Bosnia and Herzegovina

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

Global law firm CMS assist clients with market entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2007. Its office is based in Sarajevo.

 

Focusses/ specialisms

The firm is strong in international and cross-border general business law as well as banking and finance transactions, energy, restructuring and insolvency, corporate and M&A, real estate and construction projects.

 

Key clients

Key clients includeEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EFSE, Interenergo, UniCredit Group, Wizz Air, Otis, PCC, Sisecam, European Investment Bank, Mann+Hummel, Badeco Adria, Wagner, Grohe, Santen and Rail Cargo.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking

"Very hands-on, very practical approach, reliable source of advice."

 

Project development

"Seem to understand the local energy sector and key players and very good attitude; responsive and pleasant cooperation”

 


 

Marić & Co Law Firm

Marić & Co was founded in 1959 in Sarajevo. It has a team of 12 lawyers including six partners. It is a part of the SEE Legal network, a network of firms in Southeast Europe.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has expertise in complex M&A transactions, financial and corporate, project development and restructuring work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Unicredit Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, Reiffeisen Bank, Addiko Bank, Procredit bank, Sparkasse bank, EBRD, Elektroprivreda BH, Fortenova Group, Roche, Lufthansa, LG, AGICOA, Porsche Austria, Coca Cola HBC, Heineken, Benetton, Amadeus, Hilti, DDC, Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH JSC, Suzlon Wind Energy A/S Denmark, InterEnergo Group Slovenia / Kelag Group Austria, Kolektor Group Slovenia, EBRD, Adriatic Metals PLC and Shandong International.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

During the last research period the firm was active in financial and corporate matters along with project development deals.

In financial and corporate the firm worked in financial restructuring, asset acquisition, joint venture, financing, private acquisition and restructuring deals for clients connected with the healthcare, energy, banking, consumer goods and services, automotive, industrials and manufacturing sectors.

In project development the firm has been working in project finance and project development matters for clients connected with the banking, construction and materials, energy and retails sectors.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)  

EBRD €4 million project finance

Fortenova Grupa €2 billion financial restructuring securitization

Fortenova Group €615 million asset acquisition of Nomad foods

M.T. Abraham Group €200 million project finance

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

Banking: Lender side                                                                                  

"Very thorough. Knowledgeable. Responsive."

"Swift and diligent preparation work, support in all local law related questions/issues; professional approach and support in local administrative issues."

"Excellent all-round service. "

M&A                                                                                       

"Efficient management of the corporate process for foreign investors. Fluent in English language."

"The team’s strengths are their international experience, amazing response times and high-quality legal advice. In comparison to other law firms present in the region, they always go the extra mile and deliver practical solutions tailored to our needs. "

"Outstanding law firm with practical solutions."

Project finance                                                                                             

"They are simply great. Very easy to work with, they completely understand our needs and are able to help us navigate through the very complex legal system of this country. "

 

Bojana Bosnjak-London      

"Corporate law skills, fluency in English language, responsiveness."

"She has profound understanding of the industry and truly recognises our needs and requirements. At all times, she provides clear and concise advice supported by practical solutions, which helps us in taking the right decision at the right time. "

"Amazing lawyer, availability 24/7."

Branko Maric

"A first-rate lawyer."

"Very thorough. The go-to lawyer in Bosnia."

"He is the best, he understands us and has a great team."

"He is a very competent and responsive lawyer, having a good sense for his partners, providing good solutions and supporting in implementation. Good time management."

BDK Advokati

Established in 2004, BDK Advokati is a full-service firm with offices in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. It opened its office in Podgorica in 2009.

 

Focusses/ specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in financial and corporate and project development, achieving top-tier status for Montenegro in both areas.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Société Générale, Nomad Foods, UniCredit Czech Republic and Slovakia, Mahler Projekt and EFET.

Dimitrijević & Partners

Dimitrijevic & Partners was established by the former regional managing partner of the Bosnian office of Karanović & Nikolić. It is based in Banja Luka, where it employs seven lawyers, including three partners, and is part of the SELA, the South East Legal Alliance. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has notable expertise in energy and is experienced in financial and corporate regulatory work. 

 

Key clients

The firm advised a wide range of clients, from the Ministry of Finance for the Republic of Srpska to commercial banks like Unicredit, Sberbank and Addiko bank. Its corporate clients include Pepsico, Mtel and Mercator. 

Doklestic Repic & Gajin

Doklestic Repic & Gajin is a full-service law firm based in Belgrade, Serbia, with correspondent offices in Podgorica, Montenegro (in cooperation with Danilo Radulovic Attorney at Law) and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (in cooperation with Kerim Karabdic Attorney at Law).

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm's expertise includes the tobacco industry, automotive sector, banking and finance, construction, real estate, oil and gas, mining, healthcare, transportation, distribution and logistics, private security and agriculture.

