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

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘very efficient and highly skilled’ team at Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch is ‘experienced at M&A’ and is able to ‘deliver high-level answers and solutions within tight timelines’. Benefiting from an excellent regional outreach, the firm is particularly well-suited to advising on cross-border mandates cutting across jurisdictions throughout CEE/SEE, including its recent work for Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses (which are spread throughout the Balkans). Team head Luka Tadić-Čolić displays ‘a sophisticated approach in order to find the best solution for the client’ and is consequently a popular choice among both domestic and international clients on many of their most challenging and important mandates. Benefiting from strong language skills in German and English, the ‘very experienced and professional’ Dora Gaži-Kovačević  is another key member of the team and is regularly involved in many of the most significant M&A mandates it handles.

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Testimonials

‘The team is attentive, available and addresses any request rapidly and professionally.’

‘The team is very efficient and highly skilled. They are ready to deliver high-level answers and solutions within tight timelines.’

Very good regional outreach.

Experienced at M&A. Practical approach, straightforward advice and suggestions. The advice and work was definitely worth the money.

‘Dora Gaži Kovačević is an outstanding professional, who facilitated our cross- border transaction despite local obstacles.’

‘The very experienced and professional Dora Gaži Kovačević is very friendly and always at eye level with the people involved.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić: very well prepared and with a sophisticated approach in order to find the best solution for the client.’

Key clients

Acciaierie Bertoli Safau Sisak d.o.o. (ABS Sisak d.o.o.)

A.F.L. Capital Limited

Autodesk, Inc.

B2 Holding ASA

Bookaway Ltd.

Booster Fuels, Inc.

Constantia Beteiligungs AG

Croatian Central Depository and Clearing Company

Expedia Inc.

Global Ports Holding

Glovoapp23, S.L.

Grand Circle LLC

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

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

Ista Holding Europe GmbH

Kali Tuna d.o.o.

Keune Holding BV

Lexmark International Technology Sarl

Liqui-Box Corporation

Menlo Ventures Corporation

NTT Data

Piaggio Hrvatska d.o.o.

Progressio SGR S.p.A.

Quanta Services

Rhenus Assets & Services GmbH & Co KG

ROCA Croatia d.o.o.

Teleperformance

Vermilion Zagreb Exploration d.o.o.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia.
  • Advised Bookaway, an online ground travel booking provider, on its acquisition of the platform GetByBus, a well-established Croatian start-up for the online sale of bus tickets, with its corporate presence in Croatia and Denmark.

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch provides ‘thorough and high-quality advice’ to international and domestic clients across a range of commercial disputes, including as they relate to high-profile arbitral proceedings. The ‘extremely bright, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented’ Josip Martinić is a key member of the team and is noted for his ‘amazing courtroom skills’, including on real estate related matters. Team head Dalibor Valinčić takes the lead on the firm's most significant arbitration mandates.

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Testimonials

‘Their service exceeds my expectations. In my business I meet a lot of lawyers, but Wolf Theiss’ office is one of the best in Croatia.’

‘The team is very experienced in any dispute-related issues, which made the collaboration very time and cost efficient. The billing was simple, as the team provides periodical fee updates for reviews and cost control.’

‘Individuals very proactively balance professionalism as well as thorough and high-quality advice, while cultivating open and friendly communication, alongside the anticipation of developments in court proceedings.’

‘Josip Martinić is an all-round player, a real star and go-to adviser for all dispute-related issues. He is highly prepared and meticulous and has extensive experience and anticipation skills. His skills in the courtroom are amazing.’

‘Josip Martinić is extremely bright, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented. He seems to always have a solution to a problem which is set before him. I recommended him to my family members for their private disputes and this proves how much I trust him. He is very easy to work with’

Key clients

Alucom s.r.o.

Avex TCF Limited

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Boogie Production

Breton S.p.A.

CLdN Ro-Ro SA

Commercial Metals Company

Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.

