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Banking & Finance — Slovenia


Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading Slovenian firm known for advising financial institutions and companies on a range of issues including acquisition finance, complex regulatory capital issues and distressed asset management. Recently active in advising both purchasers and sellers on NPL transactions and restructurings. Offers additional experience working on cross-border matters, acting for both international and domestic clients. Also well versed in both traditional and synthetic securitisations, as well as insolvency cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate the easily understood advice offered by the lawyers, adding: "The way they communicate with us is very straightforward and it's always a clear message."

Work highlights Acted for Unior on the EUR100 million refinancing of its existing loan facilities, as well as on negotiations with the syndicate of banks for new facilities.

Advised SID Banka on the sale of Sid - First Credit Insurance Company.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Grega Peljhan is described by clients as "an expert in all matters" and "an absolutely exceptional lawyer." Recognised for "always being quick to provide feedback," he is renowned for acting on refinancings and transactions involving Slovenia's largest banks. He recently advised Sparkasse on the potential acquisition of Aleasing from Abanka.

The "exceptionally talented" Bojan Šporar is recognised by interviewees for advising Slovenian and international banks on acquisitions and restructuring mandates. He recently advised Kapitalska zadruga on all aspects of the sale of DBS.

Sergej Omladic is noted by interviewees for his "quick responses" and for being "very knowledgeable and wise." He acts on a range of banking and finance matters and is noted for his experience in PPP-related issues. He has significant recent activity advising on the sale of receivables.

About the Team (content provided by Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.)

Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partners is the only Slovenian law firm ranked Band 1 in Banking & Finance and is widely recognized as the market leader. The firm is famous for handling pioneering matters and is the first Slovenian firm to perform complex legal actions in various transactions (bank spin-off, pass-through notes, depositary receipts, financial restructurings of regional importance etc.).

The Banking & Finance team has advised international and domestic financial institutions and companies on a full range of matters related to banking and finance, including raising capital, complex regulatory capital issues, corporate and financial restructurings, distressed asset management and NPL sales. The firm has regularly acted for clients in cross-border syndicated and structured financing, acquisition financing, asset and project finance and has extensive experience in advising international clients on cross-border regulatory mandates, for example on provision of regulated and non-regulated services, securitisations and derivatives. 

In close cooperation with our Dispute resolution practice, the Banking & Finance team handles high-profile banking and lease related litigation and arbitration procedures and represents the clients in front of the regulatory authorities. The firm’s banking practice is also one of the very few practices in Slovenia, which has regularly advised on complex regulatory issues regarding investment funds and asset management services.

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Jadek & Pensa - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected practice with experience covering all manner of banking and finance cases. Regularly involved in the local aspects of syndicated bank lending to international borrowers and acquisition finance, also advising on derivatives. Additionally has extensive expertise in the refinancing and restructuring of Slovenian companies.

Strengths Clients are keen to highlight the lawyers as "very responsive."

Work highlights Advised Adriatic Slovenica on its debut issuance of EUR50 million of subordinated notes.

Acted for Deutsche Bank on the proposed privatisation of NLB by way of an IPO.

Notable practitioners

Srečo Jadek is a key contact for the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Jadek & Pensa)

Jadek & Pensa offers broad range of advice to banks, financial institutions, funds and corporates on banking and financing matters. We cover regulatory advice as well as support in transactions. We are also involved on a regular-basis in contentious matters, representing banks in disputes relating from bail-in instruments to consumer protection cases.

We have been advising our clients on compliance and licence matters for over 20 years. We have developed particular expertise in derivatives and securities lending.

In transactions we have acted both for borrowers and lenders in bilateral and syndicated loans, domestic and cross-border, secured lending and restructurings. An integral part of the practice is also advisory on capital market transactions where we have an unparalleled track record, both in debt and equity transactions. We have been involved in major IPOs and private placements, including pioneer international transactions on Slovenian market, mostly advising underwriters.


