Firm Profile > Polenak Law Firm > Skopje, North Macedonia

Polenak Law Firm
North Macedonia

Leading firms Tier 1

Polenak Law Firm regularly handles matters for a range of renowned domestic and multinational corporate clients in the fields of telecoms, automotive, energy, heavy industry, insurance and real estate development. The team is particularly well-regarded for its dispute resolution capabilities, acting in complex civil and commercial disputes, bankruptcy and criminal litigation procedures and arbitration within the country’s Economic Chamber. Recent highlights include various class actions, contractual disputes and damages claims for various commercial entities. Aleksandar Dimic is a litigation expert and member of the Macedonian and International Bar Associations. Managing partner Kristijan Polenak heads the firm's banking and finance department, alongside corporate team head Tatjana Shishkovska, while Metodija Velkov handles competition, regulatory and compliance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandar Dimic

Other key lawyers:

Kristijan Polenak; Tatjana Shishkovska; Metodija Velkov


‘Aleksandar Dimic offers excellent customer service. He responds promptly to instructions, happily meets what seems like impossibly short time frames and the advice he provides is not solely focused on the black letter of the law but practical issues. I would not hesitate to recommend him or Polenak for matters in North Macedonia.’ 

The firm: Polenak Law Firm continues the tradition of providing top quality legal services since 1946.

The firm developed from an individual practice working in criminal and civil litigation to a partnership in the 1970s and adding commercial and corporate matters, growing its partnership and areas of work in the 1990s and rising to a structured full-service law firm in 2007.

Throughout its history the firm and its brand was considered one of the market leaders. Today, this leadership is recognized and praised by clients and relevant legal directories.

The firm comprises of four partners, three senior associates, two associates and six junior associates.

The dedication of  the firm’s lawyers enable it to offer the assistance needed to address all clients’ needs for a prompt and well-reasoned legal advice.

The number of transactions handled make it the most experienced law firm in the market for banking, project finance, M&A, privatization processes, competition and antitrust matters, aviation, energy, telecommunications and PPP. The innovative approach and newly introduced legal structures give the firm a competitive advantage.

The knowledge and practice of  the firm’s litigation lawyers in criminal, civil and commercial cases is remarkable, construing one of its prominent benchmarks.

The affiliation with leading law firms from each jurisdiction in the region, joined together in the South East Europe Legal Group (, enables it to offer its clients coverage and superior legal services in the region.

Main areas of practice: The main focus of services is directed to multinational corporations, banks and international financial institutions, providing experienced legal advice in many practice areas and offering wide range of legal services.

The firm’s notable M&A experience is built in decades of practice by advising in most of the largest M&A transactions and in numerous share transfers in SMEs.

One of the firm’s flagships is its banking and finance practice. Over the last 20 years, the firm advised joint managers on several issuances of sovereign bonds, provided regulatory advises and opinions to international banks and IFI’s, including advice on loan structuring, drafting agreements, FX matters, enforceability of ISDA and GMRA contracts in North Macedonia, secured loan structures, syndicated lending, etc. The firm assisted corporate issuers in public and private share offerings.

The firm’s competition practice, as market leader in this field, deals with merger notifications, proceedings at the Commission for Protection of Competition (prohibited agreements, introduction of behavioral or structural remedies, abuse of dominant position), internal competition compliance checks.

The firm provides full legal support to its corporate clients. Our services enable our clients to achieve local legal compliance on data protection, consumer protection, competition and anti-trust, labour law requirements, reporting requirements, etc. The firm prepares drafts and reviews contracts with suppliers and/or buyers and provides legal assistance at the courts and governmental agencies in North Macedonia.

The firm provides a variety of legal services related to real estate. The experience record includes title examinations and transfers, leases, lease-backs, drafting complex asset deal documentation, entry into public registers, creation and perfection of security over immovable asset, investing immovable asset into a corporate entity, as well as asset due diligence. The firm also assists with estimation of taxes and communal duties. In greenfield investments, the firm assists its clients to assess timing and construction permit procedures.

Energy and mining have proven to be a potential for investments and development. North Macedonia is rich with water, sun and minerals, providing natural resources for power generation and mining. Polenak Law Firm advises clients in renewable energy generation and energy distribution, as well as companies in the mining industry.

The firm’s IP practice is also notable, providing client support in registration of trademarks and patents.

International Work: Over 80% of the firm’s clients are multinational corporations and international financial institutions. Most of the firm’s experience is practically achieved and applied in supporting international clients.

Clients: The client list of Polenak Law Firm comprises of international finance institutions, banks, insurance companies, tobacco business, energy, telecommunications, metals industry, construction companies, transportation companies. Key clients include: Adient, Cevahir Holding, Deutsche Telekom Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, LC Waikiki, Limak, International Finance Corporation, Inditex, Johnson Matthey, Joyson Safety Systems, Philip Morris, Sanrio, Siemens, TAV Airports, Telekom Austria, Titan Cement, WizzAir.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance Kristijan Polenak +389 2 3114737
Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance Tatjana Shishkovska +389 2 3114737
Litigation, Real estate Aleksandar Dimic +389 2 3114737
Competition, Regulatory and Compliance Metodija Velkov +389 2 3114737
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Zoran Andonovski  photo Mr Zoran Andonovski Attorney at Law, Senior Associate
Ms Vanja Curlinova  photo Ms Vanja Curlinova Attorney at Law, Junior Associate
Mr Aleksandar Dimic  photo Mr Aleksandar Dimic Attorney at Law, Partner
Ms Ana Petrovska-Belopeta photo Ms Ana Petrovska-Belopeta Attorney at Law, Junior Associate
Mr Kristijan Polenak photo Mr Kristijan Polenak Attorney at Law, Managing Partner, Polenak Law Firm
Ms Natasha Popova-Alebic  photo Ms Natasha Popova-Alebic Attorney at Law, Senior Associate
Ms Vera Ristik  photo Ms Vera Ristik Attorney at Law, Associate
Ms Anastazija Sazdovska  photo Ms Anastazija Sazdovska Attorney at Law, Senior Associate
Ms Simona Shekerova  photo Ms Simona Shekerova Junior Associate
Ms Tatjana Shishkovska  photo Ms Tatjana Shishkovska Attorney at Law, Partner
Ms Ivana Slaveska  photo Ms Ivana Slaveska Attorney at Law, Junior Associate
Mr Andrej Stojkovic  photo Mr Andrej Stojkovic Junior Associate
Ms Marija Tupanceska  photo Ms Marija Tupanceska Attorney at Law, Junior Associate
Mr Metodija Velkov  photo Mr Metodija Velkov Attorney at Law, Partner
Attorneys at Law : 15
International Bar Association (IBA)
World Services Group (WSG)
The South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia
European Business Association (EBA)