Slovenia

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Avbreht Zajc & Partners

Corporate and civil law firm Avbreht Zaic & Partners is based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

 The firm has experience in both financial and corporate, M&A and project development practice, though it is more well known for its projects work. In financial and corporate practice, the team participates in public and private acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers. It also represents borrowers in corporate financing and refinancing matters.

 

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

Throughout the research period, most of the firm’s financial and corporate work was related to asset finance deals, private acquisitions, project development, concessions and procurement deals for clients connected with the transport, energy, oil and gas, construction and materials, consumer goods and services and media sectors.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)   

Private equity

"They know a lot about public tenders and if you listen to their advice there are no problems with public tenders. They are good advisers."

 

Tanja Bratina  

"She speaks and writes so that we can understand her."

Jadek & Pensa

Jadek & Pensa is an independent full-service law firm established in 1958. Digitization has been a tool in the firm's toolbox, supporting the firm's M&A practice. The firm has an integrated tax advisory and labour law practice, giving it an edge in complex restructuring cases. The firm currently employs 30 lawyers including 9 partners.  

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm's long history enables the experience and expertise to serve clients across practice areas and industries. It is well known for its tax expertise and its ability to seamlessly integrate tax advice within significant M&A transactions.

The firm has experience in public procurement, real estate and infrastructure projects, as well as experience advising in project financing. The firm broadly works with Slovenian firms or those working across the Balkans.  

 

Key clients

Some of the firm's clients include Petrol d.d., Ljubljana, DP JUB d.d., JUB, Poslovni sistem Mercator, Slovenian railways,

 

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

During the research period, the finance and corporate practice participated in acquisition finance, private acquisition, bond-note restructuring, refinancing, joint venture deals for clients connected with the oil and gas, construction and materials, investment management, insurance, industrials and manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors. 

In project development, the team represented procurement deals from clients connected to the transport sector.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Contracting authority €19 million public procurement procedures

Petrol and Ljubljana €210 million syndicated lending process

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

M&A                                                                                       

"All the services they provided were excellent."

"Everything was excellent."

"Experienced, precise, professional."                                                               

"Jadek & Pensa were extremely professional - very reliable, organised, precise and at the same time very pragmatic and commercial, always looking for solutions."

"Professionalism, law knowledge and rich experience in lawsuits."

 

Project development: Infrastructure                                    

"Knowledge. Flexibility."

"Very professional and excellent knowledge."

 

Project development: Energy                                               

"They are responsive, prompt, professional, they take good care of their clients and they are professional."

           

Andraž Jadek

"Excellent leader of the team, very professional, dedicated to the task."

"Andraž is a great lawyer and a great professional. He is always responsive and has no problem taking your call at any time. Always ready to provide legal advice and his work is remarkable."

 

Srečko Jadek 

"Vast experience, great knowledge and communication. He seems to really care."

"Professionalism, good law knowledge, rich experience in law suits."

 

Borut Leskovec         

"A very positive goal-oriented person with excellent knowledge and negotiation skills."

"Very nice person, pragmatic approach to problem solving."

 

Ožbej Merc    

"Everything, attitude."

 

Nastja Merlak

"Easy to work with, prompt, precise."

"Ms Merlak is highly competent and experienced, business oriented and reliable."

 

Janja Zaplotnik         

"Precise, talented, innovative."

Law firm Kavčič Bračun & Partners

Kavčič Bračun & Partners is an independent Slovenian law firm, established in 2009. The firm advises on all aspects of corporate and financial law and uses AI software to assist its lean team of efficient lawyers to achieve results. The firm is a founding member of the Adriala network, which connects it to law firms in 9 other jurisdictions in Southeastern Europe. This network has a unique structure which enables the local expertise of its members to shine through, whilst working under unified terms and policies.   

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is well known for its aptitude in all areas of business law. It a strong corporate team, which has enabled the firm to advise on a number of mergers and acquisitions for local clients, often acting on buy side but by no means exclusively, particularly in highly regulated industries such as insurance. The corporate capacity has worked closely with the firm's banking team, enabling the firm to complete a number of NPL (Non-Performing Loans) portfolio sales. The banking & finance team has also been active in corporate financing matters.

 

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

Over the research period the firm worked in private acquisitions, banking, financing, real estate financing, project development and project finance deals financial services deals for clients connected with the energy, consumer goods and services, industrials and manufacturing, transport, construction, insurance, investment management, logistics, tourism, real estate and technology and telecommunications sectors.

During the research period corporate and M&A senior associate Katja Černivec joined the firm.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking                                                                                             

"They are hands on, responsive and well skilled in the relevant area of work that is most important for us."

 

Banking and finance                                                                                     

"The team is hands on, diligent, professional, skilled and most of all reliable. They are in my opinion best in class. "

"They are very professional and responsive."

 

Bank lending: Lender side

"Quick turnaround, knowledgeable and responsive."

 

M&A                                                                                       

"Detailed; excellent communication; on time; knowledgeable."

"The team demonstrated excellent coverage of various areas such as corporate law, contractual relations and employment matters, with the ability to find creative solutions for very atypical business transaction."

"They are very professional and responsive with an unmatched level of expertise. They are also very meticulous about the details. This plays a big role in winning cases."

"Wide range of corporate law, great M&A experience and best in the field for competition. They are thorough in their advice and place their clients’ needs and wishes in first place."

