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Irena Šik Bukovnik


CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Bleiweisova 30
1000 Ljubljana
Languages Slovenian, English

Irena Šik Bukovnik is an attorney-at-law well-versed in banking & finance and with more than 17 years of professional experience. She is active across a wide range of banking and finance mandates, with a focus on financing transactions, distressed debt transactions, corporate restructurings, insolvency proceedings and regulatory matters. Having extensive experience in cross-border matters, she advises domestic as well as international clients, including banks, payment service providers, investment funds and other financial institutions.
Irena also helps clients navigate the regulatory landscape for digital platforms in financial services and other fintech related matters

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Memberships & Roles

  • Bar Association of Slovenia
  • New York State Bar Association
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  • 2012 – New York state bar examination
  • 2012 – LL.M., Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • 2008 – State bar examination, Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Justice
  • 2005 – LL.B., Law, University of Ljubljana
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Data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws in Slov­e­nia
Data pro­tec­tion 1. Loc­al data pro­tec­tion laws and scope The Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Act (“ZVOP-1”) is an act that be­came ap­plic­able pri­or to the EU Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“EU GDPR”)...
Re­struc­tur­ing and in­solv­ency law in Slov­e­nia
1. What is the primary le­gis­la­tion gov­ern­ing in­solv­ency and re­struc­tur­ing pro­ceed­ings in your jur­is­dic­tion? The primary le­gis­la­tion gov­ern­ing in­solv­ency and court-sponsored fin­an­cial re­struc­tur­ing pro­ceed­ings...
Mia Kala­jdžić and Saša Sodja pro­moted to part­ner; Irena Šik Bukovnik pro­moted...
Ef­fect­ive im­me­di­ately, CMS Croa­tia and CMS Slov­e­nia are each pro­mot­ing one seni­or as­so­ci­ate to part­ner, and CMS Slov­e­nia is also pro­mot­ing one to coun­sel. Mia Kala­jdžić, formerly seni­or as­so­ci­ate in the em­ploy­ment as well as the real es­tate and con­struc­tion teams in Croa­tia, will now head the Croa­tian Em­ploy­ment Prac­tice Area Group. Saša Sodja, formerly seni­or as­so­ci­ate in the cor­por­ate and M&A team in Slov­e­nia, will now head the Slov­e­ni­an Cor­por­ate and M&A Prac­tice. Irena Šik Bukovnik from Slov­e­nia has been pro­moted to coun­sel and will con­tin­ue to fo­cus on bank­ing and fin­ance and re­struc­tur­ing mat­ters. Mia Kala­jdžić has close to a total of 10 years’ ex­per­i­ence and six years of post-qual­i­fic­a­tion ex­per­i­ence, mostly in em­ploy­ment law mat­ters, ad­vising in­ter­na­tion­al groups and com­pan­ies on the full scope of em­ploy­ment and la­bour mat­ters, wheth­er they arise from daily work or from trans­ac­tion­al and re­struc­tur­ing mat­ters. Mia’s as­sist­ance to the man­age­ment board mem­bers and HR de­part­ments is of­ten stra­tegic, in­clud­ing high level of im­ple­ment­a­tion­al and op­er­a­tion­al sup­port. CMS Croa­tia is Mia’s first law firm. Saša Sodja is a leg­al pro­fes­sion­al with more than 15 years of hands-on ex­per­i­ence ad­vising in­ter­na­tion­al and loc­al cli­ents in the leg­al sec­tor. She has played an act­ive role in most of the loc­al and cross-bor­der cap­it­al mar­ket trans­ac­tions as well as mer­gers and ac­quis­i­tions en­gage­ments handled by the Slov­e­ni­an team. Saša provides all-round sup­port and ad­vice to cli­ents from vari­ous in­dus­tries all the way from or­gan­ising and man­aging an M&A deal team to post-mer­ger in­teg­ra­tions. On top of reg­u­lar leg­al en­gage­ments, Saša is also in­volved in activ­it­ies that are shap­ing the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of our firm such as sus­tain­able busi­ness, a ment­or­ship pro­gramme and last but not least di­git­al­isa­tion. CMS Slov­e­nia has also pro­moted Irena Šik Bukovnik to the po­s­i­tion of coun­sel for the firm in its Bank­ing & Fin­ance