Firm Profile > Boga & Associates > Tirana, Albania

Boga & Associates
40/3 Ibrahim Rugova Str.
1019 Tirana
Albania

Leading firms Tier 1

Boga & Associates is a highly-rated full-service firm and a lead operator in the market since 1994. Managing partner Genc Boga is a lead corporate finance lawyer with strong international connections. He is backed by a high-quality team of partners, including corporate and projects experts Sokol Elmazaj and Renata Leka, as well as Alketa Uruci, who handles tax and energy issues, and disputes partner Gerhard Velaj. The firm attracts an impressive mix of international clients, including banks, multilateral lenders, manufacturers, energy companies and retailers. It also has a strong outpost in Kosovo. Experienced senior associates include Valbona Gjoncari .

Practice head(s):

Genc Boga

Other key lawyers:

Sokol Elmazaj; Renata Leka; Alketa Uruçi; Gerhard Velaj; Valbona Gjoncari

Testimonials

‘The team is well prepared in particular for all issue related to tax claims.’

‘The team is solution oriented, providing high quality legal advice and treating all matters thoroughly. They have very good understanding of the client’s business need and situation and they provide applied legal advice for each business case.’

‘This firm is known for its professional team, timing, accurate legal advice oriented towards client and business needs.’

‘The team has the sophistication and legal capacity necessary to properly advise on complicated transactions. The lawyers are always available and have unmatched responsiveness to client demands, no email goes unanswered.’

‘We have been working with this law firm for over 15 years and have never been disappointed.’

‘Alketa Uruci lawyer is for us an important point of reference. ’

‘Alketa Uruci is an outstanding partner, very well prepared on tax and tax litigation matters. Her thorough and timing advice has helped us in a big tax case.’

‘Renata Leka provides very business friendly solutions and is very responsive, quick and reliable.’

‘Renata Leka, Genc Boga and Sokol Elmazaj have unmatched legal structuring and transaction management skills.’

Key clients

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP on behalf of Foshan Midea Carrier Air Conditioning Equipment Co., Ltd (FMCC)

Kuehne + Nagel (Schindler) | Logistics and Supply Chain

HydroEnergy Shpk

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP)

STATKRAFT RENEWABLES ALBANIA SHPK ( a company of Statkraft Group)

Devoll Hydropower Sh.A.

Mercer

EMS Albanian Port Operator

Banka Kombetare Tregtare BKT | National Commercial Bank

Public Power Corporation PPC Albania

FZKM – Foundation Our Lady of Good Counsel (Fondacioni Zonja e Keshillit te Mire)

Coca-Cola Bottling Shqiperia Shpk | CCBS

Sanofi Aventis S.A.

ICC Secretariat

Humelica Consulting International

Procter & Gamble Marketing Romania SRL

Mars Overseas Holding

Google

HUGO BOSS Trade and Management GmbH & Co. KG and CATERPILLAR

Anheuser-Busch LLC

Albania Leasing

Don Café Shpk

VPN France

Weatherford Services Ltd. Branch in Albania

Procredit Bank Sh.A

Raiffeisen Bank Sh.A

Actavis International

Boga & Associates, established in 1994, has emerged as one of the premier law firms in Albania and Kosovo, earning a reputation for providing the highest quality of legal, tax and accounting services to its clients. Until May 2007, the firm was a member firm of KPMG International and the Senior Partner/Managing Partner, Mr Genc Boga was also Managing Partner of KPMG Albania.

Our firm’s particularity is linked to the multidisciplinary services it provides to its clients. Apart from the wide consolidated legal practice, the firm also offers significant expertise in tax and accounting services with a keen sensitivity to the rapid changes in the Albanian and Kosovo business environment.

The firm maintains its commitment to quality through the skills and determination of a team of attorneys and other professionals with a wide range of skills and experience.

With its diverse capabilities and experience, Boga & Associates acts for leading businesses in most major industries, including banks, financial institutions, companies working in energy, insurance, construction, and utilities, entertainment and media, mining, oil and gas, technology, telecommunications, tourism, transport, infrastructure, consumer goods and international institutions (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank (contributing to “Doing Business”). The firm also enjoys an outstanding litigation practice, representing clients before all levels of the Albanian judicial system.

The firm offers its clients every legal, tax and accounting service they may need to do business in Albania and Kosovo. Over the years, the firm has advised on privatization transactions, concessions, real estate transactions, setting up businesses, credit facilities and customs and tax issues, all with a keen sensitivity to developments in the Albanian and Kosovo business environment.

Contributor to international publications: Boga & Associates acts as the World Bank’s local partner on its annual publication, Doing Business, collaborating to paint a picture of the Albanian regulatory environment.

The firm is a contributor for Albania to International Law Office, a global source of analysis and information regarding current legal developments for lawyers worldwide, and the correspondent for Albania for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), providing authoritative expertise on cross-border taxation matters.

Boga & Associates also contributes to the International Comparative Legal Guide, Getting the Deal Through in respect of several areas of practice, and to World Trademark Review magazine and World Trademark Review Legal Updates.

Areas of practice: Boga & Associates provides legal services in the areas of general business law, corporate and commercial law to assist business entities and individuals in meeting their business goals.

Boga & Associates represents business clients in a wide variety of matters, including: banking and project finance, advice on venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and restructurings of companies, legal due diligence, drafting commercial agreements, including terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services, and those related to joint ventures, agency, distribution and cooperation, corporate structures and regulation, including company incorporation, shareholders agreements, minority shareholders’ rights and directors’ duties and liabilities.