Eucon d.o.o.

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Formosa International Hotels Corporation

Interseroh

Jan de Nul

Kairos Travel

KIA Motors Corporation

Loxley Public Company Limited

Mach 4 Metal BV

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

Naftan OAO

Nichel Leghe S.p.A.

OJSC Naftan

One Traveller

OREX Holding

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Rütgers Germany GmbH

Shire International

TAP Air Portugal

Termoblok d.o.o.

TOP Line

Zedis

Zsolt Hernadi

Work highlights

  • Advising ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical in the recognition and enforcement of a Belgian award in Croatia against its former local distributor.
  • Representing Dredging and Maritime Management and Jan De Nul Group in litigation and bankruptcy proceedings before the Croatian courts against Uljanik, one of the largest Croatian shipyards and which had ended in bankruptcy.
  • Representing Naftan, a Belarus oil refinery plant, in the process of recognition and enforcement of two arbitral awards rendered by the International Arbitration Court at the BelCCI against Monting, a Croatian construction company.

Croatia > Employment Tier 1

The ‘professional, knowledgeable and efficient’ team at Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch is recognised for its versatility across the spectrum of employment advice, including in the context of helpful client alerts regarding employment matters. As well as advising on purely Croatian law matters, the team, which is headed by Dora Gaži Kovačević, is also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers based out of offices throughout CEE/SEE. ‘Professional and knowledgeable’ consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić provides ‘clear, understandable and business-oriented advice’ to clients across a range of employment matters, including data privacy, immigration and drafting/updating employment handbooks.

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Testimonials

‘The team is professional, knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘The team is excellent: professional, efficient and diligent. They are quick to respond to any queries. They will always inform you of the options and any associated risks.’

‘Ira Perić Ostojić has been advising us on a wide range of HR and employment day-to-day labour law matters such as on general labour law compliance, immigration matters, employment and termination of employees and managers, workforce restructuring strategies and their implementation, posting and transfer of employees, representation in disputes and in various labour inspections, assisting us in negotiations with employee representatives, etc.’

‘Ira Perić Ostojić is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, easy to communicate with, always available and reliable – a true market leader. She understands our business, has extensive experience in advising international clients in Croatia in various legal fields and always provides clear, understandable and business-oriented advice. She is very pleasant to work with and is good in negotiations and in dealings with the public authorities.’

‘Ira Perić Ostojić is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She’s also an excellent communicator.’

‘Ira Perić Ostojić has extremely deep knowledge of labour law. It is a very good feeling when you can rely totally on your lawyer and be calm that all possible issues will be taken into account.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank (formerly Hypo Alpe Adria Bank)

Adriatic Gate (International Container Terminal Services)

Align Technology

Also International Services

Arrow ECS Central

Arthrex

Astellas

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bookaway

Brunata

BU Power Sistemi

C&A Mode

Damco

Dassault Systemes

Digea – Digital Services Provider

DMG Mori Austria International

DS Smith

Eli Lilly (Suisse)

Fieldcore

Fruhwald

Genetec Inc.

Global Ports Holding

Glovo

Grand Circle

Granite Services International

Grundfos

Jane Street Europe Limited

Lexmark International Technology

Liqui-Box Corporation

MediaCom Central Europe Zagreb

Microsoft

Monster Energy Europe Limited

Optima

Parexel International

Piaggio Hrvatska

Upchain

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Energy

Visa Europe Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Glovo on its €170m acquisition of Delivery Hero’s food delivery service businesses in several jurisdictions including Croatia, including on issues relating to automatic transfer of employees and workforce restructuring under Croatian law.
  • Advising Adriatic Gate Container Terminal on a wide range of employment law matters.
  • Advised Abbott, a US multinational medical devices and healthcare company, on its workforce restructuring in Croatia, including drafting the entire set of restructuring documentation.

