Firm Profile > Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka > Zagreb, Croatia

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka
EUROTOWER
IVANA LUCICA 2A, 18TH FLOOR
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka 'understands the structure of complex transactions and is capable of providing high-quality advice' to international and regional banks, as well as many multinational corporates, across a diverse range of financings. Team head Damir Topić excels in advising international banks on cross-border acquisition and project finance deals, as well as in a refinancing context. Promoted to the partnership in January 2020, Martina Kalamiza handles a considerable volume of debt and equity capital markets-related work. Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is well-versed at handling new money and refinancing mandates, and has also developed a strong reputation in relation to non-performing loan (NPL) transactions.

Practice head(s):

Damir Topić

Other key lawyers:

Martina Kalamiza; Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja; Lea Mužić; Dina Salapić

Testimonials

‘The firm is a well known player on the Croatian market. It understands the structure of complex transactions and is capable of providing high-quality advice.’

‘The firm’s competitive advantage is its diligence and familiarity with the market and current, as well as historical legislation.’

‘The team is generally very approachable – even at a higher (partner) level. They have made an effort at maintaining good client relationship with us and stay familiar with our activities.’

Key clients

AKUO Energy

J.P. Morgan

Bank Pozitif

Deutsche Bank AG & EOS Holding GmbH

Societe Generale

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

EBRD

J&T Bank

​KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG

EOS Matrix

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 'professional and client-oriented' team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has 'deep knowledge of the legal framework', as well as the capacity to represent many high-profile corporates, including Heineken and Google, on their day-to-day commercial/operational requirements, as well as on discrete standalone projects. Team head Damir Topić is regularly at the forefront of the most significant cross-border M&A work handled by the firm, including his recent advice to United Group on the acquisition of the Croatian business of Tele2 AB. The 'helpful and friendly' Mario Krka is a 'wonderful deal-maker', and one of the rare breed of Croatian lawyers that is able to combine corporate expertise with 'first-rate' competition knowledge. Recently promoted to partner, the 'very talented and highly intelligentEma Škugor has a thriving reputation in the market and is highly valued by corporate clients on transactional and regulatory issues, including those impacting the insurance and telecoms sectors. Dual German and Croatian-qualified lawyer, Marina Kovač Krka was also recently promoted to partner and is particularly appreciated by German corporate clients undertaking business in the country.

Practice head(s):

Damir Topić

Other key lawyers:

Mario Krka; Marina Kovač Krka; Ema Škugor

Testimonials

‘The professional team has deep knowledge of the legal framework and provides client-oriented advice.’

‘The team members specialise in different areas of expertise, but also have to keep the big picture in mind. Thus, they organise their internal workflows excellently and cover all areas of a case.’

‘The helpful, dedicated and very friendly Mario Krka is a wonderful deal-maker.’

‘Ema Skugor: very talented lawyer and highly intelligent, with a spot on understanding on what the client needs.’

Marina Kovac: provides perfectly structured advice, that easily enables the client to make informed decisions and keeps a watchful eye on the progress as well as the needs of a project.

Key clients

United Group

2i Film

Douglas

AR Packaging AB

Heineken Croatia

Japan Tobacco International

Google

Globe Trade Center (GTC)

Scania

Enercon

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Praised for its 'strategic thinking and understanding of complex issues', Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has the strength-in-depth to resource an eclectic range of disputes, including contentious banking and corporate mandates, as well as construction and pre-bankruptcy matters. 'Valued for her strategic thinking and analytical skills', team head Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja exhibits a 'great understanding of complex legal issues', including on public procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja

Other key lawyers:

Emir Bahtijarević; Marina Kovač Krka; Ema Menđušić Škugor

Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge of the regulatory context and understanding of the complex legal issues that arose in this particular case. Also, they have shown excellent strategic thinking when defining the best route and tactics for the relevant dispute.’

‘Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja is valued for her strategic thinking, analytical skills and great understanding of complex legal issues.’

Key clients

SCANIA

Heineken Croatia

Deutsche Bahn (APP – Auto Prijevozno Poduzeće)

EGO Group (Elektro-kontakt)

Dogus Marina Dalmacija

Marbo (PepsiCo)

Various clients in extraordinary management procedure (several banks, multinational companies)

Croatia > Employment Tier 1

The 'hands-on and practical' team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka handles a range of standalone non-contentious and contentious employment work, and because of its 'effective interaction with other complementary competencies', is also well-suited to providing the concomitant employment advice pursuant to transactional work handled by other practice groups at the firm. 'Very responsive, practical and business-oriented' associate Andrej Žmikić handles a lot of the day-to-day employment work, including negotiations with unions and TUPE-related advice, as well as on contentious. Emir Bahtijarević now supervises the employment practice, following the sad and untimely death of Saša Divjak.

Practice head(s):

Emir Bahtijarević

Other key lawyers:

Andrej Žmikić; Jasna Belčić; Emil Cetina

Testimonials

‘The team is hands-on and practical.’

