Firm Profile > Žurić i Partneri > Zagreb, Croatia

Žurić i Partneri
SAVSKA CESTA 32/13
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

One of the most established firms in the country, Žurić i Partneri is regularly instructed directly by international and regional banks, as well as through a referral basis by numerous high-profile international law firms, on many of the most significant transactions in the market. Duško Žurić has particular expertise handling major infrastructure and energy-related project financings, from both a new money and restructuring perspective. The team also handles financial services regulatory matters and regularly assists international clients with the launch of new products and operations in the domestic market. The 'reliable and responsibleMihovil Granić 'has an excellent knowledge of national and international regulations' relating to financing work, including restructurings, project financing and capital markets work.

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Testimonials

The firm maintains a high quality and responsive service.

The team is exceptionally smart, knowledgeable and client-oriented.

Edin Karakas is thorough and on point.

Mihovil Granić provides exceptional legal advice.

Key clients

OTP banka

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

As one of the longest-established firms in the market and benefiting from significant strength-in-depth at partner and associate level, Žurić i Partneri is well placed to advise domestic and international corporates across a wide array of ongoing corporate and commercial work associated with doing business in the country, in addition to handling high-profile M&A mandates. Recent highlights include Miroslav Plašćar 's work for OTP Bank on its high-profile merger with Splitska Bank. 'Quick thinking and approachable' senior partner Duško Žurić has particular expertise advising clients on domestic  investments in the energy, infrastructure and real estate fields, while Daniela Mayer (who heads up the Italian desk) is particularly accomplished at handing commercial work, including advice on on cross-border agency, distribution, supply and work contracts agreements, as well as research and development (R&D) and IP licensing arrangements. Edin Karakaš has 'impeccable knowledge of judicial practices and new corporate legislation' and is regularly involved in high-end M&A deals and regulatory projects.

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Testimonials

The firm’s solutions and advice target our particular requests and have been of great value for our company so far.

Confidentiality, loyalty and integrity combined with the excellent service are their key strengths.

The firm is approachable, professional and fast in responding to our legal questions.

One of the best law firms in Croatia and the region, in terms of size, professionalism and history.

Miroslav Plascar has superior research and analytical skills, and is able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy for each case that is assigned to his workload.

‘Edin Karakaš has impeccable knowledge of judicial practices and new corporate legislation.

Ana Vrsaljko Metelko is very skilled and worth recommending.

‘Duško Žurić is quick thinking and approachable.

Key clients

EBRD

OTP banka d.d.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Able to draw upon the expertise of a 'large number of experienced litigators', including co-heads Edin Karakaš and Miroslav PlašćarŽurić i Partneri provides a 'responsive, solution-oriented and proactive' service to international and domestic corporates across a wide range of litigation. As well as complex commercial disputes, the firm also has a strong track record representing clients in international arbitrations as well as administrative proceedings and contentious public procurement matters. The team is particularly accomplished handling disputes related to highly regulated sectors including telecoms, transport and financial services.

Testimonials

Their wide knowledge of judicial practice is up to date and the level of engagement in disputes undeniable.

The team includes a large number of experienced litigators.

Responsive, solution-oriented and proactive.

Andrijana Kaštelan, Vedran Kopilović and Maja Skansi are very practical and quick thinking, with very wide knowledge in the dispute resolution arena.

Key clients

CROATIAN EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION

Employment Tier 1

Praised for its 'strong team ethic, professionalism and approachability', Žurić i Partneri provides a 'very responsive service' to domestic and international corporates on the employment law issues associated with M&A mandates, ongoing human resources support, employment handbook drafting and revisions, and GDPR compliance. Senior associate Luka Vukelić provides 'high-quality' advice to foreign clients on the employment law issues of conducting business in Croatia.

Testimonials

The firm’s responsiveness makes it a very good collaborator, as you can rely on them at any moment.

Luka Vukelić is well prepared and easy to work with. He provides good quality professional support in various legal matters.

Luka Vukelić provides high-quality advice.’

Strong team ethic, professionalism and approachability.

Very responsive service.

Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Leveraging a multi-disciplinary approach that draws upon practitioners from across the firm's market-leading corporate, banking and real estate teams, Žurić i Partneri is regularly involved for investors, financiers and project development companies on many of the most significant energy and infrastructure projects in the country. Jointly headed by Miroslav Plašćar  and Duško Žurić, the team is well equipped to advise clients across the spectrum of PPP, PFI and concession-based projects.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Jointly headed by Miroslav Plašćar  and Ana Vrsaljko MetelkoŽurić i Partneri's six-strong team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a wide range of real estate work, including on corporate and finance-related issues, zoning and planning and leasing matters. The team has a particularly strong reputation advising developers on tourist resort and leisure facility projects, particularly from a greenfield perspective. As well as transactional work, Plašćar also regularly handles real estate and construction-related disputes.

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Testimonials

The experienced Miroslav Plašćar displays excellent knowledge.

Key clients

OTP Banka

EU and competition Tier 2

'Perfectly placed to assist clients not only on local competition matters, but also to offer outstanding cross-border legal advice on supranational issues'Žurić i Partneri regularly provides the competition law overlay on M&A transactions handled by the firm. Other areas of expertise include advice on vertical and horizontal restraints and state aid.

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Testimonials

With an innovative and preventive approach to the steadily increasing complexity in the field of competition, Žurić i Partneri takes legal advice to the next level.

When it comes to competition matters, Edin Karakaš is a person demonstrating enormous legal knowledge and an energetic and modern approach.

Perfectly placed to assist clients not only on local competition matters, but also to offer outstanding cross-border legal advice on supranational issues.

Žurić i Partneri has been serving clients in Croatia for over 25 years. We are deeply committed to putting the interests of our clients’ first in everything we do. We always strive to attain the best possible results by providing precise, concise, creative, and efficient legal services in line with the commercial objectives of our clients. Our long-tradition in providing premier legal advice has given us the experience and insight to find the best solutions to business challenges. Our legal teams are assembled to deliver the highest-quality legal advice available in the market and our significant experience gives us the insight necessary to anticipate changes and plan our client’s interests over the long term. We have built our reputation on our commitment to exceptional client service and outstanding expertise combined with our firm values of upholding the highest standards of professional ethics, integrity, approachability and professionalism. The firm is a founding member of the South East Legal Alliance (SELA) and is a member of the Energy Law Group (ELG) as well as Meritas, premier global alliance of independent law firms.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Banking and finance

As one of our top areas of practice, the firm has an outstanding track recording advising international and domestic clients on a wide range of banking, financial and capital market law issues. The firm has unparalleled experience in bank M&As and has been involved in almost every bank sale, merger or post-privatisation acquisition that has occurred over the past 25 years.

M&A

The depth of experience of the M&A team is unmatched in the market. From sophisticated joint ventures, private M&As, disposals and corporate restructurings, the firm is uniquely equipped to deal with the numerous issues that can arise during M&A transactions. The firm is particularly recognised for its experience in bank M&As.

Energy and natural resources

The firm is at the forefront of the Croatian energy sector and is leading the market with pioneering advice in this area. From electricity sector reform, renewable energy sources and heat and gas distribution, to oil, gas and mineral exploration, energy is one of the most important and fastest changing industry sectors in the country. As a member of ELG, the firm has an extensive network of partners and leads the market in this sector.

Real estate

The firm has a developer-oriented practice with significant experience advising on tourist resort and leisure facility projects. The firm’s multi-disciplinary approach gives the real estate team the agility to take on complex cross-border projects and highly structured developments involving sophisticated financing structures. The team is also particularly recognised for its track record in advising on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects.

Projects and infrastructure

The firm has significant experience advising on PPP, PFI and concession-based projects. From motorways, stadiums, tourist resorts, harbours, hospitals to energy and transport infrastructure, the firm provides integrated service and pragmatic advice.

Privatisation

The firm has long-standing expertise on privatisation projects. Over the past 20 years the firm has advised on the privatisation of some of the largest state-owned companies. The firm brings together high calibre lawyers and technical expertise to provide insightful advice.

