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Nedžida Salihović-Whalen

Partner

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz d.o.o.
Ul. Fra Anđela Zvizdovića 1
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Languages Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, English
Corporate/M&A

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen heads CMS Sarajevo and is partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz. She is one of the leading lawyers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has over 20 years of experience in advising clients on dispute resolution, banking, commercial, corporate and employment matters, as well as vast experience in M&A. Nedžida Salihović-Whalen has led the CMS Sarajevo team on many high-profile transactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, including, among others, the KKR acquisition of the SBB Group/Telemach, the MEP acquisition of the Danube Foods Group, as well as the Delhaize Group acquisition of the Delta Maxi retail group.

She also regularly advises foreign clients on the nature of the commercial environment in the context of Bosnian law, whose regulatory framework she has extensive knowledge of as she was a member of several international legal working groups and took part in drafting laws with respect to legal and economic reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen has an LLM from a US university and is currently admitted to the PhD program at the University of Vienna. She holds a notary public exam certificate, is a delegate of the Assembly of the Bar Association of FBiH, and has been an examiner of the BiH Bar Exam Commission for commercial law for the past five years.

Previous professional experience (before CMS)
  • Legal Counsel of OSCE Provisional Election Commission, Sarajevo (1998 – 2001)
  • Secretary General of the Election Commission to BiH, Sarajevo (2001 – 2002)
  • DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Sarajevo office, Head of the Sarajevo Office (2002-2009)
  • CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Sarajevo office, Local Partner (2009-2015)
  • Since 2015: CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Sarajevo office, Partner
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”a focused, energetic and hard-working adviser”

Chambers

“international mindset, paired with an in-depth understanding of the country”

Client feedback

"I think she is one of the leading local lawyers, with an outstanding reputation and integrity, She will mitigate risks by proposing solutions."

Client feedback

Leading Lawyer in General Business Law

Chambers & Partners, 2015

Ms Nedžida is a very persuasive person one always likes having by his side, especially in negotiation.

Client Feedback

Clients enjoy working with Nedžida Salihović-Whalen saying. "She is an extremely experienced lawyer who has a lot of energy for work.

Client Feedback

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen is very well known and has a very good and broad network in Bosnia which is very useful in terms of achieving a political decision (contacting the responsible person in this regard). This – in contrast to other markets – is very helpful in order to proceed with a project in this area. Furthermore she has a lot of expertise in the renewable energy sector and corporate law in general.

Client Feedback

Pre-eminent lawyer Nedžida Salihović-Whalen is lauded for her long-term standing in the Bosnian corporate market. She is frequently seen advising on high-profile M&A deals, but is also well recognised for her abilities in dispute resolution.

Chambers 2018

Nedzida Salihovic-Whale was named as a Leading Lawyer by the financial and corporate IFRL100 for 2018 for Corporate / M&A matters.

IFRL 1000

Legal 500 named Nedzida Salihović-Whalen as a Leading individual for 2018 for Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial and M&A, Competition and Real Estate.

Legal 500

Education

  • 2011 - Admitted to the Ph.D. program - Law School, University in Vienna
  • 2009 - Ministry of Justice - Notary Public Diploma
  • 2002 – Bar Exam Certification, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 2001 - Law School, University of Connecticut, USA, Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • 1983 - Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
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Memberships

  • 2002 - Bar Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • 2011 - Member of the BiH Bar Exam Commission - examiner for commercial law
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Publications

  • “Privredno pravo - prema programu pravosudnog ispita” (Corporate & business law according to the jurisprudence/bar exam examination program), 2014
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Lectures list

  • 2014 - Sarajevo AML CFT and Sanctions Workshop - Bosnia and Herzegovina National Framework - focusing on (i) cooperation between reporting institutions and agencies; and (ii) desired/required changes to the national framework.
  • 2013 - Hypo Risk Academy - providing education for Hypo group employees for the following areas of law:
  • Land registry law
  • Consumer law and roles, as well as the responsibilities of local national banks
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency/enforcement
  • Contract law
  • 2011 - Seminars for the preparation of the bar examination for commercial law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (for the past five years)
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Banking & Finance

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen heads CMS Sarajevo and is partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz. She is one of the leading lawyers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. She has over 20 years of experience in advising clients on dispute resolution, banking, commercial, corporate and employment matters, as well as vast experience in M&A.

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen has led the CMS Sarajevo team in major banking and finance transactions, several loan transactions and portfolio-restructuring related transactions. She has advised several major players in the financial markets including, among others, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P, a major investment fund, whom she advised on all aspects of the financing structure of a transaction in the acquisition by funds of the SBB/Telemach Group from Mid Europa Partners. She advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Fund for South East Europe on several projects regarding loans to local companies, and also advised the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank International AG.

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”a focused, energetic and hard-working adviser”

Chambers

“international mindset, paired with an in-depth understanding of the country”

Client feedback

"I think she is one of the leading local lawyers, with an outstanding reputation and integrity, She will mitigate risks by proposing solutions."

Client feedback

Ms Nedžida is a very persuasive person one always likes having by his side, especially in negotiation.

Client Feedback

Clients enjoy working with Nedžida Salihović-Whalen saying. "She is an extremely experienced lawyer who has a lot of energy for work.

Client Feedback

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen is very well known and has a very good and broad network in Bosnia which is very useful in terms of achieving a political decision (contacting the responsible person in this regard). This – in contrast to other markets – is very helpful in order to proceed with a project in this area. Furthermore she has a lot of expertise in the renewable energy sector and corporate law in general.

Client Feedback

Nedzida Salihovic-Whale was named as a Leading Lawyer by the financial and corporate IFRL100 for 2018 for Corporate / M&A matters.

IFRL 1000

Legal 500 named Nedzida Salihović-Whalen as a Leading individual for 2018 for Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial and M&A, Competition and Real Estate.

Legal 500

Education

  • 2011 - Admitted to the Ph.D. program - Law School, University in Vienna
  • 2009 - Ministry of Justice - Notary Public Diploma
  • 2002 – Bar Exam Certification, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 2001 - Law School, University of Connecticut, USA, Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • 1983 - Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
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Memberships

  • 2011 - Member of the BiH Bar Exam Commission - examiner for commercial law
  • 2002 - Bar Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Publications

  • “Privredno pravo - prema programu pravosudnog ispita” (Corporate & business law according to the jurisprudence/bar exam examination program), 2014
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Lectures list

  • 2014 - Sarajevo AML CFT and Sanctions Workshop - Bosnia and Herzegovina National Framework - focusing on (i) cooperation between reporting institutions and agencies; and (ii) desired/required changes to the national framework.
  • 2013 - Hypo Risk Academy - providing education for Hypo group employees for the following areas of law:
  • Land registry law
  • Consumer law and roles, as well as the responsibilities of local national banks
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency/enforcement
  • Contract law
  • 2011 - Seminars for the preparation of the bar examination for commercial law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (for the past five years)
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