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Praised for its ability to ‘take complex legal items and explain them in ways that are easy to understand’, Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch’s multi-disciplinary projects team has a strong reputation among stakeholders engaged in transportation and energy-related infrastructure projects, in particular. Team head Saša Jovičić has an excellent reputation advising private sector entities as bidders on public procurement projects relating to infrastructure and energy, with advice extending to work for the successful concessionaire on ongoing commercial/operational matters, as well as in the context of challenges to failed bids.

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Testimonials

‘They are always very receptive and quick to respond regardless of if they are busy or not. It is a professional and well organised organisation.’

‘Very personable and easy to communicate with. They are able to take complex legal items and explain them in ways that are easy to understand. Very professional.’

Key clients

European Commission

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

Deutsche Bahn

UBER

Algoma

SITA

Work highlights

  • As part of an international consortium consisting of economic and financial experts and technical experts, the team is advising the European Commission in relation to the NESOI (New Energy Solutions Optimised for Islands) project, which is aimed at supporting energy transition on islands of EU Member States.
  • Successfully advised Vermilion Energy on the participation in Round I of a tender for onshore oil and gas concessions in Croatia and are currently advising in Round II.
  • Advised Global Ports Holding, one of the world’s largest cruise port operators, in the proceedings for the award of the concession of the cruise port passenger terminal Zadar.

Croatia > Transport (including shipping) Tier 1

Led by the ‘very commercial and resourceful‘ consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić, who spearheads the firm’s Rijeka office, Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch provides ‘responsive and practical advice‘ to clients across a range of shipping-related matters, from a regulatory, commercial and litigation perspective. ‘A true expert in Croatian transport/shipping law’, Perić-Ostojić continues to act as de-facto in-house counsel to Adriatic Gate in its role as concessionaire to the Port of Rijeka. Head of the office’s projects team, Saša Jovičić also regularly handles maritime-related mandates, including on construction-related port mandates.

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Testimonials

They are very pleasant and easy to work with, from receiving our requests to the final result. They are also proactive in solving any potential issues, as well as efficient in dealing with public authorities, which is not always straight forward in Croatia.’

The team is responsive, provides practical advice and has deep industry knowledge.’

‘The firm is well represented across the region, making it convenient for us to obtain high quality advice from across the Balkans.’

‘The very commercial and resourceful Ira Perić-Ostojić has always showed immense knowledge and understanding of our business and legal needs. She is a true expert in Croatian transport/shipping law. Her advice is reliable, fast and efficient, while Ira is approachable and an excellent communicator.’

Key clients

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal / International Container Terminal Service

Bargate Murray

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

Dredging and Maritime Management S.A.

Global Ports Holding A.S.

Merk&Merk Yacht Service Tribunj

Sandy Blue

Algoma Central Corporation

SITA Aeronautics

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Ports Holding in the proceedings for the award of the concession of the cruise port passenger terminal Zadar.
  • Advising Adriatic Gate Container Terminal with respect to all ongoing shipping and maritime-related matters.
  • Advising a number of interested parties in the complex restructuring process of Croatian shipyards.

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Acting on its own and able to ‘provide a unified approach’ on cross-border mandates by virtue of its ability to draw upon resources from across the firm’s CEE/SEE network of offices, Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch provides a ‘flawless service’ to lenders in the context of bilateral and syndicated/club loans, as well as on a myriad of regulatory mandates. Team head Luka Tadić-Čolić ‘is very well known on the local market’, both in the context of financing transactions as well as financial services M&A. Senior associate Lucia Močibob ‘is a very capable pair of hands’ and is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘In one of those jurisdictions which feels like it might be a long way from London and New York, it’s great to find such a high standard of legal competence and client communication. Dealing with the firm has been one of the best “local counsel” experiences I have had in a long legal career!’

