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Maja Žgajnar

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She has 15 years of work experience and held senior positions in international law firms for the past eight years. At CMS she particularly focuses on banking, finance, financial restructurings and distressed debt, workout, acquisition and sale of performing and non-performing financial assets (all types of loan portfolios), regulatory compliance in financial institutions, structured finance, derivatives, insolvency proceedings and banking & finance litigation. Maja Žgajnar was, amongst other matters, involved in the first major financial restructuring of a multi-sector business in Slovenia involving 20 banks and outstanding obligations of nearly EUR 1 bn. She also recently led the Schoenherr team representing financial institutions in the financial restructuring of Slovenia’s largest beverage manufacturer/distributor, Pivovarna Laško (involving an outstanding loan debt of EUR 370 mio). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was the team leader in eight successful projects regarding loan portfolio sales in Slovenia and forensic legal reviews in financial institutions in four countries in the region. She was involved in the biggest single-ticket NPL transaction in 2015 (BAMC/ACH/BAML – face value over EUR 100 mio). Maja Žgajnar is often invited to speak at international NPL conferences. For instance, she spoke at the NPL conference in London in October 2016, at the TMA conference in Prague in April 2016 and at the NPL Europe summit in London in March 2016.


Slovenian, English, German


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The 'experienced, knowledgeable and client-focused' team at CMS is 'incredibly responsive'. It is strong in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, employment and competition. In 2018, a group led by Aleš Lunder assisted Hefei Meiling with its multimillion-euro bid for Gorenje while, in a separate matter, Maja Žgajnar and others advised a major European electronic retailer as borrower on a multimillion-euro debt refinancing provided by an international bank. Žgajnar's 'experience with loans transactions and sharp focus on delivery' places her 'above the local competition'. Dunja Jandl is another name to note. The firm also fields a number of first-rate senior associates, including Saša Sodja, Irena Šik Bukovnik, Ivan Kranjec and Vesna Tišler.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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