Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP > ZAGREB, Croatia > Firm Profile

Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP
Ulica kralja Drzislava 8
1000 ZAGREB
ZAGREB
Croatia

Croatia > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The ‘highly dedicated and results-focused’ team at Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLPgoes the extra mile for their clients’ across a wide range of transactional and regulatory work, including secured financings, financial restructurings and tax-related matters. As well as being well-versed in local law, the team, which is led by ‘savvy and well-rounded attorney’ Vladimir Baterelo, has ‘a deep understanding of international banking laws and practice’, and is consequently particularly well-suited to advising on complex cross-border mandates. Baterelo’s ‘extensive practical experience and in-depth specialist knowledge’ extends to assistance in tax-related matters, which, according to one client, ‘gives him an edge over competitors’. Laurenz Vuchetichputs his heart and mind into closing deals’, particularly as they relate to corporate/regulatory banking matters (including non-performing loans) and is a key member of the team that also includes ‘technically strong and very responsive’ senior associate Marko Bohaček, who has a particular niche in advising on fintech matters.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is diligent and responsive.’

‘It is a highly dedicated and results-focused team.’

‘They are very responsive, solutions-oriented, pleasant to work with and offer a one-stop-shop service, covering also support in tax-related matters.’

‘The team consists of high-level experts, not only in local law but they have a deep understanding of international banking laws and practice.’

‘BDV has an excellent reputation for its banking and finance as well as for its tax work. The team is agile, responsible, versatile, highly motivated and easy to communicate with. They offer a combination of legal, financial and tax expertise under the same roof. Great team – we really feel they provide us a competitive edge.

‘Vladimir Batarelo is an excellent and knowledgeable lawyer, and a person you can rely on. With the business-minded and analytical approach (and tax expertise), he somehow always seems to find a pragmatic and out-of-the box solution, even in legally most demanding situations.’

‘Vladimir Batarelo has a deep understanding of international banking laws and practice.’

‘Vladimir Batarelo is a savvy and well-rounded attorney with transactional experience in M&A and financing. He has a great understanding of tax issues, and he is at par with leading tax advisers when it comes to tax issues.’

Key clients

European Central Bank

Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Zagrebačka banka d.d. / Unicredit Group

Privredna banka Zagreb

OTP Banka

Mastercard

Adria Capital Partners

Nutris

ASEF

Intercapital

M San Grupa

Podravka

Metro CC

Pepco

NLB Bank AD Skopje

Infobip

Franck d.d.

Work highlights

  • Advising European Central Bank (ECB) on, and preparing opinions regarding, consultations of the ECB by the national authorities, regarding draft legislative proposals for regulation at national level within ECB’s field of competence and responsibilities.
  • Advising the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development on several export financing deals, including a major telecommunication equipment producer entering the Belarus market.
  • Advising Nutris in relation to a facility agreement for the financing of the construction of a new food processing factory and obtaining a new line of financing from partners.

Croatia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

‘Composed of highly competent and resourceful young professionals’, Batarelo Dvojkovic Vuchetich Law Firm LLP has made a huge impact in the market since the firm’s foundation in 2017, and regularly advises international clients on big-ticket transactions. The ‘client-oriented and hardworking’ team has been particularly active handling corporate work in the IT sector, with its advice to Infobip (Croatia’s first unicorn valued company) on its acquisition of a minority stake in domestic ed-tech company STEMI a notable highlight. ‘A firmly established corporate law star on the market’, Laurenz Vuchetich has been pivotal to the firm’s success in the IT sector and co-heads the team alongside the ‘thorough and persistent’ Ivan Dvojković.

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Testimonials

‘Resourceful, diligent, responsive and smart.’

‘They are a great, client-oriented and hardworking team.’

‘They were technically very good and thorough. Very detail orientated, commercial and strong.’

‘I believe that their core strength lies in having strong experience in the IT industry, which people on the market recognised. To my knowledge, no other firm in Croatia has such reputation and experience in the IT industry.’

‘The team is full of very ambitious and intelligent individuals.’

‘The team is agile, responsible, versatile, highly motivated and easy to communicate with.’

‘Ivan Dvojković is thorough and persistent.’

‘Laurenz Vuchetich is now a firmly established corporate law star on the market. Very few colleagues can be compared to his sharpness, intelligence and great personality.’

Key clients

Prevent Group

European Coastal Airlines

Metro Cash and Carry

Dubrovnik Pearl Ltd.

