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Vukmir & Associates
10000 ZAGREB

Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 1

In spite of its successful growth in to other areas of law, IP work remains the cornerstone of Vukmir & Associates‘ offering to clients and covers the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to trade marks, copyright and patents. The ‘exceptional‘ Mladen Vukmir and Carla Biancotti spearhead the team and are ‘recognised as among the best in Croatia‘, with the latter also in charge of the IP filing department and heading up the Italian desk at the firm. At a partner level, Mirjana Jurišić is also a core member of the team, particularly as a result of her experience advising on copyright protection and complicated patent litigation. Other recommended practitioners include ‘exceptionally knowledgeable‘ associate Lidija Gepert, whose broad practice includes advice on internet-related matters (including domain name disputes) and of counsel Aleksandar Bijelic, who has particular expertise in relation to trade marks and design rights.


‘The firm provides a comprehensive range of services in intellectual property protection processes. The services they provided to us were very complex because they initially consisted of developing a trademark protection strategy, then initiating the registration procedures and finally conducting procedures to prove the acquired distinctiveness for trademarks that the Intellectual Property Office considered not to possess a sufficient level of distinction in relation to the products and services for which protection was sought. In all these processes, they showed a high level of knowledge, professionalism and dedication.’

‘The entire team we worked with showed a high level of professionalism and dedication. We would especially emphasise their flexibility and quick response to all our needs throughout the entire cooperation.’

‘They really have a strong IP team, including the leaders the firm, Mr Mladen Vukmir and Ms Carla Biancotti. They are among the best IP specialists in Croatia, and are both very active also in ECTA (European Trademark Association) – Mladen as second vice president of the organisation, and Carla as vice chair of one of the committees. Their IP knowledge and dedication are greatly appreciated by ECTA.’

‘As already mentioned the Vukmir team has two exceptional IP practitioners – Mladen Vukmir and Carla Biancotti. They are really experienced and dedicated IP experts, among the best in Croatia.’

‘We worked with Lidija Gepert, who led the case. She informed us regularly about the relevant facts and led the case on her own initiative. Her knowledge of copyright and Croatian specifics, where local authorities, despite the law, have a poor knowledge of copyright, makes her the right person for this work.’

Key clients

Podravka d.d.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Pliva Hrvatska d.o.o.

Mars Incorporated

Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Burberry Limited

HUZIP – Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society

Janssen Biotech

Jamnica plus d.o.o


Adidas International

Renault S.A.S.

The North Face Apparel Corp.

McDonald’s Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Nike Innovate C.V.

Visa Europe

Reebok International ltd

Klimaoprema d.d.


INETEC – Institute for Nuclear Technology

MicroBlink / Photomath

PAO Gazprom neft.



Metamorfoza d.o.o. (Museum of Illusions)

Carpmales & Ransford

Work highlights

  • Succesfully represented Metamorfoza challenging a decision by the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office at the General Court of the European Union.
  • Advising a private client in relation to legal aspects of establishment and legal regulation of the largest single collection of works of art of one of Croatia’s most renown authors consisting of over 12,000 pieces of art.
  • Advising CEFTA on trade related aspects of intellectual property and related rights forterritories of all CEFTA member states.

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Benefiting from a ‘deep knowledge of law and business acumen’, Vukmir & Associates provides a ‘very cost-efficient’ service to international and domestic clients across a range of complex business and commercial disputes. Leveraging the firm’s strong IP heritage, the team is also well-placed to advise clients across a range of contentious matters in this space, including on trade mark infringement matters. Ivan Ćuk is a key member of the team, with core commercial litigation prowess. Ćuk also has expertise in novel mandates, including his recent successful representation of the Croatian government as an intervening party in a case initiated by the Republic of Slovenia, against the delegated act of the European Commission to allow the use of the name of grape variety “teran” by the Croatian wine industry.

Practice head(s):


‘The firm provides anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement support to us in Croatia. They are knowledgeable and experienced and provide prompt responses.’

‘The lawyers are open to new ideas and are ready to accept possible dispute resolution activities that are best for clients. I particularly value their open- minded approach to conflict resolution.’

‘Strong team with deep knowledge of law and business acumen.’

‘Vukmir and Associates has an excellent team, a group of unique individuals that work together in perfect harmony, they are all highly capable lawyers, concentrated to understand the true needs of the clients based on case specifics.’