 

PPP/PFI                                                                                             

"High level expertise on corporate law, including international law. Very capable negotiators. Positive and friendly attitude."

 

Project development: Energy                                               

"They are a team of great lawyers, very dedicated and extremely well organised. They study and prepare for all possible scenarios, including EU law and case law. "

 

Project development: Telecommunications networks                                           

"We value working with Law firm Kavčič, Bračun & Partners because of their professional approach and efficient legal advice. They have extensive experience in connection with corporate and commercial law issues of varying complexity, are very client oriented and their technical understanding expertise is exceptional."

 

Project finance                                                                                              

"The law firm KBP has followed us since the foundation of our company and is familiar with the way it operates. Considering KBP's extensive experience in the field of M&A and corporate law, they provide us with excellent advice in all relevant relationships. High responsiveness, professionalism and an exceptional level of knowledge are their strengths."        

                                  

Restructuring: Corporate                                

"Exceptional professionalism; in-depth knowledge of the subject; broad understanding of the basic business; suggestions for improvements; advice on further steps; integration of legal aspects; timeliness of implemented actions; introduction of technological changes."

           

Ana Bonča

"She is very professional."

 

Simon Bračun           

"Very responsive and knowledgeable."

"Simon is professional, business-oriented and provides flawless legal advice in all the key legal areas. He has in-depth knowledge of the market."

 

Matej Kavčič  

"High level of professionalism; exceptional availability to meet with us; always ready at the meeting; exceptional attention and courtesy; proactive action; useful advice on how to solve certain problems. Maintaining genuine contact with the client even after the deal is closed."

"Exceptional professionalism; personal integrity in dealing with the problem; always delves into the subject of the problem and knows the basic business of our company; extremely polite and tactful; good consultant; in our presence authoritative but guides his team by mentoring; is in favour of introducing technological improvements internally and in relation to the client."

"He is a respected authority in the industry. He has undisputed integrity, knowledge and great experience. "

"He comes across like a master mind. He knows how to address any legal issue and tackle it. He understands our company, where we are and what we need. "

"Matej is a brilliant lawyer, responsive, organized, efficient and I am impressed by his proactiveness and great understanding of the issue at hand."

"Wide range knowledge of corporate law, great M&A experience and best in the field for competition.”

He is thorough in his advice and places his clients’ needs and wishes in first place."

"High level expertise in many areas. Excellent negotiation and communication skills. A unique mix of professionalism and friendliness."

"Matej is one of the best lawyers I have ever had a chance to work with. Extremely accommodating and nice, always understands our needs and meets them but retains independence and professionalism. "

"High level of professionalism; exceptional availability to meet with us; always ready at the meeting; exceptional attention and courtesy; proactive action; resolutely guides your team in a coaching manner; useful advice on how to solve certain problems. Maintaining genuine contact with the client even after the deal is closed."

"Exceptional professionalism; personal integrity in dealing with the problem; always delves into the subject of the problem and knows the basic business of our company; extremely polite and tactful; good consultant; in our presence authoritative but mentoring guides his team; is in favour of introducing technological improvements internally and in relation to the client."

"Matej is a brilliant lawyer. He is professional, knowledgeable, analytical and very focused. He has demonstrated sound judgment and the ability to react efficiently and precisely when a complex problem arises."

Law firm Sibinčič Križanec

Law firm Sibinčič Križanec is a full-service law firm based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s work is focused in both financial and corporate deals.

The firm has experience in both financial and corporate and project development practice, though it is more well known for its projects work. In financial and corporate practice, the team participates in public and private acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers. It also represents borrowers in corporate financing and refinancing matters.

The project development practice represents developers in public procurements and concessions.

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include Springwater Capital, Httpool Holdings/Aleph, Intersport, INEA, VLS and Swedish Match.

 

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

Throughout the research period the firm’s financial and corporate work was related to private acquisitions, restructurings, demergers, divestments and financing corporate deals for clients connected with the technology and communications, tourism, investment management, financial services, transport, investment management, consumer goods and services sectors.

During the research period financial senior counsel Matic Novak joined the firm from Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners.

Financial and corporate associate Anja Škof joined the firm from Avbreht, Zajc & Partners and senior associate Manuela Hervatich joined the firm from Šelih and partners.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Investment Management Europe two complex acquisitions

Shareholders of INEA €3.5 million private acquisition

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

 

Financial restructuring                                                                                             

"Very proactive, offered alternatives, excellent project management, organized documentation, gathered all required inputs and delivered result as planned/agreed and within pre-set timeframe."

 

Insolvency                                                                                 

"We very much appreciate their openness and professionalism. We cooperate at the level of partners, they provide us with all the necessary knowledge to solve the issues. We especially appreciate the open communication and exchange of opinions and ideas."

 

M&A                                                                                       

"As we worked with them two years ago on another sale of one of our other subsidiaries and were amazed by their skills, we did not hesitate to engage them again for this one. The guys at SK really know their business. Always on top of things without losing any time. "

"Diligent, proactive, commercial."

"In-depth experience in M&A transactions in the region; well connected with local experts in other jurisdictions; quick response times."

"Knowledgeable, responsive, well organized."

"Proactive; very knowledgeable; professional.

"They have a deep knowledge so they can advise me well."

"Uroš Križanec is taking care of our case together with his team. He is devoted, professional and very experienced. His advice is smart and he always thinks many steps ahead of anyone else."

"Very fast to react, calm, professional."

