Firm Profile > Žuric i Partneri > Zagreb, Croatia

Žuric i Partneri
SAVSKA CESTA 32/13
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

'One of the best and most professional law firms in Croatia', Žurić i Partneri is 'able to resolve the most complicated issues' and is consequently regularly at the forefront of the most significant finance mandates in the country, including its recent work for the state-owned company operating the Croatian motorways on a new €400m syndicated loan (for refinancing purposes). In addition to financing work - which includes the provision of loans for the purposes of M&A and projects - the firm has also established a strong track record for bank M&A. Mihovil Granić and Duško Žurić  are 'responsible and highly capable partners' and are key members of the team that also includes Edin Karakaš, who as well as advising on transactional matters, is also noted for his derivatives-related regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Duško Žuric; Edin Karakas; Mihovil Granić

Other key lawyers:

Andrej Skljarov; Franciska Ranđelović

Testimonials

Žurić and Partneri Law firm is one of the best and most professional law firms in Croatia.’

The firm is able to resolve the most complicated issues.’ 

Mihovil Granić and Dusko Žurić are responsible and highly capable partners.’

Key clients

OTP banka

Hrvatske autoceste

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

A mainstay of the Croatian legal market, Žurić i Partneri has strong ties with many domestic and international corporates, which are appreciative of the firm's 'timely, professional and cost-effective service' across the waterfront of corporate and commercial matters. Duško Žurić has significant transactional expertise within the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors, in particular, and was also recently engaged, alongside Edin Karakaš, by the EBRD to assist it in formulating the new Corporate Governance Code in Croatia. Dual Italian and Croatian-qualified partner Daniela Mayer has a strong reputation advising corporates on international commercial contracts, including on cross-border agency, distribution, supply and work contracts agreements, as well as R&D and IP licensing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Duško Žurić; Daniela Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Miroslav Plašćar; Edin Karakaš; Ana Vrsaljko Metelko; Mihovil Granić; Maja Skansi; Vedran Kopilovic; Marija Vuchetich; Luka Vukelic; Andrijana Kastelan

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a timely, professional and cost-effective service.’

‘Always at your disposal, fast, very professional, and effectively combining business and legal advice.’

‘Their ability to provide advice that is in my best interests, while clearly stating all possible risks and their probabilities is what makes Zuric i Partneri our first choice.’

‘The lawyers are always available for us and we can rely on them to provide legal advice within an hour if needed.’

‘Marija Vuchetich has always delivered what she has promised.’

Key clients

EBRD

OTP Banka d.d.

ADRIATIC BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION – ABA LEAGUE

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'highly professional' team at Žurić i Partneri 'has an in-depth knowledge of the market and Croatian procedural rules' and is regularly instructed by international and domestic clients across a range of commercial disputes, including a large number within the financial services sector. Litigation knowledge is instilled into all lawyers during their training, and therefore the firm as a whole is not only reactive in its advice but also adept at providing proactive risk management to clients to avoid potential litigation. Appreciated for his 'superior research, analytical skills and ability to quickly process large volumes of information'Miroslav Plašćar  regularly takes the lead on the highest-profile cases handled by the firm, including his successful representation of two Croatian respondent banks, in what was the first "model dispute" brought before the Supreme Court regarding the Swiss Franc consumer loan litigation. Edin Karakaš co-heads the team alongside Plašćar and is particularly adept at handling domestic and international alternative dispute resolution and investment law. The 'exceptional' Mihovil Granić has deep knowledge of banking law and is consequently well-suited to handling disputes arising in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar; Edin Karakaš

Other key lawyers:

Ana Vrsaljko Metelko; Mihovil Granić; Maja Skansi; Andrijana Kaštelan; Vedran Kopilović

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in disputes before the courts. Very focused and aware of all details regarding the case, in court and out of the court.’

‘The firm regularly handles complicated disputes relating to the banking business.’

‘With their assistance many big cases were settled in our favor and we got great results in some cases where we had a very little chance of success.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar 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.’  

‘Mihovil Granić is an exceptional lawyer with significant dispute resolution knowledge.’

‘The excellent Andrijana Kaštelan and Mihovil Granić are very calm and solutions-focused in stressful situations.’

‘The highly analytical Maja Skansi is particularly skilled in relation to enforcement law, banking law, litigation, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings.’

Key clients

OTP banka

SberBank

Geoprojekt d.o.o.

