Porobija & Porobija > Zagreb, Croatia > Firm Profile

Porobija & Porobija
GALLERIA IMPORTANNE
IBLEROV TRG 10/VII, PO BOX 92
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The ‘very proactive and solutions-oriented’ team at Porobija & Porobija has excellent ties with domestic and international banks, ensuring that it picks up a regular flow of significant mandates, from both a new money and a refinancing perspective. The team is adept at advising on facilities throughout the capital structure, including in the context of general corporate lending, acquisition finance and project finance. Željka Rostaš Blažeković is ‘extremely well-prepared as a lawyer and smart when negotiating’ and is the main contact for financing mandates, including her recent work for the joint lead managers in relation to a major bond issuance by the Croatian government. Managing partner Boris Porobija is also recommended.

Testimonials

The team is very proactive and solutions-oriented.’

The firm is very responsive, practical, commercial and extremely well-prepared legally.’

‘Željka Rostaš Blažeković is a relentlessly good professional, very dedicated, very helpful in all situations, extremely well-prepared as a lawyer and smart when negotiating. She is also very hands-on.’

Key clients

UniCredit

Zagrebačka banka

BancaIMI

J P Morgan

Morgan Stanley

International Zagreb Airport

Danske Bank

Rabobank

PKO Bank Polski

ING Bank Slaski

Santander Bank Polska

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Work highlights

  • Advising PKO Bank Polski, ING Bank Slaski, Santander Bank Polska, and BNP Paribas Bank Polska on the refinancing of Press Glass/AMG Group’s debt, as well as financing of the group’s further investments.
  • Advising UniCredit, Zagrebačka banka d.d. and BancaIMI on the refinancing of existing debt and financing of Phase 2B2-1 of the Istrian Epsilon Motorway (Doubling of Tunnel Učka).
  • Advising J P Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Zagrebačka banka and OTP Bank NYRT as joint lead managers in relation to an international bond issuance by the Republic of Croatia.

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Leveraging its broader finance and corporate expertise, in particular, as well as drawing upon significant underlying regulatory knowledge, Porobija & Porobija is a popular choice on behalf of lenders and sponsors engaged in a range of energy and infrastructure projects throughout the country. The team is co-headed by Boris Porobija and Zeljka Rostas Blazekovic, with the latter continuing to advise the concessionaire of International Zagreb Airport on various commercial matters.

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Key clients

UniCredit

Zagrebačka banka

BancaIMI

International Zagreb Airport

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders on the refinancing of existing debt and financing of Phase 2B2-1 of Istrian Epsilon Motorway (Doubling of Tunnel Učka).
  • Providing ongoing advice with respect to commercial matters to the concessionaire of International Zagreb Airport.

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Porobija & Porobija has a longstanding presence in the market and, with a four-partner team composed of ‘incredibly hardworking and pragmatic business lawyers’, is well-positioned to pick up a range of significant transactional and day-to-day corporate work directly on behalf of clients, as well as in the context of referrals from international law firms. Headed by Boris Porobija, the team provides ‘an exceptional service and very business-friendly advice’ to clients from a range of industry sectors, including hospitality, telecoms and energy.

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Testimonials

The firm provides an exceptional service and very business-friendly advice.’

They are all incredibly hard-working and pragmatic business lawyers.’

Key clients

International Zagreb Airport

Euronet

Teknox

Mars Inc.

Alumina I S.R.L.

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Mars Inc. group subsidiaries on a corporate reorganisation with respect to parts of the business related to Croatia.
  • Advising Alumina I S.R.L, as majority shareholder of Calucem Group, on the sale of its shareholding.
  • Advising CEBF S.a.r.l./ RUNE Group S.A. on various commercial and corporate issues related to its business activities in Croatia.

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘very skilled, knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Porobija & Porobija provides a ‘results-oriented’ service to domestic and international clients across a range of complex and high-value disputes, including the continued representation of Zagrebačka banka as a defendant in Croatia’s first class action and follow-on individual claims and misdemeanour proceedings relating to protection of consumers’ rights. Boris Porobija is ‘very smart, experienced and results-driven’ and co-heads the team alongside the ‘indefatigable’ Sanja Porobija; both are also experienced arbitrators.

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Testimonials

‘They are very skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. Creative. Not formalistic. Results-oriented.’

‘Boris Porobija – the one and only! Very smart, experienced and results driven!’

‘Sanja Porobija – will not take just any task, but if she takes it, she is like a pitbull – does not rest until the opponent is “dead”.’

Key clients

Zagrebačka banka d.d. (UniCredit)

Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb d.d.

A1 Hrvatska (mobile operator)

Work highlights

  • Represented Zagrebačka banka in litigation initiated by borrowers (exceeding several thousands) and related misdemeanour proceedings, involving a challenge of an allegedly illegal application of a variable interest rate and/or currency clause in consumer loans and payment of monetary compensation based on the nullity of such clauses.
  • Representing A1 Hrvatska as a defendant in disputes over the  payment of fees to Croatian attorneys at law following termination of service agreements.
  • Acting for the International Zagreb Airport operator in various complex labour law court proceedings, as well as in complex legal proceedings initiated by the client as plaintiff for breach of confidentiality rules, business secret, privacy, company name and reputation, and payment of compensation for damage as a result of breach of personality rights.

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Co-headed by Sanja Porobija and Margita Kiš Kapetanović, Porobija & Porobija advises an eclectic client base, including investors, developers and lenders, across a range of retail, tourism, hospitality and infrastructure real estate/construction projects.

Key clients

Teknox Group

UniCredit

Alumina I S.R.L./Calucem d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Teknox on a turnkey contract, independent engineer contract and design contract for business building (office and service&maintenance center) in Zagreb.
  • Advising lenders on, inter alia, real estate and construction matters related to Phase 2B2-1 ofIstrian Epsilon Motorway (Doubling of Tunnel Učka).
  • Advising Alumina I S.R.L./Calucem d.o.o. on real estate matters relevant for the production facility in Istria, Pula.

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 3

Established in 1991, Porobija & Porobija is one of the top tier law firms in Croatia, highly regarded by its international clients and international law firms for its experience in providing legal advice in, inter alia, complex projects and transactions in Croatia. Most of the firm’s work is related to cross-border or international transactions. The firm is not part of formal associations, but maintains links with several leading international law firms in the EU and the US.

The firm renders a full range of legal services, predominantly covering commercial, business, corporate and civil law. The firm provides legal assistance to a considerable number of foreign companies and their subsidiaries established in Croatia, including leading international industrial and service corporations in a broad spectrum of businesses, including infrastructure, major investment and commercial banks, financial institutions and export agencies, infrastructure and energy operators, real estate developers, hospitality and hotel industry developers, trading companies, IT and telecommunications operators, manufacturers and distributors of various products (such as food, pet food, tobacco, motor vehicles).

The firm advises clients on (i) commercial and sovereign financing and security packages,  (ii) major Croatian infrastructure and energy projects, (iii) real estate acquisition and development (in particular in hospitality and energy sector), (iv) joint ventures and commercial contracts with Croatian parties and (v) various privatization and M&A projects.

 

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Banking & Finance Zeljka Rostas Blazekoviczeljka.rostas@porobija.hr+ 385 1 4693 999
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