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What makes Croatia such a dynamic market? The answer is easy: the country’s political stabilisation and its EU accession in 2013, which resulted in a very positive development of the local economy. It’s for a good reason that many investors, both from Croatia and abroad, recognise the country’s outstanding economic potential, which no longer relies on tourism only, but is home to a wealth of other booming industries today.

Having witnessed all of these developments since 2003, we are the perfect partner to represent your interests in the country. With by now 20 legal experts, we are among the leading law firms for legal and tax advice – our team is well-versed in the particularities of the local market, can draw on many years of international experience and has handled numerous cross-border transactions. After all, for companies located in Croatia or looking to move into this market, European legislation is becoming ever more important.

We support our clients in almost all practice fields of commercial law: corporate law and M&A, real estate, banking, property law, labour law, competition law, procurement law, energy law, environmental law, IT law, litigation, insolvency law and restructuring.

Advising clients on tax law, which plays a crucial role in many transactions and projects, has been a further focus of our work since 2009. A team of five highly qualified tax experts exclusively deals with this practice field. However, our clients not only rely on our broad portfolio, but also on our extensive know-how in various industries, which we use to their benefit time and again.

If you are looking for the right legal advisor who has known the Croatian market for many years and has good relations with stakeholders in the local economy and the country’s local authorities and ministries, don’t hesitate to contact us online, by e-mail or phone.