‘Successful, adaptable and efficient in very difficult, international mandates. It is a pleasure to work with this office. Very cost-efficient.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

IFC (International Finance Corporation)

Trelleborg Slovenia

Trelelborg Croatia


HUZIP (Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society)

OTP Osiguranje

GE Power (Switzerland)

The Republic of Croatia

Doosan Skoda Power

B2 Kapital


Renault s.a.s. / Dacia s.a.

Museum of Illusions

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Croatia as an intervening party before the General Court of the European Union in a dispute involving legal action of the Republic of Slovenia against the European Commission, in relation to the designation of origin of the wine variety “teran”.
  • Successfully represented Metamorfoza – Museum of Illusions in challenging a decision by the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office at the General Court of the European Union.
  • Successfully represented Croatia’s leading classifieds site in an UDRP arbitration before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre in relation to the right to use the domain name

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Vukmir & Associates has a good reputation among commercial/investment banks and development banks across a range of transactional, regulatory and advisory work. The ‘pragmatic and responsive’ Tomislav Pedišić is one of the main contacts for financing work and is ‘very knowledgeable on capital markets-related work’.

Other key lawyers:


High involvement of senior associates, close co-operation between different work streams (corporate and finance), highly skilled individuals, dedicated and responsive team.’

Availability and flexibility, alongside speed and legal knowledge, have been especially recognised and valued by us.’

Tomislav Pedišić is very knowledgeable on capital markets-related work, is keen to understand the processes of his clients and to provide an in-depth analysis. He is pragmatic, responsive and an experienced transaction lawyer.’

Tomislav Pedišić is very precise, analytical, fast and most of all very responsible towards clients.’

Ivan Ćuk has very good drafting skills and analytical ability. He is a very responsive and experienced transaction lawyer.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation




State Street Bank and Trust Company

The Bank of New York Mellon

JP Morgan Chase Bank

The Northern Trust Company

BKS Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Zagrebačka banka

VÖB-Service GmbH – German Banks’ Association

OTP Insurance (earlier Société Générale Insurance)

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co


Deutsche Bank

Erste&Steiermärkische Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of banks in relation to a €100m club loan to a leading Croatian hotel and resort company.
  • Advised the Association of Global Custodians on various issues concerning custody of cash and securities in the local market.
  • Acted as principal legal counsel for the lenders in relation to a €24m loan extended by the club of two major Croatian banks to one of the country’s largest tourist companies.

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘responsive, solutions-oriented and knowledgeable’ team at Vukmir & Associates provides ‘sophisticated and comprehensive legal support’ to a range of domestic and international corporates across a myriad of transactional and commercial contracts work. Leveraging the firm’s market-leading IP credentials, as well as expertise on digital law matters, the firm is a particularly compelling proposition for tech-focused companies. Team head Sanja Tkalec Kovac has a ‘high level of understanding of her clients’ business needs and constraints’ and is regularly at the forefront of the most significant M&A mandates handled by the team. As well as his general corporate and M&A expertise, the ‘very knowledgeable and extremely responsive’ Tomislav Pedišić excels at advising clients in the regulated industries sector across a range of commercial matters, including data privacy, operation of e-communications and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):


‘Responsive, solutions-oriented, deep legal knowledge and always available.’

‘Commercially minded yet very precise and direct in their advice.’

‘The firm’s experts are appreciated for their know-how and experience, providing sophisticated and comprehensive legal support in a most efficient manner.’

‘Generally, Vukmir & Associates is a go-to firm in Croatia when it comes to e-trade/communications, online contracting, digital law, advertising law, and data privacy with a strong practice in this field. They provide consistently excellent service, including direct and timely advice. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Sanja Tkalec Kovač has shown an impressive degree of responsiveness, dedication and efficiency and has a very high level of understanding of her clients’ business, needs and constraints.’

‘Tomislav Pedišic is very knowledgeable, extremely responsive and a true team leader. Tomislav will provide expert advice in all matters concerning digital law (online trade/contracting, e-communications, consumer protection, cybersecurity, and data privacy). Furthermore, he is very experienced in the corporate and M&A field, as well as in the regulated industries sector (such as medical regulatory or banking and finance).’

‘Attorneys Tea Cerinski and Andrea Kožul Pedišic are very knowledgeable and professional. Andrea Kožul Pedišic is very knowledgeable on all data privacy/cybersecurity issues as well as consumer protection and advertising law and has been practising in this field for over 15 years. Tea Cerinski is very responsive and stands out in matters concerning online trade, consumer protection, digital law, medical and banking/finance regulatory, as well as corporate law.

