Maric & Co Law Firm > Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina > Firm Profile

Maric & Co Law Firm
MEHMEDA SPAHE 26
71000 SARAJEVO
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Maric & Co Law Firm. has a deep understanding of the Bosnian financing market, providing legal services to a range of domestic and international banks. It lists amongst its clients the four largest domestic banks, and a number of state investment banks. While its transactional work is particularly well regarded, it also offers dispute resolution, governance and regulatory services. Founder Branko Marić leads the team, and is known for advising banks on foreign ownership. Associate Nebojša Marić is known for his securities work.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Considered the best in our sector.’

‘This legal team, in short, is composed of highly professional members who are providing top value for us as clients.’

‘We have considered Marić & Co for a very long time as one of the best law firms in finance and banking sector, related activities and especially litigation, and we have been cooperating with them for a long time.’

‘The team at Marić & Co is highly skilled, and they think outside the box.’

‘Their knowledge on any subject matter is unique, as they are always well prepared, detailed and able to put solutions in simple terms.’

‘They are able to combine their business and legal knowledge to really understand the issues and advise the clients in the best possible way.’

‘I have professionally known Branko Marić for a very long time. Ever since then I have regarded his firm as one the best practices in the country, as I was always impressed with the size of the team, how quick and responsive they are, and their knowledge of course.’

‘Marić & Co are very solution-oriented and will not create unnecessary issues.’

Key clients

EBRD

DEG

European Investment Bank (EIB)

IFC

Unicredit Bank London Branch

Unicredit bank Mostar

Intesa Sanpaolo bank

Raiffeisen bank

ProCredit Bank

Addiko Bank Sarajevo

Addiko Bank Banja Luka

Sberbank

Sparkasse

KfW

Global Payment Europe

Federal Banking Agency

JP Elektroprivreda

Work highlights

  • Advising German development agency DEG on its first-ever direct investment in Bosnia, which is a long-term loan of around €12m.
  • Advised EBRD on multiple loans granted to local financial institutions.
  • Engaged by BH Bank Association for development of strategy and argumentation in litigation procedures initiated against the majority of banks in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Competition Tier 1

Maric & Co Law Firm's workload includes competition advisory and litigation matters. It is experienced in defending clients against antitrust investigations, most notably acting for Telekokm Srbija in a complaint relating to anticompetitive behaviour in the television sphere. It also provides merger control advice to major companies. Ezmana Turković, known for being 'highly skilled and meticulous in her work’, jointly leads the team, with her practice focusing on merger work for international clients. Fellow co-head Džana Smailagić-Hromić has further expertise in insurance and procurement law.

Other key lawyers:

Branko Maric

Testimonials

‘We work with Branko Maric, an excellent lawyer and a seasoned professional, who is well established in the local legal and business community and has built up the practice very well. He has a very practical and pragmatic approach to legal matters and is keen on creating the conditions for the best outcomes possible within the given circumstances.’

‘Ezmana Turkovic is very dedicated to the cases we work on and is the operative heart of the team. She is highly skilled and meticulous in her work.’

‘Their team is dependable and we enjoy working with them as their implementation of the agreed steps is precise and efficient. That is why they are our preferred partner when it comes to Bosnia.’

Key clients

Agrokor

CEMEX UK

M.T. Abraham Group

LG Electronics

Lufthansa Technik AG

Inditex S.A.

Akt.online Ltd

Telekom Srbija

Work highlights

  • Represented Telekom Srbija in an abuse of dominance case against United Group.
  • Represented Agrokor under extraordinary administration in the acquisition of its local subsidiaries
  • Obtained the merger clearance for a joint venture filling between LG Electronics Inc. and Lufthansa Technik AG.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Maric & Co Law Firm's team has an emphasis on M&A, restructuring and general corporate advice and advises national and international clients. Banks make up a key client base for the group. Dijana Ivanovic and Bojana Bošnjak-London jointly head the team, advising on financial services and foreign investment matters respectively. Due to its membership of the SEE Legal network, it has links across 12 separate jurisdictions in South-East Europe.

Practice head(s):

Dijana Ivanovic; Bojana Bošnjak-London

Other key lawyers:

Branko Maric

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Marić & Co on various issues including finance, corporate, IP, litigation and so on. In all areas, they were able to provide top quality service and to always capture the essence of our problems.  All work done was very good and the transaction is running smoothly.’

‘Maric and Co Law Firm always go above and beyond in quickly answering our questions. and help guide us in providing positive outcomes. We are so grateful for everyone at Maric and Co Law Firm.’

‘We have received excellent service, exactly what we needed.’

‘Creative, efficient, focused on the goal we expected, without any unnecessary complications.’

‘They are responsive, quick and thorough.’

‘Our primary contact is Branko Marić, but we also work a lot with Bojana Bošnjak-London and I would highly recommend them both.’

Key clients

Technip

DEG

JYSK

DDC MLS

M.T. Abraham Group

TEGoVA

Hilti

Cisco

Porsche BH

Inditex S.A.

