Macesic & Partners LLC > Rijeka, Croatia > Firm Profile

Macesic & Partners LLC
POD KASTELOM NO 4
PO BOX 366
51000 RIJEKA
Croatia

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Led by Ivana Manovelo, the ‘flexible and responsive’ team at Macesic & Partners LLC has ‘an excellent understanding of the market and in-depth knowledge of legal framework’, enabling it to provide ‘exceptional’ advice to stakeholders across a range of conventional and renewable energy projects, in particular. The ‘outstanding’ Manovelo is appreciated for her ‘great industry understanding and pragmatic approach.’

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Testimonials

‘The team led by Ivana Manovelo is exceptional and always delivers top-notch legal service. The team is very flexible and responsive and have easily adjusted and maintained the quality of service, even during lock-downs. The team has an excellent understanding of the market and in-depth knowledge of legal framework.’

‘Ivana Manovelo is an outstanding, remarkable lawyer. She stands out with great industry understanding and pragmatic approach, always maintaining high-level legal advice. I especially appreciate that she keeps the big picture in mind, focusing on important issues when trying to find a solution to any issue we may have.’

Key clients

Bureau Veritas Croatia d.o.o.

APM Terminals

Work highlights

  • Represented one of the most important energy enterprises which is now committed to the development of clean energy, in their project of entering the Croatian renewable energy market.
  • Advised an oil and gas company on their entrance into an agreement for the storage of gas with the Croatian company.
  • Advised a company on liability and regulatory risks in relation to the sale and purchase of LNG in Croatia.

Croatia > Transport (including shipping) Tier 1

Led out of Rijeka by Anita Krizmanić, Macesic & Partners LLC has an ‘outstanding‘ reputation across the full scope of commercial, regulatory, financing and litigation mandates within the shipping sector and is appreciated for its ‘pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach’. Krizmanić provides ‘high quality legal analysis’ to a wide range of stakeholders in the sector, including P&I clubs, and is particularly adept at handling shipping-related litigation, including personal injury and fatal accident matters.

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‘The team is knowledgeable and reliable. It displays a pragmatic approach and is solutions-oriented and practical.’

‘The firm has an outstanding shipping practice.’

‘I have been working mainly with Anita Krizmanić who is very competent and responsive. She provides high quality legal analysis and is pragmatic, concise and prompt at proposing solutions.’

Key clients

TORM A/S

ASSURANCEOFRENINGEN SKULD

Yachtowners – The Shipowners’ Club

“MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR” ASSOCIATION

Craft for nautical and excursion tourism “TAJANA”, owned by Anton Zuzic

TRANS INTEGRAL

The Shipowners’ Club

The Standard Club

MAERSK – APM Terminals

K/S TORM EASTERN

AURORA OF THE SEA SHIPPING CORPORATION

Work highlights

  • Advising “MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR” ASSOCIATION, Karigador, on declaring a granted concession on maritime demesne building a marina null and void.
  • Assisted AURORA OF THE SEA SHIPPING CORPORATION in arranging transportation of seaman through Croatian county lines and over EU member state borders for return to the vessel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The ‘exceptional’ team at Macesic & Partners LLC has an ‘excellent understanding of the market and an in-depth knowledge of the legal framework’, enabling it to provide a ‘top-notch service’ to domestic and international banks and borrowers across a broad array of financing activity. ‘Outstanding and pragmatic’ Rijeka-based team head Ivana Manovelo is well-versed at advising on cross-border project finance mandates and has also developed expertise in advising start-ups on their fundraising activities.

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‘The team has strong legal skills, great organisation and excellent knowledge of the technology.’

‘It is a very professional, skilled and reliable team.’

‘Ivana Manovelo is a top expert in her area and always adds the value with her advice. She is co-operative, works well with our team and is always available. It is a great pleasure to work with such an individual.’

‘The team led by Ivana Manovelo is exceptional, always delivers top-notch legal service. The team is very flexible and responsive and has easily adjusted and maintained the quality of service even during lockdowns. The team has an excellent understanding of the market and in-depth knowledge of the legal framework.’

‘Ivana Manovelo is an outstanding, remarkable lawyer. She stands out with great industry understanding and a pragmatic approach, always maintaining high-level legal advice. I especially appreciate that she keeps the big picture in mind, focusing on important issues when trying to find a solution to any issue we may have.’

‘Ivana Manovelo is very diligent, familiar with the industry and our company’s specific issues. Also very responsive, so every request and question gets resolved in a timely and precise manner.’

Key clients

Erste & Steiermärkische bank

Addiko bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Zagrebačka banka

Bellabeat Inc.

Stemi d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising growing Croatian start-up Bellabeat in several fundraising and financing rounds by new and existing investors.
  • Continuing to assist numerous multinational corporates on the Croatian law issues associated with employee incentive plans for domestic employers.
  • Advising Addiko Bank in the area of retail risk management.

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Led from Rijeka by Anita Krizmanić, Macesic & Partners LLC has a market-leading reputation for handling maritime-related mandates for P&I clubs, hull/cargo underwriters and shipowners. Although shipping work remains the lifeblood of the practice, it is by no means limited to work in the sector and also regularly handles banking and real estate disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Key strengths of the team include high expertise, great and wide knowledge,  commitment to the client, efficiency, organisation, accessibility and excellent communication with the client.’

‘The vastly experienced Miroljub Macesic is an eminent dispute resolution practitioner.’