Litigation and arbitration

Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, is one of the firm’s strongest practice areas. The firm is known for representing clients in the most important litigation and arbitration proceedings to take place in Croatia and has acted for both plaintiffs and respondents in some of the highest profile arbitrations.

IT and telecommunications

The firm has significant experience advising domestic and international telecom operators and IT companies. Few firms can offer the combination of experience and resources that the firm possesses to handle the most significant deals in the market.

Environment

This practice area is increasingly important in the Croatian market. The firm offers comprehensive advice on regulatory and licensing matters and has unique experience advising on matters relating to soil contamination, pollutions, emissions, waste-water and waste management issues.

Aviation

A dedicated team specialised in aviation law provides representation before the Aviation Agency and assistance in negotiating and drafting agreements on matters such as hypothecation/pledge, repossession, operating lease, sale and lease, engine sale, financing and delivery of aircrafts.

Pharmaceuticals and healthcare

The firm offers insightful advice and risk management for companies and investors active in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, and healthcare sectors. The firm has a strong track record advising on M&A, collaborations and regulatory matters.

International work

As a member of SELA, ELG and MERITAS, the firm has strategic relationships with many international law firms and is able to offer clients an international approach to multi-jurisdictional matters and cross-border transactions.

Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Mihovil Granić  photo Adv Mihovil Granić Partner
Adv Edin Karakaš  photo Adv Edin Karakaš Partner
Adv Daniela Mayer  photo Adv Daniela Mayer Partner
Adv Miroslav Plašćar  photo Adv Miroslav Plašćar Partner
Adv Ana Vrsaljko Metelko  photo Adv Ana Vrsaljko Metelko Partner
Mr Duško Žuri? photo Mr Duško Žuri? Partner
Number of lawyers : 20
English
German
Italian
Contacts : Duško Žurić
Contacts : Miroslav Plašćar

Žurić i Partneri is a law practice with a genuine international profile to provide legal support in Croatia to both foreign and domestic clients by upholding the highest standards of legal profession.

The clients

Although domestic clients constitute a part of a client base, Žurić i Partneri have built an excellent reputation particularly among its international clients. For years Žurić i Partneri have been providing legal services to some of the largest global corporations and their subsidiaries in Croatia. Besides the corporate clients, Žurić i Partneri also regularly assist foreign embassies in Croatia. ŽiP has worked with a diverse range of clients including:

· Three biggest banks in Croatia

· Norwegian company with several multimillion real estate projects

· French multinational tyre manufacturer

· Spanish car rental company

· American and European credit and financial institutions

· British telecommunications operator, and many more

The team

A unique compound of experience and domestic and international education and training provides complete qualification for ŽiP’s lawyers to work on the most complex legal matters. Due to the ever-changing legal environment in the country, Žurić i Partneri give emphasis to continuous education where the lawyers regularly attend seminars and conferences abroad and in Croatia. Moreover, many of ŽiP’s lawyers have completed postgraduate studies in Croatia and/or abroad, and many have experience of working with UK, German, French and Italian law firms.

All the lawyers are native speakers of Croatian language and, because so much of the Firm’s business is international, all lawyers and staff are fluent in English, but ŽiP provides legal assistance in German, Italian and French language as well.

The network

Žurić i Partneri regularly cooperates with some of the most prominent international law firms and have developed an efficient network of correspondent law firms throughout the countries of the region. ŽiP has partners that are members of International Bar Association as well as various international business networking groups.

For more than a decade, Žurić i Partneri have been a member of the Energy Law Group (ELG), an exclusive network of legal experts in energy, renewables and natural resources in Europe, the Middle East and Africa where one of our partners is a member of Executive committee.

Since 2016, Žurić i Partneri is a founding member of the South East Legal Alliance (SELA), a regional network of independent law firms advising clients on their operations across South East Europe.

More recently, in 2019 Žurić i Partneri also became a sole Croatian member of Meritas, premier global alliance of independent law firms.


Excellence of diversity

Diversity fuels our spirit. Multiple approaches and points of view are the core of our business. So, we hire the best, give them first-class training and set them loose. Together, we’re building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees. We work fearlessly, learn quickly, improve constantly, and celebrate our wins at every turn. That’s how we grow! That’s how we value the excellence of diversity!