prac­tice. Irena is a long-serving law­yer with CMS. She has more than 10 years of work­ing ex­per­i­ence in the leg­al branch, is a hold­er of an LL.M. from the Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia School of Law and is a mem­ber of the New York State Bar. Irena has ex­pert­ise in bank­ing & fin­ance, in­solv­ency & re­struc­tur­ing.Com­ment­ing on the ap­point­ments, Gregor Famira, Man­aging Part­ner of both CMS Croa­tia and CMS Slov­e­nia, said: “With these pro­mo­tions we are ac­know­ledging high mo­tiv­a­tion, ex­em­plary know-how, team spir­it, in­nov­at­ive mind­sets and a cli­ent-fo­cused ap­proach—the qual­it­ies CMS is look­ing for in their fu­ture lead­ers. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all three of them.”Mia Kala­jdžić com­men­ted: “I see my pro­mo­tion to the po­s­i­tion of part­ner as an hon­our and a re­spons­ib­il­ity, both to­wards our cli­ents and my CMS team. I very much look for­ward to my fu­ture path in the firm and am ex­cited about the chal­lenges ahead.”Saša Sodja said: “I see my ap­point­ment as part­ner not just as an hon­our but also as re­cog­ni­tion that I have the trust both of my team as well as my su­per­i­ors and the wider CMS net­work. I'm ready for the fu­ture: I ex­pect to see changes in the way law firms op­er­ate and, hav­ing be­come a part­ner, I am de­lighted that I will be able to play an even great­er part in this.”
CMS Slov­e­nia and CMS Ser­bia joined forces to sup­port Spor­tina Group
CMS Slov­e­nia and CMS Ser­bia joined forces to sup­port Spor­tina Group, the largest fash­ion re­tail­er in Cent­ral and South­east Europe, in the pro­cess of im­ple­ment­ing a new on­line sales chan­nel by en­ter­ing...
Law and reg­u­la­tion of Cov­id-19 loan morator­i­ums in Slov­e­nia
1. De­scrip­tion of the le­gis­la­tion 1.1 Is there a morator­i­um on loans le­gis­la­tion im­ple­men­ted in your jur­is­dic­tion? Yes. 1.2 If no: Are there any on­go­ing dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial in­tro­duc­tion...
AML and CTF law and reg­u­la­tion in Slov­e­nia
1. What na­tion­al leg­al act(s) provide for Anti-Money Laun­der­ing (AML)/Counter Ter­ror­ist Fin­an­cing (CTF) meas­ures in your coun­try? The Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing and Ter­ror­ist Fin­an­cing Act, ad­op­ted...
Com­pany re­port­ing and dis­clos­ure ob­lig­a­tions amid the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic
Com­pan­ies will need to con­sider the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their op­er­a­tions when re­port­ing on their fin­an­cial status in their an­nu­al fin­an­cial state­ments for the busi­ness year 2019 and in...
En­force­ment and In­solv­ency po­ceed­ings reg­u­la­tion amended again
Less than three weeks after the In­ter­ven­tion Meas­ures to Mit­ig­ate the Ef­fects of the COV­ID-19 In­fec­tious Dis­ease Epi­dem­ic on Cit­izens and the Eco­nomy Act (Za­kon o in­ter­vent­nih ukrepih za za­jez­itev epi­demije...
Wind­ing down busi­ness op­er­a­tions in Slov­e­nia
Slim­ming down a com­pany, cor­por­ate and fin­an­cial re­struc­tur­ing will be on minds of many man­agers and com­pany own­ers in the com­ing months. In prac­tice, when de­cid­ing to wind down a com­pany, of­ten a de­cision...
A closer look at the tem­por­ary reg­u­la­tion of in­solv­ency pro­ceed­nings and...
All in­solv­ency pro­ceed­ings (bank­ruptcy, and com­puls­ory set­tle­ment) and court-sponsored fin­an­cial re­struc­tur­ings (pre­ventivna prestruk­turi­r­anja) in Slov­e­nia are on hold un­til the re­call of the COV­ID-19...
Re­view of the Slov­e­ni­an anti-corona law pack­age pro­pos­al with a par­tic­u­lar...
This week the Slov­e­ni­an Gov­ern­ment sent a new law - the first big anti-corona law pack­age - the In­ter­ven­tion Meas­ures to Mit­ig­ate the Ef­fects of the coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) In­fec­tious Dis­ease Epi­dem­ic...
EU set to un­leash a sus­tain­able fin­ance mar­ket
Cre­at­ing a green and sus­tain­able eco­nomy rep­res­ents a glob­al mar­ket op­por­tun­ity for all in­vestors, fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions and com­pan­ies in­volved in the sus­tain­able eco­nomy. It is es­tim­ated that Europe...