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Irina Jelčić

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Hanzekovic & Partners

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Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy Law, Banking Law, Project Finance


Irina Jelčić is a partner in the Law firm Hanžeković & Partners advising domestic and international investors starting or expanding business in Croatia. Her legal practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, takeover of joint stock companies, commercial and corporate transactions, capital market transactions, including IPOs and public offerings of securities, company reorganization and debt restructuring, project, corporate and acquisition financings, as well as energy related transactions, mainly in respect of gas and oil. Irina Jelčić has particular experience in financial institutions transactions having advised on several bank acquisitions, including two largest banks in Croatia. She has participated in many research projects and contributed to many respectable publications as well as held numerous presentations in relation to the Croatian legal practice, and was a guest speaker at the World Bank Lex Mundi Harvard University Conference in Washington.


qualified 1995; partner in the Law firm Hanžeković & Partners (since 2003); advisor to the World Bank Project “Doing Business” - “Protecting Investors” and “Enforcing Contracts” (since 2008); appointed as the Croatian Bas association’s negotiator in respect of the Act on the Legal Profession in the Directorate General Internal Market and Services of the European Commission in Bruxelles (2011); appointed by the Ministry of Justice as examiner for the subject “Constitutional order, the basics of the EU law and organization of the justice system” (2013)


English, knowledge of Slovenian and Italian


Croatian Bar Association (admitted 1991); member of the Management Board of the Croatian Bar Association and Head of Delegation of the Croatian Bar Association in the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) (since 2017); member of the Anti-Money Laundering Commission at the Croatian Bar Association (since 2013)


University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law (1991); Croatian Bar Exam (1993); Business Management Program at the University of Cambridge (2017)


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

The 'outstanding' team at Hanzekovic & Partners has an excellent reputation for handling financial services-related disputes, work which regularly entails debt recovery for several of the country's largest banks, including Zagrebačka banka. Other areas of strength include regulatory advice and NPL portfolio work. Damir Metelko is noted for contentious financial services matters and Kruno Knežević is a key name for conventional transactional financing. The 'knowledgeable and helpfulIrina Jelčić is recommended for financial services M&A.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Under the guidance of the 'experienced and knowledgeableIrina JelčićHanzekovic & Partners provides 'practical and business-oriented advice' on ongoing corporate and commercial matters, as well as transactional work, including M&A mandates in the tourism sector. Clients include Hanza Media, Sportske Novosti and Croatia Osiguranje.

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Croatia: Lending & Secured Finance

March 2019. By Irina Jel?i?, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to lending and secured finance laws and regulations that may occur in  Croatia . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Lending & Secured Finance. [Continue Reading]

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  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. However, following the coming into force of the new Act the Public Procurement Office, a regulatory body authorized to develop and coordinate the public procurement system in Croatia reported that in the practice the new Act is actually suspended until the regulations necessary for its implementation are adopted.
  • Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

    On 28 March 2008 Croatian Parliament enacted Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act ("Amendments").
  • Amendments to Civil Obligations Act

    The currently applicable Croatian Civil Obligations Act was enacted in 2005 ("2005 Act") with a goal of harmonizing Croatian legislation with a number of EU Directives relating to combat against late payment in commercial transactions, self-employed commercial agents, sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees, liability for defective products, as well as package travel.
  • Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act

    On 17 June 2008 the Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act ("Amendments") came into force. These amendments are aimed at fully harmonizing Croatian electronic commerce regulations with the relevant EU laws.
  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

    On 3 October 2007 Croatian Parliament enacted the Amendments to the Companies Act which should enter into force on 1 April 2008 ("Amendments", "Act"). These Amendments represent the first substantial change to the Act since 2003.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

  • New Public Procurement Act

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
  • Resignation of a Member of the Management Board

    In a recently published decision, the Croatian High Commercial Court held that in corporations having two-tier corporate structure, the Supervisory board (as a body resolving on appointment and revocation of members of the Management Board) is not authorised or required to resolve on resignation of the Management Board's member. The court was on the standpoint that the resignation has legal effects as of the moment of its delivery to the Supervisory board. As a result, once the Supervisory board receives a resignation of a member of Management Board, it is not to discuss such resignation, but only undertake necessary steps to appoint new member of the Management Board and register the changes with the competent registry court.
  • Constitutional Court Rules on Squeeze Out

    According to recent press release, in February 2007 the Croatian Constitutional Court overruled the claim filed by minority shareholders of Siemens affiliate in Croatia. The minority shareholders requested the Constitutional Court to declare that rules on squeeze-out introduced into Croatian legal system under the 2003 Amendments to Companies Act are in violation of the Croatian Constitution. Under the disputed rules, shareholders' meeting may, at the request of the majority shareholder holding at least 95% of the shares, decide to transfer to such majority shareholder the shares held by minority shareholders, provided that the squeezed-out shareholders are paid appropriate compensation.
  • Regulation on Investment Fund Mergers

    Based on the authority granted under the 2005 Investment Funds Act, on 14 December 2006, the Croatian Agency for Supervision of Financial Services ("Agency") adopted the Regulation on Open Investment Fund Merger. The Regulation sets out a number of rules related to procedure, conditions and methods for merger of open investment funds in Croatia. The Regulation will come into effect on 30 December 2006.