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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Picking up purely local work and often working in co-ordination with offices from across the firm's CEE network on mandates involving a significant Croatian nexus, the 'professional and client-oriented' team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch provides a 'very commercial service' on M&A mandates, ongoing commercial advice, and the establishment or expansion of local Croatian operations by international corporate clients. The team is particularly strong advising on financial services M&A, including its recent work for SIA on the closing of its acquisition of First Data’s card processing businesses in Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. Team head Luka Tadić-Čolić is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Luka Tadić-Čolić

Testimonials

They are professional, experienced, client-oriented and focused lawyers who work very well individually, as well as a team.

Very commercial service.

Professional and client-oriented.

Key clients

Adriatic Gate (International Container Terminal Services)

Advent International Corporation

ALSO International Services GmbH

Alstom SA

American Airlines

Arthrex

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing B.V.

C&A Mode GmbH

Citigroup Global Markets

DDM Group AG

B2 Holding ASA

Emil Frey Holding

Expedia Inc.

Faunus Selva k.d.

Global Bet Holding (Wettpunkt Group)

Global Ports Holding A.S.

Grand Circle LLC

Hemisphere International Properties B.V. (Steinhoff Europe)

Hotelbeds Group

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

JP Morgan

Janoschka AG

Kali Tuna d.o.o.

Keune Holding BV

Lexmark International

Liqui-Box Corporation

Marinetek Finland Oy

MediaCom Central Europe Zagreb

Mezzanine Management

MIND Solutions

Morgan Stanley

Munich RE Group (Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft)

Piaggio Hrvatska d.o.o.

Rent24 GmbH

ROCA Croatia d.o.o.

RUFI Immobilien GmbH

SIA S.p.A.

Société Générale

SoftBank Corp.

Steinhoff Group

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Thomson Reuters

UBS Limited

Umdasch Shopfitting Group GmbH

Vermilion Zagreb Exploration d.o.o.

Tesco

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Dalibor ValinčićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch's six-strong team has the strength-in-depth to handle a range of commercial disputes and international arbitrations for an impressive roster of multinational corporates, including KIA Motors, Exxon Mobil and Shire International. Valinčić is noted for his 'very effective advocacy', which has seen him secure arbitration successes involving clients from the oil and gas, hospitality and food and beverages sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dalibor Valinčić

Testimonials

Personal touch, knowledge and expertise of team.

The team is approachable, committed and offer a personal touch that gives us, as a company, real peace of mind knowing that we are in capable hands.

Dalibor Valinčić is a very effective advocate.

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

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

Employment Tier 1

Headed by Dora Gaži-KovačevićWolf Theiss - Zagreb branch's employment team provides 'responsive and efficient' advice to clients on purely domestic matters, as well as in the context of strategic regional mandates throughout  CEE and SEE,  where it benefits from lawyers on the ground in key jurisdictions, including Serbia and Poland. Kovačević is particularly accomplished at providing the employment-related advice pursuant to M&A and strategic restructuring, including on transfer of employee issues. 'Very knowledgeable' consultant Ira Perić-Ostojić has 'extensive experience advising international clients in Croatia'.

Practice head(s):

Dora Gaži Kovačević

Testimonials

The firm offers an excellent service, they are prompt, business-oriented and provide high quality legal advice on both a local and cross-border basis.

‘Ira Perić-Ostojić is very knowledgeable, responsive and professional.

Ira Perić-Ostojić has extensive experience advising international clients in Croatia.

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.

Expedia Inc.

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

Piaggio Hrvatska

Optima (previously Redknee)

Stirling Capital

The Walt Disney Company

Unilever

Vacansoleil

Vermilion Energy

Visa Europe Services

Western Union

Yazaki Corporation

Liqui-Box Corporation

Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Headed by Saša Jovičić, the 'professional, knowledgeable and responsive' team at Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is appreciated for its 'legal expertise and experience as international legal advisers' across the gamut of infrastructure projects within the transportation and energy sectors, in particular. In addition to his subject matter knowledge and expertise on the corporate, real estate and commercial aspects of infrastructure projects, Jovičić also has an excellent pedigree in relation to public procurement matters. He is currently representing the Turkish-Italian consortium of bidders in the appeal proceedings against the tender award decision for construction of the Pelješac Bridge.

Practice head(s):

Saša Jovičić

Testimonials

The team is professional, knowledgeable and responsive.

Stands out for its legal expertise and experience as international legal advisers.

Key clients

Vermilion Exploration

IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret

Astaldi

Adriatic Gate

VAMED Estate Development and Engineering

Rudopolje Moje

Global Ports Holding

KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts- Aktiengesellschaft

International Container Terminal Services

ROCA Croatia

NIS-Naftna industrija Srbije (GazProm Neft Group)

Alstom

SINLOC

Transport (including shipping) Tier 1

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has a 'proven track record' in the transport sector and provides 'detailed and responsive advice' to a wide array of stakeholders on 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. Ira Perić-Ostojić heads the team out of the firm's Rijeka office and is advising Adriatic Gate across all ongoing shipping and maritime-related matters related to its role as concessionaire of the Rijeka port container terminal.

