Firm Profile > Šavoric & Partners > Zagreb, Croatia

Šavoric & Partners
ILICA 1/A, NEBODER
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Co-headed by Mia Lazić and Boris ŠavorićŠavoric & Partners maintains its position in the market as a 'high-quality' proposition for banks, funds and corporates across an array of domestic and multi-jurisdictional financings. The scope of the work is broad and extends throughout the capital structure, including advice on mezzanine financings, both in the context of new money transactions as well as refinancing and restructurings. Lazić takes the lead on the majority of the work handled by the team, a reflection of her flourishing reputation, not only in transactional work but also across regulatory and NPL- related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mia Lazić; Boris Šavorić

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Ivković

Testimonials

‘The team provides high-quality advice.’

Key clients

ING Bank

Unicredit Bank

Centrice Zagreb (formerly part of Lone Star Real Estate Group in Croatia)

Enterprise Investors via Studenac (Istarski Supermarketi)

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A., Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A., Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. and ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Mid Europa Partners

Lone Star Real Estate Fund

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Recognised as a 'market-leader for private equity-related transactions', as well regularly advising on strategic M&A, Šavoric & Partners has a role in many of the most Croatia-related deals in the market, across the spectrum of industry sectors, including financial services, telecoms and energy. Boris Šavorić and Lovro Gašparac are key members of the team and have both recently handled investment work for leading CEE-focused financial sponsor, Mid Europa Partners, on acquisitions in Croatia. Nina Radić-Kuzik advises international corporates on commercial and regulatory matters, as well as M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Lovro Gašparac; Nina Radić Kuzik

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Ruba; Marin Herenda

Testimonials

The firm is a market-leader for private equity-related transactions.’

Key clients

Mid Europa Partners

Generali osiguranje

Lone Star Real Estate Fund

Enterprise Investors via Studenac

CVC Capital Partners

ENNA Logic d.o.o.

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Šavoric & Partners handles a wide range of disputes for domestic and international clients, from complex corporate litigation and arbitration proceedings, through to contentious employment matters, as well as the enforcement of foreign judgments. The team is also well regarded by financial services clients and continues to represent several banks, including Addiko Bank, in relation to ongoing disputes concerning variable interest rate and foreign exchange clause in Swiss Franc consumer loan agreements. Co-head Branko Bulat is recommended for real estate-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Branko Bulat; Lovro Gašparac

Other key lawyers:

Krešimir Galeković

Key clients

IKEA

GTC

Addiko Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's overarching corporate and finance capabilities, in particular, Šavoric & Partners is well-versed at handling transactional work with a nexus to the energy sector. Banking and finance partner Mia Lazić is regularly involved in renewable energy-related financings and restructurings. In addition, she has expertise advising on privatisations within the sector, where she not only draws from her core transactional capabilities but also a strong grounding in the regulatory strictures which often underpin work in the space. Boris Šavorić is also a key member of the team and is able to provide corporate and M&A support to clients on privatisation mandates, as well as for bidders tendering for major infrastructure and energy projects in the country.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Mia Lazić; Lovro Gašparac

Other key lawyers:

Nina Radić Kuzik

Key clients

ENNA Logic

MET Group

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Benefiting from strong ties with investors, developers and end-users, and also regularly picking up referral work from international law firms, Šavoric & Partners is regularly engaged in the highest-profile commercial property mandates in the market. Branko Bulat advises international investors and project developers in the startup and purchase of land and real estate projects in Croatia, many of which are within the retail space. Nina Radić-Kuzik co-heads the team alongside Bulat and is noted for her expertise in negotiating lease agreements. In addition, the team is able to call upon the broader competences of lawyers within the firm, with M&A and finance lawyers, in particular, often providing ballast to clients on transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Branko Bulat; Nina Radić-Kuzik

Other key lawyers:

Nataša Trbović

Key clients

Lone Star Real Estate Fund

Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group)

DECATHLON

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 2

Leveraging the firm's broader transactional strength, Šavoric & Partners is perhaps best-known for its merger control advice to funds and corporates on their M&A activity in the domestic and regional market. Boris Šavorić and Mia Lazić co-head the team that also has expertise in state aid matters and cartel-related investigations.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Mia Lazić

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group)

adidas

Enterprise Investors

Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 3

As well as being able to provide the IP due diligence associated with M&A and corporate transactions handled by the firm, Šavoric & Partners' four-strong team also has the capacity to handle standalone mandates, including as it relates to copyright and brand protection strategies. The team is co-headed by Boris Šavorić and senior associate Boris Babić, with the latter particularly well-versed in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Boris Babić

Other key lawyers:

Natalija Babić

Key clients

IKEA

Decathalon

Enterprise Investors via Studenac (Istarski Supermarketi)

The firm: Šavorić & Partners is a premium law firm providing legal services in corporate, M&A, capital markets and financial projects as well as property developments in Croatia.

The firm’s lawyers provide a dedicated approach to prominent international and local clients as a one-stop-shop.

