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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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07/05/2024
At CEEntre Stage | The Impact of ESOP incentives on CEE's corporate culture
At CEEntre Stage 
23/04/2024
On the Pulse webinar series 2024
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17/04/2024
CMS advises Austrian Airlines on sale of Austrian Airlines Technik Bratislava
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15/04/2024
Grow, flow, show: CMS relies on strong values in new employer branding
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09/04/2024
CMS European M&A Study 2024: Optimism for M&A amid evolving market trends
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09/04/2024
Designs practice update: EU Court of Justice upholds Advocate General’s...
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