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25/11/2022
En­ergy Sav­ings Guide
This CMS Guide is de­signed to shine a light on the wide vari­ety of en­ergy sav­ing laws in se­lec­ted CEE coun­tries by ex­plain­ing the most im­port­ant leg­al meas­ures and help­ing you to dis­cov­er where your op­por­tun­it­ies might lie. Polit­ic­al and leg­al frame­work En­ergy trans­form­a­tion re­quires build­ing up new en­ergy sources and that takes time. Sav­ing en­ergy, how­ever, is the quick­est and cheapest way to ad­dress the cur­rent en­ergy crisis, which is mainly caused by Rus­sia’s in­va­sion of Ukraine. Re­du­cing en­ergy con­sump­tion cuts house­holds’ and com­pan­ies’ high en­ergy bills.Build­ing on the “Fit for 55” pack­age of pro­pos­als and com­plet­ing the ac­tions on en­ergy se­cur­ity of sup­ply and stor­age, the European Com­mis­sion’s RE­PowerEU plan put for­ward a set of five ac­tions, the first of which is en­ergy sav­ing. Uni­on law sets forth man­dat­ory sav­ing goals for Mem­ber States but leaves them plenty of lee­way to choose between a vari­ety of meas­ures. Ap­plic­ant coun­tries and many oth­ers have passed en­ergy sav­ings laws and tar­gets too – of­fer­ing ad­di­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity.As a frame­work, the Fit for 55 pack­age and the European Cli­mate Law (REG 2021/1119) sets out a bind­ing, ir­re­vers­ible re­duc­tion of an­thro­po­gen­ic emis­sions. By 2030, 55% of the net GHG (green­house gas) emis­sions com­pared to 1990 must be saved. By 2050, the man­dat­ory net zero emis­sion goal must be achieved.Reg­u­la­tion 2022/1032 re­quires that mem­ber states fill their gas stor­age fa­cil­it­ies to at least 80-90% or that they store at least 35% of their av­er­age an­nu­al con­sump­tion in European stor­age fa­cil­it­ies. Re­du­cing con­sump­tion over the years re­duces the filling ob­lig­a­tion.Since Au­gust 2022, ob­lig­at­ory re­duc­tions in gas con­sump­tion ap­ply to EU mem­ber states (Reg­u­la­tion 2022/1032). The core in­nov­a­tion of this re­gime is the Uni­on alarm that can be triggered by the European Coun­cil if there is a ma­ter­i­al risk of grave gas sup­ply short­ages, ex­traordin­ary gas de­mand or a na­tion­al alarm pur­su­ant to Dir­ect­ive 2017/1938 in at least five Mem­ber States. Once a Uni­on alarm has been triggered and for as long as it re­mains in force, mem­ber states must re­duce their gas con­sump­tion by 15%. There is a par­tial ex­cep­tion if this would oth­er­wise cause an elec­tri­city crisis in the re­spect­ive mem­ber state. However, the steer­ing meas­ures to be taken and wheth­er cer­tain groups of gas con­sumers are gran­ted more fa­vour­able con­di­tions re­main at the mem­ber state’s dis­cre­tion. Re­gard­ing elec­tri­city, Reg­u­la­tion 2022/1854 on an emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion to ad­dress high en­ergy prices aims to re­duce elec­tri­city con­sump­tion by 10% and ease the pres­sure on elec­tri­city prices through rev­en­ue caps. Again, Mem­ber States are free to choose the ap­pro­pri­ate meas­ures to re­duce gross elec­tri­city con­sump­tion and meet the 10% tar­get.Ad­di­tion­al rules ap­ply to the fuel con­sump­tion of trucks or the en­ergy con­sump­tion of dis­trict heat­ing/cool­ing. The CMS Guide The res­ult of these reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing en­ergy sav­ing has been the in­tro­duc­tion of a wide vari­ety of en­ergy sav­ing laws in in­di­vidu­al states; and many more meas­ures are still to come. This CMS Guide is de­signed to shine a light on these reg­u­la­tions by ex­plain­ing the most im­port­ant leg­al meas­ures and help­ing you to dis­cov­er where your op­por­tun­it­ies might lie. For each jur­is­dic­tion, the guide is struc­tured in­to: (1) a coun­try over­view,  (2) na­tion­al re­lief meas­ures for high en­ergy prices,  (3) na­tion­al/re­gion­al/com­mun­al en­ergy sav­ings meas­ures, and  (4) en­ergy stor­age status and in­cent­ives.The fol­low­ing meas­ures have been chosen by the states rep­res­en­ted in this  guide:  sub­sidies to end-con­sumers (Aus­tria in gen­er­al for en­ergy prices; Croa­tia for gas con­sump­tion), price caps: elec­tri­city (Croa­tia for house­holds, un­der­tak­ings and cer­tain­pub­lic con­sumers; Ukraine for house­holds),re­duced VAT rate (Croa­tia, North Mace­do­nia), tax in­cent­ives to privately store gas (Ukraine); ex­emp­tion from steer­ing meas­ures for privately stor­ing gas (Aus­tria),sub­sidies to com­pensate for high en­ergy prices (Bul­garia and Slov­akia, in Slov­e­nia for en­ter­prises, in Türki­ye for ag­ri­cul­ture) and en­ergy sav­ing meas­ures: (Croa­tia for SMEs); the real­loc­a­tion of EU funds to sup­port en­ergy con­sumers (Slov­akia); sub­sidies for en­ergy stor­age solu­tions (Aus­tria, Bul­garia and Ukraine) or for heat pro­du­cers (Ukraine),en­ergy ef­fi­ciency meas­ures in­cl. di­git­al­isa­tion (Bul­garia),re­duced hours of elec­tri­city or heat­ing sup­ply (North Mace­do­nia) or of gas sup­ply (Slov­akia),re­duc­tion of en­ergy con­sump­tion by the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion (Aus­tria, North Mace­do­nia, Slov­e­nia), an­dob­lig­a­tions on gas stor­age op­er­at­ors to feed gas in­to the grid (Aus­tria, Slov­akia) or to sup­ply heat pro­du­cers at pref­er­en­tial prices (Ukraine).re­wards for vol­un­tary re­duc­tion of gas and/or elec­tric en­ergy con­sump­tion (Slov­e­nia)educed per­mit­ting re­quire­ments for PV and wind plants (Türki­ye).
23/11/2022
State aid: ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy...
Many busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als have been im­pacted dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly by the crisis res­ult­ing from Rus­si­a's in­va­sion of Ukraine, as well as the re­per­cus­sions of all the eco­nom­ic sanc­tions ad­op­ted...
22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
21/11/2022
State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU an­nuls the Com­mis­sion’s de­cision...
On 8 Novem­ber 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) an­nulled the judg­ment of the Gen­er­al Court held on 24 Septem­ber 2019, which re­jec­ted the ac­tion brought by the Grand Duchy of Lux­em­bourg and Fi­at...
15/11/2022
Déjà vu for Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern?
In­tro­duc­tion It could be ar­gued that the ma­jor­ity of con­sumers would re­cog­nise the in­fam­ous Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern be­long­ing to French lux­ury fash­ion house, Louis Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (Louis Vuit­ton). Pre­vi­ous...
10/11/2022
US ad­opts Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der to im­ple­ment EU-US Data Pri­vacy Frame­work
After an­noun­cing a polit­ic­al agree­ment on 25 March 2022, the US gov­ern­ment has now an­nounced more de­tails on how it in­tends to put mass sur­veil­lance by in­tel­li­gence agen­cies on a rule-of-law foot­ing...
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
04/11/2022
Ar­bit­ra­tion of FRAND dis­putes
UK Court of Ap­peal gives strongest steer yet for set­tling FRAND dis­putes via ar­bit­ra­tion Last week, the Court of Ap­peal handed down its judge­ment in Optis, in which it was asked to opine on the avail­ab­il­ity...
03/11/2022
5 things you need to know about the DSA in less than 10 minutes!
Oc­to­ber fin­ished with the long-awaited ad­op­tion and pub­lic­a­tion (on the 27th) of the Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA). Al­low us to de­mys­ti­fy the key points of the DSA for you. The DSA is a new leg­al frame­work...
02/11/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to whis­tleblower pro­tec­tion & re­port­ing chan­nels
In Oc­to­ber 2019, in the wake of a num­ber of whis­tleblower rev­el­a­tions (es­pe­cially the in­dus­tri­al-scale tax avoid­ance schemes re­vealed in the LuxLeaks scan­dal), the European Uni­on ad­op­ted the Whis­tleblower...
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02/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The leg­al sec­tor has a key...
The United Na­tions has pledged to use its pur­chas­ing fire­power to ac­cel­er­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity along the health­care sup­ply chan­nel and called on the leg­al sec­tor to sup­port its ef­forts. Law­yers are crit­ic­al...
02/11/2022
Of­com changes its ap­proach to net neut­ral­ity: how the UK might spear­head...
Over the course of the last 12 months, a num­ber of im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in net neut­ral­ity have taken place at EU level: cer­tain pre­lim­in­ary rul­ings res­ul­ted in the European body of telco reg­u­lat­or...