Podravska banka

P.P.K. Nekretnine

Three MD’s from Hospital Srebrnjak, Zagreb

Adriatic Basketball Association – ABA League

Employment Tier 1

Benefiting from core employment law expertise and also able to leverage the firm's transactional and litigation strengths, Žurić i Partneri provides 'dynamic, proactive and solutions-oriented' advice to employers across the waterfront of standalone employment law issues (including from a contentious perspective), as well as in the context of labour issues associated with M&A and restructuring handled by the firm. The 'outstanding' Miroslav Plašćar heads a team that houses a number of well-regarded associates, including Luka Vukelić and the 'highly committedMaja Skansi. Former co-head Ana Vrsaljko Metelko joined Ostermann & Partners LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar

Other key lawyers:

Maja Skansi; Vedran Kopilović; Luka Vukelić

Testimonials

‘Commitment to the case. Strong engagement when it comes to identifying key assets or issues. The team renders a feeling of confidence.’

‘Their expertise and ability to give me the best advice, that is in my best interest, while clearly stating all possible risks and their probabilities is what makes Zuric i Partneri our first choice. Every person in the team is an expert in a certain field with vast experience in legal matters and therefore can help us make a compelling case or avoid any legal problems.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar and Maja Skansi are leading lawyers in the employment area. Both of them are outstanding professionals, who are very flexible and pleasant to work with.’

‘Maja Skansi is highly committed in the representation of her clients. Rarely is one able to find such a good listener, with a strong professional approach and patience at the same time.’

Key clients

OTP banka

INNOVATION NORWAY

KANDIT d.o.o.

Hansgrohe SE

MEDIA OGLED d.o.o.

AUTOHRVATSKA AUTOMOBILI d.o.o.

Prof. dr.sc. Hrvoje Vrčić YesMs. Annemarie Vučetić

TBG BETON d.o.o

Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Benefiting from comprehensive energy-related regulatory knowledge and also leveraging the firm's market-leading M&A and finance credentials, Žurić i Partneri is well-positioned to advise international investors, construction and multinational energy companies in connection with the acquisition and sale of properties, project development, construction and financing. Formerly Assistant Minister for Privatisation and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Duško Žurić is able to provide excellent insight to clients on privatisation mandates, and is also a key member of the team advising on energy matters (including as it relates to the development of greenfield renewable energy projects). Miroslav Plašćar  co-heads the practice alongside Žurić and as well as handling the real estate aspects of energy projects, is also regularly engaged in project finance-related energy work.

Practice head(s):

Duško Žurić; Miroslav Plašćar

Other key lawyers:

Edin Karakaš; Marija Vuchetich

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Led by the 'very skilledMiroslav Plašćar Žurić i Partneri 'has an excellent knowledge of the local market', enabling it to provide a 'very responsive and commercial service' across many high-profile resort and leisure facility development projects. Another particular area of strength is advising on the real estate-related issues, including planning and zoning, associated with renewable energy projects. 'Very dedicated and skilled' senior associate Andrijana Kaštelan is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Miroslav Plašćar

Other key lawyers:

Luka Vukelić; Andrijana Kaštelan; Maja Skansi; Vedran Kopilović

Testimonials

‘The real estate practice has a very good knowledge of the local market. It is very responsive and provides profound legal advice with an excellent value for money ratio.’

‘Highly competent and commercial, the team acts like an in-house legal entity.’

‘Miroslav Plašćar has always delivered excellent work with the highest standards and strives to improve every day. He is a very skilled professional, who dares to discuss fearlessly and openly with you if needed.’

‘Andrijana Kaštelan is a dedicated and very skilled lawyer, who you can always trust is on your side and openly gives you her opinion.’

‘Maja Skansi is outstanding as a professional and person.’

Key clients

OTP Banka

EU and competition Tier 2

The 'responsive and thorough' team at Žurić i Partneri is particularly effective on behalf of corporate clients seeking to navigate the local competition law issues associated with their domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. As well as his merger clearance expertise, the 'very thorough and reliableEdin Karakaš is also well-versed at advising on abuse of dominance and vertical/horizontal restraints. Daniela Mayer co-heads the team alongside Karakaš.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Mayer; Edin Karakaš

Other key lawyers:

Maja Skansi; Andrej Skljarov

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and thorough.’

‘Excellent knowledge in telecommunications matters.’

‘ Edin Karakas is very thorough and provides fast and reliable advice.’

Key clients

OTP Banka

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 Duško Žurić photo Adv Duško Žurić Partner
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
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!