Coca Cola HBC BH

Adriatic Metals PLC

Fortenova

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortenova Group on all Bosnian law aspects of the €615m sale of Ledo group to Nomad Foods.
  • Advised Tekvor Care on setting up a joint venture for the establishment of a factory for the production of medical beds.
  • Advised AbbVie on the implementation in Bosnia of worldwide restructuring plans.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Intellectual property Tier 2

Maric & Co Law Firm‘s team is advises on trademark, patent and copyright matters, as well as handling litigation concerning IP infringements. It also has strong anti-counterfeiting expertise, advising multiple international companies on market enforcement issues. The well-regarded Anisa Tomić leads the team, with experience acting for clients in the software, automotive, luxury goods and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Anisa Tomic

Other key lawyers:

Branko Maric

Testimonials

Their ability to support us in cases requiring extensive knowledge of local law goes above and beyond our expectations.

They perform effectively as a team and are always prepared to work together in order to provide the best, actionable advice possible.

The IP team within Maric & Co, headed by Anisa Tomic, is among the finest in Bosnia when it comes to knowledge and responsiveness.’

‘Easy to work with, pro-active and fee competitive, they can be recommended as an IP partner for Bosnia easily.

Anisa Tomic is highly motivated to provide a full service to the client, in a timely manner.

Provide professional, prompt and well-reasoned legal services and advice in order to make the right decisions and take appropriate actions.

When you cooperate with the attorneys at Marić & Co you will receive full-service law which covers many practice areas. Their wide range of practice areas including IP enables them to offer legal assistance needed to address client’s needs.

Anisa Tomic, IP star and well-known figure within the Bosnia legal community, stands out due to her overall knowledge of the relevant legal framework, but also for her prompt dealings with small and big projects equally. A reliable partner.

Key clients

Fortenova Group (Agrokor)

Association de Gestion Internationale Collective des Oeuvres Audiovisuelles- AGICOA

Citroen

AUTOMOBILE PEUGEOT

Fred Perry(Holdings) Limited

Turlen-Turlen Holding SA

Versace (Ganni Versace S.P.A)

VUITON (LOUIS VUITTON MALEIER SA)

Audemars Piguet Holding SA

ASICS Corporation

Zegna (Consitex SA)

Wellington (Daniel Wellington)

Alcon Inc

The Polo-Lauren Company

Koninklijke Philips N.V

Dr.Martens International Trading

Diageo Brands B.V

PUMA SE

Rado Uhren A.G (rado watch co. Ltd)

Samsung Eletronics Co.Ltd

SAS Jean Cassegrain

Bottega Luxury Goods International

SISCO Textiles NV

AUGUST STORCK KG

Swarovski

Swatch AG (Swatch SA)

Tissot SA (Tissot AG)

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kajsha

BioN Tech SE

Beaute Prestige International

BaByliss SARL

Volkwagen AG

(Thomas) Limited

Novartis AG

OMEGA SA

Geneva Laboratories Limited

Opel Automobile GmbH

FILA Luxembourg SARL

Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A

Google LLC

YouTube LLC

Apple Inc.

Belje plus d.o.o.

Mliječna industrija 99 d.o.o.

Sanrio Ltd. Japan

AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Abbvie Inc.

Work highlights

  • Retained as an exclusive outside counsel in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube LLC.
  • Advised Porsche GmbH and Audi GmbH on practical and regulatory aspects of the introduction of car connect services.
  • Advised Fortenova Group on a trademark portfolio transfer of rights.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Projects and energy Tier 2

Maric & Co Law Firm‘s projects team is experienced in advising on developments in the broader infrastructure and energy sector. It represents a number of public and private clients, with a growing practice advising on renewable and energy transition-related projects. Project finance and foreign investment advice is another key area of work for the firm. Slaven Dizdar leads the team. He has particular strength advising on PPP and state infrastructure projects, as well as multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Slaven Dizdar

Other key lawyers:

Branko Marić

Key clients

Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH JSC

Suzlon Wind Energy A/S Denmark

InterEnergo Group Slovenia / Kelag Group Austria

Kolektor Group Slovenia

EBRD

Adriatic Metals PLC

Shandong International

Work highlights

  • Advising Shandong International and its Bosnian subsidiary SDHS-CSI BH Banja Luka on the Banja Luka-Prijedor-Novi Grad highway construction project.
  • Advising the Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH JSC on the construction of Block 7 of the Tuzla Thermoelectric Power Plant.
  • Advising EBRD on six loans to local banks in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The well-regarded team at Maric & Co Law Firm is known for its ability to provide a full-service real estate practice, covering transactions, disputes and projects. Public and private sector clients alike feature on its client list. The group is also a popular choice for local clients on smaller-scale transactions and disputes. Practice head Slaven Dizdar has extensive experience in multijurisdictional real estate and construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Slaven Dizdar

Key clients

Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH JSC

Benetton Group

EBRD

Adriatic Metals PLC

Shandong International

Work highlights

  • Advising Shandong International and its Bosnian subsidiary SDHS-CSI BH Banja Luka on the Banja Luka-Prijedor-Novi Grad highway construction project.
  • Advising Elektroprivreda BiH JSC in the construction of Block 7 of the Tuzla Thermoelectric Power Plant.
  • Advising EBRD on six construction loans to local banks in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The firm: Maric & Co Law Firm is Bosnia’s largest multidisciplinary law firm, with five decades presence in the market. The firm has international orientation and its strong experience makes it one of the leading business firms in the country. As a member of the South East Europe Legal Group, Maric & Co Law Firm can offer its clients legal services throughout the entire Balkan region and perform region-related multinational projects. The lawyers of the Maric & Co team are respected for their dedication to the client and creative legal solutions.