"They have a deep knowledge so they can advise me well."

 

Private equity                                                                                    

"Experienced, super-organized, prompt and knowledgeable."

"The law firm has experience in the field of the ownership and sale of companies."

 

Project development: Telecommunications networks                                           

"Always received prompt and accurate professionally well-founded answers to our questions. Were provided with a client-oriented, tailor-fitted, very practical approach, which was highly important to us."

 

Restructuring: Corporate                             

"Professionalism, outside-the-box thinking, finding the best solution, bulletproof solutions, proficiency, responsiveness."

"Since they have been working with us for some time now, they really know us and it was their idea to go into such a restructuring. (We wanted to do something a bit different but are happy we followed their advice.) They really put a lot of effort into customizing their advice for us - it is always beyond expectations. We love working with them."

"SK has a lot of great talents and knows how we can achieve our goals with the least expense. Whenever we need them, they are there for us. Great firm."

"They are very resourceful, innovative, thorough and deliver results. They are always available."

"Wide legal and tax advisory knowledge base with emphasis on business aspects customised to our corporate potential and goals."

 

Uroš Križanec

"He is very professional, instructive and experienced. We appreciate his openness and dedication to work. We can communicate openly with him and have constructive conversations."

"Client oriented, willing to help, proactive, great asset to have at negotiations."

"He is the one you want to have on your side when problems happen. He is smart, always thinking two steps ahead and he is very responsive. It's amazing seeing him work, how he prepares the tactics, expects the opponent's steps before anyone else. "

"Compelling, goal-oriented, creative."

"Mr Križanec led the entire process of negotiating with the other side. From his side came ideas on how to proceed when there was no progress. He was available all the time (24/7) and put a lot of energy and nerve into the successfully completed story."

 

Matic Novak

"Matic is a very professional and experienced lawyer. He advised us on a number of deals in the Balkan jurisdictions. He is very practical and communicative, he manages to solve situations without our unnecessary involvement. Very reliable and loyal."

"Very intelligent and deep knowledge, good at understanding the problem, good communication skills and always delivers on time."

"Very experienced, easy to communicate with, he has excellent understanding of the sector where we needed his advice. I would also highlight the practical and strategic solutions we received."

 

Jan Sibinčič  

"Very proactive, offered alternatives, excellent project management, organized documentation, gathered all required inputs and delivered result as planned/agreed and within pre-set timeframe."

"Always pushing everybody forward. Never splits the difference. We are very at ease when he is negotiating for us."

"Jan is amazing. If you are looking for a lawyer in Slovenia, look no further. Great knowledge, leadership, negotiation."

"Knowledgeable, always acts in the best interest of the client."

"Very good communication and knowledgeable."

"He is an amazing lawyer with lots of experience. He knows how to explain complex matters in simple language and does not only resolve our legal matters but also proactively advises on anything he sees that can be improved (and that we did not think of)."

"He is very involved in everything we do and has creative solutions. We can reach him at any time. He also has a great team."

"In-depth legal knowledge, very good knowledge of our business and our needs, timely response, perfect solutions."

"Jan is the first lawyer we worked within the firm and he still remains our go-to lawyer. He leads a great team (Nina Čuden, Dinar Rahmatullin) that always gets us what we need. He has a great negotiation approach and tons of experience."

"Wide knowledge, fast thinking, responsive, intelligent."

Law firm Zaman and Partners

Law firm Zaman and Partners is a Slovenian law firm established in 2010. The firm is led by its founder and managing partner Marko Zaman and is based in Ljubljana. 

  

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is active in financial and corporate work. 

  

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)            

Banking and finance 

" Persistent. Innovative. Fast. " 

" Punctual, interdisciplinary, responsive." 

 

Insolvency 

" Top quality service, all inclusive, based on great experience and professionalism. " 

 

Restructuring 

" Responsiveness, general quality of legal services. " 

 

Peter Lipoglavšek 

" High expertise and experience. " 

" Responsiveness, extensive legal knowledge, solution orientated. " 

 

Anže Pavšek 

" Finding innovative solutions and being persistent. " 

 

Marko Zaman 

" Good communication, excellent at finding non-template-kind solutions, punctuality, high level of expertise. " 

MP Law

MP Law is the establishment of the solo practitioner, Dr. Marko Prušnik. Prior to establishing MP Law in 2018, Dr Marko Prušnik had 11 years of experience, 5 of those at partner level, at Schoenherr in Vienna and Ljubljana, where he worked in its corporate M&A department. Currently the firm works broadly on Slovenian transactions, however due to Dr Marko Prušnik's language skills in English, German and Slovenian, this gives the firm the ability to expand activities with Austrian and German clients. The firm works closely with other Slovenian law firms on larger mandates to cover aspects of due diligence.  

 

Focusses / specialisms 

Due to Dr Marko Prušnik's prior experience at Schoenherr, the firm focuses on M&A and other corporate matters. The firm has managed these matters in real estate, software and pharmaceuticals. It also navigated acquisitions of multiple casinos, which come with specific regulatory requirements. The firm predominantly, but not exclusively, works on the buy side.  

 

Key clients 

The firm has worked broadly with Slovenian clients, such as Novo Investicije, a local real estate company. However, the firm has also worked with companies further afield, such as Russmedia a publishing house based in Austria, and RGI a pan European software vender.  

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Throughout the research period, the firm represented a mostly equal mix of buyers and sellers in acquisitions. Many of these sales were in the real estate and tourism industry. The team also worked on a couple of carve outs as well as insolvencies.

