Šavorić & Partners > Zagreb, Croatia > Firm Profile

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

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The ‘goal-oriented and supportive’ team at Šavorić & Partners provides a ‘responsive and commercial’ service to banks and borrowers seeking or providing finance to facilitate a broad array of activity, including for general working capital needs, M&A and real estate purposes. The ‘responsive’ Mia Lazić heads the team and is noted for her ‘first-class’ advice in both a transactional and a regulatory context. Other key members of the team include vastly experienced name partner Boris Šavorić, whose expertise includes advice on corporate and project finance transactions, and the ‘solutions-oriented’ Lovro Gašparac.

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Testimonials

The team is goal-oriented and supportive.

They are open to challenges and to improve current practices on the market, in order to provide a top service to the client’s need and desires.’

They were extremely responsive and commercial/practical in their approach to all matters on a recent transaction.’

Mia Lazić is responsive and provides first-class advice.’

The solutions-oriented Lovro Gašparac’s knowledge and legal understanding of the financial and business issues is so embodied in the work he does that it saves the time, energy and financial resources of the parties involved.’

Key clients

M SAN Grupa

Atlantic Grupa

CVC Capital Partners

UniCredit Bank

Česká spořitelna

Komerční banka

UniCredit Bank

Faruno CEE Holding

UNICREDIT BANK

Ulster Bank Ireland

Santander Bank Polska

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised M SAN Grupa, a leading regional IT and consumer electronics distributor, in the successful issuing of corporate bonds.
  • Represented Atlantic Grupa on the successful issuance of corporate bonds.
  • Acted as Croatian counsel to CVC Capital Partners in relation to the financing to fund its acquisition of the Croatian, Turkish, Greek, Montenegrin and UAE businesses of D-Marin, an operator of premium yacht marinas.

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘very professional and business-oriented’ team at Šavorić & Partners is well-positioned to advise domestic and international corporates across a broad swathe of corporate and commercial requirements, both from a transactional perspective as well as in the context of ongoing operational concerns in the country. Although the firm is industry agnostic, it has developed a strong reputation within the IT sector, particularly as a result of its involvement in work connected to Infobip – the team represented One Equity Partners in its $200m strategic investment in the company, making it the first Croatian unicorn. Benefiting from ‘wide industry knowledge’, managing partner Boris Šavorić is particularly well-positioned to represent multinational corporates and private equity funds on big-ticket mandates. Nina Radić Kuzik combines a ‘detailed knowledge of Croatian laws’ with a ‘practical and commercially oriented approach’, enabling her to effectively handle transactional, commercial and regulatory issues, including as they relate to the real estate and energy sectors. Lovro Gašparac rounds out the team at a partner level.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and business-oriented.’

‘Very flexible client approach with a strong and knowledgeable team especially in the M&A area.’

Boris Šavorić has excellent and deep technical knowledge and is client oriented. He has an excellent reputation in the market and wide industry knowledge. His advice on structuring of acquisitions and help in negotiations are essential.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik has a practical and commercially oriented approach and an  ability to understand clients’ needs.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik provides strong support in negotiations and has extensive knowledge on transaction documentation and legal due diligence. She is responsive, determined and hard-working.’

‘Nina Radić Kuzik and Marin Herenda were very hands-on, proactive, knowledgeable and fast in preparing the agreed deliverables. What we really appreciated was the “it is not a problem” attitude and ongoing availability of all of the team members.’

Key clients

NANOBIT

Eagle Hills (Mr. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar)

MICROBLINK

One Equity Partners

FIVE – Pet Minuta

Agrofert

South Central Ventures (SCV)

CVC Capital Partners

Blue Sea Capital

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Nanobit on its $148m acquisition by Stillfront Group.  
  • Advised One Equity Partners in relation to its strategic $200m investment into Croatian IT unicorn Infobip.  
  • Advised Eagle Hills on its acquisition of 70% of stocks of Sunce hoteli, which manages 11 hotels along the Adriatic coast.  

Croatia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Šavorić & Partners displays a ‘high level of expertise’ across a wide range of litigation and arbitration, including those relating to high-stakes corporate and financial disputes. Other strengths include assisting clients on the enforcement of foreign judgments, as well as utilising dispute resolution skills from a risk management perspective. Branko Bulat is ‘very professional’ and is regularly at the forefront of the firm's most complex civil and commercial litigation cases, including in relation to real estate disputes. Boris Šavorić and Lovro Gašparac co-head the team alongside Bulat.

Testimonials

‘The team displays professionalism and a high level of expertise.’

‘Branko Bulat is a very professional lawyer, who has all the skills as a person to deal with all kinds of disputes, and always in a very good manner.’