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Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service practice advising on all areas of banking and finance law. Advises on syndicated lending and acquisitions, as well as PPP and structured financing matters. Regularly advises international financial institutions on entering the Slovenian market. Clients include international lenders and borrowers as well as institutional investors. Increasingly handling refinancing matters for businesses.

Strengths Market commentators commend the lawyers, suggesting: "They're formidable and always come to the table fully prepared."

Work highlights Acted for the EBRD on its exit from Prva Group.

Advised Keybank National Banking Association on its long-term USD50 million syndicated loan agreement with Interblock.

Notable practitioners

Mia Kalaš is well regarded for a "host of experience in the banking area," collecting particular recognition for her activity in secured-financing transactions. She is also admired by clients, who describe her as "responsive and very kind." She recently assisted Dassault with the structured leasing and financing of one of its aircraft to Elit'avia.

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Schoenherr Slovenia - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected practice with strong international connections attracting a number of major global clients as well as domestic companies. Acts on NPL sales and M&A, offering additional expertise in restructurings and disputes. Offers further experience in insolvency proceedings. Also boasts an impressive regional network.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the comprehensive advice of the lawyers, saying: "The matters given to them are complex, yet they make it easy to understand and provide everything we request and could want."

Further interviewees suggest the lawyers "know their stuff" and make up an "extremely capable and knowledgeable team."

Work highlights Advised DDM on the purchase of a portfolio of 16,000 NPLs from NLB, with a nominal value of approximately EUR120 million.

Acted for Metric Capital Partners on the USD80 million financing provided to Win Holding for the purchase of Gold Club Gaming and Entertainment Gold Club.

Notable practitioners

Vid Kobe is particularly noted for his experience in refinancing and restructuring matters. He is well liked by clients, who highlight his "calm and composed" nature both in the boardroom and in court. He is also praised for being "very dependable and always positive." He is well versed in banking M&A and NPL transactions, as well as acquisition financing and contentious issues. Additional sources suggest: "He is very diligent and goes into the depth of the problem to root out the core issues."

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CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely respected firm advising on all transactional and regulatory issues arising in the banking and finance area. Frequently advises on matters pertaining to NPLs, acquisition finance and refinancings, as well as corporate restructuring and recovery. Has a broad spectrum of clients with global corporations, banks and other financial institutions among them, utilising the firm's extensive international network.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the knowledge of the lawyers and their ability to respond to queries, affirming: "We have been very impressed by their banking and finance expertise and by their responsiveness and commercial acumen."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of bank lenders including UniCredit Banka Slovenija, SKB and NLB on a facility agreement worth EUR240 million.

Acted for United Group on the issuance of senior secured notes amounting to EUR1.35 billion, involving the Slovenian, Serbian, Dutch and Bosnian jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Maja Žgajnar is a key contact for the team.

About the Team (content provided by CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz)

Our Banking & Finance team provides legal and tax advice on all transactional, regulatory and other issues that arise across the full spectrum of banking and finance activity. We are an experienced and well-known business partner, having been directly involved in many ground-breaking developments and transactions in Europe and beyond.

We advise clients in the following areas:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Real Estate finance
  • Project finance
  • Asset finance and leasing
  • Structured finance and securitisation
  • Loan-Portfolio transactions
  • Banking regulation and supervision
  • Corporate restructuring and recovery
  • Banking litigation

We work with a wide range of clients – from small, privately held institutions to global corporations. Our range of clients includes: retail and investment banks, building societies and other lending institutions, IFI’s and DFI’s, mutual investment fund companies, asset management houses, brokers and financial advisers, finance and operating lessors, asset operators and manufacturers, governments and state entities etc.

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ODI Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Well-reputed practice advising on acquisition and debt financing. Expertise also includes NPLs, banking and investment management regulation and securities. Additionally provides good resources for cross-border work with offices in Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.

Strengths Clients value the firm's internal communication which ensures "anybody you work with at the firm has a clear and full understanding of your case," further highlighting the exceptional speed of response.

Work highlights Acted for a consortium of banks co-ordinated by NLB on the EUR20 million financing of Cimos.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Uroš Ilić is described as a "strong force" in the market, collecting particular recognition for his activity in restructuring and insolvency matters. He recently advised a syndicate of banks on the EUR115 million refinancing of Unior.

