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Šavoric & Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
Jointly headed by Boris Šavorić and Mia Lazić, Šavorić & Partners' two-partner team has an excellent reputation advising domestic and international banks and borrowers on deals involving financing across the capital structure, both from a new money perspective, as well as in a distressed context. The team has recently been particularly active advising on corporate and real estate finance deals in the retail sector.
The 'enthusiastic' team at Šavorić & Partners is 'very well-known in the market' and is regularly engaged in many of the highest-profile transactional matters for international and local corporate clients from a varied array of industry sectors. As well as public M&A, the team is also regularly instructed by private equity and venture capital funds on their downstream investments; Boris Šavorić recently advised a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors Corporation on its €110m acquisition of Studenac.
‘Very well-known in the market.‘
Enterprise Investors Corporation (Pan Pek)
Enterprise Investors Corporation (Studenac)
Generali CEE Holding B.V.
Palumbo Group S.p.A.
Erste d.o.o. & PBZ Croatia Osiguranje d.d.
South Central Ventures (SCV Partners d.o.o.)
Outer Reef Yachts Europe Limited
Inspire Investments d.o.o.
Mid Europa Partners
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Šavorić & Partners handles a significant amount of contentious work for its extensive roster of domestic and international corporate clients, including as it relates to shareholder cases, employment controversy and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Lovro Gašparac has a strong reputation for financial institutions on debt enforcement and other litigation; he continues to represent Addiko Bank in a high-profile collective dispute which is pending against all Croatian major banks (including Addiko), regarding the use of a variable interest rate and foreign exchange clause in all Swiss Franc-denominated consumer loans. The 'very proactive and commercially-oriented' Branko Bulat excels in handling real estate transactions and is also regularly engaged in any disputes that subsequently arise.
‘The team always responds in a very swift and professional manner.‘
‘Branko Bulat is a leading practitioner in real estate and has a very proactive and commercially-oriented approach.‘
Addiko Bank d.d.
Drawing on the expertise of practitioners within the corporate and finance practice groups and also benefiting from excellent subject matter and regulatory knowledge within the energy sector, Šavorić & Partners is often involved in many of the highest-profile mandates in the market for borrowers and lenders. Banking and finance head Mia Lazić regularly acts for banks on the funding of significant renewable energy projects, as well as handling energy-related M&A (including renewables and LNG) for a range of investors, including private equity sponsors.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Led by the 'hands-on and responsive' Boris Šavorić and 'outstanding' Branko Bulat, Šavorić & Partners provides a 'highly efficient service' to international developers and investors (including numerous funds) on big-ticket domestic commercial property mandates. The team is particularly accomplished at handling work in the retail and tourism sectors, including its ongoing real estate work for Ikea, which currently includes advice on the development of a fashion outlet in Zagreb.
‘The firm has great individuals who are real specialists in real estate and construction matters.‘
‘Highly efficient service.‘
‘The team provides timely, comprehensive and practical advice.‘
‘The outstanding Branko Bulat always provides clear and understandable answers.‘
‘Boris Šavorić is hands-on and responsive.‘
Lone Star Real Estate Fund
EU and competition Tier 2
As one of the most prolific transactional firms in the country, unsurprisingly a good deal of Šavorić & Partners' competition work relates to merger clearance matters. Other work includes advice to large international corporates on general competition compliance issues associated with their commercial agreements in the country, while on the contentious front, the team is noted for its expertise handling cartel investigations.
‘Very good team of junior and senior lawyers who are always up-to-date.‘
Designer Outlet Croatia
adidas South East Europe
Enterprise Investors Corporation (Pan Pek)
Enterprise Investors Corporation (Studenac)
Enterprise Investors Corporation (ISM)
Šavoric & Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|Banking and finance||Boris Šavoric|
|Banking and finance||Mia Lazic|
|Capital markets||Boris Šavoric|
|Competition and antitrust||Boris Šavoric|
|Competition and antitrust||Mia Lazic|
|Corporate and M&A||Boris Šavoric|
|Corporate and M&A||Lovro Gašparac|
|Employment||Nina Kusik Radic|
|Energy and natural resources||Nina Kuzik Radic|
|Energy and natural resources||Mia Lazic|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Lovro Gašparac|
|Litigation and arbitration||Branko Bulat|
|Project finance||Boris Šavoric|
|Project finance||Mia Lazic|
|Public procurement||Lovro Gašparac|
|Public procurement||Matea Gospic|
|Real estate and property development||Branko Bulat|
|Mr Branko Bulat||Branko Bulat is a Partner with extensive experience in real estate transactions…||View Profile|
|Lovro Gašparac||Lovro Gašparac is a partner who holds LL.M. degree in business law…||View Profile|
|Ms Mia Lazić||Mia Lazić is the firm’s head of banking and project finance practice. As…||View Profile|
|Ms Nina Radić-Kuzik||Nina Radić Kuzik is a partner that mainly practices corporate and commercial…||View Profile|
|Mr Boris Savoric||Boris is the Managing Partner of Šavorić &Partners. He advises international clients…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 24
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian
avoric & 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 avoric & 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 its 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. Thats 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 Childrens 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 avoric was the president of Rotary Club Zagreb that stems towards better community development through various scholarships, educational projects, etc.
CLIENT: Michel Kappler
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 Gaparac, 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.