Practice head(s):

Ira Perić Ostojić

Testimonials

The firm has expertise in the maritime, shipping and services-related fields.

The firm has a proven track record in transport matters.

Ira Perić Ostojić provides advice in a professional, detailed and understandable way.

Luka Tadic-Colic is an outstanding local Croatian law partner that can take the lead on transactions.

Key clients

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal / International Container Terminal Service

American Airlines

Global Ports Holding A.S.

Merk&Merk Yacht Service Tribunj

VTB Bank

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Led out of Zagreb by Vedrana Iveković and also regularly working alongside practitioners from across its CEE network, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has a strong pedigree among borrowers and lenders across a range of financing and regulatory work. The team is also noted for its financial services M&A work and its increasing presence in the burgeoning fintech sector.

Practice head(s):

Vedrana Iveković

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

B2 Holding ASA

Bain Capital Private Equity

Banca Intesa

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Citigroup Global Markets

Cornèr Banca

Credit Suisse

Croatian Central Depository and Clearing Company (SKDD)

DDM Group AG

Deutsche Bank

Erste & Steiermärkische Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Fidelity International

Hemisphere International Properties B.V. (Steinhoff Europe)

HSBC Bank

JP Morgan

Mezzanine Management

Morgan Stanley

Oath Inc.

One Equity Partners

Raiffeisen Bank

Ritzio International Limited

Société Générale

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Triton Partners

UBS Limited

VTB Bank

Wells Fargo

EU and competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch has a strong reputation advising across a range of purely domestic competition issues, as well as on matters where a cohesive approach is required throughout the CEE region (where it can leverage its strong presence in key jurisdictions including Austria). Senior associate Luka Čolić heads the team and is well versed in cartel cases, dawn raid issues, state aid and merger filings; he recently secured merger clearance for investor clients acquiring a substantial NPL portfolio from Heta, in the so-called Solaris transaction (a very rare occasion where merger control issues were triggered by NPL divestments).

Practice head(s):

Luka 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

Often deploying a multi-disciplinary and cross-office approach (drawing upon the strengths of corporate, finance and restructuring lawyers from many of the firm's CEE/SEE locations), Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch is well positioned to advise banks, corporates and an increasing roster of high-net-worth individuals on their real estate requirements. Particular strengths include assistance with real estate-related insolvency and NPL matters, as well as work for real estate funds on their real estate strategies. Senior associate Josip Martinić is the firm's core real estate practitioner in Croatia.

Practice head(s):

Josip Martinić

Key clients

AquaSource EOOD

Avex Holdings

B2 Holding ASA

Chipita S.A.

DDM Group AG

Frühwald Holding Gesellschaft m.b.h.

Grand Circle

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

JLV, a.s.

Leonhard Moll Betonwerke GmbH

NTT Data Croatia d.o.o.

Rent24 GmbH

ROCA Croatia d.o.o.

Shay Penso Holdings Ltd

SIGNA Property Funds Deutschland AG

Steinhoff Group

Vacansoleil B.V.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Praised for its ability to 'work closely' with other complementary practice groups, including corporate and competition, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch excels at providing a holistic service to clients on non-contentious mandates, including as it relates to IP due diligence associated with corporate transactions and the commercialisation of IPR. 'Very knowledgeable' team head Luka Čolić has expertise in trade mark and copyright matters and regularly handles work for clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Luka Čolić

Testimonials

The team’s availability and engagement was superb, professional and human in every aspect, with great quality, resourcefulness and advisement.

Luka Čolić’s knowledge and advice, and honesty helped us a lot to make the best end result from our case.

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 and M&A. Wolf Theiss’ Croatian office comprises 16 lawyers (including two partners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Vedrana Ivekovic
Financial services Luka Tadic-Colic
Competition/antitrust Luka Colic
Competition/antitrust Dora Gaži-Kovacevic
Corporate/M&A Luka Tadic-Colic
Dispute resolution Dalibor Valincic
Dispute resolution Josip Martinic
Employment Dora Gaži-Kovacevic
Energy and infrastructure, and procurement Saša Jovicic
Intellectual property Luka Colic
Real estate Josip Martinic
Regulatory Ira Peric Ostojic
Regulatory Saša Jovicic
Tax Luka Tadic-Colic
Transport/shipping Ira Peric Ostojic
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Krunoslav Štengl  photo Mr Krunoslav Štengl
Ms Dora Gaži-Kovačević  photo Ms Dora Gaži-Kovačević
Ms Ana Grubešić  photo Ms Ana Grubešić
Mr Saša Jovičić  photo Mr Saša Jovičić
Mr Luka Tadić-Čolić  photo Mr Luka Tadić-Čolić
 Dalibor Valinčić  photo Dalibor Valinčić
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 22% female partners and 60% of our senior associates 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.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 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. We are proud that Euromoney Legal Media Group honoured us with the ‘2014 Best National Firm for Pro Bono Work’.


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. 

 

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.