Lea Peček is noted for her experience in acquisition financing and restructuring mandates. She is widely appreciated by clients, who describe her as "a good communicator." Her recent work highlights include advising the European Investment Fund on a guarantee facility provided to Slovene Enterprise Fund.

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Wolf Theiss - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International practice focusing on multi-jurisdictional mandates. Advises on refinancing and financial restructuring, with an increasing presence on NPL transactions. Clients include global banks, private equity firms, insurance companies and state governments. Also handles bank privatisations and securitisations.

Notable practitioners

Markus Bruckmüller is noted for his expertise in cross-border mandates, with interviewees suggesting: "He knows the business inside out and he can get support from other countries." In addition to his acquisition financing and restructuring experience, he is further recognised for corporate matters and M&A transactions. A client says: "He's a great lawyer and I would recommend his services to anyone."

Laura Štruc is described by interviewees as "a very good lawyer who is on the way up" in the banking and finance area. Her experience extends into insolvency and restructuring matters as well as cross-border transactions. She is also well versed in receivables transactions.

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Band 1

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Grega Peljhan is described by clients as "an expert in all matters" and "an absolutely exceptional lawyer." Recognised for "always being quick to provide feedback," he is renowned for acting on refinancings and transactions involving Slovenia's largest banks. He recently advised Sparkasse on the potential acquisition of Aleasing from Abanka.

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Band 2

Markus Bruckmüller

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Bruckmüller is noted for his expertise in cross-border mandates, with interviewees suggesting: "He knows the business inside out and he can get support from other countries." In addition to his acquisition financing and restructuring experience, he is further recognised for corporate matters and M&A transactions. A client says: "He's a great lawyer and I would recommend his services to anyone."

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Band 2

ODI Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Uroš Ilić is described as a "strong force" in the market, collecting particular recognition for his activity in restructuring and insolvency matters. He recently advised a syndicate of banks on the EUR115 million refinancing of Unior.

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Band 2

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "exceptionally talented"Bojan Šporar is recognised by interviewees for advising Slovenian and international banks on acquisitions and restructuring mandates. He recently advised Kapitalska zadruga on all aspects of the sale of DBS.

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Band 3

Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mia Kalaš is well regarded for a "host of experience in the banking area," collecting particular recognition for her activity in secured-financing transactions. She is also admired by clients, who describe her as "responsive and very kind." She recently assisted Dassault with the structured leasing and financing of one of its aircraft to Elit'avia.

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Band 3

Karanović & Nikolić in cooperation with local lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marko Ketler of Karanović & Nikolić in cooperation with local lawyers has experience in NPL transactions and privatisation matters for domestic and international clients. Clients praise his "good grasp of the subject matter," as well as his "quick turnaround " times.

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Band 3

Schoenherr Slovenia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vid Kobe is particularly noted for his experience in refinancing and restructuring matters. He is well liked by clients, who highlight his "calm and composed" nature both in the boardroom and in court. He is also praised for being "very dependable and always positive." He is well versed in banking M&A and NPL transactions, as well as acquisition financing and contentious issues. Additional sources suggest: "He is very diligent and goes into the depth of the problem to root out the core issues."

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Band 3

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laura Štruc is described by interviewees as "a very good lawyer who is on the way up" in the banking and finance area. Her experience extends into insolvency and restructuring matters as well as cross-border transactions. She is also well versed in receivables transactions.

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Up and Coming

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergej Omladic is noted by interviewees for his "quick responses" and for being "very knowledgeable and wise." He acts on a range of banking and finance matters and is noted for his experience in PPP-related issues. He has significant recent activity advising on the sale of receivables.

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Associates to watch

ODI Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lea Peček is noted for her experience in acquisition financing and restructuring mandates. She is widely appreciated by clients, who describe her as "a good communicator." Her recent work highlights include advising the European Investment Fund on a guarantee facility provided to Slovene Enterprise Fund.

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