‘Exceptional group of individuals led by a top manager provides flawless service on time.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić has enormous depth of knowledge of the areas in which he practises, is very responsive and communicates superbly.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić has an exceptional understanding of the requirements for the successful business operation of our company.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić is very responsive, and always gives commercial advice.’

‘Luka Tadić-Čolić is very well known on the local market, providing experience-based proposals and solutions that create a place for agreement between all parties.’

‘Lucia Močibob is a very capable pair of hands. She is on the ball, knows her stuff and is quick to get back to the client with the right answers.

Key clients

3S Investment Limited

ABN AMRO

Addiko Bank

Advent International Corporation

B2 Holding ASA

Bain Capital Private Equity

Banca Comercială Română S.A.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Barclays Bank

BNP Paribas

Česká spořitelna, a.s.

Citibank

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Corner Banca

Credit Suisse

Croatian Central Depository and Clearing Company (SKDD)

DDM Group

Deutsche Bank

Erste Group Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Investment Fund

EximBank

Falcon Private Bank

First Data Europe Limited

Hemisphere International Properties

HSBC Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

J&T Bank

J.P. Morgan Securities

Merrill Lynch International

Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d.

Privredna banka Zagreb

Rabobank

Raiffeisenbank

Sberbank

Slovenská sporiteľňa, a.s.

Société Générale Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

UBS Limited

UniCredit

Veneto Banca

VTB Bank

Zagrebačka banka (UniCredit)

Work highlights

  • Advising Erste Group on its multi-issuer programme for the issuance of notes for MREL and own funds purposes.
  • Advising Taurus Partners and Elements Capital Management on entering into a joint venture with a local company, for the purpose of acquiring non-performing secured loans from Zagrebačka banka in an auction process against a Croatian debtor.
  • Advising Merrill Lynch International on the review of its international prime brokerage documentation and, more specifically, the Croatian law perfection requirements that must be observed to obtain an enforceable security interest over the cash and securities held with local banks.

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 2

As well as its strength in advising on merger control matters (including on multi-jurisdictional CEE transactions), Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch is also adept at advising on compliance/risk management procedures, including the provision of dawn raid training. The team has also developed a particular niche advising food sector clients on the ramifications associated with new legislation prohibiting unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. Luka Čolić heads the team and recently provided the underlying competition law advice to DDM Group and B2 Holding in one of the rare cases of a merger filing being triggered in the context of NPL acquisitions.

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Key clients

Alstom SA

Antares Vision S.p.A.

Arthrex SSC EMEA d.o.o.

Astaldi S.p.A.

B2 Holding ASA

Campforio Food Group Holding, S.L.

DDM Group AG

IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

Work highlights

  • Advised DDM Group and B2 Holding as bidders in the merger filing triggered by the acquisition of a large chunk of the ex-Hypo Banks’s NPL portfolio consisting of claims and real estate in excess of €1bn nominal value.
  • Advised Antares Vision, an Italian listed company specialised in the development of track and trace system solutions, on the acquisition of start-up companies in Croatia and Serbia (Tradeticity Group), with a particular focus on IP/IT and competition law.
  • Advised Alstom in a transaction that would have merged Siemens’ and Alstom’s transport equipment and service activities to create a European transportation giant aimed at countering competition from China.

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Drawing upon ‘great commercial sense, and a strong understanding of international investor requirements’, Wolf Theiss is seen with great regularity on big-ticket domestic mandates, as well as on multi-jurisdictional mandates throughout the CEE/SEE region. ‘Responsive and solutions-oriented’ team head Josip Martinić ‘understands every aspect of the real estate and construction market in Croatia‘ and is also able to leverage his broader dispute resolution expertise to ‘avoid or solve real estate obstacles’. 

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Testimonials

‘The team is one of the main players in the real estate market. I see them advising and participating in various transactions and deals, especially larger deals. Their experience is really impressive, so is their team’s knowledge. They really understand the various industries and you can speak to them not only from the legal aspect, but from the technical as well.’

