Senior and Managing Partner: Boris Šavorić
Partners: Branko Bulat, Nina Radić Kuzik, Lovro Gašparac, Mia Lazić
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 22
Languages: English, French, German
Šavorić & Partners is one of the leading and premium Croatian law firms providing legal services in highest level corporate and financial transactions and assisting international investors in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and complex cross-border transactions. Šavorić & Partners also advises clients on project finance and real estate and property development, as well as in their telecommunication and oil, gas and energy projects. The firm’s client base consists of some of the largest US and European companies, and in particular, the Fortune 500 companies. Šavorić & Partners is a law firm of choice for high profile international and domestic corporations, financial institutions, listed companies, banks, investment funds and other clients doing business in Croatia. The firm is recognised as a one-stop-shop offering comprehensive and pragmatic advice for the clients’ strategic decisions and everyday activities alike. The firm applies a creative approach to achieving its clients’ objectives and is well-known for offering quick and focused advice in law and business.
The office operates as a team of 22 lawyers, widely recognised as highly skilled and with an excellent professional track-record. All the firm’s lawyers are members of the Croatian Bar Association, and, as such, fully qualified and authorised to provide comprehensive legal assistance under Croatian law.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises international banks and local borrowers in bilateral or syndicated lending, sovereign lending and sovereign guaranteed lending to state-owned entities, as well as in other domestic and cross-border lending transactions. The firm also advises clients on senior and mezzanine financing structures and inter-creditor matters and assists international arrangers and Croatian corporates in connection with debt and equity offerings, as well as on workouts, restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings.
Corporate & Commercial, M&A:
The firm advises international clients and multinational companies in their cross-border M&A deals in Croatia and has the necessary capacity, knowledge and experience to take on high-profile corporate transactions. The firm conducts due diligence procedures of target companies to identify risks affecting commercial terms of M&A transactions and advises clients in negotiations over multi-party Share Purchase Agreements, Shareholders’ Agreements and other transaction documents. The firm also advises on corporate governance, board control and reorganisation matters, the structure of public takeover proceedings and the structure and enforcement of option rights (tag-along, drag-along, call, put, etc.).
Oil & Gas, Energy:
The firm acts for leading international export credit agencies and investment funds in the development and financing of some of the largest energy projects in Croatia. The firm also advises reputable international clients in landmark oil and gas deals in Croatia, LNG and renewable energy projects in Croatia, particularly by steering due diligences, resolving regulatory and state aid issues and advising on EPC and O&M contracts under Croatian law. The firm has a framework agreement with the Croatian Government’s Centre for Monitoring Business Activities in the Energy Sector and Investments to act as legal advisor in strategic energy investments.
Competition & Antitrust:
The firm advises clients on national and the EU competition rules and acts for them in the procedure for assessment of compatibility of concentrations between undertakings, and the obtainment of clearances for concentrations from the Croatian Competition Agency. The firm also acts for clients in cartel investigations before the Croatian Competition Agency and advises clients in the process of eliminating harmful effects of anti-competitive behaviour.
Real Estate & Property Development:
The firm provides legal advice to clients from the start-up of their business activities in Croatia through to the completion of their real estate and property development projects. The firm works directly with project developers and banks to ensure real estate financing, and advises on matters related to purchase of land, construction and development of shopping centres, marinas, tourist resorts, and the development of infrastructure. The firm also acts in complex real estate-related litigation proceedings.
The firm is considered by issuers and investment banks as a firm to work with in the most complex Croatian capital markets transactions and securities offerings, both in equity and debt capital market projects.