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Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch
EUROTOWER, 19TH FLOOR
IVANA LUCICA 2A
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Benefiting from 'good connections and experience' and 'deep knowledge of corporate law', as well as being able to leverage the firm's network of offices throughout the CEE/SEE, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is well-positioned to advise local and international companies on domestic and regional work. Led by Luka Tadić-Čolić, the scope of the team's work is broad, and as well as advice to buyers and sellers on M&A matters (including transactions within the financial services sector), it also includes day-to-day corporate/commercial assistance, as well as regular counselling to international corporates seeking to establish a presence in the country or to expand its local operations.

Practice head(s):

Luka Tadić-Čolić

Other key lawyers:

Dora Gaži Kovačević; Saša Jovičić; Luka Čolić; Borna Dejanović

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep knowledge of corporate law and good connections and experience.’

Key clients

B2 Holding ASA

Antares Vision S.p.A

Hemisphere International Properties B.V. (Steinhoff Europe)

Isoclima S.p.A. / Lipik Glas d.o.o.

Liqui-Box Corporation

Keune Holding BV

Piaggio Hrvatska d.o.o.

ROCA Croatia d.o.o.

Thomson Reuters

Kali Tuna d.o.o.

Grand Circle LLC

Vermilion Zagreb Exploration d.o.o.

Mezzanine Management

Lexmark International Technology Sarl

NKD moda d.o.o.

Expedia Inc.

Peek & Cloppenburg d.o.o.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch provides 'strategic and practical advice' to international clients, which are appreciative of the firm's ability to 'keep matters progressing speedily', in spite of the notoriously slow nature of the Croatian court system. 'Extremely diligent and down-to-earth' team head Dalibor Valinčić is noted for his arbitration expertise for oil and gas clients, in particular. The 'creative and hardworkingJosip Martinić has a 'perfect knowledge of local laws' and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dalibor Valinčić

Other key lawyers:

Josip Martinić; Borna Dejanović

Testimonials

‘The team that takes care of our file has always been following up on the latest developments, has always been on time and done its best to keep matters going on speedily, even though the courts are slow in Croatia.’

The team has been creative and feedback has always been on time. They really perform their work according to the highest international standards.

‘The team provides strategic and practical advice.’

‘The creative and hardworking Josip Martinić has perfect knowledge of local laws and is very well-connected to the different actors involved.’

‘Dalibor Valincic and Borna Dejanović provide very succinct feedback.’

‘Dalibor Valincic was extremely diligent, a delight to work with and very down- to-earth.’

Dalibor Valincic takes a measured approach that is very client-focused.’

Key clients

Alucom s.r.o.

Bavaria NV

Boogie Production

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Faunus GmbH and Faunus Selva k.d.

Formosa International Hotels Corporation

Kairos Travel

KIA Motors Corporation

One Traveller

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Rudopolje Moje

Shire International

TAP Air Portugal

TOP Line

Avex TCF Limited

Merk & Merk Jahte Servis Tribunj d.o.o.

Loxley Public Company Limited

Nichel e Leghe S.p.A.

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Interseroh

MediaCom

Commercial Metals Company

Termoblok d.o.o.

Rütgers Germany GmbH

Jan de Nul

OJSC Naftan

Zedis

Zsolt Hernadi

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas

Employment Tier 1

Led by Dora Gaži-Kovačević, who was made partner in July 2020, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch handles a range of ongoing day-to-day employment issues for domestic and international companies with substantial operations in the country. In addition, the team also regularly forms part of a cross-office offering (including lawyers on the ground in key jurisdictions throughout CEE and SEE), providing the local law employment input associated with cross-border M&A handled by the firm. Consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić is a key member of the team and is praised for her 'excellent judgement and clear communication' across both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Dora Gaži-Kovačević

Other key lawyers:

Ira Perić-Ostojić; Berislav Drašković; Ana Slovenec

Testimonials

Ira Perić-Ostojić displays excellent judgement and clear communication.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank (formerly Hypo Alpe Adria Bank)

Adriatic Gate (International Container Terminal Services)

Align Technology BV

Also International Services GmbH

Arrow ECS Central

Arthrex GmbH

Avaya

Boehringer Ingelheim

BU Power Sistemi d.o.o.

