Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers > Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers
ZMAJA OD BOSNE 7
71 000 SARAJEVO
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers' practice, which is led by Naida Čustović, demonstrates a wealth of expertise in NPL portfolio transactions and debt restructurings. Project finance transactions are another key area of strength, including those related to sectors such as healthcare and energy and infrastructure. Clients of the firm include domestic and international companies, as well as financial institutions. Counsel Lamis Kulenović is one of the names to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Other key lawyers:

Lamis Kulenović; Ajla Delić

Testimonials

‘very professional, quick answers, full support’

‘Lana Sarajli is very professional, quick answers, full support, great collaboration’

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

AFINUM Management GmbH

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

Cineplexx

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal, Germany

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Dinners club. BiH

Erste Club Card

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Suzlon, BiH

B-One Solutions d.o.o.

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Projects and energy Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers demonstrates strong capabilities in high-value projects and large-scale transactions in the renewable energy sector. Practice head and managing partner Naida Čustović works closely with other practitioners across the firm's thirteen offices in the CEE region on high-value cross-border matters pertaining to project finance. Nikolaus Paul in Vienna is a key contact. On the corporate side, counsel Lana Sarajlić handles corporate transactions for domestic clients, notably healthcare sector clients.  The group also handles contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Other key lawyers:

Lana Sarajlić

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

AFINUM Management GmbH

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

Cineplexx

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal, Germany

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Dinners club. BiH

Erste Club Card

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Suzlon, BiH

B-One Solutions d.o.o.

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers is highlighted for its handling of high-value real estate transactions, construction projects and other cross-border work for large multinationals. The team advises foreign investors on large and complex energy and infrastructure projects, as well as their market entry. Naida Čustović leads the team, which includes Lana Sarajlić. Vienna-based Nikolaus Paul also plays a key role.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Other key lawyers:

 Lana Sarajlić

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

AFINUM Management GmbH

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

Cineplexx

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal, Germany

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Dinners club. BiH

Erste Club Card

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Suzlon, BiH

B-One Solutions d.o.o.

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

At Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers, the corporate team is skilled in handling high-value project work and transactions for domestic clients. Naida Čustović leads the group, which is experienced in advising clients (particularly those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector) on mergers with local subsidiaries, restructurings and intra-group reorganisations. It works closely with its office in Vienna, where the key contact is Nikolaus Paul. Counsel Lana Sarajlić is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Other key lawyers:

Lana Sarajlić 

Testimonials

‘Consistent quality – hands-on approach, practical, concise and down to the point legal advice – excellent drafting skills resulting in well structured and comprehensible documents ’

‘Lana Sarajlic is highly experienced, well-rounded lawyer with sharp and practical mind. Real pleasure to work with and easy to communicate with.’

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

AFINUM Management GmbH

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

Cineplexx

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal, Germany

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Dinners club. BiH

Erste Club Card

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Suzlon, BiH

B-One Solutions d.o.o.

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Competition Tier 2

At Wolf Theiss - in cooperation with local lawyers, the team is skilled in handling complex merger clearance matters for a wide range of international clients. The group is led by Naida Čustović and is experienced in competition-related transactions and corporate investigations for clients spanning across the CEE and SEE region. Cross-border work is facilitated by Vienna-based Nikolaus Paul. Counsel Lana Sarajlić, who is highly active in compliance-related matters, counts a number of healthcare companies as clients.

Practice head(s):

Naida Čustović

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaus Paul; Lana Sarajlić

Testimonials

‘Consistent quality -well structured and clear-cut documents’

Key clients

APS Recovery Management s.r.o.

AFINUM Management GmbH

Eli Lilly B-H d.o.o.

Abbvie Inc.

Cineplexx

Lexmark BH d.o.o.

Teleperformance, Germany

Addiko banka d.d. Sarajevo

Addiko banka a.d. Banja Luka

Raiffeisen Landesbank, Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

ArcelorMittal, Germany

ArcelorMittal Zenica

Keune Adrija BiH

Keune Adriatic

Cisco USA

Dinners club. BiH

Erste Club Card

Sparkasse Bank BH d.d.

Suzlon, BiH

B-One Solutions d.o.o.

Crosc Inc.

Unicredit bank Mostar d.d.

Pivovarna Laško

Sinochem

NIS a.d.

Nishimura & Asahi

Unis Fagas d.o.o.

The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 340 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices** in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.

Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

**As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.

Areas of practice: Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: In Bosnia, Wolf Theiss works in co-operation with local lawyers. The Sarajevo office has existed since 2005 and comprises eight lawyers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Competition/antitrust Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Competition/antitrust Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Corporate/M&A Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Corporate/M&A Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Dispute resolution Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Dispute resolution Ilma Kasumagic* ilma.kasumagic@lawoffice-kasumagic.com +387 33 953 458
Employment Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Energy and infrastructure Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Energy and infrastructure Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Intellectual property Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Tax Naida Custovic* naida.custovic@lawoffice-custovic.com +387 33 953 460
Real estate Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
Real estate Ilma Kasumagic* ilma.kasumagic@lawoffice-kasumagic.com +387 33 953 458
Regulatory and procurement Lana Sarajlic* lana.sarajlic@lawoffice-sarajlic.com +387 33 953 452
* Attorney at law in cooperation with Wolf Theiss
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Naida Čustović  photo Ms Naida Čustović Partner/Attorney at Law, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss, Specialised in Banking &…
Ms Ilma Kasumagić  photo Ms Ilma Kasumagić Senior Associate, independent Attorney at Law in cooperation with Wolf Theiss
Ms Lana Sarajlić  photo Ms Lana Sarajlić Counsel, independent Attorney at Law in cooperation with Wolf Theiss.
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 8
Bosnian
Croatian
English
German
Serbian
Contacts : Naida Custovic* (office managing partner)
Contacts : Nikolaus Paul* (regional managing partner)
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Zagreb

At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.

For us, uniting people in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.

Our leadership team is comprised of 25% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% of our senior lawyers are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014. In 2020, we won in the categories “Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm” and “Best national firm mentorship programme” at the European Women in Business Law Awards.

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.

One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole.