Firm profile submitted by Macesic & Partners
Managing Partners: Miroljub Macesic
Number of partners: 6 Number of lawyers: 17
Languages: Croatian, English, Italian
Macesic & Partners is one of the oldest Croatian law firms oriented towards international practice.
From the founding of the firm in 1970, Macesic & Partners has been devoted to clients in the sector of business law providing the full range of required services. Throughout the years, as one of the oldest business-law oriented offices in Croatia, the firm has developed ties and contacts with prominent international institutions and corporations, but also maintained private clients who operate and have interest in the region.
The Macesic & Partners’ practice aims to offer a high standard of personal attention to clients and clear understanding of each client’s needs to ensure a prompt, efficient and cost effective service. Experience, specialisation and teamwork are the main qualities of the firm.
The office provides assistance in dispute resolution for a number of industry sectors (predominately to maritime, shipbuilding, insurance, finance, energy and corporate sectors), where the lawyers’ expertise in the particular industry sector is combined with strong team work. Assistance is provided in all dispute resolution forms: litigation, arbitration and mediation (the latter two in and outside Croatia (institutional/ad hoc)).
Energy & Natural Resources:
In the recent years, with liberalisation, market competition and free market regulation of the energy sector, the firm has been advising oil traders and thus gained in-depth understanding of the oil and gas sector and commodities trade. Experience and understanding of international trade terms and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas, together with local regulators’ requirements, allows the firm to provide specialised assistance to clients seeking tailor-made solutions for the Croatian mining and energy legal framework. Macesic & Partners has experience in renewables and electricity regulation as well as in depth understanding of privatisation process of national electricity company.
Transportation represents Macesic & Partners’ traditional and core practice area in all transportation sectors (maritime and inland, CMR, railway, air). The office assists in all contractual and in tort transportation matters. Specific experience in arranging for surveys and evidences preservation in transportation damages and liability exposure, and experience in out of court claim handling, enable successful defence, compensation, indemnity or reimbursement in the matters of transportation risks and damages. With offices in Rijeka and Zagreb, mobility and a network of local correspondents, services are promptly provided on the entire territory of Croatia. In the last 40 years the office has acted in all major transportation casualties protecting interests of various parties involved.
Developed from the related transportation practice, Macesic & Partners achieved expertise in all insurance fields and areas. The firm is engaged as correspondent, either as listed or on case to case basis, for major international and local underwriters and P&I Clubs. It handles the assets, life, liability and other insurance covers for insurers, insured or injured third parties in all stages of the out of court or court cases.
Corporate/M&A/Insolvency/Corporate Restructuring/Competition/Public Procurement:
Macesic & Partners is regularly engaged in setting up and dissolving companies, resolving relationships between the share or stock holders, as well as various M&A models. The firm has been advising creditors and debtors in restructuring and insolvency proceedings throughout the years. The lawyers gained special experience in both operational and financial restructuring of distressed debtors by acting in a number of high profile bankruptcy proceedings in Croatia. As an integral part of corporate practice and especially due to pending EU membership, competition and public procurement are becoming regular areas of assistance. Assistance is provided in capital market related issues including advising on regulators’ requirements. Currently, the firm is heavily engaged in advising on and application of the recently introduced law on financial restructuring.
Banking & Finance:
Macesic & Partners has over 40 years of experience in ship and shipbuilding financings in various models. The firm has been advising foreign banks as lenders in financings through loan agreements, syndicated loans, re-financings, letters of credit, etc. The firm was also heavily involved in infrastructure financing (highways and electric generation and grids). Substantial part of the firms practice represents advising local banks on a day to day basis, mostly related to financing, regulators’ issues, various models of debt collection, bankruptcies, restructuring of companies in difficulties, contracting, etc.
The firm has acted for a number of domestic and foreign clients in a number of areas of intellectual property and copyright law, i.e. patents, trademarks, designs and domain name registrations. Macesic & Parters lawyers are licenced trademark and patent agents which allows them to provide effective assistance and offer innovative, creative and in-depth counselling in IP. Experience in IP and copyright law allows the lawyers to prepare all types of IP and copyright agreements as well as to handle IP and copyright law out of court negotiations and dispute resolutions.