C&A Mode

Damco

Digea – Digital Services Provider

DMG Mori Austria International GmbH

DS Smith

Eli Lilly (Suisse) S.A.

Fruhwald

GitHub B.V.

Grand Circle

Granite Services International

Hulla & Co Human Dinamics

MediaCom Central Europe Zagreb

Microsoft

Monster Energy Europe Limited

Munich Reinsurance

Novartis

ÖBB Postbus

Osram GmbH

Parexel International

Peek & Cloppenburg

Piaggio Hrvatska

Optima (previously Redknee)

Stirling Capital

The Walt Disney Company

Unilever

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Energy

Visa Europe Services

Liqui-Box Corporation

Jane Street Europe Limited

Lexmark International Technology Sarl

Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch's multi-disciplinary team is well-versed at advising stakeholders across the spectrum of infrastructure projects, within the transportation and energy sectors in particular. Team head Saša Jovičić is noted for his public procurement expertise and has successfully advised bidders on concessions within the energy and transportation sectors. In addition, Jovičić has the contentious credentials to be able to assist failed bidders seeking to challenge concession award decisions, including his ongoing work for the Turkish-Italian consortium of bidders in the appeal proceedings against the tender award decision for the construction of the Pelješac bridge.

Practice head(s):

Saša Jovičić

Other key lawyers:

Borna Dejanović

Key clients

Vermilion Exploration

IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret

Astaldi

Adriatic Gate

Rudopolje Moje

Global Ports Holding

KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft

International Container Terminal Services

ROCA Croatia

European Commission

Deutsche Bahn

Transport (including shipping) Tier 1

Led from the firm's Rijeka office by consultant Ira Perić-OstojićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch represents a diverse array of stakeholders on transport-related financing and corporate transactions (where it is able to leverage its substantive law expertise in these areas), in addition to operational, regulatory and litigation matters. Perić-Ostojić continues to provide day-to-day counselling to the Port of Rijeka on its ongoing operations, work which regularly includes maritime-related advice.

Practice head(s):

Ira Perić-Ostojić

Other key lawyers:

Saša Jovičić

Key clients

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal / International Container Terminal Service

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.

Global Ports Holding A.S.

Merk&Merk Yacht Service Tribunj

Sandy Blue

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Acting independently, as well as often in conjunction with lawyers from across the firm's CEE network of offices, the 'approachable and constructive' team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is well-versed at advising local and international banks on syndicated and bilateral financings to facilitate domestic and regional infrastructure and real estate projects. Led by Vedrana Ivekovic, the team also has a strong financial services regulatory offering, which it deploys to good effect in relation to financial services M&A and fintech-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Vedrana Iveković

Other key lawyers:

Luka Tadić-Čolić; Lucia Močibob

Testimonials

‘Individuals are approachable, open and constructive.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

B2 Holding ASA

B2 Kapital

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Croatian Central Depository and Clearing Company (SKDD)

DDM Group

Erste Group Bank

ERSTE&STEIERMÄRKISCHE BANK

EximBank

Hemisphere International Properties

J.P. Morgan Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d.

Privredna banka Zagreb

Raiffeisen Austria

Société Générale Group

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

UBS Limited

Volvo Financial Services

VTB Bank

Zagrebačka banka

3S Investment Limited

EU and competition Tier 2

Headed by senior associate Luka ČolićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is increasingly active advising corporate clients of the firm on the establishment of robust risk management compliance systems to mitigate against any potential competition law infractions. In addition, the team provides merger control advise pursuant to M&A handled by the firm, and also has niche expertise advising clients in the food sector on the implications of the new Act on Prohibition of Unfair Trading Practices in Food Supply Chain.