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Valamar acquisition of Hotel Petersbühel

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Capital markets

“Hands-on approach, business and solution oriented, international experience, language skills.”

 

Investment funds

“Pragmatic, fast.”

 

M&A

“Marko Prušnik is experienced in M&A sector and may contribute to the structuring as well performance of the most challenging tasks.”

“Very professional, reliable, diligent. Marko always makes sure that everything is done in agreed time and that all aspects of the mandate are properly considered. We are also happy to suggest them to our clients.”

“Very professional and detailed approach, huge experience and know how.”

“They studied the issues well and, in accordance with the agreement, always gave us quick and high-quality advice or represented our interests.”

“Super fast feedback, precise legal analysis, to the spot advice.”

“MP Law is very experienced and focused. Above all we count on them because of their reliability. We also value their experience and pragmatic approach which oriented towards finding optimal solutions.”

“Very professional, responsive and flexible. Great client focus.”

“Professional, language skills, reliable.”

 

Private equity

“Very pragmatic, efficient and client oriented.”

 

Restructuring

“Quick responses, well structured price/value ratio, good coordination.”

“Fast, accurate, diligent.”

“Accurate. Quick. Good network. Enough capacity. Speaks all languages needed on high level.”

 

Marko Prušnik

“Hands-on approach, business and solution oriented, international experience, language skills.”

“Pragmatic. Accessible. Good problem solver.”

“Marko is demonstrating experience in addressing and solving most comprehensive M&A issues.”

“He is down to earth, calm, very diligent and reliable and he is never ‘bluffing’. If problems come up, he handles them and he is a great team player.”

“Knowledge, very professional approach, availability, industry knowledge, country law knowledge, network.”

“Mr. Prušnik delves into the matter and carefully and in a timely manner prepares the tasks we entrust to them. We trust him 100% and that seems very important to us.”

“Smart, fast and very knowledgeable.”

“Dr. Marko Prušnik is very experienced and also has a pragmatic approach to finding optimal solutions. We value the support he provides us. In addition, he has very clear and concise communication and excellent understanding of all relevant subject matters. In short, it is great to work with him.”

“Client focused, always available, flexible, very competent.”

“Pragmatic, efficient, very responsive.”

“Very much available, problem solving oriented.”

“Fast, accurate, responsive.”

“Accurate, responsive, language knowledge.”

Nlaw

Novak Law (NLaw) was established in 2016 in Ljubljana by Nejc Novak. Beginning in Slovenia, the firm this year expanded into Croatia, establishing an office there. The team consists of six lawyers, two partners and four attorneys and associates.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on all corporate and commercial matters, as well as having a litigation and IP department.

The firm takes pride in its expertise of blockchain/IT and the fintech industry and has worked with clients in many other industries, particularly in manufacturing and venture capital funds.

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include ACH Invest, Pullus Wines, Gamanza Group Ltd, Magnus Lindberg, Contrade, Ernst & Young Svetovanje, Modra Jagoda (mediately), Fil Rouge Capital, Fishing Points, Iconomi, Palo Alto and Silicon Gardens Fund.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Financial restructuring

“They are very prone to problem solving in the most efficient way and simplifying also the most complicated deals with a goal to reach a solution in the most optimum way possible.”

“Know the market; quickly identify red flag areas per industry; vast knowledge and experience in legal areas subject to M&A services; timely manage client expectation and provide clear comments and guidance; timely deliverable; added value for Client.”

ODI Law Firm

Established in 2005ODI Law Firm is the only Slovenian law firm with offices in jurisdictions -Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and North Macedonia. The firm is led by managing partner Uroš Ilić and is based in Ljubljana. 

  

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm has extensive regional experience of M&A transactions, with lawyers experienced in advising large multinational corporations, sponsors, shareholders and lenders on all aspects of acquisitions and governance matters. 

The firm is also experienced in advising on project development work as legal counsel, specifically in the infrastructure and energy projects. Its work relates to the power, transport and utilities sector. 

 

Key clients 

Key clients include MHP SE, WE Trade, Veolia Environment, EU Poultry, nChain, FedEx Corporation, B2 Kapital Holding, Kompas, Xpediator, PerutninaPtuj, Knapp AG, Telekom Slovenije, Banka Intesa Sanpaolo and SIEMENS Healthcare. 

 

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

The firm’s banking work was primarily corporate finance. In the capital markets area, the firm did a mix of buyer and seller side work on private acquisitions. It was also active in refinancing and merger works. 

On the project front, the firm acted for investors, lenders and sellers on real estate projects and real estate acquisitions. The deals were in the real estate, investment management, industrials and manufacturing, banking and energy sectors. 

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)   

ClonBio Group and Pannonia Bio private acquisition 

Hotel E. Bled construction of Hotel Bled Europa 

Huppenkothen acquisition of large business industrial premises 

SKB Bank loan agreements 

Veolia Environment merger with SUEZ 

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

Bank lending 

" Always solution driven, they support us well throughout the process. " 

 

M&A 

" Practical and responsive with excellent knowledge. " 

" Responsive. " 

" The firm has a wide set of specialists in all business law areas. Through the years we have instructed them on the buy and sell side M&A transactions, financing transactions, various corporate advisory matters, employment issues, business disputes, white-collar crime matters, real estate transactions, etc. They always provide thorough support and guidance through the whole procedure." 