Boga & Associates advises lenders and borrowers on a full range of financing matters, including syndicated loans, project and asset finance, and new financing products like factoring.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Genc Boga gboga@bogalaw.com +355 4 2251050
Partner Sokol Elmazaj selmazi@bogalaw.com +355 4 2251050
Partner Renata Leka rleka@bogalaw.com +355 4 2251050
Partner Alketa Uruci auruci@bogalaw.com +355 4 2251050
Partner Gerhard Velaj gvelaj@bogalaw.com +355 4 2251050
Photo Name Position Profile
 Genc Boga  photo Genc Boga Managing Partner
 Renata Leka  photo Renata Leka Partner
 Alketa Uruci  photo Alketa Uruci Partner
 Gerhard Velaj  photo Gerhard Velaj Partner
Migena Kolonja : Senior Associate
Valbona Gjoncari : Senior Manager
Albanian
English
Italian
French
Advantage Austria
American Chamber of Commerce in Albania
INTA - International Trademark Association
IBA (International Bar Association)

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION 

    

At Boga & Associates, we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. As a business law firm, we work with a diverse client base, representing their communities, culture and markets. During all these years, we have pursued strategies to retain, promote and develop our women lawyers. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to build the most effective teamsattract the best talent, and deliver the highest level of client service. 

For us, diversity is not just about visible differences, it is the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we strive to create an environment where these differences are valued and celebrated. 

Our policies in both jurisdictions Albania and Kosovo are tailored to the legal, regulatory and cultural requirements of each country. 

We promote a culture in which everyone feels respected, valued and included, where everyone has the opportunity to grow their career and where pathways to career progression are transparent. 

WELLBEING 

      

MENTAL HEALTH 

We recognize that, as a firm, supporting our people to take better care of their mental health, and improving our workplace health and wellbeing overall, is extremely important. We recognize World Mental Health Day every year through online wide communications, reminding people of the steps they can take to improve their health in general.  

WORKPLACE WELLNESS 

Flexibility and agile working are seen by the firm as key business tools to help drive individual, team and firm productivity, and are crucial to attracting and retaining talented staff. We are continuing to embed innovative technologies and flexible working practices within the business and are focusing on career development opportunities for agile workers. 

We are committed to providing our employees with a safe and secure working environment that safeguards their health and promotes physical and mental wellbeing. 

To meet this commitment and to ensure a consistent approach across our both offices and areas of operation, we maintain a robust health and safety management system on par with international codes of practice and industry requirements. Through the process of continuous improvement, we strive to uphold the highest performance standards and promote a positive health and safety culture throughout the firm. 

We also view our workplace environment as one of the most important opportunities to achieve transformational change and to reflect on our pursuit of excellence. To support this strategic approach, our office has invested in an in-house gym available to all working staff. Our approach continues to evolve reflecting the latest design concepts, standards and related technologies. Among other important aspects, the firm focuses on the quality of our workplace environment, innovative technologies, amenity spaces and staff wellbeing. 

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Boga & Associates is strongly committed to corporate social responsibility. Boga & Associates activities can have impacts, both large and small, outside the firm and it continually demonstrates its commitment to supporting the communities of which it is a part. Individually and collectively, Boga & Associates partners and employees contribute to strengthening communities, enhancing the environment and creating a sustainable business future. 

Our CSR program is reflected in: 

Community involvement: Pro – bono program underlying the CSR initiatives of Boga & Associates  

Pro – bono services are offered to foundations, associations and various organizations, such as Albanian Children Foundation “Domenick Scaglione”; YAPS (Youth Albania Parcel Service); Albanian National Olympic Committee; International Lawyers and Legal Accountants; Edital (Ipat); French Embassy; American Chamber of Commerce; Hellenic Chamber of Commerce; International Chamber of Commerce in Albania; Global Share Plans/Solium; World Bank in partnership with Freshfields pro – bono projects. 

The Pro – bono Legal Services Program is at the core of our contribution to the community, given that as an advisory firm we have a responsibility to improve the approach to the justice system and public administration for all members of society. 

Also our CSR initiative is the support of charitable programs, financial support for initiatives benefiting the community, donations and volunteer work. 

EnvironmentBoga & Associates is committed to environmental protection practices to ensure sustainable use of resources and creates waste recycled. 

Practice for Environmental Protection: We believe it is our responsibility to protect the environment by ensuring sustainable use of resources and thus, we are engaged as to reduce the maximum impact and improve the performance of CSR promoting environmental practices among employees such as: 

  1. Shutdown electrical equipment when not in use.
  2. Printing of documents in hard copy only if it is absolutely necessary.
  3. Purchase of materials which cause as little environmental pollution.
  4. Recycling waste (paper, toner) using known centers for recycling.

Green Recycling, a company that assists businesses in becoming greener by collecting their waste turning it into resources useful to the community and environment, issued its recycling reports where Boga & Associates is praised for its efforts to contributing to the safeguard of the environment.  

According to their data during the past 3 years Boga & Associates has provided approximately 1200 kilograms of paper for recycling, thus avoiding the slaughtering of trees and savings of other resources that are increasingly scarce in nature such as water. Thanks to the separate collection of waste, Boga & Associates has contributed to the reduction of CO2 emissions for a total of 1,52 tons equivalent to 0,6 TOE (Tons of Oil Equivalent). Regenerating a laser cartridge saves about 3 liters of oil. This means that with 30 empty cartridges collected and prepared for regeneration, Boga & Associates has produced oil savings for nearly 99 liters of oil or 0,6 barrels.