Practice head(s):

Luka Čolić

Other key lawyers:

Luka Tadić-Čolić

Key clients

Abbott

Bancroft Private Equity

B2 Holding

Baxter

Borealis

Celgene

Chipita

City Ex

DDM Group AG

Emil Frey Holding

Mondelez

Quanex Building Products

Shire

IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

Astaldi S.p.A

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Benefiting from a substantial core real estate estate offering, as well as being able to leverage the expertise of lawyers with complementary corporate and finance expertise, in particular, the 'professional, proactive and business-oriented' two-partner team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is well-versed across a range of commercial real estate work for banks, funds and high-net-worth individuals. Team head Josip Martinić has strong credentials in the local real estate field and also regularly works alongside practitioners from across the firm's international network on CEE/SEE-related regional projects.

Practice head(s):

Josip Martinić

Testimonials

‘The team is professional, proactive and business-oriented.’

Key clients

AquaSource EOOD

Avex Holdings

B2 Holding ASA

DDM Group AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Erste&Steiermärkische Bank

Frühwald Holding Gesellschaft m. b. H.

Grand Circle

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

NTT Data Croatia d.o.o.

Rent24 GmbH

REWE International AG and BIPA GmbH

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Signa Property Funds Deutschland

Steinhoff Group

Vacansoleil

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led from Croatia by senior associate Luka Čolić, and also well-placed to advise clients on regional mandates by virtue of the firm's extensive network of CEE offices, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IP work for existing and standalone clients in the pharmaceutical, energy and banking sectors. Particular strengths include trade mark-related work (including prosecution and enforcement) and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Luka Čolić

Key clients

Dassault Systèmes

Ex Works Capital Fund

Munich RE Group

Booking.com

MIND Solutions

Group M Central Europe Zagreb d.o.o. (WPP Group)

Accenture Global Services Limited

Mondelez Europe GmbH

SIGNA Property Funds Deutschland AG

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 and 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.

Croatia: Wolf Theiss has been advising clients on deals in Croatia since the early 1990s. Its work has included some of the most complex transactions involving Croatian companies – and it continues to build on its links in the region. The team has strengths in banking and finance, dispute resolution, as well as corporate, M&A, projects and energy. Wolf Theiss’ Croatian office comprises 16 lawyers (including four partners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Lucia Močibob
Financial services Luka Tadić-Čolić
Competition/antitrust Luka Čolić
Competition/antitrust Dora Gaži-Kovačević
Corporate/M&A Luka Tadić-Čolić
Corporate/M&A Dora Gaži-Kovačević
Dispute resolution Dalibor Valinčić
Dispute resolution Josip Martinić
Employment Dora Gaži-Kovačević
Energy and infrastructure, and procurement Saša Jovičić
Intellectual property Luka Čolić
Real estate Josip Martinić
Regulatory Ira Perić Ostojić
Regulatory Saša Jovičić
Tax Luka Tadić-Čolić
Transport/shipping Ira Perić Ostojić
Photo Name Position Profile
 Luka Čolić  photo Luka Čolić Senior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
Ms Dora Gaži-Kovačević  photo Ms Dora Gaži-Kovačević Partner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialised in M&A/ Corporate and Employment…
 Saša Jovičić photo Saša Jovičić Partner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialized in corporate and commercial law,…
 Josip Martinić  photo Josip Martinić Senior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
Ms Lucia Močibob  photo Ms Lucia Močibob Senior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
Ms Ira Perić-Ostojić  photo Ms Ira Perić-Ostojić Consultant (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialised in Life Sciences, Employment, Regulatory,…
Mr Luka Tadić-Čolić  photo Mr Luka Tadić-Čolić Partner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss); specialised in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking…
 Dalibor Valinčić  photo Dalibor Valinčić Partner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialising in Dispute Resolution and Energy…
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 16
Croatian
English
French
German
Italian
Contact : Luka Tadic-Colic
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw

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.