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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 provides ‘responsive and solutions-oriented’ advice to commercial and development banks providing financing across a range of projects/transactions. In addition to advising on new money transactions and refinancings, the practice is also well-versed across a range of regulatory matters, including in the context of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Team head Damir Topić leads by example, and is frequently at the forefront of the most complex mandates, including those relating to bank loans and capital markets work, for issuers and underwriters. Martina Kalamiza Grozdek advises both borrowers and lenders across a wide array of financing transactions, including capital markets and structured finance matters.

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Testimonials

‘They are always there when you need legal advice and help. They understand your needs and what’s on your mind, and promptly provide alternatives and the best solutions for you.’

‘They always work very hard to satisfy your legal needs in a timely manner. You can be sure that you are in safe hands.’

‘This team is responsive and solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

Erste Goup Bank AG

J.P. Morgan

Bank Pozitif

Deutsche Bank AG & EOS Holding GmbH

M7 Real Estate

Villa Dubrovnik

EBRD

J&T Bank

EOS Matrix

IFC (International Financial Corporation)

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘commercially very strong’ four-partner team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has an excellent reputation among international and domestic corporates, including many within highly regulated industries, as a result of its ability to provide a one-stop-shop service across the spectrum of day-to-day commercial/operational requirements, as well as on discrete standalone projects. The firm also has ‘an excellent understanding of the M&A process’ –  including numerous recent high-profile mandates in the IT sector – and adds value by virtue of its ability to provide competition law advice if necessary, an area for which name partner Mario Krka is particularly well regarded. Team head Damir Topić is appreciated for his ‘problem-solving approach’, a quality that he implements to good effect on behalf of clients in many complex cross-border M&A mandates. The ‘very able and smart’ Ema Menđušić Škugor handles the day-to-day operational needs of many of the firm’s key clients, including those within the insurance and telecoms sectors. As well as being a key support to German clients, as result of German language fluency, Marina Kovač Krka also excels at providing corporate and M&A support to energy sector clients. At an associate level, the ‘solutions-oriented’ Dina Salapićis very responsive and has great technical knowledge’.

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Testimonials

‘This team is very diligent, quick to react and flexible to client needs.’

‘The knowledge that the firm has of the relevant market, and in general of the Croatian market, as well as its capability of operating with foreign clients (also thanks to the knowledge of foreign languages) definitely place it among the best assets that you could employ in M&A operations and, in general, in corporate or commercial matters.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of the M&A process and significant experience in this area. The same goes for commercial and corporate.’

‘Damir Topić has a problem-solving approach, provides value for money services and is efficient in delivery.’

‘Ema Menđušić Škugor is a very able and smart lawyer. Working with Ema is always a delight, as Ema is extremely sharp and can provide apt advice on the spot.’

‘Dina Salapić is smart, capable and has excellent organisation of her tasks, even during times when the job is overwhelming.’

‘Dina Salapić is very responsive, has great technical knowledge and is solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

Interxion

Playrix

United Group

Google

Japan Tobacco International

Heineken Croatia

Telemach (former Tele2)

Devolver Digital

Nomad Foods

Energia Naturalis

World Rally Championship

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Benefiting from ‘huge collective knowledge’, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is well-positioned to provide very effective representation of domestic and international corporates across a wide spectrum of litigation, including court proceedings and arbitration relating to corporate, bankruptcy, employment, real estate and IP law. Although it also picks up work in a standalone capacity, the firm continues to receive a considerable flow of litigation-related work in the context of its one-stop-shop service for large international corporates, including Heineken and Japan Tobacco International. Team head Ana-Marija Grubišić Čabraja has niche expertise in relation to public procurement disputes and is also regularly engaged in litigation relating to non-performing loan portfolios. As part of his broader real estate expertise, managing partner Emir Bahtijarević regularly handles disputes for local and foreign developers.

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because of the great individuals and because of these great individuals the collaboration is easy and fluent. Clients can rely on team accountability, task-solving speed, study of practice etc.’

‘The lawyers in the team have huge collective knowledge, and are consequently able to cover a large number of specific legal areas. Also, these individuals are very kind in their communication towards the client and they have a winning mentality which is a huge advantage among other competitors in their business.’

Key clients

SCANIA

Heineken Croatia

EGO Group (Elektro-kontakt)

Dogus Marina Dalmacija

Marbo (PepsiCo)

Japan Tobacco International

Douglas

Croatia > Employment Tier 1

‘Very knowledgeable but business-oriented and commercial’, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has ‘extraordinary knowledge’ across the gamut of employment matters and is particularly effective at applying local advice in a multinational context. Managing partner Emir Bahtijarević heads a five-strong team that includes the ‘very knowledgeable, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ senior associate Andrej Žmikić, who has particular strength in advising on collective bargaining matters.

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Testimonials

‘The team is highly knowledgeable on the topics at hand.’

The firm is agile and knowledgeable.’

‘They are very knowledgeable but business oriented and commercial.’

‘They know the up-to-date local legal practice in a multinational context.’

‘Andrej Žmikić is the reference person in employment law in Croatia. He is very knowledgeable but also pragmatic and solutions-oriented. He is also very reliable so very nice to work with.’

