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Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

EUROTOWER, 19TH FLOOR, IVANA LUCICA 2A, 10000 ZAGREB, CROATIA
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Work +385 1 492 5400
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Fax +385 1 492 5450
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Croatia

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Often working alongside practitioners across its CEE network, as well as acting on its own, the 'focused and responsive' team at¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†has a strong pedigree across a range of financing and regulatory work for borrowers and lenders. With assistance from the firm's Warsaw office,¬†Luka Tadińá-ńĆolińᬆrecently advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego on financing the acquisition of shares in a Croatian joint stock company, Luka Rijeka, the operator of Rijeka port. Consultant¬†Vedrana Ivekovic¬†has a particularly strong reputation for financial services regulatory matters and recently advised One Equity Partners on Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive implications¬†concerning reverse solicitation in Croatia.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

The 'very professional and client-friendly' team at¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†advises domestic and international corporates, either on its own or in collaboration with lawyers from across its¬†expansive network of CEE and SEE offices. The team has developed a particularly strong reputation handling financial services M&A; led by¬†Luka Tadińá-ńĆolińá,¬†it advised Advent and Bain Capital on the intra-group transfer of shares in payment solutions provider, Mercury Processing Services.¬†Dora GaŇĺi-Kovańćevińᬆand¬†SaŇ°a Jovińćińᬆare also recommended. Other clients include Stirling Square Capital Partners, Expedia and Steinhoff Group.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Headed by the 'experienced and responsive'¬†Dalibor Valinńćińá,¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†has excellent credentials across a range of commercial disputes and international arbitrations for an impressive roster of multinational corporates, including Shire International, ExxonMobil and KIA Motors. Praised for his 'clear and responsive advice', Valinńćińá is representing Formosa International Hotels in the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award against the owner of the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb, a procedure which has increased in complexity by virtue of the defendant initiating pre-bankruptcy proceedings in order to write off the majority of Formosa's claim.

Leading individuals

Dalibor Valinńćińá - Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†has a strong reputation for competition/EU law matters, including across risk management (through training sessions, on for example, dawn raid procedures), Agency hearings and merger control matters. Under the guidance of senior associate¬†Luka ńĆolińá, the team has also effectively garnered expertise in niche areas, including the new legislation regulating unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. Counsel¬†Dora GaŇĺi-Kovańćevińᬆexcels in advising multinational corporates on competition and EU law matters; she recently advised¬†Starbucks on a franchising agreement with a business partner in Croatia, work which included significant competition law considerations. Other clients include Shire International, Avaya and¬†Celgene.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

The 'well-organised, helpful and flexible' team at¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†handles a range of standalone domestic work, in addition to cross-border matters, where it is able to leverage its CEE/SEE network of offices. Counsel¬†Dora GaŇĺi-Kovańćevińᬆrecently advised Munich Re on the employment issues related to the sale of its Ergo life and Ergo non-life insurance business. Consultant¬†Ira Perińá-Ostojińᬆand 'approachable and detail-oriented' associate¬†Ivan Zornada ¬†are also recommended. Other clients include Adriatic Gate, Addiko Bank and Vermilion Energy.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Leveraging the firm's excellent M&A and corporate reputation,¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†regularly provides the concomitant IP due diligence on acquisitions involving IP-rich targets. Led by senior associate¬†Luka ńĆolińá, the team also regularly handles other commercial and transactional-related matters, including IPR licensing and¬†privacy and data protection assignments. Clients include WPP Group,¬†Dassault Syst√®mes and¬†Stirling Square Capital Partners.

Next Generation Partners

Luka ńĆolińá - Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

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Privatisation, projects and energy
Privatisation, projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Able to tap into the expertise of lawyers across the firm's corporate, banking and litigation practices,¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†has the strength-in-depth to handle a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects for various stakeholders. In addition to his transactional expertise on transportation infrastructure projects,¬†SaŇ°a Jovińćińᬆhas significant public procurement expertise; he is acting for the Turkish-Italian consortium of bidders in the appeal proceedings against the tender award decision for the construction of the PeljeŇ°ac bridge. Splitting her time between the firm's Zagreb and Rijeka offices, consultant¬†Ira Perińá-Ostojińᬆis advising Adriatic Gate, as concessionaire of the Rijeka Port container terminal, on all ongoing shipping and maritime-related matters.