Areas of practice
Banking: The firm has advised almost all banks and micro credit organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina either on issues of acquisitions and reorganisation, or various bank operations, project finance, investment consulting, or matters with their ongoing business activities. In the previous year, the firm advised state company Elektroprivreda BiH Sarajevo regarding a 700m loan from CEXIM (Chinese Investment Bank).

Corporate/M&A: Maric and Co Law firm has extensive experience relating to the clients’ matters, from their establishment to the acquisition, sales, mergers, restructuring, corporate governance and corporate litigation. The firm is currently acting as the lead local advisor to Agrokor on all aspects of restructuring.

Energy/environment: The fact that the firm was hired by the EU as a local consultant in implementation of the law establishing the production, transmission and distribution of electric energy, is the firm’s best credential in this field. Notable experiences in the energy sector include legal advice on constructing, commissioning and connecting hydro, wind and thermal power plants, as one of leading law firms in this legal area in Bosnia & Herzegovina. With rising issues of environmental rights in BH, the firm is proud to be one of the first firms in BH that offers relevant advice regarding environment protection in compliance with EU standards and regulations.

Real estate/construction: The firm has vast experience in all kinds of real estate transactions and the ability to see the client through the entire construction process of the most comprehensive facilities, all while protecting the client’s interests at all stages of their projects, from planning to completion. The firm recently advised companies such as Bauhaus Germany, JYSK Denmark and Volvo Sweden in leasing or buying business premises necessary for performing business activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as the Embassy of the United States of America in Sarajevo.

Intellectual property: The firm is one of the few offices registered as trademark agents in Bosnia and Herzegovina and takes great pride in being the only law firm from the Bosnia and Herzegovina jurisdiction registered as an INTA member, regularly attending INTA conferences. Through the years, it has established extensive IP prosecution, licensing and litigation practices predominantly in the field of trademark, industrial design and copyright protection.

Trade litigation/indemnity claims: The experienced team of litigators, best described by the number of efficiently closed cases, has the ability to assess the likelihood of a successful outcome of the case and to identify all related risks that should be eliminated or mitigated. The firm regards commercial litigation as a comprehensive service within its overall spectrum of legal counseling. The firm has also been engaged in indemnity claims in insurance matters. The firm participated as a local consultant in the creation of all national insurance laws.

Labour: The firm is successful in representing both interests of employers and employees. It has the relevant experience required to identify all potentially risky situations for employers as well as the expertise for adequate solutions to avoid or solve them. The firm advised on redundancy programs and drafting employment contracts for international companies like Microsoft, JT International, Scania, Heta Asset Resolution and several Embassies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Branko Maric
Capital markets Bojana Bošnjak-London
Competition Ezmana Turkovic
Corporate/M&A Dijana Ivanovic
Energy/environment Slaven Dizdar
Intellectual property Anisa Tomic
Labour Džana Smailagic-Hromic
Real estate/construction Predrag Radovanovic
Trade litigation/indemnity claims Višnja Dizdarevic
Number of lawyers : 21
Bosnian
Croatian
English
French
German
Italian
Serbian
The South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
INTA
IBA
UIA

CLIENT: Edib Bašić
COMPANY/FIRM: JP Elektroprivreda d.d.
TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Marić & Co is extremely diligent, has excellent knowledge of the laws and can easily pair their knowledge with the business side of the deal. It is always a pleasure to work with them!”


CLIENT: Merima Gasal
COMPANY/FIRM: Intesa Sanpaolo Bank
TESTIMONIAL: “Great firm! It is so easy to work with them and they really take the time to explain the complexities of the market and legal system!”


CLIENT: Dženana Bašić
COMPANY/FIRM: Addiko Bank
TESTIMONIAL: “Marić & Co deeply understands the law and goes the extra mile to provide high quality service.”


CLIENT: Mirela Korić
COMPANY/FIRM: ProCredit Bank
TESTIMONIAL: “I am always amazed at how quickly they provide advice and yet how detailed and thorough it is.”


CLIENT: Aida Rifelj
COMPANY/FIRM: Sberbank
TESTIMONIAL: “Love working with them. They stay on top of the issue and look at it from every aspect.”


CLIENT: Elvedin Hrnčić
COMPANY/FIRM: Wagner Automotive
TESTIMONIAL: “Finally we found a firm that can cover all areas of commercial law with such expertise. All of them know so much about the area they work on.”