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Irena Šik Bukovnik

Attorney-at-Law for banking & finance

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


Irena Šik Bukovnik is an attorney-at-law specialised in banking & finance with more than twelve years of professional experience. She joined the Slovenian CMS team in September 2013 and advises local and international financial institutions, banks and various investors, with her practice focusing particularly on financing transactions and distressed debt transactions. She has been involved in some of the major real estate cross-border financing transactions and some of the biggest sales of NPL portfolios in Slovenia in the recent years. Her area of expertise includes also regulatory matters and insolvency proceedings.

Previous work experience / training

Irena Šik Bukovnik graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law, in 2005. After completing the full two-year judicial traineeship, she passed her bar exam in 2008. Prior to joining CMS, she worked for an international company in the United States, where she was responsible for legal and compliance matters. During that period, she also completed LL.M. studies at the University of Virginia School of Law and passed the bar exam for New York.

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  • 2012 – New York state bar examination
  • 2012 – Master of Laws, University of Virginia School of Law
  • 2008 – State bar examination, Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Justice
  • 2005 – Bachelor of Laws (univ. dipl. pravnik), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
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  • Bar Association of Slovenia
  • New York State Bar Association
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09 April 2020
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23 May 2019
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