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

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka
10000 ZAGREB

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Led by the 'superbDamir TopićDivjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic's four-strong team has excellent credibility among many leading international banks, including JP Morgan and Nomura, and also regularly works alongside a plethora of large international law firms to provide the Croatian law input on major cross-border financings. The scope of the work runs the gamut from bilateral and syndicated new money acquisition, real estate and project financings, through to complex structured finance mandates, capital markets work and restructurings (including a significant creditor-side role on the Agrokor restructuring). Martina Kalamiza is noted for capital markets work, while Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja is particularly active handling non-performing loan transactions.

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Key clients

JP Morgan

NOMURA International Plc.





J&T Bank  KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG

EOS Hamburg/ EOS Matrix

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Now headed by Damir TopićDivjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic has a strong reputation in the market for handling big-ticket M&A mandates and ongoing commercial work for large international corporates, particularly within highly regulated industry sectors. Topic regularly handles M&A transactions for international asset managers and their portfolio companies; he recently advised private equity sponsor, KKR, on the Croatian aspects of the sale of a majority share interest in a multi-play telecoms and media provider in South East Europe. 'Highly professional and customer-oriented' senior associate Ema Škugor is a key contact for many of the biggest corporate clients represented by the firm, including Heineken. Leveraging her EU law expertise, she also has a niche specialism in public procurement matters.

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The team provides advice in a professional and expeditious manner.

Ema Škugor takes a real personal approach to her work.

‘Ema Škugor is highly professional and customer-oriented.

Key clients


AFP (Aluflexpack) / Montana Tech components AG

Nommura International Plc

AR Packaging AB

Heineken Croatia

Japan Tobacco International


Globe Trade Center


Dispute resolution Tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is a 'trusted adviser' to many international corporates on their business dealings in Croatia and is consequently regularly instructed across a range of litigation, including on debt enforcement matters and shareholder disputes. Real estate and energy are particularly fertile sectors for disputes work handled by the team. Senior associate Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja handles the day-to-day running of the practice and excels at handling enforcement actions related to NPL acquisitions, as well as public procurement disputes. Hana Renić Henig is also recommended.


A trusted adviser.

Key clients


Heineken Croatia

Deutsche Bahn (APP – Auto Prijevozno Poduzeće)

EGO Group (Elektro- kontakt)

Dogus Marina Dalmacija

Marbo (PepsiCo)

Employment Tier 1

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides a 'very responsive and client-oriented' service across the spectrum of day-to-day employment matters (including drafting of internal employment policies and GDPR compliance) for multinational corporates with operations in Croatia, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International. 'Accessible and supportive' senior associate Andrej Žmikić has a 'wide spectrum of knowledge and practical experience', including in relation to TUPE, collective bargaining, and contentious work.


The firm displays high levels of professionalism and customer care.

Very responsive and client-oriented.

Outstanding support and collegial manner.

Andrej Žmikić is an excellent employment lawyer.

‘Andrej Žmikić: wide spectrum of knowledge and practical experience.

Key clients

Heineken Croatia Ltd.

Globe Trade Centre

E.G.O. group

Douglas Holding

A.T. Kearney

Japan Tobacco International


AL-KO Geräte GmbH

EU and competition Tier 1

Fed a significant flow of merger clearance work by dint of the firm's premier domestic M&A practice and also securing a raft of standalone work, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is a 'clear market leader' for competition law matters. Team head Mario Krka is well versed across contentious and non-contentious matters and in addition to M&A and general compliance-related work (including advice on horizontal and vertical commercial agreements), he regularly represents clients in abuse of dominant position cases before the Competition Agency.

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Clear market leader.

Key clients

AR Packaging

RTL Televizija

Japan Tobacco Industry



Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's excellent full-service reputation, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic provides a one-stop-shop service to many notable energy companies on their activity in the country, particularly as it relates to renewables work. Name partner Emir Bahtijarević provides corporate and real estate support across renewable energy mandates and infrastructure projects. Mario Krka is also a key member of the team and is involved across the lifecycle of energy project developments.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Benefiting from deeply entrenched ties with many of the most prominent domestic and international developers and investors, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is frequently engaged in the highest-profile mandates in the market. Headed by the the 'very experiencedEmir Bahtijarević and also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers from across complementary practice areas, including finance and M&A, the team excels at handling investments, acquisitions, sale-and-leaseback arrangements within the infrastructure, leisure and tourism and energy sectors.

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The team provides a very professional and dedicated service.

The team displays deep in-depth knowledge on specific topics.

Emir Bahtijarević is very experienced.

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.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Praised for its 'responsiveness and industry knowledge', full-service firm Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic continues to grow its IP capabilities and led by 'goal-oriented' senior associate Olena Manuilenko is increasingly valued by many of the firm's institutional corporate clients, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International, for its ability to advise across the spectrum of IP issues impacting on their businesses in Croatia.

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The firm is well organised and we really appreciate their timely and concise reports on matter developments.

One of the firm’s greatest advantages is its responsiveness and ability to provide appropriate advice based on a long lasting business relationship and mutual understanding.

The responsive Olena Manuilenko provides clear, to-the-point and goal-oriented advice.

Stands out for its responsiveness and industry knowledge.

Olena Manuilenko is goal oriented.

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The firm: Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic 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 25 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. Holding the top position is far from effortless; yet, Divjak, Topic and Bahtijarevic has maintained this it for a number of years, 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 has offered clients a steady presence of 25years, nearly 30 fee earners, multilingual competence and regional presence through tightly related professional networks.

Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic’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.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Emir Bahtijarevic  photo Emir Bahtijarevic 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
Mr Mario Krka  photo Mr Mario Krka Senior Partner
 Ema Mendusic Skugor  photo Ema Mendusic Skugor Partner
Mr Damir Topic photo Mr Damir Topic Senior Partner
Number of lawyers : 28
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