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

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

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Competition Tier 1

Maric & Co Law Firm's 'professional and dedicated' team handles a steady stream of competition mandates pertaining to merger control matters. In addition, the group (which is jointly led by Džana Smailagić-Hromić and Ezmana Turković) represents clients in damages actions before domestic and international courts. The firm is a particularly popular choice among German-speaking clients, as well as leading household-name brands.

Practice head(s):

Dzana Smailagic-Hromic; Ezmana Turkovic

Testimonials

‘Very professional approach. A team dedicated to solving the problem with a lot of effort to invest in fully understanding the problem.’

‘We worked directly with Mr. Branko Maric and Mrs. Ezmana Turkovic. Like the rest of the team, our direct contacts showed a full understanding of specific problems in telecommunications and put a lot of effort into a full understanding of the issue, which we consider a prerequisite for quality representation.

‘Provides timely and clear advice, which is highly challenging when operating in a country where legislation is created on three levels: country, entity and cantonal levels (with lack of proper harmonization) and where the same regulation can be applied differently by two different courts. In such an environment, only lawyers who are well proficient in local regulations and court practices, and who are highly specialized in their practice area, which this team truly is, may actually support their clients. ’

‘I work with partner, Ezmana Turkovic for over 10 years.  She is highly dedicated, exceptional expertize and most pleasant person to work with. In the past ten years, Ezmana advised us on numerous cases and it is fascinating how she memorise each case, names of the participants and some specific issues that we dealt with during the process. She delivers work on time, no matter how short the timeline is, or how complex the scope of work is. For a company with German-speaking stakeholders, the fact that Ezmana has perfect written and spoken German language was an additional bonus. She constantly strives for the highest quality of work while maintaining the business-oriented mindset to suit our company’

Key clients

Agrokor (Aisle Dutch TopCo B.V. and Agrolaguna)

CEMEX UK

M.T. Abraham Group

LG Electronics

Lufthansa Technik AG

Inditex S.A.

Akt.online Ltd

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

At Maric & Co Law Firm, the 'excellent' team is singled out for its strength in acting for leading domestic and foreign banks and other financial institutions on high-value transactions. In addition to being active in banking work, practice head Branko Marić is the key name for advice on capital markets transactions. Reflective of the firm's strong reputation, it counts the European Investment Bank as a client. Experienced associate Nebojša Marić is knowledgeable about a wide variety of matters, such as lending agreements, securitisation matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Branko Marić

Other key lawyers:

Nebojša Marić

Testimonials

‘Maric & Co. provides legal services to leading banks and advise on all matters related to financial services. Banking & Finance is one of their strongest practice areas.’

‘The team is excellent. I have worked with them in Bosnia for many years. They are thorough and I have no doubt that the end result will meet the needs of the ultimate client without fail.’

‘Branko Marić is excellent: receptive to comments and prompt in delivery of the required product. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Maric & Co is practically the only and the best solution in case of more complex issues related to banking activities.’

‘Highest levels of professionalism, knowledge, and experience, but also a high degree of dedication to the success of the project. The leading individual is Branko Marić who heads the company, and the main thing about the company is that he has worked for more than 40 years.’

‘Very pleasant and professional team with an open, transparent, and proactive approach in collaboration. ’

‘They provide services at a very high level and what is important, these services always result with a positive outcome for the bank. They simply understand the banking sector and know what are its needs. There is not much empty talk, but concrete resolutions and risks they carry.’

Key clients

EBRD

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

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

Maric & Co Law Firm's multidisciplinary corporate practice is experienced in advising domestic and foreign companies on cross-border M&A, de-mergers and restructurings. Under the joint leadership of Dijana Ivanović (who has over two decades of experience in this area) and Bojana Bosnjak-London, the team handles large banking-related transactions and complex advice related to subsidiaries. The firm is a founding member of SEE Legal, an alliance of firms across twelve jurisdictions spanning southeastern Europe. Branko Marić is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dijana Ivanović; Bojana Bošnjak-London

Other key lawyers:

Branko Marić

Testimonials

‘The team at Maric are in my opinion unique in Sarajevo. A firm with diverse expertise, and able to bridge the gap between international business and local legal frameworks. Whilst procedure dominates most legal matters in BiH, Maric were able to provide a detailed assessment of process, the risks in the matter, and ultimately manage the process to outcome.’