Franck d.d

Ferrero d.o.o.

Gaming Innovation Group

Government of the Republic of Croatia

Adria Capital Partners

Provectus Capital

BLT ENERJI

Nova Ljubljanska Banka – Macedonia

OPTIMAPHARM d.d

European SeaPlane Service GmbH

Otago Beteiliungs GmbH

INFOBIP

Tower Property Fund – South Africa

TPV Ltd.

Monting d.o.o.

Calucem d.o.o.

Sartura d.o.o.

Nutris d.o.o.

Pepco Croatia

Good Game Global

N14 Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Infobip Ltd on the acquisition of a minority share interest in the company STEMI, a Croatian ed-tech company.
  • Advised Metro CC on corporate matters related to the restructuring of its supply chain.
  • Advised the private equity fund ASEF on three acquisitions of private health companies in Croatia.

The Team:

BDV is a leading Croatian full-service law firm with a key focus on corporate, M&A, banking & finance, dispute resolution, tax, real estate, competition, IP & data protection. BDV aims to be the firm of choice for large businesses and financial institutions and to elevating the quality of the legal system on the local market. BDV already is one of the largest corporate law firms representing the most significant clients on the Croatian market. The firm builds lasting relationships with its clients by combining business acumen and understanding of the local market. The firm’s partners take an active role in every transaction and ensure smooth teamwork. BDV daily cooperates with leading international law firms in course of multijurisdictional transactions.

 

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate / M&A

3 partners; 8 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV covers the whole spectrum of corporate work in Croatia, having advised the largest corporates on their business combinations, acquisitions and restructurings. BDV corporate team follows the best practices in vertical and horizontal corporate governance matters, applying these standards in the context of specific businesses. To that end, BDV assists clients with the implementation of efficient internal processes between multiple tiers of internal corporate organizations, and the regulation of horizontal (shareholders’) relations.

In special situations, BDV corporate team assists in finding optimal solutions and strategies for resolving complex shareholder disputes or facilitating shareholder activism. The department is recognised by its large number of M&A transactions conducted in 2021.

 

Banking & Finance

1 partner; 3 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV banking and finance team focuses on advising clients in connection with asset finance, corporate lending, structured finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance, commodities and export finance, and local tax issues in project finance. In the course of transactional mandates, BDV represents clients, either lenders or borrowers/guarantors, at all stages of a financial transaction acting as local or lead counsel in all stages – from negotiation and perfection of local law security documents to negotiating, signing, and closing facility agreements. Apart from transaction work, BDV banking & finance team also advises on regulatory aspects of banking.

 

Dispute Resolution

3 partners; 6 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV dispute resolution team manages litigations and arbitration proceedings involving a wide range of disputes, including disputes between shareholders, damages claims, bankruptcy, employment law, tax controversies and general commercial law disputes. BDV dispute resolution team assists clients in all stages of litigation – from primary assessment of strategies, through negotiations and settlements, to litigation and arbitration proceedings until the dispute is finally resolved in the enforcement proceedings.

 

Tax & Customs Law

1 partner; 2 fee earner based in Zagreb

BDV tax & customs team covers a range of disciplines – from VAT, corporate and personal income tax, transfer pricing and international tax law to tax controversy – with a main goal to achieve risk reduction, avoidance of disputes, and resolving issues that entities encounter when doing business in Croatia. BDV Tax Law Department is offering tax law advice to its Clients, either on a project basis or as stand-alone engagements.

BDV tax lawyers also actively cooperate with other departments – in structuring M&A transactions and deal with customs – related matters.

 

Real Estate

1 partner; 3 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV maintains a real estate practice which includes project developers, real estate owners, private and institutional investors, and secured creditors. BDV services include advice in ​​project finance, complex security instrument structures, restructuring, leases, and property disputes. BDV tax team actively participates in structuring such transactions in order to achieve an optimal tax transaction structure for our clients.

 

EU & Competition

1 partner; 1 fee earners based in Zagreb

Our services in the field of competition law include merger filings, abuse of dominant position, distribution arrangements, state aid, cartels, public procurement, dawn raids, and general advice in relation to activities which may result in anti-competitive effects.

 

IP & IT & Data Protection

1 partner; 3 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV assists clients in the process of ensuring compliance with the GDPR and advise on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters, including: privacy impact assessments, data processing agreements, data protection by design and by default, codes of conduct, binding corporate rules, privacy policies and procedures, and data breaches. BDV also offers data protection officer services and specialised data protection training programs.

