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Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.

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Managing Partners: Aleš Rojs and Grega Peljhan
Partners: Robert Prelesnik, Tomaž Ilešič, Matija Testen, David Premelč, Bojan Šporar, Sergej Omladič, Gregor Pajek, Matic Novak, Blaž Hrastnik, Ana Grabnar
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 38
Languages: Croatian, English, French, German, Serbian, Slovenian

Firm Overview:
Etablished in 1989, the firm is probably the largest in Slovenia law in terms of the number of fully qualified lawyers specialising in different aspects of commercial and corporate law and providing services solely to legal entities such as companies, financial institutions and governments. The firm is recognised by peers and clients alike, as a market leader in corporate and commercial law, litigation, banking and finance, pharmaceutical law, competition and M&A transactions. The client portfolio includes, among others, the Slovenian Motorways Company as the biggest investor in Slovenia, several domestic and foreign investment and commercial banks, leasing companies, automotive sector corporations, construction companies, insurance corporations, trade associations, pharmaceutical companies, state and private owned funds and selected individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets:
The firm’s capital markets team has extensive equity and debt experience, having acted for managers and issuers in a variety of transactions. The banking and finance team with its highly specialised individual lawyers, provides premium service in all finance and banking matters. In the light of financial crisis, the firm’s banking and finance team provided its services to several sellers and purchasers of non-performing loans in numerous complex transactions.

Highlights include the representation of:
■ Bank of America Merrill Lynch with respect to its purchases of Elan debt and equity and Alpina debt
■ Raiffeisen on the sale of Sava d.d. debt to York Global Finance Offshore BDH(Luxembourg) S.a.r.l;
■ HETA Asset Resolution on the sale of Sava
■ d.d. debt to York Global Finance Offshore BDH
■ (Luxembourg) S.a.r.l.
■ HETA Asset Resolution on the sale of Istrabenz d.d. debt to DUTB

The team also acted as head legal counsel to Slovenian State bad bank entity (Bad Assets Management Company) with respect to the complexities revolving around the insolvency of T-2, a Slovenian triple play provider. One of the more prominent highlights of the capital markets team’s work was representing a banking group on the issue of over EUR 100 million pass-through notes by its local subsidiaries and subsequent execution of pass-through agreements. This is widely considered as ground-breaking work in Slovenia as previously foreign SPVs were used in similar deals and the work required close cooperation with the Bank of Slovenia.
Contacts: Grega Peljhan, Bojan Šporar, Gregor Pajek
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
The firm has historically been involved in all major M&A (including joint venture and hybrid structure) transactions and has a nationally recognised expertise. Its M&A capacity is coupled with its competition specialisation, ensuring smooth regulatory clearance processes. A highlight of the firm’s M&A work includes representation of Enterprise Investors as the purchaser of the Intersport business. Polish Enterprise Fund VII, a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, signed an agreement to acquire 100% of shares of of Intersport ISI, the leading sporting goods retailer in the Balkans, in a carve-out transaction from Mercator Group. The value of the transaction was up to EUR 34.5 million. Most recently, in 2017, the firm represented Generali CEE Holding BV in their acquisition of Adriatic Slovenica d.d., one of the largest deals of the year, coming in at EUR 245 million. Contacts: Aleš Rojs, Grega Peljhan, Bojan Šporar, Sergej Omladič, Gregor Pajek, Matic Novak
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm is regularly involved in the litigation and arbitration of commercial disputes arising from various business transactions on behalf of domestic and foreign corporate clients. The arbitration team acts as lead counsel of a Slovenian investor, Elektrogospodarstvo Slovenije, razvoj in inženiring d.o.o. and HSE (Holding of Slovenian power plants) in the most notable cases in the field of investment law in the region. In ICSID investment treaty arbitration against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the compensation of more than EUR 700 million of damages. Thus making Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partners the only Slovenian-based counsel, acting in front of ICSID.
Contacts: Matija Testen, David Premelč, Blaž Hrastnik
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Construction/Real Estate:
The firm offers extensive legal services to developers, construction managers, contractors, and other parties involved in the construction business. The construction law practiced by the firm’s lawyers combines litigation skills with a business-based understanding of construction contracts and transactions. The law firm acted as a counsel to Addiko Bank (former: Hypo Leasing d.o.o.) in one of the biggest real estate deals in Slovenia with respect to selling of 60 locations of Hofer shopping centres in Slovenia. The value of the transaction was app. EUR 100 million.
Contacts: Robert Prelesnik, Blaž Hrastnik
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Competition/Antitrust:
The team is led by Tomaž Ilešič. It has advised clients in some of Slovenia’s most complex merger clearance processes and in relation to various abuses of dominant positions and restrictive agreements’ proceedings. Its lawyers have international competition background, understanding the need for practical advice. They also have experience successfully representing clients in front of the EU General Court in the procedure for annulment of the EU Commission's alleged cartel decision, achieving an annulment of the EU Commission's decision against Krka, d.d.
Contacts:
Tomaž Ilešič, Aljoša Krdžić, Martina Sever
Emails: [email protected]

Public Procurement/PPP:
The public procurement team advises promoters, sponsors, financing and public bodies and is advising both private and public sector clients. The comprehensive range of services includes advising on all aspects of procurement, negotiation, financing, building and operation of large scale projects and has been involved in major infrastructure and PPP projects in Slovenia.
Contacts: Robert Prelesnik, Ana Grabnar
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Infrastructure & Energy:
One of the competitive advantages of the law firm is broad experience in the energy sector (electricity, gas, heat and steam suppliers, etc.), where the firm has been engaged as a consultant and advisor in several major projects in Slovenia.
Contacts: Robert Prelesnik, Ana Grabnar
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
The firm’s labour law team is highly specialised and consists of seasoned lawyers who rely on long-term experience gained through court litigation and good knowledge of case law. The firm offers advice on down-sizings, transfers of employees, employment and management contract drafting, internal acts, re-organisations, management employee dismissals and represents clients in individual and collective employment disputes.
The team's experience also includes:
■ Advising to Javno podjetje Energetika d.o.o., Ljubljana (approx. 600 employees)
■ Daily labour law consulting with pharmaceutical companies (Biogen, Takeda, Amgen, Sanofi, etc.)
Contacts: Saša Oražem, Polona Fink Ružič
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm advises clients in complex matters concerning the registration of trademarks and exploitation of patents, trademarks, copyrights and other IPRs, as well as in copyright infringement matters, domain name disputes and other court cases. One its most significant deals includes the representation of SAZAS (The Society of Composers and Authors for the Copyright Protection) in several litigations cases. Including several cases initiated against national television for the compensation for the unauthorised use of copyright-protected music.
Contact: Matija Testen
Email: [email protected]

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