‘The firm has great commercial sense, and a strong understanding of international investor requirements. ’

‘Due to their market knowledge and many offices in the region, the team is a must in any real estate matter. All cross-border projects were very seamless and efficient, as the team provides a local contact person for all inquiries. They are resourceful and have a commercial approach.’  

‘Josip Martinić is really a star on the market. He understands every aspect of the real estate and construction market in Croatia, including some aspects in which other lawyers are not interested in (such as the development trends, spatial and urban planning news etc.). He has equally impressive technical understanding for a lawyer.’

‘The responsive Josip Martinić is a quick thinker, self confident, solutions-oriented; makes you feel you are in the safe hands.’

‘Josip Martinić provides a hands-on service. He explains everything in detail and in a simple manner, even in terms of complex Croatian real estate procedures. He always surprises me with his experience, knowledge and solutions in real estate issues. He successfully uses his dispute experience to avoid or solve real estate obstacles.’

Key clients

Avex Holdings

B2 Holding ASA

Chipita S.A.

DDM Group AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Erste&Steiermärkische Bank

Grand Circle

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Rent24 GmbH

REWE International AG and BIPA GmbH

ROCA Croatia d.d.

Signa Property Funds Deutschland

Steinhoff Group

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Zagreb Exploration d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Hemisphere International Properties on the sale of five large shopping centres in Croatia leased to a single tenant.
  • Advised Signa Property Funds Deutschland on the sale of HOTO Tower in Zagreb.
  • Advised Steinhoff Group in the sale of the large real estate portfolio of Kika/Leiner in Croatia and a number of countries in CEE to Signa Group.

Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 3

At Wolf Theiss – Zagreb branch, senior associate Luka Čolić is the main contact for IP work and regularly advises clients on the commercialisation of IPR (including on licensing matters), trade mark clearance and data privacy matters. The office also has venture capital expertise on both the investor and investee side.

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Key clients

Antares Vision SpA

Bookaway Ltd.

Booking.com

Booster Fuels, Inc.

Ex Works Capital Fund I, LP

Grand Circle, LLC

International Skating Union

Interseroh d.o.o.

Jane Street Europe Limited

Maezawa Fund, Inc.

Menlo Ventures Corporation

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited

The 4D Factory LLC

TVS Motor Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Menlo Ventures Corporation on its investment into a Croatian start-up Photomath (a fast-growing EdTech company whose mobile app is the #1 app in the world to learn math).
  • Advising Booster Fuels, a promising US start-up, on reshaping its commercial relationship with a key supplier of software development services based in Croatia.
  • Advised the International Skating Union, the head international federation for ice skating sports, in relation to a preliminary refusal to register their trade mark by the Croatian State Agency Intellectual Property.

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.

*The firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, we mean 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).

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Borna Dejanović photoMr Borna DejanovićSenior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss).
Dora Gaži-Kovačević photoMs Dora Gaži-KovačevićPartner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialised in M&A/ Corporate and Employment…
Vedrana Iveković  photoMs Vedrana Iveković Consultant, in cooperation with Wolf Theiss.
Saša Jovičić photoMr Saša JovičićPartner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialized in corporate and commercial law,…
Josip Martinić photoMr Josip MartinićSenior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
Lucia Močibob photoMs Lucia MočibobSenior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
Ira Perić-Ostojić photoMs Ira Perić-OstojićConsultant (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialised in Life Sciences, Employment, Regulatory,…
Luka Tadić-Čolić photoMr Luka Tadić-ČolićPartner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss); specialised in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking…
Dalibor Valinčić photoMr Dalibor ValinčićPartner (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss), specialising in Dispute Resolution and Energy…
Luka Čolić photoMr Luka ČolićSenior Associate (in cooperation with Wolf Theiss)
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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 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 22% 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 awarded Best National Firm – Work-Life Balance, 2021, Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm, 2020 and Best national firm mentorship programme, 2020 and 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.

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.