 

Project development 

" ODI LAW offers a complete range of legal services and the lawyers working on real estate matters are highly qualified and have a professional and pragmatic approach to business issues. They deliver efficient legal advice and solve most complex legal situations. " 

" They are a law firm offering a full service in various legal sectors, with great focus on their clients’ business objectives, with great know-how and a hardworking team. Their extensive international connections add an international dimension to the firm’s local expertise and guarantee that they stay ahead of the latest legal trends. " 

" Very flexible, solution orientated. Highest knowledge of legislation. Very proactive in finding new solutions. " 

 

Project finance 

" Extremely professional attitude, goal orientated, 100% focused on the goal, out of the box thinking." 

 

Maša Drkušič 

" Excellent support, fast responsiveness, seamless handling of notary process." 

" Maša has vast knowledge and is achieving status of one of the top lawyers in Slovenia in the area of real estate and banking & finance. Maša is very professional and therefore handles our biggest transactions and most complex matters, with excellent negotiation skills. " 

" Maša is very practical and responsive with excellent knowledge and great negotiation skills. She is fully committed to clients, client oriented and goal focused. We fully trust her judgment and proposed solutions. " 

" She has excellent negotiation skills and a great tactic when dealing with complex negotiations. She is an excellent lawyer with vast knowledge, focused and client oriented. " 

 

Branko Ilic 

" Extremely eclectic lawyer with indeep knowledge of our industry sector in various jurisdictions. " 

"The same as the firm. Indeep knowledge of various jurisdictions, Slovenia and Croatia. Very flexible and proactive in finding solutions. " 

 

Matjaž Jan 

"Matjaž Jan is well respected corporate law specialist. He always provides very thorough but at the same time practical advice. We can always rely on him in complex legal issues. " 

Odvetniška družba Lukman

Odvetniška družba Lukman is a Slovenian law firm established in 2012. The firm is led by its founder Tomaz Lukman and is based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate, banking and finance, project development work.

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include Sberbank banka, MAN Truck & Bus Slovenija, BKS Bank AG, Montecristo SL, Primorje and Nova Ljubljanska banka.

 

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

Within the most recent research period the banking team worked mostly on the lender side of deals for clients connected with the banking sector.

Throughout the research period the firm’s financial and corporate work was related to private acquisitions, restructurings, demergers, divestments and financing corporate deals for clients connected with the technology and communications, tourism, investment management, financial services, transport, investment management, consumer goods, real estate and services sectors.

In project development, the team represented joint ventures and project development deals for clients connected to the construction, logistics, real estate, entertainment and logistics sectors.

During the research period attorney at law Dušan Mitrović joined the firm from Odvetniška družba Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partners.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Borut Magister divestment sale of shares Pet network international group

Nova Ljubljanska banka €200 million acquisition financing

Primorje d.d. družba za gradbeništvo €7.7 million real estate acquisition

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

Financial services regulatory

"Experience and knowledge in factoring services/financial market. Problem solving mindset. Flexible custom-made legal advice. Proactive."

"Professional, responsive, clear guidelines, understanding of business practice."

 

M&A                                                                                       

"Lawyers from Odvetniška družba Lukman o.p., d.o.o. are professional, ethical, understand the business and have in-depth and multidisciplinary knowledge. Their lawyers mostly work in together as a team, which guarantees matters to run without interruption, even if one of the lawyers is sometimes absent or detained in another case. At the same time, it reassures us as the client that matters are properly scrutinized and that we are protected from all angles. They are more than capable of handling complex projects. Their team is outstanding, and they always provide an excellent, strategic view and have great knowledge in all the areas that our group needs. They have an excellent customer-focused service that is pragmatic and practical. They are very responsive."

"With their competent, practical advice delivered in a responsive fashion, the group really trusts their services. Tomaž Lukman impresses with relevant advice and understanding of the clients’ businesses, while Sanda Južnik impresses with in-depth knowledge combined with a strong business mind-set, good response times and availability. "

 

Private equity                                                                                    

"Given that we use them regularly and have carried out many transactions with them, I can say that they are excellent and extremely capable of managing and carrying out even the largest and most complex transactions. In transactions we always meet top-tier law firms on the opposite side and I also used to work with several top-tier law firms in my previous position. And from my experience I can say that Odvetniška družba Lukman is completely equivalent to top-tier law firms and in my opinion they deserve to be a top tier law firm. We will continue to use their excellent services. The partners and associates are all well-prepared, client focused and provide superb legal services in an efficient way. Their entire team is committed to deliver excellent legal advice. They monitor projects with detailed checklists and are proactive. We often need documents quickly, but the services are always provided in a very short time but without any compromise on quality. They are highly competent and very responsive."

 

Project development: Infrastructure                                    

"Odvetniška družba Lukman is a respected firm with a broad construction offering. The team offers expertise across a range of matters from infrastructure projects to construction disputes. Furthermore, they offer expertise in corporate and other matters as well. Tomaž Lukman and Sanda Južnik built very impressive team around them. They make the difference and impress with superb competence and with the highest quality legal advice. They are very responsive and they always provide services on time. And it’s not just about delivering services on time. Above all, they have an exceptional awareness of responsibility and they always make sure that all matters are realized."