Key clients

Heineken Croatia

Globe Trade Centre

Google

E.G.O. group

Douglas Holding

Manpower

Japan Tobacco International

Johnson&Johnson

Essilor

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 1

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka has a core focus on EU and competition law matters and is therefore well-positioned to advise its impressive roster of domestic and international corporates on day-to-day compliance issues, litigation before the Agency, as well as on the concomitant competition law issues pursuant to transactions handled by the firm. Team head Mario Krka is at the forefront of the highest-stakes mandates handled by the practice, including in the context of big-ticket merger notification matters. Associate Dominik Glavina has particular expertise advising on the competition law issues associated with vertical agreements.

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Key clients

Nomad Foods

AR Packaging

Heineken

Hystead Limited, a subsidiary of Hyprop Investments Limited

Japan Tobacco International

Energia Naturalis

United Group

Google

Douglas

RTL Group

Work highlights

  • Supported Nomad Food in its acquisition of 100% shares in frozen foods business owned by Fortenov.
  • Provided advice to Google related to competition and antitrust aspects of dawn raid training for their CEE lawyers.
  • Advised United Group in the acquisition of a majority stake in Optima Telekom (offering a range of fixed internet and pay-TV services and serves around 125,000 broadband subscribers and 55,000 pay-TV customers) for the enterprise value of 100% shares on a debt free, cash free basis.

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Appreciated by clients, including investors, developers and lenders, for its ‘high levels of professionalism, expertise and dedication’, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is regularly engaged in the most significant infrastructure and energy-related investments in the country. Drawing from his vast reservoir of real estate knowledge, including as it pertains to land use, environmental and title issues, managing partner Emir Bahtijarević is an effective conduit for the successful implementation of a myriad of project finance mandates. Mario Krka is also recommended, particularly in the context of renewable energy projects.

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Testimonials

‘The team displays a high level of professionalism, expertise, responsibility and dedication to work.’

Key clients

AKUO Energy

Globe Trade Centre (GTC)

EBRD

RWE Supply and Trading

BOP Immo

Work highlights

  • Continued providing full legal support to AKUO relating to various aspects of its doing business in Croatia, providing energy, permitting, corporate, commercial, employment, etc. legal advice.
  • Advised EBRD in a project related to the construction of the water supply purification plant and extension and upgrade of the water/wastewater infrastructure, in Split and the surrounding area, respectively.
  • Advises BOP Immobilien Gruppe, in business of project developments and the structuring of large volume real estate property investments with two major projects.

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

The ‘extremely professional‘ team at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is well-versed at handling the full range of issues (including land use, acquisitions/sales and lease negotiations) for domestic and international investors and developers on their commercial property work in Croatia. The ‘resourceful and knowledgeable’ Emir Bahtijarević heads the team and is at the forefront of the most significant mandates it handles, including in the context of real estate disputes. Associate Sanja Novoselić regularly provides vital support to Bahtijarević on many of the mandates and is gaining a strong reputation in her own right as a result of her ‘dedication to her tasks, exquisite overview and understanding of the cases she works on’.

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Testimonials

‘The team displays high levels of professionalism, expertise and a dedication to work. It has extensive experience in relation to the implementation of the largest investments primarily for foreign investors.’

‘The team that we were working with was extremely professional.’

‘Emir Bahtijarević is firm, resourceful and knowledgeable, accompanied with exceptional social skills.’

‘We also deal with Sanja Novoselić, whose professional qualities, including her dedication to her tasks, exquisite overview and understanding of the cases she works on, already surpasses by far most of other legal professionals we have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Hystead Limited, a subsidiary of Hyprop Investments Limited

W.P. Carey

Euro Immobilien

Globe Trade Centre

BOP Immobilien Gruppe

AKUO Energy

adidas

GTC Marlera Golf

Heineken Croatia

M7 Real Estate

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    Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 2

    Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka  provides ‘appropriate advice‘ across a range of IP-related matters for many of the firm’s core roster of large multinational clients, including Google and Heineken. The team also regularly provides related due diligence on M&A matters handled by the firm involving IP rich entities. Team head Olena Manuilenko is at the forefront of the most significant IP-related work handled by the firm across both traditional and digital businesses.

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    ‘The team provides appropriate advice at all times.’

    Key clients

    Google

    Ultra Enterprises Inc

    The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria

    Heineken Hrvatska

    Rochester Institute Of Technology (RIT)

    Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

    Nomad Foods

    Pozavarovalnica Sava

    Da Film

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    Work highlights

    • Advising and representing Google in connection with privacy, media, and technology aspects of their business.
    • Advising Nomad Foods in the acquisition of 100% shares in frozen foods business owned by Fortenova (the largest Croatian and one of the largest regional food companies, previously Agrokor).
    • Regularly advise The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria in the field of IP & TMT, e.g. on legal and regulatory framework for the provision of their services in Croatia, including such issues as non-linear audio-visual services, collective rights management, advertising, protection of minors, GDPR, etc.

    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, DTB offers its 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.

     

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    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 Emir Bahtijarević
    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 Kovac Krka
    Banking and finance Damir Topić
    Energy Marina Kovac Krka
    Capital markets Damir Topić
    Number of lawyers : 25
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