Next Generation Partners

SaŇ°a Jovińćińᬆ - Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†advises banks, corporates and high-net-worth individuals across the spectrum of real estate matters. The team assists Signa Property Funds, as the owner of the iconic Hoto tower building in Zagreb, with day-to-day real estate matters related to the management of the building.¬† Other highlights include the Croatian office's advice, as part of a multi-office/disciplinary team, to Steinhoff Group on the sale of a substantial real estate portfolio of Kika/Leiner in Austria and a number of countries in CEE to Signa Group. Senior associate¬†Josip Martinińᬆis the key contact.

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Transport (including shipping)
Transport (including shipping) - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

With offices in the country's two largest coastal cities, Rijeka and Split, as well as being able to call upon the full-service expertise of lawyers in Zagreb,¬†Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch¬†is well positioned to handle a range of transactional and litigation mandates across the transportation sector. Consultant¬†Ira Perińá-Ostojińᬆis advising Adriatic Gate, the concessionaire of the Rijeka Port container terminal, on all its maritime-related matters. Other clients include Beacon Rail Leasing, Merk & Merk Yacht Service Tribunj¬†and Sandy Blue.

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  • EU TRANSACTION TAX: ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON BANKS?

    The finance ministers of the European Union met again last week to discuss the plan of introducing a single EU financial transaction tax. According to the plan, a 0.1 percent tax would be levied on bond and capital transactions, while a 0.01 percent tax would be charged on derivatives transactions.
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Legal Developments in Croatia

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  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. However, following the coming into force of the new Act the Public Procurement Office, a regulatory body authorized to develop and coordinate the public procurement system in Croatia reported that in the practice the new Act is actually suspended until the regulations necessary for its implementation are adopted.
  • Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

    On 28 March 2008 Croatian Parliament enacted Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act ("Amendments").
  • Amendments to Civil Obligations Act

    The currently applicable Croatian Civil Obligations Act was enacted in 2005 ("2005 Act") with a goal of harmonizing Croatian legislation with a number of EU Directives relating to combat against late payment in commercial transactions, self-employed commercial agents, sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees, liability for defective products, as well as package travel.
  • Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act

    On 17 June 2008 the Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act ("Amendments") came into force. These amendments are aimed at fully harmonizing Croatian electronic commerce regulations with the relevant EU laws.
  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

    On 3 October 2007 Croatian Parliament enacted the Amendments to the Companies Act which should enter into force on 1 April 2008 ("Amendments", "Act"). These Amendments represent the first substantial change to the Act since 2003.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

    Background
  • New Public Procurement Act

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
  • Resignation of a Member of the Management Board

    In a recently published decision, the Croatian High Commercial Court held that in corporations having two-tier corporate structure, the Supervisory board (as a body resolving on appointment and revocation of members of the Management Board) is not authorised or required to resolve on resignation of the Management Board's member. The court was on the standpoint that the resignation has legal effects as of the moment of its delivery to the Supervisory board. As a result, once the Supervisory board receives a resignation of a member of Management Board, it is not to discuss such resignation, but only undertake necessary steps to appoint new member of the Management Board and register the changes with the competent registry court.
  • Constitutional Court Rules on Squeeze Out

    According to recent press release, in February 2007 the Croatian Constitutional Court overruled the claim filed by minority shareholders of Siemens affiliate in Croatia. The minority shareholders requested the Constitutional Court to declare that rules on squeeze-out introduced into Croatian legal system under the 2003 Amendments to Companies Act are in violation of the Croatian Constitution. Under the disputed rules, shareholders' meeting may, at the request of the majority shareholder holding at least 95% of the shares, decide to transfer to such majority shareholder the shares held by minority shareholders, provided that the squeezed-out shareholders are paid appropriate compensation.
  • Regulation on Investment Fund Mergers

    Based on the authority granted under the 2005 Investment Funds Act, on 14 December 2006, the Croatian Agency for Supervision of Financial Services ("Agency") adopted the Regulation on Open Investment Fund Merger. The Regulation sets out a number of rules related to procedure, conditions and methods for merger of open investment funds in Croatia. The Regulation will come into effect on 30 December 2006.