‘Anita Krizmanic is devoted to her work and accurate in her professional performance.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Consulting

Erste & Steiermarkische Bank

TORM A/S

“MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR” ASSOCIATION

K/S TORM EASTERN

TRANS INTEGRAL

Raiffeisenbank Austria

Work highlights

  • Represents MOJ LIPI KARIGADOR ASSOCIATION in multiple proceedings for declaration of a granted concession on maritime demesne as null and void.

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Headed by Anita Krizmanić, Macesic & Partners LLC provides a ‘high level of expertise‘ for domestic and foreign entities engaged in the sale and purchase of Croatian real estate, as well as in any related disputes.

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‘The firm provides a high level of expertise and has wide and great experiential knowledge.’

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Erste & Steiermarkische Bank

Raiffeisenbank Austria

Raiffeisen Consulting

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

As well as advising on corporate matters arising in the context of work in the shipping sector, one of the core strengths of the firm, Macesic & Partners LLC has been increasingly active of late handling work in other sectors, including technology, where its work for Croatian/US tech start-up Bellabeat is a notable mandate. Rijeka-based Ivana Manovelo heads the team and regularly advises international companies on establishing business operations in Croatia.

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Maersk – APM Terminals

Bellabeat Inc.

STEMI d.o.o.

Bureau Veritas Croatia d.o.o.

Mariazellerhof, Matthias und Waltraud Pirker GmbH

Baker & McKenzie

Work highlights

  • Advised Bellabeat in several fundraising and financing rounds by new and existing investors.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its holding company structure for its commercial affiliates.

Macesic and Partners assists international clients doing business or looking to invest in Croatia. One of the oldest business-law oriented offices in the country provides expert assistance in complex, cross-border matters and operates through two offices in Zagreb and Rijeka.

Traditionally best known for maritime law, Macesic and Partners have become increasingly prominent in other sectors over the last decade – energy, corporate and commercial, financial and as a recent development, technology.

The firm is part of several professional and expert organisations and associations and regularly acts as local correspondent for numerous international law firms.

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution:
The office provides assistance in dispute resolution for a number of industry sectors, predominately maritime, shipbuilding, insurance, finance, energy and corporate. The lawyers’ expertise and experience in a particular sector are an advantage in finding optimal solutions for clients. Assistance is provided in all dispute resolution forms: litigation, arbitration and mediation (the latter two in and outside Croatia (institutional/ad hoc)).

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm has been advising international energy companies for years and throughout the process of liberalisation of the domestic market, therefore obtaining an in-depth understanding of the oil and gas, electricity and renewables sector. The firm provides specialized assistance to clients seeking tailor-made solutions to enter the Croatian market, advising on project work or other energy-related matters.

Transportation:
Macesic & Partners’ traditional and core practice area. The office covers all transportation sectors, maritime and inland, CMR, railway, air, assisting in contractual and in tort transportation matters. Experience in arranging surveys and preservation of evidence in transportation damages and liability exposure, and expert out-of-court claim handling, enable successful defence, compensation, indemnity or reimbursement in matters of transportation risks and damages. The firm covers the entire territory of Croatia through its strategically located offices in Zagreb (the capital) and Rijeka (main port) and a network of local correspondents. During the last 50 years Macesic and Partners have acted in all major transportation casualties protecting interests of various parties involved.

Insurance:
Macesic & Partners acquired expertise in various types of insurance matters through its related transportation practice. The firm is engaged as correspondent, either listed or on case-to-case basis, for major international and local underwriters and P&I Clubs. It handles assets, life, liability and other insurance covers for insurers, insured or injured third parties in all stages of out-of-court or court cases.

Corporate/M&A/Insolvency/Corporate Restructuring/Competition/Public Procurement:
The firm resolves various matters of corporate law, from general corporate assistance, corporate governance and compliance issues to demanding M&A deals, either with an international element or with underlying complex legal issues. It is not uncommon for Macesic and Partners’ corporate department to go beyond standard legal assistance and advise clients based on experience, adding value to company management. The firm has been advising creditors and debtors in restructuring and insolvency proceedings for years. The lawyers gained special experience in both operational and financial restructuring of distressed debtors by acting in a number of high-profile bankruptcy proceedings in Croatia. As an integral part of corporate practice, competition and public procurement are regular areas of assistance. A number of companies have decided to trust Macesic and Partners with their day-to-day corporate affairs, so the firm functions as their outsourced legal department.

Banking & Finance:
Assistance is provided in various practice areas within financial law: capital markets, project finance, fundraising (equity and debt). The department’s regular clients are international banks as well as four major domestic ones. Financial institutions turn to Macesic & Partners for advice related to financing, regulators’ issues, various models of debt collection, bankruptcies, restructuring of companies in difficulties, contracting, etc. Macesic & Partners has over 50 years of experience in ship and shipbuilding financings in various models. The firm has also been heavily involved in infrastructure financing (highways and electric generation and grids).

Intellectual Property:
A number of domestic and foreign clients choose Macesic & Partners to represent them in different areas of intellectual property and copyright law, i.e. patents, trademarks, designs and domain name registrations. The firm employs lawyers who are licenced trademark agents which allows them to provide effective assistance and offer innovative, creative and in-depth counselling in IP. Experience in IP and copyright law enables the lawyers to compile quality agreements as well as handle out-of-court negotiations and dispute resolutions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance
Commercial property/real estate
Corporate and commercial
Mergers and acquisitions
Insolvency/corporate restructuring
Insurance
Intellectual property
Energy
Public procurement
Competition
Capital markets
Tax
Debt collection
Private client
Shipping and transport
Dispute resolution
Litigation and arbitration
Labour and employment
Number of lawyers : 10
at this office : 7
English
French
Italian
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Contacts : Miroljub Macesic
Contacts : Anita Krizmanic
Other offices : Zagreb