Not only do they provide legal advice but they also try to understand the company’s business and come up with practical solutions.

‘The team displays effective interaction with other complementary competencies at the firm.’

Andrej Žmikić is very responsive, practical and business-orientated.’

Key clients

Heineken Croatia Ltd.

Globe Trade Centre

E.G.O. group

Douglas Holding

A.T. Kearney

Japan Tobacco International

Essilor

AL-KO Geräte GmbH

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 1

As one of the few firms in the local market with dedicated resources focused on EU and competition law matters, the 'excellent and very knowledgeable' team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is well-positioned to assist the firm's impressive roster of domestic and international corporates on day-to-day compliance issues, cases before the Agency, as well as on the concomitant competition law issues associated with transactions handled by the firm. Indeed, under the guidance of 'superb competition lawyer' Mario Krka, the team has perhaps gained most visibility as a result of its involvement in many of the most significant M&A mandates in the local market, including Krka's recent work for United Group on its €220m acquisition of Tele 2.

Practice head(s):

Mario Krka

Other key lawyers:

Lea Mužić

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent and very knowledgeable team. Having dedicated resources to this specialised area of law is a great advantage.’

‘Mario Krka is without doubt the star of the team. He is extremely practical and efficient, in addition to always being available. He finds solutions, not problems.’

‘Mario Krka is a superb competition lawyer and our go-to man for local competition law matters. He has solid English proficiency combined with an in-depth knowledge of the competition law field.’

‘Mario Krka is super approachable, ready to answer the phone at any time, to discuss and advise on the matter in hand!’

Key clients

Japan Tobacco International

AR Packaging

Heineken

Hystead Limited, a subsidiary of Hyprop Investments Limited

PPD (Prvo Plinarsko Društvo)

Energia Naturalis

United Group

Google

RTL Group

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka's multi-disciplinary team provides a 'professional and client-oriented' service to investors, developers and lenders on many of the most significant projects and energy-related matters in the country. Team head Emir Bahtijarević is able to parlay his overarching real estate knowledge to provide pivotal support to clients engaged in project finance mandates, including providing advice on relevant land use, environmental and title issues. Recognised as a 'wonderful deal-maker', Mario Krka is also a vital member of the team and regularly handles work for major renewable energy companies, including Akuo Energy, on their energy project developments in the country.

Practice head(s):

Emir Bahtijarević

Other key lawyers:

Mario Krka; Marina Kovač Krka; Iva Crnogorac; Emil Cetina

Testimonials

‘The firm has a deep knowledge of the legal framework and provides a professional and client-oriented service.’

‘Mario Krka is a wonderful deal-maker.’

 

Key clients

AKUO Energy

ACCIONA

ABB

Globe Trade Centre

EBRD

Enercon

RWE Supply and Trading

BOP Immo

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Praised for its 'very hands-on and proactive approach', Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has an excellent reputation for advising local and international investors and developers on non-contentious and contentious real estate/construction matters. While the team is appreciated for its 'overall quality' at all levels of seniority, 'exceptional' senior partner and team head Emir Bahtijarević stands out, as a result of his ability to effectively represent clients across all aspects of a project, from development and leasing, through to advice on land use and environmental issues.  

Practice head(s):

Emir Bahtijarević

Other key lawyers:

Mario Krka; Marina Kovač Krka; Iva Crnogorac; Sanja Novoselić

Testimonials

‘It is a very competent team and offers a wide range of services. I would say their competitive advantage is their diligence and familiarity with the market and current, as well as historical, legislation.’

‘The team provides a very hands-on and proactive approach to support clients with all local requirements.’

‘The team is generally very approachable – even at a higher (partner) level. It has made an effort to maintain good client relationships and stay familiar with our activities.’

‘Emir Bahtijarević stands out as an exceptional person to deal with: a partner to be relied on, an advisor to be listened to, and a leader to be followed.’

Key clients

Hystead Limited, a subsidiary of Hyprop Investments Limited

W.P. Carey

Helios Real Estate – Zagreb Logistics Park / Poslovni Park Zagreb

Globe Trade Centre – Matrix Office Park

BOP Immobilien Gruppe

AKUO Energy

ADIDAS Croatia d.o.o.

Acciona

Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 2

As one of the most prominent full-service firms in the country and also increasingly active in the IP/TMT sphere, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is a growing presence among many large IP-rich businesses, which are appreciative of its ability to provide a one-stop-shop service across their commercial needs. Team head Olena Manuilenko is 'very client-oriented and knowledgeable' and has wide-ranging expertise in both traditional and digital businesses, including as it relates to data protection compliance, the commercialisation of IPR and IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Olena Manuilenko

Other key lawyers:

Emir Bahtijarević; Ema Menđušić Škugor; Lea Mužić; Dina Salapić; Sanja Novoselić

Testimonials

‘I have had a chance to work with lawyers from the IP group as well as other practice groups on several projects, and can recommend them all for their legal expertise and professionalism. What makes them stand out from other law firms on the Croatian market is the fact that they provide top advice from different areas of law – I can really rely on them to deliver a full service at any time on any matter.’

