Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss > Tirana, Albania

Wolf Theiss
MURAT TOPTANI STREET
EUROKOL CENTER, 4TH FLOOR
1001 TIRANA
Albania

Leading firms Tier 1

Wolf Theiss's highly rated Albania office is a leading market player across numerous sectors. The firm is regularly instructed on major cross-border buyouts, financings and infrastructure projects, as well as international disputes and tax issues. Clients include major multilateral lenders, banks, telecoms, energy and manufacturing companies. The well-respected team is led by managing partner Sokol Nako, a former minister of justice with a diverse practice. Other key lawyers include experienced associate Denis Selimi.

Practice head(s):

Sokol Nako

Other key lawyers:

Denis Selimi

Testimonials

‘The ability to understand our problems correctly, to address them and to propose the most efficient solution. The communication and professionalism of the top management stays far above the market competition. Sokol Nako is admired for his professionalism and excellent know how of the local market, even in a difficult sector as ours, the construction industry. ’

‘Good knowledge of the company and day to day legal needs.’

Key clients

Voltalia SA

Banka IMI, J.P. Morgan, CitiBank, Raiffeisen Bank International

EBRD

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

Cosmote Mobile Communications

Airbus Helicopters

Union Bank

Calibra

Edenred

Amryta Capital LLP (part of the Parker Lloyd Group)

Law Firm Hogan Lovells International LLP and Apple Inc

SUMITOMO Corporation Europe Limited

Credit Suisse Securities USA

Tirana Bank sh.a

SNAM S.p.A

European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxemburg

Balfin Group and Komercijalna Banka

Union Financiar Tirane sh.a and Union Bank sh.a

Diaverium

Fital Shpk, Skender Pashaj and Ardjan Pashaj

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

IFC and Albanian Government

Corporacion America Airports S.A., Investment Cooperation of Dubai, Toscana Aeroporti and Aeroporti di Puglia

Albania Highway Shpk

Eurocol

Sigma Interalbanian VIG SHA (Sigma) a subsidiary of Vienna Insurance Group

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 with which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it means 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.

Albania: The Tirana office joined the Wolf Theiss network in 2004, having previously been part of a large international UK law firm. The office, led by Sokol Nako, has rapidly developed into one of the big names for complex transactions in Albania. The team comprises seven lawyers (including one partner) and specialises in all core areas of business law, particularly corporate law, M&A, banking and finance, public procurement and concessions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Sokol Nako sokol.nako@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 202
Financial services Kristaq Profkola kristaq.profkola@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 210
Energy and infrastructure Sokol Nako sokol.nako@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 202
Energy and infrastructure Denis Selimi denis.selimi@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 203
Competition and antitrust Denis Selimi denis.selimi@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 203
Intellectual property Blerta Nesho blerta.nesho@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 211
Corporate/M&A Sokol Nako sokol.nako@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 202
Corporate/M&A Kristaq Profkola kristaq.profkola@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 210
Real estate and construction Agim Muco agim.muco@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 208
Real estate and construction Xhet Hushi xhet.hushi@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 205
Dispute resolution Agim Muco agim.muco@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 208
Regulatory and procurement Denis Selimi denis.selimi@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 203
Regulatory and procurement Xhet Hushi xhet.hushi@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 205
Employment Jonida Braja jonida.braja@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 213
Tax Sokol Nako sokol.nako@wolftheiss.com +355 4 227 4521 202
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sokol Nako photo Mr Sokol Nako Sokol Nako is the Managing Partner of the Wolf Theiss Tirana office…
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 7
Albanian
Czech
English
Italian
Slovak
Contact : Sokol Nako (local 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 : Sarajevo
Other offices : Sofia
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 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’.