The firm offers full legal services and complete solutions for doing business in Croatia. The mission of the firm is to provide creative, focused and tailored advice while applying the highest international standards along with local knowledge and expertise.

Satisfaction of its clients and integrity of its lawyers is the firm’s guideline.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm advises on banking, lending, financing projects, syndicated loans, bond issues, financial leasing arrangements, ISDA, issuing legal opinions for banks, legal due diligence for borrowers, and securitisation.

Capital markets: Šavorić & Partners advises clients in initial public offerings, listings, investment funds, stock exchange regulatory matters, and represents clients at the Croatian Financial Supervisory Agency.

Competition and antitrust: the firm is involved in merger control issues and notifications, competition agency clearance, antitrust issues, vertical and horizontal integration, and abuse of dominant position cases.

Corporate and commercial: Šavorić & Partners offers advice on general corporate and commercial matters, incorporation of companies, articles of association and shareholder agreements, drafting of commercial contracts, distribution agreements, sale and purchase agreements, corporate governance, joint ventures, bankruptcy, as well as restructuring and insolvency.

Employment: the firm advises on general labour law matters, employment agreements, termination programmes, ESOP and litigation.

Energy and infrastructure: the team handles regulatory issues and compliance matters, oil and gas investments, infrastructure projects, legal due diligence, concessions, tenders, public-private partnerships and motorways.

Insurance: the firm advises on insurance products, regulatory issues, insurance contracts and insurance litigation.

Intellectual property: the firm advises clients on trade mark, patent and design registrations, searches and checks, as well as licensing agreements and copyrights.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm is involved in heavyweight commercial arbitration and litigation, civil litigation, employment cases, debt collection, enforcement procedures and corporate disputes.

Media: the firm’s media practice advises on joint ventures with local media (printed and online), radio and television broadcasting issues, concessions, advertising and start-ups.

Mergers and acquisitions: Šavorić & Partners advises on the structuring of complex acquisitions or mergers, legal due diligence, drafting of all transaction documents, share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, mandatory takeover bids to minorities, squeeze outs, tenders and privatizations.

Project finance: the firm handles project finance structures and agreements, construction agreements, public-private partnerships, BOT projects, motorways, and gas and oil distribution projects.

Real estate and construction: the team at Šavorić & Partners is involved in high value property development projects, shopping centres and office buildings, real estate purchase agreements and registrations, commercial leases, construction and architectural agreements, legal due diligence, and hotel industry and golf projects.

Regulatory: the firm advises on healthcare regulatory, importing rules and administrative procedures.

Telecommunications and IT: Šavorić & Partners advises leading clients on telecommunications projects, internet and content legal issues, IT projects, concessions, regulatory and privacy legal issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Banking and finance Mia Lazić mia.lazic@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Capital markets Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Competition and antitrust Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Competition and antitrust Mia Lazić mia.lazic@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Corporate and M&A Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Corporate and M&A Lovro Gašparac lovro.gasparac@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Employment Nina Radić Kuzik nina.kuzik@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Energy and natural resources Nina Radić Kuzik nina.kuzik@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Energy and natural resources Mia Lazić mia.lazic@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Insolvency and restructuring Lovro Gašparac lovro.gasparac@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Insurance Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Insurance Lovro Gašparac lovro.gasparac@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Litigation and arbitration Branko Bulat branko.bulat@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Project finance Boris Šavorić boris.savoric@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Project finance Mia Lazić mia.lazic@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Public procurement Lovro Gašparac lovro.gasparac@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Real estate and property development Branko Bulat branko.bulat@savoric.com + 385 1 4855 900
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Boris Šavorić photo Mr Boris Šavorić Boris is the Managing Partner of Šavorić &Partners. He advises international clients…
Mr Branko Bulat  photo Mr Branko Bulat Branko Bulat is a Partner with extensive experience in real estate transactions…
Mr Lovro Gašparac photo Mr Lovro Gašparac Lovro Gašparac is a partner who holds LL.M. degree in business law…
Ms Mia Lazić  photo Ms Mia Lazić Mia Lazić is the firm’s head of banking and project finance practice. As…
Ms Nina Radić-Kuzik  photo Ms Nina Radić-Kuzik Nina Radić Kuzik is a partner that mainly practices corporate and commercial…
Number of lawyers : 24
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Šavoric & Partners has a commitment to inclusion which stems from our core values and our mission. We see this as a contribution to all parts of society as well as a priceless asset to our firm itself. We do not select or hire future colleagues based on their race, national origin, gender, disability, religion or age. Currently, more than half of our legal team (almost 62%) consists of our esteemed female colleagues, with equal salaries, and we are proud to be setting the benchmark ever higher, just as we do in all segments of our professional work.