 

Key clients

Key clients include EBRD, Adecco, Beijing New Building Materials, Philip Morris, Nelt, Baker McKenzie (Budapest and Vienna offices), Tarkett, Hewlett Packard, Cerha Hempel, Kiva, Ridgewood Private Equity Partners, Kiwi Mobility, Eutelsat and Saint-Gobain.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

"Regarding the preparation of the webinar and the conducting thereof, our impressions have been most favourable. Doklestic Repic & Gajin's team consists of very experienced attorneys-at-law, with vast knowledge and skills in various fields of legal practice, including but not limited to the subject of banking and finance. They possess an excellent balance between good command of legal knowledge and broad business insight on various types of issues. DRG's qualities in this regard were further underlined by their ability to communicate effectively and provide easy-to-grasp input to the questions raised, which we also believe indicates a highly professional approach to clients."

 

M&A

"In our experience DR&G is one of the best corporate and M&A law firms in Bosnia. They are absolutely fantastic, and we love working with them. They always have full control of the transaction and make sure that everything works well. We especially appreciate their ability to identify key legal risks for the client, as well as to propose meaningful and practical solutions for identified risks for the client (be it the buyer/investor or the seller). In particular, they are practical, experienced and pleasant to work with. Overall, we give them the highest grades."

Femil Čurt Law Office

Femil Čurt Law Office is a law firm based in Sarajevo. The firm has established cooperation with the global law firm DLA Piper and cooperates with several DLA Piper offices.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has experience in banking and finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, labour law, litigation and real estate. The sectors of clients include construction, energy, FMCG, furniture and retail.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Addiko Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, UniCredit Bank, RSM Audit, Strabag, VisionFund International and World Vision International.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking

"They are very fast, expeditious and reliable."

 

Restructuring

"Extremely professional approach to every business subject. The likelihood of solving the most complex cases in the shortest possible time. "

Karanović & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers

Founded in 1995, Karanovic & Partners is aregional legal practice with teams in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania. The firm also cooperates with local lawyers in both entities, in Sarajevo and in Banja Luka.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm particularly focuses on energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, transport and utilities.

The energy and natural resources and infrastructure and transport team has a wealth of experience in assisting national and international clients in their business activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The firm advises on a wide range of projects in the electricity, renewables, and oil and gas sectors, including the construction and operation of power plants, power purchase agreements, energy trading and public procurement processes.

 

Key clients

Key clients include PowerChina, Vestas, Emergy, Kolektor, Wpd, Lidl, EBRD, Energy Community, Hering and Telemach.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking

"Expertise, objectivity, timeliness."

 

Financial services regulatory

"Excellent knowledge of local financial regulatory requirements. An ability to clearly set out the law and how it applies to the scenario in question, with helpful solutions provided. Extremely professional, reliable and a pleasure to work with."

Law Office Miljković & Partners

Law Office Miljković & Partners became its own independent firm in 2014. Prior to that, the team had worked in cooperation with an international firm since 2005.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has expertise in heavily regulated public sectors and provides advice under local law to banks and companies in the energy, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.

 

Key clients

Notable clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Addiko Bank, INA Zagreb, ASA Finance, ASA Banka, LC Waikiki Group and dm-drogeriemarkt.

Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Schoenherr is a full-service law firm with a footprint in Central and Eastern Europe. The firm’s cooperation with Moravčević Vojnovic and Partners means it is the largest international law firm with a local presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is most active in banking and finance, energy, real estate, infrastructure, telecoms and media sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Javno preduzeće Elektroprivreda Republike Srbije (JP EPS), Hidroelektrana Dabar, Trebinje, Thales Group, AzVirt and Partnera Oyj.

Wolf Theiss in cooperation with local lawyers

Wolf Theiss’ full-service practice is made up of a multidisciplinary team of the firm's best lawyers from some of its leading practice groups integrated across the firm's 13 regional offices.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm's expertise is in banking and finance, blockchain and crypto assets, capital markets, arbitration, corporate M&A and environmental law.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Optimum Solar, Glovoapp23, APS Recovery Management, Afinum Management, Cineplexx, Teleperformance Germany, Addiko Bank Sarajevo, Raiffeisen Landesbank Austria, Raiffeisen Bank International and ArcelorMittal Zenica.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

"Hands-on, knowledge of bank's business, in time, availability of partners, delivery in time."

Financial and corporate
Dimitrijevic & Partners

Dimitrijevic & Partners was established by the former regional managing partner of the Bosnian office of Karanović & Nikolić. It is based in Banja Luka, where it employs seven lawyers, including three partners, and is part of the South East Legal Alliance. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has notable expertise in energy and is experienced in financial and corporate regulatory work.

 

Key clients

Key clients include EFT Group, Aspiravi International, Highways of Republika Srpska, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Enova Sarajevo and Sunshine.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

"Very professional team, responsible and super-organised. They always have answers for our questions, and they provide us with very important support when we need help in legal sector."

 

M&A

"The entire team of Dimitrijevic & Partners consists of highly devoted professionals. They cover all the important aspects of the case they are working on, and you always know you can rely on them. Their biggest strength is certainly the level of expertise they possess. They always put the client’s interest first."