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Europe Guide

Competition/Antitrust — Croatia

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Boris Babić
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice. Advises multinational corporations on a broad range of competition and antitrust matters including dawn raids, cartels and procurement. Extensive experience representing clients before the Competition Agency. 

Strengths Peers refer to the firm as a "top competition firm." According to one interviewee the team is "engaged in all aspects of competition law and has a strong reputation in the market." 

Significant clients Gorenje, Magyar Suzuki Corporation, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Philip Morris, Discovery Communications.

Notable practitioners

Boris Babić is a standout individual in the market. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in regulatory compliance, dawn raids and merger control. Sources describe him as "one of the top competition lawyers in Croatia with a strong market reputation."  

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mario Krka
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive experience representing clients before the Competition Agency and High Administrative Court. Advises on compliance aspects of horizontal and vertical agreements and offers clients compliance training. Acts for clients across a broad range of industries including energy, tourism and construction.

Strengths According to one client: "The team covers all kinds of legal risk. They are very thorough." Another source maintains that "they are wonderful to work with and understand our business."

Work highlights Successfully represented HURA before the Competition Agency in relation to an alleged infringement of competition regulations. 

Advises Doğuş Group in respect of its operations in Croatia and defended the client against cartel accusations before the Competition Agency.

Significant clients Heineken, Japan Tobacco International, Doğuş Group, Douglas, HURA.

Notable practitioners

Mario Krka heads the antitrust and competition group and is valued for his expertise across all aspects of competition law. He is especially practised in the areas of cartels and allegations of abuse of dominance. His busy practice includes continuing to advise Heineken Croatia on various matters including merger clearances. Sources refer to his "understanding of client business," adding "he is always available, is great on presentation, and has really good representation skills."

Ana Tudoric Mejovsek advises on distribution agreements and compliance. She has considerable experience representing clients before the Competition Agency and High Court and is part of the team that continues to advise Doğuş Group with regard to alleged cartel breaches, including a case that was remanded to the Competition Agency by the High Administrative Court. Sources stress that "she is very good at managing the expectations of clients. She is very experienced in distribution agreements and issues that have to be dealt with immediately."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Melita Veršić Marušić and Igor Mucalo 
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer 

What the team is known for Wide-ranging experience acting for clients in the FMCG, technology and energy sectors before the Competition Agency. Specialised in merger and antitrust procedures and regularly advises on significant competition mandates. Deep understanding of abuse of dominance and cartel issues.

Strengths Clients note that "the advice is prompt, concise and precise."

Work highlights Advised Croatian Telecom in respect of abuse of power allegations before the Competition Agency.

Significant clients Optima Telekom, INA, Ezpada, Agrokor Grou, Iskon Internet.

Notable practitioners  

Melita Veršić Marušić has extensive experience representing clients in contentious competition matters and is referred to by sources as a "standout individual" and "fantastic in terms of knowledge and communication skills." She recently advised Croatian Telecom before the Competition Agency regarding abuse of dominance allegations.

Igor Mucalo is praised for being "client-oriented" and for "giving advice that is practical, really constructive and always somehow looking at solutions." He assists clients with all aspects of competition law including representation before the Competition Agency.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Representation of clients in the telecommunications sector across a broad range of competition matters including proceedings before the Competition Agency and merger filing matters. Widely recognised in the market for its expertise in e-commerce. 

Strengths The department is highly regarded in the market as "reliable, solution-oriented and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners  

Boris Porobija is head of the competition department and is widely regarded as "one of the best lawyers in Croatia." He has considerable experience advising clients on merger clearances and is described by sources as a "great lawyer, very detailed and clear in his advice."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Advises on merger control, abuse of dominance and state aid issues. Considerable experience acting for clients in the telecommunications, FMCG and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths Sources emphasise the efficiency of the team: "For me the most important thing is availability and responsiveness and this is what we get from Šavorić & Partners."

Notable practitioners  

Boris Šavorić advises clients across a broad range of competition issues. He is specialised in merger control and state aid and is described by interviewees as "a very well known lawyer in Croatia."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luka Tadić-Čolić 
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive depth of local market knowledge and innovative approach. Works on high profile matters for multinational businesses and regularly advises on dawn raids, merger filings and distribution agreements.

Strengths Clients maintain that the team is "very responsive, precise and straight to the point." 

Work highlights Advised Walter Frey Holding on its acquisition of the local importing and distribution business of PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Assisted Tesco International Franchising with the competition law aspects of its franchise operations with a major Croatian supermarket chain.

Significant clients BAT, Cook Medical Europe, Favorit Sportska Kladionica, LINPAC Packaging.

Notable practitioners

Luka Tadić-Čolić is a key contact.

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Band 1

Babic & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Boris Babić is a standout individual in the market. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in regulatory compliance, dawn raids and merger control. Sources describe him as "one of the top competition lawyers in Croatia with a strong market reputation."  

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Band 1

Law Office Veršić Marušić

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Mucalo is praised for being "client-oriented" and for "giving advice that is practical, really constructive and always somehow looking at solutions." He assists clients with all aspects of competition law including representation before the Competition Agency.

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Band 1

Porobija & Porobija

From the Chambers Europe guide

Boris Porobija is head of the competition department and is widely regarded as "one of the best lawyers in Croatia." He has considerable experience advising clients on merger clearances and is described by sources as a "great lawyer, very detailed and clear in his advice."

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Band 1

Law Office Veršić Marušić

From the Chambers Europe guide

Melita Veršić Marušić has extensive experience representing clients in contentious competition matters and is referred to by sources as a "standout individual" and "fantastic in terms of knowledge and communication skills." She recently advised Croatian Telecom before the Competition Agency regarding abuse of dominance allegations.

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Band 2

Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mario Krka heads the antitrust and competition group and is valued for his expertise across all aspects of competition law. He is especially practised in the areas of cartels and allegations of abuse of dominance. His busy practice includes continuing to advise Heineken Croatia on various matters including merger clearances. Sources refer to his "understanding of client business," adding "he is always available, is great on presentation, and has really good representation skills."

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Band 2

Posavec, Rašica, Liszt & Partneri

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marijana Liszt of Posavec, Rašica & Liszt & Partneri is highly regarded by peers for her expertise in state aid and more generally for being "an expert in competition law." She regularly advises clients on distribution agreements and EU competition legislation. She recently advised HUO Croatian Insurance Bureau throughout a Competition Agency investigation in respect of an alleged cartel between the client and numerous insurance companies. 

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Band 2

Šavorić & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Boris Šavorić advises clients across a broad range of competition issues. He is specialised in merger control and state aid and is described by interviewees as "a very well known lawyer in Croatia."

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Associates to watch

Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mislav Bradvica of Schoenherr in cooperation with Croatian lawyers advises clients across a broad range on sectors including electronic communications, postal services and railway services on cartels and abuse of dominance. Clients emphasise his impressive depth of expertise and specific industry knowledge: "I was really impressed with his deep understanding and knowledge of competition law and the telecommunications industry." He recently acted for TISAK on a significant abuse of dominance case before the Competition Agency and is regarded in the market as an "excellent competition lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana Tudoric Mejovsek advises on distribution agreements and compliance. She has considerable experience representing clients before the Competition Agency and High Court and is part of the team that continues to advise Doğuş Group with regard to alleged cartel breaches, including a case that was remanded to the Competition Agency by the High Administrative Court. Sources stress that "she is very good at managing the expectations of clients. She is very experienced in distribution agreements and issues that have to be dealt with immediately."

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