"They are always pretty on the ball and understand the issues. They are very experienced in construction and engineering matters and understand how to get things resolved. When we activate their team in relation to an individual matter, we compose with the firm a suitable team that will be responsible for the matter, which is immediately addressed. They have a great depth of industry knowledge and they are good at presenting solutions rather than just finding issues. We have demanding and complex projects that require a lot of communication, good organization and above all sophisticated legal solutions with a practical approach, but they provide all that proactively and on time."

"They are highly motivated, with extensive legal knowledge and good insights into local and international specifics, which makes them capable of realizing the most demanding projects. Their team has extensive knowledge, competence and integrity. Their lawyers go the extra mile to get the deal done. They provide an excellent service level and quick responses."

 

Restructuring Corporate                              

"Tomaž Lukman is extremely professional and effective. He understands the legal and business environment of Slovenia and EU, which makes him highly competent in advising the best options. His main quality is his effective operational follow up and execution."

 

Tomaž Lukman         

"Competent; takes into account the opinions of his colleagues; is up to date; tries to understand the client's situation and takes into account the opinions of the client where possible."

"Tomaž Lukman impresses with relevant advice and his understanding of the clients’ businesses."

"Tomaž Lukman is experienced, knowledgeable and a business-savvy lawyer. He is a very customer focused lawyer, effective and always delivers on time."

"Tomaž Lukman goes the extra mile, has strong business understanding and I can recommend him for a wide range of legal support."

"Tomaž Lukman is a hands-on and very responsive principal, who is incredibly good at negotiating and understands complex commercial issues."

"Tomaž Lukman is easy to work with, constructive, solution-oriented and very committed. He is an excellent communicator who keeps the big picture in clear sight."

"Tomaž Lukman is extremely motivated to provide tailor-made legal advice, is proactive and efficient, with extensive legal knowledge. We were glad to have his fast and broad business understanding on our side in commercial and M&A matters."

"Tomaž Lukman is extremely professional and effective. He understands the legal and business environment of Slovenia and EU, which makes him highly competent in advising the best options. His main quality is his effective operational follow up and execution."

 

Šelih & Partnerji

Šelih & Partnerji is one of Slovenia's oldest firms, established in 1961. The firm has a team of around 30 qualified lawyers, and 9 partners. It is part of the Lex Mundi international network, which includes 160 law firms in over 125 countries, which assists the firm to excel in complex cross border transactions.  

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has expertise in all aspects of financial and corporate law. Regarding banking, the firm has a strong grasp of financing and refinancing, as well as expertise in capital markets and bond issuances. In their corporate experience, the firm has advised on M&A for decades, and has experience working regulated industries, such as insurance or pharmaceuticals.  

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include OTP Bank, Tencent, McKesson, Allegro, Archer-Midland-Daniels, AGIC Capital, Ridango and Mytilineos.

 

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

Throughout the research period the firm’s financial and corporate work was related to private acquisitions, project finance, financing, covered bond issue deals for clients connected with the banking, food and beverage, technology and telecommunications and healthcare sectors.

In project development, the team represented projects for clients connected to construction and consumer goods and services.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Allegro €881 million private acquisition

Mytilineos Holdings €169 million procurement project

Mercator real property development

OTP Bank private acquisition of all shares in Biser Bidco

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance                                                                                     

"High professional quality; timely delivery of the outcomes; constructive in solution finding; very experienced in the banking and financing field."

"Šelih & Partnerji are very reliable, experienced with sufficient team members to take on any project."

"Šelih & Partnerji's ability to handle extremely urgent queries; their experience in similar transactions made them very thorough in analyzing risks and good at getting the transactions through; also, they were very careful with all of the details and quick in responding to further queries and follow-up questions."

 

Capital markets: Equity

"Very knowledgeable and efficient."

 

Investment funds: Real estate funds

"Professionalism, responsiveness, knowledge."

 

M&A                                                                                       

"Pragmatic, swift and proactive advice. "

"They are very competent and responsive; provide good value for money."                                                                       

"Very resourceful, quick feedback, quality legal solutions, following the timetable, good negotiators."

 

Project development: Infrastructure

"They know the market very well and therefore what could go wrong."

"Because they work in team, they are responsive and regularly monitor law case and legal changes."

 

Helena Butolen

"She is analytical and thoughtful."

 

Mia Kalaš       

"Mia is a great expert in providing legal advice concerning syndicated credit facilities and M&A transactions. Consequently, she is very resourceful and can tackle any legal issue with ease. She also sticks to the timetable and is a hard worker."

"She is very communicative, resourceful, excellent legal knowledge of the industry, hard working and meets deadlines."

"Problem solver."

 

Jera Majzelj   

"Extremely knowledgeable and always available."

 

Natasa Pipan Nahtigal

"Very competent, knowledgeable and responsive."

 

Blaž Ogorevc 

"Very good communication skills; very experienced and professional in the field of banking and finance; solution oriented."

"Knowledge, responsiveness."

"Blaž is easy to work with, fast and always open to discuss and find the best solution for all parties involved in the transaction. He is reliable, flexible and committed, with strong practical knowledge and a keen understanding of business in general. A top banking and finance lawyer."

 

Spela Remec

"Spela did a great job keeping the process moving and finding solutions along the way while also taking on the difficult discussions with opposing counsel."