‘The extraordinary Olena Manuilenko is very dedicated and enthusiastic about IP law and is extremely knowledgeable. She is very pleasant to communicate with and is very client-oriented.’

Key clients

Google

Ultra Enterprises Inc

The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria

Heineken Hrvatska

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

GTC Matrix

Pozavarovalnica Sava

DA Film

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The firm: Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka Law Firm is a top-tier corporate and commercial legal service provider to international and Croatian corporations in the Republic of Croatia. Whether it is in established or emerging industries, its lawyers offer an integral insight into the local business environment. It has been successfully advising national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments in both everyday business and sophisticated strategic transactions for almost 30 years.

The firm’s close to 30 lawyers allow it to tailor-assemble a team based on client’s needs, unmatched by competitors both in numbers and qualifications. Besides Croatian, its lawyers are fluent in, court interpreters for, or native speakers of English, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Italian.

DTB’s highly ranked market position is reflected by its constant awards and rankings over a number of editorial areas, including banking and finance, corporate and M&A, real estate, competition and antitrust, dispute resolution, energy, infrastructure and IP.

This has made the firm’s banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment, M&A, real estate and dispute resolution groups a top choice for clients’ Croatian-based business plans.

In a nutshell, it offers clients a steady presence of almost 30 years, nearly 30 fee earners, multilingual competence as well as regional presence through tightly related professional networks.

DTB’s associates make up one of Croatia’s strongest corporate and transactional legal teams offering business-friendly solutions and competitive fee structures, with the highest professional standards.

Areas of practice: The firm’s lawyers are organised into more than ten diversified practice groups, allowing it to observe the 24-hour response policy when getting in touch with clients and providing them with up-to-date advice.

Its hallmark practices are:

Commercial and corporate: experienced in major local and cross-border transactions, the firm’s corporate and commercial practice group guides clients through commercial contracts, corporate governance, general company advice, joint ventures and many more.

Banking and finance: the firm’s banking and finance experts guide its clients through the full range of regulatory and compliance issues, as well as in sophisticated transactions.

Energy: having represented clients in the power, oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, the firm has a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the legal issues that are most important to their continued success.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm’s dedicated M&A lawyers advise clients on public and private M&A transactions across many different industries and in single and multijurisdictional deals. The team has been engaged in some of the most complex M&A transactions in Croatia.

Real estate and project finance: DTB has exceptional experience and knowledge in representing clients in the most complicated and demanding real estate transactions and most noteworthy infrastructure and energy projects in Croatia. The firm’s clients have included leading developers and investment companies from Europe and the US.

Competition and antitrust: the team’s engagements include successful defence in various cases before the competent bodies, including defence of alleged cartel, alleged abuse of dominance position, proposal for commitments, leniency application etc., as well as various day-to-day competition law advising. Inter-department co-operation is particularly active in terms of merger clearances for M&A transactions.

IP & TMT: DTB’s IP & TMT practice group has vast experience and expertise in the fields such as e-commerce, privacy and data protection, consumer protection, advertising, etc., allowing the IP & TMT team to offer clients a one-stop-shop support in sophisticated and complex matters and transactions, starting at the consulting and preparatory stage, followed by competent, thorough and expeditious execution, until final results are produced to the clients’ utmost satisfaction.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Damir Topic
Banking and finance Damir Topic
Employment Emir Bahtijarevic
Energy Emir Bahtijarevic
Infrastructure and environmental Emir Bahtijarevic
IT/E-commerce Damir Topic
Intellectual property Olena Manuilenko
Insurance Marina Kovac Krka
Litigation and dispute resolution Ana-Marija Grubisic Cabraja
Mergers and acquisitions Damir Topic
Real estate and project finance Emir Bahtijarevic
Regulatory and administrative Ema Mendusic Skugor
Telecommunications Ema Mendusic Skugor
Antitrust and competition Mario Krka
Corporate and commercial Marina Kovač Krka
Banking and finance Martina Kalamiza Grozdek
Energy Marina Kovač Krka
Capital markets Martina Kalamiza Grozdek
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Emir Bahtijarević  photo Mr Emir Bahtijarević Managing Partner
 Ana-Marija Grubisic Cabraja  photo Ana-Marija Grubisic Cabraja Partner
 Martina Kalamiza Grozdek  photo Martina Kalamiza Grozdek Partner
 Marina Kovac Krka  photo Marina Kovac Krka Partner
 Mario Krka photo Mario Krka Senior Partner
 Ema Mendusic Skugor  photo Ema Mendusic Skugor Partner
Mr Damir Topić  photo Mr Damir Topić Senior Partner
Number of lawyers : 28
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