Key clients

IKEA

GTC

Addiko Bank

Raiffeisen Bank

Work highlights

  • Represents IKEA Hrvatska d.o.o. and INGKA Centres Croatia d.o.o. in litigation proceedings concerning further project development of IKEA in Croatia.
  • Representing GTC Seven garden d.o.o. (part of GTC group) in litigation concerning further project development of GTC in Croatia.
  • Represents Addiko bank in over 550 active litigation proceedings concerning a variable interest rate and foreign exchange clause in CHF consumer loan agreements.

Croatia > Privatisation, projects and energy Tier 1

The ‘very responsive and detail-oriented’ multi-disciplinary team at Šavorić & Partners has an ‘enriching track-record’ advising stakeholders across the waterfront of work within the energy sector. Mia Lazić regularly advises international energy companies on their proposed activity in Croatia, and is well-versed in regulatory, as well as contractual, financing and corporate aspects of their work. 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.

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Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge within the energy sector, and an enriching track-record of engagements that highlights the key elements to make or break a deal. There is a lot of experience in both regulatory framework and due diligence on corporate documents, contracts, permits, etc.’

The excellent team is very responsive and detail-oriented.’

‘Very high level of competence and collaboration.’

‘People are always available and ready to help, competent and agile.’

Croatia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Benefitting from entrenched ties with many domestic and international developers and investors, as well as often being engaged by high-profile international law firms, Šavorić & Partners is regularly involved in the highest-profile commercial property mandates in the market, including as it relates to retail and hotel-related work. Branko Bulat co-heads the team alongside Nina Radić-Kuzik and is noted for his ‘solutions-oriented‘ approach for project developers in the startup and purchase of land and real estate projects in Croatia.

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‘Branko Bulat is solutions-oriented and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group) in connection with project of complex infrastructural building and development – gas station with additional buildings, facilities (fast food restaurant), access road, protective green area Z1 and supervision of the services for the part of construction – land preparation, internal road and totem/navigation tower.

Croatia > EU and competition Tier 2

Leveraging its market-leading M&A practice, Šavorić & Partners‘ competition team is perhaps best-known for its merger clearance capabilities. Nevertheless, under the guidance of Boris Šavorić and Mia Lazić, the scope of work handled by the team is by no means limited to transactional matters and also includes compliance work and advising clients in cartel investigations before the Croatian Competition Agency.

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Testimonials

‘The firm provides very solid legal advice at the level of international law firms. Seamless client service.’

Key clients

Designer Outlet Croatia, held by Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group) and Mutschler Outlet Holding AG

adidas

Agrofert

Work highlights

  • Represented Designer Outlet Croatia, held by Ingka Centres (part of IKEA Group) in litigation brought against a competitor whose practices are deemed to distort competition.
  • Represented adidas on potential competition compliance issues regarding their general terms and conditions of business operations and sale agreements.
  • Advised Agrofert on the competition law issues associated with its potential acquisition of 70% of the share capital of a agriculture company based in Croatia.  

Croatia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Šavorić & Partners is well-versed in advising on standalone IP matters, including trade mark and copyright-related issues, as well as in the context of due diligence on M&A in IP rich industries. Headed by Boris Šavorić, the team also includes senior associate Boris Babić, who has considerable experience handling IP litigation.

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Key clients

IKEA

DECATHLON

Zalando

Generali

Invera Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised IKEA on a number of IP-related matters regarding copyright and design rights.
  • Advised DECATHLON on a number of IP matters including in regards of copyright and usage of the copyrighted works.
  • Advised domestic private equity firm, Invera Equity Partners, on the IP issues associated with its investment in Metamorfoza, a company owning the franchise of the Museum of Illusions worldwide.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Banking and finance Mia Lazićmia.lazic@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Capital markets Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Competition and antitrust Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Competition and antitrust Mia Lazićmia.lazic@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Corporate and M&A Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Corporate and M&A Lovro Gašparaclovro.gasparac@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Employment Nina Radić Kuziknina.kuzik@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Energy and natural resources Nina Radić Kuziknina.kuzik@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Energy and natural resources Mia Lazićmia.lazic@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Insolvency and restructuring Lovro Gašparaclovro.gasparac@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Insurance Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Insurance Lovro Gašparaclovro.gasparac@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Litigation and arbitration Branko Bulatbranko.bulat@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Project finance Boris Šavorićboris.savoric@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Project finance Mia Lazićmia.lazic@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Public procurement Lovro Gašparaclovro.gasparac@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
Real estate and property development Branko Bulatbranko.bulat@savoric.com+ 385 1 4855 900
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Branko Bulat photoMr Branko BulatBranko Bulat is a Partner with extensive experience in real estate transactions…
Lovro Gašparac photoMr Lovro GašparacLovro Gašparac is a partner who holds LL.M. degree in business law…
Mia Lazić photoMs Mia LazićMia Lazić is the firm’s head of banking and project finance practice. As…
Nina Radić-Kuzik photoMs Nina Radić-KuzikNina Radić Kuzik is a partner that mainly practices corporate and commercial…
Boris Šavorić photoMr Boris ŠavorićBoris is the Managing Partner of Šavorić &Partners. He advises international clients…
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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.