Senica and Partners

Law Firm Miro Senica and Attorneys is a Slovenian law firm based in Ljubljana and established in 1986 by Miro Senica.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate deals. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the energy, retail, logistics, automotive industry, manufacturing, transport, hospitality and tourism, telecommunications and IT, insurance, life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Oaktree Capital Management, Binder Beteiligungs, Messer GmbH, Notino, Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim Anonim Şirketi, Interblock USA, Hirschvogel Holding GmbH, Argenx BV, Raiffeisen Informatik, Raiffeisen Landesbank Kärnten, Kapsch Group, Corum Origin, DDM Invest, Quantel medical, Medison Pharma Trading and Go Asset development.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Very knowledgeable about Slovenian law, particularly corporate, M&A and employment matters. They brought a very practical approach to the transaction.”

“Very efficient, very interactive and honest team members.”

Brezavšček Žgavec

Brezavšček Žgavecisan alliance firm of the worldwide Alliott Peirson International, founded in 1979. The firm is based in Ljubljana. 

 

Focusses /specialisms 

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate and M&A deals.The firm’s practice has a significant presence in energy, waste management, construction and materials, entertainment, industrials and manufacturing, investment management, real estate and government and public policy sectors. 

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Interzero (previously Interseroh), a Slovenian waste management company (part of German ALBA Group), Slovenian Football Association, Financial Authority of the Republic of Slovenia, Aratus Capital and Adastra Assets and AdastraPower. 

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is the Slovenian presence of the CMS Network. The firm in Slovenia is led by managing partner Gregor Famira and is based in Ljubljana. CMS is an international law firm established in 1999. The firm has over 5,000 lawyers including over 1,100 partners located in 70 offices in 45 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate and project development deals. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in technology and media, digital platforms, cannabis, crypto, insurance, pharmaceuticals and leisure sector.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Eisenwerk Sulzau-Werfen R.&E. Weinberger, Valji, Sportsdirect.com SLVN, Sportsdirect.com Retail, NLB, Nova KBM, Barings, EIB, UniCredit Bank AG - London Branch, Sberbank, Raiffeisen, ING, ALFI Funds, B2Holding, Groupe B&B Hôtels and Strabag.

 

Deloitte

Deloitte is the Slovenian presence of the international firm of the same name and is based in Ljubljana. Deloitte Legal is the legal side of the international firm Deloitte.  

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate work.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Project development

"Professional approach and quick response."  

 
Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal is the Slovenian presence of the international firm of the same name and is based in Ljubljana. Deloitte Legal is the legal side of the international firm Deloitte.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate work. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in technology and telecommunications, finance, real estate, construction, manufacturing, insurance and transport sectors.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

Banking and finance

“Always proactive and positive cooperation, giving you peace of mind in legal issues.”

 “They are experts, reliable, providing in time what was agreed.”

Fabiani Petrovič Jeraj Rejc

FPJR Law Firm Fabiani, Petrovič, Jeraj, Rejc is a boutique law firm based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in biotechnology, retail, energy, real estate development, telecommunications, financial, automotive and mobility as a service.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Alpe-panon, Goodyear Slovenija, ECP Tac Op, Avant car, Heureka Group and GEN-I.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Insolvency

“They have provided good quality advice and provided the necessary legal documents to win our case.”

 

M&A

“FPJR is a well-organized law firm with highly skilled attorneys and proactive partners and it is always a pleasure to work with them. They have a wide scope of professionals and therefore each segment of a transaction is covered and done professionally.”

Glatzova & Co

Established in 1994, Glatzová & Co is a Czech firm with a Slovanian office, based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work and banking and finance. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the automotive, telecommunication, real estate, retail, insurance, factoring and accounting services group.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Všeobecná Úverová Banka, member of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, Komerční banka, Slovenská sporiteľňa, the Association of German Public Banks VÖB and IAC Group.

Ketler & Partners member of Karanovic

Karanovic & Partners is a Slovenian law firm associated with international law firm Karanovic & Partners. The firm is based in Ljubljana. Established in 1995 and based in Belgrade, Karanovic & Partners, originally Karanović & Nikolić, is a large firm by local standards, employing more than 50 lawyers, 16 of whom are partners. It has an international network, working in association with firms in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has strong practice in project development achieving top tier status for Slovenia in this area. The firm is also very active in financial and corporate work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include HPS Investment Partners, Arx Equity Partners, Invera Equity Partners, Riverside Partners, HPS, Addiko bank, Unicredit and Nova kreditna Banka Maribor.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Investment funds

“Expertise in what they provide, quick response to our demands.”

 

Private equity

“Extremely quick turnaround times on incorporating changes in transaction documents; very efficient and quick in drafting documents.”

 

Kirm Perpar law firm

Kirm Perpar Law Firm is a Slovenian law firm established in 2012. The firm is led by managing partner Andrej Kirm and is based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate and project development deals. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the energy, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, automotive and manufacturing, retail and consumer goods, media and technology and private equity sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Citibank, Mercedez-Benz (Daimler), GlaxoSmithKline, Samsung, E.ON, The Walt Disney Company, Ericsson, Adidas, Austrian Anadi Bank, NAC Aviation and Colgate Palmolive.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Asset finance

“Kirm Perpar is reputable law firm in Slovenia and our partner in SELA network. They are reliable and possess admirable in-depth legal knowledge of the local market. Communication with them is always easy.”

 

M&A

“They are a highly successful, very reputable law firm in Slovenia and cooperation with them is always easy.”

Kosmac Law Office

Kosmac Law Office is a Slovenian boutique law firm established in 2009 by its founder and general manager Marko Kosmac. The firm is based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate and project development work. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the pharmaceutical industry, construction and tourism among other sectors.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Asset finance

“The firm is very responsive and quick to provide both a reply and a reasonable solution to my company's issues. They especially excel at finding innovative solutions to complicated problems.”