We honestly believe that by including people who come from different backgrounds we are building our perspectives and ways of thinking. This is exactly why our team members have in large numbers had experiences such as studying abroad, doing research through numerous international programmes and in various jurisdictions, all with a goal to broaden their horizons, and accept, as well as benefit from diverse approaches. We handle pregnancy in the same way that we would handle a temporary illness or other non-permanent condition that would necessitate special consideration, we also have particular commitments towards disabled persons and we recently employed an attorney (senior associate) with 100 % disability.

Our continued strength lies in ensuring that we attract, retain, and nurture the very best talent from all backgrounds, and we expect the future complexion of Šavoric & Partners will more closely reflect the global community that we serve.

We have a strong commitment to our local and global community. For us community is not just a word it’s a way of thinking. We have worked on a series of pro bono cases that we found to be of the outmost importance to our community as a whole. We also act in other pro bono matters, such as representing low or no income citizens that are facing eviction from their home.

Our commitment to recruit the very best pushes us even further in helping young, bright minds excel, learn and grow. That’s why we held lectures and speeches, hosted and organised different competitions for students in Croatia and in the region. Every year we provide one scholarship for high school pupils that are in need of financial assistance in order to continue their studies.

We also act through local Catholic Charity and our firm donates funds for less developed parts of our country and has helped several initiatives, humanitarian organizations and a NGO. Initiatives for medical treatments, for Children’s Clinic – Oncology Department, for medical devices, for association that works with children who have Down’s syndrome and many others.

Not only do we do try to work for a good cause within the firm but we also encourage our employees to do so on a personal level. Our Senior and Managing Partner Boris Šavoric was the president of Rotary Club Zagreb that stems towards better community development through various scholarships, educational projects, etc.


CLIENT: Michel Kappler
COMPANY/FIRM: Dechatlon
TESTIMONIAL: I’m the CEO of Decathlon in a part of South East Europe region and I can confirm that I am fully satisfied about the cooperation with the law firm Savoric & Partners. The answers to my requests have always been relevant, accurate and responsive. The level of competence of the team allowed me to guarantee the respect of the standards and to have a favorable outcome in all situations.


CLIENT: Francesco Ciaramella
COMPANY/FIRM: Palumbo Group
TESTIMONIAL: Lovro Gasparac and Savoric & Partners firm are definitely one of our strategic partners on corporate acquisition. Apart their excellent professionalism, what really impress me is their reliability. They are always willing to answer any question and defining the strategy with effective actions. They have helped our Group in a very delicate situation through detailed analysis and quick feedback.


CLIENT: Georges De Bourguignon C.
COMPANY/FIRM: Quiñenco S.A
TESTIMONIAL: Boris Savoric, Lovro Gasparac and the rest of the team at Savoric were an invaluable resource in navigating the nuances of conducting a due diligence in Croatia. Their legal knowledge and capillary network allowed us to successfully perform an analysis that included environment, labor, social, lawsuits, governance and real estate issues. We highly recommend Savoric for M&A activity in Croatia.


CLIENT: Igor Mataic
COMPANY/FIRM: Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Croatia
TESTIMONIAL: It was pleasure having Savoric & Partners as our legal advisor. Their team is very professional, on time and the documents delivered by them were off high standards. As we decided to sell one of our daughter companies, our goal was to have top standard transaction documents which would bring an added value to our transaction; and Savoric & Partners made it possible. We worked directly with the Partner, Lovro Gašparac, throughout the project. Lovro is a very capable lawyer with huge knowledge in M&A, who was very dedicated to our project, always reachable, ready to solve the problem in no time and someone you want to have by your side if you want to seal the deal and close transaction in the most professional way.


CLIENT: Branko Mihajlov
COMPANY/FIRM: Ingka Centres Croatia / Designer Outlet Croatia
TESTIMONIAL: I am the President of the Management Board of Ingka Centres Croatia (IKEA Group) and Designer Outlet Croatia – which is the biggest and most successful Designer Outlet in Croatia. In our filed of “Real Estate” we require business guidance, going beyond conventional legal advice. Savoric & Partners provides us with a consistently very high quality responsive service across all its disciplines. Branko Bulat and his colleagues showing great commercial awareness and understanding of all our needs in all aspects of the Real Estate Business, and especially dealing and handling all commercial lease agreements for over 60 different tenants. Branko Bulat is a very capable lawyer but always takes a pragmatic approach in finding solutions. His experience and expertise show when it matters most. Branko Bulat is responding always very fast – doesn´t matter which time or day – and this always in a very professional way. That is why we as IKEA-Group work since the establishment of our business in Croatia (2007) together with Savoric & Partners.


CLIENT: Michal Kedzia
COMPANY/FIRM: Enterprise Investors
TESTIMONIAL: Working with Boris Savoric and his team of lawyers has been a pure pleasure. We closed altogether 3 deals together over the course of last 18 months or so and every one of them was very well advised, giving me full comfort as per professionalism, merits and quality of the entire process. S&P as a firm has in its DNA diving deep into the commercial heart of the transaction, sometimes coming up with findings which were not at all obvious during the first perusal. I can full-heartedly recommend S&P as a legal firm of choice in Croatia.