‘Tomislav Pedišic has clear communication and delivers top-notch advice which is what we needed.’

Key clients

AVK Holding A/S

LOREA AG (Swarovski Group)

Verizon Media

Merck & Co, Inc. / Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)


Generali Global Assistance

PAYBACK Austria GmbH (American Express Group)

B2 Kapital



Microblink / Photomath



Profil Klett


Procter & Gamble


Hewlett-Packard Enterprise operated by SELECTIUM

Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit Group)

Royal Canin

Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck & Co., Inc/Merck Sharpe & Dohme in a complex and high-profile cross-border restructuring project – a spin-off of women’s health, trusted legacy brands and biosimilars businesses.
  • Advised Phillips in the high-profile process of demerger and sale of Phillips’ small household appliances business on a global level.
  • Advised Danish AVK Group in acquiring the majority shareholding in OMV-INDOIL, the Croatian-based valve company with operations in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The firm: Vukmir & Associates believes that lawyers need to be innovative and creative to serve clients who operate in an increasingly complex market.

For over 20 years the firm has staked its claim to cutting-edge services by remaining flexible and responsive. Yet it cleaves to high ethical standards and credibility as its ground. Clients finds the firm easy to speak with, alert to changing needs, and happy about what it does.

Located in residential Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, it is an independent full-service business law firm advising clients such as corporations, financial institutions and law firms worldwide and regionally. In response to demand for creative and beneficial alternatives to litigation, it has championed advanced dispute resolution. Continuously exploring the frontier of IP and IA concerns and their relation to business strategy, it has formed strategic IP consultancy modules for growth-oriented firms.

Areas of practice: For over 20 years, Vukmir & Associates has been perceived as the country’s leading IP & IT law firm, offering the deepest and broadest coverage across transactional, advisory and litigation-related matters.

Concurrently, the firm has developed a strong practice in other areas as well, including banking, finance and capital markets; corporate and M&A; energy and construction; commercial law; employment and immigration; as well as real estate. In all these areas, the firm practice groups have been and continues to be the choice for leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and law firms.

The firm is particularly devoted to providing of excellent services, irrespective of the complexity of its tasks. The professional team of 15 lawyers seeking to deliver comprehensive, timely and structured legal assistance. The firm’s administrative team, which includes professional and reliable patent engineers, trademark agents and IP paralegals, totals 11 individuals, supporting the legal team in order to ensure that the firm’s services are rendered in the most efficient manner.

The firm’s attorneys are affiliated with several international associations and developed a valuable professional network globally.

Banking, finance and capital markets Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Banking, finance and capital markets Ivan Cuk
Banking, finance and capital markets Tomislav Pedišic
Commercial, corporate and M&A Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Commercial, corporate and M&A Tomislav Pedišic
Commercial, corporate and M&A Ivan Cuk
Commercial, corporate and M&A Karlo Brekalo
Commercial, corporate and M&A Tea Cerinski
Privatisation, projects and energy Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Privatisation, projects and energy Ivan Cuk
Real estate and construction Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Real estate and construction Ivan Cuk
Real estate and construction Lidija Gepert
Intellectual property Mladen Vukmir
Intellectual property Aleksandar Bijelic
Intellectual property Carla Biancotti
Intellectual property Mirjana Jurišic
Intellectual property Andrea Kožul Pedišic
Dispute resolution Mladen Vukmir
Dispute resolution Ivan Cuk
Dispute resolution Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Dispute resolution Tomislav Pedišic
Dispute resolution Mirjana Jurišic
Dispute resolution Hrvoje Klišanić
EU and competition Sanja Tkalec Kovac
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) Tomislav Pedišic
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) Andrea Kožul Pedišic
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) Tea Cerinski
Insolvency and corporate recovery Sanja Tkalec Kovac
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) Mirjana Jurišic
Insolvency and corporate recovery Karlo Brekalo
Employment Sanja Tkalec Kovac
Employment Lidija Gepert
Employment Tea Cerinski
Risk advisory Tomislav Pedišić
Risk advisory Andrea Kožul Pedišić
Risk advisory Tea Cerinski
Risk advisory Petra Prkačin
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) Tin Kolenko
Number of lawyers : 15
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