Law Firm Fatur Menard

Law Firm Fatur Menard is a Slovenian law firm based in Ljubljana and established in 2018 by founder partners Andrej Fatur and Maja Menard.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate deals. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the telecommunications, automotive, pharmacy and energy industries.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Trimo, Elements Estates, Astellas Pharma, the KGAL Group and its affiliates, in particular Trigal and Trigal Alternative Investment Fund, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Actual IT, Polipanel Group, IGEPA Plana, Svetlik Family, Styria Media and Radeče Papir Nova.

Marko Prušnik Law

Marko Prušnik Law is a Slovenian boutique law firm based in Ljubljana and established in 2018 by is a Slovenian law firm based in Ljubljana and established in 1986 by Miro Senica. 

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is active in financial and corporate deals. The firm’s practice has a significant presence in the leisure, tourism, retail, insurance, banking, media publisher, retail and telecommunications. 

 

Key clients  

Key clients of the firm include Admiral Group, Apex Group, Heinemann Group, Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung, BKS Bank, Russmedia International, Mercator and Valamar Group. 

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

M&A 

“MP Law has a very high level of expertise, which they competently put into practice. They are also very fast and reliable, which makes them a very good partner in numerous projects.” 

 

Private equity 

“Availability, know-how and timely delivery.”

Rojs Peljhan Prelesnik & Partners

Rojs Peljhan Prelesnik & Partners is a Slovenian law firm established in 1989. The firm is led by managing partner Grega Peljhan and is based in Ljubljana.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in financial and corporate and project development work achieving top tier status in Slovenia in both areas.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, L’Oreal, Samsung, Canon, Oracle, Amway, Avon, General Electrics, Magna International, Sony–Ericsson, Porsche Slovenia and Fortenova.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Insolvency

“They are a highly experienced law firm with competent attorneys that cover various areas of legal practice. They have a keen eye for what is best for the client and are very successful at finding and offering realistic solutions. They are very quick to respond, efficient in disputes, as well as court work.”

 

Project development

“They are extremely professional team at par with London or NY based law firms in terms of commercial sense. Very knowledgeable in their jurisdiction but also with a lot of experience in cross-jurisdiction business operations.”

Schoenherr Slovenia

Austrian firm Schoenherr established an office in Ljublijana in 2001. The branch employs 14 lawyers, including four partners. Established in 1950, Schoenherr is a leading Austrian firm with a European network that includes offices in 15 jurisdictions.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s Slovenian branch has a strong financial and corporate offering achieving top tier status in Slovenia especially in cross border banking and M&A.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include OMV, Vitruvian Partners, Liechtenstein Beteiligungs GmbH, Liechtenstein Group, EP Logistics International, VTB Bank, Terme Čatež, Salus and Nova Ljubljanska banka.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Schoenherr is excellent at providing corporate law advice. They are knowledgeable, business savvy, organized and extremely dedicated.”

“In my opinion, they are by far the best firm on the market. They understand all our business needs, provide to-the-point high quality advice, are very responsive and always deliver on time.”

Tilen Terlep Attorney At Law

Tilen Terlep Attorney at Law is a Slovenian law firm based in Ljubljana and led by managing partner Tilen Terlep.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on financial and corporate and project development deals in the retail, logistics, finance, real estate finance, developments and telecommunications sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Siemens, Rail Cargo Austria, Amrest (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Italfreddo, Frigologo, AC Lenart, Tajfun Planina, Prva hiša, Nautic Service, Liebherr, Rothenberger, Moja invest and Si Splet.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Super quick response times, easy to understand for client replies.”

Ulčar & Partners

Ulcar & Partners is a Slovenian law firm based in Ljubljana founded in 1993 and led by managing partner Matjaž Ulčar.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on financial and corporate deals in the energy, automotive and transportation, banking and finance, pharmaceutical, healthcare, real estate, insurance, hospitality, technology and retail sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Petrol d.d., Ljubljana, Generali investments, GGEF, Volpi Capital, AMZS, Cimos Group, Nestle Adriatic and Hoteli Metropol.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Ulcar & Partners provide excellent commercial and political context to the legal advice that they render. They focus on the important issues, rather than bothering the client with theoretical, unimportant matters. They are also very responsive.”

 

“Our experience with them is top notch. They are very professional and have superb experience and expertise in corporate, M&A and finance matters, which is hard to match in Slovenian legal market.”

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is the Slovenian presence of the international law firm of the same name. The firm in Slovenia is led by managing partner Markus Bruckmueller and is based in Ljubljana. Wolf Theiss is an international law firm established in Austria in 1957. The firm has 340 lawyers operating in 13 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in financial and corporate work achieving top tier status for Slovenia in the banking, financial services, real estate and healthcare sectors.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Bank of America, Nova KBM, Kingspan Group, Goldman Sachs, Gorenje, Hisense Group, Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, Fintel, UniCredit, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG and Glovoapp23.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Wolf Theiss Slovenia combines an excellent understanding of the financial industry with extensive local knowledge and applies to delivering high-quality services and documents. The team of WT Slovenia are also excellent team players that contribute significantly to the work of the project team and have always been available at short notice.”

 

“Professional, precise, reliable, proactive, pragmatic approach, international network, excellent team.”