daimler AG

Sberbank of Russia

Sberbank EUROPE AG

Sberbank d.d. Croatia

Sberbank banka d.d. Slovenia

Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.

RE Finanzierungs, Raiffeisen Evolution

Bramac, Monier Group

AGRAGOLD Brcko, Pig Improvement Company (UK), AGRAGOLD d.o.o. Zagreb, Instan-tina Nahrungsmittel Entwicklungs- und Produktions-Ges.m.b.H.

Bobar banka a.d. Bijeljina

TUI Travel House, Sunsail Adriatic, TUI

Team System Infocom



Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 2

Led by the 'timely and responsivePetra ŠantićSchoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers' regulatory team has a focus on energy and infrastructure matters, and is aided on transactional work in those sectors by corporate, banking, real estate and competition law experts at the firm. As well as her energy-related regulatory prowess, Šantić also regularly advises bidders on public procurement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Petra Šantić


‘The team provides quick and timely responses, and is able to rely on the network/legal partners in neighbouring Balkan countries.’

‘Petra Santic provides timely and responsive advice.’

Key clients

Alstom Ferroviaria S.p.A. Podružnica Zagreb (ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA)

Pro Danube International

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The 'knowledgeable, experienced and well-organised' team at Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers is well regarded by international investors, developers and banks for its 'solutions-oriented approach' to handling their Croatian real estate matters. Team head Ksenija Šourek combines 'great legal skills with a deep understanding of the real estate market', particularly as it relates to retail development work. The practice also regularly works alongside colleagues from across the firm's CEE/SEE network on regional work with a Croatian nexus.

Practice head(s):

Ksenija Šourek


‘Schoenherr is simply the best! The lawyers are knowledgeable, experienced, well-organised, but at the same time very nice and pleasant to work with.’

‘The firm always provides feedback within the same day, has a very solution-oriented approach and always provides a comprehensive overview over the whole project and the potential risks.’

‘Ksenija Šourek is a top-notch lawyer with not only great legal skills, but also a deep understanding of the real estate market. Her broad knowledge and constant availability make her really stand out.’

Key clients



FACC Operations GmbH

Peek & Cloppenburg

UNIQA Real Estate Management GmbH

AmRest Adria

Xprimia AG

HETA (previously Hypo Alpe Adria Bank International)


Hotelbeds Group SL.

Josip Milavić (ex-owner of Studenac)

Mutschler Outlet Holding AG

The firm: Schoenherr is a leading full service law firm, with 15 offices and several country desks in the Central and Eastern Europe. As one of the first international law firms to move into CEE/SEE, the firm has grown to be one of the largest firms in the region.

Schoenherr commenced its activities in Croatia in 2001. Initially with a strong focus on M&A, the office profited from the thriving economic activity in Croatia at the beginning of the millennium. Schoenherr, together with independent Croatian lawyers, was involved in most of the headline deals, including privatisations in the insurance and energy industries (gas utilities), private to private transactions in the insurance and banking sectors, and foreign investment in the pharmaceuticals and food trading industries. Building on this early success, Schoenherr has acted for many of the large real estate investors attracted to Croatia in recent years. In line with market developments, the office has recently experienced a rapid expansion of its banking & finance practice.

Areas of practice: The firm’s main practice areas are corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, real estate and construction, dispute resolution, competition,  labour and employment, intellectual property, insolvency and restructuring and privatisation projects and energy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Miriam Simsa
Banking, finance and capital markets Ozren Kobsa
Commercial, corporate, M&A Luka Lopicic
Commercial, corporate, M&A Ivan Einwalter
Dispute resolution Vice Mandaric
Employment Dina Vlahov-Buhin
EU and competition Srdjana Petronijevic
Intellectual property Dina Vlahov-Buhin
Privatisation, projects and energy Petra Santic
Real estate and construction Ksenija Sourek
Photo Name Position Profile
 Petra Šantić photo Petra Šantić Attorney at law
 Ksenija Šourek photo Ksenija Šourek Attorney at law
 Ivan Einwalter photo Ivan Einwalter Attorney at law
 Ozren Kobsa photo Ozren Kobsa Attorney at law
 Krešimira Krušlin photo Krešimira Krušlin Attorney at law
 Vice Mandarić photo Vice Mandarić Attorney at law
 Ana Marjančić  photo Ana Marjančić Attorney at law
 Dina Vlahov Buhin photo Dina Vlahov Buhin Attorney at law
Other office : Austria (HQ)
Other office : Belgium/EU
Other office : Bulgaria
Other office : Czech Republic
Other office : Hungary
Other office : Moldova
Other office : Montenegro
Other office : Poland
Other office : Romania
Other office : Serbia
Other office : Slovakia
Other office : Slovenia
Other office : Turkey
Other office : Albania
Other office : Bosnia & Herzegovina
Other office : North Macedonia
Other office : Ukraine

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