BDV acts as patent and trademark agents for our clients and advise them how to protect technological inventions; typical services in IP line of work include counselling, litigation, dispute resolution, and licensing in patent, trademark, and copyright matters.

When it comes to transactions in the tech industry, BDV offers a multidisciplinary approach, which covers M&A, AML, data protection, information security, finance, public procurement, intellectual property, taxes, dispute resolution, and litigation.

 

Employment Law

1 partner; 3 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV employment team advises HR departments, as well as management on variety of employment related matters, covering both collective and individual employment law aspects. The clients address BDV for strategic advice on substantial employment, compensation and benefits-related issues often including tax peculiarities, as well as for day-to-day support on employment issues. BDV employment team negotiates with employees, work councils and other employee representatives, and where necessary – represent corporate clients, or managers in labor court litigation.

 

Commercial Law

3 partners; 8 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV advises clients on a broad range of commercial contracts including distribution, supply, cooperation, licensing, sponsorship, franchising, and joint ventures, where we apply our combined and multi-specialist experience. Mandates in commercial matters often require complex, sensitive, and sophisticated legal engagement to fit the particular transaction demands; BDV commercial law team can swiftly assess the risks and commercial issues involved in the contracts on which we advise, which enables us to provide both legal and strategic commercial advice.

Commercial contracts work is at the heart of BDV’s practice, being complementary to our M&A, corporate, tax, and technology law practices.

 

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV bankruptcy and restructuring team advises all stakeholders in restructuring, pre-bankruptcy and bankruptcy procedures including distressed companies looking to make a turnaround, creditors and lenders in bankruptcy proceedings, representing clients in litigation arising from bankruptcy proceedings and acting as bankruptcy and liquidation trustees.

When aiding our clients in circumstances of restructuring and bankruptcy BDV Is able to draw from its extensive expertise in dealing with M&A, Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Tax and other.

BDV also offers advice based on extensive experience with issues of fraudulent conveyance, liability transfer through asset purchases, challenges to changes of creditor positions in enforcement, bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings and divestment obligation in merger clearance filings.

 

Energy and Infrastructure

1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV energy law team provides practical advice to developers and financiers specifically on the intricacies of state aid issues or uncertainties related to real estate law when assessing the sustainability, profitability, and bankability of energy projects. BDV sustained commitment to follow the development of local energy projects and offer legal services in those areas has made us capable of advising clients in M&A, regulatory law, real estate, construction, finance, public procurement, environmental law, taxation, and antitrust law matters related to the development, financing, and sale of energy projects in Croatia.

BDV team members are also involved in infrastructure projects in Croatia related to project financing, bond issuing, M&A, development projects or advising on regulatory matters in connection to the railway industry or shipping yards

 

Capital Markets

1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Zagreb

BDV capital markets team assist clients, investment funds, investment banks and issuers in preparation and structuring initial public offerings, MAR and other regulatory framework closing the gap between regulators, issuers and investors.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
Corporate Laurenz W. Vuchetichlaurenz.vuchetich@bdvlegal.com
Corporate Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Banking & Finance Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
Bankruptcy & Restructuring Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
Commercial Law Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
Commercial Law Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Tax & Customs Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
Capital Markets Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Competition Law & State Aid Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Competition Law & State Aid Marko K. Bohačekmarko.bohacek@bdvlegal.com
Dispute Resolution Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Capital Markets Laurenz W. Vuchetichlaurenz.vuchetich@bdvlegal.com
Construction Law Laurenz W. Vuchetichlaurenz.vuchetich@bdvlegal.com
Energy Law Laurenz W. Vuchetichlaurenz.vuchetich@bdvlegal.com
Public Procurement Laurenz W. Vuchetichlaurenz.vuchetich@bdvlegal.com
Public Procurement Tomislav Sadrićtomislav.sadric@bdvlegal.com
IP & IT & Data Protection Vladimir A. Batarelovladimir.batarelo@bdvlegal.com
IP & IT & Data Protection Marko K. Bohačekmarko.bohacek@bdvlegal.com
Employment Law Tomislav Sadrićtomislav.sadric@bdvlegal.com
Employment Law Ivan Dvojkovićivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Real Estate Ivan Dvojkovicivan.dvojkovic@bdvlegal.com
Real Estate Tomislav Sadrićtomislav.sadric@bdvlegal.com
Partners : 3
Lawyers : 13
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