‘I have worked with Bojana Bosjnak-London and Dzana Smailagic-Hromic for several years. They are steadfast professionals, informed, responsive and gave me, as a client, confidence in the outcomes we were looking for. They conduct themselves with the utmost integrity and diligence, and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Responsibility, good knowledge of the local law.’

‘Open minded, spending of clients money only for business.’

‘Strong team with relevant experts for different areas.’

‘Always capable to bring relevant updates and relevant knowledge to the table. 

Key clients

JYSK

DDC MLS

M.T. Abraham Group

TEGoVA

Hilti

Cisco

Porsche BH

Inditex S.A.

Coca Cola HBC BH

Adriatic Metals PLC

Fortenova

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Intellectual property Tier 2

At Maric & Co Law Firm, the multidisciplinary IP practice handles the full range of work for clients, including transfers of trade marks, copyright litigation and IP-related tax issues. Team head Anisa Tomić is highlighted for her 'professional and timely' approach by clients. The group is a founding member of an alliance bringing together twelve firms in the SEE region, and is well-placed to provide a cross-border service. Multinational corporations are among the firm's clients.

Practice head(s):

Anisa Tomic

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and detailed in correspondence, which is in a timely manner.’

‘Anisa Tomic is a skilled and responsive professional in the field of IP protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina.’

‘Maric & Co Law Firm and IP practice head Ms. Anisa Tomic are great experts in dealing with the national IP Office. Their reputation and knowledge make them stand out in local market and their response and experience make them a great partner to work with. ’

‘Ms. Anisa Tomic stands out on the national market, as she strikes the right balance between experience, knowledge but also responsiveness and hands-on approach to entrusted matters. It is easy to work with Anisa and I would recommend her to international companies looking for representatives in Bosnia.’

Key clients

Fortenova Group (Agrokor)

Google LLC

YouTube LLC

Apple Inc.

Belje plus d.o.o.

Coca Cola HBC

Mattel Inc.

Mliječna industrija 99 d.o.o.

Sanrio Ltd. Japan

Lego Juris A/S

AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals

FMC Corporation

Procter & Gamble

Fruit Shippers Limited

Formitas d.o.o. Ljubljana

ASSOCIATION DE Gestion Internationale Collective des Oeuvres Audiovisuelles- AGICOA

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Projects and energy Tier 2

Maric & Co Law Firm is 'knowledgeable, cooperative and professional' according to clients, and is a key name in renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Its projects team works across practice areas to advise public and private sector clients on a wide variety of issues, including finance, regulatory, real estate and construction, tax and disputes. Slaven Dizdar, who leads the team, advises on high-value transactions and construction projects. Managing partner Branko Marić advises financial institutions on banking-related work.

Practice head(s):

Slaven Dizdar

Other key lawyers:

Branko Marić

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the team on a few projects during the last period. The team is knowledgeable, cooperative and professional. It delivers on time.’

‘We have mainly worked with Slaven Dizdar and can only praise his competence on one side, but also friendly approach on the other. It is my impression that Slaven is proactive and aims at providing efficient advice to the client, seeking the solution rather than just pointing to the problems.’

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

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Real estate and construction Tier 2

At Maric & Co Law Firm, the real estate team handles domestic and cross-border transactions and also advises on construction projects for both public and private sector clients. The practice is led by Slaven Dizdar. who has over a decade of experience in this space. Branko Marić handles large financing projects. Elsewhere, construction disputes are another area of activity at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Slaven Dizdar

Other key lawyers:

Branko Marić

Key clients

Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH JSC

Benetton Group

EBRD

Adriatic Metals PLC

Shandong International

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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.”